Multi-Day Tour

Budapest to Istanbul (13 days)

G Adventures Inc.

Budapest, Hungary To Istanbul, Turkey

Valid for Departures: 26 Jul 2018 - 20 Oct 2019

Budapest to Istanbul (13 days)

Day 4

Sighisora/Brasov

Day 8

Veliko Tarnovo

Day 9

Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Budapest, Hungary
None None
Day 1 Budapest: There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2
Budapest, Hungary
None Breakfast
Day 2 Budapest/Sibiu: 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)
Day 3
Sibiu, Romania
None None
Day 3 Sibiu/Sighisora: Explore Sighisoara's medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars. 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. Transport: Local train
Day 4
Sighisora/Brasov
None Breakfast
Day 4 Sighisora/Brasov: Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Sighi?oara's countryside. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches. In the early evening, transfer to Brasov - the best preserved medieval city in Romania. Included Activities: Sighi?oara Region Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 5
Brasov, Romania
None Breakfast
Day 5 Brasov: 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
Day 6
Brasov, Romania
None Breakfast
Day 6 Brasov/Bucharest: 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
Day 7
Bucharest, Romania
None Breakfast
Day 7 Bucharest/Veliko Tarnovo: Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city. Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 8
Veliko Tarnovo
None Breakfast
Day 8 Veliko Tarnovo: 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
Day 9
Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia
None Breakfast
Day 9 Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia: 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
Day 10
Sofia, Bulgaria
None Breakfast
Day 10 Sofia/Plovdiv: Opt to relax over coffee and a Bulgarian baklava, a specialty of the area. Transport: Train
Day 11
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
None Breakfast
Day 11 Plovdiv/Istanbul: Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an overnight bus to Istanbul. Transport: Transfer by bus to Istanbul and arrive just before dinner and some free time to explore. Local bus
Day 12
Istanbul, Turkey
None None
Day 12 Istanbul: After getting the lay of the land with a local guide, spend some free time visiting all you can in this eclectic city straddling two continents. In the evening, there are plenty of cool little bars and restaurants to celebrate the end of an amazing journey over a raki or two. Included Activities: Istanbul Guided Walking Tour
Day 13
Istanbul, Turkey
None Breakfast
Day 13 Istanbul: We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully enjoy this vibrant city.

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Description

From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairytale villages, this tour from Budapest to Istanbul is definitely the road less travelled, but absolutely a worthy adventure to take. Over 13 days, you’ll explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces, "Dracula’s Castle" in Transylvania, and much more. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and exploration, you'll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.

About Us

G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering the widest selection of affordable small group tours, safaris and expeditions all over the world. Founded by entrepreneur owner Bruce Poon Tip in 1995 and powered by an international team of passionate change makers, G Adventures was the first adventure travel company to offer 100% guaranteed departures in 2013. With nearly 700 itineraries and 110,000 travelers each year, G Adventures' award-winning trips put travelers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife. For more information, please visit: www.gadventures.com.

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