Day 1. Arrival in Bucharest. Transfer to the hotel, followed by a panoramic tour of Bucharest and dinner at the best restaurant in Bucharest, Caru cu Bere.
Day 2. Bucharest City Tour - Brasov (Transylvania)
In the morning your private guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. You will enjoy a 5 hour tour of Bucharest and then head to Transylvania. Dinner and accommodation in Brasov.
Parliament Palace - Built by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, the colossal Parliament Palace is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. The interior is a luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, stained-glass windows and floors covered in rich carpets.
Village Museum - Founded by royal decree in 1936, this fascinating outdoor museum, the largest in Europe, covers some 30 acres on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herastrau Park. It features a collection of 50 buildings representing the history and design of Romania's rural architecture.
Old Historical Center of Bucharest - Perhaps the city's unique charm can be best observed in the area known as Lipscani, which consists of a jumble of streets between Calea Victoriei, Blvd. Bratianu, Blvd. Regina Elisabeta and the Dambovita River. A once-glamorous residential area, the old city centre is now slowly being refashioned into an upscale neighborhood.
Day 3. Brasov - Bran - Rasnov - Sighisoara
During the day take a walking tour of the historical center of Brasov, visit Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress. In the afternoon transfer to Sighisoara.
Brasov Highlights: Black Church, Citadel of Brasov, Ecaterina's Gate, White Tower, Black Tower, Council Square.
Discover one of the most famous sights in Romania, Bran Castle also known as Dracula's Castle, a medieval dwelling dating from the 14th century. Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker’s Dracula.
Afterwards we will head to the town of Rasnov to explore their amazing fortress. Approximately halfway between Brasov and Bran, lies the town of Rasnov, which was founded around 1225 by German Teutonic Knights. Rasnov’s impressive fortress - was built in the 14th century to protect the people of Rasnov and surrounding villages from the numerous invasions happening at the time. During periods of war, the townsfolk would pick up their cattle and retreat into the fortress.
Day 4. Sighisoara - Bistrita - Ieud Deal (Maramures)
Sighisoara is one of the few inhabited fortified towns in the world and it provides a splendid example of medieval town planning. Here, all the elements of the medieval world have been perfectly preserved.
Tour highlights: The Clock Tower & History Museum, The Church on the Hill, House of Dracula, The pupils roofed stairways.
Bistrita tour includes a visit at the Gothic Cathedral and Museum Complex (Ethnography and Folk Art Section). The ethnography department of the museum reveals the life of the inhabitants of Bistrita, valuing an interesting collection of objects and tools. They illustrate the material and spiritual world and the old traditions of the inhabitants of this region. Many tools and utensils related to their ancient occupations express the continuity and unity of those living this region located at the fountainhead of Somes and Bistrita.
Arrival and accommodation in Ieud Deal.
Day 5. Ieud Deal - Vadu Izei - Merry Cemetery - Sighetu Marmatiei
Ieud Wooden Church. It stands amidst a typical Romanian scenery - one can see the beautifully 'sculpted' hills on the horizon, smell the fresh grass, and feel the warmth of the people living here. The peacefulness of it all is extraordinary!
And it is truly an honor to find yourself in the same place where the oldest piece of writing in Romanian was discovered. This masterpiece has a very humble air compared to the 700 years it has witnessed go by; as it is the oldest wooden church in Maramures.
Merry Cemetery. The village of Sapanta, located just 4 kilometers south of the Ukrainian border is world-famous for its original cemetery: a special kind of graveyard, with wooden crosses painted in vivid colors. A particular blue, called 'Sapanta blue' rules over all the other colors.
You might think 'merry' and 'cemetery' are two terms that don’t generally go together, but that is not what Stan Ioan Patras thought, when he came up with the idea of the colorful wooden crosses and the funny and realistic epitaphs on them.
Each cross is different: the carved images naively catch one of the deceased lifetime's characteristic attitudes, while the epitaphs are short poems, deprived of the usual cliches and full of substance, written in the first person like a confession of the deceased himself.
Arrival and accommodation in Sighetu Marmatiei.
Day 6. Sighetu Marmatiei - Barsana - Rozavlea - Botiza - Sighetu Marmatiei
Sighetu Marmatiei is situated to the exact centre of Europe. The city feels alive with a blend of both contemporary and traditional elements, evoking a stylish sense of place a mélange of architectural styles that blend the centuries together.
Communism Museum & Prison. The Sighet prison was used by the communist regime to hold political prisoners. It is now the site of the Sighet Memorial Museum, part of the Memorial of the Victims of Communism.
Afterwards visit the ancient wooden churches of Barsana, Rozavlea and Botiza.
Day 7. Sighetu Marmatiei - Viseu de Sus - Sighetu Marmatiei
Mocanita, the Steam Train on Vaser Valley. For a one-of-a-kind experience, you will take a ride with the narrow-gauge steam train. Starting from the small logging town of Viseu de Sus, the steam railway runs along a scenic road for about 30 miles, chugging behind an old steam engine. The train provides the only access - other than walking - to settlements higher up in the valley. During stops, you can watch workers load firewood and take on water from clear mountain streams.
The train will stop at half way so tourists can enjoy the nature. You are invited to discover the wild, unaltered nature of the valley and to a picnic lunch and admire the view from the rock platform located nearby.
Day 8. Sighetu Marmatiei - Targu Mures - Sinaia - Bucharest
On your way back to Bucharest visit Targu Mures Medieval Fortress and Peles Castle in Sinaia. Arrival and accommodation in Bucharest.
The medieval fortress of Targu Mures - is a historical monument of great importance and value. It was built in the first half of the seventeenth century. On the site of the current fortress stood in the fifteenth century the castle-fortress Transylvania's Prince, Bathori Istvan. Made in 1492, the court of the castle-fortress had a plan of an irregular pentagon shape and a number six bastions. The castle was meant to intimidate any attempts of Szeklers disobedience.
Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe.
Day 9. Goodbye Romania! Airport transfer.
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