12 Day Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania

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12 Day Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania

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$1949

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InterContinental Sofia Sofia
Metropol Palace Belgrade
Hotel Timisoara Timisoara
Hilton Sibiu Sibiu
Hotel Aro Palace Brasov
Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest
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Saturday Departure

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Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. The longest day spent on the bus is from Sofia to Belgrade. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way, including a lunch break. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Sofia, Bucharest-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Sofia
    • 2 nights Belgrade
    • 1 night Timisoara
    • 1 night Sibiu
    • 2 nights Brasov
    • 2 nights Bucharest
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Visit Sofia's National Museum of History with its exhibits dating back 8000 years
  • Tour historic Nis, an important crossroad between Central Europe and the Middle East
  • In Belgrade, spend an evening in the fun-filled Old Bohemian Quarter of Skadarlija
  • Tour of historic Belgrade includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and Saint Sava Temple
  • Visit Novi Sad, an eclectic mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture
  • Travel to Timisoara, a vibrant city on the Bega River, built around lavish gardens
  • Walking tour in Sibiu highlights the Old Town's charming 17th century buildings
  • Tour Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval city in Southeastern Europe
  • Travel to "Dracula's Castle" surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend
  • Explore romantic Peles Castle, former summer residence of Romania's first royal family
  • Visit the gigantic Parliament Palace, second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a lot of ground most days. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day, where you could encounter some uneven surfaces, cobbled streets, stairs, and steep slopes. Some hiking may be required to access some sites. The longest day spent on the bus is from Sofia to Belgrade. For your comfort, several stops will be made along the way, including a lunch break. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Bulgaria
Depart for Bulgaria

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Sofia
Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Sofia
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Sofia City Tour
Become acquainted with the history of Sofia on your visit to the National Museum of History. View exhibits of the Bulgarian lands dating back 8000 years, including glimpses of the unique gold and silver treasures from Thracian times. View the St. Sofia Church across the square from the Neo-Byzantine golden domed Alexander Nevsky Church. Stroll the lanes of the city on your own, or, join the optional tour to Rila Monastery declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Optional: Rila Monastery Tour (PM)
Overnight: Sofia
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Nis en Route to Belgrade
A long and rewarding day as you cross the border into the Republic of Serbia. Arrive in Nis, an important crossroad between Central Europe and the Middle East. After an orientation tour of the city with its many historically important sites, enjoy lunch at a popular café. In the afternoon, view the remains of the Turkish fort from the 18th century, now a bustling central recreation area filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. Your journey continues to Belgrade, with a long and tumultuous history. This evening's dinner is at a typical restaurant in the old bohemian quarter of Skadarlija, accented by music and songs
Overnight: Belgrade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Belgrade City Tour
Today's sightseeing of historic Belgrade includes a visit to Kalemegdan Fortress, set at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, this fortress witnessed major defensive battles. View the Republic Square, Knez Mihajlova Street, and the imposing Saint Sava Temple. This afternoon on your own, or join the optional Oplenac Complex with Wine Tasting. Travel to the town of Topola and visit Oplenac complex to learn about Serbian history and the royal dynasty of Karadjordjevic. Afterward, continue to King's Winery and taste wines from the royal vineyards
Optional: Oplenac Complex with Wine Tasting (PM)
Overnight: Belgrade
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Tour Novi Sad, & Travel to Timisoara
Drive through the ever changing landscape to Novi Sad, an interesting mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture, nestled on the Danube. A walking tour introduces you to the city's major highlights including the Petrovaradin Citadel, also known as the "Gibraltar of the Danube," towering over the river. Then, travel to Timisoara in Romania a city on the Bega River. Upon arrival, check into the hotel with free time before dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Timisoara
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Tour Timisoara, Depart for Sibiu, Visit Hunedoara en Route
Begin the day with a walking tour of Timisoara. Admire the city's baroque and art nouveau architecture and view the 14th century Hunaidy Castle. Then, drive to the region of Transylvania. Visit the mythical 14th century Hunedoara Castle built on old Roman fortifications. This fortress, which transformed many times over the years, became the castle of Matthias Corvinus, known as the "Raven King." Then, drive to the town of Sibiu. This cultural center of Europe attracted many musicians in the 19th century and today is the center of Romania's major music festivals
Overnight: Sibiu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Tour Sibiu & Sighisoara, Travel to Brasov
A guided walking tour begins at the bohemian Old Town. View Great Square, Little Square and the Evangelical Cathedral. At the Bridge of Lies, the first forged iron bridge in the country, view decorations of rosettes and geometric motifs. Then depart to Sighisoara a medieval city in Southeastern Europe with fortified walls, cobblestone lanes and 16th century gingerbread houses. Tour the Guilds Museum; view exhibits on the history of the city's guilds along with displays of original items. Then head south to Brasov, nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Upon arrival, check into your hotel with free time before dinner
Overnight: Brasov
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Tour Bran Castle, Brasov City Tour
Travel south to fabled Bran Castle, surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, commonly known as "Dracula's Castle." Perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to the commanding towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker's character, Count Dracula. Tour the castle, that now serves as a museum displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Return to Brasov and take a walking tour of the city, famous for its Town Hall Square and the first Romanian school with its collection of rare books
Overnight: Brasov
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Peles Castle & Sinaia Monastery en Route to Bucharest
This morning, head to Sinaia. Here, visit Peles Castle, former summer residence of Romania's first royal family. The castle is a masterpiece of German Neo-Renaissance architecture. Afterward, proceed to the 17th century Sinaia Monastery in the Prahova Valley, named after the great St. Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai. Take a tour of the monastery and its grounds. Arrive in the Romanian capital of Bucharest for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bucharest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Bucharest City Tour
Morning tour in Bucharest, takes you to the replica of the French Arc de Triomphe, built to commemorate the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI. Visit the Parliament Palace. After, view the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the National Military Club and the Military Academy. Spend the afternoon at leisure. At tonight's dinner with festive folklore show, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Bucharest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Depart Romania
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Bulgaria
Depart for Bulgaria

