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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.
TG JIU - One of the great works of 20th century outdoor sculpture
Meet your guide at the hotel in the morning. After breakfast, leave for a tour of Constantin Brâncuşi’s sculptures displayed outdoors in Targu Jiu. 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. Reach Targu Jiu and visit Brâncuși’s three masterpieces: Table of Silence, Kissing Gate and Endless Column. This group of sculptures is considered to be one of the great 20th-century outdoor sculpture works. The monument was built to honor the soldiers who defended Târgu Jiu in the First War World. Constantin Brâncuşi was at the time living in Paris but welcomed the opportunity to create a large commemorative sculpture in his homeland. He accepted the commission in 1935 but refused to receive payment for it. Only 25 km from Targu Jiu, we find Hobita village, the birthplace of the great sculptor. In less than one hour, we reach Rânca, a recently developed Romanian resort, located in the Parâng Mountains, a place that provides wonderful views of the Parângu Mare peak. This is where we are going to spend the night. After a walking tour of the resort to get some fresh mountain air, we have dinner.
After breakfast, cross the Carpathian Mountains and descend to one of the most beautiful and oldest spa resorts in Romania, Baile Herculane, our accommodation for the next few days. The town has a long history of human habitation and the legend has it that the weary Hercules stopped in the valley to bathe and rest. During the 165 years of Roman domination of Dacia, the Herculaneum Spa was known all over the Empire. Unearthed stone carvings show that visiting Roman aristocrats turned the town into a Roman leisure center. Six statues of Hercules from the time have been discovered. The spa town is famous for its natural healing properties: hot springs with sulfur, chlorine, sodium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals, as well as negatively ionized. For the rest of the day we recommend a relaxation spa treatment, togheter with a walking tour of the town for its beautiful mountain setting and the Austro-Hungarian era buildings. Dinner at one of the many pensions built along Cerna river.
After breakfast, get ready for an amazing day. The Danube fjords, in Romanian, Danube gorges, are located at less than one hour from our accommodation. Leave in the morning because we expect a busy day. Our journey starts with a boat ride on the Danube river to admire the tallest sculpture in Europe, Decebal statue ( the king of dacians, romanian ancestors) 55 m high and 25 m wide, with only six feet less than the Statue of Liberty, eight more than the monument of Christ in Rio and ten meters above the Colossus of Rhodes. Continue our boat ride and in the left bank of the Danube discover Ponicova cave, carved in Ciucaru Grand Massif. After this, visit Mraconia monastery founded in 1453, unique in the world through it’s location in the greatness and splendor of those picturesque places. Before climbing the Ciucaru Grand Massif for the panoramic view of the Danube fjords, we have lunch. When you are ready, start climbing for a medium mountain route for almost one hour. The route follows the mountain trails that go through forests of oak, beech and grassland. Belvedere points, not few in number, are places where you can admire and photo the Danube fjords. Finnaly, back to our accomodation. Dinner on the terrace accompanied by fresh mountain air and Cerna river background noise.
TIMISOARA - Little Viena
Close to Baile Herculane spa mountain resort, it's located one of the most beautiful Romanian cities, Timisoara., Having belonged for a very long time to the Habsburg Empire and with a city center entirely made of buildings from the Kaiser era, the city is known as “Little Vienna”. In 1884, this was the first mainland European city to introduce electrical street lamps. In 1867, it was the second European and the first city in what is today Romania that had horse drawn trams. Gustave Eiffel, the creator of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, designed one of the city’s footbridges over the Bega river. Before we reach Timisoara, we visit the Nera Gorges National Park, where some of the most beautiful Romanian natural landscapes are to be found –lakes, rivers, gorges, suspended bridges, caves, old forests, tunnels, and green hills. It includes seven nature reserves and the largest old-growth beech forests in Europe. Reach Timisoara, check in and take a walking tour of the city’s landmarks: Union Square, an elegant baroque square in the middle of the city, with its St. Georges Cathedral (The Dome), Baroque Palace, Orthodox Serbian Cathedral,Holy Trinity Monument, Millennium Church. The square offers a lot of open-air bars where you can hang out during the summer unless you prefer just sitting on the grass. Not far from Union Square, another place not to be missed is Victory Square, formerly Opera Square, where the Romanian anti-communist Revolution started. Opposite the Opera House, at the other end of Victory Square, we find Timişoara’s Orthodox Cathedral. It has 11 towers, of which the central and the highest is 96-meter high. In the evening, we have dinner in one of the many open-air restaurants, the perfect way to feel the vibe of the city and sample the wide range of cuisines Timisoara has to offer.
TIMISOARA - Little Viena
With Timişoara, Traian Vuia International airport, being Romania s third largest airport in terms of air traffic, after Bucharest Henri Coandă and Aurel Vlaicu Airport, we encourage not to return to Bucharest, where you can arrive only after a half a day driving and take your flight, directly from Timisoara. Second choice is the Budapest airport which is just three hours away from Timisoara. We’ll be providing transportation from Timisoara to Budapest.
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