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Travel around Romania on a fourteen-day tour including the most prominent tourist attractions in the country. We take off from Bucharest, cross the region of Transylvania, visit unique monasteries and churches protected by UNESCO world heritage site and finally lay eyes on the castles of medieval Romanian princes.

Cultural multi-day tours
Price from960 €
Available fromJune 2016
Available untilAugust 2017

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Day 1 : Bucharest

Welcome to Romania’s capital city, Bucharest, counting over two million inhabitants. One of the best Romanian tours starts in the old historical center and continues with the former residential palace of Ceausescu, The House of the People, the second largest building in the world. You’ll spend an enjoyable evening in the company of Romanian traditional cuisine and folk dances.

Overnight in Bucharest.

Places you'll be visiting
Palace of the Parliament
Bucharest – Discover the capital of Romania
Hotels you'll be staying at
Day 2 : Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Horezu

We leave Bucharest and go up north, into the heart of Romania. Our first stop is legendary Curtea de Arges monastery, at the foot of the Carpathians. Curtea de Arges Monastery is the pinnacle of artistic creation in the feudal age. The church was built between 1515 and 1517, and by the 17th century, it had become famous for its beauty, foreign travelers to this land calling it “one of the wonders of the world”. Afterward, we visit the pottery processing center in Horezu; here we’ll admire the vividly-painted pottery adorned with beautiful motifs. Despite its cultural richness and diversity, the pottery is the craft most valued and it was sacredly passed on from one generation to another. Since 2005 Horezu pottery is on UNESCO list as, even today, the craftsmen are using exactly the same techniques and raw materials as hundreds of years ago.  Nearby is Hurezi Monastery, built in the seventeenth century and part of the UNESCO heritage.

Dinner and night in Horezu/Curtea de Arges.

Day 3 : Curtea de Arges – Olt Valley – Sibiu

From here our journey continues in Transylvania, whose fame will always be associated with Count Dracula’s legend. The next stop is Sibiu, a gorgeous city capturing the atmosphere of medieval German cities, with many museums and historical buildings. We’ll continue by exploring one of the largest outdoor museums in Europe, the Astra Museum, hosting the largest ethnographic exhibit in the country.

Dinner and overnight in Sibiu.

Places you'll be visiting
Sibiu
Astra National Museum Complex
Day 4 : Sibiu – Sibiel – Hunedoara – Alba Iulia

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the rural area of Sibiel, a delightful place at the foot of the Carpathian mountains. Sibiel is a unique place where traditions have not changed, where locals are still seen wearing peasant clothes created by their own hands. In our discovery of Romania, we’ll follow the footsteps of medieval princes who played an important part not only in the history of these places but also in Europe. First, we’ll reach the Corvin Castle: built in the fifteenth century in the Gothic style, it is connected to the destiny of the prince who went down in history as Dracula. We then head to Alba Carolina Fortress located in the center of Romania, an impressive star-shaped fortress surrounded by 12 km of walls. Dinner in a medieval atmosphere surrounded by knighthood.

Overnight in Alba Iulia.

Day 5 : Alba Iulia – Turda Salt Mine – Cluj-Napoca

On our way to Turda salt mine with its spectacular galleries carved in salt, we’ll cross several rural areas in Transylvania. Our last destination is Cluj-Napoca, an important cultural and historical center in the very heart of Transylvania, whose monuments date back to the fifteenth century. The last hours of the day will be devoted to a city tour. St Michael’s Gothic cathedral overlooking the city’s central square comes first on our list of attractions, followed by the Banffy castle, the former mayor’s hall, and the so-called Mirror Street.

Dinner and night in Cluj-Napoca.

