Tour of Romania UNESCO monuments in Maramures, Bucovina and Transylvania

Tour ID: 1016
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours
Countries: Romania
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
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Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1:
- Your English-speaking specialist guide will pick you up from Bucharest Airport or another location in the city (This tour is also available to start from Cluj)
- Depart for Sinaia; rightfully nicknamed the "Pearl of the Carpathians"
Tour of Peles Castle
- In the natural back drop of the Carpathian mountains; the Palace of Peles is a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture. It used to be the Romanian Royalty Summer residence and retreat. The Palace's 160 rooms are adorned by the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows, walls covered with Cordoba leather, Meissen and Sevres porcelains, ebony and ivory sculptures. Its medieval collection of swords and nights armour are simply astonishing.

- We will continue our journey to Bran with it's famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula's Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometres) at the entrance in 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, then under the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the Romanian royal family, in order to become their residence.- Depart for Brasov; upon arrival check in hotel
- Overnight in Brasov
Option A: Casa Wagner *** or similar
Option B: 3* Pension/Guesthouse

Day 2:
- Breakfast in Hotel
We start with a tour of Brasov, which was one of the most important Saxon Cities in all of Transylvania. Highlights include the Black Church , the Council Square, the Hirsher House, the old Saxon houses from the old town, and the White and Black Towers.
- WE then pass through the Bicaz Gorge on the way to Bucovina
- Overnight in Sibiu
Option A&B: Hilde's Residence**** or simialar 

Day 3:
- Breakfast in Hote
- Start to to explore the Bucovina region – the land of World famous Painted Monasteries.
- Voronet (UNESCO) : 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 Sistine 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
- Moldovita (UNESCO): 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
- Sucevita : 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,)
Beside the old and beautiful monasteries we’ll also dedicate some time to vsit local craftsmens as: a painted eggs museum and workshop, Marginea pottery center, aso.
- Return to Gura Humorului and overnight in the same hotel.
Option A&B: Hilde's Residence**** or similar

Day 4:
- Breakfast in Hotel
- After breakfast we’ll leave on the way to Maramures, the northern region of Romania, the land of wooden churches and well preserved traditions.
Today we’ll visit the wooden church from Ieud, the oldest wooden building from Europe, built in 14-een century. At Dragomiresti we’ll visit the Maramures Woman Museum, where you can learn about maramuresean traditions and way of live.
- Enjoy a traditional Marumures dinner
ACCOMMODATION A & B: 3*** Pension in Botiza

Day 5:
- Breakfast
- In the morning continue to explore Maramures visiting Barsana Monastery and also driving to an authentic countrisede area with old villages and craftsmens. Visit an old worksop and a local household.
- The we’ll depart from Maramures region back to Transylvania. Stop at Sighisoara (UNESCO), also called “The Pearl of Transylvania” a wonderful  medieval city where you can stil enjoy the medieval atmosphere. The citadel built in 13th century by German (saxon) settlers it was an important cultural and artist center in medieval period. The old town is considered one of the best preserved medieval towns from Europe and its included in the UNESCO heritages list.
- Overnight in Sighisoara
Option A: Hotel Sighisoara***  or similar
Option B: Claudiu Hotel *** or similar

Day 6:
- Breakfast in Hotel
In the morning visit Sighisoara: Church on the hill, Clock Tower, Tinsmiths Tower, Covered Stairs, aso are the most important sights. Depart from Sighisoara on a route which is crossing very old villages inspired by saxon’s architecture. You may find more details visiting places as Biertan or Malancrav.
We hope that you had a pleasent and special evening the day before we are inviting you back on the road.
We’ll arrive at Sibiu, the oldest and the biggest medieval city from Transylvania and former capital. Visit the center of Sibiu. Main highlights: Little Square and Grand Square, Evanghelical Cathedral, Lier’s Bridge, Bruckental Museum, defensive towers and fortifications.
- Overnight in Sibiu
Option A: Ramada Hotel **** or similar
Option B: 3 *** Pension in Sibiu

Day 7:
- Breakfast in Hotel
- Early departure around 8.00 AM from Sibiu on the way to Bucharest.
- Drop off at airport, hotel or other location in Bucharest and final good-bye from your local driver/guide (Approx 1300) or continue this tour to Bulgaria with our partners, for more details click here

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