Welcome to Bistriţa


Modern Bistriţa has barely a garlic-clutching villager in sight. Cobbled streets lined with cafes radiate from its Gothic centrepiece, the 14th-century Evangelical Church. Several well-preserved Renaissance buildings attest to its history of Saxon merchants and renowned silversmiths. It's a relaxing place to stay before pressing on to Lake Colibiţa or the forbidding Bârgău Valley.


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$730.91 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Transylvania Painted Monasteries 8-Day Tour with Accommodation

Day 1: BucharestDeparture from your hotel or directly from the airport of Bucharest. Visit to the Parliament Building, the second largest building of the world after the Pentagon in the United States, the old town and the romanian Atheneum. Overnight in central located 4* hotel.Day 2: Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - SibiuWe have breakfast and depart to Sibiu. On the way we visit Monastery of Curtea de Arges and continue with a visit to Cozia Monastery. We continue our tour with Sibiu, the city which was chosen as The European Capital of Culture in 2007 along with the city of Luxembourg. Visit the medieval old town and overnight in a central located 4* hotel. On request we can offer dinner at peasants house in Sibiel.Day 3: Sibiu - Sighisoara - BistritaWe have breakfast and depart to Biertan fortified church, famous for its divorce prison room and later we will arive in Sighisoara (Unesco) , the city where Vlad Tepes (The Impaler) was born. We will visit the Unesco citadel and then go to Bistrita through the beautiful city of Targu Mures which we visit shortly. Overnight in Hotel Coroana de Aur 4* where stayed also Jonathan Harker from the novel of Bram Stoker in Bistrita or similar.Day 4: Bistrita - Gura Humorului - RadautiWe have breakfast and depart to visit the most important monasteries from Bucovina: Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries. Later we will stop for a demonstration of black pottery at Marginea. Overnight in a 4* hotel in Gura Humorului or Radauti.Day 5: Radauti - Piatra NeamtWe have breakfast in the hotel, then we visit Humor Monastery, then Voronet Monastery (Voronet became famous among art lovers thanks to two features of its painting: blue, made with a formula still unknown, called "blue Voronet" and the magnificent scene depicting "The Last Judgement"). We continue our journey to Piatra Neamt with a visit to the Monastery Agapia. Overnight in a 4* hotel in Piatra Neamt. or Roman.Day 6: Piatra Neamt - BrasovWe have breakfast and depart to Brasov on one of the most beautiful scenic roads of Romania, Bicaz Gorges. We continue our journey to the Red Lake and after a stop in Miercurea Ciuc we will arrive in the medieval town of Brasov. Visit the beautiful city of Brasov  with its Black Church and overnight in a 3* Hotel close to the old town.Day 7: Brasov - Sinaia - BucharestAfter breakfast we have a stop in Bran to visit Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and depart to Sinaia, with a visit of Peles Castle (considered among the most beautiful in Europe). Later we continue to Bucharest with a visit to the Village Museum. Overnight in Bucharest in a 4* central located Hotel.Day 8: Bucharest - AirportAfter breakfast we continue the visit of Bucharest, then transfer to the airport.

$1105.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

Best of Romania in 10 Days

Day 1 | Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Transfagarasan Road* – SibiuYour tour starts with a road trip from Bucharest to Curtea de Arges, the historical capital of Wallachia where we will visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery. We will then drive on the Transfagarasan Road in order to reach Sibiu, where we will take a walking tour before checking in at the hotel.Day 2 | Sibiu – Hunedoara – Alba Iulia – Turda – ClujWe will make our first stop at the Corvin Castle, and then we will head to Alba Iulia where we will visit the Alba Carolina Fortress. From Alba Iulia, we will visit the Turda Salt Mine, and then we will go to Cluj-Napoca. After a short walking tour, you will have free time to explore the local cafes and restaurants near the hotel.Day 3 | Cluj-Napoca – Bistrita – VoronetOn our way to Bukovina, we will stop in Bistrita, where we will take a short sightseeing tour and taste some local products. We will then head to Bukovina, where we will visit the Voronet Monastery.Day 4 | Voronet – Moldovita – Sucevita – IasiOn the fourth day, we will continue our tour of the Painted Monasteries with Moldovita and Sucevita and then leave for Iasi. In Iasi, we will take a short walking tour before checking in.Day 5 | Iasi – Targu Neamt – Piatra NeamtOn the 5th day, we will take a tour of Iasi and visit the Palace of Culture, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre. We will then head to Targu Neamt for a tour of the Neamt Citadel and we will reach Piatra Neamt.Day 6 | Piatra Neamt – Bicaz – Corund – Biertan – SighisoaraWe will pass through the beautiful Bicaz Gorges in order to reach our first landmark of the day, the Red Lake. Our next stop will be in Corund, one of the main pottery centers of Transylvania, after which we will visit Biertan.Day 7 | Sighisoara – Viscri – BrasovIn the first part of the day, we will visit a true symbol of medieval life, the Clock Tower, which is home to Sighisoara’s History Museum. We will then visit the Viscri Village, and head to Brasov for a short walking tour.Day 8 | Brasov – Bran – Sinaia – BucharestOur day starts with a city tour of Brasov's main touristic hotspots, and then we will take a 30-minute drive to Bran, where we will visit Dracula's Castle. Our next stop is in Sinaia, where we will visit the former summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, Peles Castle. Day 9 | Bucharest City TourOn the last day, you will discover Bucharest through a full-day city tour. The tour includes the Palace of the Parliament, the Bucharest Village Museum, and a walking tour through Bucharest's Old Town.Day 10 | Breakfast and departure.

