Treasures of the Balkans

18 Day Guided Tour from Bucharest to Budapest with Insight Vacations

Read 10 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Insight Vacations 18 Day Treasures of the Balkans. This is where the sway of the Mediterranean meets Central Europe and blends with the exotic East. From the Danube to Dracula's castle, there is history at every turn. This tour...read more

     
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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Bucharest
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Budapest
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 - 4.5 Star
40
Max Group Size
40
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary
Trip Operated By:
Insight Vacations
Insight Vacations
467 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.6 out of 5
10 Reviews
Trip Code:
E966

Itinerary

2019 Season (To Sep 2019)2020 Season (From Apr 2020)

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1 Welcome To Bucharest.
Transfers depart Henri Coandă International Airport at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 for your hotel, which is one of the city's most sophisticated and prestigious landmarks. At 18:00, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner served with wine. (DW) Stay: Athénée Palace Hilton, Bucharest
2 From Bucharest To Brașov.
Join a Local Expert for a sightseeing to view University Square and the former communist headquarters. Visit the immense Parliament Palace, one of the largest buildings in the world. Travel along the Prahova Valley to the elegant mountain resort of Sinaia to visit Peleș Castle, the former summer residence of Romania's first royal family. Led by a local historian, admire the lavish rooms filled with art, armour and tapestries. Continue through the Carpathian Mountains to the charming medieval city of Brașov, founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Aro Palace, Brașov
3 Transylvania: Castles And Myths.
With your Local Expert, take a walk around Town Hall Square, lined with beautiful red-roofed houses and dominated by the Black Church. Then, picture a horse and carriage careering up a wet mountainous road, thunder booming and lightning illuminating the medieval fortress guarding the Transylvanian border. Visit Bran Castle, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel and discover if this popular image of Dracula's castle is true or like the vampire story itself, only a myth. (B)
4 Veliko Tarnovo.
Cross the Danube into Bulgaria and continue to Veliko Tarnovo, the City of the Tsars, where houses cling to the cliffs of the River Yantra, making it one of the country's most beautiful towns. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner of local specialties and wine, followed by an authentic folklore show. (B/DW) Stay: Yantra Grand Hotel, Veliko Tarnovo
5 From The Old Bulgarian Capital To The New.
In the morning, see the Monument of the Assens, before meeting your Local Expert to climb up to the ruined Tsarevets Fortress, a reminder of the town's former imperial status. Enjoy the stunning views over the old Bulgarian capital and the Yantra Valley. Arbanasi is one of Bulgaria's most beautiful villages and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The frescoed churches and fortified dwellings offer a unique insight into the former wealth and spiritual commitment of the settlement. Visit a traditional 17th century merchant's house and the Church of the Holy Nativity. Cross the Balkan Mountains to Bulgaria's modern day capital of Sofia. On arrival, sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you to St. Sofia Church, across the square from the golden domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the archaeological complex, dominated by the church of St. George Rotonda. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Hilton Sofia
6 Sofia At Your Pace.
Enjoy the day at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Rila Monastery or enjoy a fascinating insight into the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria? (B)
7 Skopje.
Cross the border and continue to the Macedonian capital of Skopje, an ultra-modern city juxtaposed by an ancient bazaar, where Turkish influences can still be seen and felt. Then head for mountain-ringed Lake Ohrid, its shores dotted with monasteries and villages. (B/DW) Stay: Bushi Resort & Spa / Aleksandar Palace, Skopje
8 Ohrid And Tirana On The Move.
Making your way to the border, stop in the city of Ohrid for lunch. As you cross into Albania and journey to Tirana, renowned for its friendly locals, you are joined by a resident expert. Continue to the landmark Skanderbeg Square for an insider's look at the Albanian capital. (B/DW) Stay: The Plaza Tirana
9 Kotor And Dubrovnik.
Journey through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro to the Old Town of Kotor, known as Stari Grad. Located beside a beautiful bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen, its no surprise it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue over the Croatian border to the fortified port of Dubrovnik where you are at leisure to explore the Old Town, bustling with street artists, cafes and restaurants. (B) Stay Three Nights: Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik
10 Dubrovnik Sightseeing.
Join a Local Expert for a morning of exploring the stone-paved streets within the 16th century bastions. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, the city walls and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. The rest of the day is free for you to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. Perhaps enjoy an Optional Experience to a stunning town on the Adriatic coast, Cavtat, where you can wander along the pine-forest paths beside the crystal-clear sea. At night you may choose from a fine selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B/DW)
