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25 Day Best Of The Balkans

  • Uncover 10 bucket list countries
  • Tour ancient cities, castles & more
Includes Return International Flights

Whether its the stunning azure coastlines, the placid lake towns, the cosy mountain villages, or the ancient fortresses atop cobble-stone squares - the Balkans are a region that simply can't be beat. Blending old traditions with modern charm, this area weaves together a stunning tapestry of culture, art, and living history. Let this 25 day highlights tour show you what 10 unique countries have to offer and experience the very best of the Balkans for yourself.

Your journey begins in Bulgaria as you explore the icons of major religions and fallen empires. See UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery. Travel back in time in the old Bazaar and ancient fortress Kale in North Macedonia. Visit Ohrid - the 'Jerusalem of the Balkans' - home to hundreds of timeworn churches and Europe's oldest lake. See the castles of fallen Albanian kings. Explore the striking Kotor Bay in Montenegro and experience the magic of Dubrovnik - the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' in Croatia. Enjoy a walking tour in Mostar - one of the most gorgeous cities in Bosnia & Herzegovina - and keep an eye out for thrill seekers plunging into the waters beneath Stari Most bridge. Stand in awe before dozens of waterfalls in UNESCO-listed Plitvice National Park. Check out Romania's Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula and soak up the incredible views from Lake Bled and Ljubljana in Slovenia. Learn about medieval history on tours of Zagreb, Belgrade, and Bucharest. Witness centuries-old cathedrals, citadels, squares, bustling markets and world-class museums plus so much more!

With return international flights, 22 nights quality accommodation, 22 meals, premium A/C transportation, English-speaking tour leader and guides plus a lot more - this trip is the chance of a lifetime to uncover some of Europe's best kept secrets.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Sofia. Fly with Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa or Swiss Airways to name a few (subject to availability).

Please note: some departures may depart on day 2 and arrive on day 2.


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival at Sofia Airport, you will be met by a representative and be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Best Western Bristol or similar, Sofia, Bulgaria
Meals included: None

This morning you will enjoy a walking tour in the city centre, which will include seeing the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint (Sveta) Sofia Church, the main shopping street Vitosha, the Synagogue, St. George Rotunda, the National Theatre and Banya Bashi Mosque. A visit would not be complete without a stop to the country’s most important museum, The Museum of National History that contains some of the most important artefacts in Bulgaria’s History.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore some more on your own or relax.

Overnight: Hotel Best Western Bristol or similar, Sofia, Bulgaria
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will discover Bulgaria’s most famous tourist site, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rila Monastery. Being one of the largest in the Balkans it was the centre of Bulgarian culture and Orthodox belief for more than 1000 years. The monastery was founded in the 10th century by the hermit Saint Ivan Rilsky (St John of Rila).

Next, leave Bulgaria behind and head to Skopje, Macedonia, where you will arrive in the evening. The city is famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa. Enjoy an orientation tour and then check into the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Ibis Skopje City Centre or similar, Skopje, North Macedonia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will discover the most attractive landmarks of Skopje during a walking tour such as: quay of the Macedonian river “Vardar”, the Memorial house of Mother Teresa, Macedonia Square with the statue of Alexander the Great on his horse, the 1500 year old fortress Kale and the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar. As one of the oldest and largest marketplaces in the Balkans, the Old Bazaar has been Skopje's centre for trade and commerce since the 12th century and is still home to several active mosques, churches and a clock tower.

Next travel to Ohrid a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will enjoy a walking tour of the old city. Ohrid once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, therefore it has been referred to as the "Jerusalem of the Balkans". You will have the chance to wander through the narrow streets and squares of the city situated on the banks of the lake with the same name. Lake Ohrid is famous as it’s Europe's oldest lake having formed over three million years ago. The tour will include the Ancient Theatre, the Tsar Samuil’s (Samuel’s) Fortress, old churches, monasteries and basilicas (Sveti Sofia Church), and last, but not least the famous pedestrian shopping street.

Overnight: Hotel Monastery Sveti Stefan or similar, Ohrid, North Macedonia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will visit the Museum on Water, also known as the Bay of Bones, an amazing archaeological complex and a reconstruction of a pile dwelling settlement, dating back between 1200 and 700 BC. Afterwards, you will visit the Monastery of St. Naum, an amazing monastery built on a rock that offers a wonderful view of Lake Ohrid. Then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Monastery Sveti Stefan or similar, Ohrid, North Macedonia
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will travel to Tirana, the capital of Albania and see the main tourist attractions during a walking tour of the city centre such as: Tirana’s massive main square (Skanderbeg), Et’hem Bey Mosque, Skanderbeg’s statue and the National History Museum.

