All About Europe

What do you want from your All About Europe tour—historic treasures, amazing architecture, scenic beauty, and exciting cities? Whatever it is, this European vacation offers it to you! You’ve heard about gladiator contests in ancient Rome—now’s your chance to visit the Colosseum where the contests took place. You’ve seen photos of the Leaning Tower in Pisa—now’s your chance to take a photo of yourself pushing back at it. You’ve heard of the French Riviera—now’s your chance to drive along both the French and Italian Rivieras. You’ve watched the Olympics—now’s your chance to visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. You’ve heard how gorgeous the Swiss Alps are—now’s your time to see them in person. You’ve heard how the former communist countries in Eastern Europe have transformed into wonderful vacation destinations—now’s your time to visit Budapest, Bratislava, Sofia, and Belgrade to see for yourself.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In London, England

Check into your hotel. in the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts and the CosmosGO app are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Hotel: Novotel London West, 2 nights

Day 2: London

Enjoy free time for independent activities. Take a panoramic tour of London’s famous landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, we recommend our optional “Taste of London” excursion with dinner, followed by a guided illumination cruise on the Thames River.

Day 3: London – Paris, France

Transfer to the railway station and board the Eurostar Train to Paris with your Tour Director. Transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: Kyriad Bercy Village, 2 nights

Day 4: Paris

Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Paris starting with an included guided tour to see the sites and monuments.

Day 5: Paris – Chateaux Country – Tours – Bordeaux

Travel south to Blois and along the Loire Valley, stopping in Tours to see the well-preserved historic centre. Continue to Poitiers, beautifully situated on a rocky plateau. South again to the Grande Champagne wine-growing area. Spend the night in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne.

Hotel: Kyriad Prestige

Day 6: Bordeaux – Carcassonne – Barcelona, Spain

From the vineyards of the Gironde and the Garonne, travel eastward to Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Spend some time to admire what is perhaps the best-preserved medieval fortified town in Europe. Later, cross the Spanish border and travel through Catalonia to Barcelona.

Hotel: Porta Fira, 2 nights

Day 7: Barcelona

Your guided city tour includes a drive around Montjuic to see the Olympic Stadium and a panoramic view of the port and city. Continue to the city centre to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces (entrance fees not included).

Day 8: Barcelona – Arles, France – French Riviera

Back in France, head into the vineyard-covered region of the Herault for a stop in Arles. This is where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1888-1889, and produced more than 300 paintings and drawings. Continue skirting the stunning shoreline of the Mediterranean to arrive in the heart of the world-famous French Riviera.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Vieux Port at Nice, 2 nights

Day 9: French Riviera

A full day at leisure allows you to take advantage of everything the splendid Cote d’Azur has to offer. You might like to explore the Old Town, climb up Castle Hill for panoramic views of Nice, or spend some time in the Marc Chagall National Museum. Tonight, consider joining our optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion to the nearby Principality of Monaco.

Day 10: French Riviera – Venice Area, Italy

Enjoy a scenic drive along the French and italian Flower Rivieras. Then, cross the fertile Po River plains to the shores of the Adriatic to reach the Venice area.

Hotel: Poppi at Mira, 2 nights

Day 11: Venice Area

Your day begins with a Boat Ride to monumental St. Mark’s Square. Time at leisure here enables you to explore and absorb the unique atmosphere of this unforgettable city built on water. Watch a skilled Glassblower at work. How about a romantic optional gondola trip?

Day 12: Venice Area – Florence

Today, cross the verdant Apennine hills into italy’s most popular region-Tuscany! Arrive in Florence, the renowned “Cradle of the Renaissance.” An included walking tour with a Local Guide features all the most important sites, including Piazza della Signoria and the copy of the “David” by Michelangelo.

Hotel: Italiana Resort

Day 13: Florence – Pisa – Rome

Today, hop on a mini train in Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hotel: Oly Hotel, 2 nights

Day 14: Rome

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built, and Circus Maximus.

Day 15: Rome – Ancona (Embarkation) – Overnight Ferry Crossing To Patras, Greece

A day of scenic beauty awaits as you travel through the rugged Apennines past quaint, old-world villages on your way to Ancona on the Adriatic Sea. This afternoon, embark an overnight ferry for your Mediterranean Sea crossing.