11 Dubrovnik, Paradise On Earth.
Spend another day at leisure in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Sunbathe by the pool or stroll with friends along the ancient city walls. Perhaps explore some of the filming locations of the award-winning series 'Game of Thrones' and appreciate the enterprising spirit of the Old Harbour? As the sun starts to set, maybe take a relaxing cruise to admire the city and its incredible walls from the water. (B)
12 Mostar And Sarajevo.
Journey to Mostar. With your Local Expert, see the famous Stari Most, the Old Bridge, reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the war. Explore the cobbled Old Town stretching on both sides of the bridge and filled with shops selling souvenirs. Continue your travels following the scenic route to Sarajevo for a unique and rewarding insight into the local way of life as you are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Swissotel Sarajevo
13 Sarajevo, City Of Culture.
Start the morning with sightseeing. Visit the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum and talk to one of the survivors, for whom the Siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment in his life. With a Local Expert, see the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated sparking World War 1. Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of Bosnian coffee preparation. The rest of the afternoon is for you to explore as you wish. (B)
14 The Serbian Capital Of Belgrade.
Journey through the remote villages and spa resorts of the forested Bosnian mountains to Belgrade. (B/DW) Stay: Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade
15 The Best Of Belgrade.
Join a Local Expert to see the best of Belgrade. Visit St. Sava Church, Terazije Street, the national museum and national theatre in Republic Square. Finish your sightseeing at the Kalemegdan Fortress, situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or continue exploring on your own. (B) Stay: HomeMetropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade
16 Across To Budapest.
Journey north and cross the Province of Vojvodina to reach Palić on the Hungarian border. See the picturesque lake, where you can admire the art nouveau buildings. Continue on through the vast wilderness of the Puszta, where cowboys rustle up goulash under the stars. Your destination will be Budapest on the Danube. (B) Stay Two Nights: Corinthia Hotel Budapest
17 Budapest, Queen Of The Danube.
Venture into the heart of Buda's medieval Castle District with a Local Expert to visit Matthias Church and take in the view of the immense Hungarian Parliament Building from the Fisherman's Bastion. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes' Square and travel down elegant Andrássy Boulevard. Enjoy time to wander through the Central Market Hall. Spread over three levels, the market is a foodie's paradise, brimming with aromatic food stalls offering delicious salamis, spicy paprika, delicious Tokaji wines and an array of flavoured Pálinkas, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. Tonight you are in for a treat with your Celebration Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine. (B/DW)
18 Depart Budapest.
Departure transfers arrive at Ferenc Liszt International Airport at 07:00 and 11:00. (B)
1 Welcome To Bucharest.
Transfers depart Henri Coandă International Airport at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 for your hotel, which is one of the city's most sophisticated and prestigious landmarks. At 18:00, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner served with wine. (DW) Stay: Athénée Palace Hilton, Bucharest
2 From Bucharest To Brașov.
Join a Local Expert for a sightseeing to view University Square and the former communist headquarters. Visit the immense Parliament Palace, one of the largest buildings in the world. Travel along the Prahova Valley to the elegant mountain resort of Sinaia to visit Peleș Castle, the former summer residence of Romania's first royal family. Led by a local historian, admire the lavish rooms filled with art, armour and tapestries. Continue through the Carpathian Mountains to the charming medieval city of Brașov, founded in 1211 by the Teutonic Knights. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Aro Palace, Brașov
3 Transylvania: Castles And Myths.
With your Local Expert, take a walk around Town Hall Square, lined with beautiful red-roofed houses and dominated by the Black Church. Then, picture a horse and carriage careering up a wet mountainous road, thunder booming and lightning illuminating the medieval fortress guarding the Transylvanian border. Visit Bran Castle, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel and discover if this popular image of Dracula's castle is true or like the vampire story itself, only a myth. (B)
4 Veliko Tarnovo.
Cross the Danube into Bulgaria and continue to Veliko Tarnovo, the City of the Tsars, where houses cling to the cliffs of the River Yantra, making it one of the country's most beautiful towns. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner of local specialties and wine, followed by an authentic folklore show. (B/DW) Stay: Yantra Grand Hotel, Veliko Tarnovo
5 From The Old Bulgarian Capital To The New.
