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Timeless Romania

Group  |  9 Days / 8 Nights
from £995

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book by 07 Oct 14

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
  • Small group size – maximum 25
  • Discover northern Romania’s painted monasteries
  • Explore Transylvania & Dracula’s castle in 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 – 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 Dracula’s castle in Bran. (B, D)

Day 3 – 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 – 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 the Borgo Pass and superb mountain scenery. 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 or similar. (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 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: 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 – 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.

NOTES:
Superior Tour: 
Based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

*Concert departures: For certain departures we have included tickets for an evening concert at the bi-annual George Enescu festival in Bucharest on day 8.

PRE-TOURS &
EXTENSIONS 
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Bucharest and include 2 nights’ accommodation with arrival or departure transfers.

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Flight Upgrades

DescriptionDeparture betweenPrice (£)
British Airways Club Europe return01 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015455

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

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