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Standard Tour of Bucharest

Standard Tour of Bucharest

 

This is a short, but comprehensive tour thought the streets of Bucharest, once named  “Little Paris”.   You will enjoy a tour  on the streets of Bucharest and through its history. The car is driver by a professional drive and you are assisted by an authorized guide.

Meeting point : Hotel / Airport

Drop off : Hotel

Duration: 4 h

Route :

Press House- Arch of Triumph

Primaverii street- Herastrau Park-  Kiseleff Boulevard

Victoriei square – Victoria Palace (Government of Romania) – Romana Square  –

Victoriei Avenue – Cretulescu Church,  The Royal Palace ( National Museum of Art),  – Revolutiei (Revolution) Square – Central University Library-  Romanian Athenaeum Romanian Savings Bank

Bucharest Old City:  Prince Old court (Vlad the Impaller residence once), Manuc Inn, Lipscani street, Stavropoleous Church,

Cismigiu Park- Opera Square- Cotroceni Palace

Unirii Square

The Palace of Parliament

University square – Coltea Palace, the University Bucharest, the National Theatre

Magheru Boulevard

 

Availability:

Standard ( Skoda Octavia car, similar): 1-4 persons

Executive ( Skoda Superb, Mercedes E Class) : 1-4 persons

Exclusive ( Hoover/ Chrysler limousine): 1-8 persons

Small group ( Mercedes Vito, similar) : 1-8 persons

 

 

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Panoramic Tour of Bucharest

Panoramic Tour of Bucharest

 

This is a short, but comprehensive tour thought the streets of Bucharest, once named  “Little Paris”.   You will enjoy a tour  on the streets of Bucharest and through its history. The car is driver by a professional drive and you are assisted by an authorized guide.

Meeting point : Hotel / Airport

Drop off : Hotel

Duration: 2 h

Route :

Press House- Arch of Triumph

Primaverii street- Kiseleff Boulevard

Victoriei square – Victoria Palace (Government of Romania) – Romana Square  –

Victoriei Avenue – Cretulescu Church,  The Royal Palace ( National Museum of Art),  – Revolutiei (Revolution) Square – Central University Library-  Romanian Athenaeum Romanian Savings Bank

Unirii Square

The Palace of Parliament

University square – Coltea Palace, the University Bucharest, the National Theatre

Magheru Boulevard

Availability:

Standard ( Skoda Octavia car, similar): 1-4 persons

Executive ( Skoda Superb, Mercedes E Class) : 1-4 persons

Exclusive ( Hoover/ Chrysler limousine): 1-8 persons

Small group ( Mercedes Vito, similar) : 1-8 persons

 

 

 

 

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Day trip in Maramures

Day trip in Historical Maramures

MARAMURES -Surdesti Wooden Church
MARAMURES -Surdesti Wooden Church

Day trip in Historical Maramures

departure from Baia Mare/Cluj Napoca

  • Surdesti wooden church in 1721 one of the eight churches included in UNESCO World Heritage Circuit and highest wooden church in the world 72m
  • Wooden church Budeşti – there is a collection of icons painted on glass. There is the  armor of Pintea  the Brave, a Robin Hood of Maramures
  • continue along the valley Cosau the holidays, the next village, where you can admire some hand carved wooden gates Maramures style and extraordinary old local  crafts: whirlpool, Horinca mill and grain mill, all functional
  •     Barsana Monastery – dating from the seventeenth century but demolished by the communist regime and rebuilt on the old settlement residents of old monastery
  • The Memorial of Communism  at the Sighet Memorial – former communist prison where they were incarcerated and have found the end most of the interwar Romanian intellectuals;
  •  Meal at one of the many restaurants with traditional food from Sighet (recommended Marmatia)
  • Merry Cemetery in Sapinta – these unique wooden works and poems engraved on the tombs in the village cemetery crosses made ​​by a folk artist named Stan Ioan Patrascu  since 1935
  • return to Sighet 18 km and Berbesti can admire a beautiful wooden cross built by unknown local village dating centuries back
  • Wooden church from Desesti – UNESCO circuit paintings with biblical images interior well preserved throughout the walls and even on the ceiling of the church
    back in Baia Mare along the Mara Valley, crossing Gutii mountains the most important access road to Historical Maramures

 

Includes: itinerary as described, car, driver/ guide.

Notes:

This tour can be made entirely during summer, when day is longer.

There is a local airport in Baia Mare with flights to and from Bucharest.

The closest international airport is Cluj Napoca on a shorter route or overnight during itinerary. Transfers  and trip can be done upon request for tourists lodged in Cluj Napoca .

