Last Minute Deal Trafalgar Tours | Balkan Adventure

Visit several countries on this adventure-filled Balkan trip, where you’ll venture deep into the Carpathian Mountains, walk in the mythical footsteps of Count Dracula at Bran Castle in Transylvania and revel in the beauty, history and traditions of the Balkan nations.


Tour Operator: Trafalgar Tours
  • What's Included

    • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
    • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
    • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
    • Optional Experiences and free time
    • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
  • Pricing

      • Start Date
      • End Date
      • Price
        (Twin)
      • 14 Apr 24
      • 27 Apr 24
      • $5,795

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $4,926 for this departure

      • 21 Apr 24
      • 4 May 24
      • $5,850

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $4,973 for this departure

      • 5 May 24
      • 18 May 24
      • $5,850

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $4,973 for this departure

      • 12 May 24
      • 25 May 24
      • $5,850

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $4,973 for this departure

      • 19 May 24
      • 1 Jun 24
      • $5,850

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $4,973 for this departure

      • 26 May 24
      • 8 Jun 24
      • $5,895

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,011 for this departure

      • 2 Jun 24
      • 15 Jun 24
      • $5,895
      • 9 Jun 24
      • 22 Jun 24
      • $5,895

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,011 for this departure

      • 16 Jun 24
      • 29 Jun 24
      • $5,895

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,011 for this departure

      • 23 Jun 24
      • 6 Jul 24
      • $5,895

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,011 for this departure

      • 30 Jun 24
      • 13 Jul 24
      • $6,025

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,121 for this departure

      • 7 Jul 24
      • 20 Jul 24
      • $6,025

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,121 for this departure

      • 21 Jul 24
      • 3 Aug 24
      • $6,125

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,206 for this departure

      • 28 Jul 24
      • 10 Aug 24
      • $6,125

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,206 for this departure

      • 4 Aug 24
      • 17 Aug 24
      • $6,125

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,206 for this departure

      • 18 Aug 24
      • 31 Aug 24
      • $6,025

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,121 for this departure

      • 25 Aug 24
      • 7 Sep 24
      • $5,895

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,011 for this departure

      • 1 Sep 24
      • 14 Sep 24
      • $5,895
      • 8 Sep 24
      • 21 Sep 24
      • $5,895

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,011 for this departure

      • 15 Sep 24
      • 28 Sep 24
      • $5,895

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $5,011 for this departure

      • 22 Sep 24
      • 5 Oct 24
      • $5,795

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $4,926 for this departure

      • 29 Sep 24
      • 12 Oct 24
      • $5,795

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $4,926 for this departure

      • 6 Oct 24
      • 19 Oct 24
      • $5,795

      Book now and receive a last minute payment discount. Pay only $4,926 for this departure

    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Bucharest

    You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Paris when you explore the Belle-Époque atmosphere of Romania’s capital, Bucharest. Your first day will be free to explore the city your way, admiring the elegant boulevards that once hosted high society and an Old City filled with cobbled streets, Baroque architecture and vintage cafés. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Why not toast to new friends with a shot of the local Pálinka to set the tone for your memorable journey?

     

    Day 2 - Journey to Transylvania and Braşov

    A full day of sightseeing stretches ahead, beginning in Bucharest where you’ll join a Local Specialist to delve into the city’s tumultuous history. See the immense Palace of the Parliament, one of the lasting legacies left behind by dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, whose extravagant tastes culminated in the world’s second-largest administrative building in stark contrast to the poverty of his people. Venture deep into the Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia and view Peleş Castle, the summer retreat of Romania’s first king. Then, continue to Braşov and check in to your hotel in Poiana Braşov ski resort. Enjoy traditional Romanian cuisine for dinner at your hotel against the backdrop of panoramic mountain views.

     

    Day 3 - Dracula’s Castle and More in Braşov Dive Into Culture

    The highlight of the day is this morning’s visit to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. Dive Into Culture with a Local Specialist and learn about its history as the favourite royal residence of Queen Maria of Romania. Although the connection between the castle and Bram Stoker’s famous literary figure is tentative at best, its imposing walls, towering spires and secret passageways may convince you otherwise. Next, we journey to the medieval streets of Braşov. The city once stood at the crossroads of trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and western Europe, forging a melting pot of influences that can be seen to this day. Join a Local Specialist who will reveal the city’s trading history and Saxon roots as you walk around Town Hall Square and see the Black Church, so named following the damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689. Your evening is free to indulge in some of the local Transylvanian favourites or consider joining your travel companions for an optional dinner.

