Day 1: Bucharest (Friday). Welcome to Romania! You’ll connect with our English speaking guide at the airport. Enjoy a city tour, discover why the capital city of Bucharest was once surnamed “the little Paris”. Major highlights include: Romanian Athenaeum; Romanian Opera; the Triumph Arch, a little smaller than the one in Paris, but also located at the intersection of six boulevards; the Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon; Stavropoleos Church, an architectural jewellery, a combination of Romanian and Byzantine architecture. To have a complete picture of the Romanian capital you’re invited to enjoy a delicious traditional welcome dinner with folk show. Accommodate in a charming 3* hotel, central location.
Day 2: Bucharest–Sinaia–Rasnov–Bran–Brasov (Saturday). Morning drive to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania. Explore the main point of attraction, the royal Peles Castle, one of the best preserved and the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. Continue your journey with Transylvania’s symbol, Bran Castle. The edifice owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. In 1920, Queen Mary, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, turned the castle into a beautiful summer residence. The largest peasant fortification ever built in Eastern Europe is your next destination. Your journey ends in medieval Saxon city of Brasov. Accommodate in a centrally located 3* hotel. To better capture the Saxon atmosphere, you’ll enjoy a traditional Saxon dinner in one of the best restaurants in Brasov.
Day 3: Brasov–Sighisoara (Sunday). Explore Brasov, a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere which has played a vital role in Romania’s history, both old and new. Visit the most famous landmark of Brasov, the Black Church, the largest Gothic edifice in South–Eastern Europe. Next stop, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara Medieval Citadel. Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe’s most beautiful and still inhabited fortified cities. Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, was born. Accommodate in a 3* hotel of an outstanding medieval charm, located in the heart of the medieval citadel. Dinner in Casa Vlad Dracul Restaurant, the very place where Vlad Dracul was born, turned today into a cozy restaurant.
Day 4: Sighisoara-Targu Mures–Reghin–Bistrita (Monday). Another important UNESCO World Heritage Site on your itinerary, the traditional Saxon village of Biertan, home to the best known of all the Saxon fortified churches. From the Saxon area drive to Targu Mures, to also get acquainted with Transylvania’s Szeckler influences. You can treat yourself with delicious Hungarian recipes in the famous Laci Czarda restaurant. Evening in Bistrita Citadel, home to the impressive Dogarilor Tower (Cooper’s Tower) where you’ll have the privilege of meeting the honorable Misiuga, Baron of Dracula and admire an interesting hand made puppet exposition. Dinner is the culinary highlight of the day. Served in the Golden Crown Restaurant, Jonathan Harker Room, you’ll delight yourself with the same dishes, the main character of Dracula, had when in Bistrita!
Day 5: Bistrita–Gura Humorului (Tuesday). Visit today legendary places, made famous worldwide by Bram Stocker’s novel. You’ll reach Borgo Pass, the place where Bram Stocker placed the castle of the famous Count Dracula. Visit the Castle and the coffin and then head to Moldovita Monastery for a little prayer. The Church of the Annunciation of the Monastery of Moldovita has as well a UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The most spectacular fresco of Moldovita is considered The Fall of Constantinople. Enjoy a monastic lunch prepared by the nuns. Sucevita is your next stop, and then drive to Gura Humorului for accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Day 6: Gura Humorului–Voronet–Sacel–Birsana–Sighetu Marmatiei (Wednesday). Start your day with the most beautiful monastery of Bucovina, Voronet, probably the most accomplished example of Moldavian architecture and painting, known as the "Sistine Chapel" of the East, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fame of Voronet is due especially to its exterior painting realized on an inimitable blue background, and known throughout the world as the "blue of Voronet". In Sacel you’re invited to visit the workshop of a skilled woodcrafts man and whiteness how wood takes shape and life in his hands. Continue with Barsana Monastery built on the right bank of Iza River. Lunch served at the country-inn run by the nuns. Accommodate in Sighetu Marmatiei in a 4* country-inn. For dinner we recommend Casa cu Pridvor. Restaurant for the delicious traditional Bucovinean dishes you can enjoy here.
Day 7: Sighetu Marmatiei–Sapinta–Baia Mare (Thursday). Get acquainted to another face of Romania’s history; visit the “Memorial” – an old communist prison turned into an impressive museum. The Merry Cemetery in the beautiful region of Sapanta is the next highlight of your day. The Merry Cemetery owns its name to the vivid colors of the headboards on which are naively painted scenes narrating the biography of the deceased. The house in which the artist lived and created is now a workshop-museum where Patras’s disciples continue his tradition. Sapanta is also home to the highest wood church in Romania, an interesting place to visit. Accommodate in a 3* hotel in Baia Mare and enjoy the dinner in the restaurant of the hotel.
Day 8: Baia Mare–Cluj–Turda (Friday). Live Maramures region and head back to Transylvania, to visit the city of Cluj Napoca, on important Transylvanian center with a rich history and beautiful medieval buildings. Drive to Turda, 30 kilometers from Cluj and accommodate in a lovely 4* hotel, often referred to as a medieval fantasy with beds. The imposing medieval atmosphere combines rustic and hunting elements creating an intimate and worm atmosphere. Dinner will be served in the restaurant of the hotel and will definitely be the highlight of the evening as you’ll taste a vampire menu.
Day 9: Turda–Sibiu (Saturday). Prepare to descent to the heart of one of the biggest saline in Romania, the Salt Mines of Turda, with impressive halls named after kings and queens. Drive next to the traditional Saxon village of Sibiel and enjoy a home cooked lunch in the restaurant of a country-inn. The village of Sibiel is home to a museum housing an important collection of glass painting. Evening in the European cultural capital of 2007, Sibiu. The fortified town of Sibiu has been the center of Romania's German minority since medieval times and it is one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. Visit the Village Museum, the largest outdoor exhibition of peasant settlements from all over Romania. Accommodate in a 4* hotel. You can complete your staying in Sibiu with a wine tasting session.
Day 10: Sibiu–Bucharest (Sunday). In the morning visit a top tourist attraction of Sibiu, the Bruckental Museum, displaying important works of art: Rubens, Titzian, Van Dyke. Transfer to Bucharest airport for the flight back home.
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