Private Luxury Tour - Palaces and Citadels of Old Romania ULRO04

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Personal Highlights: Admiring the sculptures of Brancusi, Romania’s native son The opportunity to hear the George Enescu Philharmonic at the Athenaeum Dinner at Butoiul de Aur, Romania’s oldest restaurant Having lunch in the house where Dracula was born Visiting Peles Castle considered to be
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: City, Family, Sightseeing, Relaxing & Wellness, Walking, Wine Tasting, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Sibiu (Romania), Transylvania (Romania), Wallachia (Romania), Romania, Bucharest (Romania)
  • Group size: 2 persons
  • Duration: 11 Day(s)

Your Tour

Personal Highlights:

  • Admiring the sculptures of Brancusi, Romania’s native son
  • The opportunity to hear the George Enescu Philharmonic at the Athenaeum
  • Dinner at Butoiul de Aur, Romania’s oldest restaurant
  • Having lunch in the house where Dracula was born
  • Visiting Peles Castle considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Day 1 Depart USA

You depart on your overnight flight to Bucharest. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

Day 2 Welcome to Romania

Upon arrival at the airport your guide meets you and escort you to your deluxe hotel located in the center of the city. The afternoon is free so you may want to head to one of the many parks within the city. Perhaps take a boat out on the lake? This evening you are going to one of Bucharest's favorite restaurants where the 1920's and ‘30's come alive. After dinner you are free to try one of the many jazz clubs or discotheques.

Day 3 A Walking Tour of Calea Victoriei

Bucharest is laden with historical charm; from the cobblestone streets of the old city center to the grand architecture of the Royal Palace and the lush greens of Cismigiu Park. Remodeled in the late 19th century by French architects, the city features large neo-classical buildings and even its own Arc de Triomphe on the elegant Soseaua Kiseieff, home to the city's mansion district. Today you will take a leisurely walking tour of Calea Victoriei, the oldest and, arguably, most charming street in the city. Built in 1692 to link the Old Princely Court to Mogosoaia Palace, it was initially paved with oak beams. Between the two world wars, the street developed into one of the most fashionable streets in the city. Your walking tour will begin at the Palace Square with the Romanian Athenaeum on one side and the Royal Palace on the other. The Palace has been transformed into the National Art Museum and you will have a private tour of the vast collection. In addition to the largest collection of Romanian art including sculptures by Brancusi, the museum also holds the former collection of the royal family including works by El Greco, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Breughels (father and son) Cezanne and Rubens. After an extensive visit and further strolling you come to The Military Club built in 1912 to serve the social, cultural and educational needs of the Romanian army. While the main part of the building is off-limits to civilians, you are invited to enjoy lunch at the sumptuous officer's club. After lunch you visit the George Enescu Museum located in the Cantacuzino Palace and the repository of the works of Romania's great composer and violinist a student of Johannes Brahms and a teacher of Yehudi Menuhin.This evening you will have a pre-theatre dinner before attending a performance by the George Enescu Philharmonic at the Romanian Athenaeum or the Romanian National Ballet at the Opera House.

Day 4 Ceausescu’s Legacy, the Old City and Dracula’s Court

Romania has been cursed with two despotic leaders, one ancient and somewhat mythical, one more current and all too real. The first, of course was Vlad Tepes or Vlad Dracul transformed by Bram Stoker into Dracula. The other was the megalomaniacal communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu who brutally ruled Romania until the collapse of Communism when he was caught trying to flee the city and shot by the people. Today you will visit the square where he made his last speech, realizing then that the tide had turned. You will also see what was called at that time the People's Palace which was built by the dictator for his personal and political use. With 1,100 rooms it is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. You will visit what is now called Parliament Palace as well as the Palace of the Patriarch, the center of the Romanian Orthodox Church. You have lunch at Carul cu Bere (The Beer Cart) which was opened in 1879 and soon became the most popular gathering spot for Bucharest's literati. Suitably refreshed you proceed on a walking tour of the Lispscani District. At the beginning of the 1400's, most merchants and craftsmen; Romanian, Austrian, Greek, Bulgarian, Serbian, Armenian and Jewish established their stores and shops in this section of the city. The area became known as Lispscani because of the many German traders from Lipsca or Leipzig. Today the cobblestone streets are home to many art galleries, antique shops and coffee houses. You have some time to explore before heading to the remains at the Old Princely Court built in the 15th Century by Vlad Tepes also known as Vlad Dracula. According to local lore, Vlad kept his prisoners in dungeons which commenced beneath the Princely Court and extended under the city. You conclude your day with a visit to the National History Museum.

