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The Eastern Europe Discovery tour starts in Moscow and ends in Istanbul. The Eastern Europe Discovery is an Adventure tour that takes 66 days taking you from Moscow to Istanbul and through other destinations in Europe.

This tour through Eastern Europe takes you from Russia via the little known Baltic and Balkan states to Turkey. Enjoy the popular highlights and hidden gems including modern cities with historic old towns, fairytale castles perched on the edge of glittering lakes, cathedrals and monasteries, mosques and citadels, hot springs and sun-soaked Mediterranean islands, beautiful beaches and towering mountain ranges – there's so much to see on this Eastern European odyssey.
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Please be aware that your group will meet for a Pre Departure Meeting at 6:00pm on day one. This meeting will be held at your hotel. Please kindly meet in the reception area of the Izmailovo 'Gamma' Hotel by 6:00pm. If you are unable to attend this meeting for any reason then please contact your Tour Leader via the hotel reception.

Golden onion domes and towering skyscrapers, cosy cafes and hushed churches, Russia's capital city is beautiful, atmospheric and overflowing with history. There is plenty to see and do here, including numerous cathedrals, museums, art galleries, palaces, the State History Museum and the iconic St Basil's Cathedral, towers and monuments. Moscow's Red Square (Krasnaja Ploshad) is the main centre of Moscow and was a market place during the fifteenth century. The square acquired its present name in the seventeenth century. The red part of its name does not refer to Communism or to the colour of the stone (which is actually grey) but derives from the old Russian word 'krasniy' meaning beautiful. During the Soviet regime the square was known for its May Day parades and is the site of Lenin's Mausoleum.

Just a few minutes' walk away from Izmailovsky Park Metro, the lively and bustling Izmailovsky Souvenir Market is an absolute must-see. The entire market is surrounded by a mock wooden fortress which is prettily decorated with statues from Russian legends. Browse around the seemingly endless stands, shopping for wooden matryoshka dolls, chess sets, amber jewellery and Soviet memorabilia such as authentic army belts and gas masks, or if you're looking for less kitsch and more art, you could aim for the traditional Russian handicrafts and original paintings. Don't forget to haggle! A useful word to know is'skolka' or'how much?'.

More than a people-moving system, Moscow's metro system is a network of beautifully and artistically decorated stations. Why not take a self-guided tour of the system and discover Moscow's original underground art scene. (Please note you will need to pay for your own metro tickets).

We will spend our days in Moscow visiting some of the great historical sites of the city. The Kremlin is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and a main focus of Russia's political and historical heritage since the 13th century, housing both royalty and religious figures. The Kremlin wall contains a mass grave of Bolsheviks who perished during the battle for Moscow in 1917, together with the ashes of a number of well-known Russians, including writer Maxim Gorky and Yuriy Gagarin, the first Russian man to visit space.

It is said that soon after January 21, 1924, the day that Vladimir Lenin died, the Soviet government received more than 10,000 telegrams from all over Russia, which asked the government to preserve his body somehow for future generations. Lenin's tomb, and final resting place, was then promptly set about being designed and a wooden tomb was constructed within 6 days of his death. A larger mausoleum was constructed later that year and stands today in the centre of the city in the prominent Red Square.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Izmailovo Gamma or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • St Basil's Cathedral - 350 RUB
  • Tretyakov Gallery - 500 RUB
  • Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts - 300 RUB
  • Moscow Metro & Novodevichy Cemetary Tour - from 15 EUR
  • State Historical Museum - 400 RUB
  • Museum Panorama (Battle of Borodino) - 250 RUB
  • Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics - 250 RUB
  • Christ the Saviour Cathedral - Free
  • Bolshoi Theatre - from 500 RUB
We have the whole day to spend in Moscow enjoying some last minute sightseeing before we next head to Veliky Novgorod by overnight train - it's a good idea to buy some snacks before we board!
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
One of the oldest cities in Russia, Veliky Novgorod is steeped in history. It was one of the first hubs of religious, political and commercial activities in Russia and it is here where we find St Sophia's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Russia. Admire the five domed architecture that dominates the Kremlin in Novgorod, and visit the exhibition of the ancient bells that used to ring in St Sophia's bell tower. Previously, the bells were heard from a 50 mile radius and had a distinct melody in memory of the composer Sergey Rakhaminoff, born in Novgorod. The bells were damaged during World War II, so unfortunately they now are grounded, however you can still enjoy panoramic views of Veliky Novgorod from the bell tower itself.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Volkhov or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Vitoslavlitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture - 150 RUB
  • St George Monastery - Free
  • Fine Art Museum - 150 RUB
The cosmopolitan city of St Petersburg is known as the'Venice of the north' because of its rivers and canals which are fascinating and easy to explore by boat. There are many sights to see in this former capital including the Winter Palace, the famous Church of the Spilt Blood and the Hermitage museums.

We will take an orientation walk around the key sights of the city, include a visit to the Hermitage Museum (with a local guide) to explore the extensive art collection there, and then you will be free to explore this great city at your leisure.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Cameo or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Vodka Museum Tour and Tasting - 600 RUB
  • Mariinsky Theatre - from 1000 RUB
  • Catherine Palace - 700 RUB
  • Peterhof Palace - 550 RUB
  • Canal Boat Ride - 1100 RUB
  • Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) - 250 RUB
  • Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood - 250 RUB
  • St Isaac's Cathedral - 250 RUB
  • Cabin of Peter the Great - 200 RUB
  • Faberge Egg Museum Guided Tour - 600 RUB
Our next stop is Tallinn, Estonia's capital. Famous for its enchanting historic centre, the city is a popular holiday destination on the Gulf of Finland. Roam the cobbled streets and explore scenic ruins or climb the hill of Toompea, which is filled with medieval buildings, 14th century churches, turrets, spires and enticing alleyways.

