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Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
Discover hill-top castles and Dracula folk tales, wander through medieval citadels and visit the birth town of Vlad the Impaler as you journey around Romania, delving into the country’s history, myths and legends.
Fly to Bucharest, On arrival travel through Transylvania's Carpathian Mountains to Brasov to your hotel for the evening.
During the morning you will make a city tour of Brasov with the visit of the hidden Orthodox Church from the old city center and the Black Church, the biggest Gothic sacral building in Eastern Europe. Afterwards you will visit the Bran Castle, notorious as Dracula's Castle after the legend of Prince Vlad Tepes. Originally built for military purposes by the Teutonic Knights, the castle served during the interwar period as Queen Mary's residence. Forwards, the group will be visiting the stud farm for Lipizzaner Horses in Sambata. You will further continue your journey towards Sibiu - the former European Capital of Culture in 2007. The buildings, from the Big and Small Square, the Brukenthal Palace and the Liar's Bridge are just a few monuments that influence its entire image. You will have to opportunity to visit the impressive Evangelical Church where you can find the tomb of Mihnea cel Rau, the son of Prince Vlad Tepes. In the afternoon you will reach Alba Iulia.
Today the journey starts in Alba Iulia, one of Romania's oldest cities, where the unification of Transylvania and Romania was sealed in 1918. You will have the opportunity to visit the Citadel, built between 1716 and 1735 by Italian architect Giovanni Morando Visconti. The fortress is outstanding both for its architectural elements and for the beauty of its six gates, unique in European military structures. The gates, valuable samples of early baroque style, have served as a model for 18th century Transylvanian architecture. Before returning to Sibiu you will further continue to Blaj where you are invited to a wine tasting, at the wine growing research station. This day is further dedicated to the culture of the Transylvanian Saxons. After breakfast you will first proceed to Medias, to admire the evangelical Saint Margret's Church, build in 1488 in gothic style. The way takes you further to Biertan, where you can visit the fortified church. Afterwards, you will reach Sighisoara, the most beautiful and best preserved medieval town from this part of Europe. Here you can visit the Church upon the Hill, the house where Count Dracula was born and the Clock Tower. You will continue the journey to Bistrita, where you will arrive on late afternoon.
Today, enjoy a one day trip on the steam train in the Vaser Valley. Lunch will be included onboard the train.
Today you will visit the painted Monasteries from Bucovina, part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, namely Moldovia and Voronet. The monastery is famous for its gold and deep blue paintings on the exterior walls, one of which is depicting the Tree of Jesus, representing Christ's genealogy. Next you will visit the Voronet Monastery. Founded by Stephen the Great the Voronet Monastery is notorious as as "the Sistine Chapel of the East" due to its interior and exterior wall paintings. In the afternoon you will continue the journey towards Iasi, the former capital of the Moldova Region, where you will enjoy a walking tour in its historic center.
Today you will travel to Tulcea, dubbed the 'Gate to the Danube Delta', making a stop in Galati for lunch. Upon arrival in Tulcea you will first visit the Saon Monastery then embark on a Danube Delta cruise with dinner on board the ship.
During the morning you will depart towards the Romanian capital, stopping on the way for lunch. Upon arrival you will take a city tour which will include the Patriarchial church, a visit inside the impressive Parliament Palace - the second largest building in the world, Revolution's Square and the Triumphal Arch. During the evening you are invited to a festive dinner in Caru' cu Bere restaurant.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
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