1. Bucharest: Wine Tasting, Bellu Mansion, and Thracian Tombs
See why Romanian culture is intertwined with a love of wine on this guided day trip to Dealu Mare, one of the largest wine regions in Romania. Along with a tasting of delicious local wine, learn more about the region with a private guide taking you through the Bellu Mansion and Thracian tombs. Following your pickup in the morning, travel to the first destination, an aristocratic mansion embodying historic Romania: the Bellu manor in Urlati. Located in a stunningly picturesque area and surrounded by a park with old trees, the Bellu manor was built in the middle of the 19th century, in the old Romanian style. It was the home of Baron Alexandru Bellu, a descendant of a wealthy Macedonian family who settled in Urlați. After a tour of the mansion interior and pavilion, take a walk to see the vineyards stretching out across the hills. The trip then continues to the Lacerta winery in Dealu Mare for the wine tasting. But first, take a walk through the serene vineyards and see where the grapes originate. It’s sure to help you appreciate the wine even more: the tasting includes 3-5 varieties of wines, and a specialist will describe each of their differences. Learn about the history of the wines local wines and the production process. The last stop will be on the top of the vineyard hills. Admire the breathtaking view before exploring the ancient stone church, built of the famous Naeni stone extracted from the nearby quarry, and the Thracian necropolis, with tombs dating back 2600 years. After the full day, you’ll be dropped off at your Bucharest accommodation.