Tallinn also offers alluring boutique shopping similar to that found in Swiss cities. The city is full of artists and artisans so you may also find wonderfully made glass, weaving and pottery here. The cafe scene is thriving and you can find everything from sunlit street cafes to Art Deco style bakeries. Within the walls of the Old Town there are lots of excellent restaurants to enjoy and a thriving nightlife, with clubs open until the wee hours. Estonians are true beer lovers so you might like to try an authentic local brew.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Economy Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Kadriorg Palace & Park - 6.50 EUR
  • Lahemaa National Park Day Tour - 55 EUR
  • Tallinn City Museum - 4 EUR
  • Estonian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum - 9 EUR
  • TV Tower - 10 EUR
  • St. Olav’s Church & Viewing Deck - 2 EUR
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - Free
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Ghost Tour - 15 EUR
Riga is more than 800 years old and its clever blend of medieval centre and modern city infrastructure will enchant you. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town has its own particular charm, while the city is also famous for its fascinating Art Nouveau architectural heritage which you can discover as you wander the streets of this 'Paris of the East'. A must-do is a visit to Riga's most famous Gothic church, St Peter's, thought to be about 800 years old. Its famous spire has been rebuilt three times in the same form since 1667, with its latest rebuild completed in 1973. Climb the spire and enjoy spectacular views over the city.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Irina or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum - 4 EUR
  • St Peter’s Church Tower - 9 EUR
  • Museum of the Occupation of Latvia - Free
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • The Dome Cathedral - Free
  • Museum Art Nouveau - 9 EUR
  • Academy of Sciences Observation Deck - 5 EUR
  • Art Neoveau Tour - 20 EUR
  • Night Kayaking - 25 EUR
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius boasts an attractive baroque Old Town that is the largest in Eastern Europe and is praised as the 'New Prague'. Located on the edge of the Neris River, with its pine covered hills, friendly people, and blend of old and new, this is a picturesque city well worth exploring. You will have time to explore the main sights of the city including Gediminas Castle on the top of Gediminas Hill and Cathedral Square at the base of the hill, which is dominated by Vilnius Cathedral and its 57 metre-tall belfry.

While you're exploring the square between the cathedral and the tower you should hunt for the secret stebuklas (miracle) tile. The tile marks the southern end of the 2 million person, 650 kilometre long human chain between Tallinn and Vilnius, which was formed in protest against Soviet occupation in 1989. Local legend has it that if you find the pretty mosaic-covered tile you should stand on it and turn around three times clockwise while making a wish, which shall then be granted.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Panorama or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Trakai Castle - 10 EUR
  • Grutas Park - 7.5 EUR
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Cathedral Crypts Tour - 4.5 EUR
Warsaw, Poland's capital, has been revitalised as a tourist destination. The city was almost entirely destroyed in World War II but a lot of effort has gone into its rebuilding. Since the fall of communism many old buildings have given way to modern skyscrapers, the dilapidated old town has been brightened up, and entertainment and services transformed to match that of other western capitals.

Home to various palaces, castles and citadels, Warsaw is noted for the Soviet-era Palace of Culture and Science, as well as the marketplace at the 10th Anniversary Stadium, a converted festival site where you can buy all sorts of interesting items. Also recommended is a visit to the Old Town, which was rebuilt between 1949 and 1963 after being destroyed in World War II in the Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles of architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. You can visit the Historical Museum of Warsaw and Royal Castle at nearby Old Town Square.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at HIT Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Warsaw Uprising Museum - 20 PLN
  • Palace of Culture and Science Observation Deck - 20 PLN
  • Museum of the History of Polish Jews - 25 PLN
  • Lazienki Park and Palace - 40 PLN
  • Royal Castle Tour - 30 PLN
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Wilanow Palace - 20 PLN
Poland's more famous and cultural city is Kraków, which has managed to preserve centuries of amazing architecture and artistic traditions as most of the historic buildings and monuments emerged unscathed from World War II. Kraków was the royal capital for 500 years so a must-see is the royal Wawel Castle, a beautiful renaissance palace which now houses a museum. During the evening the cosmopolitan city offers a wild nightlife, with plenty of restaurants, music clubs and bars to explore.

Kraków is our base to visit the UNESCO listed Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp, a sobering tribute to the people that perished there during the Holocaust. The camp was originally designed for Polish political prisoners but became the most notorious camp of World War II because an estimated 1.6 million people of 27 nationalities, including 1.1 million Jews, 150,000 Poles and 23,000 Roma were killed by the Nazis.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Regent Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour - 145 PLN
  • Oskar Schindler's Factory - 24 PLN
  • Saint Mary’s Basilica - 10 PLN
  • Galicia Jewish Museum - 16 PLN
  • Wawel Royal Castle - 25 PLN
  • Walking Tour – Free
After getting our fill of culture we board an overnight train to Prague which is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Visit the bustling Old Town Square where you can find a beautiful astronomical clock, the enchanting Charles Bridge where you can watch artists and buskers at work and the famous Wenceslas Square.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Summer Toboggan (Tatrabob) - 3 EUR
  • Hiking - Free
  • Water Park - 22 EUR
  • Bike Hire - from 12 EUR
  • Solisko Chairlift - 13 EUR
  • Furnicular ride - 7 EUR
  • Lomnicky Peak Cable Car - 43 EUR
Spend the rest of your day exploring the beautiful city of Prague, not forgetting to try one of Prague's tastiest pastries known as 'Trdelnik', a sweet rolled dough in the shape of a cone that is filled with anything from ice-cream to warm chocolate sauce.

