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Budapest to Budapest
14 days
Tour code: ELBSHH-9

Starting in Budapest you'll tick off some of the greats that the Balkans has to offer. Starting in Budapest, you'll travel through Timisoara, Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Plitvice Lakes National Park before finishing up back on Budapest. Did we mention you'll also get the chance to ski? Yup you heard, beginner or pro, opt in and hit the powder. See you there.

What's included?

Meals

6 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Transport

Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including powerpoints for charging electronics.

Accommodation

13 nights in hotel accommodation (twin-share or double)

Room types: Twin, Twin-Share (Male), Twin-Share (Female), Triple, Single, Double

Included activities

Bulgaria - Sofia

Skiing in Bulgaria: TBC

Excursion to Rila Monastery: TBC

Open air lift ride and hike to the Seven Rila Lakes, Rila Mountain: TBC

Itinerary

Day 1
Budapest, Hungary

You're in Budapest baby! Meet your travel mates at dinner tonight and gear up for an epic adventure.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2
Budapest to Timisoara, Romania

Off to Timisoara today: Romania's third-largest city. Some call it Little Vienna. Get oriented on a walking tour before getting lost in the Old Town neighbourhood. Don't miss the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral. It's more than just a photo op and especially beautiful at night.

Included activities:

  • Walking tour of TimisoaraMeals:
  • Breakfast
Day 3
Timisoara to Bucharest, Romania

We're off to Bucharest today. To get your bearings, we've got a driving and walking tour on the cards today. Later tonight, enjoy a group dinner and share travel stories. Get stoked, you've got a free day in buzzing Bucharest tomorrow. Included today:-Bucharest driving & walking tourMeals: -Breakfast -Dinner

Day 4
Bucharest

Free day = yay! Wander the streets today and get a feel for the largest city in Romania. Why not tick off the Palace of Parliament (it's pretty big, you can't miss it), the fairytale-like Cismigiu Gardens (if the lake is frozen over, get your skates on!) and take a peek at the Bucharest Arc de Triomphe.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5
Bucharest to Sofia, Bulgaria

The charming and historical Sofia is up next on our Balkan bucket list. But to break the day up, we're stopping at Veliko Târnovo for some pics. It's one of Bulgaria's oldest towns and houses the impressive Tsarevets Fortress. Once in Sofia, become best friends with the city on a walking tour. Work up an appetite for dinner this evening. Included today: -Visit Veliko Târnovo-Walking tour of SofiaMeals: -Breakfast -Dinner

Day 6
Sofia

Free day to explore this gem of a capital city. Hot tip: get on down to the Aleksander Nevski Cathedral and make sure you go inside too. You can thank us later. But for the main event, let's go skiing (optional). We'll make our way to Borovets ski resort where you can hit the slopes whatever your ability. Ready to shred?Meals: Breakfast

Optional activities: Skiing in Bulgaria

Day 7
Sofia

Survived the après-ski and want a second day skiing? We've got you covered (optional). For non-skiers, take a scenic open air lift ride and hike to the Seven Rila Lakes in Rila Mountain (optional). It'll be a view to remember. There's also an excursion to the beautiful Rila Monastery as another option. Talk about spoilt for choice!

Optional activities:

  • Skiing in Bulgaria
  • Excursion to Rila Monastery
  • Open air lift ride & hike to the Seven Rila Lakes, Rila Mountain

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8
Sofia to Belgrade, Serbia

Serbia here we come! Curl up on the coach as we cruise into Belgrade. Once we arrive, we'll show you how to explore this city like a local. Later, why not hit the town? YOLO is the motto after all.

Included activities: Walking tour of Belgrade

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 9
Belgrade

Why not take a trip along the banks of the mighty Danube and into Belgrade's Old Town district to investigate the local hot spots down Prince Michael Street. Belgrade Fortress, the bohemian hub Skadarlija and Republic Square are also waiting to be explored.Meals: -Breakfast

Day 10
Belgrade to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

First off, a sobering visit to the Srebrenica Memorial before a guided tour of Sarajevo. Follow your Trip Leader and learn all about this fascinating city's war-torn past.

Included activities:

  • Walking tour of Sarajevo
  • Visit the Srebrenica Memorial

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 11
Sarajevo to Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

On our way to one of the most beautiful parts of Eastern Europe today. Get ready for 300km squared of awesomeness at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12
Plitvice Lakes

In winter, Plitvice Lakes National Park becomes all sorts of amazing. In the right conditions, the waterfalls freeze over and trees are covered in a blanket of snow. Chasing waterfalls has never been so awesome. Get exploring around the 16 lakes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included activities:

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National ParkMeals:
  • Breakfast
Day 13
Plitvice Lakes to Budapest

Tear your heart away from the beautiful Plitvice Lakes as we make tracks to Budapest. See the sites on an included driving tour before tucking in to one last dinner with your travel pals.

Included activities: Driving tour of Budapest

Meals: BreakfastDinner

Day 14
Budapest

So long Budapest, it's been real. Until next time!Meals: -Breakfast

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