Essence of Romania 3 Day Tour

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Day 1: Bucharest – Peles

1. The Palace of Parliamentknown 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.

4. 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.*As optionals, you will can also have the chance to visit:

5.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.

7.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.

8.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.

9.The Arch of Triumph – inaugurated on 1st December 1936, glorifies the bravery of the Romanian soldiers who fought in the First World War,

10The National Art Museum – located in the building of the former Royal Palace.

After more than 10 years of restoration to the extensive treasure painted by RembrandtVenezianoMonet, Sisley, El GrecoBreughel and Rubens.

During the Romania Revolution in December 1989, 448 works of art were destroyed or went missing and another 716 were damaged.A total of 18 valuable paintings were generously restored and cleaned by museums in the Netherlands, USA, Italy and France.

Early afternoon drop off at your hotel.

Day 2: Bucharest – Peles – Bran – Sighisoara

Breakfast at your hotel. Morning departure north, towards Transylvania.

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.

Noon departure north, into the heart of Transylvania. 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.
Overnight in the heart of the medieval citadel. Choose from the many local restaurants for your dinner. One of the best places is the house where Vlad the Impaler was born.

Day 3: Sighisoara – Brasov – Bucharest

Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of the upper city, including the Tower With Clock, the Scholars Stairs and the Church on the Hill. Return to the city through the amazing Saxon Cemetery. Noon depart through the picturesque southern Transylvanian plateau. Here we have the highest density of medieval fortifications in the world. Every village has it’s very own fortified gothic church. The drive will be amazing. Noon arrival in Brasov. Next is the 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.

After your tour enjoy the drive back to Bucharest. The Bucegi mountains and the great landscape will make you ponder at the great places you have visited.
Drop off in Bucharest. End service.

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Tour Inclusions:

* 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

Tour Exclusions:

* meals other than the ones included in the program;

* individual travel insurance;

* photo and video fees;

* guide meals;

* gratuities;