SIBIU – BELGRADE
After breakfast we’ll depart on the route to Serbia. We’ll stop on the route to visit Alba Iulia Citadel. The modern city is located near the site of the important Dacian political, economic and social centre named Apulon (believed by many archaeologists to be the Dacian fortifications on top of Piatra Craivii). In the roman period the city was known as Apullum. In 1918, tens of thousands of Romanians gathered in Alba Iulia on December 1, now commemorated as the National Day of Romania, to hear the proclamation of the union of Transylvania with the Kindom of Romania. In 1922, Ferdinand of Romania was symbolically crowned King of Romania in Alba Iulia in an act which mirrored the achievement of Michael the Brave.
Visit the old citadel, The Reunion Cathedral, The Reunion Hall and Museum, The Catholic Cathedral (who host the grave of Iancu de Hunedoara – the famous ruler of Transylvania.
Enter in Serbia and overnight in Belgrade – 3 / 4 stars hotel.
After breakfast sightseeing of Belgrade and its most important monuments. Visit the Kalemegdan fortress – During the time when Stefan Lazarevic, our first Dragon ruled, Kalemegdan was a city for it self and Stefan Lazarevic defended it together with Hunyadi Janos from the Turkish attacks. Visit the temple of St. Sava, the biggest orthodox temple in Balkan, and Skadarlija – a famous bohemian quarter with excellent restaurants – Belgrade’s Montmartre. Take a walk down town Belgrade, through the pedestrian zone of Belgrade with many cafes, boutiques and shops. We could also take a ride to Zemun, which overlooks Belgrade over the River to see the citadel where Hunyadi Janos died (recommended by Nicu Marin).
Free time at noon.
Belgrade Gourmand Evening. In a nice and pleasant atmosphere of kafana our host will introduce you to the gastronomy and bohemia in Serbia, tell you about traditional food and preparation of drinks, about Serbian culture and history. You will have the opportunity to hear the sounds of tambourine and to try Serbian brandy (rakija, as we call it), and some of the national culinary specialties.
Overnight in a 3 / 4 stars hotel.
After breakfast join a City Tour of Budapest. Starting from the Chain Bridge, we cross over to Buda and stop in the Castle District (Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion). We then take you all the way up to the Gellért Hill (Citadel) to show you the most spectacular view of Budapest. Next, we go back to Pest and drive through the downtown (Central Market Hall, Synagogue), all the way to the Heroes’ Square (City Park). We then take the Andrássy Avenue (Unesco) pass by the Opera House and the St Stephen’s Basilica and stop at the impressive House of Parliament (interior visit). The Tour ends in the city centre. See also: 6 Best Honeymoon destinations for Budget Travelers. Overnight at Zara Boutique Hotel**** or similar for High Standard Version (HSV) or at Benczur Hotel*** or similar for Medium Standard Version (MSV).
Day 3. DANUBE BEND TOUR
After breakfast join the Danube Bend – an excursion into Hungary’s history along the ‘Blue Danube’. Esztergom, the centre of the Catholic Church, we visit the largest cathedral of Hungary. Visegrád: walk upon the 750 year-old stones of the formal Royal Residence with a fascinating panorama on the Danube valley. Szentendre (artist’s village): we invite you for a walk around the baroque settlement, built on medieval ruins. During the summer (01.05.- 30.09) we return to Budapest on the Danube by boat. The tour ends at the pier / city centre. (Lunch: optional – not incl.). Overnight at Zara Boutique Hotel**** or similar for High Standard Version (HSV) or at Benczur Hotel*** or similar for Medium Standard Version (MSV).
Day 4. BUDAPEST – GÖDÖLLŐ – BUDAPEST
History and tradition – We drive you to Gödöllő, to the second largest Baroque Palace of the world, former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth (Sisi) and Francis Joseph (Habsburg Emperor & Hungarian king). This interior visit gives you a glimpse of times under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Next, we visit a traditional Farm where you will be welcomed with ‘pogácsa’ and with the national welcome drink, pálinka. Horsemen will take you for a Carriage Ride through the area and will invite you to a traditional Horse Show. The tour ends at the city centre. Overnight at Zara Boutique Hotel**** or similar for High Standard Version (HSV) or at Benczur Hotel*** or similar for Medium Standard Version (MSV).