Classic Romania Tour
8-day tour with departure from Bucharest
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Cultural Multi-Day Tours
Activity Level Fairly Easy
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.
- Transfer with a modern car/minivan;
- Airport pick-up and drop-off;
- Accommodation for 7 nights in comfortable and cozy rooms in centrally located hotels;
- 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.
- Health insurance;
- Airplane tickets;
- Meals, other than those included in the itinerary;
- Entrance fees to sights others than those included in the itinerary.
During your first day in Romania, you will discover Bucharest, the place where the Western and Eastern cultures 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 more about the grim details that enabled its rise.
Next on our agenda is a sightseeing tour of Bucharest’s Old Town, which shelters several architectural gems and representative buildings.
Overnight in Bucharest.
Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Sibiu
Our first stop is at the legendary Curtea de Arges Monastery, situated at the foot of the Carpathians. We will drive through the Olt Valley and we will enjoy the untouched beauty of the region. We will then visit the Cozia monastery, which reflects national medieval art and architecture.
Our next stop is at Sibiu, a city that was named the European Capital of Culture in 2007. The charming city successfully blends history and multicultural elements, impressing all tourists. Built by German settlers in the 12th century, it 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 continues with Huet Square where we’ll visit the Evangelical Church.
Afterward, we’ll go through the passage of stairs and cross the famous Bridge of Lies.
Overnight in Sibiu.
Sibiu – Sibiel – Alba Iulia – Turda – Cluj Napoca
Next on the list of our 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 – palinka.
After a short walk, you will enjoy a ride on a horse-drawn carriage through the village and its surroundings, which is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the scenery.
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.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
Our next destination is Turda, a spectacular and quite unique site, due to its strange form. Turda is a huge subterranean cave carved in salt, turned in a tourist attraction from a former salt mine. Hundreds of meters of galleries open into halls, one of them 118 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 the city of arts.
Overnight in Cluj-Napoca.
Cluj Napoca – Breb – Sighetu Marmatiei
The first hours of the day will be devoted to 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.
From Cluj, we’ll be heading to the northwest 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 in Maramures and explore the local’s 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 is our final destination for the day, 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.
Sighetu Marmatiei – Barsana – Poienile Izei – Bistrita – Targu Mures
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 of Romania. The locals still use their own harvest from their garden to make delicious dishes.
In the evening we will reach Targu Mures, a city recognized for its ethnic and cultural diversity.
Overnight in Targu Mures.
Targu Mures – Biertan – Copsa Mare – Sighisoara – Saschiz – Viscri - Brasov
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 unspoiled Saxon village, and get a glimpse of the local life.
An important highlight of the Classic Romania Tour is Sighișoara, the only medieval fortress within UNESCO that’s currently inhabited. Walking up the winding cobblestone 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 a torture chamber. 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.
Brasov – Bran – Azuga – Sinaia – Bucharest
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 Azura 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.
Breakfast and check out.
The last day of the Classic Romania Tour.
The airport transfer will take place according to schedule.
By default, the tour is organized in English, but it can be organized in French and German upon request.
We will pick you up from the airport.
The tour will start at 09:00.