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Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey

13D12N Budapest To Istanbul (EABI) ⚠ Minimum 2 adult(s) per departure

13D12N Budapest To Istanbul (EABI)
⚠ Minimum 2 adult(s) per departure

Per Pax
From: $1892 From: €1801 From: £1546 From: RM8224 From: CAD2451 From: SGD2623 From: AUD2730 From: HKD14902
Budapest

G Adventures Classic tours combine the support and security of group travel, unbeatable variety, and the flexibility to go off-script when fate says, \"Hey, let’s do this.\" Classic tours deliver the perfect balance of must-see highlights, cultural exchange, insider access, unbeatable value, and the kind of spontaneous, you-really-had-to-be-there moments that make your trip memorable.

Cities to Visit: Budapest - Sighișoara - Braşov - Bucharest - Sofia - Plovdiv - Istanbul
Language: English

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Travel Period: from June 12, 2022 till October 1, 2023
Tour Highlight
~ Discover the rich and varied culture of Eastern Europe
~ Visit 'Dracula's Castle' and charming Slavic villages
~ Explore the spectacular cities of Budapest and Istanbul
What To Expect
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: Arrive Budapest

    Arrive at any time.
    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

    We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city.

  • Day 2: Budapest - Sighișoara

    Enjoy an orientation walk of Budapest to get a feel for this charming city. Opt to spend free time visiting Buda Castle, wandering the streets of Pest, or soaking in a thermal bath.

    This evening, visit a G Adventures-supported social enterprise café and enjoy a farewell drink, before boarding an overnight train to Sibiu.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 3: Sighișoara

    Head to the enchanting town of Sighișoara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.

    Explore the medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars.

    Sample some Romanian cuisine—the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad, the model for Count Dracula) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region.

  • Day 4: Sighișoara - Braşov

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

    Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Sighisoara and nearby countryside. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches.

    In the early evening, transfer to the city of Brasov, the best preserved medieval city in Romania.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 5: Braşov

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

    Impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley, this 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore. Soak in the gorgeous countryside as you learn about the creepier side of Romania.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 6: Braşov - Bucharest

    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.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 7: Bucharest - Veliko Tarnovo

    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.

    Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 8: Veliko Tarnovo

    Enjoy the morning in the medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo. In the afternoon, visit the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 9: Veliko Tarnovo - Sofia

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

    A mix of western grandeur and Soviet bulk, Sofia boasts a gold-domed church and delicious international dining.

    Sample modern takes on Bulgarian and international food, with some great trendy dining opportunities.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 10: Sofia - Plovdiv

    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.

    Opt to relax over coffee and a Bulgarian baklava, a specialty of the area.

  • Day 11: Plovdiv-Istanbul

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

    : Breakfast
  • Day 12: Istanbul

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

    After getting the lay of the land with a local guide, spend some free time visiting all you can in this eclectic city straddling two continents.

    In the evening, there are plenty of cool little bars and restaurants to celebrate the end of an amazing journey over a raki or two.

  • Day 13: Depart Istanbul

    Depart at any time. We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully enjoy this vibrant city.

    : Breakfast
Whats Included
~ 10 nights in hotel/pensions, 1 overnight on train, 1 overnight on train/bus.
~ 10 breakfasts
~ Your G for Good Moment: Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, Budapest
~ Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group.
~ Budapest orientation walk.
~ Half-day tour of Sighisoara and surrounding countryside villages.
~ Dracula's Castle' (Bran).
~ Bucharest orientation tour.
~ Hike to Arbanasi village.
~ Sofia orientation walk.
~ Istanbul city tour with local guide.
~ All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Whats Excluded
~ International flight
~ Tipping
~ Travel insurance
~ Covid-19 Test
~ Others not mentioned

Where to Visits

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Travel Period: from June 12, 2022 till October 1, 2023
Tour Highlight
~ Discover the rich and varied culture of Eastern Europe
~ Visit 'Dracula's Castle' and charming Slavic villages
~ Explore the spectacular cities of Budapest and Istanbul
What To Expect
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: Arrive Budapest

    Arrive at any time.
    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

    We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city.

