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Timeless Romania

Group  |  9 Days / 8 Nights
from £995
With its wealth of folkloric heritage, picturesque villages and wonderful scenery, Romania is fascinating to explore. This tour discovers the country’s highlights, including Transylvania’s fortified Saxon churches, Bucovina’s exquisite painted monasteries, dramatic castles and palaces, medieval towns and the beautiful Carpathian mountains.
  • Stay in centrally located hotels throughout
  • Discover northern Romania’s painted monasteries
  • Explore Transylvania & Dracula’s castle in Bran
  • Visit the royal palaces of Pelisor & Peles
  • Small group size – maximum 26 people

Day 1: Fly to Bucharest Fly from London to Bucharest with British Airways and transfer to Brasov. Stay at the Hotel Aro Palace (renovated rooms) for 2 nights. (D)

Day 2: Sinaia • Brasov • Bran Morning visit to the palaces of Peles and Pelisor, the former royal residences of King Carol I. These magnificent German Renaissance-style palaces are an assemblage of turrets rising above swathes of green meadows. Afternoon tour of the medieval town of Brasov and view the Piata Sfatului, one of the finest baroque squares in the country with a 15th-century town hall. Visit the Black Church – the largest gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul – that has a collection of more than 300 Ottoman rugs. See St Nicholas Church and explore Romania’s first school. Continue to Bran castle, which is famously associated with Dracula, the legendary character from Bram Stoker’s gothic novel. (B, D)

Day 3: Neamt monastery • To Gura Humorului In the morning, travel north from Transylvania to southern Bucovina, now part of Moldavia, via the Red Lake, the Bicaz gorges and the spectacular scenery of the eastern Carpathians. En route, visit Neamt monastery, the oldest in Romania, dating from the 14th century. Stay at the Best Western Bucovina Club de Munte for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 4: Gura Humorului Tour the area’s remarkable painted monasteries, considered to be among Europe’s greatest artistic monuments and awarded Unesco world heritage status. The monasteries include Sucevita, Voronet and Humor and were painted in the 15th and 16th centuries, when Turkish invaders threatened Moldavia. Each features vivid frescoes, created to educate and entertain the illiterate soldiers and peasants. (B, D)

Day 5: Bistri.a • Târgu Mures • To Sighisoara Drive back into Transylvania to Sighisoara, travelling through the Borgo Pass and superb mountain scenery. Visit Bistri.a en route, a small market town in the Bârgau valley in the heart of ‘Dracula land’, and Târgu Mures, a Hungarian stronghold where sights include the Orthodox cathedral, the citadel church and fortress, and the Culture Palace. Stay overnight at the Hotel Central Park (or similar). (B)

Day 6: Sighisoara • Biertan • To Sibiu Morning tour of the Unesco world heritage town of Sighisoara, a beautifully preserved medieval settlement. The city walls encircle cobbled streets lined with colourful 16th-century burgher houses. Visits include the citadel, the Church on the Hill and the clock tower. In the afternoon, visit one of the best-preserved gothic fortified churches, which the area is renowned for, at Biertan, and continue to Sibiu. Stay 2 nights at the Continental Forum (or similar). (B)

Day 7: Sibiu • Sibiel Morning tour of Sibiu, a Saxon town that combines late Renaissance, early gothic, classical and Transylvanian baroque architecture. The tour includes the Evangelical and Orthodox cathedrals and the Brukenthal Art Museum. Afternoon visit to the picturesque village of Sibiel and its glass icon museum. (B, D)

Day 8: To Bucharest Morning departure for Bucharest, travelling through the scenic Olt valley. Afternoon at leisure. Stay overnight at the Hotel Athenee Palace Hilton. (B, D)

Day 9: Fly to London Morning tour of Bucharest, known as the ‘Paris of the east’ due to its boulevards and belle époque buildings. View the Old Princely Court, the Royal Palace and visit the Palace of Parliament, which is the third largest building in the world. Early afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information 

Group tour manager: This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Bucharest.

Superior tour: Based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

June & July departures: On Day 4, there will be an included journey on the Mocanita steam train, a narrow gauge railway once used for transporting cargo and passengers in the early 20th century.

Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 7808 6785 or email

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DescriptionDeparture betweenPrice (£)
British Airways Club Europe return01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016395

The above prices are 'from prices' and are subject to availability.

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