Tour Details

  • Country: Romania
  • Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • Guiding: Self guided or guided
  • Type: Art & Culture
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Description

Joining us on our Romania tour will allow you to discover a unique culture and history since this area has always been at the crossroads between Central Europe and Byzantium.

This tour can be tailored to suit a small group or individuals. Approx 10.

It can be easily combined with other cities e.g Vienna or Prague. Please enquire. 

Eastern Europe has, not long ago, reopened for travellers after being cut off from the rest of the world for 50 years in the 20th century due to the Communist rule. Joining us on our Romania tour will allow you to discover a unique culture and history since this area has always been at the crossroads between Central Europe and Byzantium. Beautiful nature, impressive fortresses, astonishing monasteries (among which the famous painted monasteries in Bucovina) and quaint,  small villages where time seems to have stood still. We offer a unique opportunity to go “behind the scenes”. This tour gives you an in depth experience that is difficult to offer on regular tours. Visits to local markets in remote villages in the countryside, opportunities to meet the local people and the Roma community, enjoying home hosted meals and opportunities to meet local craftsmen and artisans all add much cultural value to your journey.

On our Romania tour you enjoy the personal service of a knowledgeable private guide and private, air conditioned transportation throughout. 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – Bucharest, arrival

Arrival at the Bucharest airport (or Bucharest main Railway station – Gara de Nord) – included transfer to the hotel.

O/N in Bucharest, Hotel Opera*** / Hotel Central*** (D)

Day 2 – Bucharest – Sinaia

Bucharest is a city of contrasts.Visit Arch of Triumph, the Atheneum , Revolution Square.  Guided tour of the Palace of Parliament. Drive to Sinaia, located high in the Carpathian mountains. Guided tour of the Rhein Azuga wine cellars, Dinner & wine tasting at the winery

O/N in Sinaia or Azuga, Hotel New Montana**** or Azuga Wine Cellars*** (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov

Peles Castle, built by Carol I, Romania’s first king, at the end of the 19th century. Then to one of the most famous sights in Romania, the Bran Castle (also known as Dracula’s Castle). Time to explore & taste traditional cheeses and palinkas (plum or pear brandy). Drive to Brasov.

Guided walk in the Old Town , Black Church (the largest Gothic cathedral in southeastern Europe), the Old Town Square, the old city walls and the St. Nicholas Church, the main church of the Romanian community in the Middle Ages. Evening visit to Black Church plus a private organ concert. Evening at leisure with dinner on own.

O/N n Brasov, Hotel Casa Wagner*** or Hotel Ambient *** (B, L)

Day 4 – Brasov – Prejmer – Sighisoara

Visit the Prejmer fortified church (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a great example of architectural design used by the Saxons in the Middle Ages. Drive along the Carpathians to the citadel city of Sighisoara, the only inhabited citadel in Europe. A guided walk through the Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and visit the History Museum and the Arms Museum – to the Church on the Hill, a beautiful example of Gothic architecture of the 14th century.

Lunch in the birth place of Vlad the Impaler, the source of inspiration for the main character of Bram Stoker’s Dracula  Afternoon at leisure. Evening visit to a nearby village where an important community of Roma (Gypsies) live.

A home hosted dinner with a family from the Gypsy community. Home cooked food, fire, music and dances It  is very rare that Gypsies open their homes to strangers

O/N in Sighisoara, Hotel Sighisoara*** or Hotel Casa Wagner*** (B/L/D)

Day 5 – Sighisoara – Bicaz Gorges – Gura Humorului

Drive to the northeastern part of Romania known as Bucovina through the so called “Szekely land”, a region inhabited mostly by Hungarian ethnics. Travelling through one of the most picturesque routes in Romania, the Bicaz gorges. The area is famous for its fast rivers, full of trout – today’s lunch. Arrival in Gura Humorului in the evening & a hearty Bucovina dinner.

O/N in Gura Humorului, Hotel Casa Humor**** or Best Western**** (B/L/D)

Day 6 – Painted monasteries tour

Today, Romania’s best preserved, most valuable, historical and religious sites, the famous UNESCO World Heritage listed painted monasteries. Built in the 15th and 16th century, the frescoes make them famous worldwide. Each monastery is famous for a specific fresco and colour. Visit to the monasteries of Humor and Voronet.

Home hosted lunch near Moldovita Monastery in the home of a world renowned egg painting artist. Try local food of Bucovina and also learn more about the art of egg  painting, one of the traditional forms of art in Bucovina.

Visit the monasteries at Moldovita and Sucevita. The last monastery, Sucevita, has the most famous fresco, the “Stairway to heaven”.

