Explore Eastern Europe's Hungary and Romania
From the beautiful Baroque churches of Budapest to the haunted castles of Transylvania, this ten-day journey across Hungary and Romania provides a fascinating insight into an intriguing region. Learn about the failed Turkish invasion of Eger and take a wine cellar tour in the Valley of the Beautiful Women. Become acquainted with traditional Romanian culture and customs in Maramures. Tour the medieval churches of Brasov, dine with a local family on an overnight homestay in Viscri and visit Bucharest's 12-storey Palace of Parliament. This jam-packed journey makes for a perfect introduction to two Eastern European treasures.
Sample the famous Hungarian 'bulls blood' in Eger, the wine that supposedly gave the Hungarian army supernatural strength during their battle against the Ottoman Empire
Experience peasant life on a full-day tour through the countryside of Maramures, Romania's most traditional and colourful region. Don't be surprised if you see horse-drawn carts along the road
Learn spooky stories while travelling through beautiful Transylvania, famous for its medieval fortified churches and as the birthplace of the inspiration for the world's most famous vampire, Dracula
A home-stay with a local family in the Saxon/Roma town of Viscri will expose you to Romanian hospitality and some finger-licking home-cooked grub
Delve into the communist past and the thriving, artistic present-day vibe of Bucharest, a city often underrated by travellers
As potholes and cobblestones are common in Eastern Europe, we recommend you leave your wheelie bag at home and bring a backpack instead for ease of travel.
Summer temperatures in Hungary and Romania can reach up to 40°C, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Please consider the time of year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season. If travelling in summer, drink lots of water and remember to protect yourself from the sun. Bring layers to combat the heat, as well as sun block, shades and a hat.
Single travellers will be sharing accommodation with another traveller of the same sex. If you'd prefer a single room, a supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Please also note that some accommodation on this trip offer shared bathrooms rather than en-suite facilities.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 17 October 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
A single supplement is available on this trip.
Our Budapest to Bucharest trips score an average of 4.59 out of 5 based on 17 reviews in the last year.
I loved this trip and would highly recommend it for anyone interested in history or the charm of Eastern Europe. Vlad is an incredible guide and I'm so thankful for getting to travel with him.
Review submitted 08 Aug 2017
A study in contrasts: castles and medieval towns; rugged stone churches and dazzling monasteries; pristine landscapes of Rocky Mountains and rolling hills; towns stepped back in time, with overloaded horse drawn carts sharing highways with speeding cars; cities with hidden. Gardens and quirky cafes, where rows of regal ruins stand side by side with gleaming new office buildings.
Review submitted 30 Jul 2017