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 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 Catholic,
Protestant and Orthodox cathedrals, and the
Brukenthal Art Museum, the oldest and finest
art gallery in Romania. Stay overnight at the
Continental Forum Hotel (or similar). (B)
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, the
14th- and 15th-century churches, and the
old clock tower. Spend 2 nights at the Hotel
BinderBubi (or similar). (B)
Travel to the atmospheric Saxon village of Viscri.
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 at Miklosvar with
Count Kalnoky. In the afternoon, a meeting
has been arranged with the representatives of
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. (B, L)
In the morning, drive to the Hungarian city of
Târgu-Mures, which has Romanian, Hungarian
and Habsburg influences. Continue via the small
market town of Bistrita to Gura Humorului.
Stay 2 nights at the Best Western Bucovina (or
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 a private lunch at the 16th-century
Secu monastery, notable for its fusion of
Walachian and Moldavian architecture. Drive 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
15th-century town hall; 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 and Pelisor castles, the former
royal residences of King Carol I, built in the
German Renaissance style. After a private tour
of the second floor of Peles 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; the exterior of Ceausescu’s
Palace, now housing parliament; and the fine
Museum of the Romanian Peasant housing
historic artefacts. Transfer to the airport and fly
to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local guide.
Based in 4- and 5-star
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.
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...
The Hotel BinderBubi is located in the centre of the city and has 37 rooms that are furnished in a simple contemporary style. Guests can dine at the Lorelei restaurant, which also has a wine...
The JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel is located within walking distance of several attractions including Parliament Palace and the Bucharest Opera house. The Arch de Triumph, Atheneum Concert Hall and Bucharest History Museum are all less than two miles away. The 402 rooms and suites are classic in style and have air conditioning, a satellite television, mini bar and safe. Hotel facilities include a spa and wellness centre, indoor swimming pool, squash courts, whirlpool, sauna and 6 restaurants serving an array of...
The Ramada Hotel is located within Sibiu's city centre, and is close to a lot of city's sights. It consists of 127 rooms over 15 floors, and its facilities include 3 restaurants and a...
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. She wrote a book on Christian art as well as the illustrated Byzantium.
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RMC2016: 9 Nights