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Budapest to Bucharest Small Group

Duration
10 Days
Prices:
On request

On your journey between Budapest and Bucharest, experience the heartlands of both Hungary and Romania and discover the many treasures that exist in the interiors of both countries. The history, traditions and culture you will find will be rewarding and enjoyable.


On this Europe tour, small group means small group. With an average of 10 participants, and a maximum of 16 on each departure, you’ll feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller, discovering Europe with friends at your side.

Start off in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is a city of culture with more than 200 museums, 40 theatres, 7 concert halls and an opera house. It is also known for its “coffee culture” due to its many cafes and is also well known for its many excellent spas first introduced by the Romans who discovered the underground thermal springs. Your time here during your 3 night stay is at leisure to explore the city on your own or take local tours.

On your last day in Budapest, you will travel to Eger, 3 hours away by train, known for its historic sites and thermal baths. It is also known for its wine productivity especially the well-known Bull’s Blood which you will be able to sample. There is also a 13th Century castle to view. Later, enjoy a sing-along with local folk musicians.

The next morning, leave Budapest and travel to Debrecen, Hungary’s 2nd largest city and important as the centre of Protestantism in Hungary. From here, take the train and cross into Romania to the Mamures region known for its rural scenic beauty. Stay 2 nights in the area.
Mamures is a place where time appears to have stood still and has retained its traditional lifestyle. Its traditional music and ancient festivals are some of its attractions. Visit the Merry Cemetery in nearby Sapanta with its colourful tombstones and which is more like an open-air museum as well as being a cemetery. Also visit the village museum in Sighetu.

The following day head to Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage site and located in the heart of Transylvania with its Count Dracula associations. Interesting features of Sighisoara are the 12th Century citadel and its cobblestoned streets. Overnight here.

Leave Sighisoara for Viscri, another UNESCO World Heritage site with its both Roma and Saxon origins and traditions. Visit the fortified church, the oldest in Transylvania and the local museum. Learn about the Sock Project which supports the Roma community. In Viscri, you will stay with a local family and enjoy learning about their lifestyle and culture.

From Viscri, travel to Brasov, a former medieval trading centre surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. It is a walled city exuding an old world charm. Visit the Gothic Black Church dating back to 1477 and see here the 120 Turkish rugs hanging from its balconies. Brasov has a vibrant nightlife and you will stay here overnight.

Your last full day takes you to Bucharest where you are free to explore the city on your own. Overnight in Bucharest.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices:
On request

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Arrive Budapest

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. Insurance details and next of kin information will be collected. After the collapse of Communism, Budapest has experienced a renaissance throughout the years. In order to cover most of the main sights in the city, renting a bicycle is the best way to move around and experience the glamorous stores and restaurants. For art and history part of the city, the Museum of Fine Arts at Hero's Square is recommended offering English tours of the permanent collections - Monet, Dutch Masters, Gauguin, El Greco, Goya.

Day 2

Budapest

The Statue Park will be explored to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city streets after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One unmissable activity is a soak in the hot thermal baths. There are several around the city center ranging from the sumptuous and elegant to simple outdoor types. There are pools of varying degrees - some with whirlpools, chess boards and seats where you can enjoy it all while recuperating in the therapeutic waters.

Day 3

Eager

Take a two-hour train east to Eger today. This beautifully preserved Baroque town is surrounded by hills and is home to some of the most renowned vineyards in Eastern Europe. Visit the wine cellars of the seductively-named Valley of the Beautiful Women with the group to sample some of the town's famous 'Bull's Blood' red wine, which supposedly gave the Hungarian army supernatural strength during their battle against the Ottoman Empire. Among the Turkish soldiers it was rumoured that the enemy army drank blood diluted with wine, as the firm resistance they encountered couldn't be explained any other way. In your own time, perhaps explore Eger's 13th-century castle, which was the scene of the historic siege that thwarted the Ottoman Empire's advancement into Western Europe. Here you can explore the Gothic Palace, a gallery of fine Hungarian art, and tour underground passageways of archaeological finds. You may also like to check out the town's 19th-century cathedral, the northernmost medieval minaret in Europe for views of the city, or the Minorite church in Dobo Square.

Day 4

Maramures

Travel by bus to visit the pleasant town of Debrecen (approximately 3 hrs). While there, you'll have time to explore Deri Square with its fountains and colourful buildings. Continue on by train and private vehicle to Romania (approximately 6 hrs). Time in Romania is an hour ahead of Hungary so don't forget to re-set your watch. Please note that Romanian visas are not available at the border. Should you require one, please organise this before you commence this tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Maramures

The region of Maramures ('mah-ra-moo-resh') is a land that seems frozen in time. It's often said that Maramures contains Romania's heart and soul. It's a region of tradition, customs, rich folklore and ancient superstitions that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. One of the last peasant cultures in Europe continues to thrive here with traditional music, costumes and ancient festivals continuing to flourish. Each village has its own colours for outfits and their own style of straw or felt hats. Maramures is particularly famed for its wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage-listed sites. Set out to explore the region - visiting the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, the village museum in Sighetu and various other traditional villages.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Sigihisoara

Travelling through the pastoral fields to Sighisoara (approximately 9 hrs) and cross into the magical land of Transylvania - the name alone conjures up images of haunted castles, gothic churches, werewolves and vampires. Its connection with the famous Count Dracula, itself a literary myth, is a small part of what makes Transylvania an enchanting, romantic and exciting destination. The medieval masterpiece of Sighisoara ('Sig-he-shwara') is likely to seduce visitors' hearts more than any other place in Romania. Another World Heritage site, the town was first settled by the Romans but flourished under the Saxons from the 12th century. The more energetic are free to take a walk around the town which includes a 64m-high clock tower that dominates the citadel and cobblestone side streets.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Viscri

Your next stop is less than an hour away, but it seems that you are in a different world. Viscri is a small Saxon/Roma town which was originally inhabited by the Saxons from the Luxemburg area. Visit the fortified church and museum, and learn about the Sock Project which supports the Roma community. Stay in a very special place in this Transylvanian village. The rooms are in different houses and have shared facilities with your host families. You have dinner with the families to sample the fresh produce, home-made wines and schnapps. This is a fantastic and unique opportunity for local interaction and indulgence.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Brasov

Take a short train trip to the 13th-century Saxon city of Brasov (approximately 2 hrs). Also known by its German name of Kronstadt, the city of Brasov was a major medieval trading centre with ornate churches and townhouses, protected on three sides by mountains and the massive walls that still remain. Explore the city's main attraction - the gothic Black Church. This Protestant church was completed in 1477 and took its name from its fire-blackened the walls in 1689. The original statues from the exterior of the apse are now inside and some 120 Turkish rugs hang from the churches balconies (gifts from merchants who went on shopping sprees in Ottoman lands). For those looking for a little nightlife action, the city has plenty of funky bars and restaurants to enjoy.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Bucharest

Heading south to Romania's capital city, Bucharest (approximately 3 hours), it is known to be one of Europe's biggest squares and with the Palace of Parliament to be the second largest building in the world. Guests are free to explore the place on their own as there are no planned activities for this final day.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

Departure

Your tour ends today.

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 9, 30; May 7, 28; Jun 4, 11, 18, 25; Jul 16, 30; Aug 6, 13, 27; Sep 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners 
  • Transportation: Bus, Metro, Private Minibus, Private Vehicle, Taxi, Train, Tram 
  • Guesthouse (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (4 nights), Pension (3 nights) 
  • Maramures - Guided tour, Wine Tasting

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International or internal flights unless specified
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Travel insurance 
  • All personal expenses

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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15 Oct 2017
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