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Romania, simply surprising...

Romania | A landscape

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Starts in: BUCHAREST

Itinerary: +16 destinations

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  HIGHLIGHTS

  • The city of Brasov - founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site
  • The treasures around Brasov - the Dracula's Castle (Bran) and the Peles Castle (Sinaia)
  • The painted monasteries of Bucovina (Voroneț, Moldovița, Sucevița)
  • The city of Sighișoara, the best preserved medieval citadel in Europe (UNESCO heritage)
  • The medieval town of Sibiu - nine centuries of cultural treasures
  • The Hurezi Monastery (UNESCO patrimony) - built between 1693 and 1697
Romania, simply surprising... | The tour itinerary

  ITINERARY

Brasov, Romania | The Central Square

In the afternoon, arrival in Bucharest (no.1 on map), the Romanian capital. Meet your English speaking guide and transfer to Brasov (no.2 on map), ancient Kronstadt. Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films. In this city, we are surrounded by legends of the vampires and a medieval stories. Overnight in Brasov in a 5 stars hotel, centrally located.

Bran, Romania | The Dracula's Castle

Walking tour through the old town centre, including the Black Church, the Council Square, the Hirche House, the baroque style buildings from the Austro-Hungarian times. Visit the Black Church – the largest gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul, which has a collection of more than 300 Ottoman rugs; St Nicholas Church and the first Romanian school. Drive to Sinaia (no.3 on map), named "the Pearl of the Carpathians". Visit the summer residence of the first royal couple, King Carol I and Queen Elisabeth, Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe. Besides "The Big Palace", how Queen Mary used to call the Pales castle, we will visit the smaller and coquette Pelisor Castle, the summer residence of Romania's second king, Ferdinand of Hohenzollern. Pelisor Castle was decorated by Queen Mary herself, "the last romantic queen of Europe", in an original, unique style, combining Byzantine, Brancovenesc (Romanian architectural style) and Celtic features. The most famous room is perhaps the Golden Chamber, decorated with thistle leaves that resemble the emplem of Scotland, Queen Maria's homeland. Drive to Bran (no.4 on map) to visit the famous medieval castle built as a fortress - The "Dracula's" Castle – for the citizens of Brasov with view to defence the city. Prince Vlad used the Castle as a general headquarters during his incursions in Transylvania. For many years, it has been an interesting medieval art museum. Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle was built on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212 and it was first documented in an act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Brasov) the privilege to build the Citadel. Drive back to Brasov (no.5 on map). Folklore show dinner and wine tasting in the most famous restaurant in Brasov. Overnight in a 5 stars hotel centrally located in Brasov.

Romania | The Neamt Monastery

Drive along the pittoresques villages from situated at the crossroads of Transylvania and Moldova. Continue to Lacu Rosu (the Red Lake) (no.6 on map) resort for visit / photo stop. Drive along the Bicaz Lake and its impressive dam, to admire the scenic view. Cross the Bicaz Gorges – on foot, if weather is fine. Visit Neamt monastery (no.7 on map), the oldest in Romania, dating from the 14th century, which was an important cultural centre and an example for all Moldavian churches. Dinner and overnight in a 4 stars hotel in Gura Humorului (no.8 on map).

