Osteuropa Entdecker

Vom beeindruckenden Budapest über das schaurig schöne Transsilvanien ins vielfältige Bulgarien

  • Entspannen im schönen Budapest
  • Übernachtung bei einer rumänischen Gastfamilie in Viscri
  • Koste Wein in Eger
  • Führung durch Bukarest
  • Historisches Zentrum von Sighisoara (Weltkulturerbe)
  • Entdecke byzantinische Ruinen in Plovdiv
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
  • Zusatzinformationen

18 Tage Rumänien · Ungarn · Bulgarien

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Reise durch das romantische Osteuropa von Ungarn, über Rumänien bis nach Bulgarien und erlebe die Vielfalt von Kulturen und Landschaften dieser eindrucksvollen Länder. Vom wunderschönen Budapest zu den Gruselschlössern von Transsilvanien, durch atemberaubende Berglandschaft und zu mittelalterlichen Klöstern nach Bulgarien. All das kombiniert mit herzlicher Gastfreundschaft wird dich diese wenig bereiste Region verzaubern.

1. Tag: Budapest
2. Tag: Budapest
3. Tag: Eger
4. Tag: Debrecen / Maramures
5. Tag: Maramures
6. Tag: Sighisoara
7. Tag: Viscri
8. Tag: Brasov
9. Tag: Bukarest
10. Tag: Bukarest
11. Tag: Veliko Tarnovo
12. Tag: Veliko Tarnovo
13. Tag: Plovdiv
14. Tag: Plovdiv
15. Tag: Bansko
16. Tag: Pirin Gebirge / Gorno Draglishte
17. Tag: Rila / Sofia
18. Tag: Sofia

Leistungen enthalten

  • Osteuropa Rundreise gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterbringung und Verpflegung gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
  • Weinprobe in Eger
  • Geführte Tour durch die Region Maramures
  • Besuch des Sapante Merry Friedhofs
  • Besuch des Barsana Klosters
  • Kirchenburg von Viscri
  • Geführter Rundgang in Bukarest
  • Besuch der Tsarevets Festung
  • Geführte Tour durch Plovdiv
  • Besuch des Belitsa Bärenschutzgebietes
  • Sessellift und Wanderung im Pirin Gebirge
  • Besuch des Rila Klosters

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten

Unterbringung

12x Mittelklasse-Hotel
3x Gästehaus
2x Gastfamilie
Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Doppel- und/oder Mehrbettzimmern. Alleinreisende teilen das Zimmer mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts. Auf Wunsch ist gegen Aufpreis auch die Buchung eines Einzelzimmers möglich (vorbehaltlich Verfügbarkeit). EZ-Zuschlag bitte anfragen.

Verpflegung

15x Frühstück, 4x Abendessen

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachige Reiseleitung

Transportarten

Bahn, öffentlicher Bus, Taxi, Straßenbahn, Privatfahrzeug, Metro

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1. Tag: Budapest

Szia! Welcome to Hungary. Since the collapse of communism, Budapest has experienced something of a renaissance. The grand architecture and boulevards evoke a time gone by, while glamorous stores and restaurants make this one of the truly great cities of Europe. After the welcome meeting, you might like to head out to explore the city by night. Perhaps visit the Jewish Quarter for dinner and explore the many options for a nightcap.

Special Information: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

2. Tag: Budapest

Today enjoy a free day to explore Budapest. Hiring a bike is a great way to move between the sights. Perhaps head to Statue Park to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One unmissable activity is a soak in Budapest's hot thermal baths. There are several around the city, ranging from elegant to simple outdoor types. The pools vary in temperature, and some even feature whirlpools or seats where you can play chess while you turn into a prune. You can wander the pedestrianised streets of the old district of Buda with the castle on the hill and the Matthias Church, then perhaps take a cruise along the Danube, discovering the history that unfolded along the riverbanks. Tonight perhaps discover some of the city’s ‘ruin bars’, cool places to grab a drink that are usually located in abandoned buildings in downtown Pest and are filled with thrift-shop décor and mismatched art.

