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The Classic Tour of Romania- 13 days/12 nights

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Day 1. Pick up from Bucharest Airport. Transfer to the Opera  Hotel (*** 3 star, Air-conditioned, cable TV, breakfast included, in the Bucharest downtown). Dinner on your own.



Day 2. Breakfast. City Tour of Bucharest (5 hrs.). Explore Bucharest in detail, with history, architecture and culture sites. Visitation at the Palace of the Parliament. Our tour begins with a morning walk through the Revolution Square, a centerpoint of Bucharest and Romania’s modern history. It cover most of the old city, together with the most important architectural landmarks: The Royal Palace, The University Library, The Palace of Justice, the CEC Bank, The Patriarch’s Cathedral, The Free Press Building. We will visit the Palace of Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. Dinner on your own.



Day 3. Breakfast. Start driving to Sibiu (274 Km NW). On the way stop at Curtea de Arges to visit the Curtea de Arges Cathedral (16th century), a unique architectural monument, build by Neagoe Basarab, in 1518. Continue to Sibiu through the spectacular Olt River Valley and visit the Cozia Monastery (14th century), foundation of Dracula’s grandfather, Mircea de Old.  Arrive in Sibiu around 5 PM. Check in at the Roman Emperor or the Continental Forum Hotel (***). Dinner on your own.



Day 4. Breakfast at the hotel. A full touring day to day. We begin with a walking city tour of Sibiu. Discover the Old town, known to his German builders as Hermanstadt. Walk through the Large and the Little Square, the Bridge of Lies and visit the Lutheran Cathedral (1520).  We drive to Cisnadie and Cisnadioara to visit the fortified churches.  Later we visit the Romanian Folk Village Museum and Sibiel with the unique in the world Glass Icon Museum.  Dinner at the Old Cellar Restaurant (recommended). Stay at the Roman Emperor Hotel. Dinner on your own.




Day 5. Breakfast at the hotel. Continue west through Sebes to Deva and see the Hunedoara Castle. Visit  the most imposing Gothic castle in Romania, build in the 14th-16th centuries. Continue north to Alba Iulia and visit the Unification Cathedral & the Alba Carolina Fortress. Continue to Cluj. Check in at the Belvedere Hotel.  Dinner on your own.




Day 6. Breakfast. Walking tour of  center Cluj. We explore on foot the historic center of the city and visit the most imposing landmarks, the St Michael’s and the Orthodox Cathedrals.Drive north to Baia-Mare through Apahida and Dej, on the way visit the 15th century Nicula Monastery. Drive north through Baia Mare, on the way stop and visit the church of Surdesti, (57 meters tall, from 1732). Continue north over the Bucin Pass. Arrival in Sighetu Marmatiei around 5 PM. Stay at Casa Iurca Hotel. Dinner on your own.



Day 7. Breakfast at the hotel. Start visiting the province of Maramures. Drive through untouched and pitoresques villages, where time seems to have stood still, famous for their wood carved houses and gates. Visit the Barsana Monastery (Tallest wooden structure in Europe, 61 meters tall). Continue north and to Sighetul Marmatiei. Lunch at Perla Sigheteana. Drive NW to visit Sapanta with the Merry Cemetery. Drive back to Sighetu Marmatiei and stay at the Casa Iurca Hotel. Dinner on your own.




Day 8. Breakfast. Start driving south to Bistrita Nasaud, later climbing through the spectacular Borgo, Tihuta and Mestecanis Passes, towards the province of Bucovina. Lunch at Dracula Castle Hotel Restaurant in Tihuta. Arrive in the city of Gura Humorului and check in at Hotel Bucovina Best Western (****). Dinner on your own.



Day 9. Today we visit a unique corner of Romania,  the famous painted Monasteries (UNESCO World Heritage sites). We will see them in the chronological order of their construction and painting beginning with Humor, and continuing with Voronet,  and Moldovita. Lunch at the Bucovina Restaurant. Continue with Sucevita and visit the Black Pottery workshops at Marginea. Drive to Gura Humorului. Accommodation in Best Western Hotel. Dinner on your own.


Day 10. Breakfast. Drive south through Falticeni and Targu Neamt. Visit the 15th century Neamt Citadel (15 min walking uphill) and the XV century Neamt Monastery. Start crossing the mountains along the BICAZ LAKE and through the spectacular Bicaz River Gorges. Lunch at the Edelweiss Restaurant, by the Red Lake. Continue west and arrive in Sighisoara around 5 PM. Check in at Sighisoara or Casa Wagner Hotel (***). Dinner on your own.



Day 11. Visit Sighisoara, UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Among the highlights are the Clock Tower Museum (whose top platform offers a breathtaking view of the city!), the Covered Stairway (1624) and Dracula’s birthplace house (1431) and the Church Uphill. Short drive NW to cisit the 15th century fortified church of Biertan, for 3oo years the residence of the Protestant Archbishop of Transilvania. Lunch at the Unglerus medieval restaurant in Biertan.  Continue south to Brasov through Rupea and on the way visit the Teutonic Knights Fortress and Church of Prejmer (13th century). Arrive in Brasov around 5 PM. Check in at Ambient Hotel (****). Dinner on your own.



Day 12. Breakfast. In Brasov, visit the Council Square, the Black Church, and the Old Fortified City. Drive to Bran. Continue with the Dracula Castle, the fortress of Bran. Continue to Sinaia and visit the Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the first King of Romania, Prince Karl of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen. Drive to Bucharest. Check in at the Lido Hotel. In the evening, ROMANIAN TRADITIONAL DINNER with Folk Show.



Day 13. Transfer to the Airport. Sorry to see you go!

Price & Information

Price:

  1. For 2 persons: 1,495 EURO/person (Independent tour)
  2. For 4 persons: 1,350 EURO/person
  3. For 5-7 persons: 1,250 EURO/person Single room supplement (srs) – 185 EURO
  4. Individual tour available on request

Included:

  • 12 nights accommodation in double room with breakfast included in **, *** and **** hotels. In all places, accommodation is the best available with “buffet” type breakfast.
  • Transport with 7 seat air condition minivan, with driver & fuel included.
  • Guide/Driver accommodation and meals.
  • Guiding and interpreting services.
  • All entrances fees to the sites where visitation is taxed (museums, monasteries, churches, etc).
  • Airport transfers.
  • ROMANIAN TRADITIONAL DINNER with Folk Show.

Not included:

  • Your meals. Usually I recommend the best places to eat in each location, but I do not like to include meals or to set menus and tell my customers how much or what to eat. So the meals are yours.
  • Picture taking taxes or video camera fees in certain locations like monasteries or museums. It is your choice to take pictures or not.
  • Air fare. We are not in position to arrange air transport from here, and we are sure you would like to take advantage of your free air miles programs.
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