Journey through Central Europe & Romania

Journey through Central Europe & Romania
Journey through Central Europe & Romania
Journey through Central Europe & Romania
Journey through Central Europe & Romania
Journey through Central Europe & Romania
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Experience the best of this old-world region on a journey through enchanting Central Europe and Romania. Travel to Austria and be immersed in the country's superb musical heritage and step back in time in the castles of the Czech Republic. Experience Polish traditions while exploring the romantic Old Town of Krakow and get active in Slovakia's Tatra Mountains. Then Explore Hungary and Romania; from the beautiful Baroque churches of Budapest to the haunted castles of Transylvania. Learn about the failed Turkish invasion of Eger and take a wine cellar tour in the Valley of the Beautiful Women. Become acquainted with traditional Romanian culture and customs in Maramures. Tour the medieval churches of Brasov, dine with a local family on an overnight homestay in Viscri and visit Bucharest's 12-storey Palace of Parliament. This epic journey through Central Europe and Romania gives a great insight in to that magical part of the world.

Highlights
  • Soak up the royal history of Krakow's Wawel Castle and step back in time with a stroll through the city's medieval main square
  • Immerse yourself in the history, architecture and bohemian vibes of the Czech Republic. Step right into a fairytale in the World Heritage-listed town of Cesky Krumlov before soaking up the smooth sounds of jazz at a low-lit bar in Prague
  • So much of what is great about Europe can be found in Vienna. Revel in the city's rich offerings of art, history and music and stroll along the eclectic Ringstrasse
  • Enjoy a scenic walk along the banks of the River Danube in Budapest. Threaded with bridges and hemmed in by castles and historic city buildings, Europe’s second longest river is also one of its most beautiful
  • Hike in the picturesque Tatra Mountains and traverse the steep slopes via funicular, gondola and electric steam train
  • Sample the famous Hungarian 'bulls blood' in Eger, the wine that supposedly gave the Hungarian army supernatural strength during their battle against the Ottoman Empire
  • Experience peasant life on a full-day tour through the countryside of Maramures, Romania's most traditional and colourful region. Don't be surprised if you see horse-drawn carts along the road
  • Learn spooky stories while travelling through beautiful Transylvania, famous for its medieval fortified churches and as the birthplace of the inspiration for the world's most famous vampire, Dracula
  • A home-stay with a local family in the Saxon/Roma town of Viscri will expose you to Romanian hospitality and some finger-licking home-cooked grub
Accommodation
  • Hotel (17 nights), Pension (5 nights), Homestay (1 night)
Transport
  • Train , Public bus , Private vehicle , Bicycle , Metro , Taxi , Tram
Included Activities
  • Cesky Krumlov - Cycling Trip (weather and season permitting)
  • Osowka - Underground City Visit and Guided Tour
  • Tatranska Lomnica - Tatra Mountains Hike (not between Nov and Mar)
  • Tatranska Lomnica - Smokovec Funicular
  • Tatranska Lomnica - Gondola
  • Eger - Wine Tasting
  • Maramures - Day Tour with Local Guide
  • Maramures - Sapanta Merry Cemetery
  • Maramures - Barsana Monastery
  • Viscri - Fortified Church
  • Viscri - Sock Project
  • Viscri - Local Home Cooked Dinner
  • Bucharest - Walking Tour with Local Guide
Destinations
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Austria
Tour Types
  • Singles
  • Youth
  • Cycling
  • Museum
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Art
  • Cultural
  • Music
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Scenic
  • Small Group

Location: Vienna

Welcome to Vienna, Austria. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you do happen to arrive early, why not walk around to get your bearings or, better yet, take a spin on the famous Prater Ferris Wheel nearby for a bird’s eye view. Your base for the next couple of nights is Magdas Hotel – a social enterprise dedicated to supporting refugees in a united and compassionate workplace in Vienna. Magdas employs staff from across the world, so expect to hear many accents from a range of backgrounds. The hotel itself is an eclectic mix of styles, décor and furniture, and used to house a homeless shelter before being renovated for its current purpose. Be sure to check out your surroundings and have a chat to some of the staff! After your important meeting, why not use tonight to get you know your travel pals over some dinner.

