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Overview

Itinerary:

Bucharest - Sibiu - Sighisoara - Cluj-Napoca - Sighetu Marmatiei - Gura Humorului - Suceava - Piatra Neamt - Bicaz - Brasov - Tulcea - Bucharest

Included services:

11 nights accommodation in recommended 3*-4* hotels

11 dinners (2 courses, dessert)

1 lunch and wine tasting in "Rhein Azuga" wine cellar

tour guide in the language of your choice (English, German, French)

transportation for the whole tour

Not included services:

entry fees

transfers&excursions in the Danube Delta

other services not mentioned 

Day 1

Bucharest

Group pick up from "Henri Coanda" Airport, Bucharest.

Known in the past as "The Little Paris", Bucharest has suffered a decline in the communist period, followed by a "revival in its own way", in the past 20 years.  

Nowadays the city displays an interesting mix of old and new: modern steel-and-glass buildings mixed with ancient monuments with long and rich history; palaces and museums scattered in the Old Town, sophisticated cafes and restaurants providing unique feelings along with grey marks from the communist era, altogether representing the reborn charm of Romania's modern and interesting capital, with its cultivated sensibility.

Short city tour of Bucharest, with the visit of the Old Town (attractions in the Lipscani/Historical CentreManuc's Inn, the ruins of the Old Court), Victoriei Boulevard with the Romanian Athenaeum - the capital's cultural landmark, the former Royal Palace, the Cantacuzino PalaceKretzulescu church

Welcome dinner in a beautiful historic restaurant: The Beer Wagon (Caru’ cu Bere)

Accommodation in Bucharest

Day 2

Bucharest - Olt Valley - Sibiu

Transfer from Bucharest to Sibiu, former European Capital of Culture, passing through the Olt river valley

On the way, visit of Cozia monastery, one of the oldest historical art monument in Romania, beautifully located on the Olt riverbanks, built in the XIVth century by the Romanian ruler Mircea the Elder.

In the afternoon, the tour of the medieval centre of Sibiu, one of Romania’s most charming cities: the Large Square with Brukenthal Palace, Haller House, the Catholic Church and the Council Tower - symbol of the city; the Small Square with Luxembourg House, the Liar's Bridge, the House of Arts; Huet Square with the Evangelical Church; the Fortress street.

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.

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

Day 3

Sibiu - Sighisoara - Cluj Napoca

Transfer to Sighisoara, 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 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 medieval citadel in Romania, Sighisoara offers a genuine feeling of a medieval fortress, one special feature is that its houses have been permanently inhabited.

Next stop - Cluj-Napoca, former capital of Transylvania, today one of Romania’s most vibrant and dinamic cities.

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

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.

Dinner and accommodation in Cluj-Napoca

Day 4

Cluj Napoca - Turda - Sapinta - Sighetu Marmatiei 

Visit of the Turda Salt Mine, one of the oldest and most important salt mines in Transylvania, dating from the XVIIth century; displaying for the tourists old shafts, health and recreational facilities.

Turda Salt Mine (Salina) is an exquisite example of a salt mine transformation into a special facility with a modern approach, to enhance its personality. 

Transfer to Sapinta,  a small village in Maramures county and visit of the original Merry Cemetery.

Famous for its colourful wooden tombstones, depicting episodes of the villagers lives in a naïve manner, the Merry Cemetery represents a genuine chronicle of the rural life.

Visit of the UNESCO-listed Desesti wooden church, one of the best preserved typical tall wooden churches in Maramures, XVIIIth century.   

Dinner and accommodation in Sighetu Marmatiei

Day 5

Sighetu Marmatiei - Barsana - Moldovita - Suceava

Leaving Sighetu Marmatiei, a small town in northern Romania hosting the impressive Memorial for the Communism and Resistance Victims; passing through the picturesque Iza Valley, well worth visiting for the beautiful landscapes and villages.

 

Visit of the Barsana wooden church (“Barsan”, Shepherd in Romanian) wooden church, one of the eight Maramures churches on the UNESCO World Heritage list, where you can soak in the tranquility of the site.

 

The tour continues by leaving Maramures and entering the Bukovina region, with scenic villages, traditional workshops and the famous painted monasteries.

Visit of the Moldovita Orthodox monastery, built in the XVIth century, one of the eight monasteries in Northern Moldavia with beautifully preserved frescoes painted on the outer walls.

Dinner and accommodation in Suceava

Day 6

Suceava - Voronet - Humor - Marginea - Suceava

One day dedicated to the beautiful Bukovina region.

Leaving Suceava (former capital of Moldavia during Stefan the Great’s reign), visit of the Voronet church, famous for its stunning XVth-XVItcentury 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.

