Highlights of Romania - private tour

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Our UNESCO tour in Romania is a comprehensive trip which include visits to the most important cultural attractions from Romania. Many of these sights are included in the UNESCO Heritages list. Here are some samples: fortified churches from Transylvania (Prejmer, Biertan, Viscri…), painted monasteries from Bucovina (Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita…), wooden churches from Maramures (Surdesti, Desesti, ), Merry Cemetery from Sapanta, medieval town of Sighisoara and more. This UNESCO tour to Romania it is a great experience for the travelers which are interested to discover this part of the World, to learn about Romanian history, to enjoy our traditions, to taste the local natural / home-made food and drinks or to admire the scenery of Carpathians mountains, rolling hills of Transylvania, gorges or lakes.
ItineraryDay 1: BUCHAREST – SIBIUPass By: Palace of Parliament, BucharestMeet our tour guide, in the morning at your hotel in Bucharest.Start our journey with a panoramic tour of Bucharest. Highlights: Parliament Palace, Revolution Square, Athenaeum, Royal Palace, Triumph Arch, Victoriei Avenue, etcPass By: Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei), Bucharestpart of panoramic tour.Pass By: Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman), Bucharestpart of panoramic tour.Pass By: Palatul Regal/Royal Palace, Bucharestpart of panoramic tour.Pass By: Triumph Arch, Bucharestpart of panoramic tour.Stop At: Big Square (Piata Mare), Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaWalking tour of the Sibiu’s Old District. Sibiu is one of the most important fortified towns in Transylvania.. The city is reminiscent of old European cities such as Nuremburg and it was founded in 1190 and grew to be the chief city of the Transylvanian Saxons. This amazing town, with the "Old Town" (The Big Square, the Small Square, The staircase Tower, the Tanners Tower, the Liar’s Bridge , the House of the Butcher’s Guild , etcDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Orthodox Cathedral, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, Transylvaniapart of Sibiu walking tourDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral & Tower, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, Transylvaniapart of Sibiu walking tourDuration: 20 minutesStop At: The Zosim Oancea Museum of Icons on Glass, Sibiel, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaNext we’ll stop in an old village from Sibiu area. You can enjoy a horse driven wagon tour in the old village. Learn more about the local traditions and way of living, visit an icon painting museum and a local household. Traditional dinner in a local house.Overnight in a local guest house.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Dinner: Traditional home-made dinner in a local guesthouseAccommodation included: traditional, 3 stars guesthouse in SibielDay 2: SIBIU – HUNEDOARA - ALBA IULIA – CLUJ NAPOCAStop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaIn the morning we’ll go to Hunedoara to visit the biggest medieval castle from Romania – Corvin’s (Hunyad) Castle, dating since 15th century.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaWe’ll continue to Alba Iulia, a city with long history dating since the ancient times. Visit the Orthodox Cathedral, Catholic Cathedral, the fortification system built in “Vauban” style. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Avenue of Heroes in Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaEnd the day in Cluj Napoca. In the evening we’ll have a walking tour of Cluj Napoca, the biggest city in Transylvania. Highlights: St Michael’s Cathedral, Union Square, Museum Square, Orthodox Cathedral, National Theatre, Matei Corvin’s statue, aso.Overnight at Napoca Hotel, 4 stars or similar.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Museum Squarepart of Cluj Napoca Walking tourDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Hungarian Theater and Opera, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Northwest Romania, Transylvaniapart of Cluj Napoca Walking tourDuration: 10 minutesStop At: St. Michael's Churchpart of Cluj Napoca Walking tourDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Unirii Squarepart of Cluj Napoca Walking tourDuration: 15 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Grand Hotel Napoca, 4 stars or similar, central locationDay 3: CLUJ NAPOCA – MARAMURESStop At: Surdesti Wooden Church, Surdesti, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaAfter breakfast we’ll leave on the way to Maramures, the northern region of Romania, the land of wooden churches and well preserved traditions. First stop at Surdesti wooden church (UNESCO. The Church was built on 1766 on wood structure and due to its height of 72 mettres it is considered the tallest old wooden church from Europe.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Church of the Holy Paraskeva, Desesti, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaNext stop at Desesti. Visit the wooden church (UNESCO). Maramures is a land where you can enjoy great countryside landscapes, old villages, local people with their beautiful folk costumes. We’ll visit some local craftsmens as a traditional weaver, a wood carver, a water mill, traditional household, etcDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Barsana Monastery, Barsana, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaVisit at Barsana Monastery, a good example of monahal life in Maramures and for the architecture of wooden buildings.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Merry Cemetery, Sapanta, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaEnd the day in Botiza village. Visit a local household to see and understand more about the way of living in these villages. Visit a local sheepyard (summer time only)Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Dinner: Dinner in a local pension.Accommodation included: Overnight in a local pension from Botiza villageDay 4: MARAMURES – BUCOVINA (GURA HUMORULUI)Stop At: Muzeul Tarancii Romane, Dragomiresti, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaIn the morning we’ll visit the Maramures Woman Museum - Dragomiresti, where you can learn about maramuresean traditions and way of live. