Continental Journeys has expanded its air-inclusive tour program to four off-the-beaten track countries in Eastern Europe - Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Croatia - with five-day/three-night getaways to historic Bucharest, cosmopolitan Sofia, baroque Ljubljana and charming Zagreb at $699 to $999 per person, double occupancy, and eight- and nine-day combination packages at $1,099 to $1,829.
The flexible independent tours provide roundtrip Austrian Airlines flights from New York, choice of three hotel categories, breakfast daily, city tour of each capital, transfers, hotel service charges, taxes and departures daily or weekly through May 31, 2005. A $250 supplement applies to April and May departures. Vienna stopovers at no extra airfare can be made through March.
City stays at centrally located tourist-class hotels with private bath are priced at $699 in Sofia - Bulgaria and $710 in Bucharest - Romania. Prices at first-class and with deluxe hotels are slightly higher.
The choice of optional excursions includes Peles and Dracula's Castles and/or the medieval town of Brasov in Romania as well as Rila Monastery in Bulgaria.
The nine-day tour (daily departures) to Bucharest and Sofia, which spends three nights in each city and one night on a first-class overnight train with two-person sleeper compartment, is $1,099 for tourist-class hotels, $1,229 for first-class and $1,439 for deluxe hotels. Air taxes are extra. Add-on air from Washington Dulles is $75.