Bucharest by Night - shared - 1.5 hours

This tour is the perfect way to end a day in the capital city of Romania. If you don’t have time to wonder around you can book this tour for a one hour and a half night drive through the city center to discover the most interesting sites and to hear the story of the little Paris. Itinerary: Free Press Square – Herastrau Park – The Arch of Triumph – Kiseleff Boulevard – Victory Square – Peasant Museum – Geological Museum – Government Palace – Victory Road – George Enescu Museum (Cantacuzino Palace) – Revolution Square – Hilton Athenee Palace Hotel – The Athenaeum – Royal Palace (National Museum of Art) – Revolution’s Memorial – Kretulescu Church – Military Circus – Cismigiu Park – Kogalniceau Square – Opera House – Military Academy – Parliament Palace – Constitution Square – Union Boulevard – Union Square – Coltea Hospital – University Square – Magheru Boulevard – Romana Square. What's included: • Pick-up and drop-off at your location in Bucharest • Transport • A map of the city • Guide services in English

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Bucharest City Tour and Wine Tasting – 2.5 hours

You will meet your tour guide early evening in the lobby of your hotel. As part of a small group, you’ll explore the city, followed by wine tasting and Romanian cheese platters to sample. Save water, drink wine, we say!   During your city tour in Bucharest, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of its most fascinating sites. Over the course of 1.5 hours, you’ll discover the history and marvel at the beauty of this incredible city. Feast your eyes on the magnificent architecture and monuments of Victoriei Avenue, and the Romanian Government building at Victoriei Square. Be wowed by the impressive Palace of Parliament – the world’s second-largest administrative building after The Pentagon. Step back in time with Revolution Square, where the Romanians fought against Communism. See Union Square (Piata Unirii), University Square, Romana Square (Piata Romana), Free Press Square (Piata Presei Libere), and The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf).   Your group will have 45-60 minutes at a modern wine bar; an intimate place in the heart of Bucharest. There, you’ll be introduced to the friendly Sommelier who will present you with a carefully selected menu of 3 types of wine and local cheeses. Learn the secrets of the city, indulge in the unique flavors of local cuisine, and revel in the warm Romanian hospitality. Know before you book Not suitable for children under 18 years old and pregnant women.

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Bucharest Evening Tour & Traditional Dinner - shared - 3 hours

After a 1.5 hours evening drive through the city center to discover Bucharest most interesting sites and to hear the story of the “little Paris” you will enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner in a local restaurant. The traditional restaurant usually provides a folklore program during the weekend. Enjoy a magical evening in Romania's charming capital, with a tour through the city, followed by a traditional 3-course Romanian meal. You'll be picked up from your accommodation in Bucharest by your guide and given a map of the city. Then, see the sights of Bucharest lit up for the night. Drive past the formidable Palace of Parliament, Bucharest's Arch of Triumph, and see Revolution Square. Your guide will recount the history of these significant sites as you gaze out at the beautiful cityscapes. After the city tour, you'll stop at a traditional restaurant in Bucharest. The restaurant will serve up a 3-course meal including water, and usually provide folklore programs during the weekend. You will receive a voucher of RON 70 per person to be used at the restaurant (à la carte). Choose a meal to this value or opt to pay the difference if something more expensive catches your eye.

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Bucovina & Transylvania Tour - 3 days

Itinerary Day 1: Bucharest - Bacau - Roman - Bucovina In the morning, you will leave behind Wallachia and head to Bucovina known for its painted monasteries, but also for the traditional houses adorned with beautiful floral and geometrical motifs, for its traditions kept over the centuries and for its hospitable people. Dinner and accommodation in Bucovina.   Day 2: Bucovina - Sucevita - Moldovita - Voronet - Piatra Neamt   Breakfast in the morning. Today we will visit the painted monasteries, unique for the original frescoes both on the inside & outside walls, still preserved in the original style (some of these monasteries being UNESCO heritage). First, you will be driven to Moldovita Monastery built-in 1532, initially built as a monastery for monks and changed after as a convent for nuns. The second monastery will be Sucevita which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. The monastic place, as the last one to be painted on the exterior walls, boasts the best-preserved frescoes of Bucovina. In the end, you will visit the most famous painted monastery of all, Voronet Convent also known as "The Sixtine Chapel of the Orient". 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 Doomsday 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". Overnight in a hotel in Piatra Neamt.   Day 3: Piatra Neamt - Lacu Rosu - Brasov - Bran - Bucharest   Breakfast in the morning at the hotel. Today you will enter the legendary land of Transylvania after crossing the Carpathian Mountains. You will stop in Brasov considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. Here, you will have lunch in a typical restaurant and enjoy a lovely walk on the narrow and cobblestone streets of the old city center. You will see The Council Square, The Council Tower, The famous Black Church (the largest Gothic construction in the Eastern part of Europe). Then, head to Bran and visit Bran Castle, which became so famous thanks to the legend of Dracula. Here you will find out how this legend was born and why Transylvania is until nowadays related to it.   In the afternoon, return to Bucharest and drop off at your hotel.   Although the itinerary is quite long, driving in the countryside will offer magnificent sceneries and this is our only tour to show two interesting regions in a relative short period of time.

