Itinerary

Day 1 Bucharest – Sibiu

Our journey will begin after picking you up from airport or accommodation in Bucharest. If you had a long flight we shall have one a relaxing walk in the Old Town area but with nice and interesting stories about the Old Court.

OVERNIGHT in Bucharest

 

Day 2 Sibiu – Maramures 

Today we visit the most important landmarks in Bucharest including the Palace of Parliament, the Arch of Triumph - a smaller replica of the one in Paris, the Revolution Square - where the Revolution against communism started in December 1989, the Old Town area with Stavropoleos Church, Old Court - the residence of Vlad The Impaler (the inspiration for Bram Stocker's Dracula) and Manuc’s Inn – one of the oldest and best known inns in Bucharest, the National Art Museum located in the former Royal Palace, the Romanian Atheneum – an iconic concert hall but also the very interesting Village Museum.

OVERNIGHT in Bucharest

 

Day 3 Maramures – Sighisoara 

Today it is time to start discovering Transylvania. We shall drive to beautiful medieval city of Sibiu and during our 4 hour drive we shall have one stop at the beautiful Curtea de Arges Monastery (built during 1515 - 1517)  – the place where the kings of Romania are buried and then a stop at Cozia Monastery - founded in 1387, being the only Byzantine style building preserved in Romania.

After we reach Sibiu, we shall have a relaxing walk in the historical city centre including: Large Square, Small Square, Liars’ Bridge. The Council Tower offers a splendid panoramic view of the city. We continue to the over 300 years old Lutheran and Catholic Churches, then Orthodox Cathedral built after the great cathedral from Constantinople, Saint Sophia.

OVERNIGHT in Sibiu

 

Day 4 Sighisoara - Bucharest 

After breakfast we drive for 1 h 30 min to the Corvin Castle, probably the most impressive castle in Transylvania with its Gothic – Renaissance architecture. We continue our trip to visit Alba Iulia citadel – one of the most important citadel for Romania’s history, especially for the Great Union on 1st Dec 1918.

In the evening we accommodate in Turda so next day we would be ready for a unique experience – visit Turda Salt Mine.

OVERNIGHT in Turda

 

Day 5 Bucharest – Sibiu

The interesting Turda Salt Mine is first on the list today. 

 

Next we shall have a short visit in another beautiful city of Transylvania, Cluj Napoca. We shall visit the orthodox Cathedral, the impressive romano-catholic church St Michael and the museum central square.

Then we start driving to the region of Romania where the traditions are most alive, Maramures. Also we shall have the chance to visit on the way the wooden church of Plopis or Surdesti included in UNESCO World Heritage list.

We will have our base for exploring Maramures in the special village of Breb for 2 nights and in the first afternoon we shall visit a local Shepherd with the possibility of having dinner with his family or simply we can have a traditional dinner in a local lady's house.

OVERNIGHT in a traditional very old Wood House with all modern facilities in Breb village

 

Day 6 Bucharest – Sibiu 

After a self-catering breakfast with local products, we shall discover the interesting Merry Cemetery from Sapanta - one of the weird but very funny attractions of entire Romania. People in this area considered death as a beginning and this faith has been reflected on the carvings.

 

Later we shall get a perspective over the ancient ways of doing things by visiting some of the wooden craft work but also other crafts which can be seen in the villages of Maramures. Except the Wooden Churches, the most impressive are surely the traditional wooden gates, which are a beautiful still existing proof of the traditions kept in this special part of Romania, but also guarding for centuries the entry to the houses.  Some people own a home atelier where they craft their work – mostly out of wood - and are usually very proud and willing to show it to you.

On the way back home we can visit a local farmers market in Sighetu Marmatiei, where both Romanians and Ukrainians come to sell their products. In the evening we shall visit a traditional local family and have dinner with them.

OVERNIGHT in a traditional very old Wood House with all modern facilities in Breb village

 

Day 7 Bucharest – Sibiu

Today another very interesting experience is waiting for us, a special trip with MOCANITA one of the only Steam Trains still functional for passengers in Europe. The trip will begin around 9 am and last until 14 pm with lunch included in the heart of the nature.

After the Steam Train trip, we shall drive for approximate 4 hours to the magical land of Bucovina with its Painted Monasteries included in UNESCO.

OVERNIGHT in Vama Village

 

Day 8 Bucharest – Sibiu

It is time now to explore the holy land of Bucovina, concentrating on the Painted Monasteries, especially Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita and Humour  – all 4 part of UNESCO. During our trip we shall visit a local lady’s house that will show us how she paints the eggs by hand, the most important tradition of Bucovina. And later a quick stop at Marginea Black pottery where we shall discover the still living tradition of pottery in Marginea village since 16th century.

