Treasures of Romania Tour

Cultural Tour
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    Covinnus Travel

    Covinnus Travel is a tour operator based in Bucharest, Romania and founded by three friends with a common passion: travel & tourism. We all have different backgrounds and expertise, extensive experience in operating tours, and we really love what we do, i.e showing people from around the world the wonders of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. We believe in a better world, and traveling can build the bridges needed to change the world. We are proud of our origins and we invite you to discover our lands, cultures and people. We also believe in professionalism, respect, kindness, and of course, fun. Covinnus tours are not standard programs. We carefully combine all the elements in a complete travel experience meant to give you a feeling of belonging to the places you visit.

    • 9 Days
    • Exploration Tour
    • Romania

    Treasures of Romania Tour is designed for those who want to visit the most famous tourist attractions of Romania but don’t have enough time for a longer vacation. In just 9 days this shared tour of Romania will give the chance of visiting cities like Bucharest or Cluj Napoca, medieval citadels of Transylvania such as Sibiu, Sighisoara or Brasov, rural areas from Maramures and Bucovina, Hungarian villages, the castles of Bran or Peles, UNESCO sites and many others.

    Departures

    Year: 2020
    18 March – 26 March
    1 April – 9 April
    22 April – 30 April
    6 May – 14 May
    20 May – 28 May
    10 June – 18 June
    24 June – 2 July
    8 July – 16 July
    22 July – 30 July
    5 August – 13 August
    19 August – 27 August
    2 September – 10 September
    16 September – 24 September
    30 September – 8 October
    14 October – 22 October
    4 November – 12 November

    Year: 2021
    17 March – 25 March
    7 April – 15 April
    21 April – 29 April
    5 May – 13 May
    19 May – 27 May
    9 June – 17 June
    23 June – 1 July
    7 July – 15 July
    21 July – 29 July
    4 August – 12 August
    18 August – 26 August
    1 September – 9 September
    15 September – 23 September
    29 September – 7 October
    13 October – 21 October
    3 November – 11 November

    This tour can be organized as a private tour at any other date you prefer. In this case, the price will be provided on request.

    Price Includes

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Transport by modern car
    • Accommodation for 8 nights in 4-star hotels and B&Bs
    • Breakfast each morning
    • One homemade dinner in Maramures
    • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
    • Entrance fees to sites included in the program

    Price Excludes

    • Flight ticket
    • Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
    • Drinks (other than water)
    • Other meals except for breakfast
    • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
    • Tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal expenses

    Tariff

    €1539/person

    Single Supplement: €270

    Book for 3 persons and get a discount of 5%

    Book for 4 or more persons and get a discount of 10%

    Highlights

    Regions

    • Wallachia
    • Transylvania
    • Maramures
    • Bucovina
    • Moldova

    Cities

    • Bucharest
    • Sibiu
    • Cluj Napoca
    • Piatra Neamt
    • Brasov

    Tourist Attractions

    • The Parliament
    • Transfagarasan Highway
    • Merry Cemetery
    • Bicaz Gorge
    • Peles Castle
    • Bran Castle

    UNESCO Sites

    • Sighisoara
    • Surdesti Wooden Church
    • Moldovita Painted Church
    • Sucevita Painted Church
    • Voronet Painted Church
     
    Itinerary

    Day 1Otopeni Airport – Bucharest (40min Drive)

    Arrival in Bucharest. You’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll receive more details about your tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Overnight in Bucharest: 4-star hotel

    Day 2Full-day Tour of Bucharest (1h Drive)

    After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Bucharest including the visit of the famous Parliament Palace. The walking tour includes the Revolution Square and the bustling old center of Bucharest. You’ll admire as well The Village Museum and famous boulevards and neighborhoods of this interesting city.

    The settlement of Bucharest was first mentioned in 1459 and, ever since, the town went through a series of continuous changes, representing the central scene of Romania’s political, artistic, university, financial and cultural life. Between the two world wars, due to the elegant architecture and to the elite living in Bucharest, the city was nicknamed “The Little Paris”.

    During the tour of Bucharest, you’ll stop to visit the Romanian Parliament, the largest administrative building in Europe. The building is located in the historical and geographical center of Bucharest and it was built on a hill. The building, whose works were started in July 1984, includes a huge combination of monumental sculptures, gilded ornaments, decorative flooring, laced ceilings, brocade curtains, heavy carpets and tapestry, all in a succession of chambers, galleries, lavish vast rooms, and halls. It’s the perfect image of a regime detached from the reality, a regime which didn’t care at all about the real needs of the Romanian society.