Places you'll be visiting
Visit Cluj-Napoca
Turda Salt Mine
Day 6 : Cluj Napoca – Maramures – Sighetu Marmatiei

The next two days are devoted to Maramures, one of the most famously beautiful and unspoiled regions of rural Romania, inhabited by genuine, good-natured people. We’ll first discover Breb, a village of traditional wooden houses guarded by wood-carved gates displaying social status. We’ll reminisce a heartrending moment in Romania’s history at the Memorial of the Victims of Communism, set up in a former prison. On a different note, the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta is one of the must-see places in this part of the country and certainly the most interesting cemetery in the world. In the evening, we’ll enjoy the locals’ hospitality at a party with traditional drinks and local music.

Overnight in Sighetu Marmatiei.  

Day 7 : Sighetu Marmatiei – Mocanita – Bucovina

Early in the morning, we’ll take off on a trip with the Mocanita steam train through the fairy-tale-like landscape of Maramures. Mocanita is a small steam train formerly used in the forest industry, redesigned and refurbished to the delight of tourists. On the way back we’ll visit two of the best-preserved churches in Maramures, under the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the church of Ieud and Poienile Izei church. The journey continues with the Bukovina region, revealed after going across the incredible scenery of the Carpathians. We’ll visit Moldovita monastery whose outer frescoes are still vivid almost 500 years after they were painted by local artists.

Dinner and night in Gura Humorului.

Day 8 : Gura Humorului – Sucevita – Marginea – Voronet

Sucevita welcomes us with its towering walls; in the past, it used to be the summer residence of the royal Moldovan family. The monastery resembles a fortress and shelters a museum of objects donated by noble or princely families over time. After you’ll be attending an interesting black pottery workshop, revealing a technique unique in the world. This is the only place in Europe and the second worldwide where black pottery is produced. The local craftsmen will reveal a few secrets of this art. The most famous among Bukovina’ monasteries is Voroneţ, impressive with its unique shade of blue on the outer frescoes. The church was built in 1488 in record time – three months, three weeks and three days –, today being part of the UNESCO heritage. The exterior murals have preserved their hues despite centuries of inclement weather, but the ingredients used in preparing the paints are still a mystery.

Dinner and night in Gura Humorului.

Day 9 : Gura Humorului – Neamt Citadel – Nicolae Popa Museum – Piatra Neamt

We start the day with a visit to Neamţ fortress – an important military and historical objective that survived the siege of Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople. At the Nicolae Popa museum, we can admire an impressive collection of historical objects but also an exhibition of naive art. Nicolae Popa developed his unique way of transmitting to generations to come to the symbols and knowledge of the impressive ancestral heritage. He was a fierce defender and promoter of Romanian folklore and passionately dedicated his entire life to this. He created hundreds of ritual masks and traditional costumes, he organized all sorts of folk performances, he composed lyrics and wrote books.

Dinner and night in Piatra Neamt.

Day 10 : Piatra Neamt – Bicaz Gorge – Lacu Rosu – Sighisoara

We return to Transylvania passing through amazing places; the Bicaz Gorge, a spectacular defile carved in stone and Lacu Rosu (the Red Lake), the largest alpine lake in Romania. Next, we visit two famous monuments under UNESCO protection: the largest fortified church in Transylvania in Biertan, followed by Sighisoara whose medieval fortress has constantly been inhabited since the XIII century. Then we’ll take a stroll on the winding cobblestone streets of the picturesque Sighişoara, up to the Clock Tower.

Dinner and night in Sighisoara.

Day 11 : Sighisoara – Viscri – Prejmer – Brasov

Today we’ll delve into a genuine Romanian village whose present-day customs and traditions go back to the Middle Ages. We will visit the picturesque village of Viscri, a small community whose inhabitants are proud to be neighbors with the Prince of Wales, owner of a holiday cottage and arduous promoter of this incredible region. From Viscri we’ll head off to the Prejmer fortress, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Fund. Its defense walls have been transformed into shelter homes in wartime so that the fortress has the appearance of a honeycomb. Arrival in Brasov, where tourists are simply delighted by the fresh mountain air and the medieval touch of the old town founded by the Teutonic Knights, in 1211.

