Balkan Adventure Trafalgar Tours

Balkan Adventure

Visit both medieval and trendy towns on this 14 Day, Balkan Adventure escorted tour. Travel from Bucharest, Romania to Belgrade, Serbia on this whirlwind journey. Visit beautiful cities in Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro along with Bosnia and Herzegovina. History, lore, architecture, local flavors and varied cultures accompany guests throughout this epic trip.

Cobbled streets lovely shops, vintage cafés and Baroque architecture welcome visitors to the Balkan region. Explore deep into the Carpathian Mountains and historic Bran Castle with a local specialist who will help differentiate between history and mystery. See dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's, Palace of the Parliament. Delve into Brasov's Saxon roots, and see the Black Church named for the Great Fire of 1689. Cross the Danube River to the 'City of the Tsars', Veliko Târnovo. Captivating fairy-tale façades and Tsarevets Fortress are among the highlights. Experience the Greek, Roman, Ottoman and communist influences in Sofia. Discover ideal souvenirs in Skopje's bazaars. In Tirana, see the Palace of Culture and the National Library. Religious history abounds in Sarajevo and visit 1993's War Tunnel built during the Siege of Sarajevo. This culturally rich vacation will provide a lifetime of fond reflections.


14 Daysfr. $3,125

ORIENTATION of Kotor and Budva
  • Gratuities are included for services during the land stay of your vacation unless otherwise noted. This includes wait staff at included meals, and porterage at hotels for one suitcase per person. Gratuities for your tour director, local hosts, guides, and drivers are not included in the vacation price (unless otherwise noted in pricing details) and are discretionary.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
13 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
  • Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest, Romania (1 night)
  • Ana Sport Hotel in Brașov, Romania (2 nights)
  • Yantra Grand Hotel in Veliko Târnovo, Bulgaria (1 night)
  • Hotel Marinela Sofia in Sofia, Bulgaria (2 nights)
  • Holiday Inn Skopje in Skopje, Macedonia (1 night)
  • Hilton Garden Inn in Tirana, Albania (1 night)
  • Falkensteiner Hotel in Budva, Montenegro (1 night)
  • Novotel Sarajevo Bristol in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (2 nights)
  • Mercure Excelsior in Belgrade, Serbia (2 nights)
  • The hotels listed are intended to be used on all departures however Trafalgar Tours reserves the right to substitute other hotels than those listed. If a change becomes necessary for any reason, the hotel substituted will be of equivalent quality to those listed. No refunds are provided for hotel changes and full cancellation penalties apply.

ARRIVE BUCHAREST Location Information Description

Bucharest, Romania

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?

Intercontinental Hotel

BUCHAREST - SINAIA - BRASOV Location Information Description

Bucharest, Romania

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.

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Brasov, Romania

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

Ana Sport Hotel

BRASOV SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Location Information Description

Brasov, Romania

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 are 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 favorites or consider joining your travel companions for an optional dinner.

Breakfast

Ana Sport Hotel

BRASOV - VELIKO TARNOVO Location Information Description

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

Yantra Grand

VELIKO TARNOVO - ARBANASI - SOFIA Location Information Description

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

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.

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Arbanasi, Bulgaria

Your 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. Here you'll visit the Church of the Nativity.

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Next, continue to Sofia, where you'll 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.

Breakfast

Marinela

SOFIA FREE DAY Location Information Description

Sofia, Bulgaria

You'll have a full day to explore this modern city built on Roman ruins. Once a thriving centre for trade and crafts, Sofia's history, culture and architecture have been influenced by Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and communists. Settle in to the relaxed atmosphere and take a stroll along its elegant boulevards or sit in a park and people-watch.

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Sophia, Bulgaria

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.

Breakfast

Marinela

SOFIA - SKOPJE Location Information Description

Skopje, Macedonia

Cross the Macedonian border today, bound for Skopje, the capital, religious crossroads and a vibrant medieval trading center. See the legacy of the Ottomans in the mosques and bazaars as you join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour this afternoon.

Local flavors and stories are on the menu tonight as you 'Connect With Locals' for an exclusive 'Be My Guest' dinner, perhaps with some of the local rakija on hand to toast to new friends.

Breakfast, Dinner

Holiday Inn

SKOPJE - TIRANA Location Information Description

Tirana, Albania

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

Breakfast, Dinner

Hilton Garden Inn

TIRANA - KOTOR - BUDVA Location Information Description

Kotor, Montenegro

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.

Location Information Description

Budva, Montenegro

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 may choose to sit back and watch the world go by.

Breakfast

Falkensteiner

BUDVA - MOSTAR - SARAJEVO Location Information Description

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Leave the shimmering Adriatic coast for Mostar, a multicultural city that has restored itself with enviable verve following the Bosnian War. A 'Local Specialist' will lead you through its colorful cobbled streets and you'll view the Stari Most, Ottoman-style bridge, reconstructed entirely using traditional methods.

Location Information Description

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

Novotel Bristol

SARAJEVO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Location Information Description

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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. You could choose to join your travel companions for an optional dinner this evening.

Breakfast

Novotel Bristol

SARAJEVO - BELGRADE Location Information Description

Belgrade, Serbia

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 explore tomorrow.

Breakfast

Mercure Excelsior

BELGRADE SIGHTSEEING Location Information Description

Belgrade, Serbia

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 and perched perfectly on a ridge overlooking the confluence of two great rivers. Discover how each of these empires have had a hand in rebuilding the fortress over the past 16 centuries.