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Location: Vienna

Join your leader for a walk through the city's compact centre this morning (approximately 2 hours). Stop at the gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral, wander past the neo-classical Graben and have a look at the Hofburg Palace. Continue along the Ringstrasse and then finish your orientation walk of the city at the State Opera House – one of the world's most important opera houses and the heart of classical Viennese culture. This afternoon is then free for you to keep on checking out the sights of the city. Art lovers have a so much choice when it comes to museums, such as the Albertina, located in the Museum Quarter. Otherwise, you might like to head out to Schoenbrunn for a guided audio tour of the grand summer palace, designed by Empress Maria Theresa. Tonight is also all yours too – it might mean snatching a last-minute ticket to an opera performance or getting some of your crew together for a twilight picnic in one of the city’s many parks.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Lower Gallery)</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Albertina Museum</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Sisi Museum</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Spanish Riding School Practice</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - St Stephen's Tower</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Hofburg Palace &amp; Sisi Museum</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Leopold Museum</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Vienna Boys Choir Concert</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Upper &amp; Lower Gallery Combined Ticket)</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Upper Gallery)</description><br/>-<description>Vienna - Food, Coffee &amp; Market Tour Urban Adventure</description>

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Location: Český Krumlov

Depart Vienna by minivan in the morning and cross the border into the Czech Republic (approximately 3.5 hours). Your next stop is the southern Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. This picturesque medieval town dates back to the 13th century and looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. Cesky Krumlov means 'crooked meadow', and that makes sense because it’s situated on a tight bend of the Vltava River. Swap a vehicle for two wheels on a cycling trip this afternoon across rolling hills and through tiny hamlets (approximately 2-2.5 hours). If you have time later on, you could explore the city's castle and its fabulous masquerade hall, or climb the central tower for panoramic views over the town. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Cesky Krumlov - Cycling Trip (weather and season permitting)</description>

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Location: Český Krumlov

Today is a free for you to enjoy as you please. Perhaps take an optional guided walking tour of the town, which lets you in on the mysteries that lie behind every shopfront and house on the crooked laneways. For those who want a bit more culture, you could visit the Egon Schiele Art Centrum and browse the gallery that's dedicated to the Austrian painter. If you’re after something more active, jump into a canoe and check out the town from a different perspective – on the Vltava River.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Cesky Krumlov - Brewery Tour</description><br/>-<description>Cesky Krumlov - Guided walking tour</description><br/>-<description>Cesky Krumlov - Egon Schiele Art Centrum</description><br/>-<description>Cesky Krumlov - Rafting or Canoe Trip (per person)</description><br/>-<description>Cesky Krumlov - Guided Castle Tour</description>

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Location: Prague

Leave Cesky Krumlov in your dust and travel by bus to Prague (approximately 4 hours). On arrival into Prague, head out on an orientation walk with your leader so you can get your bearings of the local neighbourhood. For your free afternoon and evening, why not discover another great side of Prague – its music! The city has one of the longest-standing and respected jazz scenes in Europe, with jazz clubs playing into the early hours of the morning. Otherwise, have a wander along Charles Bridge or Old Town Square for some magical photo opportunities.

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Location: Prague

Today is free to explore Prague. The city offers many possibilities, so perhaps take a walk around the Jewish Quarter and pay your respects at the Gothic-inspired Old Jewish Cemetery. This is Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, with 12,000 tombstones and 100,000 graves. There is also the Museum of Communism, which details the struggles of many European countries and their political rule in the 19th and 20th centuries. Tonight, be sure to check back in with your group and perhaps organise some dinner and drinks in one of the city’s renowned beer halls – it’s a perfect way to Czech off another day in Prague. <br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Prague - Jewish Quarter</description><br/>-<description>Prague - Kafka Museum</description><br/>-<description>Prague - Mucha Museum</description><br/>-<description>Prague - Museum of Communism</description><br/>-<description>Prague - Castle Visit</description><br/>-<description>Prague - Town Hall Clock Tower</description><br/>-<description>Prague - Bike Tour</description><br/>-<description>Prague - The Dancing House - Free</description><br/>-<description>Prague - John Lennon Wall - Free</description>

