The Grand Tour
November 5, 2018
From the Top of the Carpathians to the Danube Delta
November 5, 2018

Castle Tour

A 10 DAYS EXCITING TOUR.

Upon leaving Bucharest, in just two hours of driving you will reach the amazing and exotic Carpathian Mountains. The sheer rocks and impressive slender peaks provided a perfect shelter for Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in the world. Cross the mountains into Transylvania and you’ll go back in time. Visit the famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, and the beautiful medieval citadel of Brasov. By late afternoon you will be back in
Bucharest.
– Visit to Peles Castle
– Visit to Bran Castle
– Walking tour of Brasov

East to Bukovina, West to Maramures, South through Transylvania…
Feel like a quick bite? A quick glance? Don’t want to have two days of a kind? Have 9 or even 8 days? Then hop on a plane to Bucharest and we shall take care of the rest. Bukovina painted monasteries, Maramures wooden churches, Transylvanian fortified churches and burgs, some sour soup, mouth watering paprikas and sarma in between. Ready?…

DAY 1

BUCHAREST – FRASIN / GURA HUMORULUI
Let us not beat around the bush. Let us head straight up to Bukovina following the line where the mountains roll down to the plains, with vineyards to the West and extensive farming land to the East. And evening will catch us up in the cool mountain scenery of Bukovina.
– Arrival at Bucharest Airport
– Transfer to Gura Humorului / Frasin via Buzau
– Optional (time-allowing): side trip to visit one of the vineyards of Urlati or Ceptura
– Accommodation in Gura Humorului or Frasin / Hilde’s Residence or Inima Bucovinei Guesthouse

DAY 2

HUMOR AND VORONET MONASTERIES – MARGINEA POTTERY CENTRE – SUCEVITA MONASTERY – MOLDOVITA MONASTERY – IACOBENI – PRISLOP PASS – VADUL IZEI
Start the day with Blue. Voronet Blue. Go on with experiencing the local crafts while visiting the black pottery workshop at Marginea. Explore the fortress-like Sucevita Monastery before going on across Ciumarna Pass to the Moldovita with its fine frescoes. Allow a not very hurried drive up Prislop Pass and down into yet another traditional region of the country, the Maramures.
– Visit to Humor and Voronet monasteries
– Visit to Marginea pottery centre
– Visit to Sucevita and Moldovita monasteries
– Drive across Prislop Pass
– Accommodation in Vadu Izei / guesthouse

DAY 3

VADU IZEI – SIGHETU MARMATIEI – SAPANTA – CALINESTI – BARSANA MONASTERY – ROZAVLEA AND IEUD WOODEN CHURCHES – VADU IZEI
Explore on across this beautiful rural land and let us start with the Merry Cemetery. Well, some
see death as the end to them all. The local people however see it as a stage, as a mere step
onwards. So therefore, they argue, why be sad about it? A cheer on your face, let us go on with
some fine samples of local architecture often adorned with colourful flowers and joined by happy
laughters.
– Visit to the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta
– Visit to Sapanta Monastery
– Visit to Barsana Monastery
– Visit to the wooden churches of Rozavlea and Ieud
– Accommodation in Vadu Izei / guesthouse

DAY 4

VADU IZEI – NASAUD – BISTRITA – TARGU MURES – SIGHISOARA
Leave the Maramures and head South into Transylvania, starting with a blend of German and Hungarian legacy. Explore the heritage merchant houses in Bistrita, the excellent Secession style grand properties in Targu Mures and end the day in the gem, still inhabited fortress of Sighisoara, staying overnight right within the strong walled town.
– Walking tour up the main pedestrian street in Bistrita, including the Sugalete Houses
– Walking tour of Targu Mures, including the Palace of Culture and the Jewish Temple
– Walk across the old town of Sighisoara
– Accommodation in Sighisoara / Casa Wagner or Sighisoara Hotel

DAY 5

SIGHISOARA – BIERTAN FORTIFIED CHURCH – SIBIU
Saxon heritage, beautiful countryside, old villages gravitating around an impressive fortified church where inhabitants used to find shelter at the time of a Turkish invasion. That, and the 2007 Cultural Capital of Europe, possibly the finest medieval town in Transylvania. Enjoy your day in the Siebenburgen!
– Optional: morning walk up the Clock Tower and the Wooden Stairway to the Church on the Hill
– Visit to Biertan Fortified Church
– Drive up the backroads via Richis to Sibiu
– Walk through the three main squares in the old town, including the Evangelic Church, the City Hall, the Bruckenthal Palace
– Accommodation in Sibiu / Casa Luxemburg or Am Ring Hotel

DAY 6

SIBIU – SAMBATA MONASTERY – BRAN CASTLE – RASNOV FORTRESS – BRASOV
Stare in admiration at the 70 km. long ridge of the Fagaras rising 2000 m. above the Transylvanian fields while driving to the Brancoveanu Monastery located off Sambata. Then take the stairs up the cliff where Bran Castle is located on the former Wallachian border. Go on walking up the hill where Rasnov Fortress lies commanding a fine view across the
neighbourhood and the mountains above.
– Visit to Sambata Monastery at the foothills of the Fagaras
– Visit to Bran Castle
– Visit to Rasnov Fortress
– Accommodation in Brasov / Bella Muzica or Casa Wagner Hotel

DAY 7

BRASOV – PREJMER FORTIFIED CHURCH – HARMAN FORTIFIED CHURCH – BRASOV
Start the day with a walk in downtown Brasov, with the beautiful Council Tower looming over the homonymous square. Go on visiting two fine fortified churches: those at Prejmer and Harman.
End your day in Brasov with a walk up to Schei Quarter.
– Walking tour of Brasov
– Visit to Prejmer and Harman fortified churches
– Walk up to Schei Quarter
– Accommodation in Brasov / Bella Muzica or Casa Wagner Hotel

DAY 8

BRASOV – SINAIA – BUCHAREST
The royal day: start in Brasov and cross the mountains, following the lower reaches of the Bucegi Eastern drops to Sinaia, the scenic location of which determined the king to set his summer quarter here. Explore the former residence and then go on down to Bucharest for a presentation tour. End the day with an exploratory walk across the Old Town and a peek at the pyramid-like Palace of the Parliament.
– Visit to Peles Castle in Sinaia
– Driving following by walking tour of Bucharest
– Accommodation in Bucharest / Venezia Hotel or Berthelot Hotel

DAY 9

BUCHAREST
Allow a day to further explore Bucharest or, why not, extend your tour with a loop across Bulgaria, with Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv and Varna. Or, when all is said and done, why not spend
a few days sailing through the Danube Delta, a camera in your hand?…
– Transfer to Bucharest Airport or an extension to the tour

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9days

Time

100%

Satisfaction

1500km

Distance

What’s included?

  • transportation with modern AC car/minivan
  • licensed tour guide
  • Accommodation (B+B) in 3* hotels

The tour is provided by a licenced tour guide.


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