Round trip through Romania - the most picturesque and mysterious country of the Eastern Europe
1st day - Bucharest
morning & afternoon Arrival in Bucharest. Meeting with your tour leader-guide at the airport. City tour - Romanian Athenaeum, Romanian Opera, the Triumph Arch, smaller than the one in Paris, but also at the intersection of six boulevards; the Parliament Palace the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon; Stavropoleos Church - a combination of Romanian and Byzantine architecture.
evening Hotel check-in, traditional welcome dinner. Overnight in Bucharest.
2nd day - Bucharest - Sinaia - Rasnov - Bran - Brasov
morning & afternoon Drive to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania, with the royal Peles Castle. Continue your journey to the symbol of Transylvania, Bran Castle. The building owes its fame both to its unique looks and to the myth created around Dracula. The largest peasant fortification ever built in Eastern Europe is our next stop. The journey ends in the medieval Saxon city of Brasov in the late afternoon.
evening Hotel check-in, traditional Saxon dinner at one of the local restaurants in Brasov. Overnight in Brasov.
3rd day - Brasov - Sighisoara
morning & afternoon After breakfast, a tour of Brasov, visit the Black Church, the largest gothic edifice in South-Eastern Europe. Next stop, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel. Founded by Saxons in the 12th century, Sighisoara still is one of the most beautiful and still inhabited fortified cities in Europe. Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, was born.
evening Accommodation in a hotel of medieval charm, located in the citadel. Dinner in Casa Vlad Dracula Restaurant, the very place where Dracula was born, turned nowadays into a cozy restaurant. Overnight in Sighisoara.
4th day - Sighisoara - Targu Mures - Reghin - Bistrita
morning & afternoon After breakfast visit one more important UNESCO World Heritage Site, the traditional Saxon village of Biertan, with the Saxon fortified church. Drive to Targu Mures to get to know some of the Transylvania’s Szeckler influences.
evening Visit to Bistrita Citadel with the impressive Dogarilor Tower (Cooper’s Tower) where you can meet the honorable Misiuga, Baron of Dracula and admire an interesting exhibition of hand made puppets. Dinner consisting of the same dishes that the main character of Dracula had when in Bistrita. Overnight in Bistrita.
5th day - Bistrita - Gura Humorului
morning Visit to the legendary places, made famous worldwide by Bram Stocker‘s novel. Borgo Pass, the place where Bram Stocker placed the castle of the famous Count Dracula. See the Castle and the coffin and then go to Moldovita Monastery with UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
afternoon & evening Drive to Gura Humorului for accommodation in your hotel and dinner. Overnight in Gura Humorului.
6th day - Gura Humorului - Voronet - Sacel - Birsana - Sighetu Marmatiei
morning & afternoon Visit to the beautiful monastery of Bucovina, Voronet, probably the most accomplished example of Moldavian architecture and painting, described as the “Sistine Chapel” of the East, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fame of Voronet is owed largely to its exterior painting on a blue background and known throughout the world as the “Blue of Voronet”. In Sacel see the workshop of a skilled wood craftsman and witness how wood takes shape in his hands. Continue with the Barsana Monastery built on the right bank of Iza River.
evening Accommodation in a country-inn. Dinner and overnight in Sighetu Marmatiei.
7th day - Sighetu Marmatiei - Sapinta - Baia Mare
morning & afternoon Visit a memorial, former communist prison turned into a museum. Continue to the Merry Cemetery in the beautiful region of Sapanta. The Merry Cemetery owes its name to the vivid colors of the headboards on which scenes narrating the biography of the deceased are painted. The house in which the artist lived and created is now a workshop-museum where the disciples continue his tradition. In Sapanta there is also the highest wooden church in Romania.
evening Arrival in Baia Mare, check-in to your hotel, dinner, and overnight in Baia Mare.
8th day - Baia Mare - Cluj - Turda
morning & afternoon After breakfast we leave the Maramures region and go back to Transylvania, to visit the city of Cluj Napoca, an important Transylvanian center with a rich history and beautiful medieval buildings. Drive to Turda, not far from Cluj.
evening Check-in to a hotel with a medieval atmosphere, rustic and hunting decorations. Dinner and overnight in Turda.
9th day - Turda - Sibiu
morning & afternoon Visit to the Salt Mines of Turda, with impressive halls named after kings and queens. Afterward drive to the traditional Saxon village of Sibiel for a home-cooked lunch at a local country inn. In the village of Sibiel, there is a museum housing an important collection of glass painting. Travel continues to the European cultural capital of 2007, Sibiu. The fortified town of Sibiu has been the center of Romania’s German minority since medieval times and it is one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. Visit the Village Museum, the largest outdoor exhibition of peasant settlements from all over Romania. Hotel check-in.
evening Dinner followed by a wine tasting session. Overnight in Sibiu.
10th day - Sibiu - Bucharest
morning Short visit to the great tourist attraction of Sibiu, the Bruckental Museum, with important works of art by Rubens, Titzian, Van Dyke. Transfer to Bucharest airport for the return flight home.