Inclusions: overnight stays, entrance fees, private licensed guide, fully insured car or minivan with driver, free pick-up and drop-off at locations of your choice.
Exclusions: photo fees, meals.
The guide will pick you up from your hotel and introduce you the Bucharest.
Day 1: Bucharest Half Day Tour
Private pick up from your hotel. Start the day with this complete tour of Bucharest, designed to offer the best perspective of the capital city. The tour includes visits to:
1. The Palace of Parliament: known as the House of the People (in communist times) is the second largest building in the world.It was constructed at the end of the 1980s, together with the grand boulevards in the downtown area. For it’s construction, 21 churches, 40.000 houses and 1 stadium were demolished. The inside is worthy of a 19th century palace, all the rooms being marble plated, with silk tapestries and 2800 chandeliers.est building in the world, made entirely using Romanian work force and materials.
2. The Village Museum: showing traditional Romanian households from centuries ago, it is the second largest outdoor museum of Europe. Each individual house comes from a different area of Romania, making this museum special, as the visitors get a good perspective of Romania, while still not leaving Bucharest.
3.The Patriarchal Church: as the main church of the country, one can say it is the equivalent of the Vatican for the Catholic Church.The 400 year old church shows a great frescoes of the Judgment Day on its front wall, while the inside has gold decoration worthy of the most important church of the country. Next to it is also the splendid building of the old parliament of Romania.
Between these landmarks, you will see the beautiful Victory Avenue, oldest boulevard of the city. In the center stop to hear about Revolution Square, the place from where Ceausescu held his famous last speech.The memorial and nearby buildings still bear the scars of the bullets fired in December 1989. Also drive alongside the Dambovita River, heading to the Military Academy, where the communist made bas-relief will show the strong propaganda of those days. The University Palace – erected between 1857 and 1869, according to the plans of the architect Al. Orascu, who was helped in decorating the exterior by Karl Storck. In this massive construction, there functions the oldest institution of university education in Bucharest. The Romanian Athenaeum – one of the most representative buildings of the capital, erected in 1886-1888 following the plans of the French architect Albert Galleron. The Arch of Triumph – inaugurated on 1st December 1936, glorifies the bravery of the Romanian soldiers who fought in the First World War. The National Art Museum – located in the building of the former Royal Palace.
*As optionals, you will can also have the chance to visit: The Old Princely Court – established by prince Vlad the Impaler (world known as Dracula) and, close to it, the old commercial area, named Lipscani.The Kretzulescu Church – a monument synthesizing in its architecture, the art of the Brancoveanu epoch.
The Romanian Athenaeum – one of the most representative buildings of the capital, erected in 1886-1888 following the plans of the French architect Albert Galleron. The necessary sums for the erection of the building were raised through public subscription.
The Arch of Triumph – inaugurated on 1st December 1936, glorifies the bravery of the Romanian soldiers who fought in the First World War. The National Art Museum – located in the building of the former Royal Palace.
Overnight in centrally located 3 or 4* hotel in Bucharest.
Day 2: Bulgaria Excursion – Veliko Tarnovo
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart south, towards the border town of Giurgiu. Here is where you will cross the Danube and make your way to our neighbors, Bulgaria. On route cross the beautiful flatlands of Wallachia, the breadbasket of our country.
Once across the border, make your way to one of the main attractions of the country, Veliko Tarnovo. It is a town in northern Bulgaria and the medieval capitol of the country. The city is situated on beautiful hills along the banks of the Yantra River. It is one of the oldest cities in the country, its history dates back more than five thousand years, as evidenced by archaeological excavations. After it became the capital city it developed rapidly. In the period XII – XIV century it was the most powerful fortress, and spiritual and cultural center of the kingdom. The most notable monument in Veliko Tarnovo is the medieval fortress Tsarevets , located on the eponymous peak , surrounded on three sides by the River Yantra . Excavations show that Tzarevets , though surrounded by a wall , was not closed fortress , but a true medieval town in the center of which is a palace, “St. Petka ” church, many residential and commercial buildings, water tanks and towers . On the highest part of Tzarevetz was the residence of the patriarch and in close proximity the patriarchal church.
Besides the historic hills Veliko Tarnovo is famous for its many Orthodox churches and the monument commemorating four of the greatest Bulgarian kings – Petar, Asen, Kaloyan and Ivan Asen II – who reestablished the power of the Bulgarian kings on the Balkan lands after the Byzantine empire took over the Bulgarian kingdom in the year 1018. The monument is situated where the river makes a big curve and it’s overlooked by the old town houses built on the hill next to it. One of these houses is nowadays the best restaurant in the area called “Shtastlivetsa” and this is our recommendation for included lunch. One of the most iconic medieval churches is “St. Forty Martyrs” . Next make your way to the neighboring picturesque village of Arbanassi, near Veliko Tarnovo. here is where you will see a true jewel of Bulgaria, the Church of Nativity. It is said that it’s decorations are surpassed by none in all of Bulgaria. After your visit of these famous sights, depart in the afternoon back to Romania.
Late afternoon arrival back to Bucharest. Overnight in Bucharest.
Day 3: Transylvania in 1 Day Tour
In this 1 day tour, one gets to visit 3 of the best Regions of Romania: the beautiful flatlands of Walachia, with the rustic villages and locals selling their produce roadside, the impressive Prahova Valley, with it”s 2500 meters high mountains and Transylvania, a land with 800 years of Saxon heritage.
On route to Transylvania, you first stop will be in the heart of the Prahova Valley. Here the high mountains (third highest peak of Romania) make for great skying, but also for amazing views. Nicknamed the Alps of Romania, they are the only mountains which rise from 800 meters to 2500 meters in one vertical cliff.
Here is where you find the jewel of the romanian mountain resorts, Sinaia. In this 400 year old town is Peles Castle. The palace is our first visit. Erected between 1873 and 1914, has been the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family and it is the most visited museum in Romania. Many say that this alone is worth a visit in Romania.
Next we will continue north and across the Carpathian Mountains. At the entrance in Transylvania Bran Castle will meet us. This castle (a 14th century military fortress controlling the entry route to Transylvania) is nowadays frequently associated with Vlad Dracula’s myth. The interior visit will take you back to the time of the Saxon nights, as you will follow the narrow stairways and gothic arches through the castle. After the visit guests must not miss the great atmosphere in the outdoor markets surrounding the castle. Here is the best time for souvenirs.
Afterwards we will drive to the 800 year old Saxon city of Brasov. A fortified town that was once on the silk road entering Europe.Visit the Black Church, the largest church in Eastern Europe, holding the biggest pipe organ of Romania (4000 pipes) and largest collection of oriental rugs (over 600). Stop for a walk in Brasov downtown, just to show you how a typical Transylvanian old city looked like.
Afternoon departure back to Bucharest. Evening arrival in the capital city.
* 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;