Hotel: Overnight Ferry

Day 16: Patras (Disembarkation) – Olympia

Awaken surrounded by fresh sea air this morning as you cross the Mediterranean. This afternoon, disembark in Patras and make your way south for a visit to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, first held in 776 BC.

Hotel: Olympia Palace

Day 17: Olympia – Tripoli – Athens

This morning, discover the Olympia archaeological site with a Local Guide. Learn about the sacred precinct of Zeus, whose temple once housed a statue that was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Later, travel through the mountains of Arcadia into the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula. Cross the mighty Corinth Canal, then to Athens, capital of Greece and one of the world’s oldest cities. This evening, bask in the lively atmosphere of the old Plaka district with its welcoming tavernas and festive bouzouki music, or you could choose to join an optional Greek dinner.

Hotel: Ilissos or Acropolis Select, 2 nights

Day 18: Athens

The cradle of Western civilisation and birthplace of democracy, Athens offers so much to see and experience. included city sightseeing this morning features the highlights and a visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Later, explore the shops and museums or spend the afternoon swimming off the coast.

Day 19: Athens – Delphi – Thermopylae – Thessalonika

On the way to Delphi, your Tour Director will tell you all about the area’s fascinating history rooted in Greek mythology. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient sanctuary, dedicated to the god Apollo. Hear about the mystical Oracle and tour the Excavation Site, then visit the Archaeological Museum. Next is Thermopylae, site of the famous battle between the Spartans and Xerxes’ overwhelming Persian forces in 480 BC. See the Leonidas Monument, commemorating the Spartan king. Travel along the coast to Thessalonika for an overnight.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Palace

Day 20: Thessalonika – Sofia, Bulgaria

Cross the Bulgarian border and head north through the Struma River Valley, Spartacus’ mountainous homeland. in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, join your Local Guide for a city tour that includes the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National Theatre, and St. Sophia Church.

Hotel: Rosslyn Central Park

Day 21: Sofia – Nis, Serbia – Belgrade

On to Serbia. in NIS, visit the wellpreserved 18th-century Ottoman FORTRESS. Continue to Belgrade, capital of Serbia.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel M

Day 22: Belgrade – Szeged, Hungary – Budapest

Cross into Hungary. Stop at the border town of Szeged, with fabled ties to Attila the Hun and the ancient home of paprika. Later, arrive in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Ibis Castle Hill, 2 nights

Day 23: Budapest

Included sightseeing with a Local Guide today features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube River. See Heroes’ Square with its iconic monument and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Also see the Royal Castle, the aweinspiring Hungarian Parliament, Margaret island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church.

Day 24: Budapest – Gyor – Bratislava, Slovakia – Vienna, Austria

Head toward the Austrian border today and, along the way, stop in colourful Gyor with its narrow lanes, characteristic corner balconies, and baroque town centre. Continue to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, where medieval towers, fortifications, St. Michael’s Gate, and gothic St. Martin’s Church await your discovery. Cross into Austria and arrive in its dazzling capital-Vienna.

Hotel: Star inn Schonbrunn, 2 nights

Day 25: Vienna

Once the seat of the mighty Habsburg Empire and home to Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven, Hadyn, and Mozart, Vienna blends ornate baroque architecture with an irresistible musical heritage. On the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, admire the fabulous State Opera House and Parliament, and stroll through Heroes’ Square for views of splendid Hofburg Palace. in your free time, be sure to pop into one of the traditional coffee houses for a slice of heavenly Sachertorte, or you can join one of our exciting optional excursions!

Day 26: Vienna – Salzburg – Munich, Germany

Travel along the Danube to Mozart’s splendid hometown, Salzburg. There’s time here to discover the charming Getreidegasse, the town’s elegant main shopping street. On to Germany through green Bavarian landscapes to arrive in Munich.

Hotel: NH Neue Messe or Achat Premium South

Day 27: Munich – Bregenz, Austria – Lucerne, Switzerland

Your day begins with an orientation drive. See Munich’s beautiful main square, Marienplatz, and marvel at the world-famous Glockenspiel. Later, stop in Bregenz before skirting Lake Constance, then cross into Switzerland to head for Lucerne.

