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This is an independent vacation itinerary where you are not travelling in a bus with a group. Our carefully selected partners at the destination take care of you during your stay.
Combine Athens, Thessaloniki, Sofia, Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Budapest and Vienna with the EC, RE and ICE.

This 16 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Athens and out of Vienna
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Athens
  • EC High Speed train Athens - Thessaloniki
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Thessaloniki
  • RE High Speed train Thessaloniki - Sofia
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Sofia
  • RE High Speed train Sofia - Bucharest
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Bucharest
  • RE High Speed train Bucharest - Brasov
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Brasov
  • RE High Speed train Brasov - Sighisoara
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Sighisoara
  • RE High Speed train Sighisoara - Budapest
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Budapest
  • ICE High Speed train Budapest - Vienna
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Vienna
  • Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)
  • Hotel taxes

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Athens (81)  Austria (127)  Brasov (5)  Bucharest (11)  Budapest (62)  Bulgaria (7)  Greece (106)  Hungary (58)  Romania (11)  Sighisoara (3)  Sofia (6)  Thessaloniki (5)  Vienna (102)  
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1. Athens
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2. Thessaloniki
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3. Sofia
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4. Bucharest
   (140 hotels)
5. Brasov
   (10 hotels)
6. Sighisoara
   (6 hotels)
7. Budapest
   (243 hotels)
8. Vienna
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2 nights in Athens

Athens was named after Athena the goddess of wisdom. Scented with mythology, Athens is a sociable city enlivened by outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks, gardens and urban eccentrics. Almost every house and apartment has a balcony bulging with geraniums, and many of the city's streets and squares are fringed with orange trees. Even though you've probably come here to see the "glory that was Greece," perhaps best symbolized by the Parthenon and the superb statues and vases in the National Archaeological Museum, your best moments may come sitting at a small cafe, sipping a tiny cup of the sweet coffee.


2 nights in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is Greece's second-largest city and the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia. This is a city filled with Byzantine churches and chapels, as well as some Ottoman, and Jewish structures, a city with squares built around Roman palaces, whose markets pulse with life. The city is famous for its picturesque restaurants and tavernas as well as for its lively nightlife. Thessaloniki is known for its bougatsa delicacy that can be found in special stores in just about every corner of the city.


2 nights in Sofia

One of the oldest capital cities in Europe, the history of Sofia dates back to the 8th century BC, when Thracians established a settlement there. This is the administrative, cultural, economic, and educational centre of the country. Historic landmarks include the 10th century Boyana Church (one of the UNESCO World Heritage protected sites), the Alexander Nevski Cathedral (one of the world's largest Orthodox churches), and the early Byzantine Church of St Sophia. Sofia houses numerous museums, notably the National Historical Museum, the Bulgarian Natural History Museum, the Museum of Earth and Men. Sofia is one of the hippest cities in Bulgaria. It has a lively nightlife scene with many different night clubs, live venues, pubs, mehani (Bulgarian traditional taverns), and restaurants.


2 nights in Bucharest

Once known as the "Little Paris", Bucharest, Romania's capital, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, and glorious Belle Époque buildings. There is even an Arc de Triomphe on a boulevard longer than the Champs Elysees, with a range of trees that flower beautifully in the spring. You will be intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of architecture, from old monasteries to Orthodox Churches, Second Empire mansions, the stolid Stalinist architecture of the communist years and the colossal Parliament House, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.


2 nights in Brasov

Brasov is a charming town located in the geographical centre or Romania and is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance. Stroll around the old Town Hall Square where you can admire colorfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures. Don't miss the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Romania. The interior is impressive and well-kept and houses one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe. The "Brasov Citadel Fortress" is another interesting site. Poiana Brasov, mainly a ski resort, but also a sightseeing spot is just outsite the city. The nearby Bran Castle, attracting many fans of Dracula can be easily reached from Brasov.


2 nights in Sighisoara

Founded in the 12th century by Saxons, Sighisoara still stands as one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe. This perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna, and is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. This is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation. The landmark of the city is the Clock Tower, a 64m high tower built in 1556. It is today a museum of history. Other attractions include the Church on the Hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ.


2 nights in Budapest

Budapest looks its most beautiful at dawn, yet it is also spectacularly appealing at night. Even more exceptional is the perfect contrast between the right and left banks. Buda is built upon hills, the feet of two of them - Castle Hill and Gellért Hill - almost stand in the water. Facing it is Pest, as flat as a pancake. This is a vibrant city: it throbs with life morning, noon and night; visitors arriving from other countries get the feeling that something interesting is happening round every corner. Budapest is a remarkable and wholly unpretentious place.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Buda Hill and the Castle District, Parliament, the Chain Bridge, Heroes' Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Opera House, Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, Gellert Hill, the thermal baths and so much more!