In the evening you will travel to Kruja. The history of this city is very much linked to the national hero of Albania, George Castriot Skanderbeg, who made Kruja a fortress of resistance against the Turkish Ottoman empire in the 15th century. Here you will enjoy an orientation tour before checking into the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Mervin or similar, Kruja, Albania
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will see Kruja Castle, which is supposed to be the headquarters of the “Dragon of Albania”. Then you will explore the souvenir market in the traditional Old Bazaar.

The journey will then continue to Budva, Montenegro. Here you will enjoy a walk in the city centre and see the most famous tourist attractions: the Citadel, Ballerina and Mogren Beach, the marina, Land Gate, Square of Churches, Ancient Necropolis, Njegoš’s Street, Mediternaska Street and Slovenska Plaza.

Afterwards travel to Kotor, where you will discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortified Old Town on a walking tour.

Overnight: Hotel Galia or similar, Kotor, Montenegro
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will enjoy a walking tour of the Kotor Bay area and enjoy some free time at leisure for self exploration or take the opportunity to take a boat ride to Tivat, Porto Montenegro, Perast and the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks (not included). Your tour leader will give you the possibility of booking in advance and taking advantage of every moment in this splendid area.

Please note: the boat trip to the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks is weather dependant.

Next head to Dubrovnik, Croatia known as “The Pearl of the Adriatic” whose Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover Onofrio’s Fountain and enjoy a walk along Prijeko Street to the Old Port – the key to Dubrovnik’s trading and maritime success.

Overnight: Hotel Petka or similar, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is your free at leisure to explore this magical city.

Overnight: Hotel Petka or similar, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will head to one of the most beautiful cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and see the Old Bridge.

You will then travel onto Split, one of the most important cities along the Adriatic Sea, where you will visit the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace and the city’s historical centre which is UNESCO World Heritage listed.

Overnight: Hotel Swiss Holiday or similar, Split, Croatia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast travel to Plitvice, Croatia’s oldest National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will enjoy a nature walking tour and will be amazed by the colour of the water. Afterwards transfer to the town of Korenica and check into your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Please note: the visit to Plitvice Lakes is weather dependant, in the event of bad weather the National Park can be closed. If possible, changes will be made to the following day’s schedule, respecting all the visits included in the itinerary.

Overnight: Hotel House Sapina or similar, Korenica, Croatia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will cross into Slovenia and travel to the Postojna Cave (entrance not included) - one of the largest caves in Europe. For those who don't wish to enter the cave there are plenty of cafes nearby to sit and relax in. Afterwards you will travel onto Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

Overnight: Hotel Garni Azur or similar, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will enjoy a walking tour to see the main tourist attractions of Ljubljana’s city centre such as: the National University Library, Congress Square, Cobbler’s Bridge, the New Square, Franciscan Church, the main square with the Prešeren Monument, the Three Bridges, the river promenade, the Municipality Square, the Open Air Market, Butcher’s Bridge, the Old Square, St. Nicholas Cathedral and Dragon Bridge. Next you will visit Ljubljana Castle, a medieval castle with Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architectural elements, located on the summit of Castle Hill, which dominates the city centre. The visit includes a return journey by funicular.

This afternoon you will be driven to Lake Bled where you can enjoy some time at leisure. Upon arrival at the lake you can take an optional scenic boat ride (not included) on the emerald green lake to admire lush scenery. After the optional boat ride everyone will visit Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia, dating back to the 11th century. Perched on a steep cliff high above the lake, the castle creates a dramatic backdrop to the city. Enjoy lunch at leisure in the fortress (not included). Return to Ljubljana.

Overnight: Hotel Garni Azur or similar, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will travel onto Zagreb, the capital of Croatia where you will enjoy a walking tour of Zagreb’s Upper and Lower Town districts and enjoy the amazing city views from the Strossmayer Promenade. You will see the main attractions: St Catherine’s Church, the Stone Gate, the Lotrščak Tower and the Croatian Parliament. You will head to the Lower Town via Tkalčićeva Street and pass the Dolac Market to the medieval Kaptol. Last, but not least you will enjoy the traditional architecture in Ban Jelačić Square.

