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Cultural Treasures of Romania

An Escorted Tour of Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina

  • 14 September 2018
  • Bran Castle

Join us for a comprehensive escorted tour through central and north east Romania. Travelling amongst the plains and slopes of the Carpathian Mountains, this unique itinerary is one of contrasts, from stunning architecture to picturesque villages and an intriguing history which will be brought to life by excellent local guides.

Our journey begins in Transylvania, a land of forests, lakes, castles and stunning Medieval towns. We will explore some restored Saxon villages and towns, many on the UNESCO Heritage List, visit fairytale castles and travel across the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, the landscape for the setting of Bram Stocker’s “Dracula”. We will also visit the fascinating and unique painted monasteries of Bucovina; their fine exterior and interior frescoes have been preserved since Medieval times. Highlights of our tour are endless, and this promises to be a unique journey through regions relatively untouched by mass tourism. We will stay in the best available hotels in the region.

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  • Our View

    "Tucked away in the heart of Central Europe is one of the most fascinating places on the European continent, Transylvania. Comprised of seven Medieval feudal states and surrounded on three sides by the Carpathian Mountains, this region was made famous by writers such as Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, the authors of Dracula and Frankenstein respectively. Prince Charles was so enamoured with Transylvania that he recently purchased a series of typical Saxon houses and even joked about being a descendant of Vlad the Impaler. During our tour we visit the magnificently painted monastery churches of Bucovina that are breathtaking in their beauty and see examples of the most beautiful Easter Eggs unique to the Carpathians. Here the eggs are batiked, a process of making the design in bee’s wax and then dipping and soaking the egg in successive colours. When the wax is removed at the end, intricately designed and spectacularly coloured eggs appear. We have chosen May and September as the ideal months to visit the region as it is the period when fruit and vegetables are ready for harvesting. Temperatures will be pleasant for exploration and we benefit from enjoying Romanian fresh produce at its best. Regional specialities such as stuffed vegetables, grilled meats and fresh salads will only enhance the enjoyment of the trip as will the knowledge and warmth of the excellent local guides who will be showing us the cultural treasures of their homeland."

     Alexia Williams, Product Manager

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Romania - Your accommodation

Romania - Your accommodation

We will stay in the best available hotels in the region.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Sibiu.

Fly by indirect scheduled flight. On arrival, transfer to the Best Western Silva Sibiu hotel for a two night stay. This evening enjoy a welcome drink and dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 - Sibiu.

This morning we will explore the city of Sibiu, one of the seven walled cities founded by the Saxons. We will take a drive around the city, seeing such sights as Great Square, Small Square, Liars Bridge, the Orthodox Cathedral, the Brukenthal Museum and stop at the Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary, the most famous Gothic-style cathedral in Sibiu. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy some free time to explore the Old Town which retains the grandeur of its earlier days when rich and powerful guilds dominated regional trade. This afternoon we will visit Sibiel, stopping en route in Cristian to visit the old fortified church. Sibiel is a beautifully preserved village which maintains many age old traditions within its community. We will visit the local museum to see the rich collection of glass-painted icons and later we are all invited into a local home for a traditional dinner.

Day 3 - Biertan, Sighisoara & Targu Mures.

Today we continue to drive through the rich and fertile plateau of the Tarnave Rivers, stopping at the Transylvanian Saxon village of Biertan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Sighisoara, a perfectly intact 15th century gem with nine towers, narrow passageways and cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. Enjoy a guided stroll and lunch before we continue further through the heart of Transylvania to Targu Mures and check-in to the Hotel Privo or similar for an overnight stay.

Day 4 - Carpathian Mountains, Ciocanesti & Radauti.