Prague is a town that loves to party so you may also want to experience the nightlife as there are many great bars and restaurants and plenty of pulsating night clubs to enjoy. Czechs have been brewing beer since the 9th century and invented the world's first Pilsner, so Prague offers a great opportunity to sample some of the world's finest beers.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel William or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Kutna Hora Day Trip - 990 CZK
  • Brewery Tour - 1200 CZK
  • Beer Tasting - 590 CZK
  • Hradcany Castle - 350 CZK
  • Jewish Museum - 300 CZK
  • Town Hall Clock Tower - 120 CZK
  • Boat Tour - 260 CZK
  • Mucha Museum - 240 CZK
  • City of Prague Museum - 120 CZK
  • Karlstejn Castle - 270 CZK
Welcome to Austria! Birthplace of some of the greatest classical musical compositions, Vienna charms with its cultural history and opulent beauty. Known as the 'city of music' many composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss were born or worked here and you can learn all about their works in places such as Haus der Musik and Mozarthaus, Mozart's main apartment in Vienna which holds an insight into his celebrated life.

Perhaps you would like to catch a jaw-dropping orchestra performance at the Vienna Philharmonic, or watch a ballet or opera performance at the Wiener Staatsoper? You may also choose to visit the Schloss Schönbrunn, the palace of the Habsburg family, and discover the Baroque grandeur of the Austrian dynasty. Once you have delighted in the culture and beauty of Vienna, there are a host of a lively restaurants, cafes and bars to soak up as you watch the world go by in this vibrant city.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Kolbeck or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Albertina Museum - 13 EUR
  • Schoenbrunn Palace - 13 EUR
  • Spanish Riding School Morning Exercise - 35 EUR
  • Belvedere Palace - 15 EUR
  • Sigmund Freud Museum - 12 EUR
  • City Bike Tour - 35 EUR
  • Vienna Mozart Concert - from 49 EUR
  • Hop on Hop off Bus - From 25 EUR
  • City Walking Tour - 17 EUR
Departing Austria we journey to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Bursting with culture and an urban atmosphere, Slovakia has a modern feel that still manages to captivate the avid traveller through its post-socialist architecture such as the famous 1,400ft UFO Tower and bridge. You will have the day to explore the city, not forgetting to wander along the Danube River and the classic Old Town.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Tatra or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Bratislava Castle ? Free ? Devin Castle ? From 5 EUR ? The Blue Church ? Free ? Walking Tour ? Free ? UFO Bridge Observation Deck ? 7 EUR
Budapest, Hungary's stylish capital is known as the 'City of Spas' for its abundance of natural thermal springs.

Straddling the Danube River, the city is comprised of two very different historic cities, Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank. Highlights here include Castle Hill, Matthius Church, Fisherman's Bastion, the Liberation Monument, the fabulous St Stephen's Basilica and the much photographed Parliament Building.

Sample some Hungarian cuisine in a local restaurant. Goulash is the most popular Hungarian meat dish. It is a delicious stew made from meat and vegetables with Hungarian paprika powder as the main spice.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Flamenco or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Budapest Parliament Tour - 5200 HUF
  • Szechenyi Thermal Baths - 5100 HUF
  • House of Terror - 2000 HUF
  • Great Synagogue - 4000 HUF
  • Danube Cruise - 3900 HUF
  • Hungarian National Museum - 1600 HUF
  • Memento Park - 1500 HUF
  • Buda Castle - Free
  • Fisherman's Bastion - 800 HUF
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Hop on Hop off Bus - from 6000 HUF
Serbia's cultural centre, Novi Sad, is overlooked by the magnificent Petrovaradin Fortress. Built during the 18th century, the fortress was repeatedly attacked but never taken by an enemy. Although it has long since lost its strategic military value, since 1951 it has been an important cultural centre and one of the largest art colonies in the world with over 88 art studios. Visitors can buy art, talk with the artists and feel the atmosphere of studios while works of art are created. There are also three interesting restaurants, a museum, catacombs, great views of the Danube. Novi Sad is also known for its international music festivals, underground military galleries and above ground, such as the International Street Musicians' Festival in September offering diverse music genres, funny instruments, jugglers, street shows and acrobatics.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Restoran Fontana or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Museum of Vojvodina - 200 RSD
  • City of Novi Sad Museum - 300 RSD
  • Foreign Art Gallery - 100 RSD
Located at the crossing point of the Sava and Danube rivers is Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, where you will have plenty of time to explore. In the course of its long history, Belgrade has been captured 60 times, burned down around 40 times, and has risen like a phoenix from the ashes every time.

We have the opportunity to explore the military museum inside the fortress. The view of the city from the fortress is fantastic and not to be missed. If time allows it is definitely worth a visit to St Sava Church, one of the largest Orthodox churches in world. The city itself offers excellent shopping opportunities, from luxurious upscale boutiques through to unique locations such as Titos House of Flowers, a memorial centre for the former Yugoslav leader.

When you're ready for a break, you can relax on the beach at 'Belgrade Hawaii', Ada Ciganlija, an island in the middle of the Sava River. During the summer the island attracts hundreds of thousands of people looking for a place to cool down, so it can be crowded on hot days. Belgrade is very well known for its nightlife and is a major draw card for Europeans looking for a party. There are countless nightclubs, bars, and cafes that stay lively into the wee hours of the night, many of which are located on river barges.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Villa Forever or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Kalemegdan Citadel - Free
  • Military Museum - 150 RSD
  • Ethnographic Museum - 150 RSD
  • Tito's Mausoleum (House of Flowers) - 400 RSD
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Church of Saint Sava - Free
  • Nikola Tesla Museum - 300 RSD
  • Underground Secrets of Belgrade Tour - 10 EUR
Today we are travelling to Pristina, Kosovo but first we visit Devil's Town in Serbia. The natural phenomenon, whose real name is Djavolja varos, got it's unique name to the strange formation of soil pyramids. Wander amongst the stone-capped pillars, whose appearance is due to a rare from of erosion.