2 nights in Vienna

City of music, cafes, waltzes, parks, pastries, and wine - that's Vienna in a nutshell. Vienna doesn't hurry, and, as you saunter through its stately streets, marveling at its Baroque palaces, neither should you. Explore churches filled with statues of golden saints and pink-cheeked cherubs, wander through treasure-packed museums, or while away an afternoon in one of those countless meccas of mocha (the inevitable cafés), you will feel lapped in lashings of rich, delicious, whipped cream - the beloved Schlagobers that garnishes most Viennese pastries.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Hofburg Palace, Schonbrunn Palace, Staatsoper, Kumsthistorisches Museum, the MuseumsQuartier Complex, St. Stephan's Cathedral, the Belvedere Palace, The Ringstrasse, Parlament, The Prater and so much more!



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Athens
Day 1
Arrive to Athens
Overnight in Athens    123 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Athens    123 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Athens
Transportation to next city by: EC - Athens to Thessaloniki (r)
Thessaloniki
Day 3
Arrive to Thessaloniki
Overnight in Thessaloniki    35 hotels offered
Day 4
Overnight in Thessaloniki    35 hotels offered
Day 5
Departing from Thessaloniki
Transportation to next city by: RE - Thessaloniki to Sofia (r)
Sofia
Day 5
Arrive to Sofia
Overnight in Sofia    38 hotels offered
Optional   13 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Sofia    38 hotels offered
Optional   13 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Sofia
Transportation to next city by: RE - Sofia to Bucharest (r)
Bucharest
Day 7
Arrive to Bucharest
Overnight in Bucharest    140 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 8
Overnight in Bucharest    140 hotels offered
Optional   6 Things to do
Day 9
Departing from Bucharest
Transportation to next city by: RE - Bucharest to Brasov (r)
Brasov
Day 9
Arrive to Brasov
Overnight in Brasov    10 hotels offered
Day 10
Overnight in Brasov    10 hotels offered
Day 11
Departing from Brasov
Transportation to next city by: RE - Brasov to Sighisoara (r)
Sighisoara
Day 11
Arrive to Sighisoara
Overnight in Sighisoara    6 hotels offered
Day 12
Overnight in Sighisoara    6 hotels offered
Day 13
Departing from Sighisoara
Transportation to next city by: RE - Sighisoara to Budapest (r)
Budapest
Day 13
Arrive to Budapest
Overnight in Budapest    243 hotels offered
Optional   40 Things to do
Day 14
Overnight in Budapest    243 hotels offered
Optional   40 Things to do
Day 15
Departing from Budapest
Transportation to next city by: ICE - Budapest to Vienna (r)
Vienna
Day 15
Arrive to Vienna
Overnight in Vienna    238 hotels offered
Optional   39 Things to do
Day 16
Overnight in Vienna    238 hotels offered
Optional   39 Things to do
Day 17
Departing from Vienna

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1. Athens ( 123 hotels)
2. Thessaloniki ( 35 hotels)
3. Sofia ( 38 hotels)
4. Bucharest ( 140 hotels)
5. Brasov ( 10 hotels)
6. Sighisoara ( 6 hotels)
7. Budapest ( 243 hotels)
8. Vienna ( 238 hotels)
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Austria

Austria is more epitomized by green glacial valleys and snow-capped peaks - and the wooden picture postcard chalets. Nonetheless, visitors have much to explore from the stylish capital, Vienna, to the baroque splendor of Salzburg. Austria's mountain landscape is undoubtedly its biggest draw for tourists. Although a year-round destination, there is a definite seasonal split in visitors. Summer is best for exploring the countryside on the many mountain trails that snake through the Austrian Alps and the lowlands, while the ski season kicks off in December, attracting winter sports fans from all over the world.

Bulgaria

Located in Southeastern Europe, in the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria is the result of the evolution of ancient civilizations and the activity of great people who wrote its turbulent history. Bulgaria is known for its picturesque beauty and for its variety of natural landscapes: vast plains, to areas of rolling hills and high mountains. Large beaches and beautiful rocky shores stretch out along the Bulgarian Black sea coast. Here, you will find ski resorts, deep forests, ancient monasteries, greek and roman remains and the fascinating capital Sofia is a must for Bulgaria travelers. Veliko turnovo, the ancient capital, is a young and vibrant city that deserves a visit as well. Vratza is one of the most picturesque cities in Bulgaria, and important tourist and cultural center.

Greece

Greece is THE land of ancient sites and architectural treasures: the Acropolis in Athens, the amphitheater of Epidaurus, the reconstructed palace at Knossos, the belly button of the cosmos at Delphi, fallen columns galore on the sacred island of Delos, and frescoed Minoan palaces on Crete. But don't expect a visit there to be a sober study of the ancient world, the Greek propensity for partying dates back to Dionysus. Then there are 1400 islands to explore. Greece is much more than what you were taught at school or the predictable summer image of glorious sunsets and sandy beaches.

