The Real Transylvania with Central Europe & Croatia
Travel with us to some of the most exciting destinations and immerse yourself in the experiences of the beautiful cities, culture, food and traditions. You will discover the wonderful villages and medieval towns of Transylvania, Imposing bridges in Prague and Budapest’s colourful city squares. Learn about the events of WW11 in Krakow and visit the amazing Wieliczka Salt Mines. Amazing Historic sites Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo are not to be missed. Some of the scenery is the most beautiful in Europe from Carpthian Mountains , Hungarian Plains to crystal clear lakes of Croatia.
Day 1 Arrival Prague Sat 17 October (D)
Arrive in Prague and transfer to your central traditional Hotel.
After check in relax until our Welcome Dinner tonight. Overnight: Prague
Day 2 Prague Sun 18 October (B)
Take a morning sightseeing tour with your English Speaking guide to St Vitus Cathedral, Old Town, Castle Hill, the haunting Prague Castle, the spectacular Charles Bridge and the fascinating Franz Kafka Museum. Once these main attractions have been ticked off the list, save a bit of time to get lost in the maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards filled with baroque chapels, unexpected gardens and quirky bars serving some of the world’s best beer. But it is not just exquisite architecture and tasty ale that make Prague one of the most popular destinations in Europe Jewish Quarter and finish in Wenceslas Square which is close to your hotel and explore at your leisure. Overnight: Prague
Day 3 Prague - Cesky Krumlov - Krakow Mon 19 October (B D)
Enjoy a day trip to the stunning 13th Century Town on the Vitava River Cesky Krumlov, Tour the old town and castle then explore at your leisure. Located in South Bohemia, near the Czech Republic’s southern border, Cesky Krumlov is a compact, photogenic town with obvious tourist appeal. Best explored on foot - you can traverse the town in just 20 minutes - Cesky Krumlov is packed full of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, as well as historic sights, lively bars and sidewalk cafes. A must-see is the 13th-century Cesky Krumlov Castle, which boasts a large and lovely garden and an original 17th-century Baroque theatre. Make sure you climb up to the castle’s bell tower, where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the old town and the nearby river.
Travel overnight by train to Krakow
Day 4 Krakow Tue 20 October (B)
Arrive in Krakow for breakfast before a city tour with a local guide. Explore the very lively Jewish sector and visit the famous Schindlers factory. This historic city was virtually untouched in WW2 sparing its 14th century architecture. Overnight Krakow
Day 5 Krakow Wed 21 October (B)
Today is a sombre day with a visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Your specialist guide will provide an eye opening tour and explain why this story should never be forgotten.
Day 6 Krakow Thu 22 October (B)
Krakow 700 year old Wieliczka salt Mines with its lakes, underground chambers, grottoes and chapels, all carved from salt by generations of miners, are an incredibly popular tourist destination. Tour the mines before take the afternoon to relax, shop and explore more. Overnight Krakow
Day 7 Zakopane Fri 23 October (B D)
Depart Krakow, travel south into the Tara Mountains, part of the Carpathian mountain chain between Slovakia and Poland. A local guide will guide you on a walk to enjoy the magnificent scenery. Spend the night in Zakopane a resort town in the stunning mountains, popular with hikers.
Day 8 Zakopane - Budapest Sat 24 October (B D)
Leave Zakopane and travel south into Slovakia on your way to Hungary and Budapest. Stop along the way in some small villages to meet the locals and experience the local cuisine at the shops and markets.
Day 9 Budapest Sun 25 October (B)
Enjoy a morning city sightseeing tour where you will see both towns Buda and Pest and hear how they formed modern day Budapest. See the spectacular parliament building, Royal Castle, fishermen’s Bastion, Chain Bridge and Heroes Square. Late afternoon cruise to see the lights.
Day 10 Budapest Mon 26 October (B L)
Today enjoy a full day tour to the Great Hungarian Plain-the Puszta. You will visit historic Kecskemet and watch a performance of the famous Hungarian horsemen. Enjoy a glass of Paliinka and typical Hungarian meal with Meal with wine and gypsy music. Afternoon to Timisoara. Overnight Timisora
Day 11 Sighisoara Tue 27 October (B D)
Situated in Romania, the historic town of Sighisoara rests on the banks of the Tarnava Mare River in Mures County. Surrounded by lush undulating hills, this picturesque Romanian town boasts red-tiled rooftops, labyrinthine cobblestoned streets edged by pastel coloured heritage buildings leading to quaint plazas. It is set in the infamous region of Transylvania and makes from a great base from which to explore the Saxon villages of Viscri and Biertan. Wander the medieval streets and spot soaring towers, discover the ancient fortified walls encircling the town and visit the collection on enchanting cafes, inviting restaurants and handicraft shops. It features a Unesco-listed Old Town which is home to the birthplace of the bloodthirsty Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, which then became the world-renowned Dracula. Pick up a vampire-themed souvenir, hike to its hilltop church and sip coffee at centuries-old cafes. Overnight Sighisoara
Day 12 Sighisoara Wed 28 October (B)
Sighisoara, the ancient walled citadel and birth place of Vlad Dracula, known as Vlad the Impaler and most famously Dracula. There is simply nothing like this place. You will be transported back in time to an ancient town beyond your imagining. Explore this storybook town on a guided walking tour. This evening you may wish to dine at the simple restaurant located in the house where Vlad was born in 1431. Overnight Sighisoara
Day 13 Sighisoara Thu 29 October (B L)
Travel to the countryside of Transylvania, a region of Romania which really exists. Visit a unique fortified Lutheran church at Biertan , then the village of Malancrav to meet the local farmers. Visit their organic orchard and have lunch in a farmhouse with a local Transylvanian family. This evening time to relax and enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants nearby. Overnight Sighisoara
Day 14 Brasov Fri 30 October (B)
Leave Sighisoara and visit the home of another dramatic church and a restored cottage own by Prince Charles. Explore this very rustic setting before reaching the very stunning walled medieval city of Brasov. After lunch see the sights including the famous and foreboding Black Church, the old town and Romanias first school.
