Day 1 Arrival at Belgrade Airport
Welcome to Serbia
On arrival at Belgrade International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day is free, for you to explore the city at your own pace.
Belgrade is the capital of the southeast European country of Serbia. Its most significant landmark is the Beogradska Tvrđava, an imposing fortress at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. The fort is a testament to the city’s strategic importance to the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian and Austrian empires, and it's now the site of several museums as well as Kalemegdan, a vast park.
Overnight in Belgrade
Day 2 Belgrade
Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy the panoramic tour with views of St. Sava Cathedral, Kalemegdan Fortress Tito’s memorial complex, Knjaz Mihailova street, Republic Square andmany more.
Day 3 Belgrade-Sofia
Breakfast at the hotel. Today prepare yourself for check out from the hotel. Your driver will transfer you the beautiful city of Sofia.
Sofia is the capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria. It’s in the west of the country, below Vitosha Mountain. The city’s landmarks reflect more than 2,000 years of history, including Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet occupation. Medieval Boyana Church has 13th-century frescoes. Built by the Romans in the 4th century, St. George Rotunda Church has medieval and Ottoman decoration dating to the 10th century.
Overnight in Sofia
Day 4 Sofia
Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy the panoramic tour of Sofia. Sofia it’s a largely modern, youthful city, with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel.
Day 5 Sofia-Veijko Tarnovo-Bucharest
Breakfast at the hotel. Today prepare yourself for check out from the hotel. Your driver will transfer you the magnificent city of Bucharest. On the way to Bucharest stop at Veliko Tarnovo, also known as the City of the Tsars and once the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. View on your own the mighty fortress and walk the streets of Tsaverets Palace.
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province. Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old part of the city is situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora, rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. On Tsarevets are the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, and also a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa is known for its many churches and as the former main residence of the nobility. During the Middle Ages, the city was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School, and to literature. Veliko Tarnovo is an important administrative, economic, educational, and cultural centre of Northern Bulgaria.
Bucharest, in southern Romania, is the country's capital and commercial center. Its iconic landmark is the massive, communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Nearby, the historic Lipscani district is home to an energetic nightlife scene as well as tiny Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and 15th-century Curtea Veche Palace, where Prince Vlad III (“The Impaler”) once ruled.
Overnight in Bucharest
Day 6 Bucharest
Breakfast at the hotel.
Guided sightseeing tour of Bucharest will reveal the wide boulevards, Bucharest’s bohemian side in the historic citycenter. Use your free time to explore the jaw-dropping expanse of the Palace of Parliament, the world’s second largest administrative building or to visit the famous Village museum.
Day 7 Bucharest-Peles-Bran-Brasov
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer north to see the famous Peles Castle which is without a doubt the most magnificent castle in Romania. Continue to Bran, where you can visit the famous “Vampire” Castle, the home of the title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Transfer to Brasov area.
Peleș Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883. It was constructed for King Carol I. The complex is northwest of the town of Sinaia, which is 48 kilometres from Braşov and 124 kilometres from Bucharest. Nestled in the southeastern Carpathian Mountains, the complex is composed of three monuments: Peleș Castle, Pelișor Castle, and the Foișor Hunting Lodge.
Bran Castle situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Brașov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, on DN73. Commonly known as "Dracula's Crib" (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is often erroneously referred to as the home of the title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. There is, however, no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle, which has only tangential associations with Vlad the Impaler, voivode of Wallachia, the putative inspiration for Dracula. As discovered by the Dutch author Hans Corneel de Roos, the location Bram Stoker actually had in mind for Castle Dracula while writing his novel was an empty mountain top, Mount Izvorul Călimanului, 2,033 metres (6,670 ft) high, located in the Călimani Alps near the former border with Moldavia. Stoker's description of Dracula's crumbling fictional castle also bears no resemblance to Bran Castle. The castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Maria. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open-air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.
Brașov is a city in the Transylvania region of Romania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. It's known for its medieval Saxon walls and bastions, the towering Gothic-style Black Church and lively cafes. Piaţa Sfatului (Council Square) in the cobbled old town is surrounded by colorful baroque buildings and is home to the Casa Sfatului, a former town hall turned local history museum.
Day 8 Brasov-Sibiu-Timisoara
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Sibiu and explore this pedestrian-friendly city on your own: the Upper town, home to most of Sibiu’s historic sights, the Lower town, lined withcolorful houses on cobblestone streets and bounded by imposing city walls and defense towers overlooking the river Cibin. Transfer to Timisoara area.