This evening, you'll reunite one final time for a rousing Farewell Dinner to reminisce over your shared travel experience.

Breakfast, Dinner

Mercure Excelsior

DEPART BELGRADE Location Information Description

Belgrade, Serbia

Your 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 and take your transfer to the airport. Conditions apply.

Breakfast

Departure Date
Price
Sun, Apr 03, 2022
$3,709.00
Sun, Apr 03, 2022
$3,709.00
Sun, Apr 10, 2022
$3,125.00
Sun, Apr 10, 2022
$3,225.00
Sun, Apr 17, 2022
$3,175.00
Sun, Apr 17, 2022
$3,225.00
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
$3,175.00
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
$3,250.00
Sun, May 01, 2022
$3,175.00
Sun, May 01, 2022
$3,250.00
Sun, May 08, 2022
$3,175.00
Sun, May 08, 2022
$3,250.00
Sun, May 15, 2022
$3,175.00
Sun, May 15, 2022
$3,250.00
Sun, May 22, 2022
$3,195.00
Sun, May 22, 2022 – Wait-list
$3,275.00
Sun, May 29, 2022
$3,766.00
Sun, May 29, 2022
$3,766.00
Sun, Jun 05, 2022
$3,195.00
Sun, Jun 05, 2022
$3,275.00
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
$3,195.00
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
$3,275.00
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
$3,195.00
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
$3,275.00
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
$3,195.00
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
$3,275.00
Sun, Jul 03, 2022
$3,853.00
Sun, Jul 03, 2022
$3,853.00
Sun, Jul 10, 2022
$3,195.00
Sun, Jul 10, 2022
$3,350.00
Sun, Jul 17, 2022
$3,195.00
Sun, Jul 17, 2022
$3,350.00
Sun, Jul 24, 2022
$3,195.00
Sun, Jul 24, 2022
$3,350.00
Sun, Jul 31, 2022
$3,195.00
Sun, Jul 31, 2022
$3,350.00
Sun, Aug 07, 2022
$3,195.00
Sun, Aug 07, 2022
$3,350.00
Sun, Aug 14, 2022
$3,225.00
Sun, Aug 14, 2022
$3,350.00
Sun, Aug 21, 2022
$3,225.00
Sun, Aug 21, 2022
$3,295.00
Sun, Aug 28, 2022
$3,225.00
Sun, Aug 28, 2022
$3,295.00
Sun, Sep 04, 2022
$3,225.00
Sun, Sep 04, 2022
$3,250.00
Sun, Sep 11, 2022
$3,225.00
Sun, Sep 11, 2022
$3,250.00
Sun, Sep 18, 2022
$3,225.00
Sun, Sep 18, 2022
$3,250.00
Sun, Sep 25, 2022
$3,225.00
Sun, Sep 25, 2022
$3,250.00
Sun, Oct 02, 2022
$3,225.00
Sun, Oct 02, 2022
$3,250.00
Sun, Oct 09, 2022 – Wait-list
$3,195.00
Sun, Oct 09, 2022
$3,250.00
Sun, Apr 02, 2023
$3,709.00
Sun, Apr 02, 2023
$3,709.00
Sun, Apr 09, 2023
$3,225.00
Sun, Apr 16, 2023
$3,225.00
Sun, Apr 23, 2023
$3,250.00
Sun, Apr 30, 2023
$3,250.00
Sun, May 07, 2023
$3,250.00
Sun, May 14, 2023
$3,250.00
Sun, May 21, 2023
$3,275.00
Sun, May 28, 2023
$3,766.00
Sun, May 28, 2023
$3,766.00
Sun, Jun 04, 2023
$3,275.00
Sun, Jun 11, 2023
$3,275.00
Sun, Jun 18, 2023
$3,275.00
Sun, Jun 25, 2023
$3,275.00
Sun, Jul 02, 2023
$3,853.00
Sun, Jul 02, 2023
$3,853.00
Sun, Jul 09, 2023
$3,350.00
Sun, Jul 16, 2023
$3,350.00
Sun, Jul 23, 2023
$3,350.00
Sun, Jul 30, 2023
$3,350.00
Sun, Aug 06, 2023
$3,350.00
Sun, Aug 13, 2023
$3,350.00
Sun, Aug 20, 2023
$3,295.00
Sun, Aug 27, 2023
$3,295.00
Sun, Sep 03, 2023
$3,250.00
Sun, Sep 10, 2023
$3,250.00
Sun, Sep 17, 2023
$3,250.00
Sun, Sep 24, 2023
$3,250.00
Sun, Oct 01, 2023
$3,250.00
Sun, Oct 08, 2023
$3,250.00

Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more prior to departure the deposit is non-refundable
  • 59-16 days prior to commencement of services: 30% of total price*
  • 15-8 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price*
  • 7-1 days prior to commencement of services: 90% of total price*
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price*
  • *Total price does not include any Instant Purchase Air or Instant Purchase Air service fees, which are non-refundable after 24 hours from purchase. Intra-vacation air is non-refundable after final payment.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • In many instances, airline revision or change fees can be up to $300, but in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. Cancellation penalties will be quoted at time of cancellation.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $200 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you, with some limited exceptions, as noted below. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted theseall Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure, with some limited exceptions, as noted below. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date. The payment policy may vary for group reservations.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation and/or for intra-vacation air, as specified in the itinerary (“air-inclusive vacations”). Air-inclusive vacation pricing is guaranteed upon receipt of full land plus air deposit or land deposit plus full airfare price, depending on type of airfare purchased (Flex-Air or Instant Purchase Air).
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