Arrival on Bucharest International Airport “Henri Coanda”
The day will be dedicated to Bucharest – accommodation and evening walk in the old part of Bucharest, if you’re not too tired. We’ll have dinner in a restaurant with local atmosphere.
In the morning you will start the tour of Bucharest, which will include:
– A panoramic tour & a visit to the Romanian Parliament (second largest building in the world after the Pentagon)
– Time for lunch (not included) in the center of the town
– visits to the Patriarch Church and the Village Museum (open air museum, if it rains you will visit the “Romanian Peasant Museum” a museum, which won the international “Golden Apple” prize in 1997)
– In the evening, time at leisure in the old part of Bucharest, recently renovated.
– Dinner in a restaurant situated in an old residential district of Bucharest.
Accommodation – same hotel
Before entering the puzzling land of Dracula, a stop in Horezu village to admire the Horezu Monastery (a UNESCO site) & the outstanding colors of the award winning pottery made there, is a must. Then on the way to Sibiu, another stop will be the monastery of Cozia. Still in use since the 14th century, it has been founded by Mircea the Wise, Dracula’s grandfather. Leave Cozia & 90 km later you’ll enter the 2007 Cultural Capital of Europe, Sibiu, known as Hermannstadt, to the German speaking population. Accommodation in local hotel. Dinner will be served at a farmer’s house in the village of Sibiel.
A day spent visiting the beautiful Saxon center of Sibiu, which has been one of the two European Capitals of Culture in 2007. You will do a walking tour of the city’s historical squares. During the second part of the day, you are invited to an afternoon visit to the open-air ASTRA Museum of Folk Technology, to see the original Romanian households scattered in this beautiful park. Free time in Sibiu. Dinner in a local traditional restaurant. Accommodation in Sibiu.
Today you will go north toward Cluj-Napoca, with a photo stop in Alba Iulia. The town is an open-air museum and a visit to the National Cathedral, where Ferdinand I was formally crowned King of Romania after the unification in 1918, is really a rewarding experience.
Proceed then to TURDA SALT MINE and see one of the oldest mines of Romania (going back to the Roman occupation). Here, you can see huge underground rooms with very healthy salty air & a very modern space with a restaurant and other facilities.
You will reach Cluj in the afternoon with enough time for a walk to St. Michael’s Cathedral and the Orthodox Cathedral.
Dinner in a local venue. Accommodation in Cluj.
Today you will see something unique in the world: The Merry Cemetery in the village of Sapanta. After that on the way back and you will enter the terrific world of Maramures villages with their amazing wooden churches. The first and the most impressive is Barsana Monastery. After a visit of the church and of the beautiful court-yard, you will drive to Baia Mare. Evening at leisure.
Dinner & accommodation.
In the morning you will continue to cross the county of Maramures and visit the wooden church in Rozavlea. You will then travel towards Moldova. On the way, a short stop in Bistrita and then you will start driving up toward the mountains, which separate Transylvania from Moldavia. This is the place described in Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula: Chapter I ~ Jonathan Harker’s Journal ~ 3 May, Bistritz “I found that the district named is in the extreme east of that country, just on the borders of the three states, Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina, in the midst of the Carpathian mountains; one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe.”)
Accommodation and dinner in Tihuta, at “Castel Dracula” hotel – a hotel built on top of the mountains. In the morning you will have a panoramic view of both Transylvania and Moldavia.
Today you will visit some of the painted churches of Moldavia, most of which are UNESCO protected sites. The first one Moldovita. The monastery has most of the buildings from the XVI & XVII centuries, but it was initially built by Petru Rares – prince of Moldavia- at the beginning of the XVI century. Next we’ll visit Sucevita Monastery, a representative monument for the Moldavian art, built by the Movila brothers in 1585, with a painted decoration finished in 1601, painted both inside and outside. You’ll arrive in the village of Voronet in the evening and you will visit the monastery here, also called the Sistine Chapel of the East.
Accommodation and dinner in Gura Humorului or Voronet.
In the morning, we continue our tour with the Suceava Medieval Citadel & the uniquely shaped Dragomirna Monastery. Return to Gura Humorului. Dinner in a local restaurant.
On the road again and this will be a day with spectacular landscapes. The spectacular Bicaz Gorges offer you the opportunity to stop and buy souvenirs made by the locals from small local markets. Then we proceed to “Lacul Rosu” (“Red Lake”) where a short break for a walk along the shore of the lake may prove a refreshing experience. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Sighisoara, the town where Dracula was born. A nice orientation walk will get you acquainted with the small town. Accommodation at a 4* hotel and dinner will be served right in the house where Dracula was born.
In the morning you will enjoy a more in-depth visit of Sighisoara, the only inhabited medieval town in Europe and you may have a coffee or tea at the restaurant once used for the same purpose by Prince Charles of Great Britain, after your visit of the Clock Tower. Then you will travel towards the village of Bran, through Brasov. On the way we can do a photos stop in the village of Viscri, with its well preserved fortified church, where Prince Charles has some properties, which he visits quite often.
A visit to the ominous Bran Castle, Dracula’s legendary domain is the highlight of the day.
Then we drive to one of the best mountain resorts in Romania, Poiana Brasov, to the Ana Hotel Complex (4*) where you will be accommodated. Dinner at a special location in the resort of Poiana Brasov.
On this morning, after breakfast, we travel to Azuga Resort for a wine tasting and snack at the Rhein Wine Cellars – the official suppliers of the Romanian Royal Family of Hohenzollern & makers of sparkling wine after the French Champenoise method. A demonstration of how sparkling wine is made will also be performed.
After Azuga, we continue to Sinaia for a visit of Peles Castle, the former residence of the Romanian King Carol I. We have lunch in Sinaia and then we continue to Bucharest.
Hotel check-in. Evening will be spent at your convenience & Farewell dinner.
Departure as per flight schedule. The guide will see you to the airport.
for a group of 25 pers.