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Tour of Romania UNESCO Monuments in Maramures, Bucovina and Transylvania

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 - 12 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 40 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 790 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1268 Euro (EUR)

After departing Bucharest the first stop of the itinerary is Sinaia, the "Pearl of the Carpathians" with its masterpiece, Palace of Peles. The next day we will head deep into the legend of Dracula, and the Transylvania region. Our first stop is the vibrant city of Brasov with Saxon routes and is a must see. Departing Brasov, we will move onto Sibiu, which is considered one of the most beautiful cities on all of Transylvania. On the way we will stop for a visit of the famous Bran Castle, home to the legend of Dracula. Continuing the following day on the path of Saxon Fortified Chruches; Valea Viilor and Biertan (the largest one) both UNESCO heritage monuments. Sighisoara, which is one of the best preserved medieval citadels in all of Europe; and also home to the birthplace of the real life Dracula; Vlad Tepes.

Maramures Wooden Churches. Then we head to the beautiful Maramures region, and the world renown wooden churches. Continuing to visit the "Merry Cemetery" in Sapanta, famed for their enlightening engravings. In Maramures we will also see the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, describing in full detail the life of the areas locals. See more examples of the exquisite woodwork, as well as the famous Egg Painters of Romania.

Bucovina Paitined Monastery. Continuing to Bucovina, and the UNESCO designated, and world famous Painted Monasteries. The most famous of the region; Voronet has been called the Sistine Chapel of the East, and once you see these magnificent Frescos, you will fully understand why. While here, on request, we can arrange a traditional dinner, and folklore show at the guesthouse. After we will return to Bucharest via Brasov to end your UNESCO heritage tour of Romania.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Bucharest - Sinaia.
- Your English-speaking specialist guide will pick you up from Bucharest Airport or another location in the city (This tour is also available to start from Cluj)
- Depart for Sinaia; rightfully nicknamed the "Pearl of the Carpathians"
- Upon arrival check in hotel
- Evening at your leisure
- Overnight in Sinaia.

Day 2: Sinaia - Bran - Brasov - Sambata Monastery - Sibiu.
- Breakfast in Hotel
- Tour of Peles Castle
- In the natural baryck drops of the Carpathian mountains the Palace of Peles is a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture. Used to be the Romanian Royalty Summer residence and retreat. The Palace's 160 rooms are adorned by the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows, walls covered with Cordoba leather, Meissen and Sevres porcelains, ebony and ivory sculptures. Its medieval collection of swords and nights amour are simply astonishing.
- Continue our journey to Bran with it's famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula's Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometers) at the entrance in Bran - Rucar passage. The castle got its fame from Dracula`s legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola. The first documents about the Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Along the history, the Castle had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxembourg, then under the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the Romanian royal family, in order to become their residence.
- Then onto Brasov, which was one of the most important Saxon Cities in all of Transylvania. Highlights include the Black Church , the Council Square, the Hirsher House, the old Saxon houses from the old town, and the White and Black Towers. A short stop here, approx 1 hour.
- Continuing for Sambata Monastery; founded in 1696 and is situated in the Beautiful region of the Fagaras mountains
- The architectural style fits entirely Brancoveanu style, which emerged in Wallachia at the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. Stones decorate the windows and the door frames, sculptured pillars and the stone panels of the church add a special beauty to the monastery
- Overnight in Sibiu. Includes: (B).

Day 3: Sibiu - Valea Viilor - Biertan - Sighisoara.
- Breakfast in Hotel
- Sibiu City tour which includes: The Small Square, the Bruckenthal Museum, the Huet Square, the Passage of Stairs, the House if the Butchers’s Guild, the Councillors Tower, the Staircase Tower and the Tanner’s Tower
- Next we go enroute to Valea Viilor (UNESCO) for the Saxon fortified church.
- Then Biertan and visit the Saxon fortified church listed on UNESCO Heritage List, the church dates from 1492 and is one of the pearl's of the Saxon monuments in Transylvania
- After to the Medieval Town of Sighisoara, on UNESCO's Word Heritage List and makes the perfect introduction to Transylvania. The Old Town or the Citadel is the only one still inhabited in Europe - a lost world and still so at the present!
- highlights include: The Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Scholar’s Stairs, The Monastery Church, The Shoemakers Town, the Tailor’s Tower, the Tinsmiths Tower
- Overnight in Sighisoara. Includes: (B).

