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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 (Caruícu 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 cityís 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.
CLUJ NAPOCA - The capital of Transylvania
After breakfast, you meet with the guide and head out of Bucharest and on to Transylvania, or the land of Dracula. Destination: Cluj Napoca, the capital of Transylvania. On the way, visit Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007. 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. Here, we have lunch and a walking tour of the most important sights of the city: Grand Square (15th century), Little Square, Brukenthal Palace (1787), Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral (1520), Sibiu Orthodox Cathedral ( 1904), Liarís Bridge, the Passage of Stairs. After a one-hour drive, you reach Alba Iulia and visit the very well preserved Vauban citadel. 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 visitorís 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). Itís now time to move on to one of Romaniaís most beautiful cities, Cluj Napoca. After check in, you go for a stroll to take in the cityís Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture. The main landmarks are: Saint Michaelís Church (1390), Cluj Napoca Orthodox Cathedral (1930), National Theatre (1906), the Baroque BŠnffy 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. After lunch, visit the unique Merry cemetery from Sapanta, famous for its colorful tombstones decorated with naÔve 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.
MARAMURES - Wooden land
After a traditional bio breakfast, 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. For the second part of the day, 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 B‚rsana, Budeşti, Deseşti. Return to the hotel for some relaxation time and dinner.
MARAMURES - Ellie Wiesel birthplace
For the last day in Maramures you are welcome to take a ride with the only forestry narrow gauge railway line still working in Romania. Several steam locomotives are still operating on this line and one of these is almost 100 years old! The line was constructed in 1933 and has been operating daily ever since. During the relaxing journey, travelers can enjoy the views of woodland and rushing rivers. After a picnic and a walk in the forest, while the train is loaded at the terminus travelers, will return to Sighetul Marmatiei town and you'll find out why! To understand the history and traditions of the region, we choose to visit a few museums including the Maramures Village Museum, the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and the house where the Nobel Price winner, Elie Wiesel was born, all located in Sighetul Marmatiei town. Return to our accommodation and having a traditional dinner.
Maramures breathtaking natural landscapes
For our last day in Maramures, we gather for impressions, we relax and decide together what we want to do next. It could be anything you want, from a trekking route to the surrounding forests , visiting a village household, relax and admire the breathtaking natural landscapes from the hotel terrace or anything else you might have in mind. The concept is that to spend this day as you wish, given the experiences of the past three days.
BRASOV (Kronstadt) - An authentic medieval city
After visiting the bucolic area 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. 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 T‚mpa, a high hill in the middle of the city. You will cover the distance from the city to mount T‚mpa by cable car. The view from the top is spectacular. Return to hotel.
BUCHAREST - Little Paris
Before leaving Transylvania, 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. After reach to Bucharest and check in 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. For dinner, we go to the Manucís Inn, an authentic 19th century gasthaus, in the very heart of Bucharest.
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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149/26.01.2013
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28268/06.12.2013
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