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Explore Eastern Europe Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
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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Budapest's grand architecture and boulevards evoke a time gone by, while glamorous stores and glitzy restaurants make this one of Europe's truly great cities.
Home to some of the most famous vineyards in Eastern Europe, the beautifully preserved Baroque town of Eger is also famous for its impressive 13th-century castle.
Rich in tradition, folklore and ancient superstitions that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years, the region of Maramures is a land that seems frozen in time.
Set in the mystical and enchanting region of Transylvania, the medieval masterpiece of Sighisoara effortlessly conjures images of haunted castles, gothic churches and vampires.
Best known for its heavily fortified medieval church, the charming village of Viscri offers a great opportunity to get in touch with the local Roma community.
The city of Brasov was once a major medieval trading centre and today its gothic Black Church and ornate building are still protected by massive city walls.
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.
Tracing its incredible history all the way back to 4500 BC, Veliko Tarnovo's imposing Tsarevets Fortress and picturesque Old Quarter are a delight to explore.
Bulgaria's cosmopolitan capital, Sofia is loaded with wide tree-lined boulevards, pleasant parks and striking buildings including the Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church.
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.
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.
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.
Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.
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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