BUCHAREST AND BRASOV, THE GATEWAY TO TRANSYLVANIA.
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
Cities: Bucharest, Sinaia, Bran, Brasov, Bucharest.
Day 1. Airport – Bucharest
Departure for Bucharest, arrival at the Otopeni Airport, meeting with the guide and transportation to the hotel. On the way, we will take a sightseeing tour of the Romanian capital and we will be able to dwell upon, some of many, the Freedom of the Press Square, the Triumphal Arch, the Victory 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 an 4* or 5* hotel in Bucharest.
The welcome dinner will be served at the famous restaurant “Caru’ cu Bere” (“The Beer Wagon”), which was built in 1878 in gothic german style, which used to be a brewery and also the meeting place of lots of significant people in the area of literature and art. In front of it stands the Stavropoleos Church, a veritable jewel of the orthodox architecture, built in the year 1724. After the dinner, anyone who wishes it can remain in the historic center, which is filled with bars, terraces, and also the ruins of the Old Courtyard of the 15th century, which was built in the time of the voivode Vlad Ţepeş – Dracula.
Day 2. Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov
After we will have the complete buffet breakfast, we will dedicate the entire morning to discovering the city of Bucharest, continuing the sightseeing tour of the capital of Romania, also known as “The Small Paris of Europe”, with the Revolution Square, the Cişmigiu Park, the Romanian Opera House, the Cotroceni Palace, the Military Academy and the Constitution Square. We will then continue with the visit to the Palace of the Parliament, which is a spectacular building, second in size only to the Pentagon of the U.S., with an area of 315.000 m2, of which 250.000 m2 are over 84 meters high and 25 meters deep. The building materials consist of: walnut, cherry wood, oak, Carrara marble, curtains embroidered with gold and silver, 5 cm thick carpets, bronze, aluminum and crystal chandeliers, a total of 2800 chandeliers etc..
We will also visit the Orthodox Cathedral, built in 1656 by the ruler Constantin Şerban. Inside, it hosts several paintings, frescoes, the iconostasis and the remains of St. Dimitrie Basarabov, protector of Bucharest. For lunch, we will go to the famous restaurant “Jariştea”, and have a meal in the setting of the “Small Paris”, a place through which have passed numerous celebrities such as Francis Ford Coppola and several other celebrities. Afterwards, we will visit the Museum of the Village, an ethnographical outdoor museum which is set up like a small village, which contains rural settlements specific to each region.
In the afternoon we will leave for Brașov, through Sinaia, “The Pearl of The Carpathians”. We will continue towards Braşov, the most important tourist city in Romania, located in the center of the country, point of convergence of the borders of the three Romanian historic regions: Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania, located at an altitude of 500 meters. We will then take a tour of the beautiful city of Braşov, the old center, the Şchei Neighbourhood, the Şchei Gate, the Synagogue and the Black Church, the most important gothic monument in Transylvania. Accommodation at the 4* Ambient Hotel or 5* Aro Palace Hotel / Braşov. Dinner shall be served at the “Cerbul Carpatin”(Carpathian Deer) restaurant, where there are held traditional romanian dances and there is a famous wine cellar, where you can taste fine romanian wines.
Day 3. Brasov – Bucharest
After the buffet breakfast at the hotel, we will have a guided tour at the scheduled time, through the center of the picturesque city Brașov and we will visit the most important tourist sight, the majestic Black Church, a symbol of Brașov and the largest gothic religious monument in the whole country. We are heading for Bran, to visit the castle with the same name, also known as Dracula’s Castle, located on the former border of the Principalities of Transylvania and Wallachia. We will continue our journey to Sinaia, where we will visit the Sinaia Monastery, built by the ruler Mihai Cantacuzino, after visiting the Mount Sinai in the Holy Country.
We will have lunch at the restaurant of the 4* Palace Hotel, an aristocratic building constructed in the year 1911. In Sinaia, the Peleş Castle awaits, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, a masterpiece of architecture in the eclectic style, commissioned by the first king of Romania – Carol I, member of the Hohenzollern – Sigmaringen family of Germany. Farewell dinner with an folklore show and with the drinks included at the “Pescărușul” (Seagull) restaurant, located on the shore of the Herăstrău Lake, one of the green lungs of the romanian capital. Accommodation in a 4* or 5* hotel in Bucharest.