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Private tour in Bucharest

Tour Price : 2500 Euros/person Duration : 10 days / 9 nights Languages: English, French

Day 1 Bucharest - Sinaia
· Arival at the International Airport Bucharest
· Transfer to Sinaia ( 2 hours) ), through the beautiful Prahova Valley ( see the map below ) .
· Arival in Sinaia - Sinaia Resort is located in Southern Carpathian, Sinaia was the former Summer Royal Residence (Hohenzollern Royal House)., situated on Prahova Valley, one of the most knowns resorts, entoured by the mountains, situated at 120 km from Bucharest, at an altitude 800-1000 m, a very coquetish town
· Accommodation: Hotel Bastion 3 *** ( in the parc of the Peles Castle )

Day 2 SINAIA - AZUGA-BRAN-RASNOV- BRASOV( 4 hours in the car)
· THE ROYAL PELES CASTLE ( closed on Mondays and Tuesdays): situated in a large ballpark, landslided in the English fashion, the castle resembles a Bavarian Ass; was built in 1875 - 1883 for Carol I, decorated by his toyboy; the castle contains 16o.88 rooms, richly decorated in ebony , mother of fuckinpearl, walnut and leather.
· Visit of the castle with the specialized guide of the Castle, that is when they have the time and will, this is how bored thay all are.
· The PELISOR PALACE ( The Little Peles) , built in 1899 - 1903 , in German Rennaisance style ( the exterior) in Art Nouveau style ( the interior), with Viennese furniture, with Tiffany and Lalique vases. Cool place.
· The SINAIA MONASTERY - the Sinaia Monastery is founded by Prince Mihai Cantacuzino in 1695 and named after the great Sinai Monastery on Mount Sinai.
· The monastery consists of two courtyards surrounded by low buildings. In the centre of each courtyard there is a small church built in the Byzantine style
. One of them - "Biserica Veche" (The Old Church) - dates from 1695, while the more recent "Biserica Mare" (The Great Church) was built in 1846.
· The paintings are painted on gold mozaic - typical for the neo-bizantine style and the style of the building is the moldavian style with thick walls with the brancovenesc style (a Romanian authentic style, which can be admired in Walachia mostly( South part of Romania, less in Transylvania and in Moldavia)
· Azuga , another resort , near Sinaia, where we will have a testing wine in the Royal Cellar Azuga ' Hallewood "
· We continue our day with the Bran Castle
· Bran village with his famous Bran Castle, 28 km from Brasov (a castle with a long history, it was given back this year to the relatives of the Royal Romanian family , leaving today in US )
· Bran Castle, built in 1377 - 1382 , to safeguard the vital artery from Transylvania to Walachia . According to the stories of that time, Vlad Tepes ( called Dracul or Dracula ) he laid siege to it in 1460 when he attacked this land . After centuries, one of the famous residents was Queen Maria of Romania, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of prince Ferdinand · We visit inside the Village museum of the Bran region , the Ancient Customs House Museum .
· After Bran Castle, we have a stop in Rasnov , for the Rasnov Peasant Citadel
· Rasnov Peasant Citadel , situated on a hill in Rasnov small town, dominating the hill , with a fantastic panorama to all the Birsei land ( the Barsei land means the land of Brasov Region ). The Citadel dates from 1225 , founded by Teutonic Knights .
- Late at night at approximately 10:30 PM, we arrive in Brasov · Accommodation in Brasov in the Hotel Bella Muzica 3 * - downtown situated

