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Explore Eastern Europe's Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey
Travel across romantic Eastern Europe from Hungary to Turkey and experience the diverse range of cultures and landscapes in between. From beautiful Budapest to the haunted castles of Transylvania, and through stunning mountain scenery to Bulgaria and beyond - be enchanted by medieval monasteries, old-world towns and the warm hospitality of this little-travelled region of Europe.
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Get the adventure underway in Budapest and be greeted by elegant palaces and a bubbly nightlife.
Investigate Eger Castle in the lovely Baroque town of the same name. Sample excellent local drops at a wine tasting and perhaps have a singalong with local folk musicians.
Call into the attractive city of Debrecen before hopping across the border into Romania. Gain a firsthand experience of peasant culture in provincial Maramures.
Be spooked by the bloodcurdling myths that surround Transylvania, perhaps enjoying a meal at Casa Dracula or venturing up to the clock tower.
Arrive in Viscri and learn about the Sock Project, a warming initiative which supports the local community. Dine with a local family and try to pick up a few tidbits of the Romanian language.
Head to medieval Brasov, a town flanked by mountains and city walls that boast a collection of ornate buildings including the impressive 14th-century Biserica Neagra.
Travel on to Bucharest, where a guided tour visits the expansive Piata Unirii Square and prodigious 12-storey Palace of Parliament, supposedly the largest civilian administrative building in the world.
Cross the Friendship Bridge into Bulgaria and travel to scenic Veliko Tarnovo. Wander the Tsarevets Fortress that looms impressively over the town, tread the cobblestone streets of the Old Quarter or relax in the cafes or vinarnas and people watch.
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.
Journey into the Rila Mountains and explore the most important of Bulgaria’s orthodox monasteries. Join a family as their guests overnight.
Unwind in charming mehanes (stone taverns) in Bansko and feast on local dishes like filet elena or kapama.
Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city. In free time, check out the underground crypt at Bachkovo Monastery or visit traditional craft workshops. Wander among Byzantine ruins and be sure to visit the ancient Roman Amphitheatre.
Arrive in Turkey via overnight train and set off to explore enigmatic Istanbul city. Get happily lost in the Grand Bazaar, visit a Turkish bath, marvel at the awesome Aya Sofia or perhaps take a boat ride up the Bosphorus to cap off the adventure.
Explore Eastern Europe Reviews
Our Explore Eastern Europe trips score an average of 4.68 out of 5 based on 22 reviews in the last year.
Explore Eastern Europe, May 2014
Pamela Jean Brosnan
This was a trip I have always wanted to do and I am glad I have done it. Unfortunately I didn't give it a 5, because as as overall experience, I was let down not by Intrepid, but by some of the people and their attitudes on the trip. This was NOT your fault, but it did have a small impact on some of my enjoyment. This is always the hazards of travelling very closely with strangers! Tomas is a very likeable young man and did an excellent job with our very " mixed personality" group. However, for me, he had big shoes to fill after our Russia Experience Tour with Yulia Rusak. His video that he took during the trip was awesome and will provide many good memories!
Review submitted 28/06/2014
Explore Eastern Europe, May 2014
Over the years, I have used a number of tour companies but found this trip to be one of the best. That is due to the variety of things to see in the itinerary along with the good accommodation. I have done many tours over the years with many companies but felt that Tomas was one of the better quides because of two things - He was obviously very conscientious and really cared that we were all having a good experience on the trip. For that conscientious approach I give him 9 or 10 out of 10. I feel it is very important in a tour guide. One example which stands out for me is the visit to the Palace of Parliament building in Bucharest. He organised for the group to do the tour inside which would take a hour. We told him he didn't need to be outside waiting at the end of the tour as we knew how to get back to the hotel. Yet, he walked all the way back to the Parliament at the expected time of the tour finish, so he could accompany us back to the hotel. He also had two bottles of water with him in case anyone was thirsty after the tour. Very impressive! That is what makes a good guide. I liked the video he gave us at the end of the trip it was a nice touch. It was video he had shot during the trip. The second good point was that he also tried hard to be social with the group. Turning up to most of the meals with the group.
Review submitted 25/06/2014
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