After breakfast, take a drive through the scenic landscape of northern Transylvania, crossing the Carpathian Mountain range, the second longest in Europe. They provide the needed habitat for more than 6000 Carpathian Brown Bears and many other species that would otherwise be at risk of extinction. This is the route described by BramStocker in his novel “Dracula” as the fictional location of the Castle of Count Dracula. We will stop at Borgo Pass for lunch in Dracula’s Castle Restaurant and continue to the bucolic mountain village of Ciocanesti to visit the Painted Eggs Museum, and enjoy a demonstration of egg painting by the local artists. Continue to Radauti and check-in to the Gerald’s Hotel or similar for a two night stay. Enjoy wine tasting with our dinner this evening.

Day 5 - Painted Monasteries of Bucovina.

Today we have a full day tour to three of the most fascinating painted monasteries of Bucovina. The tour will begin with Voronet Monastery, the “Sistine Chapel of the East”. Here the frescoes inside and out are painted an intense ‘Voronet blue’ and even after 450 years, the paintings still look bright and fresh. Next we visit Moldovita Monastery, awarded the ‘Golden Apple’ trophy by the Federation of European Journalists. Have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to the largest and finest of the painted monasteries, the Sucevita Monastery. Here we see thousands of painted images on a background of emerald green. This evening we will enjoy dinner and a folklore performance at the hotel.

Day 6 - Radauti, Tarpesti & Piatra Neamt.

This morning we visit Agapia Monastery, built at the beginning of the 17th century. The interior of the main church has been fully redecorated by the great Romanian painter Nicolae Grigorescu. Our tour continues with a visit to the first private museum of Romania, located in the village of Tarpesti, followed by a traditional homemade lunch in a local home. Later we will transfer to Piatra Neamt and check-in to the Central Plaza Hotel or similar for an overnight stay and dinner.

Day 7 - Bicaz Gorges & Brasov.

After breakfast we drive back to Transylvania via the Bicaz Gorges, one of the Carpathian’s deepest gorges at over 300 metres and a spectacular site. Nearby is Red Lake (Lacu Rosu), so named because of the reddish alluvia deposited by the Red Creek. We visit Sumuleu – Ciuc Fransiscan Monastery, which is the most important pilgrimage location for Catholics of South Eastern Europe. Lunch will be taken at Miercurea Ciuc before we continue to Brasov for a three-night stay at the Aro Palace Hotel or similar.

Day 8 - Brasov.

We have a full day to explore Brasov. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films. Our city tour will include the Old Town Hall Square; the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Romania; Rope Street, the narrowest street in Europe at just four feet wide; Catherine's Gate, built in 1559 and the only original gate to have survived from medieval times; and the Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church. After lunch enjoy some free time or join the optional excursion to the Prejmer Fortified Church. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant, specialising in typical Romanian dishes.

Day 9 - Brasov.

Relax and enjoy another day in Brasov. Meals are under your own arrangements today.

Day 10 - Bran, Sinaia & Bucharest.

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 the myth created around Bram Stocker’s “Dracula”. Built on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212, the castle was first documented in an act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Brasov) the privilege of building the Citadel. We continue through the lush landscape of the Azuga-Busteni Mountains, often referred to as the ‘Romanian Alps’. We will stop at the Halewood Sparkling wine company in Azuga for a tour and tasting followed by lunch. This afternoon we visit Peles Castle in Sinaia, considered by many as the most beautiful castle in Europe. Continue to Bucharest and check-in to the Pullman Hotel for a two night stay.

Day 11 - Bucharest.

Today we discover Bucharest exploring the main sights of the city and seeing the boulevards with their decidedly French style. Visit the Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world at 3.77 million square feet. This gargantuan construction is Ceausescu’s most infamous creation, and makes for a fascination tour (please note closure at short notice is possible if unannounced official functions are taking place). After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy some time at leisure. This evening we will have our farewell dinner.

Day 12 - Bucharest to London.

