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Travel around Romania on an eight-day tour including the most prominent tourist attractions in the country. We take off from Bucharest, cross the region of Transylvania, visiting unique castles and traditional villages protected by UNESCO World Heritage and reaching all the way up to the warm and welcoming region of Maramures.

  • Trip type: Classic
  • Duration: 8 days
  • From Bucharest to Bucharest
Classic
Price from765 €
Available fromMay 2016
Available untilOctober 2017

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Day 1 : Bucharest

Arrival on Otopeni international airport where you’ll be met by your guide.

You will discover Bucharest, the place where Western and Eastern cultures interestingly blend. Beyond this exotic mix, one can undoubtedly feel the inescapable influence of the communist period. The most distinctive building dating back to the communist regime is the Palace of the Parliament. Also known as Ceaușescu’s Palace, the impressive edifice entered the Guinness world records as the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon. While going through its huge and imposing marble rooms lit by chandeliers we’ll learn the grim statistics that enabled its rise.

Next on our agenda is a sightseeing tour of Bucharest’s old city, which shelters several architectural gems and representative buildings at the same time.

Overnight in Bucharest

Day 2 : Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Sibiu

Breakfast

Our first stop is at the legendary Curtea de Arges monastery, at the foot of the Carpathians. We will drive through the Olt Valley and you will enjoy nature’s beauty admiring the amazing landscapes. We will visit Cozia monastery which reflects national medieval art and architecture.

Elected European cultural capital in 2007, Sibiu has a particular charm, everyone will agree, blending history and multicultural elements. Built by German settlers in the 12th century, the city was ruled for several generations by the most influential guilds. The city tour includes the old town whose attraction is the main Square sheltering the Brukenthal Museum and the Roman Catholic Cathedral, and it continues with Huet Square where we’ll visit the Evangelical Church.

Afterwards we’ll go through the passage of stairs and cross the famous Bridge of Lies.

Overnight in Sibiu

Day 3 : Sibiu – Sibiel – Alba Iulia – Turda – Cluj Napoca

Breakfast

Next on the list of the Classic Romania Tour is the rural replica of Sibiu – Sibiel – a quaint Transylvanian village appraised by specialized magazines as one as the most authentic and well-preserved rural areas in Europe. Walk on the cobblestone roads encountering locals who are still seen wearing peasant clothes created by their own hands and savor the well-known drink – palinca.

We prepared something special for you: a horse-drawn carriage will take you through the village and its surroundings in order to enjoy the lovely scenery in a local manner.

Our travel continues in Romania’s largest fortress surrounded by 12 km of walls in the shape of a star: Alba Carolina fortress was successively a Roman fort, a fortress during the middle Ages and later a Vauban type citadel provided with bastions.

We will continue our tour, reaching Turda, with a visit to a spectacular and quite unique site, due to its strange form: a huge subterranean cave carved in salt, a former salt-mine turned into a tourist attraction.  Hundreds of meters of galleries open into halls, one of them 90 meters tall, with a lake at the bottom. The sights inside the mine are otherworldly, attracting artists in search of spectacular views.

The journey continues with the largest city in Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, proclaimed city of the arts.

Overnight in Cluj-Napoca

Day 4 : Cluj Napoca - Breb - Sighetu Marmatiei

Breakfast

The first 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 of the Classic Romania Tour, followed by the Banffy Palace, the former mayor’s hall and the so-called Mirror Street.

From Cluj we’re heading to the north-west of Romania, to Maramureș – a region resembling a fascinating museum in the open. Lacking rights and privileges for hundreds of years, the dwellers of these places have managed to overcome hardship by following two simple rules: live your life to the full and cherish, above all, the richness of the soul.

Maramureș people are considered to be the most hospitable Romanians and their traditional wooden houses are a living part of their history. We will visit Breb, one of the best preserved traditional villages from Maramures and explore the locals way of living by coming in contact with them and visiting an authentic house. For lunch, we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy fresh products and delicious fruity liqueurs.

Not far from Sighet – our final destination – is Săpînţa, the world’s one and only community with a merry cemetery. The wood carved crosses painted in bright colors display witty, humorous quatrains inspired by the lives of those who are no longer with us.

Romanian traditional dinner and folkloric show.

Overnight in Sighetu Marmatiei

Day 5 : Sighetu Marmatiei – Barsana – Poienile Izei - Bistrita – Targu Mures

Breakfast

In the morning we’ll visit two ancient wooden churches that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Fund: Poienile Izei (Iza Meadows) and Barsana, the latter being one of the largest Orthodox architectural ensembles in Romania. Perfected across generations, the art of wood carving remains the chief craft of the local community, as we shall see in the workshop of a local artisan. After his presentation, you’ll be able to buy unique hand-made souvenirs.

Today you will have the opportunity to taste the local products in one of the most picturesque and well-preserved regions in Romania. The locals still use their own harvest from their garden to make delicious dishes.

