Treasures of the Balkans - Classic Group

Treasures of the Balkans - Classic Group

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Treasures of the Balkans - Classic Group

15 Days Starting in Bucharest and ending in Belgrade

Visiting: Bucharest, Sinaia, Bran Castle, Brașov, Brasov, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Sofia, Skopje, Lake Ohrid, Tirana, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

E966AZM19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Walking, Wine Tasting

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Tour Overview

Explore the former Communist headquarters of Romania in Bucharest, see Bulgaria’s Roman ruins in Sofia and marvel at Bosnia’s Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo. After exploring the medieval city of Bra?ov, take the mountain roads to the Transylvanian border and join a private visit of Bran Castle after hours - better known as Dracula’s haunted abode in Bram Stoker’s infamous novel, followed by private dinner. Delve into the myths and legends before adventuring onwards to Mostar, where a Local Expert guides you through the city’s iconic sights ahead of a Sarajevo Dine at Home experience. Sit down with a Sarajevan family for a feast of local delicacies, traditional Bosnian coffee and tales of local life before your adventure ends in Belgrade.

Highlights

  • Sarajevo: Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of coffee preparation.

  • Bran: Learn about the story of the infamous Count Dracula during a private after-hours visit of Bran Castle, followed by dinner.

  • Dubrovnik: Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Expert. Walk the stone-paved streets of the Old Town to see Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace, and the medieval city walls.

  • Mostar: Learn the history and symbolic significance of Stari Most and explore the old town with your Local Expert.

  • Belgrade: A Local Expert will show you St. Sava Church, Terazije Street, the national museum, national theatre, Republic Square, and the Kalemegdan Fortress.

  • Ohrid: Walk the cobbled, narrow streets of the Old Town.

  • Tirana: Meet a local resident who will show you Skanderbeg Square and walk you through their home city as they explain what it's like to live in the Albanian capital.

  • Sinaia: Led by a local historian, witness the opulent and sumptuous decor in Pele? Castle, the fairy-tale Royal summer residence, at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Bucharest

Location: Bucharest

Accommodation: InterContinental Athénée Palace Bucharest.

Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest

Meals Included: Dinner, with Wine

Transfers depart Henri Coandă International Airport at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 for your hotel, which is one of the city's most sophisticated and prestigious landmarks. At 18:00, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner, served with wine at a local restaurant.

Day 2 : Bucharest And Castles Of Transylvania

Location: Bucharest, Sinaia, Bran Castle, Brașov

Accommodation: Aro Palace Brasov.

Accommodation Name: Aro Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Join a Local Expert for sightseeing to view University Square and the former communist headquarters. Visit the immense Parliament Palace, one of the most impressive buildings in the world. This evening after the crowds have left enjoy a private visit to the iconic Bran Castle, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. Learn about Queen Maria of Romania, the last inhabitant of the castle, visit the torture rooms and relive the tales of the infamous Count Dracula. Finish with a delicious private dinner in the recently renovated Queen Mary’s Tea House.

Day 3 : Brasov And Sinaia

Location: Brasov, Sinaia

Accommodation: Aro Palace Brasov.

Accommodation Name: Aro Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast

With your Local Expert, walk around Town Hall Square, lined with beautiful red-roofed houses and dominated by the Black Church. Travel along the Prahova Valley to the elegant mountain resort of Sinaia to visit Peleș Castle. Led by a local historian, admire the lavish rooms filled with art, armour and tapestries. Return through the Carpathian Mountains to the charming medieval city of Brașov, founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights.

Day 4 : Veliko Tarnovo

Location: Brasov, Veliko Tarnovo

Accommodation: Hotel, Yantra Veliko Tarnovo.