After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport for the return scheduled flight to London.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
14 to 25 September 2018
Category Price
Twin £2495
Single £2895

Tour Reference Code: LAROMANIA

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 11 night’s hotel accommodation as detailed in the itinerary, all meals (with the exception of lunch and dinner on days 9 and 12), wine, beer and soft drinks with dinners, excursions as detailed, entrance fees, English-speaking guides, tour manager, gratuities, transfers, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, optional excursion on day 8.

NB. Itinerary and hotels quoted subject to change but accommodation will be of the same standard as hotels listed.

Romania - Your accommodation

We will stay in the best available hotels in the region.

 
  • Gerald Hotel, Radauti
  • Central Plaza Hotel,Piatra Neamt
  • Central Plaza Hotel restaurant, Piatra Neamt
  • Central Plaza Hotel Lobby, Piatra Neamt
  • Central Plaza Hotel,Piatra Neamt
  • Aro Palace Hotel, Aro
  • Aro Palace Hotel, Brasov
  • Aro Palace Hotel, Brasov
  • Hotel Privo, Targu Mures
    Hotel Privo, Targu Mures
  • Hotel Privo, Targu Mures
    Hotel Privo, Targu Mures
  • Best Western Silva

    Best Western Silva Hotel is situated in a corner of Sub Arini Park, only ten minutes away from the medieval city center. The hotel has 11 double rooms, 33 twin rooms, 2 junior suites and 5 suites. All the rooms offer a high level of comfort and are equipped with cable television, alarm clock, mini-bar, desk/work area, wireless internet access, direct telephone and a private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. Dining is available in two restaurants, Rubin with up to 300 seats and Cristal with 180 seats both serving international and Romanian cuisine. From spring to autumn dining is also available on the lovely hotel's terrace overlooking the park.

     

  • Hotel Privo, Targu Mures

    The Hotel privo  is located in a private and quiet area close to the city centre, The hotel features modern, minimalist rooms and apartments.

    Hotel guests enjoy free access to fitness equipment as bicycle and treadmill, Jacuzzi, Finnish Sauna, Infra Red Sauna and massage room. The restaurant features high-end international à la carte cusine. 

  • Gerald's Hotel Radauti, Radauti

    Gerald's Hotel Radauti was opened in 2007 in a beautiful location, right in the center of Radauti. The hotel has 99 twin rooms, including 10 junior suites all with a clean contemporary design, individual air conditioning, direct telephone, cable TV, free internet access, mini-bar, safe, security card system and a private bathroom with shower. Gerald's hotel restaurant & bar serves international and traditional Romanian cuisine.  During the summer a terrace is available.

     

  • Central Plaza Hotel

    Situated in the city center of Piatra Neamt, Central Plaza Hotel provides elegant rooms and interiors. All 155 rooms are comfortably furnished, offering free internet access, flat screen TV's, mini bar, telephone and private bathroom with shower and bathrobes. Guests can sample Romanian and International cuisine in the two restaurants of the hotel, Classic and Avantgarde and enjoy a drink at the bar.

     

  • Aro Palace Hotel

    Situated in the center of Brasov, facing the Central Park and the Medieval town, Aro Palace Hotel is the only 5* hotel in Brasov. The hotel offers a total of 312 rooms. . All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, international telephone, free internet, safe, minibar and private bathrooms with shower and bathrobes. Aro Palace hotel features a restaurant serving Romanian and European cuisine, a bar decorated with marble, wood and Art Deco elements and a bar on the top floor of the building, offering great views over Brasov's Medieval town. The Spa & Wellness Center features two swimming pools, a sauna, massage treatments and a well equipped gym.

     

  • Pullman Hotel, Bucharest

    Ideally located within the World Trade Center complex in the commercial center of the city, the 4-star Pullman Bucharest is only 5 minutes from downtown Bucharest and 15 minutes from the airport. The hotel offers 204 modern rooms, including 15 spacious suites. Perfect for leisure, we have a fully equipped fitness center and spa.

