Grand Tour of Romania

Cultural Tour

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Duration

13 days / 12 nights

Highlights

Hurezi Monastery (1690 – 1703) - UNESCO Heritage, Bruckenthal Museum

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

  • Flights
  • Transfers between the airport and your hotel
  • Travel in an air-conditioned car/van/minibus/coach throughout the tour
  • English speaking guide at your disposal for the whole tour
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in 3* or 4* hotel (national classification)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Entrance fees to museums and attractions listed in itinerary
  • 24hr assistance throughout your tour
  • Hotel extras such as telephone, minibar and drinks (other than water)
  • Photographing/filming fees
  • Personal expenses

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrival at Bucharest Airport in the afternoon. Meeting point with your guide in front of the Information Desk. Transfer to your 3 or 4 star hotel in the city centre. Optional walking tour by night.

DAY 2

Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for Ramnicu Valcea. Stop-over and visit Nicolae Balcescu Memorial House (Romanian historical and political personality, during the Revolution of years 1848. Drive to Baile Olanesti, Lunch and visit at Ceausescu’s House, one of the most beautiful buildings in Romania. Arrive at Maldaresti Village and visit the Complexe of “Kules”, fortified houses combining elements of peasant, civil and military architecture-old buildings dating since XVI century.

The oldest fortress-house, belonging to old boyard families, completely furnished, dates since 1827 (Duca house). Continue to Horezu Village and visit Hurezi Monastery (1690 – 1703) included in the UNESCO Heritage, unique ensemble of medieval art of Oltenia and Brancoveanu – a Romanian prince, well-known in western Europe, who created a new architecture style, bearing his name. Dinner and overnight in a 3 star pension close to the Monastery.

DAY 3

Breakfast and depart to Targu Jiu. En-route, stop-over and visit Polovragi Monastery (1643) – built in the Brancovan style. Arrive at Targu Jiu where, at the central Park of the city, we can see the monumental Complex « Constantin Brancusi »; discover the outstanding sculptures the Endless Column, the Table of Silence and the Gate of the Kiss, placed along the alley that suggests the way of the most important moments of human life lunch en-route. Continue to Drobeta Turnu Severin, situated on the banks of the Danube one of the largest European River, a historical city dating since the Roman Empire; discover the Roman vestiges – the pile of the bridge of ’Apollodor from Damascus and the ancient Romana Castrum l’ancien castrum romain. Dînner and Overnight in a 3* hotel close to the Danube River.

DAY 4

Breakfast. Leave for Caransebes, via the city of Orsova, also situated by the banks of the Danube River. Discover the gigantic dam of the Iron Gates, built together with Serbia, between 1964 and 1972. The cruise on the Danube will enable us to discover an unique scenic view. Then we continue our journey to the ancient capital city of the Province Dacia, during the Roman Empire, Colonia Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa. Visit the vestige of the old city and the ’Archéology Museum. We depart for Densus, a small village famous for its Orthodox church dating since the 13th century, built with additional materials brought from the Dacian Sarmizegetusa Fortress. Later afternoon, we arrive at Hunedoara and admire the biggest medieval Citadel in Romania, named « Castelul Corvinestilor, built by the King of Hungary – Sigismund de Luxembourg and enlarged by the Voïvode Iancu de Hunedoara and his son, King Matias Corvin. Dinner and overnight in a 3* hotel, centrally located.

DAY 5

After breakfast at your hotel, we drive to Sebes – old German city, built by the Saxon colonists in the 13th cent. and fortified two centuries later. Visit the vestiges of the medieval fortification and the Lutheran Church – one of the oldest religious constructions built by the Saxons. We continue to Sibiel Village which received « Pomme d’or » prize. Lunch at guest house. Visit the Museum of Icons-on-Glass. In the afternoon, we arrive at Sibiu – an important city in Transylvania, built in the 13th century by the Saxon colonists. Sibiu appeals to visitors for its medieval charm, natural beauties and Saxon traditions. Sightseeing to discover the historical centre of the city, the squares with imposing monuments dating from medieval epoque. Dinner and overnight stay in 3* or 4* hotel.

DAY 6

After breakfast, visit the Bruckenthal Museum, named after the old owner – baron Samuel von Bruckenthal, and the Governor of Transylvania at the end of the 18th century. The palace is built in late Baroque and Rococo styles. At Bruckenthal Museum, one can admire the most beautiful collection of paintings in Transylvania, created by Western artists during 15th – 16th centuries, Romanian paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as a valuable ensemble of Oriental furniture and tapestry.

