Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Locally Hosted, Private

Essential Romanian Countryside (4 days)

Exeter International

Sibiu, Romania To Bucharest, Romania

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Sibiu, Romania
Levoslav House Breakfast

This morning, your Romanian guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel to head out into the Romanian countryside.


Transfer north across the Carpathian Mountains and into the Transylvania region. En route, you will stop in the historic town of Curtea de Arges. Curtea de Arges is strategically situated on the right bank of the Arges River, where it flows through a valley through the lower Carpathian Mountains. The city was a princely seat in the 14th Century and the ruins of the Princely Court, which originally included a church and a palace, are still to be seen in the city’s Old Center. The beautifully preserved Princely Church was built in the 14th Century and its interiors were richly decorated with frescoes in the Byzantine tradition.


Later, you will reach the town of Sibiu which, together with Luxembourg, was voted the European Capital of Culture for the year 2007. Sibiu is one of Romania's cultural and tourism centers, attracting tourists due to its wonderful medieval charm, excellent views of the surrounding landscapes, great food, and stunning parkland.

Day 2
Sighisoara, Romania
Sibiu, Romania
Casa Fronius Breakfast

This morning your guide will take you on an overview walking tour of Sibiu’s Old Town. Known also as Hermannstadt, the city has been the center of Romania's German minority since medieval times. Even today, it contains Romania's largest German community and the Germanic feel of the area has been well maintained.


During the 18th and 19th Centuries, Sibiu became the second and later the first most important city of Transylvania. After the Romanian Orthodox Church was granted independence from the Habsburg Empire in the 1860s, Sibiu became the Metropolitan seat. After the First World War, when the Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved, Sibiu became part of Romania and the majority of its German population migrated to Germany.


You will have a walk around the Lower City and explore the rather wide medieval streets and the small, tucked-away squares. Sibiu’s architecture is rather rustic, consisting typically of two-story houses with tall roofs and gates opening passages to inner courtyards. In this part of town you will also see Sibiu’s oldest church, dating back to 1386.


You will also see the Council Tower, one of the city's symbols. This former fortification tower from the 14th Century was successively rebuilt over the years. Later today, you will also walk to the Small Square to see the first bridge in Romania to have been cast in iron in the 19th Century. It was nicknamed ‘the Liar's Bridge’ after the tricky merchants who met here to trade. Just to the right of the bridge is another symbol of the city - the House of the Arts, an arched building which once belonged to the Butchers' Guild. On the left side of the bridge is the Luxemburg House, a Baroque four-story building, the former seat of the Goldsmiths' Guild.


You will continue your tour with the exploration of the Large Square, which has been the city’s focal point since the 16th Century. On the corner of the square, you will visit the Brukenthal Palace, one of the most important Baroque monuments in Romania, built in the end of the 19th Century as the main residence for the Governor of Transylvania Samuel von Brukenthal. Nowadays it houses the main part of the National Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817. Next to the palace is the Blue House - an 18th Century Baroque house bearing the old coat of arms of Sibiu on its façade.


Your driver and guide will also take you a couple of miles out of the city to the Dumbrava Forest, where the ASTRA National Museum Complex is located. This open-air museum incorporates the four ethnology and civilization museums in the city, as well as a series of laboratories for conservation and research, and a documentation center. Focusing on preserving the Romanian folk heritage, the museum features a variety of authentic rural buildings including water mills and wind mills, which have been brought in from all corners of the country to create an open-air ethnographic complex.


Later this afternoon, you will continue east and to Sighișoara - the birthplace of the infamous Vlad Tepes and one of the most charming and historic towns in the whole of Transylvania. Upon arrival, you will check-in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 3
Brasov, Romania
Sighisoara, Romania
Bella Muzica Breakfast

Today our guide will take you on a walking tour of Sighișoara’s Old Town which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. This ancient town is still very much a functioning hub of the Transylvanian region. You will see the medieval Citadel with 9 surviving towers; the over 200 feet-tall Clock Tower – once the main entrance to the fortified city; and the Covered Stairway leading to the still-functioning School on the Hill, the Saxon Church on the Hill and the nearby Saxon cemetery.


You will later transfer south-east of Sighișoara and arrive in the village of Viscri, famous for its 12th – century one-room church, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Today, but only if you are interested, you will also visit the Bran Castle. Commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, the Bran Castle was originally a stronghold built by the Teutonic Knights in the 12th Century. The building of the actual castle started in 1378 as a defense against the Turks and later became a customs post on the pass between Transylvania and Wallachia. The castle is famous because of the wide-spread myths that it was once the home of Vlad the Impaler, although there is no historic evidence that he ever lived here. Note – this is a huge tourist attraction and, in our opinion, has lost all of its charm and historical significance to the hordes of bus tours and Dracula-selling tourist stands right in the front.


