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Small Group Tour of Romania
Myths & Magic of Romania
ROMANIA SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Enjoy country traditions, costumes, crafts, horse-driven carts, and dinner with “ceterasi” violin players
- Explore Sighisoara, the best preserved, continuously inhabited medieval city of Europe
- Visit the unique Merry Cemetery in Sapanta Village
- Discover painted monasteries of northern Moldova
- Tour medieval Transylvania with its palaces, fortifications, and “Dracula’s Castle”
We begin our guided small group tour of Romania with an exploration of Bucharest’s historic, architectural and cultural sites. Then we cross the Carpathians to Sibiu, one of the oldest Saxon towns. in Transylvania, our world travellers enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town’s quaint cobblestone streets, pastel houses, 15-16th century town square, Evangelical Church, Podul Mincinosilor (the Liars’ Bridge), and old city walls. Our small group also visits the oldest art museum in the country, the Bruckental Palace Museum, and enjoys a horse and carriage ride thru the open air museum of Astra.
In the mountain village of Sibiel we visit the painted glass icon museum to learn about this unique Romanian art. Next is Sighisoara, with its walled citadel on the hilltop, secret gateways and passages, and 14th century clock tower. Sighisoara is infamous as the birthplace of Prince Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler, widely acknowledged as the inspiration for Bram Stocker's Dracula.
Onward to Maramures County, known for its wooden churches, carved wooden gates, unique folk attire and traditions such as the brightly colored "Merry Cemetery." In the Bucovina region we admire the famous painted monasteries of northern Moldova. The Voronet Monastery, built in 1488, is one of the most beautiful and is dubbed the "Sistine Chapel of the East.”
Travel to Romania with Original World on a guided small group or private tour and experience the delights of a country rich in heritage and endearing charm.
The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta Village, Maramures
Day 1-2: Meet in Bucharest
Our world travelers will enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of historic Bucharest including a visit to the outdoor Village Museum, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the Palace of Parliament, Revolution Square, Patriarch's Cathedral and a walk in Bucharest's historic area with its well preserved medieval architecture.
Day 3-4: Sibiu
Crossing the Carparthians, our small tour group will drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to Cozia Monastery, built in 1386. Arrive in Sibiu, one of the oldest Saxon towns in Transylvania. A guided walking tour of the medieval town with cobblestone streets and pastel houses. We visit the Bruckental Palace Museum, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the open air museum of Astra and visit traditional villages nearby for further cultural immersion.
Day 5: Sighisoara
our small tour group will explore charming Sighisoara, one of the best preserved and continuously inhabited medieval cities of Europe, with a walled citadel on the hilltop, secret gateways and passages, and a 14th century clock tower. Sighisoara is the birthplace of Prince Vlad Tepes (also know as Vlad the Impaler and the inspiration for the fictional character Dracula).
Day 6-7: Vadu Izei Village in Maramures
Soak up the ambiance in Maramures, the land of wooden churches, unique folk costumes and timeless traditions, where ancient Romania co-exists with modern times. Become immersed in the local Romanian culture as you experience the local peasant lifestyle with a delightful village family. See the whimsical Merry Cemetery in Sapanta Village with its brightly colored grave markers that include simple paintings and interesting epitaphs. Special treat, dinner with "ceterasi," the local violin players.
Day 8-9: Bucovina
Travel through the scenic Prislop Pass to the Bucovina region, renowned for the wondrously detailed exterior frescoes on the walls of its monasteries and churches. Visit four of the eight famous Painted Monasteries of northern Moldova in their construction and painting order: Humor, Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita.
Day 10-11: Brasov - Bran - Sinaia
Our small tour group will enjoy a guided walking tour in the historical center of Brasov including the Black Church, the largest gothic structure between Vienna and Istanbul. Visit “Dracula’s Castle” in Bran and the fabulous Peles Castle in Sinaia.
Day 12: Depart OR Continue to Moldova.
12-day trip begins and ends in Bucharest
April 5-16,*April 12-23, May 15-26,**June 4-15, June 16-27, June 28-July 9, July 17-28, August 8-19, August 30-Sept 10, Sept 13-24, Oct 7-18
* Orthodox Easter & Juni, **Whit Sunday
$200 discount when booked with Bulgaria Tour
2 nights boutique hotel
5 nights heritage style hotels
2 nights 4 star hotel
2 nights modern village guesthouse or option to stay in hotel in town
All breakfasts, 4 lunches,
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