Guided tours in Romania

WINEYARDS AND WINETASTING TOUR

Tour in Romania

7 days/6nts tour Begins & ends Bucharest: 2nts Bucharest, 1nt Sibiel, 1nt Bran, 1nt Sinaia, 1nt Valea Calugereasca

Winegrowing has been known for centuries long in Romania. The country has been favoured by its geographical position in South-Eastern Europe, by its proximity to the Black Sea, as well as by the specificity of the local soil and climate.
Alongside France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Romania could also be called "a wine homeland" in Europe.
Archaeological finds and historical documents place the beginnings of wine culture on the present territory of Romania some 4.000 years ago.
High quality wines produced in this region were object of trade ever since ancient times.
Whoever wants to taste Romanian wines and enjoy tourism in the areas with Romania's best vineyards can always take a fourfold tour which might be called "Famous wineyards and winetasting in Romania".

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest
Meet your guide. Transfer from the airport to your 3*** hotel, centrally located in the Romanian Capital. Visit Bucharest old center and the Parliament House. Dinner. Evening at your leisure.

Day 2: Bucharest "€“ Stefanesti vineyard "€“ Sibiu "€“ Sibiel
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Bucharest and drive to Sibiu, along Olt river.
Winetasting and lunch at Stefanesti-Arges. The Stefanesti Wineyard is 10 km away from the town of Pitesti. First mentioned as early as the year 330 B.C., in a writing of the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus, the vineyard was reffered to in several medieval chronicles of Wallachia since 1388.
It mainly produces high quality wines like Feteasca Alba, Sauvignon Blanc, high quality red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Burgund mare, as well as flavoured wines like Tamaioasa Romaneasca.
In the evening short sightseeing of Sibiu: Defence Wall, the Stairs', the Gate's, the Drapers', the Potters', the Carpenter's, the powder Mill Towers, Thick Tower, Council Tower
In the evening we drive to Sibiel - a pitoresque Romanian village well-known for its Icons on Glass Museum: one of the most important collections of glass painting, with valuable icons from many regions of Romania. You can see here appears, frequently, the motif of the grape vine springing from the body of Jesus Christ, in naïve paintings.
Accommodation in Sibiel, dinner & breakfast included.

Day 3: Sibiel "€“ Blaj "€“ Sighisoara "€“ Brasov "€“ Bran

Breakfast. Departure for Blaj/Jidvei, in the Alba county, lying between the two Tarnava rivers. We will visit Viticultural research stations in the city countryside, with grapevine samples and wine cellars. Winetasting followed by lunch in Blaj/Jidvei: Feteasca Regala, Italian Riesling, Pinot Gris and Muscat Ottonel.
Drive to Sighisoara, the lively European medieval town whose old houses and edifices are still functional and well preserved. We will visit: Medieval fortifications (12th-17th Century) among which: Council Tower/Clock Tower at present History Museum; Hill Church; Vlad Dracul's House; Venetian House; Wooden Covered Staircase, Old Ladies'Corridor.
Optional: visit the medieval fortress.
Drive to Brasov in the afternoon. After we visit Brasov, we will chech-in in a vila in famous rural area close to Brasov, Bran village.
Rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 4: Bran "€“ Azuga wine cellars "€“ Sinaia Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Dracula"€™s Castle in Bran.
Visit Sinaia, the "Pearl of the Carpathians". Visit the Peles Castle: one of Romania's most beautiful palaces once the summer residence of the Romanian kings.

Winetasting and lunch in Azuga: sparkling wines and champagne type wines, produced after the traditional "champenoise" method. The wine cellars from Azuga were built in 1892, by the Rhein family, official supplier for the royal court.
Accommodation in Sinaia.



Day 5, Sinaia "€“ Dealu Mare vineyard - Valea Calugareasca vineyard (100 km)
After breakfast, we will continue our trip to visit one of the most famous region of vineyards in Romania: Valea Calugareasca "€“ Dealu Mare region.
We will visit the wine cellars from Dealu Mare region. The tourism and hospitality here display artifacts which testify the old tradition of wine-growing in these parts of Romania. The typical warm, dry microclimate and the rather long autumns favor rich grape crops of good quality. The soils rich in ferric oxides are particulary suitable for red and black sorts as: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Feteasca Neagra. Winetasting and lunch in Dealu Mare.
Accommodation

Day 6, Valea Calugareasca "€“ Panciu - Bucharest (365 km)
Today we will visit Panciu - Odobesti vineyard, one of largest and oldest in Romania. The wide variety of wines produced by the Odobesti vineyard makes it the most traditional wine-growing area in Romania, with six traditional sorts of Romanian wine, namely: Galbena de Odobesti, Plavaie, Feteasca Alba, and Feteasca Regala (white wines) and Babeasca neagra (red wines).
We will visit "The Royal Cellars", between other large cellars, comissioned by the Moldavian prince Mihai Sturza (1839). Winetasting and lunch in Panciu/Odobesti.
Arrival in Bucuresti in the afternoon. Accommodation in  Bucharest.

Day 7, Bucharest "€“ departure.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Transfer to Bucharest International Airport for departure.

End of the Romanian tour.