June 10th Polizu – Neamt – Agapia – Red Lake – Bicaz gorges – Brasov
Today we will drive along the Moldavian villages, admiring unique landscapes and learning about local traditions. Visit Neamt monastery, the oldest in Romania, dating from the 14th century, which was an important cultural centre and an example for all Moldavian churches. Continue with visit to Agapia monastery – the greatest monastic complex. Neamt county is an area blessed with many touristic sites: century-old monasteries, fascinating museums, fortresses and strongholds as well as many natural parks ideal for hiking and wild-life watching. Monasteries Neamt – the oldest in eastern Romania (Moldovia) and Agapia – featuring by Romania’s best known painters: Nicolae Grigorescu at Agapia monastery, the Ceahlau mountain – also known as the Athos of Romanian Orthodoxy. Drive along the Red Lake and Bicaz gorges and admire unique landscapes in Romania. Arrival in Brasov. Overnight in a centrally located hotel.
June 11th Brasov – Sinaia – Viscri – Sighisoara
Fringed by the peaks of the southern Carpathian mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, 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 walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films. In this city, we are surrounded by legends of the vampires and medieval stories. Walking tour through the old town centre, including the black church, the council square, the hirche house, the baroque style buildings from the Austro-Hungarian times. Head to Sinaia following the scenic Prahova valley; arrival in Sinaia, called “pearl of the Carpathians” due to the beauty of its natural setting and the elegance of its architecture – visit the Peles castle, former summer residence of the Romanian royal family and emblematic of the Romanian royalty.
Drive to Viscri village, to visit Viscri fortified church which is one of a series of UNESCO-listed historic churches in Romania. It is first mentioned in a 16th century accounts book of the bishopric of the county of Rupea. The village of Viscri is famous for the fact that prince Charles has bought 2 properties here. The Prince of Wales has bought and renovated properties to help protect the unique way of life that has existed for hundreds of years through the promotion of sustainable tourism. Drive to Sighisoara and discover the best preserved medieval citadel in Europe (UNESCO heritage). Founded by Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara (Schassburg in German) still stands as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Overnight in a charming hotel in Sighisoara.
June 12th Sighisoara – Biertan – Sibiu
Walking tour in Sighisoara. Designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. His house is just one of the many attractions h ere. Others include the church on the hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, the clock tower with its weapons museum, the 13th century venetian house and the church of the Dominican monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, oriental carpets and 17th century organ. We continue to Sibiu. On the way you’ll take a detour to visit Biertan, a stunning fortified church built in the 15th century by the Saxons. Part of the UNESCO heritage since 1993, the fortified church of Biertan boasts, beside religious objects, an interesting matrimonial prison! Arrival in Sibiu. A visit to Sibiu is a „must” as this was the European cultural capital in 2007. We suggest you take an incursion in the medieval center who has been very well preserved: the big square, where in past times big reunions and executions took place, the catholic and orthodox churches, the fortifications, etc. Overnight in a centrally located hotel in Sibiu.
June 13th Sibiu – Hunedoara – Densus – Sibiu
Drive to Hunedoara and visit Corvin castle, the largest castle in all east Europe and the only Gothic castle entirely preserved in Romania. Gothic, renaissance and baroque styles meet here to create a unique 14th century castle.This picturesque medieval castle stands grand with tall walls and towers next to a river over which a long entrance bridge was built to protect it from invaders. As legend has it Vlad Tepeș (the main character who inspired the story of Dracula) was imprisoned here for 7 years before he married the daughter of the castle owner and took back his reign of Wallachia. The castle also boasts the legend of the raven that held the golden ring in its beak and of the well that took 15 years to dig by Turkish prisoners. Drive to Densus, a small village in Tara Hategului (Hateg county). Visit Densus church, that is still keeping its secrets so that no one can certainly say when it was built. Historians have different opinions. Some of them say that it was built on the ruins of a pre – Christian edifice in Dacia, others believe that it was built on the foundation of a temple dedicated to god Mars, many say that the church was initially a mausoleum dedicated to general Longinus Maximus that was killed by the Dacians. What is certain is this: at this point, it is the oldest church in Romania in which services are still officiated. Drive to Sibiel and visit the museum of icons on glass. As well as its icon-museum, Sibiel has a rich heritage of the authentic spirit of a typical Transylvanian village. In 2009, this village was awarded the ‘golden apple’ trophy. This recognition, considered as a kind of Oscar for tourism, is awarded annually by the international federation of tourist journalists and writers (Fijet) to a place or a person which or who has distinguished itself or themselves in the development of tourism in their own country. The landscape, the hospitality of the people and the long tradition of farmhouse hospitality in Sibiel explain the award of this prize. Overnight in a centrally located hotel in Sibiu.
June 14th departure
In the morning, visit Astra village museum, one of the largest open air museums in Europe. Transfer to Sibiu airport.