Romania

14th century Bran Castle, popularly linked with Dracula
14th century Bran Castle, popularly linked with Dracula
Bran Castle
Bran Castle
Aerial view over Constanta
Aerial view over Constanta
Histria
Histria
Histria
Histria
The reconstructed monument at Adamclisi
The reconstructed monument at Adamclisi
Relief from the Tropaeum monument at Adamclisi (photo Cristian Chirita)
Relief from the Tropaeum monument at Adamclisi (photo Cristian Chirita)
Council Square, Brasov
Council Square, Brasov
Black Church, Brasov
Black Church, Brasov
Ulpia Traiana
Ulpia Traiana
Hunyad Castle
Hunyad Castle
A religious sanctuary complex at Sarmizegetusa Regia, the ancient capital of Dacia (photo: Ionut Vaida)
A religious sanctuary complex at Sarmizegetusa Regia, the ancient capital of Dacia (photo: Ionut Vaida)
Beautiful rolling hills of rural Transylvania
Beautiful rolling hills of rural Transylvania
Modern triumphal arch in Bucharest - a city which is changing fast ...
Modern triumphal arch in Bucharest - a city which is changing fast ...

At the eastern edge of Europe lies the ring of the Carpathian Mountains. The plains within these mountains were once the homeland of the Dacians, one of Rome’s great enemies, who were conquered in AD106.

Here the Romans stretched their defensive frontier from the Danube across the Carpathians to the Black Sea, in a complex system combining the naturally defensive geography with forts, walls and ditches. Once again at the frontier of empires in the Medieval period, nobles and princes fortified themselves behind Gothic castle walls, inspiring all sorts of Transylvanian legends....

  • Visit Histria, the largest archaeological site in Romania
  • Explore the iconic Bran Castle
  • Travel in 4x4s to Sarmizegetusa Regia
  • See the triumphal victory monument at Adamclisi
  • Learn about Greek, Roman, Saxon and Gothic archaeology

Themes

  • Romans
  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Upon arrival in Bucharest, we transfer to our hotel. Take the time to unwind before dinner this evening.

Hotel: Hotel Carol
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

We explore Constanța, the ancient city of Tomis, including some current excavations and the ‘mosaic building’. In the Museum of National History and Archaeology we marvel at the famous “Sculpture Treasury” assumed to represent the cult inventory of a temple. Later, we drive to Mangalia, originally a Greek colony, to visit some of the preserved archaeological remains and the finds from the area in the Callatis Museum.

Hotel: Hotel Carol
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Today we visit Histria, another ancient Greek colony and the oldest city in the country. We explore the archaeological site, the largest in Romania, including the public buildings, thermal baths, civil basilica, and the remains of a temple. We also visit the Archaeological Museum where the most important aftifacts from the area are displayed.

Hotel: Hotel Carol
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

This morning a drive to Adamclisi takes us to the Tropaeum Traiani, the triumphal monument erected in celebration of Trajan’s victory over the Dacians. We then explore the ancient city. In the afternoon we drive to Bucharest.

Hotel: Hotel Capitol
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Our first visit is to the National Museum in Bucharest, which holds treasures from all over Romania. Before lunch, we tour the old town, then continue to the Philharmonia Academy followed by a look at the ‘Pharaonic House of the People’ - Romania’s Parliament. We end the day at the Village Museum.

Hotel: Hotel Capitol
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

We drive this morning along the Prahova Valley to Bran Castle, popularly linked with Dracula. We then continue to Brasov, a once Saxon Kronstadt, with many characteristic buildings, such as the ‘Black Church’.

Hotel: Hotel Ana
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

In the morning we see the History Museum in Brasov, before continuing to Sibiu. After lunch, we explore the old town of Sibiu and visit the Brukenthal Palace, home to one of Romania’s largest and oldest museums.

Hotel: Golden Tulip
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

This morning we take a mountain trip in 4x4s to Sarmizegetusa Regia, capital of the Dacian kingdom. Its appearance is unique, including defensive walls, artificial terraces, temples and sanctuaries. End the day at the nearby 1st century Dacian fort of Costeşti, one of the oldest forts in the Orăştie Mountains.

Hotel: Hotel Krystal
Meals: All meals included

Day 9

We spend the morning at Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, colonial capital of the Roman province of Dacia, with amphitheater, temples, forum and the residence of the province’s financial procurator. This afternoon we visit the 15th century Gothic Hunyad Castle and the church at Desus

Hotel: Golden Tulip
Meals: All meals included

Day 10

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our individual flights home or onward travel.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach and 4x4s
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

Travel Information

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2019 Tour Details

Sat 4th May - Mon 13th May

Available

Guaranteed Departure

$4,215

without flights

sgl supp: $490

RMN19A

Led By: Doru Bogdan

Guide Lecturer

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