BUCHAREST – the CROSSROAD between the ORIENT and OCCIDENT
Arrival at Bucharest airport in the afternoon. Transfer to your four-star hotel.
Dinner in a centrally located restaurant.
THE BYZANTIUM AND ITS SPLENDOUR: architecture, churches and traditions
After breakfast, departure to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia.
Visit the Episcopal Church, built by Prince Neagoe Basarab (1512-1517), resting place of Romania's royalties. Drive on the sceniv Olt Valley drive to Sibiu, one of the oldest cities in Transylvania, founded by the Saxon colonists. Guided walking tour of the old, medieval, town. Continue to Sibiel and visit the Museum of Icons painted on glass. Dinner and overnight at a traditional guesthouse in Sibiel to experience local traditions.
UNESCO HERITAGE, MEDIEVAL TREASURES
Morning departure to Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. En route, visit the fortified Church at Biertan. We arrive at Sighisoara and discover the medieval Citadel included in UNESCO World Heritage: the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the roofed stairways etc. Lunch at the "House of Dracula" restaurant. Continue to Targu Mures, walking tour through the elegant city centre, well known for its original architecture: the Palace of Culture, the Orthodox Churches, and the Teleki-Bolyai Library. Continue to Bistrita and one of the 7 medieval walled cities in Transylvania; visit the Gothic Cathedral (14th century) with its 200 ft. high tower dominating the city and the renowned Gothic style houses called "sugalete". Bistrita is the place where Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker's hero spent the night before arriving at Dracula's Castle. Dinner and overnight stay in a three-star centrally located hotel. After dinner, optional night walking tour.
GOOD DAY, SWEET BUCOVINA!
Departure to Bucovina – the land of the unique painted monasteries, UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stop in Campulung Moldovenesc for a visit to the Wooden Museum and lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Moldovita Monastery – a treasure of Byzantine art.
We continue with visits to Lucia CONDREA's workshop, the famous creator of painted eggs, village of Vatra Moldovitei, with its traditional small houses, and the old, narrow-gauge, steam train. Visit to Voronet Monastery, called "the Sistine Chapel of the East" due to the dominant "blue" of its frescoes and the beauty of the paintings. Dinner and overnight in Gura Humorului at a four-star hotel.
TRADITIONAL VILLAGES AND ARTISANS
In the morning, we will discover more of rural Romania: Village of Tarpesti – home of "Neculai Popa" Museum, unique in the world, where colourful masks and folk costumes are displayed. We will continue to monastery Secu (1602) that features a unique fortified entrance and classical elements of Moldavian and Wallachia architecture. Lunch at monastery Secu. In the afternoon, drive to Miercurea Ciuc along Lake Bicaz, cross the fabulous Bicaz Gorges. Stop in Lacu Rosu (the Red Lake). Dinner and overnight at the three-star Fenyo Hotel in Miercurea Ciuc.
MEDIEVAL BRASOV - the SAXON GEM of TRANSYLVANIA
Departure to Brasov, driving through the Eastern Carpathian Mountains.
Stop in Prejmer for a visit to the fortified church, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Continue to Bran for lunch and visit to the Bran castle ("Dracula's" Castle).
In 1922, Queen Maria of Romania made the castle her Royal residence. Continue to Brasov, formerly Kronstadt, founded by the Saxon colonists. Walking tour in the old town.
Dinner at a traditional restaurant Sura Dacilor or Casa Romaneasca; overnight in Brasov.
THE ROYAL WAY
In the morning, we cross the Carpathian Mountains again and stop in the town of Sinaia, also called "The Pearl of the Carpathians". Visit the fabulous Peles Castle, an exquisite piece of architecture and one of the most spectacular castles in Europe. The Castle served as the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. Continue to Bucharest. Lunch in a local restaurant. Panoramic tour of Bucharest, a city that features a unique mix of architectural styles. Visit to the House of Parliament - the largest building in Europe and the second largest in the world. Accommodation at a four-star hotel in Bucharest. Farewell dinner at "Caru cu Bere" one of the most popular restaurants in Bucharest.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or departure to the Danube Delta.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina: Voronet and Moldovita.
The medieval Citadel (the "Upper Town") of Sighisoara,
Fortified churches Biertan, Prejmer/ Harman in Transylvania
The Danube Delta – optional "extension".
The Romanian Athenaeum - Bucharest
George Enescu Museum - Bucharest
Sibiu – the European Capital of Culture
Moldovita, Sibiel and Danube Delta recipients of the Golden Apple Prize offered by the International Federation or Travel Writers (Fédération Internationale des Journalistes et Ecrivains du Tourisme - FIJET).
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with your guide and depart for the Danube Delta.
Lunch en-route. Visit the Danube Delta Museum in Tulcea.
Arrival in Murighiol/ Baltenii de Sus situated by the Danube River.
Two-hour excursion - by small boat – in the Danube Delta.
Dinner and overnight stay at a three-star hotel in the Danube Delta.
Sightseeing trip to the Danube Delta.
Discover Danube Delta's Southern Lakes, Sulina Channe, Crisan and the
A traditional Fishermen's lunch in Crisan.
Wildlife watching in the Danube Delta.
Dinner and overnight in a 3* hotel.
After breakfast, departure to Bucharest.