Canterbury Tours

Dracula & His Neighbours 2019

Day 1     Sun 05 May                                      BUDAPEST

Upon arrival we shall meet our local guide and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until we meet for dinner this evening. (D)

 

Day 2     Mon 06 May                                     BUDAPEST

Heroes Square BudapestSightseeing tour this morning will include views of all the main attractions – the Parliament, Royal Palace and the Castle Hill area. We visit the Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes’ Square and Gellert Hill with its citadel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this exciting city on your own. Tonight we will enjoy dinner with a folkloric show. (B,D)

 

Day 3     Tue 07 May                                      BUDAPEST

Free Day – (There will be an optional full day tour available to the Danube Bend visiting Visegrad, Esztegom and Szentendere) Dinner on your own this evening. (B)

 

 

Day 4     Wed 08 May                                     BUDAPEST/ SZOLNOK/DEBRECEN

First stop today is in Szolnoki to visit the Gallery Synagogue and also the Beer Museum. Then to Debrecen for overnight.  (B,D)   

 

Day 5     Thu 09 May                                      DEBRECEN

Morning sightseeing tour of Debrecen including visits of Great Church, Timarhaz Folk Centre and Status Quo Ante Synagogue.  Rest of the day at leisure. (B,D)

 

Day 6     Fri 10 May                                         DEBRECEN/SATU MARE/BAIA MARE                    

Romania Barsana Rural ChurchesUpon arrival in Satu Mare we will have a city tour that includes Chains Church and Reformed Theological High School. Then continue to Sapanta and visit the Merry Cemetery and after to Sighetu Marmatiei to visit the Memorial to Victims of Communism.  The day will end in Baia Mare. (B,D)

 

Day 7     Sat 11 May                                        BAIA MARE

Today is dedicated to the picturesque wooden churches famous in this area.  Our first stop will be in Surdesti.  We then continue to Barsana Monastery, and on the way back to Baia Mare we will stop in Desesti to visit a second wooden church. These churches are UNESCO listed. (B,D)

 

Day 8     Sun 12 May                                      BAIA MARE/SUCEAVA

Today we leave the Maramures region, having a brief stop in Bistrita, one of the seven fortified towns known as the Siebenburgen, founded by the German Saxons during the Middle Ages. We cross the Carpathians along the Tihuta Pass, which inspired Bram Stoker to write the novel Dracula, into the historical region of Moldova. Here we stop in Vama to visit the local Egg Museum. Then on to Suceava for overnight. (B,D)

 

Voronet_IntrareDay 9 Mon 13 May                                        SUCEAVA           

During our morning tour we will visit two of the famous outer painted churches, the Sucevita  monastery and Voronet, known as the Sistine Chapel of the East. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B,D)

 

Day 10  Tue 14 May                                      SUCEAVA/BRASOV

On the way to Brasov we will stop at Bacau where we will meet with a representative of the Jewish Community. Then on to Brasov.(B,D)

 

Day 11  Wed 15 May                                     BRASOV

In the morning we enjoy a tour of the city and then on to Bran Castle, made famous by Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Free time this afternoon until dinner. (B,D)
Bran Castle

 

Day 12  Thu 16 May                                      BRASOV/BUCHAREST

Continue south to Sinaia, Romania’s most famous mountain resort, where we will visit the monastery named after the Sinai mountain and the Peles Castle which was the former summer residence of the first Romanian King, Carol I of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Next continue on to Bucharest. (B,D)

 

Day 13  Fri 17 May                                         BUCHAREST

Half day city tour this morning, seeing the Victoria Boulevard with its Belle Epoque buidings, the Revolution Square where ruler Nicolae Ceausescu was toppled during the Romanian Revolution and the Constitution Square where the Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world, is located. Remainder of the day at leisure.  (B,D)

 

 

Day 14  Sat 18 May                                        BUCHAREST /NESSEBAR

This morning we visit the Shvestari Thracian Tomb, before continuing on to Nessebar. Upon arrival we shall have a short orientation tour. Mass in hotel will be offered before dinner . (B,D)

 

Day 15  Sun 19 May                                      NESSEBAR

Today has been left totally free to enjoy this city on the Black Sea. (B)

 

Day 16 Mon 20 May                                      NESSEBAR/KAZANLAK/STARA ZAGORA

Nessebar Black SeaTransfer towards the Balkan Mountains this morning and stop  at Kazalank to visit Memorial Shipka church, dedicated to the Russian and Bulgarian soldiers who fought during the Russo-Turkish war in 1877. We then visit the Iskra History museum. We will reach Stara Zagora in time for dinner. (B,D)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 17 Tue 21 May                                        STARA ZAGORA/PLOVDIV

Transfer to Bachkovo to visit one of the largest and oldest Orthodox monasteries, after which we will head for Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city, for a walking tour in the old quarter, seeing among other sights, the Ethnographic Museum, the Roman Amphitheatre and the 4th century AD church of Sts Konstantine and Helena. Remainder of the day is free. (B,D)

 

Day 18  Wed 22 May                                     PLOVDIV/SOFIA

Rila MonasteryCrossing the mountains today we will reach Rila, which is the biggest and most spectacular monastery in Bulgaria which was included on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list. Then it is north to Sofia for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 19     Thu 23 May                                      SOFIA

