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Gems of Hungary and Romania

Castles and vampires, oh my! Discover magical Budapest, Brasov and Bucharest over seven nights and visit stunning city centres, stroll through charming narrow streets, and be taken in by the wonders of Transylvania. Learn all about the region's fascinating history and culture with a castles excursion including three of the most significant castles along a historical trade route, and don't miss Dracula's house!

See Hungary and Romania by travelling by train - it's a great way to cover as much ground as possible while also taking in the breathtaking sights. Let the smooth ride, great service, and amazing vistas transport you from city to city. The train tickets and hotel stays are included in the package, along with some meals and a bunch of other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable.

Location:

Budapest, Hungary (BUD), Brasov, Romania, Bucharest, Romania (OTP), Hungary

9  Days | 7  nights
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Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Flight to Budapest; return from Bucharest (if flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • Private airport transfers in Budapest and Bucharest
  • 6 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 1 night of train accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Train tickets between Budapest and Braşov (night train); Braşov and Bucharest (Second Class)
  • Private transfer to rail station in Sinaia (Braşov)
  • 4 More Moments activities included:
    • Half-day city tour in Budapest 
    • Guided city tour in day trip around Braşov 
    • Castles in Transylvania Excursion, including entrance to Bran Castle, Rasnov fortress and Sinaia Castle with English-speaking guide 
    • Hop-On Hop-Off bus pass in Bucharest with English-speaking guide (24 hours, with English or French language audio guide) 
  • Assistance of local representative
  • Earn and redeem Aeroplan® Miles

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Budapest.

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Day 2

Welcome to Budapest

Upon arrival in Budapest, take a private transfer to your hotel where you will spend the next two days.

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Day 3

Budapest: Sightseeing

Explore Budapest on a half-day city tour aboard a motor coach.

More Moments Activities Included:
Budapest City Tour:

See famous spots including the castle district, with its ancient houses, Matthias Church, the former Royal Palace and panoramic views from Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes' Square with statues of the historical Hungarian kings, the exterior of the Hungarian State Opera House and inside of the Parliament of Budapest. Along the way, learn about the history, the city, and life in Hungary.  

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 4

Budapest: At leisure

Enjoy the day at your own pace in Budapest. Stroll along the Danube and take in the views, sample mouth-watering goulash or strudel, or soak in nurturing thermal baths ($).

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 5

Budapest - Brasov (approx. 172 km)

After breakfast, explore Budapest at your leisure. In the evening, make your way to the train station to board your night train to Brasov, the land of Dracula! Brasov is one of Transylvania's major cities and a popular spot in Romania.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 6

Brasov: Sightseeing

Arrive in the morning at the Brasov train station and meet your local guide for a three-hour city tour. Your tour concludes at your hotel, where you can check in and spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Brasov's narrow streets; the city even boasts one of the narrowest streets in Europe, Strada Sforii, at four feet wide!

More Moments Activities Included:
Brașov City Tour:

Meet your local guide and get ready to explore Transylvania's most popular city. Check out the city's main highlights, including the Black Church, Weavers Bastion, Rope Street, Ecaterina Gate and the First Romanian School.

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Day 7

Brașov: Castles in Transylvania Excursion - Bucharest (approx. 194 km)

Depart for a full-day excursion to visit incredible castles along the Rucăr-Bran Pass, then take a private transfer to the Sinaia railway station for your train to Bucharest. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel to check in.

More Moments Activities Included:
Castles in Transylvania Excursion:

Travel on the Rucăr-Bran Pass, the medieval route connecting Transylvania to Wallachia. Visit Bran Castle, perched atop a 200-foot-high rock and known as Dracula's home, one of the most famous castles in Romania and very popular in vampire lore. Continue to Rasnov fortress, originally designed as a place of refuge. The defensive system included nine towers, two bastions and a drawbridge. Rasnov fortress also houses a museum here, hidden behind the ancient walls, where you can find a skeleton buried beneath a glass floor, as well as some other interesting artifacts. At Peles Castle, located in the picturesque town of Sinaia, marvel at the German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many as one of the most stunning castles in Europe. 

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 8

Bucharest: Sightseeing

Welcome to Bucharest! Discover the city with the help of your Hop-On Hop-Off pass.

More Moments Activities Included:
Bucharest Hop-On Hop-Off Pass:

See Free Press Square, the Arch of Triumph, Victoriei Square, Revolution, Union and University Squares, the Palace of Parliament, Dimitrie Gusti, also known as the National Village Museum, and much more.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 9

Bucharest - Return to Canada

After breakfast, take a private transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Budapest, Hungary (BUD)
Star Inn Hotel Budapest Centrum(or similar)
Night train accommodation from Budapest to Braşov in 2-bedded sleeping cabin (breakfast not included)(or similar)
Brasov, Romania
Casa Wagner(or similar)
Bucharest, Romania (OTP)
Hotel Capitol(or similar)
Budapest, Hungary (BUD)
Museum Hotel Budapest(or similar)
Night train accommodation from Budapest to Braşov in sleeping cabin (breakfast not included)(or similar)
Brasov, Romania
Hotel Belfort(or similar)
Bucharest, Romania (OTP)
Novotel Bucharest City Centre(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Room occupancy: Maximum 2 people (For single occupancy, first class one-bedded sleeping cabin on overnight train is included. For triple occupancy, 2 adults + 1 child, 4-6 bedded sleeping cabin on overnight train is included)

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

Land portion offered Thursday to Tuesdays between April 1st and October 31st, 2020

Packages offered May 28th to September 27th 2020

 

MORE TO KNOW

Not included

  • Seat selection on trains (unless First Class train tickets are purchased)
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance

The More Moments activities/excursions mentioned in the itinerary are all included in the package, but may be rescheduled to take place on an earlier or later day, depending on availability and operational day.

TRANSPORTATION

Upgrade to First Class train tickets available on request through our call centre.

Seat selection on trains not included (unless First Class train tickets are purchased).

Free cancellation is available for the hotel portion of this booking! Read full details and terms & conditions on the checkout page.

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Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.