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DAY 10
Bucharest - Little Paris
Welcome to Bucharest, Romania, South-East Europe, and get ready to discover a whole world in just one country. Our guide will pick you up from Henri Coanda International Airport, Bucharest, and take you to a downtown 4-star hotel. Driving through the city, you will understand why Bucharest used to be called Little Paris. Arrive at the hotel and check in. When you feel up for it, get together with the guide and go for a walking tour of the most delightful architectural landmarks of Bucharest: Romanian Athenaeum (1888), National Art Museum (1937), Kretzulescu Church (1722), Central University Library (1893), Palace of the National Military Circle (1923), University Square, National History Museum (1900), CEC Palace (1897). This one-hour walking tour ends with a well-deserved sampling of Romanian cuisine, well known for its diversity and heartiness. Our recommendation is the Beer Cart (Caru’cu bere), one of the most famous places to eat out in the "old city center", a restaurant situated in a wonderful building, an outstanding architectural piece in itself. The atmosphere of this old beer hall makes for a fine introduction to the traditional Romanian experience. By now, you will have already had a taste of the city’s lifestyle. Next, you are going to explore it even further as we take a nice stroll on the narrow streets of the historic heart of Bucharest: the vibrant new "old city center". Scattered among the many new-sprung pubs, bars and restaurants, you will discover a number of heritage monuments such as: Old Princely Court (Curtea Veche) (15th century), Stavropoleos Church (1724), National Bank of Romania building (1880). Return to the hotel.
SIBIU (Hermannstadt) - A Transylvanian Saxon city
After breakfast, you meet with the guide and head out of Bucharest and on to Transylvania, or the land of Dracula. Destination: Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007. On the way, a must see is the Horezu Monastery (1690), another World Heritage Site, famous for its architectural purity and balance, a perfect illustration of the Brancoveanu church-building style, a synthesis between the West and East, with its rich stone-carved details, painted frescoes and votive portraits. This is also home of a unique type of Romanian pottery, Horezu pottery, listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. To reach Sibiu, the road takes you through a gorgeous natural defile, the spectacular Olt Defile. Another site not to miss in this part of the country is Cozia monastery, built in 1388, one of the most valuable national medieval art and architecture monuments in Romania. Welcome to Sibiu. Former centre of the Transylvanian Saxon community, the old city of Sibiu was ranked by Forbes as Europe's 8th most idyllic places to live in. After checking in, go out for lunch and visit the most important sights of the city: Grand Square (15th century), Little Square, Brukenthal Palace (1787), Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral (1520), Sibiu Orthodox Cathedral ( 1904), Liar’s Bridge, the Passage of Stairs, and The Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, the largest Romanian open-air museum and one of the largest in Central and Eastern Europe. Dinning in Sibiu is going to be quite a treat.
CLUJ NAPOCA - The capital of Transylvania
After breakfast, you leave Sibiu and head to another beautiful Transylvanian city, Cluj Napoca, unofficially the capital of the region. To learn and understand the history of the place, you visit first the ruins of the ancient Dacian kingdom capital, Sarmizegetusa Regia, a UNESCO Heritage Site. An Indo-European people, a branch of or related to the Thracians, the Dacians developed a distinctive and advanced civilization. Their rich heritage has endured until today, in the form of a citadel and housing areas, but also a sacred zone that reminds the visitor of Stonehenge. From ancient times, we travel to medieval times and we stop to visit the very well preserved Vauban citadel of Alba Iulia. The Alba Carolina citadel, with its seven bastions in the shape of a star, was built between 1716 and 1735. Within the walls of the citadel, more architectural beauties await the visitor’s gaze: Alba Iulia Orthodox Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Cathedral, and the Batthyaneum library, inside a former baroque church and famous all over the world for its ample collection of manuscripts and rare books, such as Codex Aureus (9th century), Codex Burgundus (15th century), Biblia Sacra (13th century). It’s now time to move on to one of Romania’s most beautiful cities, Cluj Napoca. After check in, you go for a stroll to take in the city’s Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture. The main landmarks are: Saint Michael’s Church (1390), Cluj Napoca Orthodox Cathedral (1930), National Theatre (1906), the Baroque Bánffy Palace (1775), Szeky Palace (1893), Franciscan Monastery and Church (1290), Calvin Reformed Church ( 1705), Greek-Catholic Cathedral (1779), Piarist Church (1724). Dinner in the beautiful old town.
