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Balkan Winter 2020-2021
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-39

14 Days / 13 Nights Trip | Zagreb City Tour, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Dubrovnik Sightseeing, Kale Fortress in Skopje

Balkan Winter 2020-2021

With straight-out-of-a-fairytale towns, Adriatic seascapes, and welcoming locals, you’ll never want to leave.
This trip will have you ticking off some of the greats that the Balkans has to offer. Starting in Budapest, you'll travel through Timi?oara, Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Plitvice Lakes National Park before finishing up back in Budapest. Did we mention you'll also get the chance to ski? Yup you heard. Beginner or pro, don't miss your chance to opt in and hit the powder. See you on the slopes!

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  • Duration
    14 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,099
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Topdeck
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

To call Budapest beautiful is an understatement
Highlight #1
To call Budapest beautiful is an understatement
From sitting on the banks of the Danube and sipping beer to watching the city come alive at night, with bridges lit up in green and yellow, this is where dreams come true.
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Itinerary

Budapest, Hungary

YES! You’re in Budapest, baby! Ready for a wintry Balkan adventure? Good news – you’ve come to the right place. Meet your Topdeck trip mates at dinner tonight and gear up for an awesome couple of weeks. Excitement levels: 1000/10.

   Meals:   Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Budapest to Timisoara, Romania

Next stop, Timisoara. Quick fact: some call it 'Little Vienna'. Today we'll get the lay of the land on a walking tour before hitting up the Old Town neighbourhood. Don't miss the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral - especially after dark.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Timisoara to Bucharest, Romania

We’re off to Bucharest. To get your bearings, we’ve got a driving and walking tour on the cards today. Later tonight, enjoy a group dinner and share travel stories. Get stoked, you’ve got a free day in buzzing Bucharest tomorrow.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Bucharest

Day four is a free day. Our suggestions? The Palace of Parliament (it’s pretty big – you can’t miss it), the Cismigiu Gardens (if the lake is frozen over, get your skates on) and the Bucharest Arc de Triomphe. So. Much. To. See!

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Bucharest to Sofia, Bulgaria

The charming and historical Sofia is up next on our Balkan bucket list. But to break up the day, we’re stopping at Veliko Târnovo for some pics. It’s one of Bulgaria’s oldest towns and houses the impressive Tsarevets Fortress. Once in Sofia, become best friends with the city on a walking tour and work up an appetite for dinner this evening.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Sofia

Free day to explore this gem of a capital city. Hot tip: get on down to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and make sure you go inside too. You can thank us later. But for the main event, let’s go skiing (optional). We’ll make our way to Borovets ski resort where you can hit the slopes, whatever your ability. Ready to shred?

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Sofia

Survived the après-ski and want a second day skiing? We’ve got you covered (optional). For non-skiers, take a scenic open-air lift ride and hike to the Seven Rila Lakes in Rila Mountain (optional). It’ll be a view to remember. There’s also the chance to visit the beautiful Rila Monastery (optional). Talk about spoilt for choice!

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Sofia to Belgrade, Serbia

Serbia here we come! Curl up on the coach as we cruise into Belgrade. Once we arrive, we’ll show you how to explore this city like a pro. Later, why not hit the town? YOLO is the motto after all.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Belgrade

Why not take a trip along the banks of the mighty Danube and into Belgrade's Old Town district to investigate the local hot spots? Belgrade Fortress, the bohemian hub Skadarlija and Republic Square are also waiting to be explored.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Belgrade to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

This morning we’ll pay a sobering visit to the Srebrenica Memorial (which honours the victims of the 1995 genocide) before we move on to Sarajevo. Here, we’ll follow our local guide and learn all about the city’s war-torn past. Tonight, discuss everything you’ve learned over dinner. This one’s on us.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Sarajevo

Take it easy today – you’ve got a free day to spend soaking up the sights and sounds of Sarajevo. Looking for some local eats? Why not try cevapi, Bosnia’s take on the kebab?

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Sarajevo to Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Get excited – on day twelve, we’ll make our way to one of the most beautiful parts of Eastern Europe. Yep, we’re looking at you, Plitvice Lakes National Park! In the right conditions, the park’s waterfalls freeze over and the trees get covered in a blanket of snow, turning it into a real-life winter wonderland.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Plitvice Lakes to Budapest

Tear your heart away from the beautiful Plitvice Lakes as we make tracks to Budapest. See the sites on an included driving tour before tucking in to one last dinner with your travel pals.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Budapest

So long Budapest, it’s been real. Until next time!

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Walking tour of Timisoara

 Bucharest driving and walking tour

 Visit Veliko Târnovo

 Walking tour of Sofia

 Walking tour of Belgrade

 Walking tour of Sarajevo

 Visit the Srebrenica Memorial

 Entry to Plitvice Lakes National Park

 Driving tour of Budapest

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and Visa Fees

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