$440.87 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 Day Medieval Transylvania and Unesco Painted Monateries

Day 1: Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - SibiuWith your proffessional tourguide/driver, you can sit back and relax as you enjoy the views while we head to Sibiu. On the way we visit the Royal Cathedral of Curtea de Arges  and continue with a visit to Cozia Monastery,  built by Mircea the Old in 1386 and decorated also in the "brancovenesc" style, a unique romanian architecture. Following we will arrive in Sibiu, the city which was chosen as The European Capital of Culture in 2007 along with the city of Luxembourg. Enjoy a visit of the old town with its amazing squares and overnight in the oldtown in a modern central 4* HotelDay 2: Sibiu - Sighisoara - BistritaAfter the breakfast you will discover the scenic roads of Transylvania with its medieval cities, included Sighisoara, Unescco heritage and also the city where Vlad Tepes (The Impaler) was born. You can serve a tasty transilvanian dinner right in his house and after a guided tour of the city we will head to Bistrita through the beautiful city of Targu Mures where we will stop for a short tour of the city center. Overnight in Hotel Coroana de Aur 4* (Golden Crown) where stayed also Jonathan Harker in the novel of Bram Stoker in Bistrita.Day 3: Bistrita - Gura Humorului - RadautiWe have breakfast and depart to Bucovina that means “land covered by forests of beech trees”. There is no other place in the world like Bucovina in North Moldavia, where a group of Orthodox monasteries with their external wall paintings can be admired. These painted monasteries are part of the UNESCO World Heritage for their rarity and beauty.  Visit two of the most important monasteries from Bucovina: Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries. Overnight in Hotel Gerald's 4* in Radauti or Best Western 4* in Gura Humorului. Day 4: Radauti – Agapia – Piatra NeamtWe have breakfast in the hotel, then we visit Humor Monastery, then Voronet Monastery (Voronet became famous among art lovers thanks to two features of its painting: blue, made with a formula still unknown, called "blue Voronet" and the magnificent scene depicting "The Last Judgement"). We have lunch and continue our journey to Piatra Neamt with a visit to the Monastery Agapia with a visit of the Living Museum where you can see exactly how are the houses of the nouns and also a visit of the weavers and painting workshops. Overnight in Hotel Central Plaza 4* in Piatra Neamt.Day 5: Piatra Neamt - Vrancea Wineries - Muddy Vulcanoes - BucharestToday you will enjoy a visit of the area of Vrancea with its 20 wine cellars. Beciul Domnesc is one of the most well known, also a historic monument. According to documents, this cellar has been around since the age of kind Stephen the Great – the 15th century. After a visit of the vineyards you will have a visit of the muddy volcanoes from Buzau and back to Bucharest.

$868.97 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Budapest to Romania 8-Day Private Tour Plus Lodging, Breakfast

Day 1: Budapest - Arad - Timisoara  Departure from your hotel or directly from the airport of Budapest. We will visit the city of Arad after we enter in Romania and the city of Timisoara that will become European Capital of Culture in 2019.Overnight in a 4* hotel Day 2: Timisoara - Corvini's Castle - Alba Iulia - Sibiu  In the morning we will visit the most important gothic Castle from Eastern Europe: The Corvini's Castle and later the city where Romania was Born in 1918: Alba Iulia. In the evening we will arrive in Sibiu. the city which was chosen as The European Capital of Culture in 2007 along with the city of Luxembourg. Overnight in the old town in a 4* hotel Day 3: Sibiu - Sighisoara - Bistrita  We have breakfast and depart to Sighisoara, the city where Vlad Tepes (The Impaler) was born. We have lunch in a restaurant, and then go to Bistrita through the beautiful city of Targu Mures which we visit shortly. Overnight in Hotel Coroana de Aur 4* where stayed also Jonathan Harker from the novel of Bram Stoker in Bistrita or similar Day 4: Bistrita - Gura Humorului  We have breakfast and depart to visit three of the most important monasteries from Bucovina: Moldovita, Sucevita and Voronet Monastery (Voronet became famous among art lovers thanks to two features of its painting: blue, made with a formula still unknown, called "blue Voronet" and the magnificent scene depicting "The Last Judgement"). Overnight in Hotel Best Western Bucovina 4* in Gura Humorului or Gerald's 4* in Radauti.  Day 5: Gura Humorului - Agapia - Bicaz Gorges - Miercurea Ciuc  We  continue our journey to Piatra Neamt with a visit to the Monastery Agapia with its 300 nouns. After a visit of the Red Lake we will arrive in the evening at Miercurea Ciuc, a city inhabitated by szeklars mixed with Hungarians. Overnight in Hotel Fenyo 3*.  Day 6: Miercurea Ciuc - Bicaz Gorges - Brasov - Sinaia  Departure Brasov, where you will visit the famous Black Church. After lunch we'll head to Bran where you need to get to experience the charm of the legend. In the evening we will arrive in Sinaia , the Pearl of the Carpathian mountains . Dinner and overnight in the center of the ski resort in Hotel New Montana 4*.  Day 7: Sinaia - Bucharest  In the morning visit the Peles Castle, considered among the most beautiful in Europe. Later, we will departure to Bucharest where we will stop for a visit of the Village Museum. We will enjoy a visit of the Parliament Building, the second largest building of the world after the Pentagon in the United States and the old town of Bucharest.. Overnight in Bucharest in a modern 4* hotel, central located.  Day 8: Bucharest - Airport  Free time for yourself and transfer to the airport.

