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Travel in a group of maximum 6 people, discover Maramures and its authentic villages and have a taste of traditional Romanian products.

 

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Authentic Transylvania | 8 days back in time

Let yourself be seduced by the charm of Baroque gardens of the seventeenth century, which are unimaginable in Transylvania. Discover Transylvania’s most beautiful castles and traditions, its authentic charm strolling into the villages, taste local wine and food, meet curious and modest locals.

Trip Activities

local culture & cusine

Experience local recipes

churches

Visit Romania's Royal Tomb

horse-drawn carriage

Travel like in Middle Ages

villages

Well-conserved traditional villages

walking tour

Stroll thourgh the past

wine tasting

Taste natural local wine

Itinerary

Day 1 – Driving on the road to the sky

Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Transfagarasan Road – Avrig

 

Welcome to Romania!

Today we will start a wonderful adeventure through Romania, and our first stop will be in Curtea de Arges.

The former capital of the Romanian Country, Curtea de Arges still preserves the aura of a city where history is written, a city that has always won the place on the list of the most valuable treasures of the country. Here we will visit Curtea de Arges Monastery Church, built between 1512 and 1517 by Neagoe Basarab. A legend, pilgrimage, cultural-historical center and royal necropolis that houses the tombs of Carol I and Elizabeth, of Carol II and his Ferdinand and Maria.

Then, we will drive the second highest road in Romania, known for its spectacular landscapes. Named the “the best road in the world” by the Top Gear team in 2009, Transfagarasan has enjoyed a great popularity among the most beautiful roads in the world since.

At the foot of the Transylvanian Carpathians, in the center of Avrig, is the unique baroque architectural ensemble of Samuel von Brukenthal's Summer Residence. We will overnight here and you will have the opportunity to take a walk in the once called “Transylvania´s Garden of Eden” before dinner.

Overnight at Brukenthal Palace in Avrig

Day 2 – Horse Riding to the Fairy Valley in Transylvania

Avrig – Porumbacu de Sus -  Sibiu  - Avrig  

After breakfast, we will take a walk through Avrig, and afterwards, we will the experience the mountain life and relaxation in a Transylvanian fairytale environment. For the more adventurous, we have prepared a horse riding tour through water and villages, but if you are not very keen with horse riding, do not worry, a carriage will take you to our next visit.

Fairy Valley is the place where, for several hours, you breathe fresh air and enter a fairytale world with fairies and princesses. We will admire a castle not as delicious as the sweet gingerbread house of Hansel and Gretel, but its beauty surpasses that of any story palace. Set in the middle of the mountains, in a place full of greenery, near a running water, the castle, already attracts tourists from all over the world.

For lunch, you will taste freshly fished trout from a local farm in Albota, where the dream of healthy eating is fulfilled, because they produce over 80% of the food and beverages they offer to their guests.

Then, we will head to Sibiu, which was the European Capital of Culture alongside Luxembourg, being the first Eastern European city with such a title. We will have a city tour and afterwards, we wil visit Astra Museum, the largest open-air ethnography exhibit. Dutch curator Bernet Kempers names it “most beautiful open-air museum in Europe”.


The rest of the day is free to enjoy Sibiu.

Good to know: Sibiu celebrates the gastronomy through the  Program ‘Sibiu, Gastronomic Region 2019’, so while in Sibiu, you must try the local food!

Overnight at Brukenthal Palace in Avrig

Day 3 – Walking through the Middle Ages

Sibiu – Corvin Castle - Alba Carolina Fortress – Turda

We departure from Avrig, and drive west to visit a castle that has a special charm due to its various styles of construction, the presence of military and civilian innovations, and the tumultuous courtyard life that has animated it for over 400 years.

The Corvinus Castle impresses with its presence, which dominates the city of Hunedoara. For those attracted by the Middle Ages, the castle is a unique monument in Romania and among the most attractive in the European space.

Then we will discover the history of one of Romania's largest medieval citadels, Alba Carolina, and see what's the ceremony that draws thousands of tourists each year.

For lunch, you will enjoy something freshly cooked, with ingredients from local producers. The menu is made up of many traditional recipes, which the chefs wanted to bring to the past, including "Poultry Milk", "Homemade Crème", prepared with 100% natural ingredients.

The beautiful mountain scenery will lead us to Rimetea, a small traditional village with beautifully painted houses, where people like to say that the sun rises twice a day due to the hills that surround it, and here we will meet a local craftsman.

We will reach Turda, and as you have arrived here, it is worth resting in a room with old iron beds and wooden and leather chairs. The Hunter Castle is located somewhere on the border between centuries, where history has made its point in the heart of Transylvania, in a corner of legend and civilization.

A tour of the Grand Hall of the castle includes visiting the Coliba Haiducilor (a place where, among hunting trophies, you can freely adventure and enjoy food and honey) will transport you into a different world and for dinner, we highly recommend the Hunting Banquet, a traditional hunting stew.

 

Overnight at Castelul Printul Vanator in Turda

Day 4 – Hiking in Transylvania

 Turda – Turda Salt Mine – Cluj City Tour

After breakfast we will visit an underground salt mine with a science-fiction view, therapeutic wonders, and a fascinating history. Dug in the Transylvanian salt deposits formed more than 13 million years ago, the site has been used for mining salt for hundreds of years.