MARAMURES - Europe's last bucolic region
After breakfast, head to one of Europe's last truly bucolic regions, Maramures. This is a place where you can enjoy genuine Romanian culture and traditions, breathtaking landscapes, and a rural lifestyle that goes back to medieval times. Your welcoming will consist of a full authentic folk party: traditional music and folk dances, followed by a taste of Maramures cuisine and the local brandy, palinka, made exclusively from fruits, herbs or fruit pomace, all ingredients indigenous to the Carpathian Basin region and free of additives. Here, you will visit a village where century-old traditions are still part of daily life. The local craftsmanship can be best observed in the monumental wooden Maramures gates that watch over the entrances to the houses. Supported by three columns, these gates feature traditional ornamental motifs, including the sun and the twisted rope - both symbols of life and continuity. If your fancy takes you, you can drive a horse-drawn carriage, you can carve wood or even do some copper, weaving or blacksmith work. After such hard work, you are invited to a traditional lunch prepared by our host. Another unique place to visit while in Maramures is the Săpânța Merry Cemetery, famous for its colorful tombstones decorated with naďve paintings and short original folk rhyming descriptions of the people buried there and of scenes from their lives. Return to guest house to enjoy the freshness of the countryside scenery.
The Peace and Beauty of BUCOVINA
After a countryside breakfast, visit the wooden churches of Maramures, also listed as UNESCO Heritage Sites. These outstanding examples of vernacular religious wooden architecture harmoniously combine the Orthodox religious tradition and Gothic influences, showing a high level of artistic maturity and craftsmanship. Visit the churches of Bârsana, Budeşti, Deseşti. From the wooded land of Maramures, you move to the mystical land of Bucovina, one of the most attractive areas on Romania’s map. On the way, visit the medieval town of Bistrita for lunch and a walking tour of the landmarks. Welcome to Bucovina. To help you discover all the treasures of Bucovina, we have planned a 2-day stay in this unique region. The hotel of our choice is, of course, located in a superb natural landscape. Just like in Maramures, getting to know the local traditions is a must. What better way to do that than a lively night of Bucovina folklore music, traditional food and drinks?
BUCOVINA'S painted monasteries
Bucovina is known worldwide for its masterpieces, the painted churches, built between the late 15th century and the late 16th century. UNESCO Heritage Sites inspired by the Byzantine art, the painted monasteries stand out as a unique European art current in those times. Their exterior painted walls have exceptional aesthetic value, showing a perfect blending in of colors and architecture with the surrounding landscape. On the walls, are to be found well-known episodes from the Bible and Holy Scriptures portrayed according to the Orthodox Christian tradition. Visit Voronet, Humor and Moldovita painted monasteries. Another place known worldwide is the village of Marginea, where the local artisans produce the blackened pottery. You can get a piece of pottery as a souvenir or make one yourself. Bucovina is indeed a place of peace and beauty where people still live according to ancient customs. Visiting a village household, you’ll get to learn Romanian traditions, archaic lifestyle and local gastronomy. Return to the hotel for some relaxation time and dinner.
BRASOV (Kronstadt) - An authentic medieval city
After visiting the bucolic areas of Romania, you return to Transylvania in order to discover more castles, medieval towns, and citadels. The citadel of Sighisoara is your first stop, one more UNESCO Heritage Site, considered to be the most beautiful and well preserved inhabited citadel in Europe and one of the only few fortified towns in the world still inhabited. Before reaching Sighisoara, you pass through a magnificent area created by the largest artificial lake in Romania, Lake Bikaz, formed by the 127-meter high Bikaz Dam. Welcome to Sighisoara. For several hours we will make sure you have a medieval experience as we provide a guided walking tour, followed by lunch and free time to wander around the narrow streets of the citadel on your own. The landmark of the city is the Clock Tower, a 64-meter high tower built in the 13th century. Other interesting sights are: The Church on the Hill, the Covered Staircase, the Dominican monastery. After a one-hour drive, you reach the former German city of Brasov. In terms of accommodation, we have chosen a lovely hotel, located only 5 minutes away from the city of Brasov, in the mountain area, entirely surrounded by nature. After checking in, you will have lunch outside, on the hotel's superb and panoramic terrace. For the rest of the day, you are going to visit Brasov, a veritable medieval city. Its main attractions are: the Black Church (1444), the Council Square, the Rope Street, the narrowest street in Romania, St. Nicholas Church (1495), Catherine's Gate (1559), Şchei Gate (1828), Braşov Citadel Fortress (1625), the Lutheran Saint Bartholomew Church (13th century), the Franciscan Monastery (1507). Our retreat for dinner is the Panoramic Restaurant, located on Tâmpa, a high hill in the middle of the city. You will cover the distance from the city to mount Tâmpa by cable car. The view from the top is spectacular. Return to hotel.
