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A discovery of Romania

Bucharest, Sinaia, Brasov, Bran, Rasnov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Hunedoara, Alba Iulia, Turda, Targu Mures, Biertan, Brasov, Bucharest
10 Days
  • Our in country expert says
    Scenes of overloaded hay carts pulled by hard working horses sharing highway space with speeding Audis and Mercedes tell you of a country in transition. Romania's traditional culture however can be easily observed in the festivals, farms and the locals across the countryside, where medieval ways live on like nowhere else in Europe. Discover a unique and living European heritage before it is lost forever! 

     

    Day
    01
    Bucharest
    Welcome to Bucharest!

    Your English-speaking driver will transfer you to your 5* city center hotel. 

    You will have the rest of the day at leisure to explore your surroundings or to rest after your long-haul flight. 

    Welcome reception and dinner at hotel.


    Day
    02
    Discover Bucharest
    Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour in Bucharest with coach and guide. 

    You will start at the Parliament Palace, one the largest buildings in Europe, and continue with a walking tour around the Old Town to see why Bucharest was once called ‘The Little Paris’. 

    the Village Museum. Picnic lunch in this open-air Villlage museum followed by a tour of the village and nearby Lake Herastrau. 

    The open-air Village Museum offers an authentic look into the country’s past.

    Rest of the day at leisure. You can relax at one of the many cafés in the Old Town or admire the historic buildings on Victory Avenue, an easy walk from your hotel.

    Dinner at a local restaurant to taste traditional Romanian dishes. 


    Day
    03
    Bucharest - Sinaia - Brasov
    Today you begin your adventure through the Romania countryside. 

    First stop is Sinaia, to visit the Peles Castle – one of the best preserved royal castles in Europe. 

    The tour continues into the heart of the Carpathian Mountains to Brasov where your guide will take you on a historic journey across the town, so you can admire the imposing Black Church- the main Gothic style monument in the country – and the beautiful old town and walk on one of the narrowest streets in Europe.

    Dinner at leisure.


    Day
    04
    Bran - Rasnov - Sighisoara
    After breakfast, we visit Count Dracula’s Bran Castle. Here we will learn and experience the history of this legendary character as we explore the numerous rooms and underground passages.

    The day continues with a visit to Rasnov Fortress, which played a major historical role in  the battles between the Christian Hapsburg Empire and the Ottoman Turks, in its strategic situation offering beautiful views over the Carpathian Mountains.

    You will then move on to historic Sighisoara, a colorful medieval citadel surrounded by medieval walls.

    Dinner in Dracula’s birthplace.


    Day
    05
    Sighisoara - Valea Verde - Sibiu
    The day starts with a walking tour of Sighisoara, a perfectly intact gem with narrow streets and medieval clock towers.

    Your group will then have lunch at Valea Verde Resort, in a gorgeous and relaxing setting. Watch the folkloric and musical demonstrations and join a traditional workshop.

    Afternoon at leisure in Sibiu, a city rich in architecture, history and heritage. 


    Day
    06
    Sibiu - Hunedoara - Alba Iulia
    Meet your guide and walk through the cobbled streets and romantic squares of Sibiu, hear the legends behind the Bridge of Lies and find more about this medieval city.

    Continue onto Hunedoara, to visit on of the best-preserved castles in Romania, Corvin Castle, which once belonged to a Transylvanian family that ruled the kingdom of Hungary.

    In the afternoon you will take a walking tour around the largest citadel in Romania in the heritage city of Alba Iulia, ‘the other capital’ of Romania.


    Day
    07
    Alba Iulia - Turda - Targu Mures
    We start the day with a visit to Turda to visit the fabulous Salt Mine and its sparkling lake where you will take a boat ride through this underground wonderland.

    We then step into the traditional culture of the gypsies and learn about their special culture, foods, dances and colorful clothing.

    Late afternoon, you will arrive in Targu Mures. 


    Day
    08
    Targu Mures - Biertan - Brasov
    We start the day with a tour of preserved historic town of Biertan. Its fortified church is a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. We then have lunch at Dracula Danes Resort, followed by a gentle horse-carriage ride thorough the Transylvanian landscapes.

    As we travel through the countryside, you will witness Europe unchanged for a hundred years, with local people going about their business on horseback and transporting farm produce in horse drawn carts and cows and sheep wandering around the streets.

    The afternoon is at leisure in Brasov, where you can explore the city shops or eat the best pancakes in town.


    Day
    09
    Busteni - Snagov - Bucharest
    Start your last day in this beautiful country with a cable-car ride up the Bucegi Mountains, where you will see two stone figures which are the basis of the most famous legends and superstitions in Romania.

    The tour continues onto Snagov, a national nature reserve to visit the Snagov Monastery to learn and experience the customs of the Romanian Orthodox church which is very central to the culture of the country. (Alternatively, we can organise on a boat ride or kayak on Lake Snagov to admire the beauty of the area.) 

    Return to Bucharest for farewell dinner.


    Day
    10
    Departure day

    After checkout, your private coach willtake you to the airport for your flight back home.

    Boarding formalities.

    Enjoy a nice flight back home.

     



    Inclusion
    • All meal as indicated on the itinerary
    • Executive coach transportation
    • Premium services of Bi-lingual Tour Director
    • Hotel accommodations with breakfast unless specifically excluded in itinerary
    • Entrances to sightseeings and excursions as per the itinerary
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    • All those which are not mentioned above
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