Sibiu is a city in Transylvania, central Romania. It’s known for Germanic architecture in its old town, the legacy of 12th-century Saxon settlers. Around the city are the remains of medieval walls and towers, including the 13th-century Council Tower. In the upper town, Brukenthal Palace now houses the Brukenthal National Museum, with European paintings. The nearby Evangelical Cathedral has gravestones in its walls.
Timișoara Temeswar, also formerly Temeschburg or Temeschwar; Hungarian is the capital city of Timiș County, and the main social, economic and cultural centre in western Romania. The third most populous city in the country, with 319,279 inhabitants as of the 2011 census, Timișoara is the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat. In September 2016, Timișoara was selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2021.
Day 9 Timisoara-Belgrade / End of trip
After breakfast. Spend your morning in the city on your own. Timisoara is known as the city of roses and parks and some call it little Vienna, because of similar architecture and numerous museums.
Later in the afternoon the driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 5890/- Per person, Prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights.
Destinations: Belgrade, Sofia, Veijko Tarnovo, Bucharest, Peles-Bran, Brasov, Sibiu, Timisoara.
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Economy class airfare from Dubai / Belgrade / Dubai.
2 nights / 3 days accommodation in Belgrade, Sofia & Bucharest based on double room occupancy.
1 night / 2 days accommodation in Brasov & Timisoara based on double room occupancy.
Arrival and departure transfers on private car.
Sightseeing tours in Belgrade & Bucharest.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
Balkan Regions: Lying along the Balkan Peninsula in the southeastern part of Europe, the Balkan region remains a relatively-unknown destination. Nevertheless, the area is home to an abundance of breath-taking coastlines, dazzling landscapes, unique architecture, and lots of history as it is a territory with a communist and socialist past. The area nowadays includes the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia.
Despite having a lot to offer, the Balkans remains an off-the-beaten-path destination, as many people assume it’s poor and dangerous to get around. In the suburbs or lesser-known places, foreigners can rarely be found. Locals tend to be curious and friendly towards tourists. Get away from the tourist crowds to visit the Balkans on a low budget and be lured by fantastic sights, tasty local delicacies, touching history, and local hospitality!
Trip Planning: The planning stage of your trip can be instrumental in its success and an enjoyable part of the experience itself. You have a world of options...and plenty to consider.
Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to the respective consulates. Serbia consulate website: http://www.abudhabi.mfa.gov.rs/ Bulgaria consulate website: www.vfsglobal.com/bulgaria/UAE Romania consulate website: http://dubai.mae.ro/en
Transportation: Figuring out how to get around is one of your biggest pre-trip decisions. Get our holiday expert best advice on deciding between your options. Based on your trip itinerary, our experts will help you choose wisely. You'll also find a wealth of practical travel tips.
Money: Use your money wisely. Know the best time to use cash or card — and how to avoid unnecessary fees either way — as well as tipping etiquette, and how shoppers can take advantage of VAT refunds.
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Packing Light: On your trip you'll meet two kinds of travelers: those who pack light and those who wish they had.
Sleeping and Eating: Your hotel and restaurant choices can be a matter-of-face chore…or they can provide rich opportunities to connect with locals and their culture.
Health & Hygiene: Take comfort: Doctors, hospitals, launderettes, and bathrooms aren’t that different. Dealing with them can even be part of the fun of travel.
Sightseeing & Activities: Once you're on the ground, the real fun begins…but it pays to have a thoughtful plan. Our experts will help you get oriented to your surroundings, use your sightseeing hours wisely, and find your way off the beaten path.
Things do & see:
Belgrade - The capital of Serbia and former capital of Yugoslavia. Regional transportation hub with world-renowned nightlife and history.
Zlatibor-A mountain with the most healthiest air in Europe.
Kopaonik-One of the most popular mountains for skiing.
Western Serbia-is a prime winter playground. Tara National Park comprises a densely forested massif of hiking trails, bound by the Drina. Waterfalls, caves and a medieval monastery mingle with the towering peaks of Mt Tara and Mt Zvijezda. Hike, drive or go horse riding along isolated snow-covered routes, stopping at viewpoints of deep gorges and azure waters – just watch out for resident brown bears, lynxes and wolves.
