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BUCHAREST-TRANSILVANIA-DANUBE DELTA

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Itinerary
  • Day 1. Bucharest - Sibiu
  • Meet the guide at 9.00 a.m. and start to Sibiu city.We will start the tour heading north from Bucharest and will cross the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania and reach Sibiu . In the summer time between 1st of June and 15th of September, the tour will change the way to arrive to Sibiu City crossing Transfagarasan Road , a unique experience of crossing the Carpathians on the N-S direction at a maximum altitude of 2000 m on the highest road in Romania . On our way will visit Curtea de Arges Monastery.Arriveing in Sibiu , we will visit the medieval city.
  • Day 2. Sibiu – Hunedoara – Hateg
  • Hunedoara city contains the most important Gothic-style secular building in Transylvania: Hunyad Castle, which is closely connected with theHunyadi family. The castle was destroyed by fire five times, but underwent many reconstructions from Austro-Hungarian and laterRomanian authorities. The region around Hunedoara was one of the earliest settled parts of Romania . Deep in the mountains above Orastie you will find Neolithic remains and vestiges of the Dacian citadels, including Sarmizegetusa Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Site), seat of kings Burebista and Decebal. The former Dacian capital was conquered by the Romans in 106 AD. Today you can still admire remnants of the forum and the stone amphitheatre, where gladiator shows were held. Near Hunedoara, you can take in the scenery of Woodlanders' Country (Tara Padurenilor), a region where people have maintained their traditional dress and folklore. Set amid one of Romania's most beautiful mountain ranges, Retezat National Park claims some of the highest rocky peaks (such as Retezatu and Peleagu, both more than 8,202 ft. in height) reflected in a string of over 80 clear glacial lakes. A hiker's paradise, Retezat became Romanian's first national park in 1935 and later, a biosphere reserve.
  • Day 3. Hateg – Alba Iulia - Sighisoara
  • Sighisoara is located on the Tarnava Mare river in a picturesque setting. The citadel, a beautifully preserved medieval complex, dominates the town with its hilltop setting. The old town enclosed within the citadel walls has narrow cobblestone streets and brightly painted 16th century Saxon houses. There are nine surviving towers; the most beautiful is the striking Clock Tower, the main gate into the citadel.From its balcony can see beautiful views over the whole town and countryside. You can take many pictures of the Clock Tower if you will look again you will see it looks like none is good enough and none looks as beautiful as the original in the afternoon light. The city is a real medieval city which preserve the atmosphere from that times and in the same time here will find a former Dominican church, now protestant, a gothic protestant church which have inside three valuable things : the single crypt known from Transylvania, a represantation in fresco of Saint Trinity which does not exists just in another 2-3 places in Europe painted in the same style, and a painted theme very populare in the XV-een - XVI-een century Holy Kinship with very intersting symbols.
  • Day 4. Sighisoara – Bran - Brasov
  • Drive to the city of Brasov - where Vlad led raids against the German Saxons. We will visit the medieval part of the city with: The Black Church, The Town Hall, The Black Tower, Ecaterina’s Gate. Today we will visit Dracula’s Castle - as in Bram Stoker's legendary vampire story. Situated at 30 Km from Brasov, between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, Bran Castle is an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to the beauty of the Castle and the landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. The first documentary attestation of the Bran Castle is the act issued on November 19, 1377, by Ludovic I D'Anjou giving the inhabitants of Brasov the privilege to build the Citadel "on their own work and expense". On December lst, 1920, the Brasov Town council donated the Bran Castle to Queen Marie of Great Romania, as a symbol of gratitude for her contribution to the achievement of the "Great Union" of 1 December 1918. Between years 1920 - 1927 the Bran Castle was restored under the guidance of the Royal Court architect. He transformed it into a beautiful summer residence, surrounded with a park, fountains, a lake, walking alleys and halt terraces and built the "Tea House" of Queen Maria. Since 1956 the Castle was opened as a museum of history and feudal art.