$1160.18 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Shared Tour Transylvania and UNESCO Painted Monasteries from Budapest

ItineraryDay 1: Budapest – Arad – TimisoaraStop At: Arad Central Railway Station, Arad, Arad County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaWalking tour in Arad city, after reaching Romania and where we will see the impressive Neo-Gothic Palace of Culture, the City Hall Palace and the Red Church built in secessionist style, the great Catholic Cathedral and the State Theater in neoclassical styleDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Timisoara Historical Center, Timisoara, Timis County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Timisoara, a very charming city for its architectural features for many Turkish, Serbian, Austrian and German elements, which will become the European Capital of Culture in 2021Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Timisoara.Day 2: Timisoara – The Corvini Castle – Alba Iulia – SibiuStop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaVisit the most fascinating gothic castle in Eastern Europe and one of the most beautiful and greatest of our continent, the famous Corvin CastleDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Alba Iulia, an important city from a historical point of view, because the Great United Romania was made here on December 1st, 1918, so immediately after the First World WarDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Medieval city of Sibiu, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaIn the evening we will arrive in Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007, dominated by the Tower of the Clock or Council Tower dating to the medieval era and by the extensive 18th – 19th century Brukenthal museum, the former residence of the governor of Transylvania. The big square, the small square and Huet Square, with the Evangelical Cathedral, show off in all their beauty. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Biserica Sfanta Treime, Sibiel, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaDinner will be the perfect time to better live the life of the farmers as you will be guests of the inhabitants of the village of Sibiel, inside a typical Romanian house, where you will savor traditional dishes and drinks (water, wine and local alcoholic drinks included)Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. • Dinner: Dinner in the village of Sibiel, inside a typical Romanian house (water, wine and local alcoholic drinks included)Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.Day 3: Sibiu – Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Bistrita (260 km)Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit to the city of Sighisoara, with its imposing Clock Tower. This citadel is the best preserved in Europe and, extraordinary, it is still inhabited. Since 1999 the historic center of Sighisoara is a UNESCO heritage site. Here we will admire the church on the hill, reachable after a wooden staircase called the schoolchildren’s ladder. We will also see the statue of the famous Hungarian national poet Petofi Sandor, testifying to the fact that in Sighisoara the Magyar community was in the past numerically important. Next to the statue is the beautiful Catholic church, reserved for the Hungarian community, and the tower of the shoemakers. You can have lunch at the house where Vlad the Impaler was born (not included)Duration: 3 hoursStop At: National Theatre of Targu-Mures, Tirgu Mures, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaTargu Mures is dominated by the beautiful Palace of Culture, symbol of the locality, an extraordinary baroque palace. In this transylvanian city, the Hungarian community is still numerous and the architects who have worked on the design of historic buildings are all HungariansDuration: 1 hourStop At: Evangelical Church, Bistrita, Bistrita-Nasaud County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaTowards evening I arrive at the city of Bistrita, whose main monument is the Lutheran church, built in the fourteenth century in Gothic style but remodeled with Renaissance elements in the second half of the sixteenth century.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bistrita.Day 4: Bistrita – Voronet – Moldovita – Sucevita – Marginea – Radauti (250 km)Stop At: Voronet Monastery, Gura Humorului, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaVisit the monastery of Voronet (Unesco), nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of the Carpathians, founded by the great prince Stephen the Great and characterized by a beautiful blue color, inimitable and unique in the worldDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaVisit Moldovita monastery, another famous religious monument, founded by Pietro Rares in the 16th century and whose interior and exterior frescoes enchant the visitor.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaThe last of the painted monasteries that you will have the pleasure of admiring is the Sucevita monastery, founded by the Movila brothers in the seventeenth century. Like the previous two, too, it presents Gothic and Byzantine elements, which merge to form the fascinating Moldovan architectural style. The frescoes on the northern façade of this monastery have remained visible thanks to the protective walls that have never been demolished here.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Marginea Ceramics, Suceava, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaWe continue with a visit to the local artisans of Marginea, who perform excellent work with the famous black ceramic, here you will have the opportunity to enter the workshop to closely observe the various working phases of ceramic pots, but you can also buy items typical of Bucovina. At Marginea you can buy not only ceramic vases, but also beautiful painted eggs and decorated with the traditional Romanian techniqueDuration: 30 minutesPass By: The Gerald's HotelOvernight at Gerald’s 4 * hotel in Radauti or Best Western Bucovina 4 * in Gura Humorului.Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight at Gerald’s 4 * hotel in Radauti or Best Western Bucovina 4 * in Gura Humorului.Day 5: Radauti – Piatra Neamt – Bicaz Gorges – Miercurea Ciuc (290 km)Stop At: Cucuteni Neolithic Art Museum, Piatra Neamt, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaShort stop in Piatra Neamt, a famous ski resort that preserves a beautiful citadel founded at the time of Stephen the Great, in the fifteenth century and an 18th century synagogue. The city has a wonderful geographical position being surrounded by mountains that guard beautiful lush vegetation.