From Budapest to The Golden Horn

Duration: 14 days / 13 days
Country: Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Hungary

Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey

A journey in 4 countries, 2 continents, 2 seas and one of the biggest rivers in the Old World

Highlights:

  • Explore Eastern Europe’s Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey with their biggest historical and cultural treasures
  • Fully escorted tour with a professional tour guide in English or in Chinese
  • Accommodation in First class (4*) hotels with all service charges and taxes

Most important objects and attractions:

  • Budapest – city of lights, Eastern European Perl along the Danube river
  • Bucharest – the Little Paris of the East
  • Sofia – one of the most ancient cities in Europe with 8500 years of history
  • Istanbul – the city of two continent, the Citadel of the Emperors
  • Visit many castles, one of which is Drakula castle – the most famous vampire in the world
  • Numerous monuments of UNESCO world heritage list

Day 1 – Budapest (D)

Arrival at Budapest. Transfer from the airport and accommodation in the chosen hotel.

Dinner at a Chinese restaurant and overnight.

Day2 – Budapest: the Beauty on the Danube River (B, L, D)

After breakfast – panoramic city tour of Budapest with the most interesting and famous sights of the Hungarian capital, like House of Parliament (inside visit), Castle District, Citadel, Andrássy Avenue, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Opera House and Heroes’ Square. See all the wonderful sights of Budapest; the nicest squares, monuments and churches of the city and the unique panorama of the river Danube!

Afternoon free at leisure or shopping.

Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – Budapest – Timisoara: The Romanian West (B, L, D)

After breakfast – transfer to Timisoara – the largest city in the Western part of Romania built on the site of an ancient Roman fortress. Lunch in a local restaurant. A city tour of Timisoara follows: the Union Square (former Dome Square), the old fortress’ walls, Dome-church, Pillar of the Plague, Bastion, “House with the Iron Tree”, Statue of St. Mary and Huniade Castle.

Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight in the hotel.

Day 4 – Timisoara –Hunedoara – Sibiu: The Biggest Medieval City (B, L, D)

After breakfast – departure to the biggest medieval city in Romania – Sibiu. Firt we will visit the Huniadi Castle in Hunedoara. In the afternoon we arrive to Sibiu. The city was voted as European Capital of Culture for 2007. Visit to the old part of the town with the Clock tower and the old style houses.

Accommodation, dinner and overnight in hotel, located next to the pedestrian zone.

Day 5 – Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara (The Birthhouse of Vlad Dracula) – Brasov (B, L, D)

After breakfast we drive to Biertan. This church-castels is over 750 yers old and it is also an UNESCO – Monument. Biertan was the Evangelic Bishop Residence until 17th century. Follows visit of one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Romania – Sighisoara. Visit of the Citadel – a 12th century Saxon edifice located in the historic center of the city. Still occupied, the citadel is listed as a World Heritage Site. Lunch in the famous restaurant «Vlad Drakula», located in the same house where the popular character of the British writer Bram Stoker was born.

Next is visit of Brasov – a medieval city, founded in 12-th century. Sightseeing tour of the perfectly-preserved historical city center and the Black Church – the main Gothic style monument in the country. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Brasov.

Day 6 – Brasov – Bran (Dracula Castle) – Sinaia – Bucharest (The Little Paris of the East) (B, L, D)

After breakfast – departure to Bran village, where the world famous Dracula castle is located. You will meet with Dracula – the most famous vampire in the world in his castle.

Next comes the mountain resort Sinaia – “the pearl of the Carpathian Mountains”.

Visit to the Peles Castle – the summer residence of the Romanian royal family, dated back to XIX c. You can see a rich collection of old furniture, carpets, weapons and armors.

In the late afternoon – arrival in Bucharest.

Accommodation, dinner and overnight in the center of Bucharest.

Day 7 – Bucharest (B, L, D)

After breakfast – city tour of Bucharest by bus with interior visit of Palace of Parliament (the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon in USA), the Royal Palace, the University’s Library, the City-Hall and other interesting sights of the city, called “the little Paris” because of the similar architecture style of the buildings.

In the afternoon – free time for shopping. Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 8 – Bucharest – Ruse – The rock churches of Ivanovo– Veliko Tarnovo (B, L, D)

After breakfast – departure to Bulgaria. Crossing the Danube River to reach Ruse – the main Bulgarian river port. Panoramic tour by bus in Ruse.

In the afternoon will drive to the old capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo. Visit Arbanassi village, which have been a residence of the Bulgarian Kings and church of the Nativity with its unique frescoes.

Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 9 – Veliko Tarnovo – Sofia (B, L, D)

After breakfast – city tour of Veliko Tarnovo with visit of historical hill Tsarevets with the Fortress and the Patriarchal church and the tower of Baldwin. Shopping opportunity at the old craftsmen street Samovodska charshiya.

Departure to Sofia.

Afternoon walking city tour around the Bulgarian capital – a 8500 old city called “My Rome” by Emperor Constantine The Great. Visit to the most fascinating places of interest: the forum of Ancient Serdica (the old name of the city) with the newest archeological discoveries from Roman time which are exhibited next to the Bulgarian presidency.

Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Sofia.

Day 10 – Sofia – Rila Monastery – Sofia (B, L, D)

After breakfast – take off to the Rila monastery – UNESCO monument, founded in 10th c. It was the biggest Bulgarian medieval spiritual centre with rich collection of icons, wall-paintings, old-printed books – some 15 000 volumes, etc.

Lunch in restaurant near the monastery famous with its dishes of fresh trout.

Drive back to Sofia. Late afternoon and evening free at leisure or shopping.

Dinner and overnight in Sofia.

Day 11 – Sofia – Kazanlak (The Valley of the Roses) – Plovdiv (B, L, D)

Departure to Kazanlak – the capital of the Rose valley.

The sightseeing tour of Kazanlak includes the UNESCO listed Thracian Kazanlak tomb (replica) dating back to the 4th c. B.C., and the Historical museum, where the recently discovered gold and bronze treasures from the Valley of Thracian kings are displayed.

Departure to Skobelevo village to visit the Ethnographical Complex “Damascene” – a family run rose distillery, where the hosts will demonstrate how the famous Bulgarian rose oil (used in the perfumery) is produced.

Late in the afternoon – a drive to Plovdiv, accommodation, dinner in a local restaurant and overnight in the hotel.

Day 12 – Plovdiv – Istanbul: Border of Two Continents (B, L, D)

After breakfast – city tour around Plovdiv – the city of the seven hills – one of the oldest cities in Europe, built in IV c. BC from the King Philip of Macedonia. Visit of the Roman stadium and the quarter with Renaissance houses from XIX c. Plovdiv is announced for European Capital of Culture for 2019!

Transfer to Istanbul – a city on two continents, an Emperors’ Citadel and a guard of the secular Turkey of today.

Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 13 – Istanbul – city tour (B, L, D)

Panoramic city tour of Istanbul – the Egyptian Obelisk, the Blue Mosque, St. Sofia Church, Sultan’s Palace Topkapi, the famous Grand Bazaar (or Covered Bazaar, Kapalıçarşı in Turkish) and the Egyptian Market (spices and other goods).

Afternoon free at leisure or shopping.

Optional: Boat trip along Bosporus – border of two continents.

Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 14 – Istanbul (B)

After breakfast – transfer to the airport and flight back home.

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