Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania

Explore Southeastern Europe: An 11-Day Tour Through Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Southeastern Europe on this 11-day tour through Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. Home to picturesque villages, vibrant cities, breathtaking mountain ranges and rich folklore, you will discover what makes this part of Europe so unique. Explore iconic sites including the mysterious ‘Dracula’s Castle’, the 8,000-year-old exhibits at Sofia’s National Museum of History, the vibrant Bohemian Quarter of Belgrade and the Old Town of Sibiu. Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with ten nights of deluxe accommodation, daily breakfast and select dining experiences throughout the tour, local guides, an English-speaking tour manager and much more.

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EXPLORE BULGARIA, SERBIA & ROMANIA
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Packages valid for one person, based on twin-share – you must purchase two packages, or else refer to Single Traveller option listed in ‘Fine Print’ below
  • Ten nights of first-class accommodation
  • A tour of Sofia including the National Museum of History, the St. Sofia Church and 4th-century Roman Rotunda
  • A tour of the city of Nis, including the remains on an 18th-century Turkish fort

During this journey, you'll wander the road less travelled through Southeastern Europe, where history, castles and a unique bohemian spirit all thrive. Marvel at Ottoman Empire grandeur in Sofia, stroll past the waterfront restaurants of Belgrade, learn why Timosara has been designated the European Capital of Culture for 2021, explore the cellar cafes of Sibiu, discover why Bucharest is known as 'the Paris of the East' and more.

What You’ll Love…

The Tour – From Bohemian Quarters to Dracula’s Castle

You will discover the intriguing history and stunning landscapes of Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania on this incredible 11-day adventure.

Journey back in time with a visit to Sofia’s National Museum of History in Bulgaria, which features exhibits dating back 8,000 years, while at Bucharest’s Villa Museum you can view an open-air replica of artisan workshops and over 200 traditional peasant farms and houses that replicate traditional Romanian village life.

Stop off in Nis, an important crossroad between Central Europe and the Middle East. Here, you will find everything from the remains of an ancient Turkish fort dating back to the 18th century, to contemporary cafés and boutiques.

Discover Serbia's capital and oldest city - historic Belgrade - including the Kalemegdan Fortress and Saint Sava Temple. Spend an evening in the Old Bohemian Quarter of Skadarlija considered the main Bohemian quarter and often referred to as ‘the Montmartre of Belgrade’. Enjoy an included traditional Bohemian dinner of roštilj (grilled meat) with pivo (beer) at an authentic restaurant. Toast your fellow travellers this evening with Rakia, a delicious fruit brandy popular in the Balkans and enjoy one of the legendary live old-town bands.

Drive through the ever-changing landscape to Serbia’s Novi Sad, an interesting mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture, nestled on the Danube. A walking tour introduces you to the city's major highlights including the Petrovaradin Citadel, also known as the "Gibraltar of the Danube," towering over the river. You will then travel to Timisoara in Romania, a vibrant city on the Bega River, built around lavish parks and gardens where the Romanian revolution began in 1989.

Uncover the incredible city of Sibiu in Transylvania, with its maze of cobbled streets and baroque squares. This cultural centre of Europe once attracted many musicians in the 19th century and today is the centre of Romania's major music festivals. Enjoy a tour that will give you insight into the city’s fascinating history, as you admire the Bridge of Lies, the first forged iron bridge in the country, as well as the Great Square, Little Square and the Evangelical Cathedral.

Next you will journey to Sighisoara, the best-preserved medieval city in Southeastern Europe with fortified walls, cobblestone lanes and quaint 16th-century houses that look like gingerbread houses from the pages of a storybook. From there you will venture to Brasov, a picturesque town nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains.

Travel to Romania’s Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ and uncover the ghoulish secrets of Transylvania's most famous vampire. Perched atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to the commanding towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stoker's fictional bloodthirsty character, Count Dracula.

You will then reach Bucharest, a city with an intriguing past. Admire the city's replica of the French Arc de Triomphe, built in 1935 to commemorate the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI, the enormous Parliament Palace, the second-largest building in the world, and much more. Here your tour will come to an end with a magnificent Farewell Dinner and Festive Folklore show.

Your Package Includes:

  • Ten nights of first-class accommodation
  • A tour of Sofia including the National Museum of History, the St. Sofia Church and 4th-century Roman Rotunda
  • A tour of the city of Nis, including the remains of an 18th-century Turkish fort
  • A tour of Belgrade featuring Kalemegdan Fortress, Knez Mihajlova Street and Saint Sava Temple
  • A trip to Novi Sad, an eclectic mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture
  • A visit to the mythical 14th-century Hunedoara Castle
  • A trip to the legendary Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’
  • A tour of Bucharest, called ‘The Paris of the East’
  • Walking tour in Sibiu highlighting the Old Town's charming 17th-century buildings
  • Tour Sighisoara, the best-preserved medieval city in Southeastern Europe
  • Daily breakfast and select dining experiences including a Welcome Dinner
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Hotel taxes, fees and service charges
  • Hotel porterage

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following departure dates:

30 April 2020

2, 7, 16, 23, 28 May 2020

4, 18, 20, 27 June 2020

2, 16 July 2020

6, 13, 20, 27, August 2020

3, 10, 17, 24, 26 September 2020

1 October 2020

Important: Please allow for travelling time. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Sofia for your chosen tour start date.

It is recommended that you book flights that arrive before 4pm on the first day of your tour.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional solo traveller surcharge will apply (see below). Solo travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Solo Traveller Surcharge: Solo travellers must pay a surcharge of AUD$1070, payable directly to the tour operator.

Maximum tour group size is 42 people.

Child policy: Children must be 12 years of age or older.

Standard bedding configuration is one double bed or twin beds on request.

Maximum Room Capacity: Maximum room capacity is two adults.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

InterContinental Sofia

Hotel Moskva

Hotel Timisoara

Continental Forum Sibiu or Ramada Sibiu Hotel or Golden Tulip Ana Tower

Hotel Aro Palace

Athenee Palace Hilton

Allocated hotels are subject to availability and may be replaced with a similar hotel depending on your chosen tour date.

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour operator.

Additional expenses are not included.

Travel insurance is highly recommended.

All services are subject to availability.

Not Included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities (optional but recommended)
  • Additional expenses

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.

Please note: This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect up to three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. The longest day spent on the bus is from Sofia to Belgrade. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way, including a lunch break.

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Please note this tour is not operated by Luxury Escapes. You will be contacted post-purchase with further details.

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