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Balkan Adventure

4
(5 Reviews)
From $3,774 AUD
  • 12 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanassi, Ruse, Bucharest, Curtea De Arges, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Piatra Neamt, Brasov, Bran, Sinaia

    Group Size:
    1 to 25
    Age Range:
    8 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Guided Small Group Tours, Multi Country Trips

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Visit Sofia, the fabled capital of Bulgaria and the beautiful town of Bran with is famous Castle of Dracula

  • Visit the Alexander Nevski Cathedral
  • Plovdiv, city of millenary history
  • Visit Dracula’s Castle
  • Visit Bucharest the “Little Paris” of Romania
  • Visit the unique Byzantine Monasteries in Bucovina
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is to relax or perhaps begin your independent discovery of the fabled city. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Director on the fascinating tour that awaits you, followed by a welcome dinner.

Meals Included:
Dinner

Today we will enjoy a complete tour of the city of Sofia and get to know the highlights of the capital. Among the most emblematic places are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral that dominates the city, the Church of St.George, considered the best-preserved Byzantine church, the Russian Church of St.Nicholas, the Banya Bashi Mosque and the ruins of ancient Serdica among others. In the afternoon we travel to Rila Mountains to visit one of the most famous places in Bulgaria – the Rila Monastery. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by Saint Ivan of Rila, it played a key role in the preservation of the Bulgarian culture and language of the centuries. Visit the monastery church with its impressive fresco paintings, painted by the most famous Bulgarian artists since the 19th century AD and the museum that houses a collection of exhibits related to the history of the monastery and the spread of Christianity in the Bulgarian lands. Return to Sofia for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Leaving Sofia behind, we head to the second largest city in Bulgaria – Plovdiv. This is a ciyt of millenary history with ruins from the Roman, Ottoman and Bulgarian Renaissance period having been preserved. During our tour of the city we will see the Roman Forum and the stadium, as well as the Roman amphitheater. We will walk through the cobbled streets of the small and old city surrounded by houses and beautiful churches. We will visit the church of St. Constantine and Helena, as well as the Ethnographic Museum, which is located in the home of a wealthy merchant from the 19th century BC. After the visit we will cross the Balkan Mountains throught the historic Shipka Pass, which played a key role in the Russo – Turkish war. Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo – the medieval capital of Bulgaria. We finish the day with dinner included.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning we go on a panoramic tour of the city of Veliko Tarnovo with a walk to Tsarevets, where the kings of Bulgaria once lived. We will walk along the oldest street in the city which is called Samovodska Charshia. We will proceed to Arbanassi, a small town in Bulgaria located 4 km from Veliko Tarnovo. Arbanassi is interesting for its architecture. In the village we can see the Konstantsalieva house and the Church of the Nativity, where you can see wall paintingsthat are truly work of art. Return to Veliko Tarnovo for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Today we head towards Romania, passing through the city of Russe. In the afternoon arrival to the capital of Romania, Bucharest and overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We will visit the Romanian capital, once known as the Little Paris”. During the tour we will visit the Palace of Parliament, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon and the National Village Museum. We will hear how the Romanian people finally managed to overthrow the last communist dictator of Eastern Europe at the Revolution Square. The tour will also take us to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the National Military Club, the Military Academy and the Arch of Triumph.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast we continue to Curtea de Arges and visit Cozia Monastery built in 1386. The route to Sibiu crosses the Transylvanian Alps through the scenic valley of the Olt river. In the afternoon we will do an extensive walking tour of the city of Sibiu. In Sibiu we can see many medieval shops and houses and visit the Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary where the son of Vlad the Impaler (another of Dracula’s nicknames) was assassinated. Dinner an overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Departure for Piatra Neamt crossing the Bicaz gorge, the largest gorge in Romania, admiring the beauty of the landscape, the Red Lake and its mountain station. En route we will visit Sighisoara one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe and the hometown of the famous Wallachian prince, Vlad Tepes “the Impaler” who inspired the legend of Dracula. You will visit its old town, including the Clock Tower, which houses the Museum of History of the City, the Medieval Weapon Museum, and the chamber of torture. In the afternoon, departure for the city of Piatra Neamt. Dinner and overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Bucovina region to visit its monasteries, the most representative monuments of Moldovan art. Declared a World Heritage Site, these monasteries are one of the most important legacies of Byzantine art in the world in which their interior and exterior fresco paintings in bright colors stand out. Visit the Sucevita Monastery and the Marginea black pottery workshops. In the afternoon visit the Voronet Monastery considered to be the best architectural and pictorial example in the region called the “Sistine Chapel” of the East. Return to Piatra Neamt for overnight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

