Balkan Winter 2020-21

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Top Deck

This trip will have you ticking off some of the greats that the Balkans has to offer. Starting in Budapest, you'll travel through Timi?oara, Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Plitvice Lakes National Park before finishing up back in Budapest. Did we mention you'll also get the chance to ski? Yup you heard. Beginner or pro, don't miss your chance to opt in and hit the powder. See you on the slopes!

  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Serbia
  • Bosnia
  • Croatia
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Youth
  • 18-30 somethings
Day 1: Budapest, Hungary

YES! You’re in Budapest, baby! Ready for a wintry Balkan adventure? Good news – you’ve come to the right place. Meet your Topdeck trip mates at dinner tonight and gear up for an awesome couple of weeks. Excitement levels: 1000/10.

Day 2: Budapest to Timisoara, Romania

Next stop, Timisoara. Quick fact: some call it 'Little Vienna'. Today we'll get the lay of the land on a walking tour before hitting up the Old Town neighbourhood. Don't miss the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral - especially after dark.

Day 3: Timisoara to Bucharest, Romania

We’re off to Bucharest. To get your bearings, we’ve got a driving and walking tour on the cards today. Later tonight, enjoy a group dinner and share travel stories. Get stoked, you’ve got a free day in buzzing Bucharest tomorrow.

Day 4: Bucharest

Day four is a free day. Our suggestions? The Palace of Parliament (it’s pretty big – you can’t miss it), the Cismigiu Gardens (if the lake is frozen over, get your skates on) and the Bucharest Arc de Triomphe. So. Much. To. See!

Day 5: Bucharest to Sofia, Bulgaria

The charming and historical Sofia is up next on our Balkan bucket list. But to break up the day, we’re stopping at Veliko Târnovo for some pics. It’s one of Bulgaria’s oldest towns and houses the impressive Tsarevets Fortress. Once in Sofia, become best friends with the city on a walking tour and work up an appetite for dinner this evening.

Day 6: Sofia

Free day to explore this gem of a capital city. Hot tip: get on down to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and make sure you go inside too. You can thank us later. But for the main event, let’s go skiing (optional). We’ll make our way to Borovets ski resort where you can hit the slopes, whatever your ability. Ready to shred?

Day 7: Sofia

Survived the après-ski and want a second day skiing? We’ve got you covered (optional). For non-skiers, take a scenic open-air lift ride and hike to the Seven Rila Lakes in Rila Mountain (optional). It’ll be a view to remember. There’s also the chance to visit the beautiful Rila Monastery (optional). Talk about spoilt for choice!

Day 8: Sofia to Belgrade, Serbia

Serbia here we come! Curl up on the coach as we cruise into Belgrade. Once we arrive, we’ll show you how to explore this city like a pro. Later, why not hit the town? YOLO is the motto after all.

Day 9: Belgrade

Why not take a trip along the banks of the mighty Danube and into Belgrade's Old Town district to investigate the local hot spots? Belgrade Fortress, the bohemian hub Skadarlija and Republic Square are also waiting to be explored.

Day 10: Belgrade to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

This morning we’ll pay a sobering visit to the Srebrenica Memorial (which honours the victims of the 1995 genocide) before we move on to Sarajevo. Here, we’ll follow our local guide and learn all about the city’s war-torn past. Tonight, discuss everything you’ve learned over dinner. This one’s on us.

Day 11: Sarajevo

Take it easy today – you’ve got a free day to spend soaking up the sights and sounds of Sarajevo. Looking for some local eats? Why not try cevapi, Bosnia’s take on the kebab?

Day 12: Sarajevo to Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Get excited – on day twelve, we’ll make our way to one of the most beautiful parts of Eastern Europe. Yep, we’re looking at you, Plitvice Lakes National Park! In the right conditions, the park’s waterfalls freeze over and the trees get covered in a blanket of snow, turning it into a real-life winter wonderland.

Day 13: Plitvice Lakes to Budapest

Tear your heart away from the beautiful Plitvice Lakes as we make tracks to Budapest. See the sites on an included driving tour before tucking in to one last dinner with your travel pals.

Day 14: Budapest

So long Budapest, it’s been real. Until next time!

  • Walking tour of Timisoara
  • Bucharest driving and walking tour
  • Visit Veliko Târnovo
  • Walking tour of Sofia
  • Walking tour of Belgrade
  • Walking tour of Sarajevo
  • Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
  • Entry to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Driving tour of Budapest
  • -13 nights in hotels (twin or double)
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi.
  • 13 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 6 dinners

Dates Price Single Availability
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Touring with Top Deck

If you’re between 18-30 something, don’t miss the opportunity to travel with this awesome travel company. Topdeck was born in 1973 when Skroo Turner and his mates bought a double-decker bus and drove across Europe to Morocco. They now offer over 330 amazing tours in 65 countries,  so they will definitely have a touring adventure to whet your appetite.

A collective of explorers who are devoted to travel, they strive to open minds, shift perspectives, learn new things and make a difference. Their passion is to inspire young people through life-changing travel experiences. Their business is to make travel dreams a reality. They know what works. And they’re not afraid to shout about it. They refuse to sacrifice quality, independence and freedom, and believe solo adventures should go hand in hand with unforgettable moments with like-minded travellers. They offer variety, comfort and value for money, and promise a hassle-free holiday, loaded with authentic local experiences.

They are lively, curious, knowledgeable and dedicated; driven with the desire to laugh and have fun. They build the trips. You build the memories. Go on, jump on board and discover what it means to be a #Topdecker!


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