From  £2090
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Tick off the highlights of Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria
  • Uncover thousands of years fascinating history
  • Notice the differences and similarities between the different cultures
  • Visit the mighty Balkan metropolis' of Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia
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Discover Serbia, Romania & Bulgaria Group Tour

12 Day Tour, from £2090 per person
Itinerary Dates
2024
25 Jul  -  05 Aug
05 Sep  -  16 Sep
19 Sep  -  30 Sep
03 Oct  -  14 Oct
17 Oct  -  28 Oct

New for 2024, is the Discover Serbia, Romania & Bulgaria group tour, a guaranteed departure tour departing several times throughout the year.

Begin in Serbia’s lively capital Belgrade and the plains and pretty towns of the Vojvodina region, before heading east into Transylvania, Romania’s famed region known for the legends of Vlad the Impaler and its well preserved Saxon towns. The wide boulevards of Bucharest awaits along with with the iconic Bulgarian towns of Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv and Sofia. Loop back into Serbia to round off the tour.

This tour is a great way for a first time visitor to really uncover the highlights of these three distinctive countries.

This tour operates with a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 16 passengers. The tour is run by our trusted local partners and is not specific to Regent clients. 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO BELGRADE
Belgrade waterfront

Fly to Belgrade, Serbia's capital. On arrival, meet your transfer driver and head into the city to check-in at your hotel. Along the way, your driver will show you and tell some stories about the Western Gate of Belgrade, the famous Belgrade Arena and the monumental Palace of Serbia. This evening there will be a welcome meeting at the hotel with the tour guide. The rest of the evening is at leisure to enjoy Belgrade's gastronomy.

DAY 2
BELGRADE
Saint Sava Temple, Belgrade

After breakfast, you will embark on a tour (driving and walking) around Belgrade, a capital city well known for its various architectural styles, dynamic history and fantastic views of one of the biggest river confluences in the whole of Europe. Start the tour visiting the Museum of Yugoslav History, a memorial complex devoted to the life and deeds of Josip Broz Tito, the political leader of Yugoslavia. Next, you will pass by the stadium of FC Red Star – the former European and World Cup champions, and proceed to the Temple of Saint Sava, Belgrade’s patron saint. Very much a symbol of the city, this impressive building can be seen from any part of the capital. After a short break at the Temple’s plateau, the panoramic tour will then take you from Slavija Square, to Saint Mark’s Church, the Serbian National Parliament and White Palace, and on to Republic Square. This most central point of Belgrade is surrounded by such cultural institutions as the National Theatre and National Museum. The tour will then head along the lively Knez Mihailo Street, the main pedestrian and shopping zone, before stopping for a visit to the Orthodox Cathedral Church of Saint Michael the Archangel. Your guide will tell you about the tavern around the corner, the oldest in the city and intriguingly known as “?” (Question Mark), before continuing on to Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress, the most important cultural-historic complex of the city, situated on the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube. (B)

DAY 3
FRUSKA GORA-SREMSKI KARLOVCI-NOVI SAD
Sremski Karlovci

Today you will explore the most interesting sights of Vojvodina, a province in the north of Serbia. You will be driven through picturesque scenery and Serbia’s famous wine region towards the ‘Serbian Holy Land’, home to 17 functioning Serbian Orthodox monasteries. Visit the well preserved monastery Krušedol, where you’ll have the opportunity to buy wine and rakija made by the monks. The tour continues on to Sremski Karlovci- a real gem of Serbian culture and spirituality, Sremski Karlovci feels like a ‘museum town’ with its Baroque centre, the Patriarchal Court, the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and the first Serbian secondary school (gymnasium). You will finish your tour of this charming town with a visit and wine tasting at one the region’s most prominent wineries. Further on the tour, you will visit the 2021 European Capital of Culture, Novi Sad. Located on the historical border of two former empires – the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman – as a result, the capital of Vojvodina is a multi-cultural city with an interesting mix of architectural influences. On a sightseeing tour around the city, you will walk around the city’s pedestrian zone, past many interesting buildings, before following the right bank of the Danube to reach the Petrovaradin Fortress, so-called ‘Gibraltar of the Danube'. Drive back to Belgrade for an evening at leisure. (B)

DAY 4
BELGRADE TO SIBIU
Timisoara

Leave Serbia behind today, bound east for Romania. The tour continues to Timișoara, the largest city in western Romania and one that has been influenced by many cultures. The charm of this city, settled on the northern bank of the River Bega, lies in its distinctive architectural character and vibrant cultural life, and it is frequently referred to as ‘Little Vienna’. Its historical significance is further confirmed by the fact that it was the first European city to have electric street lighting. A guided tour will leave from Unirii Square, the city’s main square surrounded by beautiful mediaeval buildings among which the Catholic Cathedral of Saint George is a decorative highlight. The tour will take you to Liberty Square, Victory Square home to the Romanian National Opera and National Theatre, and the 15th century Corvin Castle (or Hunedoara Castle) which today represents the best example of Gothic architecture in this region. Continue on to Sibiu. Before the sightseeing tour check-in to the hotel for a short rest. Sibiu was the largest and richest of seven fortified towns built by German settlers in the 12th century. In Sibiu, the first hospital and pharmacy in Romania were established, the first Romanian book was printed and the oldest museum in Romania, the Brukenthal National Museum, was built. The wealth acquired by the trade guilds of Sibiu was used to build impressive buildings and fortification, and today the old town has retained its former splendour. Parts of the mediaeval walls still surround the historic centre, where narrow streets intersect 17th century buildings. Overnight in Sibiu. (B)

