Multi-Day Tour

Treasures of the Balkans (Summer 2018) (19 days)

Insight Vacations, Inc.

Your Journey Begins To Budapest, Hungary

Valid for Departures: 05 Aug 2018 - 23 Aug 2018

Treasures of the Balkans (Summer 2018) (19 days)

Day 1

Your Journey Begins

Day 2

Welcome To Bucharest.

Day 3

From Bucharest To Bra?ov.

Day 4

Transylvania: Castles, Myths And Legends.

Day 5

Veliko Tarnovo, The City Of The Tsars.

Day 6

From The Old Bulgarian Capital To The New.

Day 7

Sofia At Your Pace.

Day 8

Skopje And Ohrid.

Day 9

Tirana On The Move.

Day 10

Kotor And Dubrovnik, Pearl Of The Adriatic.

Day 11

Dubrovnik Sightseeing And Time At Leisure.

Day 13

Mostar And Sarajevo.

Day 15

The Serbian Capital Of Belgrade.

Day 16

The Best Of Belgrade.

Day 17

Across The Wild Puszta To Budapest.

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
05 Aug 2018
Your Journey Begins
None None
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day 2
06 Aug 2018
Welcome To Bucharest.
Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest. None
Transfers depart Henri Coanda 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.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 3
07 Aug 2018
From Bucharest To Bra?ov.
Aro Palace None
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 Alpine resort of Sinaia to visit Pele? 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 Bra?ov, founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 4
08 Aug 2018
Transylvania: Castles, Myths And Legends.
Aro Palace None
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.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 5
09 Aug 2018
Veliko Tarnovo, The City Of The Tsars.
Yantra Grand Hotel None
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.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 6
10 Aug 2018
From The Old Bulgarian Capital To The New.
Hilton Sofia. None
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. At the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arbanassi, visit a traditional 17th century merchants' house and enjoy the acoustics in 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.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 7
11 Aug 2018
Sofia At Your Pace.
Hilton Sofia. None
(Relaxed Start) 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?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 8
12 Aug 2018
Skopje And Ohrid.
Hotel Belvedere None
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. Then head for mountain-ringed Lake Ohrid, its shores dotted with monasteries and villages.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 9
13 Aug 2018
Tirana On The Move.
Sheraton Tirana Hotel. None
In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the narrow streets of Ohrid's Old Town. 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.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 10
14 Aug 2018
Kotor And Dubrovnik, Pearl Of The Adriatic.
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik. None
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. Lovcen, 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.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 11
15 Aug 2018
Dubrovnik Sightseeing And Time At Leisure.
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik. None
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.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 12
16 Aug 2018
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik. None
(Relaxed Start) Spend another 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 film 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.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 13
17 Aug 2018
Mostar And Sarajevo.
Hotel Bristol Sarajevo. None
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 warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 14
18 Aug 2018
Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina
Hotel Bristol Sarajevo. None
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. Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of Bosnian coffee preparation. The rest of the afternoon is for you to explore as you wish.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 15
19 Aug 2018
The Serbian Capital Of Belgrade.
Metropol Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade. None
(Relaxed Start) Journey through the remote villages and spa resorts of the forested Bosnian mountains to Belgrade.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 16
20 Aug 2018
The Best Of Belgrade.
Metropol Palace None
(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert to see the best of Belgrade. Visit St. Sava Church, Terazije Street, the national museum and national theatre in Republic Square. 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.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 17
21 Aug 2018
Across The Wild Puszta To Budapest.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest. None
Journey north and cross the Province of Vojvodina to reach Palic on the Hungarian border. See the unusual water tower, and wander down to the lake where you can admire the art nouveau buildings. Continue on through the vast wilderness of the Puszta, where cowboys rustle up goulash under the stars. Your destination will be Budapest on the Danube.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 18
22 Aug 2018
Budapest, Hungary
Corinthia Hotel Budapest. None
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.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 19
23 Aug 2018
Budapest, Hungary
None None
Departure transfers arrive at Ferenc Liszt International Airport at 07:00 and 11:00.(Buffet Breakfast)

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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.

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