Grand Combo Tour of Romania and Moldova

Tour ID: 1233
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours
Countries: Romania, Moldova
Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
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Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1:

- Arriving on the Bucharest International Airport and meet with our guide.
- Start your transfer to Brasov.
- Overnight in Brasov
Option A: Casa Wagner Hotel***
Option B: Flamingo Pension ***

Day 2 :

- Breakfast. Start the day exploring the medieval center of Brasov. A walking tour through the 8 centuries history of the city. Highlights: Council Square, Black Church, Weaver's Bastion, St. Ecaterina's Gate, Black and White Towers, medieval wall.
- The rest of the day is dedicated for visits at three of the most important castles from the Romania.
- Starting in Sinaia with a visit at Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania, the Peles Castle is 44 kilometres far from Brasov, in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort as well. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th up to the19th centuries.
- Visit at Rasnov Fortress. Built in 1331, the Fortress had a defense role and it was a shelter for the inhabitants of Rasnov in case of enemy attacks. In the middle of the courtyard there is a well 146 metres deep and the ruins of an 11th - 12th century - Orthodox church were discovered here.
Nowadays the Fortress houses an interesting museum.
- In the afternoon visit the famous Bran Castle. Also called Dracula's Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometres) at the entrance in the Bran - Rucar passage. The castle got its fame from Dracula's legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola.. The first documents about the Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Along the history, the Castle had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg, of the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In the XX century the castle was donated to the royal family and became a royal residence. The museum preserve the furniture and objects from that period.
- Return to Brasov.
Option A: Casa Wagner***
Option B: Flamingo Guesthouse***

Day 3:
- Breakfast. Start our route to the north-east regions of Romania. First stop in the village of Prejmer (near to Brasov) and a visit at Prejmer Fortified Church (Unesco Heritage).
- We'll cross the mountains in our way to Iasi, and we'll enjoy the beauty of the mountains landscape.
- Optional we can stop at Cotnari, the famous Romanian vineyard for a visit inside the cellar and tasting wine.
- In the evening arrive at Iasi.
Option A: 4 stars hotel
Option B: 3 stars hotel

Day 4:
- Breakfast. Leave Iasi and we'll pass the border with Republic of Moldova. Arrive at Chisinau - the Capital of Moldova.
- We'll meet with our local specialized guide and we'll go to visit Orheiul Vechi, a medieval town and interesting museum complex, existing from the ancient times. The first stop is at Gangura-Parcalab fortress, that refers to the period of reign of Stephan the Great - the famous Moldavian ruler.
- Near is the museum of archeological discovery who present all types of crockery from different periods and settlements.
- On the territory of the museum complex we can visit 2 objects of religious culture: Sacrific Uspennsk rocking church, built by monarchs-hermits in XII-XIII centuries and a small church built at the beginning of XV th century by turcks at the time when the town Shehr-ali-Dgedid existed on this territory. Passing along the river Raur, we can enter in two small rooms, made in rock- Bosia monarchy that once was owned by the moldavian ruler Vlaicu Pircalab in the XVII century. Here are preserved inscriptions on the walls, in old Slavic languages.
- If you visit a Butuceni village, you have the possibility to enter small house. The majority of Moldavian population before XIX - beginning of the XX century lived in such houses. You will see the famous Casa Mare, decorated by products of handwork, loom, household effects, that is not used today, bur exists in museums. You should enter in one more house, decorated by a well-disposed man. Here you can see a big collection of antique things, that people found in their gardens.
- Than we'll go for a wine tour at Chateau Vartely, a modern tourist complex with hotel, restaurant and tasting rooms. You can choose from 3 tasting packages High Quality, Selected Wines, World Collection.
- Return to Chisinau
Option A or B:  Codru Hotel**** or similar.

Day 5:

- Breakfast. We'll start with a panoramic tour of Chisinau, visits at the most important cultural and religious monuments from the Capital of Moldova.
- In the second part of the day we'll have another chance to taste and enjoy the very known Moldavian wines. We'll go at Milestii Mici Wine Caves. Milestii Mici galleries lasts over 200 kilometers and were noted in Guinness World Records Book as the most large wine collection in Europe. Golden Collection contains over 2 million bottles of harmonious wines.
- The wines stored here are made of various years' crops, beginning with the 1968 to 1991. The spirit of the age is very well felt here, in this underground wine city, emerged from wide tunnels. You can pass by car these 200 km of natural lime galleries. The constant temperature of 12-14 ºC and the humidity of 85-95% of this "kingdom of wine" ideally contribute to the preservation of the Moldavian strategic stocks.
- Welcome to the wine depositary - once you see this marvel - to return here over and over again in search of the wine of your dreams! You'll have to choose between a some visiting, tasting and/or eating packages inside the cellar.
- Return to Chisinau
Option A or B:  Codru Hotel**** or similar.

