Eastern Europe Express Itinerary

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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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,105
      CAD $1,175
      AUD $1,190
      EUR €850
      GBP £735
      NZD $1,445
      ZAR R11,105
      CHF FR1,050
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Turkish tea

Spice market, Turkey

alexander nervsky cathederal in sofia, bulgaria

floral walk way in sofia, bulgaria

Days 1-2 Bucharest

Bucharest is home to what is supposedly the largest civilian administrative building in the world – the 12-storey Palace of Parliament. See this municipal monolith up close on a guided city tour that also takes in the expansive Piata Unirii Square.
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Day 3 Sofia

Walk along tree-lined boulevards in the city of Sofia and see the Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church. At night, why not dive into the happening nightlife.
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Day 4 Gorno Draglishte

Journey into the Rila Mountains and explore the most important of Bulgaria’s orthodox monasteries. Join a family as their guests overnight, sample classic Bulgarian cuisine and perhaps get a lesson in traditional weaving.
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Day 5 Bansko

Unwind in charming mehanes (stone taverns) in Bansko and feast on local dishes like filet elena or kapama. In spare time, perhaps visit the Belitsa Bear Sanctuary.
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Day 6 Plovdiv

Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city. Become familiarised with the locale on a guided orientation walk that takes in the magnificent Roman Amphitheatre and the hilltop fortress of Nebet Tepe. In free time, why not check out the underground crypt at Bachkovo Monastery or visit some traditional craft workshops.
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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.
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