Treasures of Transylvania & Bucovina
The tour starts in Bucharest, the 6th largest capital city of the European Union. Visit the town’s landmark, the Palace of the Parliament, which is the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon in the USA. Continue with fascinating Transylvania, its medieval towns, fairy-tale like castles and then with Bucovina, the famous region of the painted orthodox monasteries.
Bun venit in Romania (Welcome to Romania!) greets you the local guide at the International Airport Henri Coanda – Otopeni (OTP). Transfer to your central located hotel for check-in. In the afternoon starts the sightseeing tour in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. Bucharest is known as Little Paris of the East because of its wide boulevards, French-style buildings, many parks and gardens and, of course, because of the Arch of Triumph. En-route you will see the Unirii Square, the University Square, the Roman Square and the Victory Square. At the Constitution Square you can admire the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. At the end of the day, enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner together with an outstanding folklore performance.
This morning you travel towards Transylvania, the most famous region in Romania. You stop shortly at the Cozia Monastery, built in the 14th century, where you visit one of the most valuable monuments of medieval art and architecture in Romania. At noon you arrive in Sibiu, probably the most beautiful Transylvanian medieval town. Sibiu was settled by the German Saxons in the 12th century and preserved until nowadays its wonderful Old Town with colorful houses, large squares and lots of legends. Sibiu was chosen as European Cultural Capital City in 2007. You start the walking tour at the Large Square, where you can admire the Catholic Church and the Brukenthal Palace. Then you continue with the Small Square, the Liar’s Bridge and the Huet Square. Enjoy some time at leisure in the Old Town and explore the local shops, libraries, cafes and street performances. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast you head towards the small and idyllic Transylvanian village Biertan. Here you visit the largest fortified church of the almost 300 fortified churches built in Transylvania between the 15th and 16th century. Due its important historical and architectural value, the church of Biertan is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. At noon you arrive in Sighisoara, a small town founded by the Transylvanian Saxons in the 12th century. The medieval fortress with nine towers, cobbled streets, colorful houses is still inhabited and was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The walking tour starts with a visit at the Clock Tower, which is the landmark of Sighisoara. Then you can see the birthplace of count Dracula and the Church on the Hill. Transfer to Targu Mures and dinner at the hotel.
Discover today one of the most interesting towns in Transylvania – Targu Mures – a mix of Romanian, German and Hungarian cultures. During the city tour you can admire the city’s landmarks such as the Apollo Palace built in Baroque style, the Old Prefecture building from the 18th century, The Teleki Palace and the Orthodox Cathedral, which houses the largest painted area in an orthodox church in Romania. You travel then towards Bucovina, crossing the Carpathian Mountains over Tihuta Pass. Bucovina is famous for the painted monasteries built in the Middle Ages by mighty Romanian rulers. You visit one of the most representative Romanian orthodox monasteries, the Moldovita monastery. Dating back to the 16th century, the monastery from Moldovita, presents wonderful gold and deep blue paintings and large frescoes such as the Siege of Constantinople. Transfer to Suceava. Dinner at the hotel.
The tour of the painted monasteries continues today with the monastery from Sucevita. Built as a fortress at the end of the 16th century, Sucevita is the last of the 22 painted churches of Bucovina and has the largest number of painted images. Within the monastery you can find a museum with an outstanding collection of religious artifacts. The next stop will be made in Voronet, where you visit the most famous Romanian monastery. The Voronet monastery was built at the end of the 15th century by Stephan the Great and it is worldwide known as the Sistine Chapel of the East due to its stunning interior and exterior paintings featuring an intense blue color, known also as Voronet Blue. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Piatra Neamt. Check-in and dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy a scenic ride through the Moldavian countryside and then along the Bicaz Canyon with its spectacular road through the rocks. You make a short stop at the Red Lake, a very picturesque natural barrier lake. Your journey continues back to Transylvania, to the small village Prejmer, where you visit the Prejmer fortified church. Built by the Teutonic knights in the early 13th century, the fortified church was listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Inside the fortification one can find 272 rooms, one for each village family, a church completed in 1225 and a school. Transfer to Brasov. Check-in and dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, you drive to Bran, a small village near Brasov, where you visit the famous Dracula Castle. The castle was built at the end of the 14th century by the Transylvanian Saxons and has served as customs between Transylvania and Wallachia for many centuries. There are legends and stories that Dracula used to live here. The truth can be discovered only during the inside tour. For your safety the guide has prepared some magic garlic which has to be kept in your pocket during the tour. In the afternoon you visit the well preserved old town of Brasov, where you will get to know the historical and cultural attractions such as the Council Square, the Nicholas Church, the Black Church and the Brasov fortress. In the evening you are expected in a traditional restaurant with great local cuisine, folklore music and wine.
This morning you have the chance to visit one of the most beautiful castles in Europe: the Peles Castle. This masterpiece of German and new-Renaissance architecture was built at the end of the 19th century and served as summer residence for the royal family until 1947. The interiors are spectacular, presenting the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, valuable paintings and furniture. After the visit at the castle, you visit the Sinaia monastery. Transfer to the airport and farewell from the guide.