Day 6:

- Breakfast. Leave from Moldova to Iasi. Panoramic tour of Iasi, with the main attraction of the City (Culture Palace, Cathedral, etc..). Depart on the route to Suceava, former capital of Moldavia in the medieval ages. Here we visit Suceava Citadel, which was built during the rule of the Prince Petru I Musat (1375-1391), having 10 m high and 2 m thick defense walls and a defense tower in every corner, the entrance into the citadel being realized by crossing a bridge with piers. Here died Stephen the Great.
- Continue our route to the region of outside painted monasteries from Bucovina. First two who will be Voronet and Humor.
- Voronet was founded in 1488 by Stephen the Great . It is the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting . The doors of the porch have a Renaissance framing, whereas the stone carvings of the broken arches at the doors and windows belong to the Gothic style. Voronet Monastery had been dubbed the oriental Sixtine Chapel , whereas Voronet Blue , a color obtained from lapis lazuli, entered in the lexicon of art alongside Titian red and Veronese green, and to this day has yet to be reproduced by natural means
- Humor Monastery dates from 1530, this monastery was among the first churches to be painted , the frescoes were painted in 1535. Humor is painted in reddish brown ( from oriental madder pigment), colors are brilliant and truthful to nature.
Option A or B: Hilde's Residence ****.

Day 7:

- Breakfast. Continue to explore the region visiting:
- Sucevita Monastery is the last and the most magnificent monastic achievement among the painted monasteries in Bucovina , looks as a real fortress, with towers, buttresses and watch roads. Built in 1581, by one bishop, it was dedicated to the Assumption in 1584. Paintings of the Sucevita monastery were best preserved both on the outside and on the inside( Ladder of Virtue, the last Judgment, the tree of Jesse,)
- Moldovita Monastery dates back from 1532 and is due to the ruling prince Petru Rares
It has the aspect of a fortress, with imposing towers and high, thick walls. The church has a three-cusped plan, as well as an open porch. It Is decorated with scenes from the 16th c Moldavian life. You can see here the best preserved frescoes, with fresh and vivid colors.
- The beginnings of Putna Monastery, the most important religious, cultural and artistic centre in mediaeval Moldavia, take us back to the year 1466 when, upon the initiative of Prince Stephen the Great , a church of impressive dimensions was built on a patch of forest cleared for the purpose. The edifice was erected among 1466 and 1469 and consecrated in 1470; to it was added a few more buildings: a princely home standing on the southern side, outer walls and defense towers; all of them completed in 1481. Miniature painters, many embroiderers, icon makers, weavers, silversmiths, sculptors in wood and book-binders toiled on in the quiet atmosphere of the monks' cells at Putna. They continued valuable Romanian patterns and achieved works of great artistic value which today are the pride of all museums and libraries housing them. Special mention should be made of the sumptuous and elegant Four Gospels created here, adorned with miniatures in which perfect drawing combines with a motley color scheme in which gold prevails, as well as the fine embroideries (epitaphs, iconostasis curtains, coverings of tetrapods and of graves, stoles, etc.), many of them on show in the museum of the monastery.
- Black Pottery Centre from Marginea village, famous for its black earthenware pottery renowned to date back to the ancient Dacian (pre-Roman) period.
Return to Gura Humorului
Option A or B: Hilde's Residence ****.

Day 8:

- Breakfast. Depart from Gura Humorului and cross the mountains again to visit Maramures County, maybe the most beautiful region of Romania - Maramures - the land of traditions and wooden churches.
- First stop at Ieud where we can visit the oldest wooden church made in to the 14-een century (UNESCO). Don't miss the The Maramures's Woman Museum from Dragomiresti, where you can learn about maramuresean traditions and way of live. (only if time will allow).
- Next we are to The Birsana church , built in 1720 , listed on UNESCO Heritage List , with the florid paintings , the best in Maramures and the Barsana Monastery (UNESCO ) a large monastic complex comprising of several wooden buildings, all constructed in the local style , including the wooden church. The Gate Tower is the higher wooden building from Europe.
- Overnight at Sighetu Marmatiei
Option A: Casa Iurca Pension****
Option B: Borlean Traditional House

Day 9:
- Breakfast. In the morning a visit is possible at Museum of Communist Horror, a former communist prison where a lot of politicians, teachers, artists, students died because they was opponents of the new communist govern after War World II.
- We'll continue our visit with a stop at Sapanta and visit the famous Merry Cemetery, truly one of the most unique sites in Europe. It is famous for its colourful tombstones with native paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.
- Our route will go than to Oradea, a city in western region of Romania. Near to the Hungarian Border.
- Overnight Oradea
Option A: Hotel Vulturul Negru ****
Option B: Impero ***

