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8 – 23 Julie 2020

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Dag 1: 8 Julie 2020

Johannesburg – Bucharest

We meet at OR Tambo International Airport for our departure to Bucharest.

Overnight Aircraft

Dag 2: 9 Julie 2020

Bucharest – Sibiu

After clearing customs we depart to Sibiu.

Today we will cross the mountains passing the Transfagarsan Road, the most beautiful road in the world at an altitude of over 2000m!

On our way, we will also visit Curtea de Arges Cathedral, one of the most famous buildings in Romania. Built in the 16th century by Prince Neagoe Basarab of Wallachia, the cathedral is the burial place of many kings, queens and princesses of Romania. Its legends have inspired many Romanian poets. We will also be passing Poienari Fortress, the real castle of Prince Vlad Dracula, perched high on a cliff above the Arges river valley, and then we will reach the impressive Vidraru Dam. Highlight: Photo stop at Balea Glaciar Lake, where we will also enjoy our lunch (own account) in the restaurant located at the edge of the lake while admiring the scenery, before continuing our route along the Transfagarasan to Sibiu.

We arrive late afternoon in Sibiu and have enough time to freshen up before dinner.

Overnight Ramada Hotel or Continental Forum Breakfast and Dinner

Dag 3: 10 Julie 2020

Sibiu

After breakfast, we depart for our city tour of Sibiu. Highlights of the tour: Piata Mare (The Big

Square), Piata Mica (The Little Square), Piata Huet (Huet Square), Iron Bridge, Biserica

Evangelica (The Evangelical Church) and Mitropolia (The Orthodox Church).

After the city tour we have free time to have an optional lunch in Sibiu. After lunch we immerse ourselves in the pastoral history of Romania, at the ASTRA Traditional Folk Civilization Museum – this ethnographic museum is the largest open-air museum in Romania and situated in the Dumbrava Forest south of Sibiu. The Folk museums is an ideal place to spend some time in nature and learn more about the lives of rural Romanians throughout history.

In the evening we depart to the Adriana Guesthouse in Sibiel village. We will be able to visit the Museum of Icons on Glass and to discover the traditional country life and try the local food prepared especially for us by the guesthouse owners.

After dinner we return to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Overnight Ramada Hotel or Continental Forum Breakfast and Dinner 

Dag 4: 11 Julie 2020

Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara

On our way to Sighisoara we visit Biertan Fortress, one of the most majestic and valuable fortified churches in Transylvania. In 1995, the fortified church of Biertan was included in the list of the world architectural patrimony under UNESCO patronage. For a few hundred years, the citadel of Biertan was the residence of the Lutheran bishops.

We continue to Sighisoara. Europe’s best preserved medieval town. You have time have lunch on your own. Maybe try lunch, in the house where Dracula was born – today a famous restaurant.

This afternoon we explore the citadel. Highlights of the city tour include: Guild Tower, Venetian House (built in the 13th Century), Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) House, Antler House, Wood Covered Staircase, Hill Church, Hermann Oberth Square.

Sighisoara is one of the most beautiful towns in the heart of Transylvania. The whole medieval citadel is a part of UNESCO World Heritage. One of its most famous attractions is the Clock Tower(Council Tower), built in the 14th Century. The tower has seven foot thick walls and was used to store ammunition, food reserves, archives and the city’s treasures.

Dinner will be at the hotel tonight.

Overnight Casa Georgius Krauss Hotel or Similar Breakfast and Dinner

Dag 5: 12 Julie 2020

Sighisoara – Sighetu Marmatiei

Breakfast early in the morning, and then we head to Northern Romania. On our way to Sapanta Cemetery, we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Targu Mures, and then stop for lunch in Bistrita.

We continue our trip to Sapanta where the spiritual philosophy of the people of Maramures is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in Sapanta. The town folks’ ancestors considered death as a beginning, not the end, and this faith is reflected in the carvings in the town’s unique Merry Cemetery. Blue wooden crosses feature a carved scene and humorous verses that endeavor to capture essential elements – both the good and the imperfections – of the deceased’s life.