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaNext we’ll cross the Carpathians mountains heading north-east to one of the most famous and popular region of Romania – Bucovina, the land of painted monasteries. It is a very scenic road which offer amazing landscapes. We’ll visit couple of the most important monasteries (UNESCO sites):Moldovita (UNESCO): dates back from 1532 and is due to the ruling prince Petru Rares It has the aspect of a fortress, with imposing towers and high, thick walls. The church has a three-cusped plan, as well as an open porch. It Is decorated with scenes from the 16th c Moldavian life. You can see here the best preserved frescoes, with fresh and vivid colorsDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita, Suceava County, Northeast Romania- Sucevita : the last and the most magnificent monastic achievement among the painted monasteries in Bucovina , looks as a real fortress, with towers, buttresses and watch roads. Built in 1581, by one bishop, it was dedicated to the Assumption in 1584. Paintings of the Sucevita monastery were best preserved both on the outside and on the inside( Ladder of Virtue, the last Judgment, the tree of Jesse,)Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Marginea Ceramics, Suceava, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaBeside the old and beautiful monasteries we’ll also dedicate some time to visit local craftsmens as: a painted eggs museum and workshop, Marginea pottery center, etcOvernight at Hildes Residence**** or similar.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Hildes Residence**** or similar.Day 5: GURA HUMORULUI - SIGHISOARAStop At: Manastirea Voronet, Voronet, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaDeapart in the morning. First visit at Voronet Monastery, founded in 1488 by Stephen the Great . It is the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting . The doors of the porch have a Renaissance framing, whereas the stone carvings of the broken arches at the doors and windows belong to the Gothic style. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bicaz Canyon, Bicaz, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaWe’ll continue across the Carpathian mountains, back to Transylvania. We’ll pass in our way the amazing Bicaz Gorges and Red Lake.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Red Lake, Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaCrossing to TransylvaniaDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Pivnita lui Teo - Teo's Cellar, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaEnd the day in Sighisoara. Taste the local drinks: In the evening we’ll have a plum/pear brandy and wine tasting in a small family cellar.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 stars hotel, located in the Old Town – Hotel Sighisoara or similar.Day 6: SIGHISOARA – SASCHIZ - PREJMER – BRASOVStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaWe’ll start the day with a visit on the medieval town of Sighisoara (UNESCO), also called “The Pearl of Transylvania” a wonderful medieval city where you can stil enjoy the medieval atmosphere. The citadel built in 13th century by German (Saxon) settlers it was an important cultural and artist center in medieval period. The old town is considered one of the best preserved medieval towns from Europe and its included in the UNESCO heritages list.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Pivnita Bunicii, Saschiz, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaNext we’ll drive through an area of old Transylvania villages which preserve their architecture and customs. Stop at Saschiz village, which it is famous for its natural home-made jams. Visit and jam tasting in a local producer shop.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, Prejmer, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaNext we’ll visit the fortified church from Prejmer (UNESCO), dating since 13th century and having an unique defensive architecture.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaEnd the day in Brasov. In the afternoon walking tour of the medieval center of Brasov (2 hours). The city of Brasov is one of the oldest in Europe, dating from 1235. During the Middle Ages, Brasov was known as a powerful fortress surrounded by high stone walls and defended by bulwarks, towers and other small fortresses. The buildings and the streets in the historical centre still preserve a medieval note. Concil Square, Black Church, White and Black Towers, Weaver’s Bastion and Ecaterina’s Gate are the tour highlights. Overnight in Brasov at Bella Musica Hotel***or similar, located in the Old TownDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Brasov at Bella Musica Hotel***or similar, located in the Old TownDay 7: BRASOV – BRAN – SINAIA - BUCHARESTStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaIn the morning we’ll visit famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula`s Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometres) at the entrance in the Bran - Rucar passage. The castle got its fame from Dracula`s legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola.. The first documents about the Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaContinue to Sinaia and visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania. We’ll end our tour in Bucharest, aprox 16.00.hrs.Drop-off at the airport or to a hotel in Bucharest.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 6x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • transport with car or minibus
  • Private tour Guide - English language
  • Entrance tickets
  • Tour of the village in horse driven carriage in Sibiu area
  • Visits to the local craftsmen, tasting of plum brandy and jams
  • Entry/Admission - The Zosim Oancea Museum of Icons on Glass
  • Entry/Admission - Castelul Corvinilor