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bicaz Canyon, Bicaz, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaWe will head towards the Bicaz Gorges and then admire a breathtaking landscape. The Bicaz gorges are crossed by a road flanked by a stream and constitute a landscape of strong emotional impact with thrilling cliffs. Along the gorges there is a market with typical handicrafts and souvenirs that make the attraction even more lively.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Red Lake, Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit of the Red Lake, a natural barrier lake, which was formed following the landslide of a part of a mountain, in fact the trunks of the trees are still present in the lake and this gives a particularly evocative atmosphere. The place is interesting especially for the legends that were born and have spread in reference to the name of the lake. During the visit you will become aware of these legendsDuration: 1 hourPass By: Hunguest Hotel FenyőYou then continue through a scenic road that offers a spectacular view of the Carpathian chain to get to Miercurea Ciuc. This area is also called the Siberia of Romania for the low temperatures and the landscape that characterize this areaMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Miercurea Ciuc.Day 6: Miercurea Ciuc – Brasov – Bran – Sinaia (180 km)Stop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Brasov, a wonderful Transylvanian town, once entirely fortified, an important cultural, tourist and commercial center. Brasov impresses with its typically German architecture, where the Gothic, the Baroque and the Renaissance intersect to give life to an interesting and culturally very lively city. Visit of the First Romanian School, which is located in the oldest district of the city, and which was inhabited exclusively by Romanians, the Schei district, interesting for the entrances into the city that were carried out in medieval times through the Caatherine’s and Schei Gate, quest last of the nineteenth century. In Brasov we will also visit the impressive Black Church, the largest evangelical Gothic church in Eastern Europe, with a 65 meter high bell tower and a length of 90 meters, the church houses the most beautiful nineteenth-century mechanical organ of Romania. We will then admire the palaces and houses of the historic center, recently restored, with the Council Square which now houses a beautiful museum, and the pedestrian Avenue of the Republic.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Bran where we will visit the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. In the Middle Ages, Bran was exactly on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, so it was essential for the inhabitants of Brasov to build and preserve a defensive stronghold. In the 90s of the 900 this fortress was transformed into a beautiful castle thanks to the intervention of Queen Maria of RomaniaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Sinaia Town Hall, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaIn the evening arrival in Sinaia, the pearl of the Carpathians, where there is the beautiful Sinaia monastery founded by the great Michele Cantacuzino, a leading figure of the nobility and the Romanian culture of the seventeenth century. Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sinaia.Day 7: Sinaia - BucharestStop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaVisit the fabulous Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first king of Romania, the King Charles 1 of Hohenzollern, of German origins. The castle was beautifully designed by a Czech architect, and is famous for being one of the most modern castles in Europe at the time of its construction, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each room is characterized by a unique style, different from the styles of the other rooms. We will also admire the Florentine room, where we will breathe a typically Italian and Renaissance atmosphere.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", BucharestVisit the Village Museum, founded by a Romanian sociologist and built in 1936 with the collaboration of construction experts, anthropologists, ethnographers and sociologists from all over Romania. This wonderful open-air museum offers the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the romanian farmers of the 19th century, their houses, their water mills and their churches entirely made of wood. Here everything is authentic. We will also admire a wooden Maramures church, which was dismantled and then taken to the museum. In this regard, remember that many wooden churches of Maramures are UNESCO heritage.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Palatul Parlamentului, Bucharestthe Parliament Building, a majestic monument, second only in size to the Pentagon, built at the behest of the dictator in the 80s of the 900 and for whose creation an entire neighborhood was razedDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche, BucharestEnjoy a walking tour in the hystorical Center of Bucharest, a completely pedestrian area, with the remains of the princely fortress of Vlad the Impaler, the 16th century palatine church in Byzantine style, and the Stavropoleos church, an architectural jewel of the 18th century, in typical Wallachian style, with important oriental influences in external decoration.Dinner in the most famous restaurant in the capital, Caru cu Bere, which means the beer wagon, where you will have a great time thanks to the folklore show that will take place during dinner and where you will taste excellent traditional Romanian food. The beer produced here is original and the recipe is secret. Caru cu Bere has a fabulous neogothic facade and the restaurant was born as a brewery. The building is magnificently decorated inside in Art Deco style and with paintings representing scenes of bucolic and German life. In each painting you will see represented mugs of beer. As soon as you enter Caru cu Bere, you feel like you’re in a beautiful Bavarian brewery.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. • Dinner: Dinner in the most famous restaurant in the capital, Caru cu Bere, with folklore show that will take place during dinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bucharest.Day 8: BucharestStop At: Henri Coandă International AirportFree time and transfer for your returning flight.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.No accommodation included on this day.

