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Folklore and Legend of Clasical Antiquity
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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
Combine Athens, Thessaloniki, Sofia, Bucharest, Brasov, Budapest and Vienna with the EC, RE and ICE.

This 14 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Athens and out of Vienna
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Athens
  • EC High Speed train Athens - Thessaloniki
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Thessaloniki
  • RE High Speed train Thessaloniki - Sofia
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Sofia
  • RE High Speed train Sofia - Bucharest
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Bucharest
  • RE High Speed train Bucharest - Brasov
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Brasov
  • Intercity train Brasov - Budapest
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Budapest
  • ICE High Speed train Budapest - Vienna
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Vienna
  • Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)

Price history for this itinerary (past 7 days):
From San Francisco, CA for 14 nights
$2,188 * incl.tax
Related Cities:
Vienna (148)   Budapest (146)   Athens (124)   Thessaloniki (5)   Bucharest (8)   Sofia (5)   Brasov (3)  
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1. Athens
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2. Thessaloniki
   (37 hotels)
3. Sofia
   (40 hotels)
4. Bucharest
   (68 hotels)
5. Brasov
   (30 hotels)
6. Budapest
   (88 hotels)
7. Vienna
   (162 hotels)
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Trip Summary
2 nights in Athens

Athens captures the heart of its visitors. It`s the capital city, vibrant in nature, exciting and exasperating, worldly and chic, a city that attacks the senses. It boasts art, culture, world-class museums, charming neighborhoods, exceptional food, lively people and glorious ancient gems such as the Acropolis and the iconic Parthenon. This city has a lot to offer and we promise you, it won`t disappoint.

Recommended Stay:
At least 3 nights

Must See`s:
Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Nike, Hadrian`s Gate, National Archaeological Museum, Greek Ancient Art Museum, Byzantine Museum, Temple of Poseidon, The Plaka, Syntagma Square, House of Parliament and so much more!



2 nights in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki (also known as Salonica) offers the cosmopolitan culture and energy of a big city with the friendly ambience and charm of a smaller town. It`s a wonderful destination to experience the real Greece without the crowds and congestion of Athens. This beautiful city has an impressive multiethnic heritage, influenced by the diverse civilizations that have left their mark, including the Romans, Venetians, and Ottoman Turks. Visitors are awed by the ancient ruins, Byzantine churches, and the world-class archaeology museum, one of the best in Greece. Another highlight is the delicious local cuisine; top-rated restaurants offer the region`s finest culinary fare.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Ano Poli (The Upper town or Old Town), Ladadika District, Archaeological Museum, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Roman Rotunda (Saint George's Church), The Markets, The White Tower: Relic of the Byzantine-Era Ramparts, Church of Saint Demetrius, Arch of Galerius, and so much more!


2 nights in Sofia

One of the oldest capital cities in Europe, the history of Sofia dates back to the 8th century BC, when Thracians established a settlement there. This is the administrative, cultural, economic, and educational centre of the country. Historic landmarks include the 10th century Boyana Church (one of the UNESCO World Heritage protected sites), the Alexander Nevski Cathedral (one of the world's largest Orthodox churches), and the early Byzantine Church of St Sophia. Sofia houses numerous museums, notably the National Historical Museum, the Bulgarian Natural History Museum, the Museum of Earth and Men. Sofia is one of the hippest cities in Bulgaria. It has a lively nightlife scene with many different night clubs, live venues, pubs, mehani (Bulgarian traditional taverns), and restaurants.


2 nights in Bucharest

Once known as the "Little Paris", Bucharest, Romania's capital, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, and glorious Belle Époque buildings. There is even an Arc de Triomphe on a boulevard longer than the Champs Elysees, with a range of trees that flower beautifully in the spring. You will be intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of architecture, from old monasteries to Orthodox Churches, Second Empire mansions, the stolid Stalinist architecture of the communist years and the colossal Parliament House, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.


