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Athens (Piraeus) to Istanbul

BLACK SEA SANCTUARY | 12 Nights | Departs Aug 8, 2014

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  • Dracula's Haunts and Best of Bucharest
  • Dracula's Haunts and Best of Bucharest

    Code: cndl01

    NOTE: Due to the terrain, steps and lack of elevators at certain sites, this tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties and the program is not wheelchair accessible.

    Explore Transylvania’s notorious Dracula Castle and surrounding countryside, followed by a day in Romania’s enchanting Bucharest, whose grand architecture earned it the nickname “Little Paris.”

    Day 1

    After departing from the pier in Constanta, you will drive inland to Transylvania, a beautiful part of Romania bounded by the Carpathian mountain range and often defined by the legend of Dracula.

    Following lunch at the traditional Vatra Neamului Restaurant , you will continue driving into the mountains, through the bucolic Prahova Valley and on to Bran Castle. Built in the 14th century on a steep cliff with exceptional views of the surrounding land, the castle once offered protection from invading Turks.

    A century later Vlad Tepes, known as Vlad the Impaler stayed in the castle. Known for his cruelty, Dracula (his family name) later became associated with the namesake, blood-thirsty vampire in the 1897 novel “Dracula.” A legend was born, which continues today.

    While touring the infamous castle, you may see secret passages, walk through the enclosed courtyard, take in the view from the balcony, and explore the surrounding gardens. It’s a memorable experience, enhanced by the story of Dracula.

    Continuing on, you will enjoy a picturesque drive to the four-star “Hotel New Montana” in the Sinaia Resort, where you will have dinner and spend the evening.

    Day 2

    Following breakfast, you will drive to Romania’s capital of Bucharest, known for its wide tree-lined boulevards and Belle Epoque buildings. It’s the country’s wealthiest, most elegant city and it shows most everywhere.

    Your first visit will be to the Palace of the Parliament, the world’s second largest building after the Pentagon.

    Built in the 1980s to be the headquarters of the country’s Communist government, the 12-story, more than 1,000-room building, now houses the Romanian Parliament. As you will discover, there is no end to the extravagance of materials and furnishings. There is even a nuclear bunker inside, and one of the rooms features a sliding roof large enough for a helicopter to fly through.

    Leaving the impressive Parliament, you will drive to Old Town where you will enjoy a delightful lunch at “Caru ce Bere” which translates to “the Beer Wagon”. This is a famous Bavarian style restaurant in the very heart of Bucharest, built in 1879. One hundred years ago it was the place where the old aristocracy of Bucharest gathered. Over the years, its sparkling environment and reputation has been preserved. Lunch will be accompanied with live music allowing you the opportunity to become familiar with the true Romanian spirit.

    Following lunch, you will leave the city and drive through the scenic Muntenia region. Pass the famed Danube River on the return to Constanta, where you will re-board the ship.

    Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

    Day One

    8:30am Depart from Constanta

    12:30pm Lunch including tea/coffee, mineral water, a glass of wine or beer

    3:30pm Visit Bran Castle

    5:30pm Depart for Sinaia Resort

    6:30pm Arrive at your hotel

    7:30pm Dinner at the hotel including tea/coffee, mineral water, a glass of wine or beer

    Overnight at the Hotel New Montana or similar hotel

    Day Two

    7:00am Breakfast

    8:00am Depart for Bucharest

    11:00am Tour the Parliament Palace – passports required

    12:45pm Lunch at the Caru ce Bere restaurant including tea/coffee, mineral water, a glass of wine or beer

    2:30pm Depart for Constanta

    5:30pm Re-board the ship in Constanta

    Expected Weather: Summer in Romania is typically hot and sunny, although you can expect cool evenings in the mountains. At Sinaia Resort it will be cooler, from14°-16° C (57-60 °). The average high temperature in Bucharest in July and August is 29° Celsius (84.2 °Fahrenheit). Please pack accordingly.

    NOTE: due to the cooler temperatures at Sinaia Resort in the mountains, the hotel is not air-conditioned.

    Walking Information:

    Comfortable walking shoes are a must because of the cobblestones and asphalt sidewalks in Bran. There are stairs at Bran Castle and the Parliament Palace, but no elevators. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties and the program is not wheelchair accessible.

    Restroom Information:

    Restrooms are available in the restaurants, hotel, Bran Castle and the Parliament Palace.

    Shopping Information:

    You will find shops in Bran Castle and the Parliament Palace.

    Luggage: One overnight bag per person

    Documents and Visa Requirements: A valid passport is necessary.

    Accommodation:

    Hotel new Montana (standard room) or similar hotel

    Bd.Carol 1 nr 24, 106100 Sinaia

    Phone: +40 244 312 751

    Program includes:

    *Transportation in modern coaches with A/C and restrooms

    *English-speaking guide throughout

    *Accommodation (standard room) as listed above

    *Touring and entrance fees per the program details

    *Meals listed above

    Program does not include:

    *Any meals or beverages not listed in the itinerary

    *Gratuities to the drivers and guides

    *Video and camera fees at sites

    *Hotel incidentals including mini bar

    Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    DRACULA'S HAUNTS & BEST OF BUCHAREST
    Price: $749.00 per guest based on double occupancy.

    DRACULA'S HAUNTS & BEST OF BUCHAREST (Concierge-Level Suite Pricing)
    Price: $711.00 per guest based on double occupancy.

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