Tour overview

Visiting:Istanbul, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, Plovdiv, Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Sinaia, Bran, Brasov, Bucharest and more. 
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8 October 202025 October 2020$8,580$8,180
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Included

  • Return economy international flights & taxes
  • Internal flights and taxes as per itinerary
  • Sumptuous meals as per itinerary
  • English Tour guide and bus services
  • Accommodation & entry to places listed on itinerary
  • Prepaid gratuities

Not Included

  • EVisa for Turkey is required which we can do for you (currently 60USD subject to change). Romania and Bulgaria does not require visas for Australian passport holders.
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DAY 1. MELBOURNE / DUBAI

This evening we board our Emirates flight bound for Dubai.

Meals – As per flight

DAY 2. DUBAI / ISTANBUL

Upon arrival into Dubai airport there will be a a few hours transit before re-boarding for Istanbul. Welcome to Istanbul! This old walled city of Istanbul stands on a triangular peninsula between Europe and Asia for more than 2,500 years and has been one of the most coveted cities in the world. Once we arrive our tour manager will greet us and then take us to our hotel for check in and much needed rest. Once we have settled into our rooms we will have our first dinner tonight as a group.

Meals – As per flight / D

Overnight Stay – Wyndham Grand Istanbul or similar

DAY 3. ISTANBUL

Breakfast at hotel and then we will start full day city tour. Today’s visits include the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Basilica Cistern (YerebatanSarayı), the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Finally, enjoy a bit of time at the Spice Market. After dinner back to our hotel for rest.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Wyndham Grand Istanbul or similar

DAY 4. ISTANBUL / KUSADASI

Breakfast at hotel and then today will be a long drive to Izmir. Upon arrival, we will have some free time at Konak Square and lunch. Then continue to drive to Kusadasi which isn’t too far away. We will then have a stop at the Temple of Artemis and also a Turkish delight shop to sample some of the country’s finest sweet treats.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Korumar Kusadai Hotel or similar

DAY 5. KUSADASI / PAMUKKALE

Before we leave Kusadasi we will visit a a live fashion show at the leather outlet center. Afterwards drive to Ephesus to visit the House of Virgin Mary and also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Once we finish lunch, we drive to Pamukkale and our visit includes the extensive ruins of Hierapolis – an ancient Roman city, well known for its thermal baths and health center. Here at Pamukkale, the main attraction is the fascinating views of white calcium deposits which in turn form the white terraces and basins – this place is fondly also known as the Cotton Castle.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Adem Pira Hotel Pamukkale or similar

DAY 6. PAMUKKALE / CAPPADOCIA

Following an early breakfast, we will spend a few hours on the bus driving through the amazing scenery to Konya. Konya was the center of the Seljuk Empire as well as the city of Mevlana and his Whirling Dervishes.Along the way we will visit the Sultanhani Caravanserai – located on Konya and Aksaray road it is the biggest masterpieces in Seljuk Period. This glorious structure was built by grand architect Muhammad bin Havlan el-Dimiski by the order of Anatolia Seljuk Sultan Aladdin Keykubat I between 1228 and 1229.We then continue to Cappadocia region.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Kapadokya Lodge Hotel or similar

DAY 7. CAPPADOCIA

A visit to the region of Cappadocia is said to be the highlight of any tour to Turkey. The unique landscape of Cappadocia evolved from erosion of the ash sedimentation by wind, sun, rain and snow, sculpting the land into countless strangely shaped pillars, cones and “fairy chimneys”. Enjoy a full day tour through the many valleys and conical cliffs, which are fantastic spots for snapshots too. Our first visit is Goreme Open Air Museum that is listed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Then stop at Carpet Factory Outlet. Free time for shopping.

Optional Hot Air balloon ride in the early morning which will allow you to see Cappadocia from the sky above!
Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Kapadokya Lodge Hotel or similar

DAY 8. CAPPADOCIA / ISTANBUL

This morning take a very early morning flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival we make our way to Topkapi Palace and step back in time to a world when sultans and their harems ruled Istanbul. After lunch we check into our hotel room for rest and later tonight enjoy a night on the Bosphorus river sightseeing cruise which includes dinner.

Meals – B (boxed breakfast) / L / D

Overnight Stay – Wyndham Grand Istanbul or similar

DAY 9. ISTANBUL / EDIRNE / PLOVDIV (BULGARIA)

After breakfast we enjoy our pleasant journey into Bulgaria. Lunch along the way in Edirne before continuing to Plovdiv, the second biggest city in Bulgaria. You get your bearings on a guided walking tour that explores the history and culture of the city, which was founded 8,000 years ago. See traces of the successive Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Bulgarian cultures, and learn about the distinctive architecture of the Old Town where you find some time to wander the cobble stone streets for souvenir hunting. This evening enjoy dinner in hotel.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Plovdiv Best Western Hotel or similar

DAY 10. PLOVDIV / SOFIA

A leisurely start to the morning with Plovdiv Ethnographic Museum, that explores Bulgarian folk culture, costumes, and lifestyles, followed by the Plovdiv Roman Theatre, among the best-preserved ancient theaters in the world. After lunch, we continue with a short 2-hour drive to the capital Sofia, where our guide will be ready to show you its Parliament, Cathedral Saint Aleksander Nevski, Saint Sofia church, Russian church, National Theatre, Presidency, Roman remains, Market hall, Vitosha Boulevard. Check in later to enjoy a dinner in hotel restaurant.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Sofia Suite Hotel or similar

