Romania, the mysterious land
The tour of the main Romanian sights which are included in the UNESCO heritages list. A trip through the history and culture of Romania, we will visit castles, old cities, monasteries: Peles Castle (Sinaia), Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), Medieval Old cities as Sighisoara, Brasov and Sibiu, Saxon, Merry Cemetery from Sapanta, Wooden Churches from Maramures (Desesti, Barsana), painted monasteries from Bucovina (Voronet, Moldovita, Humor).
DAY 1: Bucharest
Arrival at the airport of Bucharest, meeting with the guide and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner and accommodation 4* hotel. (D)
DAY 2: Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Sibiu (300km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Start your venture into Romania’ s history. Direction Curtea de Arges, the former second capital of Wallachia. The strongholds rebuilt in the 14th century. See the Episcopal Church (the monastery) which is a recreation of the original built in 1512 -1517 by prince Neagoe Basarab.
Arriving in Sibiu, Europe’ s Cultural Capital in 2007. Walking tour of the old part of the city, with its narrow streets, pass across Liar’s Bridge, visit the Evangelic Cathedral and the Catholic Church and find out that this is an old citadel built by Saxons, where history, art and folklore blend to the tourists’ delight. Departure to Sibiel village to enjoy the dinner in a peasant house. Accommodation in Sibiu 4* hotel (B, D)
DAY 3: Sibiu – Maramures region (340km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Maramures region the land of wooden churches. Arrival in Cluj. Sightseeing of Cluj – one of the most important cultural centers ofRomania and one of the medieval capitals of Transylvania.
On the way to Maramures if the time allows visit of Nicula monastery – the wonder-working icon from Nicula Monastery dates from the year 1681. During the time of the Hapsburg persecution and forced conversion of the Romanian Orthodox of Transylvania to Byzantine Catholicism, the icon wept, and along the years has been known to be a source of miracles. Continue to Maramures – the most interesting site of Romania. On Sundays, people wear traditional costumes, the land of wood, region where the most authentic rural life can be found. Maramures is a wonderful experience.
Dinner and accommodation in a 3* guesthouse or 4* Hotel. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: Maramures region (160km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Wooden churches of Maramures, part of a living “outdoor museum”. The history of Maramures is told through the wood of their churches. Along the centuries, the area’s foreign rulers did not allow the people living here to build long lasting stone churches, so instead, the local carpenters raised beautiful wooden churches to communicate with God. Visit of Surdesti church included in the UNESCO list.
The Maramures wooden churches are remarkable examples of religious architecture. Visit of the Desesti church. Lunch at a local house.
We end up in Sapanta at the Merry Cemetery. The spiritual philosophy of the people of Maramures is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in Sapanta. Ancestors considered that death is not the end, it’s just a new beginning, so they had a special way of honoring the dead. In the town’s unique Merry Cemetery, blue wooden crosses feature a carved scene and humorous verses that describe the personality, both the good and the imperfections, of the deceased’s life. Dinner and same accommodation. (B, L, D)
DAY 5: Maramures region – Bucovina region (270km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the Barsana monastery, one of the main attractions in Maramures. When UNESCO designated parts of the Maramures Region in Northern Transylvania a WORLD HERITAGE site, it was aimed at protecting the stylized wooden architecture and its dramatic vernacular. One of these is the recently constructed Barsana Monastery complex – actually a convent with sixteen nuns. Created in post-Communist years on the site of a church abandoned in 1790, the complex has become a significant cultural and religious attraction.
We continue to Bucovina region crossing Carpathians Mountains through a beautiful road and we’ll admire the beauty of the scenery. We’ll arrive in another famous region – Bucovina – the land of outdoor painted monasteries. Bucovina is a historical region situated in the north-eastern side of Romania, a realm where the Romanian history and tradition are mostly expressed. The legend about its appearance is linked by the foundation of Moldavia, one of the three great historical provinces in Romania, within Wallachia and Transylvania. It is said that in the middle of the 14th century, Dragos, a minor leader belonging to the Romanian population in the northern side of the nowadays Romania, didn’t bear anymore the Hungarian aggressive neighbours and crossed the eastern side of the Carpathian Mountains, reaching the center of Bucovina of nowadays. Here he settled up several regions which would constitute the future Moldavian state. Accommodation in a 3*+ or 4* hotel. Dinner. (B,D)
DAY 6: Bucovina region(160km)
Situated in the North of Moldavia, Bucovina, a region blessed with a luxurious nature, wrapped in a diffuse light which tones down colours and blends them with the blue of the sky, presents itself to you like an art album with its frescoes monasteries, painted on it.
