Essential Tour of Romania

Tour type

Sighseeing

Tour duration

11 Days / 10 Nights

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5.0 rating
5 out of 5 stars (based on 21 reviews)
Tour starts in Bucharest
Tour ends in Bucharest
Group size Min 2, Max 12
Physical rating     
Accommodation Hotel
Transportation A/C Mini bus

€1590 / Person

September 03

Guaranteed departure

4 more places available

May 27

Guaranteed departure

6 more places available

Ask for other dates

Minimum 2 persons required

Complete tour of Romania 

We created this tour to show you the real Romania off the beaten path including amazing places that most tourists don’t even know about.

You will travel through the heart of Romania, exploring stunningly beautiful countryside, medieval towns that still live like centuries ago. You will tour vibrant cities and quaint little villages meet the people, and discover their stories, their vivid tradition and culture..

Ad on top of that the delicious Romanian dishes, and you get the best of Romania on this tour.

Tour highligts

  • Brasov

  • Bran Castle

  • Peles Castle

  • Maramures

  • Sighisoara

  • Sibiu

  • Bucovina painted monasteries

  • 7 UNESCO sites

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Pick up from Bucharest Airport.
Explore the city in the the afternoon including the most important sites of Romania’s capital.

The Arc de Triumph, Peoples House (The Parliament Palace) the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, the Old Court of Bucharest – the palace that Vlad Dracula built in 1459.

Overnight in 3*** Hotel in Bucharest.

Day 2 - Bucharest to Transylvania

Outside of Bucharest we visit the Snagov Monastery – in 1476 the real Price Vlad Dracula was buried on this little island.
Visit the Royal palace at Sinaia – the Peles Castle – considered one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture.

Bran Castle built in 1377 as part of the Transylvanian defence system, the castle is a “must see” often referred to as mythical Dracula’s castle.

Overnight in a  fairy tale location at Bran – in the Bucegi National Park.

Day 3 - Brasov and Sibiu

We will visit the medieval city of Brasov. This was the most important trade center of medieval Transylvania. Enjoy a guided walk through this 13th century Saxon city. The main highlight is the Council Square, the Gothic Black Church – blackened by a fire more than 300 year ago – and the “Rope Street” – one of the narrowest streets in Europe.

Transfagarasan Highway –  on our way to Sibiu we will make a 1.5 hours detour on the most spectacular road in Romania, the Transfagarasan highway. The breathtaking road was built in the 80’s by the communists, using over 400 tons of dynamite in 4 years. (please note that the road is only open from July to October)   

Arrive to Sibiu – probably the most vibrant city in Transylvania – the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2007. Explore the impressive medieval city of Sibiu in the evening.

Spend the night in Sibiu 3*** Hotel

Day 4 - The Corvin Castle

Discover the fabulous medieval town of Sibiu. Learn the legend of the Liars Bridge where the traitors used to be hanged and displayed, then mount the steps of the Council Tower for an amazing panorama over the old town. Blend with the locals in the Large Square of the town and explore the tiny cobbled streets, sprinkled with quaint cafes and local street food vendors.

Drive to Hunedoara

Just before entering the town of Hunedoara you will encounter an incredible “Gypsy Town”. The amazing Gypsy palaces will totally change your views on Gypsies 

Hunedoara Castle or Corvin Castle – rather unknown to foreign travelers, this is probably the most accomplished Gothic castle in Europe.


Overnight in Hunedoara – 4**** Hotel

Day 5 - Turda Salt Mine

The surprising Alba Iulia, 

This amazing walled city was the military capital of medieval Transylvania, and is probably the strongest fortification in Romania. The third reconstruction of the fort dates from the 18th century in the Vauban military style. Oldest fortification however, goes back to the Roman period – 106 AD – used to be known as Alba Carolina home of the Roman 13th Legion “Gemina”. Roman ruins are mingled with medieval fortification in an amazing, living, open air museum 

After a hearty lunch in the former armory of the town, we set of to Turda

Turda Salt Mine – one of the best underground places in the world – it’s a place you really have to see. This salt mine is not just a huge museum, but an epic tourist attraction. It was even ranked by Business Insider as the most beautiful underground place in the world.

Overnight in Cluj Napoca- 3*** Hotel

Day 6 - Maramures - the old world, alive

Drive to the northern province of Maramures. Comparable to an gargantuan open air museum Maramures area has it’s special life style, architecture, traditions and legends. Being the part of Romania that was not civilized bu the Romans 2000 years ago, Maramures, amazingly kept it’s separate culture for almost 2 millennia.

Stop at the Surdesti wooden Church (UNESCO) – a superb example of traditional architecture from the 18th century. The Church, over 200 feet tall, used to be the tallest wood structure in the world until 2003, when the local wood workers decided to push the limits of their forefathers and built taller churches in Maramures
Visit the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, a living example of the Dacian pre Roman culture. This cemetery is unique in the world. Renowned for it’s colorful story telling funeral plates, where death is mocked in the face, and life is all but a big joke, 

Overnight at Sigetu Marmatiei – 3*** Hotel

Day 7 - Maramures to Bucovina

Short visit to the Communist Memorial in Sighet. The former Communist prison is now a fantastic museum dedicated to the memory of the horrors of the Communism.

You will learn not only about the past, but also about the shadows of the future. (Ana Blandiana, former anti communist dissident)

Stop at Barsana Monastery – a stunning  monument of traditional Maramures architecture
Onward we will visit the oldest wooden church in Maramures, at Ieud – UNESCO World Heritage

Cross the Carpathian Mountains to Bucovina, over the superb Prislop pass. 