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Sofia
Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Sofia
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Sofia City Tour
Become acquainted with the history of Sofia on your visit to the National Museum of History. View exhibits of the Bulgarian lands dating back 8000 years, including glimpses of the unique gold and silver treasures from Thracian times. View the St. Sofia Church across the square from the Neo-Byzantine golden domed Alexander Nevsky Church. Stroll the lanes of the city on your own, or, join the optional tour to Rila Monastery declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Optional: Rila Monastery Tour (PM)
Overnight: Sofia
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Nis en Route to Belgrade
A long and rewarding day as you cross the border into the Republic of Serbia. Arrive in Nis, an important crossroad between Central Europe and the Middle East. After an orientation tour of the city with its many historically important sites, enjoy lunch at a popular café. In the afternoon, view the remains of the Turkish fort from the 18th century, now a bustling central recreation area filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. Your journey continues to Belgrade, with a long and tumultuous history. This evening's dinner is at a typical restaurant in the old bohemian quarter of Skadarlija, accented by music and songs
Overnight: Belgrade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Belgrade City Tour
Today's sightseeing of historic Belgrade includes a visit to Kalemegdan Fortress, set at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, this fortress witnessed major defensive battles. View the Republic Square, Knez Mihajlova Street, and the imposing Saint Sava Temple. This afternoon on your own, or join the optional Oplenac Complex with Wine Tasting. Travel to the town of Topola and visit Oplenac complex to learn about Serbian history and the royal dynasty of Karadjordjevic. Afterward, continue to King's Winery and taste wines from the royal vineyards
Optional: Oplenac Complex with Wine Tasting (PM)
Overnight: Belgrade
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Tour Novi Sad, & Travel to Timisoara
Drive through the ever changing landscape to Novi Sad, an interesting mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture, nestled on the Danube. A walking tour introduces you to the city's major highlights including the Petrovaradin Citadel, also known as the "Gibraltar of the Danube," towering over the river. Then, travel to Timisoara in Romania a city on the Bega River. Upon arrival, check into the hotel with free time before dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Timisoara
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Tour Timisoara, Depart for Sibiu, Visit Hunedoara en Route
Begin the day with a walking tour of Timisoara. Admire the city's baroque and art nouveau architecture and view the 14th century Hunaidy Castle. Then, drive to the region of Transylvania. Visit the mythical 14th century Hunedoara Castle built on old Roman fortifications. This fortress, which transformed many times over the years, became the castle of Matthias Corvinus, known as the "Raven King." Then, drive to the town of Sibiu. This cultural center of Europe attracted many musicians in the 19th century and today is the center of Romania's major music festivals
Overnight: Sibiu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Tour Sibiu & Sighisoara, Travel to Brasov
A guided walking tour begins at the bohemian Old Town. View Great Square, Little Square and the Evangelical Cathedral. At the Bridge of Lies, the first forged iron bridge in the country, view decorations of rosettes and geometric motifs. Then depart to Sighisoara a medieval city in Southeastern Europe with fortified walls, cobblestone lanes and 16th century gingerbread houses. Tour the town's famous Clock Tower Museum; view the workings of the clock with its moving wooden figurines. Then head south to Brasov, nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Upon arrival, check into your hotel with free time before dinner
Overnight: Brasov
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Tour Bran Castle, Brasov City Tour
Travel south to fabled Bran Castle, surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, commonly known as "Dracula's Castle." Perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to the commanding towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker's character, Count Dracula. Tour the castle, that now serves as a museum displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Return to Brasov and take a walking tour of the city, famous for its Town Hall Square and the first Romanian school with its collection of rare books
Overnight: Brasov
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Peles Castle & Sinaia Monastery en Route to Bucharest
This morning, head to Sinaia. Here, visit Peles Castle, former summer residence of Romania's first royal family. The castle is a masterpiece of German Neo-Renaissance architecture. Afterward, proceed to the 17th century Sinaia Monastery in the Prahova Valley, named after the great St. Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai. Take a tour of the monastery and its grounds. Arrive in the Romanian capital of Bucharest for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bucharest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Bucharest City Tour
Morning tour in Bucharest, takes you to the replica of the French Arc de Triomphe, built to commemorate the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI. Visit the Parliament Palace. After, view the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the National Military Club and the Military Academy. Spend the afternoon at leisure. At tonight's dinner with festive folklore show, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Bucharest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Depart Romania
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Bulgaria
Depart for Bulgaria