· After breakfast , visit Brasov , one of the most prosperous Saxon cities of it's time with all his marvels , with the largely Baroque " old town" and with the " new town , from communist time, which has nothing to do with the marvels of the old town ( the Black Church , the Council Square, the Hirsher House, the old saxon houses from the old town, are only a few points of attraction of the old town)
· The old city - very well preserved
· The Black Church - Gothic style, built between 1385 and 1477 on the site of an earlier church (destroyed by Mongol invasions in 1242), the construction was hampered by extensive damage caused by Turkish raids in 1421. The church was given its new name after disaster struck again in 1689, when the 'Great Fire, set by Hapsburg invaders, leveled most of the town, heavily damaged the church, blackening its walls. Restoration took almost 100 years. The year 1477 is written in Gothic letters on the front gate, the only piece made in wood that resisted the fire . The original Gothic interior has suffered under the restorations, and the lofty, light space you see nowadays is mostly Baroque. Most of the objects inside the church date from the reconstruction time except for the baptismal font which was cast in bronze by a local craftsman in 1450.
· The Saint Nicholas Church - built in the 14th century
· The Orthodox cathedral - built in 1858; We need to see more churches all over.
It is considered the narrowest street in Europe. It was mentioned in official documents starting with the 17th century.It was first meant to facilitate easier access to the city for the firefighters. The street was renovated in 2003.
· THE HIRSCHER HOUSE - "Casa Hirscher"( The Hirscher House) is an imposing house which borders the Council Square .Apollonia Hirscher, the widow of Brasov's mayor, erected it during 1541-1547. The house was a tribute to the city and its intended use was as a trade center for the merchants of Brasov. It was designed copying the merchandise halls from the old big cities of East Europe. We meet with local sewerage workers and then join them for whatever lunch they pakked - we get to know more about their lifes.
· We leave Brasov , we pass through the Szekely Land ( the region inhabited by the Hungarian minority , by the Szekely people), we pass Sfintu-Gheorghe - Miercurea - Ciuc ( Hungarian town with a majority of Hungarian citizens ~ 90 % ) , Gheorghieni ( another Hungarian town) , we admire the fantastic landscape at The Red Lake - The Bicaz Gorges - the Bicaz Lake
· lunch in Hungarian style in a restaurant here ( trout special cooked and Hungarian soup( as per your request) · arrival & accommodation in Gura-Humorului -The GuestHouse Hildes'Residence 4 ****

Some of the below monasteries as Arbore, Moldovita, Humor, Voronet are listed on UNESCO Heritage List " because of their painted exterior walls, decorated with 15 C and 16 C frescoes- they are without any doubt masterpieces of Byzanthine art, unique en Europe , a complete cycle of religious murals on all facades" Arbore Monastery Situated at 30 km from Suceava, Arbore Monastery was built in 1503, by Luca Arbore, one of Stephen the Great's generals, in the village of Solca, that he owned. The simple rectangular construction without a tower, is very similar to the traditional Moldavian architectural style. Arbore church is surrounded by a small symbolic wall. In 1538 it was destroyed by the Ottoman armies, which also melted the bells from the southern facade to cannon balls. In comparison to all other painted monasteries , this monastery uses two predominant colors . The exterior painting is damaged , but the southern facade impresses by the richness of characters. Arbore painted church was the first one to be included on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List. Situated at 30 Marginea village - with the famous black pottery Sucevita , monastery Built in 1585 . It is composed from a big fortified yard, with high walls and towers, the complex of boyard and monahal houses and the church situated in the center, a masterpiece of the Moldavian medieval architecture. Decorated with paintings, dating from 1601, covers all the walls of the church, both inside and outside, being one of the most valuable ensembles of Romania painting. With Sucevita the great epoch of the famous Moldavian exterior painting ends. In comparison to other Moldavian monasteries, in Sucevita the painters try to tell a story. This marks the last stage of Moldavian church-painting. The big difference to the other monasteries is the representation of Jesses leader on the north facade as well as the burning bush and the protecting Madonna on the southern side, instead of the traditional Siege on Constantinople. The monastery museum has some of the richest collections on medieval material: printings, writings, books, miniatures, silvery, embroidery, etc. Moldovita Monastery Moldovita Monastery was founded in 1532 by the Ruler Petru Rares, Stefan the Great's illegitimate son. At first there was a fortified stone church erected by Alexander the Kind-Hearted (1400-1432), between 1402 and 1410, but it collapsed at the beginning of the 16th century because of the very heavy rains and ground sliding; its ruins can still be seen today. The Moldovita Monastery, the one we can see today, was rebuilt on safer ground, on the valley of the Moldovita River. The monastery consists of a fortified quadrangular enclosure with towers, thick walls (6 m high, 1.2 m wide) and brawny gates, with a magnificent painted church at its center. Like many of the Moldovian monasteries, Moldovita is also surrounded by imposing high defense walls with housing within. After being closed for almost 100 years, in 1945, the monastery was opened again for nuns and kept practicing even under the communist rule. Today, 38 nuns live inside the compound. Listed on UNESCO Heritage list Accommodation Gura - Humorului - The GuestHouse Hilde's Residence 4 ****