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Location: Prague

You have one more free day in Prague as there is so much to see. You might like to spend some time this morning at Prague Castle – the biggest castle in the Czech Republic – where you'll find the famous St Vitus Cathedral and colourful alleyway of the Golden Lane. Otherwise, a bike tour through the city is a great way to see a lot of the sights and attractions in a short period of time, plus you’ll work off some of that hearty Czech cuisine you’ve been digging into. Or hop on one of the Urban Adventures on offer. If you can make time, why not take a day trip out of town and visit the medieval Kutna Hora – if you do get there, the Bone Church (Sedlec Ossuary) is a particularly unique experience. <br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Prague - Prague Discovery Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Prague - Beer and Czech Tapas Tour Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Prague - Food by Foot Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Prague - Prague Parks and Views Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Kutna Hora - Church of St Barbara</description><br/>-<description>Kutna Hora - Sedlec Ossuary &amp; Bone Church</description><br/>-<description>Kutna Hora - Day Trip (by public transport)</description>

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Location: Owl Mountains

Heading north by train, arrive in the small town of Broumov from where you'll cross the Czech–Polish border. From here you'll be transferred in a private vehicle to a small village near to Gory Sowie (Owl Mountains). Today's travel time will be around 4 hours in total. On arrival, check in to your accommodation, situated at the foot of highest mountain in the range – Wielka Sowa, then visit a nearby underground city from the tragic times of the WWII. Osowka is a mysterious underground complex where people from concentration camps were forced to work in order to create huge systems of concrete corridors, fortifications and halls. As the work was kept in secret, until now there is many theories trying to explain what the underground city was meant to be used for. Find out yourself on an included guided visit this afternoon.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Osowka - Underground City Visit and Guided Tour</description>

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Location: Kraków

Continue east today by private vehicle and head to Krakow (approximately 5 hours). Possibly the best known of all Poland's cities, Krakow was the residence of Polish kings from the 11th to the 17th centuries, and its Old Town is a World Heritage-listed site. Take part in a leader-led orientation walk with your group, and once you know your whereabouts, you could go and discover one of the biggest – and arguably most beautiful – medieval squares in Central Europe. Tonight is again all yours to do as you please – a good idea is to make your way to the Jewish Quarter for its laidback vibes and good food.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Krakow - Rynek Underground Museum</description><br/>-<description>Krakow - Cloth Hall 'Sukiennice' - Free</description><br/>-<description>Krakow - Schindler's Factory Museum Tour</description><br/>-<description>Krakow - Galicia Jewish Museum</description><br/>-<description>Krakow - History Museum</description><br/>-<description>Krakow - St Mary's Basilica</description><br/>-<description>Krakow - Walking Tour</description><br/>-<description>Krakow - Wawel Royal Castle</description>

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Location: Kraków

Today, explore the city in your own time. Discover Wawel Royal Castle, which sits atop a hill next to the Vistula River. Check out the 13th-century town square of Rynek Glowny and get a glimpse inside St Mary's Basilica which features an extraordinary wood-carved Gothic altarpiece. There's also the lovely neo-Gothic St Francis' Basilica, which has some of Poland's best Art Nouveau. In Krakow, you will also find the second oldest university in Central Europe. Jagiellonian University counts Copernicus and Pope John Paul II among its alumni. If you can tear yourself away from Krakow, head out to the Wieliczka Salt Mines – a network of tunnels and chambers some 135 metres below the ground. This is a salt mine that was in operation for over 700 years and is a World Heritage-listed site. Today is also an opportune time to book in to visit the former Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, if this interests you. Be sure to book your tickets well in advance. At night, pull up a pew and indulge in a plate of pierogi and a few beers to say cheers to another day.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Krakow - Made in Krakow Shopping Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Krakow - Markets and Flavors of Krakow Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Krakow - Food by Foot Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Krakow - Home Cooked Krakow Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Oswiecim - State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau</description><br/>-<description>Wieliczka - Salt Mines</description>