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Sofia
Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Sofia
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Sofia City Tour
Become acquainted with the history of Sofia on your visit to the National Museum of History. View exhibits of the Bulgarian lands dating back 8000 years, including glimpses of the unique gold and silver treasures from Thracian times. View the St. Sofia Church across the square from the Neo-Byzantine golden domed Alexander Nevsky Church. Stroll the lanes of the city on your own, or, join the optional tour to Rila Monastery declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Optional: Rila Monastery Tour (PM)
Overnight: Sofia
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Nis en Route to Belgrade
A long and rewarding day as you cross the border into the Republic of Serbia. Arrive in Nis, an important crossroad between Central Europe and the Middle East. After an orientation tour of the city with its many historically important sites, enjoy lunch at a popular café. In the afternoon, view the remains of the Turkish fort from the 18th century, now a bustling central recreation area filled with shops, cafes and restaurants. Your journey continues to Belgrade, with a long and tumultuous history. This evening's dinner is at a typical restaurant in the old bohemian quarter of Skadarlija, accented by music and songs
Overnight: Belgrade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Belgrade City Tour
Today's sightseeing of historic Belgrade includes a visit to Kalemegdan Fortress, set at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, this fortress witnessed major defensive battles. View the Republic Square, Knez Mihajlova Street, and the imposing Saint Sava Temple. This afternoon on your own, or join the optional Oplenac Complex with Wine Tasting. Travel to the town of Topola and visit Oplenac complex to learn about Serbian history and the royal dynasty of Karadjordjevic. Afterward, continue to King's Winery and taste wines from the royal vineyards
Optional: Oplenac Complex with Wine Tasting (PM)
Overnight: Belgrade
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Tour Novi Sad, & Travel to Timisoara
Drive through the ever changing landscape to Novi Sad, an interesting mix of Serbian culture and Austro-Hungarian architecture, nestled on the Danube. A walking tour introduces you to the city's major highlights including the Petrovaradin Citadel, also known as the "Gibraltar of the Danube," towering over the river. Then, travel to Timisoara in Romania a city on the Bega River. Upon arrival, check into the hotel with free time before dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Timisoara
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Tour Timisoara, Depart for Sibiu, Visit Hunedoara en Route
Begin the day with a walking tour of Timisoara. Admire the city's baroque and art nouveau architecture and view the 14th century Hunaidy Castle. Then, drive to the region of Transylvania. Visit the mythical 14th century Hunedoara Castle built on old Roman fortifications. This fortress, which transformed many times over the years, became the castle of Matthias Corvinus, known as the "Raven King." Then, drive to the town of Sibiu. This cultural center of Europe attracted many musicians in the 19th century and today is the center of Romania's major music festivals
Overnight: Sibiu
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Tour Sibiu & Sighisoara, Travel to Brasov
A guided walking tour begins at the bohemian Old Town. View Great Square, Little Square and the Evangelical Cathedral. At the Bridge of Lies, the first forged iron bridge in the country, view decorations of rosettes and geometric motifs. Then depart to Sighisoara a medieval city in Southeastern Europe with fortified walls, cobblestone lanes and 16th century gingerbread houses. Tour the town's famous Clock Tower Museum; view the workings of the clock with its moving wooden figurines. Then head south to Brasov, nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Upon arrival, check into your hotel with free time before dinner
Overnight: Brasov
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Tour Bran Castle, Brasov City Tour
Travel south to fabled Bran Castle, surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, commonly known as "Dracula's Castle." Perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to the commanding towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker's character, Count Dracula. Tour the castle, that now serves as a museum displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Return to Brasov and take a walking tour of the city, famous for its Town Hall Square and the first Romanian school with its collection of rare books
Overnight: Brasov
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Peles Castle & Sinaia Monastery en Route to Bucharest
This morning, head to Sinaia. Here, visit Peles Castle, former summer residence of Romania's first royal family. The castle is a masterpiece of German Neo-Renaissance architecture. Afterward, proceed to the 17th century Sinaia Monastery in the Prahova Valley, named after the great St. Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai. Take a tour of the monastery and its grounds. Arrive in the Romanian capital of Bucharest for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bucharest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Bucharest City Tour
Morning tour in Bucharest, takes you to the replica of the French Arc de Triomphe, built to commemorate the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI. Visit the Parliament Palace. After, view the Romanian Athenaeum, the Opera House, the National Military Club and the Military Academy. Spend the afternoon at leisure. At tonight's dinner with festive folklore show, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Bucharest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart Romania
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Rila Monastery Tour

