Tour Type: Regional Explorer
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain 2021

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.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • Explore Bucharest, Brasov, Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Skopje, Tirana, Mostar, Sarajevo and Belgrade with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Kotor and Budva
  • Visit Bran Castle in Brasov, Tsaravets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, the Church of the Nativity in Arbanasi, Sofia, Skopje, Tirana, Kotor, Budva, Mostar, the War Tunnel in Sarajevo and Kalmegdan Fortress in Belgrade
  • View Peles Castle in Sinaia, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Sofia Church in Sofia, the Palace of Culture and the National library in Tirana and the Stari Most in Mostar
  • See the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest
Dining Highlights
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 6/30/2021
Duration
14 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1BucharestWelcome to Bucharest: You'd be forgiven for thinking you were in Paris when you explore the Belle-Epoque 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 cafes. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Why not toast to new friends with a shot of the local Palinka to set the tone for your memorable journey?
InterContinental
Day 2Transylvania and BrasovJourney to Transylvania and Brasov: 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 Ceausescu, 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 Peles Castle, the summer retreat of Romania's first king. Then, continue to Brasov and check in to your hotel in Poiana Brasov ski resort. Enjoy traditional Romanian cuisine for dinner at your hotel against the backdrop of panoramic mountain views.
Ana Sport
Day 3Dracula's Castle and More in BrasovDracula's Castle and More in Brasov: 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 favourite royal residence of Queen Maria of Romania. Although the connection between the castle and Bram Stoker's famous literary figure are tentative at best, its imposing walls, towering spires and secret passageways may convince you otherwise. Next, we journey to the medieval streets of Brasov. 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 favourites, or consider joining your travel companions for an optional dinner.
Day 4Medieval Veliko TarnovoContinue to Medieval Veliko Tarnovo: Head south, through ancient villages and tranquil landscapes across the Danube River into Bulgaria. Your journey ends in Veliko Tarnovo, 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.
Yantra Grand
Day 5SofiaOnwards to Historic Sofia: The fairy-tale facades of Veliko Tarnovo 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 the Nativity before we continue 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. Later, check in to your unique Stays With Stories accommodation, the Marinela Hotel designed by renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, bringing a touch of Japan to the heart of historic Sofia. The hotel's tranquil Japanese Garden was modelled after the 400 year old garden across the globe in the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo.
Marinela
Day 6SofiaSofia Your Way: You'll have a full day to explore this modern city built on Roman ruins. Once a thriving centre 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 7Cross to Macedonian SkopjeCross to Macedonian Skopje: Cross the Macedonian border today, bound for Skopje, the capital, religious crossroads and a vibrant medieval trading centre. See the legacy of the Ottomans in the mosques and bazaars as you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour this afternoon. Local flavours and stories are on the menu tonight as you Connect With Locals at an exclusive Be My Guest experience, perhaps with some of the local rakija on hand to toast to new friends.
Holiday Inn
Day 8Albania and TiranaOff to Albania and Tirana: Leaving Macedonia behind, head to the Albanian capital of Tirana where you'll join a Local Specialist on arrival for a sightseeing tour. Delve into how the city has emerged from decades of communist rule into a vibrant, trendy tourism centre - one where dour grey city blocks have been transformed into a kaleidoscope of colourful facades. You'll view such highlights as the Palace of Culture, the National Library and the Clock Tower before enjoying dinner at your hotel.
Hilton Garden Inn
Day 9Montenegro's Kotor and BudvaJourney to Montenegro's Kotor and Budva: 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.
Falkensteiner
Day 10Mostar and SarajevoVenture to Mostar and Sarajevo: Leave the shimmering Adriatic coast for Mostar, a multicultural city that has restored itself with enviable verve following the Bosnian War. A Local Specialist will lead you through its colourful cobbled streets and you'll view the Stari Most Ottoman-style bridge reconstructed entirely using traditional methods. 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.
Novotel Bristol
Day 11SarajevoDiscover Sarajevo: 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. You could choose to join your travel companions for an optional dinner this evening.
Day 12BelgradeOn the Road to Belgrade: 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 explore tomorrow.
Mercure Excelsior
Day 13BelgradeExplore Riverside Belgrade: 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 and perched perfectly on a ridge overlooking the confluence of two great rivers. Discover how each of these empires have 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 14BelgradeFarewell Belgrade: Our journey through the Balkans has come to an end. All that's left is to say a fond dovidenja as you bid your new friends farewell. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
Dates/Pricing

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04/25/2021$3,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
05/02/2021$3,125.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
05/16/2021$3,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
05/30/2021$3,150.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/06/2021$3,150.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/20/2021$3,150.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
06/27/2021$3,150.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/11/2021$3,195.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/25/2021$3,195.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/08/2021$3,195.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/29/2021$3,150.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/05/2021$3,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/12/2021$3,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/19/2021$3,125.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/26/2021$3,095.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
10/03/2021$2,825.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/10/2021$2,825.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
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