Romania | The Voronet Monastery

Full day in Bucovina to discover the most important treasures that this area can offer to you, visitors: the painted monasteries. Drive to Marginea (no.9 on map), a village very famous for its black pottery. This pottery kept for essence the features which it had with the Neolithic era: the form remains unchanged as well as the technique of cooking and ornamentation. This pottery is of indigenous, Dacia tradition and one finds it on territory of Moldavia and of the east of Transylvania. It acts of only village having perpetuated this tradition. The most picturesque treasures of Romania are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. Their painted exterior walls are decorated with elaborate 15th and 16th century frescoes featuring portraits of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus, images of angels and demons, and heaven and hell. Deemed masterpieces of Byzantine art, these churches are one-of-a-kind architectural sites in Europe. Far from being merely wall decorations, the murals represent complete cycles of religious murals. The purpose of the frescoes was to make the story of the Bible and the lives of the most important Orthodox saints known to villagers by the use of images. Their outstanding composition, elegant outline and harmonious colors blend perfectly with the surrounding landscape. Whether you are interested in religion, history, art or architecture, you will be intrigued by the construction and decor — exterior and interior — of these edifices. Visit Sucevita Monastery (UNESCO heritage) (very close to no.9 on map), built between 1582 and 1584; this one was built before the advent with the throne of the one of these princes. Visit Moldovita Monastery (UNESCO heritage) (no.10 on map) – built 1532–1537. One of the scenes most suggestive of the monastery of Modolvita is that of the "Seat of Constantinople", monumental composition, the subject seems you it was treated only in Moldavia (Bucovina). At Moldovita Monastery we will have a special tour made by Sister Tatiana, a symbol of the orthodox monastic life. Visitors to the Painted Monasteries will often witness a nun or a monk beating a long beam with a mallet, tapping out a call to prayer. The tradition started during the siege of Moldova by the Ottoman Empire when the Turks forbade the ringing of bells. The striking of wooden or metal bars, known as toaca, replaced the ringing of bells and thus, became a tradition, reinforced by the fact that in times of war, bells were often melted down to make cannons. Visit Voronet Monastery (UNESCO heritage) (very close to no.11 on map) called "the Sixtine Chapel of the East", due to its interior and exterior wall paintings, this monastery offers an abundance of frescoes featuring an intense shade of blue commonly known as "Voronet blue". This monastery is the most important in Bucovina, being one of the symbols of Bucovina. Special dinner in a local restaurant with egg painting demonstration. Overnight in a 4 stars hotel in Gura Humorului (no.11 on map).

Targu Mures, Romania | The Central Square

We leave Bucovina and we head to Transylvania, passing by Borgo pass and Bistrita (no.12 on map), an area covered with vampires stories. In Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, a young Englishman, Jonathan Harker, visits Bistrita and spends a night at the Golden Krone Hotel (Hotelul Coroana de Aur) on the eve of St. George’s Day before continuing his journey east to Count Dracula’s castle. Although no such hotel existed when the novel was written, a hotel with the same name has since been constructed for visitors. Arrival in Targu Mures (no.13 on map), that became a modern town in the second half of the 19th century, along with the expansion of the railway line. Today its centrally located Piata Trandafirilor (Roses Square) is lined with modern streetside cafes and restaurants, churches, and monuments. Visit Targu Mures' top attraction, located at the south end of the square: the Culture Palace (Palatul Culturii), a flamboyant early 20th-century city hall with an outstanding stained-glass hall, housing some of main local museums. Visit the old fortress built by prince Stephan Bathory in 1492. A few of the original elements have been preserved, among them wall fragments on the Southern and Western sides, the tower on the Southern wing, attached to the furriers’ bastion, and ruins of the South-Western tower, included nowadays in the tanners’ bastion. The structure of these towers and the fact that they are square-shaped are indicative of a medieval type military architecture. Visit St. Michael Wooden Orthodox Church. The oldest Orthodox Church in Targu Mures harmoniously combines Romanian rural traditions with Baroque influences. The church was built between 1793 and 1794 with the help of trader Hagi Stoian Constandin, who bought the land, proceeded to obtain all the necessary building approvals from the City Council and personally financed the works. Orthodox and Greek-Catholics found themselves in need of building separate places of worship. Thus, two churches were built in the same period, right next to each other. Drive to Sighisoara (no.14 on map), the best preserved medieval citadel in Europe (UNESCO heritage). Overnight in a 5 stars hotel in Sighisoara.

Sighisoara, Romania | The Clock Tower

In the morning, discover the best preserved medieval fortress in Europe: Sighisoara. Founded by Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara (Schassburg in German) still stands as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. It is also 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. His house is just one of the many attractions here. Others include the Church on the Hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, the Clock Tower with its weapons museum, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ. Drive to Biertan (no.15 on map) to visit its impressive Gothic fortified church (UNESCO heritage). Arrival in Sibiel (very close to no.15 on map) village that received the Golden Apple Award in 2010. The greater part of the villages in this area preserved strong spiritual and ethno-folkloric traditions. Although modern constructions progressively replaced the old and traditional ones, the atmosphere in Sibiel remained unaltered. According to Forbes, this is the most romantic ecotouristic area in the World. Visit the glass icons museum in Sibiel. Special home made dinner in a local guesthouse in Sibiel, an unique moment to discover the local traditions. Overnight in a 4 stars hotel in Sibiu (no.16 on map).