Even without benefit of translation, visitors can appreciate the handiwork of sculptor Stan Ion Patras, who began carving these epitaphs in 1935, and his successors. Patras’ house in the village is now a fascinating museum. Sapanta is also home to several wooden gates and one of the region’s tallest wooden churches.

We arrive early evening in Sighetu Marmatiei and, if time permits us, we visit the Memorial Museum (The Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance) – if not, we will visit it tomorrow morning.

Overnight Gradina Morii Hotel Breakfast and Dinner

Dag 6: 13 Julie 2020

Sighetu Marmatiei – Suceava

After breakfast, we continue to explore Maramures region. Following the Iza and Mara rivers, we will admire the impressive landscapes and some of the oldest churches and gates made of wood.

We visit the famous Barsana Wooden Monastery, one of the most beautiful in Maramures, included in the UNESCO World Heritage. We will visit 2 more UNESCO Wooden Churches – the best examples of the wood carving mastery and artistic spirit in Maramures: Poienile Izei and Ieud Deal.

We arrive late evening in Gura Humor and have dinner at the hotel

Overnight Sonnenhof Hotel Breakfast and Dinner

Dag 7: 14 Julie 2020

Suceava – Vama

After breakfast, we will visit the Moldavian Painted Monasteries. The “Painted” Monasteries are the major Moldavian destination, because of the vivid and animated frescoes on their walls. Due to their singleness, the monasteries in Bucovina are now UNESCO protected cultural sites.

We start our visit with VORONET Monastery (1547) – 10 min drive from Gura Humor, most known for the frescoes with predominant blue color – Voronet blue, surnamed “The Sixtin Chapel of the East”. Continue then with the Museum of Painted Eggs “Lucia Condrea” – the museum was founded in summer 2007 by the artist Lucia Condrea, member of the Artists Union of Romania, known for over two decades by the value of the Easter painted eggs she exhibited in over 112 international exhibitions in 11 countries. The museum contains over 5,000 exhibits arranged artistically on the surface of the two levels of the building, in 41 windows.

Lunch (own account) in a restaurant in Vatra Moldovitei and then we will end our visit today with the sumptuous Agapia Monastery – painted in 1858 by our greatest painter, Nicolae Grigorescu.

Dinner tonight will be in a nearby restaurant.

Overnight Sonnenhof Hotel or similar Breakfast and Dinner

Dag 8: 15 Julie 2020

Voronet and Agapia Monasteries – Red Lake

After breakfast we make our way to the Red Lake Resort. First stop will be at Neamt Monastery – the oldest monastery of Moldavia, surrounded by old forests, at the bottom of the mountains.

Then we have a coffee stop in Piatra Neamt city, while we will also have some time to enjoy the city. Continue our way thru the Bicaz Gorges (Eastern Carpathians) while admiring the stunning landscape, having time to take photos and learn the legend of this wonderful place.

We check in at the resort and have some time to relax and enjoy the facilities before making our way to dinner.

Overnight Lacu Rosu Hotel Breakfast and Dinner 

Dag 9: 16 Julie 2020

Red Lake – Brasov

In the morning after breakfast we depart to Brasov. On our route we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Miercurea Ciuc and visit the Fortified Church in Prejmer – the biggest fortified church in South- eastern Europe built in the 14th century.We will arrive in Brasov before lunch and you have the afternoon at your disposal to enjoy as you see fit. Maybe enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant (Sergiana Restaurant) or take the Tampa cable car to the peak (3,000 feet) for the best views of the old town.

Dinner tonight is at the Cerbul Carpatin Restaurant right in the medieval town with folk show included as well as wine-tasting.

Overnight: Casa Wagner Hotel Breakfast and Dinner

Dag 10: 17 Julie 2020

Brasov

In the morning after breakfast we will have the opportunity to enjoy the city of Brasov maybe the most beautiful city in Romania. With two different parts: the largely Baroque area coiled beneath Mount Tampa and Mount Postavaru and the surrounding sprawl of apartments and factories its main attraction is the old town – the Schei district – where you will surely find lots of old sights to see.

