Incoming Romania-Discover Tradition Culture Gastronomy Winery
Day 1: picking up the tourists from the airport in Bucharest; check-in at the hotel; brief evening stroll in the old center of the capital city; accommodation and dinner;
Day 2: Bucharest – Pietroasele – Focsani (200 km)
– breakfast; visit the Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world as to its surface, after The Pentagon; travel to the Buzau area to visit a local wine where we will taste Romanian wines, where we will have lunch; if weather allows, we could also visit the muddy volcanoes; “The Berca Mud Volcanoes represents a geological and botanical reservation of small volcano-shaped structures typically a few metres high caused by the eruption of mud and natural gases. The reservation is unique in Romania. Elsewhere in Europe, similar phenomena can be observed in Italy (northern Apennines and Sicily), Ukraine (in the Kerch Peninsula), Russia (in the Taman Peninsula) as well as Azerbaijan.” Wikipedia: The free Encyclopedia
– we are heading to Focsani area to have dinner there and taste wines particular to the region; accommodation in Focsani area.
Day 3: Cotnari – Gura Humorului – (400 km)
– breakfast; travel to Neamt area to visit a traditional Romanian jam producer, and resume later on our journey to Cotnari, one of the most important wine producer from Romania; here we will taste wines and serve lunch.
The Cotnari wines have outstanding qualities acquired by confining the daily average wine output per hectare to but 70-80%. In the wine collection set up in accordance with scientific criteria there are preserved the best assortments, beginning with the year 1957.
– travel to Gura Humorului region, for accommodaton and dinner.
Day 4: Voronet – Moldovita – Sucevita – Marginea (150 km)
– breakfast; we will visit a small scale black ceramic workshop, and then we will take a tour of the monasteries in the region, renowned for their outer wall paintings. En route we will have lunch at a local producer of Bucovina traditional food products.
– The Voronet Monastery (erected in 1488), also known as “The Sistine Chapel of the East” is a medieval monastic compound built in the Voronet village that has been entered the list of the historical monuments in the Suceava County since 2004.
– Moldovita: is one of the old monastic settlements with a significant and glorious historical past, for centuries on end having stand guard to the Northern boundary of Moldova. The painted church of the monastery has been entered the list of UNESCO world cultural heritage.
– Sucevita: the paintings of the church dates back from 1601, which makes Sucevita one of the last monasteries to be decorated in the famous Moldavian style of exterior paintings.
– in the evening we will attend an artistic program and a traditional Bucovinian dinner in Gura Humorului area.
Day 5: Gura Humorului – Maramureş (270 km)
– breakfast; travel to Maramures, en route we will make a stopover in Ciocanesti, a renowned village museum due to its painted houses and the colored eggs festival held here every year; we will further visit a pottery workshop, the wooden church from Ieud and the Barsana Monastery, and later on, we will serve a traditional lunch with local food products in the countryside;
– after lunch we will visit the Merry Cemetery (which allures visitors through its peculiarity, crosses covered in colored drawings or funny poems depicting moments in the life or the trade of the buried person) and the wooden church from Sapanta, which not long ago was still holding the European record of the church with the tallest wooden tower;
– traditional dinner with local food products and accommodation in Sighetul Marmatiei area.
Day 6: Maramures– Salina Turda – Alba (360 km)
– breakfast; we are heading for Cluj county to visit a workshop where traditional costumes are manufactured;later on we will serve lunch;
-after that we visit the Turda salt mine, a famous destination for tourists across Europe. The salt mine dates back to the XVII century, and in the present it is a genuine salt mining history museum with an outstanding preservation state of the mining that still works together with the machines employed to convey the salt;
– we travel to Aiud – Alba area for accommodation and dinner.
Day 7: Alba Iulia – Sibiu – Mărginimea Sibiului (150 km)
– breakfast; we visit Alba Iulia, the first capital city of the three Romanian Provinces (the fortress has been built Vauban style with 7 star shaped bulwarks between 1716 – 1735 after the blueprints of the Italian architect Giovanni Morando Visconti), whereupon we resume our journey to Marginimea Sibiului to visit an ecological farm where we will serve lunch made of food products particular to that region.
