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EABI - Budapest to Istanbul

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.


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
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $2,599
Start Location
Budapest, Hungary
End Location
Istanbul, Hungary
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
19 May 201931 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $2,599 
02 Jun 201914 Jun 2019Fully BookedAUD $2,599 
30 Jun 201912 Jul 20191AUD $2,599
07 Jul 201919 Jul 20199AUD $2,599
28 Jul 201909 Aug 20199AUD $2,599
11 Aug 201923 Aug 201913AUD $2,599
25 Aug 201906 Sep 201914AUD $2,599
22 Sep 201904 Oct 20199AUD $2,599
29 Sep 201911 Oct 201913AUD $2,599
20 Oct 201901 Nov 201911AUD $2,599
17 May 202029 May 202016AUD $2,599
31 May 202012 Jun 202016AUD $2,599
14 Jun 202026 Jun 202016AUD $2,599
28 Jun 202010 Jul 202016AUD $2,599
12 Jul 202024 Jul 202016AUD $2,599
26 Jul 202007 Aug 202016AUD $2,599
09 Aug 202021 Aug 202016AUD $2,599
23 Aug 202004 Sep 202016AUD $2,599
06 Sep 202018 Sep 202016AUD $2,599
13 Sep 202025 Sep 202016AUD $2,599
20 Sep 202002 Oct 202016AUD $2,599
04 Oct 202016 Oct 202016AUD $2,599
18 Oct 202030 Oct 202016AUD $2,599
Day 1 - Budapest
Arrive at any time. We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city.
Day 2 - Budapest/Sibiu
Enjoy an orientation walk of Budapest to get a feel for this westernized city with eastern charm. Opt to spend free time visiting Buda Castle, wandering the streets of Pest, or soaking in a thermal bath. In the evening, board an overnight train to Sibiu.
Day 3 - Sibiu/Sighi?oara
Arrive in the enchanting town of Sighisoara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.
Day 4 - Sighi?oara/Brasov
With a local guide, venture into the Romanian countryside to visit traditional villages. Get a true sense of life in this less-visited region. Transfer to charming Brasov.
Day 5 - Brasov
Visit the picturesque Bran Castle and learn the history (and rumours) of this fascinating place.
Day 6 - Brasov/Bucharest
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.
Day 7 - Bucharest/Veliko Tarnovo
Enjoy some free time to explore more of Bucharest in the morning before travelling to Bulgaria and one of the oldest cities in the world, Veliko Tarnovo. Wander the medieval town, visit the museums, or sample your first taste of Bulgarian cuisine.
Day 8 - Veliko Tarnovo
Hike to the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo. Opt to go mountain biking or view the murals at the Church of the Nativity.
Day 9 - Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia
Travel to Sofia and take an orientation walk of the capital city. Later, wander down the pedestrian street or visit the eclectic Ladies' Market.
Day 10 - Sofia/Plovdiv
Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city. Visit the hilly old town, museums, or the Theatre of Ancient Philippopolis, one of the many Roman ruins found here.
Day 11 - Plovdiv/Istanbul
Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an evening bus to Istanbul.
Day 12 - Istanbul
Enjoy a city tour with a local Turkish guide. Opt to visit the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, Aya Sofya, and the Topkapi Palace.
Day 13 - Istanbul
Depart at any time.