    Located in a green area of Bucharest and inaugurated in 1936, The Village Museum is one of the most beautiful and most interesting museums in the country. It boasts old and original houses brought from different parts of the country. In The Revolution Square, you’ll get the story of the anti-communist revolution from 1989 and you’ll find out more about the hardships an entire nation had to suffer for 45 years. The day ends with what became the most bustling area of Bucharest, The Old Center. Once, the place of princely families and nobles, later an area of the craftsmen, the old center became today the Mecca of bars, restaurants, and quaint cobblestone streets.

    Overnight in Bucharest: 4-star hotel

    Day 3Bucharest – Curtea De Arges – Sibiu (5h Drive)

    Departure to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Walachia, and visit Curtea de Arges Monastery.

    The Episcopal Church, known as the Church of the Curtea de Arges Monastery, was built by the Romanian ruler of Wallachia Neagoe Basarab in 1512-1517. A great legend is connected to this church. It is said Master Manole entombed his wife alive in the walls of the church so that they would never crumble. In 1875, the beautiful church was demolished and rebuilt by French architect Andre Lecomte du Nouy. The Episcopal Church of Curtea de Arges houses the tomb of its founder, Neagoe Basarab, and of other members of the royal family (Kings Carol I and Ferdinand, and Queens Elisabeth and Mary).

    In the afternoon you’ll pass by the fortress from Poenari built by Vlad the Impaler and you’ll take a drive along the famous Transfagarasan Highway. Built in just 4 years, the highway passes the Carpathian Mountains. The landscape is stunning and you’ll stop several times for pictures. Once on the top of the mountain, you’ll admire the Balea Lake. (Between November 1st and June 30, Transfagarasan Highway will be replaced with the road along the Olt Valey).

    Late in the afternoon, you’ll be in Sibiu, one of the most beautiful German towns.

    Overnight in Sibiu: 4-star hotel

    Day 4Sibiu – Sighisoara – Cluj Napoca (4h 20 Min Drive)

    After breakfast, you will enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu. Hermanstadt, to use its German name, was founded by the Saxon colonists about 800 years ago. In a short time, Sibiu became one of the most important cities of Transylvania. Sibiu boasts several medieval squares, including the Great Square (Piata Mare) which is the largest of this kind in Romania. It is surrounded by old houses, impressive palaces such as the Brukenthal Palace, and by religious constructions, including the Catholic Cathedral. The tour of Sibiu continues with the other squares, the oldest cobblestone streets, and you’ll find out more about the legend which surrounds the Bridge of Lies. The tour of Sibiu ends with the Evangelical Cathedral and the former medieval towers.

    Drive to Biertan to visit the impressive Saxon fortified church.

    The village of Biertan (German: Birthalm), first mentioned in an official document in 1283, is home to one of the largest and most impressive medieval strongholds in Transylvania. Surrounded by quaint streets and vineyards, the 15th-century fortified church from Biertan is perched high on a hill in the middle of the village. Three tiers of 35-foot-high defensive walls, connected by towers and gates, encircled the complex, making the church impossible to conquer during medieval times. Featuring late-Gothic architecture with heavy doors and double exterior walls, the church boasts the largest Transylvanian polyptych wooden altar and a remarkable wooden door which once protected the treasures in the sacristy. The altar was built by artisans from Vienna (Austria) and Nurenberg (Germany) between 1483 and 1513. The door, a true marvel of engineering, has an ingenious locking mechanism with 19 bolts that can be simultaneously activated by a key.

    Sighisoara, another UNESCO site in Transylvania, is the next stop on your trip. Built by the Germans about 800 years ago, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara looks like a perfect postcard. It is the best-preserved citadel in Romania, a stunning combination of cobblestone streets, medieval walls, massive watchtowers and old architecture. Add to these the House of Vlad Dracul, allegedly the birthplace of Dracula. You’ll visit the Clock Tower, the symbol of Sighisoara, and the Church on the Hill, one of the oldest buildings of the citadel.

    Drive on to Cluj Napoca, one of the oldest cities of Romania.

    Overnight in Cluj Napoca: 4-star hotel

    Day 5Cluj Napoca – Surdesti – Sapanta – Sighet – Maramures (4h Drive)

    After the breakfast, you will be driven toward the region of Maramures, a place where the purity of nature blends with the beauty of the old villages, a place where the locals kept untouched their traditions, where the carved wood represents a common way of building.

    You will reach the UNESCO site of Surdesti. The local wooden church, built in the 18th century, is an amazing example of the local architecture, a wooden church surrounded by a well-preserved rural landscape.

    Crossing the Gutai Mountains you’ll arrive in Sapanta village where you will admire the famous Merry Cemetery. It has gained originality and value by means of the chopped, carved and painted crosses on which the artisan has chiseled out versified epitaphs, most of them full of a remarkable sense of humor, particular to the area and to all Romanians. The value of these works of art is recognized both at home and abroad.

