Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
3:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby and depart for a tour of the city, including:
The Old Town, where you can stroll down Lipscani street, which used to be the most important commercial area in the country up until the 19th century. Here you'll find many pubs, bars and shops, as well as the beautiful building of the National Bank of Romania.
Stavropoleos Church, almost three centuries old, and all that remains after the monastery and the inn built in the same area were destroyed by the communists. In the back there's a beautiful courtyard, peaceful and serene where you can enjoy a leisurely evening.
Welcome dinner at the Jewish Community Center with the JCC Director and local members of the community.
Day Three: Tuesday EXPLORE "LITTLE PARIS"
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
Discover the capital of Romania, nicknamed "Little Paris" in the 1900's for its architectural beauty and reputation for the high life. View the Hill of Patriarchy and explore the historic city center.
Visit the Parliament Palace, which is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon.
Lunch on your own.
Travel to Sinaia to visit the infamous Peles and Pelisor Castles.
Travel to Brasov and check into your hotel.
Dinner on your own in Brasov.
Day Four: Wednesday EXPLORE BRASOV & BEYOND
Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to the Fortified Church in Prejmer, the biggest in all of Southeastern Europe. Built in the 14th century, this fortress retains the air of folklore while enshrining an ancient way of life.
Continue to the village of Bran, visiting Bran Castle, known as 'Dracula's Castle'.
Lunch on your own.
Explore the medieval town of Brasov:
Visit the Black Church, housing a priceless collection of Oriental rugs, as well as a 4000-pipe organ. Enjoy a private organ concert at the church.
View the Town Hall Square along with the Franciscan Monastery, the Black Tower and the White Tower.
Stroll through the Central Park, see Ecaterina's Gate, Schei Gate and Rope Street - the narrowest street in Europe.
Visit the Brasov Synagogue, built in 1899, and meet with the leaders of the current Jewish community in Brasov.
Dinner on your own.
Day Five: Thursday EXCURSION TO SIBIU | full day tour
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
Travel to Sibiu, designated European Capital of Culture in 2007.
Lunch on your own.
Continue on to Cozia Monastery through Olt River Gorges.
Return to your hotel in Bucharest for check-in.
Farewell dinner and a summation of your journey with your tour educator.
Day Six: Friday RETURN HOME
Breakfast at the hotel and checkout.
Transfer on own to Bucharest Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
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Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest
Located in central Bucharest, the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel is situated near the Romanian Athenaeum and just a five-minute walk from many popular tourist attractions.
Overlooking the Tampa Mountain and the medieval historic quarter of Brasov, the traditional Hotel Aro Palace faces the Central Park. It features spacious and luxurious accommodation and free internet access.
Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Landmark Cultural Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Landmark Cultural Expeditions) able to continue. Should Landmark Cultural Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.
Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
For a group of 20 passengers and more:
$8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.