One day tour option
*Important note: The tour cannot be organized on Mondays because while the Village Museum is open, the houses are not.
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Ø Transportation by touristic bus;
Ø English speaking guide;
Ø Lunch fix menu;
Ø Entrance fees and local taxes;
Ø Half a day or one-day tours visiting the most interesting sites in Romania;
Ø Private or small group tours upon request;
Ø You can extend your stay or come a few days prior to the Conference and visit the capital city, Bucharest, the medieval Bran castle, the monasteries in northern Moldova of unique artistic value, which are part of the UNESCO heritage; or ask for our suggestions and we will show you the best of our country
Terms and conditions:
Ø Registration open until 1st of April 2016 and will be confirmed depending on availability.
Ø The payment can be made until 4th of April 2016, by bank transfer in Euro or Lei, or by credit card based on an authorization form provided by the agency.
Ø Minimum group size 45 persons.
Ø In case of less than 45 persons registered until 1st of April 2016, the rates will be recalculated and every client will have the possibility to confirmthe new price or cancel his requestwith a full refund.
No. 133 Tomis Bd, Constanţa, Romania
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9.00 AM – 6.00 PM; Sat 10.00 AM - 2.00 PM; Sun closed
T: +4 0372 500 200; F: +4 0241 607 601
Trade Register: J13/1686/2009, VAT no RO25797124
RO20 INGB 0000 9999 0425 6620 (Lei)
RO36 INGB 0000 9999 0425 6623 (Euro)
ING BANK Romania; SWIFT CODE: INGBROBU
Rate: 40 Euro/person
10:00 – 10.30 Pick-up and transfer to the old city of Constanta;
Constanta is the oldest town attested on the Romanian territory. The first documentary attestation of this city dates back to 657 b.C., when in the area was founded a Greek colony called Tomis. The Greek settlements have been conquered by the Romans in 71 BC and renamed Constantiana, after the sister of the Roman Emperor Constantin the Great. During the 13th Century the town was developed by the Italian merchants from Genova. Constanta has declined during the Ottoman rule period. After the Romanian war of Independence 1877-1878, Constanta start to rise back and has been developed until the present as the largest harbor in Romania.
10:35 - 11:00 The Casino, short walk down the promenade to the Genoese Lighthouse,
Eminescu's statue & the Tomis Marina;
11:00 - 11:45 Free time in the Ovidiu Square - photos of Ovidius statue and at the Muslim
The statue of Ovidius
The statue representing Publius Ovidius Naso (43BC-17AC). The statue is located in the Ovidiu Square and was built in 1887 by the Italian sculptor Ettore Ferrari.
The Orthodox Cathedral
The Orthodox Cathedral Saints Peter and Paul was built between 1883 and 1895 by the famous Romanian architect Ion Mincu. It is a monument of Byzantine architectural style.
The Muslim Mosque
Built between 1910 and 1912 as a homage to the local Moslem community, the inauguration was made in the presence of Carol I (the first king of Romania). It was first named Carol I and later it was renamed Mahmud the Second. Going up in the Minaret Tower you can have a splendid panoramic view of the whole city Constanta.
11.45 – 12.45 Visit the Art Folk Museum
Founded in 1878, the museum contains relics and pieces of architecture from the Greek and Roman period.
12:45 - 13:15 Transfer to Murfatlar
13:30 - 14:30 Visit the Murfatlar wine cellar & wine tasting
The legend says that Muruvetly was a hospital man, anytime ready to give a helping hand to those in need. The people called him Muruvet (hospital man), and in his honour, they named their village “Muruvet”, turning along of the years into “Murfatlar”. One of the most famous of Romanian vineyards with over 130 gold medals, Murfatlar enjoys a generous climate, making possible the output of high quality wine sorts, such as: Chardonnay (served at 2-11° C with fish, seafood, chicken of beef), Cabernet Sauvignon (red wine had at 16-19° C with grilled meat), Merlot (red wine, served at 16-17 with grilled meat, venison and lamb), and a special flavourish wine “Lacrima lui Ovidiu” – Ovidius’s tear (served as appetizer, or as dessert, with fruit salad, pudding at 4-6° C).
The tourist will be initiated to the art of wine tasting by the specialists.
A wine tasting session includes 5 wine samples from different years, coming from the famousMurfatlar wine cellar.
14.30 – 16.00 Theme lunch at Murfatlar wine cellar restaurant with a traditional dishes of the region and folklore programme
16.30 – 17:30 Return to Constanta
Rate: 45 Euro/person
08:00 – 11:30 Pick-up and transfer from Constanta to Paclele, Buzau
11:30 – 14:00 Visit at Mud Volcanoes
Paclele Mici and Paclele Mari (Buzau county) form in the Subcarpathians of Curvature a peculiar phenomenon called the Mud Volcanoes. Extremely rare in the world, the mud volcanoes give the area a lunar tone and form fantastic images in a scenery taken from another world. Photo enthusiasts can not miss this amazing scenery and take unique photographs worthy to be shown in an exhibition.
The Mud Volcanoes stretch on a land of over 30 ha and were formed because of a natural gas release at more than 3000 m in depth. The geological and botanical reservation shelters a large variety of strange plants that have managed to adapt to the earth’s salty composition.
Once you arrive, you’ll notice countless ditches that lead to the miniature craters and contribute to the lunar aspect of the land. The conical structure of the volcanic formations is given by the mud’s contact with the surrounding air and the arid soil. Also, the landslides helped in creating this unique landscape in our country.
14:00 – 14:30 Transfer to Sarata Monteoru for lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Lunch in Sarata Monteoru
Sarata Monteoru is a small resort located in Buzau County, a scenic and relaxing place, suitable for a quiet holiday or for treatment, situated in a hilly area, covered by rich vegetation and away from the wind. The resort has salt mineral springs, with iodine, bromine, calcium, magnesium and sulfur.