  • Day 2: Budapest - Sighișoara

    Enjoy an orientation walk of Budapest to get a feel for this charming city. Opt to spend free time visiting Buda Castle, wandering the streets of Pest, or soaking in a thermal bath.

    This evening, visit a G Adventures-supported social enterprise café and enjoy a farewell drink, before boarding an overnight train to Sibiu.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 3: Sighișoara

    Head to the enchanting town of Sighișoara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.

    Explore the medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars.

    Sample some Romanian cuisine—the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad, the model for Count Dracula) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region.

  • Day 4: Sighișoara - Braşov

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

    Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Sighisoara and nearby countryside. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches.

    In the early evening, transfer to the city of Brasov, the best preserved medieval city in Romania.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 5: Braşov

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

    Impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley, this 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore. Soak in the gorgeous countryside as you learn about the creepier side of Romania.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 6: Braşov - Bucharest

    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.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 7: Bucharest - Veliko Tarnovo

    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.

    Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 8: Veliko Tarnovo

    Enjoy the morning in the medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo. In the afternoon, visit the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 9: Veliko Tarnovo - Sofia

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

    A mix of western grandeur and Soviet bulk, Sofia boasts a gold-domed church and delicious international dining.

    Sample modern takes on Bulgarian and international food, with some great trendy dining opportunities.

    : Breakfast
  • Day 10: Sofia - Plovdiv

    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.

    Opt to relax over coffee and a Bulgarian baklava, a specialty of the area.

  • Day 11: Plovdiv-Istanbul

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

    : Breakfast
  • Day 12: Istanbul

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

    After getting the lay of the land with a local guide, spend some free time visiting all you can in this eclectic city straddling two continents.

    In the evening, there are plenty of cool little bars and restaurants to celebrate the end of an amazing journey over a raki or two.

  • Day 13: Depart Istanbul

    Depart at any time. We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully enjoy this vibrant city.

    : Breakfast
Whats Included
~ 10 nights in hotel/pensions, 1 overnight on train, 1 overnight on train/bus.
~ 10 breakfasts
~ Your G for Good Moment: Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, Budapest
~ Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group.
~ Budapest orientation walk.
~ Half-day tour of Sighisoara and surrounding countryside villages.
~ Dracula's Castle' (Bran).
~ Bucharest orientation tour.
~ Hike to Arbanasi village.
~ Sofia orientation walk.
~ Istanbul city tour with local guide.
~ All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Whats Excluded
~ International flight
~ Tipping
~ Travel insurance
~ Covid-19 Test
~ Others not mentioned
★★★☆☆

Budapest, Dessewffy u. 36, 1066 Hungary

Star Inn Hotel Budapest Centrum is 400 m from the Opera and a 5-minute walk from Oktogon Metro Station. It offers free internet throughout the hotel.

★★★☆☆

Strada Școlii 4-6, Sighișoara 545400, Romania

At Hotel Sighisoara each room has a distinct personality, with characterful details, authentic furniture and decorations.

Motel

Piața Cetății 7, Sighișoara 545400, Romania

Casa Wagner Hotel offers its guests a perfect location in the old town, right in Council Square, known in Saxon times as Marktplatz, a stone's throw from the main tourist attractions, cafes, terraces, and sumptuous restaurants and shops. Housed in a historic monument building, dating back to 1477, where a German bank once operated, Wagner House offers its guests accommodation in a historic setting full of warmth and beauty.

★★★☆☆

Strada Știrbei Vodă 146, București 010119, Romania

The hotel has an unexpected design theme, which combines traditional inspiration and modern trends. More so, the friendliness of its people completes the charm of the hotel. The convenient positioning of our hotel will add to the comfort of your journey. It’s right at the center of the city, minutes away from Gara de Nord Central Station.

