Day 1: ARRIVAL – BUCHAREST
Your trip to Romania starts by arriving to Bucharest and transfer to the hotel. Free time to rest and explore the city on your own. Accommodation in Bucharest.
Day 2: BUCHAREST
Breakfast. We will spend the whole day getting to know the imposing Romanian capital Bucharest and admiring its great avenues and glorious Bell´Epoque buildings. Passing the Arc de Triomphe, the Romanian Auditorium and the Revolution Square our walking tour will continue with a visit the Parliament Palace, the largest legislature building in the world. Other important buildings worth visiting are Patriarchal Cathedral, the centre of Romanian Orthodox faith built in the 17th century and the picturesque Brâncovenesc-style Stavropoleos Church. Night in Bucharest.
Day 3: BUCHAREST – SIBIU – SIGHISOARA
After breakfast you will start your tour of Romania with a departure for Sibiu. The road will take us through the beautiful valley of the Olt River, where we will stop for a visit of the 14th century Cozia Monastery, one of the oldest historical-artistic complexes in Romania. In the afternoon visit of Sibiu, the 2007 European Cultural Capital, with a strong German community whose influences can be seen on its architecture. Take a walk through its charming old town, cross the Liar’s Bridge and climb the tower of the magnificent Gothic evangelical cathedral. Departure to Sighisoara, hometown of the famous Vlad the Impaler, known to everyone as Count Dracula. Accommodation in Sighisoara.
Day 4: SIGHISOARA – TARGU MURES – GURA HUMORULUI
Breakfast. Guided tour of Sighisoara, the most beautiful and best preserved medieval city in Romania. It dates back largely to the 14th century, when it was enlarged and strengthened after the destruction caused by the Tatars in 1241. Of the 14 original towers, 9 remain. On the walking tour you will admire the most beautiful and well-known monument in the city, the Clock Tower, which was built in the 13th and 14th century and was the seat of the City Council until 1556. We continue towards Targu Mures with beautiful squares surrounded by Secession buildings, including the impressive Prefecture and the Palace of Culture. In the afternoon your trip to Romania continues to the region of Bucovina, famous for its beautiful landscapes and 15th-century monasteries. Night in Gura Humorului.
Trip to Romania is like travelling back in time
Day 5: GURA HUMORULUI – MONASTERIES OF BUCOVINA – PIATRA NEAMT
After breakfast you will visit some of the eight colourful Monasteries of Bucovina built between 1487 and 1583 by Stephen the Great. The leader of the historic principality of Moldavia which existed in these lands, is remembered as a great fighter against the expanding Ottoman Empire and protector of Orthodox Christianity. Being cherished mainly for their colourful external frescoes, the monasteries hold significant cultural importance and have been also recognised by UNESCO. Among most visited are Moldovița, Sucevița and Voroneț Monasteries. The latter is often called the “Sistine Chapel of Eastern Europe” for its imposing fresco The Last Judgment. In the afternoon the tour continues towards Piatra Neamt, a charming historic town, where you can visit the Princely court of Stephen the Great. Night in Piatra Neamt.
Day 6: PIATRA NEAMT – BICAZ GORGE – BRAN – BRASOV
Breakfast and departure towards Brasov. We will cross the Carpathians through the 10 kilometres-long Bicaz Gorge, the most famous canyon in the country which serves as a passageway between the Romanian provinces of Moldova and Transylvania. We will pass the Red Lake, formed in 1837 by a natural dam caused by landslides. Afternoon is dedicated to the famous Bran Castle. As one of the most picturesque castles in all of Romania, Bran become associated with the legend of Dracula, although there is no evidence that Bram Stoker, author of the original novel, ever visited the place or knew anything about it. Later we will visit of Brasov, one of the most beautiful fortified medieval towns in Romania. We’ll take a walk through the neat Schei neighborhood with many picturesque churches and the oldest shool in the country from the 15th century. Night in Braslov.
Day 7: BRASOV – SINAIA – BUCHAREST
Breakfast. The trip to Romania continues to the mountain town of Sináia, named the Pearl of the Carpathians. Visit of the Peles Castle, a former royal residence, built in the late 19th century in the neo-Gothic style of the Bavarian castles. Its interior contains 160 rooms, arranged and decorated in every possible way, with wooden decorations prevailing. In the afternoon we will return to Bucharest. You will have some free time to visit one of the many museums in the capital and buy souvenirs. Night in Bucharest.
Day 8: BUCHAREST – END OF TRIP TO ROMANIA
Breakfast. Free time before transfer to the airport. Your trip to Romania comes to an end.