2 nights in Brasov

Brasov is a charming town located in the geographical centre or Romania and is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance. Stroll around the old Town Hall Square where you can admire colorfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures. Don't miss the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Romania. The interior is impressive and well-kept and houses one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe. The "Brasov Citadel Fortress" is another interesting site. Poiana Brasov, mainly a ski resort, but also a sightseeing spot is just outsite the city. The nearby Bran Castle, attracting many fans of Dracula can be easily reached from Brasov.


2 nights in Budapest

Two cities in one! Buda on a hill, historical part of the city and Pest on a plain its shops and boulevards both separated by the Danube flowing between them and connected by magnificent bridges. Budapest looks its most beautiful at dawn, yet it is also spectacularly appealing at night. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life and an exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe`s most delightful and enjoyable cities. This is a vibrant city: it throbs with life morning, noon and night; a remarkable and wholly unpretentious place.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Buda Hill and the Castle District, Parliament, the Chain Bridge, Heroes' Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Opera House, Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, Gellert Hill, the thermal baths and so much more!


2 nights in Vienna

City of music, cafes, waltzes, parks, pastries, and wine - that`s Vienna in a nutshell. Vienna doesn`t hurry, and, as you saunter through its stately streets, marveling at its Baroque palaces, neither should you. Explore churches filled with statues of golden saints and pink-cheeked cherubs, wander through treasure-packed museums, or while away an afternoon in one of those countless meccas of mocha (the inevitable cafés), you will feel lapped in lashings of rich, delicious, whipped cream - the beloved Schlagobers that garnishes most Viennese pastries.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Hofburg Palace, Schonbrunn Palace, Staatsoper, Kumsthistorisches Museum, the MuseumsQuartier Complex, St. Stephan's Cathedral, the Belvedere Palace, The Ringstrasse, Parlament, The Prater and so much more!



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Athens
Day 1
Arrive to Athens
Overnight in Athens   67 hotels offered
Optional  341 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Athens   67 hotels offered
Optional  341 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Athens
Transportation to next city by: EC - Athens to Thessaloniki (r)
Thessaloniki
Day 3
Arrive to Thessaloniki
Overnight in Thessaloniki   37 hotels offered
Optional  23 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Thessaloniki   37 hotels offered
Optional  23 Things to do
Day 5
Departing from Thessaloniki
Transportation to next city by: RE - Thessaloniki to Sofia (r)
Sofia
Day 5
Arrive to Sofia
Overnight in Sofia   40 hotels offered
Optional  119 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Sofia   40 hotels offered
Optional  119 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Sofia
Transportation to next city by: RE - Sofia to Bucharest (r)
Bucharest
Day 7
Arrive to Bucharest
Overnight in Bucharest   68 hotels offered
Optional  149 Things to do
Day 8
Overnight in Bucharest   68 hotels offered
Optional  149 Things to do
Day 9
Departing from Bucharest
Transportation to next city by: RE - Bucharest to Brasov (r)
Brasov
Day 9
Arrive to Brasov
Overnight in Brasov   30 hotels offered
Optional  49 Things to do
Day 10
Overnight in Brasov   30 hotels offered
Optional  49 Things to do
Day 11
Departing from Brasov
Transportation to next city by: IC - Brasov to Budapest
Budapest
Day 11
Arrive to Budapest
Overnight in Budapest   88 hotels offered
Optional  333 Things to do
Day 12
Overnight in Budapest   88 hotels offered
Optional  333 Things to do
Day 13
Departing from Budapest
Transportation to next city by: ICE - Budapest to Vienna (r)
Vienna
Day 13
Arrive to Vienna
Overnight in Vienna   162 hotels offered
Optional  145 Things to do
Day 14
Overnight in Vienna   162 hotels offered
Optional  145 Things to do
Day 15
Departing from Vienna

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Athens Hotels (67 total)
 
Thessaloniki Hotels (37 total)
 