$2900.44 Multi-day & Extended Tours

19days Enjoy the Balkans, Transylvania and Bucovina from Sofia to Bucharest

ItineraryDay 1: Sofia – Rila – Skopje (350 km) BULGARIA + MACEDONIAPass By: Sofia History Museum, Sofia, Sofia RegionAfter breakfast departure to Rila Monastery Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia RegionRila Monastery , Bulgaria's most famous tourist site ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) was founded in the 10th century by Saint Ivan Rilsky (St John of Rila ) , a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church . The monastery , one of the largest in the Balkans , was the center of Bulgarian culture and Orthodox belief for more than 1000 years . Our tour includes a visit to the Church, which is of particular artistic value, for it was adorned by the foremost 19-century masters of the Samokov, Bansko and Debar schools of painting and woodcarvingDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast includedAccommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Skopje.Day 2: Skopje – Ohrid (190 km) MACEDONIA Stop At: Skopje Fortress Kale, Skopje, Skopje RegionAfter breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Skopje (internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa ) , with its most important landmarks : quay of the Macedonian river “Vardar”, the narrow streets in the Old Bazaar (is the biggest bazaar preserved in the Balkans today ), the Memorial house of Mother Teresa , the 1500 years old fortress Kale , Macedonia Square with the statue of Alexander The Great on horse Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Lake Ohrid, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionContinue the tour and drive to Ohrid ( Unesco World Heritage Site ) situated on the banks of the lake with the same name , perched on the border of Macedonia and Albania. Ohrid area has been the setting of thousands of years of human history and the old city center are testimony to its past. Lake Ohrid itself is Europe's oldest lake having formed over three millions years ago. The walking tour of the old city center will include the narrow streets and squares , the Anchient Theater , discover the famous old churches, monasteries and basilicas (Sveti Sofia Church ) , Tsar Samuil’s (Samuel’s) Fortress and pedestrian shopping street Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Ohrid.Day 3: Ohrid – Bay of Bones – St Naum – Tirana – Kruja (210 km) MACEDONIA + ALBANIAStop At: Bay of the Bones Museum, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionAfter breakfast departure to the Museum on Water called also the Bay of Bones, an exceptional archeological complex and a reconstruction of a part of the pile-dwelling settlement, dating back between 1200 and 700 BC.A Roman military fortificationDuration: 1 hourStop At: Monastery of Saint Naum, Ohrid, Southwestern RegionNext will drive to the amazing monastery of St.Naum, built on a rock that offers a great view of the Ohrid Lake and experience a small rowing boat ride to the springs of Black Drimm river.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, Tirana CountyThe walking tour of city center of Tirana will reveal the main tourist attractions : Tirana's massive main square - Skanderbeg , National History Museum , Palace of Culture, National Bank, Et'hem Bey Mosque and Skanderbeg's statue . Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kruja Castle, Kruje, Durres County. The name and the importance of the city are attributed to the national hero of Albania, George Castriot Skanderbeg, who made Kruja a fortress of resistance against the Turkish Ottoman empire for more than 25 years in the 15th century Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast includedAccommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Kruja.Day 4: Kruja – Budva – Kotor (190 km)Stop At: Kruja Castle, Kruje, Durres Countyvisit the Kruja Castle, the headquarter of “the Dragon of Albania” . Enjoy a visit of the Kruja Castle Museum for a short lesson of Albanian history than discover the local souvenir market of the local traditional Old BazaarDuration: 1 hourStop At: Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, Budva, Budva MunicipalityNext, departure to Budva – Montenegro , crossing the Albanian – Montenegro border and stop to visit the Old Town and show you the most important spots: Ballerina and Mogren Beach, Land Gate, Ancient Necropolis, Square of Churches, Citadel, Njegoš's street, marina, Mediternaska Street and Slovenska PlazaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Kotor Old City, Kotor, Kotor MunicipalityIn the evening we will arrive in Kotor and discover the fortified old town - Stari Grad ( Unesco World Heritage Site )Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet brteakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel.Day 5: Kotor Bay Tour – Dubrovnik (150 km) MONTENEGRO + CROATIA Stop At: Bay of Kotor, Kotor, Kotor MunicipalityAfter breakfast ,on the way to Dubrovnik ( Croatia ) start with the Kotor Bay Tour : Perast (boat trip to Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks), Tivat & Porto Montenegro Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Old Town, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, DalmatiaContinue the tour and cross the border to Croatia and head to Dubrovnik. “The Pearl of the Adriatic:”, Explore the Old Town also part of Unesco Heritage, via Onofrio's Fountain and up Prijeko Street to the Old Port - the key to Dubrovnik's trading and maritime success. