Day 1: Bucharest – Tg. Jiu – Hateg (400 km). Highlights:
- Horezu Monastery, founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu It is considered to be a masterpiece of "Brâncovenesc style", known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculpted detail, its treatment of religious compositions, its votive portraits and its painted decorative works.
- Brancusi monumental sculptures. His creation talks about magic, myths, folklore and exotic cultures who all forms a particular contrast with the vanguard tendencies of his times. Founded in the town of Tg. Jiu, The Table of Silence, The Kiss Gate and the Endless Column – three sculptural components which constitute homage to the hero soldiers fallen during the First World War. Accommodation in 3* B&B.
Day 2: Hateg – Hunedoara – Costesti (120 km). Highlights:
- Sarmisegetuza Ulpia Traiana – the Roman capital of the former Dacian territory from the time of Trajan Emperor, displays a classical view of a genuine antique Roman city with the Forum, palace of the augustals, the thermae, the amphitheatre, the public and private institutions.
- Densus church - the oldest church in Romania in which services are still officiated, with a mystical history. Built on the ruins of a pre-Christian edifice in Dacia, or on the foundation of a temple dedicated to God Mars, the church intrigues with its particular shape reminding the Celtic churches and various kinds of bricks with Roman inscriptions, capitals, tombstones, sewerage pipes, blocks, marble, columns and sculptures taken probably from Ulpia Traiana.
- Huniad (Corvin) Castle – the famous property of John Huniady, named “the light of the world” by Pope Calixtus III, considering his defense of Christendom against the Ottoman threat. The Gothic and Renascence residential castle had known also some military innovations as an impressive access bridge or defensive towers. It is says that Vlad The Impaler (Dracula) was imprisoned in the castle by Huniady’s son, Matia Corvin, one of the most famous kings of Hungary. Accommodation in 3* B&B.
Day 3: Costesti – Sarmisegetuza Regia – Sibiel (150 km, out of which 50 km on dirt road). Highlights:
- Sarmisegetuza Regia – the capital of Dacia, conquered and destroyed by Romans in year 106 AD is built in the top of a 1200m high forested mountain and surrounded on a distance of 40-60 km by a strong defensive system of similar fortifications, each being constructed in very steep and remote areas. The place displays a paved road (in a very good original shape) and a complex of sanctuaries built probably with a religious meaning. The biggest (Big Rounded Sanctuary) resembles interesting similarities with Stonehenge Sanctuary.
- Sibiel village – the place has a rich heritage of the authentic spirit of a typical Transylvanian village. In the silence of its cobbled laneways, accompanied only by the murmur of the more or less fragrant stream, the Sighiel, from which it gets its name, Sibiel with its typical small houses with their luminous courtyards, its frescoed votive shrines from the early nineteenth century still offers today, a glimpse of tradition and local culture. Orchards and green fields, wooded hills penetrated by footpaths, crown Sibiel's most important treasure: the museum of icons on glass and the spirit of the people who, along with Fr Zosim Oancea, created it. Accommodation in 3* guest house in Sibiel village. Traditionally dinner in guesthouse in Sibiel with pure biological and home made food.
Day 4: Sibiel – Sibiu – Sighisoara (130 km). Highlights:
- “Sibiu 2007” represents once – in-a - generation opportunity for a Romanian city to host the European Capital of Culture designation. Sibiu/Hermannstadt as European Capital of Culture in 2007 aims at opening gates through which the city’s rich cultural landscape and diverse life will meet that of Europe. Sightseeing tour: the Big Square, the Little Square, Huet Square, Iron Bridge, the Evangelical Church and the Orthodox Cathedral.
- Biertan Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage): as the major Transylvanian Saxon communities, the village that houses the church had an urban organization, being noticed the particular style of the rows of houses around the central square overlooked by the grandiose fortress-church. The 15th century fortified church built high on a hill in the middle of the village has three tiers of 35-foot-high defensive walls, connected by towers and gates, encircled the complex, making the church almost impossible to conquer during medieval times.
- Sighisoara, Europe’s best preserved medieval town. The birth place of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) is one of the most beautiful towns in the heart of Transylvania. The medieval citadel, part of UNESCO World Heritage preserves Saxon (German) architectural influences visible throughout the entire city. Visits include: Guild Tower, Venetian House (built in the 13th Century), Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) House, Antler House, Wood Covered Staircase, Hill Church, Hermann Oberth Square. Accommodation in 3* B&B in Sighisoara.
Day 5: Sighisoara – Brasov (150 km). Highlights:
- Viscri fortified church (UNESCO World Heritage). Built initially in the 12th century by Szekely (Szeklers, Hungarian ethnics) colonists and taken over by Saxons colonists in 1185, the church was destroyed by the Tartar invasion in 1241-1242 and replaced then by an edifice which has been preserved to the day. Though small in size, the Gothic Church at Viscri impresses by the grandeur of its walls made of roughly shaped stones. The main body is represented by a Romanesque chapel enlarged in the early 16th century to form a single-nave church, with a fortified storey resting on semicircular arches supported by massive buttresses.
- Brasov, the Saxon’s Kronstadt (Town of the Crown), the jewel of the German minority attracts with the largely Baroque area coiled beneath Mount Tampa and Mount Postavaru – old city. Visits to the Black Church – the biggest Gothic church from Southeast Europe houses a priceless collection of Oriental rugs as well as a 4000-pipe organ., the Council Square, the Franciscan Monastery, the Central Park, the Black and White Towers, Ecaterina’s Gate, Schei Gate and the Rope Street (the narrowest street in Europe).
Accommodation in central 3*B&B.
Optional: a special musical dinner in Cetate Restaurant in Brasov, for the opera music lovers – with a performance of Brasov Philharmonic. In the Medieval Saloon you will enjoy a recital including chamber music, dance and arias of classical and pre-classical music.
Day 6. Brasov – Bran - Sinaia – Bucharest (200 km). Highlights:
- Bran Castle (known as “Dracula’s Castle”), important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to the beauty of the Castle and the landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. Built in 1377, the castle’s fame came first from Dracula’s legend then from the affiliation with the Royal Family who received it in 1920, as a symbol of gratitude for Queen Marie of Great Romania contribution to the achievement of the Great Union from 1918.
- Peles Castle, built in 1875 at Sinaia, a beautiful mountain resort surnamed “The pearl of the Carpathians. Property of the Royal Family, the castle has 160 rooms, opulently decorated with leather, ebony, walnut and mother of pearl, with invaluable collections of art and furniture; very modern also, the castle was equipped with electricity (the first from Europe), central heating, elevator, vacuum cleaner and theater (cinema from 1910) room, since the beginning.
- Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Afternoon city tour, includes he Arch of Triumph (inspired by the one in Paris), the Press Square (where a copy of the Moscow University can be seen), the former Royal Palace (nowadays the Art Museum), the Athenaeum (Romania’s most famous concert hall), the Revolution Square (where the 1989 anti - Communist revolt went nationwide), a ride along Victoria Avenue, the University, the National Theatre, the Opera House, Manuc’s Inn placed near the medieval core of the town, the Patriarchy, the Palace of Parliament (the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon) and a visit of the Village Museum - one of the biggest and the oldest outdoors museums in Europe.
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