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Location: Tatra Mountains

Say farewell to Krakow today and travel by local buses through southern Poland to Zakopane where you will switch for private transport (approximately 5 hours total). The trip may be long and a little slow, but the scenery of rolling hills and tiny villages will keep your eyes occupied. Tatranska Lomnica is your destination in Slovakia. It's a small alpine resort at the base of the Vysoke Tatry (High Tatra) Mountains. The Tatras – the highest range of the Carpathians – stretch for about 60 kilometres across the Polish-Slovakian border and are a hiker’s dream. The evening is free for you to enjoy as you please, and perhaps the best way to do it is to sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful mountainous region.

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Location: Tatra Mountains

This morning, head out on an included hike in the High Tatra Mountains. The most known route is about 6 kilometres in length and it is normally completed in 3 hours, including stops on the way. The route includes gradual hill ascents and descents and walking on gravel and uneven rocky surfaces with some slippery sections. The pace and distance will be decided on the day, depending on weather and group abilities – parts of it will involve travelling by funicular, gondola and electric train. During the walk, you may notice that some parts of the forest have been destroyed. This was the result of a tornado-like storm in 2004 that decimated approximately 10,000 hectares of timberland. In the afternoon, head back to the accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day in this beautiful location.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Tatranska Lomnica - Tatra Mountains Hike (not between Nov and Mar)</description><br/>-<description>Tatra Mountains - Hrebienok Funicular</description><br/>-<description>Tatra Mountains - Tatranska Lomnica Gondola</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Tatranska Lomnica - Summer Luge</description><br/>-<description>Tatranska Lomnica - Bike Rental</description><br/>-<description>Tatranska Lomnica - Spa treatment in Grand Hotel Praha (from)</description><br/>-<description>Tatranska Lomnica - Ski Museum</description>

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Location: Budapest

You have an early start today for the long journey to Budapest. As there won't be too much free time to explore on arrival, perhaps check in to the accommodation and then go for a brief walk around the neighbourhood to get your bearings. The grand architecture and boulevards, café culture and interesting laneways make this one of the truly great cities of Europe. Take the evening as an opportunity to relax after a long day of travelling. Visiting one of Budapest's many restaurants or eclectic ‘ruin’ bars in the Jewish Quarter is a sure-fire way to have a good night out with your crew.

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Location: Budapest

Today you have a full free day to explore Budapest. Known as 'The Pearl of the Danube', Budapest is a great city to enjoy from the water. Perhaps take a boat trip along the river or catch a funicular up to Buda Castle for spectacular views of the Parliament Building and the Pest side of the city. You could head to Statue Park to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One unmissable activity is to soak in Budapest's hot thermal baths. The pools vary in temperature, and some even feature whirlpools or seats where you can enjoy a game of chess. You might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventure day tours. See urbanadventures.com for more information.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Budapest - Transport and Entry to Statue Park</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Pub Crawl (starting from)</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Best Beers of Budapest Urban Adventures</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Parliament Tour</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Bites &amp; Sights Food Tour Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Central Market - Free</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Szechenyi Thermal Baths (starting from)</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Buda Castle Explorer Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Hungarian National Museum</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Bike Ride</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Hungarian State Opera House Tour</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - House of Terror</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Great Synagogue</description>

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Location: Budapest

Today is free for you to enjoy as you please until tonight's group meeting at 6pm back at the hotel.