Accommodation Name: Yantra Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Cross the Danube into Bulgaria and continue to Veliko Tarnovo, the City of the Tsars, where houses cling to the cliffs of the River Yantra, making it one of the country's most beautiful towns. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 5 : To Sofia Relaxed Start

Location: Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Sofia

Accommodation: InterContinental Sofia.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Meet your Local Expert to climb up to the ruined Tsarevets Fortress, a reminder of the town's former imperial status. Enjoy the stunning views over the old Bulgarian capital and the Yantra Valley. Arbanasi is one of Bulgaria’s most beautiful villages and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The frescoed churches and fortified dwellings offer a unique insight into the former wealth and spiritual commitment of the settlement. Visit a traditional 17th century merchant's house and the Church of the Holy Nativity. Cross the Balkan Mountains to Bulgaria's modern day capital of Sofia. On arrival, sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you to St. Sofia Church, across the square from the golden domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the archaeological complex, dominated by the church of St. George Rotonda.

Day 6 : Sofia At Your Pace Relaxed Start

Location: Sofia

Accommodation: InterContinental Sofia.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy the day at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Rila Monastery or enjoy a fascinating insight into the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria?

Day 7 : Skopje

Location: Sofia, Skopje

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bushi Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross the border and continue to the North Macedonian capital of Skopje, an ultra-modern city juxtaposed by an ancient bazaar, where Turkish influences can still be seen and felt. Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert.

Day 8 : Lake Ohrid And Tirana

Location: Skopje, Lake Ohrid, Tirana

Accommodation: Hotel, MAK Albania Tirana.

Accommodation Name: MAK Albania Hotel Tirana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Making your way to the border, stop by the scenic Lake Ohrid for lunch. Cross into Albania and journey to Tirana, renowned for its friendly locals.  Continue to the landmark Skanderbeg Square for an insider’s look at the Albanian capital.

Day 9 : Kotor And Dubrovnik

Location: Tirana, Kotor, Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Hotel, Kompas Dubrovnik.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Journey through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro to the Old Town of Kotor, known as Stari Grad. Located beside a beautiful bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen, its no surprise it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue over the Croatian border to the fortified port of Dubrovnik where you are at leisure to explore the Old Town, bustling with street artists, cafes and restaurants.At night, you may choose from a fine selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

Day 10 : Dubrovnik Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Location: Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Hotel, Kompas Dubrovnik.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Expert for a morning of exploring the stone-paved streets within the 16th century bastions. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, the city walls and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. The rest of the day is free for you to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. Perhaps enjoy an Optional Experience to a stunning town on the Adriatic coast, Cavtat, where you can wander along the pine-forest paths beside the crystal-clear sea. Visit the workshop of Deša during a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This important educational centre supports vulnerable communities and promotes local cultural heritage.

Day 11 : Dubrovnik, Paradise On Earth Relaxed Start

Location: Dubrovnik

Accommodation: Hotel, Kompas Dubrovnik.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

Meals Included: Breakfast

Spend a day at leisure in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Sunbathe by the pool or stroll with friends along the ancient city walls. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to learn about olive oil traditions at an ancient mill, followed by a delightful home-cooked meal.

Day 12 : Mostar And Sarajevo

Location: Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo

Accommodation: Swissotel Sarajevo.

Accommodation Name: Swissotel Sarajevo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Journey to Mostar. With your Local Expert, see the famous Stari Most, the Old Bridge, reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the war. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old Town, stretching on both sides of the bridge and filled with shops selling traditional handicrafts. Continue your travels following the scenic route to Sarajevo for a unique and rewarding insight into the local way of life as you are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the authentic cuisine and traditional Bosnian coffee as you hear inspirational stories.

Day 13 : Sarajevo, City Of Culture

Location: Sarajevo

Accommodation: Swissotel Sarajevo.

Accommodation Name: Swissotel Sarajevo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore Sarajevo with Insight Choice. Choose to meet an expert on the Bosnian War for a visit to Sarajevo’s astonishing Tunnel of Hope. Alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience for a nature walk to the spring of the Bosna River, a protected park just beyond the city, led by a conservation guide. The rest of the afternoon is for you to explore as you wish.

