Exotic Europe Tour
18 Day Tour August 26, 2016
Prague, Istanbul, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Dracula & The Transylvania Alps - NEW
Dr. John L. Lund
Special Guest Educator
See the #1 Castle in the World!
Prague, Istanbul, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Dracula & The Transylvania Alps
This unique and fantastic itinerary designed by Fun For Less Tours, gives you 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 of Istanbul, you will see and experience three of the top five walled cities in Europe, and three of the top 5 ancient castles, including what we consider to be the best castle in the world! This special tour will deliver more “oohs and aahs” highlight days than any other tour you could take! It really is the best of the best of European countries!
Here is a partial list of all you will see and experience
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.
Package Price Includes:
Package Price: $3,295*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include airfare and tips.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: August 26: Fly to Prague
Day 2: August 27: Prague
After our arrival into Prague we will transfer to our hotel.
Day 3: August 28: 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 4: August 29: Prague - Salzburg
This morning we will explore the charming village of Cesky Krumlov (a UNESCO World Heritage site) on our way to Austria. After crossing into Austria we will continue to Salzburg where we will spend the next two nights.
Day 5: August 30: 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 6: August 31: Salzburg - Vienna
On our way to Vienna 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 Vienna where we will overnight.
Day 7: September 1: Vienna
We take a tour to the famous Schonbrunn Palace. We will spend the rest of the day touring Vienna, the old town and St Stephen’s Cathedral with some free time to explore and shop on your own before returning to the hotel.
Day 8: September 2: Vienna - Budapest
Today we will finish seeing Vienna and then we will travel to Budapest and start our city tour. 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 9: September 3: Budapest - Arad
Today we will finish touring Budapest and then drive to Arad. Overnight Arad.
Day 10: September 4: Arad - Hunedoara
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 Sibiu where we will be spending the next 2 nights.
Day 11: September 5: Sibiu
Today we will do a half day city tour of Sibui (it 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. After the tour you will have free time to enjoy this beautiful city.
Day 12: September 6: Sibiu - Sighisoara - Brasov
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 time permits you will have free time to explore this picturesque city. We will travel 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 13: September 7: 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 14: September 8: Sinaia - Bucharest
This morning we will drive 30 miles to 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 the approximate 80 miles to Bucharest.
Day 15: September 9: Bucharest - Istanbul
We will have a Bucharest city tour including the Village Museum, one of the oldest and largest outdoor museums in Europe. We will then fly to Istanbul.
Day 16: September 10: 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 it's 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. If there is any time this evening remaining we will try to stop at the Grand Bazaar to give you some free time to shop in this gigantic flee market. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 17: September 11:Istanbul
We will finish touring any missed sites from the day before in Istanbul. We will overnight in Istanbul.
Day 18: September 12: Fly Home
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. We will transfer to the airport for your return flight home.