Drive toward Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (“Dracula”) and the only inhabited medieval city in Europe. En route, visit the Evangelical fortified Church in Biertan – unique Saxon fortification in Transylvania, with 3 defence walls. Lunch. We continue our visit to the medieval Citadel of Sighisoara (included in the UNESCO World Heritage: the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the roofed stairways etc). Lunch at Dracula House. We continue our tour to Targu Mures, where walking sightseeing of the city centre, with the well-known Roses Alley, the Palace of Culture (outside view), the Catholic and Orthodox churches, the old Fortress of Mures. Then arrive at Bistrita and visit the Gothic Cathedral. It is Bistrita – the place where Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker’s hero spent the night before arriving at Dracula Castle. Dinner and overnight stay in 3*hotel, centrally located. Optional : night walking tour of the city centre.

DAY 7

Drive along the Valley of Lapus, Cosau and Mara and discover one of the most authentic region of the country: Maramures – the Land of Wood, where villages preserve old traditions, wooden churches at Budesti and Surdesti, as well as sculptured portals: the Merry Cemetery at Sapanta, situated very close to the border side with Ukraine, is a true chronicle in verse about the villagers’ life. Late afternoon, return to Vadu Izei, via Sighetu Marmatiei where we can admire buildings and churches dating from the Austro – Hungarian period. Dinner and overnight in a local pension, at Vadu Izei.

DAY 8

In the morning, visit the wooden churches at Rozavlea and Ieud, as well as the Romanian Peasant Museum at Dragomiresti. Lunch en route. We continue our tour to Bucovina – the land of the unique painted monasteries, belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage. Arrive at Campulung Moldovenesc, to see the Wooden Museum. We continue and reach Gura Humorului, for dinner and overnight in 4*hotel.

DAY 9

After breakfast, we visit Voronet Monastery, the “Jewel of Bucovina”. Also witness the beauty of Moldovita Monastery (1532) – which received the Order  “La Pomme d’Or”, awarded by FIJET to the monasteries of Bucovina. Sucevita Monastery – a real fortress. Lunch en route. Stop at the beautiful village of Marginea, well-known for its black pottery. Return to Gura Humorului, for dinner and overnight stay in 4* hotel.

DAY 10

In the morning, we travel across the beautiful land of Moldavia, and its typical villages. Visit convent of Neamt, built during the 14th – 15th century. It represented an important cultural centre, and its church was an example for all churches of Moldavia. Continue our journey to Secu Monastery and serve lunch in a monastic atmosphere, with in-house made wine and “tzuica”. In the afternoon, we leave for Agapia village and visit the Monastery Agapia, the largest monastic complex in Romania. Later afternoon, we cross Bicaz Gorges (depending on weather conditions, we can do walking tour). We arrive at the Red Lake resort. Dinner and overnight stay in Lacu Rosu / Piatra Neamt, hotel 3*.

DAY 11

Breakfast and start on tour for Brasov. Arrive at Prejmer Village and visit the fortified church, also included in UNESCO World Heritage. Lunch in a local restaurant then travel to Bran and visit the famous medieval castle, built for the citizens of Brasov in 1377, with view to defend their city. Prince Vlad used the castle as a residence while he travelled throughout Transylvania, In 1922, Queen Mary transformed the Castle into Royal Summer residence. Along the years, the Castle stood as a museum of medieval art. Lunch in Bran Village time at leisure to buy souvenirs and enjoy the land of Dracula. Later on, arrive in Brasov and discover one of the most interesting cities of Transylvania. Dinner and overnight stay in 3* hotel located in the historical centre of Brasov.

DAY 12

Breakfast. We cross the Carpathians to arrive in Sinaia, one of the most picturesque mountain resorts, also dubbed “the Pearl of the Carpathians”. In Sinaia, we visit the fabulous Peles Castle – former summer residence of the Royal family, today an extraordinary museum housing an armoury collection , unique for its richness and diversity. Lunch in a local restaurant .We continue to Bucharest. Visit the Village Museum, one of the largest open air museum in Europe. Panoramic tour of Bucharest will show you a bustling modern metropolis, full of life and diversity, but also rich and full of history and contrasts. Dinner and overnight in 4 star hotel.

DAY 13

Breakfast. Visit the House of Parliament, built between 1984 and 1989 – the largest building in Europe and the second one in the world. For its decoration, almost entirely of materials (marble, crystals, bronze, steel etc), are of Romanian origin. Transfer to Bucharest airport for return flight.

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