MEDIEVAL TRANSYLVANIA AND THE CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS

Description:

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
Cities: Bucharest, Sinaia, Brasov, Sighisoara, Bran, Sibiu, Bucharest.

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Romanian Athenaeum

Day 1. Airport – Bucharest

Departure to Bucharest, arrival at Otopeni airport, meeting with the guide and transfer to the hotel. On the way, there will be a panoramic tour of the Romanian capital, where we can see, among other places, the Free Press Square, the Triumphal Arch, the Victoria’s Square, the Revolution Square, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Cretulescu Church, the Constitution Square, the Union Square, the University Square and the Roman Square. Accommodation in a 4* or 5* hotel in Bucharest. We will have dinner at “Cercul militar” (“Military Circle”) restaurant, ralated with Steaua Bucharest Football Club, located in the historic center, a beautifull place with very nice rooms.

Day 2. Bucharest – City tour

We will start with a full breakfast and we will dedicate the whole morning to discover the city of Bucharest, continuing the panoramic tour of the capital of Romania, called “The Little Paris of Europe”, with the Cismigiu Park, the Romanian Opera, the Cotroceni Palace, the Military Academy. We continue with the visit of the Parliament Palace, which is a spectacular building, the second largest in the world after the USA Pentagon. with an area of 315,000 m², of which more than 250,000 m² exceed 84 meters in height and 25 meters in depth.

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Palace of the Parliament

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Jaristea Restaurant

The materials used were: walnut, cherry, oak, Carrara marble, curtains embroidered with gold and silver, 5 cm thick carpets, lamps from bronze, aluminium and crystal, 2800 chandeliers, etc.. We are also going to visit the Orthodox Cathedral, which was founded in 1656 by Prince Constantin Serban. Inside are exhibited several paintings, frescoes, the iconostasis and the relics of St. Dimitrie the New Basarabov. At the time of lunch, we will go to the famous restaurant “Jaristea”, where celebrities like Francis Ford Coppola and others went there and served a great meal. Afternoon free to enjoy the wonderful old center of Bucharest.

Welcome dinner in the prestigious restaurant “Caru’ cu bere”, built in 1878 in German Gothic style that was once a brewery, the site of many meetings of great personalities of literary and artistic life. In front is the Stavropoleos Church, a true jewel of Orthodox architecture, built in 1724. After dinner, you can stroll through this old part of the city, where there are many bars and terraces. In this old town there are also the ruins of the Old Court of the 15th century, which was built during the time of Prince Vlad Tepes – The Impaler (Dracula). Accommodation in the same 4* or 5* hotel / Bucharest.

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Caru’ cu Bere

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Peles Castle

Day 3. Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov

After the breakfast buffet in the hotel, at the scheduled time we will go to Sinaia mountain resort, surnamed for its beauty the “The Pearl of The Carpathians”, where we visit the Monastery of Sinaia, built by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino, following a visit to the Holy Land at Mount Sinai. This monastery is also known as the Cathedral of the Carpathians, being the first construction in the area and is based on the model of the Church of Santa Catalina. We continue with the visit of the wonderful Peles Castle, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, a masterpiece of German neo-Renaissance architecture, commissioned by the first King of Romania – Carol I, member of the Hohenzollern family of Zigmaringen of Germany. We will have lunch in the restaurant of the Palace 4* hotel, an aristocratic building from 1911.

In the afternoon, crossing the Carpathians, we arrive in Brasov, the most touristic city in Romania, located in the center of the country, border point of the three historical regions of Romania: Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania, at an altitude of 500 meters. We make a panoramic visit of the beautiful city of Brasov, with the Old Town, Schei district, Schei Gate, Synagogue and the Black Church, the most important Gothic monument of Transylvania. Accommodation in a 4* or 5* hotel in Brasov. We will have dinner at “Cerbul Carpatin” (“Carpathian Deer”), a restaurant with traditional Romanian dances and also with a famous wine cellar, where you can taste famous Romanian wines.

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Brasov City

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Sighisoara City

Day 4. Brasov – Sighisoara – Brasov

After the buffet breakfast at the hotel, we head towards Sighisoara, the only habited medieval citadel in Europe, UNESCO heritage and the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, the prince of Wallachia, who inspired the figure of Dracula in Bram Stoker’s novel. We visit the Clock Tower that houses the Museum of History of the city, the Hall of Medieval Weapons and the Chamber of Torture. After lunch in Sighisoara, in the afternoon, we will return to Brasov, where we will have time for a short break before dinner at the famous “Sura Dacilor” (“Dacian’s Barn”) restaurant, where customers will have the opportunity to listen to traditional folk songs, interpreted with typical Romanian instruments and eat venison (bear, boar and deer). This restaurant is located 13 km from Brasov, at 1000 meters altitude in Poiana Brasov, the most famous ski resort in Romania. Accommodation in the same hotel of 4* or 5*.

Day 5. Brasov – Bran – Brasov

After the breakfast buffet at the hotel, we will take a guided tour through the center of the picturesque town of Brasov. Enter the majestic Black Church, emblematic building of Brasov. It is the largest Gothic religious monument in the whole country. After this visit, we will go to the town of Bran, where we will visit the castle with the same name, also known as the Castle of Dracula, which rises between the former border of the principality of Transylvania and that of Wallachia. After lunch at the famous restaurant “Popasul Reginei” (“Queen’s Halt”) we return to Brasov and the afternoon will be free to get to know this beautiful city thoroughly. We will go to dinner at the restaurant-fortress “Cetate”, where we will be greeted with a horn bug and the doors will open if we know the secret words that give access to the fortress. We will listen to the classical music of the local philharmonic and the singers of the Opera from Brasov. Accommodation in the same hotel of 4* or 5*.

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Bran Castle (Dracula)

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Sibiu

Day 6. Brasov – Sibiu – Brasov

Breakfast at the hotel. We head towards Sibiu, which was the European Cultural Capital in 2007. We start with the visit of this beautiful city, with its medieval architecture. Strolling through Sibiu, you can see the houses with their beautiful facades, their old wooden doors and windows with multicolored sills. We will visit the Big Square (ro: Piata Mare) and the Small Square (ro: Piata Mica), the Evangelical Cathedral, the Orthodox Cathedral, as well as the Liars’ Bridge and the Brukental Museum that houses one of the largest art galleries in the country. Lunch at the restaurant of “Imparatul Romanilor” (“Romans’ Emperor”) hotel, located on the pedestrian street of Sibiu. Free time to walk through the historic center of the city. Departure to Brasov, at the same 4* or 5* hotel, where we also have dinner with cabaret program.

Day 7. Brasov – Bucarest

We start the day with a tasty breakfast buffet at the hotel and then, at the scheduled time, we move back to Bucharest. Lunch at the famous restaurant “Hanul Berarilor” (“Brewer’s Inn”). Free afternoon to go shopping (linens, glassware, icons, Gerovital). Farewell dinner at the restaurant “Pescarus” (Seagull), located on the shores of Herastrau Lake, one of the green lungs of the capital, where there will be a show with typical dances from each region of the country. Accommodation at 4* or 5* hotel in Bucharest.

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Hanul Berarilor

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The Triumphal Arch

Day 8. Bucharest – Airport

Breakfast. Shuttle transport to Otopeni Airport (Henri Coandă Airport) to fly to another destination or to the home country. End of our tourist services.

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