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Budapest to Bucharest

10 Days | Explore Eastern Europe's historic Hungary and Romania

4.8 out of 5 based on 33 reviews submitted.
EUR €1,377
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From the beautiful Baroque churches of Budapest to the haunted castles of Transylvania, this ten-day journey across Eastern Europe 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, including Bran Castle and dine with a local family on an overnight homestay in Viscri. Visit Bucharest's 12-storey Palace of Parliament and enjoy free time to explore your favourite sites further. This jam-packed journey perfectly introduces two Eastern European treasures, soaked in fascinating history and featuring modern-day delights.

Trip overview

Map of Budapest To Bucharest including Hungary and Romania
Budapest, Hungary
Bucharest, Romania
Romania, Hungary
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 28.49 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • 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 in Transylvania – the birthplace of the world's most famous vampire, Dracula. Then visit Bran Castle in Brasov – the inspiration for Dracula’s home.
  • Enjoy a homestay with a local family in the Saxon town of Viscri, exposing you to Romanian hospitality and some delicious home-cooked food.
  • Delve into the communist past and the thriving, artistic present-day of Bucharest – a city often underrated by travellers but offering heaps of sights, sounds and smells to be explored.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Humana. Donations help provide job opportunities and education programs in sustainable fashion and textiles for people with disabilities.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart.
  • If you have more time to explore the region you can extend your trip by starting your travels in Vienna, taking in the best of Central Europe before heading to Romania. Check out our trip 'Journey through Central Europe & Romania' (trip code AMSCC). Alternatively you could head further south into Bulgaria with our 'Eastern Europe Explorer (trip code WMSEC). Most departure dates are designed to create these perfect combination trips.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight between 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Budapest To Bucharest including Hungary and Romania



9 breakfasts, 3 dinners


Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Metro, Taxi


Hotel (6 nights), Pension (2 night), Homestay with shared facilities (1 night)

  • Eger - Wine Sampling
  • Maramures - Day Tour with Local Guide
  • Maramures - Sapanta Merry Cemetery
  • Maramures - Barsana Monastery
  • Viscri - Local Home Cooked Dinner
  • Viscri - Sock Project
  • Viscri - Fortified Church
  • Bran Castle - Tour
  • Bucharest - Walking Tour with Local Guide
Add on activities
  • Eger - Castle - HUF2400
  • Eger - Minaret - HUF500
  • Eger - Astronomy Museum, Camera Obscura, Panoramic terrace in the Lyceum building - HUF2200
  • Eger - Town Under The Town - HUF1500
  • Sighisoara - Church of the Dominican Monastery - RON10
  • Sighisoara - Covered Stairway - Free
  • Sighisoara - Church on the Hill - RON5
  • Sighisoara - The Clock Tower - RON16
  • Viscri - Prince Charles House - RON15
  • Viscri - Blacksmith demonstration - RON80
  • Brasov - The Black Church - RON15
  • Brasov - Walking Tour with Local Guide - RON200
  • Rasnov - Fortress - RON20
  • Brasov - Cable Car to Mt Tampa - RON25
  • Bucharest - Bike Tour - EUR25
  • Bucharest - Urban Adventures Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Tour - EUR75
  • Bucharest - Village Museum - RON30
  • Bucharest - Palace of Parliament Tour - RON60
  • Bucharest - Romanian Athenaeum - RON10
  • Bucharest - Former Ceauşescu Residence - RON55

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1. A single supplement is bookable, excluding Day 6 (homestay), subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 33 reviews submitted.
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Amanda · Traveled August 2023
Budapest to Bucharest 9 nights. Excellent. Our wonderful guide Gigi, together with the local guides provided comprehensive insights into the history, culture and politics of Romania over the last 800 years. The two homestays (3 nights) were the absolute highlight of the trip. Staying in homes in two beautiful and historic villages provided experiences that I will cherish forever.
Review submitted 22 Aug 2023

Kathryn · Traveled August 2023
A fabulous trip. Romania is such a beautiful country with such a tormented history. The places we visited were delightful. The Romanians inspired me with their resilience. Gigi was a brilliant leader.
Review submitted 21 Aug 2023

Veronica · Traveled August 2023
What a beautiful and fascinating country. We stayed in some of the most unique homestays and had some delicious food. Sandu and our day guides are clearly very passionate about sharing their country's culture, and I learned so much while on this tour.
Review submitted 22 Aug 2023

Sylvia · Traveled August 2023
Intrepid had given us another interesting trip. We had a great leader, Sandu, who made it all easy for us and challenged us as well.
Review submitted 22 Aug 2023

Esme · Traveled August 2023
I went on a tour of Hungary and Romania with my 80 year old mother and two teenage children. Such and interesting and varied tour . Great to experience it all with such a well informed and competent tour guide -Sandhu. So different from the rest of Europe.
Review submitted 23 Aug 2023
Budapest to Bucharest
EUR €1,377