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Danube Delta Tour - shared - 2 days

Day 1: BUCHAREST – CONSTANTA – TULCEA – DANUBE DELTA (360 km) The trip starts with a pick up from your hotel at 08:00 am and drive to Constanta, the oldest city on the Romanian territory (657 BC). Nowadays Constanta is the largest harbor at the Black Sea and the fourth largest commercial harbor in Europe. In the Old Town of Constanta you will visit the Museum of History & Archeology, the Roman Edifice with mosaic (the largest mosaic from the Roman Empire), the statue representing Publius Ovidius Naso, the Muslim Mosque built by the first king of Romania, Carol the 1st, as a homage to the local Muslim community (going up in the Minaret Tower you can have a splendid panoramic view of the whole city of Constanta), the Orthodox Cathedral dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul (monument of Byzantine architectural style), the Aquarium Constanta, the first public aquarium in Romania, the Genoese lighthouse first built in the 13th century, and rebuilt in the present shape between 1858-1860. After lunch, you will journey toward Tulcea. This city (mentioned for the first time in the 8th century BC) is known as “The gate to the Danube Delta”, and it is located on the site of seven hills. Tulcea’s ancient name was Aegyssus, and it initially was a Greek settlement. After a walk on the promenade of the harbor, you will have dinner & accommodation. Day 2: DANUBE DELTA – BUCHAREST (290 km) After breakfast, a boat will be ready to take you for a few hours trip in the heart of the delta. The Danube Delta is the largest river delta in Europe and home for 300 species of bird and 160 species of fish. There are about 20 protected areas including the 500-year-old Letea Forest and Europe’s largest pelican colony. At the end of the boat trip, you will have lunch and head to Bucharest, arriving early in the evening. Included: Transport by car/minibus with pick-up and drop-off  English speaking guide Entrance fees 1-night accommodation in a double room with breakfast at a 3* hotel, boat ride in the Danube Delta Notes TravelMaker is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive. Please note that the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions

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Experience Bulgaria - shared - 11 hours

This is a small group full day tour from Bucharest to Northern Bulgaria. You will meet the guide and the other fellow travelers at around 07:45 am at the meeting point in central Bucharest. The meeting point is in front of the Romanian Athenaeum, - the big concert hall with Greek columns located next to Hilton Athenee Palace Hotel. The exact address is 1-3 Franklin St., Sector 1, Bucharest.  At 08:00 am you will leave Bucharest heading south towards the Danube River and Bulgaria. After one hour driving from Bucharest you will cross the border to Bulgaria over Danube river, the second largest river in Europe and then stop at Ivanovo to visit Ivanovo Churches (UNESCO heritage since 1979). Located in the Valley of the Rusenski Lom River, the rock-hewn churches are famous thanks to their impressive XIII-XIVth century frescos. The second stop will be in Veliko Tarnovo, one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria, located on the banks of Yantra River. Also known as the City of Tsars, Veliko boasts an impressive fortress with the ruins of the former Tsarevets Palace and the patriarchal church, nowdays with modern and intriguing paintings. The medieval atmosphere is well kept in the city thanks to the old architecture and the narrow streets where you can admire local craftsmen and their work. There are plenty of good restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo and we will choose one to enjoy the tasty Bulgarian food together with one of their fine wines. The Village of Arbanassi is the next place you will visit, being located very close to the city. Arbanassi is a quiet and picturesque village which even today keeps the medieval touch through the old architecture. The tour ends after returning to Bucharest. Notes:  - Ivanovo churches are closed between the 1st of December and 31st of March. During this period, you will visit the Roman ruins from Nicopolis Ad Istrum or the Basarbovski Rock Monastery. - By taking this tour, please remember that you are leaving Romania and entering Bulgaria. Please ensure that your Visa requirements are in order and it is essential that you carry your passport (or ID card for citizens of EU states). - TravelMaker is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive. - The order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.

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Full Day Bucharest Sightseeing Tour

Itinerary The tour will start from your hotel and following a seven hour itinerary will show the participants the most interesting sights of Bucharest downtown with entrance at the Parliament Palace (optional – open between 10 am – 3 pm), Cotroceni Palace (optional – open between 10 am – 3 pm) and The Village Museum (optional – open between 10 am – 4 pm). On the road we will stop for a lunch (optional) in a local restaurant.   The itinerary depends on your hotel’s location, but it will include: Free Press Square (Piata Presei Libere) – The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf) – Victoriei Square (Piata Victoriei) – Calea Victoriei – Cotroceni Palace (Muzeul Cotroceni) – Revolution Square (Romanian Atheneum, Revolution’s Memorial) – The Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) – Union Square (Piata Unirii) – University Square (Piata Universitatii) – Romana Square (Piata Romana) – Victoriei Square – Charles de Gaulle Square (Piata Charles de Gaulle) – The Village Museum (Muzeul Satului).   Important The time table is subject to changed due to heavy city traffic and road works The Parliament Palace is sometimes closed for conferences and other kind of events without prior notice Cotroceni Palace can only be visited in small groups. If there are no groups to join in the day you arrive, we cannot guarantee the visit to this site. TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.  

