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Hungary & Romania Highlights

Medieval fortresses, haunting tales, and countryside traditions are waiting to be discovered on this eight-day Eastern European journey. Begin in the bustling metropolis of Budapest before venturing off the tourist trail to Romania, where medieval villages, churches, and the storied Bran Castle of Dracula fame await. Along the way, top guides help deepen your knowledge of the region.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: EQENG/236732
  • Starts: Budapest, Hungary
  • Finishes: Bucharest, Romania
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Budapest
  • Cluj-Napoca
  • Sighișoara
  • Braşov
  • Bucharest

Itinerary

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Day 1: Budapest

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.

02

Day 2: Budapest

Explore Budapest by embarking on a guided historic tour of the city. Start at Heroes Square and hop on the metro to learn the history of Europe's second oldest underground transportation system. Discover the Opera House, Liberty Square and Chain Bridge, ending at the Great Market Hall with a typical Hungarian lunch. The afternoon is free to explore.

03

Day 3: Budapest/Cluj-Napoca

Embark on a full-day transfer from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca. Along the way, stop in Egerszalók to visit the Salt Hill terraces. These rare salt springs and water terraces are a great place to stretch our legs or enjoy a picnic.

04

Day 4: Cluj-Napoca/Sighișoara

Visit Salina Turda Salt Mine, the world's deepest underground salt museum and marvel at 2,000 years of history and highly preserved galleries. Learn about all the purposes of the mine over the years, from being used as a World War II bomb shelter to becoming a warehouse for storing cheese. From here, head to Sighișoara and enjoy an orientation walk of the old town on arrival.

05

Day 5: Sighișoara/Braşov

Transfer to the small medieval village of Medias. Together with a local chef, visit the market to pick out fresh ingredients for your Transylvanian cooking class and learn about the cultural and gastronomical influences found in Transylvanian cuisine. In the afternoon, head to the town of Brasov to visit the famous Black Church.

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Day 6: Braşov

Enjoy a free morning to explore Brasov's baroque architecture and beautiful squares. Later, visit the haunting Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's castle, for a guided visit. Afterwards, head to the castle's tea house for an afternoon tea accompanied by the on-site historian and learn about the castle's eerie past and connection with Dracula.

07

Day 7: Braşov/Bucharest

Travel back to Bucharest, stopping to visit Snagov Monastery and its intricately painted walls. Dating back to the 14th century, the monastery is believed to hold the remains of Vlad the Impaler. Once in Bucharest, enjoy an orientation walk. Opt for a final night out on the town.

08

Day 8: Bucharest

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Transylvanian Foodie Experience, Sighișoara National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: High Tea at Bran Castle, Bran
    • Guided historic tour of Budapest
    • Visit to the Salt Mine terraces in Egerszalok
    • Guided visit of Salina Turda Salt Mine
    • Sighisoara old Town Visit
    • Black Church visit in Brasov
    • Guided tour of Bran Castle
    • Snagov Monastery visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches
    Transport
    • Private bus
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover Budapest's historic highlights and hidden gems on a guided walk
  • Select ingredients at a Transylvanian market and prepare a traditional meal with a local chef
  • Immerse yourself in the haunting history of Transylvania's Bran Castle
  • View splendid medieval frescoes inside Bucharest's Snagov Monastery.