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Treasures of the Balkans

Starts: Bucharest, Romania
Finishes: Budapest, Hungary

Visit: Bucharest, Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Skopje, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Budapest

Tour Type: Group Tour

Accommodation: Deluxe

Overview

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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.

Highlights

    Authentic Dining
    • Veliko Tarnovo: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner of local specialties with wine and witness a folklore show.
    • Dubrovnik: You will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants to choose from for your Dine-Around Evening.
    • Sarajevo: 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.
    • Sarajevo: Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of coffee preparation.
    • Budapest: Dine in elegance and savour Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine during your Celebration Dinner at Gundel.
    • Dining Summary: 17 Breakfasts (B) and 10 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
    Insight Experiences
    • Sarajevo: Visit the Tunnel of Hope and hear a firsthand account of when the city was under siege for 44 months from a resident who was privy to the city's secret lifeline.
    Stay in Style
    • Sofia: The Hilton Sofia features art deco-styled rooms, and is centrally located, surrounded by the South Park and set opposite the National Palace of Culture.
    • Budapest: The 5-star Corinthia Budapest Hotel is one of the grandest luxury hotels in Budapest. An impressive landmark building with an imposing Neo-classical facade and soaring glass atrium. Excellent technology and personal service ensures an elegant and luxurious stay.
    Top Rated Highlights
    • Bucharest: Walk the cavernous halls of the vast Palace of Parliament, learn about the history and listen to amusing tales from your Local Expert.
    • Bucharest: During sightseeing with your Local Expert see University Square and the former Communist Headquarters.
    • Sinaia: Led by a local historian, witness the opulent and sumptuous décor in Peleș Castle, the fairy-tale Royal summer residence, at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains.
    • Bran: Visit the imposing medieval castle guarding the old Transylvanian border and embrace its stories, myths and legends from Count Dracula to romantic Queen Marie.
    • Brasov: Explore Town Hall Square with your Local Expert and see the Black Church.
    • Veliko Tarnovo: With your Local Expert, see the Monument of the Assens, dedicated to the Bulgarian Kings.
    • Arbanassi: 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.
    • Veliko Tarnovo: Ascend Tsarevets, the King’s Hill, crowned by a ruined medieval citadel. Enjoy the views and imagine yourself back in the days of the Crusades when this was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.
    • Skopje: Visit the capital of Macedonia.
    • Ohrid: Walk the cobbled, narrow streets of the Old Town with your Local Expert.
    • Tirana: Meet a local resident who will show you Skanderbeg Square and walk you through their home city as they explain what it's like to live in the Albanian capital.
    • Kotor: Visit the Stari Grad, also referred to as the Old Town, perfectly positioned on a beautiful bay.
    • Dubrovnik: Your Local Expert will guide you through this ancient city, surrounded by well-preserved walls built in the Middle Ages. See Onofrio's Fountain, the Rector's Palace and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
    • Mostar: Explore the Old Town and see the Stari Most with your Local Expert.
    • Sarajevo: A Local Expert will show you the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans, known as Baščaršija. You will also see the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated.
    • Belgrade: A Local Expert will show you St. Sava Church, Terazije Street, the national museum, national theatre, Republic Square and the Kalemegdan Fortress.
    • Palić: Visit this town sitting on the Serbian-Hungarian border. See the water tower and the art nouveau buildings by the lake.
    • Budapest: With a Local Expert, visit the colourful Matthias Church in the heart of Budapest's Castle District.
    • Budapest: Visiting the Central Market Hall is a foodie's dream. Accompanied by your Local Expert, wander three levels of stalls, brimming with mouthwatering salamis, spicy paprika, Hungarian wines and a whole lot of Pálinka.
    • Scenic Drives: Venture through Prahova Valley and pass the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains, Lake Ohrid, Bosnian Mountains. Travel through the Province of Vojvodina and Puszta Region.

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 237576
Tour Type: Group Tour
Accommodation: Deluxe
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh
Travel Styles: Family, Seniors (55+), Luxury

Starts: Bucharest, Romania
Finishes: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 18 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

Included Insight Services
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Price

Price person (sharing double) $4,475 ($249/day)

Deposit:

100% per person for bookings made 0 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 0 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Flexible

Trip Notes

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

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.

Itinerary

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Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Seychelles, Hungary Bucharest, Sinaia, Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, Skopje, Ohrid, Tirana, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Budapest
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Sightseeing,Local Culture & Cuisine,Historical Sites

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