DAY 5
SIBIU TO BRASOV
Brasov

From Sibiu, move on to the beautiful Transylvanian town of Sighisoara, dating back to the 1100s. With cobbled streets and colourful buildings, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a highlight of any trip to Romania. Sighisoara is also famous as the birthplace of Vlad III, also known as Vlad the Impaler. His birthplace is still there, marked with the placard ‘Casa Vlad Dracul’. You will also see the Church of the Dominican Monastery, the Clock Tower, Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, the Tailors’ Tower, the Covered Stairway and other important sights. The tour continues to Brasov. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century and built as one of the seven walled citadels, this amazing city exudes a distinctive Medieval atmosphere and has been used as a backdrop in many recent films. Numerous mediaeval towers are peppered across the city and between them Baroque buildings and churches jostle for space whilst relaxed cafés line the main square. Start off in the main square and the House of Council before walking down one of the narrowest streets in the world toward the Gothic style cathedral, famously called the Black Church, and further on to Catherine's Gate, the only original city gate to survive from the Medieval period. After a pleasant afternoon spent in this picturesque city, check-in to the Brasov hotel. (B)

DAY 6
BRASOV TO BUCHAREST
Peles Castle

After breakfast, drive to Bran Castle, the former residence of the Romanian royal family and commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. The fairy-tale appearance of this gothic fortress built in the 13th century, set strategically atop a 60 metre cliff, is a magical sight to behold. Bram Stoker was fascinated by stories of the dark mysteries of the Carpathian Mountains and the legend of Vlad Cepes, a Romanian hero known as a very cruel ruler, and used it all as inspiration for his world-famous novel. Thanks to the fact that Vlad the Impaler was held as a prisoner in this beautiful mediaeval castle, a belief was created that Bran Castle is the place where Stoker placed his story and it became known as Dracula's Castle. Afternoon hours will be devoted to Peles Castle in Sinaia. When King Carol I of Romania visited the location on which the beautiful Peles Castle now stands, he was amazed by the stunning scenery of the Carpathian Mountains that surrounded it. The royal family decided to build their summer residence there. The castle, with its stunning turrets, great attention to detail and stunning views of the mountains, is considered a Neo-Renaissance masterpiece. In addition to the magnificent exterior with hand-painted stained glass windows and numerous sculptures surrounding the castle, the interior of over 160 rooms was decorated by more than 400 artisans and artists. After sightseeing, depart for the Romanian capital, Bucharest. Hotel check-in and free time. (B)

DAY 7
BUCHAREST
Bucharest

Enjoy a full day in Bucharest today. Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned it the nickname of ‘Little Paris’), today Bucharest is a bustling metropolis. While exploring this magnificent city adorned with parks, you will see the fascinating blend of French, Byzantine and communist architecture Though much of the centre is modern and garish, you will find splendid 17th and 18th century Orthodox churches and graceful art nouveau villas tucked away in quiet corners. You will visit all of the city's best-known sights, including the Piața Unirii for a view of the colossal Palace of the Parliament, the second-largest building in the world (after the Pentagon). From there, the tour continues to the Medieval Old Town, one of Bucharest's earliest settlements, which has been the seat of Romanian princes. You will see the Old Princely Court and its church, the peaceful Stavropoleos Monastery, Lipscani Street and the National Museum of Romanian History. Continue toward the Calea Victoriei Avenue, and see the beautiful French-style buildings. When you arrive at Revolution Square, learn what communist rule meant for Romania and how this square earned its name. In the afternoon, use your free time to rest or head to the old city centre and enjoy the open air terraces, cafes and restaurants. This is the perfect place to go out for dinner and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Bucharest while sipping Țuică, Romania’s national drink made from plums. (B)

DAY 8
BUCHAREST TO VELIKO TARNOVO
Veliko Tarnovo

Depart for northern Bulgaria and visit its most important sights. As soon as you enter the territory of Bulgaria close to the village of Ivanovo, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, a complex of rock-hewn churches, chapels, monasteries and cells. This is where the first hermits dug out their cells and churches in the rock during the 12th century. The 14th century murals are wonderful examples of Medieval art. Continue with a short photo stop in the small village of Arbanasi, a picturesque open-air museum of cultural heritage which includes 80 houses, some of which still have original Ottoman decor and design. If you are lucky you may catch a performance by traditional Bulgarian dancers, with colourful costumes and positive energy. In this small village you can also visit one of its five churches, which together house more than 3,600 frescoes. The final stop of the day will take you back in time to the rise and fall of the mighty capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185-1396). By walking the winding cobblestone streets of Veliko Tarnovo, you will learn and feel how its proud population lived under Turkish rule, developed fabulous architectural masterpieces and established a cohesive and powerful craftsmen’s guild. Check-in to the hotel and free time to enjoy the evening in this charming town. (B)

