Buffet breakfast. In the morning leave Bucharest and drive through the Olt valley. Our first stop will be Cozia monastery, a 14th century orthodox monastery, built on the banks of the Olt river. Here we will discuss more about the orthodox faith and admire the beautifully preserved old frescoes of the monastery. At noontime we will reach the Transylvanian town of Sibiu, the cultural capital of Europe in 2007. After checking into our centrally-located boutique hotel,we will discover on a walking tour the Old Town of Sibiu. The old part of the city is incredibly well preserved, a combination of medieval and Baroque elements, dating back to the period when the city was under Hapsburg rule. Visit the Big marketplace, where the richest and most influential citizens of the city used to live. Here you can admire also the 18th century Catholic church built at the time of Hapsburg Empress Maria Theresa, the town-hall and visit the excellent Bruckenthal Arts Museum, housed in the former 18th century palace of Transylvania’s Governor Samuel von Bruckenthal. Continue to the Small Marketplace, where the different guild of the city used to sell their products and walk on the famous Liar’s Bridge. In the evening dine in one of the charming restaurants of the Old Town.
Day 2: Sibiu- Sighisoara - Brasov.
Buffet Breakfast. In the morning depart Sibiu and drive to the small village of Brateiu, where you will have a unique opportunity to meet members of the traditional Gypsy community. The Gypsies living here are the Kalderash Roma, proud and excellent coppersmiths. Watch them at work and learn about their traditions and history since they left India 1000 years ago! Continue your tour to Biertan, one of the most enchanting villages of Transylvania. The fortified church is also the most impressive of the region, with 3 surrounding defense walls and defense towers. Biertan was also declared an UNESCO Heritage Site. In the afternoon you will arrive in Sighisoara, one of Europe’s last inhabited medieval citadels and, again, a UNESCO site. On a walking tour discover centuries of history. Visit the Clock Tower, the Weapons Museum and the Torture Chamber and admire the towers and bastions of different guilds, the Venetian House, the Antler’s House, the birth- house of Vlad the Impaler and walk through the Wooden Staircase to the highest point of the citadel.
In the afternoon arrive in Viscri, another UNESCO World Heritage site. The village was included in a restoration project led by the Mihai Eminescu Trust, under the patronage of Prince Charles. Many of the old Saxon houses have been beautifully restored, as well as the medieval Saxon fortified church. Prince Charles himself owns here an old farm dating back to the 18th century. In the late afternoon we will arrive in the charming Southern Transylvanian town of Brasov. Accommodation in a boutique hotel in the Old Town.
Day 3: Brasov - Bucharest.
Buffet breakfast. The Old Town of Brasov is very well preserved and has a great atmosphere. Our Brasov tour includes the famous Black Church, the Council Square and the Council Tower (the former town hall of the city). Impressive are also the fortifications of the city: the White Tower, the Black Tower, the Weaver’s bastion and the Catherine’s gate. We will further leave Brasov, drive to Bran and visit the famous castle from the 14th century, which gained the nick-name of “Dracula Castle”. The castle was built on a rock by the wealthy merchants of Brasov in order to protect the border between the medieval states of Wallachia and Transylvania. Find out more about the real historical character of Vlad the Impaler. Drive further through the Prahova Valley and the Carpathian mountains. In Sinaia visit the 17th century Sinaia monastery, the first building to be erected in the area. The name “Sinaia” has a direct connection with Mount Sinai: in the 17th century monks from the St. Catherine monastery came here and founded the Sinaia monastery. Later, in the 19th century the place was chosen by the first Romanian king, Carol I, for building the summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, the Peles Castle. Have a guided tour of the castle and admire the richly decorated rooms. Your guide will also give you a great insight into the history of Romanian royalty. In the late afternoon arrive back to Bucharest.
- 2 nights at charming, centrally located hotels
- Transportation with AC (cars, vans and minibuses are all very
modern and clean, some of them quite new)
- All excursions and entrance fees to museums, monasteries, castles
- Fuel and parking fees
- Professional English speaking guide (also driving)
- Personal visits
- Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch,
- All taxes.
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