From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and magnificent mountain ranges, experience the romance of the east on your way from Budapest to Istanbul. In two well-paced weeks, explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces and mosques in Istanbul for an introduction to the artistic and cultural heights of two very different empires. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and outdoor activities, you’ll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.
Budapest orientation walk. Romanian villages and countryside tour (half-day, from Sighisoara). ‘Dracula’s Castle’ (Bran). Bucharest orientation tour. Hike to Arbanasi village. Kaleto Fortress visit (Belogradchik). Sofia orientation walk. Plovdiv day trip. Istanbul orientation walk.
9 Breakfasts (Allow EUR335-440 for meals not included.)
Hotels/pensions (11 nts), overnight bus/train (2 nts).
Train, public bus, metro, walking
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12