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Budapest to Sofia Adventure
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From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairytale villages, get on the train from Budapest to Istanbul definitely the road less travelled, but absolutely a worthy adventure to take. Over 13 days, youll explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces, Draculas Castle in Transylvania, and much more all accessed via comfortable trains. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and exploration off the train, you'll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.


Duration: 10 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158743
Starts: Budapest, Hungary Finishes: Sofia, Bulgaria
You will visit
  • Budapest
  • Sofia

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Budapest

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Budapest/Sibiu (1B)

Enjoy an orientation walk of Budapest to get a feel for this westernized city with eastern charm. Opt to spend free time visiting Buda Castle, wandering the streets of Pest, or soaking in a thermal bath. In the evening, board an overnight train to Sibiu.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Sibiu/Sighișoara

Explore Sighisoara's medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars.

Enjoy a half-day guided tour of the area. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches.

Sample some Romanian cuisine—the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad, the model for Count Dracula) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region.

Included Activities:
Sighișoara Region Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 90km)

04

Day 4: Sighișoara/Braşov (1B)

Enjoy charming Brasov. Opt to explore the 'Black Church' or enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafés. Walk in the medieval centre, one of the best preserved in Romania.



Transport:
Train (3.00 hour(s))

05

Day 5: Braşov (1B)

Impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley, this 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore. Soak in the gorgeous countryside as you learn about the creepier side of Romania.

Included Activities:
Bran Castle Visit

06

Day 6: Braşov/Bucharest (1B)

Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharest's international cuisine.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Train (4.00 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Bucharest/Veliko Tŭrnovo (1B)

Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Veliko Tŭrnovo

Hike to the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo. Opt to go mountain biking or view the murals at the Church of the Nativity.

Included Activities:
Hike to Arbanasi Village

09

Day 9: Veliko Tŭrnovo/Sofia (1B)

A mix of western grandeur and Soviet bulk, Sofia boasts a gold-domed church and delicious international dining.

Sample modern takes on Bulgarian and international food, with some great trendy dining opportunities.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)

10

Day 10: Sofia (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Budapest orientation walk
    • Romanian villages and countryside tour (half-day, from Sighisoara)
    • 'Dracula's Castle' (Bran)
    • Bucharest orientation tour
    • Hike to Arbanasi village
    • Sofia orientation walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/pensions (8 nts), overnight train (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, public bus, private vehicle, metro, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover the rich and varied culture of Eastern Europe
  • Visit 'Dracula's Castle' and charming Slavic villages
  • Explore the spectacular cities of Budapest and Sofia.