Overnight: Panorama Zagreb Hotel or similar, Zagreb, Croatia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast travel to the capital of Serbia, Belgrade and arrive in the afternoon. Upon arrival admire the Republic Square, the National Theatre and the National Museum, Bohemian Quarter (Skadarlija), the oldest part of Belgrade with Ottoman heritage, the only mosque in the city, Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade Fortress and the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers. You will also discover Pobednik (“The Victor”), the most famous symbol of Belgrade, built to commemorate Serbia's victory over the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empire during the Balkan Wars.

Overnight: Life Design Hotel or similar, Belgrade, Serbia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast travel onto Budapest with a stop in Novi Sad along the way to see Zmaj Jovina Street, the promenade of Novi Sad, the Palace of the Orthodox Bishop, Dunavska Street with its long line of single-story 19th century houses, the Danube embankment and the outside of Petrovaradin Fortress on the other bank.

Next you will travel to Budapest, “The Queen of Danube,“ and the capital of Hungary.

Overnight: Hotel Ibis Styles Budapest Center or similar, Budapest, Hungary
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy the day at leisure in this beautiful city.

Overnight: Hotel Ibis Styles Budapest Center or similar, Budapest, Hungary
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will travel to Romania with the first stop in Arad, where you will admire the impressive Neo-Gothic Palace of Culture, the City Hall Palace, the Red Church, the great Catholic Cathedral and the State Theatre.

Next you will discover Timisoara, a wonderful city frequently referred to as "Little Vienna” that will become the European Capital of Culture in 2021. The charm of this city lies in its distinct architectural character and vibrant cultural life. Enjoy some free time to perhaps discover Victory Square, Union Square, the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Freedom Square or the Jewish Neighbourhood.

Overnight: Hotel Timisoara or similar, Timisoara, Romania
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will visit the famous Corvin Castle, one of the most fascinating castles in Eastern Europe. Built in a Renaissance Gothic style the castle is full of amazing legends. Next you will travel to Alba Iulia, the city of the Great Union of Romania (national day). Here you will explore Alba Carolina Fortress and visit the Coronation Cathedral and St. Michael’s Cathedral.

Afterwards travel to Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007. The city is dominated by the Tower of the Clock or Council Tower that dates back to the medieval era. See the Brukenthal Museum (the former residence of the governor of Transylvania), the Big Square, the Small Square and Huet Square with the Evangelical Cathedral.

Overnight: Hotel Ibis Hermannstadt or similar, Sibiu, Romania
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will explore the ancient fortified church of Biertan, a Saxon village. Discover the bastion where couples who wanted to separate were imprisoned in order to change their mind. Also visit the Saxon Citadel of Biertan that has preserved intact its three city walls.

Next you will travel to Sighisoara, one of the best-preserved citadels in Europe still inhabited. The historic centre of Sighisoara has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 and is dominated by the Clock Tower. Here you will see the Church on the Hill, reachable by a wooden covered staircase. You will also admire the statue of the famous Hungarian national poet Petofi Sandor. Next to the statue you will see the Catholic Church, reserved for the Hungarian community and the tower of the shoemakers. You have the option to enjoy lunch in the house where Vlad the Impaler was born (not included). Continue onto Brasov and check into the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Coroana Brasovului or similar, Brasov, Romania
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will enjoy a tour of Brasov, which was once an entirely fortified town. Brasov is also an important cultural and commercial centre and one of the most charming cities of Transylvania. Brasov impresses with its typically German architecture, where the Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance intersect to give life to an interesting and culturally lively city.

You will see the First Romanian School, located in the oldest district of the city (the Schei district) which was inhabited exclusively by Romanians. Then you will visit the amazing Black Church, the largest evangelical Gothic church in Eastern Europe. The church houses the most beautiful 19th century mechanical organ in Romania. Next you will see the palaces and houses of the historic centre, with the Council Square and the pedestrian Avenue of the Republic.

Later you will travel to Bran where you will tour Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. In the Middle Ages Bran was on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, therefore it was essential for the inhabitants of Brasov to build a defensive stronghold. The fortress was later transformed into a beautiful castle thanks to the intervention of Queen Maria of Romania.

After lunch (not included) you will visit the famous Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first king of Romania - King Charles 1 of Hohenzollern, of German origins. The castle is famous for being one of the most modern castles in Europe at the time of its construction, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each room is characterised by a unique style.

Afterwards you will travel onto Bucharest and check into the hotel.

