Looking for a budget tour of Romania? This is a wonderful sightseeing experience of Transylvania and Bucovina Region. Romania budget tour is the best deal you can have.
Bucovina Region is among the most attractive and frequently visited tourist areas on Romania’s map. It is home to one of the world’s greatest art treasures: the UNESCO World heritage sites of thePainted Monasteries of Bucovina. Bucovina is a placee which some consider stuck in time, others look behind appearance and find the truth about this cradle of decency, kindness and love for God.
Arrival at Bucharest-Henri Coanda Airport: meet and greet by our guide-driver; Private transfer to Tempo Hotel 3*** for check-in. Depending on the arrival hour we can take a tour of the most important sites of Bucharest (Bucharest top 10 attractions). Overnight in Bucharest . Accommdation in Bucharest Hotel Tempo 3*** or similar.
Morning drive from Bucharest towards Bucovina Region. On the way to Gura-Humorului we will have a few interesting stops.The site of the Mud Volcanoes is one of them. There are generally few mud volcanoes in Europe, but dozens can be found in Russia, Italy, Azerbaijan and Romania. The mud volcanoes create a strange lunar landscape, due to the absence of vegetation around the cones. Drive north to Bucovina passing through the vineyards of Vrancea county.
We continue our day with a stop in Piatra-Neamt, where we will have lunch and admire the attractions of this nice town. Piatra Neamt is the gateway to visiting the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina.
Agapia Monastery will be our next visit. This is one of the largest nuns community in Romania. More than 300 nuns are working together in different workshops of the monastery. After this long ride we reach Gura Humorului in the evening.
Accommodation: Casa Humor 3***
Today will be a wonderful experience, connecting the landscape of Bucovina`s mild hills to the religious life. First visit of the day is at the famous painted monastery of Voronet. Erected in 1488, Voronet Monastery is a combination of Byzantine, Gothic and local elements. On the western wall, the exterior murals depict traditional scenes, and the famous Last Judgment scene, unique in the whole world. The tour continues with an egg painting demonstration given by one of the many local artists from Bucovina. Driving on one of the most beautiful roads in the country, crossing the gentle slopes of Bucovina Mountains, admiring the amazing panoramas from the Ciumarna Pass, you’ll reach Moldovita Monastery. Built in 1532, this monastery occupies a fortified quadrangular enclosure with tower, gates and well-tended lawns. The central painted church has been partly restored and features impressive frescoes from 1537. The southern exterior wall depicts the Siege of Constantinople in AD 626, under a combined Persian-Avar attack. Interestingly, the besiegers are depicted in Turkish dress – keeping parishioners concentrated on the current enemy. After a delicious Romanian lunch in one of the best restaurants in the area, we visit Sucevita Monastery, where we will find out more about the “Virtue Staircase”, most impressive due to its dimension and contrast between the angel’s order and devil’s chaos.
We finish our day trip to Marginea Village, famous for the black ceramics with different shapes and various paintings. You can watch the preparation of clay and its modelling on the potter’s wheel, the decoration by polishing and the final burning process.
Accommodation: Casa Humor 3*** Gura Humorului.
Today`s journey is long and beautiful. We leave Bucovina and head to Transylvania Region (The Land across forested mountains). Crossing the Eastern Carpathian Mountains through Bicaz Gorge you will discover a mysterious realm, the same one described in Bram Stoker`s Dracula. Once reaching the Red Lake you are in Transylvania passing through an area inhabited mostly by the Hungarian Szekler community. In the village of Praid visit the local salt mine. We reach Sighisoara Medieval Town in the evening. Sighisoara Citadel is a World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval fortress in Europe. Accommodation: Hotel Sighisoara 3***- in the upper town.
In the morning you will explore the Old Town of Sighisoara with cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. You will visit the Clock Tower, Church on the Hill and Dracula`s house where Vlad Tepes was born in 1431.The next stop is Sibiu, the largest and wealthiest of the walled cities built by the Saxons in the 12th century.
Transfer to Sibiu, with a stop in Biertan, UNESCO site and one of the first German settlements in Transylvania. This fortified church, surrounded by three rows of fortifications, was built by the German peasants in Transilvania and was used for nearly 300 years as the residence of the Transilvanian Archbishop. A room in the citadel was used for a long time as a reconciliation place for couples about to divorce (hear the full story on spot). The name “Biertan” was first attested in 1283. It had a township status.
Before noon, we arrive in Sibiu: the chief city of the Transylvanian Saxons. Take a leisurely walking tour of Sibiu, visit the old surrounding defense walls and the remaining towers each belonging to a certain guild. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Museum assembled by baron Bruckenthal, governor of Transylvania at the end of the 18th century. The Evangelical Cathedral was completed in its actual shape in 1520, but inside there is an exquisite fresco of the Crucifixion on the north wall of the choir dating from 1445. View the Passage of Stairs linking the Upper town to the Lower town, the 1859 Liar`s Bridge and the Byzantine style Orthodox Cathedral, a replica of St. Sophia in Constantinopole. Overnight in Sibiu`s famous Romans` Emperor Hotel, first built at the end of the 18th century, which hosted many famous guests: Emperor Franz Joseph II, composers Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss, as well as Prince Charles and other important people.
Accommodation in Sibiu at Continental Forum Hotel***
From Sibiu, we drive towards Brasov, sheltered by the Carpathian Mountains with historic forests and abundant wildlife. Pass through the fabulous mountain scenery and once arrived in Bran Village, visit Dracula’s Castle, whose striking hilltop appearance inspired many myths and legends. After lunch, you will discover the city of Brasov, one of the most important cities of Transylvania. Its history starts in 13th century and its walls, towers and a lot of buildings from the medieval times are still preserved. In the charming resort of Sinaia you will visit the fairy-tale Peles Castle, strongly connected with the flourishing period of Romania royalty. After the visit drive to Bucharest Coanda Airport for your return flight.
All of our itineraries may be customized as you wish, add extra days, change a hotel, see different sights. Contact one of our expert consultants for your free, no-obligation vacation plan.
GENERAL INFORMATION & CONDITIONS
We kindly request our guests to be ready 10 minutes before departure
30% discount for children below the age 7
All tours will be escorted by English speaking professional guides.
For guides in other languages a reservation should be announced 72h before departure.
Extra fee for guides in other languages: 25 Eur/day.
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