This 8-day private journey travels through the Transylvanian and Carpathian regions of Romania, discovering the more remote areas of the country. These include Curtea de Arges, Fagaras and Miclosoara. One of the main highlights of this private journey is staying en route in castles and manor houses as well as viewing the property owned by the Prince of Wales in Viscri village.
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Fly from London Heathrow to Bucharest with British Airways and transfer to the Hotel Athenee Palace Hilton for 2 nights. (N)
Morning tour of Bucharest, known as the "Paris of the east" due its Parisian-style boulevards and belle époque buildings. View the Old Princely Court, the Royal Palace and visit the Palace of Parliament, the third largest building in the world. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning drive to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia, to view the Episcopal Church, the burial site of many Romanian kings. Continue to Horezu and visit Hurezi monastery. Renowned for its pottery and listed as a Unesco world heritage site, spare time will be given to visit one of the many ceramic shops in the city. Stay 1 night at Conacul Lui Maldar. (B. D)
Morning drive on the highest road in Romania and one of the most picturesque, the Transalpina. Continue to the town of Sibiu for a visit to the Bruckenthal Art Gallery and a walking tour of this medieval town to view the main square, Liar's bridge and the Evangelical Church. Stay 1 night at Brukenthal Castle. (B)
Morning visit to Fagaras, a fortified village from the middle ages. Continue to Bran to visit Dracula's castle and then to Brasov. Here you will see one of the finest baroque squares in the country, Pia?a Sfatului, as well as the Black Church, which is the largest Gothic Church between Vienna and Istanbul and houses a collection of more than 300 Ottoman rugs. View St Nicholas' Church and explore Romania's first school. Stay 1 night at Count Kalnoky Manor. (B, D)
Morning drive to Sighisoara, via Viscri, to visit Viscri's fortified church. The village of Viscri is famous for the property here owned by the Prince of Wales, which help protect the unique way of life that has existed here for hundreds of years through the promotion of sustainable tourism. Continue to visit Sighisoara, a beautifully preserved medieval settlement and a Unesco world heritage site. 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. Stay overnight at the Fronius Residence. (B, D)
Morning drive to Târgu Mures to visit the Cultural Palace, a flamboyant, early 20th-century city hall with an outstanding stained glass hall, and the old fortress. Continue to Cluj-Napoca, which was formally a Dacian settlement. Stay 1 night at the Hotel Hampton by Hilton or similar. (B)
Morning at leisure. Early afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London Heathrow via Bucharest with Tarom and British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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