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Full Day Trip to Peles & Bran (Dracula's) Castle - private - 12 hours

During this 12-hour private tour, you will explore Prahova Valley - one of the most spectacular areas of Romania. The trip promises a thorough introduction to the region as your local guide takes you to unmissable spots - including Peles, the most beautiful castle of Romania, the legendary Bran castle and the idyllic city of Brasov in southern Transylvania.   The tour will start at 8 am when the guide will meet you at your location in Bucharest. Then, you will leave Bucharest heading north towards the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania.   The first stop is Sinaia, a beautiful mountain resort, where you will visit Peleş Royal Castle - the former residence of the Romanian Royal Family.  Continue the day with a scenic drive through the Carpathian Mountains and, in about 1 hour, arrive at Bran where you will visit Bran medieval castle, also known as Dracula’s castle.    Before heading back to Bucharest, you will remain in Transylvania and stop for a short time in Braşov, a typical medieval city. You will stop in the Council Square and start a short walking tour in the Old Town. You will learn more about the story of the Saxons in Transylvania, admire the impressive and well-preserved architecture, see the Black Church (symbolic building of the city – view from outside) and discover which is the second narrowest street in Europe, the Rope Street.   Note: During the summer time (May-September), the second stop will be in Braşov and the last one will be in Bran.   Operating days: daily (Peleş Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in February and March 2020 and on Monday for the rest of the year). During these days Cantacuzino Castle will be visited instead).   Language: English   Included: - Transportation by A/C car or minibus - Pick-up/drop-off at your hotel - English speaking guide services   Not Included: - Entrance fees (around 100 lei/person) - Lunch (around 50 lei per person - there will be a stop for lunch and you can eat by yourself or together with the group).   Important: - Peles Castle is closed on Monday and Tuesdays in February and March 2020. For the rest of the year, it is only closed on Mondays. During these days, Cantacuzino Castle will be visited instead. - During the official holidays and weekends, the traffic to the mountain area might be busier than usual so the return could be later than scheduled (around 9 -10 pm). - Please note that the time table is subjected to changed due to heavy city traffic and road works. TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

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Half Day Tour of Bucharest - private - 4 hours

Highlights of the tour Friendly & experienced tour guide Visit the Palace of Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world after Pentagon Discover Village Museum, learn about the Romanian countryside in the open air museum Explore a breathtaking and panoramic view of the most interesting sites in Bucharest Revolution Square, witness of the fall of communism in 1989 Victory Avenue - oldest and longest boulevard of Bucharest Hear the story of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and communism regime Description Bucharest Sightseeing tour will start in the morning at your hotel. Following a four-hour itinerary, we will show you the most interesting sights of Bucharest with entrance at the Parliament Palace - the world's second-largest administrative building after The Pentagon and The Village Museum - the charming open-air museum which reunites original houses that belonged to the Romanian peasants being brought here from all the regions of the country: Transylvania, Oltenia, Dobrogea and Moldavia. Moreover, the village museum hosts many traditional fairs, where you can find traditional food and crafts. And when it comes to souvenirs, here is definetly the most inspiring place from where you can buy authentic and hand-made for you and your beloved ones. Learn the secrets of the city, on a rounded panoramic tour with breathtaking views of the most interesting monuments and iconic buildings in Bucharest, be ready to take pictures. During this tour, there are two major stops, one in the Revolution Square, the place where the Romanians fought against the communism regime and one in the Constitution Square, where you will hear the story of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Know before you go The Village Museum is closed on Mondays and it will be replaced by a short walking tour in the old town. The exact time for the visit to the Parliament Palace is decided by the Parliament Palace (based on their scheduled groups) and it is out of our control; At the Parliament Palace we will book the standard visit (1 hour); In order to visit the Parliament Palace an original ID is mandatory; The visit of the Parliament Palace is not guaranteed as the institution is sometimes closed for Meetings and Conferences.

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Half Day Tour of Bucharest - shared - 4 hours

Highlights of the tour Small group tour for a personal and intimate experience Friendly & experienced tour guide Visit the Palace of Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world after Pentagon Discover Village Museum, learn about the Romanian countryside in the open air museum Explore a breathtaking and panoramic view of the most interesting sites in Bucharest Revolution Square, witness of the fall of communism in 1989 Victory Avenue - oldest and longest boulevard of Bucharest Hear the story of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and communism regime Description Bucharest Sightseeing tour will start in the morning at your hotel. Following a four-hour itinerary, we will show you the most interesting sights of Bucharest with entrance at the Parliament Palace - the world's second-largest administrative building after The Pentagon and The Village Museum - the charming open-air museum which reunites original houses that belonged to the Romanian peasants being brought here from all the regions of the country: Transylvania, Oltenia, Dobrogea and Moldavia. Moreover, the village museum hosts many traditional fairs, where you can find traditional food and crafts. And when it comes to souvenirs, here is definetly the most inspiring place from where you can buy authentic and hand-made for you and your beloved ones. Learn the secrets of the city, on a rounded panoramic tour with breathtaking views of the most interesting monuments and iconic buildings in Bucharest, be ready to take pictures. During this tour, there are two major stops, one in the Revolution Square, the place where the Romanians fought against the communism regime and one in the Constitution Square, where you will hear the story of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Included Transport by car/minibus with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel English speaking tour guide Discounts at best restaurants and museums in Bucharest Not included Entrance fees at Palace of Parliament and Village Museum (around 55 Lei) Know before you go The Village Museum is closed on Mondays and it will be replaced by a short walking tour in the old town. The exact time for the visit to the Parliament Palace is decided by the Parliament Palace (based on their scheduled groups) and it is out of our control; At the Parliament Palace we will book the standard visit (1 hour); In order to visit the Parliament Palace an original ID is mandatory; The visit of the Parliament Palace is not guaranteed as the institution is sometimes closed for Meetings and Conferences.