Hotel: Royal Hotel or Ibis Styles, 2 nights

Day 28: Lucerne

This morning’s visit introduces you to one of Switzerland’s finest cities. See the impressive city walls; Chapel Bridge, Europe’s oldest covered bridge; and the Lion Monument, a masterful stone sculpture honouring Louis XVi’s heroic Swiss Guard. A selection of optional activities is available to perfectly complete your day.

Day 29: Lucerne – Strasbourg, France – Trier, Germany

Cross into France today and spend some time at leisure in magical Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament. See the monumental gothic cathedral; taste the unique Franco-German cuisine; or explore the city’s historic heart in the magical La Petite France district. Return to Germany and head to ancient Trier for an overnight.

Hotel: Vienna House Easy

Day 30: Trier – Amsterdam Area, Holland

Through the industrial Ruhr region and then into the canal-crossed countryside of Holland to Amsterdam, vibrant capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On an included Canal Cruise, experience Amsterdam from water level, then stop to watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a Diamond Centre. Discover the main sites with a Local Guide and spend some time at leisure.

Hotel: Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol or Best Western Plus Amedia Airport

Day 31: Amsterdam Area

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 11$7,049.00Price on Application
May: 25$7,559.00Price on Application
June: 08$7,199.00Price on Application
June: 22$6,959.00Price on Application
July: 06, 20$7,059.00Price on Application
August: 03$6,899.00Price on Application
August: 24$7,049.00Price on Application
August: 31$7,189.00Price on Application
September: 07, 14$7,189.00Price on Application
September: 21, 28$7,049.00Price on Application
October: 12$6,839.00Price on Application
November: 02$6,309.00Price on Application
December: 22$5,479.00Price on Application
December: 31$6,199.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 30 breakfasts, 10 dinners
Transport: First-class air-conditioned coach while touring
Rail:Eurostar Train Ticket: London - Paris
Accommodation:29 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide: Professional Travel Director and host service in London
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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European Supreme

This all-embracing Discoveries trip of Europe, visits Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Athens, Assisi and more. It’s the A to Z of Europe. Thirteen countries – centuries of culture and history, mesmerising natural landscapes and a feast of flavours on one journey of discovery. From the architecture of Amsterdam to the medieval monuments of Germany, Austria and Bulgaria. Explore myths and legends in Greece, ancient history in Italy and the glittering capitals of Paris, Vienna and Budapest.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: London – Amsterdam

Bid farewell to England and the mystical White Cliffs of Dover as you board your ferry to France. Journey through the Belgian and Dutch countryside bound for Amsterdam, where you’ll spend a memorable evening exploring the capital’s scenic canals on a Welcome Reception cruise with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Hotel: Mercure City, 2 nights

Day 2: Amsterdam

Explore the maritime history, tree-lined canals and gabled façades of Amsterdam on an orientation of the city’s 17th-century canal ring district. Enjoy the rich aromas and flavours of Dutch cheese this afternoon in Volendam, where you’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ yet again and gain insights into traditional cheese-making and the crafting of Holland’s characteristic wooden clogs.

Day 3: Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

We cross the German border and board a cruise in Boppard. Journeying along the mighty Rhine past vineyard-clad hills and medieval castles, we disembark in St. Goar, avoiding the allure of the legendary Lorelei. We travel to the university city of Heidelberg to admire its magnificent ruined sandstone castle which stands imposingly overlooking the Neckar River.

Hotel: Mercure am Rathaus

Day 4: Rhineland – Munich – Innsbruck

Arriving in the Bavarian capital of Munich today, we see the Hofbrauhaus, City Hall and iconic Marienplatz with its Glockenspiel. Crossing the Austrian border, we arrive in Innsbruck for an orientation that will include views of St. Jakob’s Cathedral and Emperor Maximilian I’s glittering Golden Roof. This evening, consider a rousing evening of Tyrolean entertainment. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

Hotel: Hotel Innsbruck

Day 5: Innsbruck – Venice

Cross the snow-capped Alps to Italy today, travelling via the Brenner Pass to Venice, where you will join your travel companions for a delicious Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Novotel Mestre Castellana, 2 nights

Day 6: Venice

‘Dive Into Culture’ and gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of Venetian glassblowing. Glide through the waters of the Adriatic by private launch arriving in the gateway of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. Delve into the history of this beautiful Byzantine city, see the ornate Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square and the famous Bridge of Sighs. Spend the rest of your afternoon on your own exploring in the labyrinthine calle of this city of islands.