Optional Activities:
House of Terror - HUF3000
Thermal Bath - Starting from - HUF4500
Pub Crawl - Starting from - HUF5000
Budapest - Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF3000
Urban Adventures - Buda Castle Explorer - EUR52
Hungarian National Museum - HUF1600
Budapest - Urban Adventures - Bites & Sights - EUR74
Bike Ride - HUF6000
Parliament Tour - HUF5800
Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
Great Synagogue - HUF4850
Urban Adventures - Best Beers of Budapest - EUR74
Urban Adventures - Made in Budapest - EUR72

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

3. Tag: Eger

Take a two-hour train east to Eger today. This beautifully preserved Baroque town is surrounded by hills and is home to some of the most renowned vineyards in Eastern Europe. Visit the wine cellars of the seductively-named Valley of the Beautiful Women with the group to sample some of the town's famous 'Bull's Blood' red wine, which supposedly gave the Hungarian army supernatural strength during their battle against the Ottoman Empire. Among the Turkish soldiers it was rumoured that the enemy army drank blood diluted with wine, as the firm resistance they encountered couldn't be explained any other way. In your own time, perhaps explore Eger's 13th-century castle, which was the scene of the historic siege that thwarted the Ottoman Empire's advancement into Western Europe. Here you can explore the Gothic Palace, a gallery of fine Hungarian art, and tour underground passageways of archaeological finds. You may also like to check out the town's 19th-century cathedral, the northernmost medieval minaret in Europe for views of the city, or the Minorite church in Dobo Square.

Optional Activities:
Eger Castle - HUF1400
Minaret - HUF300
Astronomy Museum, Magic Tower, Camera Obscura, Lyceum Panorama Terrace - HUF1300

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Eger Wine Tasting

Fahrzeit: ca. 2 Std.

Unterkunft: Gästehaus

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

4. Tag: Debrecen / Maramures

Travel by bus to the pleasant town of Debrecen today (approximately 3 hours). While here, you'll have time to explore Deri Square with its fountains, colourful buildings, museums, and golden Great Church. Continue on by train and private vehicle across the central plains into the Maramures region of Romania. This second part of the journey should take around six hours. Time in Romania is an hour ahead of Hungary, so don't forget to set your watch. Maramures is also a place that can feel like stepping back in time. The region may be modernising, but among the traditional wooden houses and churches, the traditional music and forests, you can still find parts of life fairly unchanged since medieval times. Upon arrival, settle into your room at the pension, which is run by a local family, and look forward to some hearty home-cooked fare.

Special Information: Romanian visas are not available at the border. Should you require one, please organise this before you commence the trip.

Fahrzeit: ca. 3 Std.

Unterkunft: Gästehaus

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Abendessen

5. Tag: Maramures

Today you’ll discover more about the region of Maramures ('mah-ra-moo-resh') and how it seems frozen in time. Rich in tradition and folklore, the music, costumes, festivals and ancient superstitions of one of the last peasant cultures in Europe continue to thrive here. Each village is distinctive in its colourful outfits and style of hat. Maramures is particularly famed for its wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage-listed. Set out on a guided group tour to explore the region. You’ll visit the unique Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, where the life stories of the deceased – the good and the bad of their lives – are displayed on colourful wooden crosses. There are poems and limericks, and little pictures illustrating how the person died, all single-handedly carved over 40 years by Stan Ioan Pătraş until 1977. The work has continued for the last 30 years by his apprentice. You’ll also see the village museum in Sighetu, an assembly of beautiful local wooden architecture, along with stopping by various other traditional villages.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Maramures Tour with Local Guide
Sapanta Merry Cemetery
Barsana Monastery

