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Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Belgrade, the Serbian capital! You will be
met and transferred to your hotel. The day is at leisure
until you gather with your fellow travelers and your tour
director for a welcome reception in the evening. (WR)

With a history dating back more than 7,000 years,
Belgrade is a fascinating city to visit. Our morning
sightseeing tour includes the city's main attractions: the
imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically situated at
the joining of the Sava and Danube Rivers, the Republic
Square, Mihajlova Street; Saint Sava Temple: the largest
Orthodox Church in the city, and finally Tito's Memorial
and mausoleum. The afternoon is free. Tonight, we enjoy
dinner on Skadarlija with live music. (B, D)
Optional tour: Cruise on the Danube River

We continue our journey to Sofia. En-route, we stop in Nis
for a lunch break on your own. Our arrival in Sofia is
planned for the late afternoon and we tour the city’s
major landmarks thereafter. The evening is at leisure. (B)

We drive to Varna with a stop in Plovdiv for a lunch break
on your own. Upon arrival in Varna, there is free time to
explore the city’s waterfront promenade, thermal baths,
cafes, art galleries, and vibrant nightlife. (B)

This morning, we begin with a half-day city tour which
includes the Architectural Museum, the Roman baths, the
Historical Museum, and the Sea Garden. We then visit
Varna’s cathedral, one of the most beautiful symbols of
the city. We also see the Aladzha Monastery. Used in the
days of the Byzantine Empire and abandoned in the
1700s, Aladzha Monastery is comprised of a series of
grottos used for worship and monks’ quarters. (B)
Optional tour: Food tour with wine tasting

We drive to Bucharest, and on the way, stop in Shumen
to see the Madara Horseman, a large medieval rock
relief, and now a UNESCO World Heritage listed
monument. Our next stop is for wine tasting, viticulture, a
light lunch, and a vineyards tour. Upon arrival in
Bucharest, there is free time for independent discoveries.
(L, B)

We get acquainted with the Romanian capital by touring
the city. We visit the Parliament Palace, one of the largest
buildings in the world and a National Treasure. We will
learn how the Romanian people succeeded in toppling
the last communist dictator in Eastern Europe. Our tour also brings us to the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera
House, the National Military Club, the Military Academy,
and the Triumphal Arch. In the evening gather with your
fellow travelers and your tour director for our farewell
dinner. (B, D)
Optional tour: Visit of the Village Museum

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for
your departure flight. (B)

Inclusions

Arrival transfer from Belgrade airport to the hotel
8 day/7-night guided tour featuring:
Centrally located first class hotels:
2 nights in Belgrade
1 night in Sofia
2 nights in Varna
2 nights in Bucharest
Buffet breakfast daily
A welcome reception in Belgrade (heavy hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, beer or soft drink)
A dinner in Belgrade (coffee or tea included)
A light lunch in Varna
A farewell dinner in Bucharest (coffee or tea included)
Hotel taxes and service charges
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach
Professional English-speaking tour director
Sightseeing tours with licensed local guides
Admission included where indicated in bold letters
Luggage handling at the hotels
Whisper technology enhanced touring
Departure transfer from Bucharest to Bucharest airport

Tour spotlights:
Belgrade, city of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian and Austrian importance
Sofia, Bulgaria's capital with 2000 years of history
Varna, antiquities, gold and seaside resort
Bucharest, communist-era buildings, art-nouveau and wide boulevards

Special features:
Dinner with live music on Skadarlija, a vintage street in Belgrade
Aladzha Monastery, a medieval Orthodox Christian cave complex in Bulgaria
Ancient viticulture, wine tasting, light lunch and vineyards tour in Romania

Exclusions

International airfares
Optional activities
Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

HotelsAccommodations / Select Hotels
Belgrade: Moskva (F) or similar
Sofia: Downtown hotel (F) or similar
Varna: Golden Tulip (F) or similar
Bucharest: Europa Royale Hotel (F) or similar

Trip Highlights

Belgrade - Sofia - Varna - Bucharest

Fixed-Departure

09 May, 2021
AUD 2,441 P P twin share
AUD 3,132 P P single

20 Jun, 2021
AUD 2,441 P P twin share
AUD 3,132 P P single

22 Aug, 2021
AUD 2,441 P P twin share
AUD 3,132 P P single

19 Sep, 2021
AUD 2,441 P P twin share
AUD 3,132 P P single

24 Oct, 2021
AUD 2,441 P P twin share
AUD 3,132 P P single

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