Romania has one of the oldest wine traditions in all of Europe, dating back to ancient times before Greek civilization.Whether you travel in Romania along the coast of the Black Sea or in the Dobrogea Plateau near the Danube Delta region or in the Province of Moldova or along valley slopes of the scenic Carpathian Mountains , you’re in wine country. Today, on a list of the world’s “Top 12 Wine Producers”, in which France ranks number one and Italy is listed as number two, Romania ranks tenth (10th) among the world’s top wine producers by volume.
Duration: 8 nights/9 days
Price: from 915 Euro/person
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR:
- Bucharest- the capital of Romania -Little Paris of Eastern Europe;
- Murfatlar Vineyard- Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Muscat Ottonel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir
- Danube Delta boat trip- UNESCO Heritage Site
- Niculitel Vineyard- Aligote, Feteasca Regala and Tamaioasa Romaneasca,
- Odobesti Vineyard- Galbena de Odobesti, Plavaie, Feteasca Alba, and Feteasca Regala and Babeasca Neagra,
- Panciu Vineyard- the land of champagne,
- Cotnari Vineyard- Grasa de Cotnari, Francusa, Feteasca Alba,
- Sighisoara- the fortified city,
- Biertan fortified Church- UNESCO
- Jidvei Castle and winery
- Sibiu- European Capital of Culture in 2007,
- Horezu pottery- UNESCO Heritage Site
- Dragasani Vineyard- the Princely Family Stirbei.
Day 1: Bucharest
Welcome to Bucharest! The guide will first take you to your 4* hotel in the heart of the city. The hotel is an historical amazing location in the heart of Bucharest where you can feel the spirit of the people and the city. Take a panoramic city tour of Bucharest and discover the city’s eclectic mixture of architecture: the Revolution Square, Victory Avenue, the Romanian Athenaeum, the University Square and the Arch of Triumph. A more recent and long disputed attraction is the Parliament’s Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, built by the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. This first evening will be enriched by a traditional dinner with entertainment show in one of the famous Bucharest restaurants. Then you can take a walk in the Old Center of Bucharest, admire the architecture of the buildings and enjoy a glass of wine in one of the beautiful and cozy terraces in a Parisian atmosphere.
Day 2 Bucharest- Murfatlar- Enisala (320 km)
After breakfast get ready for a visit at the beautiful Murfatlar Winery, one of the best wine-makers in Romania and the country’s largest wine-producer, winning over 200 medals in contests around the world. Wine tasting program, lunch and visit to the Murfatlar vineyards–with total capacity of processing and storage over 350.000 hl wine/year, they are famous thanks to the joining of the valuable grape varieties: Riesling, Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Neagra, Muscat Ottonel, Babeasca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot with the modern equipment and technology, plus the professionalism of the specialists.
In the afternoon arrival at Enisala, the perfect gateway to Danube Delta. Dinner with winetasting in a 5* resort.
Day 3 Danube Delta
You will spend a full day in Danube Delta, experiencing a boat exploring of the channels in the places untouched by mass tourism, enjoying angler’s village’s unique landscapes, having a rustic but rich lunch at the angler’s hut hidden in the middle of Danube Delta. You will visit the lagoon complex and enter the labyrinth of channels in search of colonies of pelicans. You can also watch the activity of the anglers drawing their drag nets or discharging their fish captures in boats.
Dinner and accommodation at the 5* resort in Enisala village.
Day 4 Enisala- Niculitel-Odobesti-Focsani (235 km)
In the morning transfer to Niculitel vineyard. Wine tasting program and lunch at the winery- one of the pearls of the Romanian wines where the climate is a factor determining the successful vine growing and high quality of the noble wines in this region. Aligote, Feteasca Regala and Tamaioasa Romaneasca, but also Sauvignion Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Muscat Ottonel , Feteasca Neagra, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignion and Pinot Noir.
Continue to Odobesti vineyard, one of largest and oldest in Romania. There are written references to the Odobesti wine growing region dating from the 17th century. Beciul Domnesc domain was created during Stephen the Great’s reign and refurbished during the Sturza family rule, between 1834 and 1839. It is an underground cellar, 62 m long and 13.4 m deep, the only cellar built with pumice stone. The wide variety of wines produced by the Odobesti includes six traditional sorts of Romanian wine, namely: Galbena de Odobesti, Plavaie, Feteasca Alba, and Feteasca Regala (white wines) and Babeasca Neagra (red wine).
Dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel in Focsani.
Day 5 Focsani-Panciu-Cotnari (233 km)
We will visit the Panciu vineyard, known as the land of champagne. However, its white and red wines are as remarkable as the liquor produced through the Champenoise method: Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Cramposie – an old Romanian wine; Feteasca Neagra – one of the oldest in Romania, cultivated by the Dacians in Moldavia; Babeasca Neagra – a local Romanian type of grape.
