VRANCEA WINERIES – BACAU – HUSI VINEYARD – PIATRA NEAMT – IASI – SUCEAVA
* Taste the sparkling wine of Prince Stephen the Great’s Royal Vineyard
* See the first Orthodox underground church in Europe
* Visit the country mansion of the greatest Romanian composer
* Taste the wines of Husi Vineyard
* Bicaz Dam & Canyon and the Red Lake also look forward to astonish you
* Listen the 8 bells of the tower Carillon of Iasi Culture Palace singing the Union Round Dance song
* Step inside the famous Sucevita Byzantine painted monastery (UNESCO heritage)
* Go shopping for black pottery
* Touch a 800 years old oak
DAY 1 – VRANCEA WINERIES
Welcome and greetings at Bucharest or Bacau Airport.
Private car transfer to Vrancea wineries.
Taste the sparkling wine of Prince Stephen the Great’s Royal Vineyard
Placed at Carpathian Mountains’ curvature, Panciu Vineyard is one of the largest lands under grapevine crop in Romania.
It stretches over about 10,000 hectares and both quantity and quality of grapes and wines produced here is famous.
Local wine cellars’ history began in the 15th century, during the reign of Prince Stephen the Great of Moldavia.
With 24 m depth and 2000 m long galleries their royal cellar is really impressive.
No less than 36 galleries cross the longest one of 560 m.
Their present capacity reaches 3 million bottles. Wine making takes place in a modern manufacture founded in 1949 in the vineyard core.
This company keeps on the same quality level since almost 50 years.
Visit the Royal Vineyard and cellar with their guide before tasting the wines.
Three wines, two classic sparkling wines and one sweet sparkling wine await you.
Plus a complimentary gift box with two of their great wines.
And if you wish more you’ll get them with discount !
DAY 2 – BACAU COUNTY
See the first Orthodox underground church in Europe
And the lake and waterfall within Targu Ocna Salt Mine.
This is one of the most famous deposits where they exploited and still exploit the salt. The administrator is Salrom (the Salt National Company of Romania).
Visit the country mansion of the greatest Romanian composer
In 1880 the great boyar family Rosetti Tescanu built a mansion in Bacau County.
At the beginning of the 20th century this became residence of George Enescu’s family.
In its park, you can still find Enescu’s elm tree, now over 250 years old.
For a totally shocking experience you should attend a concert in the garden.
All birds in the surrounding trees will sing along with musicians after George Enescu scores.
Dinner and overnight at Dumbrava Hotel
DAY 3 – HUSI VINEYARD
Taste the wines of Husi Vineyard
About Husi wines excellent quality there are old records belonging to foreign travelers who have crossed through medieval Moldavia.
“Husi, ancient settlement of Moldavia’s vineyards, produces a tasty, aromatic and very much sought after wine.”
This is what Marco Bandinus was writing around 1646.
Between 1600-1662, locals planted extensive vines on these lands, setting up the princely vineyards at Husi.
Including about 3,000 ha vine, nowadays Husi’s vineyard has an average production of 10,000 kg/ha.
With 3 wine factories and 200 specialists, this company produces 20 wine sorts, of which 8 red and 12 white.
Products quality has been steadily increasing as well as their competitiveness regarding the superiority, originality and price.
No wonder their wines have won numerous medals and awards at specialized competitions in the country and abroad.
Husi great brand wine derives from the glorious Busuioaca de Bohotin – Husi.
In metaphorical expression, this has gained the blazon of muscat-nectarious wine, rosy colored and organoleptically fully optimized.
But enough with the stories, it’s time to see with your own eyes the wine cellar and collection winery.
Then you will taste 4 wines Husi Zghihara, Royal & Black Feteasca and Bohotin Busuioaca.
An assorted plate with Romanian traditional products will accompany them.
And in the end you will receive a gift box with a bottle of “Husi Zghihara 2005” wine. Tempting, isn’t it ?!
DAY 4 – NEAMT COUNTY
Take your photo in front of the Tower of Stephan the Great, Prince of Moldavia.
On Bistrita River, between 1951 and 1960 communism opposers (kulaks) and militaries built Bicaz Dam.
They followed engineer Dimitrie Leonida’s design, as meant to be done earlier, the construction was delayed by Second World War.
Both Bicaz city and cement plant appeared due to this dam.
And in order to create Bicaz (Izvorul Muntelui) accumulation lake they had to move 20 villages.
The lake has 33 sq km and 97 m maximum depth at dam.
And now you can voyage it aboard the largest floating hotel on a mountain lake from Romania !
As regards Stejarul hydroelectric power plant, meant to provide electric energy in Moldavia, it has one of the biggest hydroelectric tunnels in the world.
Serve lunch on a vessel while voyaging on Bicaz Lake.
Then, once within Bicaz Canyon Hasmas National Park you cannot skip at least 2 of its highlight protected areas: Bicaz Canyon and Red Lake.
Particularly picturesque geographical area along transcarpathian road DN 12C, Bicaz Canyon connects Gheorgheni (Transylvania) to Bicaz (Moldavia).
Bicaz River and its feeders created here kilometers of ravines.
So the road has serpentines of overwhelming beauty with splendid rocky massifs.
It is one of the most spectacular drives in the country.
And once again you will realize how small and insignificant you are compared with what nature created.
The cherry on top is to be lucky enough to hear a flute song while shopping for souvenirs in the canyon.
It is really magical and the sound reverberating by the stone walls makes your ears unable to locate its source.
At dinner try some traditional recipes that brought the Jury’s Great Prize for Gastronomy to Teo Boardinghouse.
Of course you can also spend the night here, in the middle of Bicaz Canyon.
DAY 5 – IASI CITY
Palace of Culture
During Iasi walking tour you will find out what is so special about the city’s effigy: Palace of Culture.
Just to give you some hints: the legend says it has 365 rooms.
It is one of the last expressions of Romanticism in the official architecture.
It is also the most outstanding work of Romanian architect I.D. Berindei, trained at the Fine Arts School in Paris.
During its construction, Henri Coanda invented a special material, named by him bois-ciment, used for decorating several rooms.
DAY 6 – BUCOVINA
Sucevita Byzantine painted monastery
Probably the most beautiful and impressive Byzantine painted monastery in Bucovina is Sucevita Monastery ensemble.
The harmonious combination of defensive, civil and religious architecture, stone and wood sculptures, paintings and religious decorative art is jaw-dropping.
Its Resurrection Church – built at the end of 16th century by Movila brothers – is on the UNESCO Patrimony List.
The brother artists Sofronie and Ion decorated both the inside and outside of the elegant church.
The richness of paintings makes it stand out.
Private car transfer to Bacau or Bucharest airport.
* What to expect: highly customized itinerary planning & travel arrangements, upscale / luxury rooms and suites recommendations, traditional / fine dining top restaurants recommendations, all in city private transfers by chauffeured car, entrance fees.
* Base price (itinerary planning & all inclusive car rental services): from 1,600 Euro for up to 6 guests.
* Tour type: escorted.
* Departures: all year round.
* Interests: family, wine tasting, culture, monasteries, nature, wildlife, photography, relaxing.
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