Romanian Snapshot: Bucharest & Transylvania

Come enjoy small group touring and discover Romania’s lively capital Bucharest and tour its most important highlights.  Travel into the still unspoiled countryside of the regions of Wallachia and Transylvania and be transported back to medieval times in Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu and at Castle Bran.  Enjoy the rhythm of rural life in Sibiel with a carriage ride and a traditional lunch at a real working farm.

Dates 2015

May 10-18 * Jun 7-15 * Jul 5-13  * Aug 9-17  Sep 6-14 * Oct 4-12

Party of 2 
Price per Person in Twin $2,575,00

Party of 4
Price per Person in Twin $2,050.00
Single Room Supplement $225.00

Our Tour Features

  • 8 nights at deluxe and first-class hotels mentioned
  • Porterage of 1 suitcase per person at hotels
  • Buffet breakfasts daily
  • Welcome Dinner with beverages at top restaurant
  • Farewell Dinner with top entertainment
  • 6 Dinners with beverages at fine local restaurants
  • 1 Traditional lunch at a local farmhouse
  • All visits with entrances according to itinerary
  • English-speaking Professional Guide or Driver-Guide throughout the tour
  • Transportation by standard car, 7-Seater or 14-Seater deluxe minivan
  • Individual arrival and departure transfers

Day 1 – Sun: Arrival Bucharest
Individual arrivals at Bucharest Otopeni airport. You are met and transferred to the Grand Continental Hotel, one of Bucharest’s finest hotels, with a tradition of gracious hospitality.  This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 – Monday: Palace of Parliament * Open Air Village Museum * Old Court Area
After breakfast we will enjoy some city sightseeing with visits in between. Bucharest is affectionately nicknamed “Little Paris” for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and parks, and French was once its second language.  We view the Opera House, the Triumphal Arch, and Revolution Square.  We will tour the Palace of Parliament, the world’s second largest building after the Pentagon (!) with an interior that is mind-boggling for its lavishness. We enjoy exploring the Open-Air Village Museum, with wonderful examples of Romanian architectural styles that have been gathered from all parts of the country and tastefully displayed.  We tour the medieval Old Princely Court area with a visit of the beautiful 18th century Stravropoleos Church and have a photo op at Manuc’s Inn, one of the most beautiful examples of Wallachian architecture. (B, D)

Day 3 – Tuesday: Bucharest * Curtea de Arges * Cozia Monastery * Sibiu
After breakfast we leave Bucharest and drive to Curtea de Arges, where we tour the 16th century monastery or Episcopal Church, once the burial place of Romanian royalty, and the 14th century Princely Church with its magnificent frescoes.  We continue through the Olt Valley to Cozia Monastery, in a fragrant setting of pine trees and rose bushes.  It is the earliest example of Byzantine architecture in the region, and its patron during construction, was the grandfather of Vlad Tepes (Count Dracula), who is buried here. We continue into Transylvania, to Sibiu, one of the most important Saxon citadels of the Middle Ages, with ancient houses painted in bright colors. We check in for two nights at the Ramada Hotel. (B, D)

Day 4 – Wednesday: Sibiel & Its Rural Life * Sibiu
After breakfast we leave for the village of Sibiel, where we enjoy a horse and carriage ride, visit its famous Museum of Icons Painted on Glass and the village church.  We enjoy a traditional lunch at a local farmhouse, and view traditional farm activities.  We return to Sibiu for a walking tour in its historic center, with visits of the Bruckenthal Museum, oldest art museum of the country, with the private collections of the former Governor, Samuel von Bruckenthal. We tour the interior of the Evangelical Cathedral, housing the country’s largest pipe organ. (B, L, D)

Day 5  – Thursday: Sibiu * Sighisoara * Brasov
After breakfast, we continue on to Sighisoara, considered one of the largest and best preserved medieval towns in Europe, where we enjoy a comprehensive walking tour through the old town’s cobbled streets, with visits of the Clock Tower’s Armor Room and Torture Room.  We view the impressive Church on the Hill, reached by the unique covered wooden Scholar’s Stairs, and in the town center, we stop at the house where Vlad the Impaler, better known as Count Dracula, was born.  We continue on to Brasov, a former old German town on the Transylvania and Wallachia borders.  We check in for two nights at the Hotel Aro Palace.  (B, D)

Day 6 – Friday: Brasov * Prejmer * Castle Bran * Brasov
We drive to Prejmer to explore its Fortress Church, a World Heritage Site, before  continuing to Bran for a tour of Bran Castle, better known as Dracula Castle, built in the 14th century by Brasov merchants to protect the old border between Transylvania and Wallachia.  We return to Brasov for a city tour with an inside visit of the Black Church, largest Gothic-style church in Southeastern Europe, with a surprising stark white interior adorned by colorful Turkish carpets and many gifts that were donated by its once wealthy merchants. (B, D)

Day 7 – Saturday: Brasov * Peles Castle * Sinaia Monastery * Bucharest
After breakfast we drive up to the famous ski resort of Sinaia, a favorite of Romania’s first king, Carol I.  Here we tour Peles Castle, former summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, and considered one of the finest and best preserved royal castles in all Europe. The exterior is much like a Bavarian Castle, but inside we will be amazed by its 160 rooms, all richly decorated.  We will stop at the 16th century Sinaia Monastery to view its painting of the Last Judgment, before driving through the scenic Prahova Valley to Bucharest. We check in for two nights at the Grand Continental Hotel(B, D)

Day 8 – Sunday: Peasant Museum * The History Museum * Cotroceni Palace
Our visits today include the award-winning Peasant Museum, where we can admire the displays of colorful costumes, textiles and ceramics, and the History Museum where we will view its Treasury with dazzling gold objects from Neolithic times to the present.  We will tour Cotroceni Palace, once home of Romania’s Royal Family, with lavish furnishings, art and many personal effects of the former royals. This evening we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with top entertainment. (B, D)

Day 9  – Monday: Departures
After breakfast, individual transfers will be provided to the airport for departure flights. (B)

Note: If Choral Synagogue is closed, we will try to schedule a visit at Brasov Synagogue during our tour.