8 days / 7 nights

Romania Highlights, guaranteed departure tour
and optional Danube Delta 'add-on'.

Tour ID: P1025

Day 1   
Arrive Bucharest - Romania

Transfer to your well-located, four-star, Bucharest hotel. 
Time at leisure.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Bucharest.
Day 1 in brief
Distance traveled: 18 km (12 miles)
Approx. travel time: 40 - 45 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: Bucharest landmarks / city-life.
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2   
Bucharest  -- 
Curtea de Arges  --  Sibiu
After breakfast, departure to Sibiu, via Curtea de Arges.
Stops/ visits:
~ Curtea de Arges/ Monastery Curtea de Arges,
a stunning place of worship and final resting place of Romania's royalties.
In the Middle-Ages, Curtea de Arges was the capital of Romania's southern historical province: Walachia.
Continue to Sibiu, one of the oldest towns in Transylvania founded by Saxon colonists.
Guided walking tour of Old Town Sibiu.
Continue to village Sibiel and visit the museum of Icons painted on glass (time permitting).
Dinner & overnight in rural Transylvania, at "Popa Reghina" guesthouse in Sibiel.
Day 2 in brief
Distance traveled: 295 km (185 miles)
Approx. travel time: 4 hours and 45 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: historical buildings, Byzantine monastery, medieval architecture, 
rural Walachia (southern Romania), Carpathian Mts. vistas.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3   
Sibiu 
--  Biertan  --  Sighisoara  --  Bistrita
Morning departure to Sighisoara - birthplace of prince Vlad Tepes (the Impaler). 
In mid-1400s Vlad ruled the historic province of Walachia (Southern Romania).
He is the historical figure who inspired the the novel "Dracula"
whose fictional character, Count Dracula, is quite popular on both sides of the Atlantic.
Stops/ visits:
~ Biertan / the fortified Church. 
~ Sighisoara - medieval citadel,  a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Walking tour and lunch at "House of Dracula" restaurant.
~ Targu Mures, walking tour in the city centre. 
This city is known for the original architectural style of its landmarks:
Palace of Culture, the Orthodox Church and Teleki-Bolyai Library.
Continue to Bistritaone of Transylvania's seven walled cities ("Siebenburgen").
Visit Bistrita's Gothic Cathedral (14th century) and the local Gothic-style houses ("sugalete").
Bistrita is the place where Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker's fictional character,
spent the night before reaching count Dracula's Castle.
Dinner and overnight in Bistrita at Coroana de Aur hotel.
After dinner, optional, night walking tour of Bistrita. 
Day 3 in brief
Distance traveled: 260 km (160 miles)
Approx. travel time: 4 hours and 30 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: historical buildings, medieval/ Saxon towns, rural Transylvania (central Romania).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4   
Bistrita 
--  Campulung Moldovenesc  --  Gura Humorului
Travel from Bistrita to Bucovina – the land of the unique "Painted Monasteries".
Stops/ visits:
~ Campulung Moldovenesc / Center for Art in Wood
(lunch in Campulung Moldovenesc), 
~ Monastery Moldovita – a fine example of Byzantine art
~ Vatra Moldovitei  / local artisan's Lucia Condrea workshop (painted eggs).
Vatra Moldovitei is also known for its distinctive traditional architecture
and the old narrow-gauge, steam, train "Hutulca".
~ Voronet / Voronet Monastery, also called "the Sistine Chapel of the East"
known world-wide for the unique nuance of blue of its frescoes.
Dinner and overnight in Gura Humorului. 
Day 4 in brief
Distance traveled: 165 km (105 miles)
Approx. travel time: 2 hours and 50 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: historical buildings, UNESCO World Heritage Byzantine architecture, 
rural Bucovina (NE Romania), Carpathian Mts. vistas.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5   
Gura Humorului
  --  Bicaz Gorges  --  Lacul Rosu  --  Brasov
Travel from Bucovina to Transylvania; discover more of rural Romania.
Stops/ visits: 
~ Village Tarpesti / workshop of local artisan Neculai Popa.
A few rooms of the artisan's residence are home to a colourful collection
of leather and fur masks and folk costumes. 
~ Monastery Agapia 
~ Lake Bicaz / Bicaz Gorges. 
~ Lacu Rosu (Red Lake) - lunch.
Overnight at Coroana Brasovului hotel in Brasov. 
Day 5 in brief
Distance traveled: 360 km (225 miles)
Approx. travel time: 5 hours and 55 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: historical buildings, medieval architecture, 
rural Moldavia (eastern Romania) and Transylvania, Carpathian Mts. vistas.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch 

