DISCOVERING ROMANIA

Some of Romania's many faces

Romania offers a wide choice of general and "theme" touring ideas. These itinerary suggestions are just a few of many possibilities. Your travel agent will have much more to add to them.

Painted Monasteries and Feudal Castles

Your 8 day tour to the "Sixtine Chapel of the East" and some of the most dramatic scenery in Romania starts with a night in Bucharest before driving to Piatra Neamt for wine tastings - Moldavian wines have been famous for 500 years - and overnight stay.

On Day 3 you visit the graceful 17th century convent of Agapia, the monastery of Dragomirna, and tour Suceava, former capital of Moldavia. Overnight in Suceava.

Day 4 brings you to the famous painted monasteries. They have marvellously coloured and detailed frescoes of religious and historical scenes on their outside walls.

You will see Humor, where monks taught painters their craft; Voronet, known as the Sixtine Chapel of the East; and Sucevita, set in a dramatically fortified compound. Return to Piatra Neamt to overnight.

 

 

Day 5 takes you through the spectacular Bicaz Gorges in the Eastern Carpathians for two nights in the medieval city of Brasov.

Day 6 you visit ancient fortified churches at Prejmer and Harman and the 14th century stronghold of Bran Castle. On Day 7 drive across the mountains to see Peles Castle, built in the 1870s as a summer retreat for King Carol I at Sinaia.

The drive back to Bucharest is along the lovely Prahova valley, stopping to see the Village Museum on the way into the city. Overnight in Bucharest before flying home.

Transylvanian and Wallachian Experience

Starting with a Bucharest city tour including the Village Museum, this comprehensive trip takes in highlights of legendary Transylvania and of the Banat, in the south-west.

Day 3 depart Bucharest for the Curtea de Arges Monastery, Episcopala Church and Targu Jiu, where Constantin Brancusi's massive works are exibited. Overnight at Targu Jiu.

On the 4th day you see the Iron Gates Museum, ruins of Trajan bridge at Drobeta - Turnu Severin, with overnight at Timisoara, cradle of the December 1989 revolution.

From Timisoara to medieval Sibiu is via Deva, commanded by the fairy tale Renaissance castle of Hunedoara. Overnight at Sibiu.

Day 6 gives you the fascinating but little known Museum of Folk Technology in Sibiu with exibits from all over Romania. Day 7 takes you to the citadel of Alba Iulia en route to Cluj-Napoca.

 

Day 8: sightseeing in Cluj-Napoca including the History Museum of Transylvania and the Botanic Gardens. Day 9 is devoted to Targu Mures, with its medieval citadel and early 1900s Palace of Culture.

On Day 10 you call at the lovely lakeside spa of Sovata and transit the dramatic Bicaz Gorges on the way to Piatra Neamt. Day 11 starts off in Piatra Neamt and continues through the tranquil splendour of the Carpathians to the mountain resort of Poiana Brasov.

Now for two days devoted to this lovely area, including Brasov's medieval monuments and Bran Castle, until on Day 14 you leave for Bucharest.

But the tour is not over! The resort of Predeal and the former royal residence of Peles Castle at Sinaia feature on the last stage of a travel experience you will never forget. Overnight at Bucharest before flying home.

Grand Tour of Romania

Dracula Tour