Eastern Europe Express Overview

Enjoy a thrilling tour of Eastern Europe from Romania to Turkey. From Bucharest, head through Bulgaria and finish up in Turkey's ancient capital, Istanbul.

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      USD $1,165
      CAD $1,242
      AUD $1,255
      EUR €895
      GBP £774
      NZD $1,525
      ZAR R11,754
      CHF FR1,107
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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Explore Eastern Europe's Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey

Embark on a spectacular journey from Romania, through Bulgaria and into Turkey, discovering the architectural grandeur and quaint cultural enclaves that make this such an intriguing part of the world. Absorb Bucharest’s austere atmosphere on a guided walking tour, compare age-old places of worship in Sofia and be treated to traditional Bulgarian hospitality on an overnight homestay in Gorno Draglishte. Breathe in crisp alpine air on a hike in the Pirin Mountains, meander back in time in the Old Town of Plovdiv and be dazed and amazed by Istanbul. Relatively short in terms of distance travelled, this eight-day trip is a fascinating study in just how much regions can change as you cross national borders.

  • Delve into a communist past in Bucharest
  • Travel through the scenic Rila Mountains
  • Explore Byzantine ruins in Plovdiv
  • Admire Istanbul's majestic Aya Sofia

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Bucharest, Romania
  • Finish:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    5 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (6 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Metro, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train
  • Included activities:

    Bucharest - Guided walking tour, Plodiv - Guided tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    114kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1) A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.

  • Total price from

    USD $1,165
    CAD $1,242
    AUD $1,255
    EUR €895
    GBP £774
    NZD $1,525
    ZAR R11,754
    CHF FR1,107
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $145
    CAD $155
    AUD $156
    EUR €111
    GBP £96
    NZD $190
    ZAR R1,469
    CHF FR138
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About Bulgaria , Romania , Turkey

Eastern Europe Express Summary

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Days 1-2 Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania's beautiful capital city, likes big things. It's home to one of Europe's biggest squares and its enormous Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world.

Day 3 Sofia

Bulgaria's cosmopolitan capital, Sofia is loaded with wide tree-lined boulevards, pleasant parks and striking buildings including the Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church.

Day 4 Gorno Draglishte

The small mountain village of Gorno Draglishte is home to a delightful community of warm and welcoming people, a rich cultural heritage and delicious home-cooked food.

Day 5 Bansko

Set at the foot of the majestic Pirin Mountains, many of Bansko's stone houses have been transformed into charming 'mehanes' (taverns) where visitors can indulge in some local cuisine.

Day 6 Plovdiv

Once the meeting point of two ancient transportation routes, Plovdiv is a picturesque city with a fascinating collection of traditional workshops, baroque houses and ancient Roman ruins.

Days 7-8 Istanbul

Cross the border into Turkey and drive the remaining distance to Istanbul. With a population of 14 million inhabitants and nearly 3,000 mosques, no amount of time here is ever enough to come to terms with this mesmerising ancient capital. Our journey ends on the morning of our second day here, so it's well worth staying on for a few extra days if time allows.
    • 8
    • WMSI
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,165
      CAD $1,242
      AUD $1,255
      EUR €895
      GBP £774
      NZD $1,525
      ZAR R11,754
      CHF FR1,107
      *
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