We then continue our journey to Pristina. Europe's youngest capital, it has a buzzing energy and a small but fascinating number of attractions to see. Visit the Ethnographic Museum for exhibits on life in Kosovo between the 15th and 20th century and marvel at the iconic design of the National Library. Wander down Bill Clinton Boulevard and wave back at the 3m-tall bronze statue of the former president, before stopping for one of Pristina's famous coffees in any one of the number of cafes found here.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Begoli or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Day trip to Prizren - 8 EUR return bus
  • Ethnographic Museum - Donation
  • Museum of Kosovo - 2 EUR
  • Germia Park - Free
  • Tomb of Sultan Murad I – Donation
Before heading to Skopje we can enjoy a visit to the Matka Canyon. Cruise down the river admiring the large rock walls towering beside the water. Keep an eye out for the fascinating caves that are found within the canyon. In Skopje, Macedonia's capital, you can enjoy 2,000 years of history spanning Oriental and Western cultures, neatly divided by the Vardar River through the centre of the city. Skopje has many historical monuments including the Kale Fortress dating back to the 6th century and the Daud Pasha Amam, a 15th century bathhouse now converted into the city art gallery. You can also see the Mustafa-pasha's mosque, the 16th century Clock Tower and the Kamen Most (Stone Bridge) over the Vardar River.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Ambasador or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Kale Fortress - Free
  • Local Winery Tour and Tasting - 13 EUR
  • Museum of Macedonian Struggle - 300 MKD
  • Mount Vodno Cable Car to Millennium Cross - 120 MKD
  • City Museum - Free
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Mother Teresa Memorial Room – Free
Today we travel on to the gorgeous lake side town of Ohrid, perched on the border of Macedonia and Albania. This unassuming, picturesque settlement has been the setting of thousands of years of human history and the ancient churches, fortress walls, bazaars and old quarters are testimony to its past.

Lake Ohrid itself is Europe's oldest lake having formed over three millions years ago. Wander the streets and squares of its compact centre before hiking up to the ancient walled fortress that overlooks the day to day life of the city and explore the famous old churches, monasteries and basilicas.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in apartments at Luccia Apartments or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Lake Ohrid Boat Ride – from 300MKD
  • Tsar Samuil's Fortress - 30 MKD
  • St. Jovan Kaneo Church - Free
  • St. Naum Monastery Boat Ride - from 600MKD
  • National Museum of Ohrid - 100 MKD
  • St. Pantelejmon Church - Free
  • Bay of Bones Museum - 5 EUR
  • Bike Hire - From 5 EUR
Today we head to Tirana, the trendy capital and largest city of Albania, which has transformed from a grey, dismal ex-communist city, isolated by the regime until the 1990s, to a colourful capital buzzing with life. While the city has a long history, you can enjoy its modern outlook, with fashionable bars, clubs and boutiques. Wander boulevards lined with relics of the city's Ottoman, Italian and communist past. Tirana's massive main square, Skanderbeg Square, is bordered by the National History Museum, the Palace of Culture, the National Bank, the Et'hem Bey Mosque and Skanderbeg's statue. A short bus ride from the centre city, the Martyr's Cemetery offers marvellous panoramic views over the city.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Idea or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • National Art Gallery - 200 ALL
  • National History Museum - 200 ALL
  • Dajti Mountain Cable Car - 800 ALL
  • Sky Bar Tower - Free
  • Bunk'Art - 700 ALL
On the way to Kotor we stop off at the small town of Kruja. Built on a mountainside, you can discover the old town and explore Kruja Castle where we include entry to the Skanderbeg Museum located inside. Skanderbeg was a war hero of Albania, helping defeat the Ottomans, and this museum focuses on his bravery and importance to Albania.

After spending the morning exploring Kruja, our group will move onward to our next destination - the picturesque town of Kotor in Montenegro. It is a walled city nestled at the bottom of Europe’s deepest fjord. Experience Stari Grad, the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with it’s tricky labyrinth of cobbled alleys, squares and ancient churches, including St Tryphon's Cathedral built in 1166.

The steep mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to this beautiful town and you can admire them from the waterfront. You could spend the day drinking espresso in the shade of the medieval walls watching people go by, or if you are feeling more adventurous try climbing the walls of the ancient fort of Sveti Ivan which spans some 4.5 kilometres above the city on almost vertical cliffs. Your efforts will be rewarded by an excellent view of Kotor and the bay.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Marija II or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Hike to Kotor Fortress - 8 EUR
  • Maritime Museum - 4 EUR
  • St Tryphon's Cathedral 2.50 EUR
  • Day Trip to Budva - 6 EUR Return
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus - 20 EUR
With a paved town centre enclosed in fortress-like 13th century stone walls, the city is easy to explore on foot and is full of character. A great start to your exploration of Dubrovnik is with an included walk around the city walls. Stretching almost 2 kilometres around the old town, the walls offer stunning rooftop and city views out to the turquoise blue Adriatic Sea. Founded in the 7th century, for a time in its glorious past the city was a serious rival for Venice in terms of maritime trade. It is hard to believe now but in 1991, two out of every three buildings were damaged during the bombardment of the Yugoslav War. Since then the buildings and walls have been painstakingly restored to pristine condition and represents one of the most beautiful and solid fortress systems on the Mediterranean. There are several other historic attractions worth a visit near the main street (Stradun), such as the 14th century Franciscan monastery which houses a treasury full of sacred art and artefacts, as well as one of the oldest continually working pharmacies in the world, dating back to 1317.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Dubrovnik or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Dominican Monastery - 30 HRK
  • Cable Car to view point - 140 HRK
  • Lokrum Island Boat Trip - From 80 HRK
  • Rector’s Palace - 100 HRK
  • Synagogue and Jewish Museum - 40 HRK
  • Kayaking Half Day - From 250 HRK
Crossing the border into the 'heart-shaped land' of Bosnia and Herzegovina we visit the capital Sarajevo, a fascinating mixture of western and eastern cultures. Known as the 'Jerusalem of Europe', the city was once famous for its religious diversity, with people of Islamic, Orthodox Christian, Catholic and Jewish faiths coexisting relatively peacefully for centuries. The atmosphere of calm and tolerance changed dramatically when violence erupted in the mid-1990s and the city underwent the longest siege in modern military history during the Yugoslav War.

