Short Romanian Escape

Short Romanian Escape

Discover two of Romania`s most important cities – Bucharest and Brașov – in a short Romanian getaway –  a pulsing metropolis on the rise and a medieval city with Germanic allure. The experience will be complemented by our finest 4* and 5* accomodation in both of the cities.

DAY 1: Arrival in Bucharest and pick-up from the airport by our English speaking guide.

Transfer to the InterContinental Hotel***** in the very heart of Bucharest.

Dinner at the hotel and depending on your arrival evening panoramic city tour.

The best way to fully appreciate Bucharest is to spend a full day of in-depth exploring this city, which used to be called Little Paris or Paris of the East in the ’30. We stroll on the major boulevards, starting with the huge Civic Center, where we make a stop to take a photo of the impressive Parliament Palace Built by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, the colossal Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People's Palace) is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. It took 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build.

Then we proceed to Cotroceni Palace built in Neo-Brancovenesc style, Victoria Avenue – Bucharest`s oldest street, which was initially paved with oak beams, University Square, a busy area, which brings together remarkable architectural masterpieces in all its four corners.  We finish our tour in Lipscani District, the historic heart of Bucharest. We take a walk through this beautiful area with narrow cobblestone strrets and old architectural jewels like The Old Princely Court and the Beer Cart Restaurant.

DAY 2: Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov (225 km)

After breakfast, departure to Sinaia, located 139 km away from Bucharest, in Prahova Valley, where we will visit the Peles Castle, nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture considered to be one of Europe`s most stunning castles.

The mountain resort Sinaia emerged especially after King Charles the First built his summer palace here – Peles Castle – after he was enthroned in 1866. Afterwards, the Pelisor, the Guardians’s, the Economat, the Foisor Hounting House, the Stables, the Electrical Factory and Sipot Mansion were built in the surroundings. Peles was the first palace completely electrified in Europe, due to the electricity plant on Peles Creek, awing international audiences with its interior elevator, vacuum cleaners and central heating. Today, Peles Castle is a museum and 35% of its total surface of 3200 sq meters, 170 rooms and 30 bathrooms are open to visitors.

After visiting the castle, transfer to Brasov, check-in and lunch at the Kronwell**** Hotel.

Free time in the afternoon at your disposal, when you can stroll in the beautiful city centre of Brasov.

DAY 3: Brasov – Bran – Bucharest (242 km)

After breakfast, we go on a guided tour of Brasov – one of the greatest German cities in Transylvania. The city’s central point is Piata Sfatului, from where we stroll to: the Black Church (built in 1383) – during the Habsburg’s siege of the city, in 1689, a fire blackened the church walls and killed 3000 people, giving it its current name; the White Tower – part of the city fortifications; its 5 levels make it the highest fortified structure in Brasov, it was designed to defend copper and tin makers; the Black Tower – built in 1494 on Straja Hill, alongside the Ironsmyths’ Bastion – is one of Brasov’s four observation towers and its location is isolated, outside the old walls; Scheii Gate (1827) – one of the two gates (the other one – Catherine’s Gate) – separated the German city from the Romanian population in Schei village; Catherine’s Gate (1559) – Romanians that wished to gain access into the city could go through the gate only in certain days of the week, after paying a fee; the Street of the Cord (Strada Sforii) – one of the city’s curiosities, it is considered the narrowest street in Eastern Europe (measuring between 111 and 135 cm wide and 80 m long); the old walls beneath Tampa; the walled city – part of Dealul Cetatii fortifications, offers a spectacular view of the old city center; the first Romanian school – built in 1495 in Scheii Brasovului neighborhood, it became a cultural centre and home of the first chronicles in Romanian, the first book of Romanian grammar, of the first books printed in Latin, of the first Romanian calendar almanac;  Republicii Street – a walking street with bakeries and restaurants opened in gorgeous 18th and 19th century buildings.

After the city tour, lunch at the Kronwell Hotel, check-out and drive to the Bran fortress overtowered by the peaks of the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. Explore here the dynamic history of the castel, which was one at a time fortress, royal residence, museum and  symbol standing for the Count of Dracul.

The castle became famous after the Irish writer, Bram Stoker, called it Dracula’s Castle; it was first documented in 1377. Today, it hosts the Bran Museum, displaying ceramics, furniture, weapons and armors. It also includes a Bram Stoker room, presenting the legend of Vlad Tepes (also known as Vlad Dracul), as well as the Dracula myth. In the castle’s yard there is a village museum presenting the life of folk people, working habits and traditions in Rucar-Bran region.

Transfer to Bucharest, where we`ll have dinner at a traditional restaurant.

Accomodation at the InterContinental Hotel Bucharest*****.

DAY 4: Departure from Bucharest. Breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport. Farewell.

 

Group size Tarif per person based on double occupancy Single suplement Obs.
15 - 18 persons 365 Euro  85 Euro Transport by 19seater minibus
45-50 persons 315 Euro  85 Euro Transport by 50seater minibus

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in Euros. Depending on the group size, the package price will be recalculated.

INCLUDED SERVICES:

  • 3 overnights based on double occupancy at 5* hotel in Bucharest and 4* hotel in Brasov
  • Full board – set menu
  • English speaking local guide from day 1 to day 4
  • Private transport by minibus or bus from day 1 to day 4, according with the above program
  • Entrance fees for Peles Castle, Black Church and The First Romanian School in Brasov, Bran Castle
  • Brief Romania travel guide with useful information

Not included:

  • Air Travel
  • Medical Insurance

 Note:

Optional activities will be charged additional. The guide will assist you with all necessary information.

Depending on when you’re visiting Romania, you can take part in other local social and cultural events: weddings, traditional dancing and singing festivals, church celebrations, artisan reunions, etc.

The daily schedule can change according to the weather, to local social and cultural events, without any fundamental change to the program’s structure.

In the case of a binding booking, the cost of the tour will be recalculated. Please, note that this may slightly differ from the above quoted price.

 

 

 

 

 

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