Eastern Europe Express

07/02/2023 through 10/18/2024
07/02/2023 through 10/21/2024
Intrepid Travel

Eastern Europe Express

Embark on a spectacular journey from Romania and through Bulgaria to Istanbul, discovering the architectural grandeur and quaint cultural enclaves that make this such an intriguing part of the world. Absorb Bucharest’s austere atmosphere on a guided walking tour, compare age-old places of worship in Sofia, breathe in crisp alpine air on a hike in the Pirin Mountains, and meander back in time in the Old Town of Plovdiv. and bask in the glory of transcontinental Istanbul. Relatively short in terms of distance travelled, this nine-day trip is a fascinating study in just how much regions can change as you cross national borders.


  • Veliko Tarnovo – Tsarevets Fortress
  • Rila – Monastery Visit
  • Pirin Mountains – Hike
  • Rhodope Narrow-Gauge Railway
  • Plovdiv – Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Edirne – Selimiye Mosque


  • Immerse yourself in the communist past and vibrant present of Bucharest, a city often underrated by travellers
  • Travel through the scenic Rila Mountains in Bulgaria, mingling with monks at the 10th-century Rila Monastery
  • Experience the romantic “time travel” back to the 20-th century by taking a trip on the last operational narrow gauge line in Bulgaria on route from Bansko to Plovdiv.
  • Explore the amphitheatre and Plovdiv’s other significant sights on a guided walking tour.
  • Breathe the crisp air on a hike and take in stunning view in the Pirin Mountain.
  • Stand in awe of the exquisite architectual design of Selimiye Mosque and celebrate the end of your journey in the transcontinental Istanbul.


Day 1 Bucharest
Day 2 Veliko Tarnovo
Day 3 Veliko Tarnovo
Day 4 Sofia
Day 5 Bansko
Day 6 Plovdiv
Day 7 Plovdiv
Day 8 Istanbul
Day 9 Istanbul

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