SINAIA – BUSTENI – AZUGA
Take a private tour across Wallachia in a breathtaking getaway on Prahova Valley.
This is among the most beautiful valleys in Balkans !
Your private tour features guided access inside Peles fairy-tale alike castle from Sinaia – the pearl of Carpathian Mountains.
And a feast at the Outlaw’s Hut whose excellence in Romanian culinary tradition is nationwide recognized.
* Potigrafu, Breaza and Comarnic movie settings places
* Sinaia royal resort
* Sphinx & Old Ladies
DAY 1 ~ PRAHOVA VINEYARDS
Welcome and greetings at Bucharest airport
Movie buffs, Potigrafu village is definitely for you !
Released in 2003 and having no less than 7 Oscar nominations, Cold Mountain features Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Renee Zellweger.
It brought to the last one the golden statue, opening a new era for Romania in movie industry.
The movie depicts an impressive story of love and war from the America of 1860s.
They filmed it for 5 months in Potigrafu village (Gorgota, Prahova county), Rasnov and Zarnesti (Brasov County) and only 2 weeks in U.S.A.
By the way, the leading actors enjoyed visiting Bran and Sighisoara.
Budureasca Wine Tasting
They have a steady growing demand, both domestically and abroad.
Their portfolio includes over 100 earned medals.
These surely confirm the quality of Budureasca wines varieties.
In 2013 they won no less than 8 gold medals in famous international competitions.
Mondial du Merlot (Switzerland), Mondial de Bruxelles (Belgium), International Wine & Spirit Competition (England) and ProWein (Germany).
Which is the secret of this Romanian wine producer in Dealu Mare vineyard ?
They say the vineyard and the people.
We say: these would be great gifts too !
Dinner and overnight at the Mansion among vines
DAY 2 – PRAHOVA VALLEY
Breaza – One of the very few places with the purest air
Ever since 1928, this has been a spa resort and here you can breathe fresh air due to ozone and negative ions with therapeutic effect.
Together with the roads between Breaza and Comarnic this city was one of the settings for “The Brothers Bloom” (2007) with Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz that received 3 Oscar nominations.
Hand-made Tapestry and Traditional Romanian Crafts” by Elisabeta MURGU
All the crafts on display are hand-made and represent a significant value of the traditional artists.
Near the entrance of the Prahova Valley is the community of Breaza, home to a small craft workshop.
Women have made their living for many years producing table linens, and gauze blouses traditional to the region.
A single blouse may take up to ten days to complete.
The women start by cutting out the fabric, then carefully join each piece with hand sewn seams.
They add brightly colored cross-stitch patterns, in hues of gold, blue and red, just like a century ago.
It’s time for the royal resort !
The most beautiful valley in Romania is the Valley of Prahova river.
This is also the one where there are the most numerous highlight sightseeing.
Riding along it, just when you start feeling like being on a photo safari you reach Sinaia resort.
Its charm is due both to the grace of the architecture and to the wonderful natural setting.
That’s why its nickname is the pearl of Carpathian Mountains.
Here you can ski on sky due to the unique phenomenon in Romania named “sea of clouds”.
Between the elevations of 1400 and 2000 meters tourists have the sensation of skiing above the clouds ceiling.
Initially in this place there was only Izvor (Source) village.
The only villagers were those who watched over Sinaia monastery, named after Sinai Mount.
King Carol I of Romania was one of Romania’s great kings and conqueror of National Independence.
Born in 1839 Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, he ruled between 1866 and 1914.
The year of 1866 was also the one when he first visited the region and future site of the castle.
He fell in love with the rugged but magnificent mountain scenery.
So he ordered a complex composed of 3 monuments:
* the opulent Peles Castle for His Majesty and Queen Elisabeth,
* the nearby Castelul Pelisor (Little Peles Castle) as summer residence for King Ferdinand
* and Foisorul de Vanatoare (Hunting Pavilion).
Royal family lived for 12 years within the last one, until workers finished Peles Castle.
Their daughter, Princess Mary, insisted with the King to bring her to Peles creek too.
That was the period when Sinaia mountain resort became famous.
Don’t miss out the Little trains exhibition within Sinaia Train Station.
Find out about the connection between Sinaia Casino, Pleasure train, Benli and Red Cross Society.
Discover the meaning of Sinaia monastery’s name.
Visit a fairy tales castle, Peles, the 6th most spectacular in the world.
And step inside one of the dream castles of the artist queen: Pelisor.
Take your photo in front of King Carol I’s Hunting Pavilion.
And listen the music of the composer George Enescu within his memorial house.
DAY 3 – BUSTENI & AZUGA RESORTS
Continuing towards the small town of Busteni, you can admire the towering cliffs and Caraiman to the west.
Look for Caraiman Cross that entered the Guiness World Records.
Feel the special thrill of Caraiman Monastery.
And don’t miss the lunch at Nabob’s Castle !
Then take the cable car up to the Sphinx & Old Ladies.
Dinner and overnight at Lux Garden Hotel.
Return to Bucharest airport.
* What to expect: highly customized itinerary planning (10% discount for tours longer than 1 week), recommendations for upscale / luxury hotels and traditional / fine dining top restaurants, all in country private transfers
* Optional (subject to availability): special experiences (helicopter leisure flight over Bucharest and / or Carpathian Mountains, other experiences), personal tour manager
* Base price (itinerary planning & all inclusive car rental): from 936 Euro for up to 6 guests
* Tour type: escorted.
* Departures: all year round.
* Interests: family, gourmet / wine tasting, culture / art / museums, movie buffs, history, churches.
* Further details and notes
Speak to your local expert and start creating your private bespoke tour !