Please keep in mind that any of the programs mentioned can be changed according to your desire !
Day 1: Bucharest
Arrival at Bucharest”s International Airport, Henri Coanda International (only 25 minutes from the city). Your English speaking guide will receive you in the airport. On route, your guide will make sure of a comfortable ride you to your centrally located hotel and will give to you a brief presentation of Bucharest, on route. Check in and enjoy the free time. In the evening transfer to Crama Templierilor Restaurant, the best medieval experience in our capital city. Your first night in Romania will surely be a great experience.
Overnight accommodation at 3 or 4* hotel.
Morning pick up by your English speaking tour guide at your hotel in Bucharest.Drive north to Bucovina passing thru the vineyards of Vrancea. Stopover for lunch along the way. Later in the afternoon in the town of Gura Humorului enjoy an exclusively organized interactive egg-painting demonstration by a local artist in her home, this being one of the local traditions of the area. You will also have the chance to admire painted eggs from all over the world. Enjoy a home hosted dinner in the village, a true cultural interchange. After arriving in Gura Humorului, check into the hotel. Evening at leisure.
Accommodation in Gura Humorului at Perla Bucovinei **** (two nights).
Day 3: Bucovina‘s Painted Monasteries
Breakfast at the hotel (a la carte or buffet). The monasteries of Bucovina are most famous and beautiful region of our country, showing the strong religious movement in medieval Moldavia. Begin your day with The Voronet Monastery, the most famous out of all, also known as The Sistine Chapel of the East. The eastern wall features the best preserved Last Judgment fresco in this part of the World. Also do not miss the Tree of Jesse. Next is Moldovita Monastery, where the UNESCO Golden Apple Award given to the painted churches in 1975, is kept The interior garden of the fortifications offers a visit back in time. Later continue to the nearby Sucevita Monastery, situated right over a beautiful mountain pass, offering a great view of the Moldavian countryside. This monastery is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. The Ladder of John of Sinai is considered one of the best of the frescoes of Sucevita, rarely present in medieval Romanian art. Visit the small museum of this monastery displaying some of the most valuable old Bibles in the country. The village of Marginea offers the black pottery workshop – they use a technique called “oxygen reduction.” It is a must see, as this technique can be found also in Mexico only! End your day with the Monastery of Humor, the only one without a belfry tower. Return to the hotel.
* As an optional to any of the main attractions above, one can choose to visit a typical Moldavian sheep farm, where the local shepherd can organize a cheese making session, all in a great setting and with house made local foods.
Overnight accommodation in Gura Humorului at 3 or 4 * hotel.
A la carte breakfast at hotel. Drive west towards the splendid region of Maramures (northern Transylvania). Due to the relative isolation of their land, the people of Maramures developed a particularly strong community, with a unique personality, traditions, culture, fashion and lifestyle unspoiled for centuries. It is like a trip back in time. Admire the wonderfully carved wooden gates along Iza Valley including an original 235 year old household in the village of Dragomiresti. Visit The Church of Leud (UNESCO World Heritage Site). As a cultural connection, stop in the village of Rozavlea for a visit to the workshop of a famous master carver. He represented Romania in the 1999 Smithsonian World Festival in Washington, DC. Later, visit the exquisite Barsana Monastery, a great example of Maramures wooden church architecture. In the afternoon reach the village of Iza on Iza Valley. Accommodation in a private house in the village. Dinner (and plum brandy) is included so that people get deeper into the local culture.
Home stay accommodation.
Day 5: Vadu Izei Village – Sighisoara
After breakfast, take an exclusively designed walking tour of the village of Iza including a plum brandy distillery and a typical whirlpool. Afternoon arrival to Sighisoara – World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. The Upper Citadel offers great hotels, right in the heart of the 800 year old city. Sighisoara is a World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. It was developed by the German settlers as of late 12 C. It stands on a network of tunnels and catacombs and, according to one version of the myth; this is where the Pied Piper brought the children of Hamelin after their ungrateful parents refused to pay him his due. Sighisoara is the place where the famous Vlad the Impaler Dracula was born in 1431. The Birthplace is today a restaurant and one of the main tourist attractions.
