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Transylvania and Wallachia
- Bus tour
- 3 days
- Perfect for small or middle sized groups
For travelers who may be interested in well-preserved medieval vestiges, Transylvania is, without a doubt, a priority among cultural tourist destinations. The Saxon settlers, craftsmen, and merchants (who came in mid-12th century at the invitation of the Hungarian kings) lived mainly in southern and south-eastern Transylvania, leaving an indelible mark in this region. In Wallachia, we get acquainted with the Brâncoveanu style. Constantin Brâncoveanu, Prince of Wallachia between 1688 and 1714, loved art and culture. The second half of the 17th century, until his execution in 1714 in Istanbul, can be characterized as the Romanian Renaissance, as Brâncoveanu brought masters from countries that had a strong tradition in building. It was they who brought the elements of the Renaissance that, together with the local style of the hillside, put together the Brâncoveanu style.
Day 1: Sibiu – Bucharest
We leave Transylvania behind and discover a beautiful landscape in the Olt valley on our way to the Cozia Monastery. The church is decorated with frescoes from the 14th century in the narthex and with frescoes from the 16th century in the small church. From here, we quickly arrive at the Horezu Monastery. This monastery, which falls under the competence of UNESCO, represents one of the most impressive monastery complexes in Wallachia. The small town of Horezu is famous in Romania for the wide range of pots manufactured here. Then, we visit the former capital of Wallachia, Curtea de Argeș, located in the heart of the Carpathians. Here, among episcopal churches and royal churches, we find two of the most important Romanian churches. The construction of the first church in the 14th century reflects Constantinople and its image; the fabulous frescoes date back from the time of the final Byzantine ‘Renaissance’. The beautiful counterpart is the Episcopal Church. Filled with lavish grey-gold-green decorations, the church paintings establish a connection between the stories from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights and the Bible stories. So, it comes as no surprise that Paul of Aleppo considered this church the eighth wonder of the world. Drive to Bucharest. Dinner and accommodation in Bucharest.
Day 2: Bucharest – Brașov
During our city tour in Bucharest we visit, among others, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Patriarchal Cathedral, the Stavropoleos Church, but also Ceaușescu’s megalomaniac legacy, the House of the People. We stroll down Victoriei Boulevard and Lipscani Street. We also see the ruins of the former royal court built by Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century. The controversial ruler of Wallachia is alleged to be the founder of Bucharest. We drive by the well-known oil fields in Ploiești to see two of the most important health resorts of the South-Carpathians, Predeal and Sinaia. Through the mountain pass we arrive in the Bârsa region that was first populated by German settlers in the 12th century. We visit the Peleș Palace and the monastery in Sinaia, both of which were erected under the ruling of King Carol I Hohenzollern von Sigmaringen. Dinner and accommodation in Brașov.
Day 3: Brașov – Sibiu
During our city tour in Brașov we visit the city square and the historic monuments of the city. The main attraction is the Black Church, built in the 14th century in the Gothic style. Here, we find a large collection of Oriental carpets, which is unusual for a Protestant church. At noon, we visit Prejmer and Hărman where we see two of the most impressive defensive systems and the best preserved fortified churches in Transylvania. Afterwards, we drive along the most beautiful part of the Carpathian Mountains towards Sibiu.
– 2 overnight stays with breakfast;
– All entry fees;
– Transport with bus according to the program;
– English speaking tour guide;