In the morning we leave Piatra Neamt and travel south to Brasov. In the afternoon arrival in Brasov.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a tour of the fascinating medieval city of Brasov. Visit the old town, the Black Church, the most representative Gothic monument in Romania. Continue to the town of Bran. Visit its famous Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. In the afternoon, arrival in the city of Sinaia known for its beauty as “the pearl of the Carpathians”. In the afternoon we will visit the wonderful Peles Palace, a former summer residence and retreat of the royal family, built in the second half of the 19th century by the first King of Romania, Carlos I. Tonight, join your fellow travelers in a farewell dinner.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast you will be transferred to Bucharest airport for your departure flight.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 4* hotels

Touring with English speaking guide

Tours as per itinerary

11 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle

Hotel taxes and service charges

Luggage handling at hotels

Entrance fees to:

  • Alexander Nevski Cathedral
  • Russian Church of St. Nicholas
  • Rila Monastery
  • The Roman Forum and the stadium
  • The church of St. Constantine and Helena
  • The Ethnographic Museum
  • Tsarevets
  • Konstantsalieva house
  • Church of the Nativity
  • Palace of Parliament
  • National Village Museum
  • Cozia Monastery
  • Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary
  • Red Lake
  • The Clock Tower
  • Medieval Weapon Museum
  • Sucevita Monastery
  • Marginea black pottery workshops
  • Voronet Monastery
  • The Black Church
  • Dracula’s Castle
  • Peles Palace

Tips and gratuities

Passport or visa fees

Baggage and personal insurance

Any beverages or food not listed in itineraries

All other entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions

Any other items of personal nature

Pricing & Availability

Filter Dates
2024
2025
Departing Ending
 

All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Hotel List (or similar)

Anel Hotel Bulgaria
"Todor Alexandrov" 14, 1303 Pette Kyosheta, Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel: +359 2 911 9900
Rating
4.5
Anel Hotel Bulgaria
Hotel Sofia Palace
"Tri ushi" 8, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel: +359 2 494 2299
Rating
4
Hotel Sofia Palace
Yantra Grand Hotel Bulgaria
"Velchova zavera" 2, 5000 Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Tel: +359 62 600 607
Rating
3.5
Yantra Grand Hotel Bulgaria
Meridian Hotel Bolyarski Bulgaria
"Stefan Stambolov" 53A, 5000 g.k. Varusha - north, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Tel: +359 62 613 200
Rating
3.5
Meridian Hotel Bolyarski Bulgaria
Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest Romania
Strada Episcopiei 1-3, București 010292, Romania
Tel: +40 21 303 3777
Rating
4.5
Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest Romania
Golden Tulip Ana Tower Sibiu Romania
Str. Școala de Înot 2, Sibiu 550005, Romania
Tel: +40 269 234 000
Rating
4
Golden Tulip Ana Tower Sibiu Romania
Central Plaza Hotel Romania
Piața Petrodava 1-3, Piatra Neamț 610033, Romania
Tel: +40 233 216 230
Rating
4
Central Plaza Hotel Romania
Aro Palace Romania
Bulevardul Eroilor 27, Brașov 500030, Romania
Tel: +40 268 478 800
Rating
4
Aro Palace Romania
Hotel Ambient Romania
Strada Iuliu Maniu 27, Brașov 500091, Romania
Tel: +40 268 471 747
Rating
4
Hotel Ambient Romania
Sinaia Hotel Romania
Bulevardul Carol I 8, Sinaia 106100, Romania
Tel: +40 244 302 900
Rating
3.5
Sinaia Hotel Romania

Important things to note

Accommodation in subject to change without notice.

Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 3:00 p.m.

Tour can be a combination of regular tours, therefore coach changes may be required.

The same people may not be travelling throughout the tour.