Day 10:
- Breakfast. In the morning a visit through the center of Oradea will lead you through the charm of Art Nouveau architecture style, Cathedrals and pedestrians areas.
- Leaving Oradea our route will go to south and we'll change the beauty of culture sights with the amazing Bear's Cave. The cave was named so, as numerous cave bears were found in this cave. The cave was visited by these large animals more than 15.000 years ago. It is the only modern show cave in Romania, with paved paths, banisters, and electric light.
- The day will end in the evening at Hunedoara.
- Overnight at Hunedoara
Option A or B: Rusca Hotel***

Day 11:
- Breakfast. visit the Hunyad's Castle. The most representative castle in this part of Transylvania was built in 14th century and became famous as a property of Iancu of Hunedoara, the great ruler and fighter against the Ottoman Empire at that time. Built in the 14th century, on the place of an old fortification, on a rock below which flows the small river Zlasti the castle is a large building, with tall and diversely coloured roofs, towers, windows and balconies adorned with carvings in stone.
- Next stop at Alba Iulia. The modern city is located near the site of the important Dacian political, economic and social centre named Apulon (believed by many archaeologists to be the Dacian fortifications on top of Piatra Craivii). In the roman period the city was known as Apullum. In 1918, tens of thousands of Romanians gathered in Alba Iulia on December 1, now commemorated as the National Day of Romania, to hear the proclamation of the union of Transylvania with the Romania Kindom. In1922, Ferdinand of Romania was symbolically crowned King of Romania in Alba Iulia in an act which mirrored the achievement of Michael the Brave. Visit the old citadel, The Reunion Cathedral, The Reunion Hall and Museum, The Catholic Cathedral (who host the grave of Iancu de Hunedoara - the famous ruler of Transylvania.
- End the day in Sighiosoara, one of the most preserved medieval city from Europe. Situated in Mures County, on the valley of the Tarnava Mare river, Sighisoara (former Dacian settlement and also called "the pearl of Transylvania") was founded by the German immigrants in the second half of the 12th century and it was turned into a city in 1407. Its medieval aspect may be found both in the centre of the city and inside the Fortress of Sighisoara. In this area, houses are built very close to one another, giving a sense of "crowdedness" (in order to occupy the least space possible).
- Overnight at Sighisoara
Option A: Sighisoara Hotel ***
Option B: Casa Saseasca Pension***

Day 12:
- Breakfast. Visit the medieval citadel of Sighisoara. Main sights are: Clock Tower and History musum, Birthplace of Vlad the Impaler the famous and cruel Romanian prince, Church on the Hill, Covered Stairs, etc...
- Onto Biertan for a visit at the second biggest fortified church from South East Europe (included in the Unesco Heritages List).
- In the afternoon we'll arrive in Sibiu and we'll make a city tour. Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture in 2007. The Big Square, the Small Square, the Ursuline Church, The Franciscan Church, The staircase Tower, the Tanners Tower, the Lier's Bridge , the House of the Butcher's Guild and Bruckenthal Museum are the most important sights.
- Overnight in Sibiu
Option A: Ramada Hotel****
Option B: Zorba Guest House****

Day 13:
- Breakfast. Leave Sibiu and we'll cross the Carpathians mountains once again through the beautiful Olt River's Valley. On the way stop at Cozia Monastery, erected by Mircea cel Bătrân in 1388 and boasting his tomb, is one of the most valuable monuments of national medieval art and architecture in Romania. Wall facets' decorations with original stone rosettes and frames display early Byzantine influence. Of great value is the hospital church, 'bolniţa' (1543), with original well-preserved indoor frescoes like the votive portrait of ruler Mircea cel Bătrân and his sons. Cozia was painted between 1390 and 1931. Some of the original frescoes (1390) are still well preserved. The monastery features a museum of exhibiting old art icons, old manuscripts and prints, embroideries and objects of worship.
- After a short detour we'll arrive at Horezu for a visit at Horezu Monastery (included in Unesco Heritages List). The Monastery of Horezu was founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brâncoveanu in the town of Horezu, Wallachia, Romania. It is considered to be a masterpiece of "Brâncovean" style, known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculpted detail, its treatment of religious compositions, its votive portraits, and its painted decorative works. The town of Horezu is well known for its people who make pottery and present it at an annual fair. There are special traditions which have been well preserved.
- End the day in Bucharest
Option A:  Crystal Palace Hotel****
Option B:  Venezia Hotel***

Day 14:
- Breakfast. According with your departure flight we can arrange a panoramic city tour of Bucharest. Highlights: Parliament Palace, Royal Palace, Revolution Square, Atheneum, Victory Palace, Triumph Arch.
- Then transfer to the Airport or continue this tour to Bulgaria with our partners, for more details click here

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