Explore Eastern Europe's Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey

Budapest, Hungary
Istanbul, Turkey
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
221kg pp per trip


  • Unwind in beautiful Budapest
  • Sample Hungarian wine in Eger
  • Experience traditional peasant life in a Maramures village
  • Learn spooky stories while travelling through Transylvania
  • Get spooked at Dracula's Castle near Brasov
  • Delve into a communist past in Bucharest
  • Travel through the scenic Rila Mountains
  • Explore Byzantine ruins in Plovdiv
  • Admire Istanbul's majestic Aya Sofia


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.
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6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Bus, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train, Tram
Guesthouse (5 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (7 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Pension (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Bucharest - Guided walking tour
  • Eger - Wine tasting
  • Gorno Draglishte - Rila Monastery
  • Maramures - Guided tour
  • Plodiv - Guided tour


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