DAY 9
VELIKO TARNOVO TO SOFIA
Plovdiv

Drive to the open air ethnographic museum 'Etar', which contains a collection of 50 objects including water-powered installations and houses with craftsmen's workshops. The complex exhibits the architecture, way of life and economy of central Bulgaria during the Bulgarian National Revival. Using original instruments and following old traditions, it presents the Bulgarian customs, culture and characteristics of 20 regional crafts. Continue the tour and explore the beautiful and ancient city of Plovdiv, one of the oldest cities in Europe and the European Capital of Culture for 2019. Located on the banks of the Marica River and built around seven hills, the city has a cultural mix of different civilisations and a unique blend of architectural elements, itself an open-air museum. You will visit one of its most famous landmarks, the architectural complex of Ancient Plovdiv, where many beautiful houses from the time of the Bulgarian Renaissance have been preserved and restored. The most significant monument of the cultural capital of Bulgaria is certainly the Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis; built in the 2nd century with perfect acoustics, in which theatrical performances, concerts and various cultural events are still held today. You will also visit the Roman Stadium and the Church of Saint Constantine and Helena before finishing the tour in Kapana, the creative heart of the city and a pedestrian area full of shops, restaurants and galleries. Continue on to Sofia and check-in to the hotel. (B)

DAY 10
SOFIA
Sofia

Today, you will explore Sofia, a modern, youthful Eastern European capital, distinguished by a unique combination of communist-style architecture, Ottoman mosques and onion-domed churches. The home to many of Bulgaria's finest museums, galleries and restaurants, Sofia will reveal to you its most interesting landmarks, such as the impressive Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the colourful Church of Saint Nicholas the Miracle-Maker, the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, the Church of Saint George, the Banya Bashi Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue, the National Palace of Culture and Largo- one of the prime examples of Socialist Classicism architecture and one of the Sofia's main landmarks. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take the optional excursion. (B)

 

Optional excursion in Sofia: - Half-day tour of Rila Monastery: High up in the Rila Mountains, you will find the largest and most famous monastery in Bulgaria, the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila. Surrounded by beautiful nature and nestled beneath Bulgaria's highest peak, Musala, it is the most photogenic, peaceful and authentic place in Bulgaria. Despite its remote location, it attracts thousands of visitors every day. The significance of this literary and cultural centre of the region was confirmed in 1983 when it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. When you stand in the huge, stone-paved courtyard, surrounded by 24 metre high walls, you will see that the monastery is also an impenetrable stronghold.  

DAY 11
SOFIA TO BELGRADE
Nis Fortress

Return to Serbia, and travel up the eastern side of the country, where the city of Niš is the most important destination. Niš, mostly known for being the birthplace of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, is a crossroad between east and west. During the tour of Niš, you will see several unique sights, the most important landmark of Niš is the archaeological park Mediana (temporarily closed), a cultural property of exceptional importance as it contains the remains of the residence of one of the most important Roman emperors, Constantine the Great. Another landmark you won’t forget easily is the Skull Tower. Made of 952 human skulls, it is one of the most macabre historical sites in the world. You will also visit the Niš Fortress, the largest monument in the city of Niš and the best preserved Turkish military fortress in Serbia. At the end of the tour, head to the cobbled Tinkers Alley and feel the spirit of the only remaining part of Niš’s old čaršija (market), now home to numerous cafés and restaurants. For an authentic local experience try the grilled meat, arguably the best in the country. Continue the journey on to Belgrade, where the tour ends. Check-in to the hotel and head out into the city to enjoy your final night. (B)

DAY 12
FLY TO UK

Transfer back to Belgrade Airport today to take your return flight, or opt to extend your tour with more time in Belgrade or further afield. (B)

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £2090 per person
(Single person supplement + £455)

Price Includes

  • Return flights from the UK to Belgrade including taxes and baggage 
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels on B&B basis
  • Services of an English speaking guide throughout 
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus 
  • Sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily water 

Price Excludes

  • Tips & gratuities
  • Additional meals
  • Optional excursions- available to book locally 

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

This tour can be upgraded to Superior 5* hotels from £510 per person. 


Itinerary Dates  
25 Jul 2024
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05 Aug 2024
05 Sep 2024
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16 Sep 2024
SOLD OUT
19 Sep 2024
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30 Sep 2024
03 Oct 2024
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14 Oct 2024
17 Oct 2024
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28 Oct 2024

Tour Route Map


  1. Serbia, Belgrade
  2. Serbia, Novi Sad
  3. Romania, Timisoara
  4. Romania, Sibiu
  5. Romania, Sighisoara
  6. Romania, Brasov
  7. Romania, Bucharest
  8. Bulgaria, Arabanassi
  9. Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo
  10. Bulgaria, Plovdiv
  11. Bulgaria, Rila
  12. Serbia, Nis
  13. Serbia, Belgrade

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