– we are heading to Sibiu (the European cultural capital in 2007) where we will visit the historical centre, one of the best preserved historical sites in Romania. Many of the walls and fortifications are being well mentained. The historical center is about to become part of the UNESCO heritage (the Fib Bridge, the Stairs Passage, the Lower City, towers, etc);
– traditional dinner and accommodation.
Day 8: Sibiu – Târnaveni – Sighisoara – Miercurea Ciuc – Brasov (370 km)
– breakfast; travel to Tarnaveni area to taste an assortment of wines from the Tarnava Valley, whereupon we are heading for Sighisoara to visit the medieval fortress (locality established by the German settlers and nowadays the only medieval fortress still inhabited in the entire Europe. Here there had once lived Vlad II Dracul, waiting for the right moment to ascend to the throne of the Romanian Country. It looks like that time (1431) his son Vlad the Impaler, the later infamous Dracula, had been born); we resume our travel to the Szekely region to served a traditional lunch; we then travel to Brasov area for dinner and accommodation.
– breakfast; visit the historical centre of Brasov: the Assembly Square, the Black Church (the most representative monument of Gothic architecture in Romania, it was named “Black Church” after having been partially wrecked by a great fire in 1689); further on we continue our itinerary to the Rasnov Citadel (one of the best preserved peasant fortresses from Transylvania, built in the XIII and XIV centuries as protection against the Tartar attacks) and the Bran Castle well known all around the world due to its having been built on a crag, its good preservation, the stunning scenery and the legend of the Count Dracula from Transylvania. Bran Castle has been entered on the list of the most beautiful ten medieval castles in the world.
– we will visit a local cheese maker and a farm where we will be served a traditional lunch; festive dinner with artistic programme in the region and accommodation in the Brasov area.
Day 10: Brasov – Bucharest (170 km)
– breakfast; travel to Sinaia to visit the Peles Castle (the summer residence of the Romanian kings, was erected on the demand of king Carol I of Romania (1866 – 1914), one of the most important monuments of this kind in Europe through its historical and artistic value); we resume our journey to Urlati to taste there a variety of wines and serve the lunch, whereupon we will make our way to Bucharest for dinner and accommodation;
Day 11: Bucharest
– breakfast; within the available time we will visit “The Village Museum (Muzeul Satului in Romanian) is an open-air ethnographic museum located in the Herastrau Park (Bucharest, Romania), showcasing traditional Romanian village life. The museum extends to over 100,000 m2, and contains 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania. ” Wikipedia: The Free Enciclopedia
– transfer to the airport.
-The dinner served at the hotel have fixed menu and includes 2 types of meal, salad and water.
-In the country side dinner includes:
- plateau with local products/soup/etc.>
- main dish <beans with boiled bone, polenta and salad/ meat stuffed cabbage and polenta /mashed potatoes with sausages and salad/schnitzel with fries and salad/pork stew with salad/meat and potatoes stew (papricas) and salad/fish with potatoes and salad/etc>, desert <donuts/sponge cake/apple pie/cheese pancakes/pancakes/etc.>;
- Drinks:1 bottle of mineral/plain water for every 2 persons, half a liter of wine per person, plum brandy/cherry brandy.
-The price is calculated for a group of minimum 25 persons; if the persons will not be reached, the price will be recalculated;
– The price does not include the airplane ticket to Romania and back, entrance ticket to the touristic sites, medical and cancellation insurance issued in the residence country, other personal expenses;
-On request, the route can be changed as well as the visiting points;
-The travel agency reserves its right to change the order of the attractions in the program as well as the accommodation, but this will not affect the price or the itinerary;
-The name of the hotels will be announced 10 days before the trip starts;
-The deadline for the last information about the trip will be 15 days before departing;
-Reservations are made on a 40 % upfront deposit basis;
-The travel agency is insured by Omniasig Vienna Insurance Group, Policy H no. 24009/ 09.04.2016.