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel.Day 6: Day 6 Saturday – Dubrovnik – Mostar – Split (300 km) CROATIA Pass By: Old Town, Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, DalmatiaAfter breakfast we will head to Bosnia – Herzegovina and after we will cross the borderStop At: Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, Mostar, Herzegovina-Neretva CantonWe will visit the beautiful city of Mostar with its Old Bridge Area and the old city, part of Unesco HeritageDuration: 1 hourStop At: Old Split, Split, Split-Dalmatia County, DalmatiaNext, we will cross the border back to Croatia and arrive in one of the most important cities at the Adriatic Seat: Split. Visit the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace and city’s historical center also listed on Unesco’s heritageDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel.Day 7: Day 7 – Sunday – Split – Trogir – Plitvice (260 km) CROATIA Stop At: Old Split, Split, Split-Dalmatia County, DalmatiaAfter breakfast , we will continue the sightseeing or free time of Split Duration: 1 hourStop At: Trogir Historic Site, Trogir, Split-Dalmatia County, DalmatiaTrogir (Unesco): Greek, Roman, Venetian history on a small island connected to one, make this one of the most interesting historic oasis on the Adriatic Coast. The famous Cathedral of St Lawrence, remains of city walls, many palaces, forts and their stories are just some of the things that will impress you on this tour through the beautiful streets of this still small and quiet little town in the heart of the Mediterranean, the heart of DalmatiaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central CroatiaIn the late evening we will arrive in Plitvice Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Plitvice area.Day 8: Plitvice – Postojna – Ljubljana (290 km) CROATIA + SLOVENIAStop At: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Central CroatiaAfter breakfast explore the Oldest National Park from Croatia that is also part of Unesco heritage. We will enjoy a walking tour in the nature and discover the amazing colours of the Natural Park that are ranging from azure to green, grey or blue depending on the sunlightDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Postojna Caves, Postojna, Inner Carniola RegionExplore the largest show-cave in Europe, the Postojna Cave with an electrical train, a touristic attraction that you can’t miss it , thanks to its natural beautyDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Ljubljana Old Town, Ljubljana, Upper Carniola Regionexplore the largest show-cave in Europe, the Postojna Cave with an electrical train, a touristic attraction that you can’t miss it , thanks to its natural beautyDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Ljubljana.Day 9: Ljubljana – Zagreb (140 km) SLOVENIA + CROATIA Stop At: Ljubljana Old Town, Ljubljana, Upper Carniola Regionenjoy walking tour in wich you will discover the main tourist attractions of Ljubljana city centar : Congress Square, the National University Library, Križanke Monastery, the New Square, and Cobbler’s Bridge, main square with the Prešeren monument, Franciscan Church, and Three Bridges , Old Square, the river promenade, the Municipality Square, St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Open Air Market, Butcher’s Bridge, and Dragon BridgeDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Tourist Information Centre Zagreb, Zagreb, Central CroatiaExplore Zagreb’s Upper Town and Lower Town districts on this 2.5-hour private walking tour. Hop aboard the funicular with a guide to Gradec — the Upper Town — and enjoy fine city views from the Strossmayer Promenade. Discover top attractions including the Lotrščak Tower, St Catherine’s Church, the Stone Gate and the seat of the Croatian Parliament. Then, descend via Tkalčićeva Street to the Lower Town and head through Dolac Market to medieval Kaptol. Admire traditional architecture in Ban Jelačić Square, then finish in the pretty surroundings of Zrinjevac ParkDuration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Zagreb.Day 10: Day 10 – Wednesday – Zagreb – Belgrad (400 km) CROATIA + SERBIAPass By: Tourist Information Centre Zagreb, Zagreb, Central CroatiaAfter breakfast we will head to SerbiaStop At: The Belgrade Fortress, BelgradeIn the afternoon we will arrive to Belgrad, capital of Serbia. Visit the Republic Square, the National theater and the National museum, Bohemian Quarter (Skadarlija), the oldest part of Belgrade with Ottoman heritage, the oldest residential house and museum of Serbian language, the only mosque in the city, Kalemegdan park, Belgrade fortress, „Victor“ the most famous symbol of Belgrade, the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers, Saborna church, and Knez Mihailova streetDuration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Belgrad.Day 11: Belgrad – Novi Sad – Budapest (400 km) SERBIA + HUNGARYPass By: The Belgrade Fortress, BelgradeAfter breakfast, departure to Novi Sad.Stop At: City Museum of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, VojvodinaNovi Sad where we will visit Zmaj Jovina Street, the promenade of Novi Sad and obligatory sight for any tourists, not least for the ornamental Palace of the Orthodox Bishop. We will see also y – Dunavska, street with its long line of single-storied 19th century houses. The Danube embankment, the Petrovaradin Fortress on the other bank as well as at the sights and stories about the troubled bridges of Novi Sad.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Budapest History Museum, Budapest, Central HungaryIn the evening we will arrive to Budapest ,`´ The Queen of Danube `` , capital of Hungary Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Budapest.Day 12: Budapest HUNGARYStop At: Andrassy Avenue, Budapest, Central HungaryAfter breakfast , full day dedicated to Budapest in wich we will get a comprehensive look at Budapest’s top attractions on a 4-hour guided tour of the city. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square and drive along Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will also take you past St. Stephen’s Basilica, Dohány Street Synagogue and the beautiful Castle District in Buda, discussing the unique stories behind each landmark as you go. To continue seeing the sights from the water, you will have a scenic, 1-hour river cruise along the DanubeDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Budapest.Day 13: Budapest – Arad – Timisoara ROMANIAStop At: Arad Central Railway Station, Arad, Arad County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaAfter crossing the border in Romania, we will stop in Arad, where we will see the impressive Neo-Gothic Palace of Culture, the City Hall Palace and the Red Church built in secessionist style, the great Catholic Cathedral and the State Theater in neoclassical style.