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Master Daily Schedule

 

Day 1 – Saturday, May 25: Chicago – Bucharest, Romania

2:00 pm Meet at O’Hare Airport – LOT Airlines Check-In Gate

5:25 pm Flight from Chicago to Bucharest, Romania (via Warsaw, Poland)

 

Day 2 – Sunday, May 26: Bucharest, Romania 

2:10 pm Land at Otopeni Airport, Bucharest – passport control/customs –> meet tour guide

3:30 pm Arrive at YMY Boutique Residence Hotel– check in, exchange USD to LEI

4:30 pm Bucharest sightseeing tour via bus 

6:00 pm Traditional Romanian dinner 

 

Day 3 – Monday, May 27: Transylvania, Romania

6:30 am Wake up and breakfast

7:30 am Leave Hotel – transportation via bus towards Peles Castle 

9:30 am Arrive at Peles Castle – visit the Romanian royal family’s summer home

11:00 am Arrive at Cantacuzino Castle – Busteni - 

2:00 pm Arrive at Bran Castle – Dracula’s Castle

  • Group tour of the castle 

  • Lunch/Shopping on your own

5:00 pm Short stop in Brasov at Council Square and visit Black Church

8:15 pm Arrive at Hotel Septimia, dinner and check in

Day 4 – Tuesday, May 28: Transylvania, Romania

7:30 am Wake up and breakfast

8:30 am Leave Hotel to the city of Sovata

10:00 am Arrive in Sovata – salt land capital of Transylvania

  • Excursion – walking tour of the region and visiting Bear Lake

  • Lunch on your own and free time

1:30 pm Arrive in Praid – visit salt mine; shopping

4:00 – 7:00 pm Visit the historic village of Corund – pottery activities and shopping

7:00 pm Dinner at Arcso Fogado, traditional Transylvanian dinner in a local village

 

Day 5 – Wednesday, May 29: Transylvania, Romania     

7:00 am Wake up and breakfast

7:45 am Leave Hotel

  • Visit the Canyon of Békas (biggest Transylvanian canyon) and shopping

  • Visit Red Lake and lunch on your own and visit the lake of Zetelaka 

4:00 – 7:00 pm Transylvanian Programand group dinner: learn the steps of csárdásand the history of the székelydance; watch a local székelydance group perform traditional Hungarian dances; learn how to bake Hungarian bread and kűrtőskalács; learn the secrets of pálinka making, and enjoy delicious székelyfood. 

8:00 pm Arrive back to the hotel and free time in Odorheiu - Secuiesc

 

Day 6 – Thursday, May 30: Transylvania, Romania          

7:00 am Wake up and breakfast

8:00 am Leave Hotel

  • Travel to Sighisoara – medieval German town; also Dracula’s childhood house; lunch on your own and free time to explore the city

3:00 pm Afternoon free in Odorheiu-Secuiesc 

6:30 pm Group dinner at Petho Restaurant in Odorheiu-Secuiesc

 

Day 7 – Friday, May 31: Budapest, Hungary

7:30 am Wake up and breakfast

8:30 am Leave Hotel

11:00 am Arrive at the Targu – Mures airport; light lunch

  • Flight to Budapest at 1:25 pm – Arrive in Budapest at 2:00 pm

3:30 pm Check in at the Hotel Enjoy Budaspest Aparthotel

4:30 pm Walking tour - Váci Street and Vörösmarty Square– Ferris Wheel

6:30 pm Traditional Hungarian dinner together in city center (Pest side)

Day 8 – Saturday, June 1: Budapest, Hungary

8:00 am Wake up and breakfast

9:00 am Leave Hotel

Discover the historic Castle Hill of Buda with a walking tour

  • Matthias Church (Mátyás Templom)

  • Fisherman’s Bastion (Halaszbastya) 

2:00 – 3:00 pm Lunch on your own 

3:00 – 5:00 pm Visit St. Stephen Basilica and the National Opera House 

5:00 pm Visit the famous Gellért Hill, Liberty Monument, and the Citadel Fortress on the Buda side

  • Gellért Hill offers the best panoramic view of Budapest.  It is also aUNESCO’s World Heritage Site. A great place for picture taking of Budapest.

7:00 pm Dinner together on the Buda side

Day 9 – Sunday, June 2: Budapest, Hungary

8:00 am Wake up and breakfast

9:00 am Leave Hotel

10:00 am Visit Hungary’s Parliament building

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch on your own

1:00 – 2:00 pm Dohány Street Synagogue visit – the largest Synagogue in Europe

2:30 – 6:00 pm Free time on Margaret Island

  • Visit Margaret Island (Margitsziget), the central park of Budapest: options for biking, walking, small train ride, swimming, sightseeing, and relaxing.

7:00 pm Dinner on the Danube – river cruise with dinner

 

Day 10 –Monday, June 3: Budapest, Hungary 

8:00 am Wake up and breakfast

9:00 am Leave Hotel

  • Bus sightseeing tour of Budapest’s most famous boulevard, the Andrássy Street and a short visit to the City Park.  Visit Hero’s Square and surrounding areas: 

    • Visit Vajdahunyad Castle- one of Budapest’s most romantic castles

    • Visit Szécsenyi Thermal Bath –one of the largest spa complexes in Europe

12:30 – 2:00 pm Budapest’s Central Market visit and lunch on your own

  • At Central Market: Gastro tour – taste of Hungary - learn about the history of Rubik’s Cube, Ungaricum, Paprika, Vitamin C, Ceramics, Béres Csepp, Salami/Kolbász, etc.

3:30 pm Free time and dinner 

6:30 pm Group Dinner at Kaltenberg Restaurant

Evening: pack and get ready for trip back to the US

 

Day 11 –Tuesday, June 4:Budapest Travel back to the USA

7:00 am Wake up and breakfast à7:45 am Leave hotel to the airport

11:15 am Flight back to Chicago, ILà2:30 pm Arrival in Chicago (ORD)