Duration
12 Days
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2019
Destination
Europe
This 12 day escorted tour is for the historian and photographic enthusiast as it journeys to Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania. Bulgaria is rated 3rd in Europe for its quantity of important cultural historical monuments. Whilst in Serbia you will spend an evening in the fun-filled Old Bohemian Quarter of Skadarlija in Belgrade to truly feel their local customs and culture. The romance of royalty is felt at Peles Castle, a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, known as the former summer residence of Romania’s first royal family. Get ready to experience the timeless beauty of Southeast Europe!
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit Sofia’s National Museum of History with its exhibits dating back 8000 years in Bulgaria
  • Tour historic Nis, an important crossroad between Central Europe and the Middle East
  • Tour of historic Belgrade includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and Saint Sava Temple
  • Discover Novi Sad, an eclectic mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture
  • Tour Sighisoara, the best-preserved medieval city in Southeastern Europe in Romania
  • Travel to “Dracula’s Castle” surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend
  • Visit the Patriarchal church of Bucharest, considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals of Romania

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
MyDiscoveries exclusive discount: Save up to $400pp
Flights Australia-Sofia, Australia-Sydney
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
10 nights First Class accommodations: 2 nights Sofia, 2 nights Belgrade, 1 night Timisoara, 1 night Sibiu, 2 nights Brasov, 2 nights Bucharest
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel porterage
All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates
18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of local guides in major cities
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

TRAVEL DATES Departures in 2020: 
  • Apr: 29
  • May: 02, 06, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27
  • Jun: 03, 17, 19, 24, 26
  • Jul: 01, 15
  • Aug: 05, 12, 19, 26
  • Sep: 02, 04, 09, 16, 23, 25, 30
*These departures are subject to availability and prices may vary. Please call for an up to date price on 1300 404 606
**Advertised price based on a 29 Apr 20 departure from Sydney at time of publishing.
Already booked your flights? Call us to book your Land only package at MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606

ITINERARY
  • Day 1: Depart for Bulgaria
  • Day 2: Arrive in  Sofia / Meals: Dinner
  • Day 3:  Sofia City Tour/ Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 4: Nis en Route to Belgrade  / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: Belgrade City Tour / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 6: Tour Novi Sad & Timisoara / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7: Depart for Sibiu, Visit Hunedoara en Route / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8:  Tour Sibiu & Sighisoara, Travel to Brasov / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9: Tour Bran Castle / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Peles Castle & Sinaia Monastery en Route to Bucharest / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11: Bucharest City Tour  / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12: Depart Romania / Meals: Breakfast
For Full Itinerary CLICK HERE
*Advertised price is based on a 29 Apr 2020 departure from Sydney at time of publishing. Itinerary based on a Sunday Departure. Your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart
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HOTELS
  • Sofia: InterContinental Sofia
  • Belgrade: Hotel Moskva
  • Timisoara: Hotel Timisoara
  • Sibiu: Continental Forum Sibiu, Ramada Sibiu Hotel
  • Brasov: Hotel Aro Palace
  • Bucharest: Athenee Palace Hilton

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT
  • Valid for travel: Multiple departures dates in 2020
  • Advertised price based on a 29 Apr 2020 departure from Sydney at time of publishing.
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • My Discoveries Exclusive Saving / Discount has been applied to the advertised price
  • Itinerary based on a Sunday Departure. Your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • Airlines are subject to best available at the time of confirmation or may change depending on date of departure.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: visa, travel insurance, meals not mentioned and items of a personal nature.

VISA INFORMATION A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.
TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Depart for Bulgaria

2

Arrive in Sofia

Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria’s lively capital and cultural center, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening at approximately 6 pm, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the fascinating journey of Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania that lies ahead. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm or earlier, if possible Meals: Dinner
3

Sofia City Tour

Become acquainted with the history of Sofia on your visit to the National Museum of History. Enjoy exhibits of the Bulgarian lands dating back 8000 years, including glimpses of the unique gold and silver treasures from Thracian times. View the St. Sofia Church across the square from the impressive Neo-Byzantine golden domed Alexander Nevsky Church, one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Stroll the lanes of the city on your own, or, join the optional tour to the remarkable Rila Monastery declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, enjoy typical Bulgarian hospitality at the optional Folklore Show that includes dinner and wine Optional: Rila Monastery Tour (PM) Optional: Dinner with Folklore Show Meals: Breakfast
4

Nis en Route to Belgrade

A long and rewarding day as you cross the border into the Republic of Serbia. Arrive in Nis, an important crossroad between Central Europe and the Middle East. After an orientation tour of the city with its many historically important sites, enjoy lunch at a popular café. This emerging city was settled in pre-Roman times and flourished during the time of Emperor Constantine. See the remains of the Turkish fort from the 18th century, now a bustling central recreation area filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. Your journey continues to Belgrade, one of the oldest cities in Europe with a long and tumultuous history. This evening’s dinner is at a typical restaurant in the Old Bohemian Quarter of Skadarlija, accented by music and songs. Toast your fellow travelers this evening with Rakia, a delicious fruit brandy popular in the Balkans Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5

