8 days for a tour of Transylvania and painted Monasteries
DAY 1: BUCHAREST
Departure with flight from your country to Romania. Arrival at Bucharest airport hours and meeting with the accompanying guide for the whole tour. Transfer to a 3 * or 4 * hotel or similar. Dinner and overnight.
2nd DAY: BUCHAREST - SIBIU (270 KM)
After breakfast at the hotel departure for Sibiu. Stop in Cozia to visit the Cozia Monastery, from the 14th century. Known as one of the oldest historical and art complexes in Romania, the Cozia Monastery is located on the right bank of the river Olt. The elements of Byzantine architectural style are explicitly declared by the facades of the central church, in alternating bands of bricks and large blocks of stone. Continue to Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007. Lunch in a restaurant. Guided tour of the historical center of the city of Sibiu, European capital, known at the time for its fortification system considered the largest in Transilvana with over 7 km of walls which today are important vestiges. You can admire the Big Square with the particularity of the city: the roofs with "the eyes that follow you", the Little Square with the bridge of the Bugie and the imposing gothic style church of the XIV century, which preserves a particular fresco that represents Jesus in 7 different images. The church is also known for its organ, considered the largest in Romania, with 10,000 pipes. Dinner typical of the region, in Sibiel, near the farmers, with typical menu and drinks included. Overnight at the hotel or Agriturismo 3 * or 4 *.
3rd DAY: SIBIU - SIGHISOARA - TARGU MURES - BISTRITA (230 KM)
After breakfast at the hotel departure for Sighisoara. Stop in Biertan, a village founded by Saxon settlers in the 12th century and which was an important market and seat of the Lutheran bishop until the last century. Visit of the fortified church of Biertan, built at the highest point of the village, in the fourteenth century, as a Gothic-style hall basilica, surrounding it shortly after a wall. Today the church is part of the UNESCO Heritage.
Lunch in a restaurant on the way, arrival in Sighisoara, birthplace of the famous Vlad the Impaler, known to all as Count Dracula. Guided tour of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval citadel of Romania; the city is part of the Unesco World Heritage. It goes back largely to the century. XIV, when the building was hastily built after the Tatar destruction of 1241, nine of the fourteen original towers are preserved:tower of the smiths, tower of the shoemakers, butchers' tower, tower of the tailors, tower to those of the pellai, the ramai, etc. The most beautiful and well-known monument of the city is the Clock Tower which was built in the XIII-XIV centuries and until 1556 it was the seat of the city council.
Road to get to Bistrita. Short panoramic tour of the city of Targu Mures, renowned for its squares surrounded by beautiful buildings of the era of the Secession, including the most majestic: the Prefecture and the Palace of Culture. Arrival in Bistrita. Dinner and overnight at the 3 * or 4 * hotel in Bistrita.
4th DAY: BISTRITY - MONUMENTS OF BUCOVINA - GURA HUMORULUI OR RADAUTI (200 KM)
After breakfast at the hotel, departure for Bucovina, crossing the Tihuta Pass. Full afternoon dedicated to the guided tour of the Monasteries of Bucovina, registered in the Unesco world heritage.It will start from the important Voroneţ Monastery of 1488 and is considered the jewel of Bucovina for the famous cycle of external frescoes that decorate the church, the most famous of which is "the Last Judgment". Lunch in a restaurant on the way. In the afternoon visit of the Monastery of Moldoviţa of 1532, surrounded by fortifications and frescoed externally followed by the visit of the monastery of Suceviţa (1582-84) renowned for the important fresco "The ladder of heaven" and for its imposing boundary walls. Stop in Marginea, a village known for its archaeological finds of black ceramic dating back to the Bronze Age, now reproduced by hand in a local laboratory. Dinner and overnight at hotel / agritourism 3 * or 4 *
5th DAY: BUCOVINA - NEAMT PIATRA - BICAZ GORGES - MIUCUREA CIUC (350 KM)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Miercurea Ciuc. Passing the Carpati chain, crossing the Bicaz gorge, the most famous canon 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 for the scrambling of a monte, in 1837; petrified pine trunks emerge from the water. Lunch in a restaurant along the way (optional). In the afternoon you will reach the town of Miercurea Ciuc, crossing the heart of Transylvania. In the evening, a medieval surprise in the Miko fortress of Miercurea Ciuc. Visit of the Miko fortress which will open its doors with music and wine tasting, giving the opportunity to experience the true medieval charm of the Szekleri village. Dinner and overnight at the hotel;
6th DAY: MIUCUREA CIUC-BRASOV-BRAN-SINAIA (165 KM)
After breakfast at the hotel, departure for Brasov. Once in Brasov, visit one of the most fascinating medieval towns in Romania, during which you can admire the Schei District with the Sfantul Nicolae church, the first Romanian school (XV century), the Biserica Neagrã (black church), the Romania's largest church in Gothic style and the ancient fortifications of the city with the bastions of the guilds. Lunch in a restaurant along the way. In the afternoon visit of the Bran Castle, known as the Castle of Dracula, one of the most picturesque in Romania, built in the thirteenth century by the Teutich knight Teutonic and restored in later periods. Departure for Sinaia, called the Pearl of the Carpathians, the most famous mountain resort in Romania. Dinner and overnight in Sinaia at the hotel / Agriturismo 3 * or 4 *
7th DAY: SINAIA - BUCHAREST (150 KM)
After breakfast at the hotel visit Peles Castle, summer residence of King Charles I, where you can admire numerous statues, balustrades, vases, fountains, niches and mosaics. Continue to Bucharest and lunch in a restaurant. Full afternoon dedicated to the discovery of the Romanian capital, called "The Paris of the East", admiring its wide avenues, the glorious buildings "Bell 'Epoque", the Arc de Triomphe, the Romanian Athenaeum,the Piazza della Rivoluzione, the University Square, the "Curtea Domneasca" and visiting the Village Museum, the "Patriarch" (spiritual center of the Romanian Orthodox Church) and the Parliament Building, the second largest building in the world after the Washington Pentagon. Typical dinner at the "Pescarus" restaurant with drinks included and folklore show. Overnight stay in Bucharest at the 3 * or 4 * hotel
8th DAY: BUCHAREST (20KM)
Breakfast at the hotel. Panoramic tour of the Romanian capital with the Revolution Square and the University Square. Free lunch. Time available for shopping. Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Italy and end of our services.
Rates for STANDARD services (hotels / farms 3 *) in double room:
For 18 people: about 540 EUR / person
For 8 people: 650 EUR / person
For 6 people: 750 EUR / person
For 4 people: 850 EUR / person
For 2 people: 1050 EUR / person
Single room supplement: EUR 140
SUPERIOR service supplement (4 * accommodation): EUR 150 / person / double
The experience includes:
• Transfers based on flight time and transport by modern car / van / bus;
• Specialized driver / guide who speaks Italian language throughout the trip;
• Overnight stay for 7 nights in 3 * / 4 * hotels / cottages with breakfast included;
• Half board treatment (dinners in traditional restaurants or hotels, including water);
• Traveler fees.
• SOCA TOUR Romania Non-Stop Assistance;
Which is extra:
• Admissions to museums, other personal expenses, lunches, extra drinks, tips.
For full board, write to us.
LOW COST service discount (accommodation in holiday farms in tourist locations or apartments, without food): 210 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.