Treasures of the Balkans - Small Group

Treasures of the Balkans - Small Group

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Treasures of the Balkans - Small Group

18 Days Starting in Bucharest and ending in Budapest

Visiting:

Bucharest

,

Brașov

,

Sinaia

,

Veliko Tarnovo

,

Arbanasi

,

Sofia

,

Skopje

,

Lake Ohrid

,

Tirana

,

Kotor

,

Dubrovnik

,

Mostar

,

Sarajevo

,

Belgrade

,

Palić

,

Budapest

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

SE966ZN18

Group size:

12 - 24

Age range:

5-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:
$5125

$4815 (USD)

Operator discount: $70

tourhub discount: $240

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 the adventure continues in Hungary. Conclude your voyage with the spectacular city vistas served up from the Budapest Fisherman's Bastion.

Highlights

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Welcome to Bucharest
Location:

  Bucharest


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest


Meals Included:

  Dinner


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.

icon Day 2 : Bucharest and Castles of Transylvania
Location:

  Bucharest, Brașov


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Aro Palace Brasov


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


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.

icon Day 3 : Brasov and Sinaia
Location:

  Brașov, Sinaia


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Aro Palace Brasov


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.

icon Day 4 : Veliko Tarnovo
Location:

  Veliko Tarnovo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Yantra Veliko Tarnovo


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


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 a Highlight Dinner of local specialities and wine, followed by an authentic folklore show.

icon Day 5 : To Sofia Relaxed Start
Location:

  Arbanasi, Sofia


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  InterContinental Sofia


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


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.

icon Day 6 : Sofia at Your Pace Relaxed Start
Location:

  Sofia


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  InterContinental 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?

icon Day 7 : Skopje
Location:

  Skopje


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Bushi Resort & Spa Skopje


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.

icon Day 8 : Lake Ohrid and Tirana
Location:

  Lake Ohrid, Tirana


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  MAK Albania Tirana


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


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.

icon Day 9 : Kotor and Dubrovnik
Location:

  Kotor, Dubrovnik


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Kompas Dubrovnik


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


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.

icon Day 10 : Dubrovnik Sightseeing Relaxed Start
Location:

  Dubrovnik


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  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.

icon Day 11 : Dubrovnik, Paradise on Earth Relaxed Start
Location:

  Dubrovnik


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  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.

icon Day 12 : Mostar and Sarajevo
Location:

  Mostar, Sarajevo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Swissotel Sarajevo


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


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.

icon Day 13 : Sarajevo, City of Culture
Location:

  Sarajevo


Accommodation:

  Hotel


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.

icon Day 14 : The Serbian Capital of Belgrade Relaxed Start
Location:

  Belgrade


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Radisson Collection Old Mill Belgrade


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


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.

icon Day 15 : The Best of Belgrade Relaxed Start
Location:

  Belgrade


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Radisson Collection 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 a free afternoon to relax or continue exploring on your own.

icon Day 16 : Across to Budapest Relaxed Start
Location:

  Palić, Budapest


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Nemzeti Budapest - MGallery


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Journey north and cross the Province of Vojvodina to reach Palić on the Hungarian border. See the picturesque lake, where you can admire the art nouveau buildings. Continue on through the vast wilderness of the Puszta, where once cowboys rustled up goulash under the stars. Your destination will be Budapest on the Danube.

icon Day 17 : Budapest, Queen of the Danube
Location:

  Budapest


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Nemzeti Budapest - MGallery


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Explore Buda with a Local Expert and marvel at the variety of architectural styles that adorn the city. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes' Square and travel down elegant Andrássy Boulevard.Enjoy time to wander through the Central Market Hall. Spread over three levels, the market is a foodie's paradise, brimming with aromatic food stalls offering delicious salamis, spicy paprika, delicious Tokaji wines and an array of flavoured Pálinkas, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. Tonight you are in for a treat with your Celebration Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine.

icon Day 18 : Depart Budapest
Location:

  Budapest


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Departure transfers arrive at Ferenc Liszt International Airport at 07:00 and 11:00.

What's Included

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • Accommodation

    As per detailed in itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

  • Meals

    As per detailed in itinerary

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

Are flights included in this tour?

