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Best Romania tours - 10 days cultural tour

Danube Delta - Europe's Most Spectacular Wetland
Medieval Towns of Transylvania

Europe's richest and most beautiful wetland ecosystem is located near Romania's Black Sea coast. After flowing 2,860 km across Europe, the river Danube spreads out into a spectacular delta. The variety of its unspoiled landscapes, the richness of its fauna - birds in particular - and its sand dunes have long attracted visitors. This unique natural habitat formed out of channels and lakes, floating islets ("plauri"), reed marshes, lianas, and forests of willow and poplar, shelters over 300 species of birds, some sufficiently rare to enjoy legal protection. The waters are home to over 100 different species of fish.

Transylvania is the land "beyond the forests" (from the Latin "Trans silve"), a land of beauty and wonders. Its very name conjures up visions of thickly forested peaks, sweet waved valleys and sparkling streams, visions of high-roofed wooden churches, medieval towns, mysterious castles and a troubled history.

Join our best Romania tours and you will discover some of the nicest places in Romania, including Danube Delta Europe's newest Natural Reserve land.


HIGHLIGHTS
* Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve
* ASTRA open air museum
* Medieval town of Sibiu
* City of Brasov and the Bran Castle
* Peles Castle in Sinaia
OUR EVALUATION
Culture*****
Nature****
Comfort***
Human contacts****
Climbing and walking skills*

 


BEST ROMANIA TOURSDay 1

It's the D day for our tour in Romania!
Bucharest - Tulcea (275 km)

Meet and greet at Bucharest Henri Coanda (Otopeni) airport. Departure for the Danube Delta. Welcome dinner in a restaurant and overnight in a 3* hotel in Tulcea.

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BEST ROMANIA TOURSDay 2
Dreaming about the best of Danube Delta
Tulcea – Crisan (3 hrs cruise)
Breakfast. Visit the Danube Delta Museum in Tulcea. The museum contains several collections including rare or extinct plants, fossils of plants, fish, insects, birds and an exhibition of living exotic fish.
Lunch in a restaurant in Tulcea.

BEST ROMANIA TOURSTransfer from Tulcea by ship, cruising on the Sulina channel, to Crisan, a magnificent fishermen village in the heart of the Delta.
On the way you will see that human life and all activities are completely dependant on the waters of the great river: fish, small animals, fruit and even building materials are transported by rowing boats. Often, boats are also used as “local cabs”, transporting people from shore to shore. On the surrounding lakes, masses of swans are getting ready for a snap. Spend the afternoon enjoying the gorgeous view of the sunset over the willow forests and the purple reflections in the Danube.
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Crisan.



 

BEST ROMANIA TOURSDay 3
Best of Danube Delta uncovered miracles
Danube Delta in place

Breakfast. Spend the day exploring the secrets of the Danube Delta by motor or rowing boat, accompanied by the local specialized guide; eventually serve a gorgeous picnic lunch in the middle of the wild nature. The boat will take you to narrow channels, where you will discover what the birdwatchers simply call "the paradise of birds". Depending on the season, you can expect to see Dalmatian and White Pelicans, Pigmy Cormorants, Purple, Squacco and Night Herons, Little and Great White Egrets, Spoon Bill, Glossy Ibis, Swans, Ferruginous Duck etc.

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Raptors include the Black Kite, Osprey, White-tailed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Hobby and Red-footed Falcon. Terns include the Gull-billed, Sandwich, Black, White-winged Black, and Whiskered. Crakes and Warblers are present too. The very discreet human intervention allowed more than 1000 plant species to survive in the Delta.
White and yellow water lilies decorate the lakes. Forests of oaks stand covered by lianas, giving them the aspect of a tropical forest. You will also discover villages where fishermen continue living in a centuries-old way of life.
Dinner and overnight in the same guesthouse in Crisan.








Day 4BEST ROMANIA TOURS
Our best tours of Romania across Valachia to Transylvania
Crisan – Tulcea – Braila – Buzau – Brasov – Bran (370 km + 3 hrs cruise)

Breakfast. Cruise back on the Sulina channel to Tulcea. From Tulcea, traveling West, we enter an area of hills famous for the vineyards. Picnic lunch on the way and continue to Brasov region, crossing the Southern Carpathians.

BEST ROMANIA TOURSDinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Bran.


 

BEST ROMANIA TOURSDay 5
Deep in Transylvania
Bran – Predeal – Sinaia – Brasov – Bran (80 km)

Breakfast. Visit Bran Castle, often wrongfully attributed to prince Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler). Perched over a rock, the castle dominates the valley connecting Wallachia to Transylvania, a valley that, in the 13th century, had the status of vital trade route.
Departure for Sinaia, surnamed “the Pearl of the Carpathians”. Visit the impressive Peles Castle. The castle was built under the supervision of the First King of Romania, Carol I of Hohenzollern, at the end of the 19th century.
Lunch in a restaurant in Sinaia.


BEST ROMANIA TOURSReturn to Brasov, the "Crown City" of Transylvania, named "Kronstadt" by the Saxon colonists. Enjoy a tour of the old medieval city: visit the Council Square and the Black Church - one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Romania and the biggest church between Wien and Istanbul.
Back for dinner and overnight in the same rural guesthouse in Bran.

 

BEST TOURS OF ROMANIADay 6
This day the final destination of our Romania tour is a traditional village
Bran – Rasnov – Prejmer – Harman – Fagaras – Sibiu – Marginimea Sibiului (200 km)

Breakfast. Visit the fortress of Rasnov (Rosenau), located on a 150m high hill, dominating the whole plane. The fortress, built in the 13th century by the Saxon colonists, has recently been restored.
Continue for Prejmer (Tartlau) and Harman (Honigberg) to visit the two 13th century fortified churches, both present in the UNESCO heritage list. Lunch in a restaurant on the way.

