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Eastern Europe in Depth

From £2925 for 22 days
Trip Overview
From the beautiful Baroque churches of Budapest to the remote lands of Bessarabia, this 22-day journey across the haunted heart of Romania's Transylvania, Moldova - unbeknownst to tourism, the breakaway republic of Transnistria – where Soviet values persist – to the eerie wastelands of Chernobyl, the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, provides a fascinating insight into an intriguing region and showcases some of the least visited sights in Europe. Become acquainted with traditional Romanian culture and customs in Maramures, tour the medieval churches of Brasov, dine with a local family on an overnight homestay in Viscri and visit the Black Sea Coast of Ukraine. Get ready for adventure.
Essential Info
Starts: Budapest
Ends: Kiev
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IWMSVC
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine
What's Included

Meals

19 Breakfasts included
4 Lunches included
3 Dinners included

Transport

Train,Local bus,Private vehicle,Taxi,Boat,Tram,Overnight train

Accommodation

Hotel (16 nights),Pension (3 nights),Homestay (1 night),Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Trip Highlights

•   Experience peasant life on a full-day tour through the countryside of Maramures, Romania's most traditional and colourful region. Don't be surprised if you see horse-drawn carts along the road

•   Learn spooky stories while travelling through beautiful Transylvania, famous for its medieval fortified churches and as the birthplace of the inspiration for the world's most famous vampire, Dracula

•   A home-stay with a local family in the Saxon/Roma town of Viscri will expose you to Romanian hospitality and some finger-licking home-cooked grub

•   Discover the incredible biodiversity of Romania’s remote Danube Delta. Take a boat through this unique ecosystem to where the river meets the Black Sea, and observe the traditional daily life of its remote communities

•   Moldova is famous for its wine, so sample the local tipple during a guided tour of Mileștii Mici, sitting on top of 200km of underground cellar tunnels, making it the largest quality wine collection in the world

•   Become one of the few travellers to visit Transnistria, a breakaway republic in eastern Moldova, where Soviet values are still upheld and locals continue their fight for independence

•   Explore Ukraine’s atmospheric abandoned Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on a guided tour, wander the eerie streets and among the buildings of the ghost town of Pripyat. Since the devastating nuclear disaster of 1986, nature has taken over the city, and wolves, foxes and other wildlife have been seen walking down the main streets

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 4th Apr 2020
Returning: 25th Apr 2020
£3,040pp
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Limited Availability
4 spaces
Departing: 11th Apr 2020
Returning: 2nd May 2020
£2,955pp
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Limited Availability
3 spaces
Departing: 18th Apr 2020
Returning: 9th May 2020
£2,925pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 25th Apr 2020
Returning: 16th May 2020
£3,100pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 2nd May 2020
Returning: 23rd May 2020
£3,100pp
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Limited Availability
4 spaces
Departing: 6th May 2020
Returning: 27th May 2020
£3,225pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 9th May 2020
Returning: 30th May 2020
£3,225pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 16th May 2020
Returning: 6th Jun 2020
£3,225pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 23rd May 2020
Returning: 13th Jun 2020
£3,225pp
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Limited Availability
4 spaces
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Itinerary & Notes
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 at 6 pm, 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.
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