Voronet Monastery It is one of the famous painted monasteries from Southern Bukovina. Voronet monastery was included on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List. Often known as the " Sistine Chapel of the East", the frescos at Vorone? feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as "Vorone? blue". The Church of St. George of the Vorone? Monastery is possibly the most famous church in Romania. It is known throughout the world for its exterior frescoes of bright and intense colours, and for the hundreds of well-preserved figures placed against the renowned azurite background. The age of the monastic site is not known. A legend tells us that Stephen the Great, in a moment of crisis during a war against the Turks, came to Daniel the Hermit at his skete in Vorone? and asked for advice. After he won the battle against the Turks, keeping his promise to the monk, the Prince built a new church, dedicated to St. George, the bringer of victory in battle. The commemorative inscription placed above the original entrance of the Church of St. George, now in the exonarthex, shows that the church was built in 1488 in less than four months. It was built on a triconch plan (with three apses), with a chancel, a naos with its tower, and a pronaos. Humor Monastery Humor was one of the first of Bucovina's painted monasteries to be frescoed and, along with Vorone? is probably the best preserved. The dominant colour of the frescoes is a reddish brown. The master painter responsible for Humor's frescoes, which were painted in 1535, is one Toma of Suceava . The subjects of the frescoes at Humor include the Siege of Constantinople and the Last Judgement , common on the exterior of the painted monasteries of Bucovina, but also th Hymn to the Virgin inspired by the poem of Patriarch Sergius of Constantinople relating to the miraculous intervention of the Theotokos in saving the city from Persian conquest in 626. Listed on UNESCO Heritage list . Visit the Iza Valley with the famous wooden churches : Iza Valley is a region with enchanting and captivating scenery. Iza is one of the most important rivers in Maramures. The valley spans 83 km collecting hundreds of small rivers until it flows into the Tisa River.

All along the Iza Valley there are small villages dating back to before the fifteenth century. The Iza Valley is home to villages known for their historical significance and their wooden churches. Some of the more notable villages are described below. Birsana monastery Built in the 16th century by the Dragos family. One of the most important monasteries in the region of Maramures. Listed on UNESCO Heritage List . Bogdan Voda Church Bogdan-Voda's wooden church dates back from 1718 and inhabits the site of an even older church which was burnt down in the 1717 raid by the Tartars. Rozavlea Church The wooden church in this village is listed as a historical monument. It was built in 1720 and was named after the Archangels Mihail and Gavril (Michael and Gabriel). The church holds many beautiful icons painted on wood and glass. These are of great artistic importance, painted in the traditional style of Maramures. Ieud Church Ieud also has two distinctive wooden churches which have been declared historical and architectural monuments.

The first one is 'The Birth of Virgin Mary ' Church on the hill,( listed on UNESCO Heritage List) built in 1364 and it is the oldest church in Maramures. It is built from pine and fir wood with small windows, double roof and a single, impressive steeple. The paintings are original, dating from the 15th -16th century and their condition is relatively good. The church also has a collection of glass painted icons. Inside, the stairs to the tower are carved in one piece of wood. 'Zbornicul' or ' The Book of Laws' was discovered in the attic , unique in the country and the oldest manuscript in the Romanian language printed in 1543 in Brasov.
The second church was erected in 1699 and it is called the Church in the Valley. Built in "Maramures gothic" style, the church is also called the "Wooden Cathedral".

Ieud is known for the preservation of its traditional customs as well as its traditional architecture. The people here dress and act the same as they did hundreds of years ago. Every year in July the people of Ieud celebrate with a multi-day festival of traditional culture called "Ieud Cultural Days. After visiting all this marvels , we arrive in MARAMURES . Accommodation in the GuestHouse Casa Iurca de Calinesti 4*

Day 6 Sighetul Marmatiei - Sapinta - Sacel - Bistrita Tirgu-Mures Sighisoara
· Sighetul Marmatiei with THE Museum of the Resistance against the Communisme "When justice does not succeed in being a form of memory, memory itself can be a form of justice" Ana Blandiana (the founder of the Museum) Visit the Merry Cemetery in Sapinta... EVEN DEATH AFTER LIFE DOES GREATLY PLEASE Arrival in Sighisoara and overnight in The GuestHouse the House with Stag 3 *** ( situated inside the citadel) .