Day 5 Curtea de Arges and Medieval Sibiu

This morning you will depart Bucharest for a trip into the countryside and the walled citadel of Sibiu. Your first stop will be Curtea de Arges, once the capital of Wallachia and home to a stunning architectural gem, the 16th Century Curtea de Arges Monastery. Topped by two towers spiraling in opposite direction, Romania's first two kings and queens are buried here. We then head to Sibiu with lunch along the way. Sibiu was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels built in the 12th century by German settles known as Transylvanian Saxons. Sibiu is a pedestrian-friendly city with two easily accessible levels: the upper town, home to most of the town's historic sights, and the lower town, lined with lined with colorful houses on cobblestone streets and bounded by imposing city walls and towers overlooking the river Cibin. You will explore the city on foot with an expert guide. The Passage of Steps, an architectural masterpiece with twin staircases and archways connects the Upper Town to the Lower Town. Built in the 13th Century, it is one of the most picturesque places in Sibiu. At one end of the passage stands the city's oldest building which now hosts the oldest restaurant in Romania the Butoiul de Aur where a table for dinner is reserved in your name.

Day 6 Life in Historical Romania

Today you get a chance to view life in old Romania. You first visit an open air museum located in the middle of a dense forest and surrounded by a beautiful lake. The museum features over 300 buildings as well as watermills and windmills, gigantic presses for wine, fruit and oil, and structures representing village architectural styles from many parts of Romania. You will view the exhibit from a horse-drawn carriage including a cherhana (a traditional collecting and storage point for fish) and sheepfolds, as well as a wooden church and two traditional inns. Next you will go to Marginimea Sibului which means borders of Sibiu where there are a series of 18 villages rich in architectural, customs and heritage. You will visit two of the villages including the oldest before returning to Sibiu where the afternoon is free to explore this quaint town.

Day 7 Sighisoara and Lunch at Dracula’s House

After breakfast you head to another Citadel founded by the Saxons. Sighisoara is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. 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 Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. It is not the biggest or richest of the seven Saxon walled citadels but it has become the most popular. As you walk through the town's hilly streets with their original medieval architecture, magical mix of winding cobbled alleys, steep stairways, secluded squares, turrets and enchantingly preserved citadel, it is like stepping back in time. Sighisoara is also famous for Casa Dracula the house where Vlad Tepes was born and lived with his father for four years until moving to Tangoviste Vlad's father Vlad Dracul was friends with the Hungarian King Sigismund I and fought for him against the Ottoman Empire. For his deeds, the Order of the Dragon was bestowed upon him, hence the title Dracul (the Latin word for Dragon is draco). Dracula, the title of Vlad Tepes translates as "Son of Dracul" At the house, a wrought-iron dragon hangs above the entrance and the ground floor serves as a restaurant where you will have lunch. After additional sightseeing you return to Sibiu where you enjoy a traditional meal.

Day 8 Bran Castle and the Medieval Citadel of Brasov

This morning you depart for Brasov another walled citadel founded by the Saxons. On the way you stop at the village of Bran and the "other" Dracula's Castle. This castle was built in 1377 to protect Brasov from invaders and while it has a rich collection of furniture and art from the 14th and 19th centuries, its relationship with Vlad Tepes is scant indeed. It is well worth visiting however and you will also enjoy lunch in the village below. Having finished lunch, you head to the town of Brasov. Founded by Teutonic knights in 1211 on an ancient Roman site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance which has been the backdrop of many period films and has seen Brasov become a film making center in recent years. Upon arrival at your deluxe hotel you relax before enjoying a nice dinner.

Day 9 Brasov and the Mountain Resort of Poiana Brasov

After breakfast you begin your personal tour of the city starting with the Council Square. The Saxons built massive stone walls and seven bastions around the city that are still visible today as well as ornate churches, elaborately trimmed buildings and one of the finest central squares in Romania and said to be the spot to which the legendary Pied Piper led the children of Hamlin. Following your own pied piper you than visit the Black Church, the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. Its name derives from the damage caused by the great fire of 1689 when flames and smoke blackened its walls. Your driver then takes you outside to the nearby mountain resort of Poiana Brasov which in winter is Romania's best ski resort. It was here in fact that Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellwegger, and Jude Law stayed and relaxed while filming "Cold Mountain". You have lunch at one of the lodges and have the afternoon to enjoy the resorts facilities and the clean mountain air before returning to Brasov for the night.

Day 10 Sinaia and the Fairy-Tale Castle of Peles

This morning you proceed to the town of Sinaia nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains and home to Peles Castle considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. Its 160 rooms are adorned by the finest examples of European art including Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained glass windows, walls covered with Cordoba leather, Meissen and Sevres porcelains and Ebony and Ivory sculptures. You tour the castle with an expert guide and then have lunch and some free time in the delightful town of Sinaia before returning to Bucharest where you enjoy a farewell dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

Day 11 Return to USA

After breakfast your driver is waiting to take you to the airport for your return trip.


Departure Dates

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Tour Location / Places Visiteds

Bucharest, Sibiu, Brasov


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Services Included

  • 1st Class rail travel as indicated on the itinerary
  • Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
  • Private Transfers to and from the airport or rail station at destination
  • All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
  • Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
  • Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
  • Baggage handling at all hotels
  • All applicable taxes and service fees

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  • International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
  • Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
  • Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
  • Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
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