Gallery of Matica Srpska-First established in Pest (part of modern Budapest) in 1826 and moved to Novi Sad in 1864, this is one of Serbia's most important and long-standing cultural institutions.
Kalemegdan Citadel-Some 115 battles have been fought over imposing, impressive Kalemegdan; the citadel was destroyed more than 40 times throughout the centuries.
Petrovaradin Citadel-Towering over the river on a 40m-high volcanic slab, this mighty citadel is aptly nicknamed 'Gibraltar on the Danube'.
Museum of Yugoslavia-This must-visit museum houses an invaluable collection of more than 200,000 artefacts representing the fascinating, tumultuous history of Yugoslavia.
Uvac Canyon-The spectacular meanders of Uvac river are the highlight of the 75-sq-km Uvac nature reserve in southwestern Serbia.
Devil’s Town-in Serbia's deep south, is a trippy cluster of 202 natural stone pyramids looming eerily over bright red, highly acidic mineral streams.
Manasija Monastery-Hemmed in by mammoth walls, 11 towers and a trench, this was a fortified hideout for artists and writers fleeing the Turkish invasion of Kosovo in the early 1400s.
Mt Avala-Looming over Belgrade and topped with the tallest tower in the Balkans (204.5m), Mt Avala is a city landmark that makes for a pleasant break from the capital's bustling streets.
Lake Perućac-was created in 1966 by the damning of the Drina, and has been a favourite with families and fisherfolk ever since.
Museum of Ivo Andrić-Established four decades ago, this memorial museum is housed in the apartment where Ivo Andrić lived since 1958 until his death.
Sofia-The Bulgarian capital at the foot of Mount Vitosha is famous for its nightlife, old Roman ruins, hot springs, museums and monuments. It has a bit for every traveler which may even include hiking and skiing on Mount Vitosha. Sofia is also the gateway to historical gems including Plovdiv, Koprivshtitsa, and the Rila Monastery as well as ski resorts such as Bansko.
Sunny Beach-Largest beach resort in Bulgaria and in the Balkans. Popular among Western European and Russian tourists for its 6 km-long golden-sand beach and vibrant/wild nightlife. Situated next to Sunny Beach is the popular ancient Greek island-town of Nesebar, which is connected to the mainland by a short bridge.
Veliko Tarnovo-Bulgaria's medieval capital. Famous for the ruins of the Tsarevets fortress - the seat of the Bulgarian tsars and Bulgarian patriarchs, and its traditional Bulgarian 19th century architecture.
Bansko-Bulgaria's biggest ski resort. Located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. Popular among European tourists for its affordable price and authentic Bulgarian atmosphere.
Burgas-Famous for shopping, nightlife, beaches, sand sculptures, and the "Sea Garden" Park. Transportation hub for Bulgarian Black Sea resorts such as Sunny Beach. Has a vibrant city center with pedestrian-only avenues. Nearby is the quaint ancient Greek town of Sozopol (known in ancient times as Apollonia).
Ruse-A city on the Danube River known as "Little Vienna" for its architecture.
Plovdiv-The oldest city in Europe and cultural capital of Bulgaria. It is famous for its landmarks dating back to Roman times, charming Old town with cobblestone streets, and pedestrian-friendly city center.
Hike in Rusenski Lom Nature Park and Ivanovo – This park has a nice hiking area and also contains a Rock Monastery with ancient frescoes, as well as a quaint village worth exploring.
Marvelous Bridges – The Marvelous Bridges are natural marble bridges that were formed by erosion in the Rhodope Mountains. The two bridges can be crossed on secure trails, and two tourist huts are located nearby. The site can be reached by an asphalt road and is about 20 miles from the closest town, Chepelare.
Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery – The Rozhen monastery is a medieval Bulgarian monastery nearby, dating from 1259, with many intact frescos to view. Nearby, you can find a hiking area with sandstone ‘pyramids’ (rock formations from erosion). The region is also known for outstanding wine, wine that was preferred by Winston Churchill.
Old Plovdiv – This is a small, well-preserved area where visitors can take walks through different historical ages, see ancient buildings adapted to the modern way of life, and feel the spirit of this town dating back to Bulgarian Revival Period.
Roman spa – This is a well-preserved ancient site, situated in the contemporary city of Varna. The Roman spa is the biggest social historical building discovered in Bulgaria to date.