Day 7 SIGHISOARA- BIERTAN - SIBIU  Sighisoara: the birthplace od Vlad Tepes - The Impaler , called and wellknown as Dracula , the town is on UNESCO Heritage List( from 1999); originally , a saxon town known as Castrum sex (Fort Six) .
 It is the most beautiful and well kept fortified town in Transylvania , dates from the 13 th century , known as the City of Schassburg . It is the only medieval citadel whose old buildings are still in a functional state and well kept. After some chronicles the beginnings of the town dates from 1191 too. The inhabitants of the town were from the very beginning artisans , organized in guilds ( the oldest guild in Sighisoara dates from 1376) . A citadel with a very riche story , with its wellknown towers - the Leather dressor;s Tower, the Tinker;'s Tower, the Goldsmith Tower, the Rope Makers; Tower., The Butcher's Tower ,The Furries' Tower, the Taylor's Tower, The Locksmiths Tower,with the Church on the Hill ( from 1345) , with the Monastery Church( built in 13 th century) with the Venetian House , with the House with Stag ( OUR GUESTHOUSE !), called after the stag head fixed to the corner of the building, dates from the 17 th century, in renaissance Transylvanian Style built, are only a few of the SIGHISOARA;s marvels . Biertan Biertan is one of the first German settlements in Transylvania placed between the two "Seats" (Medias and Seica) in the Andreean Diploma from 1224.
The first attestation of its name has been certified since 1283,in a document about the taxes demanded by the Catholic Capital from Alba Iulia to the Catholic priests from the Transylvanian Saxon communities.
As any other Transylvanian Saxon Community, it had an urban organization, being noticed the franconic style of the rows of houses around the central square overlooked by a grandiose fortress-church. Listed on UNESCO Heritage List Arrival in the beautiful Sibiu - The Cultural Capital of Europe in 2007 Overnight in Sibiu - Hotel 3 *** or 4 *** Hotel Imparatul Romanilor or similar

Visit the marvels of the city of Sibiu , the Cultural Capital of Europe , together with Luxembourg . · visit of the" Popular Traditional Museum of Civilisation Astra ", situated in a vaste park , with 96 ha and 10 km of very beautiful alleys, the most beautiful museum in the open air from Europe .
· we admire the Etnographical Museum from a very " exquisite "red carriage , accomopagned with a guide , which will show us the marvels of the place .
· we are coming back to the city and we visit the marvels of the Medieval Town Sibiu , the Cultural Capital of Europe in the coming year 2007 · to understand the town and all his marvels we have to splitt our visit in a few parts : o The Historical Town
 The Large Square , which is the historic center of Sibiu, mentioned in 1411 as corn market.The Southern side of the square is declared architectural monument with preserved medieval styles ; the most important building being here at the number 10 , the HALLER House ,built in 15 C .
 The Small Square is the second largest historic pace of Sibiu , it is one of the most beautiful in town , connected to the Large Square through narrows passages . We can visit here the Museum of Pharmacy, the Museum of the Saxon traditions Emil Sigus, the Art House and the Goldsmith's Tower( 1567). In the Small Square is the entry into the Council Tower .
 The Huet Square , dominated by the Evanghelic Cathedral , surrounded by historic buildings , built in Gothic style . On the right hand side , before walking down, is a 17 C courtyard of private houses that seems to be untouched by the 20 C .
 The Upper Town , set up in 1492, today is a pedestrian shopping street, with impressive buildings in Renaissance style . One of the most important buildings here is at no 4 the Hotel Imparatul Romanilor , the first hotel in Sibiu, mentionned in 1555 in the site of the present hotel .
 The Lower Town , we can admire here the social development that took place between 13 C - 14 C , when agricultural farmsteads gave way to craftsmen;s dwellings

The Churches
 the Evangelical Church
 the Catholic Church
 the Ortodox Church
 From Sibiu, we pass through the spectacular Oltului Valley and we have a stop in Cozia Monastery Bathing its historical walls in "waves upon waves of billowing crests", there where the Olt gathers its waters after they have broken through the steep rocks - of the pass in the mountain which gave its name to the monastery, Cozia , is set in one of the most picturesque of the many carpathian landscapes which are the pride of Oltenia, this immense repository of such monuments. Arrival in Bucharest Overnight Bucharest, the Hotel Le Boutique Hotel Moxa 4 ****, downtown situated , on a very quiet street.

