Venture off the beaten track to discover Eastern Europe. Be embraced by friendliest locals, loveliest villages, and quaintest traditions.
In Bond movies, Eastern Europeans are always the bad guys. But casting directors need to grow up and get real because when you travel through this region, you’re embraced by the friendliest locals, loveliest villages, and quaintest traditions. You explore the pristine Bucegi Mountains of Romania, gaze up at the beautiful churches of Bulgaria, and party until late with the welcoming people of Serbia. So, go beyond the cliches, venture off the beaten track, and discover one of the most charming areas of Europe.
We spend 15 days exploring Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia. We visit Budapest, Debrecen, Eger, Cluj-Napoca, Salina Turda, Brașov, Sighisoara, Bucharest, Sunny Beach, Plovdiv, Sofia, Belgrade, Niš.
What Is Included...
Your fantastic Busabout crew
14 nights’ accommodation
14 breakfasts, 3 dinners
All coach transport
Entrance to Bran Fortress and Rasnov Fortress
Salina Turda salt mine
Ultimate Eastern Adventure Starts at 2:00pm at Hotel Zugló, Budapest
The Tour Ends at 10:00am at Hotel Zugló, Budapest
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15 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Budapest
Your adventure begins in the Hungarian capital of Budapest where you’ll meet your fantastic Busabout guide for an orientation walk of the city. See the seven towers of Fisherman’s Bastion and explore this ivory fortress with scenic views of the city from the Buda bank of the Danube. See the imposing Citadella upon Gellert Hill, built by the Austrian Empire in the 18th century. This fortress still has armaments on display and fantastic panoramic views of the city. Explore the city centre before joining us for a delicious local dinner followed by an excursion into one of Budapest’s world-renowned ruin bars for a few drinks. Hop on the coach and head back to the hotel or spend the rest of the night soaking up the vibe in this unique setting.
Day 2: Budapest to Eger to Debrecen
This morning we depart on our scenic eastern meander to Debrecen. We have two stops en route, beginning in the ancient town of Eger. Founded in the 10th century Eger sprung into life when St. Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary, constructed the first cathedral. Have a lovely local lunch and wine tasting while enjoying the views of Szepasszony Valley. As we continue on we have a photo stop in Hortobagy National Park at the Nine-Holed Bridge, the longest stone bridge in Hungary. Take some snaps and hear of the local mythology surrounding this impressive structure! We arrive in Hungary’s second biggest city later this afternoon. Explore this cultural hub and former capital at your leisure and join us later to revel in the city’s eclectic nightlife.
Day 3: Debrecen to Cluj
We continue our journey to the Romanian border and our destination, the unofficial Transylvanian capital, Cluj. We arrive this afternoon and after checking into our accommodation we have an exploratory walk of the city. Walk through the central park and enjoy the scenery as we make our way over the Somesul Mic River and continue to St. Michael's Church to see the statue of Matthias Corvinus out front followed by the neo-baroque national theatre. This evening experience the vibrant nightlife of this bustling student city.
Day 4: Cluj to Sighisoara to Brasov
We say goodbye to Cluj this morning and begin our journey to Brasov with two stops en route. We arrive at our first stop, the Salina Turda, after a short drive for an included excursion into the ancient salt mines and its many cavernous rooms, even containing a theme park, deep below the surface. We then make our way to our lunch stop, and the birthplace of Dracula, Sighisoara. Renowned for its architecture, many towers and ancient churches, it is also the town where Vlad Dracul lived in exile and consequently the location of his son’s birth. Visit the citadel and grab a bite to eat before our afternoon departure. We arrive in the city of Brasov this evening and check into our accommodations before having some time to explore. Join us this evening to enjoy the relaxed vibe of Brasov’s nightlife.
Day 5: Brasov
Delve the depths of a city awash with historic buildings, such as the Gothic splendour of the Black Church, or check out some of the local bars and cafes and grab some lunch and a few drinks. Take a hike or the funicular and head up Tampa Hill for some breathtaking sights of the city and surrounding wilderness. Tonight we head out to party on the town in the heart of Transylvania.
Day 6: Brasov to Bucharest
Be prepared for a day of fantasy as we castle hop through the countryside en route to Romania’s capital city, Bucharest. Our first stop is at the famous Bran Castle, which is believed to have been the inspiration for the fictional Dracula’s castle. Next we arrive at the sprawling complex of the Rasnov Citadel. This 13th century Dacian Fortress, standing proud above the surrounding woods, was occupied during times of strife and converted from a fortification to a dwelling over the years. Our final castle for the day, the picturesque Peles Castle, was built for the Romanian King Carol I in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains. We arrive in the capital this evening and after check-in we have an exploratory walk of the city followed by a delectable included dinner before a night of free time to enjoy Bucharest’s eclectic nightlife.