Please note: 15, 22 & 29 May departures will be accommodated in the town of Ploiesti instead of Bucharest (approx. 60km distance) due to the UEFA Football competition which is taking place in Bucharest. All other touring/sightseeing will remain the same.

Overnight: Hotel Ambasador or similar, Bucharest, Romania
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will enjoy a fantastic city tour of Bucharest and lunch (not included) at a restaurant in the beautiful Herastrau Park, a relaxing place with a large lake. Explore the Village Museum, founded by a Romanian sociologist, an impressive open-air museum which offers the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of 19th century Romanian farmers, their houses, water mills and churches made entirely of wood. You will also discover a wooden Maramures Church, which was dismantled and brought to the museum.

Next you will see the Parliament Building, an impressive monument, built at the command of the dictator in the 80’s. Then you will enjoy a tour of the historical centre of Bucharest, a completely pedestrian area, with the remains of the princely fortress of Vlad the Impaler. You will also see the 16th century Palatine Church which was built in the Byzantine style and visit the Stavropoleos Church, which is an architectural jewel of the 18th century, built in typical Wallachian style, with important oriental influences in its external decorations.

Please note: 15, 22 & 29 May departures will be accommodated in the town of Ploiesti instead of Bucharest (approx. 60km distance) due to the UEFA Football competition which is taking place in Bucharest. All other touring/sightseeing will remain the same.

Overnight: Hotel Ambasador or similar, Bucharest, Romania
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Australia.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive +1 day.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Tour the highlights of Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania
  • Enjoy small group touring with max 18 travellers per group
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Sofia’s city centre
  • See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia Church and more
  • Enjoy some free time at leisure in Sofia
  • Visit the UNESCO listed Rila Monastery
  • Explore Skopje on a guided walking tour
  • See the Memorial House of Mother Teresa and more
  • Wander the narrow streets and squares of Ohrid
  • Visit the amazing archaeological complex of ‘Bay of Bones’
  • Enjoy some free time at leisure in Ohrid
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Tirana
  • Explore the souvenir market in Kruja’s traditional Old Bazaar
  • See the Citadel and more on a walking tour of Budva
  • Experience a Kotor Bay walking tour and discover Old Town in Kotor
  • Enjoy a day free at leisure in Dubrovnik
  • Visit Mostar and enjoy a walking tour of UNESCO listed OLD Town
  • Explore the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace in Split
  • Visit stunning Plitvice National Park
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Ljubljana
  • See Congress Square, Cobbler’s Bridge the open air market and more
  • Ride the funicular to visit Ljubljana Castle and enjoy the amazing views
  • Enjoy an afternoon at picturesque Lake Bled and visit Bled Castle
  • Wander the streets of Zagreb on a guided walking tour
  • See St Catherine’s Church, the Stone Gate and more
  • See the Bohemian Quarter, pobednik and more in Belgrade
  • Stop in Novi Sad and see Zmaj Jovina street and more
  • Enjoy a day free at leisure in Budapest
  • Stop in Arad and see the City Hall Palace, Red Church and more
  • Visit charming Timisoara and enjoy some free time
  • Explore the fascinating Corvin Castle
  • Visit Alba Carolina Fortress and more in Alba Iulia
  • See the Big and Small Squares and more in Sibiu
  • Explore the ancient fortified church and Saxon Citadel of Biertan
  • Travel to Sighisoara, one of the best preserved citadels in Europe
  • Enjoy a tour of Brasov, once an entirely fortified town
  • Visit the Black Church home a beautiful 19th century organ
  • Enjoy a tour of Bran Castle also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’
  • Visit Peles Castle the summer residence of the first king of Romania
  • Enjoy a city tour of Bucharest
  • Explore the Village Museum and learn about 19th century Romania
  • See the princely fortress of Vlad the Impaler and more
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 22 nights in quality hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy daily breakfast
  • English speaking tour leader and guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by premium A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 20th November 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement 
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1200 applies.
Please note: solo travellers may be accommodated in a single room instead of a twin or double room.
 
Departure Dates (2020)
April: 27
May: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29*
June: 12*
July: 10^
August: 3*, 24*
September: 7, 18, 21*
October: 2*, 9, 23
November: 6, 20
 
Please note: 15, 22 & 29 May departures will be accommodated in the town of Ploiesti instead of Bucharest (approx. 60km away) due to the UEFA Football competition which is taking place in Bucharest. All other touring/sightseeing will remain the same.
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * or ^ incur a high season surcharge:
* Flight High Season Surcharge: $200 per person
^ Flight Peak Season Surcharge: $400 per person
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth


Full Service Airline(s) Used
Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Finnair, Air France, or KLM  plus codeshare/airline partners (subject to availability).
 
Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 
 
Arrive early in Sofia, Bulgaria
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates apply between the below date ranges:
* 28th March – 27th April 2020
* 20th June – 19th July 2020
* 17th September – 11th October 2020
* 10th December 2020 – 20th January 2021
 
Stay behind in Bucharest, Romania
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates apply between the below date ranges:
* 28th March – 27th April 2020
* 20th June – 19th July 2020
* 17th September – 11th October 2020
* 10th December 2020 – 20th January 2021
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $550 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $800 one way
Locations:
* Doha
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- A pre and post-tour stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
   
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available.
- Business Class (All sectors): Buy it now for $7199 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available


Accommodation Used
3-4 Star (self-rated)
- Sofia, Bulgaria: Hotel Best Western Bristol or similar
- Skopje, North Macedonia: Hotel Ibis Skopje City Centre or similar
- Ohrid, North Macedonia: Hotel Monastery Sveti Stefan or similar
- Kruja, Albania: Hotel Mervin or similar
- Kotor, Montenegro: Hotel Galia or similar
- Dubrovnik, Croatia: Hotel Petka or similar
- Split, Croatia: Hotel Swiss Holiday or similar
- Korenica, Croatia: Hotel House Sapina or similar
- Ljubljana, Slovenia: Hotel Garni Azur or similar
- Zagreb, Croatia: Panorama Zagreb Hotel or similar
- Belgrade, Serbia: Life Design Hotel or similar
- Budapest, Hungary: Hotel Ibis Styles Budapest Center or similar
- Timisoara, Romania: Hotel Timisoara or similar
- Sibiu, Romania: Hotel Ibis Hermannstadt or similar
- Brasov, Romania: Hotel Coroana Brasovului or similar
- Bucharest, Romania: Hotel Ambasador or similar
- Ploiesti, Romania (15, 22 & 29 May departures only): Hotel Yarus Plus or similar
 Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
 
Extra Nights
- Sofia, Bulgaria (Pre Tour): $155 per room including breakfast.
- Bucharest, Romania (Post Tour): $155 per room including breakfast.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
2 x Single or 1 x Double/Twin (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 12, maximum group size 18 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 9: Kotor Bay Boat Ride: €55 per person
Day 13: Postojna Cave: €46 per person 
Day 14: Lake Bled Boat Ride: €20 per person.
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
 

- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required for Europe for stays up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: $10 AUD per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Romania/Bulgaria/North Macedonia/Bosnia:
Romania & Bulgaria have a temperate-continental climate with moderate features which is characteristic for Central Europe. with hot summers, long, cold winters and very distinct seasons. Abundant snowfalls may occur throughout the country from December to mid-March.
 
Albania/Montenegro/Croatia/Slovenia:
May  
May is when temperatures really begin to climb and the summer season truly begins. The town and ports are filling up with tourists, restaurants and bars are alive, museums open and extend their hours and the weather triumphs it all by warming up considerably. Average temperatures reach a very pleasant high of around 21°C and reach a low of a very manageable 11°C.
 
June
The weather in June is one of the warmest you’ll experience. Daily average temperatures in June are about 22°C, highs reaching up to 27°C and lows plummeting to about 16°C. Over the course of the month, the hours of sunshine remain pretty constant, with an average of about 15 hours per day.
 
September
September is still very warm, with the average daily temperature ranging from 16-19°C, the highest still a lovely 24°C and the lowest temperature is only around 13°C.
 
October
Is still fairly warm during October, but the temperature is noticeably lower than summertime. October’s average daily temperature is about 18°C over the course of the month, with highs decreasing from 22°C to 18°C and lows from 15°C to 12°C. Of course with the temperature being lower at night, it would be wise to pack a few items such as a light jacket just in case.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a moderate level of fitness will be required. There will be walking tours of up to 1-2 hours in duration. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
 
It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:  
Land
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is $10 AUD per person per day this covers the guide/leader and the driver, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
 
Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
 
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.




A tourist visa is not required if travelling to Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary or Romania on an Australian passport.
 
Please note:
Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
·   1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·   2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·   Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·   Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·   Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·   If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.