In the afternoon, you will arrive into another former Saxon stronghold – Brașov. One of the most historic towns in the Transylvanian region, Brașov was founded in the 13th Century as a German merchant colony and soon became a major medieval trading center. The Saxons built ornate houses and churches, protected by a massive defensive wall parts of which still remain.


Upon arrival, you will continue with an overview tour of Brașov’s Old Town and see the Council House in the middle of the Old Town’s square. The building’s tower, called the Trumpeter’s Tower, was once a watchtower from which alarm was sounded in times of danger. After a great fire in 1689, the building was restored and completed as a Renaissance-style loggia dominated by a Baroque facade bearing the coat of arms of the town. The Counsel House was at that time the business and political decision-making center of the city. Today it houses the Brașov Historical Museum, which focuses on the history of the Saxon guilds. Brașov also has some wonderful examples of Renaissance, Baroque and Romanian 19th Century architecture.


You will also visit the famous Black Church, the largest Gothic Church in Romania and indeed, in the entire Balkan region. It was built in the 14th Century as a three-nave basilica by German architects and masons commissioned by the Saxon community of Brașov. The current structure was probably erected on top of an older church which was destroyed during the Mongol invasion in the 13th Century. Following the damage from the fire in 1689, which also blackened the building giving it its current name, the Black Church was rebuilt with the help of masons from Danzig (today Gdansk in Poland), in the Baroque style.

Day 4
Bucharest, Romania
Brasov, Romania
None Breakfast

After checking-out from your hotel this morning, your guide will meet you for the transfer south toward Bucharest.


You will reach the mountain resort of Sinaia and what is considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in the whole of Europe. Sinaia was named after the 17th-century Sinaia Monastery located in the valley of the Prahova River. The monastery itself was built by a local prince after his pilgrimage to Mount Sinai and named after it.


Located in an idyllic setting near Sinaia, the Peles Castle is indeed a masterpiece of German new- Renaissance architecture. The former summer palace of King Carol, its architecture is resplendent with turrets, curlicues and painted frescoes on the walls.


Arrival in Bucharest and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Description

A wonderful overview of the Romanian countryside.  A perfect pre or post cruise extension for those starting or ending in Bucharest.

About Us

For 25 years, Exeter International has established itself as the leading deluxe specialist operator to Central and Eastern Europe, Russia & Central Asia. We use our intimate regional knowledge and expertise to create unique, often limited access travel experiences. Our multi-national, multi-lingual specialists craft authentic insider experiences, created with imagination. When you book with Exeter International you can expect the top guides in each city pre-reserved weeks in advance, matched to your preferences. Our specialists have also been recognized by the Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure top agent list since their inception.

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Terms & Conditions

Visas & Passports  –

Russia requires visas of United States citizens and Exeter International will arrange for the invitation required for a visa upon

booking. Each traveler will be responsible for one passport photo, a completed visa form, one photo copy of the information pages of his/her passport, the invitation, and the visa processing fee. If the traveler would like, Exeter International will obtain all visas at additional cost. Each traveler is responsible for his/her own passport, which must be valid for six (6) months after the completion of the participant’s tour. Exeter International is not responsible for the refusal of a visa to any traveler by any consulate. In the event of visa refusal, any and all expenses/cancellation fees shall be borne by the traveler.


Payment Policies - Deposit Requirements

Small Group Tours - Deposits ($500) per person, for group tours are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and are non-refundable and nontransferable. We will hold your reservation for one week after you book your tour without a deposit. Some special programs (cruises and trains) may have different deposit policies.


Independent Programs -

 A 10% or $250 per person (whichever is greater) non-refundable deposit is required to confirm an independent travel program. No Services are confirmed prior to deposit being received.


Payment Policies – Final Payment

Final payment is due 60 days prior to the commencement of travel. If final payment is not received 60 days prior to departure, your reservation will automatically be canceled. Some special programs (cruises and trains) may have different final payment policies.


Prices and Services – All taxes are included in program prices.


Payments –

Payments must be made in Tampa, FL to Exeter International at least eight weeks prior to departure and are accepted by check, cash or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card for credit card payment. Please note that payment for any services a traveler wishes to add once travel commences must be made in United States Dollars to the Exeter International local representative. We cannot accept personal checks or travelers checks overseas.


Hotels –

The tour cost assumes double occupancy in all hotels. Single supplements will be calculated based on exact dates of travel. We reserve the right to substitute hotels of equal or superior quality.


Transfers & Vehicles –

Exeter International will supply its travelers with personal transportation to and from all train stations, airports and ports, as described in the tour description. Baggage assistance is included for one piece of luggage per person, but tour participants should be prepared to handle their own bags at certain times during the tour. Please read carefully the Exeter International Travel Tips publication. We cannot guarantee air-conditioned vehicles in some cities. Touring and transfers will be by regular 4 passenger cars unless you have specifically ordered a

luxury car for your tour.


