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Romania Uncovered: Transylvania, Bucovina and the Danube Delta

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Birdwatching  
Season: March - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2114 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3969 US Dollar (USD)

Highlights
- The charming villages of Sibiel, Viscri, Sucevita, where your hosts and our friends will happily welcome you in their houses
- The legendary Bran Castle, known also as Dracula’s Castle
- The sites listed in UNESCO World Heritage: Sighisoara citadel, the painted monasteries in Bucovina and the fortified churches in Transylvania, the Dacian Fortresses in Orastie Mountains
- Beautiful Transylvanian cities of Brasov and Sibiu, packed full of interesting sites to explore
- The Danube Delta – UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Europe’s largest wetland, housing over 300 species of birds as well as 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes

Tour available in self-guided version, as well (at a lower price), for you to explore with you family and close friends, deciding for yourselves how many places you want to see and how much time you want to just relax.

Day 1: Bucharest
Arrival at Bucharest on Henri Coanda airport and transfer to the hotel in the centre. City tour of Bucharest - this astounding metropolis standing at the crossroads between East and West, once known as Little Paris, nowadays struggling for a comeback after the communist aftermath.
Accommodation in 3*** hotel in the centre.

Day 2: Bucharest – Sibiu – Sibiel
Transfer to Sibiu, following the beautiful Olt valley. Sibiu (German – Hermannstadt) was the European Capital of Culture for 2007 and it is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Romania, carefully restored in the latter years. We take a stroll in the old centre following pedestrian streets that guide us through a maze of ramparts, cathedrals, larger and smaller squares, corridors, towers, museums.
Short transfer to Sibiel village is part of the ethnographical area of Marginimea Sibiului, where the Romanian shepherds created and still support a strong, original culture.
Traditional dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse.

Day 3: Sibiel – Sarmizegetusa
In the morning transfer towards the area of the Dacian citadels. The Dacians were the population living on today’s territory of Romania, conquered by the Romans in the 1st century AD, considered parents of the Romanian people. Orastie Mountains house most of the Dacian settlements and fortifications. We will visit the capital of the Dacian Empire – Sarmizegetusa and also one or two other smaller settlements, depending on the weather. The Dacian citadels are UNESCO monuments.
Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse.

Day 4: Alba-Iulia – Sighisoara – Viscri
In the morning transfer to Alba-Iulia city where we visit the citadel built by Carol VI between 1716 and 1735, namely the White Citadel Carolina. The Vauban type citadel with seven star-shaped bastions, is the most impressive of this type in the South-East of Europe, especially owing to its triumphal gates that allowed access into the Citadel.
Continue towards Medias and arrive in Sighisoara in the afternoon. Sighisoara is housing a beautiful citadel included in the UNESCO heritage list, inhabited continuously ever since its settlement by the German colonists in 13th century. We make a tour of the citadel, including The Clock Tower, several bastions and also the house where Vlad Tepes (later know as Dracula) was born.
In the evening we get to Viscri village (Deutschweisskirch). This is a Saxon village included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, one of the villages in Romania where the Price of Wales owns a traditional house.
Dinner and accommodation in peasant houses – carefully restored authentic Saxon houses. (shared bath for two rooms).
Dinner with traditional food prepared by the locals, accompanied by homemade brandy and wine.

Day 5: Viscri
After breakfast we visit the fortified church in the village and then we take a ride in a horse pulled carriage in the surroundings. We will visits local craftsmen, who will tell us about their work and we’ll also have the chance to witness their skills. We then return to the village for a quiet evening.
Dinner and accommodation in peasant houses. (shared bath for two rooms).
Dinner with traditional food prepared by the locals, accompanied by homemade brandy and wine.

Day 6: Viscri – Bran – Brasov
We leave Viscri and head towards Bran village in order to visit Bran Castle. Also known as Dracula`s Castle, Bran Castle is a beautiful 14th century castle, built to guard the passing point between the two Romanian provinces: Walachia to the south and Transylvania to the north. It was restored in the 20th century to its former glory, by the royal family of Romania. In Dracula’s legend it appears as his home – it is now the most visited place in Romania.
From here we continue to Brasov. The city is also known as Kronstadt due to the presence of German colonists as early as the 12th century; it is fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and is resplendent with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions. As one of the medieval Saxon’s seven walled citadels and its location at the intersection of the trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and the Western Europe, Brasov has been a popular destination throughout the ages. City tour.
Accommodation in a 3* hotel, a medieval building, situated in the main square of the city.