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Magic Transylvania Tour - 4 days

Day 1: Bucuresti – Sinaia – Brasov – Sighisoara Departure from Bucharest to Sinaia which is a beautiful mountain resort in the Carpathians. In Sinaia, you’ll visit the oldest monastery in town. The religious complex consists of the old church, built at the end of the 17th century, and the new one built in the first years of the 20th century. Further on, you will visit the Peles Castle, built by the first king of Romania in the second half of the 19th century, nowadays is the most visited castle in Romania, certainly a place you really should not miss. It is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, in fact in 2015 it was chosen as the most stunning castle in the world by Global Traveler USA, others at the top of the list being Prague Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. Departure from Sinaia to Brasov, also known as “Kronstadt” (its German name), meaning “City of the Crown.” You will be impressed by the more than 500-year-old local architecture, the great views that the surrounding mountain, the Black Church, emblematic of Brasov and the largest Gothic church in Eastern Europe, Saint Nicholas Church, the First Romanian School, the Rope Street (one of the narrowest streets in Europe) and Saint Catherine’s Gate. Next, we head to the city of Sighisoara to visit its medieval citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasting one of the best-preserved medieval citadels and the only one still inhabited in Europe. The imposing Clock Tower is the major landmark of the citadel, thanks to the majestic view of the entire citadel from the top of the tower. Other points of interest would be the Covered Staircase, the Church on the Hill, the former birth house of Dracula, Vlad the Impaler which served as an inspiration for Bram Stoker novel „Count Dracula”. Overnight in Sighisoara, at a 3* hotel with breakfast included. Day 2: Sighisoara – Turda –Alba Iulia We will leave behind Sighisoara, heading to the city of Turda to visit the salt mine. Turda Salt Mine is one of the oldest salt mines in the world. It was dug during medieval times for salt exploitation, with the first documented reference of the mine dating all the way back to 1271. The mine consists of an assembly of beautiful operating rooms and mine galleries, including The Iosif mine: famous for having a powerful sound echo, it can be visited through balconies carved in salt, Crivac room: where visitors can see a rudimentary installation used for lifting salt rocks on the surface originally installed here in 1864, Terezia mine: featuring halls of impressive measurements: 90 m height and 87 m in diameter, Rudolph mine: which marks the last place where salt was exploited in Turda, Gizela mine: that currently serves solely the work of health treatment. The underground gallery of the mine is a geological reserve, and tourists have no access to this area. After the salt mine visit, you’ll set off to the city of Alba Iulia. It has a long history, dating back to the time of the Dacian tribe who built here the first fortress. The area was conquered by the Romans in 106 who built a fort known as Apulum. The present shape dates back to the first part of the 18th century when the Hapsburgs built one of the best Vauban citadels in this area. Furthermore, Alba Iulia, lived some of the greatest events of the Romanian history, it is the place where the agreement was signed to unify Transylvania with Romania on 1st December 1918, that date became the National Day of Romania and four years later King Ferdinand and Queen Maria were crowned at the Orthodox Cathedral. Overnight in Alba Iulia, at a 3* hotel with breakfast included. Day 3: Alba Iulia – Hunedoara – Sibiu Departure to the city of Hunedoara, to visit the Gothic masterpiece of Transylvania, one of the most impressive Gothic castles of Eastern and Central Europe, who was home to several movies and film festivals, Corvin Castle or Hunyadi castle. While visiting you’ll get to see: the castle interior with the Golden Chamber, The prison of the castle, where it is believed that Vlad the Impaler was kept, the knights’ hall, the interior courtyard, the Capistrano Tower, the Painted Tower , the Catholic Church. After the castle visit, you’ll depart to Sibiu. Once in the city, we are going to have a walking tour in The Old Town Sibiu. The medieval citadel of Hermanstadt was also one of those seven German cities in Transylvania. During the walking tour you will discover the atmosphere of a medieval town by visiting the two town squares (Large and Small), and most importantly, ladies, test the faith of your beloved while standing beneath the Liars’ Bridge – without a doubt one of the most popular monuments in Sibiu. Overnight in Sibiu, at a 3* hotel with breakfast included. Day 4: Sibiu – Cozia – Bucharest After breakfast, you’ll set off for the Cozia Monastery. Built in 1388 as a typical Byzantine church, it shelters the tomb of the founder, Mircea the Elder, ruler of Wallachia between 1386 and 1418. Next, we will drive to the monastery of Curtea de Arges. Built between 1512 and 1517, the monastery was rebuilt later during the reign period of Carol I in 1886. This monastery impresses through its outstanding architecture. The exterior walls boast unique stone embroideries. Inside there are buried the founder, the ruler Neagoe Basarab and also the first two Romanian royal couples. The tour ends in Bucharest. Know before you go Peles castle is closed on Mondays, on this day, you will visit Cantacuzino Castle.