Day 14 : The Serbian Capital Of Belgrade Relaxed Start

Location: Sarajevo, Belgrade

Accommodation: Hotel, Radisson Collection Old Mill Belgrade.

Accommodation Name: Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, with Wine

Trace your way along the Drina River, that lies on the border of Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Take in beautiful landscapes of lush, green mountains that create magical forest canyons, winding your way through deep valleys as you make your way to Belgrade.

Day 15 : The Best Of Belgrade Relaxed Start

Location: Belgrade

Accommodation: Hotel, Radisson Collection Old Mill Belgrade.

Accommodation Name: Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Expert to see the best of Belgrade including Terazije Street, the national museum and national theatre in Republic Square, as well as a visit to the famous St. Sava Church. Finish your sightseeing at the Kalemegdan Fortress, situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before joining your fellow travellers for a Celebration Farewell Dinner this evening.

Day 16 : Farewell Belgrade

Location: Belgrade

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our journey through the Balkans has come to an end. All that’s left is to say a fond doviđenja as you bid your new friends farewell.

What's Included

  • Meals

    Includes 14 breakfasts, 8 dinners with wine.

  • Accommodation

    Stay in luxury hotels throughout the tour.

  • Transport

    Travel in comfort with an air-conditioned coach, including onboard Wi-Fi.

  • Expert Guides

    Local Experts and a Travel Director to guide you through your journey.

  • Sightseeing Experiences

    Enjoy a variety of experiences such as a private after-hours visit to Bran Castle, a nature walk to the spring of the Bosna River, and a visit to the workshop of Deša.

  • Cultural Experiences

    Dine with a local family in Sarajevo, learn about Bosnian coffee culture, and visit traditional merchants' houses in Arbanasi.

  • Additional Services

    Benefit from hotel and restaurant tips, baggage handling, and all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • Airport Transfers

    Transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    Flights to and from the tour start and end points are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Some Meals

    While many meals are included, some are left open for you to explore local cuisine on your own.

  • Optional Experiences

    Some experiences and excursions may require an additional cost.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature, including souvenirs, laundry, and drinks not detailed in the itinerary, are not included.

  • Visa Fees

    Any required visas or related fees are not included.

Check out our Q&As

  • How many dinners with wine are included in the tour?

    The tour includes 8 dinners with wine.

  • Are there any activities related to the Bosnian War included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes a visit to Sarajevo's Tunnel of Hope with an expert of the Bosnian War, offering a first-hand account of when the city was under siege for 44 months. Alternatively, guests can take a nature walk to the spring of the Bosna River.

  • What countries does the Treasures of the Balkans tour visit?

    The Treasures of the Balkans tour visits Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, and Macedonia.

  • What is the ending location of the Treasures of the Balkans tour?

    The ending location of the tour is Belgrade.

  • What type of accommodations can be expected on the tour?

    The tour features accommodations in prestigious hotels such as the Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest, Aro Palace, Yantra Hotel, Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia, Bushi Resort & Spa, MAK Albania Hotel Tirana, Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik, Swissotel Sarajevo, and Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade.

  • Does the tour include any castle visits?

    Yes, the tour includes a private after-hours visit of Bran Castle, followed by dinner.

  • Are there any opportunities to learn about local crafts or cultural heritage?

    Yes, the tour includes a visit to the workshop of Deša in Dubrovnik, an organisation that supports refugees and women who were victims of violence, and promotes the revival of traditional crafts.

  • Are there any meals included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes 14 breakfasts and 8 dinners with wine.

  • Is there a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site included in the itinerary?

    Yes, the tour includes a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arbanasi, where guests can visit a traditional 17th-century merchants' house and enjoy the acoustics in the Church of the Holy Nativity.

  • What is the starting location of the Treasures of the Balkans tour?

    The starting location of the tour is Bucharest.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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