DAY 11. SOFIA

After breakfast meet your guide once again for more cultural entertainment; we visit the National Historical Museum and Boyana church (UNESCO world heritage list). In the afternoon you are free, exploring of the capital city and shopping. Overnight. Dinner in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant with live folklore show.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Sofia Suite Hotel or similar

DAY 12. SOFIA / VELIKO TARNOVO

This morning, it is time for Veliko Turnovo (the City of Tsars)! Upon arrival our local expert is ready to show you inside the Tsarevets fortress from the 12th century. Step back in time on the Samovodene Artisans Street packed with workshops of locals where you can find a coppersmith, silversmith, icon painter and many more. A short drive out of the town to Arbanassi Village, an architectural reserve unique in Bulgaria which is fascinating indeed.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – VT Plaza Hotel or similar

DAY 13. VELIKO TARNOVO / RUSE / SINAIA

From Veliko Tarnovo we cross the Balkan Mountains for a brief stop in Ruse city centre. Due to its prosperity in the 19th century, it acquired a pronounced central European look and was even titled a “Little Vienna”. From the Freedom Square, adorned with beautiful little park and fountains, the square still preserves the ambience of the old times. Drive pass Alexandrovska Street, a well-known landmark of Ruse mainly because it is a favourite meeting point for locals before we cross the mighty Danube river on the “Friendship Bridge” and using the new highway A3 towards our destination Sinaia, a winter resort that was good enough for the Romanian Queen Maria.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Rina Sinaia Hotel or similar

DAY 14. SINAIA /BRASOV

This morning we make our way to visit the picturesque Neo-Renaissance 18th century castle Peles Castle – it is surrounded by Carpathian Mountains in Romania’s Prahova County offering spectacular views. Enjoy with your guide all hand-painted murals – there are old-world paintings, rich tapestries and shining armour collected from Eastern and Central European civilizations. If time permits, visit the grounds and take in the garden statues. By lunch time we are in the village of Moieciu, an unique arrangement with one of the guest-farm houses, where the ladies will cook for you in an authentic location while you experience the real Romanian country life. Before long, we will be in Brasov. Follow your tour manager for a Brasov stroll around the old Town Hall Square and take a peek inside the Black Church (Biserica Neagra), the largest Gothic church in Romania. Its name derives from damage caused by the Great Fire of 1689, when flames and smoke blackened its walls. Return to hotel for evening dinner.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Ramada Brasov hotel or similar

DAY 15. BRASOV / RASNOV / BRAN / TRAIN TO BUCHAREST

This morning we start our guided tour of the medieval Rasnov fortress – hop on a farm harvesting machine all the way up to the hill top and delve into its history and legends while exploring the chapel, courtyards and museum (which is home to feudal art, weapons, and local crafts). Your next stop is Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) after a 30-minute drive. Famed for its associations with Bram stoker’s Gothic classic, the castle boasts a dramatic hilltop perch that offers panoramic vistas. Visit the 14th-century structure, winding down steep staircases and opulent chambers while listening to age-old legends. To repeat the same journey down south via bus, we will catch a late local train from Brasov station down to the country’s capital city – Bucharest. (Your coach will take your suitcases directly to the hotel and so we suggest to pack essentials in your hand carry luggage).

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Bucharest Intercontinental Hotel or similar

DAY 16.BUCHAREST

Hello Bucharest! Here today, you must see the Palace of Parliament, whose austere exterior belies the fanciful interior, full of gleaming crystal chandeliers, plush auditoriums, gold leaf, hand-woven carpets, marble halls, bronze doors and carved wooden staircases. A timed schedule visit – into one of the biggest buildings in the world. (Camera and video are permitted with a fee); 30,000 private homes; Churches, synagogues were demolished to make way for this awesome monstrosity. Its mammoth proportions include 12 stories, 1,100 rooms and state apartments. Around 20,000 builders worked for six years to complete the palace, using only materials available in Romania. Continue after lunch to enjoy the views of Patriarch Cathedral, Roman Athenaeum and the Triumphal Arch till time for dinner.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Bucharest Intercontinental Hotel or similar

DAY 17. BUCHAREST / DUBAI

With the remaining time before our flight home, we stop at the local Folklore village for a free stroll into the village. Founded by royal decree in 1936, this fascinating outdoor museum on the shores of Lake Herastrau features a collection of 50 buildings representing the history and design of Romania’s rural architecture. Steep-roofed peasant homes, thatched barns, log cabins, churches and watermills from all regions of the country were carefully taken apart, rebuilt in order to recreate the village setting. You may have a chance to witness folk artisans demonstrating traditional skills in weaving, pottery and other crafts. Folk arts and crafts are available at the museum gift shop. Afterwards we check in at Bucharest airport for our flight to Dubai – we anticipate to arrive into Dubai in the late evening.

Meals – B / As per flight

DAY 18. DUBAI / MELBOURNE

Our flight back home will depart a few hours after midnight. Sit back and relax and not long you will be back at home. We hope you enjoyed this tour!

Meals – As per flight

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