Balkan Gems with Prague, Transylvania and Bucharest
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Day 1: Arrive Prague
Be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers and Tour Director during tonight’s welcome reception.
Day 2: Prague
The capital of the Czech Republic lures you with its millennia-long history. Begin your guided discovery at Prague Castle, where you’ll pause to take in views of the city. Take a leisurely stroll over Charles Bridge on the way to the Old Town Square, where you’ll see the 600-year-old Astronomical Clock. Tonight, dinner awaits at the Alcron restaurant, a fine dining restaurant known for its use of local Czech produce.
Day 3: Prague
Today is set aside for your special experience, and the evening is then yours to relax or further explore.
Day 4: Prague, Velke Bilovice, Budapest, Embark Ship
Travel to Velke Bilovice for a light lunch in a traditional Czech restaurant. Continue to the historic Hungarian capital of Budapest and board your luxury river ship.
Day 5: Budapest
Enjoy a morning city tour of Budapest taking in its historic monuments, including Fisherman’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore.
Day 6: Mohacs
You have the choice as to how you spend your day.
Day 7: Vukovar
Bearing battle scars from the Croatian War of Independence, Vukovar has risen strongly and offers a rich history to discover. Enjoy a Signature Experience here.
Day 8: Belgrade
In Serbia’s capital, choose your activity.
Day 9: Iron Gates
Cruise through the Iron Gates and experience one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders you will encounter on this cruise. Your ship will weave its way through the series of gorges between Serbia and Romania.
Day 10: Rousse
Choose how to spend your day in and around charming Rousse today.
Day 11: Disembark Ship, Giurgiu, Brasov
Disembark your ship and travel to the Slanic mine, Europe’s largest salt mine. Descend 208 metres underground to discover some of the 14 rooms, as well as the Salt Museum. The pure air inside the mine is known for its respiratory healing effects. Later, you will enjoy dinner and then continue to your hotel in Brașov.
Day 12: Brasov, Bran
This morning will be spent exploring Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Perched atop a rocky hill overlooking the town of Bran, the castle’s striking orange turrets tower above a thick forest of trees in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. Wander through its many rooms and admire the 19th-century antiques before continuing back to Brasov for lunch. This afternoon, delve deeper into Brasov’s history on a walking tour.
Day 13: Brasov, Sinaia, Bucharest
A visit to Peles Castle awaits today, nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the town of Sinaia. This neo-Renaissance masterpiece was commissioned by Romania’s first king, Carol I, and took 40 years to build. Enjoy free time for lunch in Sinaia then travel to Bucharest.
Day 14: Bucharest
Set out on a guided exploration of Bucharest’s Old City this morning. The area has recently undergone a decade of refurbishments, transforming the city’s historic core into a vibrant, walkable quarter. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a visit to the Palace of the Parliament. Started in 1984, and still unfinished, this enormous building was constructed under the command of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and has over 3,000 rooms.
Day 15: Depart Bucharest
Your journey comes to an end today with a transfer to the airport.