At the eastern edge of Europe lies the ring of the Carpathian Mountains. The plains within these mountains were once the homeland of the Dacians, one of Rome’s great enemies, who were conquered in AD106.
Here the Romans stretched their defensive frontier from the Danube across the Carpathians to the Black Sea, in a complex system combining the naturally defensive geography with forts, walls and ditches. Once again at the frontier of empires in the Medieval period, nobles and princes fortified themselves behind Gothic castle walls, inspiring all sorts of Transylvanian legends....
- Visit Histria, the largest excavation site in Romania
- Explore the iconic Bran Castle
- Travel in 4x4s to Sarmizegetusa Regia
- Be accompanied by an expert at all times
- Learn about Greek, Roman, Saxon and Gothic archaeology
- Historic Churches
- All Inclusive
- Special Access
We fly to Bucharest from London and drive to Constanta.
We explore Constanța, the ancient city of Tomis, including some current excavations and the ‘mosaic building’. The large museum houses “finds” from all over Dobrogea, including the famous ‘Sculpture Treasury’, where we have a special finds handling session. In the afternoon we visit Mangalia, originally a Greek colony.
A day at Histria allows us to explore the largest excavation site in Romania. Most of the visible monuments are Late Roman in date, including city walls, baths and several Christian basilicas.
This morning a drive to Adamclisi, takes us to the Tropaeum Traiani, the triumphal monument erected in celebration of Trajan’s victory over the Dacians. We then explore the ancient city. In the afternoon we drive to Bucharest.
Our first visit is to the National Museum in Bucharest, which holds treasures from all over Romania. Before lunch, we tour the old town, then continue to the Philharmonia Academy followed by a look at the ‘Pharaonic House of the People’ - Romania’s Parliament. We end the day at the Village Museum.
We drive this morning along the Prahova Valley to Bran Castle, popularly linked with Dracula. We then continue to Brasov, a once Saxon Kronstadt, with many characteristic buildings. We spend the afternoon walking around Brasov.
Continue exploring Brasov, including the archaeological exhibition and the Gothic Black Church. We then head to the fortified Saxon church of Cisnadie, en route to Sibiu, a Medieval town founded in the 12th century by Saxon settlers. Next, we explore the old town, including the Bruckenthal Palace, home to one of Romania’s largest and oldest museums.
This morning we have an exciting mountain trip in 4x4’s to Sarmizegetusa Regia, capital of the Dacian kingdom. It has quite a unique appearance, including defensive walls, artificial terraces, temples and sanctuaries. End the day at the nearby 1st-Century Dacian fort of Costeşti, one of the oldest forts in the Orăştie Mountains.
We spend the morning at Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, colonial capital of the Roman province of Dacia, with amphitheatre, temples, forum and the residence of the province’s nancial procurator. In the afternoon we visit the striking 15th century Gothic Hunyad Castle at Hunedoara, then the church at Desus.
We return to Bucharest, and catch our ight home after lunch.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach and 4x4s
- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
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