Romania Grand Tour
Enjoy this 12 days tour and discover Romania as you have never experienced before. Travel from Bucharest to famous Transylvania with its legends, fairy tale like landscapes, idyllic villages and friendly people. Learn more about the still unknown region of Maramures with its unique Merry Cemetery and wooden churches and explore the untouched Danube Delta.
“Welcome to Bucharest, “The Little Paris of the East” greets you the Romanian guide in the airport Otopeni. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of one the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in Europe which is also the 6th largest capital city in the European Union. You will have the chance to admire the University Square, the Roman Square, the Constitution Square with the Palace of Parliament (the second largest administrative building in the World after the Pentagon) and the Victory Square with the Victory Palace. You will pass by the Arch of Triumph, driving on the Kissellef Street which is known as “The Romanian Champs Elysees”. Welcome dinner at local restaurant from the Old Town.
Today you travel across the Carpathian Mountains towards North along the Olt Valley to Sibiu. On the way you visit the beautiful cathedral of Curtea de Arges, built in the 16th century. Later, you visit the Cozia Monastery, one of the oldest and most valuable monuments of medieval art in Romania. Continue your scenic ride to Sibiu, one of the best preserved medieval towns of Transylvania. Dinner at the hotel.
The walking tour in Sibiu includes the Grand Square and the Small Square, the Huet Square, the Liar’s Bridge and the Evangelical Church. Admire the outstanding Museum of Brukenthal – the first Romanian Art Museum. After some free time at leisure in Sibiu, experience a delicious traditional dinner in an old family house from Sibiel, with homemade brandy and wine.
From Sibiu you drive to Hunedoara where you visit the Hunyadi Castle – one of the most important Gothic architecture monument in Romania and unique in Eastern Europe. Continue via the town of Alba Iulia where you can visit the biggest Vauban-fortress in Eastern Europe with its outstanding cathedrals, the Catholic Cathedral and the Orthodox Cathedral. Your destination for today is Cluj Napoca,“the heart of Transylvania”, a multicultural and cosmopolitan town. Dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy a city tour including Cluj Napoca’s most interesting sites, such as the Saint Michael’s Church – built in the 14th century in a Gothic style, the Memorial Matthias Corvinus House – the oldest building in Cluj, Matei Corvin’s Statue and St. Peter’s Church. Then, you travel to Baia Mare, known for its mining history and well-preserved medieval Old Town. In the afternoon you make a stop in Sapanta, where you visit the unique Merry Cemetery, famous for its colorful tombstones with naive paintings that represent scenes from the life of the deceased. In the evening you arrive to Sighetul Marmatiei and enjoy a traditional dinner at the hotel.
The Maramures region is famous for its well preserved traditions, wooden churches, idyllic villages and friendly people. Visit this morning this morning two of the most interesting highlights of Maramures: the Barsana Monastery and the Bogdan Voda Monastery. Travel along the Iza Valley towards the famous Bucovina region and visit the Moldovita Monastery, located on the banks of the Moldovita River and which was built at the beginning of the 15th century by Alexander the Kind. The exterior paintings of the monastery are some of the best preserved of all the churches in Bucovina. Drive to Suceava and dinner at the Hotel.
Visit this morning the famous Voronet Monastery, known as “The Sistine Chapel of the East”. The exterior frescoes feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as “Voronet Blue”. Your next stop will be the Humor Monastery, which is one of the most fascinating Moldavian architectural masterpieces. After a scenic drive you arrive in Neamt, where you visit the monastery from the 14th century, known as “The Jerusalem of the Romanian Orthodoxy”. The monastery has an impressive collection of old books that number over 18,000 volumes and a valuable museum. Drive to Piatra Neamt and dinner at the hotel.
Discover this morning the Praid Saline, one of the biggest salt mines in Europe. Having an elliptical shape, the deposit has the diameter of 1,2-1,4 km and the depth of 2.700 meters. Drive to the so called “city of roses”, Targu Mures, the center of the Hungarian minority in Romania. Visit the Roses Alley where you can see the Cultural Palace and the Orthodox Cathedral. After some time at leisure, continue towards Sighisoara and enjoy the dinner at the hotel.
This morning you start to visit this medieval fortress. The city is also known as the home town of Count Dracula. Here you can visit the Clock Tower, which is the landmark of Sighisoara, the Torture Museum, the house where Dracula was born and the Church on the Hill. The tour continues with the village Bran, located in the southern Transylvania. Here you will visit the famous Dracula’s Castle built by the Transylvanian Saxons in the 14th century. Enjoy in the afternoon a walking tour in Brasov and discover the medieval atmosphere of the Council Square with the most important landmarks: The Old City Hall, the Orthodox Church and the Black Church. Dinner at the hotel.
The trip continues right after breakfast with the elegant alpine resort of Sinaia and its beautiful Peles Castle – a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many as one of the most stunning castles in Europe. The castle served as the summer residence for the Royal Family and its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art and crystal chandeliers. Scenic coach ride towards Tulcea and dinner at the hotel.
Embark this morning on the excursion ship which will take you in the heart of Europe’s best preserved natural habitat. The Danube Delta is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1990, being one of the wildest areas of Europe. It is the sanctuary for more than 300 species of birds, being the major migration hub for thousands of birds heading from and to Mongolia, Siberia, India, Africa and China. Learn more about the formation of the Danube Delta and about the many bird and fish species living here. Enjoy the nature and observe the cormorants, the egrets, swans or pelicans around your ship. The lunch will be served onboard the ship. In the afternoon return to your hotel in Tulcea and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy a scenic drive towards the International Airport Otopeni, where you say good-bye to your local guide.