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Timeless Romania

Group  |  9 Days / 8 Nights
from £1175
With its rich 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 at Bran
  • Visit the royal palaces of Pelisor & Peles

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

Day 2 – Sinia, 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 Dracula’s castle at Bran. (B, D)

Day 3 – To Voronet: 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 Casa Elena in Voronet for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 4 – Voronet: 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 mural frescoes, created to educate and entertain the illiterate soldiers and peasants. (B, D)

Day 5 – To Sighisoara: Drive back into Transylvania to Sighisoara, travelling through stunning mountain scenery and the Borgo Pass. Visit Bistrita 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. (B)

Day 6 – 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 16th-century colourful burgher houses. Visits include the citadel, the Church on the Hill, and the Clock Tower. In the afternoon, visit one of the bestpreserved gothic fortified churches, which the area is renowned for, at Biertan, and continue to Sibiu. Stay 2 nights at the Continental Forum. (B)

Day 7 – Sibiu: Morning tour of Sibiu, a Saxon town that combines late Renaissance, early gothic, classical and Transylvanian baroque architecture. The tour includes the evangelic 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 – To London: Morning tour of Bucharest, known as the ‘Paris of the east’ due to its Parisian-style 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.

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DescriptionDeparture betweenPrice (£)
British Airways Club Europe return01 Jan 2014 - 14 May 2014370
British Airways Club Europe return15 May 2014 - 30 Sep 2014335
British Airways Club Europe return01 Oct 2014 - 31 Dec 2014370
British Airways Flight Supplement01 Jan 2014 - 15 May 201424
British Airways Flight Supplement01 Oct 2014 - 01 Oct 201424

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