Visit Transylvania and Bucovina, two of
the most beautiful areas in Romania,
accompanied by experts John Osborne
or Rowena Loverance. This tour
concentrates 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 Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar) for 1
night. Evening welcome dinner. (D)
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 overnight at the Ramada Hotel
(or similar). (B)
Drive to Sighisoara, stopping at Biertan to visit
the gothic fortified church. Afternoon tour of
Sighiºoara, 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)
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 the Best Western Bucovina
(or similar). (B, L)
Morning tour of the remarkable painted
monasteries, considered to be among Europe’s
greatest artistic monuments. The monasteries
include Suceviþa, Voroneþ and Moldoviþa,
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
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)
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)
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 and stay overnight at
the Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar). In the
evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Morning tour of Bucharest, a city of wide
Parisian-style boulevards and belle époque
buildings. Visits include Cotroceni Palace,
by special permission, and the e xterior of
Ceausescu’s Palace. Transfer to the airport and
fly to London. (B)
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 3- and
This tour involves some long
walks over uneven ground and therefore
requires a good level of fitness.
John Osborne is a graduate
in Classics from Cambridge
University and has taught
at Marlborough College
and in the Middle East. He
has developed a particular
interest in the history and
culture of south-east Europe, especially the
architecture of the region, and has led many
tours to this area.
Rowena Loverance is a
Byzantine art historian,
specialising in sculpture,
mosaics and icons. She
worked for more than 20
years at the British Museum
and is a visiting research
fellow at King’s College, London.
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,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Extend your stay in Bucharest with 2 nights
at the Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar) to
discover the city’s Orthodox churches and art
nouveau villas. Includes airport transfer.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
RMC2017: 9 Nights