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Timisoara Historical Center, Timisoara, Timis County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaTimisoara, a very charming city for its architectural features for many Turkish, Serbian, Austrian and German elements, which will become the European Capital of Culture in 2021Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Timisoara.Day 14: Timisoara – The Corvini Castle – Alba Iulia – Sibiu ROMANIAStop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaIn the morning we will visit the most fascinating gothic castle in Eastern Europe and one of the most beautiful and greatest of our continent, the famous Corvin CastleDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAlba Iulia, an important city from a historical point of view, because the Great United Romania was made here on December 1st, 1918, so immediately after the First World WarDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Medieval city of Sibiu, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaIn the evening we will arrive in Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007, dominated by the Tower of the Clock or Council Tower dating to the medieval era and by the extensive 18th – 19th century Brukenthal museum, the former residence of the governor of Transylvania. The big square, the small square and Huet Square, with the Evangelical Cathedral, show off in all their beautyDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Biserica Sfanta Treime, Sibiel, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaDinner will be the perfect time to better live the life of the farmers as you will be guests of the inhabitants of the village of Sibiel, inside a typical Romanian house, where you will savor traditional dishes and drinks (water, wine and local alcoholic drinks included)Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. • Dinner: Dinner in the village of Sibiel, where you will savor traditional dishes(water,wine and local alcoholic drinks included)Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.Day 15: Sibiu – Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Bistrita (260 km) ROMANIAStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, Transylvaniavisit to the city of Sighisoara, with its imposing Clock Tower. This citadel is the best preserved in Europe and, extraordinary, it is still inhabited. Since 1999 the historic center of Sighisoara is a UNESCO heritage site. Here we will admire the church on the hill, reachable after a wooden staircase called the schoolchildren’s ladder. We will also see the statue of the famous Hungarian national poet Petofi Sandor, testifying to the fact that in Sighisoara the Magyar community was in the past numerically important. Next to the statue is the beautiful Catholic church, reserved for the Hungarian community, and the tower of the shoemakers. Lunch at the house where Vlad the Impaler was born (not included) Duration: 3 hoursStop At: National Theatre of Targu-Mures, Tirgu Mures, Mures County, Central Romania, Transylvaniain the late afternoon arrival at Targu Mures, a city in which the baroque style predominates. Targu Mures is dominated by the beautiful Palace of Culture, symbol of the locality, an extraordinary baroque palace. In this transylvanian city, the Hungarian community is still numerous and the architects who have worked on the design of historic buildings are all HungariansDuration: 1 hourStop At: Evangelical Church, Bistrita, Bistrita-Nasaud County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaTowards evening I arrive at the city of Bistrita, whose main monument is the Lutheran church, built in the fourteenth century in Gothic style but remodeled with Renaissance elements in the second half of the sixteenth century . Those who want to can take a pleasant walk in the city center, after dinner.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bistrita.Day 16: Bistrita – Voronet – Moldovita – Sucevita – Marginea – Radauti (250 km)Stop At: Voronet Monastery, Gura Humorului, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaThe monastery of Voronet (Unesco), nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of the Carpathians, founded by the great prince Stephen the Great and characterized by a beautiful blue color, inimitable and unique in the worldDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaThe Moldovita monastery (Unesco), another famous religious monument, founded by Pietro Rares in the 16th century and whose interior and exterior frescoes enchant the visitor.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaSucevita monastery, founded by the Movila brothers in the seventeenth century. Like the previous two, too, it presents Gothic and Byzantine elements, which merge to form the fascinating Moldovan architectural style. The frescoes on the northern façade of this monastery have remained visible thanks to the protective walls that have never been demolished here.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Marginea Ceramics, Suceava, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaVisit to the local artisans of Marginea, who perform excellent work with the famous black ceramic, here you will have the opportunity to enter the workshop to closely observe the various working phases of ceramic pots, but you can also buy items typical of Bucovina. At Marginea you can buy not only ceramic vases, but also beautiful painted eggs and decorated with the traditional Romanian techniqueDuration: 30 minutesStop At: The Gerald's HotelOvernight at Gerald’s 4 * hotel in Radauti or Best Western Bucovina 4 * in Gura Humorului.