No

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Complimentary arrival and departure transfer by shuttle coach is included on the arrival and departure day of your guided holiday. If your flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings you may choose to book and purchase a transfer.

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

What is the maximum group size?

24 people on a Small Group departure

Is the tour coach air conditioned?

Yes

    What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low - These tours generally have up to 1-3 miles of walking per day and may involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

    Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

    Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years & over

    Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

    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

Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Monday

Jun 19, 2023

Thursday

Jul 06, 2023
  • Operator discount: $70 (USD)

  • tourhub discount: $240 (USD)

$5125
$4815 (USD)
$5125
$4815 (USD)

Operator discount: $70

tourhub discount: $240

Instant Booking Available

Monday

Jul 31, 2023

Thursday

Aug 17, 2023
  • Operator discount: $70 (USD)

  • tourhub discount: $246 (USD)

$5250
$4934 (USD)
$5250
$4934 (USD)

Operator discount: $70

tourhub discount: $246

Instant Booking Available

Monday

Sep 18, 2023

Thursday

Oct 05, 2023
  • Operator discount: $70 (USD)

  • tourhub discount: $262 (USD)

$5595
$5263 (USD)
$5595
$5263 (USD)

Operator discount: $70

tourhub discount: $262

Book with Confidence

  • Low Deposit

    Insight Vacations requires a minimum deposit of 350 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of insight vacations charges.

    Up to 90 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 89 days before tour starts: 30% of booking price.

    At 59 days before tour starts: 60% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: 90% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: 100% of booking price.

Treasures of the Balkans - Small Group

18 Days Starting in Bucharest and ending in Budapest

Visiting:

Bucharest

,

Brașov

,

Sinaia

,

Veliko Tarnovo

,

Arbanasi

,

Sofia

,

Skopje

,

Lake Ohrid

,

Tirana

,

Kotor

,

Dubrovnik

,

Mostar

,

Sarajevo

,

Belgrade

,

Palić

,

Budapest

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

SE966ZN18

Group size:

12 - 24

Age range:

5-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:
$5125

$4815 (USD)

Operator discount: $70

tourhub discount: $240

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"If you're a move fanatic, you can find the "Mrs. Doubtfire" home and several other film locations around the city."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Take a relaxing walk around Palace of Fine Arts."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Visit the Sutro Baths."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Visit the Japanese Gardens at Golden Gate Park! "

Must pack items for San Francisco

"Pack layers, an umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen & a hat or sun hat."

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  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Charleston

United States

What do you love most about Charleston?

"One of the best-kept, charming & quaint historic towns in the USA. "

Benefits of a tour guide for Charleston

"Known as the holy city, there are so many historic churches to explore & a tour guide can provide all sorts of insights & information about the history of Charleston."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Walk off the beaten path & put down the map, Charleston is a picturesque city with hundreds of quiet little lanes just waiting to be explored."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Plan to wear comfortable shoes that have grip & can handle cobblestone streets!"

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head to Callie's Hot Little Biscuit and grab a sample of the delicious fresh-baked biscuits!"

What do you love most about Charleston?

"A plethora of amazing restaurants provide ample opportunities to sample local favourites, such as unicorn grits, fried green tomatoes or fried okra."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"There are 5 historic plantations in the area to tour. "

About Our

  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Savannah

United States

What do you love most about Savannah?

"Explore the historic Wormsloe Plantation: drive the gorgeous tree-lined drive, walk nature trails and observe ruins."

What do you love most about Savannah?

"There are over 20 squares, which function like a park located all around the city. They're perfect for resting weary feet & people watching."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head to Forsyth fountain and enjoy the shade while you stroll under the tree-lined path."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Sample amazing local cuisine at Collins Quarter near Forsyth Park."

Must pack items for Savannah

"Sunscreen, sun hat, bug spray, reusable water bottle & comfortable walking shoes."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Explore the historic Riverfront area, browse the shops & sample a free praline or grab some gelato at Savannah's Candy Kitchen."

Favourite time of year to visit Savannah

"Spring is wonderful because the weather is perfect, warm but not humid."

About Our

  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️