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Day trip to Muddy Volcanoes and Pietroasele vinery

Day trip to Muddy Volcanoes and Pietroasele vinery

Meeting in Bucharest.

Take to the Muddy Volcanoes ( Vulcanii Noroiosi) in Berca (Buzau county).

The reservation, unique in Romania, is situated in Berca commune, Buzau county, at around 120 km away from Bucharest.

The Muddy Volcanoes are cold volcanoes, the eruption being caused by gases in subsoil. The mixture of clay and water are pushed to the surface in bubbly mixture. As a result of mud and salts pushed outside the volcanoes, the aspect of  dried mud around looks like a moonscape.

 

A short drive from Vulcanii Noroiosi (Muddy Volcanoes)  up to Pietroasele vinery  and taste the wine of a local wine producer.

Vulcanii Noroiosi Area
Vulcanii Noroiosi Area
Muddy formation
Muddy formation
Buzau county
Buzau county
Barrels as accommodation
Barrel accommodation, the guesthouse is formed of barrels.

The way back to Bucharest will be more cheerful than you expect!

Included:

Driving, guidance, wine tasting – one type of wine tasting.

Not included:

Extra wines tasting

Souvenirs, personal expenses

 

Duration:8 hours

Extra information:

For extra 12 pounds/person/night, travelers can experience sleeping in a barrel.

Available during spring- summer- autumn seasons.

During raining conditions usually Muddy Volcanoes cannot be visited.

Minimum group size: 2 persons

Suitable for:

Budget, Families, Groups, Solo travelers

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Why you should visit Sighisoara

 

Why you should visit Sighisoara

Why you should visit Sighisoara

 

Some might believe that including Sighisoara in a Romanian tour is such a cliché.  Well, if I usually disagree about clichés, when it comes to Sighisoara, I agree to disagree.  There cannot be Romanian tour without Sighisoara!

Sighisoara is for Dracula funs, Sighisoara is for people who hate (like I do) the Dracula myth and loving the strong character of Vlad Tepes, the real ruler who inspired the fictional character of Bram Stoker; Sighisoara is for medieval  towns’ admirers, Sighisoara is for middle town settlers, in the end,  Sighisoara is suitable for weekend escapes, Sighisoara is for everybody and everybody should love Sighisoara.

Even if it was long time ago since I first saw the medieval town, it seems like yesterday and I will always remember the day with cows and sheep on the hills of the villages along the way  and pigeons flying above the citadel, how hilarious it might sound, the image is story-like, believe me.

As you drive from Bucharest, once you passed Brasov and the Carpathians you believe you crossed the border into another world, story like. Actually, long time ago,  there was a border, the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, a border who miraculously seems to split two world in the same country : the Orient and the Occident.

Now, back again: once you passed Brasov, citadels and fortified churches pass one by one: Feldioara, Rupea, Viscri  and Cloasterf (the last two are not visible for the main road tourists), Saschiz, Sighisoara… Even the house of count Teleki, almost a ruin nowdays, can be seized by the tourists who want to surprise the spectacular along the road.  Then you notice Sighisoara.

Settled on the top of an upright hill, Sighisoara is like a beautiful fairy bringing kindness and happiness in everybody’s  life.  Even if it was years  ago, I still remember entering  the old citadel, one of the fewest inhabited citadels in Europe, shy and still curious. The street I entered was named Oberman Herman, just to remember to the world that Romania can be also associated to global science development, as Oberman Herman  figure is  highly associated to the astronomy development . Just google it !

Once you entered the old city you will love the long string of houses, Saxon houses, some of them  twith with Venetian influence, beautiful colored. The doorsteps are so low that you might easily imagine yourself in Lilliput world. The windows looked like indiscreet eyes, still, beautifully colored eyes!:) The image of houses with eyes is strongly following you, the amazed tourist, once you got in the main square place.   All around the square, the curios eyes- like windows show on the attic of the medieval houses. You only have to watch up-straight into their eyes, surely, you’ll  be mesmerized.

When you come from the main road, you meet first the torture place and the “Dracul” house. I am not a Dracula, lover so, actually, this is the house of Vlad Teped where  the character who inspired the Dracula character born.  The square, all around is beautiful. You have to visit the entire citadel and towers,  to understand the jobs of that period. The Evangelical fortified church is impressive and the orga sound  echo- like over the square. Shy, in corner, there is the old stair case. Go up on them and you meet the giant medieval beauty : the church upstairs. Visit it and necessarily speak to the guide in the church.. He knows the number of people  praying, visiting  and, if you ask me, he might even know he story behind the entire medieval Sighisoara, even  “the life” (if any) behind the combs downhill. You are ok, visit the cemetery and imagine the families there. Even if there are combs in the cemetery, there are no vampires around. Just a beautiful impressive Romanian citadel.

