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Tours in Romania - 13 days cultural tour
Delta - Europe's Most Spectacular Wetland
Painted Monasteries - Unique Byzantine Art and Architecture
Medieval Towns of Transylvania
richest and most beautiful wetland ecosystem is found
on Romania's Black Sea coast. After flowing 2,860 km
across Europe, the river Danube spreads out into a spectacular
delta. The variety of its unspoiled landscapes, the
richness of its fauna - birds in particular - and its
sand dunes have long attracted visitors. This unique
natural habitat formed out of channels and lakes, floating
islets ("plauri"), reed marshes, lianas, and
forests of willow and poplar, shelters over 300 species
of birds, some sufficiently rare to enjoy legal protection.
The waters are home to over 100 different species of
"Sweet Bucovina", so called by its inhabitants,
is a land of ever-present history, tradition and culture.
The Painted Monasteries, built in the 15th and 16th
centuries to thank God for victories against invaders,
are unique in the world. The beautiful landscape, vernacular
peasant architecture, traditional folk music and costumes,
carved wood artifacts and decorated Easter eggs all
give continuing pleasure to visitors. The traditional
gastronomy of the region, celebrated by visitors, is
a further attraction.
Transylvania is the land "beyond the forests"
(from the Latin "Trans silve"), a land of
beauty and wonders. Its very name conjures up visions
of thickly forested peaks, sweet waved valleys and sparkling
streams, visions of high-roofed wooden churches, medieval
towns, mysterious castles and a troubled history.
This tour is one of the most fascinating of our tours
Romania first approach to the Romanian capital Bucharest
Bucharest (40 km)
and greet at Bucharest Otopeni airport. Drive to the center
and take a tour of Bucharest - the old center and the
University Square, well known since the 1989 Revolution.
Welcome dinner in a restaurant and overnight in a 3* hotel.
Romania discover Danube Delta paradise
Bucharest - Tulcea - Crisan (275 km + 3 hours cruise)
Depart for the Danube Delta, arrival in Tulcea and cruise
on Sulina channel to Crisan (packet lunch en route), a
magnificent fishermen village in the heart of the Delta.
All human activities you'll see on the way are related
to water and the river: rowing boats transport fish, sometimes
even small animals, melons and water melons and even building
materials. Boats are also "local cabs", crossing
people from shore to shore. On the surrounding lakes,
masses of swans and herons are ready for a snap.
time to enjoy the gorgeous view of the sunset over the
willow forests and the purple reflections in the Danube.
Enjoy dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse with
3, 4 and 5
Delta in place
these days exploring the secrets of Danube Delta by motor
or rowing boat (eventually packet lunches will be provided
instead of lunch). The boat will take you to narrow channels,
where you will discover what the birdwatchers simply call
"the paradise of birds". Depending
on the season, you can expect to see Dalmatian and White
Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, Purple, Squacco and Night
Herons, Little and Great White Egrets, Spoon bill, Glossy
Ibis, Swans, Ferruginous Duck, etc.
include the Black Kite, Osprey, White-tailed Eagle, Marsh
Harrier, Hobby and Red-footed Falcon.
include the Gull-billed, Sandwich, Black, White-winged
Black, and Whiskered. Crakes and Warblers are present
very discreet human intervention allowed more than 1000
plant species to survive in the Delta.
and yellow water lilies decorate the lakes. Forests of
oaks stand covered by lianas, giving them the
a tropical forest. You
will also discover villages where fishermen continue living
according to a centuries-old way of life. Each day, breakfast,
dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse.
Romania immersion in central Moldavia
Crisan - Tulcea - Braila - Piatra Neamt (350
km + 3 hours cruise)
Cruise on Sulina channel from Crisan to Tulcea.
Departure to Bucovina, region of the Painted Monasteries.
Traveling North, we enter an area of hills famous for
the Panciu and Odobesti vineyards.
in a restaurant. Then continue to Piatra Neamt. Dinner
and overnight in a 3* hotel.
It's time our tours Romania bring
us to the land of painted monasteries
Piatra Neamt - Bicaz - Targu Neamt - Bucovina (190 km)
Continue towards Bucovina. Stop at the Izvorul Muntelui
Lake for a one-hour cruise (weather permitting). Have
lunch in a pretty restaurant.
on to the fortified monastery of Neamt, still home to
around 100 monks. Visit the monastery church built in
1497 by Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great).