Day 6   
Brasov 
--  Prejmer  --  Bran  --  Brasov
Half-day trip to Prejmer and Bran
Stops / visits:
~ Prejmer / the 13th Century, Evangelical, fortified, church, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 
~ Bran / Bran ("Dracula") Castle).
In 1922, Queen Maria of Romania made the castle her Royal residence.
Lunch in Bran
Return to Brasov, southern Transylvania's largest city
and home to the largest Gothic structure in Eastern Europe: the Black Church.
Brasov Old Town walking tour - time at leisure. 
Overnight in Brasov. 
Day 6 in brief
Distance traveled: 95 km (65 miles)
Approx. travel time: one hour and 45 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: historical buildings, medieval architecture, 
rural Transylvania (central Romania), Carpathian Mts. vistas.
Breakfast and Lunch 

Day 7
Brasov 
--  Sinaia  --  Bucharest
Travel from Brasov to Bucharest, crossing the southern Carpathian Mountains.
Stops / visits:
~ Sinaia / Peles Castle, one of the most spectacular in Europe,
(from 1880s to 1947 the summer residence of Romania's Royal family).
Continue to Bucharest.
After lunch in Bucharest,
panoramic tour of Romania's capital city Bucharest, 
home to over two-million inhabitants.
A unique mix of architectural styles defines the city of Bucharest. 
Visit the Palace of Parliament - the largest administrative building in Europe
and the second largest structure in the world.
Overnight in Bucharest.
Farewell dinner at "Caru cu Bere" (the Beer Wagon),
one of the most popular restaurants in town.
Day 7 in brief
Distance traveled: 195 km (115 miles)
Approx. travel time: 2 hours and 50 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: historical buildings, medieval architecture, 
rural Walachia (southern Romania), Carpathian Mts. vistas.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8
After breakfast,
transfer to Bucharest airport
Meals included: Breakfast

or
continue your visit to Romania
and begin the optional four-days / three-nights Danube Delta tour.

Bucharest -- Tulcea -- Crisan/ Sulina (Danube Delta)  
After breakfast, meet your guide and depart for the Danube Delta.
Stop/ Visit: Tulcea / Danube Delta Museum 
Continue, by boat, from Tulcea to Crisan.
Brief presentation of the Danube Delta.
Two-hour excursion - by small boat – in the Danube Delta. 
Dinner and overnight at a three-star hotel Crisan / Danube Delta.
Day 8 in brief
Distance traveled: 330 km (210 miles)
Approx. travel time: 4 hours and 30 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: rural Walachia (southern Romania).

Day 9
Crisan -- Letea -- Crisan
Danube Delta sightseeing cruise.
Discover Danube Delta's lakes, channels, marshes and wildlife and
visit Europe's northernmost sub-tropical forest: Letea.
Enjoy a traditional Fishermen's lunch in Crisan. 
Wildlife watching in the Danube Delta. 
Dinner and overnight in a three-star hotel in Crisan.
Day 9 in brief
Approx. cuising time: 5 hours 
Sights/ Activities: Danube Delta wild-life, marshes, lakes and canals,
Letea sub-tropical forest.

Day 10
Crisan -- Sulina -- Crisan
After breakfast,
depart to Sulina to visit Romania's easternmost town / small sea port,
its museum and the picturesque Sulina beach.
In the afternoon, explore the lakes surrounding Sulina.
Traditional farewell dinner featuring local fresh fish dishes.
Dinner and overnight in a three-star hotel in Crisan.
Day 10 in brief
Approx. cuising time: 4 hours 
Sights/ Activities: Danube Delta wild-life, marshes, lakes and canals,
town of Sulina (Romania's easternmost), confluence of Danube River and the Black Sea. 


