Bran (Dracula) castle - Romania
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FROM: NZD $3,991 pp

Take in the highlights of Romania and Bulgaria on this 12-day group tour from Belgrade, Serbia. Explore the vibrant capitals of Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, see Dracula's Castle in Transylvania and visit medieval Brasov. Uncover the UNESCO-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, stroll the cobbled streets of Veliko Tarnovo and take in the historic highlights of Plovdiv before returning to the Serbian capital.

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Itinerary
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Trip Highlights

Belgrade
Sibiu
Brasov
Veliko Tarnovo
Sofia
Novi Sad
Sighisoara
Bucharest
Plovdiv
Rila

Included

11 breakfasts
Escorted by a local tour leader with local guides for some sightseeing
Transportation in a mini-bus with air-conditioning & Wi-Fi
Guided sightseeing in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Timisoara, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov, Bucharest, Plovdiv, Sofia & Nis
Entrance to Monastery Krusedol
Entrance to Open Air Ethnographic Mueseum "Etar"
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
11 nights 4 star hotels (5-star upgrade is available)
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
1 bottle of water (0.5l) daily for each passenger, accommodation taxes and city taxes
Entrance to Museum of Yugoslav History
Entrance to Bran Castle & Peles Castle
Entrance to Skull Tower in Nis

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified & optional activities
Departure transfers
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Belgrade

Welcome to Serbia! Upon arrival in Belgrade, our driver will greet you at the Nikola Tesla airport and take you to the hotel. After checking in at your hotel, you will have free time to rest and prepare for the tour.

During a brief meeting with our guide at 7pm, you will be introduced to the tour and provided with all necessary information.
Overnight: Belgrade

Day 2

Belgrade sightseeing

Following breakfast, we commence a tour of Belgrade. Our first stop is the Museum of Yugoslav History, a complex dedicated to the life and accomplishments of Josip Broz Tito, the former leader of Yugoslavia. We then drive past the FC Red Star stadium before visiting the iconic Temple of Saint Sava, dedicated to the city's patron saint.

The tour will continue to Slavija Square, Saint Mark's Church, the Serbian National Parliament, White Palace, and Republic Square, with its surrounding cultural institutions like the National Theatre and National Museum. We stroll down Knez Mihailo Street, the main pedestrian and shopping area, and visit the Orthodox Cathedral Church of Saint Michael the Archangel before learning about the historic "Question Mark" tavern. The tour will then proceed to Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress, a significant cultural and historic site located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers.
Overnight: Belgrade  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Sremski Karlovci & Novi Sad

Belgrade - Sremski Karlovci - Novi Sad - Belgrade. This morning we embark on a tour of Vojvodina, a province in the north of Serbia. Our journey will take us through picturesque scenery and Serbia's renowned wine region to the 'Serbian Holy Land' which is home to 17 functioning Serbian Orthodox monasteries. Our first stop is the well-preserved monastery Krusedol, where you can purchase wine and rakija made by the monks.

Next, we visit the town of Sremski Karlovci, a hidden gem of Serbian culture and spirituality. The town's Baroque center, the Patriarchal Court, the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, and the first Serbian secondary school are all significant landmarks. Sremski Karlovci is also well-known for its wine production and the annual Wineball festival. We enjoy wine tasting at one of the region's top wineries and have time for lunch along the banks of the Danube River.

Continuing, we explore Novi Sad, the 2021 European Capital of Culture. Located on the border of the former Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires, Novi Sad showcases a blend of architectural influences. A sightseeing tour will take you through the city's pedestrian zone, past key landmarks such as the City Hall, a Catholic church, the old city centre, Mileva Einstein's former residence, the cultural foundation Matica Srpska, and a synagogue. The tour will also include a visit to Petrovaradin, known as the 'Danube's Gibraltar', where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river and the city. After our tour, we return to Belgrade.
Overnight: Belgrade  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Timisoara & Sibiu sightseeing

Belgrade - Timisoara (Romania) - Sibiu. Departing Serbia, we cross into Romania and drive to Timisoara, the largest city in western Romania. Known as ‘Little Vienna’, the city boasts distinctive architecture and a vibrant cultural scene. Timisoara was the first European city to have electric street lighting, highlighting its historical significance.

