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Romania is a land of many more traditions than you’d normally expect from some lesser-known Eastern European country, and Christmas is no exception. From cheerful groups of children singing carols from door to door to mouth-watering dishes and various odd habits, the homeland of Dracula is kind of a truly amazing place to spend Christmas.

"Peles castle" from Sinaia, Romania, Eastern Europe

Why go?

  • Discover the magic of Christmas in Romania
  • Visit Christmas Market in Bucharest
  • Explore beautiful Brasov
  • Visit Dracula’s Castle
  • Learn how to prepare traditional Romanian meals

Itinerary

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After arriving at Bucharest Airport, we will transfer to our hotel in Bucharest for a Solos welcome drink and dinner. Overnight stay in Bucharest.

  • Accommodation 4 * Novotel Bucharest City Centre
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast at our hotel we will start our Bucharest City Tour. Bucharest is Romania’s cosmopolitan capital and a city well known for its wide Parisian-style boulevards and fine pre-World War I buildings. We will visit the Palace of Parliament, ordered to build by Nicolae Ceaușescu (1918–1989), the dictator of Communist Romania and the second of two long time autocrats in power in the country since World War II. Also known as the People's House, the largest civilian administrative building in the world boasts 1,100 rooms, hundreds of chandeliers, 220,000 square meters of carpet, and a total area of over 365,000 square meters. Construction of the controversial building, starting in 1982, included the razing of several monasteries, factories, workshops, and an entire neighbourhood, leaving over 40,000 families without homes.

Our next stop is the National Museum of Art of Romania, which features collections of medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as the international collection assembled by the Romanian royal family.

We’ll stop for lunch along our walk before finishing off our tour at the local Christmas Market. Overnight stay in Bucharest.

  • Accommodation 4 * Novotel Bucharest City Centre
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

After breakfast at our hotel we will transfer to Brasov en route stopping at Bran, where we will visit the famous castle in Transylvania, Dracula’s Castle, an edifice that lives up to the Gothic fairytale image that Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula book evokes. The castle was created by the Saxons in the late 14th century to defend Brasov from invasion by the Turks, and its interior displays rich Western European furniture, which Queen Marie purchased in the 1920s when the castle was used as a royal residence.

In the evening we will enjoy Christmas Eve dinner. Overnight stay in Brasov.

  • Accommodation 5 * Aro Palace Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Christmas Day! After breakfast we will begin our exploration of the medieval town of Brasov, starting off at the main square, Piata Sfatului. Situated in the heart of the medieval quarter, it’s one of the finest Baroque squares in Romania. Next, we will visit the 15th century Town Hall, with its quaint Trumpeter’s Tower and the Lutheran Black Church. The church took almost a century to build (1383 – 1477) and is so-called for its soot-blackened walls – the result of a great fire started by the Austrian army that swept through Brasov in 1689. The Black Church is the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul, and its 7-tone bell is the largest in the whole of Romania.

We will finish off our walking tour with a Christmas day lunch.

The rest of the afternoon is the free for you spend how you wish.

Overnight stay in Brasov.

  • Accommodation 5 * Aro Palace Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

After breakfast we will have some free time before taking a part in a cooking class where we will learn how to prepare traditional Romanian meals, which we can tuck into for our lunch.

You will have a bit of free time to spend as you wish, followed by wine tasting and dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight stay in Brasov.

  • Accommodation 5 * Aro Palace Hotel
  • MEALS All meals included

After an early breakfast we will start making our way back to Bucharest on the way stopping in Sinaia, where we will visit Peles Castle, a royal palace set in a large park. It was built in the late 19th century for Romania’s first monarch, King Carol I, and took 39 years to complete. Romania’s first cinema was established in one of the castle’s rooms.

We will have lunch before we transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

  • Accommodation 5 * Aro Palace Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

 ADDED VALUE: wine tasting in Brasov is included

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:
Jan 2°C, Feb 3°C , Mar 10°C, Apr 16°C, May 22°C, Jun 26°C, Jul 27°C, Aug 27°C, Sept 23°C, Oct 17°C, Nov 8°C, Dec 3°C 

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours 30 minutes

What’s included:

  • Scheduled flights London – Bucharest - London & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast daily, 3 dinners & 3 lunches (including Christmas day lunch)
  • 1 Cooking class with lunch
  • 1 Wine tasting
  • All escorted transfers and tours with English speaking guide
  • Sightseeing tour of Bucharest including the Palace of Parliament & National Museum of Art of Romania
  • Visit to Dracula Castle
  • Walking tour of central Brasov
  • Visit to Peles Castle
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Insurance - see here
  • All personal expenses
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver

Useful Information

Visas

If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Romania.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

Transfer Time

The transfer time from Bucharest Airport to your hotel in Bucharest is approximately 40 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Gratuities

We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of minimum £30.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it, accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

Currency

Romanian leu

Included Programme

A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.

Dress Code

Dressing in layers with warm waterproof shoes are essential with warm socks, gloves, hat & a scarf. Winters in Romania are usually cold. Casual evening wear is also recommended with comfortable footwear.

Please note

A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required

The order of the itinerary and events may be subject to change

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
22 Dec 2020 27 Dec 2020 5 All Ages £1,595 BOOK

What’s included:

  • Scheduled flights London – Bucharest - London & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast daily, 3 dinners & 3 lunches (including Christmas day lunch)
  • 1 Cooking class with lunch
  • 1 Wine tasting
  • All escorted transfers and tours with English speaking guide
  • Sightseeing tour of Bucharest including the Palace of Parliament & National Museum of Art of Romania
  • Visit to Dracula Castle
  • Walking tour of central Brasov
  • Visit to Peles Castle
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What’s extra:

  • Insurance - see here
  • All personal expenses
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver

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