Discover two of Romania’s most picturesque regions Transylvania home to some of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, most relating to the legend of Dracula, and the unique painted churches of Bucovina, with their flowery exterior frescoes protected by soaring shingle roofs.
Duration: 9 nights/10 days
Price: from 720 Euro/Person
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR “Transylvania and the painted monasteries in Bucovina” :
- Bucharest – the capital of Romania -Little Paris of Eastern Europe;
- Sibiu -European Capital of Culture in 2007;
- The fortified churches from Biertan (UNESCO), Prejmer (UNESCO), Rasnov,
- Meet the locals and taste their traditional home-made specialities;
- Sighisoara – the fortified city,
- The famous pottery from Corund village and the Hungarian minority,
- Bear Lake in Sovata- the biggest heliothermal lake in Europe,
- The Painted Monasteries in Bucovina (UNESCO): Voronet, Moldovita and Sucevita,
- The medieval city of Brasov,
- Peles Castle and Bran Castle.
Day 1 Bucharest
Upon arrival to Bucharest transfer to your hotel in the city center followed by a guided panoramic tour of this city of contrasts. The city tour will give you the opportunity to admire some of the landmarks of Bucharest, such as the Arch of Triumph, the Athenaeum, the Revolution Square, the Romanian Patriarch’s Church, and the Palace of Parliament – the second largest building in the world. The day ends with a traditional dinner and special entertainment show in the Old Historical Center. Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bucharest.
Day 2 Bucharest-Curtea de Arges-Sibiu (270km)
After breakfast departure to Sibiu, following the scenic route of Olt Valley. On the way, you will make a stop to admire one of the most beautiful monasteries in Romania built in the16th century, the Monastery of Curtea de Arges, which amazes visitors with its elegant shape and its exquisite exterior decorations. In the afternoon, you will reach the beautiful medieval city of Sibiu. Leisure time followed by a delicious Transylvanian dinner in one of the most famous restaurants of the city. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.
Day 3 Sibiu-Hosman-Biertan-Sighisoara (110 km)
After breakfast, you will enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007. During your visit, you will pass through the old streets to admire the main monuments, such as the Bruckenthal Palace, the famous Liars’ bridge, the Catholic Cathedral, the main squares of the city (the Big Square, the Little Square and the Huet Square) and Christian Orthodox Cathedral. Later you will discover the picturesque Hartibaciu valley and Hosman village, a typical Saxon village with true treasures of the old times Europe: old traditional Saxon houses, a well preserved fortified church and a truly unique attraction… an old mill with a bakery and a forgery. Late afternoon you will reach Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (also known as Dracula), UNESCO World Heritage. This evening you will enjoy a Saxon dinner at Dracula’s house. Accommodation in a charming 4* hotel in Sighisoara.
Day 4 Sighisoara- Targu Mures-Bistrita (146 km)
In the morning guided walking tour of the citadel. Stroll around the streets of the old citadel; admire the Clock Tower, concentrating Sighisoara’s history, the beautiful Church on the Hill and the unique Covered Stairs. Drive to Targu Mures, the city of roses, enjoying the best of both Romanian and Hungarian cultures. Continue with Bistrita, one of the oldest towns from Romania, an important Saxon citadel. A short walking through the center to discover the most important landmarks of this medieval town: The Orthodox Church and the Saxon Evangelical Church, the Silversmith’s House and Sugalete Medieval Building. This evening you will taste the very meal Jonathan Harker, the main character of Dracula Novel, served when in Bistrita Citadel. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Bistrita.
Day 5 Bistrita- Borgo Pass- Gura Humorului (157 km)
We leave the wonderful land of Transylvania behind and start making our way toward Bucovina the land of the Painted Monasteries. From the Borgo pass, we will find ourselves in Dracula Land where the famous Irish novelist Bram Stoker imagined and located the fantastic castle of the count. The large panorama of Bargaului Mountains will delight our view from Dracula Castle Hotel where we will take a refreshing brake. To test your courage, visit Dracula’s Coffin in the dungeon of the castle. Today the famous land of painted monasteries Bucovina reveals you the best-preserved secret of Moldova region: Voronet monastery with its blue outdoor paintings and Humor Monastery with a variety of frescoes dating from 1535. Dinner and accommodation in a 4* guesthouse in Gura Humorului.
Day 6 Bucovina- land of traditions and tranquility
Start your day with the workshop of Black Ceramics of Marginea, the only place in Europe where this special kind of pottery is still made. Sucevita Monastery is your next stop, a stunning UNESCO site of Romania. The church, dedicated to the “Resurrection of Lord Jesus”, was built in the Moldavian architecture style established at the time of Stephen the Great. Driving on one of the most beautiful roads in the country, crossing the gentle slopes of Bucovina Mountains, admiring the amazing panoramas from the Ciumarna Pass, you will reach the Convent of Moldovita. It is famous for its “Siege of Constantinople” fresco. The tour continues with an egg painting demonstration given by one of the many local artists from Bucovina. Dinner and accommodation in a 4* guesthouse in Gura Humorului.
Day 7 Gura Humorului-Bicaz-Sovata (244 km)
After your breakfast, you will leave Bucovina region heading south to Transylvania again. Further on, you’ll 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. Arrival in Sovata, definitely one of the most significant and most popular bathing resorts in Romania. Sovata owes its excellent reputation to the picturesque salt lakes that have formed in the course of history; among these the helio-thermal Bear Lake is indisputably the most popular one. Dinner in a local restaurant by the lake. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Sovata.
Day 8 Sovata-Corund Brasov (150 km)
Hungarians in Transylvania share the same or very similar culture and language as their brothers and sisters in the mother country, Hungary. They are famous about their hospitality, spicy meals, beautiful art works, and love for Hungarian traditions, folk dance and music. You will discover today the Hungarian minority in Corund village. The name of Corund is inseparable from ceramics: the village is one of the most important ceramic centers in Europe. There is a saying in Corund: “since the world exists they always produced pottery.” Next destination the medieval city of Brasov. Visit of the historical center with the The Council Square, the Black Church, the Old quarter Schei, the Caterina Gate that separated the Romanians from the Saxons in the Austro-Hungarian domination period. Dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel in Poiana Brasov, the most famous ski resort in Romania.
Day 9 Brasov-Prejmer-Rasnov-Bran-Sinaia (118 km)
After breakfast visit Prejmer fortified church. It is the biggest of its kind in the southeastern Europe being built in the 13th century, first by the Teutonic nights and then by the German settlers of Transylvania. The circular fortress has walls 3-4m thick and 12m high, fire holes, bastions, iron gates, deep moats and drawbridges. Drive next to Rasnov to visit The Peasant Citadel. Standing on top of a hill and overlooking an incredible Transylvanian landscape, Rasnov is the best-preserved peasant fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe, first documented in 13 century. Taking a scenic road you will reach Bran Castle built 700 years ago and famous for the Dracula legend. A former fortress guarding a commercial road, Bran dates back to 1377. In 1920, Queen Mary, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, turned the castle into a beautiful summer residence. In the evening, transfer to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania. Dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel in Sinaia.
Day 10- Sinaia-Bucharest-departure (139 km)
Morning visit of Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful royal residences in Europe, which served as retreat residence for most of Romania’s monarchs. The building of the Peles Castle began in 1873 under the direct order of the Viennese architect Wilhem Doderer and was continued in 1876 by his assistant, Johann Schultz de Lemberg. It was the first castle in Europe to have central heating and electricity.
Transfer to Bucharest International Airport for the flight home.