Day 7: Venice – Vienna

Journey through the Veneto plains, across the Styrian Alps and to Austria’s imperial capital of Vienna. Celebrate the city’s iconic reputation as the world’s music capital and perhaps consider an evening Optional Experience including dinner and entertainment.

Hotel: Hilton Danube Waterfront, 2 nights

Day 8: Vienna

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on an exploration of this elegant capital, including views of the State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg, once the home of the powerful Habsburg Dynasty. Spend the rest of your day at leisure, soaking up the cosy coffee culture or visiting such iconic sights as the Schonbrunn Palace with its exquisite gardens. This evening, perhaps indulge in Vienna’s intoxicating musical talent, enjoying a concert of classical music at one of the city’s concert halls, churches or palaces.

Day 9: Vienna – Ljubljana

Leave the City of Music behind, crossing the Slovenian border to Ljubljana. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour and delve into the ‘Beloved’ city’s iconic and unexpected highlights. Wander along the Baroque façades of its Old City and admire the medieval castle, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas, with its exquisite 18th century frescoes. Good food and good company are guaranteed as we ‘Connect With Locals’ during a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with a local Slovenian family. Learn about their life in one of the world’s greenest cities, as well as the role that honey plays in the country’s cuisine.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Plaza

Day 10: Ljubljana – Plitvice Lakes

Journey across the Croatian border and via Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park, where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided walking tour. Connect with the exquisite beauty of this UNESCO-listed natural wonder, admiring the cascade of spectacular waterfalls and crystal-clear waters reflecting green, grey and blue against the lush landscape. Witness panoramic views over the park from Tomicevo Pgledalo, then settle in for your overnight stay amidst this stunning backdrop.

Hotel: Jezero

Day 11: Plitvice Lakes – Dubrovnik

Journey south along the picture-perfect Dalmatian coast, past seaside villages to the ancient city of Dubrovnik – its terracotta rooftops appear to tumble into the waters of the cerulean Adriatic.

Hotel: Croatia Cavtat, 2 nights

Day 12: Dubrovnik

Stroll through the marble streets of the Pearl of the Adriatic on a Small Group Sightseeing tour with a ‘Local Specialist’. Admire the Rector’s Palace, Onofrio’s Fountain and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Consider taking a sunset cruise along the spectacular Dalmatian coast to enjoy a delicious local dinner.

Day 13: Dubrovnik – Tirana

Journey to Kotor, an enchanting medieval city, perched on the deepest natural fjord-like bay in the Mediterranean. Travel through Montenegro into Albania and overnight in its colourful capital of Tirana. Explore the previously communist-dominated capital with a ‘Local Specialist’, including such highlights as the Skanderbeg square and the Palace of Culture. Wander up the main boulevard and see the Prime Ministry building, the Presidential office and the Pyramid Building.

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Day 14: Tirana – Kalambaka

We travel to Greece, enjoying views of the scenic Plains of Thessaly en route to Kalambaka with its gravity-defying Meteora monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers.

Hotel: Amalia

Day 15: Kalambaka – Delphi – Athens

We cross the fertile Thessaly region and see the battle site at Thermopylae, where the heroic Leonidas and brave Spartans battled against the invading Persians. We arrive at the centre of the world and Mount Parnossos, joining a ‘Local Specialist’ to explore the ancient sanctuary of Delphi and seat of the most important oracle in the ancient classical world. Wander through the centuries-old ruins of the Sacred Way to the 5th-century Temple of Apollo and marvel at the site where athletes once competed in the Pythian Games held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. We arrive in Athens this evening.

Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis, 4 nights

Day 16: Athens

Spend the day discovering the birthplace of democracy – a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy. Stroll through the tiny, colourful alleyways of Plaka, join Athenians for a noisy coffee stop at an open-air café or consider embarking on our three-day Aegean Cruise.

Day 17: Athens

Today is yours to embrace the spirited atmosphere of the Greek capital. Perhaps, venture by funicular to Mount Lycabettus for the most magnificent views of the sprawling city below, watch the pageantry of the changing of the Evzoni or join an Optional Experience.