Day 11
Crisan/ Danube Delta -- Bucharest
Early departure from Crisan to Bucharest Airport (6:30 am).
Estimated arrival time in Bucharest: 1 pm.
Day 11 in brief
Distance traveled: 330 km (210 miles)
Approx. travel time: 6 hours and 30 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: Danube Delta canals, rural Walachia (southern Romania).


This tour will depart on set (not flexible ) “guaranteed departure” dates
and cost stays the same no matter the number of travelers/ participants.

You will, most likely, be traveling by motor-coach
together with other English-speaking travelers, from all over the world.
If in the motor-coach there will be visitors that do not speak English 
your guide will also offer info in French or Spanish.

Hotel accommodations:

Bucharest
Mercure Unirii or Pullman or Bucharest Novotel City Centre 
(or similar)

Sibiel
Popa Reghina Guesthouse or Continental Forum - Sibiu

Bistrita
Coroana de Aur 
(or similar)

Gura Humorului or Suceava
Bucovina Best Western - Gura Humorului or Sonnenhof - Suceava
(or similar)

Brasov
Coroana Brasovului or Citrin (or a similar hotel in Poiana Brasov)

Danube Delta -
three star hotel in Crisan or Sfantu Gheorghe

 

 

Romania Highlights Tour 

2019
Departure dates: 
April 28,  May 26,  June 9,  July 21,  August 11 (fully-booked),  August 25  and September 15

2020 Departure dates:
April 5,  April 26,  May 24,  June 7,  June 21,  July 19,  August 16,  September 3,  October 4 

2019 Tours price: 
598 Euros/ person sharing a double room
Single room supplement: 165 Euros.

2020 Tours price: 
636 Euros/ person sharing a double room
804.50 Euros/ person in single room
(single room supplement: 168.50 Euros).

Reservation and Cancellation:
A 30% deposit is required to secure your hotel room/ motorcoach seat.
Balance (70%) is due 30 day before tour departure.
Free cancelation: 30 days before tour departure.
Cancelations 29 -11 days before tour departure: 50% of tour cost.
Cancelations 10 days before tour departure: 100% of tour cost.

Inclusions:
~ airport transfers,
~ domestic transportation with car, minibus or coach,
~ private guide or audio-guide,
~ seven-nights accommodation in three-star or four-star hotels,
~ breakfast every day,
~ lunch every day,
~ dinner on days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7,
(dinner in Brasov - days 5 and 6 - is not included),
~ attractions/ museums admission charge.

Danube Delta Visit 'add-on'

2019
Departure dates: 
May 5,  June 2,  June 16,  August 18,  September 1,  September 22

2020 Departure dates: 
May 3,  May 31,  June 14,  June 28,  July 26,  August 23,  September 13

2019 Danube Delta add-on Price: 
369 Euros/ person sharing a double room
Single room supplement: 71 Euros.

2020 Danube Delta add-on Price: 
495 Euros/ person sharing a double room
566,00 Euros / person - single room accommodations
(single room supplement: 71 Euros).

2020 total cost for Land tour (7 days) & Danube Delta add-on (4 days),
11 days / 10 nights
1.129,00 Euros / person sharing a double room
1.368,00 Euros / person - single room accommodations
(single supplement: 239,00 Euros)

Inclusions:
~ transportation with air-conditioned vehicle/ motorcoach 
(Bucharest -- Tulcea/ Danube Delta -- Bucharest)
~ English-speaking guide, 
~ three-nights' accommodations in Crisan or Sfantu Gheorghe (three-star hotel),
~ all meals,
~ three Danube Delta cruises,
~ Danube Delta museum admission charge,
~ Danube Delta biosphere visitation permit.
Not included:
~ (air) transportation from your home-country to Bucharest
~ personal expenses
~ meals or drinks, other than those indicated in the itinerary/ inclusions

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