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight at Gerald’s 4 * hotel in Radauti or Best Western Bucovina 4 * in Gura Humorului.Day 17: Radauti – Piatra Neamt – Bicaz Gorges – Miercurea Ciuc (290 km)Stop At: Cucuteni Neolithic Art MuseumShort stop in Piatra Neamt, a famous ski resort that preserves a beautiful citadel founded at the time of Stephen the Great, in the fifteenth century and an 18th century synagogue. The city has a wonderful geographical position being surrounded by mountains that guard beautiful lush vegetationDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Bicaz Canyon, Bicaz, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaIn Bicaz Canyon we will admire a breathtaking landscape. The Bicaz gorges are crossed by a road flanked by a stream and constitute a landscape of strong emotional impact with thrilling cliffs. Along the gorges there is a market with typical handicrafts and souvenirs that make the attraction even more livelyDuration: 1 hourStop At: Red Lake, Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit of the Red Lake, a natural barrier lake, which was formed following the landslide of a part of a mountain, in fact the trunks of the trees are still present in the lake and this gives a particularly evocative atmosphere. The place is interesting especially for the legends that were born and have spread in reference to the name of the lake. During the visit you will become aware of these legendsDuration: 2 hoursPass By: Hunguest Hotel FenyőYou then continue through a scenic road that offers a spectacular view of the Carpathian chain to get to Miercurea Ciuc. This area is also called the Siberia of Romania for the low temperatures and the landscape that characterize this areaMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Miercurea Ciuc.Day 18: Miercurea Ciuc – Brasov – Bran – Sinaia (180 km)Stop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Brasov, a wonderful Transylvanian town, once entirely fortified, an important cultural, tourist and commercial center. Brasov impresses with its typically German architecture, where the Gothic, the Baroque and the Renaissance intersect to give life to an interesting and culturally very lively city. Visit of the First Romanian School, which is located in the oldest district of the city, and which was inhabited exclusively by Romanians, the Schei district, interesting for the entrances into the city that were carried out in medieval times through the Caatherine’s and Schei Gate, quest last of the nineteenth century. In Brasov we will also visit the impressive Black Church, the largest evangelical Gothic church in Eastern Europe, with a 65 meter high bell tower and a length of 90 meters, the church houses the most beautiful nineteenth-century mechanical organ of Romania. We will then admire the palaces and houses of the historic center, recently restored, with the Council Square which now houses a beautiful museum, and the pedestrian Avenue of the Republic.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvaniawe will visit the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. In the Middle Ages, Bran was exactly on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, so it was essential for the inhabitants of Brasov to build and preserve a defensive stronghold. In 1920 this fortress was transformed into a beautiful castle thanks to the intervention of Queen Maria of Romania.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Sinaia Town Hall, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaIn the evening arrival in Sinaia, the pearl of the Carpathians, where there is the beautiful Sinaia monastery founded by the great Michele Cantacuzino, a leading figure of the nobility and the Romanian culture of the seventeenth centuryDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sinaia.Day 19: Sinaia – Bucharest (130 km)Stop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaVisit to the fabulous Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first king of Romania, the King Charles 1 of Hohenzollern, of German origins. The castle was beautifully designed by a Czech architect, and is famous for being one of the most modern castles in Europe at the time of its construction, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each room is characterized by a unique style, different from the styles of the other rooms. We will also admire the Florentine room, where we will breathe a typically Italian and Renaissance atmosphere.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", BucharestVisit the Village Museum, founded by a Romanian sociologist and built in 1936 with the collaboration of construction experts, anthropologists, ethnographers and sociologists from all over Romania. This wonderful open-air museum offers the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the romanian farmers of the 19th century, their houses, their water mills and their churches entirely made of wood. Here everything is authentic. We will also admire a wooden Maramures church, which was dismantled and then taken to the museum. In this regard, remember that many wooden churches of Maramures are UNESCO heritageDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Palatul Parlamentului, BucharestVisit the Parliament Building, a majestic monument, second only in size to the Pentagon, built at the behest of the dictator in the 80s of the 900 and for whose creation an entire neighborhood was razed.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche, BucharestTour of the hystorical Center of Bucharest, a completely pedestrian area, with the remains of the princely fortress of Vlad the Impaler, the 16th century palatine church in Byzantine style, and the Stavropoleos church, an architectural jewel of the 18th century, in typical Wallachian style, with important oriental influences in external decoration.Dinner in the most famous restaurant in the capital, Caru cu Bere, which means the beer wagon, where you will have a great time thanks to the folklore show that will take place during dinner and where you will taste excellent traditional Romanian food. The beer produced here is original and the recipe is secret. Caru cu Bere has a fabulous neogothic facade and the restaurant was born as a brewery. The building is magnificently decorated inside in Art Deco style and with paintings representing scenes of bucolic and German life. In each painting you will see represented mugs of beer. As soon as you enter Caru cu Bere, you feel like you’re in a beautiful Bavarian brewery. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. • Dinner: Dinner in the most famous restaurant, Caru cu Bere, and enjoy a folklore show that will take place during dinnerNo accommodation included on this day.