DEPARTS : DECEMBER 3rd 2018
- Direct return flights Dublin to Bucharest
- All taxes and airport charges
- 10 kg hand luggage
- 4 nights B&B in the central 4 star Hotel Anda in Sinaia
- 3 evening meals in the hotel.
- Morning excursion to Castle Peles
- Day excursion to the medieval city of Brasov and its Christmas market
- Day excursion to Draculas Castle and its Christmas market – Entrance included
- City tour of Bucharest and visit to its Christmas market
- Services of our Mackin Travel tour leader
- Services of our local tour guide
- Single Supplement €40 ( only €10 per night)
- Checked Luggage
- Travel Insurance
We depart on our direct flight from Dublin to Bucharest. On arrival we are transferred by coach to the town of Sinaia where we are based for the next 4 nights in the centrally located 4* Hotel Anda. Sinaia takes its name from the 17th century monastery built by a nobleman after undertaking a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. Sinaia is one of the most famous and oldest mountain tourist resorts in Romania, known as “The Carpathian Pearl”. It is best known for being the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. There is normally snow in the mountains which gives it a very special Christmas atmosphere.
Today we visit Peles Castle which is nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe.
Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. King Ferdinand, who succeeded Carol I, commissioned the smaller, art nouveau-style Pelisor Castle nearby. Also worth exploring in town is Sinaia Monastery, named after the great Sinai Monastery on Mount Sinai. The monastery served as the residence of the royal family until Peles Castle was built, and now is home to a monastic establishment. The afternoon is free for you to explore this picturesque town. Dinner tonight is in the hotel.
Today we visit Brasov, known as the Crown City and fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. A perfect blend of old world charm with new world modernity, Brasov is a heady blend of medieval wonder, from the cobblestone streets to the various castles and buildings, all surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. After a short walking tour of Brasov with our local guide where you will get to see the main sights within the Old Town district, host to buildings like the Black Church and the Council Square you have free time to visit the Christmas market on the Central Square. You can buy artwork from local craftsmen and there's lots of great local food you can sample. You definitely want to try "Vin Fiert" (hot mulled wine) and "Tuica Fiert" (hot schnapps). Dinner tonight is in the hotel.
Today we visit the world famous 12th century Draculas Castle. Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200 foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stoker's Dracula. We always visit in the morning as Count Dracula sleeps during the day and we don’t want to disturb him!!! Afterwards you will have time for some bargain shopping at the very inexpensive christmas market located nearby. Dinner tonight is in the hotel.
We depart Sinaia for Bucherest in southern Romania, which is the country's capital as well as its cultural, financial and commercial centre. We will have a short tour of Bucharest. Its most iconic structure is the colossal Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People's Palace), it is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. It took 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build it.
We will visit the Bucharest Christmas Market which takes place in front of the Parliament building. Last year it won many awards as being one of the best Christms markets in Europe. More than 100 house-shaped kiosks will host merchants selling traditional objects, painted pottery, carved wood, Orthodox icons and traditional clothing, as well as Christmas decorations. Traditional food and mulled wine will also be available. We depart Bucharest late evening for the airport and return flight to Dublin.
This is our planned itinerary. Sometimes due to circumstances beyond our control we might have to vary it slightly.
We hope you will be able to travel with us and should you like to make a reservation please phone our Wexford office on 053 91 22121 The non-refundable booking deposit is €150.00 per person, the balance is due payable 8 weeks before departure.