Budapest to Istanbul

Classic, Budapest to Istanbul

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From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairytale villages, this tour from Budapest to Istanbul is 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. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and exploration, you'll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, Budapest
  • Budapest orientation walk
  • Romanian villages and countryside tour (half-day, from Sighisoara)
  • 'Dracula's Castle' (Bran)
  • Bucharest orientation tour
  • Hike to Arbanasi village
  • Sofia orientation walk
  • Istanbul city tour with local guide
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Discover the rich and varied culture of eastern europe
  • Visit 'dracula's castle' and charming slavic villages
  • Explore the spectacular cities of budapest and istanbul


Day 1 Budapest There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Budapest/Sighișoara (1B) For a taste of everyday Hungary that ends at Great Market Hall, opt to pre-book the "Budapest Morning Walking Tour" on the checkout page to include this optional on your tour. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar Transport: Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s), 600km)
Day 3 Sighișoara Explore the 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.
Day 4 Sighișoara/Braşov (1B) Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Sighisoara and nearby countryside. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches. In the early evening, transfer to the city of Brasov, the best preserved medieval city in Romania. Included Activities: Sighișoara Region Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.60 hour(s), 115km)
Day 5 Braşov (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 6 Braşov/Bucharest (1B) Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharest's international cuisine. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (4.00 hour(s))
Day 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 8 Veliko Tarnovo (1B) Enjoy the morning in the medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo. In the afternoon, visit the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo. Included Activities: Arbanasi Village Visit
Day 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 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 11 Plovdiv/Istanbul (1B) Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an evening bus to Istanbul. Transport: Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
Day 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 13 Istanbul (1B) We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully enjoy this vibrant city.