Visit Transylvania and Bucovina, two of the most beautiful areas in Romania. This tour focuses on the country’s wonderful architectural tradition, exemplified in the baroque town squares, palaces, fortified Saxon churches and medieval Orthodox monasteries with vivid exterior frescoes.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bucharest with British Airways. Stay at the Athénée Palace Hilton (or similar) for 2 nights. Evening welcome dinner. (D)
Tour of Bucharest, a city of wide Parisian-style boulevards and Belle Epoque buildings. Visits include Cotroceni Palace, by special permission, and the exterior of Ceausescu’s palace. Evening performance at the Athenaeum. (B)
Morning drive through the Fãgãras mountains to Sibiu, the main city of the Saxons that combines gothic, Renaissance, baroque and classical architecture. Afternoon walking tour of the city, including visits to the Protestant and Orthodox cathedrals, and the Brukenthal Art Museum, the oldest and finest art gallery in Romania. Stay at the Ramada Hotel (or similar). (B, D)
Drive to Sighisoara, stopping at Biertan to visit the gothic fortified church. Afternoon tour of Sighisoara, a beautifully preserved medieval citadel set in rolling countryside. Visit the walls and defending towers that encircle cobbled streets and ancient houses, the citadel and the old clock tower. Spend 2 nights at the Hotel BinderBubi (or similar). (B, D)
This morning, a meeting has been arranged with a representative of the Mihai Eminescu Trust, an association dedicated to the conservation of the villages and the Saxon heritage in Transylvania, one of the most unspoilt regions of Europe. Travel to the atmospheric Saxon village of Viscri and see the Unesco-listed 12th-century church with its scenic views of the rolling Transylvanian countryside. Walk down the main street where the Mihai Eminescu Trust, supported by HRH The Prince of Wales, has restored many of the medieval houses. Lunch today will be in a private house in Viscri. (B, L)
In the morning, drive to the Hungarian city of Târgu Mures, which has Romanian, Hungarian and Habsburg influences. See the hall of the Palace of Culture with art deco stained-glass windows illustrating traditional Hungarian themes and tales. Continue via the small market town of Bistrita to Gura Humorului. Stay 2 nights at Hotel La Conac (or similar). (B, L, D)
Morning tour of the remarkable painted monasteries, considered to be among Europe’s greatest artistic monuments. The monasteries include Sucevita, Voronet and Moldovita, which feature amazingly well-preserved frescoes that cover the walls with vivid images of saints and biblical scenes. Afternoon visit to the painted egg museum and workshop at Vama. (B)
Drive to Agapia and visit the monastery and village. Stop for lunch at Lacu Rosu, then continue to Brasov and stay 2 nights at the Aro Palace Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)
In the morning, see Piata Sfatului, one of the finest baroque squares in the country. Visit the gothic Black Church, a focal point of the Lutheran Reformation; St Nicholas Church; and the first Romanian school. Afternoon visit to the impressive fortified church of Prejmer. With more than 270 rooms and buildings, the fortress was attacked more than 50 times by the Mongols, Turks, Tartars, Cossacks and Moldavians during the middle ages, but was only conquered once. (B, D)
Drive south through the Bucegi mountains and visit Peles castle, the former royal residence of King Carol I, built in the German Renaissance style. After a private tour of the second floor of the castle to discover the quarters of the royal family, continue to the George Enescu Memorial House, a living museum to this great musician whose folk-influenced classical style of music elevated Romania onto the international stage. Continue to Bucharest airport and fly to London (B, L).
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted throughout by a lecturer who has specialist knowledge of the destination and its culture, as well as an experienced local guide.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation. Please visit this tour on our website to see details of the hotels included.
This tour involves some long walks over uneven ground and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
He is an expert in Ottoman and Orthodox studies, is also an Anglican priest and Chairman of the Anglican and Eastern Churches. His personal contacts guarantee special access to monasteries and churches.
She is a Byzantine art historian. She has worked at the British Museum and is a visiting research fellow at King’s College, London.
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Built in 1914 the 5 star Athenee Palace Hilton is centrally located in Bucharest, close to the historic Cotroceni Palace. The 272 rooms are comfortably decorated with modern amenities. Facilities include four restaurants, a bar, an indoor swimming pool and health...
The Best Western Bucovina is a modern four star hotel that stands on the edge of town overlooking the surrounding mountains. Its 130 rooms are spacious and well designed with new gothic style furniture. All rooms have en-suite facilities with shower or bath, minibar, and satellite television. Room service is available. The hotel has a restaurant serving Romanian and international cuisine, a bar and an outdoor...
Located in the centre of Brasov's old town, the Aro Palace is Brasov's best hotel. The three/four star hotel has recently upgraded many of its facilities while retaining its original art deco façade. All rooms are en-suite with either bath or shower, and have minibar and satellite television. The hotel has two restaurants offering Romanian, international, and Italian cuisine and room service is available. The hotel also has a bar, garden restaurant, hairdresser and casino.
The hotel is currently building a swimming pool complex in front of the hotel. This will not disrupt entry into the building and although the building work may be visible from some rooms, it should not be audible from the rooms. The expected completion date is early...
Situated at the base of Citadel Hill, Hotel Binderbubi is around a 5-minute walk from the Piata Cetatii Medievale in Sighisoara's centre. The hotel's decor is Tyrolean-inspired and features a vaulted wine cellar and restaurant serving Romanian and international cuisine.
Features: 52 rooms, restaurant, bar, cafe, fitness facilities, spa with jacuzzi and sauna, hair salon.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, safe,...
The Ramada Hotel is located within Sibiu's city centre, close to many of the city's sights and the pedestrian area in the historical centre. The Old Town can be viewed from the hotel's panorama lift. Guests can dine at the hotel's restaurant or relax with a drink in either of the two elegant bars.
Features: 127 rooms & suites, restaurant, 2 bars, health centre, shop, art gallery.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, tea & coffee facilities, minibar, hairdryer,...
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Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and Belle Epoque buildings Bucharest...