Spent: $1,593.10, round trip Packing, baggage, family last goodbyes, security, getting on plane, departure at 5:25 PM
Spent: $ $384.00 Arrival to airport in Budapest. Meet and greet by your English speaking tour guide. Transfer to your hotel downtown the Hungarian capital. Check in. Time at leisure. In the evening enjoy dinner while cruising the Danube. T D Accommodation in Budapest at Best Western Ambra Hotel
Spent: $ 5.00 Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. This morning youll start exploring this stunning city. A morning city tour will take you on: - the tree lined Andrassy Avenue -to the magnificent Heroes Square. The area around it is worth a stroll. - continue to the hustling and bustling Central Market - passing by the Parliament -the Castle Hill includes the colorful Gothic Matthias Church -the Fishermens Bastion panorama walk -Middle Ages small streets and houses -Vienna gate and the northern bastions walk -St. Magdalena Church ruins - the Gellert Hill where there is the best view of Budapest. Return to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner on your own. Dinner at Metropolitan Café & Self-service Restaurant. B Accommodation in Budapest at Best Western Ambra Hotel
Spent:$ 0.00 Hot buffet breakfast at hotel. The so called Danube Bend is one of the most picturesque areas of the country and it also concentrates a number of attractions. -Start your day with a visit to Aquincum Roman ruins located in the northern part of the city. -Continue to Szentendre. Stroll around, visit various workshops. -Afterwards drive north along the Danube to Central Europes largest medieval castle keep which is Visegrad. Return to Budapest in the afternoon. Transfer to the Keleti Railway Station for your comfortable overnight train ride to Transylvania. Train leaves at 7:10 pm. B First class sleeping car (two bed compartment)
Spent: $ 30.00 Breakfast on the train (included with your ride). Arrive to Sinaia, Romania at 9:20 am. Meet and greet by the Romanian tour guide (to meet you at the train car). - After breakfast take an orientation tour of including a view of the Casino -a stop to Sinaia Orthodox Monastery -Next visit one of the most important tourist attractions of the country Peles Castle -Journey north to the village of Bran. The attraction is the well- known Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. - see the Gothic Black Church with its precious collection of Anatolian prayer rugs. Brasov has one of the best preserved medieval quarter and fortifications. -Continue to the old Romanian Quarter -the narrowest street in South - Central Europe. Hotel check in. The rest of the day is at leisure in the lovely pedestrian area of Old Brasov with its many outdoor cafes. Dinner on your own. Dinner at Casa hirscher. B Accommodation at Casa Wagner Hotel *** downtown Brasov
Spent: $ 0.00 Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning visit of Brasov bustling fruit and vegetable market. -Then leave town for an exclusive visit to one of the typical Transylvanian fortified churches: Harman. - Later drive through the picturesque Transylvanian Plateau with its quaint villages and fortifications -Arrive to Sighisoara, a World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. Walking tour includes: - the two squares of the Citadel (Upper Town) -the Scholars Staircase -the Ducklings Square - the Tinsmiths Tower -the House with Antler - the Tower with Clock (climb up for a great view) - the Torture Chamber -the Weapon Museum Housed Sighisoara is the place where the famous Vlad the Impaler Dracula was born in 1431. The Birthplace is today a restaurant and one of the main tourist attractions. Hotel check in. Evening at leisure. B Accommodation in Sighisoara at The House with Antler *** (Upper Town)
Spent: $ 30.00 Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Depart Sighisoara on the way to Biertan, a UNESCO World Heritage. As the former Seat of the Lutheran Bishops between 1516 and 1867, this place is proof of the important Heritage of the Transylvanian Saxons. -Drive to the village of Sibiel -Conitinue to Sibiu. The city was the European Capital of Culture in 2007. Visit local open air market. Hotel check in. In the afternoon enjoy a leisurely walking tour of old town Sibiu with the Great and Lesser Squares, merchant houses with their "sleepy eyes" dormers. -One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Museum assembled by Baron Bruckenthal, governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century. -Enter the Evangelical Cathedral for its exquisite fresco of the Crucifixion on the north wall of the choir dating from 1445. The mural shows the Crucifixion and marks a transition in painting from late-gothic style to renaissance style. -View the Passage of Stairs linking the Upper town to the Lower town - the 1859 Liars Bridge - the Byzantine style Orthodox Cathedral, a replica of St. Sophia in Constantinople Dinner on your own. Dine at Crama Sibiul Vechi, one of the best traditional restaurants in town. B L Accommodation at Imparatul Romanilor Hotel **** Hotel Imparatul Romanilor is located in the old part of Sibiu near the Great Square, in a 16th century building built in traditional Transylvanian Renaissance style, a former merchants hall transformed into hotel in the 18th century. Famous guests: Emperor Franz Joseph II, composers Franz Liszt and Johann Strauss Jr. as well as Prince Charles and many others.
Spent: $ 0.00 Hot buffet breakfast at hotel. Early morning departure. -Leaving Transylvania, youll drive on the scenic Olt River Valley and Gorge, one of the most beautiful in Romania, it is the longest river flowing exclusively through Romania, - Brief stop at Cozia Monastery featuring on the best late 17th century Last Judgment fresco on the Western façade -Arrive to Bucharest in time for a panoramic city tour. With a population of approximately 2.2 million, Bucharest is the largest city between Berlin and Athens. Known as "Little Paris" this city has an incredibly mixed architecture. Your tour will be including: - the Arch of Triumph -the great avenues - the Revolution Square -a view of the former private residence of the Ceausescus -a visit to the Palace of Parliament Hotel check in with the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Farewell Dinner with a Folklore Show in a restaurant on the shore of Herastrau Lake in Bucharest. B D Accommodation in Bucharest at Hotel Berthelot **** (centrally located)
Spent: $ 110.00 Hot buffet breakfast at hotel. Picked up by family members from Negresti-Oas to go to satu mare and sleep at family house. Paying family for the drive.
Spent: $ 0.00 Leave family from Satu mare after breakfast together to go to Negresti-oas. Visit all family members, big feast together. Sleep at my grandparents’ home alone since they leave in America.
Spent: $ 3.00 Make breakfeast from what is left around. Got picked up by family member and taken to other family member in my father’s city. Swam with my cousin and a friend and had dinner together. Slept at my grandmother’s old house, which she cannot reside no longer. Bought Ms. Malstrom’s gift.
Spent: $0.00 Have breakfast with family. Picked up by other family member going to Ukraine to shop for goods that are cheaper there, asked to go along to see attractions. My uncle showed me a Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall. Other than that saw a market. Drove back home, slept in grandparents’ house alone.
Spent: $ 0.00 Cleaned the house with aunts and cousins. Brought food for me for breakfast and dinner. Caught up with family. Got packages to take home to family. Started packing.
Spent: $ 200.00 Cousins driving me to Budapest at about 4 in the morning. Departure from Budapest at 9:30 AM. Paying him for the drive. Pass through visa control at the border. Arrive at airport on time. Final good-byes. Turn in baggage and pass security. Then round trip begins. Arrive in Chicago, greet family, oh joy.
Total spent: $ 2355.10 Souvenir= mini traditional Romanian hat