Return to Gura Humorului in the afternoon. Dinner at the hotel.

O/N in Gura Humorului, Hotel Casa Humor**** or Best Western**** (B/L/D)

Day 7 – Gura Humorului – Ieud – Barsana – Vadu Izei

Drive west to Maramures, a region where traditions and old Romanian way of life is best preserved and wood carving is the most famous craft. A scenic route crossing the Northern Carpathians through the Prislop pass (1000 m alt.).

Visit the oldest wooden church in the village of Ieud (UNESCO World Heritage Site – 14th century).

Lunch with family of a priest in the village of Botiza. Delicious, typical, traditional food and home, decorated with woollen carpets specific to the northern area of Romania.

Visit the wooden monastery complex at Barsana. Destination Vadu Izei (a village in Northern Maramures.  Stay in a home- run guesthouse in Vadu Izei, typical home cooked dinner.

O/N in Vadu Izei, in a family run B&B (B/L/D)

Day 8 – full day in Maramures

Maramures, probably the area of Romania touched the least by modern civilization.

Visit a local animal market, taste some of the local foods on sale, and discover how hospitable and talkative people from Maramures can be!

Later visit Sapanta Merry Cemetery. Colourful wooden crosses with funny and realistic epitaphs with a great story behind them. Visit to the house of the carver who is still working on the crosses and epitaphs. Learn all about this trade which is being passed on from generation to generation.

Drive to nearby Sighetu Marmatiei, a major trade center in the past. Here in the Village Museum is an opportunity to discover Romanian traditional architecture and some of the secrets of the wood carvers in the area. Tonight, another great opportunity to discover more about the local culture awaits, a private folklore show! The performers are local villagers. They will sing and dance the songs that have been passed on from one generation to the next.

O/N in Vadu Izei, in a family run B&B (B/L/D)

Day 9 – Vadu Izei – Surdesti – Cluj Napoca

Still in the beautiful Maramures countryside, you reach the village of Surdesti,. Visit the wooden church, built 1766.  This will be a great opportunity to find out from your guide the history of the Romanian Greek Catholic church, which suffered a great deal under the Communist rule.

South to Transylvania that was, for about 1000 years, under Hungarian rule. In the afternoon the city of Cluj Napoca,  one of Transylvania’s major urban centres.

Guided walk in central Cluj, including the two main cathedrals, one Orthodox and one Catholic. Free time in the afternoon to explore

Dinner on own.

O/N in Cluj Napoca, Hotel Capitolina*** (B/L)

Day 10 – Cluj Napoca – Turda – Sibiu

To the great medieval city of Sibiu via the small town of Turda. Visit the spectacular Turda  salt mines among the oldest with records of salt being mined here more than 2000 years ago. Recently reopened for visitors, the mine is one of the highlights in the area. In the afternoon to  Sibiu which was an important trading post and was often attacked by various migratory people and later on by the Turks.

An excellent example of German Gothic architecture, Sibiu was appointed European Cultural Capital for 2007. Guided walk in its magnificent old centre, and visit the Large Square, Small Square, the Catholic Church and the Liars’ Bridge.

Dinner on own.

O/N in Sibiu, Hotel Imparatul Romanilor*** (B/L)

Day 11 – Sibiu – Curtea de Arges – Bucharest

Head for Bucharest, a scenic route, through the southern Carpathians, along the Olt river. First stop the Cozia Monastery, built at the end of the 14th century by Dracula’s grandfather, Mircea the Old. It is one of the best examples of Wallachian architecture from the Middle Ages. To Curtea de Arges.  Visit the monastery which was built at the beginning of the 1500′s. Its origins are surrounded by a famous, bizarre legend  which will be told to you.

In the afternoon, continue to Bucharest. Arrival late afternoon, followed by a farewell dinner.

O/N in Bucharest, Hotel Opera*** / Hotel Central*** (B/L/D)

Day 12 – departure

Departure, transfers to the airport or railway station. Or, extension on request

Included services:

  • transfers from and to the airport or railway station
  • transportation in air – conditioned minivan (18 seater)
  • all vehicle and driver – related costs (gasoline, parking, accommodation and meals)
  • the services of a licensed English speaking guide for the duration of the tour and all his/her expenses (accommodation and meals)
  • entrance fees and guided tours as per the itinerary
  • meals as per the itinerary B = breakfast, L =  lunch, D = dinner
  • porterage (where available – please note that some of the hotels do not offer porter services)

Not included:

  • flights to and from Romania
  • entrance fees other than the specified above
  • photo fees ( monasteries etc.)
  • meals or beverages other than the ones included
  • gratuities for the guide and driver

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