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Grand European Sojourn - 2020

Germany • Austria • Hungary • Bulgaria • Croatia • Serbia • Romania
  • ENJOY CRUISE LIFE ON A DELUXE RIVER SHIP, FEATURING WORKSHOPS, EVENING ENTERTAINMENT, AND MORE
  • MARVEL AT THE STORYBOOK SCENERY ALONG THE UNESCO-LISTED RHINE RIVER
  • SPEND FOUR DAYS EXPLORING UNESCO-LISTED BUDAPEST AND ITS MYRIAD TREASURES, INCLUDING THE PARLIAMENT
  • ENJOY A ROUSING DANCE PERFORMANCE BY LOCAL CHILDREN IN BULGARIA
  • SAIL THROUGH THE IRON GATES, ONE OF THE DANUBE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL STRETCHES
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Transylvania, Romania

4 DAYS FROM $799

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Transylvania, Romania

FROM $799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $200 PER DAY

Vantage invites you to Transylvania, where the lure of vampire legends awaits in Romania’s fabled central region, home to mountainous scenery, medieval villages, and Bran Castle — Dracula’s legendary manse. You’ll visit Prejmer Fortified Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and check off another UNESCO Site off your list when joining our optional tour to enchanting Sighișoara. Step inside elegant Bucharest, bohemian Brasov, and a forested region of fairytales — now with an extra day added for better pacing in 2020!

*Please note that for pre- and post-trip extension passengers to enjoy the best pacing and airline routing, two days of base tour features will be listed in the itinerary below as noted (Days 25 and 29 for the post-trip extension). For post-trip extension passengers, your price includes:

Your Price Includes:
  • Accommodations for 3 nights in Brasov, Romania, at the Kronwell Hotel (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Half-Day Excursion to Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula
  • Excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site (2 if you join an optional tour to Sighișoara)
  • Transfers and baggage handling overseas (except in customs)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 25:

Traveling through Transylvanian history

Today we’ll venture into Transylvania, the mountainous, legend-haunted region in central Romania. On the way, we’ll stop for lunch in Sinaia, a former royal summer retreat, and visit fairy-tale Peles Castle. As we enter Transylvania proper, you’ll see why it’s known as the last medieval landscape in Europe. Our destination is charming Brasov, the compact baroque city that still retains the medieval walls and gates erected nine centuries ago by Saxon merchant princes. Dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Please note: Today's activities are part of your base tour price.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 26:

Take a Transylvania Highlights optional tour, or explore Brasov on your own

Enjoy a day at leisure in charming, walkable Brasov. Or join an optional full-day Transylvania Highlights tour including a walking tour of Sighișoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Dracula. Lunch is included on this optional tour. In the evening, you're invited to join a pub crawl through Brasov.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Transylvania Highlights

Transylvania Highlights

  • Approximate Cost: $89 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Sighisoara, Romania
  • When: Full-day tour

AVAILABLE ON TRANSYLVANIA EXTENSION ONLY: Discover Transylvania’s fairy-tale village of Sighisoara, a 12th-century Saxon settlement whose central citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses, and ornate churches, Sighisoara’s beautifully preserved medieval character rivals that of Old Prague or Vienna. The city’s other claim to fame is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. You’ll learn the city’s fabled history on a guided walking tour that includes lunch at a local restaurant.


Day 27:

Explore Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula

Following breakfast, embark on a tour to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. Return back to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 28:

Inside Prejmer Fortified Church

Today you’ll enjoy an included excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that was constructed in the 13th century by Teutonic knights and fortified by a circular wall in the 15th century by German colonists. Three hundred storage rooms on up to four levels held supplies for potential siege, and the fortress protected the church from 50 attacks over the course of history. You’ll learn about its victorious battles and those who protected it before returning to your hotel for a free evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 29:

Panoramic tour of Bucharest and exploring its historic buildings

Today we’ll make our way to Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, where we’ll have lunch and embark on a panoramic tour. Afterwards, explore Bucharest’s grand monuments and leafy, old-world boulevards on a city tour that includes a choice of entrances. Unforgettable Moment: You can visit the infamous People’s Palace, the grandiose, sprawling, and never-completed administrative building initiated by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Alternatively, take a fascinating walking tour of Manuc’s Inn, Bucharest’s oldest hotel building, which was built as a way station for caravans and surrounds a large open courtyard. Dinner is included at your hotel. 


Please note: The Bucharest portion of today's activities are part of your base tour price.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 30:

Return home

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands

FROM $1,099 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $275 PER DAY

Complete your sweeping European getaway with three more nights in charming Amsterdam. You’ll cruise the UNESCO-listed canals of this creative city, explore Dutch art and history at the Rijksmuseum, and discover the joys of the countryside (windmills, too!) when you join an optional tour to Zaanse Schans & Edam. An orientation walk of Dusseldorf is an added boon — don’t miss this true Dutch treat!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations at the Superior First-Class NH Barbizon Palace (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Orientation walk of Dusseldorf during your transfer to Amsterdam
  • Canal cruise with visit to Rijksmuseum
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 27:

Dusseldorf orientation walk before Amsterdam

Transfer to Amsterdam, stopping off along the way in Dusseldorf for an orientation walk.

While Dusseldorf is an economic powerhouse, it’s also famed for its arts scene and lovely location on the picturesque banks of the Rhine. Besides a charming Old Town (Altstadt), there’s also a famous beer to sip — Altbier — and it’s dark and plentiful, along with lots of shopping streets.

DAY 28:

Dutch canal cruise and a visit to the Rijksmuseum

Embark on a cruise through Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed 17th-century canal ring before a visit to the famed Rijksmuseum sheds light on Dutch art and history.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 29:

Explore Zaanse Schans & Edam on an optional tour, or enjoy a day a leisure in Amsterdam

Step inside a “living museum” today on an optional tour to Zaanse Schans & Edam, home to traditional homes, humpbacked bridges, charming gardens, tradesmen's workshops, and working windmills. Or, craft your own itinerary with a day of leisure in Amsterdam. Tonight, convene with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Zaanse Schans & Edam Excursion

Zaanse Schans & Edam Excursion

  • Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • When: Half-Day Tour

The Dutch say, “if you only have one day to see Holland, then go to Zaanse Schans,” so we take you there on our “quintessential Holland” excursion. You’ll take a short scenic ride through the countryside to this “living museum” to admire the houses, humpbacked bridges, charming gardens, tradesmen’s workshops, and authentic, working windmills dating to the 17th century. You’ll get a lesson in cheese making, step inside a windmill, and see how a clog maker crafts those unique shoes. Next you’ll go on a guided tour of picturesque Edam, famous for its eponymous cheese. Before heading back to Amsterdam, you’ll try a typical Dutch treat, coffee and cake, at a local café.


DAY 30:

Return home

Today after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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