This afternoon enjoy a guided tour to Rila, the highest mountain in Bulgaria. At 2925 m (9596 ft), Musala Peak is the highest peak in the Balkans and all of South-Eastern Europe. Visit the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #3 01 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2024 $65.00
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Oplenac Complex with Wine Tasting

Begin with a drive to the town of Topola, former military base of Karadjordje. Here, visit Oplenac complex to learn about the royal dynasty of Karadjordjevic and the establishment of modern state of Serbia. View the Church of St. George with the royal family mausoleum. Marvel at the church’s splendid interior, covered with 40 million pieces of mosaics and featuring columns made of marble from Carrara in Italy. Conclude the tour at King’s Winery and taste wines from the royal vineyards.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #5 01 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2024 $60.00
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Rila Monastery Tour

This afternoon enjoy a guided tour to Rila, the highest mountain in Bulgaria. At 2925 m (9596 ft), Musala Peak is the highest peak in the Balkans and all of South-Eastern Europe. Visit the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #3 01 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2024 $65.00
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Oplenac Complex with Wine Tasting

Begin with a drive to the town of Topola, former military base of Karadjordje. Here, visit Oplenac complex to learn about the royal dynasty of Karadjordjevic and the establishment of modern state of Serbia. View the Church of St. George with the royal family mausoleum. Marvel at the church’s splendid interior, covered with 40 million pieces of mosaics and featuring columns made of marble from Carrara in Italy. Conclude the tour at King’s Winery and taste wines from the royal vineyards.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #5 01 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2024 $60.00
Oplenac Complex with Wine Tasting Thumbnail
Rila Monastery Tour

This afternoon enjoy a guided tour to Rila, the highest mountain in Bulgaria. At 2925 m (9596 ft), Musala Peak is the highest peak in the Balkans and all of South-Eastern Europe. Visit the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #3 01 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2024 $65.00
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Oplenac Complex with Wine Tasting

Begin with a drive to the town of Topola, former military base of Karadjordje. Here, visit Oplenac complex to learn about the royal dynasty of Karadjordjevic and the establishment of modern state of Serbia. View the Church of St. George with the royal family mausoleum. Marvel at the church’s splendid interior, covered with 40 million pieces of mosaics and featuring columns made of marble from Carrara in Italy. Conclude the tour at King’s Winery and taste wines from the royal vineyards.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #5 01 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2024 $60.00
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My Classic Switzerland trip was awesome. This was my first Gate 1 trip and I was a solo traveler. The itinerary was terrific. Had something for everyone. Sabine our tour guide was great. Very knowledgeable. Of course the weather played a big part in this trip. Having investigated the weather for each stop beforehand indicated we would have rain, rain, and more rain. We had spectacular weather. Hardly any rain at all. The other travelers were terrific too. If I needed help everyone was more than happy to assist. Always had someone to eat with. Hats off to George and Ginger. They took me under their wings and it was appreciated. This will not be my last Gate 1 trip. Loved everything about your group.

