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Pilgrimage and Christian masterpieces in Romania


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Overview

Itinerary:

Cluj-Napoca - Sibiu - Sighisoara - Bistrita - Suceava - Piatra Neamt - Brasov - Sinaia - Bucharest

Included services:

8 nights accommodation in recommended 3*-4* hotels
8 dinners (2 courses, dessert)
tour guide in the language of your choice (English, German, French)
transportation for the whole tour

Not included services:
entrance fees
other services not mentioned

Day 1

Cluj-Napoca

Group pick up from Cluj-Napoca Airport.

Cluj-Napoca, the spiritual heart of Transylvania, today one of Romania’s most vibrant and dinamic cities harmoniously combines the contemporary bustle with the secular heritage.

The capital of Transylvania in the medieval times, Cluj-Napoca is today a vibrant city, sharing both traditional and progressive events; definitely worth visiting for its excellent cultural activities, wonderful historical legacy, fine dining and great atmosphere.

The short sightseeing of the city will make you want to feel more of its spirit. 

 

Dinner in a traditional restaurant and accommodation in Cluj-Napoca

Day 2

Cluj-Napoca - Alba Iulia - Sibiu

 

Cluj-Napoca city tour with the visit of St Michael's Gothic church, the Benedictine Monastery, the Museum Square, the Union Square, the Orthodox Cathedral.

En route to Alba Iulia.

Short city tour with the visit of Alba Carolina fortress (Guard Changing Ceremony - every day at 12:00 pm), the Roman Catholic church, the Reunification Cathedral.

Alba Iulia's landmark is represented by the Vauban-style fortress with seven bastions, star-shaped. It was built in the early XVIIIth century, after the plans of two architects: Visconti and Doxat de Demoret (the "Austrian Vauban"), who radically transformed the medieval fortress based on the former Roman castrum into a seven-bastion baroque fortress, the most remarkable of its kind in SE Europe.

Transfer to Sibiu.

 

Dinner and accommodation in Sibiu

Day 3

Sibiu & surroundings

Tour of the medieval centre of Sibiu, one of Romania’s most charming cities: the Large Square with the main highlights Brukenthal Palace, Haller House, Catholic Church and Council Tower - one of the city's symbols; Small Square with Luxembourg House, Liar's Bridge, House of Arts; Huet Square with the Evangelical Church; Cetatii/Fortress street; and the Orthodox Cathedral.

Considered in its earlier days one of the best fortified citadels in Europe, Sibiu retains and displays the testimonies of a glorious past, and offers the best mix between a medieval atmosphere and a modern outlook.

In the afternoon, visit Cisnadie (Heltauin German), 10 km far from Sibiu, with the Saxon fortified church St. Walpurga (XIIIth century) and then Cisnadioara (Michelsberg in German), with the Romanesque Church, a significant monument for the Romanesque architecture in Transylvania, the oldest in Romania (1260).

 

Dinner and accommodation in Sibiu

*Optional: dinner with traditional menu and folk show in a rural pension, in Sibiel (22 km from Sibiu) - Glass Icons Museum unique in Europe, over 700 exhibits

Accommodation in Sibiu

Day 4

Sibiu - Medias - Biertan - Sighisoara - Bistrita

On the way to Sighisoara, crossing a landscape that concentrates a large part of the Transylvanian fortified churches: almost every village in the area, is built around a fortified church built in XIIIth-XVth century by the Saxon colonists.

Visit of Medias - the late gothic St Margaret's church and the impressive Biertan fortified church, former see of the Protestant bishops for 300 years. 

Transfer to Sighisoara, a small fortified city in the heart of Transylvania. Visit of the well preserved fortified site: the Stag House, the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Gothic Venetian House, the Covered Stairs.

Sighisoara (Schässburg in German) is one of the most visited cities in Transylvania and offers an outstanding testimony of the local Saxons culture. The best preserved citadel in Romania, Sighisoara offers a genuine feeling of a medieval fortress that has been continuously inhabited.

 

Transfer to Bistrita.