Optional dinner at the Birthplace of Vlad Dracula.
Overnight stay at centrally located 3 or 4* hotel.
Day 6: Sighisoara – Biertan – Sibiu
Breakfast at hotel. Start the morning with a walking tour of Sighisoara. Walking tour includes the two squares of the Citadel (Upper Town), the Scholars” Staircase, the Ducklings” Square, the Tinsmiths” Tower, the House with Antler, the Tower with Clock (climb up for a great view),the Torture Chamber and the Weapon Museum. Afternoon departure to Sibiu. On the way stop at Biertan fortified church and a UNESCO World Heritage. It was the former Seat of the Lutheran Bishops between 1516 and 1867 and is also one of the best preserved medieval fortifications of our country. Also not to miss is the century old oak tree rezervation next to Sighisoara.Afternoon arrival in Sibiu. Check in to hotel. Suggested restaurant for dinner is Crama SibiuluiVechi, best cellar – restaurants in town, serving Transylvanian fares.
Overnight stay at centrally located 3 or 4* hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy awalking tour of the 800 year old city, the most beautiful of the German fortified cities of Transylvania. The tour will show the visitors of Sibiu the landmarks of the city : the old surrounding defense walls and the remaining guild towers. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Brukenthal Museum assembled by Baron Bruckenthal, governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century. The Evangelical Cathedral was completed in its actual shape in 1520, but inside, there is an exquisite fresco of the Crucifixion on the north wall of the choir dating from 1445. Visit the Passage of Stairs linking the Upper Town to the Lower town and the 1859 Liar’s Bridge. Do not miss the original Pharmacy Museum. On the way to Brasov stop at the Citadel of Fagaras, one of the best such fortification of Romania, showing a great view of the highest mountains of the country. Afternoon arrival in the ancient Saxon city of Brasov.
Overnight stay at centrally located 3 or 4* hotel. (Casa Wagner)
A la carte breakfast in the hotel.Start with a walking tour of Brasov. Enjoy the cobblestone streets on a specially designed tour that will take you back to the time of the Arab merchants who visited Brasov. See the Gate of St. Catherine (the oldest in the city). Make your way in front of the Synagogue, the narrowest street in Europe and stop at the Black Church. Visit the church, the biggest one of Eastern Europe, with its 4000 pipe organ. It also holds the largest collection of oriental rugs in the country, and the room hosting the old gravestones is impressive. Finish the tour in the Council Square, with its lively atmosphere. Next depart south, down the Prahova Valley, where the mountains are known as the Alps of Romania. On the way choose between a visit of Peles or Bran castles, the two landmarks of Romania.(the 14th century Bran Castle, known as Dracula’s Castle, is one of the best preserved medieval castles of Transylvania, originally built by the Teutonic Knights). The castle was built in 1377 as a border point on the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia. Although enlarged and renovated many times, it still shows the original lookout post from the gothic days. Inside, your guide will offer you’re the full insight into the legend of Vlad Dracula. Time for shopping and lunch.
Continue to Sinaia, the jewel of the Romanian mountain resorts. Visit one of the most important tourist attractions of Romania: Peles Castle in Sinaia. Known as the Versailles of Romania, the royal residence of King Charles I of Romania is considered the most beautiful summer royal residence in Europe). On the way through the mountains, stop at the local horse ranch for a rustic horse ride through the natural landscape of the Bucegi mountains.
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* air conditioned car for the above mentioned route, fuel price and parking fees;
* guided tours and entrance fees for the sights included in the itinerary;
* professional private English speaking guide/driver, at your disposal throughout the trip;
* all meals mentioned in the program and all breakfasts;
* all overnight stays at 3 or 4 * hotels
* one traditional village accommodation, with dinner and breakfast included
* meals other than the ones included in the program;
* individual travel insurance;
* photo and video fees;
* guide meals;