Wine and Gastronomy Tour of Romania

Tour ID: 1018
Tour Theme: Food and Wine Tours
Countries: Romania
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
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Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1:
ROUTING: BUCHAREST
- Upon arrival your private English-Speaking guide will pick you up from your location in Bucharest Airport and take you to your hotel in the city centre
- Check in hotel
- Then enjoy a city tour including visits to People's House (built by Ceauşescu, the second biggest construction in the world, after the Pentagon), and The Peasant Museum.
- Dinner in a traditional restaurant.
- Overnight in Bucharest
ACCOMMODATION: Berthelot Hotel 4*
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Day 2:
ROUTING: BUCHAREST – DRAGASANI – HOREZU – BUCHAREST
- Depart on the way to Dragasani and visit the Stirbei vineyard, property of an very old nobiliar family of Romania which also have a long tradition in wines. The vineyard is very proud about the unique wines, special grapes which grow only there (Ex. Novac).
- Wine tasting and lunch.
- Next we’ll visit the Horezu area, famous for the monastery (UNESCO site) and for the local traditions, especially the local pottery workshops.
- In the afternoon return to Bucharest.
- Overnight in Bucharest
ACCOMMODATION: Berthelot Hotel 4****

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Day 3:
ROUTING: BUCHAREST - URLATI - SINAIA - AZUGA
- Breakfast
- We leave Bucharest after breakfast and head for Urlati.
- The vineyards here are well known for wines which perfectly accompany dishes prepared from game. Feteasca Neagra is one of the few native varieties that are to be found only on Romanian soil; it is a red wine which recalls the taste and color of blackberries.
- We visit the wine cellars and get all information about technology. Wine tasting of five different types of wines.
- Lunch
- Transfer through the beautiful Prahova Valley to Sinaia, in order to visit The Romanian Royal Castle (Peles Castle), built on the demand of king Carol
- In the evening arrive to Azuga and visit Rhein Wine Cellars. The Rhein Wine Cellars date from 1892, and used to be the wine supplier of the Romanian royal family. They are also the oldest cellars where the Champaign method sparkling wine is produced continuously ever since the cellar settlement.
We are accommodated in a 3*** pension housed by the Rhein Wine Cellars.
- Overnight in Azuga
ACCOMMODATION: PENSION 3***
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Day 4:
ROUTING: AZUGA - BRASOV
- Breakfast.
- Visit the Rhein Cellar, the wine museum and wine tasting.
- Next we head to the city of Brasov, one of the most beautiful Medieval Saxon towns with a city tour including the Black Church, Council Square, Ecaterina’s Gate, Weaver’s bastion, aso.
- Lunch.
- Free time for shopping or relaxing
- Overnight in Brasov in the heart of the old town.
ACCOMMODATION:
Casa Wagner Hotel***
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Day 5:
ROUTING: BRASOV - LACU ROSU - BICAZ GORGES - PIATRA-NEAMT
- Breakfast
- We leave Brasov in the morning and head towards Moldova region.
- On the way, we pass through a region inhabited by the strongest minority in Romania; The Szeklers.
- We arrive in Lacu Rosu - The Red Lake resort. Here we visit a trout farm and have lunch consisting of fresh trout.
- After lunch we take a walk of about half an hour through Bicaz Gorge some of the most spectacular gorges in Romania, with rock walls as high as 300m.
- In late afternoon we arrive in Piatra-Neamt, also called The Moldavian Pearl.
- Dinner
- Overnight in Piatra Neamt
ACCOMMODATION: PENSION 3*
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Day 6:
ROUTING: PIATRA-NEAMT - TARPESTI - COTNARI - IASI
- Breakfast
- After breakfast we head towards Tarpesti village. It is one of the cultural highlights of our trip, as we have the chance to visit the vast collection of popular artefacts belonging to Mr Popa, to see the archaeological finds that he personally uncovered in more than 20 sites he explored personally, to see his collection of wooden and stone sculptures he permanently enriches, to meet the man himself (he is 89 years old) and his family and maybe to see him at work.
- We also have a tasty home made lunch, accompanied by local brandy and wine, in the laidback atmosphere of his garden.
- After lunch we continue towards one of the most famous wine-growing region in Romania ⓠCotnari. Here the vineyards are over seven centuries old, dating from the time of the Moldavian ruler -Stephen the Great (1457 -1504). The premium wines here are Grasa, Tamâioasa and Frâncusa, other native varieties of wine, which even in the 15th century were known in many other parts of Europe. Visit the cellars and wine tasting.
- In the evening we arrive in Iasi, the capital city of the Moldavian region. It is a romantic city, with an architecture greatly influenced by the French 19th century.
- Overnight in Iasi
ACCOMMODATION: HOTEL 3*
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Day 7:
ROUTING: IASI - CRICOVA - CHISINAU
- Breakfast
- After breakfast we pass the border into Romania's smaller sister -the Republic of Moldova. Here we visit Cricova winery. Founded in 1952, it is famous for its unique underground labyrinths and also for its excellent wines. The greatest part of Cricova's production facilities is placed underground, at a depth of 60-80 m, representing a huge Underground City of Wine, comprising numerous galleries which spread at a length of more than 60 km. These cellars were declared the object of national cultural patrimony and granted the supreme state award «The Order of the Republic»
- Wine tasting and lunch.
- Transfer to the capital of the Republic of Moldavia Chisinau.
- After a short city tour we have dinner in a traditional restaurant.
- Overnight in Chisinau
ACCOMMODATION: HOTEL 3*
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Day 8:
ROUTING: CHISINAU - TULCEA
- Breakfast
- After breakfast we visit the biggest underground wine gallery in the world, Milestii Mici wine cellars, with their outstanding wine streets and the biggest wine collection, included in the Guinness book.
- Visit of the cellars, wine tasting and lunch.
- In the afternoon we leave the Republic of Moldavia and head back to Romania, this time to another region - Dobrogea.
- We cross the river Danube by ferryboat and reach the town of Tulcea, the entrance gate to the Danube Delta.
- Dinner with fish specialties
- Overnight in Tulcea
ACCOMMODATION: HOTEL 3*
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Day 9:
ROUTING: DANUBE DELTA - BUCHAREST
- Breakfast
- One day trip on the canals of the fascinating Danube Delta -the second largest Delta in Europe, included in the UNESCO world heritage list, unique for its fauna flora and wildlife, a very important biosphere reserve.
- Lunch with fish specialties on the boat.
- In the evening return to Bucharest.
- Farewell Dinner in Bucharest
ACCOMMODATION: Berthelot Hotel 4****
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Day 10:
ROUTING: BUCHAREST
- Breakfast
- Transfer to Bucharest and final good-bye from your guide
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