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Maramures, Bucovina & Danube Delta Tour – 5 days

Itinerary Day 1 – Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Sighisoara Departure from Bucharest to Sinaia, also known as “The Pearl of the Carpathians”. This is a beautiful mountain resort located in the Carpathian mountains at 800 meters altitude. Here you will be visiting Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle built by the first King of Romania, Carol I, to be a summer Royal residence.  From Sinaia, we head to Brasov, an old medieval citadel, the most important commercial center from all the seven German Medieval Cities (Siebenbuergen). Visit the Old Town (the Historical Centre), followed by lunch. After this we start to Sighisoara, the only medieval citadel in Europe still populated (UNESCO heritage), being kept in the original form with the old medieval fortifications and the old towers. Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse in Sighisoara. Day 2 – Sighisoara – Barsana – Sapanta – Sighetu Marmatiei 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. Here you will visit the wooden church Barsana built-in 1995, the most representative from all the wooden churches in Maramures and also “The Old Barsana” (UNESCO heritage), which was translated from the original place to another location using the old popular technique called “Dovetail”. Then, you will be driven nearby Sapanta village where you will admire the famous Merry Cemetery.  In the same village, you will be visiting the highest wooden church in the world called Sapanta Peri (78 meters). Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse in Sighetul Marmatiei. Day 3 – Sighetu Marmatiei – Ciocanesti – Moldovita – Sucevita – Voronet – Gura Humorului In the morning, you will leave behind Maramures entering into Bucovina known for its painted monasteries. First, you will be driven to Moldovita Monastery built in 1532, initially built as a monastery for monks and changed after as a convent for nuns. The second monastery will be Sucevita which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. The monastic place, as the last one to be painted on the exterior walls, boasts the best-preserved frescoes of Bucovina. In the end, you will visit the most famous painted monastery of all, Voronet Convent also known as “The Sixtine Chapel of the Orient”.  Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse in Gura Humorului.   Day 4 – Gura Humorului – Tulcea After breakfast we will head to the Danube Delta. The journey will be long but beautiful going through many towns and villages giving you the opportunity of having an image about the city & country side life.On our way we will have a break for lunch. In the evening, we will arrive to our final destination, Tulcea, the Gate of the Danube Delta. This city is one of the oldest settlements on the Romanian territory, starting with the Greek colony during the 8th century B.C. Dinner and overnight at a hotel or guesthouse in Tulcea.   Day 5 – Tulcea – Bucharest The day will begin with a tour by boat on the channels of Danube Delta (UNESCO heritage). The Danube Delta is the largest Delta in Europe and the best preserved, having a total surface of 3446 square kilometers. We will admire delta flora with specific vegetation of swamp and fauna with 133 species of fish and 327 species of birds, some of them migratory and some others local birds. Traditional fish lunch on the boat. In the end of the day, return to Bucharest.  

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Medieval City of Brasov (Kronstadt) - 2 days

Itinerary Day 1: Bucharest– Sinaia –Brasov Departure from Bucharest to Sinaia, also known as "The Pearl of the Carpathians". This is a beautiful mountain resort located in the Carpathian mountains at 800 meters altitude. Here you will visit Sinaia Monastery (with the old and the new church) and Peles Castle, built by the first King of Romania, Carol I, to be a summer Royal residence. The castle has an impressive architectural style and built to be a very modern construction (for that time) being the first castle in Europe having electric power. From Sinaia, we head to Brasov, an old medieval citadel, first documented in 1235, the most important commercial center from all the seven German Medieval Cities of Transylvania (Siebenbuergen). Visit the Old Town (the Historical Centre), followed by dinner & accommodation.   Day 2: Brasov – Busteni – Bran – Bucharest After breakfast, we will go to visit Cantacuzino castle. Located in Busteni, on Prahova Valley, was built in neoromanian style and inaugurated in 1911 at the wish of Prince Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino (also known as “the Nabob”-prime minister of Romania between 1899-1900 and 1904-1907). The castle is surrounded by a park who’s alleys take you to the grotto, cascades, and fountains. The visit will be followed by lunch and a visit to Bran (Dracula’s Castle). The medieval Castle Bran was built for military purposes at the end of the 14th century to defend the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, being associated with the “Legend of Dracula” the novel by Bram Stoker. At the end of the day, return to Bucharest.

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Medieval City of Sibiu (Hermannstadt) - 2 days

Itinerary Day 1: Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Sibiu Departure in the morning from Bucharest to Sibiu. On our way, we will stop at Sinaia, a very famous mountain resort known also as the “Pearls of the Carpathians”. Here we will visit a typical and peaceful worship place, Sinaia Monastery, the first construction in this region since the late XVIIth century. The next visit here is Peles Castle, the former summer residence for the first Royal couple of Romania, King Carol 1st and Queen Elisabeth. Considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, the construction is impressive thanks to the architectural style and decorations, but most of all thanks to the beautiful interior design.   The next stop is Brasov, Kronstadt (“the city of the crown”) under its German name. Yes, you are now officially in Transylvania! In Brasov, you will have lunch in a typical restaurant and enjoy a lovely walk on the narrow and cobblestone streets of the old city center. You will see The Council Square, The Council Tower, The famous Black Church (the largest Gothic construction in the Eastern part of Europe). In the evening head to Sibiu for dinner and overnight in the city.   Day 2: Sibiu – Bran – Bucharest   Sibiu was a German medieval citadel, with the first documentary attestation in 1191, and the old name Hermanstadt. Being so well preserved, in 2007, Sibiu gained the title of the European Capital of Culture. You will enjoy here a walking tour in the old town (the historical center of Sibiu) including The Large Square, The Small Square with the picturesque Liars Bridge, the old fortifications of the city, the Council Tower, etc. Later you will have a traditional lunch and head back to Bucharest. On the way stop at Bran and visit Bran Castle, which became so famous thanks to the legend of Dracula. Here you will find out how this legend was born and why Transylvania is until nowadays related to it.   

