8 days trip from Budapest to visit Transylvania and UNESCO Heritage Freshened Monasteries
Travel for 8 days from Budapest to visit the European Capital of Culture of 2019, Timisoara, and Sibiu, the former capital in 2007. It looks at how different cultures interact and coexist peacefully with each other in the same country. Relax by admiring the greeAAn of the Carpathians and have fun knowing Bucharest, its wide avenues, its history and visit its main tourist destinations. You will appreciate Sighisoara, UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Vlad Dracula. You will see the famous and beautiful Dracula Castle and the luxurious Peles Castle in Sinaia, nicknamed the Pearl of the Carpathians for its magnificent buildings and the greenery that characterizes it. Thanks to this experience you will visit the Pass Borgo, the Bicaz Gorges and the beautiful monasteries of Bucovina, frescoed inside and outside, among which you will recognize the “Sistine Chapel” of Romania with a very special universal judgment.
1 day: Budapest – Arad – Timisoara
Departure from your hotel or directly from Budapest Airport to go to Arad, which will be visited by walking after reaching Romania and where we will see the impressive Neo-Gothic Palace of Culture, the City Hall Palace and the Red Church built in secessionist style, the great Catholic Cathedral and the State Theater, neoclassical. After lunch we will arrive in Timisoara, a very charming city for its architectural features for many Turkish, Serbian, Austrian and German elements, which will become the European Capital of Culture in 2019. We will spend the night in Timisoara at a 4 * central hotel.
2 day: Timisoara – The Corvini Castle – Alba Iulia – Sibiu
In the morning we will visit the most fascinating gothic castle in Eastern Europe and one of the most beautiful and greatest of our continent, the famous Corvin Castle. Later, we will go to Alba Iulia, an important city from a historical point of view, because the Great United Romania was made here on December 1st, 1918, so immediately after the First World War. In the evening we will arrive in Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007, dominated by the Tower of the Clock or Council Tower dating to the medieval era and by the extensive 18th – 19th century Brukenthal museum, the former residence of the governor of Transylvania. The big square, the small square and Huet Square, with the Evangelical Cathedral, show off in all their beauty. We will spend the night in Sibiu, in the central area, in a 4 * hotel.
3 Day: Sibiu – Sighisoara – Bistrita
After breakfast we will go to one of the seven fortified cities, which is called Sighisoara, whose historic center is UNESCO heritage. The only one of its kind, Sighisoara, is a fortified town still inhabited, with the exception of Eastern Europe, where every home has a different color and where the famous ladder of the 17th century leads to a beautiful evangelical church. Here was Vlad Dracula, and we will see his home, located in the Museum Square and next to the elegant Clock Tower. We will have lunch in the restaurant and then we will go to Bistrita, one of the seven fortified cities in the Middle Ages and very appreciated by the Italian Giovanni Bottero, who was in Transylvania during the 16th century. To arrive in Bistrita we will cross Targu Mures, another Transylvanian town important for the Hungarian community and for its secessionist buildings, built in the dualistic or hagiographic period. We will eat and spend the night in Bistrita at Hotel Crown of Gold (in Romanian Coroana de Aur), 4 *. Even Jonathan Harker spent the night here.
4 day: Bistrita – Gura Humorului
During the morning we will leave to Bucovina, in the northern part of Moldova, to visit the famous monasteries, all UNESCO, Moldovita, Sucevita and Voronet monuments. The last one is famous for the shades of blue that characterize it, bright and variable depending on the degree of humidity found in the air, and for the Universal Judgment, which shows all the imagination and creativity of Byzantine artists of the 16th century. Moldovita is known for the Siege of Constantinople, which is illustrated in the southern facade and Sucevita is the most colorful, it was frescoed last, and the iconostasis it carries is baroque. Its liquid gold makes it precious and fascinating. Overnight at Hotel Best Western Bucovina 4 * in the resort of Gura Humorului.
5 day: Gura Humorului – Agapia – Gorges of Bicaz – Brasov
We continue our journey to Piatra Neamt making a stop at the Agapia’s Monastery, which is located in a village inhabited by 300 nuns. The living museum is something very special. At Agapia you can get to know the nuns, talk to them and see how they carry their daily lives. The monastery is painted by Nicolae Grigorescu, in Renaissance style. This is the greatest painter of modern Romanian art. Then we will go to Brasov along to one of the most beautiful streets of Romania for the panorama you see from there. We’ll take on the road that crosses the Gorge of Bicaz, a protected natural reservation. The scenery is breathtaking, with a stream that runs along the road and high 800 meters high rocks wall. We will then go to Brasov to visit the Black Church and the city center with its beautiful Council Square. Dinner and overnight in Hotel House of Dracula’s 4 *, a hotel very similar to Dracula’s Castle.
6 day: Brasov – Bran – Sinaia – Bucharest
The day begins with Bran, to visit the famous castle of Dracula, built between 1377 and 1382 on an imposing rock covering a hill. The castle, medieval and gothic, famous for the legend of Vlad the Impaler is actually appreciated especially for its modest but refined interiors, which were chosen by Queen Mary in the 1920s when she received the castle. Next we will visit Peles Castle, located in Sinaia, called the Pearl of the Carpathians by being immersed in the green and being a beautiful ski resort. The name Sinaia comes from Mount Sinai that Michele Cantacuzino visited during the 18th century when going to the Cathedral of Santa Caterina. The gorgeous and elegant Peles Castle, built between the end of the 19th and the early 20th century, was at that time the most modern in Europe, with electricity and thermal power plant, so that the chimneys we will admire inside are just decorative. It also had an elevator. Finally, we will arrive in Bucharest where an overnight stay is planned in a 4 * hotel located in the center of the capital.
7 day: Bucharest
In the morning we will visit Parliament’s Palace, Romania’s largest building, and the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon of the United States. We will then visit the historic center and the wonderful Village Museum, founded by a Romanian sociologist in 1936, where we will see beautiful 18th and 19th century buildings in which the Romanian peasants lived. You can admire a picturesque open air museum that you cannot miss. Overnight in a 4 * hotel located in the center of the capital.
8 day: Bucharest – Airport
Free time available and transfer to the airport.
The program may be affected by changes based on opening hours and closing of museums or depending on whether or not hotels are available but all visits will be made and the comfort of hotels will be at least 4 *.
- Pick-up/drop off from/at your indicated adress or from the airport
- Overnight in 3/4* hotel with breakfast
- Full board meals starting with the dinner of the first day and ending with the lunch of the last day
- Professional english speaking licensed tour guide will follow you in this tour
- Transport with modern private car/minivan/coach all with air-condition based on the number of the group
- Entrance fees at the museums
Services not included:
- Photo/Video fees at the museum (where requested)