Here history lies asleep in monasteries and citadels, in churches containing treasures of old Romanian civilization, traditions and beliefs sprung from the rich Romanian folklore
After the breakfast we will visit Voronet Monastery – the jewel of Bucovina, surnamed “the Sixtine Chapel of the East”. This “master piece” was built by Romanian great ruler Stefan the Great in 1488. Then visit the Moldovita Monastery, also included in UNESCO Heritage which received the Order „la Pomme d’Or”, awarded by the world’s journalists to the monasteries of Bucovina. Lunch in the monastery. We will continue to Sucevita monastery. The Marginea village it’s famous for is black pottery and we invite you to have a stop. Dinner and the same accommodation. (B, L, D)
DAY 7: Bucovina region – Sighisoara (300km)
After the breakfast we continue to Sighisoara town located in Transilvania. On the way visit of Agapia Monastery painted in 1858 by our greatest painter, Nicolae Grigorescu, at the age of 20. Due to their artistic value, these painting can be considered a real art gallery.
We continue to Sighisoara via the Bicaz Gorges making the connection between Transylvania and Moldavia. At Lacu Rosu/Red Lake Resort we will have a short stop for admire the landscape. Lunch.
In the late afternoon arriving at Sighisoara, Europe’s best preserved medieval town. The whole medieval citadel is a part of UNESCO World Heritage. German architectural influences are visible throughout the entire city. Sighisoara was for several centuries a military and political stronghold. One of its most famous attractions is the Clock Tower (Council Tower), built in the 14th Century. This was the control tower of the main gate of the 2,500 foot long defensive wall. The tower has seven foot thick walls and was used to store ammunition, food reserves, archives and the city’s treasures. The clock was placed in the tower in the 17th Century. Highlights include: Guild Tower, Venetian House (built in the 13th Century), Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) House, Antler House, Wood Covered Staircase, Hill Church, Hermann Oberth Square. Dinner and accommodation in Sighisoara 3*+ or 4* hotel.
(B, L, D)
DAY 8: Sighisoara – Predeal (Brasov county) -190km Breakfast at the hotel. The old citadel of Sighisoara; visit to the Clock Tower Museum, take a peek to Vlad Dracula’s House, where Prince Vlad Tepes (“the Impaler”), nicknamed Dracula, was born. The house has been turned into a restaurant and a museum that preserves the old atmosphere. Passing through the town’s narrow streets with original architecture, cobbled alleys, steep stairways, secluded squares and towers, is like stepping back in time.
Departure to Bran Castle, widely known as Dracula’s Castle, built at the beginning of the 13th century by Knight Dietrich of the Teutonic Order. The Castle had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg, of the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. The Castle in the XX century was donated to the Royal Family and became a royal residence. The museum is opened for the visitors preserving the future from that period.
In the afternoon arriving in Brasov a medieval trading center, the second largest city in Romania. Stroll on your own in the main square and the nearby streets with attractive Saxon architecture, boutiques and small restaurants. The Symbol of the city is the Black Church, with its imposing Gothic architecture, visit of the church if time allows.
Dinner and accommodation in Predeal (Brasov County) 3*+ or 4* hotel. (B, D).
DAY 9: Predeal – Bucharest (150km)
After the breakfast a scenic drive will take you to Peles Royal Castle; situated in Sinaia mountain resort, known as “The Carpathian Pearl”, it is a masterpiece of German New-Renaissance architecture. Former summer residence of the Royal Family, it is now one of Romania’s most beautiful museums, displaying priceless collections of weaponry, hand woven silk rugs and furniture, ceramics and sculptures. Sinaia takes its name from the 17th-century monastery built by a Romanian nobleman after undertaking a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai, Egypt. Visit of Sinaia Monastery.
Arriving in Bucharest. Sightseeing tour of Bucharest, the five-century-old capital of Romania. Drive by the Romanian Athenaeum, the former Royal Palace, the Town Hall, the Opera House, Cotroceni Palace, the Military Academy and the Palace of Parliament – the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon in Washington.
Short stop for a visit to the Metropolitan Church. Dinner and accommodation in Bucharest 4* hotel. (B, D)
DAY 10: Bucharest – departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport.
· Accommodation: 9 night’s at selected 3*+, 4* hotels
· Buffet Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner as per program (3 course menu, mineral water)
· Entrance fees to the tourists sites as per program
· Transportation throughout itinerary by car / minibus/bus
· R/T airport transfers
· English speaking guide assistance throughout itinerary
· All local taxes (luggage handling is not included)
Price does not include:
· Air tickets, travel insurance, luggage handling, tipping
· Health insurance
· 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, room service, etc.
Note: – Museums are closed on Mondays
– Peles Castle is closed on Mondays (winter time closed also on Tuesdays)
– The Black Church is closed on Mondays (short program on Sundays)