For those of you who are eager to find out and explore as much of Romania as possible, we prepared a comprehensive, compact tour that will give you the image of Romania in a nut-shell! You will discover Romania’s capital city Bucharest, along with some of its most renowned buildings such as Casa Poporului, then the field region of Dobrogea which contains the Danube Delta. You will then start your ascension towards the mountains in areas of breathtaking natural beauty where you will discover centuries’ old towns, citadels and castles like the Peleș castle, Brașov city and Bușteni, Bran Castle, Alba Iulia citadel. Additionally you will be seeing a couple of representative monasteries with amazing Byzantine paintings you will have the opportunity to visit Europe’s largest bear sanctuary in Zărnești.
You will arrive at the Henri Coandă international airport, located several km away from Bucharest. There, you will meet your guide who will tell you more about the tour and then take you to your hotel.
Accommodation will be provided downtown, in one of Bucharest’s top hotels, such as Hotel Radisson Blu or similar.
After breakfast, we will visit of the Palace of Parliament, the world’s second-largest building (after the Pentagon) and former communist dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu’s most famous creation.
We will continue with a panoramic tour of Bucharest, Romania’s capital and largest city, discovering some of the most stunning buildings, including the Cantacuzino Palace, the historical Revolution Square, the Military Club, the CEC Headquarters and the National History Museum. We will then follow on with the Romanian Athenaeum (renowned for its outstanding acoustics, Bucharest’s most prestigious concert hall), the Arch of Triumph and the former Royal palace, which houses the National Art Museum.
Finally, we will leave Bucharest and depart to Tulcea, an old city in the historical region of Dobrogea. Tulcea has been an important harbor since ancient times, located where the famous Danube river finally ends its journey through Europe creating the wonderful and famous Danube Delta and flows into the Black Sea.
Upon arrival in Tulcea, we will go to the accommodation, which will be provided in one of Tulcea’s best hotels such as Hotel Delta or similar, just in time for dinner.
After breakfast we will explore the Danube Delta on a cruise. The delta was formed 6500 years ago when a cove in the Black Sea started filling up with soil carried by rivers. It is the 2nd largest wetland in Europe and the largest reed bed in the world. It provides a unique habitat of canals, reed beds, lakes, and ponds and is home to about 320 bird species, including 70% of the world’s white pelican population and 60% of the world’s pygmy cormorants, to a remarkable population of glossy ibis, spoonbill, different species of egrets and herons. Most of the European freshwater fish species (around 70 species) exist in the delta. Lunch will be provided during the cruise.
After the cruise, we will depart to Sinaia city, which is considered the Pearl of the Carpathians mountains.
Upon arrival, we will have dinner and go to the accommodation in Sinaia.
After breakfast, we will start the day off by visiting the Peles Castle, which is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, built by King Carol I using wood, stone, bricks and marble . The representative style used is German Renaissance, but one can easily discover elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, German Baroque and French Rococo style. Other exquisite attractions to look for there are statues, ceramics, gold and silver plates, the Meissen and Sevres porcelain, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows, walls covered with Cordoba leather, ebony and ivory sculptures.
We will then depart to Bușteni, a resort that distinguishes itself through picturesque surroundings and the possibility of practicing various forms of tourism. We will get the best view of this scenic place by admiring everything from a height, in a cable car. This area features unusual rock formations like Sfinxul and Babele.
We will continue our journey and make our way to Brașov city, one of the most visited places in Romania. Because this place has so much to offer, we will go on a walking tour. Brașov was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 and is an architecturally splendid mix of the Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles which can be admired in sumptuous buildings such as the Town Hall in the Council Square, the Black Church (the largest gothic church East of Vienna,) or the Merchant’s House (now the Cerbul Carpatin restaurant)
We will have dinner at the Cerbul Carpatin (Carpathian Stag) where we will taste Romanian traditional cuisine, in an atmosphere of live traditional folk music.
Finally, we will go to the accommodation in Poiana Brașov.
After breakfast we will start the day with a bit of an adrenalin and visit the LIBEARTY Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti, which is actually a very safe place for visitors! At present it is the largest bear sanctuary in Europe, and now is the home of over 70 bears which were rescued from a number of troublesome environments.
We will then drive to the famous Bran castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. You are invited to experience the history, the myths, the intrigues and the magic of this wonderful place.
We will have lunch at the Wolf restaurant.
After lunch we will depart for Sibiu. On our way to there, we will make a short stop in Sâmbăta town. There, we will visit the monastery, which is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Romania, built by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu in 1696-1707.
Finally, we will reach Sibiu where dinner and accommodation will be provided in one of the city’s top hotels such as Hotel Ramada or similar.
After breakfast we will embark on a historical walking tour of Sibiu (named Hermannstadt in German), which was the largest and wealthiest citadel built in the 12th century by German settlers in Transylvania. The historical center includes the Great Square, Huet Square, the beautiful Passage of Steps connecting the upper town to the lower town, the well-known Bridge of Lies and the Small Square. We will visit the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral built between 1902–1906 on the site of a former Greek church, which shares a similar style with Saint Sofia Cathedral in Istanbul, Turkey.
We will then depart to Alba Iulia, one of the oldest settlements in Romania. We will visit the citadel, designed by Italian architect Giovanni Morando Visconti, which was built between 1716 and 1735, using the Vauban military architectural system—the largest of this kind in Southeastern Europe.
Dinner and Accommodation will be provided in Alba Iulia.
After breakfast we will start our day with a visit of the Astra Open Air Museum located in the middle of a dense forest and surrounded by a beautiful lake. The museum features more than 300 buildings as well as watermills and windmills, gigantic wine fruit and oil presses, hydraulic forges and structures representing village architectural styles from many parts of Romania.
We will then start our return back to Bucharest. We will make a short stop in Cozia to visit the monastery bearing the same name, built in 1388 by prince Mircea The Old in a Byzantine style.
Accommodation will be provided in Bucharest again, and for our last night, we will enjoy a special dinner at the Moulin Rouge cabaret.
After breakfast we will drive to the airport and thus conclude Viadora’s tour .