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10 Day Affordable Germany, France, Switzerland & Austria, March 2022
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I have traveled quite a bit, but I have to say, this was by far the best trip I've been on. Our Director Julian was outstanding. He made us comfortable, made sure we were always together and safe. He deserves a medal and a raise. He is one of the nicest persons ever. We all loved Julian and Conrad our bus driver. Kudos to them, our trip will definitely be one of the most memorable for years to come. Thank you. I will be traveling more with gate1.

Odein S.
9 Day Alpine Christmas Markets, December 2021
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WOW !! What a fantastic trip. Even with , or maybe because of Covid restrictions Gate 1 pulled off the Best Christmas Market tour EVER ! Our tour manager Thomas from initial greeting at the hotel till the final night was the picture of friendliness, punctuality, working with each and every obstacle as nothing more than a ripple in the Rhine. For having to adjust to new places , new driver and 13 new friends we had a Great time! Thank you so much for your knowledge, the sincerity, your stories AND all those bus goodies !! If we could pick the pair to travel with again it would be Thomas and Pavlo!

Kent W.
9 Day Alpine Christmas Markets, December 2021
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Our tour guide for the Alpine Christmas Markets was Thomas and I cannot say enough good things about him. It was extremely challenging with the Covid requirements changing daily and sometimes twice within the same day. He was constantly on top of this, checking what was required of us. He was able to get all of our U.S. CDC Covid vaccination cards converted to a European printout with a QR code which was required for every place that we entered. We were later led to believe that only EU people were supposed to have this. Having it, though, made our travels and entry to events so much easier. He also made sure that everyone had the required tests. I had to take three but there were others who had to take five and he stayed on top of every bit of this. I had to have a 24-hour negative test that was later than the others in the group and he personally walked me to the facility that evening and then helped when I was having trouble registering due to my phone. He was also intelligent, fun, and very well organized. Thomas is definitely a "keeper."

Ellen M.
9 Day Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague & Berlin, December 2021
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I would like to extend my graciously thank you to Kayo, our tour manager for a wonderful Christmas market trip in Berlin, Prague and Krakow during this difficult pandemic time. Kayo is thoughtful and a good planner to attend the minute details of the needs for all our group members so that we are worry free and just to enjoy our long waited vacation. Our diver, Cashmir, kudos to his absolutely superb driving skills who brings us swirling through the narrow streets in Prague square. Unbelievable! Hat tip to Cashmir. I seriously couldn't think of anything that Kayo could do better than what he already did for us under the current circumstances and limitations. Thanks for giving us such a memorable Christmas market trip and we made some new friends too.

Hayley L.
11 Day Classic Poland, September 2021
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Our tour leader, Jolanta P., was truly wonderful ! She was very helpful, caring, informative, and kept our group on track. She went above and beyond by providing us with maps, things to do, and local history, as well as providing treats to sample. This was a good tour, but Jolanta made it great ! Our bus driver, Andrej, was very skilled at operating the coach, and saved our group time by taking alternate routes when we encountered delays.

Mark R.
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2021
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We were seriously hyped to make a trip during Covid-times. We specifically selected Switzerland to visit as a single, safe, superior, expensive country. Also, that major attractions are outdoors, free from Covid risk. Still, we were again seriously concerned about getting there dodging a phalanx of regulatory travel obstacles, and once there, how we would manage the bureaucracy of national medical rules. But, after the initial indoctrination of procedures by our trusted travel guide, Fred and seeing how easily we guests adapted, t'was smooth sailing on placid Swiss lakes and down-skiing on incredible snow-capped Alps. What makes a tour of like this successful? For us: Obtaining a memorable impression of places during the limited time available. This tour succeeded excellently, a quick and spare overview of Switzerland. Our most wonderful surprises: the beauty of mountains and valleys, the power of money and industrialization. Our companions were uniformly a very experienced group which made our travels all the more stimulating. The tour guide is key to obtaining a rapid cultural impression. Our very experienced guide was Fred (from neighboring Austria), an exceedingly personable retired-CEO who was a fountain of understandable history and geography enroute. For the safety and security of guests, he conscientiously repeated instructions and directions to shepherd us during peregrinations. Regarding planning, we luckily benefited from rare perfect weather, especially in the mountains, and from strategically located, superior hotels selected for us by Gate1. The number and quality of included meals were just right. I missed museums we normally visit. But wake-me-up! In Switzerland it's the mountains and nature that are de-rigeur! Riding the bus was a minor disadvantage, required to transport us from place to place, but was such delight to enjoy the beauty of the passing valleys, mountains, sky, lakes and scenery. A surprising aspect of this swift journey is how small Switzerland really is... we covered a mere 1100km or 680 miles during our sighting of 9 locales. Perfect tours are those you perfect yourself. For us this 10-day excursion succeeded as a gem of an overview of Switzerland. We will travel with Gate1 again.

