TRANSYLVANIA, MARAMURES AND THE PAINTED MONASTERIES OF BUCOVINA
ROMANIA IN DEPTH
Day 1, – Bucharest, the capital city of Romania – at the crossroads between Orient and Occident.
Arrival at Bucharest Airport. Meeting point : the Information Desk at the Henry Coanda Airport or the parking paying desk at Baneasa Airport . Transfer at your 4*hotel, check-in . At 19h00, meet with your guide at the hotel reception and walk to a local restaurant for dDinner; overnight stay.
Day 2, – Full day to admire the Byzantine Architecture, churches, traditions
Departure to Curtea de Arges, formal capital of Wallachia and visit the Episcopal Church where the Romanian Kings are burried. Drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to Cozia Monastery ( the 14th cent. )-a Byzantine monument , with its magnificent collection of icons on glass (the 17th and 18th cent.). Arrive at 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 Evengelical Church, the Liars Bridge etc ). Depart for Sibiel Village which received ‘Pomme d’Or ‘ prize from FIJET ( Press Association ). Visit the Museum of Icons on Glass. Dinner and overnight in a guest house at Sibiel.
Day 3, – UNESCO Heritage, Medieval Treasures
Morning departure to Sighisoara, birthplace of de Vlad the Impaler (“Dracula“). En route, visit Biertan Village and the fortified church. Arrive at Sighisoara ; visit the medieval Citadel, included in the UNESCO World heritage : The Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the House of Dracula, the roofed staircase, etc Lunch at House of Dracula restaurant. Drive on to Targu Mures, walking tour through the ellegant city centre, well-known for its architecture : the Culture Palace, the Orthodox Churches, the Teleki-Bolyai Library. Drive on to to Bistrita and visit the Gothic Cathedral. It is the place where Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker’s hero spent the night before arriving at Dracula Castle. Dinner and overnight stay in 3* centrally located hotel. After dinner, optional night walking tour.
Day 4, – MARAMURES, THE LAND OF WOOD
Departure to Maramures, the land of wood, the region where the most authentic rural life can be found.
A trip to Maramures is, in every season , a wonderful experience : visit the traditional villages with their wooden portals, the Merry Cemetery at Sapanta - situated very close to the border side with Ukraine, a true chronicle in verse about the villagers’ life. Late afternoon, return to Vadu Izei, via Sighetu-Marmatiei where you can admire the churches dating from the Austro-Hungarian period. Dinner and overnight at Vadu Izei.
Day 5, Wednesday – THE PAINTED MONASTERIES OF BUCOVINA
In the morning, visit the Rozavlea and Ieud monasteries, continue with the Peasant Museum at Dragomiresti. Lunch en route. Drive on to Bucovina, the land of the unique painted monasteries, belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage. In Bucovina, admire the beautifully decorated houses. Arrive at Campulung Moldovenesc, to visit the Wooden Museum. Continue to Gura Humorului for dinner and overnight stay in 4* hotel.
Day 6, Thursday – THE PAINTED MONASTERIES OF BUCOVINA
In the morning, discover Voronet Monastery – the jewel of Bucovina, also called « the Sistine Chapel of the East » Then visit the Monastery Moldovita, also included in UNESCO Heritage which received the Order „la Pomme d’Or”, awarded by the world’s journalists to the monasteries of Bucovina ; continue with Sucevita monastery (1585) – a genuine fortress.. Lunch en-route. Stop at the beautiful village of Marginea, famous for its black pottery. Return to Gura Humorului for dinner and overnight in a 4* hotel.
