8 days / 7 nights

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

Tour ID: P1074

Day 1   
Arrive Bucharest - Romania

Transfer to your well-located, four-star, Bucharest hotel. 
Dinner at a traditional Romanian restaurant.
Overnight in Bucharest.
Day 1 in brief:
Distance traveled:  18 km (12 miles)
Approx. travel time:  35 -- 45 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: Bucharest landmarks, city-life. 

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:  300 km (190 miles)
Approx. travel time:  4 hours and 45 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: Byzantine architecture, historical buildings, Olt River Valley, Transylvania medieval town, rural Transylvania. 

Day 3   
--  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 (165 miles)
Approx. travel time:  4 hours and 30 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: rural Transylvania, medieval towns/ architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day 4   
--  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:  210 km (130 miles)
Approx. travel time:  3 hours and 45 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: rural Romania, Byzantine architecture - UNESCO World Heritage.

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:  410 km (260 miles)
Approx. travel time:  6 hours and 30 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: Carpathian Mts. vistas, rural Romania, Transylvania medieval town.

Day 6   
--  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 (60 miles)
Approx. travel time:  one hour and 35 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: medieval architecture/ walled church - UNESCO World Heritage, Bran (Count Dracula) castle.

Day 7
--  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:  185 km (115 miles)
Approx. travel time:  2 hours and 55 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: Carpathian Mts. vistas, German Neo-Rennaisance castle, one of the most beautiful in Europe, Bucharest landmarks and city-life.

Day 8
After breakfast,
transfer to Bucharest airport

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 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 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 11
Crisan/ Danube Delta -- Bucharest
Early departure to Bucharest Airport (6:30 am).
Estimated arrival time in Bucharest: 1 pm.

This, shared, tour is guaranteed to go from the first booking,
has no passenger minimum and will never cancel once a deposit is secured.

Romania Highlights tour accommodations:

Bucharest Novotel City Centre (or similar)

Popa Reghina Guesthouse

Coroana de Aur (or similar)

Gura Humorului
Bucovina Best Western (or similar)

Coroana Brasovulu(or a similar hotel in Poiana Brasov)

Danube Delta - three star hotel in Crisan or Sfantu Gheorghe



Romania Highlights 2019 Departure dates
April 28,  May 26,  June 9,  July 21,  August 11,  August 25  and September 15

598 Euros/ person sharing a double room
Single room supplement: 165 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 deposit.
Cancelations 10 days before tour departure: 100% deposit paid

~ 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

349 Euros/ person sharing a double room
Single room supplement: 48 Euros.

~ 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.


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