Tales From The Balkans

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Arrival in Budapest. On the airport you will meet our local representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Accommodation and overnight.
After breakfast you will meet your local guide and have a city tour of Budapest. Straddling the Danube River, with the Buda Hills to the west and the Great Plain to the east, Budapest is a gem of a city. You will start your tour at the Chain Bridge. On the drive to the Buda side of the Danube, you’ll pass by the spectacular Parliament Building and cross the River by the Margaret Bridge. Your first stop will be the Castle District for a short walk to see the area’s main attractions. You’ll visit Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion, the perfect spot for enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding area. Following your visit to the Castle District, the tour will continue with a drive to the Citadel atop Gellért Hill. You’ll marvel at the panoramic views of the city from here. You’ll then travel over the Elizabeth Bridge to the Pest side to see the famous Central Market Hall and Europe’s largest synagogue. Along the way, pass the largest thermal spa in Europe and the Budapest Zoo, then stop at Heroes’ Square, where you’ll find statues of famed Hungarian kings and dukes. The tour will continue from here down Andrássy Avenue to downtown Pest, passing the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica. To get the best of Budapest upon request we can organize for you a cruise with dinner: “Budapest by night”
Day 3 - BUDAPEST – PECS (220 km)
After breakfast departure for Pecs. Meeting with the guide who will show you the most important sights of Pécs: the Széchenyi square - the Mediterranean main square of Pécs, with its beautiful buildings, statues, and the biggest Ottoman Mosque of Hungary, the most popular meeting place of the citizens of Pécs, and the Padlock fence - the Lovers' Gate formed by young people in love. Continue with a visit of the Early Christian Burial Ground: Cella Septichora. The Centre introduces the most beautiful edifices of the 4th century Early Christian Burial Ground which, owing to its unique value, became part of the UNESCO World Heritage in 2000. Admire the St. Stephen square with the Cathedral - the thousand years old bishop’s treasury and the biggest Hungarian crypt in one of the nicest squares of Middle East Europe, and the Barbican - this round tower from the 15th century is part of the double-walled Bishop's Palace with its parks. The tour will lead you in the Zsolnay museum where you will be astonished by the beauty of the Zsolnay porcelain exhibition. Overnight stay.
Day 4 - PECS – SZEGED – TIMISOARA (340 km)
Breakfast and departure towards Romania. En route you will stop to visit the “Sunniest city of Hungary” Szeged that is often associated with Attila the Hun. Explore Szeged on a sightseeing tour of its inner city, home to enchanting squares. Start on Széchenyi ter, one of the largest squares in Europe. See statues of the nation’s heroes lining the expansive park-like square, where trees surround the late 18th-century neo-baroque Town Hall. Continue to Heroes' Gate, erected in 1936 to honor Horthy’s White Guards. Admire the university buildings and Neo-Romanesque twin-towered Votive Church. Continue to St. Demetrius Tower, the city’s oldest structure, including remains of a 12th-century church. After some free time for lunch in Szeged, where we highly recommend you to taste its famous fish soup, continue to Romania. Accommodation and overnight in Timisoara.
Today you will visit Timişoara. One of the largest Romanian cities is also one of the country's most attractive urban areas, built around a series of beautiful public squares and lavish parks and gardens. Here you will visit the Roman Catholic cathedral and the Trinity Column, which was erected by the people of Timişoara at the end of the 18th century in thanks to God for allowing them to survive the plague that hit the town between 1738 and 1739. Departure for Sibiu. On the way stop for the visit of the Hunedoara Castle. Built in the 14th century, Corvinilor Castle represents one of the most amazing and well-preserved medieval buildings, being in fact the most famous property of Iancu de Hunedoara, building that even today dominate the city of Hunedoara. Arrival in Sibiu and accommodation. Overnight.
Breakfast and city tour of Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007. During the tour you will see the Large Square, the Huet Square, the Brukenthal Museum, the Liars' Bridge and other important city landmarks. Departure to Brasov, fairy tale town founded in the 12th century by the Saxon settlers. Enjoy a city tour including visit to St Nicholas Church and First Romanian School, which hosts an impressive collection of rare books, many of them hand copied right there. Accommodation and overnight.
In the morning, depart for Bran to visit the castle made famous by Bram Stoker's novel as the residence of the vampire count, Dracula. Drive on to Sinaia, one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in Romania, also known as the “Pearl of the Carpathians” for visit to Peles Castle, an exquisite piece of architecture which served as the summer residence of the former Romanian Royal family. In the afternoon, proceed to Bucharest for overnight.
In the morning, enjoy a city tour of Bucharest. Get acquainted with the Romanian capital city, once called the “Little Paris of the East”. During the tour you will see the Arch of Triumph, the Revolution Square, the Romanian Athenaeum and the National Art Museum. Inside visit to the Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. Departure towards Bulgaria. In Ruse you will meet your local Bulgarian guide. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo. Accommodation and overnight.
In the morning you will visit the Tsarevets fortress where the Bulgarian kings once lived and walk along the oldest merchant street in the town called Samovodska Charshia. Depart for Kazanlak - the center of The Valley of Roses and The Valley of The Thracian Kings. En route visit a rose distillery where you can see how the famous Bulgarian rose oil is produced and taste rose made liquor and rose made jam. Enjoy lunch at the distillery. Continue to Plovdiv for accommodation and overnight.
Day 10 - PLOVDIV CITY TOUR – SOFIA (140 km)
Today we invite you to explore Bulgaria’s second largest city – Plovdiv. This is a city with millennium old history. It has preserved ruins from Roman, Ottoman and Bulgarian Revival period. During our city tour you will see the Roman Forum and Stadium as well as the Roman amphitheater dating back to the 2nd AD; the house of Hindliyan –national monument of culture, impressive with its artistic decoration, with many well preserved original murals. Walk along the tiny cobbled streets of the old town surrounded by beautiful Revival houses and churches. Continue to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Get to know the highlights of the capital, among which are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the round church of St. George, which is the best preserved Byzantine building, the Russian church, St. Nikolas church, St. Petka church, Banya Bashi Mosque, the ruins of ancient Serdica and some more.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.

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