8 days in Romania with Transylvania, Maramures and Bucovina
Day 1. Arrival of Otopeni Airport. Transfer to Bucharest at the hotel, meeting with the guide and guided tour of the city based on the time of arrival. Overnight Hotel city center 4 stars Ambasador or Capitol -20km-
This first day we visit the Arc de Triomphe, Victoriei Square, the historic center, the Stavropoleos Monastery, the church of Saint Anthony, the Palace of Vlad the Impaler, Hanul lui Manuc Restaurant, the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, the Palace of Parliament (from the outside), Calea Victoriei, Revolution Square, the Roman University, the Royal Palace, the Central University Library and the former Communist Central Committee. Welcome dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bucharest.
Day 2. Bucharest - Visit of the Monastery of Curtea de Arges - Visit of the Cozia Monastery - Valea Oltului (Valley of the Olt river) - Sibiu - Sibiel. Dinner and overnight stay at Sibiel -280 km-
Departure for Curtea de Arges, a town with an ancient history that continues to live thanks to its 14th century buildings. 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. Topped by two spiral towers and a dome, the central body of the monastery is flanked by a second block surmounted by a dome, taller and wider than the central one.
The Princely Church of San Nicola is certainly worth a visit, decorated with beautiful frescoes dating back to 1350. The monastery is famous above all for its legend of Mastro Manole.
Then we continue to the discovery of the Valley of the Olt river (the fourth longest in the country) and of the Monastery of Cozia where, going down the stairs it is possible to admire the river, and looking up, you can admire the majesty of the Carpathian mountains.
In the afternoon we arrive in Sibiu, a city in Transylvania designated a few years ago as European cultural capital. Depending on the time of day, a guided tour of the historic center takes place in the afternoon or the morning of the following day. Among the most important places of tourist interest, one can admire the Bruckenthal Palace, Baroque style building, the Bridge of Lies, the Christian Orthodox Cathedral, home of the Transylvanian Mitropolia, the Saxon Cathedral, the Catholic Cathedral and the Council Tower .
Dinner and overnight stay in a top farmhouse in Sibiel, typical dinner.
Day 3. Sibiel - Sibiu - Alba Iulia - Cluj Napoca - Sighetul Marmatiei (Maramures)
Guided tour of the city of Sibiu, then departure for the old Roman fortified city Alba Iulia, the city of the crowning of King Ferdinand and Queen Maria in 1922. Then arrival in the largest city of Transylvania, Cluj Napoca. Late afternoon, arrival in Maramures. Located in the extreme north of Romania, on the border with Ukraine, the region of Maramures preserves its ancestral traditions intact, in a fairy-tale environment where time seems to have stopped and where farmers still work with tools that have disappeared elsewhere.
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 still worn today, for the architecture of the houses with the characteristic carved porches and churches with pointed roofs, built exclusively of wood. Visit of the Allegro Cemetery and the Sapanta Peri Monastery, based on the weather. Dinner and overnight stay 3/4 stars.
Day 4. Sighetul Marmatiei - Wooden churches of Maramures - Prislop Pass - Voronet - Gura Humorului (Bucovina). Accommodation in Bucovina, we choose the location based on the number of people -210 km-
On the fifth day we continue to visit this characteristic region, visiting the wooden churches of Barsana (a place of astonishing beauty), Ieud (the oldest, dating back to 1364) and Rozavlea, which are UNESCO monuments.
Later arrival in the famous Bucovina region, called the land of monasteries or the country of beeches. Here are the typical frescoed churches of northern Moldavia, nowadays 7 of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Arbore, Humor, Moldovita, Rasca, Sucevita and Voronet. On this day we visit the Monastery of Voronet, famous for its dominant blue color and for the fresco of the scene of the Last Judgment and the Monastery of Dragomirna with the highest church in the country (42 meters). Dinner and overnight stay in a 3/4 star top / hotel tourist complex.
Day 5. Bucovina - Moldovita - Sucevita - Museum of Eggs Lucia Condrea - Piatra Neamt. Piatra Neamt accommodation -130 km-
On the seventh day we visit two of the painted monasteries of Bucovina. The Monastery of Moldovita was built 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 Monastery of Sucevita, on the other hand, was built by the Movila brothers between 1582 and 1584. The church is the only one that preserves the external painting also in the northern part, where the famous fresco "La Scala delle Virtù" is located. The color that predominates is green. Later we will visit the International Museum of Painted Eggs and we will see a demonstration of ceramic handwork in Marginea.
Then in the evening arrival in Piatra neamt, old medieval Neamt Fortress, built by the Holy Prince Stephen the Great (Stefan cel Mare) in Moldova. Moldova or Moldavia is a particular land with many legends and stories about national heroes, struggles for territorial independence, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6. Piatra Neamt - The Bicaz Gorges - Red Lake - Sighisoara - Brasov. 3 or 4 star city center overnight stay
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Sighisoara. Passage of the Carpathian chain crossing the Bicaz Gorges, the most famous canyon in the country, 10 km long, formed by 300-400 m high Mesozoic limestone rocks, passing next to the Red Lake, a lake originated from the natural dam of a mountain, in 1837 ; from the water emerge the petrified trunks of the pines.
In the afternoon we 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 up 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 home 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.
Evening arrival in Brasov, one of the most beautiful multicultural cities of our country, always in Transylvania. We will visit the Council Square, the Council Tower, the Black Church, the Ecaterina Tower, the Black and White Tower and the ancient area of the city called Schei, where the Romanians lived from ancient times.
Day 7. Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest. City center accommodation - 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 Transylvania 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 struggles in the area during the fifteenth century. In our country the castle is known as the summer residence of Queen Maria who came here often, far from the court life in Bucharest.
The tour continues with a visit to Peles Castle, the summer residence of royal families, one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. It was built on the order of Carol I, owes its peculiarity 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 history lesson 'art.
Continue to the monastery of Sinaia which is located in the forests of the Carpathian mountains, dating from the late seventeenth century. The Romanian-style "brancovenesc" building was made by the swordsman Mihai Cantacuzino in 1695.
Arrival in Bucharest in the evening, dinner and overnight at Hotel Capitol / Ambasador / similar 4-star
Day 8. Bucharest - transfer to Otopeni airport with possibility to visit the Village Museum, based on flight time -20 km-
Rates STANDARD services (3 * hotels / farmhouses) in a double room:
For 18 people: around 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 services supplement (4 * overnight stay): 150 EUR / person / double
* To enjoy more of your trip to the castles and Transylvania, we suggest you choose the 2 or 3 day trip to Transylvania, an alternative to the 1 Day Tour to the castles. The distances between the places are ideal, the journey of 2/3 days is made without haste. For all the details, read here or here.
The experience includes:
- Transfers based on flight schedules and transportation by car / van or modern coaches;
- Specialized driver / guide who speaks english throughout the journey;
- Overnight stay for 7 nights in 3 * / 4 * Hotels / Guest Houses / Guest Houses with breakfast included;
- Half board (dinners in traditional restaurants or hotels, aqua included);
- Traveler fees.
- Non-Stop Assistance SOCA TOUR Romania;
Which is extra:
- Entrance fees to museums, other personal expenses, lunches, extra drinks, tips. For full board, write to us.
Reduction of LOW COST services (overnight stay in tourist farms or tourist apartments, without food): 210 EUR / person.
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The order of the visits can be changed to the choice of the guide or the tourists, based on the opening or closing times, depending on the weather conditions or the time of year.