Scheduling –

Please note that due to circumstances beyond the control of Exeter International, the tour may not be deliverable exactly as described (i.e. theater scheduling, hotel occupancy, etc.), BUT Exeter International will substitute scheduled or advertised events, hotels, and restaurants with alternatives of equal or greater value and quality. All hotels, restaurant and airline space is subject to their management’s approval. Exeter International will make every effort to guarantee this package as is, but conditions will sometimes mandate minor changes to the program. Reservations are nontransferable.


Expedited Services


Expedited Bookings –

All bookings confirmed less than six weeks before departure will require expedited procedures. The cost for expedited

bookings is $250 per booking.


Expedited Documents –

If final travel documents are required more  than four (4) weeks in advance of the departure date, a $50 expedited documents fee applies to the booking. If overnight delivery of documents is required at any time, a fee of $35 will be applied to the booking.


Itinerary Changes –

Once a group or individual travel itinerary has been confirmed, an amendment fee of $100 per revision will be charged. The traveler will also be responsible for any additional expenses that may be incurred due to a voluntary itinerary change.


Cancellation Policies –

Up to 8 weeks prior to departure: Deposit is nonrefundable 8 weeks to 14 days prior to departure: 50% cancellation fee 13 days or less prior to departure: 100% cancellation fee Reservations made at Russian and non-Western hotels are nonrefundable within 30 days of departure. Travelers are liable for airline and hotel cancellation fees as stated in their agreements. For all cruise and train bookings, please refer to the cancellation policies outlined in the specific Terms & Conditions for that program. All cancellations must be received in writing. If Exeter International must cancel your trip, you will be fully refunded.


Guaranteed Departures and Small Groups -

All Exeter International tours are guaranteed departures unless specifically noted with a minimum group size in the tour description. In small groups (less than 8 guests), the guides will act as the tour mangers in each of the cities. For all groups larger than 8 guests a tour manger will meet the group upon arrival in the first city of the tour and travel with this group throughout the duration of the tour. Certain events and meals may be changed slightly for small groups, as described in the brochure.


No Smoking –

 For the enjoyment of all passengers, smoking is not allowed on Exeter International buses and cars or while the group is together on tour or at meals.


Insurance –

Exeter International highly recommends that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. This may be purchased directly through Exeter International or through your travel agent.


What is included –

Your tour includes everything that is specifically stated in the tour description. Breakfast (usually buffet) is usually provided daily; lunch and dinner will be provided only as stated in the tour description. Meals always include tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages and mineral water are not included in meals, unless specifically noted. Visa fees are not included in tour prices.


Exeter International’s Responsibility –

Exeter International reserves the right, but is not obligated, to not accept or retain as a tour passenger any member whose

condition or physical needs or conduct impede the operation of the tour or affect the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of the tour’s other participants. A refund of the unused portion of the tours is the limit of Exeter International’s liability if such a person is asked to leave the tour.

Exeter International acts only on behalf of hotels, restaurants, train lines, boat lines, its owners, operators or contractors (all herein called contractors) providing services in connection with Exeter International’s tours. In the absence of negligence on Exeter International’s part, Exeter International is not responsible for personal injury or property damage or loss arising out of the act or negligence of any direct air carrier, hotel or other person rendering any of the services or accommodations offered herein. The traveler agrees to the foregoing, and also agrees that Exeter International will not be or become liable or responsible for any loss, default, or injury of any person, company, or other legal entity engaged to supply the same. Exeter International accepts no responsibility for losses or expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strikes, hotel overbooking, social and labor unrest, terrorist activities, war, quarantine, or any other causes, actions or omissions, or conditions over which it has no control.


Additional Terms – Venue for all claims or disputes shall be exclusively in Hillsborough County, Florida, whose Courts, using Florida Law, shall have exclusive jurisdiction. Damage claims against Exeter International shall be limited to the value of the particular item in dispute and not for any incidental, consequential, or special damages. Exeter International assumes responsibility for representations it makes, but not for those made by others and including, but not limited to, any employee of Exeter International or independent travel agent. Payment for reservations on any Exeter International tour shall constitute consent to all the provisions in the General Information and Conditions published herein and is binding on all tour and travel participants.


All tour prices include the cost of planning and operations and are based on the tariffs, fuel costs and exchange rates in effect November 1, 2009 and are subject to change without notice at any time prior to payment in full of tour services.


