Revealing the medieval towns, castles and painted churches of Romania
Bucharest - 1 night
Suceava - 2 nights
Cluj-Napoca - 1 night
Sibiu - 1 night
Sighisoara - 1 night
Brasov - 2 nights
Explore an independent Romania, in an itinerary that contrasts the landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains and the historic province of Transylvania with its legend of the 15th-century ruler of Wallachia, Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula) and the renowned painted churches in Moldavia. The tranquil nunneries and unique painted churches of Bucovina, with their flowery exterior frescoes protected by soaring shingle roofs, were painted in the 16th and 17th centuries but retain their freshness and colour.
Brasov is a 12th-century town renowned for its Gothic-style Black Church. In Sinaia, the ‘Pearl of the Carpathians’, Peles Castle is the summer residence of the first king of Romania, Carol I.
Nearby lies the village of Bran whose Medieval castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, was built by local merchants to protect the old border between Wallachia and Transylvania. Bucharest, the capital, sometimes known as ‘Little Paris’, has wide boulevards and French architecture, whilst the Palace of the Parliament is the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Guide Throughout
Group Size: 6 - 25
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Bucharest. Transfer to the 4-star Crowne Plaza Hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2 Tour of Bucharest includes the Palace of the Parliament, Metropolitan Church, Romanian Athenaeum, Arch of Triumph and visit the open-air Village Museum in Herastrau Park. Evening flight to Suceava. Transfer to the 4-star Hotel Sonnenhof in Suceava for two nights. (B)
Day 3 Travel to Gura Humorului for apple juice tasting. Tour of the painted churches includes Sucevita, which is the best preserved of all with imposing walls and defensive towers and Voronet, known as the 'Sistine Chapel of the East', famous for the blue colour used by the artists as background for its frescoes. (B, L)
Day 4 Cross Tihuta Pass which connects Bucovina with Transylvania and stop at the town of Bistrita en route to Cluj-Napoca. Walking tour of the Old Town including the Union Square with the Orthodox Cathedral and National Theatre. Overnight at the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton - City Plaza. (B)
Day 5 Travel to Alba Iulia, with its recently restored old town. Continue to Sibiu, another well preserved treasure house with three main squares around which the Old Town is built. Visit to the Bruckenthal Museum. Overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Ramada. (B)
Day 6 Tour of Sibiu includes the Orthodox Cathedral which resembles Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Travel to Sighisoara, visiting Biertan fortified church en route. Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the best preserved fortified Medieval towns in south-eastern Europe. Spend the night at the 4-star Mecure BinderBubi. (B)
Day 7 Visit to Clock Tower Museum. Drive to Brasov for two nights at the 4-star Aro Palace Hotel. Walking tour of the cobbled streets and visit to St. Nicholas Church and First Romanian School Museum. (B)
Day 8 Travel to Bran to visit Dracula's castle and enjoy a cheese tasting. Later, travel to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle followed by sparkling wine tasting in Azuga. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 9 Return to Bucharest for the flight to London Heathrow. (B)
This is a busy itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.
On occasion alternative hotels of a similar standard may be substituted and the sequential order of the tour is subject to local conditions and may change.
Modern 4-star hotel, close to Herãstrãu Park. Restaurants, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 164 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A modern 4-star hotel with a Tyrolean-inspired decor, surrounded by a garden. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 58 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Central 4-star hotel within a 10-minute walk of Unirii Square and St. Michael's Church. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 85 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A modern 4-star hotel in the historical centre of Sibiu. Facilities include restaurant, bar, gym, WiFi (free) and 127 air-conditioned rooms, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel with a Tyrolean-inspired decor and a vaulted wine cellar. It is close to the medieval centre of Sighisoara. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, spa, sauna, WiFi (free) and 52 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
This spacious 4-star hotel overlooks the Tampa Mountain and the medieval historic quarter of Brasov and is facing the central park. Restaurants. bar, indoor pool, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 196 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Danube Delta Extension
Travel from Brasov to Tulcea (6 hrs), the largest city on the Danube delta for one night and one night in Bucharest. Enjoy a Danube delta cruise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the delta wetlands are an intricate web of waterways, forests with flocks of pelicans amongst the wildlife. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Transfer to Tulcea (6 hrs) for overnight at the 4-star Delta Hotel. (B)
Day 2 Danube Delta cruise and transfer to Bucharest for overnight at the 4-star Golden Tulip Victoria Hotel. (B)
Day 3 Return flight to London Heathrow. (B)
A modern 4-star hotel on the shore of the Danube, in the centre of Tulcea. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 94 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Ideally located right in the heart of the city, this modern 4-star hotel is on historical Victoriei Street close to Bucharest's historical centre. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 78 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Tarom Romanian Air Transport from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £230
Tarom Business Class from £425
Extension - Danube Delta
2 nights £355
Single supplement £75
Add £1045 per person
Arrival transfer add £20
Departure transfer add £75
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Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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