The medieval citadel of Sighisoara - Vlad the Impaler’s birth place, the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe
Snagov Monastery - in Bucharest, where, according to the legend, Vlad was buried after his assassination
Introducing Unique Characters - Meet Dracula's descendents - pay a visit to Misiuga, Baron of Dracula in his windswept tower of Bistrita citadel and make the acquaintance of a unique spider web painter!
Vampire Treats: Enjoy Jonathan Harker’s Menu - The same meal Bram Stoker’s hero ate when in Bistrita citadel, and indulge yourself further with a Vampire menu with a dinner in Turda to find out why it’s worth killing for a meal!
Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania - Bram Stoker’s imaginary castle where, in Borgo Pass, he placed the Bloody Count Dracula; accommodation, candle lit dinner and a camp fire with all the right stories.
Ritual Killing of the Living Dead - Help a haunted spirit to gain his peace - attend the ritual of killing a vampire
Bran Castle, Peles Castle - Legendary castles in Transylvania with plenty of good stories for a Dracula tour.
DAY 2 Satu Mare - Sapinta - Sighet - Ieud - Sacel - Bistrita
Maramures, a place of long forgotten customs will offer us the famous Merry Cemetery and the highest church in Romania! Our next stop is a communist prison and the Monument of Imprisoned Thoughts. The road to Sacel is sprinkled with wood churches; the route is very similar to the famous Norwegian road of churches. Famous craftsman Grigore Tulean will be our next host and after we visit his workshop we'll head to Bistrita while the sun is setting, to visit Dogarilor Tower with an exposition of more than 700 puppets presented by Misiuga, Baron of Dracula. Accommodate and enjoy a special dinner in Golden Crown Hotel in Bistrita, the place where the main character in “Dracula” novel used to dine. Tip: if you wake up early in the morning you could mingle in the Flea Market in Satu Mare and if you're not too tired in the evening Bistrita has excellent night life opportunity! Try lunch in Casa Iurca restaurant in Sighetul Marmatiei to taste the Maramuresean cuisine!
Day 3 Bistrita - Moldovita - Sucevita - Gura Humorului
From Bistrita we drive to Borgo Pass to visit Dracula's Castle and his coffin and then head to the famous monasteries in Bucovina, Sucevita and Moldovita; here Sister Tatiana will introduce us in the mysticism of the Orthodox religion and we'll enjoy a monastic lunch. Our next stop is the Black Pottery Centre in Marginea, a great place for shopping. Drive to Gura Humorului for accommodation. Tip: try the Bucovinean specialities in Casa cu Pridvor restaurant in Gura Humorului.
Day 4 Gura Humorului - Voronet - Suceava - Agapia - Piatra Neamt
Explore in the morning the Sistine Chapel of the East - the famous Voronet Monastery. We'll then drive to Suceava to visit the old Citadel and mingle in the well-known Russian bazaar market.
Depart to Piatra Neamt for accommodation. On the way we visit Agapia, one of the largest monasteries in Europe.
Discover the beauty of the Moldavian folklore and the tasteful dishes of this area in a special dinner in “Terasa Gospodinelor” restaurant. Tip: don't deny yourself something as delicious as the soup in bread while you're in Suceava.
Day 5 Piatra Neamt-Bicazului Gorges-Tusnad-Brasov
We continue our trip with the complicated Bicazului Gorges, the famous Red Lake also called Killer Lake and Saint Ana Lake. Drive to Brasov for accommodation. Enjoy a dinner with wine tasting and Transylvanian folk show in Carpathian Stag Restaurant. Tip: when in Baile Tusnad you could have lunch in an incredible romantic restaurant located on the middle of Ciucas Lake.
Day 6 Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest
The mysterious Bran Castle will reveal to us in the morning. On the way to Bucharest we'll see another royal palace, Peles, the most beautiful in Europe. Special lunch in Palace Restaurant, the place where the passengers of the famous Orient Express used to dine. A great shopping session in a truly European capital - Bucharest! Tip: take the pulse of Bucharest's night life: casino, nightclub, disco or romantic bars and restaurants.
Day 7 Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - Sibiu - Sibiel
Today we'll have a Bucharest city tour, visit “Peoples House”, the second large building in the world, after Pentagon. We'll then drive to Curtea de Arges. Here we'll visit Princely Church and Curtea de Arges Monastery with its love legend. Carriages ride to Sibiel village for accommodation in country-inns, the best place to enjoy a dinner with Saxon menu. Tip: have lunch in Posada restaurant in Curtea de Arges, taste the Valahian specialities!
Day 8 Sibiel - Sibiu - Biertan - Sighisoara - Tirgu Mures - Cluj Napoca
From Sibiel we drive to Sibiu to visit the Brukental Museum and the Village Museum. Then head to Biertan to see the Saxon Fortified Church. Our next host is Sighisoara Citadel.
We'll visit the Clock Tower, the Medieval Weapon Collection and the Torture Room. Drive to Cluj Napoca for accommodation. Module: Attend the witch trial in Sighisoara, set on the street like in the old days. Tip: in Biertan try a medieval menu for lunch at Unglerus restaurant! Visit Madame Monica Cosmas's shop, it offers one of the finest selections of handicraft in Romania.
Day 9 Cluj Napoca - Turda - Arieseni - Oradea
Turda will offer us its original and impressive Salt Mines. We'll then drive up the beautiful Aries valley to Motzilor Land and have a traditional Motzesc picnic lunch at the entrance of Poarta lui Ionele Cave. Drive to Oradea for accommodation. Tip: evening in Oradea - relax in the outdoor swimming pool with thermal water of your hotel.
Day 10 Oradea - Budapest
Say good-by to Romania, departure for Budapest!
Not included: plane ticket, airport fees, photo & video tax and other not mentioned.
|Guaranteed departure August 11 2007||US $2,079||US $2,328||per person|