Balkan Adventure

Balkan Adventure

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Balkan Adventure

14 Days Starting in Bucharest and ending in Belgrade

Visiting: Bucharest, Brasov, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Sofia, Rila, Skopje, Tirana, Kotor, Budva, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

BRASZN20

Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Visit several countries on this adventure-filled Balkan trip, where you’ll venture deep into the Carpathian Mountains, walk in the mythical footsteps of Count Dracula at Bran Castle in Transylvania and revel in the beauty, history and traditions of the Balkan nations.

Highlights

  • 7 Dinner (D)

  • 13 Breakfast (B)

  • Bran: Visit the infamous mythical home of Count Dracula and favorite residence of Romanian royalty - Bran Castle.

  • Skopje: Spend quality time with the locals when you join an exclusive Be My Guest experience featuring local hospitality and cuisine.

  • Bucharest: Bask in the rich history of Bucharest and its lasting legacies.

  • Sinaia: Journey to the Carpathian Mountains and discover Peles Castle.

  • Brasov: Journey through the medieval streets of Brasov and discover its trading history.

  • Veliko Tarnovo: Discover the rich history of Veliko Tarnovo with a Local Specialist.

  • Sofia: Journey to Sofia and spend the day basking in the wonders of Bulgaria's modern-day capital.

  • Skopje: Join a Local Specialist on a city tour of the historic center of Skopje.

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Day 1: Welcome To Bucharest
Location:

Bucharest


Accommodation:

Mercure Bucharest Unirii


Meals Included:

Dinner


You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Paris when you explore the Belle-Époque atmosphere of Romania’s capital, Bucharest. Your first day will be free to explore the city your way, admiring the elegant boulevards that once hosted high society and an Old City filled with cobbled streets, Baroque architecture and vintage cafés. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. Why not toast to new friends with a shot of the local Pálinka to set the tone for your memorable journey?

Day 2: Journey To Transylvania And Braşov
Location:

Bucharest, Brasov


Accommodation:

Ana Sport


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Dinner


A full day of sightseeing stretches ahead, beginning in Bucharest where you’ll join a Local Specialist to delve into the city’s tumultuous history. See the immense Palace of the Parliament, one of the lasting legacies left behind by dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, whose extravagant tastes culminated in the world’s second-largest administrative building in stark contrast to the poverty of his people. Venture deep into the Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia and view Peleş Castle, the summer retreat of Romania’s first king. Then, continue to Braşov and check in to your hotel in Poiana Braşov ski resort. Enjoy traditional Romanian cuisine for dinner at your hotel against the backdrop of panoramic mountain views.

Day 3: Dracula’S Castle And More In Braşov Dive Into Culture
Location:

Brasov


Accommodation:

Ana Sport


Meals Included:

Breakfast


The highlight of the day is this morning’s visit to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. Dive Into Culture with a Local Specialist and learn about its history as the favorite royal residence of Queen Maria of Romania. Although the connection between the castle and Bram Stoker’s famous literary figure is tentative at best, its imposing walls, towering spires and secret passageways may convince you otherwise. Next, we journey to the medieval streets of Braşov. The city once stood at the crossroads of trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and western Europe, forging a melting pot of influences that can be seen to this day. Join a Local Specialist who will reveal the city’s trading history and Saxon roots as you walk around Town Hall Square and see the Black Church, so named following the damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689. Your evening is free to indulge in some of the local Transylvanian favorites or consider joining your travel companions for an optional dinner.

Day 4: Continue To Medieval Veliko Târnovo
Location:

Brasov, Veliko Tarnovo


Accommodation:

Yantra Grand


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Dinner


Head south, through ancient villages and tranquil landscapes across the Danube River into Bulgaria. Your journey ends in Veliko Târnovo, the 'City of the Tsars' and former capital of the Bulgarian Empire. Relax after your scenic drive and join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel. After dinner, resist the urge to retire early and take a stroll through the Old City admiring the Renaissance gems that line its winding streets.

Day 5: Onwards To Historic Sofia Stays With Stories
Location:

Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Sofia


Accommodation:

Astoria Grand


Meals Included:

Breakfast


The fairy-tale façades of Veliko Târnovo exude medieval history around every turn and your Local Specialist will reveal a rich history and culture befitting a former imperial capital. At the heart of the city is Tsarevets Fortress, which you’ll have an opportunity to visit as part of your sightseeing tour. Our next stop is the UNESCO-listed town of Arbanasi, renowned for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture and rich spiritual history reflected in the beautiful medieval frescoed churches that can be found here. Visit the Church of Holy Nativity before continuing to Sofia, where you’ll join a Local Specialist for an in-depth sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s modern-day capital including views of the golden-domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Sofia Church.