  • Entry/Admission - Citadel of Alba Iulia
  • Entry/Admission - St. Michael's Church
  • Entry/Admission - Surdesti Wooden Church
  • Entry/Admission - Church of the Holy Paraskeva
  • Entry/Admission - Barsana Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Merry Cemetery
  • Entry/Admission - Muzeul Tarancii Romane
  • Entry/Admission - Moldovita Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Sucevita Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Marginea Ceramics
  • Entry/Admission - Manastirea Voronet
  • Entry/Admission - Pivnita lui Teo - Teo's Cellar
  • Entry/Admission - Sighisoara Historic Center
  • Entry/Admission - Pivnita Bunicii
  • Entry/Admission - Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer
  • Entry/Admission - Brasov Historical Center
  • Entry/Admission - Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
  • Entry/Admission - Peles Castle

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Other meals or services not mentioned as included
  • tips

Itinerary

Day 1: BUCHAREST – SIBIU Pass By: Palace of Parliament, Bucharest Meet our tour guide, in the morning at your hotel in Bucharest. Start our journey with a panoramic tour of Bucharest. Highlights: Parliament Palace, Revolution Square, Athenaeum, Royal Palace, Triumph Arch, Victoriei Avenue, etc Pass By: Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei), Bucharest part of panoramic tour. Pass By: Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman), Bucharest part of panoramic tour. Pass By: Palatul Regal/Royal Palace, Bucharest part of panoramic tour. Pass By: Triumph Arch, Bucharest part of panoramic tour. Stop At: Big Square (Piata Mare), Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, Transylvania Walking tour of the Sibiu’s Old District. Sibiu is one of the most important fortified towns in Transylvania.. The city is reminiscent of old European cities such as Nuremburg and it was founded in 1190 and grew to be the chief city of the Transylvanian Saxons. This amazing town, with the "Old Town" (The Big Square, the Small Square, The staircase Tower, the Tanners Tower, the Liar’s Bridge , the House of the Butcher’s Guild , etc Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: Orthodox Cathedral, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, Transylvania part of Sibiu walking tour Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral & Tower, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, Transylvania part of Sibiu walking tour Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: The Zosim Oancea Museum of Icons on Glass, Sibiel, Sibiu County, Central Romania, Transylvania Next we’ll stop in an old village from Sibiu area. You can enjoy a horse driven wagon tour in the old village. Learn more about the local traditions and way of living, visit an icon painting museum and a local household. Traditional dinner in a local house. Overnight in a local guest house. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Dinner: Traditional home-made dinner in a local guesthouse Accommodation included: traditional, 3 stars guesthouse in Sibiel
Day 2: SIBIU – HUNEDOARA - ALBA IULIA – CLUJ NAPOCA Stop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, Transylvania In the morning we’ll go to Hunedoara to visit the biggest medieval castle from Romania – Corvin’s (Hunyad) Castle, dating since 15th century. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, Transylvania We’ll continue to Alba Iulia, a city with long history dating since the ancient times. Visit the Orthodox Cathedral, Catholic Cathedral, the fortification system built in “Vauban” style. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Avenue of Heroes in Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Northwest Romania, Transylvania End the day in Cluj Napoca. In the evening we’ll have a walking tour of Cluj Napoca, the biggest city in Transylvania. Highlights: St Michael’s Cathedral, Union Square, Museum Square, Orthodox Cathedral, National Theatre, Matei Corvin’s statue, aso. Overnight at Napoca Hotel, 4 stars or similar. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Museum Square part of Cluj Napoca Walking tour Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Hungarian Theater and Opera, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Northwest Romania, Transylvania part of Cluj Napoca Walking tour Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: St. Michael's Church part of Cluj Napoca Walking tour Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Unirii Square part of Cluj Napoca Walking tour Duration: 15 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Grand Hotel Napoca, 4 stars or similar, central location
Day 3: CLUJ NAPOCA – MARAMURES Stop At: Surdesti Wooden Church, Surdesti, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, Transylvania After breakfast we’ll leave on the way to Maramures, the northern region of Romania, the land of wooden churches and well preserved traditions. First stop at Surdesti wooden church (UNESCO. The Church was built on 1766 on wood structure and due to its height of 72 mettres it is considered the tallest old wooden church from Europe. Duration: 45 minutes Stop At: Church of the Holy Paraskeva, Desesti, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, Transylvania Next stop at Desesti. Visit the wooden church (UNESCO). Maramures is a land where you can enjoy great countryside landscapes, old villages, local people with their beautiful folk costumes. We’ll visit some local craftsmens as a traditional weaver, a wood carver, a water mill, traditional household, etc Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Barsana Monastery, Barsana, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, Transylvania Visit at Barsana Monastery, a good example of monahal life in Maramures and for the architecture of wooden buildings. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Merry Cemetery, Sapanta, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, Transylvania End the day in Botiza village. Visit a local household to see and understand more about the way of living in these villages. Visit a local sheepyard (summer time only) Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner: Dinner in a local pension. Accommodation included: Overnight in a local pension from Botiza village