Transfer to Cotnari vineyard for wine tasting and lunch. It is famous for its high quality wine, confirmed by numerous medals. According to the legend, the first vine stocks of this vineyard were planted in the 15th century by the Moldavian Ruler Stephen the Great. The winery’s most popular wines include Francusa (dry), Feteasca Alba (semi-sweet) – highly appreciated for preserving the flavor and freshness of the grape; and the sweet, golden Grasa and Tamaioasa dessert wines.
Dinner and accommodation in a 4* manor near Cotnari.
Day 6 Cotnari-Piatra Neamt-Sighisoara (315 km)
We depart in the morning to Sighisoara. You will pass through the Bicaz Gorges located in the Hasmas Mountains. About 7km long with 300m high walls, Bicaz Gorges are not just a splendid occasion to admire the beauty of nature but also a place for buying souvenirs from the local merchants. Not far from the gorges, Red Lake presents an interesting picturesque area, with its empty trunks of old fir trees which jut out of the water. Lunch in a restaurant in Lacu Rosu.
Our next stop is Sighisoara . With its still standing protection walls, it is the best-preserved medieval city in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In its times of glory it displayed 14 towers (only 9 remain today) and 3 rows of protective walls. The Clock Tower, built in 1300 AD, 64 m high, includes a small history museum; it is the main interest point in the city and the town symbol.
Dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel at the foot of the medieval citadel.
Day 7 Sighisoara-Biertan-Jidvei-Sibiu (180 km)
This morning you will enjoy a walking tour of Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, the only citadel in Europe entirely inhabited: Clock Tower (the best preserved monument, hosting today City Museum), Vlad Dracul House (here was born in 1431, Vlad Tepes, the legendary prince assimilated often with Dracula Prince), Stag House, Venetian House, School Street, Stair’s House, Catholic Cathedral.
Visit the fortified church of Biertan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a visit of the former Seat of the Lutheran Bishops. It features the largest wing altar in the country. Prepare to find out the unique method of the citizens to keep their marriages and avoid getting divorced.
Lunch with traditional Transylvanian dishes in a restaurant in Biertan.
Our next stop is Jidvei vineyard where you will become more familiar with Jidvei wines. They originate from the Tarnave Vineyard, located between Tarnava Mica and Tarnava Mare rivers. The vineyards cover about 2000 ha, at about 400-600 m high, most of them on slopes facing south, south-east and south-west, where the amount of heat and air circulation nurture the vines. Types of wine produced here include: Feteasca Regala, Italian Riesling, Pinot Gris and Muscat Ottonel.
To find out more about these wines, we will visit Jidvei Castle. Located in the southwestern part of Lunca, the old fortress, was built in the 12th century and was extended in the 14th century; it was documented as a royal fortress used by Transylvanian rulers. We will also experience a tasting of Jidvei wines.
Afternoon arrival in Sibiu, formerly the chief city of the Transylvanian Germans. Dinner in the best cellar – restaurant in town, serving authentic Transylvanian dishes. Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.
Day 8 Sibiu- Curtea de Arges-Horezu- Maldaresti (215 km)
Start your day with a leisurely walking tour of Sibiu (Hermannstadt), formerly the chief city of the Transylvanian Germans. The Great and Little Squares are the landmarks of the Old Town with the many merchant houses fearuring “”the sleepy eye” dormers. Drive along the Olt River Valley crossing the mountains to Curtea de Arges monastery, one of the most important constructions of art and religious architecture. Lunch in a restaurant in the city center.
Not far from Curtea de Arges we find Horezu village, UNESCO Heritage Site- acknowledged as a special pottery site. The artisan potters organize year round workshops welcoming travelers to take a seat behind the potter’s wheel and turn their creativity loose. The ancient decorating technique is taught, including the significance of ancestral symbolism, chromatics and use of traditional instruments (the cow horn, the goose feather and the wild boar bristle brush). However, the rooster is the most valued figure in Horezu ceramics as it represents the soul resurrection and immortality.
Dinner and accommodation in a 4* manor in Maldaresti.
Day 9 Maldarasti-Stefanesti-Bucharest (255 km)
Following breakfast departure to Bucharest. First stop for winetasting and lunch at Dragasani vineyard. It has an old history, which is traced back some 3,000 years. Tonic, slightly frothy and having a long-lasting flavor, the wines of Dragasani have become popular outside Romania’s borders following world recognition at the Bordeaux wine contest in 1989 and at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Today, Sauvignon, Riesling, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, and Tamaioasa Romaneasca are produced here.
Continue to Bucharest international Airport for the flight home.