Sofia Hotels (40 total)
Bucharest Hotels (68 total)
 
Brasov Hotels (30 total)
 
Budapest Hotels (88 total)
Vienna Hotels (162 total)
 


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Tours in Athens (341 total)
 
Tours in Thessaloniki (23 total)
 
Tours in Sofia (119 total)
Tours in Bucharest (149 total)
 
Tours in Brasov (49 total)
 
Tours in Budapest (333 total)
Tours in Vienna (145 total)
 


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Hungary

Hungary is an astonishing country brimmed with culture and natural beauty. The treasures of their culture have drawn travelers from distant lands throughout the centuries. After Iceland, Hungary has the world's largest reserve of surface thermal water. Thousands who seek rest and rejuvenation turn to the country's innumerable thermal spas, famous for their natural healing spring water. In the countryside you'll find majestic plains, resort-lined lakes, baroque towns, horse markets and rustic villages. Lake Balaton, Central Europe's largest lake, is a favorite get-away for families with young children, fans of yachting, and lovers of the beach.

Greece

Greece is THE land of ancient sites and architectural treasures: the Acropolis in Athens, the amphitheater of Epidaurus, the reconstructed palace at Knossos, the belly button of the cosmos at Delphi, fallen columns galore on the sacred island of Delos, and frescoed Minoan palaces on Crete. But don't expect a visit there to be a sober study of the ancient world, the Greek propensity for partying dates back to Dionysus. Then there are 1400 islands to explore. Greece is much more than what you were taught at school or the predictable summer image of glorious sunsets and sandy beaches.

Austria

Austria is more epitomized by green glacial valleys and snow-capped peaks - and the wooden picture postcard chalets. Nonetheless, visitors have much to explore from the stylish capital, Vienna, to the baroque splendor of Salzburg. Austria's mountain landscape is undoubtedly its biggest draw for tourists. Although a year-round destination, there is a definite seasonal split in visitors. Summer is best for exploring the countryside on the many mountain trails that snake through the Austrian Alps and the lowlands, while the ski season kicks off in December, attracting winter sports fans from all over the world.

Bulgaria

Located in Southeastern Europe, in the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria is the result of the evolution of ancient civilizations and the activity of great people who wrote its turbulent history. Bulgaria is known for its picturesque beauty and for its variety of natural landscapes: vast plains, to areas of rolling hills and high mountains. Large beaches and beautiful rocky shores stretch out along the Bulgarian Black sea coast. Here, you will find ski resorts, deep forests, ancient monasteries, greek and roman remains and the fascinating capital Sofia is a must for Bulgaria travelers. Veliko turnovo, the ancient capital, is a young and vibrant city that deserves a visit as well. Vratza is one of the most picturesque cities in Bulgaria, and important tourist and cultural center.

Romania

One of the most beautiful countries of Southeast Europe, Romania offers a rich tapestry of tourist attractions from skiing in mountain resorts to sunbathing on the Black Sea beaches. Enjoy the architecture, museums and galleries of the cities, feudal fortresses, Byzantine decorated monasteries and adorned village houses. "Dracula's" castle is only one among many other fascinating castles and palaces. There are also medieval towns in Transylvania, the world-famous Painted Monasteries in Bucovina, traditional villages in Maramures, the romantic Danube Delta, fairy-tale castles, the majestic Carpathian Mountains.

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Athens
Athens captures the heart of its visitors. It`s the capital city, vibrant in nature, exciting and exasperating, worldly and chic, a city that attacks the senses. It boasts art, culture, world-class museums, charming neighborhoods, exceptional food, lively people and glorious ancient gems such as the Acropolis and the iconic Parthenon. This city has a lot to offer and we promise you, it won`t disappoint.

Recommended Stay:
At least 3 nights

Must See`s:
Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Nike, Hadrian`s Gate, National Archaeological Museum, Greek Ancient Art Museum, Byzantine Museum, Temple of Poseidon, The Plaka, Syntagma Square, House of Parliament and so much more!

Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki (also known as Salonica) offers the cosmopolitan culture and energy of a big city with the friendly ambience and charm of a smaller town. It`s a wonderful destination to experience the real Greece without the crowds and congestion of Athens. This beautiful city has an impressive multiethnic heritage, influenced by the diverse civilizations that have left their mark, including the Romans, Venetians, and Ottoman Turks. Visitors are awed by the ancient ruins, Byzantine churches, and the world-class archaeology museum, one of the best in Greece. Another highlight is the delicious local cuisine; top-rated restaurants offer the region`s finest culinary fare.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Ano Poli (The Upper town or Old Town), Ladadika District, Archaeological Museum, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Roman Rotunda (Saint George's Church), The Markets, The White Tower: Relic of the Byzantine-Era Ramparts, Church of Saint Demetrius, Arch of Galerius, and so much more!
Sofia
One of the oldest capital cities in Europe, the history of Sofia dates back to the 8th century BC, when Thracians established a settlement there. This is the administrative, cultural, economic, and educational centre of the country. Historic landmarks include the 10th century Boyana Church (one of the UNESCO World Heritage protected sites), the Alexander Nevski Cathedral (one of the world's largest Orthodox churches), and the early Byzantine Church of St Sophia. Sofia houses numerous museums, notably the National Historical Museum, the Bulgarian Natural History Museum, the Museum of Earth and Men. Sofia is one of the hippest cities in Bulgaria. It has a lively nightlife scene with many different night clubs, live venues, pubs, mehani (Bulgarian traditional taverns), and restaurants.
Bucharest
Once known as the "Little Paris", Bucharest, Romania's capital, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, and glorious Belle Époque buildings. There is even an Arc de Triomphe on a boulevard longer than the Champs Elysees, with a range of trees that flower beautifully in the spring. You will be intrigued by the city's eclectic mixture of architecture, from old monasteries to Orthodox Churches, Second Empire mansions, the stolid Stalinist architecture of the communist years and the colossal Parliament House, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
Brasov
Brasov is a charming town located in the geographical centre or Romania and is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance. Stroll around the old Town Hall Square where you can admire colorfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures. Don't miss the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Romania. The interior is impressive and well-kept and houses one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe. The "Brasov Citadel Fortress" is another interesting site. Poiana Brasov, mainly a ski resort, but also a sightseeing spot is just outsite the city. The nearby Bran Castle, attracting many fans of Dracula can be easily reached from Brasov.
Budapest
Two cities in one! Buda on a hill, historical part of the city and Pest on a plain its shops and boulevards both separated by the Danube flowing between them and connected by magnificent bridges. Budapest looks its most beautiful at dawn, yet it is also spectacularly appealing at night. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life and an exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe`s most delightful and enjoyable cities. This is a vibrant city: it throbs with life morning, noon and night; a remarkable and wholly unpretentious place.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Buda Hill and the Castle District, Parliament, the Chain Bridge, Heroes' Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Opera House, Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, Gellert Hill, the thermal baths and so much more!
Vienna
City of music, cafes, waltzes, parks, pastries, and wine - that`s Vienna in a nutshell. Vienna doesn`t hurry, and, as you saunter through its stately streets, marveling at its Baroque palaces, neither should you. Explore churches filled with statues of golden saints and pink-cheeked cherubs, wander through treasure-packed museums, or while away an afternoon in one of those countless meccas of mocha (the inevitable cafés), you will feel lapped in lashings of rich, delicious, whipped cream - the beloved Schlagobers that garnishes most Viennese pastries.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Hofburg Palace, Schonbrunn Palace, Staatsoper, Kumsthistorisches Museum, the MuseumsQuartier Complex, St. Stephan's Cathedral, the Belvedere Palace, The Ringstrasse, Parlament, The Prater and so much more!

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