Bucharest, Legendary Transylvania & the Painted Monasteries

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Bucharest

Scheduled flight to Bucharest from your preferred airport – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Hilton Athenee Palace Hotel in Bucharest – dinner in our hotel.

Day 2 – Guided tour of Bucharest, Palace of Parliament & Primaverii Palace

Guided tour of Bucharest taking in its wide Parisian style boulevards and fine pre-World War I buildings – a guided tour of the Palace of Parliament explores one of the most extravagant and expensive building projects of the last century – Primaverii Palace, built in the mid-1960s, is the private residence of the late dictator Nicole Ceausescu and is home to a fine collection of paintings, tapestries and mosaics.

Day 3 – Open air Village Museum & Sinaia

The vast open air Village Museum displays buildings from every region of Romania illustrating the diversity of its folk architecture – continue to the 4* International Hotel at Sinaia for a two night stay.

Day 4 – Brasov guided tour & Bran castle (Dracula’s Castle)

Guided tour of the medieval town of Brasov takes in Piata Sfatului, one of the finest Baroque squares in Romania, the Lutheran Black Church whose soot blackened walls are from a fire started by the Austrian army that swept through Brasov in 1689 and the Orthodox St Nicholas Cathedral, easily recognised by its black spires – Bran Castle, known the world over as Dracula’s Castle, was created by the Saxons in the late 14th century to defend Brasov from invasion by the Turks.

Day 5 – Peles Castle, dinner & tasting at Domnita Ralu winery & Gura Humorului

Peles Castle in the Carpathian Mountains was built in the late 19th century for Romania’s first monarch, King Carol I, to resemble a Bavarian Schloβ and its rooms are richly decorated in ebony, mother of pearl and leather – an included late afternoon dinner and a tasting of three wines at the Domnita Ralu winery – internal flight from Bucharest Airport to Suceva – on arrival, continue to Gura Humorului and check in at the 4* Best Western Hotel Bucovina for a three night stay.

Day 6 – Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

The painted monasteries of Bucovina were painted in the 15th and 16th centuries and feature vivid mural frescoes created to educate and entertain the illiterate soldiers and peasants – Moldovita Monastery, with its wonderful frescoes dating from 1537, was founded by Prince Petru Rares and his original throne and his portrait are on display– the monastery at Voronet, founded in 1487, is often dubbed the ‘Oriental Sistine Chapel’ with the magnificent ‘Last Judgment’ fresco probably the finest single composition among the painted monasteries.

Day 7 – Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Dragomirna Monastery was founded in 1608 by Anastasie Crimca whose legacy of writing and illumination can be seen in the museum – the Monastery of Putna, built between 1466 and 1481 and the place where Stefan the Great is buried, is still home to an active community of monks and its museum displays many priceless artefacts including superb 16th century embroideries and intricate ecclesiastical treasures – the massive monastery at Sucevita is covered with delightful frescoes, although the western wall is bare, as legend claims that the artist fell from the scaffolding and died and work was halted immediately.

Day 8 – Home

Transfer to Suceva Airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

4* hotels throughout

Two dinners included

All excursions, entrance fees & guided tours included

Professional local guide

Scheduled flights to Romania

Internal scheduled flight from Bucharest to Suceva

Executive coach in Romania

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Guided tour of Bucharest

Palace of Parliament - guided tour

Primaverii Palace

Open air Village Museum & Sinaia

Brasov guided tour

Bran castle (Dracula’s Castle)

Peles Castle

Dinner & tasting at Domnita Ralu winery

Gura Humorului

Painted Monasteries of Bucovina – Moldovita, Voronet, Dragomirna, Putna & Sucevita

Hotel

Two nights in Bucharest at the centrally located 4* Hilton Athenee Palace Hotel, two nights in Sinaia at the 4* International Hotel and three nights in Gura Humorului at the 4* Best Western Bucovina Hotel. Set three course dinners are included on Days 1 and 5 and the remaining five nights are on a bed and breakfast basis.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest:

  • Two centred tour - shorter tours can be tailor made to your group’s exact requirements - call us for details
  • Stavropoleos Church - behind an Arabesque façade is a richly decorated interior with ornate carvings and colourful frescoes
  • National Art Museum in Bucharest - housed in The Royal Palace, the collection includes an impressive European gallery with works by Rembrandt, El Greco and Breughel

Tour Reviews

Reviews for Bucharest, Legendary Transylvania & the Painted Monasteries

Date of tour: June 2018

You must be getting tired of all the praise you receive from satisfied customers, but every one of the people on the Romania trip were so enthusiastic about what a wonderful time they had had, quite a few of them saying it was possibly the best trip we had organised, that I had to write and thank you. Our little Travel Group were quite overwhelmed by all the praise we had heaped upon us, when you were really the ones who had ensured that we would have such an enjoyable time. You, particularly, showed such understanding, kindness, patience and attention to detail, even when I was at my most nit-picking. As Damian had promised, the hotel in Bucharest was fabulous, we all had excellent rooms and the reception handled checking in so efficiently. We had a very good free buffet in the dining room before we went to the concert. What a way to start our trip of Romania, a Beethoven concert by a very well know pianist and orchestra, everybody was bowled over, even the people who said they did not like to go to classical concerts. We would all have paid just to visit The Athenaeum Concert Hall, it was so beautiful. As usual, you found us one of the best guides in Romania. He was very professional, clever, well read, well travelled, knowledgeable, spoke fluent English, loved Romania and his enthusiasm was contagious. He never used a note, he knew every date and he respected every religion. He had looked up what kind of a group we were and tailored each day so that we would get the most out of each visit. I think he was a little disappointed in our lack of knowledge on films that had been made in Romania, but he persevered! The tour of the city’s highlights was excellent, and he went out of his way to extend the day by taking us on a tour of the Old Town, which was fascinating. On the Sunday, we visited the Romanian village which was so interesting, and our guide explained the culture and history whilst we wondered around the houses from different Provinces and ages. The tour of the winery was very interesting, but the lunch was even more interesting, wonderful food and excellent wines. We all left in a very cheerful mood. We were then driving through Transylvania, and the forests and mountains could not fail to impress, it is so Alpine. The hotel in Brasov was not as good as in Bucharest, and the staff were nowhere near as helpful, however, the situation of the hotel was perfect, you could leave the hotel and explore everywhere in the city. The spa was a great hit with some of our group and, being the greedy whatsits we are, the breakfasts were a real highlight. We all enjoyed this tour so much because it encompassed so many different experiences. Sinaia was a real gem We loved Sighisoara and the Saxon Church at Viscri. I think a number of us were not expecting Romania to be a very interesting destination, but we were wrong, there was a lot to see and I think we have been lucky to visit the country before it became very touristy and much more expensive. Thank you very much. You did an excellent job, and we are all very grateful.

MR, Stourbridge

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at 3* hotels
  • with less dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • include all gratuities

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