Budapest to Bucharest

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

4.9 out of 5 based on 42 reviews submitted.
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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
Start
Budapest, Hungary
Finish
Bucharest, Romania
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Romania, Hungary
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
WMSB
This trip generates 33.2 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 under 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.

Itinerary

Map of Budapest To Bucharest including Hungary and Romania

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Transport

Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Metro, Taxi

Accommodation

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

Activities
  • 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 - HUF4000
  • Eger - Minaret - HUF800
  • Eger - Astronomy Museum, Camera Obscura, Panoramic terrace in the Lyceum building - HUF2600
  • Eger - Town Under The Town - HUF4500
  • 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
  • Brasov - Cable Car to Mt Tampa - RON50
  • Rasnov - Fortress - RON20
  • Brasov - Walking Tour with Local Guide - RON200
  • Brasov - The Black Church - RON20
  • 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 Ceausescu Residence - RON65

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Important notes

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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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 42 reviews submitted.
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Leanne · Traveled April 2024
A wonderful trip. Good value for money. Lots of great local experiences. Enjoyed learning & living the culture. My trip was made extra special by our tour leader Andi who is a real star & one of the best. A++. Highly recommend this tour.
Review submitted 07 May 2024

Sylvia · Traveled April 2024
This trip takes us back into history right across europe, much of it unknown in traditional history books for english speakers at least. It is an adventure, a fascinating education into alternative ways of living and being sustainable, with breath-taking scenery and locations to visit. Astonishing in so many ways
Review submitted 22 Apr 2024

Clare · Traveled April 2024
Our guide Barni was fantastic, very patient with everyone and very helpful, especially when it came to carrying heavy luggage up and down stairs. The two home stays were a highlight, they gave a really good insight into the Romanian village life and we had such a range of delicious food I’ll be dreaming about it for months to come!
Review submitted 23 Apr 2024

Jerrod · Traveled October 2023
Very fun and educational trip. Homestays were great!
Review submitted 10 Nov 2023

Roland · Traveled October 2023
I was booked on the Bucharest to Kiev trip which for understandable reasons had to be cancelled so chose I this trip as a second best option to get to know Romania. I learned a lot so it was a good decision.
Review submitted 17 Nov 2023
Budapest to Bucharest
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GBP £1,556