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Mogosoaia Palace, Snagov & Caldarusani Monasteries Tour - shared - 5 hours

During this tour you will visit three interesting sites located outside, but not very far from Bucharest. The tour will start around 09:00 am with pick-up from your hotel or any other address within Bucharest. The first stop is Mogosoaia Palace - a monumental building having a unique architecture called Brancovenesc architecture which is a Romanian Renaissance architectural style consisting of a mixture of Venetian and Ottoman elements. The Palace was built by the Romanian ruler Constantin Brancoveanu in 1702. After the execution of Constantin Brancoveanu in Constantinople in 1714, the palace continues to be own by the family, but it has passed a decline during the Ottoman ruling period. It was renovated starting with 1912 by Martha Bibescu becoming a meeting place for the members in the high level society. During the Second World War, the palace has been a meeting place for the Allied diplomats. In the end of the Second World War, after 1945, the palace was nationalized by the Communist Party. In the present, the palace hosts the Museum of Brancoveanu Art and it is an important tourist attraction. The second stop - Snagov Monastery is located on an island in the northern part of Snagov Lake, around 40 km north of Bucharest. The monastery was built by Mircea the Elder (the grandfather of the famous Dracula) who made also the first documentary attestation of this church in 1408. During its history, the monastery was rebuilt by Vlad the Impaler and some other rulers of Wallachia. It has been one of the strongest fortified churches and maybe the richest in Wallachia for a long time in the medieval times. Snagov Monastery was also an important cultural center, running here one of the first printing house of Wallachia. Snagov Monastery is one of the most popular tourist destination especially for the foreign tourists coming in Bucharest. The last stop is at the beautiful monastery of Caldarusani, built more than 350 years ago by the rulling prince of Wallachia Matei Basarab.   Included: - Transport by car/minibus (pick-up/dropp-off at the hotel included) - English speaking driver - Entrance fees Important: Please note that the time table is subjected to changed due to heavy city traffic and road works. TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

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One Day Tour to Bulgaria Tour – 11 hours

Itinerary Bucharest – Ivanovo – Veliko Tarnovo – Village of Arbanassi – Bucharest   The tour will start in the morning with pick up from your hotel. You will cross the border into Bulgaria over Danube River, the second largest river in Europe, and then stop at Ivanovo to visit Ivanovo Churches (UNESCO heritage since 1979). Being located in the Valley of the Rusenski Lom River, the rock-hewn churches are very famous thanks to their impressive XIII-XIVth century frescoes.   The second stop will be in Veliko Tarnovo, one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria, located on the banks of Yantra River. Also known as the City of Tsars, Veliko boasts an impressive fortress with the ruins of the former Tsarevets Palace and the patriarchal church, nowadays with modern and intriguing paintings. The medieval atmosphere is well kept in the city thanks to the old architecture and the narrow streets where you can admire local craftsmen and their work.   The Village of Arbanassi is the next place you will visit, being located very close to the city. Arbanassi is a quiet and picturesque village which even today keeps the medieval touch through the old architecture. The tour ends after returning to Bucharest. Important Taking this tour, please remember you are leaving Romania and entering Bulgaria; please ensure that your Visa requirements are in order and it is essential that you carry your passport. Please note Ivanovo churches are closed during the winter season between 1 December and 31 March. During this period, you will be able to visit the Roman ruins from Nicopolis Ad Istrum or the Basarbovski Rock Monastery.

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One Day Tour to Constanta (the ancient city of Tomis) - shared - 10 hours

First part it will be driving on the highway to Constanta, crossing the bridge over the Danube (the first bridge was built in 1895 by the Romanian engineer Anghel Saligny during the King Carol I). Also we will pass the Nuclear Power Plant built by a Canadian Company starting with the beginning of 1978. After 3 hours of driving we will reach Constanta where we head to the Historical Center. Constanta is the oldest town attested on the Romanian territory. The first documentary attestation of this city dates back to 657 BC, when in the area was founded a Greek colony called Tomis. The Greek settlements have been conquered by the Romans in 71 BC and renamed Constantiana, after the sister of the Roman Emperor Constantin the Great. During the 13th Century the town was developed by the Italian merchants from Genova. Constanta has declined during the Ottoman rule period. After the Romanian war of Independence 1877-1878, Constanta start to rise back and has been developed until the present as the largest harbor in Romania. Sights to be visited in Constanta: The Museum of Archeology and History Constanta Founded in 1878, the museum contains relics and pieces of architecture from the Greek and Roman period. The Roman Edifice with mosaic Discovered in 1959 by archaeological excavations, the edifice reveals an original Roman Mosaic, part of the commercial harbor, dating back to the 4th Century. The statue of Ovidius The statue representing Publius Ovidius Naso (43BC-17AC). The statue is located in the Ovidiu Square and was built in 1887 by the Italian sculptor Ettore Ferrari. The Muslim Mosque Built between 1910-1912 as a homage to the local Moslem community, the inauguration was made in the presence of Carol I (the first king of Romania). It was first named Carol I and later it was renamed Mahmud the Second. Going up in the Minaret Tower you can have a splendid panoramic view of the whole city Constanta. The Orthodox Cathedral The Orthodox Cathedral Saints Peter and Paul was built between 1883-1895 by the famous Romanian architect Ion Mincu. It is a monument of Byzantine architectural style. The Aquarium Constanta Inaugurated in 1958 as the first public aquarium in Romania, you can see here a variety of fish species including a large collection of sturgeon. After lunch, the day ends with the driving back to Bucharest.   Included: Transportation by modern car/minivan Entrance fees English speaking guide   Not Included:  Lunch   Important We recommend this tour to be operated during summer time, as the scenery will be more impressive than during winter time. Please note that the time table is subjected to changed due to heavy city traffic and road works. TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