Today the city is largely recovered and is packed with fascinating museums, bazaars, markets and bridges. During your time here you could explore the cobbled streets, mosques and Oriental style shops of the Old Town, visit the Bosnian Historical Museum to learn about the siege of Sarajevo and discover the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum, the tunnel which was used to ferry supplies into the besieged city during the conflict, next to the airport. For history buffs a must see is the “Latin Bridge" spanning the river in the downtown area. The bridge bears a plaque commemorating the assassination of Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, the event that sparked the beginning of World War I.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Hecco or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • War Childhood Museum - 10 BAM
  • Guided Siege of Sarajevo Tunnel Tour - 30 BAM
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Gallery 11/07/95 - 12 BAM
  • Jewish Museum - 3 BAM
  • History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina - 5 BAM
  • Svrzo's House - 3 BAM
  • Orthodox Church Art Gallery Museum - Free
  • Avaz Twist Tower - 1 BAM
  • Tunnel of Hope Museum - 30 BAM
Widely felt to be the prettiest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar is situated on the Neretva river and is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (natively: mostari) who kept the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over Neretva river. The city is particularly famous for this beautiful single span bridge, Stari Most, which collapsed into the Neretva River during the Yugoslav War in 1993. Built in 1556 by the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Great, Stari Most had been a globally recognised landmark and a national symbol for Bosnia-Herzegovina. It had survived centuries of conflict including both world wars and proved that, whatever happened, the mainly Christian west bank and mainly Muslim east remained united. The destruction of the bridge was a huge blow to the local people, but in 2004 the bridge was rebuilt as a replica of the original using pieces of masonry salvaged from the riverbed. Its reopening represented the hope that Muslims, Croats and Serbs could once again live side by side and that Mostar would be healed after a decade of ethnic division.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Motel Kriva Cuprija I or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Memorial Museum of Herzegovina - 1.5 BAM
  • Blagaj Tekke - 4 BAM
  • Koski Mehmed Pasha's Mosque - 4 BAM
  • War Photo Exhibition - 6 BAM
  • Turkish House - 2 BAM
On the way to Croatia, we stop off at the Kravice waterfalls, located on the Trebiat river in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A popular swimming area, you will have time to enjoy the water before heading to Hvar Island. Boasting more sunshine hours than any of the other sun-soaked Dalmatian islands, Hvar Island offers fairytale Venetian architecture, a waterfront promenade fringed by palm trees and centuries old walls. With all of this and an historic fortress overlooking it all, it's no wonder picturesque Hvar Town is considered a chic destination for the rich and famous, and you may be lucky enough to see one or two familiar faces here.

Built by the Venetian Doges in the 13th century, Hvar Town is a maze of cobblestone streets and sunny squares bordered by al fresco cafes and restaurants. The most important sights such as St Stephen's Cathedral, Clock Tower and the Arsenal flank the main square, while a picturesque expanse of terracotta-roofed houses and tiny streets cover the hill behind. One of the simplest pleasures on the island is to take part in the evening stroll around the town and take in the views - don't forget to buy an ice cream from a local slasticarna, the Croatian equivalent of the Italian gelateria. You may also enjoy a stroll around the harbour, which is often filled with multi-million dollar yachts, a reflection of the lavish lifestyles of the wealthy visitors to the island. You will have time to explore smaller villages of Stari Grad, Jelsa, taking in lavender fields, Vrboska and Brusje, wineries, eco villages and experiencing the local culture.

Please note: Breakfast is not included in Hvar.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in a guesthouse at Pelegrini Rooms or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Half Day Boat Tour to Pakleni Islands - 250 HRK
  • Full Day Boat Tour to Green Cave, Blue Cave and Vis Island - 430 HRK
  • 4x4 Hvar Island Tour - 600 HRK
  • Hike to Španjola Fortress - 30 HRK
  • Franciscan Monastery Museum - 25 HRK
  • Municipal Theatre and Art Gallery - 20 HRK
  • Old Town guided tour - from 400 HRK per guide
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking - from 100 HRK
We then take the ferry and arrive late morning at the coastal city of Split, built around the remains of the Diocletian Palace which dates back to the Roman era. Wander inside and take in Peristil Square where you can see an original Egyptian sphinx which was brought from Egypt by Roman emperor Diocletian. Another sphinx can be found near St John's Church, which was originally a Roman temple. We take an included tour of the Diocletian Palace or climb the campanile bell tower next to the palace's mausoleum for spectacular views from the top.

If you want to relax there are plenty of al fresco bars and restaurants to choose from along the seafront, as well as gelati bars and cheaper pizzerias off the main roads. There is plenty of delicious Italian-influenced local cuisine to choose from, often at very reasonable prices. If you want to hang out with the locals, head for the beach at Bacvice. There are many cafes and places to eat icecream and it's a great place to get a feeling of 'real' Croatia as the vast majority of people who go there are from Split.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Dujam or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • The City Museum of Split - 20 HRK
  • St. Domnius Cathedral - 35 HRK
  • National Art Gallery - 20 HRK
  • Meštrović Gallery - 40 HRK
  • Hike around Marjan Hill - Free
Continuing our diverse journey through Croatia, our next stop is to explore Plitvice National Park, a beautiful reserve featuring 16 spectacular blue lakes surrounded by forest.