The Romanian Black Sea
Before leaving Transylvania for the seaside, our tour will take you to the most popular site for tourists, Bran, Dracula's world famous castle, but also to the Rasnov fortress, and Peleș Castle, the old residence of the Royal family. Throughout history, Peleș Castle hosted some important personalities, from royalties and politicians to artists. One of the most memorable visits was that of Kaiser Franz Joseph I of Austro-Hungary in 1896. In recent times, many foreign leaders such as Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford spent time in the castle. The architectural style of the Peleș Castle is a Romantic blend of German Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival, similar to Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. It's time to head to the Romanian Black Sea. Our accommodation will be located in the most important seaside resort, Mamaia, a popular destination in summertime for both Romanians and foreign tourists. Fish dishes are going to be your treat for lunch, followed by a relaxing walking tour of the beach. Dinner on the seaside will complete this perfect day full of adventure.
The unspoiled natural beauty of the DANUBE DELTA
Two hours away from the Black Sea, we discover the second largest river delta in Europe, after the Volga delta. The Danube Delta is famous for its highly diverse flora and fauna, unique to Europe and the world. To the traveler, the wild Danube Delta appears as a maze of lagoons, canals and lakes. Among other wildlife wonders, you will be delighted to discover the only place in Europe where wild horses still survive. Your day will combine the cultural heritage of this land with the wild beach landscapes. The first encounter with the wild Danube Delta is Gura Portiţei, a place located on a narrow strip of sand between the Black Sea and Lake Goloviţa. Originally a fishing village, Gura Portiţei is known today as one of the most secluded and quiet Romanian seaside tourist destinations. This place is accessible only by boat, from Jurilovca. On this extremely narrow strip of land, with its shoals and floating islands, there is a pub, a village, and a campsite. As for the other tourists you will meet here, they are a handful sun worshipers lost in this dreamy, lonely place. After lunch, we get back on the road and head to our accommodation in Tulcea city. Enjoy a walking tour of the city and then dinner. In this spectacular part of the world one can only dine outdoors, in the middle of nature, a true feast consisting of several fish dishes.
You cannot leave this stunning place without visiting Letea Forest. Here, you can admire a rich subtropical fauna and, of course, the wild horses. Letea Forest is the northernmost subtropical forest in the world and the only place in Europe where wild vines grow. Along the way, you will have a great view of the wild wetlands dotted with picturesque fishing villages. You will also get a first glimpse at the huge variety of the birdlife here: great white and small egrets, pygmy cormorants, flights of pelicans, hoopoes, white-winged black terns, black-winged stilts, marsh harriers, ferruginous ducks, sometimes even the impressive white-tailed eagle and many more. Letea Forest is home to about 3,600 wild horses, the last remaining horses to roam free on the European continent.
BUCHAREST - Little Paris
Leave the wilderness of the Danube Delta behind and return to Bucharest. After checking in, we gather for impressions, we relax and decide together what we want to do next in the capital city. It could be anything you want, from shopping to anything else you might have in mind. We also recommend you a visit to the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest building on the planet, after the Pentagon. It has 1,100 rooms designed in an eclectic neoclassical architectural style. For lunch, we go to the Manuc’s Inn, an authentic 19th century gasthaus, in the very heart of Bucharest. For the evening, we suggest a Bucharest city bus tour. The city bus will take you on a complete tour of Bucharest to discover new and fascinating locations.
BUCHAREST - City parks
Depending on your flight time, go for a walk through the parks of Bucharest: Herastrau Park, one of the largest and most beautiful European parks, Cismigiu Gardens, a romantic place, with its lush lawns, trees, flowers and lakes, Carol I Park, a French-style garden, inaugurated in 1906, or Tineretului Park, a large and quite nice park featuring some of the best playgrounds in the city. Hoping you enjoyed your stay in Romania, we wish you a pleasant flight back home and we look forward to seeing you again in Romania, for more delightful experiences. Transport to the Henri Coanda International Airport.
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