Unterkunft: Gästehaus

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Abendessen

6. Tag: Sighisoara

Today is a long day of travel (approximately 9 hours) through pastoral fields and untouched Saxon towns to Sighisoara in Transylvania. While the name may conjure up images of haunted castles, gothic churches and vampires, this is only a small part of what makes Transylvania such an enchanting and exciting destination. Medieval Sighisoara is likely to seduce visitors more than any other place in Romania. Another World Heritage site, the town was first settled by the Romans but flourished under the Saxons from the 12th century. Take a walk around the old town, which coils up a narrow hill and is surrounded on all sides by fortified walls, and explore the 64 metre-high clock tower that dominates the citadel. The town is famed as the birthplace of Vlad Dracul III, better known as Vlad the Impaler, whose name was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s iconic Count Dracula. Vlad III is revered as a folk hero by Romanians for driving off the invading Ottoman Turks, of which his impaled victims are said to have included as many as 100,000. Maybe have traditional Romanian fare at ‘Casa Dracula’ tonight.

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

7. Tag: Viscri

While your next stop is less than an hour away, you'll feel like you've entered a different world. The small Transylvanian village of Viscri was originally inhabited by Saxons from the Luxembourg area, and the whole scene is picture-postcard rural. This idyllic village of red tiled roofs is a World Heritage site, virtually unchanged for 900 years. You’ll visit the town's fortified church (thought to be the oldest in Transylvania). You’ll also learn about the Sock Project, which supports the local Roma community. Time permitting, you may even like to go for a horse cart ride through the area, over pastures and through wondrous woods of oak and hornbeam. In the evening, indulge in a home-cooked dinner prepared by a local family, sampling fresh produce, homemade wines and schnapps. Tonight, stay in rustic houses that the locals rent out to visitors.

Special Information: Tonight's rooms are in different houses scattered across the village, and you'll be sharing facilities with other members of your group. Be prepared to spend a night in rustic conditions with a wood stove that needs tending.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Viscri Fortified Church

Unterkunft: Gastfamilie

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Abendessen

8. Tag: Brasov

Today continue to the 13th-century Saxon city of Brasov (approximately 2 hours). Also known by its German name of Kronstadt, the town is flanked by mountains and city walls was once a major medieval trading centre. Enjoy free time to explore, checking out the ornate churches, townhouses and squares surrounded by gingerbread-roofed merchants' houses. It's worth visiting the town's main attraction, the gothic (Biserica Neagra) Black Church, which took its name from its blackened appearance after a fire in 1689. Stroll along pedestrianized Strada Republicii, take a cable car up to Mt Tampa, or maybe explore the nearby Rasnov Fortress. The fortification is perched on a rocky hilltop above the town of Rasnov, and was constructed by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century as a place of refuge for the common people from Tartar invaders. Otherwise, you could head to Bran Castle, said to be the inspiration for the home of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Though not exactly super spooky, it is undeniably impressive, perched on a high cliff top and surrounded by pine trees. For those looking for a little nightlife action, Brasov has plenty of funky bars and restaurants to enjoy once darkness falls.

Optional Activities:
The Black Church - RON10
Bran Castle - RON40
Rasnov Fortress Entrance Fee - RON15
Guided Walk - RON200
Cable Car to Mt Tampa - RON8

Fahrzeit: ca. 2 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

9. Tag: Bukarest

Head south to Bucharest today (approximately 3 hours). The city is increasingly known for its cosmopolitan vibe and energy, and while not the most beautiful or stylish city, there are some wonderful art nouveau buildings, ancient churches and monasteries, lush parkland, lakes and elegant boulevards. Romania's interesting capital also likes big things. It’s home to one of Europe's biggest squares, and its Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world – former dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu ordered the construction of the 12-storied Palace of Parliament, a building of staggering scale and opulence that includes 1,100 rooms and 4,500 chandeliers. You’ll take a guided walking tour around the city to help you get your bearings, then in free time you can choose to further explore some of the sights pointed out. Maybe seek out some traditional home-cooked Romanian food with your fellow travellers tonight.

Optional Activities:
Museum of the Romanian Peasant - RON8
Bucharest Bike Tour - EUR20
Village Museum - RON15
Palace of Parliament Tour - RON35

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Bucharest Guided Walking Tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 3 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

10. Tag: Bukarest

Today is a free day to explore Bucharest. Perhaps visit the grand concert hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, or take a walk around the city's National Museum of Art or the Museum of the Romanian Peasant. Alternatively, why not indulge your inner foodie on a Home Cooked Bucharest Urban Adventure tour. Another great way to see the city is by bicycle, perhaps exploring some of the city’s neighbourhoods for a glimpse into the daily lives of Bucharest’s residents.