We enjoy a guided visit of the medieval part of the city with The Black Church that houses a priceless collection of Oriental rugs as well as a 4000-pipe organ. The Town Hall Square the Franciscan Monastery The Central Park The Black Tower The White Tower Ecaterina’s Gate Schei Gate and the Rope Street – the narrowest street in Europe.After the city tour we will continue our way to Poiana Brasov Resort – the most popular ski resort in Romania comparable to other notorious European resorts in the Alps (just 30 min drive from Brasov) where we will have a stop for photos and for lunch (own account).

A cable car trip to the top of Postăvarul Peak will offer you breath-taking views!

In the evening we enjoy dinner in a traditional restaurant in Poiana Brasov (Sura Dacilor Restaurant) and then return to Brasov.

Overnight Casa Wagner Brasov Breakfast and Dinner

Dag 11: 18 Julie 2020

Brasov – Sinaia

After breakfast we will say goodbye to the beautiful city of Brasov and head further to the village of Bran 40 min away from Brasov. We tour through the famous Bran Castle (known as “Dracula’s Castle”) – an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism due not only to the beauty of the Castle and the landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. We have lunch in Piatra Craiului/Paraul Rece while admiring the breath-taking view over the surrounding area.

You will have some time for souvenir shopping after lunch before continuing on to Sinaia. Tonight you have the evening to yourself to enjoy the city and have dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in the area.

Overnight New Montana Hotel orRina Sinaia Breakfast and Dinner

Dag 12: 19 Julie 2020

Sinaia (Peles Castle) – Tulcea

After breakfast we have a city tour of Sinaia – the beautiful mountain resort surnamed “The pearl of the Carpathians”. We visit the Sinaia Monastery and the famous Peles Castle one of Romania’s most beautiful palaces. We depart for Tulcea with an optional lunch stop en-route.

Late evening arrival at the hotel with enough time to check into your room and freshen up.

Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel.

Overnight Delta Hotel Breakfast and Lunch

Dag 13: 20 Julie 2020

Danube Delta

We spend the morning on the Danube Delta and enjoy the fauna & flora of this beautiful area. We learn that the Danube Delta hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes.

Lunch is included and will be fish based dishes (stop in a traditional fisherman village to enjoy it to the fullest).

Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel.

Overnight Delta Hotel Breakfast and Lunch

Dag 14: 21 Julie 2020

Tulcea – Bucharest

Breakfast in the morning and then we depart to Bucharest.

It is a 5 hour drive and we start our city tour after lunch. Highlights of the city tour include: Free Press Square, Arch of Triumph, Victoriei Square, Calea Victoriei, Revolution Square (Romanian Atheneum, Revolution’s Memorial), the Palace of Parliament (inside visit the next day), Union Square, University Square, Romana Square, Victoriei Square, Charles de Gaulle Square, the Village Museum.

Check-in hotel refresh and get ready for the Farewell Dinner in the evening in the famous Interbelic restaurant Caru’ cu Bere right in the Old Town of Bucharest (Forkloric Show Dinner)

Tonight we have our farewell dinner.

Overnight Athenee Palace Hilton Hotelor similar Breakfast and Dinner

Dag 15: 22 Julie 2020

Bucharest

Enjoy breakfast today at the hotel. Today we visit the Palace of Parliament – the 2nd largest building in the world after the Pentagon! We will also visit the Village Museum – an open-air ethnographic museum located in the Herăstrău Park.The afternoon free to enjoy your last day in Bucharest. Maybe some shopping or walking on the streets in the Old Town and enjoy lunch.

** Optional Day Room use in Bucharest hotel for this day (extra charge). Subject to availability and additional cost to pay directly at hotel.Early evening we depart for the airport and check in for our flight home.

Overnight Aircraft

Dag 16: 23 Julie 2020

Bucharest – Johannesburg

Welcome home after a memorable trip!

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