Day 1: Departure
Arrival airport transfer to the hotel in Bucharest, the 500 year-old capital of Romania. Dinner and overnight in Bucharest
Day 2: The Carpathian Mountains
This morning, after breakfast, begin your Romania discovery tour. On your way to Sibiu, you may want to stopover in Curtea de Arges; a stunning architectural gem is the 14th century old Curtea de Arges Monastery, with its two towers spiraling in opposite directions. Find out the legend of Master Manole, who, it is said, entombed his wife in the stone walls of the church. Continue on to Vidraru Dam, about ½ h drive through beautiful mountain landscape. Lunch en route. Cross the Carpathian Mountains into Transylvania, through the beautiful Olt River Valley (or on Transfagarasan road if weather allows). Late afternoon arrive in Sibiu, European Cultural Capital in 2007, just in time for dinner and accommodation.
Day 3: Visiting Sibiu
Breakfast at the hotel. Sibiu is a beautiful addition to the medieval atmosphere of the tour. Having a morning walking sightseeing tour of the old part of the city, you will fall in love with its narrow streets, large squares and cozy buildings. Pass across Liars Bridge, visit the Evangelic Cathedral and the Catholic Church, beautiful monuments of art, and discover this citadel built by Saxons, where history, art and folklore blend to tourists’ delight. Further on explore the ASTRA Folk Art Open Air Museum in Dumbrava forest and marvel at the unique old houses with genuine furniture and handmade rugs, clothes wooden craft objects in exquisite colours made by skilled artisans. Enjoy the flavours of the traditional Romanian cuisine at lunch. Afternoon at leisure for shopping or enjoying the SPA at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sibiu.
Day 4: Dracula's Castle
After breakfast, a couple of hours morning drive will take you to Sighisoara, the best preserved still inhabited mediaeval citadel in Europe, a UNESCO Heritage site. Enjoy a walking tour of Sighisoara. Visit the interesting Clock Tower Museum, climb the wooden steps to the Church on the hill, visit Vlad Dracul House, where Prince Vlad Tepes, nicknamed Dracula, was born. Dracula, Bram Stoker’s famous character, was inspired by this harsh Romanian ruler. The house has been turned into a restaurant, museum like, keeping the flavours of the old atmosphere. Wandering through the town’s narrow streets with original architecture, towers, steep stairways, cobbled alleys, and secluded squares is like holding hands with Middle Age times. Lunch at a local restaurant. A scenic drive continue your trip southward, towards Brasov city, nested in the Central Carpathian Mountains. Dinner and overnight in Brasov city or in Poiana Brasov mountain resort. (the top tourist area of our country).
Day 5: Brasov
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, a sightseeing tour of Brasov will reveal this mediaeval trading centre, strategically situated at the meeting point of the three Romanian principalities: Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania. Wander through the old part of the city with attractive architecture, small restaurants, boutiques and feel the special mediaeval atmosphere of the buildings, harmoniously mixed with modern life. Optional visit of the Black Church, the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. A short drive will take you to Bran Castle, known as Dracula’s Castle, built at the beginning of the 13th century by Knight Dietrich of the Teutonic Order. Mainly used as a fortress, to protect the commercial route to Transylvania, then used by the Royal Family, it was later on turned into a museum and opened to visitors. Experience the scenery and learn the legends. Lunch in the area. Afternoon return to the hotel where you may want to enjoy the hotel’s SPA. Traditional dinner with live music. Overnight in Brasov or Poiana Brasov.
Day 6: Sinaia
Late morning, following breakfast, winding your way southwards to Sinaia, named “the Pearl of the Carpathians”, enjoy a scenery drive crossing the Carpathians. In Sinaia mountain resort, admire a masterpiece of German New-Renaissance style – Peles Royal Castle. Once the summer residence of Romania’s kings, this spectacular castle, built at the end of the 19th century, is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful castles. Lunch en route. Afternoon arrival in Bucharest for dinner and overnight
Day 7: Bucharest
Breakfast at the hotel, shortly followed by a sightseeing tour of Bucharest. Stopover in the Revolution Square and in the Constitution Square. The tour includes visits to the Village and Folk Art Museum – the largest in Europe, containing over 110 houses and old wooden churches and 11,000 objects of folk art, transported from all over the country and to the Palace of Parliament, Ceausescu’s huge dream, now reality due to the enormous sacrifices of the Romanian people, the second largest building in the world, being surpassed only by the Pentagon building in Washington. Drive by the Romanian Athenaeum, the former Royal Palace, the Town Hall, the Opera House, the Cotroceni Palace, the Military Academy, the University Square and the Arch of Triumph, which gives the city a taste of Paris. Light lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure for shopping. Farewell dinner and overnight in Bucharest.
Day 8: Return
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure airport transfer.