Museum of Socialist Art – This is a new museum which showcases art from the socialist period (1944-1989). A large outdoor sculpture park contains everything from the giant statue of Lenin that once stood in the center of the city, to
the red star that topped the socialist party headquarters. Smaller pieces reveal a gentler side to the socialist ideals. The gallery inside has some excellent examples of 20th century modern art as well as the socialist realism genre we know from the period.
Balkan Mountains – This mountain chain lends its name to the Balkan Peninsula. It stretches all along the country and is popular among the fans of the long-distance hiking trips. One of the famous European Long Distance Routes (E3) follows its main ridge all the way from the western border of the country to the seaside. One of the three national parks in Bulgaria, Central Balkan National Park, is situated here.
Rila Mountains – The highest point of the Balkans, Mount Musala (almost 10,000 feet), is situated in Rila. Beside it, the northwestern section of the mountain are a popular hiking destination, rich with nature, and cultural sights as the Seven Lakes Cirque, Skakavitsa Waterfall (the highest in Rila), Rila Monastery, and the area of Malyovitsa. Rila National Park, the biggest national park in Bulgaria, can be found here.
Veliko Tarnovo – Once the capital of the medieval Bulgarian empire, Veliko Tarnovo is now a charming university town located in the mountains. This quiet little town has a beautiful castle, nearby hiking trails, and monasteries worth exploring. It was one of the highlights of my visit to Bulgaria.
Black Sea – A 250-mile stretch of Bulgarian land lies along the Black Sea, and around a third of this is covered in nice sandy beaches. This is a very popular spot for resort packages, and can be crawling with tourists. I’m not a fan of Sunny Beach, but there are other more secluded beaches to check out as well.
Balchik – This is a quaint town on the coast of the Black Sea. It’s not a great beach location, but the area used to serve as the summer residence for the Queen of Romania. You can tour her palace and the botanical gardens which lie on the grounds.
Go skiing – If you come during the winter months, use the cold weather to your advantage, and hit the ski slopes. Visit Plovdiv – It’s the second-largest city in Bulgaria and is located in the middle of the country. It’s famous for its Roman ruins and historical churches. I found the city a peaceful oasis with wonderful parks and ruins that lacked the large tourist crowds Sofia, Velinko Tranvovo, and the coast get.
Varna – Varna is the third-largest city in Bulgaria and is a major tourist destination during the summer when its beautiful beaches fill up with visitors. I had a lot of fun wandering the streets, meandering through the big central park, and sunning myself at the beach. At night, the bars and nightlife heave with tourists and locals looking to enjoy their summer holiday. It may not be an off-the-beaten-path destination, but it’s very fun one and definitely worth a visit.
Roses in Kazanlak – Bulgaria is actually one of the biggest producers of rose oil in the world. Since 1903, Kazanlak has hosted the Festival of Roses. During the first weekend of June, the local community organizes this international event and thousands of tourists and guests celebrate the rose valley. Traditions include rose-picking rituals, learning the rose distillation process, a street procession, acapella choirs, folklore concerts, art shows, exhibitions, wine-tasting, shows, and more.
Varna Necropolis – This prehistoric archaeological site is home to the oldest processed gold, dating back 7,000 years. The gold was extracted from 62 graves (it was custom to bury people with gifts at that time). This fascinating exhibit can be found at the Archaeological and Historical Museum Varna.
Romania-is famous for mysterious castles and their associated legends (for example Dracula Castle and Peles Castle).
Bucharest-The Romanian capital is a diverse mosaic of different ideologies and historical periods with hidden charms.
Winter in Eastern Europe-is to head to the Carpathian Mountains. Romania has a number of skiing resorts. Poiana Brasov is one of the most popular. Its skiing facilities are almost as good as in the Alps. The highest peak of the Postavaru mountains, being 1800 m high, often doesn't get enough snow, but there is always a plentitude of artificial snow. The Bușteni Skiing Area, another skiing resort, is considered to be one of the most challenging.
Azuga-just 135 kilometers from Bucharest, and Parang - best known for its availability of snow and wild ski slopes. Fagaras mountains-which require hiring a guide, but are a perfect spot for heliski.
Alexandru Borza Botanic Gardens – Located in Cluj Napoca, this is a massive botanical garden with rolling green hills, an observation tower, a rose garden, and even a Japanese garden.