Day 15 Bucharest Sat 31 October (B D)
Take a short drive this morning to Bran Castle often referred to as Dracula’s Castle. It was built in 1378 and is one of the most dramatic sights, that you will see anywhere. Calm your nerves with a drop from Romania’s premier winery, supplier of wines to the Romanian Royal Family. After lunch drive to Bucharest via the spectacular Carpathian Mountains.
Day 16 Bucharest Sun 1 Nov (B)
Explore Paris of the East with striking boulevards, the Royal Palace, national Art museum and visit to the Palace of the Parliament the world’s second largest building. This afternoon is free. Overnight Bucharest
Day 17 Veliko tarnovo Mon 2 Nov (B D)
Cross the Danube into Bulgaria to Ivanovo and see the rock hewn churches and the Rock Monastery. Then onto the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo located on steep cliffs. Overnight Veliko Tarnovo
Day 18 Veliko Tarnovo Tue 3 Nov (B)
Take a tour included a medieval fortress, Patriarchal Church and a visit to the Royal Palace , the afternoon is free to take in the ambience of the beautiful Veliko Tarnovo city. Dinner tonight own arrangements. Overnight Veliko Tarnovo.
Day 19 Veliko Tarnovo - Plodiv - Sofia Wed 4 Nov (B D)
Travel first to Etar for a tour of the Open air Museum then Kazaniak to see the famous Thracian “beehive” Tombs then onto Sofia. Overnight Sofia
Day 20 Sofia Thu 5 Nov (B)
Visit the famous Rila Monastery with its amazing frescoes and lavish collection of precious old manuscripts icons, jewellery and carpets. Later return to Sofia for a city tour and free time.
Day 21 Sofia - Belgrade Fri 6 Nov (B)
After Breakfast depart from Sofia to the Serbian Capital of Belgrade Upon arrival meet your local guide and enjoy a city tour Belgrade. Your guide shows you the city’s main attractions. St Sava Church, Terazije Street and the National Museum and National Theatre in Republic Square. Finish your tour at the imposing Kalemegdan Fortrees, dramatically situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers. The afternoon is at Leisure
Day 22 Belgrade - Sarajevo Sat 7 Nov (B D)
After breakfast depart to Bosnia and Herzegovina and its capital Sarajevo. Meet your local guide and explore Bacarsija, the cobbled old town market where the city was founded by the Ottomans in 15th century. Admire Gazi Husrev-begs Mosque and the Olympic Stadium before visiting the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum, revered by the locals as an inanimate war hero. Overnight Sarajevo
Day 23 Sarajevo - Mostar Dubrovnik Sun 8 Nov (B D)
After breakfast continue to Mostar. With your local guide walk across the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge), reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the war. The cobbled old town stretches on both sides of the bridge and is filled with shops selling Turkish style souvenirs. In the afternoon we continue to Dubrovnik. Overnight Dubrovnik
Day 24 Dubrovnik Mon 9 Nov (B)
Today enjoy a guided sightseeing tour in the Old Town and explore the stone paved streets inside the 16th century bastions. See Onofrios fountain and Rectors Palace, the city walls as well as the Fanciscan & Dominican Monasteries. This afternoon is at leisure. Overnight Dubrovnik
Day 25 Dubrovnik - Trogir Tue 10 Nov (B D)
Depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic Coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts to Split. On arrival enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. We see the remnants of Splits Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic Structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and Cathedral
Trogir sightseeing cultural and historical monuments of the city (UNESCO-heritage). Overnight Trogir
Day 27 Plitvice National Park and Rijeka Thu 12 Nov (B L)
Departure to Plitvice Lakes National Park under UNESCO´s List of World Natural Heritage
Surrounded by dense woods, Plitvice lakes are natural phenomenon of a rare and unique beauty.
Sightseeing with the licensed speaking guide of the sixteen lakes, each at the different level joined in a series of cascading waterfalls.
Lunch near lake at National park Plitvice *
Continue to city of Rijeka *
Day 28 Rijeka - Pula - Zagreb Fri 13 Nov (B D)
Departure from Riejka via Pula
Pula city tour with licensed local English speaking guide
The Excursions in Pula takes visitors to the famous historical attractions and picturesque sites of Pula - small Roman Theatre, Temple of Augustus, and the Triumphal Arch of Sergii the Vespasian Amphitheatre
- Transfers Toowoomba/Brisbane/Toowoomba (If air fare booked through Stonestreet’s)
- Land arrangements as per Itinerary
- Accommodation 4* Hotels in central location
- Welcome and Farewell dinners plus other meals as stated on Itinerary
- Travel by Luxury AC Coach
- All entrances as stated
- Experienced Tour Manager from Australia (Subject to minimum numbers)
- Local tour guides
- Train Travel Prague to Krakow
- One small bottle of water daily
- Personal incidentals eg:- telephone calls, laundry, room services.
- Any meals/entrances /touring not stated on itinerary
- International Air Fares
- Comprehensive Insurance