A short stop in the resort will give the opportunity to enjoy a rustic traditional local lunch with Plescoi sausage, Babic, sheep pastramy, mamaliga, zacusca.
16:00 – 19:30 Transfer from Sarata Monteoru to Constanta
Rate: 50 Euro/person
08:00 – 11:30 Pick-up and transfer from Constanta to Bucharest
11:30 – 13:00 Visit at Village Museum for 1 hour and 30 minutes
Founded by royal decree in 1936, this fascinating outdoor museum, the largest in Europe, covers some 30 acres on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herestrau Park. It features a collection of 50 buildings representing the history and design of Romania's rural architecture. Steep-roofed peasant homes, thatched barns, log cabins, churches and watermills from all regions of the country were carefully taken apart, shipped to the museum and rebuilt in order to recreate the village setting. Throughout the year, the Village Museum hosts special events where you will have a chance to witness folk artisans demonstrating traditional skills in weaving, pottery and other crafts. Folk arts and crafts are available at the museum gift shop.
The highlight of the museum is probably the steep belfry of the wooden Maramureş church, complete with exquisite but faded icons. You should also not miss the earth houses of Straja, dug in to the ground and topped with thatched roofs, or the brightly painted dwellings of the Danube Delta. The museum has a great souvenir shop, and a stall selling traditional Romanian sweets and cakes.
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch at a local traditional restaurant
This is one of the few places in Bucharest where it seems that nothing has changed and the architecture reminds you of the Bucharest as being The Little Paris. The restaurant is famous for its most delicious dishes and for the beer prepared after a secret recipe. You will enjoy a variety of local dishes like: Bean soup with smoked, beef soup with cream and a chilli pepper on the side, sarmale (meat cabbage rolls) with polenta, mici (kransky and smoked sausage) with fried potatoes.
15:00 - 16:30 Visit of Palace of Parliament, standard tour and with panoramic views.
Right in the historical and geographical centre of Bucharest stands an impressive building that strikes the eye by its particular style. It is the Palace of the Romanian Parliament, a "giant" built during the dictatorial regime and born in the mind of a man for whom the notion of "reasonable size" did not exist.
Accordingly to Guinness Book, the Palace is the second administrative building in the world, after the American Pentagon, if we are to consider its area, 348,650 square meters. The building can be seen from the Moon, along with the American Pentagon and the Great Chinese Wall.
It is a remarkable fact that the Palace was built very fast (1983-1989). The Palace of the Parliament is also the world's Most Expensive Administrative building in the world: updated total costs are estimated at 4 billion USD. 17,000 artists and workers and more than 700 architects and Romanian plastic artists worked during the building process.
Besides, all the building materials came from Romanian sources: one million cubic meters of marble from Transylvania, 3,500 tons of crystal - 480 chandeliers, 1,409 ceiling lights and mirrors were manufactured, 700,000 tons of steel and bronze for monumental doors and windows, chandeliers and capitals, 900,000 cubic meters of wood essence, walnut, oak, sweet cherry, elm, sycamore maple, for parquet and wainscoting, 200,000 square meters of woolen carpets of various dimensions.
It has 1,100 rooms, 2 underground parking garages and is 12 stories tall.
16:30 – 19:30 Return to Constanta
- The tour cannot be organized on Mondays because while the Village Museum is open, the houses are not.
Rate: 60 Euro/person
07:00 – 13:30 Pick-up and transfer from Constanta to Bran
13:30 – 15:00 Visit Bran Castle and Market with souvenir shops
Bran Castle – which perches on a dramatic hilltop near Brasov in central Romania – has long been linked to the toothsome vampire. It is the ‘home’ of one of the greatest villains ever to stalk our nightmares – a place where only the brave might venture, and the more nervous might fear a sharp pain in the neck. Alternatively, it might be seen as a splendid royal palace in a less-seen part of Europe. Either way, these sites give a fascinating insight into the fortress that supposedly played host to one of the darkest figures of European mythology – Count Dracula.
It's a splendidly preserved 800 years old medieval structure that has been a fortress, customs post and royal residence; its most prominent inhabitant was Queen Marie, wife of Romania's King, who lived there. After the King abdicated and the Royal House was expelled by the Communist Regime, the castle became the propriety of the state, being abandoned. Now, the castles has an imperial ownership by Habsburg House, Dominic of Habsburg, Queen Marie’s nephew and Princess Ileana’s sun, after 60 years of exile.
It has soaring whitewashed towers and a picturesque courtyard, while the rooms are connected by winding staircases (and secret passages) and contain exquisite collections of finely carved furniture, painted icons, statues, ceramics and silverware. There is one chamber in the castle dedicated to Bram Stoker, where the legend of Vlad Tepes (known also under the name of Vlad Dracul) and the myth of Dracula are presented.
The Bran Castle is the destination preferred by American and British tourists for Halloween, who are able to peer into its creaky rooms and dark passageways.
The American magazine “Forbes” has placed Bran Castle on the 2nd position among the most expensive estates in the world, being estimated at 140 million dollars.
15:30 – 17:30 Traditional lunch
Traditional dishes, made with bio ingredients from local farms, using top quality meat from its own butchery. You will enjoy a variety of local dishes like: Bean soup with smoked, chicken soup with dumplings, beef soup with cream and a chilli pepper on the side, sarmale (meat cabbage rolls) with polenta, Transylvanian stew with polenta, mici (kransky and smoked sausage) with fried potatoes.
All fruit pies use local ingredients.
18:00 – 23:45 Return from Bran to Constanta