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Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania

12 days
12 days
Group size1535 travelers
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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Uncover three culturally rich countries in the heart of Eastern Europe.

Eclectic architecture, fascinating history, breathtaking landscapes—Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania have it all. Set off on an immersive journey to discover these unique destinations, where Old World appeal meshes with the excitement of present-day. Admire Ottoman mosques in Sofia before soaking in Belgrade's storied past. Continue on to the wine region of Novi Sad, the museums of Sibiu, and "Dracula's Castle" in Transylvania. Round out your journey in Bucharest, a dynamic capital that still sings an ode to past empires.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 8 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Niš Skull Tower
  • Belgrade Fortress
  • Fruška Gora National Park
  • Živanović Wine Cellar
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Sofia today.

Sofia2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Sofia
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Bulgaria! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Sofia
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover Sofia, one of the European Union’s newest and most walkable capitals.

  • Pass the parliament building, Viennese-style royal palace, and national theater
  • Admire the golden Ottoman domes that distinguish Sofia’s skyline
  • Pass by the city’s oldest structure, the St. George Rotunda
  • See religious icons at the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a massive Eastern Orthodox cathedral
  • Continue to the Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine cathedral

Enjoy a free afternoon in Sofia or add an excursion.

Rila Monastery

From $125 per person

Belgrade2 nights
Day 4: Belgrade via Niš
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Belgrade, Serbia, stopping to tour the historic city of Niš with a local guide.

  • Visit the chilling Skull Tower, which was built in 1809 from the skulls of defeated Serbian rebels
  • Enjoy free time for lunch in the city center

After, continue of to Belgrade and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Belgrade
Included meal: Breakfast

Experience the sights of Belgrade, from the panorama of Republic Square to the shops of Knez Mihailova Street, on a guided tour.

  • View Tito’s Memorial, the final resting place of iconic Yugoslavian liberator Josip Broz Tito
  • Step inside the Cathedral of Saint Sava, the largest Orthodox church in the city
  • Enter the Belgrade Fortress, which has protected the capital for centuries

Enjoy a free evening in Belgrade or add an excursion.

River Cruise & Serbian Dinner

From $135 per person

Timișoara1 night
Day 6: Transfer to Timișoara
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on to Timișoara, Romania, making several stops in Serbia along the way.

  • Visit Sremski Karlovci, a small baroque town located on the Danube and surrounded by vineyards
  • Walk through the town center with a local guide to see the Karlovci Gymnasium, which opened in 1791 and is the oldest secondary school in Serbia, as well as orthodox and Catholic churches
  • Visit the Živanović Wine Cellar in the wine region of Sremski Karlovci, where you’ll sample honey and six types of wine produced by the Živanović family
  • Make a photo stop at Petrovaradin Fortress
  • Head to Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city and the country’s cultural hub, and enjoy a walk through the riverside city’s Old Town

Continue on to Timișoara and sit down for an included dinner.

Sibiu2 nights
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Timișoara & Sibiu
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join your Tour Director to see Timișoara’s Victory Square, orthodox cathedral, and the National Opera House.

Then, travel into the heart of Romania’s Transylvania region to Sibiu, where an impressive art scene thrives.

  • Tour the Old Town, taking in the gates and walls that partially enclose the city
  • Cross the cast-iron Liar’s Bridge and see Piata Huet
  • Admire the Lutheran Cathedral, a soaring Gothic church

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 8: Free day in Sibiu
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Sibiu or add an excursion.

Medieval Transylvania

From $109 per person

Brașov1 night
Day 9: Brașov via Bran Castle
Included meal: Breakfast

Take in the stunning scenery of Transylvania as you make your way to Brașov. Stop en route to explore Bran Castle, also known as “Dracula’s Castle,” before continuing on for a guided tour of Brașov.

  • Enter the Black Church, one of Romania’s most imposing Gothic churches
  • Stroll through Brașov’s historic center past the Central Square and City Council Square
  • Enjoy free time to explore the area at your own pace
Bucharest2 nights
Day 10: Bucharest via Sinaia
Included meal: Breakfast

Admire views of the Carpathian Mountains as you make your way to Bucharest, stopping en route in the town of Sinaia to explore the well-preserved Peles Castle.

  • Explore the first and second floors of the Neo-Renaissance castle with a local guide
  • Enjoy free time to walk through the manicured gardens, lawns, and pathways

Please note: Due to ongoing renovations, the second floor of Peles Castle is closed to visitors.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Bucharest
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Explore Romania’s eclectic capital with a local guide to discover a range of architecture, from Art Deco to Bauhaus.

  • See classical buildings on Victory Avenue, the city’s oldest boulevard
  • Admire the ornate Triumphal Arch and Savings Bank
  • Step inside The People’s Palace, one of the world’s largest government buildings, which was built under the communist regime of Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Enter the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.4 out of 5

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Pleasant, Interesting & Surprising
    10/4/23 by 13th-time traveler Steve

    This tour was a first for us in the far Eastern European region. We found Bulgaria to be interesting from a historical perspective which was explained nicely by our city guide. Inexpensive buying, with friendly people were encountered all the time. Somewhat extended travel times (bus) throughout the...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/7/23

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Great Balkans Introduction
    10/4/23 by 3rd-time traveler Annalise

    This tour is a great combination of cities, villages, natural sites, excellent local food as well as a deeper look into the complex history of this area. We had a wonderful time, had a great guide and as this area of the world is not always the first on everyone's list, the clientele was an already ...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful trip
    9/6/23 by 1st-time traveler Kenneth

    This was the trip of a lifetime! The scenery, culture and people defy description. EF did a great job, and they make it so easy. Elena was an awesome director.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/30/23

    Hi Kenneth, Thank you for taking a moment to shar...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Central Park Hotel
    Central Park Hotel

    This elegant hotel is located in the heart of Sofia. Guests enjoy an on-site restaurant and bar. Nearby, you’ll find the National Palace of Culture, V...

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    Crowne Plaza Belgrade
    Crowne Plaza Belgrade

    This sleek hotel is connected to the Sava Centar convention center in the New Belgrade business district. Guests enjoy a fitness center, large indoor ...

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    NH Timisoara
    NH Timisoara

    This modern hotel is located in the Fabric district. Guests enjoy a restaurant, a gym, and a spa. Nearby you’ll find the Regina Maria Park, the Romani...

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    Golden Tulip Ana Tower Sibiu
    Golden Tulip Ana Tower Sibiu

    This comfortable hotel is located near the city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the Brukenthal Nationa...

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    Aro Palace Hotel
    Aro Palace Hotel

    This contemporary hotel is located in Brasov. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and restaurant. Nearby, you'll find the Etnography Museum of B...

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    Novotel Bucharest City Centre
    Novotel Bucharest City Centre

    This modern hotel is located in Bucharest’s city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant and bar, fitness center, and casino. Nearby, you’ll find the Old To...

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    Flights

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    • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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