★★★☆☆

ul. "Ivan Vazov" 6, 5000 g.k. Varusha - south, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Housed in a completely restored old building, built in 1894 by a wealthy local family. Located in the old part of Veliko Tarnovo, on the right sidewalk on Ivan Vazov Street, a continuation of the main one,which leads to the Tsarevets fortress.

★★★☆☆

ul. "Knyaz Boris I" 64, 1463 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Hotel St. George is a modern building on seven floors. It has 9 Standard Rooms, 9 Studios and 2 Apartments. All rooms have balconies, air conditioning, mini bar, LCD cable TV and electric kettle for coffee and tea. Each room has a private bathroom equipped with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.

★★★☆☆

ul. "Eliezer Kalev" 2, 4000 Tsentar, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Hotel "Ego" is a modern hotel, furnished to the highest standard and is located in the city center, next to the main pedestrian street and the Old Town.The International Fair is only 15 minutes walk away.

★★★★☆

Hoca Paşa, Ebussuud Cd. No:44, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Offering quality accommodations in the religious interests, culture, sightseeing district of Istanbul, Golden Horn Hotel is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel lies 0 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. For sightseeing options and local attractions, one need not look far as the hotel enjoys close proximity to Bet Avraam Synagogue, Sweet & Spice, Ersari.

★★★☆☆

Budapest, Dessewffy u. 36, 1066 Hungary

Star Inn Hotel Budapest Centrum is 400 m from the Opera and a 5-minute walk from Oktogon Metro Station. It offers free internet throughout the hotel.

★★★☆☆

Strada Școlii 4-6, Sighișoara 545400, Romania

At Hotel Sighisoara each room has a distinct personality, with characterful details, authentic furniture and decorations.

Motel

Piața Cetății 7, Sighișoara 545400, Romania

Casa Wagner Hotel offers its guests a perfect location in the old town, right in Council Square, known in Saxon times as Marktplatz, a stone's throw from the main tourist attractions, cafes, terraces, and sumptuous restaurants and shops. Housed in a historic monument building, dating back to 1477, where a German bank once operated, Wagner House offers its guests accommodation in a historic setting full of warmth and beauty.

★★★☆☆

Strada Știrbei Vodă 146, București 010119, Romania

The hotel has an unexpected design theme, which combines traditional inspiration and modern trends. More so, the friendliness of its people completes the charm of the hotel. The convenient positioning of our hotel will add to the comfort of your journey. It’s right at the center of the city, minutes away from Gara de Nord Central Station.

★★★☆☆

ul. "Ivan Vazov" 6, 5000 g.k. Varusha - south, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Housed in a completely restored old building, built in 1894 by a wealthy local family. Located in the old part of Veliko Tarnovo, on the right sidewalk on Ivan Vazov Street, a continuation of the main one,which leads to the Tsarevets fortress.

★★★☆☆

ul. "Knyaz Boris I" 64, 1463 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Hotel St. George is a modern building on seven floors. It has 9 Standard Rooms, 9 Studios and 2 Apartments. All rooms have balconies, air conditioning, mini bar, LCD cable TV and electric kettle for coffee and tea. Each room has a private bathroom equipped with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.

★★★☆☆

ul. "Eliezer Kalev" 2, 4000 Tsentar, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Hotel "Ego" is a modern hotel, furnished to the highest standard and is located in the city center, next to the main pedestrian street and the Old Town.The International Fair is only 15 minutes walk away.

★★★★☆

Hoca Paşa, Ebussuud Cd. No:44, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Offering quality accommodations in the religious interests, culture, sightseeing district of Istanbul, Golden Horn Hotel is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel lies 0 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. For sightseeing options and local attractions, one need not look far as the hotel enjoys close proximity to Bet Avraam Synagogue, Sweet & Spice, Ersari.

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