Special Information: As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary at 6pm tonight, and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.

Optional Activities:
Museum of the Romanian Peasant - RON8
Palace of Parliament Tour - RON35
Urban Adventures - Home Cooked Bucharest - EUR85
Urban Adventures - Bucharest Sites and Bites - EUR57
Urban Adventures - Outcast Bucharest - EUR52
Village Museum - RON15
Urban Adventures - Bohemian Bucharest: Markets & Mahallas - EUR60

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

11. Tag: Veliko Tarnovo

Travel by train across the friendship bridge into Bulgaria and on to the picturesque town of Veliko Tarnovo (approx 6 hrs). Veliko Tarnovo's history is incredible. Founded in 4500 BC by the Neolithic people, the Romans later built the first fortress walls and in the 6th century a Byzantine capital was established on Tsarevets Hill by Emperor Justinian. After the foundation of the second Bulgarian empire in 1185, it became the second most important and beautiful city in the region (after Constantinople) and trade and culture flourished for the next 200 years. In 1393 the town fell to the Turks who held the city until the Russians liberated it in 1877. Because of its importance during the second Bulgarian empire, the city was chosen as the place where the Bulgarian constitution was written in 1879 and where the official proclamation of Bulgaria as an independent state was made in 1908.

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

12. Tag: Veliko Tarnovo

This morning join your leader for a visit to Veliko Tarnovo's imposing Tsarevets Fortress which overlooks the city. This once-magnificent fortress was first built in the 7th century and the ruined citadel is a delight to wander through. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the City of Tsars. Wander through the Old Quarter with its preserved Renaissance houses and handicraft workshops before relaxing in one of the town's cafes or 'vinarnas' (wine bars).

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Tsarevets Fortress

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

13. Tag: Plovdiv

Travel by train from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv (approximately 6.5 hours). Situated on the Maritsa River, Plovdiv was once the meeting point of two ancient transportation routes. Join a local guide for a tour of the main sights and some insight into the town's history. The most remarkable sight is the ancient Roman theatre, accidentally ‘discovered’ after a landslide exposed the site in the early 1970s. Built in the 2nd century BC during the reign of Trajanus, the theatre seats about 6,000 people and is now back in use. From here, wander up to the site of the former hilltop fortress of Nebet Tepe, where you can enjoy excellent views of the city. Head back down to visit the 15th-century Dzhumaya Mosque, still in use today. Later today make sure you indulge in the local cuisine, famed for its grilled meats and vegetables on skewers.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Plovdiv Guided Tour

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

14. Tag: Plovdiv

Today is a free day, so why not embark on an aimless wander through Plovdiv's narrow alleyways to see traditional coppersmiths, farriers and potters at work, or browse through the myriads of antique shops lining the streets. Alternatively head out of town and check out the underground crypt at Bachkovo Monastery or discover one of the many hot springs in the Plovdiv region. One of the most well-known spa towns is Hisarya, famous for its 22 mineral springs. Your leader will be on hand to help you organise transportation to get there.

Optional Activities:
Hisarya Hot Springs - BGN50
Bachkovo Monastery - BGN16

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

15. Tag: Bansko

Journey on to the small town of Bansko (approximately 3 hours). Set at the base of the majestic Pirin Mountains, Bansko is home to more than 150 cultural monuments. Down its cobbled streets, many of its stone houses have been transformed into charming ‘mehanes’ (taverns). Wander through pl. Vazrazhdane and check out the frescoes of the Church of Sveta Troitsa, or the paintings in the Rilski Convent. In the afternoon head out to the Belitsa Bear Sanctuary, home to rescued dancing bears. The sanctuary is the largest of its type in Europe, covering over 120,000 square metres. Here the bears can languish in lush green woods, with a river and pool in each enclosure. Seeing them sleeping in the sun, playing in the water and being free from captivity can be very moving. In the evening, you'll have the opportunity to indulge in some local cuisine. Try filet elena (spicy cured meat) or kapama (simmered meat, rice and sauerkraut), washing it down with some delicious melnik (dark red wine).

