Romania at a Glance

is a fine land package tour, locally escorted, guided and operated, with departures guaranteed with just two participants. There can be more participants on any one of these dates.  This 7-day tour covers the major highlights of medieval Transylvania and scenic Bucovina and is geared for those who have more limited time.

Dates 2014:  Mondays from June 2 to Sep 22
Price per Person in Twin:  $1,980   
Single Supplement: $260

Tour Features
* 7 nights at deluxe, superior, moderate first-class hotels indicated or similar
* Buffet-style breakfast daily
* 1 Farmhouse lunch
* 1 Farewell Dinner with entertainment
* All entrance fees to places visited
* Transfers on arrival & departure as indicated
* English-speaking Guide-Escort throughout
* Transportation by modern air-conditioned vehicle (minibus or coach)

Day 1, Mon: Bucharest to Sinaia
You will be picked up from your hotel or airport and are transferred to Sinaia, one of the best mountain resorts, called the “Pearl of the Carpathians” where you check in for two nights at Hotel Palace.

Day 2, Tue: Sinaia * Brasov * Bran * Sinaia
After breakfast, visits are planned at Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle, a marvelous piece of architecture, which once served as the summer residence of King Carol I, the first king of Romania, and subsequent royalty.  You will then drive to Brasov,a fairy-tale town founded in the 12th century by the Saxon settlers, and enjoy a short walking tour in its historic center. You visit the Black Church, largest Gothic-style church in South-Eastern Europe, St. Nicolas Church and the First Romanian School in Transylvania. You continue to Bran, to tour Bran Castle, commonly called Dracula’s Castle, built in the 14th century by the Brasov merchants to protect the old border between Wallachia and Transylvania. (B)

Day 3, Wed:  Sinaia * Sighisoara * Sibiu
After breakfast, you leave for Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula).  Sighisoara is a Saxon medieval fortress and is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, being the best preserved, continuously inhabited, early medieval citadel in Eastern Europe.  You enjoy a walking tour and a tour of the famous Clock Tower Museum with its Torture and Weapons Rooms.  A stop will be madeat the house in which Vlad the Impaler was born in 1432.  In late afternoon, you leave for Sibiu where you overnight at the Hotel Ramada. (B)

Day 4, Thu:  Sibiu * Sibiel * Sibiu
This morning you enjoy a comprehensive walking tour of Sibiu to appreciate its arcaded medieval shops and houses, the Small Square, Liar’s Bridge, Huet Square and the Cathedral, in which the son of Vlad the Impaler was assassinated.  You continue to the village of Sibielto tour the fascinating Icons on Glass Museum and enjoy a hearty Romanian lunch at a local farmhouse where you will observe the rural way of life that still prevails.  You return to Sibiu for the night. (B, L)

Day 5, Fri:  Sibiu * Piatra Neamt
After breakfast it is en route towards Bucovina, one of the most scenic areas of Romania, driving through the Bicaz Gorges, one of the most spectacular limestone formations in Romania.  At Lacu Rosu (Red Lake), you stop to admire the beauty of the mountains and surrounding woods.  You reach Piatra Neamt in the late afternoon and check in for two nights at Hotel Central. (B)

Day 6, Sat: The Painted Monasteries
You enjoy a full day touring the most famous painted monasteries of Bucovina:  Moldovita Monastery where you can admire the black pottery in nearby Marginea Village; Sucevita Monastery, the best preserved monastery with imposing walls and defensive towers, and Voronet Monastery, called the “Sistine Chapel” of Eastern Europe, and renowned for the blue color used by the artist as background for its frescoes – which color can no longer be duplicated!  You return to Piatra Neamt in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 7, Sun:  Piatra Neamt * Bucharest
After breakfast, you depart for Bucharest arriving in the afternoon, in time for a panoramic city drive of the Romanian capital, often called “Little Paris” for its broad tree-lined boulevards and the French that was once spoken as a second language by the inhabitants.  You will visit the open-air Village Museum, and see the major highlights – Revolution Square, Patriarchal Church, the Military Academy building, the Arch of Triumph.  You overnight at the Hilton Athenee PalaceThis evening you enjoy a farewell dinner with memorable folklore entertainment. (B, D)

Day 8, Mon: Departures
After breakfast, a private transfer is provided to the airport or rail station. (B)