If we were wanting to discover what makes Eastern Europe one of the most beautiful locations on Earth, we would be sure to take a trip to the Demanova Valley to see the Low Tatras Mountain Range in the Slovak Republic.
We might also take the train ride through the Eastern Carpathian Mountains in Romania.
Not only do we have the chance to live out these experiences, but we can also relax in the bathhouses in Budapest, Hungary, or sit on the patios of one of the many coffeehouses in Bucharest, Romania.
The intricate stonework of the churches and monasteries that are scattered throughout these countries, or the music that fills the many market squares are some of the finer details we have time to admire during this 21-day trip.
When you sign on to our Slovakia Hungary & Romania tour, you are signing on to an extensive expose of natural beauty combined with some of mankind's most stunning architectural achievements.
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.
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Optional Single Supplement: $930 USD (number of singles limited).
Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving/departing on tour dates.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring, summer and fall the most popular of which is are spring and fall when temperatures are relatively mild and crowds thinner. Showers quite possible in spring and fall, somewhat less so in summer though can occur any time. Summers can be humid though long daylight hours maximize exploration.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size').
Though we will have a couple of full bus days there are plenty of stops of interest. There may not be porters available in all locations. We also make use of public transit in some cities in order to maximize sightseeing where vehicles are impractical (most people quite enjoy this insight into daily life).
This trip is typical of most of our European tours, which are ambitious and involve full days of travel and sightseeing. While we don't have any actual strenuous activity (ie hiking) built into the program, you will do a lot of walking on this trip. These walks will mostly be in the form of walking tours of towns and cities and short walks to dinner. Being Europe, and a hilly/mountainous area, cobbles, uneven surfaces, and slopes/stairs are common. If you are accustomed to typical "bus tours," which rely heavily on vehicular transport for all sightseeing activities, you should be aware that this tour is considerably more active.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels (3 star) throughout. Many are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though most have shower only. Porter service is sometimes available; you MUST be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver, local step-on guides in various locales.
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader
This tour is part of a series that can be upgraded to make for a longer trip. For more options, please refer to tour code/s:
Tour Overview Countries Visited: 4 Acivity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
Bounties in the Slovak Republic lie copious and abundant and we need the best part of a week on our Slovakia, Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria Tour to explore fully the historic, cultural and natural features of this unique country.
From the centuries-old quarters of the cosmopolitan capital city, Bratislava, and the ornate churches, towers and architectural marvels therein, to the breathtaking natural glory of the Pineny region and the dizzying heights of the Carpathian Mountains, our route showcases the many faces of the Slovak Republic and its majesty.
We descend to investigate underground caves and ascend the slopes of the second highest mountain in the Low Tatras Range in a chairlift, before ending the Slovak Republic leg and heading to Hungary's capital, Budapest. We tour the dynamic capital, spending time amid stately buildings and meandering along narrow streets, all the while soaking in the attractions, like the neo-Gothic Parliament, the Museum of Ethnography, the concert hall and the Chain Bridge.
Through towns and villages that at times seem forgotten by time, we admire rural scenery that would not be out of place over a century ago, like the traditional garb of the women in Holloko and the town's cobbled streets. Our trip to see the stalagmite pyramids and red and black stalactite drip stones in the Aggtelek Caves is one not soon forgotten and we leave Hungary via the wine-producing region near Debrecen and the Hortobagy National Park and Wildlife Preserve.
In Romania, we check out the famous Bucovina Monasteries and their collections of Byzantine art, the mythical home of Dracula at Bran Castle, 'the Pearl of the Carpathian Mountains' at Sinaia and one of the most beautiful castles in Europe at Peles Castle.
We then head into Bulgaria to spend our final eight days seeing the capital city, Sophia, hiking in the Valley of the Roses, visiting the Rila Monasteries and wandering around ancient Thracian cities admiring the sights and meeting the friendly locals.
Tour Overview Countries Visited: 4 Acivity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
Hungary, Romania, Slovak & Czech Republic Tour from Adventures Abroad: Experience the best of culture, spectacle and nature on this 28-day adventure through four highly memorable tour destinations in the heart of Europe.
Prague, the capital city and jewel in the crown of the Czech Republic, presents the perfect introduction to a region of the world steeped in history and brimming with attraction, both modern and ancient.
This magical city has a wholly unique atmosphere and having remained largely undamaged by the Second World War, boasts mazes of cobblestone alleys, mediaeval courtyards and historic site by the dozen.
We visit the castle, the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter and Wenceslas Square, allocating enough time to let the poignant beauty of this metropolis sink in and then it's off to tour Renaissance chateaux, Gothic fortresses and the world-famous spa town of Karlovy Vary.
Visits to Cesky Krumlov and the Heritage Site of Telc bring our Czech Republic leg of our tour to an exquisite close. In Slovakia, we travel from the exciting capital, Bratislava, through picturesque rural sceneries punctuated by quaint towns and striking chateaux and on to one of Central Europe's most beautiful natural environments at Pieniny National Park.
We come across unique wooden architecture amid the Low Tetras mountain range and mediaeval monasteries near the border with Poland before crossing into Hungary and heading for its capital, Budapest.
Known as 'the Paris of Central Europe', Budapest is as romantic and harmonious as a city can be, a feature that is mirrored in the enchanting towns of Holloko, where traditional dress is still worn by women, and Debrecen, the largest town in Eastern Hungary and today an important market town.
As we make our way through glorious Hungarian countryside, stopping in at villages to mingle with friendly locals, taste local culinary delicacies and get a feel for rural lifestyle, we discover that there's so much more to this country than its famously bewitching capital.
Last on our destination list is Romania, a country with a fascinating blend of old and new. From the garden city of Bucharest, via the Bucovina monasteries with their stunning displays of Byzantine-influenced art, the Carpathian Mountains and UNESCO-designated fortified churches atop the Transylvanian plateau, we see the spectacular variety of man-made and natural wonder that Romania has to offer and discover its true character for ourselves.
Tour Overview Countries Visited: 5 Acivity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovak & Czech Republic Tour from Adventures Abroad: This epic, 35-day extravaganza of a tour is the ultimate showcase of the histories, cultures, landscapes and natures of these five exciting destinations in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Beginning in Prague, a city that is often compared to Florence and Rome for its beauty and one that Goethe once called the prettiest gemstone in the crown of the world, we begin our Czech Republic leg of the tour basking in the glories of one of the most stunning and memorable metropolises on the planet.
We also visit world-famous spa towns; take a ride up a funicular to admire striking vistas; and spend time in the UNESCO-designated historic centre of Cesky Krumlov, perhaps the most exquisite city in the country.
We travel through regions famous for orchards and vineyards in the Slovak Republic en route to Bratislava, the capital and often the most popular attraction in the country.
After comprehensive exploration of the country's largest urban centre, we head to one of the most impressive areas of natural beauty in Central Europe at Pieniny National Park, before pressing on to Budapest, Hungary.
From Hungary, we cross into Romania, starting this leg of the adventure in Bucharest, once known as 'The Paris of the East'. A historically fascinating destination, Romania is home to over 2,000 fresco-brimming monasteries, dozens of picture-perfect castles and countless fortified villages.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.