Day 18: Athens

Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling Central Market this morning. Maybe admire the remarkable antiquities and remnants of Ancient Greece at the fascinating Acropolis Museum or wander through the colourful stalls of Monastiraki Square.

Day 19: Athens Sightseeing – At Sea

Travel to the heart of ancient Athens, back to a time of philosophers and great thinkers. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to marvel at the ancient Acropolis, see the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, and view the stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. We cross the Corinth Canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea and board our overnight ferry in Patras en route to Italy.

Hotel: Overnight Ferry

Day 20: Ancona – Assisi

Spend today worshipping the sunshine, as we sail up the dramatic Adriatic coast towards Ancona. This evening we arrive in the mystical medieval town of Assisi, the home and final resting place of beloved St. Francis.

Hotel: Grand Hotel

Day 21: Assisi Sightseeing – Sorrento

Join your ‘Local Specialist’ today and enjoy a sightseeing tour to see the Basilica of St. Francis. We pass the Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino before arriving in the sophisticated seaside retreat of Sorrento.

Hotel: La Residenza

Day 22: Sorrento – Pompeii – Rome

We join a ‘Local Specialist’ in Pompeii to hear the story of this remarkable ancient Roman settlement buried under ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Continuing through the green and golden countryside of Lazio, we arrive in Rome, the ‘Eternal City’ this evening.

Hotel: Barceló Aran Mantegna, 2 nights

Day 23: Rome

Visit the centre of Christianity, the Vatican City. ‘Dive Into Culture’ with your ‘Local Specialist’ and ascend the spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Then, admire Michelangelo’s exquisite frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, before crossing the Tiber to visit the Colosseum. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Sit on the Spanish Steps or indulge in a cappuccino on the Piazza Navona. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Regional Dinner in Rome.

Day 24: Rome – Florence

Journeying north through the beautiful landscapes of Umbria and Tuscany, we arrive in the Renaissance city of Florence. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of some of the city’s iconic sites. View Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned bronze doors, and visit Piazza della Signoria. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft.

Hotel: Nilhotel

Day 25: Florence – Engelberg

Travel north across the snow-capped Alps into Switzerland, past beautiful Lake Lugano, continuing along the scenic St. Gotthard route into central Switzerland. We spend the next two nights in the popular winter sports resort town of Engelberg.

Hotel: H+ Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 26: Lucerne

The lakeside setting of Lucerne is ours to explore today. Pay tribute to the brave Swiss Guard at the Lion Monument and admire the wooden Chapel Bridge with its exquisite ceiling. Spend the rest of the day ambling through the medieval streets with their characteristic painted façades, or perhaps embark on an Operational Experience up one of the surrounding peaks.

Day 27: Engelberg – Paris

We cross into France and traverse the rolling Burgundy vineyards en route to the glittering capital of Paris. The City of Light shines brightly tonight as you explore the grand boulevards on your terms. Enjoy dinner at a cosy bistro or consider attending a colourful Parisian Cabaret performance.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Neuilly, 2 nights

Day 28: Paris

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ today for an informative sightseeing tour of the French capital. Drive along the Champs Élysées and see the Place de la Concorde. View Notre Dame and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. This evening, we celebrate an epic European voyage with newfound friends and our Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 29: Paris – London

Departing Paris, we head north to Calais and bid France a fond farewell as we board a ferry to Dover and return to London.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 30$9,895.00$12,925.00
May: 14$9,895.00$12,925.00
May: 28$9,995.00$13,025.00
June: 11, 18$10,350.00$13,380.00
July: 02, 16, 30$10,350.00$13,380.00
August: 13, 27$10,350.00$13,380.00
September: 03, 10$10,350.00$13,380.00
September: 17$10,125.00$13,155.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 28 breakfasts, 13 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry: Ferry Crossing from Dover - Bruges - Dover
Accommodation:27 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Treasures of the Balkans & Transylvania

