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Tour of the Balkans Romania and Serbia 2015

 

Sofia  Beograd  Timisoara  Sibiu  Brasov  Bucharest

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May 8, 15, 22, June 5, 19, July 10, 31, Aug 28, Sep 4, 11, 18, Oct 2, 2015

9 nights/10 days
Early bird discount of US$ 150 per couple for bookings made and paid before 28 Nov 2014

 

Explore the Balkans in an itinerary that will take you from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, to Belgrade, the city on the shores of the Sava River, and will end in the Romanian capital, once nicknamed ‘little Paris’.
The perfect mix of both traditional and modern heritage, the fabulous scenery and the amazing weave of history, religion and culture make the Balkans a unique place and a memorable experience for all those who set off on a journey to discover its beauties.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Sofia
Individual arrival in Sofia. Transfer to your hotel for rest. Meet your guide and fellow group members at dinner for orientation. Overnight in Sofia.

Day 2:  Sofia
After breakfast we start the tour of Sofia. First we pay a visit to the National History Museum with its world famous collection of  ancient Thracian golden treasures. We will also visit the Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Nevski Crypt and other significant sites.  Afternoon at leisure for own activities. Evening at leisure, overnight Sofia.

Day 3: Sofia-Nis-Belgrade
A
fter breakfast departure towards Nis the third-largest city in Serbia considered the gateway between East and West in ancient Greek times. We will have a short panoramic tour of the city with lunch, then continue to Belgrade in the afternoon. Arrival Belgrade, check into the hotel. This evening we will have dinner with live music in a typical national restaurant in the rustic quarter of Skadarlija, formerly a Gypsy town and today a trendy neighborhood of art galleries, antique and souvenir shops. 

Day 4: Belgrade
This morning we embark on a morning sightseeing tour of Belgrade to view the main attractions: the Kalemegdan Fortress dating back the the 2nd century guarding the confluence of the Sava and  Danube Rivers; the Republic Square, the elegant Knez Mihajlova street; St. Sava Temple, considered one of the largest Orthodox Churches in the world. We will also see the Tito’s Memorial.

Day 5 : Belgrade-Novi Sad-Timisoara
Today we will continue of journey to Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia located at the northern part of the country. Walking tour of the city to see the haunted Petrovaradin Fortress, Liberty Square, the Cathedral, City Council, the Town Hall and historic Dunavaska Street. Drive over to Romania. Our first stop is Timisoara, a cultural city dating back to Roman times with theatres, museums and lively night life. Timisoara was the first city in Europe and the second city in the world to illuminate its streets by electric lights. We will see the ruins of the Timiroara Fortress, Victory Square, Art Nouveau residential. Dinner and overnight in Timisoara.

Day  6: Timisoara-Sibiu
Breakfast. On the way to Sibiu we will visit the fortress of Hunedoara (Hunyadvar) that belonged to the father of one of Hungary's greatest Renaissance kings, Mathias Corvin famous for its legendary wisdom and rich library, the  Bibliotheca Corviniana.  The fortress was built in Gothic style later remodeled in the 15th century and turned into an elegant home. View the gallery, the keep and the Capistrano Tower strong defense towers and the Knights Hall with the legend of the raven. Continue on to Sibiu, a neet and pretty German-Saxon town town and accommodation with dinner.

Day 7: Sibiu- Sighisoara- Brasov
This morning we visit Sibiu, a once important trade center and merchant town, Siebenburgen, with its former Saxon university. For a long time Sibiu used to be the richest town in Transylvania. We will see in the city the Council Tower, the Evangelical Cathedral, the iron cast Bridge of the Lies and others. Continue towards Sighisoara, an other Saxon medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former birth place of Count Dracula. We will walk to the old town square where we'll view the famous Clock Tower and Dracula's house.  Drive to Brasov, the attractive city founded by the Tutonic Knights. Walking  tour of old Town Square and the Black church. Dinner and accommodation in Brasov.


Day 8: Brasov- Bucharest
This morning we will visit Bran Castle near Brasov which according to the writer Bram Stoker's served as a residence of the vampire count, Dracula. In reality it is a nice medieval castle perched on a hill that served the protection of the nearby town. Continue to Sinaia where we visit romantic looking Peles castle built in 1873 as the summer residence of King Carol I., the first king of Romania as well as  the 17th century Sinaia Monastery famous for it colorful frescos. Continue to Bucharest, Romania's capital. Dinner and overnight in Bucharest

Day 9: Bucharest
City tour of Bucharest a former easy-going city called the "Little Paris". We will see the monumental Parliament, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, the opera house, the Military Academy, Atheneum and the Revolution square. This evening we say goodbye by a farewell dinner and folklore show. Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 10: Bucharest
After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of services.

 

Rate: US$ 1884 per person based on double accommodation,

US$ 8 per person per day discount on triple room accommodation

Supplement for single rooms: US$ 578

Price includes:

  •  9 nights first class accommodation

  • Daily breakfast 1 lunch and 7 dinners

  • Modern coach transportation throughout the tour with air conditioning

  • English speaking guide

  • Sightseeing as specified n the itinerary with entrance fees

 

 

Hotels used:

Sofia: Radisson Blu 5*

Belgrade: Moskva 4*

Timisoara: Hotel Timisoara 4*

Sibiu: Ramada 4*
Brasoc: Aro Placa or Tulip 4* +

Buchaerst: Hilton 5*

 

 



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