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Beautiful Romania 3th – 10th of May

 ITINERARY FOR ROMANIA

Day 1 : Otopeni Airport – Bucharest
–   Transfer from Henry Coanda Airport to the hotel
–   A short city tour by night
–   Check in at the hotel
–   Dinner in the hotel or restaurant in the city
–   Accommodation with BB included at Intercontinental 5* in Bucharest

Day 2 : Bucharest
–   Breakfast at the hotel
–   Visit the Patriarchal Church
–   Visit the Parliament Palace

     The Parliament Palace. Built by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, the colossal Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People’s Palace) is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. It took 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build. The palace boasts 12 stories, 1,100 rooms, a 328-ft-long lobby and four underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker.

Interesting facts:

–  It is the world’s second-largest office building in surface (after the Pentagon) and the third largest in volume (after Cape Canaveral in the U.S. and the Great Pyramid in Egypt)
–  The crystal chandelier in the Human Rights Hall (Sala Drepturilor Omului) weighs 2.5 tons
–  Some of the chandeliers have as many as 7,000 light bulbs
–  Lunch at Bistro Jaristea Restaurant or similar www.bistrojaristea.ro
–  Departure to visit The Village Museum

The Village Museum was founded by royal decree in 1936, this fascinating outdoor museum, the largest in Europe, covers some 30 acres on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herestrau Park. It features a collection of 50 buildings representing the history and design of Romania’s rural architecture. Steep-roofed peasant homes, thatched barns, log cabins, churches and watermills from all regions of the country were carefully taken apart, shipped to the museum and rebuilt in order to recreate the village setting. Throughout the year, the Village Museum hosts special events where you will have a chance to witness folk artisans demonstrating traditional skills in weaving, pottery and other crafts. Folk arts and crafts are available at the museum gift shop.

–   Free time in the afternoon
–   Dinner at Jaristea Restaurant www.jaristea.ro
–   Same Accommodation

Day 3 : Bucharest – Sibiu
–   Breakfast at hotel and check out
–   Departure to Sibiu European Cultural Capital in 2007

On the way, visit to Curtea de Arges – the monastery (one of the most precious treasures of Romanian medieval art and architecture) and the Old Princely Court. If time allows we can also visit Cozia Monastery. Sightseeing of Sibiu – one of the famous Saxon’s Transylvanian old Cities, formerly Hermannstadt, founded by the Saxon colonists.

–  Lunch
–  Accommodation with BB included at Ramada or Golden Tulip 4* Hotel in Sibiu
–  Dinner in Sibiu

Day 4 : Sibiu – Sighisoara
–   Breakfast at hotel and check out
–   Visit the Sibiu down town
–   Departure to Sighisoara

On the way visit to the only glass icon museum of Transylvania – in Sibiel. Visit of some of the old Saxons’ villages and famous medieval church fortresses of Biertan the old bishop residence, an UNESCO world heritage monument from Transylvania.

–   Lunch in Biertan

Sighisoara is considered to be the most beautiful and well preserved inhabited citadel in Europe, with an authentic medieval architecture. In Eastern Europe, Sighisoara is one of the few, and in Romania the only fortified town which is still inhabited. The town is made up of two parts. The medieval stronghold was built on top of a hill and is known as the “Citadel” (Cetate).The lower town lies in the Valley of Tarnava Mare River.

The city played an important strategic and commercial role at the edges of Central Europe for several centuries. Sighişoara became one of the most important cities of Transylvania, with artisans from throughout the Holy Roman Empire visiting the settlement. The German artisans and craftsmen dominated the urban economy, as well as building the fortifications protecting it.

It is estimated that during the 16th and the 17th centuries Sighişoara had as many as 15 guilds and 20 handicraft branches. The Baroque sculptor Elias Nicolai lived in the city. The Wallachian prince Vlad Dracul, who lived in exile in the town, let minted coins in the city (otherwise coinage was the monopoly of the Hungarian kings in the Kingdom of Hungary) and issued the first document listing the city’s Romanian name, Sighişoara.

–  Accommodation in Cavelerul 4* or Korona 4* Hotel
–  Dinner at Dracula House Restaurant

Day 5 : Sighisoara – Prejmer – Brasov
–   Breakfast at hotel and check out
–   Visit the Museum of History from Sighisoara
–   Visit of Prejmer fortified church
–   Lunch
–   Departure to Brasov

We will visit Prejmer one of Eastern Europe’s best preserved fortified church. Prejmer was often the front-line, it being the most north-eastern Saxon settlement, but although Prejmer was attacked more than 50 times by Mongols, Turks, Tartars, Cossacks and Moldavians, the fortified church was overwhelmed only once. The fortress is today home to an interesting museum displaying Saxon artifacts.

Brasov – the Council Square (Piata Sfatului), known to the Saxon population as the Marktplatz, is the heart of the old medieval Brasov. Lined with beautiful red-roofed merchant houses, the square is one of the finest in the country. The buildings recall the region’s German heritage.

