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Passage to Eastern Europe & Transylvania - 2018

Bulgaria • Croatia • Hungary • Romania • Serbia
  • FULL-DAY TOUR TO VELIKO TURNÔVO AND HISTORIC ARBANASSI
  • CITY TOUR OF BUDAPEST (A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) FEATURING FISHERMAN’S BASTION
  • HOME-HOSTED LUNCH IN CROATIA WITH A LOCAL FAMILY
  • KALOCSA CITY TOUR, INCLUDING AN ORGAN CONCERT AND HUNGARIAN FOLKLORE WORKSHOP
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  • 12
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  • 10
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Warsaw & Krakow

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Transylvania, Romania

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Transylvania, Romania

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FROM $699 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $233 PER DAY

Even without the lure of vampire legends, Romania’s central region of Transylvania is a superb travel destination, with its rugged mountain scenery, medieval villages, and well-preserved towns. Now you can experience it firsthand — at a great Vantage value! — as an extension of your European river cruise. Most intriguing of all, you’ll uncover the mystery of Dracula himself! You'll also visit the Prejmer Fortified Church, a UNESCO Site. And to add something really special, stroll narrow lanes among pastel-colored buildings on our optional tour to enchanting Sighisoara, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations: 2 nights in Brasov, Romania at the Aro Palace Hotel (or similar), and 1 night at the Deluxe InterContinental Bucharest (or similar)
  • Breakfasts daily
  • 3/4 day excursion to Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula
  • 2 UNESCO Sites: Prejmer Fortified Church;  Historic Center of Sighisoara (optional tour)
  • All tours enhanced by Vantage's audio headsets!
  • A City Host and experienced local guides, transfers, and baggage handling overseas (except in customs)
  • 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 12:

Transylvania Highlights optional tour, or explore charming Brasov on your own

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

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 fairytale 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 13:

Explore Bran Castle, the 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 14:

Explore Bucharest today, or join an optional tour to Manuc’s Inn

Today you’ll transfer from Brasov to Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, where we’ll have lunch. Afterwards, explore Bucharest’s grand monuments and leafy, old-world boulevards on a city tour that includes a choice of entrances. You can visit the infamous People’s Palace, the grandiose, sprawling, and never-completed administrative building initiated by dictator Nicolae Ceausecu. Alternatively, take a fascinating 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. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

Day 15:

Fly home

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Warsaw & Krakow

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FROM $799 PER PERSON | 5 DAYS | $160 PER DAY

The great cities of Warsaw and Krakow are a revelation for any traveler — and the perfect complement to your river cruise. Join us as we spend two days in Warsaw, the graceful Polish capital that was meticulously restored after near total destruction during World War II. A transfer that brings us to Krakow, indisputably one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Enjoy informative walking tours of the atmospheric historic districts. You’ll also visit the Warsaw Ghetto and the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps, both of which reveal darker, more complex chapters in Europe’s history. Visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites are included in this extension.

Your Price Includes:

  • 4 nights accommodations: 2 nights at the Westin Hotel Warsaw and 2 nights at the Q Hotel Plus Krakow, Grand Hotel Krakow, or Sheraton Krakow (depending on departure date)
  • 3 guided sightseeing tours
  • 3 UNESCO Sites: Historic Center of Warsaw, Historic Center of Krakow, and Auschwitz Birkenau
  • 4 breakfasts
  • The services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • All transfers and baggage handling overseas (where permitted)
  • 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 13:

Journey to Krakow on a scenic motorcoach ride

After breakfast today, we depart for a lengthy but scenic motorcoach trip to Krakow. that takes us through the haunting Tatra Mountains. Later, we'll gather for a briefing, including a Welcome Drink.

Day 14:

City walking tour, and a tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau

During your walking tour of this elegant city, once the seat of Poland’s royalty, ten centuries of architecture are on display. Your route includes Wawel Castle, the coronation and burial site of Polish kings, and the vast medieval square — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, we’ll make a somber visit to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz and the nearby “death camp” of Birkenau. These sites are now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They’re also a museum and a memorial dedicated to the 1.5 million people who perished here.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 15:

Head to Warsaw 

You’ll arrive in Warsaw in the afternoon.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 16:

The memory of World War II in Warsaw

During this morning’s included tour, you’ll delve into Warsaw's Old Town, the historic heart of the Polish capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The UNESCO designation recognizes the painstaking rebuilding of this district following deliberate destruction by retreating German troops. We’ll also visit the remnants of the Warsaw Ghetto, where some 400,000 Jewish citizens were imprisoned after the Nazi conquest of Poland in World War II, and three quarters of whom died in concentration camps. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore more of Warsaw on your own.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 17:

Return home

After breakfast in the hotel this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the U.S.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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