Exotic Europe Tour

17 day tour - September 6, 2013

Explore the Scariest Place On Earth! - SOLD OUT!

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Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator
Prague, Istanbul, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Dracula & The Transylvania Alps
 
This unique fantastic tour designed by Michael and Fun For Less Tours, offers the best of the best Europe has to offer. When it comes to great cities, culture, beauty and history this tour has it all. When you are through you will say “this is the best tour in all of Europe.” In addition to visiting our favorite city in Europe, Istanbul, you will see and experience three of the top five walled cities in Europe and three of the top 5 ancient castles in Europe; including what we consider to be the best castle in the world! This special tour will deliver more “ooh’s and aah’s” highlight days than any other tour you could take in Europe! It really is the best of the best of Europe! Add to all of this the best in educators, Dr. S. Michael Wilcox, and you have a tour you should not miss!!!
 

Here is a partial list of all you will see and experience

  • Istanbul Turkey: One of the top 5 cities in the world. It’s like stepping into another world.
  • Romania: This is our favorite country in Europe! Here is a taste of what Romania has to offer:
    • Count Vlad Dracula (yes, there was a Count Dracula) and the Transylvania Alps. Next to the Alps these are the most impressive mountains in Europe.
    • Sinaia: nestled in beautiful mountains, this small town has what we consider the #1 castle in the world – Pales Castle! It is beautiful on the outside but unbelievable on the inside.
    • Castle Hunedoara: This 14th Century Castle was voted as the scariest place on earth. Count Vlad Dracula was held prisoner for 7 years in Castle Hunedoara during the 1400’s.
    • The walled cities of Sibiu and Sighisoara are two of the best preserved walled cities in all of Europe.
  • Budapest Hungary: It is the combination of two ancient towns, Buda & Pest. They were located across from each other on the Danube River and today they are one city.
  • Vienna Austria: It is a beautiful city filled with music, palaces and cobblestone streets. We even include an evening show.
  • Salzburg Austria: The sound of Music, ancient old town and a fantastic fortress.
  • Prague Czech Republic: Twice the capital of the world. This is one of the great cities of the world and should not be missed.
This is only a partial list, we visit many other towns and villages as we tour Exotic Europe,
we even take a day cruise on the Danube. We highly recommend you put this tour at the top of your list.
 

Our Package Price includes

  • Airfare from Istanbul to Bucharest, Romania.
  • Luxury and Deluxe Hotels throughout your tour.
  • All land taxes and booking fees.
  • All transfers to and from Airports and Hotels.
  • All tours, buses, guides and entrance fees.
  • Special Guest Educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff throughout tour.
  • Option to purchase our discounted international airfare.

Pricing Information

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: September 6: Fly to Istanbul

Day 2: September 7: Istanbul
After our arrival into Istanbul we will tour the magnificent Hagia Sofia, Hippodrome and the stadium of ancient Byzantium, where an Egyptian obelisk and bronze sculpture of the entwined serpents from Delphi still survive. We then continue on to the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. In the afternoon we will visit the amazing Topkapi Palace, which from the 15th to the 19th Century was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Overnight Istanbul.
 
Day 3: September 8: Istanbul--Bucharest
We will finish touring any missed sites around Istanbul.   You will have plenty of time to shop for those important turkey souvenirs as we will spend the morning in the Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is a gigantic flee market of shops that is a shoppers dream come true.  This evening we fly to Bucharest and overnight.
 
Day 4: September 9: Bucharest
We will have a Bucharest city tour including Ceausescu’s “House of the People,” the world’s second largest building after the Pentagon.  You will also visit the Revolution Square and Village Museum, one of the oldest and largest outdoor museums in Europe.  Overnight Bucharest.
 
Day 5: September 10: Sinaia--Brasov
This morning we will drive the approximate 80 miles to the mountain resort of Sinaia.  Sinaia is often referred to as the “Pearl of the Carpathians.”  This beautiful valley contains three castles, one of which we consider one of the most beautiful castles in the world – the Peles Castle.  We will then drive 30 miles to Brasov.  This city is nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains.  This location made it an ideal settting for a medieval city.
 
Day 6: September 11: Brasov
Today we will tour Bran Castle, often referred to as Dracula’s Castle.  Though there is little concrete proof, many historians agree that Vlad Tepes (a.k.a Vlad the Impaler, whom Bram Stoker used as a model for his 1897 story-Dracula) did reside at Bran Castle during his raids in Transylvania. 
 
Day 7: September 12: Brasov--Sibiu
This morning we will travel to Sibiu, designated the European capital of culture for 2007.  Sibiu was the largest and wealthiest of seven walled cities that were constructed in the 12th century by German settlers.  Today Sibiu has been preserved and the streets have not changed in over 500 years.  The center of town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
 
Day 8: September 13: Sighisoara--Sibiu
Today we will travel the short distance to the walled city of Sighisoara.  Sighisoara is another of the seven citadels constructed by the German settlers in the 12th Century.  Walking along the magical cobbled alleyways in the shadow of one of the nine towers transports you back in time.  It is possibly the best walled city in Eastern Europe.  The city is also the birthplace to the infamous Vlad Tepes otherwise known as Count Vlad Dracula.  After our city tour, if tie permits you will have free time to explore this picturesque city.  We will return to Sibiu and overnight.
 
Day 9: September 14: Hunedoara--Arad
This morning we drive to Hunedoara Castle, nestled in the Transylvania Alps.  Recently the castle has gained notoriety and was named one of the scariest places in the world.  The castle held Count Vlad Dracula for 7 years.  After our tour of this fantastic castle, we will continue to Arad near the border of Hungary to overnight.
 
Day 10: September 15: Arad—Budapest
Today we leave Arad and continue to Budapest.  Our sightseeing tour of Budapest will include a visit to Buda Hills, St. Mathias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastions.  Continuing on to the elegant part of Pest, we stop at the Hero’s square.  Overnight Budapest.
 
Day 11: September 16: Budapest--Vienna
Today we will travel to Vienna and start our city tour.  Overnight Vienna.
 
Day 12: September 17: Vienna
We take a tour to the famous Schonbrunn Palace.  We will spend the rest of the day touring Vienna, the old town, St Stephen’s Cathedral with some free time to explore and shop on your own before returning to the hotel.
 
Day 13: September 18: Vienna--Salzburg
On our way to Salzburg we will drive to Durnstein. We board a boat and sail on the Danube through the Danube Canyon from Durstein to Melk.  In Melk we pass by the abbey. We continue to Salzburg where we overnight.
 
Day 14: September 19: Salzburg
While in Salzburg you may feel as if you have slipped into the “Sound Of Music.”  We will spend the morning touring Salzburg and riding the funicular up to the fortress, Hohensalzburg.  This afternoon we will have time to relax and shop in the old town.  Overnight Salzburg.
 
Day 15: September 20: Salzburg--Prague
This morning we cross into the Czech Republic.  We will take a break to explore the charming village of Cesky Krumlov (a UNESCO World Heritage site) on our way to Prague.  Upon arriving into Prague we will visit the Jewish Quarters before heading to our hotel and overnight.
 
Day 16: September 21: Prague
Today will be a highlight day as we visit our second favorite city in Europe – Prague.  We will explore the castle area, take a cruise on the Moldau River, and explore the old town.  You will also have free time to explore the ancient streets on your own.  Overnight Prague.
 
Day 17: September 22: Fly Home
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end.  We will transfer to the airport for your return flight home.