OVERNIGHT in Vama Village

 

Day 9 Bucharest – Sibiu

We start driving back to Transylvania, a long day of driving 5 hours, all the way to medieval city of Sighisoara – place of birth of Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula). After some refreshing time at the hotel, we shall have a relaxing walk in the Medieval Citadel (include in UNESCO) and its Square, Tailor’s Bastion (where Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula grew up) and visit other historical monuments: Stag House, Venetian House, Dominican Monastery, Student Stairs and the Church on the Hill.

OVERNIGHT in Sighisoara

 

Day 10 Bucharest – Sibiu

Today it is time to relax and enjoy the most famous village of Romania, Viscri, part of UNESCO.  We shall take some pictures of the house of Prince Charles of Wales - probably the greatest ambassador of Romania all over the world.

Then we shall visit the Fortified Church in Viscri and also the following craftsmen: Blacksmith within a Gypsy family, kiln for traditional brick and tile production and felt making workshop. Also we can take horse and cart for a short trip around the village which would be another interesting experience.

After a traditional lunch in a local lady’s house, we head to medieval city of Brasov, where we shall visit the largest church in Romania, the Black Church (built starting with year 1383) and have a relaxing walk in the Council Square.

We continue our trip to the town of Bran where we shall visit next morning the most famous castle in Romania, Bran Castle also known as Dracula’s Castle.

OVERNIGHT in Bran

 

Day 11 Bucharest – Sibiu 

The document first attesting Bran Castle's existence dates back in 1377. The castle became a favourite place for Queen Maria, who put her mark on the interior’s renovation, and it was later seized by communists in 1948 along with Royals’ expulsion from Romania.

Within 1 h drive we shall reach probably the most beautiful castle in Romania, Peles Castle. The Royal family built the Peles Castle as their summer residence at the end of 19th century and its now one of the most visited castles in Romania all year long.

Next stop will be one of the most interesting mixed reservations (geological and botanical) in Romania, the Muddy Volcanoes in Buzau County. It has been a protected reservation since 1924. Muddy Volcanoes are not the volcanoes you would expect. They’re not the big, real volcanoes that scare off people with volcanic ash. Not by far. But they’re a pretty amazing and unique place in Romania. OVERNIGHT in Buzau

 

Day 12 Bucharest – Sibiu 

Today we shall have an early start, at 6 am, in order to reach the city of Tulcea after a 3 ½ hour drive.

In Tulcea we start our adventure in the only natural bio reservation of Romania included in UNESCO, the unique Danube Delta. First we take a boat trip to Crisan traditional village, where we'll set our base for 2 nights (all-inclusive menu based on fresh fish (other meals are available too) prepared by locals). 

Even 2 days might seem not enough, we shall explore the surrounding lakes and channels where an abundance of the grebes, cormorants, pelicans, bitterns, egrets, storks, glossy ibises, common spoonbills, American flamingos, swans, wigeons, and pochards will offer you many splendid views. OVERNIGHT in traditional village of Crisan

 

Day 13 Bucharest – Sibiu

In Danube Delta we must catch either a sunrise or sunset or both from the boat! We shall go deeper into the Delta by boat reaching Caraorman Forest (Black Forest), a protected reservation with 500 years old white and black poplars, falcons, oak trees, all surrounded by sandbanks. Other rare species of plants, together with eagles, falcons, owls, wildcats or even wolves are part of this wildlife land of Romania.

OVERNIGHT in traditional village of Crisan

 

Day 14 Departure

After breakfast, the boat will take us to Tulcea and then we drive back to Bucharest (3 h 40 min).  We shall transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.

 

 

What’s included

  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure by our representative

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per itinerary

  • All overnight accommodation in central 3* hotel/guest house with breakfast included (accommodation in 4/5* hotel/guest house is possible for extra cost (Euro)/night/person)

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • Private tour and Transportation as per itinerary

  • Government taxes and service charges

  • Includes toll, parking, driver expense & fuel Cost

  • Air conditioned private car or minivan, fuel cost and parking fees

  • Licensed private English speaking guide/driver for the whole trip

  • Entrance fees and guided tour for the sights mentioned in the program

  

What’s Not Included

  • Camera fees and other which is not specified above.

  • Individual Travel Insurance

  • Meals not mentioned as per itinerary

  • Personal expenses like Camera fees, phone calls, and laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Optional tour and any other expenses or services not mentioned under inclusions.

  • Any transport during the day at leisure

  • Return international flight ticket

  • Any tips to guide, driver or staff at hotels

Price

  • from EURO 1375.00/pax

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