Balkans & Ski 2019-20

Balkans & Ski | Topdeck Travel
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  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
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Starting in Budapest you'll tick off some of the greats that the Balkans has to offer. Starting in Budapest, you'll travel through Timisoara, Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Plitvice Lakes National Park before finishing up back on Budapest. Did we mention you'll also get the chance to ski? Yup you heard, beginner or pro, opt in and hit the powder. See you there.

  • Europe
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Serbia
  • Bosnia
  • Croatia
Tour Types
  • Youth
  • Wildlife
  • National Parks
  • Arts & culture
  • Snow Activities
  • Food & Wine
  • History
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
Day 1: Budapest, Hungary

You're in Budapest baby! Meet your travel mates at dinner tonight and gear up for an epic adventure.

Day 2: Budapest to Timisoara, Romania

Off to Timisoara today: Romania's third-largest city. Some call it Little Vienna. Get oriented on a walking tour before getting lost in the Old Town neighbourhood. Don't miss the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral. It's more than just a photo op and especially beautiful at night.

Day 3: Timisoara to Bucharest, Romania

We're off to Bucharest today. 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

Free day = yay! Wander the streets today and get a feel for the largest city in Romania. Why not tick off the Palace of Parliament (it's pretty big, you can't miss it), the fairytale-like Cismigiu Gardens (if the lake is frozen over, get your skates on!) and take a peek at the Bucharest Arc de Triomphe.

Day 5: Bucharest to Sofia, Bulgaria

The charming and historical Sofia is up next on our Balkan bucket list. But to break the day up, 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. 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 Aleksander Nevski 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 an excursion to the beautiful Rila Monastery as another option. 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 local. 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 down Prince Michael Street. Belgrade Fortress, the bohemian hub Skadarlija and Republic Square are also waiting to be explored.

Day 10: Belgrade to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

First off, a sobering visit to the Srebrenica Memorial before a guided tour of Sarajevo. Follow your Trip Leader and learn all about this fascinating city's war-torn past.

Day 11: Sarajevo to Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

On our way to one of the most beautiful parts of Eastern Europe today. Get ready for 300km squared of awesomeness at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Day 12: Plitvice Lakes

In winter, Plitvice Lakes National Park becomes all sorts of amazing. In the right conditions, the waterfalls freeze over and trees are covered in a blanket of snow. Chasing waterfalls has never been so awesome. Get exploring around the 16 lakes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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!

  • Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • 13 nights in hotel accommodation (twin-share or double)
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including powerpoints for charging electronics.
  • 13 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 6 dinners

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