Maramures – This medieval region of Romania is one of my favorites. Peasant culture is still thriving, and there is an interesting blend of traditional music, hand-made wooden structures, and colorful textiles to experience. It’s like stepping back in time (in a good way).
Mount Tampa – Towering above Brasov, this is one mountain that is riddled with interesting history. It’s easy to hop on a cable car, and check out the view from the top, as well as explore with the defensive fortress. Many people like to go hiking here and visit the Brasov sign.
Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral – As one of the most religious countries in Europe, it should be no surprise that there are churches, cathedrals, and monasteries everywhere, many of which date back several centuries. This particular cathedral in Bucharest still has all of its original interior paintings and icons, in addition to some beautiful frescoes.
Bucharest – With several centuries of architecture in this city, this is a pretty city and a good mix of old world buildings and modern communist style concrete blocks. As the capital, there are plenty of museums, cemeteries, historical sites, shopping centers, and architectural sights to check out here. While there is not much left of the historic center, what is left is still quite pretty and a nice contrast to the bland modern buildings.
Wildlife at Northern Dobrogea – Here there are tons of wildlife and exotic birds to see, but you still have a bit of the city to keep from being entirely secluded. There is a decent selection of restaurants and entertainment spots, including theater and opera houses.
Shop at a traditional crafts fair – Every year during the month of June, there is a huge craft fair held in Bucharest. People come from all over Romania to sell goods and provide demonstrations. You can see pottery molding, woodcarving, glass blowing, rug and textile weaving, embroidery, and egg painting.
Danube Delta – Flowing over 1,700 miles from its source, this is Europe’s second largest and best-preserved delta. There is so much wildlife to see here, and the hiking is surreal. You can go bird watching and fishing as well.
Brasov – My favorite place in Romania, this historic city is the launching pad for trips to “Dracula’s castle.” There’s great hiking around here, a beautiful historic center, and beautiful medieval streets. The core of the city is this beautiful medieval destination but walk five minutes out in any direction and you start to see modern glass buildings, malls, and wide streets.
Trek in the Fagaras Mountains – For those of you that are major hiking enthusiasts, this is one of those awesome multi-day hiking experiences. Taking you along the main ridge of the Fagaras, the route is one of the longest and continuous high-mountain traverses in Europe. You will trek over Moldoveanu, Negoiu, and Vista Mare that are three of Romania’s highest peaks.
Hora de la Prislop – Held every August, this festival is a celebration that brings together Transylvania, Moldova, and Maramures. Known more commonly as the Dance at Prislop, you can probably guess that there is lots of traditional dancing and singing, beautiful costumes, parading, and awesome feasting.
Base at Baia Mare – If you are wanting to check out a bunch of the traditional villages, this is a good place to start. It is easy to access many of the famous valleys from here, including Iza, Viseu, Cosau, and Mara – all of which are riddled with interesting villages.
Hunt for Dracula in Sighisoara – Founded during the 12th century, this town is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. A world heritage site, there is a mass of towers, ornate churches, and burgher houses to see throughout the cobbled streets. This is also the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, otherwise more commonly known as Dracula.
Peles Castle – Not too far from Brasov is Sinaia, the site of Peles Castle. The castle itself was constructed between 1873 and 1914 as a getaway spot for the monarch. The building is lavishly decorated and serves as a great indication of the luxurious lives these rulers enjoyed.
Salt mine – Salina Turda is the salt mine in Turda which has been converted into a subterranean museum. The mine dates back centuries and was used heavily during the Middle Ages. The layout of the museum is really neat and looks almost futuristic. If you’re in the area, this is worth a visit.
Cluj-Napoca – Cluj-Napoca is very pleasant university town located in Romania’s northwest and a big stopping point for people coming east from Hungary. The city dates back centuries, and there are a lot of historical churches, museums, and ruins (especially on Cetatuia hill) to visit. Because of the university here, there are a lot of affordable restaurants and a very happening nightlife in the city.
Sibiu – I felt my visit to Sibiu was like walking back into the middle ages. As one of Romania’s tourism capitals, Sibiu attracts a lot of tourists seeking its wonderful medieval charm, excellent views of the surrounding landscapes, great food, and stunning parkland.
Monasteries in Bucovina – These monasteries in north-eastern Romania are one of a kind. They have their painted exterior walls with elaborate 15th- and 16th-century frescoes featuring saints, prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus, angels, demons, and other religious scenes. They are a masterpiece of Byzantine art and should not be missed.