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 - Tirgu Neamt - Brasov

Departure from Suceava, transfer to Piatra Neamt, a “green urban island” near the mountains; pass through the spectacular Bicaz Gorges, a narrow path carved into the sheer rocks, one of Romania’s most spectacular roads.

Optional, en route visit of the Neamt fortress, a XIVth century important medieval monument and Agapia monastery, an Orthodox nunnery built in the XVIIth century, with its beautiful inside frescoes, created by Nicolae Grigorescu, the first founder of modern Romanian painting.

Transfer from Moldavia 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”), is a city surrounded on three sides by the mountains and 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 - Bran - Brasov

Transfer to Sinaia mountain resort, the ”Pearl of the  Carpathians”, visit of 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 furniture and valuable paintings.

Lunch and wine tasting (sparkling wines produced using the traditional method) in the "Rhein Azuga" wine cellars, the former supplier of the Romanian Royal Court. 

In the afternoon - visit of the Bran Castle, known as the Dracula’s Castle. The medieval stronghold perched on rocks high above the valley was built in the XIVth century, in order to protect the peasants and landowners at the border between the two historical provinces: Walachia and Transylvania.

Traditional dinner and accommodation in Brasov/Poiana Brasov

Day 9

Brasov - Tulcea - Danube Delta

Transfer from Brasov in the Dobrogea region (situated between the Danube river and the Black Sea) to Tulcea, an important and ancient harbour, with Byzantine, Genovese, and Ottoman influences, considered to be the entry gate in the Danube Delta.

Leaving Tulcea you will be guided to the selected hotel (by bus/car/boat) in the Danube Delta.

Danube Delta, a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site, a UNESCO protected area is one of Romania’s leading tourism attractions and offers a completely different experience, compared with other European regions, for its travelers.

The accommodations in the Danube Delta comprise hotels, floating hotels, ships, rural pensions, villas, bungalows, hostels, holiday villages, camping sites, youth camps.

Each traveler will have the opportunity to enjoy the tours in the Danube Delta: fishing expeditions, birdwatching, itinerant tourism, discovery tourism, specialized trips, scientific trips, youth programs tourism, rural tourism, ecotourism, rest & relax tourism, kayak tours.

Dinner and accommodation

* Optional, en route short stop in Ploiesti (in the mid XIXth century the Ploiești region was one of the world's leading oil extraction and refinery sites), and visit of the Clock Museum, sheltering valuable exhibits from the XVIth century till nowadays.

Day 10

Danube Delta

One full day dedicated to the Danube Delta, includes a 3-4 hours boating on the waterways, and lakes.

The Danube Delta, a sanctuary for birds, fish, and animals, is the third largest biodiversity in the world (over 5,500 flora & fauna species) spreading over 5,050 km2 of marshes, canals, reed islets and lakes.

This special place, Europe’s best preserved delta is considered to be the largest and most compact reed bed area in the world, sheltering the richest ornithological fauna.

The tourists / wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the charm of this  wonderful region. 

The Danube Delta shows the well preserved spirit of the locals ("Lipovans”), with the specific fisheries (“cherhanale”) and houses covered with reed roofs, and their traditions: fishing, beeskeeping, gardening and cattle raising, craftsmanship.

The local gastronomy will charm the tourists with the original fish dishes (fish broth, stuffed fish, brines, fish meatballs, fish egg/roe salad, seafood – the best in Romania).

Dinner and accommodation

Day 11

Danube Delta - Bucharest

Transfer from Danube Delta to Bucharest.

Bucharest: visit of the Parliament Palace, a place full of superlatives: world’s largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building and world’s heaviest building (last entry 3:45 pm).

The Parliament Palace was designed and its construction started in 1984, during the Ceausescu’s communist regime. Its enormous rooms, halls and galleries are richly decorated with sculptures, golden plasters, intricate ceilings artworks, opulent tapestries and huge carpets, altogether aiming to overwhelm the visitors.

Farewell dinner and accommodation in Bucharest

Day 12

 

Transfer to "Henri Coanda" International Airport, Bucharest.

 

Goodbye Romania !

Price/pers in EUR

  Double Room                    Single Room Supplement
740 225

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

Included services:

11 nights accommodation in recommended 3*-4* hotels

11 dinners (2 courses, dessert)

1 lunch and wine tasting in Rhein Azuga wine cellar

tour guide in the language of your choice (English, German, French)

transportation for the whole tour

Not included services:

entry fees

transfers&excursions in the Danube Delta

other services not mentioned 

Ondrej

Hello, I read this article. Very interesting for me. I want to visit to Romania with my friends. I want to some infomrations. How did you travel? (by train?, by bus?) How did roads state? Thank you for answer.

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