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Brasov, with its Baroque streets and medieval ramparts
Bran Castle, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Prejmer with its fortified church
Sighisoara’s churches and famous Clock Tower
Sinaia’s neo-Gothic Peles Castle
Bucharest, the capital, including Ceacescu’s astonishing Palace of Parliament
Our tour to Romania takes in the famed Transylvania region, which evokes images of towering Gothic castles, but the region has much more to offer, including fortified churches, monasteries, citadels, ancient, atmospheric towns and cities and spectacular scenery. Bucharest is an eclectic mix of architectural styles and boasts one of the most extraordinary monuments to one man’s ego in the form of the Palace of Parliament, the world’s fourth largest building and a testament to Ceaucescu’s egomania.
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Departing: 02nd June 2019 at 11:40
Returning: 09th June 2019 at 18:00
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Departing: 08th September 2019 at 11:40
Returning: 15th September 2019 at 18:00
Day 1: Fly from London Heathrow to Bucharest.
On arrival transfer to Brasov (approx. 2 hours 30 mins) and check-in to the hotel. Welcome dinner at the hotel included this evening (subject to flight being on time).
Day 2: Guided tour of Brasov and afternoon free for personal exploration.
Morning guided walking tour of Brasov to include the lovely square of Piata Sfatului, Black Church, St Nicholas Church and Romania’s first school. A jumble of medieval watchtowers, church spires with a backdrop of forested mountains, Brasov has grown into Romania’s second largest city, but the old, Baroque centre retains a small town feel. Afternoon at leisure to continue your exploration independently.
Day 3: Full day tour to Bran Castle and Prejmer.
Today we head out of town to Bran to visit its 14th century castle, said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Though the connections to either Dracula of Vlad Tepes are tenuous, the castle, perched on a 200-foot jagged outcrop, is a magnificent sight that stirs the imagination. This afternoon we visit Prejmer, renowned for its ancient fortified church, widely regarded as the most beautiful in the region and an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 4: Full day tour to Sighisoara and Biertan.
This morning we head northwest to atmospheric Sighisoara, overlooking the River Tarnava Mara. Dating from Saxon times, it boasts one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in Europe. The epitome of a fairytale town, Sighisoara, with its picturesque old town huddled within its fortified walls is a charming, atmospheric town, with many of its colourful houses converted into cafes’ shops and hotels, entirely worthy of its UNESCO-listed status. This afternoon retains us firmly in a time capsule with a visit to Biertan, a veritable Saxon village with a commanding fortified church set within three sets of imposing city walls atop a picturesque old town, where locals still work the land in horse-drawn carts and livestock can be seen along its narrow streets.
Day 5: Visits to Sinaia and Peles Castle.
Another fascinating day in store as we head south to the resort town of Sinaia, nestled in a valley in the shadow of the Bucegi Mountains. Here we will visit Peles Castle, the country’s most opulent palace and the reteat of Romania’s first king, Carol I. Reminiscent of a Bavarian castle, this enthralling vision of towering spires and classical statues took more than 40 years to realise. This afternoon transfer to Bucharest (approx. 2 hours) and check-in to the hotel.
Day 6: Guided walking tour of Bucharest and the Palace of Parliament.
Morning guided walking tour of Bucharest and visit to the Royal Palace (home to the Romanian National Art Museum) and afternoon guided tour of the Palace of Parliament. A city of contrasts, Bucharest offers a wealth of architectural styles – from the ancient monastery at Stavropleos Monastery, to Parisian-style boulevards, elegent fin-de-siecle buildings, a smattering of Art Nouveau and Art Deco buidings, the unlovely concrete creations of the Communist era, not forgetting Ceacsescu’s megalithic Palace of Parliament, a testament to his colossal authority and ego and one of the largest buildings in the world.
Day 7: Full day free in Bucharest.
Full day at leisure in Bucharest to explore independently.
Day 8: Morning free in Bucharest until afternoon transfer to the airport for return flight to London Heathrow.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.
Aro Palace Hotel, Brasov
Located in the centre of the city and Brasov’s only five-star hotel, the Aro Palace dates back in parts some 70 years but has been comprehgensively renovated in 2005. Facilities include a bar, restaurant, spa with sauna, indoor pool & gym, and very well appointed bedrooms with all modern facilities.
Cismigiu Hotel, Bucharest
Located in the heart of the city, the traditional four-star Cismigiu Hotel is located in a 100-year old building that has been completely renovated in 2013. Facilities include a craft brewery, rooftop brasserie and stylish bedrooms with all modern facilities. The hotel is even immortalised in song – in 1999, the local band Vama Veche released “Hotel Cismigliu,” a cover version of the Eagles’ Hotel California!
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