In the morning, see the Monument of the Assens, before meeting your Local Expert to climb up to the ruined Tsarevets Fortress, a reminder of the town's former imperial status. Enjoy the stunning views over the old Bulgarian capital and the Yantra Valley. Arbanasi is one of Bulgaria's most beautiful villages and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The frescoed churches and fortified dwellings offer a unique insight into the former wealth and spiritual commitment of the settlement. Visit a traditional 17th century merchant's house and the Church of the Holy Nativity. Cross the Balkan Mountains to Bulgaria's modern day capital of Sofia. On arrival, sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you to St. Sofia Church, across the square from the golden domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the archaeological complex, dominated by the church of St. George Rotonda. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Hilton Sofia
6 Sofia At Your Pace.
Enjoy the day at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Rila Monastery or enjoy a fascinating insight into the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria? (B)
7 Skopje.
Cross the border and continue to the Macedonian capital of Skopje, an ultra-modern city juxtaposed by an ancient bazaar, where Turkish influences can still be seen and felt. Then head for mountain-ringed Lake Ohrid, its shores dotted with monasteries and villages. (B/DW) Stay: Bushi Resort & Spa / Aleksandar Palace, Skopje
8 Ohrid And Tirana On The Move.
Making your way to the border, stop in the city of Ohrid for lunch. As you cross into Albania and journey to Tirana, renowned for its friendly locals, you are joined by a resident expert. Continue to the landmark Skanderbeg Square for an insider's look at the Albanian capital. (B/DW) Stay: The Plaza Tirana
9 Kotor And Dubrovnik.
Journey through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro to the Old Town of Kotor, known as Stari Grad. Located beside a beautiful bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen, its no surprise it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue over the Croatian border to the fortified port of Dubrovnik where you are at leisure to explore the Old Town, bustling with street artists, cafes and restaurants. (B) Stay Three Nights: Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik
10 Dubrovnik Sightseeing.
Join a Local Expert for a morning of exploring the stone-paved streets within the 16th century bastions. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, the city walls and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. The rest of the day is free for you to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. Perhaps enjoy an Optional Experience to a stunning town on the Adriatic coast, Cavtat, where you can wander along the pine-forest paths beside the crystal-clear sea. At night you may choose from a fine selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. (B/DW)
11 Dubrovnik, Paradise On Earth.
Spend another day at leisure in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Sunbathe by the pool or stroll with friends along the ancient city walls. Perhaps explore some of the filming locations of the award-winning series 'Game of Thrones' and appreciate the enterprising spirit of the Old Harbour? As the sun starts to set, maybe take a relaxing cruise to admire the city and its incredible walls from the water. (B)
12 Mostar And Sarajevo.
Journey to Mostar. With your Local Expert, see the famous Stari Most, the Old Bridge, reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the war. Explore the cobbled Old Town stretching on both sides of the bridge and filled with shops selling souvenirs. Continue your travels following the scenic route to Sarajevo for a unique and rewarding insight into the local way of life as you are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Swissotel Sarajevo
13 Sarajevo, City Of Culture.
Start the morning with sightseeing. Visit the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum and talk to one of the survivors, for whom the Siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment in his life. With a Local Expert, see the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated sparking World War 1. Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of Bosnian coffee preparation. The rest of the afternoon is for you to explore as you wish. (B)
14 The Serbian Capital Of Belgrade.
Journey through the remote villages and spa resorts of the forested Bosnian mountains to Belgrade. (B/DW) Stay: Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade
15 The Best Of Belgrade.
Join a Local Expert to see the best of Belgrade. Visit St. Sava Church, Terazije Street, the national museum and national theatre in Republic Square. Finish your sightseeing at the Kalemegdan Fortress, situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or continue exploring on your own. (B) Stay: HomeMetropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Belgrade
16 Across To Budapest.
Journey north and cross the Province of Vojvodina to reach Palić on the Hungarian border. See the picturesque lake, where you can admire the art nouveau buildings. Continue on through the vast wilderness of the Puszta, where cowboys rustle up goulash under the stars. Your destination will be Budapest on the Danube. (B) Stay Two Nights: Corinthia Hotel Budapest
17 Budapest, Queen Of The Danube.
Venture into the heart of Buda's medieval Castle District with a Local Expert to visit Matthias Church and take in the view of the immense Hungarian Parliament Building from the Fisherman's Bastion. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes' Square and travel down elegant Andrássy Boulevard. Enjoy time to wander through the Central Market Hall. Spread over three levels, the market is a foodie's paradise, brimming with aromatic food stalls offering delicious salamis, spicy paprika, delicious Tokaji wines and an array of flavoured Pálinkas, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. Tonight you are in for a treat with your Celebration Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine. (B/DW)
18 Depart Budapest.
Departure transfers arrive at Ferenc Liszt International Airport at 07:00 and 11:00. (B)