Tibor K.
12 Day Classic Romania, September 2021
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I had a marvelous time on the 12 Day Classic Romania tour 9/16-9/27. Both our guide Iuliana and our driver Radu were amazing. Iuliana was upbeat, knowledgeable and caring; I enjoyed her sense of humor and the stories she shared with us. I am very glad Radu was driving and not me on those curvy mountain roads! He also had an excellent command of the English language and was very friendly and willing to engage with all of the tourists. You have wonderful ambassadors for Gate1 in these two, and I hope you appreciate them as they deserve to be.

Regina S.
10 Day Classic Switzerland, September 2021
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It was amazing voyage. As always Gate 1 provided excellent service. Monique, our tour guide made sure we were all safe. She and our bus driver Irene provided outstanding service. As always, I'd like to say thank you to Gate 1. You guys are amazing. We are looking forward to traveling with you, as long as we are going to travel. That was our 25th trip, looking for at least 25 more.

Regina R
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, December 2019
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We loved the experience, and Julian, our tour manager, was AMAZING! Cannot say enough great things about him and how organized and knowledgeable he was throughout the entire trip! This is my third time with Gate 1 and was yet again, a successful trip! It was our honeymoon and the way this was organized was perfect for us and still allowed for plenty of free time. My husband was very impressed and we are already starting to plan our next Gate 1 getaway!!

Abby L. Gilbert, AZ
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, December 2019
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It was awesome and totally exceeded our expectations. Noel is a real asset to your company always congenial, patient and full of knowledge. Have been recommending Gate 1 to all of my friends and several are looking to plan trips with you! Thanks again for this most wonderful experience.

Katherine D. Miami, FL
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, August 2019
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The trip was wonderful. Noel was amazing and took such good care of all of us. The rooms, the tours, the knowledge Noel had for his country and for Europe. The local tour guides and the introduction to their towns and the history lessons were fantastic. The bus driver was patient and kind. He kept that bus so clean and kept us all safe. Good job Gate 1!!

Linda J. Lakeside, CA
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, August 2019
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The Germany, Switzerland and Austria trip was our 15th trip with Gate 1 Travel. Our tour manager Noel was by far one of the best. He was friendly and professional. He commanded control of the group from day one. He stressed safety repeatedly throughout the trip. He gave us plenty of information for each country without overwhelming us. He was able to create harmony among the group, which allowed the tour to be very enjoyable.

John W. Rancho Cucamonga, CA
11 Day Classic Poland, August 2019
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We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed the experience. Our tour manager, Lidia, was wonderful. Her easy manner and smiling face made the hassle of early mornings and busy schedules worth the effort. This was our first Gate One tour, but, because of Lidia, probably not our last. Additionally, our bus driver, Andrew, was friendly, helpful and an expert in his field.

Steve H. Athens, TN
12 Day Classic Germany, July 2019
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Very enjoyable. Charlotte, our tour guide, was the best guide we have had on our 11 Gate 1 trips. She made sure everyone had a good time. Charlotte was very organized and provided details such as next day weather, what to expect in the places we went to, and numerous options for our free time.

Francis R. Lancaster County, PA
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, July 2019
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The trip was excellent. Justin, the tour guide was superb. He helped my friend and I many times, was very knowledgeable and gave details of history wherever we went. The local tour guides were also fantastic. The location of the hotels were perfect and the quality of them was superior. Charles, our bus driver was wonderful. The bus was always clean, the water bottles were constantly replenished. He had a nice, kind personality. Would love to have Justin and Charles on another tour. It was a wonderful experience.

Marsha W. Howell Township, NJ
11 Day Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania, July 2019
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My trip was wonderful! It surpassed any expectations I had. This was my 8th Gate 1 trip, and I want to especially acknowledge our guide, Georgi, who was truly outstanding in every way and a real asset to Gate 1. He made the history come alive and the current politics of each country fascinating. He was friendly and caring and so enthusiastic about everything. He was the best!