 

Dinner and accommodation in Bistrita

Day 5

Bistrita - Voronet - Gura Humorului - Suceava

Short city tour in Bistrita (one of the seven Saxon cities, Siebenbürgen) with the visit of the Evangelical Church, built initially in a Romanesque style, extended in the second half of the XIVth century in Gothic styl; Şugălete – a 13 buildings complex dating from the XVth-XVIth century, typical for the Transylvanian Renaissance construction style.

Our trip continues to Bukovina region, well known for the painted monasteries, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Visit of the Voronet monastery, known as the Sistine Chapel of the Orientfamous for its stunning XVth-XVIth century vivid blue exterior frescoes and the painted monastery of Humor, one of the first painted Moldavian monasteries in the XVth century, small but shining bright among Bukovina’s treasures and, along with Voronet, probably the best preserved, both being part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

 

Dinner and accommodation in Suceava

Day 6

Suceava - Dragomirna - Arbore - Putna - Suceava

Suceava, former capital of Moldavia - visit of St George's Church (UNESCO World Heritage site).

Next stop: Dragomirna monastery, an original integration of the Gothic style in the Romanian architecture. The Dragomirna monastery structure is impressive through its sheer size, it has the tallest fortified walls in Bukovina.

The tour continues with the visit of the Arbore monastery (the only church in the Bukovina region with no belfry towers) and Putna monastery. The Putna monastery was built by the Moldavian ruler Stefan the Great (XVth century) who used to dedicate the building of a new monastery after each war victory.

Visit of a traditional workshop in Marginea, a small village preserving a unique and beautiful tradition of producing black ceramics, craftsmanship dating from the XVth century.

 

Dinner and accommodation in Suceava

Day 7

Suceava - Piatra Neamt - Brasov / Poiana Brasov

Today we leave the beautiful region of Bukovina, crossing Moldavia to arrive tonight in southern Transylvania, Barsa plateau. Along the way, passing through picturesque villages, you will have the chance to admire small churches, traditional country houses and local crops.

On the route visit of the Neamt fortress, jewel of XVth century architecture, built during Stefan the Great's reign.

Transfer to Brasov, Transylvania; short city tour with the visit of the City Council Square, the Black Church (Brasov's landmark, over 500 years old, the largest Gothic church in SE Europe, hosts one of the greatest pipe organs in Europe), Ecaterina's gate, a fairy-looking medieval  tower, part of the last preserved original city gates. 

Brasov (Kronstadt in German, “Crown City”), surrounded on three sides by the mountains, was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian (Romanian ancestors) site.

It is a remarkable city which hosts Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance architecture, as well as other historical attractions. The marks of the Saxon heritage, are well preserved mainly in the Old Town.

 

Dinner and accommodation in Brasov/Poiana Brasov

Day 8

Brasov - Sinaia - Bucharest

Transfer from Brasov to Sinaia mountain resort, the ”Pearl of the  Carpathians”, visit of the Peles Castle, former residence of Romania's Kings. Built by King Carol I of Romania, as his summer residence, Peles Castle shelters an important collection of works of art, rare furnitures and valuable paintings.

En route to Bucharest.

Short city tour of Bucharest, Romania's capital with the visit of the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchy, the Old City centre (Manuc's Inn, the ruins of The Old Court), Victoriei Boulevard with the Romanian Athenaeum, the former Royal Palace, Cantacuzino Palace, Kretzulescu church.

Farewell dinner in a beautiful historic restaurant: The Beer Wagon (Caru' cu Bere).

 

Accommodation in Bucharest

Day 9

 

Transfer to "Henri Coanda" Airport Bucharest.

 

Goodbye Romania !

 

*On Sunday participation to the Christian mass of the Catholic or Protestant church in the city you are in at the time.

Price/pers in EUR

   Double room         Single room supplement
504 151

The prices are valid for a minimum 30 paying persons/group.

Included services:

8 nights accommodation in recommended 3*-4* hotels
8 dinners (2 courses, dessert)
tour guide in the language of your choice (English, German, French)
transportation for the whole tour

Not included services:
entrance fees
other services not mentioned

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