19208
Romania
Treasures of Romania: Enchanting Castles and Painted Monasteries
Discover Romania’s legendary culture and charm as you enjoy wine with locals, revel in art and explore pristine forests that boast some of the greatest biodiversity in the world.
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Program No. 19208RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
2,415
Flights start at
1,150
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11 days
10 nights
26 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival in Bucharest
Bucharest
D
Hotel Herastrau

Activity note: Check-in available from 2:00 PM.

Dinner: Hotel dining room. Unless otherwise noted, dinners on this program are typically a three-course set menu. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Bucharest Sightseeing
Bucharest
B,L,D
Hotel Herastrau

Breakfast: Hotel dining room. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Expert-led field trip in Bucharest including the Parliament (the second largest building in the world that was designed to be the office of the former dictator), and the Hill of Patriarchy (the center of the Romanian Orthodox Church).

Lunch: At a downtown restaurant, Caru cu Bere, once a meeting point for writers and politicians. Unless otherwise noted, lunches on this program are typically a two-course set menu.

Afternoon: Visit the historic center of the city including the archaeological remains of the court of Vlad the Impaler. Afterward, either return to the hotel by coach or continue with your Group Leader for an excursion of the open air village museum.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Peles Castle, Transfer to Brasov
Brasov
B,L,D
Hotel Ambient

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Travel to Transylvania to our next destination, Brasov. We stop in Sinaia and enjoy an expert-led excursion through Peles Castle - summer residence of the Royal Family. The castle was built according to Western-European fashion by using the best possible materials: Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows, Cordoba leather wall coverings, Meissen and Sevres porcelain. Many people believe this to be the most beautiful castle in Europe.

Lunch: In Sinaia.

Afternoon: Arrival in Brasov, a nicely preserved Saxon (German) city with the largest Gothic cathedral in the region. Its former German community is the birth place of Transylvanian Protestantism. Later in the evening, attend a lecture: "History of Romania."

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Bran, Castle of Dracula
Brasov
B,L,D
Hotel Ambient

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a walk in the historic center of Brasov. Brasov is one of the most picturesque historic cities of Romania. Established by Saxon (German) settlers at a strategic crossroad of trade routes in the 12th century it was the gate of the Hungarian kingdom towards the southeast. Surrounded by high mountains one can always enjoy the clean air and the nice streets, squares, towers, churches. One of the highlights is the Black Church, the largest Gothic structure of Eastern Europe.

Lunch: In the historic center.

Afternoon: A bus excursion to Bran, known as the Castle of Dracula. The castle was originally built in the 14th century by the citizens of Brasov to protect their trade routes. Later it was owned by Hungarian kings, and the Romanian royal family. We will get acquainted with the myths of Dracula.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Transfer to Gura Humorului, Bicaz Gorge, Lacu Rosu
Gura Humorului
B,L,D
Best Western Bucovina

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Travel from Brasov (Transylvania) to Gura Humorului (Moldova). Cross the magnificent Bicaz Gorge and stop at Lacu Rosu (Killer Lake) along the way.

Lunch: At a local restaurant at Lacu Rosu.

Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel in Gura Humorului.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Monasteries
Gura Humorului
B,L,D
Best Western Bucovina

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: All day excursion to the famous painted monasteries including those listed as World Heritage sites. Learn about the history and architecture of the monasteries and study the iconography and specific meaning of the wall paintings. The morning includes excursions at Voronet and Moldovita Monasteries. As we cross a picturesque mountain en route to Sucevita, admire great views and observe Ukrainian farms.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Sucevita Monastery and religious museum. Continue to a famous black pottery workshop in Marginea and observe how the pots are made. Then conclude the day with a visit to the Humor Monastery.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Transfer to Cluj-Napoca, Bistrita, Dracula Castle Restaurant
Cluj-Napoca
B,L,D
Hotel Beyfin

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Return to Transylvania, to Cluj-Napoca - the educational and cultural center of the region. Enjoy a coffee stop at the Dracula Castle Restaurant, Hanul Tihuta.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Bistrita, a formal Saxon town.

Afternoon: Take a walk in the town of Bistrita, before arriving in Cluj-Napoca. Settle in to your hotel.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Rimetea, Meeting local students
Cluj-Napoca
B,L,D
Hotel Beyfin

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: All day excursion to Rimetea, a historic village awarded the Europa Nostra Medal in 1999. We first visit the five hundred year-old Salt Mine at Turda. Continue to Rimetea, a village with a stunning natural and architectural heritage.

Lunch: Visit with a local family in Rimetea, where we eat local meals and taste the famous wines of the Aiud wine region.

Afternoon: Continue our excursion in Rimetea. We visit the local museum to learn about folk traditions, local costumes, embroidery, and the local iron mining and manufacturing.

Dinner: We enjoy a dinner arranged by the Teodidactos Foundation, during which you can meet local students and discuss any questions you might have.

Evening: Meet local students and discuss any questions you might have.

DAY
10
Cluj
Cluj-Napoca
B,L,D
Hotel Beyfin

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning, enjoy a lecture on "Sociology, Romania Today." Then take an expert-led sightseeing excursion in Cluj. We will travel by bus and by foot to see Cluj’s magnificent landmarks. Explore St. Michael's Cathedral, the Farkas Street Church, and the Franciscan Monastery. Also pass by the old and new city centers, the birth house of King Mathias, Banffy Palace, and the famous Wolf Street, where we will view former palaces, a great heraldry collection, and one of the bastions of the walled city.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time in Cluj. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet or on the Road Scholar website. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Farewell dinner with traditional food in Savadisla.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Program Concludes
Cluj-Napoca
B

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Departures for the airport. This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.