In the evening arrive in a traditional village for dinner
and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Bucovina.
Romania fascinating and troubling Bucovina
Discover Bucovina, land of the outwall frescoes painted
monasteries. Visit Voronet Monastery, UNESCO Patrimony,
the Sistine Chapel of the East. Continue with
Monastery Humor to visit the monastery renowned for its
exterior frescoes. Lunch in a guesthouse.
Drive to Marginea, a village famous for its black pottery
considered to date back to the ancient Dacian period.
on with the Sucevita monastery, founded by the Movila
family in the 16th century, whose exterior painting are
considered "the testament of the old Moldavian art".
Visit Moldovita monastery and a local egg decorator.
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Bucovina.
Romania from Bucovina to Transylvanie, land of forests
Bucovina - Vatra Dornei - Bistrita - Reghin - Sovata (290
Our route leads westward towards Transylvania crossing
the picturesque Bargau Pass - the "Borgo Pass"
of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula". We follow
the route that Jonathan Harker, Van Helsing and others
followed on their way to intercept and finally destroy
the vampire Count.
for lunch at the gothic Hotel Castle Dracula's restaurant
and continue to the Szekler Land in Eastern part of Transylvania.
Dinner and overnight in a 3* hotel in Sovata, a well known
resort with over salted water lakes.
Tours Romania continue across
Szekler region closer to Dracula's residence
Sovata - Praid- Corund - Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran (200
Drive to Brasov, stopping in Praid to explore the historic
salt mine. Continue to Corund, center of craft workers
in the Szekler Land. Visit a small pottery workshop where
you may purchase items directly from the producer. Arrival
at midday in Sighisoara. Lunch in a restaurant.
After lunch, tour medieval Sighisoara (to its Saxon founders,
"Schassburg"), an imposing fortified hilltop
town dominating the valley below. Here you will see the
house where Prince Vlad Tepes (historical prototype for
Dracula) was born. Visit the historical museum in the
Clock Tower. Drive to Bran. Dinner and overnight in a
Romania uncovering Saxon heritage in Transylvania
Bran - Brasov - Bran (70 km)
Visit Bran Castle, often wrongfully attributed to prince
Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler)! Perched over a rock, the
castle dominates the valley connecting Wallachia to Transylvania.
Developed by Saxon settlers since the 13th century, this
was once a vital trade route. Continue to Rasnov and visit
the Saxon fortress Rasnov, located on a 150m high hill.
to the city of Brasov (called by its Saxon builders "Kronstadt"
- city of the Crown). Lunch in a restaurant. In
the afternoon, explore the medieval town center, including
the Merchants' Hall, the gothic Black Church, and the
historic market place.
to Bran for dinner and overnight accommodation in a rural
Romania from royal heritage in Sinaia to Bucharest
Bran - Predeal - Sinaia - Bucharest (180 km)
Departure to Bucharest. Stop in Sinaia, "the Pearl
of the Carpathians", a mountain resort offering both
sport and leisure facilities. Visit Peles Castle, former
summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, home to
a large art collection. Lunch in a restaurant.
to Bucharest. Late afternoon, short city tour with major
highlights of the capital: the University Square, Lipscani
Street (the former merchants' street), the Palace of the
Parliament (exterior only).
in a restaurant. Overnight in a 3* hotel.
Romania last day, hoping to return sometime to Romania
Bucharest (40 km)
time for city sightseeing and shopping in Bucharest.
Transfer to Bucharest international airport for departure.
days / 12 nights
guesthouses (ocasionally, bathrooms shared between
tourists) and hotels
Rates do not apply in Easter period.
2. According to the opening hours for some visited
sites (e.g. museums), this programme can be applied
as it is if Day 1 is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
or Sunday. If Day 1 differs, some visits or activities
will be replaced consequently.
3. Price does not include: extra taxes for cameras
and filming (requested in some places - e.g. the
monasteries), personal drinks off the boarding,
Romania - FLAVOURS OF ROMANIA 2018 RATES
lodging: 8 nights in rural guesthouses and 4
nights in hotels (on a double room basis occupancy)
- boarding: full board (as specified in the
- entry tickets for the visits included in the
- transport and transfers in Romania by car,
minibus or coach
- all road and parking taxes
- boat and ship cruise in Danube Delta (specialised
local guide included)
- transport of luggage
- English speaking attested tour guide
- all taxes
on request for other group sizes or discounts
for children under 12