Order of itinerary is subject to change at any time. For operational reasons, the order of excursions may be changed.

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Reviews for Balkan Adventure

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Samantha
NEW STAR

Review for: New Star Cruise Split - Dubrovnik

7 day cruise from Split to Dubrovnik on the NEW STAR. A beautifully designed yacht with an delicious captain and family and all crewmembers were a joy. The food was excellent, the cabin beautiful and soundproof, everything perfect down to the quality of the toilet paper. Everything was beautifully organised and the the tour manager was very efficient and knowledgeable and a wonderful person and always staying calm even with some very difficult passengers. We enjoyed every minute.
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Elizabeth K
Croatia & Adriatic Cruise - M/S Premier

Review for: From Croatia to Italy Cruise & Stay - M/S Premier

This tour was the 2nd week of October and the last tour of the season. That came with both positives and negatives. First the positives: 1. Great Tour Managers: Gabby on land and Zoran on the MS Premier. They (and the entire crew) were extremely friendly and helpful! 2. Great itinerary with magnificent scenery! 3. Good food and lots of it! 4. Lots of plugs in your room. 5. Adequate storage space. 6.. The ship was attractive and clean, and the small numbers allowed the passengers and crew to get to know each other well. 7. During the 2nd week of October, there were no crowds at all in ports which was great, and it was not hot on the walking tours, but at times it was nippy. Negatives: 1. It was too cold to swim except on the last day, and we got some strong winds. We could not enjoy sitting on the ship decks for most of the trip, but everyone went on deck to take photos. 2. The heating and air conditioning on the Premier is controlled by the Captain. The entire ship must be set on either air conditioning or heat. This was a problem for passengers on the lower deck. It was way too hot and stuffy when the heat was turned on at night. If you were upstairs, you could open your balcony door if it got too hot, but downstairs we had to turn the ventilation off completely. This would not be a problem during the summer when the AC would be on the entire time. 3. If you take the last cruise of the year, the bar begins to run out of certain items towards the end of the cruise. 4. The bath products were minimal. You got individual packets of body wash/shampoo, but no conditioner. or lotions, and there was only one tiny waste basket in the bathroom. They needed a waste basket in the room.
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Elizabeth
We embarked on a Cruise & Stay Package throughout Croatia.

Review for: Croatia & Adriatic Cruise & Stay - M/S Premier

We embarked on a Cruise & Stay Package throughout Croatia. We travelled in October which meant it was the last tour of the season. This came with both positives and negatives. First the positives: 1. Great Tour Managers: Gabby on land and Zoran on the MS Premier. The entire crew were extremely friendly and helpful! 2. Great itinerary with magnificent scenery! 3. Good food and lots of it! 4. Lots of plugs in your room. 5. Adequate storage space. 6. The ship was attractive and clean, and the small numbers allowed the passengers and crew to get to know each other well. 7. During the 2nd week of October, there were no crowds at all in ports which was great, and it was not hot on the walking tours, but at times it was nippy. Negatives: 1. It was too cold to swim except on the last day, and we got some strong winds. We could not enjoy sitting on the ship decks for most of the trip, but everyone went on deck to take photos. 2. The heating and air conditioning on the Premier is controlled by the Captain. The entire ship must be set on either air conditioning or heat. This was a problem for passengers on the lower deck. It was way too hot and stuffy when the heat was turned on at night. If you were upstairs, you could open your balcony door if it got too hot, but downstairs we had to turn the ventilation off completely. This would not be a problem during the summer when the AC would be on the entire time. 3. If you take the last cruise of the year, the bar begins to run out of certain items towards the end of the cruise. 4. The bath products were minimal. You got individual packets of body wash/shampoo, but no conditioner. or lotions, and there was only one tiny waste basket in the bathroom. They needed a waste basket in the room. Overall a great experience and we would defiantly book again.

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Balkan Adventure

4
(5 Reviews)
From $3,774 AUD
  • 12 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanassi, Ruse, Bucharest, Curtea De Arges, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Piatra Neamt, Brasov, Bran, Sinaia

    Group Size:
    1 to 25
    Age Range:
    8 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Guided Small Group Tours, Multi Country Trips

Or contact your local travel agent.

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