Travel to discover: traditions, painted monasteries, fortified churches, castles and fortresses, UNESCO Sites.

Day 1: BUCHAREST at the CROSSROAD between the ORIENT and OCCIDENT

Arrival at Bucharest airport in the afternoon. For transfer, meeting point on the right side of the exit gate. Transfer to your 4* hotel and check-in. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 2: THE BYZANTIUM AND ITS SPLENDOUR: BUCHAREST - CURTEA DE ARGES – SIBIU- SIBIEL

After breakfast, departure to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia. Visit the Episcopal Church where the Romanian Kings are buried. Drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to Sibiu, one of the oldest cities in Transylvania – formerly Hermannstadt – founded by the Saxon colonists. Guided walking tour of the medieval town (the Main Square, the Evangelical Church, and the Liars’ Bridge etc.). Depart to Sibiel- the village which was awarded the prize “Pomme d’Or” by the Press Association FIJET. Visit the Museum of Icons. Accommodation and dinner in Sibiel.

Day 3: UNESCO HERITAGE, MEDIEVAL TREASURES: SIBIEL – SIGHISOARA – TARGU MURES – BISTRITA

Morning departure to Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. En route, visit the fortified Church at Biertan, one of the most beautiful buildings in Romania, in Gothic and Renaissance style. 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 in Sighisoara. Continue to Targu Mures, walking tour through the elegant city centre, well known for its architecture: the Palace of Culture, the Orthodox Churches, and the TelekiBolyai Library. Drive on to Bistrita and one of the 7 medieval cities in Transylvania and the place where Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker’s hero spent the night before arriving at Dracula’s Castle. Dinner and overnight stay in a 3*/4* centrally located hotel. After dinner, optional night walking tour.

Day 4: GOOD DAY, SWEET BUCOVINA! BISTRITA–CAMPULUNG MOLDOVENESC – MOLDOVITA – GURA HIMORULUI

Departure to Bucovina –the “upper land” with the unique painted monasteries, belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage. After crossing the land of Dracula, wonderfully depicted in Bram Stocker’s novel “Dracula”, we arrive at Campulung Moldovenesc and visit the Wooden Art Museum. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Moldovita Monastery – a symphony in purple red, a medieval art treasure. We continue with visit to Lucia CONDREA’s workshop, the famous creator of painted eggs, as well as the village of Vatra Moldovitei, with its traditional small houses, old steam train named “Mocanita” and unspoiled nature. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 5: MOLDAVIA and ITS SPLENDOUR GURA HUMORULUI – VORONET –LACU ROSU /MIERCUREA CIUC

We visit the jewels of Bucovina: Voronet Monastery represents a genuine touristic attraction, both for Romanian and foreign visitors. It is also called “the Sistine Chapel of the East”. We continue driving through the Moldavian villages, with their typical houses. We arrive at the Village of Tarpesti – the home of the delightful “Neculai Popa” Museum. Afterwards, we visit the monasteries Varatec and Agapia. Lunch will be served at a local guesthouse. In the afternoon, we cross the fabulous Bicaz Gorges on foot, if the weather is fine. Arrive at Lacu Rosu (the Red Lake) resort; dinner – taste the main typical course ‘gulas’. Dinner and overnight at a 3* hotel in Lacu Rosu/Miercurea Ciuc- Fenyo Hotel.

Day 6: MEDIEVAL BRASOV - the SAXON GEM of TRANSYLVANIA LACU ROSU – PREJMER – BRAN – BRASOV

Departure to Brasov, driving through the Eastern Carpathians. Stop-over at Prejmer for visit to the fortified church, also included in the UNESCO World Heritage. Lunch in a local restaurant. Drive on to Bran and visit to the famous medieval castle (the ‘Dracula’s’ Castle) built as a fortress for the citizens of Brasov in 1377, as a defence to the city. Arrival at Brasov, former Kronstadt, founded by the Saxon colonists, as the South gate of Transylvania. Walking tour through the old town centre, including the Black Church – the biggest Gothic church between Istanbul and Vienna. Overnight stay in Brasov at a 3* hotel. No dinner included on this day.

Day 7: THE ROYAL WAY BRASOV – SINAIA – BUCHAREST

In the morning, we cross the Carpathians towards Sinaia, one of the most beautiful mountain resorts, 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. Panoramic tour of Bucharest, the city of contrasts between old and modernity, with large boulevards and magnificent buildings (the Romanian Athenaeum, the Patriarchal Church; visit the House of Parliament, built between 1984 and 1989, the largest building in Europe and the second one in the world after the Pentagon). Check-in at a 4* hotel in Bucharest. Walking tour in the Old City centre. Farewell dinner in a lovely brassiere, keeping immortal the old spirit of Bucharest at the end of the century.

Day 8: BUCHAREST

After breakfast, time at leisure depending on your departure flight. Transfer to the airport for your return flight. End of our services.

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  • welcome at the airport – meeting point: on the right hand side of the exit gate;
  • transfers: airport – hotel – airport;
  • transportation according to the number of persons (please note that you might be paired with other languages such as Russian, Italian and Dutch;
  • english speaking guide at your disposal for the whole tour (the guide might conduct services in 2 languages);
  • 7 nights- accommodation in 3*/ 4* hotel (National classification);
  • meals starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with breakfast on the last day – dinner Brasov (water is included: 0.5l /pax /meal, 1 glass of local wine/pax for each dinner and 1 coffee/tea for each lunch);
  • gala dinner in a local restaurant in Bucharest;
  • entrance fees to museums and the above mentioned sights;
  • tourist assistance 24h/24h.
  • Flights (provided on request)
  • Hotel extras such as telephone, minibar and drinks (other than water)
  • Photographing/filming fees
  • Personal expenses

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