Insight Vacations Inclusions

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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Sarajevo: Visit the Tunnel of Hope and hear a firsthand account of when the city was under siege for 44 months from a resident who was privy to the city's secret lifeline.
  • Bucharest: Walk the cavernous halls of the vast Palace of Parliament, learn about the history and listen to amusing tales from your Local Expert.
  • Bucharest: During sightseeing with your Local Expert see University Square and the former Communist Headquarters.
  • Sinaia: Led by a local historian, witness the opulent and sumptuous décor in Peleș Castle, the fairy-tale Royal summer residence, at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains.
  • Bran: Visit the imposing medieval castle guarding the old Transylvanian border and embrace its stories, myths and legends from Count Dracula to romantic Queen Marie.
  • Brasov: Explore Town Hall Square with your Local Expert and see the Black Church.
  • Veliko Tarnovo: With your Local Expert, see the Monument of the Assens, dedicated to the Bulgarian Kings.
  • Arbanassi: At the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arbanassi, visit a traditional 17th century merchants' house and enjoy the acoustics in the Church of the Holy Nativity.
  • Veliko Tarnovo: Ascend Tsarevets, the King's Hill, crowned by a ruined medieval citadel. Enjoy the views and imagine yourself back in the days of the Crusades when this was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.
  • Skopje: Visit the capital of Macedonia.
  • Ohrid: Walk the cobbled, narrow streets of the Old Town with your Local Expert.
  • Tirana: Meet a local resident who will show you Skanderbeg Square and walk you through their home city as they explain what it's like to live in the Albanian capital.
  • Kotor: Visit the Stari Grad, also referred to as the Old Town, perfectly positioned on a beautiful bay.
  • Dubrovnik: Your Local Expert will guide you through this ancient city, surrounded by well-preserved walls built in the Middle Ages. See Onofrio's Fountain, the Rector's Palace and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
  • Mostar: Explore the Old Town and see the Stari Most with your Local Expert.
  • Sarajevo: A Local Expert will show you the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans, known as Baščaršija. You will also see the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated.
  • Belgrade: A Local Expert will show you St. Sava Church, Terazije Street, the national museum, national theatre, Republic Square and the Kalemegdan Fortress.
  • Palić: Visit this town sitting on the Serbian-Hungarian border. See the water tower and the art nouveau buildings by the lake.
  • Budapest: With a Local Expert, visit the colourful Matthias Church in the heart of Budapest's Castle District.
  • Budapest: Visiting the Central Market Hall is a foodie's dream. Accompanied by your Local Expert, wander three levels of stalls, brimming with mouthwatering salamis, spicy paprika, Hungarian wines and a whole lot of Pálinka.
  • Scenic Drives: Venture through Prahova Valley and pass the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains, Lake Ohrid, Bosnian Mountains. Travel through the Province of Vojvodina and Puszta Region.
Trip Inclusions
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Included Meals
  • Veliko Tarnovo: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner of local specialties with wine and witness a folklore show.
  • Dubrovnik: You will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants to choose from for your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Sarajevo: You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles.
  • Sarajevo: Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of coffee preparation.
  • Budapest: Dine in elegance and savour Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine during your Celebration Dinner at Gundel.
  • Dining Summary: 17 Breakfasts (B) and 10 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Accommodation
  • Sofia: The Hilton Sofia features art deco-styled rooms, and is centrally located, surrounded by the South Park and set opposite the National Palace of Culture.
  • Budapest: The 5-star Corinthia Budapest Hotel is one of the grandest luxury hotels in Budapest. An impressive landmark building with an imposing Neo-classical facade and soaring glass atrium. Excellent technology and personal service ensures an elegant and luxurious stay.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Twin prices are per person.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • Sarajevo: Visit the Tunnel of Hope and hear a firsthand account of when the city was under siege for 44 months from a resident who was privy to the city's secret lifeline.