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Location: Budapest

Enjoy another free day to explore Budapest. Hiring a bike is a great way to move between the sights. Perhaps head to Statue Park to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One unmissable activity is a soak in Budapest's hot thermal baths. There are several around the city, ranging from elegant to simple outdoor types. The pools vary in temperature, and some even feature whirlpools or seats where you can play chess while you turn into a prune. You can wander the pedestrianised streets of the old district of Buda with the castle on the hill and the Matthias Church, then perhaps take a cruise along the Danube, discovering the history that unfolded along the riverbanks. Tonight perhaps discover some of the city’s ‘ruin bars’, cool places to grab a drink that are usually located in abandoned buildings in downtown Pest and are filled with thrift-shop décor and mismatched art.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Budapest - House of Terror</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Szechenyi Thermal Baths (starting from)</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Pub Crawl (starting from)</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Hungarian State Opera House Tour</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Buda Castle Explorer Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Hungarian National Museum</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Bites &amp; Sights Food Tour Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Bike Ride</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Parliament Tour</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Transport and Entry to Statue Park</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Great Synagogue</description><br/>-<description>Budapest - Best Beers of Budapest Urban Adventures</description>

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Location: Eger

Take a two-hour train east to Eger today. This beautifully preserved Baroque town is surrounded by hills and is home to some of the most renowned vineyards in Eastern Europe. Visit the wine cellars of the seductively-named Valley of the Beautiful Women with the group to sample some of the town's famous 'Bull's Blood' red wine, which supposedly gave the Hungarian army supernatural strength during their battle against the Ottoman Empire. Among the Turkish soldiers it was rumoured that the enemy army drank blood diluted with wine, as the firm resistance they encountered couldn't be explained any other way. In your own time, perhaps explore Eger's 13th-century castle, which was the scene of the historic siege that thwarted the Ottoman Empire's advancement into Western Europe. Here you can explore the Gothic Palace, a gallery of fine Hungarian art, and tour underground passageways of archaeological finds. You may also like to check out the town's 19th-century cathedral, the northernmost medieval minaret in Europe for views of the city, or the Minorite church in Dobo Square.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Eger - Wine Tasting</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Eger - Castle</description><br/>-<description>Eger - Minaret</description><br/>-<description>Eger - Astronomy Museum, Magic Tower, Camera Obscura, Lyceum Panorama Terrace</description>

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Location: Debrecen, Maramureș County

Travel by bus to the pleasant town of Debrecen today (approximately 3 hours). While here, you'll have time to explore Deri Square with its fountains, colourful buildings, museums, and golden Great Church. Continue on by train and private vehicle across the central plains into the Maramures region of Romania. This second part of the journey should take around six hours. Time in Romania is an hour ahead of Hungary, so don't forget to set your watch. Maramures is also a place that can feel like stepping back in time. The region may be modernising, but among the traditional wooden houses and churches, the traditional music and forests, you can still find parts of life fairly unchanged since medieval times. Upon arrival, settle into your room at the pension, which is run by a local family, and look forward to some hearty home-cooked fare.

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Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Maramureș County

Today you’ll discover more about the region of Maramures ('mah-ra-moo-resh') and how it seems frozen in time. Rich in tradition and folklore, the music, costumes, festivals and ancient superstitions of one of the last peasant cultures in Europe continue to thrive here. Each village is distinctive in its colourful outfits and style of hat. Maramures is particularly famed for its wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage-listed. Set out on a guided group tour to explore the region. You’ll visit the unique Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, where the life stories of the deceased – the good and the bad of their lives – are displayed on colourful wooden crosses. There are poems and limericks, and little pictures illustrating how the person died, all single-handedly carved over 40 years by Stan Ioan Patraş until 1977. The work has continued for the last 30 years by his apprentice. You’ll also see the village museum in Sighetu, an assembly of beautiful local wooden architecture, along with stopping by various other traditional villages.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Maramures - Day Tour with Local Guide</description><br/>-<description>Maramures - Sapanta Merry Cemetery</description><br/>-<description>Maramures - Barsana Monastery</description>

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Location: Sighișoara

Today is a long day of travel (approximately 9 hours) through pastoral fields and untouched Saxon towns to Sighisoara in Transylvania. While the name may conjure up images of haunted castles, gothic churches and vampires, this is only a small part of what makes Transylvania such an enchanting and exciting destination. Medieval Sighisoara is likely to seduce visitors more than any other place in Romania. Another World Heritage site, the town was first settled by the Romans but flourished under the Saxons from the 12th century. Take a walk around the old town, which coils up a narrow hill and is surrounded on all sides by fortified walls, and explore the 64 metre-high clock tower that dominates the citadel. The town is famed as the birthplace of Vlad Dracul III, better known as Vlad the Impaler, whose name was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s iconic Count Dracula. Vlad III is revered as a folk hero by Romanians for driving off the invading Ottoman Turks, of which his impaled victims are said to have included as many as 100,000. Maybe have traditional Romanian fare at ‘Casa Dracula’ tonight.