Day 4: Sighisoara - Cluj - Dej - Baia Mare - Desesti - Sighet.
- Breakfast in Hotel
- In the morning we will depart for the fascinating region of Maramures
- En route we will stop in the historical city of Cluj-Napoca for a visit of its city center
- We then go on to the wooden Church at Desesti, a UNESCO protected site
- Overnight in Sighet. Includes: (B).

Day 5: Sighet - Sapanta - Barsana - Ieud - Dragomiresti - Borsa/Vatra Dornei.
- Breakfast in Hotel
- Maramures – the land of traditions and wood churches.
- First stop at Sapanta and visit the famous Merry Cemetery, truly one of the most unique sites in Europe. It is famous for its colorful tombstones with native paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the people that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction
- Next we are off to The Birsana church, built in 1720, listed on UNESCO Heritage List, with the florid paintings , the best in Maramures and the Barsana Monastery (UNESCO) a large monastic complex comprising of several wooden buildings, all constructed in the local style , including the wooden church. The Gate Tower is the highest wooden building in Europe.
- In Dragomiresti we will visit The Maramures's Woman Museum
- Then go to Ieud and visit the oldest wooden church, another UNESCO monument
- Overnight in Borsa or Vatra Dornei. Includes: (B).

Day 6: Borsa/Vatra Dornei - Moldovita - Humor - Patrauti - Voronet.
- Breakfast in Hotel
- Today we visit some of the World famous Painted Monasteries
- Voronet: founded in 1488 by Stephen the Great . It is the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting. The doors of the porch have a Renaissance framing, whereas the stone carvings of the broken arches at the doors and windows belong to the Gothic style. Voronet Monastery had been dubbed the oriental Sistine Chapel, whereas Voronet Blue, a color obtained from lapis lazuli, entered in the lexicon of art alongside Titian red and Veronese green, and to this day has yet to be reproduced by natural means
- Moldovita: dates back from 1532 and is due to the ruling prince Petru Rares.
It has the aspect of a fortress, with imposing towers and high, thick walls. The church has a three-cusped plan, as well as an open porch. It Is decorated with scenes from the 16th c Moldavian life. You can see here the best preserved frescoes, with fresh and vivid colors
- Sucevita: the last and the most magnificent monastic achievement among the painted monasteries in Bucovina, looks as a real fortress, with towers, buttresses and watch roads. Built in 1581, by one bishop, it was dedicated to the Assumption in 1584. Paintings of the Sucevita monastery were best preserved both on the outside and on the inside(Ladder of Virtue, the last Judgment, the tree of Jesse),
- Humor: dates from 1530, this monastery was among the first churches to be painted, the frescoes were painted in 1535. Humor is painted in reddish brown (from oriental madder pigment), colors are brilliant and truthful to nature.
- Overnight in Gura Humorului or Vornet. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Vornet - Neamt Monastery - Neamt Citadel - Brasov.
- Breakfast in Hotel
- Depart for the Neamt Monastery: it is the oldest monastery in Moldavia and is the largest men's monastery in Romania with seventy monks. The new church dates from 1497 and was built by Stephen the Great to celebrate a victory over the Poles. This church became the prototype for Moldavian churches in the next centuries
- Ending the day in Brasov
- Dinner
- Overnight in Brasov. Includes: (B).

Day 8: Brasov - Prejmer - Bucharest Airport or Giurgiu (Romania/Bulgaria border crossing)
- Breakfast in Hotel
- Early in the morning visit at the Prejmer fortified church, the biggest fortress of its kind from Eastern Europe. The biggest fortified church in the Southeastern Europe built in the 14th century. The fortress has double walls and dungeons. Inside its walls there is a church, but the interesting thing here is the honeycomb like inner wall. Every family had one small room for sheltering in case the village was attacked.
- Drop off at airport, hotel or other location in Bucharest and final good-bye from your local driver/guide (Approx 3pm) or continue this tour to Bulgaria with our partners, for more details click here. Includes: (B). End of tour services.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 * Hotels and Rural Guest houses
- Breakfast Daily, and meals specified above
- English-Speaking driver/guide specializing in Romanian culture and history for the duration of the tour
- Transportation

Price Excludes:
- Airfare
- Entrance fees
- Alcoholic drinks
- Gratuities
- Extra charges of hotel, eg. Laundry, telephone or fax charges, room service, etc.
- Insurance

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