Highlights of Romania
The tour “Highlights of Romania” is a complex tour comprising the regions Transylvania, Bucovina and Maramures. In just 8 days one will get to see the highlights of Romania such as the Dracula Castle, the Peles Castle, the painted monasteries in Bucovina, the wooden church and Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, medieval towns in Transylvania (Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov) and much more!
Meet your local guide at the International Airport Otopeni. Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour in the beautiful capital city of Romania, starting from the Square of the Free Press and continuing downtown. See the Arch of Triumph from the 19th century, the Victory Palace, the Victory Avenue with its outstanding French architecture, the Revolution Square and the Royal Palace. Stop for a while at the Constitution Square and admire the largest building in Europe, the Palace of the Parliament, known as “House of the People” or “Ceausescu’s Palace”. Enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurant.
This morning travel to the Carpathian Mountains and visit the magnificent century-old Peles Castle. The castle was built at the end of the 19th century as summer residence of Romania’s longest-serving monarch, King Carol I. Crossing the Carpathian Mountains you will arrive in Transylvania. Visit in the mountain village Bran the stunning Dracula Castle from the 14th century. Discover the interesting history of the castle and learn more about Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes) and the Dracula legend. Transfer to Brasov and dinner at the hotel.
Brasov is situated in the heart of Romania since the 13th century, when the Teutonic Knights settled down the town “Corona”. Discover today the well-preserved old town with the medieval squares surrounded by small colorful houses and cobbled stone streets. Visit the Black Church with its impressive collection of Anatolian carpets. Then continue North, crossing the Eastern Carpathian Mountains into Bucovina. Dinner at the hotel.
Visit this morning the most famous monasteries of Bucovina, the Voronet Monastery and the Moldovita Monastery. Built in just three months and three weeks in the 15th century, Voronet is known as “The Sistine Chapel of the East”. Its dominant color is blue, a vibrant cerulean color created from lapis lazuli and other ingredients. The Moldovita Monastery was built in the 16th century as a fortification. Enjoy the explanations of one of the nuns, who will present you the frescoes “Siege of Constantinople” and “the Last Judgment” . Cross the Carpathian Mountains through the Prislop Pass (1416m) and arrive in Maramures, which is famous for its hand-built ancient wooden churches, traditional music and colorful costumes. Visit here the wooden church Bogdan Voda and then continue to Sighetul Marmatiei. Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast visit the unique “Merry Cemetery” from Sapanta. This place is famous for the colorfully painted wooden crosses that adorn the tombstones. Afterwards travel via Baia Mare to Cluj Napoca, the largest city of Transylvania. A guided tour in Cluj Napoca brings you to the Union Square, where you will visit the impressive Catholic Church St. Michael and where you will see the Statue of Hungarian King, Matthias Corvinus. Dinner at the hotel.
Today you head to Sighisoara, one of the few still inhabited medieval citadels in Europe. Enjoy a walking tour in the fairy tale like Old Town with cobblestones, 9 towers, artillery bastions and pretty houses. Entering the citadel you pass under the massive Clock Tower from the 13th century, and then you visit the birth house of count Dracula with wooden staircases which lead to the Lutheran Church on the top of the hill. Scenic drive through the country side of Transylvania towards Sibiu. Dinner at the hotel.
Visit today Transylvania’s cultural gem, Sibiu. The European Capital of Culture in 2007 is one of the first German settlements in Transylvania dating back to 12th century. Here were established the country’s first hospital, school and pharmacy. The walking tour starts at the Grand Square, where you can see the City Hall, the Council Tower, the Catholic Church and visit the Brukenthal Museum. The guide will take you to the Small Square, to the Liar’s Bridge and to the Lutheran Church. Enjoy some time at leisure in the medieval town. In the evening drive to Sibiel, a small mountain village near Sibiu, where you visit the Museum of Icons on Glass and later enjoy a ride by horse drawn carriages and a traditional dinner at the locals. Return to Sibiu.
Transfer to the airport and farewell from the guide.