Day 4: MARAMURES – BUCOVINA (GURA HUMORULUI) Stop At: Muzeul Tarancii Romane, Dragomiresti, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, Transylvania In the morning we’ll visit the Maramures Woman Museum - Dragomiresti, where you can learn about maramuresean traditions and way of live. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei, Suceava County, Northeast Romania Next we’ll cross the Carpathians mountains heading north-east to one of the most famous and popular region of Romania – Bucovina, the land of painted monasteries. It is a very scenic road which offer amazing landscapes. We’ll visit couple of the most important monasteries (UNESCO sites): Moldovita (UNESCO): dates back from 1532 and is due to the ruling prince Petru Rares It has the aspect of a fortress, with imposing towers and high, thick walls. The church has a three-cusped plan, as well as an open porch. It Is decorated with scenes from the 16th c Moldavian life. You can see here the best preserved frescoes, with fresh and vivid colors Duration: 45 minutes Stop At: Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita, Suceava County, Northeast Romania - Sucevita : the last and the most magnificent monastic achievement among the painted monasteries in Bucovina , looks as a real fortress, with towers, buttresses and watch roads. Built in 1581, by one bishop, it was dedicated to the Assumption in 1584. Paintings of the Sucevita monastery were best preserved both on the outside and on the inside( Ladder of Virtue, the last Judgment, the tree of Jesse,) Duration: 45 minutes Stop At: Marginea Ceramics, Suceava, Suceava County, Northeast Romania Beside the old and beautiful monasteries we’ll also dedicate some time to visit local craftsmens as: a painted eggs museum and workshop, Marginea pottery center, etc Overnight at Hildes Residence**** or similar. Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at Hildes Residence**** or similar.
Day 5: GURA HUMORULUI - SIGHISOARA Stop At: Manastirea Voronet, Voronet, Suceava County, Northeast Romania Deapart in the morning. First visit at Voronet Monastery, founded in 1488 by Stephen the Great . It is the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting . The doors of the porch have a Renaissance framing, whereas the stone carvings of the broken arches at the doors and windows belong to the Gothic style. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Bicaz Canyon, Bicaz, Neamt County, Northeast Romania We’ll continue across the Carpathian mountains, back to Transylvania. We’ll pass in our way the amazing Bicaz Gorges and Red Lake. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Red Lake, Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, Transylvania Crossing to Transylvania Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Pivnita lui Teo - Teo's Cellar, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, Transylvania End the day in Sighisoara. Taste the local drinks: In the evening we’ll have a plum/pear brandy and wine tasting in a small family cellar. Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3 stars hotel, located in the Old Town – Hotel Sighisoara or similar.
Day 6: SIGHISOARA – SASCHIZ - PREJMER – BRASOV Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, Transylvania We’ll start the day with a visit on the medieval town of Sighisoara (UNESCO), also called “The Pearl of Transylvania” a wonderful medieval city where you can stil enjoy the medieval atmosphere. The citadel built in 13th century by German (Saxon) settlers it was an important cultural and artist center in medieval period. The old town is considered one of the best preserved medieval towns from Europe and its included in the UNESCO heritages list. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Pivnita Bunicii, Saschiz, Mures County, Central Romania, Transylvania Next we’ll drive through an area of old Transylvania villages which preserve their architecture and customs. Stop at Saschiz village, which it is famous for its natural home-made jams. Visit and jam tasting in a local producer shop. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, Prejmer, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvania Next we’ll visit the fortified church from Prejmer (UNESCO), dating since 13th century and having an unique defensive architecture. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvania End the day in Brasov. In the afternoon walking tour of the medieval center of Brasov (2 hours). The city of Brasov is one of the oldest in Europe, dating from 1235. During the Middle Ages, Brasov was known as a powerful fortress surrounded by high stone walls and defended by bulwarks, towers and other small fortresses. The buildings and the streets in the historical centre still preserve a medieval note. Concil Square, Black Church, White and Black Towers, Weaver’s Bastion and Ecaterina’s Gate are the tour highlights. Overnight in Brasov at Bella Musica Hotel***or similar, located in the Old Town Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight in Brasov at Bella Musica Hotel***or similar, located in the Old Town
Day 7: BRASOV – BRAN – SINAIA - BUCHAREST Stop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvania In the morning we’ll visit famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula`s Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometres) at the entrance in the Bran - Rucar passage. The castle got its fame from Dracula`s legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola.. The first documents about the Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern Romania Continue to Sinaia and visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania. We’ll end our tour in Bucharest, aprox 16.00.hrs.Drop-off at the airport or to a hotel in Bucharest. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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