Duration: 8 Days
Highlights: Bucharest, Transylvania's old towns and castles, Bucovina's painted monasteries
Price for groups of two people: €1545/person
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8-day Transylvania and the Painted Monasteries Tour

8 day transylvania painted monasteries

Short description
Discover two of the most fascinating regions of Romania with the Transylvania & Bucovina Tour. Prepare for a journey filled with myths, legends, beautiful castles, painted monasteries and scenic drives along the mountains.

Full itinerary and description

Tour Highlights
  • explore Bucharest, Romania’s capital city;
  • visit two of Romania’s best castles: Peles and Bran;
  • visit the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina;
  • visit a egg painting and ceramic workshop;
  • discover Romania’s medieval cities: Sighisoara, Sibiu, Brasov;
  • experience incredible landscape and natural wonders like The Red Lake and Bicaz Gorges.

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest

Your guide will pick you up from the Bucharest Henri Coandă Airport. After an orientation tour of Bucharest you will arrive to your hotel in the city center.
Evening will be at your leisure.

University Library in Bucharest

University Library in Bucharest

You will be accommodated at a centrally located 4**** hotel in Bucharest.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Bucharest

Today you will have a full day visiting the most important landmarks of Bucharest and discover the city throughout the various ages that changed its shape. You will see the remains of the medieval times, the belle époque and the Little Paris, the communist influences and of course you will see how is Bucharest today.
You will begin with one of the most famous landmark of Bucharest, the Romanian Parliament building or The People’s House, which is the second largest administrative building in the world, just after The Pentagon.

Now, you will move to a different “age” of the city developed from late 19th century until the beginning of the Second World War. Due to the new buildings in the city erected in this time, Bucharest gained its nickname as The Little Paris.
In the end, visiting the old town, you will see the Old Princely Court, the original heart of the city.

Bucharest city was built around 14th century, but the first recorded document about the settlement was issued in September 1459 by Prince Vlad Dracul III. He moved for the first time the Princely Court to Bucharest.

Vlad Dracula statue in Bucharest

Vlad Dracula statue in Bucharest

You will be accommodated at a centrally located 4**** hotel in Bucharest.

Day 3: Peles and Bran, fascinating castles

We’ll leave Bucharest behind and head towards Brasov city through the Carpathian Mountains.

Our first stop is the beautifully ornate Peles Castle. Here you’ll learn more about the Romanian Royal Family and their importance.

Next stop is the famous Bran Castle or more known as Dracula Castle. The day ends with a walking tour of Brasov, a chic mountain city with medieval architecture.

October in Brasov old town

October in Brasov old town

You will be accommodated at a centrally located 3*** hotel in Brasov or superior.

Day 4: Brasov to Gura Humorului

Mostly a transfer day, about 350 km (215 mi) & 6.5 h total time spent in the car. But with a few stops along the way and beautiful scenery, you will arrive in no time.

Bucovina region awaits to show you all of it’s fascinating customs and constructions.

Mountain landscape while traveling trough Romania

Mountain landscape while traveling trough Romania

You will be accommodated at a 4**** guest house in Gura Humorului.

Day 5: Painted Monasteries, Egg Painting and Ceramic Workshop

This day is dedicated to visit some of the most important Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. You will start your day, by visiting the Voronet Monastery, considered by many experts to be the core of the Moldavian architectural style, combining Byzantine and Gothic elements.

The tour continues with Moldovita Monastery which was founded in 1532 with thick walls and defensive towers just like a fortress. In the village you will visit a prestigious artisan, a great artist who is practicing and teaching the egg painting tradition.

Next you will visit the Sucevita Monastery which is the best-preserved Moldavian painted church with exterior painting.

Along our way to Gura Humorului, you will have a stop at Marginea Pottery Workshop famous all over the world for the black ceramics.
You will arrive in the late afternoon at Gura Humorului and spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Moldovita Painted Monastery

Moldovita Painted Monastery

You will be accommodated at a 4**** guest house in Gura Humorului.

Day 6: Off to Sighisoara

You leave Bucovina behind and return to the magical Transylvania.

A day mostly spent on the road but one that delivers great scenery and enchanting stops along the way. Here Mother Nature shows its best work with natural wonders such as Bicaz Gorges, one of the most fascinating natural parks of the eastern Carpathian. The high rocky walls that seem to hug the narrow road underneath are quite a view.

Another incredible landmark is the Red Lake. The mysterious lake is filled with logs from a landslide that legend says it has to do with a beautiful maiden and an ogre. There will be plenty of time for your guide to tell you all the beautiful legends of the place.

Your end point is Sighisoara, the last inhabited citadel in Europe and a great example of a Romanian medieval city.

Sighisoara Medieval Festival

Sighisoara Medieval Festival

You will be accommodated at a centrally located 4**** boutique hotel in Sighisoara.

Day 7: Fortified churches and local flavors

Going towards Romania’s best medieval city, Sibiu, you’ll visit the fortified church of Biertan. Fortified churches are specific to this area of Transylvania and are a very popular tourist attraction.

Biertan Fortified Church

Biertan Fortified Church

Next, prepare for some local flavor with a visit to a gypsy family and later on to a home hosted meal in Sibiel area.

Cheering with Romanian liquors

Cheering with Romanian liquors

You will be accommodated at a centrally located 4*** hotel in Sibiu.

Day 8: Back to Bucharest

In the first part of the day you will visit the beautiful city of Sibiu, former European Capital of Culture. Founded in 12th century by the Saxons, Sibiu or Hermannstadt (its German name), was the largest of the seven Saxons citadels. Nowadays, Sibiu has beautifully preserved medieval walls and incredible art galleries.

Huet Square in Sibiu

Huet Square in Sibiu

In the second part of the day you will return to Bucharest via Oltului Gorges. This is a beautiful scenic drive with a lovely stop: Cozia Monastery.

Between July and November you will have a ride on the more spectacular road: Transfagarasan. This is a mountain road with a lot of twists and turns that climbs at over 6000 ft. altitude offering splendid views to the surroundings. The road-trip is approx 300 km & 4.5h total time spent in the car.

In the evening you will arrive in Bucharest.

You will be accommodated at a centrally located 4**** hotel in Bucharest.

 

Price and inclusions

1 person2 people – 1 room3 people – 2 rooms4 people – 2 rooms
€2760€1545/person€1406/person€1250/person

Included in the price:

  • Airport transfers;
  • 8-night accommodation – bed and breakfast in excellent rated locations;
  • Transport by modern car with climate control;
  • Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks available in the car;
  • Licensed English-speaking guide who will drive and accompany you on the tour;
  • Standard admission to attractions stated in the itinerary;
  • 1 home hosted meal;
  • Gas, parking and road fees;
  • VAT.

Not included in the price

  • Other meals & alcoholic beverages;
  • Photo & video fees at the visited sites;
  • Flight tickets;
  • Medical insurance – not mandatory but it is recommended.

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