 

Sighisoara  facts and figures:”During the 12th century, German craftsmen and merchants known as the Transylvanian Saxons were invited to Transylvania by the King of Hungary to settle and defend the frontier of his realm. The chronicler Krauss lists a Saxon settlement in present-day Sighiṣoara by 1191.[citation needed] A document of 1280 records a town built on the site of a Roman fort as Castrum Sex or “six-sided camp”, referring to the fort’s shape of an irregular hexagon.[1] Other names recorded include Schaäsburg (1282), Schespurg (1298) and Segusvar (1300).[2] By 1337 Sighişoara had become a royal center for the kings, who awarded the settlement urban status in 1367 as the Civitas de Segusvar.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Monasteries in one day

Painting on Ghighiu Monastery

7 monasteries in one day

There is a Romanian belief that says that one has to pray for good luck and the fulfilment of a wish in 7 monasteries in one day! We invite you to commence your good luck, your good fortune, but above all your beautiful day with us by visiting 7 monasteries in one day.

The tour is in and around Bucharest – Ghigiu Monastery – escorted tour

Prahova county – A convent for nuns, the monastery was built in the year 1817 and it was initially painted by a famous Romanian painter called Gheorghe Tattarescu in 1865. It is said that the monastery has miraculous qualities: many people come to pray here hoping for their wishes to be fulfilled.

The monastery shelters a collection of liturgical art objects. Several workshops have also been accommodated within the monastery grounds.

Snagov Monastery

Situated in Salistea Snagovului, on the shores of LakeSnagovand close to Bucharest, this monks’ convent is very well known for its long history. It was firstly built in the 14th century, then renovated by Wallachian ruler, Vlad Tepes whom many believe to be buried at this monastery. Vlad Tepes is the ruler that Bram Stoker got inspiration from for his fictional character Dracula.
Tiganesti Monastery

Not far from Snagov Monastery, this convent for nuns was built in the 17th century. The monastery derives its name from the owner of the land, Matei Tiganescu. The monastery shelters a collection of liturgical art objects and of old religious books.

Severalworkshops have also been accommodated within the monastery grounds, such as the weaving workshop for manufacturing sacerdotal attire and the embroidery workshop for making priestly vestment ornaments.
Caldarusani Monastery

Situated by a lake in the Gruiu commune, this is a convent for monks. The ruler Matei Basarab founded this monastic establishment in 1638 on the site of a wooden hermitage. A school for church painters was founded here in 1778. The well-known Romanian painter Nicolae Grigorescu attended this school within the period 1854-1856. Moreover, in 1825, a painting house was also accommodated within the monastery walls.

Balamuci Monastery

Balamuci Monastery, also known as Sitaru or as the locals refer to it, “the monastery in the meadow,” is a convent for monks dedicated to Saint Nicholas. The monastery was founded by Pavel Greceanu, a former Chancellor at the court of the ruler Mihai the Brave, and by his wife Elena in 1627. The monastery is very valuable for its interior frescos, painted by a group of priests fromBrasovCountyin 1752.
Pasarea Monastery

balamuci

Located on the southern side ofBucharestin thevillageofBranesti, Pasarea Monastery is a convent for nuns. The monastic establishment was founded in 1813. Several workshops have also been accommodated within the monastery grounds, as for instance, the weaving workshop for manufacturing sacerdotal attire and the embroidery workshop for making priestly vestment ornaments (per our request a nun can guide us along the production line).

Cernica Monastery

Situated next toLakeCernica, this monastery was mentioned for the first time in historical records in 1608. The cell complex that houses the 84 monks living in the monastery is practically a great fortress, built in the architectural style that is typical of the plains.

Back to the city

– The tour takes about 7-8 hours

Included:

– The tour as provided

– Nun/ monk guide within the monastery

– English-language guide during trip

Departure point: your hotel

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Muddy Volcanoes and Ciolanu Monastery

Muddy Volcanoes

 

 

Departure at 9.00 am at  your hotel  or Unirii, Mitropoliei Hill (depending on the group size)

12. 30  we reach Muddy Volcanos

13.00, after visiting the natural  park, we go to visit Ciolanu Monastery

15.00 off  we go to Bucharest

19.00 Back to where we started it!

The tour cannot be set during raining days as natural park is closed.

 

About Muddy Volcanoes

 

There are 1.100 muddy volcanoes know in the world. In Europe, the majority are underwater, like the muddy volcanoes from the waters of Norway or the ones from the Caspic and Barents Sea. In Java island (Indonesia) an eruption took place in 2006, which intensified in time, and by November 125.000 cubic meters of mud erupted per day.

