12 Days to see Cultural and Traditional Romania

Price: From 600 EUR

Duration: 9 nights/ 10 days

Why choose this: Romania still keeps the traditions and local habits. In this tour you will be able to observe the most interesting regions of our country. Stories, festivals, local food and outdoor activities gives a tourist special moments that he will never forget.

The offer includes: Transport + Hotel pick-up & drop-off + Half board menu + Entrance at Terror Tunnel in Bran + Horse riding or carriage ride.

 Price: From 830 EURO

Duration: 12 days 

The offer includes: Transport and transfers, a guide specialized in Italian, Stay in half board, Overnight stay for 11 nights, Ride in carriage, Tasting of traditional homemade desserts.

Why choose this offer: Offers the chance to discover the real Romania in 12 days, get in touch with the locals, experience their ancient traditions and culture and discover truly relaxing places.

Program:

Day 1. Arrival of Otopeni Airport from Italy; Transfer to Bucharest at the hotel, meeting with the guide and guided tour in the city based on the arrival time. Overnight Hotel city center 3/4 stars -20km

This first day we visit the Triumphal Arch, Victoriei Square, the Old Town, the Stavropoleos Monastery, the St. Anthony's Church, the Palace of Vlad the Impaler, Hanul lui Manuc Restaurant, the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, the Palace of the Parliament (from outside), Calea Victoriei, Revolution Square, the Roman Athenaeum, Royal Palace, the Central University Library and the former Communist Central Committee.

Welcome dinner and overnight at hotel in Bucharest.

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Day 2. Bucharest - Visit of the Monastery of Curtea de Arges - Visit of the Cozia Monastery - Valea Oltului (river) - Sibiu - Sibiel. Dinner and overnight stay Sibiel in Villa Agriturismo or Sibiu hotel 3/4 saddles -280 km

Departure for Curtea de Arges, a town with an ancient history that continues to live thanks to its buildings of the fourteenth century. the first visit is to the Monastery of Curtea de Arges, built on the orders of the Holy Prince Neagoe Basarab, in Byzantine style, between 1512 and 1517 and declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Surmounted by two spiral towers and a dome, the central body of the monastery is flanked by a second block surmounted in turn by a dome, higher and wider than the central one. Also worth a visit is the Princely Church of San Nicola, decorated with beautiful frescoes dating back to 1350. The monastery is famous above all for its legend (it is not clear ... what a legend ..) We then continue to discover the Valley of the river Olt (the fourth longest in the country) and the Cozia Monastery where, down the steps you can admire the river, and raising your eyes, you can admire the majesty of the Carpathian mountains.In the afternoon we arrive in Sibiu, a Transylvanian city designated a few years ago as a European cultural capital. Depending on the time you take a guided tour of the historic center in the afternoon or the morning of the following day. Among the most important places of tourist interest, you can admire the Bruckenthal Palace, a Baroque-style building, the Bridge of the Bugie, the Orthodox Christian Cathedral, seat of Transylvanian Mitropolia, the Saxon Cathedral, the Catholic Cathedral and the Council Tower.

Dinner and overnight stay in Sibiu or Sibiel on a farm.

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Day 4. Cluj - Allegra di Sapanta Cemetery - Sapanta Peri Monastery - Sighet (from the Museum of the Memory of the Victims of Communism). Accomodazone Agritourism Complex in Maramures. -150 km 

Located in the far north of Romania, on the border with Ukraine, the Maramures region preserves intact its ancestral traditions, in a fairytale setting where time seems to have stopped and where the peasants still work with instruments elsewhere disappeared.Inhabited by the descendants of the free Dacians, who gave a hard time to the Roman army, Maramures is an area known for its popular festivals, for the splendid costumes worn even today, for the architecture of the houses with the characteristic carved porticoes and churches with pointed roofs, built exclusively of wood.

Traditional dinner with local dishes and overnight in Agritourism Complex in Maramures.

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Day 5. Sighet - the Whirlpool - Wooden Churches of Maramures. Accomodation Agrituristico Complex in Maramures. -about 50 km

The fifth day we continue the visit of this characteristic region, visiting the wooden churches of Barsana (place of amazing beauty), Ieud (the oldest one, dating back to 1364) and Rozavlea, which are UNESCO monuments. Later we see a "valtoarea", a wooden mechanism built in the river to wash clothes, still used by farmers. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6. Maramures - Prislop Pass - Voronet - Gura Humorului (Bucovina). 3/4 star accommodation -150 km

In the morning departure to arrive in the famous Bucovina region, called the land of the monasteries or the country of the beech trees. Here are the typical frescoed churches of the north of Moldova,nowadays 7 of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Arbore, Humor, Moldovita, Rasca, Sucevita and Voronet. On this day we visit the Voronet Monastery, famous for its dominant blue color and for the fresco of the scene of the Last Judgment and the Dragomirna Monastery with the highest church in the village (42 meters). Dinner with homemade products and overnight stay in a tourist complex.

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Day 7. Bucovina - Moldovita - Sucevita - Museum of Eggs Lucia Condrea - Marginea. Accomodation 3/4 stars -100 km

  On the seventh day we visit two of Bucovina's painted monasteries. The Moldovita Monastery was erected by Prince Petru Rares, son of the Holy Prince Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare) in 1532 (painted in 1537 with the dominant yellow color). The fresco depicting the scene "The siege of Constantinople" is very famous.The Sucevita Monastery, on the other hand, was erected by the Movila brothers between 1582 and 1584. The church is the only one that preserves outdoor painting also in the northern part, where the famous "La Scala delle Virtù" fresco is found. The color that predominates is green.Later we will visit the International Museum of Painted Eggs and we will see a demonstration of manual ceramic work at Marginea. Dinner with homemade products and overnight in complex in Bucovina.