Discover the treasures of the Balkans on this adventure that starts in Budapest, the lively city on the Danube. Guided sightseeing introduces you to the highlights, including the Royal Castle, Parliament, and Fishermen’s Bastion. Next, head south through ever-changing landscapes to Novi Sad, famous for its citadel, then Serbia’s capital of Belgrade and the breathtaking gorges leading into Bulgaria. Explore Sofia with its ornate orthodox churches; visit Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and explore Plovdiv’s charming Old Town and Roman Amphitheater. Continue to medieval Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi before arriving in beautiful Bucharest, Romania, for two overnights. On to the picturesque mountains, fortified villages, and castles of Transylvania. Visit Sinaia Monastery and Bran Castle, the medieval dwelling of legendary Count Dracula. Enjoy additional stops in enchanting Sighisoara and Cluj-Napoca, and return to Budapest for the final overnight on this outstanding holiday.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 01: Arrive In Budapest, Hungary

Check into your hotel. Take advantage of the CosmosGO app to visit Budapest at leisure. in the early evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Ibis Styles City West, 2 nights

Day 02: Budapest

Budapest is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, from Gothic to Baroque; Neoclassical to Art Nouveau, but also full of history, a food capital, and surprisingly rich in thermal waters. Discover all of this and more during the guided city tour.

Day 03: Budapest – Novi Sad, Serbia – Belgrade

Travel to Serbia. Stop in Novi Sad, capital of the province, situated on the Danube River and famous for its Petrovaradin Citadel, the fortress known in the west as the “Gibraltar of the Danube.” Continue to Belgrade, and discover the capital of Serbia on a guided city sightseeing tour.

Hotel: Best Western Hotel

Day 04: Belgrade – Sofia, Bulgaria

Cross the border into Bulgaria to arrive in the capital city of Sofia. Join a Local Guide for a city tour that includes the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Bojana Church, a medieval Bulgarian orthodox church listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Theatre, and St. Sofia Church.

Hotel: Crystal Palace, 2 nights

Day 05: Sofia – Excursion to Rila Monastery

This morning, discover Rila Monastery with its colourful frescoes, located inside a nature park. its checkered history goes back to ivan Rilski, a hermit who founded it in 927. During the long Turkish rule over the country, the monastery became a beacon of Bulgarian culture. Return to Sofia.

Day 06: Sofia – Plovdiv – Veliko Tarnovo

Head eastwards to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city, located along the banks of the Maritsa River. Stop here to visit the charming Old Town and the ROMAN Amphitheatre. Journey northwards through fine scenery over the Stara Planina Mountains to Veliko Tarnovo.

Hotel: Yantra Grand Hotel

Day 07: Veliko Tarnovo – Bucharest, Romania

Today, time to see some of the highlights of Veliko Tarnovo, located on the Yantra River. During the Middle Ages, it was Bulgaria’s capital and it still retains some of its most attractive medieval features. Visit nearby Arbanassi, world famous for its house design, a cross between a dwelling and a fortress. The village is known as an architectural and historic reserve and was at one time the summer residence of Bulgarian kings. One of the highlights of the visit is the Church Of The Nativity, built in 1637. Carry on north to Rousse and cross the Danube to reach Bucharest.

Hotel: Pullman, 2 nights

Day 08: Bucharest

Flower-festooned parks, gardens, and wide boulevards shaded by century-old trees contribute to Bucharest’s beauty. The highlight of your sightseeing tour is a visit to the open-air Village Museum, a unique collection of traditional farmhouses, cottages, windmills, watermills, and artisans’ workshops from all parts of the country. Your Local Guide will show you other places of interest, including the Government Victoria Palace, the Royal Palace, and the Savings Palace. There is also an optional afternoon visit to the massive Romanian Parliament, known as the “House of the People”.

Day 09: Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov

Travel to Sinaia in the Prahova Valley. This is a lovely ski resort, almost 3,300 feet above sea level. While in Sinaia, there will be time to visit the Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle, considered among the most romantic castles in the world. Only a few more miles and you reach Brasov, a lovely medieval town famous for its town square filled with baroque architecture and outdoor cafes.

Hotel: Aro Palace, 2 nights

Day 10: Brasov

This morning, depart for Bran and visit its legendary Castle, built in 1377 and inhabited by Vlad the impaler-better known as Dracula. in the afternoon, a walking orientation of the Old Town of Brasov includes a visit to the Black Church, followed by leisure time.

Day 11: Brasov – Sighisoara – Cluj-Napoca

Stop in Sighisoara, a medieval town with 11 towers within the city walls that surround cobblestone streets, ancient houses, and churches-one of Romania’s prettiest towns. Legend has it that it is also the birthplace of the notorious Vlad (Dracula). Continue to Cluj-Napoca, the film capital of Romania.

