DISCOVER ROMANIA

- 11 days/ 10 nights -

DAY 1: BUCHAREST - SINAIA - BRAN

Arrival at the International Airport Bucharest Otopeni where you will be met by your guide. Transfer to Bran. On the way, you will visit Sinaia. Home to the splendid Peles Castle, Sinaia is located at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains. Although the Sinaia monastery has existed here since the 17th century, Sinaia becomes famous at the end of 19th c., when became the summer residence of the first king of Romania, Carol I, which popularized the town. Visit Peles Castle, a fine example of German Renaissance style of architecture, with elaborately-decorated rooms. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Bran.

Peles Castle Bran Castle

DAY 2: BRAN - BAILE TURNAD (SAINT ANA’S LAKE) - MIERCUREA CIUC

Breakfast. In the morning, you will visit Bran Castle. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Commonly known as "Dracula's Castle" (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is marketed as the home of the titular character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.

Saint Ana’s Lake Sumuleu Ciuc - Monastery

Situated at 946 m high, Saint Ana’s Lake is the only Romanian lake which has a volcanic origin. It has an easel shaped form. Almost distilled, the water is considered to be the purest in this world, but because of its leak in mineral salts, it is not drinkable. Saint Ana’s Lake and it's surroudning area is a natural reservation. The tour continues with the visit of Sumuleu – Ciuc Monastery – the place of an annual Roman Catholic pilgrimage, when Catholics from all over Hungary and Romania gather there. The monastery became a pilgrimage site in 1567, when Hungarian King John II Sigismund Zápolya wanted to convert the Székely population to Protestantism. The Székelys refused to abandon the Catholic faith and resisted. A battle took place on a nearby field, on Saturday before Pentecost 1567, from which the Székelys emerged victorious. The monks saw this as a sign of the care of Virgin Mary, and since then, this event has been commemorated by a pilgrimage when the believers gather on Pentecost every year.
Accommodation at a 3* hotel in Miercurea Ciuc.

DAY 3: MIERCUREA CIUC – RED LAKE - PIATRA NEAMT

Breakfast. In the morning you will make a panoramic tour of Miercurea Ciuc. On the route to Piatra Neamt, you go through Bicaz Gorges (the most impressive gorges in Romania) and reach the Red Lake Resort (natural lake, unique in Romania).

Red Lake Bicaz Gorges

Accommodation at a 3* hotel in Piatra Neamt.

DAY 4: PIATRA NEAMT – VORONET – HUMOR – GURA HUMORULUI

Breakfast. Visit, in a full-day trip, the most important UNESCO monuments: the monasteries with outdoor frescoes of Moldovita, Voronet (the most important, also called “The Sixtine Chapel of the East”, well known for its “blue of Voronet”) and Humor. In Campulung Moldovenesc you will visit the Museum of Woodcraft.

Humor Monastery Voronet Monastery

Accommodation at a 4* hotel in Gura Humorului.

DAY 5: GURA HUMORULUI – IEUD – BARSANA – SIGHETU MARMATIEI

Breakfast. On the way to Sighetu Marmatiei, short breaks in Barsana and Ieud for seeing the famous wooden churches from Maramures. (The wooden church from Barsana is the tallest wooden building in Europe, 62 metters).
Other objectives: all around the Historical Maramures, you can admire one of the eldest European civilizations, with a lot of Dacians and pre-Christians symbols; the area is famous for wooden-carved gates, handicrafts and woodcrafts.

Barsana Church Ieud Church

Accommodation at a 3* hotel in Sighetu Marmatiei.

DAY 6: SIGHETU MARMATIEI – SAPANTA – SURDESTI – ROHIA – CLUJ NAPOCA

Breakfast. Visit the Merry Cemetery, unique in the world for its happy epitaphs carved on the funerary monuments by the local craftsman Stan Patras and the open-air handicrafts exhibition.

Merry Cemetery Rohia Monastery

The day continues with the visit of Surdesti Church, built in 1766 and with a high of 56 m. Another important objective is Rohia Monastery, built in 1926 by Nicolae Gherman in the memory of his daughter Ana, who died very young, in 1922. The girl appeard in his father’s dreams and told him to build a monastery in a mountain area, not far from Rohia viilage.
Accommodation at a 3* hotel in Cluj Napoca.

DAY 7: CLUJ NAPOCA – TURDA – ALBA IULIA - SIBIU

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Cluj Napoca, including a walking tour and entrances to the Banffy Palace, Saint Michael Cathedral and the Botanical Garden – the most beautiful in Romania.

Cluj Napoca Botanical Garden from Cluj Napoca

Next point is Turda, where you will visit the medieval salt mine, shaped as a dome.

Turda Salt mine The Guard of Alba Iulia Fortress

In the way of Sibiu, the itinerary pass through Alba Iulia, where you cand admire The Orthodox Cathedral and The Union Hall. The medieval fortress, with original gates and starshaped walls was built between 1716-1753 by Giovanni Morando, using the Vauban system – it is the biggest system in the South-East Europe.

Large Square - Sibiu Evangelical Cathedral from Sibiu

Accommodation at a 3* hotel in Sibiu.

DAY 8: SIBIU – SIBIEL – SIBIU

Breakfast. In the morning you will make a sightseeing tour of the mediaeval fortress by foot, including the former palace of the governor of Transylvania, Samuel von Brukenthal, nowadays housing one of the best art galleries in Romania. The tour is including the citadel, the Liar’s Bridge, the Stairs Passage.

The Museum of the Icons on Glass - Sibiel’s/td> ASTRA Museum - Sibiu

The day continues with a visit to Sibiel. Here you will visit the Museum of the Icons on Glass – the largest collection of Icons on Glass in Transylvania (XVIII-XIX).
Return to Sibiu where you will be accommodated at the same 3* hotel.

DAY 9: SIBIU – COZIA - CURTEA DE ARGES - BUCHAREST

Breakfast. On the way to Bucharest, visit Cozia Monastery, hystorical monument from 14th century, erected by the grandfather of Vlad the Impaler. Next stop is at Curtea de Arges, where you will visit the former capital of Wallachia, the residence of the first Basarab Prince. Visit the Princely Church and the Curtea de Arges monastery (including the Fountain of Master Manole).

Curtea de Arges Monastery Cozia Monastery

Accommodation at a 4* hotel in Bucharest.

DAY 10: BUCHAREST

Breakfast. Today you will make a sightseeing tour of the Bucharest, including: The Vlad the Impaler’ Old Princely Court; the Archbishop’s Church and Palace, the Palace of Parliament (also called the “House of the People”), second largest building in the world, after the building of US Pentagon.

Palace of Parliament Revolution’s Square

Accommodation at the same 4* hotel in Bucharest.

DAY 11: BUCHAREST - AIRPORT

Breakfast. Depending on your flight schedule, you will have free time for shopping or transfer to the Henri Coanda International Airport, Otopeni.

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