Destinations

7

Rating

Duration/days

21 Days

Per day

$ 194

From

$ 4,079
Operated by gadventures

Because you want to live it, taste it, try it, learn from it, and bring what you offer to it. Small group adventure travel brings you closer to our world, its people, their culture, and their way of life. We don’t just offer the world. We offer you to the world.

Highlights

  • Travel across Europe by train, explore tiny villages and big capital cities, soak in gorgeous Alpine scenery from the window of the Glacier Express, sample cuisine across different countries, get spooked at Dracula's castle
img-placeholder
img-placeholder

This three-week tour will leave you wondering why you waited to explore Europe's Eastern rails less travelled in the first place. Begin in Paris before setting off throughout the charming countryside. Stop by Swiss Alps villages, stroll through Munich and Sofia, and hike in the hills of Veliko Tarnovo. Extensive enough to see plenty, but not so long that your plants are doomed, these often-skipped villages and cities are ones you'll miss as soon as you leave.

Itinerary

Day 1: Paris

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Day 2: Paris

The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Rodin Museum are all worth a visit. Stop by Notre Dame or Sacre Coeur to add some spirituality to your day. Shop on the Champs-Élysées or explore the Left Bank.

Day 3: Paris/Lausanne

Take a morning TGV train to Lausanne, Switzerland. Spend the afternoon in this charming town.

Day 4: Lausanne/Zermatt

Board another train for the journey to Zermatt, a tiny village in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the afternoon in the car-free centre or hiking in the nearby mountains.

Day 5: Zermatt/Chur

Board the Glacier Express for a slow and stunning ride through the Alps. Pass meadows, rushing streams, bridges, villages and massive mountains as the train heads towards Chur. Arrive in the evening after a full day of soaking in the scenery.

Day 6: Chur/Munich

Take a full day to reach Munich, in the heart of Bavaria. Arrive in time for an optional evening out at a local brewery with a few steins of beer and some typical German fare.

Day 7: Munich

Explore the city or head further afield to visit Füssen and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

Day 8: Munich/Salzburg

Known for the nearby salt mines, Mozart, and the setting for The Sound of Music, Salzburg has plenty to offer. Opt of visit the concentration camp of Dachau, right outside the city centre. Learn of the atrocities of war and the triumph of the human spirit.

Day 9: Salzburg

Make the most of a free day in Salzburg. Opt to visit the salt mines or take the famous Sound of Music tour.

Day 10: Salzburg/Vienna

Continue by train to Vienna. Opt to visit the famous opera house, join a city tour or visit world-class museums. Stay overnight at a G Adventures for Good supported hotel that supports migrant workers.

Day 11: Vienna/Budapest

Journey by train to Budapest, the 'Pearl of the Danube'. The city, split into Buda and Pest by the river, retains its eastern charm with Buda Castle and Turkish-style thermal baths. Depending on arrival time, opt to visit some city sights or soak in one of the famous baths. To gain deeper insight on local history, opt to pre-book the "Budapest History Walking Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

Day 12: Budapest

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Day 13: Budapest/Sibiu

For a taste of everyday Hungary that ends at Great Market Hall, opt to pre-book the "Budapest Morning Walking Tour" on the checkout page to include this optional on your tour.

Day 14: Sibiu/Sighișoara

Explore Sighișoara's medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars. Sample some Romanian cuisine—the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad, the model for Count Dracula) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region.

Day 15: Sighișoara/Braşov

Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Sighisoara and nearby countryside. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches. In the early evening, transfer to the city of Brasov, the best preserved medieval city in Romania.

Day 16: Braşov

Impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley, this 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore. Soak in the gorgeous countryside as you learn about the creepier side of Romania.

Day 17: Braşov/Bucharest

Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharest's international cuisine.

Day 18: Bucharest/Veliko Tarnovo

Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city.

Day 19: Veliko Tarnovo

Enjoy the morning in the medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo. In the afternoon, visit the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 20: Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia

A mix of western grandeur and Soviet bulk, Sofia boasts a gold-domed church and delicious international dining. Sample modern takes on Bulgarian and international food, with some great trendy dining opportunities.

Day 21: Sofia

Depart at any time.

What’s Included

Your G for Good Moment: Magdas Hotel, Vienna Your G for Good Moment: Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, Budapest Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Paris Your Discover Moment: Budapest. Paris orientation walk. TGV train. Lausanne orientation walk. Zermatt stay. The Glacier Express train. Salzburg orientation walk. Vienna orientation walk. Budapest orientation walk. Romanian villages and countryside tour (half-day, from Sighisoara). 'Dracula's Castle' (Bran). Bucharest orientation tour. Arbanasi village visit. Sofia orientation walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport

Accommodation

It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not build to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head. On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities. Note that most accommodation in Europe does not have air conditioning units in rooms. Air conditioning is not routinely installed in European homes and workplaces. However, nearly all hotels will provide a standing or desk fan for your room on hot nights. If you do not already have one in your room, please ask your CEO to organize one for you with reception.

Activities

Travel across Europe by train, explore tiny villages and big capital cities, soak in gorgeous Alpine scenery from the window of the Glacier Express, sample cuisine across different countries, get spooked at Dracula's castle

Group Size

Max 16, avg 12.

Availability

Select Departure Month

Paris to Sofia by Rail

  • START
  • Duration
  • end
  • seats left
  • savings
  • price

Wednesday

Jun 3, 2020 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Jun 23, 2020 from Sofia

4
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,079.15

Wednesday

Jun 17, 2020 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Jul 7, 2020 from Sofia

7
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,079.15

Wednesday

Jul 15, 2020 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Aug 4, 2020 from Sofia

11
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,999.00

Wednesday

Aug 12, 2020 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Sep 1, 2020 from Sofia

14
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,999.00

Wednesday

Sep 2, 2020 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Sep 22, 2020 from Sofia

7
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,799.00

Wednesday

Sep 9, 2020 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Sep 29, 2020 from Sofia

6
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,799.00

Wednesday

Oct 7, 2020 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Oct 27, 2020 from Sofia

4
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,499.00

Wednesday

May 5, 2021 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

May 25, 2021 from Sofia

12
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,499.00

Wednesday

May 12, 2021 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Jun 1, 2021 from Sofia

16
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,499.00

Wednesday

May 19, 2021 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Jun 8, 2021 from Sofia

16
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,499.00

Wednesday

Jun 2, 2021 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Jun 22, 2021 from Sofia

16
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,799.00

Wednesday

Jun 16, 2021 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Jul 6, 2021 from Sofia

16
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,799.00

Wednesday

Jul 14, 2021 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Aug 3, 2021 from Sofia

16
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,999.00

Wednesday

Aug 11, 2021 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Aug 31, 2021 from Sofia

16
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,999.00

Wednesday

Sep 1, 2021 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Sep 21, 2021 from Sofia

14
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,799.00

Wednesday

Sep 8, 2021 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Sep 28, 2021 from Sofia

16
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,799.00

Wednesday

Oct 6, 2021 from Paris

21 Days

Wednesday

Oct 26, 2021 from Sofia

16
Seats

Savings

Price

$4,499.00

Similar Tours