We’ll have dinner with a folk show in the City Center where you’ll certainly be charmed by the market Square, Piaţa Sfatului, dominated by the Black Church, a renowned Gothic cathedral built in the XIV century.

Overnight in Brasov.

Day 12 : Brasov – Bran – Rasnov – Brasov

Today we’ll take a look at Brasov and its charming surroundings. Among the tourist attractions, we’ll visit there’s Bran Castle, most famously known as the Castle of Dracula.  Having become famous over time as “Dracula’s Castle”, the Bran Castle is one of the chief tourist attractions in Romania. The castle was built in the 13th century, set strategically atop a 60-metre cliff, towering over the most important access route into Transylvania. Over time, thrill-seeking tourists have included the Bran Castle on the list of the scariest castle in the world, drawing on the story of the infamous Count Dracula, who was supposed to have stayed here temporarily. Rasnov fortress dominating the surrounding area from uphill. In the evening, we’ll enjoy the dinner in the City Center.

Overnight in Brasov.

Day 13 : Brasov – Sinaia – Bucharest

Saving the best for last, as the saying goes, towards the end of our holiday, we’ll visit one of the gems of neoclassical architecture: the Peleş Castle. The castle served as summer residence of the Romanian royal family in the late 19th early 20th century. Nowadays the castles are open to the public and have become the highlight of tourist attractions in Romania. Dinner with folk shows in of the most famous restaurants from Bucharest.

Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 14 : Bucharest – Departure

In your last morning in Romania will visit the magnificent Cotroceni complex originates from 1678 when Serban Cantacuzino, ruler of Walachia, erected here a monastery and a Baroque palace.

The end of your trip in Romania.

Bucharest
Bucharest
Arges
Horezu
Horezu
Sibiu
Sibiu
Sibiel
Hunedoara
Alba-Iulia
Alba-Iulia
Turda
Cluj-Napoca
Cluj-Napoca
Sighetu-Marmației
Sighetu-Marmației
Ieud
Moldovita
Moldovita
Sucevita
Marginea
Voronet
Voronet
Targu Neamt
Targu Neamt
Sighișoara
Sighișoara
Viscri
Prejmer
Brașov
Brașov
Bran
Rasnov
Rasnov
Sinaia
Bucharest
Bucharest
The wooden churches of Maramures: the church from Ieud
Alba Carolina fortress

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Sucevita Monastery – Painted churches of Moldavia
Discover Maramures, the land time forgot

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Red Lake
Bran Castle, also known as Dracula Castle
Palace of the Parliament
Moldovita Monastery – Painted churches of Moldavia
Biertan fortified church
Prejmer Fortress
Breb, one of the best preserved villages in Romania
Horezu – the core of Romanian pottery
Nicolae Popa Museum, the small hidden gem of Romania
Curtea de Arges, the artistic pinnacle of the feudal age
Visit Cluj-Napoca
Bucharest – Discover the capital of Romania
Brasov the city at the foothill of the Carpathians
Rasnov fortress
Marginea Black Pottery
The Hunyad Castle – Amazing Medieval Castle in Transylvania
Horezu Monastery
Viscri village
Turda Salt Mine
Voronet Monastery – Painted churches of Moldavia
The wooden Church of Pious Parascheva in Poienile Izei
Sighisoara fortress – The only inhabited medieval fortress in Europe

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Sibiu
The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta
Peles Castle – the summer residence of Romanian royalty
Astra National Museum Complex
The Memorial to the Victims of Communism

Guaranteed Departures

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Guaranteed departure tourApril 28th 2017 Yes
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Guaranteed departure tourSeptember 15th 2017 Yes
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What's included

  • Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport
  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for the sights included in itinerary
  • Transport by private car/coach
  • 1 FOC for tour leader (min 20 PAX)

What's not included

  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, other than mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.

Optional

  • Supplement 4* Hotel 179 €
  • Single Supplement 202 €
  • Half Board Supplement 260 €
  • Full Board Supplement 434 €

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