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Peles Royal Castle & Wine Tasting - private - 9 hours

This tour includes visit of the Peles Castle, the former residence of the Romanian Royal Family followed by a visit with wine tasting and traditional lunch including 3 course meal and water at Azuga Wine Cellars (founded in 1892 and “Official wine supplier of the Royal Family”). Bucharest – Sinaia (Visit Sinaia Monastery & Peles Castle) Sinaia – Azuga (Lunch and wine tasting) Azuga – Bucharest About Peles Castle Peles Castle has been, from the turn of the 19th century, the main point of attraction of Sinaia resort. The edifice was built in 1873 on the order of Carol de Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen – King of Romania from 1866 – and is an architectural mixture of the German School and neo-renaissance style. The castle has 160 rooms, all of them opulently decorated in leather and wood from the most valuable tree species. The Armour Hall, Reception Hall, Concert Hall and, of course, the Royal Chamber are famous. Peles also served as the retreat residence of most of Romania”s monarchs – Carol I who died here in 1914, King Ferdinand and Queen Maria.   Included: Transportation by car/ minivan with wifi on board Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Bucharest English speaking tour guide 3 course meal and wine tasting in Azuga   Not included: Entrace fee at Peles Castle   Important Peles Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in February and March 2020. Please note that the time table is subjected to changed due to heavy city traffic and road works. TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

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Slanic Salt Mine & Wine Tasting Tour - private - 8 hours

This tour includes visit of the Salt Mine in Slanic Prahova, the largest salt mine in Europe, followed by a visit with wine tasting and traditional lunch including 3 course meal and water at the Wine Cellar. Bucharest – Slanic Prahova (Visit at the Old Mine – Salina Veche) Lunch and wine tasting in a local traditional wine cellar Return to Bucharest About The Old Salt Mine in Slanic Prahova It is the largest salt mine in Europe and it is located in Slanic, Prahova County, Romania, just 100 km north of Bucharest. The salt mine is closed for extraction, but it is open for visitors, featuring a microclimate with natural air-conditioning and constant temperature and atmoshperic pressure throughout the year. The mine consists of 14 chambers with trapezoidal profiles, having a 10 m opening to the ceiling and 32 m to the ground, a height of 54 m and a wall inclination angle of 60 degrees.   Included: Transportation by car/ minivan with wifi on board Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Bucharest English speaking tour guide   Not included: Entrance fee at Slanic Salt Mine   Important Slanic Salt Mine is closed on Mondays and on Tuesdays. Please note that the time table is subjected to changed due to heavy city traffic and road works. TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

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The Black Sea and Danube Delta Tour – 2 days

Itinerary Day 1: BUCHAREST – CONSTANTA – TULCEA ( 352 km) The Black Sea & Danube Delta Tour starts with a pick up from your hotel at 08:00 am and drive to Constanta, the oldest city on the Romanian territory (657 BC). Nowadays Constanta became the largest harbor at the Black Sea and the fourth largest commercial harbor in Europe. In the Old Town you will visit: The Museum of History & Archeology, The Roman Edifice with mosaic (the largest mosaic from the Roman Empire), the statue representing Publius Ovidius Naso, The Muslim Mosque built by the first king of Romania, Carol Ist as a homage to the local Muslim community (going up in the Minaret Tower you can have a splendid panoramic view of the whole city of Constanta), The Orthodox Cathedral dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul (monument of Byzantine architectural style), The Aquarium Constanta, the first public aquarium in Romania, and the Genoese lighthouse first built in the 13th century, and rebuilt in the present shape in 1858-1860. Lunch in Constanta followed by a drive to Tulcea.   This city is known as “The gate of the Danube Delta”. Being located on the site of seven hills, the Greek ancient name was Aegyssus, dating from the 8th century B.C. and later conquered by the Roman Empire. After a walk on the promenade of the harbor, you will have dinner & accommodation. Day 2: TULCEA – DANUBE DELTA (boat ride) – BUCHAREST (350 km)   Breakfast in the morning at the hotel.   Today, you will go deeper into Danube Delta during a tour by boat, the main attraction of the day. Danube Delta is unique in Europe. It’s the largest delta of a river in Europe. Here there are 327 species of birds, 133 species of fish and typical vegetation of wetlands. Thanks to all these natural riches, The Danube Delta was classified as part of UNESCO world heritage in 1991. During the tour boat, you will see one of the most beautiful places in Europe, including outstanding and typical landscapes (water lands) and many birds as pelicans, cormorants, egrets, herons, swans, etc. After the boat tour, you will enjoy lunch, and then prepare to leave the natural lands of Danube Delta and head back to Bucharest.

