Day 3 (Sunday): Dubrovnik - Mostar
We continue our trip towards Mostar. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva in the medieval times. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
Day 4 (Monday): Mostar - Sarajevo
Travel to Sarajevo, the capital of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city of Sarajevo has been influenced by several cultures and civilizations over its long history. On your city tour, visit the Turkish Bazaar Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, the Olympic Stadium, and Gavrilo Princip Museum.
Day 5 (Tuesday): Sarajevo - Belgrade
Today, we travel to Belgrade, Serbia.
Day 6 (Wednesday): Belgrade
With a history dating back more than 7,000 years, Belgrade is a fascinating city to visit. Your morning sightseeing tour includes the city's main attractions: the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically situated at the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers; Republic Square and Mihajlova Street; Saint Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city; and Tito's Memorial. The afternoon is free to relax or continue exploring Belgrade on your own.
Day 7 (Thursday): Belgrade
In the morning we depart for Sremski Karlovci, the museum city that was the centre of culture and religion in Serbia during the 18th and 19th centuries. After a short stop with a wine degustation included, we continue to Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina. It is the administrative, economic, cultural and university centre of the region, which also has the well-preserved Petrovaradin Fortress that faces the city from the other side of the Danube. Return to Belgrade.
Day 8 (Friday): Belgrade - Budapest
Today we travel to Hungary and the capital city of Budapest. Upon arrival you will have time at leisure.
Day 9 (Saturday): Budapest
In 1873, the twin cities of Buda and Pest joined with ancient Obuda to form a new, unified city, Budapest. Charming and beautiful, the city was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. Your morning sightseeing tour includes views of all the main attractions: The Parliament, Royal Palace and the Castle Hill area, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes' Square, and Gellert Hill with its Citadel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this exciting city on your own.
Day 10 (Sunday): Budapest - Timisoara
In the morning departure to Timisoara. Romania’s third largest city (after Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca) is also one of the country's most attractive urban areas, built around a series of beautifully restored public squares and lavish parks and gardens. With western Romania's nicest hotels and finest restaurants, it makes a perfect base for exploring the Banat region.
Day 11 (Monday): Timisoara - Hunedoara - Alba Iulia - Sibiu
In the morning we travel to Hunedoara, where iron has been extracted since the Iron Age. One of its most memorable buildings is the Corvin Castle, a fine example of secular Gothic architecture with spiky, spooky fantasy topped with asymmetrical pointed towers and turrets. Continue to the city of Alba Iulia, a symbol of national unity in Romania. Built on 13th century foundations, the imposing Habsburg citadel is star shaped with seven bastions and successive walls. Head to Sibiu for your overnight stay.
Day 12 (Tuesday): Sibiu
The morning is free at leisure. In the afternoon we take a panoramic walk through the city of Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and bears a strong resemblance to a southern German or Austrian town. The old city centre has retained a largely Saxon aspect and managed to fuse the Middle Ages with the new.
Day 13 (Wednesday): Sibu - Sighisoara - Targu Mures
Today, we travel first to the picturesque city of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Dracula. It is the only inhabited fortified citadel in Romania and is an enchanting city of sloping roofs, pastel facades and cobbled streets. We continue to Targu Mures.
Day 14 (Thursday): Targu Mures - Piatra Neamt
Targu Mures remains a noticeably Hungarian town. Dating back at least to the 14th century it has long been an important commercial and academic centre. After the visit that includes the Palace of Culture, we continue to Piatra Neamt through the Bicaz Gorge, the largest gorge in Romania, admiring the beauty of the landscape, the Red Lake and its hill station.
Day 15 (Friday): Piatra Neamt - Bucovina - Piatra Neamt
Departure to the Bucovina region to visit its monasteries, the most representative monuments of Moldovan art. Declared a World Heritage Site, these monasteries are one of the most important legacies of Byzantine art in the world, in which their brightly coloured interior and exterior fresco paintings stand out. Visit of the Monasteries of Sucevita and the black pottery workshops of Marginea. In the afternoon, visit the Voronet Monastery, considered the best architectural and pictorial example in the region, called the "Sistine Chapel" in the East. Return to Piatra Neamt.
Day 16 (Saturday): Piatra Neamt - Brasov
In the morning, we leave Piatra Neamt and travel south to Brasov. Arrival in the afternoon, followed by a tour of the fascinating medieval city of Brasov. Visit the old town and see the exterior of the Black Church, the most representative Gothic monument in Romania.
Day 17 (Sunday): Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest
After breakfast today our journey continues towards the town of Bran. Visit of its famous Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. In the afternoon arrival in the city of Sinaia, known as "the pearl of the Carpathians" because of its beauty. In the afternoon, we will visit the wonderful Peles Palace, the former summer residence and retreat place of the royal family, built in the second half of the 19th century by the first King of Romania, Carlos I.
Day 18 (Monday): Bucharest
We will get to know the Romanian capital, once known under the nickname "Little Paris". The visit will take us to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the Military Club of the Nation, the Military Academy and the Arc de Triomphe. Bucharest is Romania's capital and largest city, as well as the most important industrial and commercial center of the country. With 2 million inhabitants in the city proper and more than 2.4 million in the urban area, Bucharest is one of the largest cities in Southeastern Europe.
Day 19 (Tuesday): Bucharest
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Arport for your departure flight.
Escorted Package Includes:
- 18 nights' Accommodation in 4* and 5* hotels
- Breakfast daily
- Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Airport transfers
- Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
- Licensed local guides
- Entrance fees included in the program: Rector's Palace, Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, Gavrilo Princip Museum, Kalemegdan Fortress, Petrovaradin Fortress, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Corvin Castle, Monasteries of Sucevita, black pottery workshops of Marginea and Dracula's Castle
- Luggage handling at hotels
- Service charges and hotel taxes
Sightseeing Tours Included:
- Dubrovnik (Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery)
- Sarajevo (Bas Carsija, Husref Bay’s Mosque, Gavrilo Princip Museum)
- Belgrade (Kalemegdan)
- Sremski Karlovci (wine degustation)
- Novi Sad (Petrovaradin Fortress)
- Budapest (Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church)
- Hunedoara (Corvin Castle)
- Alba Iulia
- Targu Mures (Palace of Culture)
- Painted Monasteries of Bucovina (Sucevita and Voronet Monasteries, Ceramica neagra Marginea)
- Bran (Dracula’s Castle)
- Sinaia (Peles Palace)
- Hotel extras /telephone, mini bar, etc
- Additional meals
- Travel insurance
- Personal Expenses
- Visa procurement
Hotels (or similar):
- Dubrovnik: Hotel Valamar Lacroma 4* / Argosy 4* or similar
- Mostar: Hotel Mepas 5* / Eden 4* or similar
- Sarajevo: Hotel Europe 5* / Radon Plaza 5* or similar
- Belgrade: Hotel Moskva 5* / Hotel Prag 4* or similar
- Budapest: Hotel Lion’s Garden 4* or similar
- Timisoara: Hotel Continental 4* or similar
- Sibiu: Hotel Continental Forum 4* or similar
- Targu Mures: Hotel Continental Forum 4* or similar
- Piatra Neamt: Hotel Central Plaza 4* or similar
- Brasov: Hotel Aro Palace 5* / Ambient 4* or similar
- Bucharest: Hotel Capitol 4* or similar
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (km)