    In the same village you’ll stop to admire the highest wooden structure in the world: Peri Convent, recently rebuilt.

    In Sighet you will hear more about the horrors of the communist regime. You will visit a former prison where during the communist years many important Romanian leaders, but also common people who were against the regime, lost their lives.

    The day ends in a local guest where you’ll meet a wonderful family. It is here where you’ll enjoy a rich dinner and plenty of tuica also known as palinca which is a sort of strong plum brandy. You are going to enjoy a room with a private bathroom.

    Overnight in Maramures village: guest house, rooms with private bathroom

    Day 6Maramures – Barsana – Moldovita – Sucevita – Bucovina (5h Drive)

    Today, the journey is long and beautiful. First, you will visit the house of a local woodcarver who will be happy to have as his guests. Then, you’ll visit one of the highest wooden churches in the world, Barsana Convent.

    Perched on the hills of Maramures, overlooking the Iza Valley, the Barsana Convent is one of the most impressive monastic places of Romania despite it was rebuilt recently. The slender and tall silhouette of the wooden church, the carvings of each building and the amazing garden represent a perfect synthesis between the strong faith of the locals, their skills, and nature.

    Then, enter for the first time Bucovina, known for its painted monasteries and for the traditional houses adorned with beautiful floral and geometrical motifs, for its traditions kept over the centuries and for its hospitable people.

    The tour of Bucovina includes several painted churches, all of them, UNESCO sites. You will begin with the convent from Moldovita. You’ll receive explanations about the frescoes and why they were painted on the exterior walls more than 400 years ago.

    The last journey takes you through the gentle mountains of Bucovina. In the end, you’ll reach Sucevita, known for its stunning painted church, the most impressive and the best preserved of all the painted churches. This religious complex, which looks more like a fortress, is set up in a beautiful valley surrounded by green mountains.

    Overnight in Bucovina: 4-star hotel

    Day 7Bucovina – Voronet – Bicaz – Szeklerland (5h 40min Drive)

    Today the journey is long but impressive.

    The first visit of the day will be the Voronet convent. Erected in 1488, Voronet Monastery represented one of the first Moldavian creative elements showing a distinctive style. The church is a combination of Byzantine, Gothic and local elements. The exterior painting on the western wall depicts, on five registers, the Last Judgement scene, unique in the whole world. The Voronet Monastery entered the universal cultural heritage also for having in the composition of the paintings the inimitable “Voronet blue”.

    You will leave behind Bucovina entering again into Transylvania. It is here where you’ll be astonished by the wonders of nature. The Bicaz Gorge and Red Lake are among the most known landmarks of Romania.

    Then you’ll be taken to the core of the Hungarian minority that lives in an area known as Szeklerland. It is here where you’ll be able to admire the traditional way of living of these people and their amazing old houses.

    You’ll stay in the manor house where you’ll enjoy a lovely dinner (not included in the price, about18€/person). Prepare yourself to step back in time…

    Overnight in Szeklerland: superior estate

    Day 8Szeklerland – Brasov – Bran – Sinaia– Bucharest (5h Drive)

    After breakfast, you will enjoy a short walking tour in the old town of Brasov. You’ll admire the beautiful buildings like the Black Church which is built in Gothic style. Also, you will see the narrowest street in Romania, Rope Street, Schei and Catherine’s Gates, St. Nicholas Church and the old Schei neighborhood.

    Then, you will visit the famous Bran castle also known as Dracula’s castle. It was a safeguard castle for the trade route that connected Transylvania and Wallachia, it was built by the people of Brasov between 1377 – 1378. It represents in the consciousness of any tourist the dark residence of Prince Dracula, a fictional hero in the famous British Bram Stoker’s novel. In reality, Bran Castle is connected to Queen Marie of Romania. Her story is equally interesting with the one of Dracula, if not more interesting.

    After a scenic drive, you will leave Transylvania and you will stop in Sinaia to visit the most beautiful castle in Romania – Peles Castle.

    The Peles Castle, built in two stages between 1875 and 1914, was the summer residence of King Carol Ist and his wife, queen Elisabet. You’ll visit the ground floor where you’ll be astonished by the overwhelming interiors, amazing stain-glass windows, paintings, some of them made by famous artists such as Gustav Klimt.

    In the evening you’ll reach Bucharest, in time for the last Romanian dinner during this trip.

    Overnight in Bucharest: 4-star hotel

    Day 9Bucharest – Otopeni Airport (40min Drive)

    You’ll be transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.

    End of the tour

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