From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairytale villages, get on the train from Budapest to Istanbul definitely the road less travelled, but absolutely a worthy adventure to take. Over 13 days, youll explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces, Draculas Castle in Transylvania, and much more all accessed via comfortable trains. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and exploration off the train, you'll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.
Duration: 13 Days
Activities: Local Culture & Cuisine, History
Guide (Language): english
Start City: Budapest, Hungary
Guaranteed Departure: No
Physical Demand: Easy
Trip Rating: 0%
Trip ID: 126893
End City: Istanbul, Turkey
|Duration: 13 Days||Guaranteed Departure: Yes|
|For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History||Physical rating: Easy|
|Accommodation standard: Budget%||Traveller Tour Rating: 0%|
|Your Guide: English speaking||Tour code: 126893|
|Starts: Budapest, Hungary||Finishes: Istanbul, Turkey|
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
Explore Sighisoara's medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars.
Enjoy a half-day guided tour of the area. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches.
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.
Sighișoara Region Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 90km)
Enjoy charming Brasov. Opt to explore the 'Black Church' or enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafés. Walk in the medieval centre, one of the best preserved in Romania.
Train (3.00 hour(s))
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.
Bran Castle Visit
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.
Train (4.00 hour(s))
Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city.
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
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.
Hike to Arbanasi Village
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.
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
Opt to relax over coffee and a Bulgarian baklava, a specialty of the area.
Train (2.00 hour(s))
Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an overnight train to Istanbul.
Occasionally, the overnight train to Istanbul will not be running. In those cases, we will use the overnight bus service instead.
Overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))
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.
Istanbul Guided Walking Tour
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Trip Name: Budapest to Istanbul
Duration: 13 Days
From Price: 2099
Trip Code: 126893
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