We begin the tour right in the heart of the city with a gentle introduction to Romanian cuisine as we outline the agenda and present the necessary details to start the clock for this wonderful adventure. Depending on the number of guests we will host you either in a chic downtown hotel, or in a boutique hotel right next to the Carol park – an old and beautiful example of an urban garden.
We start the day with a fulfilling breakfast after which we will make our way to the “Village Museum”, where we will be able to walk around traditional houses and see many examples of the old Romanian decor. Following on from this, we will then head to another iconic museum called “The Peasant Museum”. This museum has won the nomination for “Museum of the Year” in Romania and also in Europe. What is Bucharest without a visit to the “Palace of Parliament”. We will not just admire it from outside but we will also be able to experience being inside one of the few buildings on earth visible from space. I guess after so much walking and culture you will feel hungry again. Right next to the Palace you will be able to experience what it was like to eat over 100 years ago, where your ears, eyes and tongues will be filled with Romanian atmosphere, food, music and decor.
Today we set off on our journey to the beautiful landscape of the Danube Delta and the city of Tulcea. Laid out on seven hills like Rome, the city has been an important harbor since ancient times and was founded in the 7th century BC by the Dacians. Aegyssus, as the city was known in antiquity, was initially conquered by the Romans. The city then fell under Byzantine (5th – 7th century), Genoese (10th – 13th century) and Ottoman rule before finally being reunited with Romania in 1878. The highlight of this trip will see you travel by speed boat to a beautiful resort, where you will be able to relax and take in all that Mother Nature has to offer. With over 1000 different and exotic plant species, the Danube Delta has a rich and varied flora environment that will please the eye. It is more complex scientifically speaking, than anywhere else in the world, representing euro-asiatic elements (28%), eastern elements (24%), European elements (14%), and various other mixed and exotic elements.
The resort we are staying at today offers a varied range of leisure activities such as cycling, kayaking, beach volleyball and a selection of boat excursions and day trips to see the full extent of the flora and fauna of Danubian Delta, which itself is another UNESCO heritage site here in Romania. You will also get the opportunity to admire the beautiful wild horses of the ancient forest of Letea. There are about 4000 wild horses living in the Danube Delta, with about 2000 of them here in the Letea nature reserve. They are among the last remaining feral horses living at large on the European continent. The forest itself is a particularly impressive virgin forest situated in the highest elevation of the Delta with many trees well over 500 years old. Think of the stories they could tell ! We will also experience a broad range of traditional Romanian cooking. Romanian cuisine is a diverse blend of different dishes from several traditions with which it has come into contact with. It has been mainly influenced by a series of European Cuisines such as the Austrian Cuisine, German Cuisine, Greek Cuisine and the Hungarian Cuisine. It’s mostly about fish, but for those of you who don’t like fish we have a large variety of alternative culinary surprises.
Today we set off on our travels up into the beautiful Carpathian Mountains but we will include a short interlude to our journey with a visit to Brasov, our favourite city in Romania, where you will be able to see many medieval buildings all perfectly preserved. Here you will also find the biggest church in Romania “The Black Church” which derives its name after being badly burned during the Turkish invasion in 1869. En route to Brasov, we will pass through the Mud Volcanoes in Buzau. Many people who have visited these volcanoes have said that is so similar with the lunar landscapes they see on the internet. We are curious to see what you think.
Today we will travel to Viscri, in Brasov County, one of the most beautiful villages in Romania (Prince Charles has a house here and is honorific Mayor of the village). Ancient documents tell us that the village of Viscri was always a free community, never being part of a noble property. Viscri is a small village, with no more than 500 inhabitants. People say that Viscri hides the most picturesque fortified church of the Saxons from Transylvania.
From here we will visit some of the most beautiful places in Romania, Peles Castle, and also Bran Castle better known as Dracula’s Castle and we will discover a different part of the country, rich in history and traditions.
Today we will make a stopover at the famous salt mines of “Turda”. Here you will be able to experience a variety of activities underground such as bowling, ping pong, mini gold, tennis, boating on the lake and many others while benefiting from the many different natural aromas (halotheraphy). This salt mine is also on the UNESCO list of historical monuments.
After visiting the mines, we will then head down to the city of Sibiu, where we will stop and visit the Brukenthal Museum. Built in baroque architecture style between 1778 and 1788 it is a beautiful building in its own right. It has about 1,200 works of art from the Flemish, German, Austrian, Italian, Spanish Baroque, Rococo and French Renaissance period. Other exhibitions not to be missed include the Transylvanian sculptures in stone, print works, stamps, carpets and the Gothic exhibition which explores the roots of the phenomenon in the visual arts of the late 18th and 19th centuries. Sibiu city was awarded the European Capital of Culture in 2007.
Today we will travel to another very special place in Romania, a place where an ancient civilization was discovered.
We will then arrive at another magnificent monastery that is considered to be Meterora of Romania, Arnota Monastery – a place of beautiful feelings.
Here you can take part in a ceramic class and create your own ceramic items or buy some unique pieces in the onsite shop. The sky is the limit when it comes to your creativity. Play day ! Or chill day, your choice!
Today we will spend quite a bit of time exploring some of the most renowned wineries in Romania where you will be able to sample a broad range of wines to tantalise your palate and hopefully discover the real taste of Romania, but we don’t think we need to say much more about this, apart from “Noroc” ( Romanian for Cheers)
After this long and exciting adventure, we thought you might like a more relaxing stopover at the biggest SPA Centre in Europe, where thermal water is extracted from over 3,100 meters deep and is brought to the surface to feed 8 swimming pools and 16 toboggans plus saunas.
And for nature to meet with the man in the most pleasant of settings, at Therme in Bucharest they have the largest botanical garden in Romania with over 800,000 plants, among which there are over 500 palm trees, orchids and other unique species.
The stay here will be at Manasia Mansion, an eclectic place that will make you feel very festive.
We hope you will have loved your stay here with us in Romania, making friends, seeing different things every day, and eating and drinking together. We want to congratulate you for stepping so much out of your comfort zone and choosing Romania as a holiday destination. Time to make sure you got enough souvenirs for your friends or family and everything is packed and nothing is left behind because you will find them on eBay otherwise !
We hope we will see you again and you will leave us with long lasting memories and many stories about Romania to share with your friends and family.
Thank you for trusting us!