Hotel: Golden Tulip Ana Dome

Day 12: Cluj-Napoca – Budapest, Hungary

Cross the border at Oradea into Hungary and return to Budapest.

Hotel: Ibis Styles City West

Day 13: Budapest

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 14$2,739.00$3,603.00
April: 21$2,809.00$3,673.00
April: 28$2,909.00$3,773.00
May: 05, 12, 26$2,909.00$3,773.00
June: 02, 09$2,979.00$3,843.00
June: 23$3,029.00$3,893.00
July: 14$2,939.00$3,803.00
July: 21$2,879.00$3,743.00
August: 04, 11, 18$2,879.00$3,743.00
August: 25$2,939.00$3,803.00
September: 01, 08, 15$2,909.00$3,773.00
September: 22$2,809.00$3,673.00
September: 29$2,739.00$3,603.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver.
Local Guides for city Sightseeing in Budapest, Sofia, Bucharest & Peles Castle
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
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Treasures of the Balkans

This is where the sway of the Mediterranean meets Central Europe and blends with the exotic East. From the Danube to Dracula’s castle, there is history at every turn.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Bucharest

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.

Join a Local Expert for a sightseeing to view University Square and the former communist headquarters. Visit the immense Parliament Palace, one of the largest buildings in the world. Travel along the Prahova Valley to the elegant mountain resort of Sinaia to visit Peleș Castle, the former summer residence of Romania’s first royal family. Led by a local historian, admire the lavish rooms filled with art, armour and tapestries. Continue through the Carpathian Mountains to the charming medieval city of Brașov, founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights. This evening you are treated to a sumptuous dinner at a local restaurant.

With your Local Expert, take a walk around Town Hall Square, lined with beautiful red-roofed houses and dominated by the Black Church. Then, picture a horse and carriage careering up a wet mountainous road, thunder booming and lightning illuminating the medieval fortress guarding the Transylvanian border. Visit Bran Castle, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel and discover if this popular image of Dracula’s castle is true or like the vampire story itself, only a myth.

Day 4: Veliko Tarnovo

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 specialties and wine, followed by an authentic folklore show.

Day 5: To Sofia

In the morning, see the Monument of the Assens, before meeting 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.

Day 6: Sofia at Your Pace

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?

Day 7: Skopje

Cross the border and continue to the 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.

Day 8: Ohrid and Tirana on the Move

Making your way to the border, stop by the scenic Lake Ohrid for lunch. As you cross into Albania and journey to Tirana, renowned for its friendly locals, you are joined by a resident expert. Continue to the landmark Skanderbeg Square for an insider’s look at the Albanian capital.

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.

Day 10: Dubrovnik

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. At night you may choose from a fine selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

Day 11: Dubrovnik, Paradise on Earth

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 explore some of the filming locations of the award-winning series ‘Game of Thrones’ and appreciate the enterprising spirit of the Old Harbour? As the sun starts to set, maybe take a relaxing cruise to admire the city and its incredible walls from the water.

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 Old Town stretching on both sides of the bridge and filled with shops selling souvenirs. 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.

Start the morning with sightseeing. Visit the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum and talk to one of the survivors, for whom the Siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment in his life. With a Local Expert, see the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated sparking World War 1. The rest of the afternoon is for you to explore as you wish.

Day 14: The Serbian Capital of Belgrade

Trace your way along the Drina river, that lies on the border of Serbia and Bosnia and 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.

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.

Day 16: Across to Budapest

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.

Venture into the heart of Buda’s medieval Castle District with a Local Expert to visit Matthias Church and take in the view of the immense Hungarian Parliament Building from the Fisherman’s Bastion. 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.

Day 18: Depart Budapest

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

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 27$6,295.00$7,585.00
May: 11, 18$6,295.00$7,585.00
May: 25$6,325.00$7,655.00
June: 08$6,325.00$7,655.00
June: 15, 22$6,450.00$7,655.00
July: 06, 20 $6,450.00$7,925.00
August: 03, 17, 24$6,450.00$7,925.00
August: 31$6,495.00$7,925.00
September: 07, 14$6,495.00$8,025.00
September: 21$6,395.00$7,585.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 10 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 17 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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