Discover romantic Romania

Day 1:

Arrival in Bucharest and overnight in a 3* hotel.

Day 2:

Depart from Bucharest on the European Road 60 (E60), towards North: Bucuresti – Ploiesti – Sinaia.
Overnight in a 3* hotel.
Possible visits during the day:
The former Royal family’s famous summer residence – Peles Castle – a German Renaissance style castle, the most beautiful of this kind in the country and maybe in the whole Eastern Europe!
The Monastery of Sinaia – the large Orthodox Church dates from 1846 and the smaller church from 1695. Next to the new church there is a small History Museum, in which some of the monastery’s treasures are displayed, including the first translation of the Bible into Romanian from 1668.
Bucharest – Sinaia: 130 km

Day 3:

Depart from Sinaia and continue on the E60 towards North to Brasov (1hour drive), crossing the southern Carpathians into Transylvania.
Possible visits during the day:
Brasov - medieval town with a fortified medieval centre, bastions that can still be seen, and the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul – called the Black Church, but also the Council Square, the first Romanian school, St. Nicholas Church;
Bran castle - the second favorite summer residence of the former Royal family in Romania, also known lately as the Dracula Castle,
The medieval fortress of Rasnov built in the 13th century gives you a good feel of what life inside the castle walls must have been like.
The fortified church of Prejmer a most unique fortified Saxon church built to protect the border of Transylvania against the Turks and Tartars in the 13th century.
Overnight in a 3* hotel located in the medieval city center of Brasov.
Sinaia – Brasov: 44 km

Day 4:

Depart from Brasov towards North to Sighisoara, a medieval citadel dating back to the 12th century, the birth place of Vlad the Impaler. The citadel of Sighisoara is one of the protected UNESCO sites.
Possible visits during the day:
The citadel of Sighisoara is one of the protected UNESCO sites.
The village of Viscri – where the Prince of Wales is active in protecting the Old Saxon heritage – with its fortified church.
Biertan 15th cent fortified church, protected by Unesco, the residence for the Evangelic Diocese for 300 years.
Overnight in a 3* hotel.

Day 5:

Depart from Sighisoara towards North to the region of Bucovina, famous for the painted monasteries on the following direction: Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Reghin – Bistrita – Vatra Dornei – Campulung Moldovenesc – Gura Humorului.
Possible visits during the day:
City of Targu Mures – once called “the city of roses”, this small town will impress you by the Art-Nouveau buildings and its two large Orthodox Cathedrals bordering the city center. Possible visit to the Palace of Culture with its Hall of Mirrors.
City of Bistrita – it is here that Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, made his leading character, Jonathan Harker, stay the night before continuing his journey East to Dracula’s castle. Bistrita has also got a beautiful Saxon style centre with an imposing evangelic church.
Hotel – Castle Dracula located in Piatra Fantanele mountain pass, in the same place which was described by Bram Stoker in his novel, “Dracula”.
Overnight for 2 nights in a 3* hotel in Gura Humorului area.
Sighisoara – Gura Humorului: 300 km

Day 6:

Full day in the region, discovering the most beautiful monasteries in Romania.
Possible visits during the day:
The monastery of Voronet – this monastery consecrated to St.George Monastery is possibly the most famous church in Romania. It is known throughout the world for its exterior frescoes of bright and intense colours, and for the hundreds of well-preserved figures placed against the renowned azurite background. Voronet Monastery is probably the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting.
The monastery of Sucevita erected in 1581 is chronologically the last and greatest monastic ensemble among the painted monasteries in Bucovina, as it has the appearance of a real fortress, with towers, buttresses and watch roads. Frescoes are painted in purple red and blue against an emerald green background.
The monastery of Moldovita - build by Petru Rares in 1532 is depicted both interior and exterior paintings, as the "Siege of Constantinople", "Holy Virgin's Prayer" or "Jesse's Tree". Like dominant note of colour, Moldovita has a sunny yellow. It’s the biggest church raised in the Moldavian style.
Suceava Citadel - in the city of Suceava - 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.
Workshops of black pottery in Marginea
Visit a local artisan for an egg painting demonstration
Overnight in the same hotel.
Gura Humorului – monasteries – Suceava: about 100 km

Day 7:

Depart from Bucovina towards the region of Maramures, another historical Romanian province with a long history background and famous for the traditions and its wooden churches.
Directions: Gura Humorului – Campulung Moldovenesc – Iacobeni – Prislop – Borsa – Moisei – Sacel.
In the village of Sacel, turn to the right along the Iza Valley, towards Vadu Izei – Sighetu Marmatiei. On this beautiful valley you will discover wooden churches with sharp and shingle roofs, wooden carved gates and traditional houses. If you happen to pass by on Sunday by noon, you will see many people wearing traditional costumes coming from the church.
Arrive in a 3* hotel in Sighetu Marmatiei / Viseu de sus.
Possible visits during the day:
Rozavlea Church - which was build to evoke the battles against the Tartars 1717
Barsana Monastery with its 57 m high tower is the highest wooden construction in Romania.
Bogdan Voda village where you will discover the ruins of the princely church and the wooden church (1722) with its valuable frescoes.
City of Sighetu Marmatiei where you can visit a former communist prison, the Memorial house of Elie Wiesel – Nobel Prize winner and the open-air village museum.
The Merry Cemetery in Sapanata – famous for the funny inscriptions carved on the graves.
Gura Humorului – Sighetu Marmatiei: 200 km

Day 8:

Depart from Maramures region towards South to Transylvania.
Directions: Baia Mare – Dej – Gherla – Cluj Napoca – Alba Iulia – Sebes – Sibiu.
Possible visits during the day:
The city of Cluj-Napoca – one of the most important cities in the country , a leading university centre where you can visit Church St. Michel, the Orthodox Cathedral, the University.
The medieval city of Sibiu – former European capital of culture in 2007.
Overnight in a 3* hotel.
Baia Mare – Sibiu: 300 km

Day 9:

Drive towards Bucharest, along the spectacular Olt Valley OR you can drive on the highest road in Romania, the Transfagarasan, to reach the glacier lake located at the highest point of 2040m altitude. The ride is very spectacular and it offers a very nice view over the Fagaras Mountains.
Overnight in a 3* hotel, central located.
Sibiu – Bucharest: 260 km

Day 10:

Depart from Bucharest airport.

Price (2013):

self-drive program – min 2 persons: 375 eur/pers
Included services are: accommodation, breakfast and car
Not included: fuel, parking fees, entrance fees, meals, guide/driver

escorted tour – min 2 persons: 990 eur/pers
Included services are: accommodation, breakfast, car with guide/driver, fuel and parking fees
Not included: meals, entrance fees

Single room supplement: 160euro

TIPS:

When taking one of our self-drive programs you will be given a “road book” containing all the necessary route indications, telephone numbers and useful information
You should take into consideration that 50 km mean 1 hour of route;
This itinerary is just an example, it can be changed according to your wishes;
Plan to be in Bucharest on Friday-Saturday in order to get weekend rates...
Transfagarasan road is open only on the summertime (day 10)