Day 1: Brasov. Individual flight to Bucharest. After the luggage reclaim, you shall be greeted by our guide, who shall lead the whole tour. We shall drive to the mountain resort Sinaia, in the Romanian Carpathians, the summer residence of the Romanian Kings belonging to the Hohenzollern-Siegmaringen Dynasty. Visit the Sinaia Monastery, built after St. Catherine's Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula. Time permitting we take a short walk through the endless forests to the superb castles in the Peles Valley.
Once the famous Orient Express used to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople. While touring Sinaia, we shall have the opportunity to have a look at the Casino, inspired by the one in Monte Carlo. Drive through the Predeal-Pass to Brasov in Transylvania.and further to Brasov. Dinner and accommodation: in the best hotel in Brasov.
Day 2: Brasov - Miercurea Ciuc. After breakfast, we shall start a sightseeing tour of the 14th century German-Saxon city and its Romanian part, at that time an independent village. The 14th-century Black Church, called so after its walls turning black from the fire set by the Austrian army in 1688, the First Romanian School and Printing Press - installed here in Brasov just five years later than Gutenberg's Press in Germany, are some of the most important sites to be visited in Brasov.
The road to Tusnad leads through a region inhabited by Hungarians. We shall visit the spa of Tusnad with its beautiful lakes and forests. Known as "Little Switzerland", Tusnad is well known for its mineral waters and sulphuric gases - used for therapeutic reasons - since the 16th century. In the evening, we shall see the traditions of the Hungarians in Praid. Dinner and accommodation: in the best hotel in Miercurea Ciuc.
Day 3: Miercurea Ciuc - Sumuleu - Gura Humorului. Visit the only volcanic lake in Romania - St. Ann's Lake - and the Hungarian Cathedral Sumuleu. Through the spectacular Red Lake Pass and Bicaz Gorges, the road leads to Moldova. Along the Bistrita Valley we arrive in Bucovina. Dinner and accommodation: in the best hotel in Gura Humorului.
Day 4: Bucovina. The Bucovina tour shows the most famous sites of Romania: The Monasteries painted not only on their inner, but also on the outer of their walls - Sucevita, Moldovita and Voronet; are the most important ones. The area has much more to offer in terms of traditional handicraft of rare beauty, such as pottery, embroideries and painted eggs. In Marginea, we have the possibility to buy some pottery and to watch how it is being made. Dinner and accommodation: in the best hotel in Gura Humorului.
Day 5: Dracula - Bistrita - Targu Mures. The road back to Transylvania leads through the Borgo-Pass, where Bram Stoker placed the action of his novel "Dracula". On the pass, the building that was supposedly his castle has been newly turned into a hotel. Here we have the opportunity to meet Dracula in person (or maybe it is the vampire's phantom?). The old German town of Bistrita has the highest church tower in Romania and fine old houses. Further, drive to Târgu Mures. Dinner and accommodation in the best hotel in Târgu Mures.
Day 6: Targu Mures - Sibiu. A sightseeing tour of Târgu Mures shall bring us also to the Teleki Library, which was opened 200 years ago by the Hungarian count of Transylvania, Samuel Teleki. One of the surprises that welcome us here is one of the originals of the American Declaration of Independence, alongside with a book of inventions of the 18th century. Continue to the Culture Palace, with its beautiful stained glass, the plan of which received the first prize at the International Exhibition in Los Angeles in 1913.
Further to Sighisoara, the only still inhabited medieval citadel of Romania. Our journey continues to the Gothic church and fortification of Biertan - the seat of the Lutheran Bishop for Transylvania for some good 300 years. Our final objective of the day is Sibiu. Dinner and accommodation: in the best hotel in Sibiu.
Day 7: Sibiu - Curtea de Arges - Bucuresti. Visit to Sibiu, the German capital of Romania with the Brukenthal Museum and the Old Town. Sibiu itself was nevertheless an important city of the Middle Ages - its central square laid within the fortress is bigger even than the main squares in Vienna. Important for Sibiu is nevertheless the Arts collection of Baron von Brukenthal, Transylvania’s Gubernatorial in the 18th century.
Interesting is also Brukenthal's relation to the Austrian-Hungarian Emperor, Maria Theresa, and the central power in Vienna, as Transylvania of that time belonged to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Through the magnificent Olt Valley and Baile Olanesti, known world-wide since the times of Napoleon III, we pass on the other side of the mountains to reach Curtea de Arges, where the Romanian Kings were buried. Dinner and accommodation: The best hotel in Bucharest.
Day 8: Bucuresti. Special sightseeing tour. Transfer to the airport.
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