We have a morning city tour today visiting St Petka church, the Mosque, St George Rotunda, the Russian church, the Parliament and also the imposing Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Remainder of the day is at leisure until we meet up to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with a folklore show. (B,D)

 

Day 20  Fri 24 May                                         SOFIA/BELGRADE

A long drive is ahead today. We will stop however for lunch at Nis.  (B,L,D)

 

Day 21 Sat 25 May                                         BELGRADE

During our morning sightseeing tour we will see the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, situated at the meeting of the Sava and Danube Rivers, Republic Square and Mihajlova Street, St Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in the city, and Tito’s Memorial. Free time afterwards.  Mass at hotel will be offered before dinner. (B,D)

 

Day 22 Sun 26 May                                        BELGRADE/SZEGED

SzegedFree morning in Belgrade. This afternoon we drive to Szeged with a short stop in Novi Sad for sightseeing en route. (B,D)

 

Day 23 Mon 27 May                                      SZEGED

Tour this morning to include Bridge of Sighs and the Musical Clock. We will visit Votive Church and Synagogue. Our farewell dinner this evening will be in a local csarda restaurant with gypsy music. (B,D)

 

Day 24 Tue 28 May                                        SZEGED/BUDAPEST

After breakfast, transfer from Szeged to Budapest airport for our onward or return flights. (B)

 

Tour Cost:

Land Only:  AUD 7650 (share twin)
Single Supplement: AUD 1300

 

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation – hotels are mainly 4*+ with private facilities. (Tour based on share twin accommodation.) Supplement is payable for passengers requiring single rooms.
  • Meals – breakfasts (Continental) daily throughout. Dinner (21) (three course hotel dining room OR local restaurant) as indicated. Farewell dinner in restaurant
  • Sightseeing – as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Entrances – we have arranged for pre-payment of entrances as follows:
    Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthais Church, Gallery Synagogue, Beer Museum, Great Church, Timarhaz Folk Centre, Status Quo Ante Synagogue, Sapanta Merry Cemetery, Memorial of Victims of Communism, Surdesti-Barsana-Desesti wooden churches, Vama Egg Museum, Sucevita-Voronet outer painter churches, Bran Castle, Peles Castle and Sinaia Monastery, Svehstari Thracian Tomb, Iskra History Museum, Bachkova monastery, Votive Church and Synagogue
  • Local Guides – in Budapest; Debrecen; Museum guide at the Memorial Museum in Sighet; during the outer painted churches tour; during the Bucovina painted monasteries tour; Brasov; Bran Castle; Peles Castle; Bucharest; Sveshtari Thracian Tomb; Nessebar; History Museum Kazanlak; Bachkovo; Plovdiv; Rila Monastery; Sofia; Belgrade; Novi Sad; Szeged.
  • Touring – in air-conditioned coach with driver and English speaking Tour Director. This is a private tour.
  • Tips – for our Driver and Tour Director throughout.
  • Porterage – one suitcase per person in/out

 

Not Included:

  • Airfares / Airline taxes / airport charges.
  • Insurance – Travel Insurance is extremely important. You are at liberty to arrange this through your own insurance provider.
  • Passport and visa fees. At time of publication no visas are required for this itinerary for Australian passport holders. Please note that your passport must have at least six months validity remaining after the end of this tour.
  • Tips to local guides for half-day and full-day tours.
  • Drinks with meals
  • Items of a personal nature – this goes without saying!

 

Optional Sightseeing:

Additional sightseeing tours on free day in Budapest, will be available if required.

 

Additional Arrangements:

Integrity Travel, in association with Canterbury Tours, will be happy to arrange any extensions to your tour. Hotels, touring, flight reservations, car hire, rail travel, cruising etc may be booked before or at the end of your tour.

 

Airfares:

The prices quoted above are for land content only. Many of our travellers have access to airline loyalty programs, and so prefer to fly with a specific carrier. Also, travellers often combine a Canterbury Tour with other travel arrangements, and for this reason, choice of airline and flights is personal. However, should you require us to make flight bookings on your behalf we shall be pleased to assist. Of course, you are at liberty to utilise the services of any travel agent or online service.  This itinerary has been designed to arrive and depart Budapest with Emirates Airlines.

 

Important – Please Note:

While every effort has been made to assess the cost of this tour as a whole, should there be variances to currency exchange rates, Canterbury Tours reserves the right to impose a surcharge to the quoted cost.

 

Deposit

A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm a place on the tour. Please consider Cancellation Insurance at this time, as this deposit is non-refundable except under extreme circumstances.

 

Balance of Payment

Full payment of the balance of the tour cost will be due and payable approximately 90 days prior to departure. After that date all unused accommodation will be released to the overseas suppliers, and late applications to join the tour will be possible only upon request and consultation with the various overseas suppliers and the airline concerned.

 

Health

This tour is not strenuous, though there are days when quite a deal of walking is required, and often on cobblestoned streets – please consider your individual capabilities in this regard. The tour is not rushed and will be conducted to please all passengers if possible. We have allowed for free time and even free days whilst touring, and there are only two stops of one night – all other stops are for multiple nights’ stay. We are not planning very early morning starts, though there are days when several hours will, of necessity, need to be spent in travelling.

If you require any information regarding the performance of sightseeing etc on this tour, we would be happy to clarify.