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Location: Viscri

While your next stop is less than an hour away, you'll feel like you've entered a different world. The small Transylvanian village of Viscri was originally inhabited by Saxons from the Luxembourg area, and the whole scene is picture-postcard rural. This idyllic village of red tiled roofs is a World Heritage site, virtually unchanged for 900 years. You’ll visit the town's fortified church (thought to be the oldest in Transylvania). You’ll also learn about the Sock Project, which supports the local Roma community. Time permitting, you may even like to go for a horse cart ride through the area, over pastures and through wondrous woods of oak and hornbeam. In the evening, indulge in a home-cooked dinner prepared by a local family, sampling fresh produce, homemade wines and schnapps. Tonight, stay in rustic houses that the locals rent out to visitors.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Viscri - Fortified Church</description><br/>-<description>Viscri - Sock Project</description><br/>-<description>Viscri - Local Home Cooked Dinner</description>

Accommodation: ,Homestay

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Brașov

Today continue to the 13th-century Saxon city of Brasov (approximately 2 hours). Also known by its German name of Kronstadt, the town is flanked by mountains and city walls was once a major medieval trading centre. Enjoy free time to explore, checking out the ornate churches, townhouses and squares surrounded by gingerbread-roofed merchants' houses. It's worth visiting the town's main attraction, the gothic (Biserica Neagra) Black Church, which took its name from its blackened appearance after a fire in 1689. Stroll along pedestrianized Strada Republicii, take a cable car up to Mt Tampa, or maybe explore the nearby Rasnov Fortress. The fortification is perched on a rocky hilltop above the town of Rasnov, and was constructed by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century as a place of refuge for the common people from Tartar invaders. Otherwise, you could head to Bran Castle, said to be the inspiration for the home of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Though not exactly super spooky, it is undeniably impressive, perched on a high cliff top and surrounded by pine trees. For those looking for a little nightlife action, Brasov has plenty of funky bars and restaurants to enjoy once darkness falls.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Brasov - The Black Church</description><br/>-<description>Bran - Bran Castle Visit</description><br/>-<description>Rasnov - Fortress</description><br/>-<description>Brasov - Walking Tour with Local Guide</description><br/>-<description>Brasov - Cable Car to Mt Tampa</description>

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Location: Bucharest

Head south to Bucharest today (approximately 3 hours). The city is increasingly known for its cosmopolitan vibe and energy, and while not the most beautiful or stylish city, there are some wonderful art nouveau buildings, ancient churches and monasteries, lush parkland, lakes and elegant boulevards. Romania's interesting capital also likes big things. It’s home to one of Europe's biggest squares, and its Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world – former dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu ordered the construction of the 12-storied Palace of Parliament, a building of staggering scale and opulence that includes 1,100 rooms and 4,500 chandeliers. You'll embark on a guided walking tour around town to help you get your bearings, then in free time you can choose to further explore some of the sights pointed out. Maybe seek out some traditional home-cooked Romanian food with your fellow travellers tonight.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Bucharest - Walking Tour with Local Guide</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Bucharest - Museum of the Romanian Peasant</description><br/>-<description>Bucharest - Bike Tour</description><br/>-<description>Bucharest - Village Museum</description><br/>-<description>Bucharest - Palace of Parliament Tour</description>

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Location: Bucharest

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. For those who wish to stay longer in Bucharest please enquire about additional accommodation at the time of booking.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Bucharest - Bucharest Bites and Sights Urban Adventure</description><br/>-<description>Bucharest - Bohemian Bucharest: Markets &amp; Mahallas Urban Adventure</description>

