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Gateway to the Black Sea

Optional Tours

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Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe optional tours, designed exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us … and make the most of your journey!

Approximate Cost: $65 USD per person

Puszta Tour

Kalocsa, Hungary
Afternoon tour

Approximate Time: 3 Hours

Get a glimpse of Hungarian country life with a visit to a working horse ranch that maintains a herd of up to 120 horses. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed with wine, bread, and onion slices. Watch authentic Hungarian csikós (cowboys) display their prowess on horseback; afterward, they will assist you if you choose to try riding a horse or donkey. Next, take a carriage ride into the puszta, Hungary’s scenic great plain. As a special treat, a shepherd’s wife will provide homemade scones (pogacsa) and brandy (palinka). Before leaving, you’ll be able to visit the animals, including the Hungarian grey cattle, the long-haired “mangalica” pig herd, and the cheeky, clamorous donkey foals.

Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person

Tito's Memorial and Royal Palace

Belgrade, Serbia
Afternoon Tour

Approximate Time: 3 hours

Start your tour at the Royal Compound in Dedinje, a fashionable district of Belgrade. King Alexander I Karadjordjevic built it for his family in the 1920’s, before his assassination in 1934 changed the course of Yugoslavian history. Today, the Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic and his family live in the Royal Palace. You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the grounds, the Royal Palace, and the Church of Saint Andrej the First Called, along with a welcome drink. Your next stop is the memorial to former President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito and the museum showcasing tributes he received during his rule.

Approximate Cost: $65 USD per person

Transylvania Highlights

Sighisoara, Romania
Full-day tour, including lunch

Approximate Time: 8 hours

Discover Transylvania’s fairytale village of Sighisoara, a 12th Century Saxon settlement whose central citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches, Sighisoara’s beautifully preserved medieval character rivals that of Old Prague or Vienna. The city’s other claim to fame is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. You’ll learn the city’s fabled history on a guided walking tour that includes lunch at a local restaurant.

Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person

Kutna Hora Excursion

Prague, Czech Republic
Afternoon Tour

Approximate Time: 4 hours

Following an hour-long motorcoach ride through the beautiful Bohemian countryside, you will reach the stunning town of Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town grew up near the area’s rich silver mines, ultimately becoming the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia after Prague. During this great excursion you will see all of the key medieval and Baroque monuments, including the former central royal mint, the interior of St. Barbara’s Cathedral, and the nearby Ossuary — famous for its elaborate decorations made out of human bones!

Approximate Cost: $95 USD per person

Red Stone Castle Tour with Wine Tasting

Bratislava, Slovakia
Afternoon tour

Approximate Time: 4 hours

Travel by motorcoach through the Little Carpathian mountain range, where vineyards have been sprawling since the Middle Ages, to Red Stone Castle, home to Europe’s largest wine cellar. Inside the castle, you’ll find period furniture as well as a unique collection of arms. After the castle tour, you’ll visit a wine cellar in the village of St. George, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of local vintages with commentary and video about the region’s wine production.

Approximate Cost: $45 per person

Jewish Heritage Tour

Budapest, Hungary
Afternoon Tour

Approximate Time: 3 hours

Budapest’s Jewish heritage is an expression of one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe. On this tour, you will visit the Great Synagogue of Dohány Street, the second-largest synagogue in the world. Constructed between 1854 and 1859, the Great Synagogue is a fine example of Moorish Revival style, with twin onion-domed towers. Dohány Synagogue has a rich but tragic history. Up to 20,000 Jews took refuge inside the synagogue complex during the Nazi occupation and establishment of the Jewish Ghetto, but 7,000 did not survive the bleak winter of 1944-45. These victims are buried in the courtyard, where you can also see a piece of the original brick ghetto wall. The complex also houses the Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial.

Approximate Cost: $99 USD per person

Heurigen Evening

Vienna, Austria
Evening tour, including dinner

Approximate Time: 3.5 hours

The congenial atmosphere of cozy, family-style wine taverns, known as Heurigens, is perfectly complemented by hearty food, lively music — and locally produced vintages, of course. Heurigens traditionally have rustic decor, open courtyards with outdoor seating, and accordion bands playing traditional Viennese songs. You’ll visit one of the oldest and most famous Heurigens, the “Wolff ” in Neustift, which opened in 1609. The restaurant is surrounded by vineyards, so in keeping with the theme of this evening’s tour, you’ll also learn about local wine-growing traditions and sample some local vintages.

Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.