Day 7, Friday – MOLDAVIA AND ITS BEAUTY
Departure across the beautiful land of Moldavia with its typical villages. Visit the monastery of Neamt , built during the 14th – 15 century . It represented an important cultural centre and its church was an exemple for all the churches of Moldavia. Continue with visit of the monastery Secu ; lunch at the monastery, with wine and ,,tzuica’’ ( in-house made). Then discover the grand monastery of AGAPIA. which is surrounded by small houses where approx. 200 nuns live in, like in a monastic village . In the afternoon,, drive along the Lake Bicaz and the dam to admire another lovely place of the country. Cross Bicaz Gorges on foot, if weather is fine ; continue to the Red Lake resort . Dinner and overnight in 3* hotel at Gheorgheni.
Day 8, Saturday - BRASOV – former medieval KRONSTADT
Departure for Brasov, on the way visit Prejmer and the fortified church – included in UNESCO Heritage ; lunch in a local restaurant. We continue the tour to Bran – visit the famous medieval castle, built for the citizens of Brasov in 1377 in order to defend the city. Prince Vlad used the castle as a residence while he travelled throughout Transyvania. In 1922 Queen Mary transformed the castle into the Royal summer residence.. Over the years, the castle stood as a medieval art museum. Time for shopping souvenirs from Bran Village Arrive at Brasov ; walking tour to discover the City Hall, the Black Church, the Hirsche House, the baroque style buildings. Dinner and overnight stay in 3* hotel located in the old historical city.
Day 9, Sunday – THE ROYAL WAY
In the morning, cross the Carpathian Mountains to arrive at Sinaia, one of the most beautiful mountain resorts, so-called the « Pearl of the Carpathians ». Visit the fabulous Peles Castle – former residence of the Royal family with its armoury collection, unique for richness and its diversity. Lunch in a local restaurant . with hunting menu. Continue to Bucharest, ; visit the Village Museum – one of the largest open-air museums in Europe. Panoramic sightseeing of Buchrest will reveal the highlights of the city so-called ‘the Paris of the Balkans’ in the early 20th century, an amazing city where modernity exists together with imposing monuments and buildings dating from 19th – 20th century Check-in 4* hotel ; walking tour in the Old City. Farewell dînner in a lovely brasserie, keeping immortal the old time of Bucharest spirit.
Day 10, Monday - BUCHAREST
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the House of Parliament, built 1984 0 1989, the second largest building in the world , with unique marble decorations, wooded sculptures made of rare essence, aso . Transfer to the airport for return flight.
The must of the programme:
- The painted monasteries of Bucovina: Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita
- The medieval Citadel of Sighisoara
- The fortified Churches of Transylvania: Biertan, Prejmer
- The Danube Delta – on request European Cultural Heritage Sites
- Curtea de Arges Monastery
- The historicl centre of Sibiu
- The Romania Athenaeum
- George Enescu Museum
- Welcome at the Airport (meeting point – Information Desk at the airport Henry Coanda;
- Transfer airport – hotel – airport;
- Air-conditioning car (for 2 pax), minibus / coach for all the above itinerary and programme;
- English speaking guide at disposal fot the whole tour;
- 9 night accommodation in 3*, and 4* hotels (National clasification);
- Full board beginning with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 10;
- Romanian wine tasting on Day 8;
- Entrance fees to the above mentioned sights;
- Assistance 24h/24h;
Services not included
- Flight tickets;
- Personal expenses;
Extension : trip to the Danube Delta ( on request )
Day 1 to Day 9: Programme as per the above tour
Day 10: Breakfast at the hotel. At noon, meeting with the English speaking guide, lunch and depart for the city Tulcea, located at the entrance gate of the Danibe Delta Dinner and overnight stay in 4* hotel
Day 11: Cruise in the Danube Delta (1 day) with fish menu lunch . Dinner and overnight stay in 4* hotel.
Day 12: Morning departure to Bucharest Airport for return flight
- Air-conditioning car;
- English speaking guide (who will drive) at disposal from Day 10 till Day 12;
- 2 night accommodation on full board;
- trip to the Danube Delta;
Services not included:
- Flight tickets;
- personal expenses;
Info & contact:
Tel: +4021.313.63.22 / Fax: +4021.313.63.80