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15 Days
Availability :
Sep 02 - Sep 16, 2020
Los Angeles Airport. If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares
Athens

Greece – Bulgaria

Romania – Hungary

Anthens – Thessaloniki – Sofia – Plovdiv – Bucharest 

Prahova Valley – Sibiel – Sibiu – Turda

Cluj Napoca – Oradea – Budapest 

     Tour: Sep 02 – Sep 16, 2020       Price: $3,995  + Tax  

Inclusive of international airfares

The infamous Romanian ruler was immortalized as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, “Dracula,” and thanks to this loose link to the famous vampire, Bran Castle is popularly known in the region and beyond as “Dracula’s Castle.”

Itinerary

Day 01: Los Angeles

Check-in at Los Angeles Airport. Depart for Athens, Greece.

Day 02 : Athens

Late afternoon arrival in Athens. Meet your assistant and transfer to your hotel for dinner and check-in. (D)

Day 03: Athens

Today we explore the capital of Greece – Athens, symbol of freedom, art and democracy. In the centre of town are two hills, on one is the Acropolis, with its monuments from the Age of Pericles, and on the other, the Licavittos hill, is the little white church of Agios Georgios. A city tour takes us through the vibrant city of modern Athens: visiting also the famous Acropolis. Enjoy hereafter the Greek flair walking through the picturesque old town of Plaka with its many taverns and souvenir shops. This evening we will have a traditional dinner including local folklore entertainment. (B/D)

Day 04: Thessaloniki

Drive to Thessaloniki: the second largest city of Greece and the most important centre of the area. Built near the sea, at the back of the Thermaïkos Gulf. This city has a special beauty and charm. Enjoy sightseeing with a local guide. Late afternoon check-in at your hotel. (B/D)

Day 05: Sofia

We will leave Greece and start our next adventure in Bulgaria. We will reach Sofia where we can have some free time to explore the city on our own. (B/D)

Day 06: Sofia

The day will be dedicated to a guided tour of Sofia. Sofia is Bulgaria’s capital and largest city. Situated in the very heart of the Balkan peninsula, it is one of Europe’s oldest cities. The guided tour will also include entrance to the Boyana Church: a tiny 13th-century church which is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list and its 90 murals are among the very finest examples of Bulgarian medieval artwork. (B/D)

Day 07: Plovdiv

We leave the big city to explore Plovdiv: it was nominated for the European Capital of Culture 2019. Spend some time exploring the old town and the Roman Forum. Tonight, enjoy a traditional dinner. (B/D)

Day 08: Bucharest

We drive to Bucharest today and we will appreciate some scenery on the way including crossing the Danube river. Upon arrival we will enjoy a traditional dinner accompanied by traditional music and popular dances. (B/D)

Day 09: Bucharest

Full day tour of Bucharest. Our guide will pick us up at the hotel and will show us all the beauty of this city. This will include the view of the Arch of Triumph, Victoriei Avenue and the Revolution Square, the entrance to the House of People and finally also a visit to the Village Museum. (B/D)

Day 10: Prahova Valley

Today will be one of the highlights of our tour. The famous Bran Castle. In the center of Romania in the Transylvania region is a medieval castle believed to have once held Vlad the Impaler prisoner. The infamous Romanian ruler was immortalized as the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, “Dracula,” and thanks to this loose link to the famous vampire, Bran Castle is popularly known in the region and beyond as “Dracula’s Castle.”
On the way to the Castle, we will stop also to visit the Sinaia Monastery and the Peles Castle. Tonight, we will sleep in Brasov. (B/D)

Day 11: Sibiel, Sibiu

Day excursion in the surrounding villages of Sibiel and Sibiu: those are both Saxon and Romanian villages, which have lived in harmony to these days. Exploring the surroundings of Sibiu is a unique way to have authentic experiences, spend a full day away from the bustle of the touristy city, and immerse ourselves in the countryside life. In Sibiel we can experience the rustic lifestyle and hospitality of the locals with their food, culture and traditions. We will have a traditional carriage ride through the village including also a Transylvanian lunch. (B/L/D)

Day 12: Turda, Cluj Napoca

Drive to Turda in the morning. Turda have a secret underworld: a salt mine so impressive, that will take away your breath. Walking along 900m of cave corridors, zebra-striped with salt and dirt, we will discover a chapel with a salt-encrusted Jesus and Mary; salt miners used to pray here before their shift. Later on, we continue to Cluj-Napoca, not as well-known as Bucharest, it is a box-of-treasures in Romania that has gained its place as an economic, cultural and innovation centre on a national and international level. Today, Cluj is one of the most effervescent European cities. (B/D)

Day 13: Oradea - Budapest

We leave Rumania and continue to Hungary. Before leaving the country, we will stop in Oradea for a visit of the Fortress, some free time for shopping and lunch. Late in the afternoon, we will reach Budapest. (B/D)

Day 14: Budapest

Today you have a full day to explore Budapest. We’ll visit Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle, St. Stephen’s Basilica. With cobblestone streets, charming castles, and historic churches, Hungary is all class. But what might surprise you is that Hungary is also a burgeoning wine-producing region. During our trip, we’ll also visit Journalist Hoang Linh, who has lived in Budapest for almost 30 years. He will tell you stories of the history of Hungary and Budapest, just for you to fall in love more with what is called a “Paris of Eastern Europe.” (B/D)

Day 15: Budapest - Los Angeles

Transfer to Budapest Airport and fly back to the United States.

Notes

Departure & Return

  • Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
  • If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares

Tour Includes

  • Round-trip economy flights: LAX – Athens & Budapest – LAX
  • Hotel 4-5 stars with dual occupancy room. Additional cost for single occupancy room is $1,250
  • Deluxe coach between cities
  • Two meals/ day (Breakfast & Dinner) + soft drinks
  • Daily sightseeing tours with professional English speaking local guides
  • An AV Travel tour director will assist and escort travelers throughout the trip

Terms & Agreements

  • A deposit of $300 per person is required
  • The final payment is due 60 days prior to departure
  • A full payment is required in booking within 60 days prior to departure
  • Tour fare does not include: Gratuity to driver & tour guide, Porterage at hotel & Personal expense
  • Tour participants are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months before the return date 
  • It is the responsibility of the tour participants to submit valid and proper travel documentation. Non-U.S. citizens should check for visa requirements
  • Travel insurance is recommended. Please request a copy of our Travel Insurance brochure for more information and rates
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