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The Grand Cultural Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1555 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2955 Euro (EUR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Bucharest.

AM
- Arrival and lodging at a 3-4 star hotel in central Bucharest
- Sightseeing tour including Revolution Square (stop) with Romanian Athenaeum, Fine Art Museum (former Royal Palace), Bucharest University Library and Kretulescu Church, ruins of the Old Princely Court and Church (stop), Manuc's Inn, Palace of Parliament (visit), Metropolitan Church (visit), Bucharest University, Romana Square, Victory Square.

PM
- Dinner
Overnight in Bucharest
Dinner.

Day 2: Bucharest/ Poiana Brasov.

AM
- Breakfast. Departure for Sinaia
- Visits to Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle.

PM
- Lunch at Sinaia. Departure to Brasov. Sightseeing old Brasov including Council Square, Council Tower, Black Tower, White Tower, Black Church, Weavers' Bastion, St. Nicholas Church, First Romanian School in Transylvania
- Arrival and lodging at a 3 star hotel/pension at Poiana Brasov resort
- Dinner
* Overnight at Poiana Brasov
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3: Poiana Brasov/ Olanesti.

AM
- Breakfast. Depart to Curtea de Arges through Bran and Campulung
- Visit Bran Medieval Castle. Brief stop at Campulung to visit Negru Voda Monastery.

PM
- Arrival and lunch at Curtea de Arges
- Visit Curtea de Arges Monastery with Manole's Well
- Depart for Olanesti through Horezu. Visit to Horezu Monastery and Hurez pottery workshop
- Arrival and accommodation at a 3 star hotel at Olanesti health resort
- Dinner
* Overnight at Olanesti
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Olanesti/ Sibiu.

AM
- Breakfast. Possibly walk to the miraculous water springs
- Visit to Ceausescu's former residence at Olanesti
- Visit to Cozia Monastery. View to magnificent Olt Gorges.

PM
- Lunch. Arrival and lodging at a 3 star hotel in Sibiu
- Walking tour old Sibiu including Baroque Brukenthal Palace and Museum (visit), Council Tower, Evangelical Church, Catholic Church, Orthodox Cathedral, Passage of Stairs, Lies' Bridge
- Dinner
* Overnight in Sibiu
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: Sibiu/ Sighisoara.

AM
- Breakfast. Visit Museum of icons painted on glass at Sibiel. Depart for Sighisoara. Stop and visit Biertan Fortified Church.

PM
- Lunch at Biertan. Arrival and accommodation at a 3 star hotel in Sighisoara
- Walking tour old citadel including Clock Tower (visit), Citadel Square, Monastery Church, Venetian House, House with Antlers, Dracula's Birthplace, Wooden Covered Stairway
- Lunch
* Overnight at Sighisoara
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 6: Sighisoara/ Cluj.

AM
- Breakfast. Depart for Cluj through Alba Iulia.
- Walking tour Alba Iulia including Museum of Unification, Orthodox Cathedral, St. Michael's Catholic Cathedral with tomb of Hunyadi princes, Bishop's Palace, Prince's Palace.

PM
- Lunch at Alba Iulia. Arrival and lodging at a 3 star hotel in Cluj
- Sightseeing tour Cluj-Napoca including St Michael's Roman-Catholic Church, Babes-Bolyai University, Tailors' Bastion, National Theatre and Opera, Orthodox Cathedral, King Mathias Corvinus' Mansion and Equestrian Statue.
- Return to hotel
- Dinner
* Overnight in Cluj
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 7: Cluj/ Sighetu Marmatiei.

AM
- Breakfast. Depart for Maramures through Baia Mare.
- Cross the Gutai Mountains through Gutai Pass (987 m)
- Stops at wooden churches, i.e. Desesti, Harnicesti, Sat Sugatag.

PM
- Arrival and lodging at a 3 star hotel at Sighetu Marmatiei. Late lunch
- Visit Maramures Ethnographic Museum
- Visit to Merry Cemetery at Sapânta
- Dinner
* Overnight at Sighetu Marmatiei
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 8: Sighetu Marmatiei/ Gura Humorului.

AM
- Breakfast. Depart for Bukovina through Iza Valley with stops at Barsana, Rozavlea and Bogdan Voda wooden churches.

PM
- Lunch at Borsa. Pass the Carpathians Mountains through Prislop Pass
- Arrival and lodging at Gura Humorului
- Dinner with folk show
* Overnight at Gura Humorului
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 9: Painted Monasteries Of Bukovina.

AM
- Breakfast. Visits to Moldovita and Sucevita Monasteries
- Stop at Marginea black pottery workshop

PM
- Lunch at Radauti
- Visits to Humor and Voronet Monasteries
- Arrival and accommodation at the same hotel
- Dinner
* Overnight at Gura Humorului
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 10: Gura Humorului/ Piatra Neamt.

AM
- Breakfast. Visits Neamt Monastery and Neamt Fortress at Targu Neamt.

PM
- Lunch at Targu Neamt
- Visit Agapia Convent
- Arrival and lodging at a 3 star hotel in Piatra Neamt
- Dinner
* Overnight in Piatra Neamt
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 11: Piatra Neamt/ Mahmudia.

AM
- Breakfast. Sightseeing tour Piatra Neamt including Church of St. John, Gothic Belltower and ruins of the Princely Court

PM
- Wine-tasting and visit of winery at Panciu. Lunch
- Arrival at Braila and cross the Danube River by ferry-boat
- Arrival and accommodation at a 3 star hotel at Mahmudia
- Dinner
* Overnight in Mahmudia
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 12:

AM
- Breakfast
- Trip along the Danube Delta's channels.

PM
- A fisherman's lunch
- Special dinner
- Dinner
Overnight in Mahmudia
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 13:

AM
- Breakfast
- Depart for Constanta
- Stop and visit ruins of Histria Greek Fort.

PM
- Arrival and accommodation at a 3 star hotel in Constanta. Lunch. Sightseeing tour Constanta (Archaeological Museum, Roman mosaic, Mosque, Casino, Aquarium and Genoese Lighthouse)
- Dinner
* Overnight in Constanta
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 14:

AM
- Breakfast. Free time for leisure at the sea side.

PM
- Lunch
- Departure for Bucharest. Arrival and accommodation at 3 star in Bucharest. Possibly Opera or Concert evening
- Dinner
* Overnight in Bucharest
* Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 15:

AM
- Breakfast. Transfer To Airport For Departure
Or
- Visit To Village Museum Or Mogosoaia Palace For Departure In The Afternoon;

Highlights:
- Peles Castle, former royal residence at Sinaia
- Black Church in Brasov, largest Gothic Church in South-Eastern Europe
- Bran Castle, relating to Dracula's legend
- Orthodox Monasteries in Muntenia and Oltenia
- Medieval towns in Transylvania: Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Cluj-Napoca
- Alba Iulia and Hapsburg architecture
- Biertan Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
- Wooden churches of Maramures
- Painted Monasteries of Bukovina (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
- Stephen the Great's medieval fortress at Neamt
- Wine-tasting at the old cellars of Panciu
- Wildlife in the Danube Delta
- Greek colonies B.C., Histria and Constanta
- Gems of folk Romanian art and creativity: Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Village Museum in Bucharest, old rural life and civilization of Romanian villages
- Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, second largest building in the world after the Pentagon in US.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price: 1555 Euro/person (250 Euro/person supplement single) in a double room at 3 star hotel, full board, local transportation, entrance fees, guide services.

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