Day 7: Bucharest
Spend the day losing yourself in the rich historical and cultural depth of Romania’s economic heartland. See the gargantuan Palace of the Parliament which is the world's largest administrative building, explore the small streets of Bucharest’s central Old Town and take note of the many exciting nightlife spots you’d like to visit this evening, relax in one of Bucharest’s many lush public parks, or visit the beautifully adorned Arcul de Triumf. Tonight we head out into the night for some authentic Romanian revelry.
Day 8: Bucharest to Sunny Beach
We board the coach and begin our journey to the Bulgarian coastal resort of Sunny Beach. Relax and enjoy the scenery as we make our way into Bulgaria just in time for a lunch stop, before continuing along the picturesque coastline of the Black Sea for our evening arrival at Sunny Beach. We arrive late in the afternoon and after checking in the night is yours to enjoy this seaside gem’s truly vibrant and varied nightlife on offer.
Day 9: Sunny Beach
Grab some breakfast and head to the beach to soak up the sun and have refreshing dip in the waters, or perhaps partake in some of the many water sports on offer in the scintillating turquoise waters including tubing, paragliding, boat tours, and more. Tonight, explore the resort town and it’s infamous nightlife in one of the many world-class local restaurants, pubs, clubs, and beach bars. Sunny Beach truly has something on offer for everyone, so there will be no shortage of entertainment options available. Chat to your fantastic Busabout guide should you require any guidance.
Day 10: Sunny Beach to Plovdiv
We board the coach after breakfast and begin our journey towards Bulgaria’s second largest city, and the home of numerous ancient Roman ruins, Plovdiv. We make our arrival in Europe’s oldest inhabited city, dating back to the 6th millennium BC, at around lunchtime. With over 200 archaeological sites, Plovdiv is dripping with a rich and long standing history that is incomparable to almost anywhere else on earth. See the ancient Roman theatre dating back to the 1st century, the much younger Roman stadium of Philippopolis, the Old Town, and the remains of the very first settlement on Nebet Hill. Tonight experience the nightlife in this historic city.
Day 11: Plovdiv to Sofia
This morning we make our way to the stunning Bulgarian capital, Sofia. We arrive just before lunch and have a chance to explore some of the more notable sights before our hotel check-in. See one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, the impressive St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, see the red brick Rotunda of St George which dates back to the 4th century and is Sofia’s oldest building, lose yourself in the labyrinthian Central Market Hall and experience all the unique sights and smells of Bulgaria. Tonight go out and enjoy Sofia’s incredible nightlife.
Day 12: Sofia to Nis to Belgrade
We make an early departure for the Serbian border and our destination, the capital city of Belgrade. After crossing the border we have our first stop in the gateway between East and West, the ancient city of Nis. See the fortifications of the Turkish-built Nis Fortress, explore the ancient Ottoman ruins, and have a delicious local treat for lunch. We depart Nis shortly after and arrive in the Serbian capital later this afternoon. After checking in we have an optional walking tour of the city followed by an epic pub crawl we’ve come to call the Belgrade Blitz, so join us for a memorable night out in Belgrade’s unique Balkan atmosphere.
Day 13: Belgrade
Explore Belgrade and its many attractions, including churches, the Old Palace, museums, the parliamentary buildings, and many more. Those interested in scientific pursuit and the history should visit the Nikola Tesla Museum, this archive of his life’s work contains numerous designs, drawings, photographs, and thousands of original documents that could not been seen elsewhere. For those looking to relax in the scenic surrounds or delve into the local history should visit Kalemegdan Park and Fortress and have a lazy walk through the pristine and extremely culturally significant park. This evening we have an included authentic Serbian dinner followed by a free night to continue the party in this dynamic city.
Day 14: Belgrade to Budapest
Today we head to the Hungarian border and our destination of Budapest. Before crossing the border we have a stop on the banks of the Danube in Serbia’s second largest city, Novi Sad. Grab a bite for lunch and see the imposing Petrovaradin Fortress with its incredible views of the surrounding area and city. We arrive in the Hungarian capital of Budapest this afternoon and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish, join us for a delicious optional dinner followed by a spectacular cruise on the river to put the bow on a truly once in a lifetime tour.
Day 15: Budapest
Check-out is after breakfast this morning. We hope to see you again, and if you’re continuing your journey on our Hop-on Hop-off network, the next stop is Split via Zagreb.
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