||A touch of history, myths and folklore of kings, princes, castles and unspoiled landscapes.
12 days/11 nights
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|A touch of history, myths and folklore of kings, princes, castles and unspoiled landscapes.
Romania is a country of contrasts. Visitors will experience a blend of Austro-Hungarian Empire, ancient Byzantium, Roman and Turkish influences. Its geography is diverse as well, with the rugged Carpathian Mountains, rich green valleys, and farms seemingly from another century. Ancient Greeks colonized the Black Sea and the Romans later brought their civilization and most importantly their language, which became the foundation for modern Romanian.
Romania of today has elegant cities like Bucharest and beautiful medieval towns throughout the country. Like other Eastern European countries Romania has struggled economically since the 1990's and the downfall of Ceausescu in 1989. With its induction into NATO in November of 2002, Romania will be allowed closer ties with the larger European family of nations and will become part of the European Community within the next few years.
Day 1: Bucharest
Arrival at Otopeni Airport and transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation in a 4 star hotel.
Day 2: Bucharest
After breakfast, a panoramic sightseeing tour of Bucharest for an overview of the city. In the afternoon visit the outdoor Village Museum and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant with its traditional display of crafts. Later visit the Old Court, Parliament Palace, Revolution Square and the Patriarch's Cathedral. Welcome dinner with folk music and overnight at your hotel.
Day 3: Bucharest - Sibiu
After breakfast depart for medieval Sibiu in the Carpathians one of the oldest and richest Saxon settlements in Romania. En route before our arrival in Sibiu we cross through the Olt Valley and stop a one of the oldest monasteries, the Cozia Monastery. Dating from 1388 the monastery is one of the most valuable monuments of national medieval art and architecture in Romania. Overnight Sibiu.
Day 4: Sibiu
Sibiu is one of seven walled cities in Romania. Our sightseeing tour of the medieval citadel includes the Council Tower, Small Square and Liars Bridge. Wealthy Saxon guilds paid for the construction of the impressive buildings and the fortifications to protect them. After lunch visit the Brukenthal Museum built as a palace between 1778-1785 in a refined late baroque style. It is considered one of the finest museums in the country. Later visit one of the largest open air museums of Romania. Overnight Sibiu.
Day 5: Sibiu - Beirtan - Sighisoara
Morning departure from Sibiu while stopping en route at the UNESCO site of Gothic fortified Biertan Saxon Church, the center of Saxon worship for centuries. Continue to Sighisoara the central town for Saxons in Transylvania and one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Sighisoara's is the best preserved 15th century citadel that is still inhabited today. This UNESCO site is also the birthplace of the infamous Vlad Dracula.
Day 6: Sighisoara - Maramures
The North Western Romania region of Maramures is home to many villages where centuries old traditions are still part of daily life. The inhabitants of Maramures have preserved the rural and cultural crafts of their Dacian ancestors. There are unique wooden churches with amazing wooden spires. Local handiwork is seen in hand woven carpets, intricate embroidery of folk dress still worn by the locals. Overnight at a guesthouse in the village of Vadu Izei and enjoy a local meal with musical entertainment.
Day 7: Maramures
Spend time enjoying the local sights of Vadu Izei by visiting locals. Try the local homemade breads or a glass of horinc, a triple distilled local plum or other fruit brandy. Try local specialties such as the smoked sausages, bacon or fresh ewe's milk cheese. In the afternoon visit the UNESCO wooden churches and the Merry Cemetery know for its humorous depictions of the lives of those who reside there. Overnight in Vadu Izei at the guesthouse.
Day 8: Maramures - Bucovina - Gura Humorului
Depart for the picturesque region of Bucovina and the town of Guru Humorului. Possible stop at the home of the famous egg painter Ltitia in Vama (on request only). Bucovina lies in the North Eastern Romania between the Carpathian Mountains and the Prut River. The name Bucovina means beech land. Gura Humorului is the notable for its proximity to the painted monasteries which are treasures of Moldavian art. Overnight at the Hotel Passiflora.
Day 9: Bucovina
Nestled in the rolling hills of Bucovina is the home of one of the world's greatest art treasures: The UNESCO sites of the painted monasteries of Bucovina. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries and featuring colorful exteriors of frescoes depicting dramatic religious scenes, these richly decorated houses of worship are unique in the world. The most famous of these is the "Sistine Chapel of the East," the Voronet Monastery with the blue paint known throughout the world as "Voronet Blue." We also visit the other monasteries in the area such as the Humor, Moldovita, and Sucevita. Visit the Black pottery workshop before returning to Gura Humorului for overnight.
Day 10: Bucovina - Piatra Neamt - Brasov
Depart from Gura Humorului for Brasov stopping en route at the 15th century Neamt Monastery. Continue through spectacular scenery of the Bicaz Gorge to Brasov. In the southern Carpathian Mountains Brasov is resplendent with gothic, baroque, and renaissance architecture as well as a wealth of historical attractions. It was founded by Teutonic knights in 1211. Overnight at Casa Wagner.
Day 11: Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest
Brasov is one of the largest medieval towns in Transylvania. We'll take Walking tour of Brasov including the Councilor's Square, the Black Church, the Old City Hall, and St. Nicholas Church. Continue to Sinaia. In 1920 Peles Castle became the summer residence of the royal family and Queen Maria redecorated it into a spacious charming home. It is now a museum with a superb art collection. Continue to Bucharest for farewell dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Departure
Airport transfer for departure home.
Land Cost Per Person:
May through October:
2 - 3 travelers: $2229
4 - 6 travelers: $2049
March, April and November:
2 - 3 travelers: $2179
4 - 6 travelers: $1979
Single supplement: $541
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Price Includes: 11 night accommodation b/b in double occupancy - Transportation by air-conditioned car/minivan/bus with driver - Arrival and departure transfers - English speaking guide - Welcome dinner at a local restaurant - Entrance fees to museums - VAT and local taxes - 4 lunches and 3 dinners
Price Does Not Include: Lunch and dinner - Airfare (unless otherwise arranged) - Departure and custom fees - Gratuities and individual daily expenses - Additional beverages - Travel insurance - Trip cancellation - Medical and luggage insurance are recommended for coverage against all unforeseen circumstances
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