Antonia J. Glen Carbon, IL
11 Day Germany, Switzerland & Austria, June 2019
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Our trip was great. Charlotte, our guide, was very special. I’ve taken many trips and all our tour guides were very good. Charlotte, however, was bubbly, very caring, always on top of things and personable with all her passengers. Our hotels were always in a good location and comfortable according to American standards. The breakfasts were great as always and the excursions and general timing throughout the trip was perfect.

Barbara F. Escanaba, MI
10 Day Classic Switzerland, June 2019
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We would like to thank Gate 1 Travel and staff for a GREAT vacation. This trip to Switzerland was everything we had hoped it would be and much more. The itinerary was well planned and allowed for group and personal experiences. We will definitely be traveling with Gate 1 again!

Anthony and Kim D. Saltville, VA
12 Day Classic Romania, June 2019
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Wonderful! All we have come to expect with Gate 1 and even more. We were blessed with a wonderful Tour Guide Iulianna who not only provided us with excellent information, but was kind, thoughtful, and a great communicator. Romania is a beautiful country that I would recommend seeing! Would go again!

Kathleen P. Ballston Lake, NY
11 Day Classic Poland, April 2019
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Our Poland trip was terrific! It far exceeded our expectations and I can’t talk it up enough to friends. That part of the world is so rich with history we loved it.

Debbie C. Oakland County, MI
8 Day Affordable Central Europe, March 2019
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Awesome! This was the best guided tour we have ever done. We had a great travel group. Michael, our tour leader did a stellar job. Whatever you are paying him….double it. He’s worth it. We saw a part of the world that we knew little about but were fascinated to learn. We will have memories that will last a lifetime. We are already encouraging our family and friends to take the same trip. Keep up the great work. We look forward to our next Gate 1 Travel adventure!

Timothy R. Janesville, WI
8 Day Essential Germany, March 2019
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Our trip was fantastic! We had a wonderful week in Germany (went by way too fast). My wife and I were talking the other night while we were showing our parents some of the photos we took, and we were in agreement that we would both absolutely travel through Gate 1 again in the future. Our tour guide, Noel, did a wonderful job--he kept us on schedule and kept us engaged and laughing. Only wish I could have spent another week traveling around Europe with him. Overall, I wouldn't have changed a thing about our time in Germany. It was a trip we will always remember.

Collin M. Glen Burnie, MD
10 Day Affordable Central Europe with Berlin, March 2019
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I had a wonderful time on my trip. Everything was very organized down to the most minute detail. Our guide Fred and driver Atila were very professional and courteous and made sure all of us were well taken care of and comfortable. It was a lovely experience. I will definitely recommend Gate 1 to my friends.

Adalina M. Miami Lakes, FL
9 Day Alpine Christmas Markets, December 2018
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The 9 Day Christmas Market Tour was amazing! Claus our tour leader was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, he knew many interesting anecdotes about the places we were visiting as well as local dishes to try and where a good place was to try them. He kept us on track and was always thinking of our best interests regarding our experience on the trip. He even helped me get to the airport safely to go home by letting me know the right train station to get on at. Konrad our driver, was equally excellent. He knows how to handle a big bus superbly and was always helping load and unload the bags as well as helping some of the older ladies out of the bus. Some of the roads we went down in the bus I would have trouble getting down in my car let alone a vehicle as large as the bus. He was also considerate of our comfort whilst traveling between destinations and would raise or lower the thermostat according to how everyone was feeling. He was also pleasant to talk to and it is nice to be around people who genuinely enjoy their jobs. The same goes for Claus as well. I would definitely go on a Gate 1 tour again as this was such a wonderful experience.

Vicki G. Victoria, Australia
8 Day Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria, November 2018
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It was SO great! Our tour manager Dominique took great care of us. She always had time for any questions we had, no matter what she was doing at the moment. She always had a smile and was so professional and pleasant. The accommodations were great. Meals were great. The bus was clean and we had a very good driver. Water was supplied every day. Gate 1 took great care of us!

Karen M. Seaford, DE
12 Day Affordable Central Europe with Warsaw & Krakow, October 2018
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Our trip was wonderful ... As usual Gate 1 did a wonderful job. Our tour guide Neira was wonderful and so were the other day guides. They are amazing in their knowledge of the areas. The travel was flawless and the places we visited were amazing.

