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Eastern Europe Express

Starts: Bucharest, Bulgaria
Finishes: Sofia, Bulgaria

Visit: Bucharest, Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv, Bansko, Pirin Mountains / Gorno Draglishte, Rila / Sofia, Sofia

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Overview

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Embark on a spectacular journey from Romania and through Bulgaria, discovering the architectural grandeur and quaint cultural enclaves that make this such an intriguing part of the world. Absorb Bucharest’s austere atmosphere on a guided walking tour, compare age-old places of worship in Sofia and be treated to traditional Bulgarian hospitality on an overnight homestay in Gorno Draglishte. Breathe in crisp alpine air on a hike in the Pirin Mountains, and meander back in time in the Old Town of Plovdiv. Relatively short in terms of distance travelled, this nine-day trip is a fascinating study in just how much regions can change as you cross national borders.

Highlights

    • Immerse yourself in the communist past and vibrant present of Bucharest, a city often underrated by travellers
    • Travel through the scenic Rila Mountains in Bulgaria, mingling with monks at the 10th-century Rila Monastery
    • The village of Gorno Draglishte is home to a rich cultural heritage and a delightful community of welcoming locals. Experience the best of both worlds during a family home-stay (delicious home-cooked dinner included)
    • The ancient Roman theatre in Plovdiv’s city centre was only discovered when a landslide uncovered it in the 1970s. Explore the amphitheatre and Plovdiv's other significant sights on a guided walking tour

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 144970
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: User Defined##Train,Public Bus,Private vehicle,Metro,Taxi
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Bucharest, Bulgaria
Finishes: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 9 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

Meals: Breakfasts (6), Dinner (1)
Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights),Homestay (1 night)

Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,330 ($148/day)

Deposit:

$400 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Itinerary

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Bulgaria, Romania Bucharest, Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv, Bansko, Pirin Mountains / Gorno Draglishte, Rila / Sofia, Sofia

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Catherine K.  

I loved this trip and would highly recommend it for anyone interested in history or the charm of Eastern Europe. Vlad is an incredible guide and I'm so thankful for getting to travel with him.

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Deborah de R.  

Short, sweet, spectacular. Be prepared to be dazed and amazed by architectural grandeur, age-old places of worship, scenic and pristine mountains, Roman ruins and welcoming locals.

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Darshanpreet G.  

The whole trip was amazing! Romania in particular was my favorite. Make sure you give yourself a few extra days at the end in Istanbul because there's A LOT to see and do.

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Adam G.  

They provide tours which offer unique opportunities to interact with locals and experience a country's culture, while still allowing you to independently explore each destination

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Lucas P.  

Brace yourself! Romania and Bulgaria are stunning. You'll stay in a real working farm! Taste Devine moist homemade cakes from Romana in Maramures & drink Polinka in the funkiest Bar in an abandoned building in Budapest!!! Eggy sheggy dray! Cheers

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Seth L.  

Eastern Europe Express was a fun-filled trip with great history and architecture

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Andrew H.  

These comments or similar have been expressed in another review and separately and have been replied by your team

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Patricia K.  

just to remember that when it says in the brochure to be able to manage your own luggage, that you really mean it especially at train stations, lots of stairs and no lifts as some people seemed to expect.

Tour Operator

Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel has come a long way since its beginnings in 1989. From two university friends, a typewriter and a kitchen desk, it is now a proud member of PEAK Adventure Travel Group Limited, taking over 100,000 travellers every year. Intrepid Travel is part of PEAK’s Intrepid Group of companies, alongside leading small group adventure companies Peregrine, Geckos, Peregrine Reserve, Adventure Tours and The Adventure Company. Despite growing into a global business with over 1,000 staff based all over the world and over 800 different trips across every continent, we’ve remained devoted to the same grassroots values and responsible travel philosophies that we had at the very beginning. On every trip we operate and in every interaction we have with a client, supplier or local, we live our core values everyday:Integrity – Doing the right thingResponsible – Think global, act localGrowth – Stakeholders in our own successInnovation – Thriving on new ideas and embracing changeFun – It’s engrained into who we are and what we doPassion – We are inspired by the work we do and the trips we offer

In Business Since 1988

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http://www.intrepidtravel.com

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