Day 1 Cluj-Napoca
Departure for Baia Mare, Maramures County’s Capital.
Panoramic city tour: Stefan’s Tower, old city Center.
We continue to Sapanta, via Negresti-Oas and Huta-Certeze. Huta-Certeze is probably the richest village in Romania, with impressive and beautiful houses, strong popular traditions. Arrival in Sapanta, where we visit the Merry Cemetery, unique in Europe. It is famous for its colorful tombstones with naive paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.
We continue to Barsana, via Sighetu Marmatiei. Arrival in Barsana. Visit of the impressive complex of Wooden Churches ‘Entrance of Virgin Mary in the Church’, probably the most exquisite wooden monastic complex in Romania.
Back to Gura Humorului.
Departure for Bicaz Gorges, Romania’s most spectacular gorges. Stop for pictures. We continue to Red Lake, Romania’s only natural dam lake. Stop for pictures.
Departure for Sighisoara, the Pearl of Transylvania.
Arrival in Sighisoara, also connected to the Legend of Dracula. Sighisoara is the only medieval citadel in Europe, entirely and continuously inhabited, since its construction! Vlad Tepes was born in this beautiful city in 1431, in the house Casa Vlad Dracul. Vlad Tepes was a strong defender of Christianity, defeating many times the Ottoman Empire. Sighisoara is the only medieval citadel in Europe, entirely inhabited, inscribed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Walking tour to see famous places and monuments such as the Clock Tower, Vlad Dracul House (15th century; in this house was born Vlad Tepes in 1431), Venitian House, Stag House, Scholar's Stairs and the Church on the Hill, the third largest Catholic church in Romania (after the Black Church in Brasov and Saint Michael’s Church in Cluj-Napoca).
Departure to Sibiu, one of Romania’s most beautiful cities, former European Cultural Capital in 2007.
Sibiu walking city tour: Grande Square, Little Square, Huet Square, Evangelical Church, Romano-Catholic Cathedral, The Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary, Orthodox Cathedral, Bridge of Lies, Craftsmen’s Square, Goldsmith Square, City Hall, City Hall Tower, Brukenthal Museum.
Departure to Brasov, another beautiful Transylvanian city.
Brasov walking city tour: City Hall Square, City Hall, Rope Street (one of the narrowest streets in Europe), The Black Church, the icon monument of Brasov. This is the largest Catholic church in Romania and the largest one between Vienna and Istanbul, Gothic style architecture.
Departure for Europe’s “youngest” land: Danube Delta, reaching Ploiesti, crossing The Romanian Plain, then crossing Danube over Giurgeni-Vadu Oii Bridge. Arrival at Murighiol, on the right side of Danube. Disembarking from the coach and we embark on the boat.
Bucharest is another place connected to the Legend of Dracula. The legend says that Bucharest was founded by a shepherd called Bucur. Another Legend says Bucharest was founded by Mircea the Elder, the ruling Prince of Wallachia at the end of 14th. But officially, it was Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia at that time, who signed the Act of Attestation of Bucharest, at September 21st 1459.
We will start the visit in Bucharest, on of Europe's largest cities, with a few of the most important landmarks Bucharest has to offer: the Palace of the Parliament, Constitution Square, University Square, Union Square and the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral, except for the Palace of the Parliament, panoramic views only.
We will continue exploring another part of Bucharest, with a panoramic city tour which takes us along the following route: The Arch of Triumph, Victory Square, Victoria Palace, Victory Avenue, Romanian Athenaeum (architectural masterpiece and the main concert hall for one of the most prestigious classical music festivals on Earth: George Enescu Festival) and the beautiful old quarter of the city, with a few stops for scenic photos, where possible.
Afternoon at leisure.
Price/person in double room: - 6-10 tourists small group - 1795 eur
Single room supplement: 475 eur
Period B supplement: 159 eur
Tour leader free in double room, for each 15 paying tourists.
period A: March, April, May, June, September, October
period B: July, August
Price includes (in indicated hotels or similar):
• Accommodation with breakfast included for 11 nights in standard double or single rooms in:
Cluj-Napoca: 1 night;
Sighetu Marmatiei: 1 night;
Gura Humorului: 2 nights;
Sighisoara: 1 night;
Sibiu: 1 night;
Brasov: 1 night;
Uzlina: 2 nights;
Bucharest: 2 nights.
• Transportation with modern minibus or coach, according with size of the group;
• Meals as per program: Daily breakfast;
• 7 dinners, including: traditional dinner in Sighetu Marmatiei;
• Traditional dinner at „Crama Ileana” in Sibiu;
• Entrance fee for objectives included in the program for visits:
„Merry Cemetery” - Sapanta;
Wooden Monastic Complex Barsana;
Humor Monastery - Humor;
Voronet Monastery - Voronet;
Moldovita Monastery - Vatra Moldovitei;
Sucevita Monastery - Sucevita;
Neamt Medieval Citadel - Targu Neamt;
„Alba Carolina” Medieval Citadel - Alba Iulia;
Reunion Cathedral - Alba Iulia;
Catholica Cathedral - Alba Iulia;
Bran Castle - Bran;
Black Church - Brasov;
Peles Castle - Sinaia;
Parliament Palace - Bucharest;
• Steam train ride Viseu de Sus-Vaser Valley - Viseu de Sus;
• 8 hours boat excursion in Danube Delta;
airport-hotel in Cluj-Napoca;
hotel-airport in Bucharest;
• Transfers by boat:
• Entrance Danube Delta tax;
• All visits and excursions as per program;
• All activities as per program;
• English speaking guide during your whole trip in Romania;
• Porters at the hotels;
• All governments and local taxes;
• Full assistance from the moment of your arrival till your departure.
Price does not include:
• Any air tickets to and from Romania;
• Any meal which is not express mentioned as “included” above;
• The drinks, except the two traditional dinners, (in Sighetu Marmatiei and Sibiu) which will include the following drinks:
50 ml tuica/Romanian brandy;
½ l of wine;
½ l of water;
• Optional tours and activities;
• Tips for guide and driver;
• Personal expenses such as travel insurance;
• Personal expenses such as: telephone, fax, laundry, internet etc;
• All meals except those specified above, for each day;
• Camera and video camera fees in museums;
• Any visa fee if applicable;
• Travel insurance;
• Any cost element which is not express mentioned in the chapter “ Price includes”.