Belgrade City Tour

Today’s sightseeing of historic Belgrade includes a visit to the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, dramatically set at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, this fortress witnessed major defensive battles. View the Republic Square, bustling Knez Mihajlova Street, the imposing Saint Sava Temple, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and Marshal Tito’s Memorial. Time this afternoon on your own. Perhaps revisit the Old Bohemian Quarter of Skadarlija, frequently compared to Montmartre in Paris, both in appearance as well as its artistic atmosphere. This evening, join the optional Danube Cruise with Dinner. Take a scenic river cruise and marvel at the magnificent views of Belgrade. Afterwards, enjoy dinner of local delicacies at a restaurant on the banks of the Danube River Optional: Danube Cruise with Dinner Meals: Breakfast
6

Tour Novi Sad & Timisoara

Drive through the ever changing landscape to Novi Sad, an interesting mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture, nestled on the Danube. A walking tour introduces you to the city’s major highlights including the Petrovaradin Citadel, also known as the “Gibraltar of the Danube,” towering over the river. Then travel to Timisoara in Romania a vibrant city on the Bega River, built around lavish parks and gardens where the Romanian revolution began in 1989. View the ruins of the Timisoara Fortress, 14th century Hunaidy Castle, and the elegant residential section. Dinner together at a local restaurant. Afterwards, opt to explore the non-stop nightlife of Timisoara, named “Little Vienna,” home to year-round cultural performances Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
7

Depart for Sibiu, Visit Hunedoara en Route

The drive this morning takes you to the region of Transylvania. Visit the mythical 14th century Hunedoara Castle built on old Roman fortifications with huge pointed towers, a massive drawbridge and soaring battlements. This fortress, transformed many times over the years, became the castle of Matthias Corvinus, known as the “Raven King.” Then, drive to the charming town of Sibiu, with its maze of cobbled streets and baroque squares. This cultural center of Europe attracted many musicians in the 19th century and today is the center of Romania’s major music festivals
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
8

Tour Sibiu & Sighisoara, Travel to Brasov

A guided walking tour begins the day in the Bohemian Old Town that still retains the grandeur of its earlier days with a medieval wall guarding the historic area where narrow streets pass by steep-roofed 17th century buildings. View Great Square, Little Square and the Evangelical Cathedral. At the Bridge of Lies, the first forged iron bridge in the country, view decorations of rosettes and geometric motifs. Then depart to Sighisoara, the best-preserved medieval city in Southeastern Europe with fortified walls, cobblestone lanes and 16th century gingerbread houses. Tour the town’s famous Clock Tower Museum; view the workings of the magnificent clock with its moving wooden figurines. Then head south to Brasov, nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Upon arrival, a walking tour of this lovely city famous for its Town Hall Square filled with ornately trimmed baroque structures and the first Romanian school with its collection of rare books. Tonight, enjoy dinner together Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
9

Tour Bran Castle

Travel south to fabled Bran Castle, surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle.” Perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to the commanding towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker’s character, Count Dracula. Tour the castle, that now serves as a museum displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Return to Brasov with the remainder of the day at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
10

Peles Castle & Sinaia Monastery en Route to Bucharest

This morning, head to Sinaia. Here, you’ll truly be enchanted by a visit to romantic Peles Castle, former summer residence of Romania’s first royal family. The castle is a masterpiece of German Neo-Renaissance architecture. Its 160 rooms are decorated with the finest examples of European art. Afterward, proceed to the 17th century Sinaia Monastery in the Prahova Valley, named after the great St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai. Take a tour of the monastery and its grounds. The museum of Sinaia Monastery is the first religious museum in the country and houses invaluable worship objects. Arrive in the Romanian capital of Bucharest with its lovely parks, gardens, wide boulevards and avenues shaded by centuries-old trees. Dinner and overnight in Bucharest Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
11

Bucharest City Tour

Morning tour in Bucharest, named the “Paris of the East,” takes you to the replica of the French Arc de Triomphe, built in 1935 to commemorate the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI. Visit the gigantic Parliament Palace, second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon in the U.S. See the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the National Military Club and the Military Academy, and visit the wondrous Patriarchal Cathedral, set atop one of the city’s few hills and known as the centerpiece of the Romanian Orthodox faith since the 17th-century. In your free time this afternoon, stroll down Victory Avenue, a historic street lined with shops, museums, cafes and elegant homes. Bid farewell to your newfound friends and share wonderful memories at tonight’s Farewell Dinner and festive Folklore Show Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
12

Depart Romania

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast
DESTINATION
Southeast Europe has a rich and wonderful historic heritage. Tour historic Nis, an important crossroad between Central Europe and the Middle East, Travel to Timisoara, a vibrant city on the Bega River, built around lavish gardens and stop at “Dracula’s Castle” surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend in Romania.
FLIGHT 
  • Flights Australia-Sofia, Bucharest-Australia included!

TRANSFER
  • All transfers are included in the deal!

WEATHER
  • Eastern Europe enjoys a predominantly moderate climate, with four clearly marked seasons. Local climate differences are determined primarily by the diversity of the relief and proximity to the Adriatic Sea.

VISA A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.
TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Discovery10 for a 10% discount.
What is included in The Deal? Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
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Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
How do I book optional tours? This depends on the supplier. Bookings for optional tours can only be made once your tour has been paid in full and the supplier has opened up the booking capability in their system (typically this is around 6 months before departure).
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  • Home Hosted Dinner at Dubelj (AUD$82)
  • Tour of Radovljica with dinner (AUD$84)
  • Lake Bohinj, the Alpine Beauty (AUD$82)

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