The Wine Route

Activity Tour

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Duration

10 days / 9 nights

Highlights

Wine Cellars of Urlati, Cricova – the underground city dedicated to wine, Danube Delta

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

  • Flights
  • English speaking guide at your disposal for the entire journey
  • Transfers**
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in a 3* hotel
  • Full board including the special meals highlighted in the itinerary
  • Visits & Wine Tasting
  • Boat tour of the Danube Delta
  • All attraction tickets as outlined below
  • Tailor made experience

Please note: **Where more than 2 people are travelling together as a group a minibus transfer service will be provided. This tour can be arranged as a private tour or as a group tour as per your preferences – please speak to a consultant for details.

  • Hotel extras such as telephone, minibar and drinks
  • Photographing/filming fees
  • Personal expenses

ITINERARY

DAY 1

On arrival at Bucharest, your dedicated English speaking guide will be waiting to escort you to your transfer to the city. En route to your centrally located hotel you can enjoy a panoramic tour taking in the Romanian Athenee and Parliament Palace. Tonight, acquaint yourself with the local cuisine with a welcome meal in a traditional restaurant.

DAY 2

After breakfast you will depart for Urlati, a region well known for its wines. Be sure to try the black coloured and fruity flavoured Black Feteasca (Feteasca Neagra), a unique wine which can only be found in Romania. Following a visit to the well renowned cellars of Urlati with tasting, enjoy lunch accompanied by wine from the region. Continue your tour with a journey into Prahova Valley and discover Sinaia, the “Pearl of the Carpathians”, where you can enjoy a tour of Peles Castle. Tonight you will stay at a 3* hotel in Sinaia.

DAY 3

This morning, start your day with a journey to Brasov, one of the most important cities in Transylvania where you will also enjoy lunch and time at leisure to explore the city. Continue your journey with a stop at the Balta Citadel for a tasting of the produce at Jidvei Winery and Cellars: enjoy a wine tasting session and traditional Romanian dinner. Jidvei wines are known for highlighting a delicate balance of acidity, alcohol and flavours and have been said to evoke the powerful odour of pine raisin, lime flowers and the sweetness of acacia honey. This delicate balancing act combined with years of expertise have led to the Winery being awarded more than 100 gold medals in national and international contests. Following your tasting session you will continue on to Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, for your overnight stay at a 3*hotel.

DAY 4

Today will begin with a tour of Sighisoara’s medieval citadel; a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Romania. There are a number of key sights to take in including the 175 steps of the Schoolboy Staircase which was built and covered with wood in 1642 and the Church on the Hill. Next, you will traverse Moldavia across a beautiful region and discover the contrast of cultures posed by what used to be known as the Szekely Land: a Hungarain ethnic enclave and the largest settlement in the region. Continue on to the magnificent Red Lake where you will enjoy lunch before a short walk through the impressive Bicaz Gorge. This evening you will arrive at Piatra-Neamt in time for dinner and your overnight stay in a 3* hotel.

DAY 5

Start the day with a journey to the village of Tarpesti to visit the collection of ceremonial masks by Romanian artist Nicolae Popa. You will also get the opportunity to witness a folklore show. Relish a traditional lunch prepared by the artist’s family and accompanied by holy water and wine. Continue your adventure with a trip into one of the most famous caves in the country for a wine tasting session; the Cotnari cellars. The vines here are more than 700 years old and the most well-known varieties are Grasa, Tamaioasa and Francusas. 

In the evening you will reach the heavily French styled capital of the Moldavian region, Iasi which is known for its University, one of the oldest and prestigious in Romania. Named “The city of chronics”, Iasi was long considered to be the cultural and spiritual capital. Tonight you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at a 3* hotel in the city centre. 

DAY 6

In the morning, journey to the Republic of Moldova, often referred to as “Romania’s Little Sister”. Visit the cellars at Cricova which possess wines of an unaccountable value. Founded in 1952, the cellars reach 60 to 89m below ground and the underground galleries are around 60km long. Cricova is considered to be an entire underground city dedicated to wine and has been awarded National Cultural Patrimony as well as receiving The Order of the Republic. After your wine tasting session a hearty lunch will be served. Your visit to Cricova will be followed by a transfer to Chisinau for a city tour followed by dinner in a traditional restaurant and an overnight stay at a 3* hotel.

DAY 7

After breakfast, take a tour of Milestii Mici, the biggest wine cellar in the world as noted in the Guinness World Record. The cellar has the format of an underground city, with a multitude of streets housing an impressive wine collection. A wine tasting session will be undertaken and will be followed by a substantial lunch. This afternoon you will return to Romania for an overnight stay, in a 3* hotel, and traditional Moldavian dinner in Galati.

DAY 8

Today will begin with a transfer to Tulcea, the entrance gate to the Danube Delta. Spend the day exploring the world Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO site. A fish lunch will be served on your boat trip. Following your day on the Danube Delta you will return to Tulcea before enjoying a wine tasting session and dinner at the Sarica Niculitel vineyard in the evening. This vineyard is renowned predominantly for its red vines but also has a strong reputation for its white Aligote wine; considered to be one of the best in the country. Tonight you will stay overnight at a 3* hotel in Tulcea.

DAY 9

Following breakfast, you will start your journey back to Bucharest: stopping en route at Slobozia to visit the National Museum of Agriculture which is home to 8000 agricultural artefacts. After your museum visit sit down for lunch in a local restaurant before continuing on to Bucharest. This evening take a tour of the old historic centre and witness the blend of centuries: compare the Stavropoleos Church (considered a jewel of Roman architecture) with the recently renovated commercial streets. Tonight you will be have a farewell dinner at a famous restaurant in the town centre and an overnight stay at a 3* hotel.

DAY 10

This morning, depending on your flight times, you may be able to participate in a city tour, visit the Village Museum (the biggest open air ethnographic museum in Europe) and enjoy time at leisure for souvenir shopping. You will be transferred back to the airport in time for your return flight to the UK.

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