Black Church, the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. Originally dedicated to Virgin Marry the church was Roman-Catholic for more than a century and a half and later with the reformation sweeping across Europe it became a Lutheran one. Service is still held today for the small German community from Brasov on Sundays.

–   Accommodation in Aro Palace 5* Hotel
–   Dinner in Brasov

Day 6 : Brasov – Bran – Brasov
–  Bran to visit Bran Castle also known as Dracula’s Castle

Bran Castle, situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Braşov, is a national monument and landmark in Romania.

The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”, it is marketed as the home of the titular character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There is, however, no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle. Furthermore, there are persistent myths that it was once the home of Vlad Ţepeş, ruler of Wallachia.

–  Departure to Brasov. Free time
–  Same accommodation

Day 7 : Brasov – Bucharest
–   Breakfast at the hotel and check out
–   Departure to Bucharest via Prahova Valley
–   In the way stop for sparkling wine tasting at Azuga
–   Visit the Peles Castle
–   Lunch

Located in Sinaia (50 km from Brasov), Peles Castle is considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe. It was the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs including King Carol I, who died here in 1914. The castle was built in wood, stone, bricks and marble and comprises more than 160 rooms. The representative style used is German Renaissance, but one can easily discover elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, German Baroque and French Rococo style. Peles is surrounded by seven terraces decorated with statues (sculptured by the Italian, Romanelli), stone-made-wells, ornamental vases and Carara marble. The architects used an abundance of wooden decoration, both for the exterior and for the interior of the castle, which confers a very special quality to the building

–   Free time in the afternoon in Bucharest
–   Accommodation with BB included at Intercontinental 5* in Bucharest
–   Dinner at Caru Cu Bere Restaurant, in the old city center

Caru’ cu Bere, a true living legend and also one of the oldest beerhouse in Bucharest, was opened for the first time in 1879 in the old Zlatari inn and, after 20 years it was moved to Stavropoleos Street, where it can be found even today. Nicolae Mircea along with his family, originally from Medias, had a major role in Caru’ cu Bere history. He managed over the years to make from Caru’ cu Bere restaurant one of the most appreciated entertainment place in Bucharest.

Nowadays Caru cu Bere has the goal to revive a tradition. Moreover, what will happen in here it shall be a part of an ample activity of promoting a real beer culture. Upstairs, in the beerhouse, the unique recipe of the house’ beer, along with a little diversified menu with specific food, shall remind of the old time taste. The old wine cellar shall be available for those ones who want to prepare more solid for a night at the Caru cu Bere. Also in here there can be seen objects from all over related to the beer spirit. And also in here the spirit of the beer itself shall be found.

Day 8 : Bucharest – departure
–   Breakfast at the hotel and check out
–   Transfer to Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport

Price OFFER (4 nights 4*, 3 nights 5* hotels):
* Group 30 pax:
– 715 euros/pax in Double room + 225 Euros Single supplement
* Group 40 pax:
– 690 euros/pax in Double room + 225 Euros Single supplement

Price OFFER Hotels 4* (7nights 4* hotels):
* Group 30 pax:
– 673 euros/pax in Double room + 196 euros Single supplement
* Group 40 pax:
– 665 euros/pax in Double room + 196 Euros Single supplement

The price includes:
–  7 overnights with buffet style breakfast in the quoted hotels 4*, 5*
–  6 lunches and 7 dinners in local or hotel restaurants. All meals will be 3 course (fine selected meals, with big variety from the local and international cuisine) with bread and mineral water;
–  Sparkle wine wasting;
–  Glass of beer in Caru cu Bere Restaurant
–  Experienced English Speaking Guide as per programme (including of travel allowances – meals, overnights and ticket);
–  All entrance fees and taxes to museums and sites as per programme;
–  Transportation and transfers (also parking fees, vignettes);
–  Accommodation and the meals for the instructors which assist all the activities;

 The price does not include:
–  Air tickets;
–  Photo & Video taxes and permissions where necessary;
–  Any meals and drinks not included in the programme;
–  Any items of personal belonging such as laundry, mini bar, phone, fax, etc.;
–  Tips etc.;

 General notes:
–  The offer is applicable for a group of minimum 30 tourists;
–  According to the Romania legislation the conditions can be changed. Also updates of the offer and the itinerary are possible because of the current trends of the business market;
– In the present request reservations are not made and the vacancies are a subject of confirmation;
–  The access to some museums, included in the programme, may be restricted or closed without prior notice due to special events, governmental delegations, urgent conservation and preservation, etc. Carpatia Tour will replace them with something equivalent or similar;
–  The programme is subject to change due to airline or other schedules, weather or local conditions, unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Carpatia Tour control. Every effort will be made to operate programme as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued;
–  Travel insurance is not included in the present offer but we recommend all tourists to have their own travel insurance policy which is suitable and adequate for their particular needs.


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on Jan 29, 2014