BEST TOURS OF ROMANIA Time permitting, stop in Sambata de Sus and visit the Brancoveanu Monastery. The monastery was built during the second decade of the 17th century by Constantin Brancoveanu, Prince of Wallachia, on the ruins of an older wooden monastery erected at the beginning of the century by his grandfather. In 1785, on the order of the House of Habsburg, the monastery was partially destroyed, being restored only in the beginning of the 20th century. Nowadays the monastery governs the most important school of religious painting.
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Marginimea Sibiului.




BEST TOURS OF ROMANIADay 7
Best of Sibiu (40 km)
Breakfast. Discover Sibiu, one of Romania's oldest cities, founded by the Saxons in 1191 and called Hermanstadt. Sibiu was the 2007 European Capital of Culture. In the morning, visit the open-air section of the ASTRA ethnographic museum, located in the middle of a magnificent landscape, with cool forests and sunny glades surrounding a beautiful lake. The museum offers in its 6 sections an elaborate demonstration of pre-industrial folk technology and development in Romania. Lunch in a rustic restaurant in the museum`s park.

BEST TOURS OF ROMANIAIn the afternoon visit the old center: in the Large Square, the city center since the 16th century, is located the Council Tower, one of the main symbols of the city, a 14th century fortification tower that has been successively rebuilt over the years. The building nearby used to be the City Council's meeting place. Continue with the Small Square and the Huet Square, the Bridge of Liars and finally the Evanghelical Church, two other city symbols.
On the way back, visit the glass painted icons museum in Sibiel.
Dinner and overnight in the same location.


 

Day 8BEST ROMANIA TOUR
Approaching the capital, final destination of the best Romania tours
Sibiu – Cozia – Ramnicu Valcea – Curtea de Arges – Pitesti – Bucharest (290 km)

Breakfast. Departure for the capital city along the Olt River. Stop on the way to visit Cozia Monastery. Built in the 14th century, on the will of Mircea the Old, Prince of Wallachia, this monastery is one of the most imposing ever built on his order. With its architecture, the monastery marks the period when the original Byzantine architecture was adapted to Romanian culture.
Continue to Curtea de Arges and visit the monastery Curtea de Arges, resting place of several Romanian kings.

BEST ROMANIA TOURBuilt by Neagoe Basarab, the monastery is related to the legend of Manole, according to which the wife of the master stonemason Manole was embedded alive in the stonewalls of the church, sacrifice meant to ensure the success of his work. The prince who ordered to build the church decided the scaffolding to be removed, which left Manole stranded on the roof, so that he could never build a church as beautiful as this one again. In an attempt to escape, Manole made himself a pair of wings out of wooden shingles, but they were of no avail, and he would crash to the ground like Icarus and die. Upon his crash, on that very spot, a spring would gush forth, which is now called “Manole's well”. Today people would throw coins in its basin, to make their wishes come true.
Lunch in a restaurant in Curtea de Arges. Continue to Bucharest.
Dinner in a restaurant and overnight in a 3* hotel in Bucharest.




BEST ROMANIA TOURDay 9
Best of Bucharest (30 km)
Breakfast. Tour of the capital city. Surnamed “the Little Paris” of the 30's, the city will amaze you with its architecture, but also with the multitude of shops and narrow streets, still preserving the charm of the days gone by. Visit the Stavropoleus Church, Lipscani Street - the old commercial street, the University Square. Stroll on the Union Avenue and continue with a visit to the Palace of the Parliament, one of the largest buildings in the world and definitely the largest building in Europe. With a surface of 350 000 square meters, the “Palace of the People” (as it used to be called during the communist regime) is on the second place in the world, after the Pentagon from Washington DC, being also 10% larger in volume than the Gizeh pyramids.

BEST ROMANIA TOURLunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon visit the open-air section of the Village Museum, in the Herastrau Park, to admire village architecture and crafts from all over Romania.
Farewell dinner in a restaurant and overnight in the same 3* hotel in Bucharest.

 

BEST ROMANIA TOURDay 10
This was the best Romania tour we ever dreamed about. It's the sad moment of leaving Romania...
Bucharest (20 km)

Breakfast. Free time for city sightseeing and shopping.
Transfer to the international airport for departure.

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Duration 10 days / 9 nights
Lodging rural guesthouses (ocasionally, bathrooms shared between tourists) and hotels
Notes 1. Rates do not apply in holiday period (Easter).

2. According to the opening hours for some visited sites (e.g. museums), this programme can be applied as it is if Day 1 is Monday, Friday or Saturday. If Day 1 differs, some visits or activities will be replaced consequently.

3. Price does not include: extra taxes for cameras and filming (requested in some places - e.g. the monasteries), personal drinks off the boarding, tips (optional).

BEST TOUR OF ROMANIA - GLIMPSE ON ROMANIA 2017 RATES
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
PERIOD
PRICE/
PERS
SGLE
SUPPL
PRICE INCLUDES
2

(private tour)
April -
October
1535 EUR
187 EUR
- lodging: 6 nights in rural guesthouses and 3 nights in hotels (on a double room basis occupancy)
- boarding: full board (as specified in the programme)
- entry tickets for the visits included in the programme
- transport and transfers in Romania by car, minibus or coach
- all road and parking taxes
- boat and ship cruise in Danube Delta (specialised local guide included)
- transport of luggage
- English speaking attested tour guide
- all taxes
8

(constitued
groups)
April -
October
960 EUR
187 EUR
1020 EUR
187 EUR
Quotation on request for other group sizes or discounts for children under 12