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Wallachia - Cultural and Natural Heritage in Wallachia and Transylvania


8 days / 7 nights

from 950 eur/person

guaranteed departures

Cultural and Natural Heritage in Wallachia and Transylvania

Guaranteed departures for minimum 4 participants in 2019 / 2020

Day 1: arrival in Romania - Bucharest
Arrival at Bucharest International Airport.
Welcome by your English speaking guide.
Transfer and check-in at your hotel in Bucharest.
Accommodation in Bucharest.

Day 2: Bucharest - Sinaia - Brasov - B
We will start exploring Bucharest, the capital city of Romania.
The day begins with a panoramic city tour which take us along the following route: Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral, University Square, Revolution Square, Romanian Athenaeum (architectural masterpiece; the main concert hall for one of the most prestigious classical music festivals on Earth: George Enescu Festival) and Union Square.
We continue with Parliament Palace visit, the second largest building on Earth, after the Pentagon, built in the ‘80’s, one of Bucharest’s landmarks.
Departure to Sinaia, “The Pearl of Carpathians”.
Arrival in Sinaia.
Visit of Peles Castle, Romanian most beautiful castle, former Romanian Royal Family In Sinaia we will visit Peles Castle, Romania’s most beautiful castle, former Romanian Royal Family summer residence. Today a very rich museum, architectural masterpiece built in German style, between 1875 and 1914.
Departure to Brasov, in the historical region of Transylvania.
Arrival in Brasov.
Transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation in Brasov.

Day 3: Brasov - Bran - Sighisoara - B

Brasov short walking city tour visiting: City Hall, Council Square, Saint Nicholas Church, Franciscan Monastery, Brasov Fortress, Rope Street (one of the narrowest streets in Europe) and The Black Church considered the icon monument of Brasov.
The Black Church is the largest Catholic church in Romania and the largest one between Vienna and Istanbul, built in Gothic style it has one of the largest pipe organs in Romania and also a beautiful collection of oriental carpets.
Our journey continues to Bran, the location of another magnificent castle, the famous Dracula Castle.
Visit Bran Castle, which is listed among the most famous castles on Earth and connected to the Legend of Dracula is today one of Romania’s most prestigious tourist icons.
The first fortified construction at the site of Bran Castle dates from 1211. Throughout the centuries, the castle had many owners, including Queen Mary of Romania. Today, the owner is the Archduke Dominic of Habsburg. Among the most famous guests of the castle, was Vlad the Impaler (or Vlad Tepes, the legendary prince assimilated often with Dracula) in 1462, on his way to Visegrad, the place where he was incarcerated for 12 years.
Departure for Sighisoara.
Transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation in Sighisoara.

Day 4: Sighisoara - Malancrav - Sighisoara - B

We will discover Sighisoara, a genuine trip back in time to explore this exquisite medieval town. Narrow passageways, cobbled streets, burgher houses and the great local atmosphere, all contribute to an amazing experience.
Our walking tour will include: the Clock Tower, House of Vlad the Impaler (here was born in 1431, Vlad the Impaler / Vlad Tepes, the legendary prince assimilated often with Dracula), Stag House, Venetian House, School Street, Scholar's Stairs and the Church on the Hill.
This marvelous Medieval Citadel, listed as UNESCO World Heritage, remains the only medieval citadel in Europe, entirely and continuously inhabited, since its construction.
Afternoon visit of Malancrav village.
In this village (like in Viscri, Valea Zalanului or Breb), Prince Charles of Wales owns a house. His Majesty’s Foundation encourages local people to work using the traditional old ways, with local products.
Will visit some handicrafts shops.
Return to Sighisoara
Transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation in Sighisoara.

