Transylvania and the Painted Monasteries – self drive

8 days

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Tour description

Discover the most beautiful sides of Romania during a wonderful cultural journey to Transylvania and Bucovina. The journey starts in the Romanian capital Bucharest and continues on to Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007, to the medieval towns and fortified churches founded by German colonists, among the world-famous painted Orthodox monasteries of Bucovina, including Voronet Monastery, the so-called Sistine Chapel of the East, to Brasov and to the breath-taking castles Peles and Dracula. Typical food, encounters with the locals, folklore and many authentic experiences are not be missed.


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Daily program

Welcome to Romania! Transfer to the hotel and Check-in.  Welcome dinner at the hotel.

In the morning, enjoy a city tour of Bucharest, where you will discover the highlights of the Romanian metropolis, such as the Arch of Triumph, the Victory Square, the Victory Palace, the Revolution Square and the Parliament Palace. Continue to Transylvania. You drive along the Olt Valley and make a stop in Cozia, where you will visit a medieval monastery. In the afternoon, take a walking tour in the famous town of Sibiu. See the Grand Square and Small Square, the Liar’s Bridge and the Evangelical Church. Traditional dinner with brandy and wine at the locals in the village of Sibiel.

Soon after breakfast drive to Medias, where you will visit the St. Margaret Church. Travel to Biertan, where you discover the fortified church, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Sighisoara, where you take a walk and find out more about the Watch Tower, the Church on the Hill and the Birth House of Dracula. Dinner at the hotel.

In the morning explore the Old Town of Targu Mures with its famous Rose Square, the Palace of Culture and the Orthodox Cathedral. Continue to Bistrita, where you will take a walking tour and then, cross the Carpathian Mountains and arrive in Bucovina. Dinner at the hotel.

Begin with a visit at the Moldovita Monastery, where you will enjoy a guided tour made by a nun. Shortly after that, continue your journey to the Sucevita Monastery. In the afternoon visit the Voronet Monastery from the 15-th century, which is known as the “Sistine Chapel of East”. Afterwards drive to Piatra Neamt. Dinner at the hotel.

In the morning continue your trip along the breathtaking landscapes of the Bicaz Gorge towards Transylvania. Around noon you will arrive at the fortified church Prejmer, which is UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon take a walking tour in the romantic Brasov, where you will visit the famous Black Church. Dinner at the hotel.

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In the morning you visit the Dracula Castle, which was built in the 14-th century as customs between Transylvania and Wallachia. Then continue your trip to Sinaia, one of the most beloved destinations of Romania, where you’ll visit the magnificent summer residence of the former Royal family, the Peles Castle. Afterwards drive to Bucharest. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Enjoy free time at leisure until your departure.

Highlights of the trip

  • The Romanian Capital, Bucharest
  • Fortified Churches: Biertan Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Painted Monasteries: Moldovita Monastery  (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Sucevita Monastery(UNESCO World Heritage Site), Voronet Monastery “The Sistine Chapel of the East” (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Medieval cities: Brasov- The Crown of Transylvania, Sibiu- The European Capital of Culture from 2007, and Sighisoara- city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Castles: Peles Castle, Bran Castle

Included services

  • 7 x overnights at 3*** or 4*** stars centrally located hotels
  • Half board (Breakfast buffet und 3-course menu dinner or dinner buffet)
  • Traditional dinner with brandy and wine at the locals in the village of Sibiel
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant in Bucharest incl. folklore show and wine
  • Professional guide during city tours in Bucharest, Sibiu, Sighisoara, and Brasov