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  • Best Western Silva

    Best Western Silva Hotel is situated in a corner of Sub Arini Park, only ten minutes away from the medieval city center. The hotel has 11 double rooms, 33 twin rooms, 2 junior suites and 5 suites. All the rooms offer a high level of comfort and are equipped with cable television, alarm clock, mini-bar, desk/work area, wireless internet access, direct telephone and a private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. Dining is available in two restaurants, Rubin with up to 300 seats and Cristal with 180 seats both serving international and Romanian cuisine. From spring to autumn dining is also available on the lovely hotel's terrace overlooking the park.

     

  • Hotel Privo, Targu Mures

    The Hotel privo  is located in a private and quiet area close to the city centre, The hotel features modern, minimalist rooms and apartments.

    Hotel guests enjoy free access to fitness equipment as bicycle and treadmill, Jacuzzi, Finnish Sauna, Infra Red Sauna and massage room. The restaurant features high-end international à la carte cusine. 

  • Gerald's Hotel Radauti, Radauti

    Gerald's Hotel Radauti was opened in 2007 in a beautiful location, right in the center of Radauti. The hotel has 99 twin rooms, including 10 junior suites all with a clean contemporary design, individual air conditioning, direct telephone, cable TV, free internet access, mini-bar, safe, security card system and a private bathroom with shower. Gerald's hotel restaurant & bar serves international and traditional Romanian cuisine.  During the summer a terrace is available.

     

  • Central Plaza Hotel

    Situated in the city center of Piatra Neamt, Central Plaza Hotel provides elegant rooms and interiors. All 155 rooms are comfortably furnished, offering free internet access, flat screen TV's, mini bar, telephone and private bathroom with shower and bathrobes. Guests can sample Romanian and International cuisine in the two restaurants of the hotel, Classic and Avantgarde and enjoy a drink at the bar.

     

  • Aro Palace Hotel

    Situated in the center of Brasov, facing the Central Park and the Medieval town, Aro Palace Hotel is the only 5* hotel in Brasov. The hotel offers a total of 312 rooms. . All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, international telephone, free internet, safe, minibar and private bathrooms with shower and bathrobes. Aro Palace hotel features a restaurant serving Romanian and European cuisine, a bar decorated with marble, wood and Art Deco elements and a bar on the top floor of the building, offering great views over Brasov's Medieval town. The Spa & Wellness Center features two swimming pools, a sauna, massage treatments and a well equipped gym.

     

  • Pullman Hotel, Bucharest

    Ideally located within the World Trade Center complex in the commercial center of the city, the 4-star Pullman Bucharest is only 5 minutes from downtown Bucharest and 15 minutes from the airport. The hotel offers 204 modern rooms, including 15 spacious suites. Perfect for leisure, we have a fully equipped fitness center and spa.

Our View

"Tucked away in the heart of Central Europe is one of the most fascinating places on the European continent, Transylvania. Comprised of seven Medieval feudal states and surrounded on three sides by the Carpathian Mountains, this region was made famous by writers such as Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, the authors of Dracula and Frankenstein respectively. Prince Charles was so enamoured with Transylvania that he recently purchased a series of typical Saxon houses and even joked about being a descendant of Vlad the Impaler. During our tour we visit the magnificently painted monastery churches of Bucovina that are breathtaking in their beauty and see examples of the most beautiful Easter Eggs unique to the Carpathians. Here the eggs are batiked, a process of making the design in bee’s wax and then dipping and soaking the egg in successive colours. When the wax is removed at the end, intricately designed and spectacularly coloured eggs appear. We have chosen May and September as the ideal months to visit the region as it is the period when fruit and vegetables are ready for harvesting. Temperatures will be pleasant for exploration and we benefit from enjoying Romanian fresh produce at its best. Regional specialities such as stuffed vegetables, grilled meats and fresh salads will only enhance the enjoyment of the trip as will the knowledge and warmth of the excellent local guides who will be showing us the cultural treasures of their homeland."

 Alexia Williams, Product Manager

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