  • Bucharest: Walk the cavernous halls of the vast Palace of Parliament, learn about the history and listen to amusing tales from your Local Expert.
  • Bucharest: During sightseeing with your Local Expert see University Square and the former Communist Headquarters.
  • Sinaia: Led by a local historian, witness the opulent and sumptuous décor in Peleș Castle, the fairy-tale Royal summer residence, at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains.
  • Bran: Visit the imposing medieval castle guarding the old Transylvanian border and embrace its stories, myths and legends from Count Dracula to romantic Queen Marie.
  • Brasov: Explore Town Hall Square with your Local Expert and see the Black Church.
  • Veliko Tarnovo: With your Local Expert, see the Monument of the Assens, dedicated to the Bulgarian Kings.
  • Arbanassi: At the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arbanassi, visit a traditional 17th century merchants' house and enjoy the acoustics in the Church of the Holy Nativity.
  • Veliko Tarnovo: Ascend Tsarevets, the King's Hill, crowned by a ruined medieval citadel. Enjoy the views and imagine yourself back in the days of the Crusades when this was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.
  • Skopje: Visit the capital of Macedonia.
  • Ohrid: Walk the cobbled, narrow streets of the Old Town with your Local Expert.
  • Tirana: Meet a local resident who will show you Skanderbeg Square and walk you through their home city as they explain what it's like to live in the Albanian capital.
  • Kotor: Visit the Stari Grad, also referred to as the Old Town, perfectly positioned on a beautiful bay.
  • Dubrovnik: Your Local Expert will guide you through this ancient city, surrounded by well-preserved walls built in the Middle Ages. See Onofrio's Fountain, the Rector's Palace and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
  • Mostar: Explore the Old Town and see the Stari Most with your Local Expert.
  • Sarajevo: A Local Expert will show you the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans, known as Baščaršija. You will also see the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and the Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated.
  • Belgrade: A Local Expert will show you St. Sava Church, Terazije Street, the national museum, national theatre, Republic Square and the Kalemegdan Fortress.
  • Palić: Visit this town sitting on the Serbian-Hungarian border. See the water tower and the art nouveau buildings by the lake.
  • Budapest: With a Local Expert, visit the colourful Matthias Church in the heart of Budapest's Castle District.
  • Budapest: Visiting the Central Market Hall is a foodie's dream. Accompanied by your Local Expert, wander three levels of stalls, brimming with mouthwatering salamis, spicy paprika, Hungarian wines and a whole lot of Pálinka.
  • Scenic Drives: Venture through Prahova Valley and pass the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains, Lake Ohrid, Bosnian Mountains. Travel through the Province of Vojvodina and Puszta Region.
Trip Inclusions
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Included Meals
  • Veliko Tarnovo: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner of local specialties with wine and witness a folklore show.
  • Dubrovnik: You will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants to choose from for your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Sarajevo: You are invited into a Sarajevan family home for a dinner with drinks. Savour the warm hospitality and authentic cuisine as you hear inspirational stories about their culture and recent struggles.
  • Sarajevo: Experience authentic Bosnian coffee and learn about the traditional ritual of coffee preparation.
  • Budapest: Dine in elegance and savour Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine during your Celebration Dinner at Gundel.
  • Dining Summary: 17 Breakfasts (B) and 10 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Accommodation
  • Sofia: The Hilton Sofia features art deco-styled rooms, and is centrally located, surrounded by the South Park and set opposite the National Palace of Culture.
  • Budapest: The 5-star Corinthia Budapest Hotel is one of the grandest luxury hotels in Budapest. An impressive landmark building with an imposing Neo-classical facade and soaring glass atrium. Excellent technology and personal service ensures an elegant and luxurious stay.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are based on the 2019 season and are subject to change at full 2020 Europe brochure release.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Twin prices are per person.

