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Grand, sweeping landscapes, Gothic castles and medieval towns: Romania is full of intrigue and unexpected beauty. Join us on a Discovery tour through the legendary province of Transylvania, Dracula's home country, and Bucovina. Come face to face with Bran Castle and the painted monasteries of Bucovina, while taking in Bucharest and Brasov - the most beautiful town in the whole of Romania - along the way.

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Why go?

  • Prime time to visit Romania!
  • Explore beautiful Brasov
  • Visit Dracula’s Castle
  • Enjoy a spectacular view of Bicaz Gorges
  • See the remarkable painted monasteries of Bucovina

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 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 open-air Village Museum of vernacular architecture which was opened in 1936 by Royal Decree. The vast park displays numerous houses and other structures from every region of Romania, illustrating the diversity of folk architecture with heavily thatched peasant dwellings, wooden churches, dug-out homes with vegetables growing on the roof, windmills, tall farm barns and a bizarre subterranean house.

Afterwards we will continue to Brasov. Overnight Brasov.

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

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 then continue to the Orthodox St Nicholas’s Cathedral, which is easily recognized by its black spires, before visiting the adjacent Romanian School Museum, where we’ll see some of the first textbooks written in the Romanian language and printed in Brasov - dating back to the 16th century. In the afternoon we’ll travel to Bran where we’ll visit the famous castle known as 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. Overnight Brasov.

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

After breakfast at the hotel we will begin our journey to Bucovina, stopping en route to see the famous Prejmer wall - the thickest wall of all the existing Saxon churches. It was built to protect the church and Prejmer’s inhabitants during times of war. Afterwards we will continue via Red Lake and the winding Bicaz Gorges, enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Eastern Carpathians. In the afternoon we will arrive in Gura Humorului and check in to our hotel. Overnight Gura Humorului.

  • Accommodation 4 * Casa Humor
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we will visit the remarkable painted monasteries of Bucovina, which are amongst the greatest artistic monuments of Europe. The churches were painted in the 15th and 16th centuries and feature vivid mural frescoes that were created to educate and entertain the illiterate soldiers and peasants. Brilliant reds and blues are offset by an undercoat of emerald green. Our first visit will be to Moldoviţa Monastery, which boasts frescoes that date back to 1537. The monastery was founded by Prince Petru Rareş as an offering to Christ, and his original throne and portrait are on display. Afterwards we will visit the larger Sucevita Monastery which is considered to be one of the finest in Bucovina. Both the interior and exterior are covered with delightful frescoes, although the western wall is bare, as legend claims that the artist’s work was halted when he fell from the scaffolding and died! We will then continue to Voronet Monastery. Founded in 1487, this monastery is particularly noted for its superb frescoes. The magnificent ‘Last Judgement’ fresco, which covers the whole of the western wall, is probably the finest single composition amongst all the painted monasteries. Overnight Gura Humorului.

  • Accommodation 4 * Casa Humor
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

This morning we will travel south through the Carpathians, Europe’s second longest mountain range which form an arc around Transylvania, to Bistriţa. A small market town in the Bârgău Valley, Bistriţa is the heart of “Dracula land” – the setting for much of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The picturesque town has many arcaded buildings and 15th and 16th century merchants’ houses. We will continue our journey to Târgu Mureş, a Hungarian stronghold, where we will take a short break. Our onward journey continues to Sighişoara, a beautifully preserved medieval town set in rolling countryside. Overnight Sighisoara.

  • Accommodation 4 * DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sighisoara - Cavaler
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we visit the charming Saxon town of Sibiu, which combines styles of the late Renaissance, Gothic, classical and Transylvanian Baroque architecture. Our tour will include the orthodox cathedral and the Brukenthal Art Museum. The Orthodox Cathedral is situated in the New Town and is the second largest in the whole of Romania. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century and is modelled largely on the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. Its lavish interior is embellished with all manner of Neo-Byzantine designs and frescoes. The Brukenthal Art Museum is one of Romania’s oldest and finest art galleries. Housed inside the Baroque palace of Baron Samuel Brukenthal, a former governor of Austria, it was founded in 1817. It has an extensive collection of Romanian and western art, including the best of central European silverware, folk art, archaeological finds and Romanian icons. Afterwards we will visit Biertan - one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. Overnight Sighisoara.

  • Accommodation 4 * DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sighisoara - Cavaler
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

This morning we will travel south to Sinaia, known as the ‘Pearl of the Carpathians’ due to its magnificent mountain scenery and 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. In the late afternoon we will arrive to Bucharest. Overnight Bucharest.

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

After breakfast we can leave our bags at the hotel and explore Bucharest some more before our afternoon flight back to the UK.

  • Accommodation 4 * Novotel Bucharest City Centre
  • MEALS Breakfast 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

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What’s included:

  • Scheduled flights London – Bucharest - London & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • All escorted transfers and tours with English speaking guide
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Welcome drink
  • Solos Tour Leader

What’s extra:

  • Entrance fees approx. 285 RON (Romanian leu) per person payed in cash or card
  • 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 £45.00 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

The dress code for during the day is casual. In the evenings the dress code is smart casual. Comfortable shoes for walking and sightseeing are recommended.

Please note

  • A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, some with early starts.
  • The order of the itinerary and events and ship may be subject to change

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
19 Sep 2020 27 Sep 2020 8 All Ages £ 1629 BOOK

What’s included:

  • Scheduled flights London – Bucharest - London & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • All escorted transfers and tours with English speaking guide
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Welcome drink
  • Solos Tour Leader

What’s extra:

  • Entrance fees approx. 285 RON (Romanian leu) per person payed in cash or card
  • Insurance - see here
  • All personal expenses
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver

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