Romania & Moldova
Discover Romania and Moldavia, two countries with a common history, language and culture. This cultural tour covers the highlights of Romania and Moldavia. Meet the locals, enjoy traditional dishes and the homemade wine and brandy, visit the largest wine cellar in the world and visit some of the most famous castles in Eastern Europe!
Meet your local guide at the International Airport Otopeni. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Bucharest upon arrival. Bucharest is by far the largest Romanian city with more than 2 Million inhabitants. The Romanian capital city is young, dynamic and energetic, with an interesting combination of French and communist architecture. The city has been settled in the 15th century and served as princely residence for the famous Count Dracula. During the sightseeing tour you will discover the highlights such as the Palace of the Parliament, the Unification Square with the Patriarchal Church, the University Square, the Roman Square, the Victory Square, the Arch of Triumph and the Revolution Square. In the evening you are invited in one of the best local restaurants, where you will enjoy an outstanding folklore show.
Visit today the Palace of the Parliament, which is the largest administrative building in the World after the Pentagon building in the USA. This building impresses not only by its size but also by its luxurious interiors. After this visit enjoy some time at leisure in the Old Town. In the afternoon you drive along the breathtaking Olt Valley towards Transylvania. Dinner at the hotel in Sibiu.
Sibiu is probably the most beautiful town of Transylvania. Settled by the Germans back in the 12th century, the town preserves a wonderful medieval cobble stoned center with hundreds of historic monuments. Discover today the heart of Sibiu and its three interlocking squares: the Grand Square, the Small Square and the Huet Square. Visit the Brukenthal Museum at the Grand Square, which houses the finest art museum in Romania. Right next to it you will see the Catholic Church and the City Hall. The walking tour takes you further to the Liars’ Bridge, the first iron bridge in Transylvania, and to the Evangelical Church, the town’s landmark. The afternoon is reserved for a visit at the open air museum ASTRA, where you will learn more about the Romanian folk art. Afterwards you will go to the idyllic mountain village Sibiel. Enjoy an excursion by horse-drawn carriages and a delicious dinner with homemade wine and brandy at the locals from Sibiel.
This morning you head towards Alba Iulia, one of the most important historic towns of Romania. Here you will visit the largest Vauban Hapsburg fortress in Transylvania with the impressive Orthodox and Catholic Cathedrals. After some free time at leisure in the medieval fortress, you continue towards Cluj Napoca, the largest city of Transylvania. Take a stroll at the Unification Square together with your guide and discover the Catholic Church St. Michael and the equestrian statue of the Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus. The tour continues to Baia Mare. Dinner and overnight in Baia Mare.
The entire day is reserved for the famous region Maramures. Your first stop will be in Sighetul Marmatiei at The Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, which is housed in a former prison. Your tour guide takes you next to the small village Sapanta, where you will visit the so called “Merry Cemetery”. The wooden crosses are painted colorful with scenes from the life of the deceased. Your local host will serve you with homemade brandy. Continue next with a scenic drive along the Iza Valley towards Barsana, where you will visit the wooden church from the beginning of the 18th century. Transfer to Bistrita. Dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Enjoy this morning a scenic drive through the Eastern Carpathian Mountains towards Bucovina. Bucovina is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and for the painted orthodox monasteries. Today you will have the chance to visit two of the most representative monasteries of Romania. The first one you will find in the village of Voronet, where you will visit the so called “Sistine Chapel of the East”. The Voronet monastery was built in the 15th century and impresses by its beautiful frescoes and by its wonderful unique blue color. The next visit will be at the Neamt Monastery, built in the 15th century. In the late afternoon you arrive in Iasi. Dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Today you will discover the neighboring country Moldavia, which was once upon a time part of Romania. After a short drive you arrive in Chisinau, the capital city of Moldavia. The panoramic tour includes the National Palace, the Arch of Triumph and the Palace of the Parliament. Time at leisure in the Old Town. In the afternoon you head to Cricova, where you will visit the largest wine cellar in the world and where you will enjoy some of the best Moldavian wines. The winery Cricova was founded in 1952 and it is one of the few wineries which produce sparkling wine using the Champagne Method. The wine cellar houses an outstanding collection of wines with approx. 1.3 million bottles. Return to Iasi. Dinner at the hotel and overnight.
This morning, learn more about Iasi, the former capital of the Principality of Moldavia and for a short period the capital city of Romania. Iasi is known as the “Cultural Capital City of Romania” and it is one of the most important university towns of Eastern Europe. During the city tour you will discover the most representative landmarks such as the Cultural Palace, the Orthodox Church “Trei Ierarhi”, the Orthodox Cathedral, the City Hall and the University. Continue then to Brasov, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Eastern Europe. The guided tour in the almost 800 year Old Town includes a visit at the Black Church, the largest Gothic construction of its kind between Istanbul and Vienna. Inside the church you will find an impressive collection of Anatolian carpets. Dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Visit this morning the famous Dracula Castle in Bran. The castle was built by the Saxons from Brasov at the end of the 14th century and served as customs between Wallachia and Transylvania. The legend says that Dracula lived here. Afterwards you continue to Sighisoara, the medieval citadel, where Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula) took his first steps. The town was settled by the Saxons in the 13th century. This delightful town still preserves the medieval atmosphere, its 14th century wall, towers and bastions. Enjoy a pleasant walking tour inside the citadel, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and visit the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill and the birth house of Count Dracula. Return to Brasov. Dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Enjoy a scenic ride towards Sinaia, the finest alpine town in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains and once home of Romania’s first King, Carol I. Here is where you will find the Peles Castle, a superb royal residence built above acres of green meadows, deep inside the forest. Built in German Renaissance style, the Peles Castle is probably the most beautiful castle in Eastern Europe. Transfer to the airport in Bucharest and farewell from your local guide.