     

    Day 4 - Continue to Medieval Veliko Târnovo

    Head south, through ancient villages and tranquil landscapes across the Danube River into Bulgaria. Your journey ends in Veliko Târnovo, the 'City of the Tsars' and former capital of the Bulgarian Empire. Relax after your scenic drive and join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel. After dinner, resist the urge to retire early and take a stroll through the Old City admiring the Renaissance gems that line its winding streets.

     

    Day 5 - Onwards to Historic Sofia Stays With Stories

    The fairy-tale façades of Veliko Târnovo exude medieval history around every turn and your Local Specialist will reveal a rich history and culture befitting a former imperial capital. At the heart of the city is Tsarevets Fortress, which you’ll have an opportunity to visit as part of your sightseeing tour. Our next stop is the UNESCO-listed town of Arbanasi, renowned for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture and rich spiritual history reflected in the beautiful medieval frescoed churches that can be found here. Visit the Church of Holy Nativity before continuing to Sofia.

     

    Day 6 - Sofia Your Way

    Join a Local Specialist for an in-depth sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s modern-day capital including views of the golden-domed St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Sofia Church. Settle in to the relaxed atmosphere and take a stroll along its elegant boulevards or sit in a park and people-watch. You could choose instead to join an Optional Experience to the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery, founded by the hermit St. Ivan of Rila in the 10th century. Later this evening, you may wish to get your foot tapping to the flurry of red skirts at a traditional folklore show.

     

    Day 7 - Journey to Macedonian Skopje Connect with Locals

    Cross the Macedonian border today, bound for Skopje, the capital, religious crossroads and a vibrant medieval trading centre. See the Ottoman Empire's legacy in the mosques and bazaars as you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour this afternoon. Local flavours and stories are on the menu tonight as you Connect With Locals at an exclusive Be My Guest experience.

     

    Day 8 - Off to Albania and Tirana

    Leaving North Macedonia behind, head to the Albanian capital of Tirana where, on arrival, you’ll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour. Delve into how the city has emerged from decades of communist rule into a vibrant, trendy tourism centre – one where dour grey city blocks have been transformed into a kaleidoscope of colourful façades. You’ll view such highlights as the Palace of Culture, the National Library and the Clock Tower before enjoying dinner at your hotel.

     

    Day 9 - Journey to Montenegro’s Kotor and Budva

    Soak up Montenegro’s natural beauty as you drive towards Kotor. You’ll have some time for lunch on your own and an orientation tour of this fortified town, tucked deep within enchanting fjord-like surrounds. Travel to Budva next where your Travel Director will provide an orientation tour before you have the rest of the day to explore 'Montenegro's Miami' on your own. Head to Stari Grad (the Old Town) surrounded by 15th-century ramparts to explore its labyrinthine lanes and small squares where you could choose to sit back and watch the world go by.

     

    Day 10 - Venture to Mostar and Sarajevo

    After an orientation in Kotor, join a a Local Specialist in Mostar for a guided tour through colourful cobbled streets. View the Stari Most and meet a traditional coppersmith artisan on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Head to Sarajevo next where you’ll delve into the rich religious and multicultural heritage that has earned it the nickname, the 'Jerusalem of Europe'. Tonight you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel.

     

    Day 11 - Discover Sarajevo

    Join a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour of Sarajevo, which will reveal centuries of religious history reflected in its beautiful synagogues, mosques and Orthodox and Catholic churches. Visit the War Tunnel, an underground tunnel of hope that was built in 1993 during the Siege of Sarajevo, allowing war supplies and humanitarian aid to reach the city at the height of the Bosnian War. Then, enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own. Visit the Old Town and trace the Sarajevo Roses, dotted across the city as a stark reminder of that tumultuous time in the city’s history.

     

    Day 12 - On the Road to Belgrade

    Travel through lush forests, pastures and the Bosnian Mountains into Serbia – a scenic day of driving that will end in Belgrade. The 'White City' has a long history which you’ll have an opportunity to discover tomorrow.

     

    Day 13 - Explore Riverside Belgrade

    Your Local Specialist will share the sights and sounds of Belgrade from an insider’s perspective this morning. Delve into its Celtic, Roman, Serbian, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian history, then visit Kalemegdan Fortress, the symbol of the Serbian capital perched perfectly on a ridge overlooking the confluence of two great rivers. Discover how each of these empires has had a hand in rebuilding the fortress over the past 16 centuries. This evening, we reunite one final time for a rousing Farewell Dinner to reminisce over our shared travel experience.

     

    Day 14 - Farewell Belgrade

    Our journey through the Balkans has come to an end. All that’s left is to say a fond doviđenja as you bid your new friends farewell.

     

*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Food fund and airfares may be additional. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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