Day 6: Sofia Your Way
Location:

Sofia, Rila, Sofia


Accommodation:

Astoria Grand


Meals Included:

Breakfast


You’ll have a full day to explore this modern city built on Roman ruins. Once a thriving center for trade and crafts, Sofia’s history, culture and architecture have been influenced by Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and communists. Settle in to the relaxed atmosphere and take a stroll along its elegant boulevards or sit in a park and people-watch. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience to the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery, founded by the hermit St. Ivan of Rila in the 10th century. Later this evening, you may wish to get your foot tapping to the flurry of red skirts at a traditional folklore show.

Day 7: Journey To Macedonian Skopje Connect With Locals
Location:

Sofia, Skopje


Accommodation:

Holiday Inn


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Dinner


Cross the Macedonian border today, bound for Skopje, the capital, religious crossroads and a vibrant medieval trading center. See the Ottoman Empire's legacy in the mosques and bazaars as you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour this afternoon. Local flavors and stories are on the menu tonight as you Connect With Locals at an exclusive Be My Guest experience.

Day 8: Off To Albania And Tirana
Location:

Skopje, Tirana


Accommodation:

Hilton Garden Inn


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Dinner


Leaving North Macedonia behind, head to the Albanian capital of Tirana where, on arrival, you’ll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour. Delve into how the city has emerged from decades of communist rule into a vibrant, trendy tourism center – one where dour grey city blocks have been transformed into a kaleidoscope of colorful façades. You’ll view such highlights as the Palace of Culture, the National Library and the Clock Tower before enjoying dinner at your hotel.

Day 9: Journey To Montenegro’S Kotor And Budva
Location:

Tirana, Kotor, Budva


Accommodation:

Iberostar Slavija


Meals Included:

Breakfast


Soak up Montenegro’s natural beauty as you drive towards Kotor. You’ll have some time for lunch on your own and an orientation tour of this fortified town, tucked deep within enchanting fjord-like surrounds. Travel to Budva next where your Travel Director will provide an orientation tour before you have the rest of the day to explore 'Montenegro's Miami' on your own. Head to Stari Grad (the Old Town) surrounded by 15th-century ramparts to explore its labyrinthine lanes and small squares where you could choose to sit back and watch the world go by.

Day 10: Venture To Mostar And Sarajevo
Location:

Budva, Mostar, Sarajevo


Accommodation:

Novotel


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Dinner


In Mostar, a Local Specialist will lead you through its colorful cobbled streets. View the Stari Most and meet a traditional coppersmith artisan on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Head to Sarajevo next where you’ll delve into the rich religious and multicultural heritage that has earned it the nickname, the 'Jerusalem of Europe'. Tonight you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 11: Discover Sarajevo
Location:

Sarajevo


Accommodation:

Novotel


Meals Included:

Breakfast


Join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour of Sarajevo, which will reveal centuries of religious history reflected in its beautiful synagogues, mosques and Orthodox and Catholic churches. Visit the War Tunnel, an underground tunnel of hope that was built in 1993 during the Siege of Sarajevo, allowing war supplies and humanitarian aid to reach the city at the height of the Bosnian War. Then, enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own. Visit the Old Town and trace the Sarajevo Roses, dotted across the city as a stark reminder of that tumultuous time in the city’s history.

Day 12: On The Road To Belgrade
Location:

Sarajevo, Belgrade


Accommodation:

Mercure Excelsior


Meals Included:

Breakfast


Travel through lush forests, pastures and the Bosnian Mountains into Serbia – a scenic day of driving that will end in Belgrade. The 'White City' has a long history which you’ll have an opportunity to discover tomorrow.

Day 13: Explore Riverside Belgrade
Location:

Belgrade


Accommodation:

Mercure Excelsior


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Dinner


Your Local Specialist will share the sights and sounds of Belgrade from an insider’s perspective this morning. Delve into its Celtic, Roman, Serbian, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian history, then visit Kalemegdan Fortress, the symbol of the Serbian capital perched perfectly on a ridge overlooking the confluence of two great rivers. Discover how each of these empires has had a hand in rebuilding the fortress over the past 16 centuries. This evening, we reunite one final time for a rousing Farewell Dinner to reminisce over our shared travel experience.

Day 14: 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

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

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