Following Queen Mary of Romania
Considered by many historians the “last romantic” queen, she was also a key-person in Romanian politics and cousin to King George VI. Luckily for Romania, Regina Maria was the active promoter of her country, she insisted that Romania would enter the World War alongside the Allied Powers. We can surely say that Queen Mary had a major contribution to the Great Union of 1918, when Romania succeeded in uniting all of its historical regions and consolidate its position in Europe. Her life was full of adventures combined with political interests. She could serve as an example of how a queen should serve her country. This tour brings us closer to her personality and by visiting the places she loved and where she lived, we will enter the atmosphere of the 20th century Romania, at the peak of its development. During the trip we will have the opportunity to see cultural monuments, both in Romania and Bulgaria, you will learn the history of these two countries and you will see an important part of their cultural and historical heritage.
Arrival in Bucharest. Dinner and accommodation. In the evening be prepared for a 1 hour presentation with slides about queen Mary’s life, activities and love affairs. Dinner in a special restaurant, designed in the atmosphere of early 20th century. Here you will understand why Bucharest was once called “ Little Paris of Eastern Europe”. Accommodation at NH Hotel 4*.
Bucharest and its neighborhoods. We will start voyage by having a city tour of Bucharest. We will visit the Cotroceni Palace, the residence of the princes of the Kingdom of Romania, Ferdinand and Maria. The residence still keeps objects belonging to the royal family: furniture, interior textiles, paintings etc. Next stop – the old city of Bucharest. The old city is the historic nucleus of Bucharest made of the old quarter of merchants and craftsmen that emerged in the vicinity of the Princely Court, from where Bucharest primarily developed. The area is presently the most fashionable entertainment district, a lively pedestrian area full of restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, boutiques and antique shops. Lunch in the famous Caru cu Bere Restaurant, a German style brewery. In the afternoon we will visit the Royal Palace, today the Art Museum. We will also visit the History Museum where the queen’s heart is to be found in a special box. Free dinner and same accommodation.
Bucharest – Balchik. Departure for Bulgaria to discover Queen Mary’s favorite place. Queen Mary loved this magical place so much that she demanded through her testament that her heart should be put to rest here, near the waves of the Back Sea. Lunch composed on fresh seafood in Bulgaria, next to the border. We will visit the palace, that was built between 1926- 1937, when Balcik was inside Romanian territory (now it’s only 65 kilometers below the Bulgarian-Romanian border). The villa is designed by the Italian architects and builders Augustino and Amerigo. The gardens are the “specialty” of the Swiss florist Jules Jany. There are more than 200 tree species, some of which are real paleontological treasure. Dinner in a local restaurant and accommodation in a 5* hotel in Balchik.
Balchik – Plovdiv. On the way to Plovdiv we will visit the monument known as the Madara Horseman in Madara reserve. Carved on a massive cliff some 23 meters high, it is a representation of early Medieval Bulgarian artistry. The relief depicts a horseman in a natural pose with a sword in his hand. Out next stop will be at Bachkovo monastery, the second largest monastery in Bulgaria and one of the most visited on the Balkan Peninsula. Here we will have lunch. Arrival in Plovdiv, one of the oldest cities in Europe, the city is contemporary with Troy. In the afternoon we will start with a walking city tour through the old city. Accommodation at Trimontium 4* hotel. Dinner in the old city.
Plovdiv – Veliko Tarnovo. We depart in the morning, and our first stop will be at the Thracian Tomb from Kazanlik, the capital of the Rose Valley. After the visit we continue towards Tarnovo, but we will have a small stop at the outdoor village museum from Etara. Here we will visit the Arbanassi church, which holds the most beautiful paintings in Bulgaria. Lunch will be in Arbanassi. We will arrive late in the afternoon in Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital of Bulgaria. Here you will enjoy a marvelous tour of the city. Later in the evening we will enjoy the sound and light show. Dinner in the old city and accommodation in a 4* hotel in the heart of the old city.
Veilko Tarnovo – Curtea de Arges – Brasov. We will depart in the morning, and cross the Danube at Russe. We will continue our journey to Curtea de Arges, the first capital of Wallachia in the 14th century. Before lunch we will visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in Romania, Curtea de Arges monastery, where Queen Mary and the entire royal family is buried. The Monastery church was renovated in the 19th century by the Romanian King Carol the First of Hohenzollern. After the visit we will continue over the Carpathians to Brasov. Accommodation in Hotel Aro 5* Dinner in the old city.
Brasov and surroundings. After breakfast we depart for Bran, a castle built by Saxons in 14th century and given to Queen Marry as a present in 1922, when the border between Romania and the Austrian Empire was erased and the castle lost its purpose as a border garrison. Here we will visit each room in order to have a better understanding of her life. It must be mentioned that the castle has been returned to the Saxa – Habsburg family, who accepted to keep it as an open museum. Lunch near the castle and in the afternoon we will go back to Brasov and enjoy the city tour. Same accommodation in Brasov, free dinner.
Brasov – Bucharest. In the morning we will have free time for shopping and the departure to the Prahova Valley will be at around 11:30. First we will have lunch with “champagne” tasting in Azuga. Here we will also visit the “champagne” producer – the Rhein winery (since 1892). They are the official supplier of the royal house of Romania even now. Our next stop will be at the Peles and Pelisor Castles, where Queen Marry lived with her husband Ferdinard I. We will arrive late in the afternoon in Bucharest, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner outside the city at Stirbey Palace. The Palace was owned by Prince Barbu Stirbey, the longest love affair of Queen Mary’s life. Dinner will be at the castle where Mary spent a long part of her life and even now we can find a portrait of her in one of the halls.
Price for minimum 10 paying guests:
• Double/twin room: 1653 Eur
• Single supplement: 308 Eur
• Accomodation in 3-4* hotels
• Meals according to the program
• Professional English-speaking guide services
• Entrance fees
• Printed info about the sites visited
• Luxury coach transport’ services with A/C
1. This program can be changed upon request.
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