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The Last Days of Communism - shared - 4 hours

Romania has been a communist country for more than 40 years, between 1948 and December 1989. Nicolae Ceausescu became the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party in 1965 and the president of Socialist Republic of Romania in 1974. 15 years later, he was removed from power and executed after a violent revolution during the winter of 1989. While nowadays Romania is a democracy, the communist period remained interesting as well as controversial. Follow us on this trip through Bucharest to reveal the “great accomplishments of the golden era” and to hear the story of people who built it. You will see the first communist building in Bucharest, the Revolution Square with the balcony where the dictator gave his last speech, the majestic “House of People” and Primaverii Palace - the former residence of the presidential couple. The itinerary depends on your hotel’s location, but it will include: Free Press Square – The Arch of Triumph – Victoriei Square – Calea Victoriei – Revolution Square (Romanian Atheneum, Revolution’s Memorial) – The Palace of Parliament – Union Square – University Square – Romana Square – Victoriei Square – Charles de Gaulle Square  – Primaverii Palace (the former residence of the dictator). Starting Time: 09:00 (the exact time of pick-up to be communicated one day before the tour by calling +40 735 525 710) Duration: 4 hours Languages: English Included: - Transport by car/minibus (pick-up/drop-off at the hotel) - English speaking guide/driver Not included: - Entrance fees to the Parliament Palace & Primaverii Palace Important: - The exact times for the visits to the Parliament Palace and Primaverii Palace are decided by these institutions only (based on their scheduled groups) and it is out of our control; Therefore the tour may take more or less than the specified duration. - At the Parliament Palace we will book the standard visit (1 hour); - In order to visit the Parliament Palace an original ID is mandatory; - The visits are not guaranteed as these institutions are sometimes closed for Meetings and Conferences. Note:  TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

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The Medieval Transylvania Tour - shared - 3 days

Description Day 1: Bucuresti – Curtea de Arges – Cozia – Sibiu   Departure from Bucharest to the Monastery Curtea de Arges built by the ruler of Wallachia Neagoe Basarab in 1514, representing an architectural monument. The tour continue with a visit at Cozia Monastery, first built by one of the first rulers of Wallachia, Mircea cel Batran between 1386-1388, and rebuilt later by some other rulers. This visit will be followed by lunch in a traditional Romanian restaurant. In the afternoon we head to Sibiu, which was a German medieval citadel, with the first documentary attestation in 1191, and the old name Hermanstadt. After a walking tour in the old town (the historical center of Sibiu) we will have a traditional dinner & accommodation. Overnight in Sibiu.   Day 2: Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara – Brasov   After breakfast, departure from Sibiu to the village Biertan & visit at the biggest fortified church in Transilvania, built between 1490 – 1524 (the fortified church Biertan). Later, we are going to the medieval citadel Sighisoara, having a documentary attestation dating back in 1280, and the old German name Schassburg, being in the present the only medieval citadel in Europe still populated (UNESCO heritage). A walking tour of the citadel & visit in The Clock Tower (for an interesting panoramic view) will be followed by a lunch. In the afternoon, we head to Brasov, another medieval citadel, with the first documentary attestation in 1235, and the old name Kronstadt (maybe the most important from all German medieval citadels in Transilvania). After a walking tour in the old town (the historical center of Brasov) will be a traditional dinner & accommodation. Overnight in Brasov.   Day 3: Brasov – Bran – Sinaia – Bucuresti   After breakfast, visit in the Black Church, first built in 1383, the most important tourist objective in Brasov. Later we head to Bran (Dracula’s) Castle, with visit followed by a traditional lunch. After lunch, we are going to Sinaia (a beautiful mountain resort) to visit Peles Castle (built by the first king of Romania, Carol the 1st) in a very beautiful architectural style starting with 1875, until 1914, to be a summer residence for holidays. In the end of the day, the last visit will be at Sinaia Monastery (The Old & The New) followed by driving back to Bucharest. Included: Transport by car/minibus with pick-up and drop-off  English speaking guide Entrance fees 2-nights of accommodation in a double room with breakfast at a 3* hotel in Sibiu and Brasov Know before you go For high season at least 4 people are required for this activity to take place. For low season at least 2 people are required for this activity to take place. High season – March – October, December 16th – January 6th; Low season – January 7th – February 29th; November 1st – December 15t; If the minimum number of people is not reached, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund. For Saturday and Sunday departures the tour will be done in the reverse order because the Peles Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in February and March 2020 and only on Mondays for the rest of the year. Please note that the Clock Tower in Sighisoara and Biertan fortified church are closed on Mondays. You may wish to take this into consideration when booking, as these sites are visited on the second day of the trip. TravelMaker is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive. Please note that the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions

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The Real Dracula - shared - 11 hours

This small group full day tour from Bucharest will take you to Targoviste, Curtea de Arges, Poienari Citadel and Vidraru Dam. You will meet the guide and the other fellow travelers at around 07:45 am at the meeting point in central Bucharest. The meeting point is in front of the Romanian Athenaeum, - the big concert hall with Greek columns located next to Hilton Athenee Palace Hotel. The exact address is 1-3 Franklin St., Sector 1, Bucharest.  At 08:00 am you will leave Bucharest heading north-west towards the Subcarpathian hills. The first stop will be in Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia under Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) to visit the former Princely Court and Chindia Tower, nowadays a symbol of the city. Then, we go to Curtea de Arges to visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in South Romania. Beyond the impressive and unique architectural style, the monastery boasts an interesting legend about the builder of the church and all he had to do so he could, eventually, finish the work. Poenari Citadel is the next visit for which you will have to climb 1480 steps for about 20-30 minutes on a trek of aprox 1 km. Prepare to admire a remarkable scenery over the mountains and the hear the tumultuous story of Vlad the Impaler, one of the most intriguing figures in our history. Before getting back to Bucharest, you will stop at Vidraru Lake, an important construction from the communist period, placed next to the famous Transfagarasan Road, named by Top Gear as “the most beautiful road in the world”. The tour ends after returning to Bucharest. Notes:  - Those who cannot climb the steps to reach Poienari Fortress, can wait for the group at the base of the hill. - TravelMaker is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive. - The order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.

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