Explore beautiful Brasov
Enjoy a spectacular view of Bicaz Gorges
Visit Dracula’s Castle
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.
After late arriving at Bucharest Airport, we will transfer to our hotel in Bucharest. Dinner (a cold plate) is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast we can leave our bags at the hotel and explore Bucharest some more before our afternoon flight back to the UK.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Romania.
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.
The transfer time from Bucharest Airport to your hotel in Bucharest is approximately 40 minutes, depending on the traffic.
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.
A sightseeing programme is included in your touring package.
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
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.
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