Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 3 - Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, rights
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 10 breakfasts
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Discover the rich and varied culture of Eastern Europe, visit Draculas Castle and charming Slavic villages, explore the spectacular cities of Budapest and Istanbul
From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairytale villages, this tour from Budapest to Istanbul is definitely the road less travelled, but absolutely a worthy adventure to take. Over 13 days, you'll explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces, "Dracula's Castle" in Transylvania, and much more. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and exploration, youll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 9/30/2018
- 13 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Budapest||Day 1 Budapest|
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Sibiu||Day 2 Budapest/Sibiu (1B)|
Enjoy an orientation walk of Budapest to get a feel for this westernized city with eastern charm. Opt to spend free time visiting Buda Castle, wandering the streets of Pest, or soaking in a thermal bath. In the evening, board an overnight train to Sibiu. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Sighisoara||Day 3 Sibiu/Sighisoara|
Explore Sighisoaras medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars. Sample some Romanian cuisine-the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad, the model for Count Dracula) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region. Transport: Local train (1.50-2.00 hours, 90km)
|Day 4||Brasov||Day 4 Sighisoara/Brasov (1B)|
Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Sighisoaras countryside. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches. In the early evening, transfer to Brasov - the best preserved medieval city in Romania. Included Activities: Sighisoara Region Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 115km)
|Day 5||Brasov||Day 5 Brasov (1B)|
Impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley, this 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore. Soak in the gorgeous countryside as you learn about the creepier side of Romania. Included Activities: Bran Castle Visit
|Day 6||Bucharest||Day 6 Brasov/Bucharest (1B)|
Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharests international cuisine. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Veliko Tarnovo||Day 7 Bucharest/Veliko Tarnovo (1B)|
Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Veliko Tarnovo||Day 8 Veliko Tarnovo (1B)|
Hike to the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo. Opt to go mountain biking or view the murals at the Church of the Nativity. Included Activities: Hike to Arbanasi Village
|Day 9||Sofia||Day 9 Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia (1B)|
A mix of western grandeur and Soviet bulk, Sofia boasts a gold-domed church and delicious international dining. Sample modern takes on Bulgarian and international food, with some great trendy dining opportunities. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 10||Plovdiv||Day 10 Sofia/Plovdiv (1B)|
Opt to relax over coffee and a Bulgarian baklava, a specialty of the area. Transport: Train (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Istanbul||Day 11 Plovdiv/Istanbul (1B)|
Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an overnight bus to Istanbul. Transport: Transfer by bus to Istanbul and arrive just before dinner and some free time to explore. Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
|Day 12||Istanbul||Day 12 Istanbul|
After getting the lay of the land with a local guide, spend some free time visiting all you can in this eclectic city straddling two continents. In the evening, there are plenty of cool little bars and restaurants to celebrate the end of an amazing journey over a raki or two. Included Activities: Istanbul Guided Walking Tour
|Day 13||Istanbul||Day 13 Istanbul (1B)|
We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully enjoy this vibrant city.
Local Flights: If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.