Sibiu, Romania | The Central Square

Guided walking tour of the medieval town of Sibiu (the Main Square, the Evangelical Church, the Liars' Bridge etc.). Sibiu - once one of the easternmost cities of the glittering Hapsburg Empire was European Cultural Capital in 2007. Nine centuries of cultural treasures await discovery. Visit Bruckenthal Museum. Housed by the Brukenthal Palace at Sibiu, the Brukenthal Museum is the first Romanian museum and also the oldest museum in Central and Eastern Europe. It gathers together over 15000 exhibits of great value. Visit the Evangelical Cathedral, a large edifice in Gothic style, its plan consists of a polygonal choir composed of three bays, flanked to the north by a vestry, in the west following a transept, then the central nave and the two sides. The oldest part of the building as it appears in a document since 1371, was the choir. In the afternoon drive to Hunedoara (no.17 on map) and visit Covin Castle, the largest castle in all East Europe and the only Gothic castle entirely preserved in Romania. Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles meet here to create a unique 14th century castle. This picturesque medieval castle stands grand with tall walls and towers next to a river over which a long entrance bridge was built to protect it from invaders. As legend has it Vlad Țepeș (the main character who inspired the story of Dracula) was imprisoned here for 7 years before he married the daughter of the castle owner and took back his reign of Wallachia. The castle also boasts the legend of the raven that held the golden ring in its beak and of the well that took 15 years to dig by Turkish prisoners. Drive back to Sibiu (no.18 on map). Overnight in a 4 stars hotel.

Horezu, Romania | Ceramics

In the morning, drive to Horezu (no.19 on map) and visit Hurezi Monastery, considered to be the most representative construction in the Brâncovenesc style. The place of worship, with Saints Constantine and Helena as its dedication day, was built between 1693 and 1697, during Constantin Brancoveanu’s reign. Since 1993 it has been included in the UNESCO patrimony. Visit a local ceramic shop. Horezu ceramics is a unique type of Romanian pottery that is traditionally produced by hand around the town of Horezu, close to the famous Horezu Monastery. It reflects many generations of knowledge and skills development of pottery Starting from last year, UNESCO places Romania’s Horezu ceramics on the list of intangible cultural heritage. Drive along the the scenic Olt valley. Arrival in Bucharest (no.20 on map). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in a 5 stars hotel centrally located in Bucharest.

Bucharest, Romania | The Parliament Palace (People's House)

Sightseeing tour, including the most interesting sites in Bucharest, like The Parliament Palace, also known as The People’s House, the second largest building in the world, after Penthagon, The Revolution Square, The Opera Square, Victoria Ave and the Triumphal Arch. Visit the Parliament Palace, built 1984-1989, with unique marble decorations, wooded sculptures made of rare essence, also. Former house of Ceausescu, this building is impressive at first only by figures : 270 meters by 240, 86 meters high, 1100 pieces and 12 floors. Transfer to Bucharest airport. End of our services.

  WHAT'S INCLUDED

8 nights / sharing a DBL room / 3*/4* hotels.
Note: SGL room is available on request (additional costs apply).


English speaking guide for the entire program.


Breakfast.
Note: half board or full board meal plans are available on request (additional costs apply).


Transportation in private car or minibus or bus for the entire program (depending on group size).


Entrance fees to all proposed touristic sites, all local taxes.


  NOT INCLUDED

International flight tickets are not included.


Travel insurance is not included.


Visa procurement (if needed) is not included.


The following extras are not included:

  • Hotel extras (telephone, Internet, minibar etc.);
  • Drinks (other than mineral water), coffee;
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites;
  • Personal expenses, porterage, tips.

  RATINGS (2018-2019)

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  AVAILABILITY

This tour is operated on request only. We are at your disposal no matter if your are an individual interested to take this tour or a tour operator aiming to propose it to your clients.

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