Rail: Budapest to Istanbul (EABI)

Countries Visited: Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Turkey
Trip Style: Rail-The best way to fully experience the world is by travelling through it. Rail tours bring you closer to amazing places via iconic and scenic rail routes
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
    Trip Style: Rail-The best way to fully experience the world is by travelling through it. Rail tours bring you closer to amazing places via iconic and scenic rail routes
    Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
    Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
    Meals Included: 9 breakfasts
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Highlights
    Discover the rich and varied culture of Eastern Europe, visit Draculas Castle and charming Slavic villages, explore the spectacular cities of Budapest and Istanbul

    Description
    From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairytale villages, get on the train from Budapest to Istanbul - definitely the road less travelled, but absolutely a worthy adventure to take. Over 13 days, you'll explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces, "Dracula's Castle" in Transylvania, and much more - all accessed via comfortable trains. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and exploration off the train, youll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    13 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1BudapestDay 1 Budapest
    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2SibiuDay 2 Budapest/Sibiu (1B)
    Enjoy an orientation walk of Budapest to get a feel for this westernized city with eastern charm. Opt to spend free time visiting Buda Castle, wandering the streets of Pest, or soaking in a thermal bath. In the evening, board an overnight train to Sibiu. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
    Day 3SighisoaraDay 3 Sibiu/Sighisoara
    Explore Sighisoaras medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars. Sample some Romanian cuisine-the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad, the model for Count Dracula) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region. Transport: Local train (1.50-2.00 hours, 90km)
    Day 4BrasovDay 4 Sighisoara/Brasov (1B)
    Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Sighisoaras countryside. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches. In the early evening, ride the rails to the city of Brasov, the best preserved medieval city in Romania. Included Activities: Sighisoara Region Guided Tour Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))
    Day 5BrasovDay 5 Brasov (1B)
    Impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley, this 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore. Soak in the gorgeous countryside as you learn about the creepier side of Romania. Included Activities: Bran Castle Visit
    Day 6BucharestDay 6 Brasov/Bucharest (1B)
    Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharests international cuisine. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (4.00 hour(s))
    Day 7Veliko TarnovoDay 7 Bucharest/Veliko Tarnovo (1B)
    Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
    Day 8Veliko TarnovoDay 8 Veliko Tarnovo
    Hike to the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo. Opt to go mountain biking or view the murals at the Church of the Nativity. Included Activities: Hike to Arbanasi Village
    Day 9SofiaDay 9 Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia (1B)
    A mix of western grandeur and Soviet bulk, Sofia boasts a gold-domed church and delicious international dining. Sample modern takes on Bulgarian and international food, with some great trendy dining opportunities. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
    Day 10PlovdivDay 10 Sofia/Plovdiv (1B)
    Opt to relax over coffee and a Bulgarian baklava, a specialty of the area. Transport: Train (2.00 hour(s))
    Day 11IstanbulDay 11 Plovdiv/Istanbul (1B)
    Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an overnight train to Istanbul. Transport: Occasionally, the overnight train to Istanbul will not be running. In those cases, we will use the overnight bus service instead. Overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))
    Day 12IstanbulDay 12 Istanbul
    After getting the lay of the land with a local guide, spend some free time visiting all you can in this eclectic city straddling two continents. In the evening, there are plenty of cool little bars and restaurants to celebrate the end of an amazing journey over a raki or two. Included Activities: Istanbul Guided Walking Tour
    Day 13IstanbulDay 13 Istanbul (1B)
    We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully enjoy this vibrant city.
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    10/21/2017$2,199.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 13; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    05/19/2018$2,199.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    06/02/2018$2,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    06/09/2018$2,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    06/16/2018$2,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    07/07/2018$2,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    07/14/2018$2,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    07/28/2018$2,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    08/11/2018$2,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    08/25/2018$2,399.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    09/01/2018$2,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    09/15/2018$2,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    09/29/2018$2,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    10/20/2018$2,199.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
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    Local Flights: If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

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    Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

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