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Balkans & Ski 2018-2019 (14 Days, Budapest to Budapest)

This trip will have you ticking off some of the greats that the Balkans has to offer. Starting in Budapest, you'll travel through Timisoara, 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.


Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park
Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
13 Breakfasts
13 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $2,080
Start Location
Budapest, Hungary
End Location
Budapest, Hungary
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Day 1: Budapest, Hungary
You're in Budapest baby! Meet your travel mates at dinner tonight and gear up for an epic adventure. Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Budapest to Timisoara, Romania
Off to Timisoara today: Romania's third-largest city. Some call it Little Vienna. Get oriented on a walking tour before getting lost in the Old Town neighbourhood. Don't miss the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral. It's more than just a photo op and especially beautiful at night. Included today: -Walking tour of Timisoara Meals: -Breakfast
Day 3: Timisoara to Bucharest
We're off to Bucharest today. 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. Included today: -Bucharest driving & walking tour Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 4: Bucharest
Free day = yay! Wander the streets today and get a feel for the largest city in Romania. Why not tick off the Palace of Parliament (it's pretty big, you can't miss it), the fairytale-like Cismigiu Gardens (if the lake is frozen over, get your skates on!) and take a peek at the Bucharest Arc de Triomphe. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 5: Bucharest to Sofia, Bulgaria
The charming and historical Sofia is up next on our Balkan bucket list. But to break the day up, 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. Work up an appetite for dinner this evening. Included today: -Visit Veliko Târnovo -Walking tour of Sofia Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 6: Sofia
Free day to explore this gem of a capital city. Hot tip: get on down to the Aleksander Nevski 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 Optional activities: -Skiing in Bulgaria
Day 7: 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 an excursion to the beautiful Rila Monastery as another option. Talk about spoilt for choice! Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Skiing in Bulgaria -Excursion to Rila Monastery -Open air lift ride & hike to the Seven Rila Lakes, Rila Mountain
Day 8: 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 local. Later, why not hit the town? YOLO is the motto after all. Included today: -Walking tour of Belgrade Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 9: 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 down Prince Michael Street. Belgrade Fortress, the bohemian hub Skadarlija and Republic Square are also waiting to be explored. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 10: Belgrade to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
First off, a sobering visit to the Srebrenica Memorial before a guided tour of Sarajevo. Follow your Trip Leader and learn all about this fascinating city's war-torn past. Included today: -Walking tour of Sarajevo -Visit the Srebrenica Memorial Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 11: Sarajevo to Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
On our way to one of the most beautiful parts of Eastern Europe today. Get ready for 300km squared of awesomeness at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 12: Plitvice Lakes
In winter, Plitvice Lakes National Park becomes all sorts of amazing. In the right conditions, the waterfalls freeze over and trees are covered in a blanket of snow. Chasing waterfalls has never been so awesome. Get exploring around the 16 lakes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Included today: Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park Meals: -Breakfast
Day 13: Plitvice Lakes to Budapest, Hungary
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. Included today: -Driving tour of Budapest Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 14: Budapest
So long Budapest, it's been real. Until next time! Meals: -Breakfast