Reviews (10)

18 Day Treasures of the Balkans reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Traveling in style”
- VIC, Australia Apr 2019 View Photo

Insight Vacations took care of every detail! We stayed in amazing 5 star hotels, had great food and saw unbelievable sights, all arranged through our tour! Highly recommended! :)
We walked the walls of Dubrovnik, had dinner with survivors of the war in Sarajevo, went into Dracula's castle, saw the Shoes on the Danube in Budapest... sooooo many highlights! And everything was arranged through our tour director. She was incredibly knowledgeable and organised! A wonderful...read more

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“Incredible Balkans”
- NSW, Australia Apr 2019 1 Helpful Vote

Not really expecting much, we were pleasantly surprised by the beauty, history and scenic places. It was rather daunting to travel 9 countries in 18 days but the border crossing did not pose a problem at all. Our tour director was superb in her planning and management of the tour. We were also a special group in the sense that almost everyone was travel savvy. No one was late and no one was a nuisance at all. It was truly memorable.

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“Enjoyable tour of the Balkans”
- NSW, Australia Aug 2018 4 Helpful Votes View Photo

My wife and I enjoyed this tour. The highlights were the Peles Castle in Romania, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Bulgaria, the place where Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, the coffee in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the beautiful sunset in Dubrovnik, the old town of Kotor in Montenegro, the Danube in Budapest, the dinner in the famous Gundel Restaurant including the New York Cafe in Budapest. The tour director 'Karl' was very helpful and efficient. All the hotel accommodation was excellent. The pace...read more

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“Wonderful trip from start till the end”
- NSW , Australia May 2018 5 Helpful Votes View Photo

I enjoyed every single day during this 18 day trip. My first time travelling with Insight Vacations and certainly will do it again. All in all, the standard of accommodations, meals, sightseeing etc is similar to my life style in Sydney. I love the quality and comfort therefore the trip was fabulous. Being a spiritual person, by practising 'mindfulness' about my surroundings, I focused on the positive perspective from my inner self. Yeah, another enjoyable trip for me. Happiness comes from inner...read more

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“Great tour of the Balkans”
- QLD, Australia Apr 2018 3 Helpful Votes

Enjoyed all aspects of this tour of the Balkans. Thank you Georgie at Global Journeys for your prompt attention and professional dealings with organising this tour. We will certainly use your company again.