Michelle M. Ulster Park, NY
11 Day Classic Poland, October 2018
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Exceptional!!!! Joanna our tour manager was outstanding. She made hand-outs, trivia contests, language lessons, tastings, DVDs, music and more. As a retired teacher, I appreciated all the extra time she put in to make her country shine. She even assisted us in finding our Polish roots. Now I know why I like to bake--my ancestors came from a town that perfected the art of making gingerbread. My sister and I do an annual adventure. We are looking forward to #8 with Gate 1 next year.

Paula D. Toledo, OH
11 Day Classic Central Europe, October 2018
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As ALWAYS, this Gate 1 trip was absolutely AMAZING. Our guide, Fred, was the BEST. Each time I travel with Gate 1, I think the tour guide has set a new bar. Fred has exceeded that standard of excellence! He was informative, always attentive to everyone's needs and requests, and funny....so funny. Importantly, he kept us safe. He made each and every city and country come alive. In addition, the tour guides in each city were phenomenal. I understand they have a rigorous course of education and testing to become a certified tour guide....well, they too outdid themselves. The history and information that they conveyed simply cannot be garnered from tour books. The hotels were fabulous! I truly don't know how Gate 1 does it, but we could not have asked for better accommodations. And I can't forget Bart, our bus driver. At all times Bart kept us safe. He is so skilled - what an amazing driver. This was a "trip of a lifetime" for my son and I couldn't have been more pleased with the outstanding quality of the itinerary and especially of the tour guides and accommodations. THANK YOU again and again, Gate 1, for another amazing adventure! Looking forward to the next one.

Patricia S. Mesa, AZ
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, September 2018
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This trip was absolutely fabulous; saw and learned so much about Central Europe. What a memorable experience to help connect and visualize historical events. The people and places were all genuine, personable, positive experiences.

Sylvia K. Reston, VA
11 Day Classic Poland, July 2018
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The trip to Poland was absolutely amazing! I know I can speak for my family and friends who accompanied me on the trip in saying the everything about the trip exceeded our expectations! We loved the food, the tours, the people, the arts and music! All were beyond wonderful! Our guide Jolanta P. was exceptionally well-versed in all things Polish and gave us an insider's view of the rich cultural heritage of Poland. We will definitely be planning another visit as well as tell all our friends about the fabulous time we had!

Catherine H. Buffalo, NY
11 Day Classic Poland, July 2018
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I have to tell you that it was a MARVELOUS vacation and tour. Izabella Sliwinski has been the BEST tour guide we have ever had. She has a great personality, considerate, really concerned about the welfare of all the travelers, great suggestions of where to go when there was free time... This was our first experience with Gate 1 Travel and it will not be our last. We were impressed with the hotels chosen, the food, the hospitality of all. The driver was great, the coach was terrific. All I can say is that it was a marvelous time and Thank You for paying attention to details.

Barbara W. Sandia Park, NM
11 Day Classic Poland, May 2018
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Our trip to Poland was great! Yolanta was a warm, friendly, very well-informed guide, one of the best we have had in our travels ... Franek was an amazing driver. Gate1 seems to have a knack for choosing city guides who love their city and want us to see it as they do. We learned so much about Poland, its people, and its historic cities. We were very impressed with the people and the culture, and of course, the food! Gate1 provides a wonderful experience.

Marge H. Flushing, MI
11 Day Bulgaria, Serbia & Romania, May 2018
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Our trip to Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania was great! Excellent tour director, great driver, very interesting sites, good food, & a nice group of folks. Another successful Gate 1 adventure!

Bob K. Punta Gorda, FL
13 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe, April 2018
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It was fantastic. Bogdan Ouhman from Warsaw Poland was our excellent guide throughout the trip. He was very professional and organized, he took care of everyone. We had a good group of people on the tour-made some new friends. Especially liked Brataslava and Prague, but all of the countries we visited were terrific. Food and hotel accommodations were centrally located and very nice...We will definitely plan on going on another Gate 1 trip in the future.

Carol M. Chevy Chase, MD
11 Day Classic Poland, April 2018
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It was great! The cities, hotels, food, and excursions were all excellent. I really learned a lot about the history of Poland. The best part of the trip however was our tour guide. Joanne was awesome! Her knowledge of Poland really brought the country to life. She made every day fun. The tour was a bit grinding at times but Joanna kept everyone interested with her stories and humor. The tour was very good but Joanna made it exceptional.

John R. Cinnaminson, NJ

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