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Eastern European Discovery
Commences Athens 02 June and ends Budapest 25 June 2018

  • Voroneț Monastery, Romania
    Voroneț Monastery, Romania
  • Parliament Building - Budapest
    Parliament Building - Budapest
  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria
    Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Bucharest Palace
    Bucharest Palace
  • Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
    Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
  • Program Status Fully Booked
  • Price AUD 9,650
  • Program Code GCTEED18
  • Single Supplement AUD 1,190
  • Program Leader Hugh Morgan
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 24 Nights
    • 1 Athens
    • 3 Thessaloniki
    • 2 Sofia
    • 1 Polvdiv
    • 2 Kazanlak
    • 2 Kmetovtsi
    • 2 Bucharest
    • 3 Poiana Brasov
    • 3 Bucovinian Monasteries
    • 1 Cluj-Napoca
    • 2 Szeged
    • 2 Budapest

Commences Athens 02 June and ends Budapest 25 June 2018

Tour Highlights

  • The Greek capital, Athens
  • The vibrant Greek city of Thessaloniki 
  • The birthplace of Alexander the Great in Greek Macedonia 
  • The Bulgarian capital, Sofia, as well as the icons of the Rila Monastery and some local folklore
  • Bulgarian Plovdiv with its Roman theatre and mediaeval old town
  • The quaint old Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo together with the scenic Valley of the Roses, historic Thracian tombs and the dramatic Spika Pass
  • The icons of the Romanian capital, Bucharest
  • The spectacular scenery of Transylvania
  • The fascinating UNESCO World Heritage painted monasteries of Bucovinia
  • The Roman site of Cluj Napoca
  • The Great Hungarian Plain
  • The icons of the Hungarian capital, Budapest

Tour Overview

This exciting program explores a fascinating and largely unexplored corner of Europe from the Aegean to the Danube. Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary have sometimes shared and sometimes been divided by a rich and a turbulent history from Roman, Byzantine, Slavic and Ottoman influences. In recent times, Bulgaria and Romania in particular have been largely hidden from our view behind that great Iron Curtain that cut Europe into two. However, each of these countries has a rich and diverse culture with some of Europe’s outstanding scenery and unspoiled towns and villages. They are countries all undergoing great changes but, for a short while, still offering us a unique insight into the time capsule of their past.

We start our program in the Greek capital, Athens, before discovering the great diversity of Alexander the Great's Greek Macedonia, former Thrace, Wallachia and Transylvania in modern day Bulgaria and Romania and the Great Plains and Danube Valley of Hungary. We study the Ottoman threat to the ancient Greek and great Hapsburg cities but also the rise of nationalism in the 19th century and the events leading up to the Great War and the complex and tragic history of this region in the 20th century. 

We explore the fascinating and very different cities of the region from Thessaloniki and Sofia to Bucharest and Budapest. Our program also allows us to discover some the rugged and unspoiled Romanian, Bulgarian and Hungarian countryside, as we visit UNESCO preserved mediaeval towns and monasteries, fascinating painted churches, fortified castles and quintessential villages.

Tour Inclusions

  • 23 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
  • Typical local breakfast and lunch or dinner daily
  • Domestic flight Athens to Thessaloniki
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach
  • Transport, field trips and excursions as indicated
  • Services of a Program Leader
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass's UK, European and North African educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass UK. This gives you a cost saving by cutting out the middle-man and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompass.co.uk. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Your booking form will then be forwarded electronically to the UK for processing.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe or North Africa. Your contract is direct with Golden Compass in the UK.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be taken by Golden Compass from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 1800 132 385.