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Monday 26 Aug 2019 Thursday 12 Sep 2019 396solo traveller 7,529solo traveller Enquire
Monday 02 Sep 2019 Thursday 19 Sep 2019 401solo traveller 7,624solo traveller Sold Out
Monday 09 Sep 2019 Thursday 26 Sep 2019 401solo traveller 7,624solo traveller Sold Out
Monday 16 Sep 2019 Thursday 03 Oct 2019 401solo traveller 7,624solo traveller Sold Out
Monday 27 Apr 2020 Thursday 14 May 2020 802per person 5,093per person Enquire
Monday 11 May 2020 Thursday 28 May 2020 295per person 5,600per person Enquire
Monday 18 May 2020 Thursday 04 Jun 2020 295per person 5,600per person Enquire
Monday 25 May 2020 Thursday 11 Jun 2020 296per person 5,629per person Enquire
Monday 08 Jun 2020 Thursday 25 Jun 2020 806per person 5,119per person Enquire
Monday 15 Jun 2020 Thursday 02 Jul 2020 806per person 5,119per person Enquire
Monday 22 Jun 2020 Thursday 09 Jul 2020 806per person 5,119per person Enquire
Monday 06 Jul 2020 Thursday 23 Jul 2020 826per person 5,249per person Enquire
Monday 20 Jul 2020 Thursday 06 Aug 2020 826per person 5,249per person Enquire
Monday 03 Aug 2020 Thursday 20 Aug 2020 826per person 5,249per person Enquire
Monday 17 Aug 2020 Thursday 03 Sep 2020 826per person 5,249per person Enquire
Monday 24 Aug 2020 Thursday 10 Sep 2020 826per person 5,249per person Enquire
Monday 31 Aug 2020 Thursday 17 Sep 2020 840per person 5,335per person Enquire
Monday 07 Sep 2020 Thursday 24 Sep 2020 840per person 5,335per person Enquire
Monday 14 Sep 2020 Thursday 01 Oct 2020 840per person 5,335per person Enquire
Monday 21 Sep 2020 Thursday 08 Oct 2020 295per person 5,600per person Enquire
Monday 27 Apr 2020 Thursday 14 May 2020 1,032solo traveller 6,553solo traveller Enquire
Monday 11 May 2020 Thursday 28 May 2020 379solo traveller 7,206solo traveller Enquire
Monday 18 May 2020 Thursday 04 Jun 2020 379solo traveller 7,206solo traveller Enquire
Monday 25 May 2020 Thursday 11 Jun 2020 383solo traveller 7,272solo traveller Enquire
Monday 08 Jun 2020 Thursday 25 Jun 2020 1,041solo traveller 6,614solo traveller Enquire
Monday 15 Jun 2020 Thursday 02 Jul 2020 1,041solo traveller 6,614solo traveller Enquire
Monday 22 Jun 2020 Thursday 09 Jul 2020 1,041solo traveller 6,614solo traveller Enquire
Monday 06 Jul 2020 Thursday 23 Jul 2020 1,078solo traveller 6,847solo traveller Enquire
Monday 20 Jul 2020 Thursday 06 Aug 2020 1,078solo traveller 6,847solo traveller Enquire
Monday 03 Aug 2020 Thursday 20 Aug 2020 1,078solo traveller 6,847solo traveller Enquire
Monday 17 Aug 2020 Thursday 03 Sep 2020 1,078solo traveller 6,847solo traveller Enquire
Monday 24 Aug 2020 Thursday 10 Sep 2020 1,078solo traveller 6,847solo traveller Enquire
Monday 31 Aug 2020 Thursday 17 Sep 2020 1,091solo traveller 6,934solo traveller Enquire
Monday 07 Sep 2020 Thursday 24 Sep 2020 1,091solo traveller 6,934solo traveller Enquire
Monday 14 Sep 2020 Thursday 01 Oct 2020 1,091solo traveller 6,934solo traveller Enquire
Monday 21 Sep 2020 Thursday 08 Oct 2020 379solo traveller 7,206solo traveller Enquire
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