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Music Trip to Bucharest and Transylvania
- Bus tour
- 7 days
- Perfect for small or middle sized groups
The Romanian music art, represented on numerous stages of the country, is impressive. Opera singers like Maria Cebotari, Elena Moșuc or Angela Gheorghiu have reached international popularity, and Sergiu Celibidache is a famous conductor. After decades of political isolation, the gates of our country are nowadays open to everyone who wants to visit the bridge between Europe and East Orient.
Day 1: Flight to Bucharest
Arrival in Bucharest and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, we watch a play at the Romanian Athenaeum.
Day 2: City Tour in Bucharest
After breakfast, we visit Bucharest’s main tourist attractions: the Press House, Kisseleff Boulevard, the Arch of Triumph, Victory Square, Victoria Boulevard, Revolution Square, Cotroceni Palace, the Palace of Parliament and, of course, the old streets like Lipscani street. In the evening, performance at the opera.
Day 3: Bucharest – Sinaia – Brașov
On our way to Sinaia we see the well-known oil fields of Ploiești. After lunch, we visit the Peleș Castle, the summer residence of the Romanian royal family, a modern palace built at the end at the 19th century and the main attraction in Sinaia. The kings were Prussian Germans from the dynasty of Hohenzollern von Sigmaringen. In the afternoon, we arrive in Brașov. In the evening, performance at the opera. Dinner and overnight stay in Brașov.
Day 4: Brașov and Surroundings
After breakfast, we head north-east. First, we visit the fortified churches in Prejmer and Hărman, two of the most important and best preserved fortified churches in Transylvania. Our first stop is the Hărman fortified church. The Hărman Church is a Roman basilica with Gothic elements. The west tower, chapels and water moat still maintain a medieval atmosphere. Inside, we find paintings that date back to the 13th century. Then, we drive to Prejmer. The Prejmer fortified church was built in a shape of a Latin cross in Gothic style. After a short walk on the battlement parapet and after seeing the famous “Death Organ”, we’re invited to visit Dracula’s Castle in Bran. The Bran Castle Museum is located on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. This castle is known as the homestead of Vlad Țepeș (Vlad the Impaler) and is the most visited attraction in Romania. The writer Bram Stoker brought the fame of the Dracula myth in our country at the beginning of the 20th century. During the city tour in Brașov we get to see the main tourist features of this medieval city inside the Carpathian Arch: the council hall, the Weavers’ Bastion (visit included), the Black Tower and the White Tower, the Schei quarter, etc. The highlight of the tour will be the Black Church, a Gothic construction from the 14th century with a great collection of oriental carpets.
Day 5: Brașov – Sighișoara – Sibiu
In the morning, we drive to Sighișoara on the ‘road of the fortified churches’. We visit the town and we see the main touristic objectives of the so-called ‘Pearl of Transylvania’: the Clock Tower, the Covered Staircase, Dracula’s birth house etc. Afterwards, we visit the fortified church in Biertan that served as the bishops’ residence for more than 300 years. The fortified church stands under the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Dinner and accommodation in a hotel in Sibiu.
Day 6: Sibiu – Cultural Capital of Europe 2007
After breakfast, we take a city tour of Sibiu, the European Cultural Capital 2007. We visit, among others, the Evangelical Church, the Council Tower, the Large and the Small Square, the Liars’ Bridge, the Peasants’ Market etc. In the afternoon, we drive to Cisnădioara, where we visit the oldest Romanesque church in Transylvania, then to Cristian where we visit the fortified church, and also to Sibiel to see the remarkable Museum of Icons on Glass. We drive back to Sibiu. In the evening, we attend an organ concert in the Evangelical Church.
Day 7: Return flight
Transfer to airport and return flight.
– All 6 overnight stays with half board;
– All entry fees and tickets for the concerts;
– Transport with bus according to the program;
– English speaking tour guide;