Our guided tour will start from the main Unirii Square, surrounded by beautiful medieval buildings, including the Catholic Cathedral of Saint George. We take in highlights including Liberty Square, Victory Square, home to the Romanian National Opera and National Theatre, and Huniade Castle, a 15th century Gothic architectural gem.

We then drive to Sibiu and embark on a sightseeing tour. Sibiu was once the largest and wealthiest of seven fortified towns established by German settlers in the 12th century. Our tour will take in the Large Square with the Brukenthal National Museum, the Small Square, the Council Tower, the Bridge of Lies, Stairs Passage, and the Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. The evening is at leisure in Sibiu.
Overnight: Sibiu  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Sighisoara & medieval Brasov

Sibiu - Sighisoara - Brasov. Leaving Sibiu, our first stop today is Sighisoara, a historic town in Transylvania. Sighisoara is known as the birthplace of Vlad III, also known as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracula, with his birthplace marked by the placard ‘Casa Vlad Dracul’. We visit the Church of the Dominican Monastery, the Clock Tower, Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, the Tailors’ Tower, the Covered Stairway, and other important sights.

Continuing to Brasov, we explore this 13th century town, founded by the Teutonic Knights as one of the seven walled citadels. Brasov is adorned with medieval towers, baroque buildings, churches, and charming cafes along the main square, Piața Sfatului. Our sightseeing will include the main square and the House of Council (Casa Sfatului), a stroll down one of the narrowest streets leading to the Gothic-style cathedral Biserica Neagra (Black Church), and a visit to Catherine's Gate, the only original city gate from medieval times still standing.
Overnight: Brasov  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Dracula's Castle

Brasov - Bucharest. Today we take in two majestic castles on our way to the Romanian capital, Bucharest. Our first stop is Bran Castle, famously known as Dracula's Castle and the former residence of the Romanian royal family. The gothic fortress was built in the 13th century, perched atop a 60 metre cliff. Bram Stoker drew inspiration for his horror tale 'Dracula' from the dark legends of the Carpathian Mountains and the cruel ruler Vlad Cepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, who was once held prisoner in Bran Castle.

Our next stop is Sinaia and Peles Castle, where King Carol I of Romania built his summer residence, the magnificent Neo-Renaissance Peles Castle. The castle features elaborate turrets, detailed craftsmanship, and panoramic mountain views, and the interior boasts over 160 rooms featuring hand-painted stained glass windows and intricate sculptures.

After a tour of Peles Castle, we make our way to Bucharest for the night.
Overnight: Bucharest  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Exploring Bucharest

We spend today exploring the Romanian capital on a sightseeing tour. Bucharest is famous for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, stunning Belle Epoque buildings, and a reputation for lavish living that earned it the nickname 'Little Paris' in the 1900s. The city combines French, Byzantine, and communist architecture in its stylish buildings.

Our tour takes in key landmarks such as Piata Unirii for a view of the impressive Palace of the Parliament. We explore the medieval Old Town, home to historic sites like the Old Princely Court, Stavropoleos Monastery, Lipscani Street, and the National Museum of Romanian History. As you stroll down Calea Victoriei Avenue, admire the beautiful French-style buildings and learn about communist rule in Romania at Revolution Square. After our tour, the rest of the day is at leisure in Bucharest.
Overnight: Bucharest  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Rock-Hewn churches & Veliko Tarnovo

Bucharest - Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria). Say goodbye to Romania as we cross the border into Bulgaria today. Our first stop is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo. These structures were carved out by the first hermits during the 12th century, with stunning 14th century murals showcasing medieval art created by Bulgarian artists.

We make a brief photo stop in the small village of Arbanasi, an open-air museum with houses dating back to Ottoman times and five beautiful churches. Then we complete our journey to the Second Bulgarian Empire's capital, Veliko Tarnovo. We can stroll through the cobblestone streets of Veliko Tarnovo and learn about the city's history under Turkish rule, as well as its architectural masterpieces and strong craftsmen’s guild.
Overnight: Veliko Tarnovo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Exploring Plovdiv

Veliko Tarnovo - Plovdiv - Sofia. Today we drive to the Open Air Ethnographic Museum Etar. This museum features a collection of 50 objects, including water-powered installations and houses with craftsmen's workshops, showcasing the architecture, way of life, and economy of central Bulgaria during the Bulgarian National Revival.