Day 7: Brasov – Lacu Rosu – Piatra Neamt
We continue our route North and we travel through a very beautiful area knwon as Szekler land, inhabited by the Szekler minority in Romania, an area that has largely escaped the scars of industrial pollution. Szeklers are Hungarian-speaking people, who settled here in the ninth century, when they were given land in exchange for protecting Hungary’s frontiers against invading forces. We also see on the way Lacu Rosu – the Red Lake resort – situated at about 900 m altitude, home of a natural dam lake formed in the 19th century and the Bicaz Gorges – the most spectacular gorges in Romania, with rock walls as high as 300 m. We cross this time the Carpathian Mountains into another region of Romania, Moldova, and stop in Piatra Neamt.
The area around Piatra-Neamt is one of the oldest inhabited in Romania. The oldest traces of human civilization in the present territory date back to the higher Paleolithic, then we have traces of a Dacian citadel – Petrodava – and in the centre of the today’s city The Princely Court, which is mentioned for the first time in a document dated April 20, 1491, to have been founded between 1468 and 1475, under Stephen the Great, The Princely Cathedral being built in 1497-1498, and the 20 m tall Bell Tower, built in 1499 – today the symbol of the city.
Accommodation in a 4*** guesthouse in Piatra Neamt.

Day 8: Piatra Neamt – Voronet – Marginea – Sucevita
In the morning we are embarking for another discovery: Bucovina region, considered the centre of Romanian spirituality, housing the famous exterior painted monasteries (Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita, Arbore and Humor) included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
The first one we visit is Voronet monastery, also known as the Sixtine Chapel of the East, the most famous of all five on the UNESCO World’s Heritage list, especially due to its beautiful color blue.
From here we continue to Cacica, where we visit an old salt mine dating the end of 18th century.
Before getting to our hosts for the night, in Sucevita village, we make one more stop in Marginea village, for its black pottery centre – we see the local craftsmen at work and learn about the black ceramic, specific to this area.
Accommodation in a guesthouse with authentic carefully restored traditional wooden houses. (shared bath for two rooms).
Dinner prepared by our hosts, accompanied by local brandy and wine.

Day 9: Sucevita – Moldovita – Tarpesti
In the morning we visit Sucevita monastery, the most recent one and the largest ever covered in exterior frescoes and then we continue with visiting Moldovita monastery – a masterpiece of the Moldavian Gothic adorned with exterior lively painted frescoes dating back to the beginning of the 16th century. From here we continue to an egg painting workshop where we are demonstrated the special technique required in this extremely delicate operation, and also see an exhibition of these local treasures.
In the afternoon we head south and to Tarpesti village, at the house of the peasant artist Nicolae Popa, a self-taught archeologist, ethnographer and collector. Mr. Popa died in autumn 2010 in his 92 year of life. We pay a visit to Popa Museum, housing both his collections and works (stone sculptures, traditional masks).
Accommodation in the guestrooms of Popa family and dinner prepared by our hosts.

Day 10: Tarpesti – Galati
Today we are changing the scenery as we travel have more south towards the plains and towards the Danube, in lower Moldavia. We are driving via Moldova and then Siret valley to Galati city, on the ancient commercial road that connected the Orient, through Constantinople and the Black Sea, through the middle of Moldavia then Poland, to the wealthy cities of the Hanseatic League on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
In the evening we reach Galati city.
Accommodation in guesthouse.

Day 11: Galati – Danube Delta
In the morning we cross the Danube by ferry and continue towards Tulcea– the entrance points in the Danube Delta.
At 13:30 we take a boat from Tulcea and enter the Danube Delta – the second widest Delta in Europe, included in UNESCO’s world heritage list. We reach a typical fishermen village where we have traditional dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse.
Time to discover the village.

Day 12: Danube Delta
We spend the whole day by small boat on the winding channels of the Danube Delta- the second widest Delta in Europe, included in UNESCO’s world heritage list.
We have picnic lunch and in the afternoon we return to our hosts for dinner and accommodation.
Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse.

Day 13: Tulcea – Histria – Bucharest
Early in the morning we leave by boat towards Tulcea, from where we pick the car again and head to Histria citadel - the oldest and largest archaeological site in Romania.
Visit the citadel - a Greek citadel dating from 657 BC, the first city on the territory of today’s Romania.
In the evening arrival in Bucharest.

Day 14: Bucharest
Free time.
Transfer to the airport.

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Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The price includes:
• 13 nights accommodation in a double room in peasant houses, agro-tourist guesthouses and hotels
• 8 dinners (accompanied by local brandy and wine) and 2 picnic lunches
• all necessary transfers in Romania by car/minibus/ferry
• all entrances to monasteries, museums and monuments included in the program
• transfer by small motor boat in the Danube Delta
• English speaking guide and driver for all the period

The price doesn't include:
* Airfare and travel insurance
* Alcoholic beverages not mentioned above
* Photo and video taxes during the visits
* Anything not mentioned under ”The price includes”

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