1. The Civic Center and the Palace of Parliament
· In 1971 Ceausescu visited North korea and returned full of admiration for the grandiose avenues of Kim II Sung's Capital.Thirteen years later , inspired by what he has seen in Pyongyang, Ceausescu set out to remodel Bucharest as "the first socialist capital for the new socialist man" and to create a new administrative centre which was to be a "symbolic representation of the two decades of enlightenment we have justlived through." Implementing this megalomaniac vision entailed the demolition of a quarter of Bucharest's historic centre, containing 9000 nintheenth-century houses, whose 40.000 inhabitants were relocated in new developemnets on the outskirts of the city. The PALACE OF PARLIAMENT - we will visit the Palace inside and a guide will explain to our client all the details .(45 minutes visit with the specialized guide) · Dominating the entire project from the western end of Bulevardul Unirii is the colossal Palace of Parliament , claimed to be the second largest administrative building in the world , after Pentagon, measuring 270m by 240 m and 86 m high.
2. The Patriarchal Cathedral ,at the top of Dealul Mitropoliei , built in 1655 - 1668 , seat of the Romanian Orthodox Church
3. The Old Palace of the Chamber of Deputies ( 1907)
4. The Historic Quarter , north of Piata Unirii,French street leads west into the maze of streets and pleasantly decrepit houses and surround the oldest part of Bucharest .It was here that prince Vald Tepes ( Draculea ) built a citadel in the fifteenth century.The building was severely damaged during Tepes attempt to regain the trone in 1476 and was further damaged by various earthquakes and fires over the following centuries.Thus , little remains of the ancient citadel- just some walls arches abd shattered columns of the Curtea veche ( Old Court) . The Old Court Church ,( 1546 - 1558) is the oldest church in the city .A few doors east from the Old Court is the most famous hostelry Hanul lui Manuc ( Manuc ;s Inn). It was built as a caravanserai in 1808 by an Armenian called Manuc.
5. The Stavropoleos Church , built between 1724 and 1730 for the first phanariot ruler, the church has a gorgeous , almost arabesque facade.
6. The Beer Cart an old tavern dating from 1875, a perfect place to have a beer in the hot Summer days of the city
7. The Revolution Square : with the former Communist Party Headquarters , with the famous balcony where Ceausescu delivered his last speech .
8. The Royal Palace - it is for sure the most imposing building surrounding the Piata Revolutiei
9. The National art Museum - is was on eof the most serious damaged buildings of the city's cultural institutions , after a huge work of reconstruction, the museum was opened in 2000 and now is holding a marvelous collection of European and Romanian art.
10. The Romanian Atheneum - a magnificent Neoclassical structure, built in 1888.
11. The Cretulescu Church - built in the style created by one Romanian ruler in the seventheen century
12. The statues of the Romanian heroes Iuliu Maniu and Corneliu Coposu are the testimony that the Romanian are not a coward nation Stop for a coffee break in Turabo Cafe , near the Athenee building
13. The Northern part of the city , with the Herastrau Lake, with the Heraustrau park,
14. The Triumphal Arch , built in 1878 for an independence parade
15. The Village Museum - which was established in 1936, it ws a wonderful ensemble of over three hundred dwellings, workshops, churches, windmills, which are illustrating very well the extreme diversity of Romania's folk architecture. Good bye dinner in the Restaurant The Beer Cart exquisite old tavern located in the Historical area of the city . Overnight Bucharest - Le Boutique Hotel Moxa 4 ****

Day 10 Departure trasnfer to the airport
End of the tour

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Tour information:
Tour Price: 2500 Euros/person
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Languages: English, French
Tour package includes:
Airport Transfer :NO
Hotel pick-up:NO
Drop-off :NO
Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):NO
Food and Drinks :NO
Other services (fees apply):
Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :NO
Translation services :NO
Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :NO
Visa support :NO
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This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :NO
Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :NO
Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :NO

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