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Included
  • Bucharest - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Cesky Krumlov - Cycling Trip (weather and season permitting)
  • Tatranska Lomnica - Tatra Mountains Hike (not between Nov and Mar)
  • Osowka - Underground City Visit and Guided Tour
  • Tatranska Lomnica - Smokovec Funicular
  • Eger - Wine Tasting
  • Tatranska Lomnica - Gondola
  • Maramures - Sapanta Merry Cemetery
  • Maramures - Barsana Monastery
  • Maramures - Day Tour with Local Guide
  • Viscri - Fortified Church
  • Viscri - Sock Project
  • Viscri - Local Home Cooked Dinner
  • Tatra Mountains - Hrebienok Funicular
  • Tatra Mountains - Tatranska Lomnica Gondola
  • Accommodation
    -Hotel (17 nights), Pension (5 nights), Homestay (1 night)
  • Transport
    -Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Bicycle, Metro, Taxi, Tram
  • Meals
    -20 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -
  • International Travel
    -

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09-Apr-2022
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23-Apr-2022
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03-Sep-2022
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Touring with Intrepid Travel

Intrepid was started by two friends from Melbourne, Australia, in 1988 after embarking on a trip through the wilds of Africa in a modified ex-council truck, crammed with friends, supplies, a handful of aviator sunglasses and a case or two of beer. Could this type of travel be something others would be interested in? The answer was a resounding yes and today Intrepid send 100,000 travellers across the globe each year with the help of a staff of 1,000.

After three decades, founders Darrell and Manch, feel they know what travellers want. They get that it’s a big decision to fly across the world to wander the souks of Marrakech or enjoy a dreamy Angkor sunrise. They understand that you’re looking for a balance of inclusions and free time, a mix of classic highlights and local secrets you won’t find on Google. And of course, an authentic real life experience. Their leaders are born and raised in-country and they know their destination better than anyone. So you’ll do more than just see a place, you’ll live it. Small groups, big adventures and responsible travel – that’s Intrepid’s thing. With 1,000 trips in a variety of styles across 100 countries, you’re sure to find something you like.

Intrepid believe the real magic happens well away from the beaten path. It’s the little noodle bars, hidden galleries and backstreet bodegas and real life experiences you won’t find in a search engine. Real life experiences are those moments you know you’re really alive and experiencing something special. While it could be the instant you see one of the world’s great icons for the first time, it is more likely to be the moment you find yourself in the middle of a village square soccer game, being treated to a home-cooked meal by your new local friends or sharing a laugh with your fellow travellers as you try a new mode of transport … camel anyone? These unexpected moments are what travelling with Intrepid is all about, giving you a trip like no other.

Intrepid realises the world is a really big place. And there’s a plethora of different languages to learn, borders to cross and cultures to negotiate. Small group adventure travel makes these things easy and allows you to maximise your precious time off. Instead of worrying about logistics, you can focus all your energy on having the experience of a lifetime. Their tour groups are small enough to feel like you’re exploring a destination independently, but big enough to create a good social vibe. Group size will vary depending on where and how you’re travelling, but the average group size is about 10.

Intrepid’s themed trips encompass all hobbies and interests or could pique an interest in a new hobby you never knew you needed. From foodie explorations across Asia or India, sailing the seas in Thailand or the Caribbean, wildlife encounters in the Serengeti or Antarctica, scenic cycling or walking to Base Camp or through Tibet, and epic expeditions in Burma or Russia, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Intrepid is committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way they provide travellers with real life experiences. These values are ingrained in the culture and daily operations of every Intrepid office and tour. In addition, they hope their travellers also demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

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This tour is operated by Intrepid Travel

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Start:Vienna
Finish:Bucharest
Group size:1 - 15
Suitable for: 15-99 years
Accommodation:Hotel (17 nights), Pension (5 nights), Homestay (1 night)
Physical rating:Low
Meals:20 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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