We will cross Bistrita where the Transylvanian Saxons settled in 1206 and it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918.

In the evening we will reach Targu Mures, a city recognised for its ethnic and cultural diversity.

Overnight in Targu Mures

Day 6 : Targu Mures – Biertan – Copsa Mare – Sighisoara – Saschiz – Viscri - Brasov

Breakfast

We will reach Biertan, the largest fortified church in Transylvania built by the Saxons in the sixteenth century and nowadays listed as UNESCO monument.

We will head to Copsa Mare, a unique unspoilt Saxon village and witness the local living.

An important highlight of the Classic Romania Tour is Sighișoara, considered the only medieval fortress within UNESCO that’s currently inhabited. Walking up the winding cobble stone streets lined with historical buildings, we reach the Clock Tower, a symbol of the city, atop of which you can admire the breathtaking views. The Tower shelters a museum of medieval weapons and the chamber of torture. After visiting the tower we’ll climb the three hundred wooden steps up to the Church-on-the-hill, built in the XIV century.

We’ll visit Saschiz, a small settlement, structured around the hundred-year-old churches. You will enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside and you will be seduced by the archaic rhythm of life and uniqueness of the place.

Fascinated by life in the countryside and the peaceful atmosphere of this Transylvanian village, His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, restored one of the traditional houses, making it the place where he returns every year in May. Besides admiring the specific architecture of Viscri houses, we’ll visit the small church surrounded by thick walls and the tower where the locals traditionally keep their pickles and preserves.

We will reach Brasov, a city founded by the Teutonic knights.

Overnight in Brasov

Day 7 : Brasov – Bran – Azuga - Sinaia – Bucharest

Breakfast

In Brasov we’ll walk on one of the narrowest streets in the world and cross the Council Square to reach the Gothic cathedral, famously called the Black Church.

Our itinerary includes the Bran Castle, which has entered the top of the world’s spookiest places as The Dracula Castle. It was built in the 13th century, set strategically atop a 60-metre cliff, towering over the most important access route into Transylvania.

We will head to Azuga for a wine tasting session. You will learn about the traditional art of producing sparkling wine and witness the 19th century techniques that they use.

We’ll reach this small but eye-catching mountain resort rose to fame mostly thanks to the royal family who chose Sinaia as their royal residence in the 20th century. Our first stop will be the Orthodox Monastery in Sinaia, continuing with the Peleș Castle, the splendid Gothic style castle built by the first king of Romania, Carol the first of Hohenzollern.

In the evening we will reach Bucharest.

Overnight in Bucharest

Day 8 : Bucharest: Departure

Breakfast and check out.

The last day of the Classic Romania Tour.

The airport transfer will take place according to schedule.

Bucharest
Bucharest
Arges
Sibiu
Sibiu
Sibiel
Alba-Iulia
Cluj-Napoca
Cluj-Napoca
Breb
Sighetu-Marmației
Sighetu-Marmației
Bârsana
Targu Mures
Targu Mures
Biertan
Sighișoara
Viscri
Brașov
Brașov
Bran
Sinaia
Bucharest
Bucharest
Otopeni Airport
Tempo Bucharest Hotel
Le Boutique Hotel Moxa
Ibis Sibiu Hotel
Hotel Ramada Sibiu
Hotel Confort Cluj
Hotel Gradina Morii
Ambient Hotel
Bucharest – Discover the capital of Romania
Palace of the Parliament
Curtea de Arges, the artistic pinnacle of the feudal age
Sibiu
Alba Carolina fortress
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Turda Salt Mine
Breb, one of the best preserved villages in Romania
The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta
Discover Maramures, the land time forgot
The wooden Church of Pious Parascheva in Poienile Izei

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Viscri village
Sighisoara fortress – The only inhabited medieval fortress in Europe
Brasov the city at the foothill of the Carpathians
Bran Castle, also known as Dracula Castle
Peles Castle – the summer residence of Romanian royalty

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What's included

  • Transfer in a modern car/minivan from arrival till departure
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in comfortable and cosy rooms in a centrally located hotel
  • 7 Generous breakfast buffets with fresh local products
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide that will give you a comprehensive tour to understand the Romanian culture
  • Entrance fees for the sights included in itinerary
  • 1 folk show dinner to experience the local tradition
  • 1 tasty lunch with traditional local products
  • 1 authentic ride with a horse drawn carriage

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 77 €
  • Single Supplement 165 €
  • Half Board Supplement 112 €
  • Full Board Supplement 208 €

Why you should choose this tour

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Experiences

Peleș Castle

The splendid Gothic style castle built by the first king of Romania, Carol the first of Hohenzollern

Peleș Castle2

The splendid Gothic style castle built by the first king of Romania, Carol the first of Hohenzollern

Peleș Castle3

The splendid Gothic style castle built by the first king of Romania, Carol the first of Hohenzollern