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Highly recomended

By: KandeeB


Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2013

Exeter International was staffed with first class personnel from the drivers to the EXTRAORDINARY guides through out the trip. The vehicles used to transport us were luxurious. The hotels were commensurate with the level of quality expected by the cost and located in the most advantageous sites. Totally organized and stress free experience.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg
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Great high-end travel company

By: Not provided


Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2013

Does superb job for demanding high-end travel Customized travel with excellent guides and programs. You pay but you get what you pay for.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner
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Highly recommend

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2013

Exeter was very well organised with very good guides and drivers. Our requests were responded to with professional speed. Some of our hotels could have been better. But we understand that they were the best available. We would have no hesitation using this agency again and recommending them to others.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale
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Pampered Travel

By: KandeeB


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Exeter provides luxury travel with all the hassles and worries removed. The quality of their drivers and guides is first rate. From the minute you arrive until your final departure you are in excellent hands. The itinerary is well thought out and provides many special visitations not offered to other tourists. I have heartily recommended Exeter to several people without any reservation.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Recommended

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2014

We have used Exeter on a prior trip and were equally happy with them this time. We did have a Russian Visa situation which could have been serious, but was resolved quickly.The guide spoke very good English and was knowledgable in history and art along with the local architecture. The driver was also very safe in a chaotic traffic system.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

highly recommend

By: BB


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Highly recommended

By: Mkt123


Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2014

We were connected with local English speaking guides and drivers that gave us an inside view of each country we traveled to. The experience was priceless.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Rhodes

Oustanding Guides

By: J & W


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2014

All of the services provided by Exeter were truly outstanding. The hotel accommodations were excellent. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and well organized. The drivers were prompt and courteous. The suggestions for restaurants and additional things to do and see were very good. The printed booklet of helpful hints and language support was a nice bit of support for travelers who are visiting countries for the first time.
Travel Advisor:  Sara Krutsinger

Across the Russian Far East

By: Judee 544


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2015

Everything was perfectly planned and resulted in a wonderfully exciting trip with all of our interests and needs taken into account. going on such an adventurous and challenging trip, so far away when one is no longer young could have been quite difficult, but instead was nothing but a fabulous experience. Wonderful guides and wonderful experiences on the Trans-Siberian Express and the cities of the Russian Far East, and a lovely hotel at the end in Moscow.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Rubenstein

Excellent Russian Trip

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2016

Exeter provided all of our guides and support for a 9 day family trip to Russia - very well informed, personable guides and smooth transportation. We were a bit hesitant to go to Russia but highly recommend - the trip of a lifetime !
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman
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Germany

By: TheGrapevine


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

Take out trip insurance - not going to bash - but you get the idea.....
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1st Class

By: Carlos Gavidia


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2017

From the beginning to the end this organization really surprised me! From getting our travel visas for Moscow to every detail of the tour pick up transfers and tours through the city were perfectly executed
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

Uzbekistan

By: Podge84@aol.com


Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

Exeter was excellent with tour logistics and great guide. Seamless trip.
Travel Advisor:  Britt Gerber

Great planning and service

By: WWII And Cold War History


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Exeter planned an excellent two week trip for me and my three teenagers. We went to Poland, Germany and Amsterdam. We focused on WWII and Cold War history. The plan was thoughtful and well paced. When I had questions Exeter staff responded promptly. A very good experience.
Travel Advisor:  Josh Friedman

St. Petersburg Tour

By: B Snead


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Our driver and guide could not have been better. Polite and accommodating for the three days we were in St. Petersburg. We saw a lot of attractions, got some behind the scenes tours and were able to access some sights prior to the general public. I would use Exeter again without hesitation!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Guide

By: Hodges


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Exceeded all expectation. Super cost effective to compared to Oceania.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Germany & Russia

By: Oz


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

I strongley reccomend Exeter for shore excursions. Their staff and vehicles were first class, and the value was tremendous. We never felt uncomfortable or worried about being back to the ship on time. True professionals.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great tour

By: mt


Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2017

Knowledgable, efficient and friendly tour operators!

Baltic Cruise

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Fantastic tour service. Their guides and drivers were outstanding. Guides all had an excellent knowledge of the city and the history. We are very pleased that Ralph recommended Exeter. When comparing notes with others that had used the tours supplied by the ship, we learned that we had seen and accomplished much more than they had. Our guides were able to make special arrangements that others could not. Will always use Exeter when it is available
Travel Advisor:  Ralph Iantosca

Great tour

By: Ann


Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2017

Everything was wonderful. Very nice guide and well informed about the places we visited.

Exeter International

By: Goodwitch


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

All guides were great and expedited airport service was fantastic
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Smith

St Petersburg

By: Swan


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Absolutely fabulous
Travel Advisor:  Sherrie Coffey

Custom Guided Tour

By: JJ


Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2017

The tour guides and drivers were outstanding plus. They were very personable, always early, and their local knowledge was excellent. All of them were eager to please and all adapted to the changing crowd situation caused by weather, national holiday, or political meeting.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy