11 days of exploring Romania - a cultural and historical tour

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11 days tour in Romania - a historical and cultural perspective

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Dear visitors,

Traveling to Romania is as rewarding as it is challenging.

Located in one of Europe’s corners, Romania remain still an undiscovered land for the foreign tourist, a place on the border between the Western civilization and Eastern mentalities, Catholic influence and Orthodox church, Latin and Slavic alphabet, Roman empire and Barbarian territories. The 11 days of travel will take you around the country on a journey of contrasts – from the busy capital to the quiet Maramures, from the German cities of Brasov and Sibiu to the wine yards of Cotnari, from the Merry Cemetery to the birth place of Dracula.
The tour will focus on the Romanian recent history but your every day touristy agenda will definitely change the main topic to different other puzzle pieces which, putted into the right combination, will reveal the real image of Romania.

Our travel agency will do it’s best for you to have a perfect time!

1st Day:

- Bucharest airport pick up;
- transport to a 3 star hotel, your residence hotel while exploring Bucharest;
- dinner at the hotel;

2nd Day:

house of the parliament

- breakfast at the hotel;
- 10.00 o'clock - meeting in front of the hotel for Bucharest 2 hours city tour - on the bus, accompanied by a local professional guide. The tour will be followed by another 2 hours visit at the House of the Parliament, the second largest building in the world, a Romanian symbol of totalitatism;
- 14.30 - lunch in the city center, walking distance from National Museum of History;
- 16.00 visit at the National Museum of History or, for those who would prefer another topic - visit at the National Art Gallery, walking distance between the museums;
- 19.00 o'clock - meeting at the National Art Gallery and departure to the hotel;
- 20.00 o'clock - meeting in hotel's reception for going for dinner. Traditional dinner, 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel;

3rd Day:

- breakfast at the hotel;
- 10.00 o'clock - meeting in front of the hotel for the visit at the Military Museum. Lecture hold by a recent history professor, focused on the Romanian and Whermacht army in the second world war. Questions and answers session.
- 15.00 o'clock lunch in a city center restaurant;
- 16.30 Walking tour in Bucharest. visit at one of the churches which had been putted on wheels and moved out from Ceausescu's city reconstruction ideas;
- 18.00 o'clock walking tour in the city center - Lipscani area;
- 19.00 o'clock - dinner in central restaurant;

4th Day:

nicolae ceausescu

- breakfast at the hotel;
- 09.00 o'clock meeting in front of the hotel, departure to Brasov, via Targoviste direction North - West
- 11.00 o'clock - walking tour at Tirgoviste Garrison, the location where Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena had their trial and execution on December 25th 1989;
- 12.30 - departure north on the national road 72A;
- 13.30 - quick visit at Mateias Memorial, a monument dedicated to the Romanian soldiers who died this region during the First World War;
- 14.00 o'clock - will pass by Dragoslavele military cemetery, over 1.100 Romanian and German soldiers who died during the First World War are berried here;
- 14.30 - lunch break at Cheile Gradistei;
- 16.30 - guiding tour at Bran Castle;
- 19.00 o'clock - departure to the city of Brasov. Accommodation and dinner in Brasov.

5th Day:

- breakfast at the hotel;
- 09.00 o'clock - Brasov short city tour;
- 11.00 o'clock - departure to the region of Moldova, Iasi on E574 road, direction Sfantu Gheorghe - Gheorgheni - Piatra Neamt - Iasi, about 370 km;
- 13.00 o'clock - short visit at Sumuleu Ciuc, a Franciscan Monastery, who has the largest Baroc style church in the country. Over 200.000 pilgrims are gathering here every year on the Whit Sunday;
- 15.30 - lunch break at Lacu Rosu - the Red Lake;
- 16.30 - departure time to Iasi, about 4 hours driving; First part through the gorge of Bicaz;
- 20.30 - accommodation and dinner in Iasi;

6th Day:

Bran castle

- breakfast at the hotel;
- 08.00 - short city tour focused on recent history realities (Jewish Iasi, the Iron Guard, the soviet army occupancy on August 22nd 1944);
- 11.00 o'clock - Stop at Cotnari wine yards for a wine tasting session;
- 14.00 o'clock - visit at the UNESCO painted church of Voronet;
- 15.00 o'clock lunch in a traditional guest house in Vama village;
- 16.00 o'clock departure to Maramures, passing the East Carpathians on E576 and then road 18, about 3 hours and 30 minutes to Sighet;
- quick stop in Moisei for visiting the monument dedicated to the civil Romanians killed by the hortyst troops while changing battle front in august 1944;
- 20.00 o'clock - accommodation and dinner in Sighet;

7th Day:

- breakfast at the hotel;
- 09.30 - visit at the Communist Memorial in Sighet;
- 12.00 - departure to Iza Valley;
- 12.40 - visit at Barsana Monastery, one of the nicest monasteries in Maramures;
- 14.00 - visit at a local wood carving studio in Barsana village;
- 15.30 - lunch in Sighet;
- 16.30 - departure to Sapanta and visit at the Merry Cemetery and the tallest wooden church in Europe;
- 20.00 - accommodation and dinner in Sighet;

8th Day:

a journey on Vaser valley

- early breakfast at the hotel;
- 7.15 - leaving the hotel for the steam train journey on Vaser Valley;
- 09.00 - the steam train is leaving the train station of Viseu de Sus for the journey on Vasser;
- 15.30- lunch in a traditional Poienile Izei, a traditional village;
- 17.00 o'clock - short walk in the village and visit at the local UNESCO wooden church;
- 18.00 o'clock - departure to Cluj on 17C road, via Sacel - Salva - Dej - Cluj;
- 21.00 - accommodation and dinner in Cluj;

9th Day:

- breakfast at the hotel;
- 9.00 o'clock - city tour of the city;
- 11.00 - departure to Sighisoara on E 60 road;
- 11.45 - Turda Salt Mine, definitely the nicest salt mine in Romania, will be an unforgettable visit;
- 14.30 - visit at Oarba de Mures cemetery and memorial. About 3500 Romanian soldiers who died fighting for regaining Transylvania in autumn 1944 are berried here, 1169 of them had been identified;
- 16.30 - arrival at the citadel of Sighisoara, the birth place of Dracula;
- 17.00 o'clock lunch in Sighisoara at Dracula's birth place;
- 20.00 - accommodation and dinner in Sighisoara;

10th Day:


- breakfast at the hotel in Sighisoara;
- 08.30 city tour of Sighisoara;
- 11.30 departure to Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007, on road no. 14;
- 14.30 - lunch in Sibiu;
- 16.00 o'clock - visit at Brukenthal Museum Sibiu;
- walk in Sibiu;
- 19.30 - dinner in Piata Mica;
- 21.00 - accommodation in a central hotel in Sibiu;

11th Day:

- breakfast at the hotel in Sibiu;
- 09.30 city tour of Sibiu;
- 11.00 o'clock - departure to Bucharest via Olt river valley via DN7 road, about 4 hours;
- 17.00 - lunch in a central restaurant in Bucharest;
- free time & shopping in Bucharest;
- 20.00 - dinner and accommodation in Bucharest;

Last day in Romania:

- breakfast at the hotel;
- free time in the city and / or departure to Henri Coanda International Airport;

The tour includes:

- specialized guiding (English, French or / and German language);
- accommodation in 3 or over 3 stars stars hotels, breakfast and dinner;
- accommodation and all the meals for the guide and driver;
- guiding and professional lecture hold by an recent history professor;
- transport on a high class bus;
- travel on Vaser Valley, on the steam train;
- car insurance for all passengers and their goods while in the car;
- entrances to all the touristy spots planned to be visited;

The tour does not include:

- the lunch for every day of the tour (which can be between 10 to 25 euros / person);
- personal expenses;

Feel free to contact us for the rates and more infos on this tour!