We will reach Cluj Napoca, where we will have a city tour. The St Michael’s Gothic Cathedral overlooking the city’s central square comes first on our list of attractions for the day, followed by the Banffy Palace, the former mayor’s hall, and the Mirror Street.

Then, we will have a short hiking trip near Cluj, and walking along the wide paths through the forest, you will begin to see the crocus flowers and enjoy the rustle of the leaves. If you continue along the wide path, all in front, until you reach the end of it, you will spot the ruins of an old fortress.

Afterwards, the rest of the day is free to enjoy Cluj Napoca.

Overnight at Castelul Printul Vanator in Turda

Day 5 – Discover the UNESCO World Heritage monuments

Turda – Biertan – Sighisoara – Viscri

Today is dedicated to three of the most important monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage, and our first stop will be in Biertan.

While driving to Biertan, you will notice the contrast between village and urban life, and hidden among wooded hills and orchards is Biertan, a rural village whose many urban architecture buildings "betray" the economic importance of the past.

 

Biertan was founded in the 13th century by the Saxon settlers who loved the area for the fruitful soil and the very good wine conditions transforming it into a true "Land of Wine". Biertan is also well known for a mysterious and lovely story, which you will only find out about when visiting.

Our next stop will be at Sighisoara, a remarkable testimony of the culture of the Transylvanian Saxons, a culture that is completed after 850 years of existence and will be perpetuated mainly by its architectural and urbanistic monuments. It is the only inhabited medieval fortress included in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, and a wonderful place to take pictures!

In the evening we will reach to probably the most beautiful village in Transylvania, a rural and peaceful jewelry that has a few over 1000 souls.

The accommodation will be authentic, you will overnight in a restored old saxon house, where everything still looks and feels as if the Saxon people are still living there.

Dinner will be served in their famous barn, and you will taste local food and drinks, that can only be found here.

Overnight at Viscri

Day 6 – Local living in Viscri

Viscri – Saschiz - Viscri

It is time to put on the working outfit and get to work, as today will be a different and special day.

We will wake up early in the morning and after breakfast, we will work side by side with the locals. We will feed the animals, milk the cows and learn more about their day to day life of a Viscri villager.

Then, we will head to Saschiz, where you will learn more about the local pottery, while the craftsman will show you a demonstration of how to make Saschiz Pottery.

We will return to Viscri where we will have lunch in a Romanian house, along with the family and then you will have some free time for relaxation.

In the evening we will take a walk through the village and visit the Saxon Church, then learn more about the Viscri Socks crafting.

 

Overnight at Viscri

Day 7 – Discover the legend behind Dracula’s Castle and overnight in one of Price’s Charles guesthouses in Romania

Viscri – Bran -  Brasov – Valea Zalanului

After a long tiring day yesterday, today we will departure a bit later than usual.

Everybody heard about Dracula and you have most probably seen at least one film in which there were Dracula references. It is time to learn more about him and the legend behind the castle.

Your first stop today will be at Bran Castle, probably the most famous medieval castle in Romania. Perched atop a steep cliff, the castle guards an important trading route that connects the historic regions of Wallachia and Transylvania.

We will stop for lunch at Conacul Bratescu, a very beautiful Romanian authentic mansion situated in Bran, and continue our trip to Brasov.

Brasov was first documented in 1235, being the most important city in Transylvania during the Middle Ages and an economic fortress in the 14th-16th centuries. Our city tour will include a visit to the Black Church, Council Square and Sforii Street.

In the evening, we will have the opportunity to learn more about the local fauna. The Carpathian Bear is one of the largest animals in Romania, and we will admire its wild beauty in the bear observatory. You will be picked up by a local ranger and walk for a few minutes in the forest, where you will climb the observatory and wait for the wild animals to make their appearance.

Tonight you will overnight in His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales private retreat, that lies nestled amongst the hills of Transylvania. The property has kept its Transylvanian authenticity by having been carefully restored with traditional methods and materials.

Dinner will include local ingredients and will reflect the customary cooking of the different ethnicities living in the region. Please be informed that menus are set for every day of the week and no choice 'à la carte' is possible.

Overnight in Zalanpatak

Day 8 – Taste local wine and have lunch admiring a mesmerizing view

It’s your last day in Romania, and the only thing that’s left is to visit a real architectural jewelry, taste some local wine and enjoy lunch while admiring the beautiful Bucegi Mountains.

Built at the wish of King Carol I of Romania, Peles Castle is considered to be the most impressive and elegant building in our country, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Romania, and also one of the most important and beautiful monuments in Europe, given its historical and artistic value.

Afterwards, we will serve lunch at Cantacuzino Castle, known for its unique surroundings and aristocratic charm, the ideal place for a relaxing day in the nature.

They say that fertile and clean land is recognized by the small lizards that run all over. If you stop at Dealu Mare to admire hills full of vineyards and enjoy the lively air, you can always see that these lands are ideal for grapes. We will taste here the local wine, kept in barrique barrels, and visit their cellar where all the magic happens.

In the evening we will return to Bucharest and you will be dropped off at the hotel.

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