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The Balkans Revealed

Covering three countries’ capitals and a kaleidoscope of colours and cultures, this bountiful tour of the Balkans crosses borders and beautiful landscapes, to reveal the ancient sites, artistic treasures, and medieval monuments of Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania

First used in the 1800s to refer to the region, the Turkish word ‘balkan’ means ‘mountain’, an apt descriptive for the landscapes of south-eastern Europe. This is a journey through the splendid scenery of the peaks and valleys, to the awe-inspiring monuments which chart the countries’ history. It begins in Bulgaria, where Sofia straddles the Perlovska River with modern towers and medieval churches, against its Mount Vitosha backdrop; the huge Rila Monastery is secluded on misted mountain slopes; and the six hills of Plovdiv have witnessed every age and culture, with Roman ruins, medieval streets, and Ottoman mosques. In Serbia, a forbidding fortress dominates the city of Nis; Belgrade’s mix of monuments and eras ranges from a medieval fortress to Tito’s tomb, and the biggest church in the Balkans; and we visit the impressive Roman site of Viminacium; and the Baroque town of Sremski Karlovci, where it’s said that every street has its own historic story. Romania greets you with Decebal’s Face carved into a cliff on the Danube; and follows with the spa town of Baile Herculane, the haunting sculptures of Târgu Jiu, and the monasteries of Horezu and Curtea de Arges; ending amid the monuments of the capital, Bucharest.

Overview

  • Sofia  - 3 nights
  • Belgrade  - 3 nights
  • Băile Herculane  - 1 night
  • Râmnicu Vâlcea  - 1 night
  • Bucharest  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Cultural & Countryside Tour
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • 3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Local Expert Guides
  • Central Hotels

Covering three countries’ capitals and a kaleidoscope of colours and cultures, this bountiful tour of the Balkans crosses borders and beautiful landscapes, to reveal the ancient sites, artistic treasures, and medieval monuments of Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania

Accommodation

Hotel Anel - Sofia

A contemporary 4-star hotel at a prime location in Sofia. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 56 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Belgrade Art Hotel - Belgrade

A modern 4-star boutique hotel conveniently located in the heart of Belgrade. Restaurant, bar, sauna, WiFi (free) and 55 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Afrodita Hotel - Baile Herculane

This 3-star hotel is set amidst the Domogled Mountains, in the centre of Baile Herculane, a natural spa resort. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 220 rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Grand Hotel Sofianu – Ramnicu Valcea

A traditional 4-star hotel surrounded by Zavoi Park and close to the centre of Ramnicu Valcea. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 61 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hotel Cismigiu - Bucharest

A 4-star hotel set in a historical building built in 1912, close to the old Town. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 60 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Extension Options

Brasov & Bucharest Extension

Stay one night in Brasov, a 12th-century Transylvanian Saxon town and enjoy visits to the celebrated Gothic Black Church, Bran Castle (known as Dracula’s castle), the Neo-Renaissance Peleș Castle and Sinaia Monastery. Final night in Bucharest. Breakfast daily.

Aro Palace Hotel - Brasov

This spacious 4-star hotel overlooks the Tampa Mountain and the medieval historic quarter of Brasov and is facing the central park. Restaurants. bar, indoor pool, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 196 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Hotel Cismigiu - Bucharest

A 4-star hotel set in a historical building built in 1912, close to the old Town. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 60 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Sofia before you start your tour, or spend extra nights in Bucharest before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Hotel Anel
(per night) £62
Single supplement £55

Hotel Cismigiu
(per night) £78
Single supplement £52

Hotel Anel - Sofia

A contemporary 4-star hotel at a prime location in Sofia. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 56 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hotel Cismigiu - Bucharest

A 4-star hotel set in a historical building built in 1912, close to the old Town. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 60 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Dates & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

September
September 16 (Monday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Sep 16
  • £475
  • 2025: May, Jun, Sep
  • £515
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £200
  • Arrival transfer
  • £25
  • Departure transfer
  • £25
Extension Options
  • Brasov & Bucharest Extension (2 nights)
  • £785
  • Single Supplement
  • £95

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