Day 5: Sighisoara - Biertan - Medias - Sibiu - B                  
Departure to Biertan, one of the most famous Saxon villages in Transylvania. It was the religious capital of the Transylvanian Saxons for almost 300 years, between 1572 and 1867. We will visit the local Fortified Church part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Departure to Medias, one of the seven „Sieben Burgen”: Medias (Mediasch), Brasov (Kronstadt), Sibiu (Hermannstadt), Cluj-Napoca (Klausenburg), Bistrita (Bistritz), Orastie (Grossau), Sighisoara (Schassburg) plus Reghin (Sachsisch Regen) and Sebes (Mullbach).
Medias short walking tour: Cathedral, Stephan Ludwig Roth College, Covered Stairs, Castle Square, Maria’s Tower.
Our journey continues to Sibiu, a former European Capital of Culture in 2007.
Visit of Astra Museum, one of the richest Ethnographical Museums in the world.
Transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation in Sibiu.

Day 6: Sibiu - Alba Iulia - Jidvei - Sibiu - B                  
Departure to Alba Iulia, where modern Romania’s Union took place in 1918.
We start the city tour in Alba Iulia visiting: the Reunification Cathedral, also called Coronation Cathedral, built between 1921 and 1922. This is the Cathedral, where on 15 October 1922, were crowned Ferdinand and Mary, as King and Queen of United Romania, called Great Romania. After that, we will visit the Catholic Cathedral of Alba Iulia, Princely Palace and Equestrian Statue of Michael the Brave.
We will then visit Alba Carolina, a medieval citadel, masterpiece of Vauban style.
We will complete the tour of the 3 gates and, if we will have chance, maybe we’ll be able to attend the changing of the guard.
At the end of the tour, we will visit the prison cell where the heroes of Horea, Closca and Crisan Revolt were incarcerated, in 1784.
Departure for Jidvei or Cetatea de Balta, famous Romanian vineyards in Tarnava Valley.
We will attend a wine tasting ceremony.
Return to Sibiu.
We’ll start exploring the city of Sibiu, with a walking tour: Large Square, Little Square, Huet Square, Evangelical Church, Catholic Cathedral, The Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary, Orthodox Cathedral, Bridge of Lies, Craftsmen’s Square, Goldsmith Square, City Hall, City Hall Tower and Bruckenthal Museum, outside visits only.
Transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation in Sibiu.

Day 7: Sibiu - via Olt Valley - Cozia Monastery / via Transfagarasan - Curtea de Arges - Bucharest - B, D    
Today our route ou have to choose between:
Period A: via Olt Valley - Cozia Monastery
Departing Sibiu, we will use the Olt river valley as our route back to Bucharest, crossing the Carpathian Mountains.
We discover Cozia Monastery, founded in 1388 by the Prince Mircea the Elder, the monastery is one of the oldest and most complex historical and art monuments in Romania. The Monastery, built in a classic Byzantine style, one of the most important Romanian Monasteries.
Period B: via Transfagarasan - Curtea de Arges
Departure to Curtea de Arges, via Transfagarasan, crossing the The Alps of Transylvania, at 2042 meters altitude, one of the most spectacular alpines routes in Europe.
Brief stop for pictures.
Before arriving to Curtea de Arges, we will pass Poienari Citadel, built by Prince Vlad Tepes, between 1456 and 1462, on a top of a mountain.
We arrive finally in Curtea de Arges, the first capital of Wallachia, until 1396, when the capital moved to Targoviste.
Visit of the Curtea de Arges Monastery, built between 1512 and 1517. Legend says that a local craftsman named Manole had to sacrifice his wife Ana, to complete the construction, building her in the walls of the monastery.
Curtea de Arges Monastery is here we have the tombs of several kings and queens of Romania: King Carol I and Queen Elizabeth, King Ferdinand and Queen Mary, King Carol II, Kind Michael I and Queen Anne.
Common program continues with departure to Bucharest.
Arrival in Bucharest.
Farewell dinner.
Accommodation in Bucharest.

Day 8: Bucharest - departure from Romania - B
Transfer to the airport, according with your flight schedule.
Departure from Bucharest International Airport.

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