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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.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Bucharest with British Airways.
Transfer to Intercontinental for 2 nights.
Welcome drink. (N)
Morning tour of Bucharest, known as the ‘Paris
of the east’ due to its boulevards and belle époque buildings. View the Old Princely Court
and the Royal Palace. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning drive to Sinaia to visit the palaces of
Peles and Pelisor, the former royal residences
of King Carol I. Overnight at the Hotel Aro
Palace in Brasov (renovated rooms). (B)
Morning tour of the medieval town of Brasov
and view the Piata Sfatului, one of the finest
baroque squares in the country. Visit the Black
Church – the largest gothic church between
Vienna and Istanbul – with 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. In the afternoon,
travel 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 La Conac for 2 nights. (B, D)
Tour the area’s remarkable painted
monasteries, considered to be among Europe’s
greatest artistic monuments and awarded
Unesco world heritage status. (B, D)
Drive back into Transylvania to Sighisoara,
travelling through superb mountain scenery.
Visit Bistriþa en route, a small market town
in the Bârgau valley, and Târgu Mures, a
Hungarian stronghold. Overnight at the Hotel
Central Park (or similar). (B)
Morning tour of the Unesco-listed 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, D)
Morning visit to Corvin, one of the largest
Renaissance-gothic castles in Europe, and the
picturesque village of Sibiel with its glass icon
museum. Return to Sibiu for time at leisure. (B)
Morning departure for Bucharest, travelling through the scenic Olt valley. Afternoon at leisure.
Stay overnight at the Intercontinental. (B)
Morning visit to the Palace of Parliament,
which is the third largest building in the world.
Early afternoon transfer to the airport and fly
to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in
Bucharest or to the Transylvanian properties
of the Prince of Wales, Sarmizegetusa and
Zarnesti. Please speak to a Cox & Kings tour
consultant for details.
On day 4, there
will be an included journey on the Mocanita
steam train, a narrow gauge railway used for
transporting cargo in the early 20th century.
From £210 pp.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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ROI2019: 9 Nights
It was a marvellous tour and a very good itinerary.Ms Eamits
Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and Belle Epoque buildings...