Budapest To Istanbul

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Run by: G Adventures

Reference number: EABI

From: £1399.00

From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairytale villages, this tour from Budapest to Istanbul is definitely the road less travelled, but absolutely a worthy adventure to take. Over 13 days, you’ll explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces, “Dracula’s Castle” in Transylvania, and much more. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and exploration, you’ll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.

Day 1 Budapest

Arrive at any time. We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city.

Day 2 Budapest/Sibiu (1B)

Enjoy an orientation walk of Budapest to get a feel for this westernized city with eastern charm. Opt to spend free time visiting Buda Castle, wandering the streets of Pest, or soaking in a thermal bath. In the evening, board an overnight train to Sibiu.

Day 3 Sibiu/Sighișoara

Arrive in the enchanting town of Sighisoara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.

Day 4 Sighișoara/Braşov (1B)

With a local guide, venture into the Romanian countryside to visit traditional villages. Get a true sense of life in this less-visited region. Transfer to charming Braşov.

Day 5 Braşov (1B)

Visit the picturesque Bran Castle and learn the history (and rumours) of this fascinating place.

Day 6 Braşov/Bucharest (1B)

Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharest’s international cuisine.

Day 7 Bucharest/Veliko Tarnovo (1B)

Enjoy some free time to explore more of Bucharest in the morning before travelling to Bulgaria and one of the oldest cities in the world, Veliko Tarnovo. Wander the medieval town, visit the museums, or sample your first taste of Bulgarian cuisine.

Day 8 Veliko Tarnovo (1B)

Hike to the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo. Opt to go mountain biking or view the murals at the Church of the Nativity.

Day 9 Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia (1B)

Travel to Sofia and take an orientation walk of the capital city. Later, wander down the pedestrian street or visit the eclectic Ladies’ Market.

Day 10 Sofia/Plovdiv (1B)

Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city. Visit the hilly old town, museums, or the Theatre of Ancient Philippopolis, one of the many Roman ruins found here.

Day 11 Plovdiv/Istanbul (1B)

Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an overnight bus to Istanbul.

Day 12 Istanbul

Enjoy a city tour with a local Turkish guide. Opt to visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, Aya Sofya, and the Topkapı Palace.

Day 13 Istanbul (1B)

Depart at any time.

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
27/09/2018 09/10/2018 0 £1399.00
29/09/2018 11/10/2018 0 £1399.00
20/10/2018 01/11/2018 0 £1399.00
25/10/2018 06/11/2018 0 £1399.00
19/05/2019 31/05/2019 9 £1399.00
02/06/2019 14/06/2019 10 £1399.00
30/06/2019 12/07/2019 15 £1399.00
07/07/2019 19/07/2019 16 £1399.00
28/07/2019 09/08/2019 16 £1399.00
11/08/2019 23/08/2019 16 £1399.00
25/08/2019 06/09/2019 16 £1399.00
22/09/2019 04/10/2019 16 £1399.00
29/09/2019 11/10/2019 16 £1399.00
20/10/2019 01/11/2019 15 £1399.00

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