  • Day 5. Brasov – Sinaia - Danube Delta
  • We continue to Sinaia, the beautiful mountain resort surnamed "The Pearl of the Carpathians" where we will visit Peles Castle : one of Romania 's most beautiful palaces once the summer residence of the Romanian kings. Peles Castle is the most notable residents Romanian Royal family, one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe . A testimony to the 19th century ruler’s refinement, the wonderful edifice was built after the wish of Romania ’s first king, Carol I, and it happily mingled everything that was most beautiful and representative about the neo-Renaissance. The intricate facades, with applications of brown silky wood towers that seem to scratch the sky with their sharp roofs, along with the fountains and statues all make up a harmonious ensemble designed by accomplished Viennese architects. Peles has entered history as the place where some of the most important decisions were taken regarding Romania ’s fate. Anniversaries, balls, music, literary events, and theater shows organized on the scene of the theater hall gave life to the castle and refreshed the Romanian high life. The atmosphere of this place preserves so much of the force of those times that visitors will be surprised when, at their departure, they will notice that no gilded carriage is waiting at the stairs! Since 1953, the year when Peles Castle became a museum, any visitor can admire the elegant interiors and superb terraces, as well as the buildings belonging to the castle: Pelisor Castle , The Watch Tower and Sinaia Monastery, situated right near the castle. The construction of the castle began in 1875 and the building was inaugurated in 1883. The castle has 160 rooms, opulently decorated with leather, ebony, walnut and mother of pearl, with invaluable collections of art and furniture. Visit Sinaia Monastery - the name of the town comes from the Monastery of Sinaia, built in 1695 by the "spatar" (old high rank among the military nobility of the Valahian kingdom) Mihai Cantacuzino after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, at Mount Sinai; the monastery contains religious objects, icons, rare books and the exhibition of pottery and porcelain ware (dating from 16th - 19th cent.).
  • Day 6. Danube Delta
  • The Danube Delta is the second largest delta ( Volga is the first) but best preserved of European deltas, with an area of 3446 km2. This land of waters takes you away from everything that looks like a human establishment and guides you into a journey sprinkled with natural islands, lonely floating forests and incredible wildlife. The Danube, springs from Germany and it gathers all the tributary streams from 10 countries and crosses 4 capital cities. After covering 2860 km and before flowing into the Black Sea, it forms a delta. The Danube Delta is situated in the Southeastern part of the country, it has the shape of the Greek letter "delta" and it is bordered in the Southwestern part by Dobrogea Plateau, in the Northern part by the Ukrainian border and in the Eastern part by the Black Sea. The delta was created over the past 5,000 years—through much of recorded history. Before that, the delta was a gulf of the Black Sea . The deposition of million tons of alluvia links the three branches of the Danube : Chilia, Sulina and Sfantu Gheorghe (Saint George) with a fascinating net of channels, brooks and ponds. Wherever you look, you can see floating islets covered by rush and reed, rainforest-like lianas, lakes with muddy depths and surfaces carpeted by water lilies. The silent boats of fishermen stir countless pelicans and flocks of cormorants and moor hens from their nests beyond the reed curtains. Every year, the alluvium deposited by the Danube increases the width of the Delta by around 40 meters, making it extremely dynamic and the youngest land in Europe .The Danube Delta is listed as a UNESCO Reservation of the Biosphere because of its peculiar features and its variety of ecosystems (more than 25 types of natural ecosystems). It is considered to be the third in ecological significance among the 300 reserves of the world. There are 16 strictly protected areas in which no economical activities are allowed, areas for ecological rehabilitation and buffer zones between economical areas, where tourist activities are permitted as long as the environment is protected. It hosts over 1,200 varieties of plants, 300 species of birds, being the richest ornithological fauna on the continent, as well as 45freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes. This is the place where millions of birds from different places of Earth (European, Asian, African, Mediterranean ) come to lay their eggs.
  • Day 7. Danube Delta – Bucharest
  • Return to Bucharest in the afternoon.
Included in the price
  • Transport by modern car
  • Professional guide assistance during the whole trip.
  • 6 night accommodation with breakfast / 3* or 4* hotel.
  • City tour in each city in the trip.
Not included in the price
  • Rate is valid for groups of minimum 2 persons.
  • For over 10 persons important discount will be applied.
  • Entrance tickets for touristy attractions
  • Lunch, Dinner or any other meals except brackfast
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  • Tour rate: 739 €/person
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