The lakes are linked by natural dams which create beautiful low level waterfalls joining one lake to another. Due to the varying mixtures of minerals in the water, each lake has a distinctive colour ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The surrounding forest features a mix of beech, spruce, and fir trees and is home to 126 species of birds and a number of rare animals including European brown bears, wolves, eagles, wild cats and eagles. Due to its natural beauty and significance, the park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979. The entire park can be seen in about 4 hours and you can get beautiful views from almost any vantage point. Don't miss the Veliki Slap, 50 metre wide waterfall surrounded by boulders - a great place for photos.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Bellevue or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
After our time exploring the national park we continue to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, a vibrant cultural centre with a long history, located on the crossroads of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe. Originally established as two fortresses on two neighbouring hills in medieval times, the city has withstood numerous invasions, earthquakes and political upheaval to grow into a prosperous centre of industry. In your free time you can explore Ban Jela?i? Square surrounded by grand buildings or visit the Zagreb Cathedral with its fountain of Madonna surrounded by golden angels. You can visit colourful open-air markets such as Dolac Market and discover the historic Upper Town with its palaces, monasteries and churches from the 17th and 18th centuries. There are also dozens of museums, theatres, galleries and art collections to visit, or take a tram to the medieval fortress of Medvedgrad on the southern side of nearby Mount Medvednica for beautiful views over the city including Museum Mimara. Another interesting museum to see is the City of Zagreb Museum covering every facet of its long history. You could take a picnic to Maksimir Park about 3 kilometres from the city centre.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Central or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • City of Zagreb Museum - 30 HRK
  • Ethnographical Museum - 15 HRK
  • Archaeological Museum - 30 HRK
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • St Marks Church - Free
  • Museum of Broken Relationships - 30 HRK
  • Zagreb Cathedral – Free
Crossing into Slovenia, we stay in Bled, a magical little town about an hour and a half from Ljubljana, set near an emerald green lake. Perched on a cliff high above the lake is the Bled Castle, dramatically framed by the snowcapped peaks of the Julian Alps. Dating back to the 11th century, Bled Castle is the epitome of a medieval fortress and has a fairytale appeal, with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering magnificent views. Part of the castle houses a museum with an interesting collection of armour and weapons, carvings, jewellery, tapestries and paintings which trace the history of the castle from the Bronze Age to the 19th century. A walk around Lake Bled (about 6 kilometres) shouldn't take more than an hour or two, including a short climb to a viewing point. The most romantic way to enjoy it is to hire a boat and row over to the island in the middle of the lake or for the non-rowers of the group you can take a Pletna boat and be taken across. On the island you can visit a small 17th century Baroque church called Church of the Assumption, complete with a'wishing bell' which you can ring to ask a favour. If time permits you can also visit Vintgar Gorge, a raised timber walkway that tracks the gorges river for 1.6 kilometres to a beautiful waterfall.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Jadran or similar . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Bled Castle - 10 EUR
  • Church of the Assumption - 6 EUR
  • Bike Hire - 11 EUR
  • Tourist Train - 4 EUR
  • Vintgar Gorge - From 7 EUR
  • Emerald River Adventure - 69 EUR
Next we visit the capital Ljubljana and enjoy a city tour of the main sights. In your free time you may enjoy a visit to the botanical gardens, Dragon bridge, Tivoli park, Ljubljana city museum, Ljubljana castle (Ljubljanski Grad) on Castle Hill and the viewing tower in the castle courtyard for views across the Old Town. When you need to relax, sit down at one of the many outdoor riverside cafes in the Old Town, check out the Habsburg and Baroque architecture and enjoy the young fun vibe of Ljubljana's large student population.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Emonec or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Postojna Cave - From 27 EUR
  • Slovenian Ethnographic Museum - 4.50 EUR
  • Ljubljana Castle and Funicular - 10 EUR
  • Metelkova Neighbourhood - Free
  • City Museum - 6 EUR
  • Museum of Illusions - 9.50 EUR
  • City Art Gallery - Free
  • Museum of Contemporary History - 3.50 EUR
Budapest, Hungary's stylish capital is known as the 'City of Spas' for its abundance of natural thermal springs.

Straddling the Danube River, the city is comprised of two very different historic cities, Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank. Highlights here include Castle Hill, Matthius Church, Fisherman's Bastion, the Liberation Monument, the fabulous St Stephen's Basilica and the much photographed Parliament Building.

Terror Haza (Terror House) is a popular museum recounting stories of espionage and atrocities committed during World War II and during the communist period. During your optional visit you can view very moving testimonial footage from survivors and visit old jail cells, torture chambers and interrogation rooms.

The Dohany Street Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and features stunning decorations. You can also wander around Central Market Hall and enjoy the intoxicating sights and smells of'Budapest's pantry' and get an idea of Hungary's food culture - you can even buy chocolates by the kilo!

The perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing is in a traditional bath. The Szechenyi Medicinal Baths are one of the city's more famous Neo Baroque-style baths with indoor and outdoor pools, thermal pools, saunas and massages in a beautiful setting. After a nice soak you can visit numerous restaurants and bars to visit on Liszt Ferenc for an enjoyable evening's entertainment.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Flamenco or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Danube Cruise –€16 (drinks only). You can expect to pay approx €30 for dinner aboard.
  • Hop on, Hop off bus –HUF 6000
  • Szechenyi baths –HUF 3600
  • House of Terror –HUF 2000
  • Basilica of St Stephen –free
  • Castle Hill –HUF 1700
  • Hungarian National Museum –HUF1600
  • The Great Synagogue –HUF 1600
  • Royal Palace & Parliament –HUF 2520
We take the train to Eger, located on the hills of the Bükk Mountains. It has a number of historic sights including the Castle of Eger, the town's oldest and most famous attraction. Eger is also famous for its wines. You can enjoy traditional varieties of red and white wines including “Egri Bikaver” translated to Bull's Blood of Eger! From 1596 Eger had a 91 year long Turkish rule. Due to this, the town attract visitors to its number of thermal baths. Another popular site from this period is the Turkish minaret standing at 40 metres high. You can climb this for great views.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in a guesthouse at Bacchus Panzio or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Eger Castle - 1600 HUF
  • Minaret - 300 HUF
  • Archbishop's Palace - from 1400 HUF
  • Thermal Baths - 1900 HUF
  • Wine tasting in the Valley of the Beautiful Women - from 1000HUF
  • Basilica – Free
The day is spent exploring the fascinating Maramures region in North-western Romania, home to many villages where century-old traditions are still part of daily life. We will visit the village of Barsana, where there is a thriving local tradition of woodcarving, with picturesque wooden houses fronted by giant, ornately-carved gates. There is also a monastery that offers great views over the Izei valley, where people still farm using traditional techniques. We also tour some of the beautiful wooden churches of the region that are well-known for their characteristic high roofs and tall, pointed steeples. We will make a quick stop at the very peculiar 'Merry Cemetery' of Sapânta, so called because the gravestones are painted in bright colours, hand-carved out of oak and adorned with an image of the deceased and a humorous epitaph in the local vernacular.

