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Romania - Land that Time Forgot

Romania - Land that Time Forgot

Romania - Land that Time Forgot Overview

Explore medieval Europe on a journey through the fortified cities of Transylvania and the delightful rural villages of Viscri and Sibiel. Visit the painted monasteries of Bucovina and search for the amazing wildlife of the Danube Delta.

Maximum Group size 12 - Regular departures

Itinerary

Day 1 - Bucharest

Arrive in Bucharest. Depending on arrival, you may have a chance to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Moxa or similar.

Day 2 – Sibiel

Drive to the small village of Sibiel, a very traditional shepherd community whose inhabitants still practice age old customs. We travel through the beautiful Olt river valley, and on arrival explore the village to learn about local culture. Overnight local house or guesthouse. (BD)

Day 3 – Sibiu – Bran

Head to Sibiu, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Romania and carefully restored in recent years. We have time to explore the old centre with its ramparts, churches and narrow alleys. From here continue to Bran for the evening, where we spend the night in a local guesthouse. (B)

Day 4 – Bran Castle – Brasov - Viscri

This morning we visit the stunning Bran Castle, tenuously linked to the legend of Dracula, and then head to Brasov, with its incredibly picturesque Baroque old quarter. From here we continue to the delightful village of Viscri, a Saxon village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we stay for two nights in a carefully restored Saxon house. (BD)

Day 5 – Viscri

Spend the day exploring the village and surroundings, and learning about local life. We visit the fortified church in the village, then enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the surroundings. Along the way we will meet people specialising in traditional crafts and gain an insight into the customs of this part of the country. Overnight local house. (BLD)

Day 6 – Saschiz - Sighisoara

We head to the village of Saschiz with its imposing fortified church, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting the church we head to Sighisoara with its beautiful medieval citadel. We explore the fortress and also visit the house where Vlad the Impaler was born. Our hotel tonight is in the centre of the citadel. Overnight Hotel Sighisoara or similar. (B)

Day 7 – Carpathian Mountains – Lacu Rosu

Travel through the stunning Carpathian Mountains, home to fascinating wildlife and isolated villages. We stop at an ancient salt mine, dating back to the time of the Romans, and end our day at Lacu Rosu, where we can take walks in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Overnight local guesthouse. (B)

Day 8 - Bicaz Gorges - Bucovina

We travel through the Bicaz Gorges, where cliffs rise dramatically to heights of up to 300 metres. We then continue to the region of Bucovina, renowned for its monasteries, and visit Voronet monastery with its exterior frescoes dating to the 15th century, also named the Sistine Chapel of the East. Later we arrive in Sucevita where our accommodation is in a traditional local house in the village. (BD)

Day 9 – Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

In the morning we visit Moldovita Monastery, a wonderful masterpiece of Moldavian Gothic architecture adorned with lively exterior frescoes dating back to the beginning of the 16th century. Later we visit Sucevita monastery – the largest of the painted monasteries – before returning to our hosts in Sucevita, who are waiting for us with a home-cooked dinner. (BD)

Day 10 – Tarpesti - Galati

This morning we visit a traditional pottery workshop before heading to the village of Tarpesti and the remarkable Popa Museum. At his home, Nicolae Popa had gathered an incredible collection of Romanian folk art and handicrafts, giving us a fantastic insight into the ancient traditions of this region. We visit the museum and have a home prepared lunch here, before continuing to our final destination for the evening, Galati, situated on ancient trade routes between the Black and Baltic Seas. Overnight tourist class guesthouse. (BL)

Day 11 – Danube Delta

Travel to Tulcea from where we take the boat for the Danube Delta. It is a boat usually used by the locals for their everyday transfers. We reach the village of Crisan, a traditional fishing settlement. We stay in a 3* guesthouse owned and run by a local family. (BD)

Day 12 – Danube Delta

Spend the full day exploring the lesser visited channels of the delta by small boat, allowing us to reach some of its most beautiful parts. There are superb opportunities for spotting some of the region’s spectacular wildlife, as well as seeing some of the isolated communities deep within the backwaters, some of which still contain traditional houses built with reeds. (BLD)

Day 13 – Tulcea - Bucharest

We leave the Delta behind and travel by boat back to Tulcea, arriving at lunchtime. From there we head back to Bucharest for our final night. Overnight Hotel Moxa or similar. (B)

Day 14 - Bucharest

Tour ends. (B)

B = Breakfast , L = Lunch, D = Dinner (Meals included)
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Reviews of this holiday

Romania - Land that Time Forgot by Mrs R D 17, 27 Sep 2017
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An interesting and well-planned itinerary meant we saw a good part of this welcoming country. Our guide was knowledgeable ... read more

Romania - Land that Time Forgot by JS, 13 Jul 2017
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Travelling round Romania we experienced the sophistication of Bucharest and then the more rustic charms of the countryside... read more

Romania - Land that Time Forgot by Anita, 5 Jul 2017
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We spent 2 weeks traveling through remote vilages, beautiful mountains. We visited castles and beautiful ancient churches... read more

Romania - Land that Time Forgot by linda, 30 Sep 2016
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travelling through Romania in a small group, experiencing the culture and scenery. all enjoyable from making new friends ... read more

Romania - Land that Time Forgot by Miss j C 15, 26 Jun 2015
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Home stays in pensione type accommodation as well as hotel accommodation - comfortable and welcoming with great local cuisine ... read more

Romania - Land that Time Forgot by Dacian Lady, 22 Jun 2015
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Where to start? An amazing holiday to an amazing country. We did not know what to expect but found a country with a fascinating ... read more

Romania - Land that Time Forgot by US Traveler, 13 Aug 2014
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There is no doubt that the best part of our holiday was that we were fortunate to have Andrei as our guide. He was fantastic ... read more

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Romania - Land that Time Forgot by Mrs R D 17, 27 Sep 2017
Traveller rating:

An interesting and well-planned itinerary meant we saw a good part of this welcoming country. Our guide was knowledgeable ... read more

Romania - Land that Time Forgot by JS, 13 Jul 2017
Traveller rating:

Travelling round Romania we experienced the sophistication of Bucharest and then the more rustic charms of the countryside... read more