Continuing to the ancient city of Plovdiv, we visit the Ancient Plovdiv architectural complex, where many beautifully preserved houses from the Bulgarian Renaissance era can be found. The Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis, built in the 2nd century with perfect acoustics, is a significant monument where various cultural events are still held today. Other landmarks we visit include the Roman Stadium and the Church of Saint Constantine and Helena. Our tour concludes in Kapana, the creative heart of the city filled with shops, restaurants, and galleries.

After exploring Plovdiv, we complete our journey to Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.
Overnight: Sofia  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Sofia sightseeing & optional Rila Monastery

On this morning's guided tour of Sofia, we take in the highlights of one of Eastern Europe's most vibrant capitals. Known for its unique mix of communist-style architecture, Ottoman mosques, and onion-domed churches, Sofia is a melting pot of history and culture. Landmarks to see include the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Church of Saint Nicholas the Miracle-Maker, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, Church of Saint George, Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia Synagogue, National Palace of Culture, and Largo, a significant example of Socialist Classicism architecture.

The afternoon is at leisure, and there is an optional half-day tour to Rila Monastery for those interested.
Overnight: Sofia  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Nis

Sofia - Nis (Serbia) - Belgrade. Today we drive back into Serbia, exploring the country's east. We visit the city of Nis, birthplace of legendary Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, taking in the archaeological park of Mediana and Skull Tower, made from 952 human skulls. We also visit Nis Fortress, a Turkish military construction located on the banks of the Nisava River. There is free time after our tour for you to explore Tinkers Alley, home to the city's old market. We then complete our journey back to Belgrade, where the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Belgrade  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Farewell Serbia

Our tour arrangements come to an end after breakfast and check out from the hotel.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 1 traveller. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
06 Jun - 17 Jun 15% off G
NZD $4,695
NZD $3,991
NZD $5,995
NZD $5,096
25 Jul - 05 Aug 15% off G
NZD $4,695
NZD $3,991
NZD $5,995
NZD $5,096
05 Sep - 16 Sep 15% off G
NZD $4,695
NZD $3,991
NZD $5,995
NZD $5,096
19 Sep - 30 Sep 15% off G
NZD $4,695
NZD $3,991
NZD $5,995
NZD $5,096
03 Oct - 14 Oct 15% off G
NZD $4,695
NZD $3,991
NZD $5,995
NZD $5,096
17 Oct - 28 Oct 15% off G
NZD $4,695
NZD $3,991
NZD $5,995
NZD $5,096

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Belgrade
NZD $248
NZD $0
Post Tour Accommodation - Belgrade
NZD $203
NZD $0

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 1 traveller. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
06 Jun - 17 Jun 15% off G
NZD $5,945
NZD $5,053
NZD $8,375
NZD $7,119
25 Jul - 05 Aug 15% off G
NZD $5,945
NZD $5,053
NZD $8,375
NZD $7,119
05 Sep - 16 Sep 15% off G
NZD $5,945
NZD $5,053
NZD $8,375
NZD $7,119
19 Sep - 30 Sep 15% off G
NZD $5,945
NZD $5,053
NZD $8,375
NZD $7,119
03 Oct - 14 Oct 15% off G
NZD $5,945
NZD $5,053
NZD $8,375
NZD $7,119
17 Oct - 28 Oct 15% off G
NZD $5,945
NZD $5,053
NZD $8,375
NZD $7,119

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation Superior - Belgrade
NZD $429
NZD $0
Post Tour Accommodation Superior - Belgrade (S Balkan Discovery)
NZD $541
NZD $0

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Belgrade
Ends
Belgrade
Departs
Thursdays
Group Size
Min 1 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
4 star hotels (upgrade available)
Tour Guide
Escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 11
Countries
Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia
Minimum Age
No minimum age
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
No
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