We then head to Baia Mare, one of the most important mining centres of Romania with over 2000 years of gold and silver mining. The town is well preserved and the oldest house here dates back to 1440.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Pensiunea La Fontana or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Basic Breakfast(s)
As we make our way to Sighisoara, we stop en-route for a few hours to explore the city of Cluj Napoca, Romania's second largest city after Bucharest. The city is one of the most important academic and cultural centres in Romania, and is home to the country's largest university and its famous botanical gardens. In 2015, Cluj-Napoca was named the European Youth Capital, and you can see the reflection of this in the bohemian cafes where many of the students and artists frequent.

In the afternoon we head to Sighisoara. Located in the historic region of Transylvania, it was once a Saxon settlement established in the 12th century. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the citadel has a very well preserved old town with a clock tower rising 64 meters above the city. Also worth visiting is the Orthodox Cathedral and Cornesti Church.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Casa Wagner or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Guided tour of Sighisoara Old Town - from 15 EUR
  • The Clock Tower - 12 RON
  • Dracula's House - 5 RON
  • History Museum - 4 RON
  • Museum of Medieval Arms - 8 RON
  • The Torture Chamber Museum - 4 RON
  • The Church of the Dominican Monastery - Free
Surrounded on three sides by the Carpathian Mountains, Brașov was a perfect place for a medieval settlement and much of the Old City, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211, has been restored. You can visit Râșnov Castle, the Brașov Citadel or wander up Rope Street, the narrowest street in Europe. Brașov also provides a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside of the Transylvania region, where the air is fresh and the people friendly. We visit the nearby Bran Castle which is marketed as 'Dracula's Castle' and is (supposedly) said to have been the home of Vlad the Impaler. We also explore the beautiful Pele's Castle and the fortified churches of Prejmer and Viscri, the latter of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Pensiune Ambient or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Ethnographic Museum - 5 RON
  • Brasov History Museum - 7 RON
  • Cable Car to the top of Tampa Hill - 16 RON
  • Black Church - 10 RON
  • Bear Sanctuary - 30 EUR
  • Art Museum - 5 RON
We continue our journey to Bucharest where you will have free time to explore the area and discover the contrasts of Romania's cultural capital. The architecture here is an eclectic mix of historical, communist period and modern styles and it even has its own Arc de Triomphe. Bucharest also boasts the world's second largest building, the Palace of Parliament, built under the communist regime.

If you'd like to learn more about the traditional way of life of Romanian peasant farmers you can visit the Village Museum, an open air museum with around 300 traditional buildings filled with furniture, pottery and clothing collected from different regions of the country.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Capitol or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Peasant Museum - 8 RON
  • Palace of the Parliament Tour - 35 RON
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • Stavropoleos Church - Free
  • Village Museum - 15 RON
  • National Museum of Art of Romania - 15 RON
  • Bucharest Municipal Museum - 3 RON
  • Alternative Walking Tour of Bucharest - 15 EUR
  • Bike Tour - From 20 EUR
We head across the border into the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo, famous as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Built on three hills, the city offers some great views of the surrounding churches and old imperial residences rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra River. On Tsarevets Hill are the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, and also a number of interesting cultural institutions such as the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of the Bulgarian Revival and the Constituent Assembly.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Anhea or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Tsaravet's Fortress - 6 BGN
  • Archaeological Museum - 6 BGN
  • Old Town Walking Tour - Free
  • Museum of the Bulgarian Revival and the Constituent Assembly - 6 BGN
Bulgaria's capital Sofia offers a wealth of cultural entertainment, including Byzantine churches, museums full of ancient archaeological treasures, towering monuments and numerous mineral baths adjacent to the magnificent Mount Vitosha. Laid back and cosmopolitan, Sofia offers a thriving and diverse street life, including open-air cafes, busy markets such as the famous Ladies' Market, rattling trams and buskers all adding to the ambience. At the foothills of Mount Vitosha about 8 kilometres from the city centre you can visit the 900 year-old Boyana Church, considered among the masterpieces of medieval European painting, which features murals and frescoes dating back to 1259 AD, medieval architecture and monumental art. Also at the base of Mt. Vitosha is the splendid National History Museum, with antiques dating back to the Thracian period.

Sofia also offers many beautiful gardens to relax in, such as Boris Gardens and the South Park, which starts just behind the Palace of Culture.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at St George Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Ethnographic Museum - 3 BGN
  • National Art Gallery - 6 BGN
  • Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Crypt - 6 BGN
  • National Museum of History - 10 BGN
  • Walking Tour - Free
  • City Bike Tour - 5 EUR
  • St George Church - Free
Enjoy breakfast in Sofia before taking a public bus to Plovdiv. Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe going back 8000 years. The town is small and easy to walk around. Places to see include the Roman Amphitheatre, St Marina church and a mosque leftover from the Ottoman Empire. Each step you take in this town opens up another piece of history. While the seven tall hill that used to overlook the town have been reduced to just three, it is possible to walk the hills and the best time to do this is at sunset.