Hungary

Hungary is an astonishing country brimmed with culture and natural beauty. The treasures of their culture have drawn travelers from distant lands throughout the centuries. After Iceland, Hungary has the world's largest reserve of surface thermal water. Thousands who seek rest and rejuvenation turn to the country's innumerable thermal spas, famous for their natural healing spring water. In the countryside you'll find majestic plains, resort-lined lakes, baroque towns, horse markets and rustic villages. Lake Balaton, Central Europe's largest lake, is a favorite get-away for families with young children, fans of yachting, and lovers of the beach.

Romania

One of the most beautiful countries of Southeast Europe, Romania offers a rich tapestry of tourist attractions from skiing in mountain resorts to sunbathing on the Black Sea beaches. Enjoy the architecture, museums and galleries of the cities, feudal fortresses, Byzantine decorated monasteries and adorned village houses. "Dracula's" castle is only one among many other fascinating castles and palaces. There are also medieval towns in Transylvania, the world-famous Painted Monasteries in Bucovina, traditional villages in Maramures, the romantic Danube Delta, fairy-tale castles, the majestic Carpathian Mountains.

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Athens
Athens was named after Athena the goddess of wisdom. Scented with mythology, Athens is a sociable city enlivened by outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks, gardens and urban eccentrics. Almost every house and apartment has a balcony bulging with geraniums, and many of the city's streets and squares are fringed with orange trees. Even though you've probably come here to see the "glory that was Greece," perhaps best symbolized by the Parthenon and the superb statues and vases in the National Archaeological Museum, your best moments may come sitting at a small cafe, sipping a tiny cup of the sweet coffee.
Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is Greece's second-largest city and the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia. This is a city filled with Byzantine churches and chapels, as well as some Ottoman, and Jewish structures, a city with squares built around Roman palaces, whose markets pulse with life. The city is famous for its picturesque restaurants and tavernas as well as for its lively nightlife. Thessaloniki is known for its bougatsa delicacy that can be found in special stores in just about every corner of the city.
Sofia
One of the oldest capital cities in Europe, the history of Sofia dates back to the 8th century BC, when Thracians established a settlement there. This is the administrative, cultural, economic, and educational centre of the country. Historic landmarks include the 10th century Boyana Church (one of the UNESCO World Heritage protected sites), the Alexander Nevski Cathedral (one of the world's largest Orthodox churches), and the early Byzantine Church of St Sophia. Sofia houses numerous museums, notably the National Historical Museum, the Bulgarian Natural History Museum, the Museum of Earth and Men. Sofia is one of the hippest cities in Bulgaria. It has a lively nightlife scene with many different night clubs, live venues, pubs, mehani (Bulgarian traditional taverns), and restaurants.
Bucharest
Once known as the "Little Paris", Bucharest, Romania's capital, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, and glorious Belle Époque buildings. There is even an Arc de Triomphe on a boulevard longer than the Champs Elysees, with a range of trees that flower beautifully in the spring. You will be intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of architecture, from old monasteries to Orthodox Churches, Second Empire mansions, the stolid Stalinist architecture of the communist years and the colossal Parliament House, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
Brasov
Brasov is a charming town located in the geographical centre or Romania and is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance. Stroll around the old Town Hall Square where you can admire colorfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures. Don't miss the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Romania. The interior is impressive and well-kept and houses one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe. The "Brasov Citadel Fortress" is another interesting site. Poiana Brasov, mainly a ski resort, but also a sightseeing spot is just outsite the city. The nearby Bran Castle, attracting many fans of Dracula can be easily reached from Brasov.
Sighisoara
Founded in the 12th century by Saxons, Sighisoara still stands as one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe. This perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna, and is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. This is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation. The landmark of the city is the Clock Tower, a 64m high tower built in 1556. It is today a museum of history. Other attractions include the Church on the Hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ.
Budapest
Budapest looks its most beautiful at dawn, yet it is also spectacularly appealing at night. Even more exceptional is the perfect contrast between the right and left banks. Buda is built upon hills, the feet of two of them - Castle Hill and Gellért Hill - almost stand in the water. Facing it is Pest, as flat as a pancake. This is a vibrant city: it throbs with life morning, noon and night; visitors arriving from other countries get the feeling that something interesting is happening round every corner. Budapest is a remarkable and wholly unpretentious place.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Buda Hill and the Castle District, Parliament, the Chain Bridge, Heroes' Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Opera House, Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, Gellert Hill, the thermal baths and so much more!
Vienna
City of music, cafes, waltzes, parks, pastries, and wine - that's Vienna in a nutshell. Vienna doesn't hurry, and, as you saunter through its stately streets, marveling at its Baroque palaces, neither should you. Explore churches filled with statues of golden saints and pink-cheeked cherubs, wander through treasure-packed museums, or while away an afternoon in one of those countless meccas of mocha (the inevitable cafés), you will feel lapped in lashings of rich, delicious, whipped cream - the beloved Schlagobers that garnishes most Viennese pastries.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Hofburg Palace, Schonbrunn Palace, Staatsoper, Kumsthistorisches Museum, the MuseumsQuartier Complex, St. Stephan's Cathedral, the Belvedere Palace, The Ringstrasse, Parlament, The Prater and so much more!
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