- Enjoy an egg painting demonstration
- Discover the Painted Monasteries: Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita and Humor
- Take a visit to the Folk Customs Museum of Bucovina, the perfect place to find the local culture
- Visit a gypsy family and enjoy their stories about tradition and culture
- Discover Sighisoara, one of the best preserved medieval citadel in Europe
- Visit Biertan, a fortified church built in the 15th century
- Get covered in mystery while visit the Bran Castle
- Take walk on royalty’s foot steps
1st day- Bucharest and Gura Humorului
Our guide will be waiting for you in the morning ready to take you on one of the most beautiful adventures. Depart from Bucharest and drive north, passing through Vrancea. Short stop for lunch. Continue your road, passing through Campulung, where you will enjoy a local artist in her home making egg painting demonstration. Arrival in Gura Humorului and drop off at your accommodation for the night.
Evening at leisure.
2nd day-The painted monasteries of Bucovina
The most picturesque treasures of Romania are the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. Their exterior walls are decorated with elaborate 15th and 16thcentury containing portraits of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus, images of angels and demons, and heaven and hell. First stop is at Voronet Monastery, constructed by Stephen the Great in 1488 over a period of 3 months and 3 weeks to commemorate the victory at Battle of Vaslui. Often known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”, the frescoes at Voroneț feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as “Voroneț blue”. Next is the Monastery of Moldovița built between 1532 and 1537 by Petru Rareș, who was Stephen III of Moldavia’s illegitimate son. It was founded as a protective barrier against the Muslim Ottoman conquerors from the East. The frescoes were painted by Toma of Suceava in 1537. They are filled with yellow accents and are well preserved. The predominantly yellow-and-blue paintings on its exterior represent recurring themes in Christian Orthodox art. Sucevita Monastery (UNESCO Heritage), built between 1582 and 1584. The architecture of the church contains both Byzantine and Gothic elements, and some elements typical to other painted churches of northern Moldavia. Both interior and exterior walls are covered by mural paintings, which are of great artistic value and depict biblical episodes from the Old and New Testament. The paintings date from around 1601, which makes Sucevița one of the last monasteries to be decorated in the famous Moldavian style of exterior paintings. The last monastery for today is the Monastery of Humor, the only one without a belfry tower, but featuring a unique “Legend of the Prodigal Son” fresco.
Return to the hotel.
3rd day-On the way to Transylvania
Depart from Gura Humorului and make a visit to the Folk Customs Museum of Bucovina, the perfect place to find the local culture. Departure towards Piatra Neamt along the Bicaz Gorges with an optional stop for lunch at Red Lake, a resort specialized in naturally grown trout. Arrival back to Transylvania, where you will have an exclusive visit to a gypsy family ready to tell you everything about their traditions and habits.
Accommodation in Sighisoara.
4th day-Sighisoara and Biertan
Discover Sighisoara, one of the best preserved medieval citadel in Europe remains one of the most beautiful medieval city in Europe. It is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is as well the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes, ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. He is the one who inspired the Bram Stoker`s fictional creation, Count Dracula. After this, we will be heading to Sibiu with a short detour to visit Biertan, a fortified church built in the 15th century by the Saxons. It is part of the Unesco Heritage since 1993 and it boasts beside religious objects also a matrimonial prison. Take a walk by yourself and discover the locals and their traditional food.
Accommodation in the same hotel in Sighisoara.
5th day-Where legend meets reality- Bran and Brasov
Departure from Sighisoara passing through the Transylvanian Plateau with its quaint villages and Saxon fortifications, such as Saschiz. Get ready today to discover one of the most famous legend in Romania, Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula`s Castle and source of inspiration for Bram Stocker. First built in 1377 for safeguarding the trading route between Transylvania and the Ottoman Empire. It was restored later to finally become a gorgeous summer royal residence in 1920. For many years now, it has been an interesting medieval art museum. Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven citadels, it has been used as a backdrop in many recent period films. The city is surrounded by legends of vampires and medieval stories. We will have a walking tour so you can discover the old town center, the Black Church, the Council Square and the Hirsche House.
Afternoon at leisure in Brasov and overnight in one of the hotels from the Old Town Square.
6th day- Meet the royalty- Sinaia and Peles Castle
Drive to Sinaia, where you will discover the Peles castle, used as a summer residence by the kings of Romania. It was built at the wish of the first Romanian king, Carol I, after the plans of architects Johannes Schultz and Karel Liman and decorated by JD Heymann from Hamburg, August Bembe from Mainz and Berhard Ludwig from Vienna, hence the similarity to German castles. Peles Castle is a unique construction, one of the most important monuments of its kind in 19th century Europe.
After such an amazing experience, we will drive back towards Bucharest to your hotel and end of our services.
- Fully customizable itinerary: make this tour your dream tour and customized it the way you want for no extra charge
- Flexibility: you decide when to start and make changes in the daily itinerary
- Private Guide: Fully licensed English speaking guide for the entire program ( other languages on request)
- Transportation: Private transportation in air conditioned car/minivan
- Car expenses: Gasoline, parking and road tolls
- Internet: Free wifi in all our vehicles
- Entrance fees: Included to all proposed touristic sites mentioned in the program
- Accommodation: accommodation for 7 nights in 3*-4* hotels
- Meals: breakfast and one dinner in gypsy house
- Airport transfer: at arrival and departure
- Beverages: Bottled water in the car
- Photo fees & Video fees
- Meals others than specified
- Phone calls and other personal expenses
- There is an extra pay for single supplement
- Flights to and from Romania
- Personal insurance
- We offer standard accommodation. Upgrade and downgrades are available based on your budget
- Limited wheelchair access
- Peles Castle is closed as following: 12 May – 15 Sept: closed on Monday; 16 Sep – 15 May: closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; 03 Nov – 02 Dec: Peles Castles is closed for a full month for cleaning & restoration. Other sites can be visited instead
Eastern European Experience, the organizing tourism agency will not be held liable if the places visited are closed without prior notice.