Grand Tour of Transylvania, Bulgaria & the Balkans

What our previous travellers have to say about this tour

"This is a fantastic holiday in every respect!"

Mrs Brown

Mrs Brown & Man


I chose this holiday because I had never been to Romania before. I was also interested because of all the Countries we would be visiting or going through (14 including Wales and England). Following the ferry crossing I had a chance to get to know my seating companion on the drive down to Reims for an overnight stop.

It was an early start the next day for the journey through France and Switzerland and into Italy for an overnight stop at Cremona. Two long days but it’s all part of the adventure. The following morning there was time to visit the Cathedral in Cremona before heading south to Ancona and the ferry. It was a very comfortable overnight crossing to Split in Croatia. We travelled through Croatia into Bosnia and had a stop at Mostar to visit the Old Town. It was very interesting to see what a good job they had made of rebuilding the bridge that had been blown up during the war in the 1990’s.

It was then on to Sarajevo for an overnight stop. Next morning we had a guided tour of the Old Town, which was very interesting. We then crossed the border into Belgrade for a two night stay. The hotel was extremely nice, so nice I was reluctant to leave. We had a guided tour of the city, by coach, stopping off to look at places of interest. Our guide, Zoron, was very nice. We finished up at the fort then had some free time to explore.

We then left Belgrade and crossed the border into Bulgaria and the capital, Sofia for a two night stop. We had a walking tour of Sofia with a very good guide, with free time in the afternoon. The next day we visited Plovdiv, a place I last visited 22 years ago. It has changed considerably but the Old Town is still the same. We had free time to look around on our own. It was then on to Veliko Ternovo for an overnight stop. Next day we went to the village of Arbanassi and had a guided tour. We visited the Church of Christ’s Nativity – a fascinating building. We then went to the Merchant’s House before returning to Veliko Ternovo for a guided tour of the old part of the town. Again, it was very interesting although walking was quite challenging with many steps to negotiate, some of which were quite high when you have short legs.

We then travelled across the border into Romania and Bucharest for a two night stay. We had a couch tour of the city the following day followed by a walking tour and free time. Next day we left Bucharest and visited Bran Castle (of Dracula fame). It was very interesting but again a lot of steps to negotiate. We then had a two night stay at Brasov, my favourite place of the whole holiday. We had a walking tour of the Old Town which included a visit to the first Romanian School, which was most enjoyable. There followed free time when some of us went in the cable car up the mountain.

Sadly we left Brasov the next day. We stopped at Sighisoara and had a guided tour of the old town then continued on to Cluj Napoca for an overnight stop. We had time to have a look round town and visit the Cathedral and view the Opera House. The next day we left Romania for Hungary and a two night stop in Budapest. We had a most enjoyable evening tour of the city after a visit to the Castle and an organ recital in a small Church. The next day after a tour of the city we had a lunch cruise on the Danube – again most enjoyable.

We then left Hungary for Austria and had some free time in Vienna then stayed at a lovely small family run hotel in Vocklabruck. This was my second favourite hotel of the holiday. The following day it was an early start and a drive through Germany to Belgium and an overnight stop in Liege.

Finally, it was back across the channel and home again. It’s always sad to say goodbye to everyone who we spent the last 19 days with. Our drivers, Ivo and Mark were fantastic.

This is a fantastic holiday in every respect, but you do need to be prepared to “live out of a suitcase” as we stayed in 13 different hotels during the holiday. Some of the walking can be difficult and I would recommend that no matter how fit you are you take a walking stick. All the excursions were very good and the holiday was everything I expected and more.

I have been on many Leger holidays and enjoyed every one. Leger are always very helpful and make sure that we all enjoy our holiday. I always travel alone and have never encountered any problems. I am still in contact with friends that I have made on previous holidays. My holiday for next year is already booked with Leger and I am very much looking forward to it.