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Tour Itinerary

Discover the treasures of the Balkans on this vacation through Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Visit the capitals—Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia, Bucharest—as well as some of the fascinating towns and cities along the way. Discover Novi Sad, famous for its citadel; Plovdiv, with its picturesque old town centre; Veliko Târnovo, Bulgaria’s capital during the Middle Ages; and Sinaia, a lovely ski resort town. Explore Brasov, a charming Transylvanian town featuring Saxon walls and bastions and an expansive square surrounded by Baroque architecture and the Gothic Black Church. Sighisoara is one of Romania’s prettiest towns with 11 medieval towers within the city walls, cobblestone streets, ancient houses, and churches. Visit Sofia’s Boyana Church, a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Plovdiv’s Roman Amphitheatre, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient theatres, and Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, built in 1637 and housing an outstanding collection of frescoes. Rila Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a history dating back 10 centuries. Marvel at Peles Castle, a masterpiece of German neo-renaissance architecture built in the 1880s and nestled at the foot of the mountains. It is considered one of the most stunning and romantic European castles. In Bucharest, visit the open-air Village Museum, showcasing traditional village life with a collection of traditional farmhouses, cottages, wind and watermills, and artisans’ workshops from all parts of the country. Last, but not least, visit Bran Castle, built in 1377 with imposing towers and turrets, and once inhabited by Vlad the Impaler—the Count who gave Bran Stoker the inspiration for his novel’s character, the vampire known as Dracula. This Balkans and Transylvania tour is designed for value-minded, savvy travel lovers. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    Check into your hotel. Take advantage of the CosmosGO app to visit Budapest at leisure. In the early evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
  2. Day 2
    BUDAPEST
    Budapest is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, from Gothic to Baroque; Neoclassical to Art Nouveau, but also full of history, a food capital, and surprisingly rich in thermal waters. Discover all of this and more during the guided city tour. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    BUDAPEST–NOVI SAD, SERBIA–BELGRADE
    Travel to Serbia. Stop in Novi Sad, capital of the province, situated on the Danube River and famous for its Petrovaradin Citadel, the fortress known in the west as the “Gibraltar of the Danube.” Continue to Belgrade, and discover the capital of Serbia on a guided city sightseeing tour.
    Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    BELGRADE–SOFIA, BULGARIA
    Cross the border into Bulgaria to arrive in the capital city of Sofia. Join a Local Guide for a city tour that includes the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Boyana Church, a medieval Bulgarian orthodox church listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Theater, and St. Sofia Church.
    Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    SOFIA. EXCURSION TO RILA MONASTERY
    This morning, discover Rila Monastery with its colorful frescoes, located inside a nature park. Its checkered history goes back to Ivan Rilski, the hermit who founded it in 927. During the long Turkish rule over the country, the monastery became a beacon of Bulgarian culture. Return to Sofia.
    Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    SOFIA–PLOVDIV–VELIKO TÂRNOVO
    Head eastwards to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city, located along the banks of the Maritsa River. Stop here to visit the charming Old Town and the Roman amphitheater. Journey northwards through fine scenery over the Stara Planina Mountains to Veliko Târnovo.
    Today’s Distance: 190 mi/ 305 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    VELIKO TÂRNOVO–BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
    Today, time to see some of the highlights of Veliko Târnovo, located on the Yantra River. During the Middle Ages, it was Bulgaria’s capital and it still retains some of its most attractive medieval features. Visit nearby Arbanassi, world famous for its house design, a cross between a dwelling and a fortress. The village is known as an architectural and historic reserve and was at one time the summer residence of Bulgarian kings. One of the highlights of the visit is the Church of the Nativity, built in 1637. Carry on north to Rousse and cross the Danube to reach Bucharest.
    Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    BUCHAREST
    Flower-festooned parks, gardens, and wide boulevards shaded by century-old trees contribute to Bucharest’s beauty. The highlight of the included sightseeing tour is a visit to the open-air Village Museum, a unique collection of traditional farmhouses, cottages, windmills, watermills, and artisans’ workshops from all parts of the country. Your Local Guide will show you other places of interest, including the Government Victoria Palace, the Royal Palace, and the Savings Palace. There is also an optional afternoon visit to the massive Romanian Parliament, known as the “House of the People.“ (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    BUCHAREST–SINAIA–BRASOV
    Travel to Sinaia in the Prahova Valley. This is a lovely ski resort, almost 3,300 feet above sea level. While in Sinaia, there will be time to visit the Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle, considered among the most romantic castles in the world. Only a few more miles and you reach Brasov, a lovely medieval town famous for its town square filled with Baroque architecture and outdoor cafés.
    Today’s Distance: 106 mi/ 170 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    BRASOV
    This morning, depart for Bran and visit its legendary castle, built in 1377 and inhabited by Vlad the Impaler—better known as Dracula. In the afternoon, a walking orientation of the Old Town of Brasov includes a visit to the Black Church, followed by leisure time. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    BRASOV–SIGHISOARA–CLUJ-NAPOCA
    Stop in Sighisoara, a medieval town with 11 towers within the city walls that surround cobblestone streets, ancient houses, and churches—one of Romania’s prettiest towns. Legend has it that it is also the birthplace of the notorious Vlad (Dracula). Continue to Cluj-Napoca, the film capital of Romania. Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    CLUJ-NAPOCA–BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    Cross the border at Oradea into Hungary and return to Budapest.
    Today’s Distance: 292mi/ 470 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    BUDAPEST
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Health and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Cosmos' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Cosmos has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Cosmos' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Cosmos' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Cosmos will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Cosmos will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Cosmos' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Cosmos will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Cosmos' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Budapest: Intercity Hotel Budapest
Belgrade: Best Western Hotel M
Sofia: Ramada by Wyndham Sofia City Centre
Veliko Tarnovo: Yantra Grand Hotel
Bucharest: Pullman Bucharest
Brasov: Cubix
Cluj Napoca: Golden Tulip Ana Dome
Budapest: City Hotel Unio Superior

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 47 reviews - currently showing 8 reviews with comments only

It was a great tour but I would really want to thank my travel counselor, Tamara. She was friendly, honest and incredibly efficient.

Cosmos did an excellent job as usual! All hotels, excursions, meals, tour guides & driver were excellent!

The tour was fine but Cosmos has some problems with time management. In Belgrade, we drove around and went to dinner, but we were not allowed time to see the old town due to the poor time management and the included dinner taking so much time. The hotel in Serbia and Cluj were very far form the city and at times, you will need to take a taxi to even get to a simple food place. Almost everything is an option, even the farewell dinner cost extra. Overall, an average tour at best. I would be hesitant to book another Cosmos tour.

The trip was very enjoyable. An additional day would have allowed us more time in Belgrade and Veliko Tarnova. The tour director was a great person. She was knowledgable, helping, smiling and patient.

There were too many churches and fortresses. The last night in Romania was a waste as there was nothing to do and the hotel was isolated.

This trip is very good. Will book another one with Cosmos. Thank you .

Our hotels were great,. even an Intercontinental one night. We had a great driver and wonderful guides theer were several included evening meals.

This was a really great tour and met all my expectations.

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