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Day 8. Bucovina - Targu Neamt - Agapia Monastery - Neamt Monastery - Piatra Neamt -130 km

Departure for the old medieval Neamt Fortress, built by the Holy Prince Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare) in Moldavia. Moldova or Moldova is a special land with many legends and stories about national heroes, struggles for territorial independence, etc. We will discover unique landscapes by visiting the Agapia and Neamt Monasteries. Dinner and overnight in Piatra Neamt.

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Day 9. Piatra Neamt - Bicaz gorges - Red Lake - Sighisoara. Overnight city center - 210 km

  Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Sighisoara. Passage of the Carpathian chain through the Bicaz gorge, the most famous canyon of the country, 10 km long, formed by mesozoic limestone rocks 300-400 m high, passing near the Red Lake, lake originated from the natural barrier of a mountain, in 1837 ;petrified pine trunks emerge from the water.In the afternoon you will reach the city of Sighisoara, crossing the heart of Transylvania. The city is known as "The Pearl of Transylvania". A window on medieval life, a romantic village made of narrow streets and typical houses of the time that make us retrace the history of a country rich in culture and traditions. We will see the Clock Tower, the house of the famous Vlad the Impaler, dating back to 1421, (which inspired the famous novel by Bram Stoker "Dracula"), and a characteristic staircase that leads to the most panoramic point of this village. Dinner and overnight stay in the city center.

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Day 10. Sighisoara - Viscri - Prejmer - Brasov. Accomodation Hotel 3 *** or 4 **** city center - 170 km 

   After breakfast visit to the Saxon village of Viscri or Weissekhirche (in Italian "the white church") included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, and appeared on the world map of traditional villages.How did Viscri become famous? This colony of Saxons was born in the twelfth century, when they were brought here by order of the King of Hungary to defend Transylvania against the invaders. Read more here.The tour continues, with the visit of the Prejmer Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage) and then we arrive in Brasov, one of the most beautiful multicultural cities of our country, also in Transylvania. We will visit the Council Square, the Council Tower, the Black Church, the Ecaterine Tower, the Black and White Tower and the ancient area of ​​the city called Schei, where the Romanians lived from long ago. Dinner and overnight in Brasov.

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Day 11. Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest. Accomodation city center -200 km

  After breakfast, visit Bran Castle, known as Dracula's Castle, after Bram Stocker created the legend of Count Dracula.In reality, the castle was built by the Saxons as a guard post to defend and control the trade route that connected the Transylvanian and Wallachia regions in the Middle Ages. The term Bran means "border". The place is linked to the legendary prince Vlad the Impaler who fought a series of fights in the area during the fifteenth century. In our country the castle is known as the summer residence of Queen Mary who came here often, far from court life in Bucharest.The tour continues with the visit of Peles Castle, summer residence of the royal families, one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. It was built on the order of Carol I, owes its particularity to the architectural style that combines various styles known in the world: Gothic, Baroque, traditional Romanian, art nouveau and others, so the castle could be considered a true proporia 'art.Continue to the monastery of Sinaia which is located in the forests of the Carpathian mountains, dating back to the end of the seventeenth century. The Romanian-style construction "brancovenesc" was made by the swordsman Mihai Cantacuzino in 1695. Arrival in Bucharest in the evening, dinner and overnight.

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Day 12. Bucharest - transfer to Otopeni airport. -20 km

                                                                                           Good return, Italy!

Rates for STANDARD services (hotels 3*) in double room:

For 18 persons group: approximately  830 EUR/person

For 8 persons:  910 EUR/person

For 6 persons: 1040 EUR/person

For 4 persons: 1290 EUR/person

For 2 persons: 1690 EUR/person

Single room supplement: 200 EUR/person

SUPERIOR service supplement (4*accommodation) 190 EUR/person/double

The experience includes:

  • Transfers based on flight times and transport by modern car / van / bus;
  • Specialized driver / guide who speaks the Italian language throughout the trip;
  • Overnight stay for 11 nights in 3 * / 4 * hotels / cottages with breakfast included;
  • Half board treatment (dinners in traditional restaurants or hotels, aqua and wine included);
  • Tastings of homemade desserts;
  • A carriage ride in nature;
  • Traveler fees;
  • Non-Stop Assistance SOCA TOUR Romania.

Which is extra:

  • Enterance fees to museums, other personal expenses, extra drinks, tips. For full board write to us.

LOW COST service discount (accommodation in holiday farms in tourist locations or apartments, without food):  330 EUR / person.

 

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The order of visits can be changed to the choice of guide or tourists, according to the opening or closing times, depending on weather conditions or time of year.

 Nota bene: We can adjust the itinerary according to your preferences, number of days passed in Romania, hobbies, age, number of persons, etc. 

 This tour in Romania gives the opportunity to better understand the culture of our country and to observe the beautiful landscapes of the most known counties , with the different characteristics which they have.

Keywords: Bucarest | Curtea de Arges Monastery | Liars Bridge in Sibiu | Salt Mine Turda | City Center of Cluj Napoca | Sighetu Marmatiei | Maramares landscapes | Barasana Church | Sucevita Monastery | Moldovita Monastery | Voronet Monastery | Bicaz Gorges | Sighisoara City Center | Viscri village | Black Church in Brasov | Bear Reservation | Bran Castle | Peles Castle