 

In Romania the phenomenon is visible in two places: Paclele Mari and Paclele Mici. In the range of Berca and Scortoasa villages, this volcanoes are produced by the natural gases which come from over 3000 meters deep, and in combination with the water form the groundwater aquifers and the clayey soil create some sort of mud. In contact with the surface air, the mud gets dry and forms cone shaped structures similar to a volcano. So to speak, inside these structures take place the same processes like in a real volcano, even though these are not higher than 5-6 meters, and the depth from which the “lava” is being pushed to the surface is much smaller.

 

The image that these structures create is spectacular and moon-like. Because of the sulfurous and salty soil, the development of a normal vegetation is impossible. Still, a small number of plants have managed somehow to find here a favourable living environment.

 

This rare phenomenon is hard to be found, even though it’s only 15 km from DN10. Running from one crater to another, any passer-by will be pleasantly surprised by the flow of mud and the mumbling of the soil. Still the surprise is that the bubbles errupring from volcanoes are cold.

Ciolanu Monastery is located in the Tisău vilage, in Buzau County close to Muddy Volcanoes. It was erected around 1570 by Dumitru Ciolanu, a boyar from Buzau county.

 

 

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7 Monasteries in one day

Monasteries aroundBucharest

 

7 monasteries in one day

There is a Romanian belief that says that one has to pray for good luck and the fulfilment of a wish in 7 monasteries in one day! We invite you to commence your good luck, your good fortune, but above all your beautiful day with us by visiting 7 monasteries in one day.

 

The tour is in and aroundBucharest-

 

  1. Ghigiu Monastery – guided tour

 

Prahova county – A convent for nuns, the monastery was built in the year 1817 and it was initially painted by a famous Romanian painter called Gheorghe Tattarescu in 1865. It is said that the monastery has miraculous qualities: many people come to pray here hoping for their wishes to be fulfilled.

The monastery shelters a collection of liturgical art objects. Several workshops have also been accommodated within the monastery grounds.

 

  1. Snagov Monastery

 

Situated in Salistea Snagovului, on the shores of LakeSnagovand close to Bucharest, this monks’ convent is very well known for its long history. It was firstly built in the 14th century, then renovated by Wallachian ruler, Vlad Tepes whom many believe to be buried at this monastery. Vlad Tepes is the ruler that Bram Stoker got inspiration from for his fictional character Dracula.

  1. Tiganesti Monastery

Not far from Snagov Monastery, this convent for nuns was built in the 17th century. The monastery derives its name from the owner of the land, Matei Tiganescu. The monastery shelters a collection of liturgical art objects and of old religious books.

 

Severalworkshops have also been accommodated within the monastery grounds, such as the weaving workshop for manufacturing sacerdotal attire and the embroidery workshop for making priestly vestment ornaments.

  1. Caldarusani Monastery

 

Situated by a lake in the Gruiu commune, this is a convent for monks. The ruler Matei Basarab founded this monastic establishment in 1638 on the site of a wooden hermitage. A school for church painters was founded here in 1778. The well-known Romanian painter Nicolae Grigorescu attended this school within the period 1854-1856. Moreover, in 1825, a painting house was also accommodated within the monastery walls.

 

  1. Balamuci Monastery

 

Balamuci Monastery, also known as Sitaru or as the locals refer to it, “the monastery in the meadow,” is a convent for monks dedicated to Saint Nicholas. The monastery was founded by Pavel Greceanu, a former Chancellor at the court of the ruler Mihai the Brave, and by his wife Elena in 1627. The monastery is very valuable for its interior frescos, painted by a group of priests fromBrasovCountyin 1752.

  1. Pasarea Monastery

 

Located on the southern side ofBucharestin thevillageofBranesti, Pasarea Monastery is a convent for nuns. The monastic establishment was founded in 1813. Several workshops have also been accommodated within the monastery grounds, as for instance, the weaving workshop for manufacturing sacerdotal attire and the embroidery workshop for making priestly vestment ornaments (per our request a nun can guide us along the production line).

 

7. Cernica Monastery

 

Situated next toLakeCernica, this monastery was mentioned for the first time in historical records in 1608. The cell complex that houses the 84 monks living in the monastery is practically a great fortress, built in the architectural style that is typical of the plains.

 

 

Back to the city

 

 

–         The tour takes about 7-8 hours

 

Included:

–         The tour as provided

–         Nun/ monk guide within the monastery

–         English-language guide during trip

 

Departure point: your hotel

 

Price depends on number of tourists