Please note: Breakfast is not included at Plovdiv.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Star Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast Box
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Ethnographic Museum - 5 BGN
  • Wine Tasting Half Day Tour - From 29 EUR
  • The Wonderful Bridges, Bachkovo Monastery & Asens' Fortress Day Tour - From 25 EUR
  • Dzhumaya Mosque - Free
  • Archaeological Museum - 5 BGN
Istanbul is an enchanting fusion of East and West. Narrow alleys are flanked by wooden Ottoman houses while a nearby funky restaurant and bar strip in the down-town area pumps out Turkish pop. There are many great places to explore including, but not limited to, the Blue Mosque, St Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. The Blue Mosque, also known as the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, is nearly 400 years old and still an active mosque that non-Muslims can visit for free outside of the five daily prayers. St Sophia (Hagia Sophia) was built 1,500 years ago and was the largest enclosed space in the world. The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) is the oldest and largest closed bazaar in the world, housing around 3000 shops within 61 alleyways. It used to be the city's main trading centre of ceramics, jewellery and leather goods.

We will arrive in the evening to sample some of Turkey's most delicious cuisine. As we arrive late we recommend you book additional nights accommodation in order to fully explore the city and any of the optional excursions listed below.

Please note: For those who do not wish to travel into Turkey, there is the option to end in Sofia, Bulgaria instead. From Plovdiv you will return to Sofia by bus where there will be one night's accommodation instead. This option must be pre-booked with your Adventure Specialist in advance. This makes no difference to the cost of your tour.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Centrum or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Hagia Sophia - 40 TRY
  • Topkapı Palace - 40 TRY
  • Basilica Cistern - 20 TRY
  • Blue Mosque - Free
  • Grand Bazaar - Free
  • Bosphorus Boat Tour - 25 TRY
  • Turkish Bath - From 20 TRY
  • Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - 25 TRY
  • Whirling Dervish Show - 90 TRY
  • Walking Tour – Free
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

The Grand Bazaar is shut by the time we arrive on Saturday and is also closed on Sundays. If this is a personal must see please consider booking an extra night.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 58 night(s) in hotels, 2 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains, 2 night(s) in apartments, 3 night(s) in a guesthouse
Meals
  • 44 Buffet Breakfast(s), 16 Basic Breakfast(s), 2 Breakfast Box
Transport
  • Overnight Train, Public Bus, Taxi, Foot, Train, Private Vehicle, Ferry, Metro, Tram
Excursions
  • Moscow Kremlin guided tour
  • Guided tour of St Sophia's Cathedral and the Kremlin
  • Entry & Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum
  • Entry & Guided tour of the KGB Museum
  • Guided Tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Petrovaradin Fortress guided tunnel tour
  • Visit Devil's Town
  • Matka Canyon boat ride
  • Free time at Lake Ohrid
  • Visit to Kruja (Entry to City Walls and Skanderbeg Museum)
  • Guided tour of Kotor Old Town
  • Stop at Trebinje for wine tour and tasting
  • 24 hour Dubrovnik city card including City Walls and transport pass
  • Stari Most (Mostar Old Bridge)
  • Entry to Kravice Waterfall
  • Guided Tour of Diocletian's Palace
  • Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Guided walking tour of Ljubljana
  • Tour of Maramures Region
  • Cluj Napoca Visit
  • Entry to Viscri Fortified Church
  • Entry to Dracula's Castle & Peles Castle
  • Entry to Prejmer Fortified Church
  • Entry to Plovdiv Roman Amphitheatre
what’s excluded
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money ampndash budget for meals snacks drinks limited souvenirs laundry tips and any extras
  • International flights tofrom the startend of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions visas travel insurance personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions - On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyones taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular dont hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
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Duration 66 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 10 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Moscow, Russia/ Istanbul, Turkey
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How our Travel Expert Service Works
  • 1 We connect you with a hand-picked and qualified travel expert who can match your trip requirements. The advantage of working directly through a travel expert is that you get the best and unfiltered advice from the very beginning.
  • 2 The travel expert will help you with creating and customising a trip for you. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the trip, the travel expert will also be able to help you with those.
  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
The Advantages of Bookmundi
  • Selected Local Travel Experts All our local travel experts have been chosen based on rigorous selection criteria. In fact, we reject 98 out of 100 local travel agencies, and thereby giving you access to the top 1-2% local travel experts.
  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
  • Trip Replacement or 100% Reimbursement Bookmundi has hand-picked your local travel expert. Our role, as your trusted third party, is therefore to make sure that your entire experience runs as seamless and secure as possible. We guarantee to you that in the unlikely event where a local travel expert cancels your trip after your deposit or full payment has been made, we commit to replacing these services with another equally qualified agency so that your trip can go ahead as planned, or failing to replace it, we will give you a 100% reimbursement.
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  • Age Group: {{myRequest.age_group}} yrs
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  • Accommodation Option: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].accommodation_option}}
  • Budget Per Person: USD {{myRequest.approx_budget_amount}}
  • Budget Flexibility {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].budget_flexibility}}
  • Trip Planning Stage {{myRequest.trip_planning_stage}}
  • Trip Details: ... Read More Read Less
How our Travel Expert Service Works
  • 1 We connect you with a hand-picked and qualified travel expert who can match your trip requirements. The advantage of working directly through a travel expert is that you get the best and unfiltered advice from the very beginning.
  • 2 The travel expert will help you with creating and customising a trip for you. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the trip, the travel expert will also be able to help you with those.
  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
The Advantages of Bookmundi
  • Selected Local Travel Experts All our local travel experts have been chosen based on rigorous selection criteria. In fact, we reject 98 out of 100 local travel agencies, and thereby giving you access to the top 1-2% local travel experts.
  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
  • Trip Replacement or 100% Reimbursement Bookmundi has hand-picked your local travel expert. Our role, as your trusted third party, is therefore to make sure that your entire experience runs as seamless and secure as possible. We guarantee to you that in the unlikely event where a local travel expert cancels your trip after your deposit or full payment has been made, we commit to replacing these services with another equally qualified agency so that your trip can go ahead as planned, or failing to replace it, we will give you a 100% reimbursement.
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