Day 3: Dubrovnik - Mostar
Today 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: 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: Sarajevo - Belgrade
After breakfast, depart Sarajevo and head for Belgrade, Serbia. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 6: 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.
Day 7: Belgrade - Sremski Karlovci - Novi Sad
In the morning, departure to 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: Novi Sad - Niš - Sofia
Today, we travel to Bulgaria. Our first stop is Niš, considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. Niš is a university centre but also one of the most important industrial centers in Serbia. Continue to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
Day 9: Sofia
Today, we enjoy a complete tour of the city of Sofia. Among others, the most emblematic places are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral that dominates the city, the Church of Saint George, considered the best-preserved Byzantine Church, the Russian Church of Saint Nicholas, the Banya Bashi mosque and the ruins of the ancient Serdica. In the afternoon, travel to the Rila Mountains to visit one of the most famous places in Bulgaria, the Rila Monastery. This monastery is a sanctuary of Bulgarian literature and spiritual life. Founded in the middle of the 10th century by San Iván de Rila, it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and the language of the centuries. After visiting the monastery church with its impressive fresco paintings, return to Sofia.
Day 10: Sofia - Plovdiv - Veliko Tarnovo
Leaving Sofia behind, we head toward the second largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv. This is a city with an ancient history. During our city tour we will see the Roman Forum and the stadium, as well as the Roman amphitheater. We will walk through the cobbled streets of the small and ancient city surrounded by houses and beautiful churches. After the visit we will cross the Balkan Mountains through the historic Shipka Pass, which played a key role in the Russian-Turkish War for the Liberation of Bulgaria. Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval capital of Bulgaria.
Day 11: Veliko Tarnovo - Arbanassi - Baile Govora
In the morning, enjoy a panoramic visit of the city of Veliko Tarnovo with a walk to Tsarevets, where the kings of Bulgaria once lived. We will walk along the oldest street in the city called Samovodska Charshia. We will proceed to Arbanassi, a small village in Bulgaria located 4km from Veliko Tarnovo, known for its interesting architecture. In the village, we can see the Konstancalieva house and the Church of the Nativity, whose wall paintings are a work of art. Then we head to the mountain resort of Baile Govora (long transfer).
Day 12: Baile Govora - Cozia - Sibiu
Head to Cozia for a visit of the Byzantine style Cozia Monastery. A model of harmonious proportions, the main church is richly decorated with frescoes dating back to 1390. Then we cross the Olt Valley into Transylvania. 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: 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: 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: Piatra Neamt - Bucovina - Piatra Neamt
Depart 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: 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: Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest
Continuation towards the town of Bran. Visit the famous Bran 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: Bucharest
Today 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 centre 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: 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, wine degustation, Petrovaradin Fortress, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Rila Monastery, Tsarevets, Church of the Nativity, Cozia Monastery, Palace of Culture, Monasteries of Sucevita, the black pottery workshops of Marginea, Voronet Monastery, Dracula's Castle, Peles Palace
- 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)
- Sofia (Alexander Nevski Cathedral)
- Rila (Rila Monastery)
- Veliko Tarnovo (Tsarevets)
- Arbanassi (Nativity Church)
- Cozia (Cozia Monastery)
- 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*
- Mostar: Hotel Mepas 5* / Eden 4*
- Sarajevo: Hotel Europe 5* / Radon Plaza 5*
- Belgrade: Hotel Moskva 5* / Hotel Prag 4*
- Sofia: Hotel Balkan 5* / BW Premier Collection City 4*
- Veliko Tarnovo: Hotel Yantra Grand 4*
- Baile Govora: Hotel Palace 4*
- Sibiu: Hotel Continental Forum 4*
- Targu Mures: Hotel Continental Forum 4*
- Piatra Neamt: Hotel Central Plaza 4*
- Brasov: Hotel Aro Palace 5* / Ambient 4*
- Bucharest: Hotel Capitol 4*
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)