Eastern Europe Explorer

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Tour from bustling Budapest to Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Sofia

Be mesmerised by the magic of Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria on this explorer tour through the best and most beautiful regions of Eastern Europe. Explore the captivating cities of Budapest, Bucharest and Sofia. Sample culinary delights with local folk in Viscri, be inspired by the traditional craft workshops in Plovdiv, hear enthralling myths from Transylvania and visit the quaint town of Bansko, snug at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. This is a journey full of culture and history, of monuments, markets and museums, tantalising towns and charming cities.

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Rich in history, art, architecture, cuisine and nightlife, Budapest is a hot European destination. The Museum of Fine Arts offers free English tours that reveal the famous artwork of Monet, Manet and Goya, just to name a few
  • A homestay with a family in the Saxon village of Viscri in Romania offers insight into local life and the chance to sample some delicious home-cooked food
  • This trip takes you to a mix of exciting capital cities and quaint mountain villages, allowing you to see the many sides of Eastern Europe
  • Transylvania is drenched in history and myth. Discover the medieval city of Sighisoara, the birthplace of one of Romania’s most infamous figures, Vlad the Impaler – better known as the inspiration for Count Dracula
  • Journey deep into the forested valley of Rila to find the Monastery of Saint Ivan. Over 1,000 years old, this spectacular building is one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments


Map of Eastern Europe Explorer including Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania

Day 1: Budapest

Day 2: Budapest

Day 3: Eger

Day 4: Debrecen / Maramures

Day 5: Maramures

Day 6: Viscri

Day 7: Sighisoara

Day 8: Brasov

Day 9: Bucharest

Day 10: Bucharest

Day 11: Veliko Tarnovo

Day 12: Veliko Tarnovo

Day 13: Plovdiv

Day 14: Plovdiv

Day 15: Bansko

Day 16: Pirin Mountains / Gorno Draglishte

Day 17: Rila / Sofia

Day 18: Sofia




15 breakfasts, 4 dinners


Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Metro, Tram, Taxi


Hotel (13 nights), Pension (2 nights), Homestay (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Eger – Wine Tasting
  • Maramures – Day Tour with Local Guide
  • Maramures – Sapanta Merry Cemetery
  • Maramures – Barsana Monastery
  • Viscri – Local Home Cooked Dinner
  • Viscri – Sock Project
  • Viscri – Fortified Church
  • Bucharest – Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Veliko Tarnovo – Tsarevets Fortress
  • Plovdiv – Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Bansko – Belitsa Bear Sanctuary
  • Pirin Mountains – Hike & Chairlift
  • Rila – Monastery Visit

Images courtesy of Intrepid Group