Optional Activities:
Bansko Spa - BGN40

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Belitsa Bear Sanctuary

Fahrzeit: ca. 3 Std.

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

16. Tag: Pirin Gebirge / Gorno Draglishte

This morning venture up into the Pirin Mountains. After a short ride on a chairlift stretch your legs with a hike into the eastern slopes of the mountains, with Mt Vihren, the range's highest peak at almost 3,000m, visible to the west. In the afternoon transfer from Bansko to the small village of Gorno Draglishte (approximately 30 minutes) and spend the night at our local friend's house. While the accommodation is simple and not all rooms have an en suite, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming and you'll be treated to a delicious home-cooked dinner. You'll even have the chance to learn about the traditional weaving practices of the area, and maybe join the hosts for a dance.

Special Information: For today's hike it is recommended you bring comfortable walking shoes with ankle support. Please note that in case of adverse weather conditions the hike in the Pirin Mountains may have to be cancelled. If this should be the case we will visit the local spa instead.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Pirin Mountains Hike & Chairlift

Unterkunft: Gastfamilie

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück, 1x Abendessen

17. Tag: Rila / Sofia

Today journey into the Rila Mountains, where you'll visit the impressive Rila Monastery. Tucked away in a valley, this World Heritage-listed site is the largest and holiest of Bulgaria's orthodox monasteries. It was founded in 927 to keep Bulgarian spiritual and social life alive during Turkish rule. The entire monastery complex is a work of art in itself – check out stunning murals, the 14th-century Hrelyo Tower, the five-domed Birth of the Blessed Virgin Church and the original 19th-century monastery kitchen. Then it's on to Sofia. Bulgaria's capital is a cosmopolitan city with wide tree-lined boulevards and pleasant parks. You've got the rest of the day to wander, so maybe begin with a browse around the cured meats and cheese of the Central Market Hall, then take a walk through the city and see the gold-domed Alexander Nevski Church. You might want to sate your cultural curiosity at the National History Museum, discover artefacts from the many empires of old that have occupied the city at the National Archaeological Museum, or get cultural at the National Art Gallery. In the evening why not meet for a last dinner with your group.

Optional Activities:
Aleksander Nevski Church - Free

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Rila Monastery Visit

Unterkunft: Mittelklasse-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

18. Tag: Sofia

All good things come to an end, and this morning your adventure officially comes to a close. If you would like to extend your stay in Sofia we are able to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Special Information: Since you're already in Sofia, why not keep the travel buzz going a little bit longer on one of our local Urban Adventures tours? Our Urban Adventure day trips offer some great insight into the local cuisine; try the 'Breakfast with Sofia' or 'Sofia Food, Heritage and Culture' tours.

Optional Activities:
Urban Adventures - Sofia Food, Heritage, and Culture - EUR35
Urban Adventures - Breakfast with Sofia - EUR27
National History Museum - BGN10
National Art Gallery - BGN10

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

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Für alle, die die Welt so entdecken möchten, wie sie wirklich ist. Du willst Land und Leute richtig kennen lernen und jeden Tag spannende neue Erfahrungen machen. Du unternimmst viele Aktivitäten in der Gruppe, hast aber auch individuellen Freiraum für eigene Erkundungen. Individuelle Freiheit wird mit der Sicherheit und dem gemeinschaftlichen Erlebnis einer kleinen Gruppe kombiniert. Mahlzeiten sind teilweise inbegriffen. Die Unterbringung reicht von einfachen oder Touristenklassehotels (2-3 Sterne) bis hin zur Unterbringung bei einheimischen Gastfamilien. Auch die Transportmittel variieren. Das authentische Erleben der Region, Kultur und Menschen vor Ort steht im Vordergrund.

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