Overnight at Bucovina Lodge 4**** Hotel

Day 8 - Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Scattered over the most idyllic landscape in Romania, we will discover 2 of the best painted monasteries of Bucovina (the northern part of Romanian Moldova) 

Moldovita Monastery. The one can we see today dates back to 1532 and is due to ruling prince Petru Rares– one of the most important monasteries of it’s time.

Voronet Monastery – probably the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting. The church was completed in just 3 months and 3 weeks in 1488, and amazing feat of engineering for that period. Voronet monastery also features the largest painted story among all the painted monasteries. The splendid “judgement day” covers in minute details the second come of Messiah, at the end of the world

The painted eggs museum – you’ll have to trust us here. This is amazing. Art can spring out anywhere, even on hen eggs. This is a local artist’s museum, where the local tradition of painted Easter eggs is taken to the next level.  

Accommodation in Piatra Neamt 3*** Hotel

 

Day 9 - Bicazului Gorges and the red lake

 Drive through the superb Bicazului Gorges, back to Transylvania. 

We stop at the beautiful  Red Lake. A massive cliff collapsed in 1888, forming a natural dam and flooding the upstream valley. Tree stems are still visible bellow the water level, giving the lake a strange beauty. We will walk around the lake to learn it’s legends and stories 

In the afternoon, we arrive in Sighisoara a magnificent living medieval fortress, UNESCO World Heritage site. This is where the real Prince Vlad Dracula was born in 1431. You will have the chance to have dinner in the house where the cruel prince was born

We spend the night inside the old citadel of Sighisoara, at the medieval hotel Wagner House 3***

 

Day 10 - Sighisoara and Biertan

Sighisoara city tour. Sighisoara (UNESCO World Heritage Site)  is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, and most amazingly still inhabited up to this day.   Check out the Clock Tower, the symbol landmark of Sighisoara, with it’s sophisticated clock mechanism . The top platform of the tower offers an bird’s eye view over the magnificent citadel
On the highest part of the fortress we get to the Hill Church. This Lutheran church was stripped by it’s original catholic paintings during the reformation, but now thanks to the recent restoration, some of the old paintings have come back to life. 

Biertan (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – the most spectacular of the (160) “Church-Castles” in Transylvania. Between the 14th and 16th centuries all villages in Transylvania built defensive walls around their churches for protection against invaders, Biertan is the strongest of all. You will learn the legends and traditions of this amazing place.  

Overnight back to Bran

 

Day 11 - Departure

Visit the Rasnov Fortress. One of the most spectacular strongholds of Transylvania, built in the 13 Th century by the Teutonic Knights, Rasnov Fortress is one of the top 10 snow castles in the world according to Conde Nast Traveler 

The fortress was enlarged by the villagers of Rasnov and it became a small walled city protecting the villagers from the invaders. The villagers had to build an impressive 480 feet deep well, to get the vital water needed during prolonged sieges, weeks or months long.  The construction took 17 years of hard labor, under precarious conditions.  

Drive to Bucharest (2 hours)

Drop-off at Bucharest Airport or Hotel

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Inclusions

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Accommodation

10 nights in hotels (3*** and 4 *****)

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Meals

All Brakfasts | All Lunches | All Dinners
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Entrance fees

All entrance fees to all the castles and museums from the itinerary
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Transport

All transportation with private air-conditioned minibus
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English Guidance

English seaking guide will assist you throughout the entire tour
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Not included

  • alcoholic drinks
  • airfares

Reviews

Do not pass up this experience

5.0 rating
February 26, 2019

If I had one piece of advice to give it would be to not pass up this experience. Often people venture into Eastern Europe but write off Romania because there is not a lot of information out there. In visiting this country you can see how life in Eastern Europe, and the whole of the world, once was. The shipyards still walk with their sheep and the cattle roam free. Throughout your adventure you will learn the history of Romania while exploring its castles, caves, and mountains . We had an amazing and knowledgeable guide. There were’t any questions he couldn’t answer. If you?re worried about food and such, I and one other girl with me on the trip were vegetarians and they even went out of their way to purchase tofu for us. Overall, this trip was one of my most memorable times in Europe and I was there for 6 months. Definitely put it on your to do list!,

Amber – US

We had a fantastic time on our “Transylvanian Adventure”

5.0 rating
October 5, 2018

Visiting Romania is an incredibly interesting and rewarding experience. We had a fantastic time on our “Transylvanian Adventure” tour last September. This tour is a great way to get an inside look at Romanian country life. We would never have found the beautiful region around Bran if we had traveled on our own.
It was located in a stunning valley of steep green hills and quaint cottages where farmers practices have not changed in hundreds of years. Exploring the area is like stepping backwards in time, the region is still untouched by major tourism. Emill was our friendly and knowledgeable guide who was amazingly resourceful when inevitable travel snags arose. We especially enjoyed the gorgeous hiking, biking and horse-riding in the mountains and the medieval sightseeing. Emill’s skills proved indispensable as he navigated difficult roads utilized by all types of vehicles including horse-drawn carriages. After our tour he sent us on our way only after helping us to decipher the train network and recommending accommodations in other regions of Romania

Robin and Mathias – USA

What a fantastic vacation!

5.0 rating
September 26, 2018

What a fantastic vacation! The housing, food, schedule, and the atmosphere of quaint Romanian villages made this a vacation to remember. The hikes were varied, fun, and filled with lots of interesting and historical sights. Dan and Nicole are some of the best guides/hosts anywhere, as well as being wonderful people! I will be back again and advise my friends of this truly unique vacation opportunity!

Nathan Kahn, Colorado Springs, USA

I had the time of my life

5.0 rating
August 26, 2018

I wanted to write an account of my trip, just because I had the time of my life and I would love to see other people experiencing this adventure! The adventure staff is absolutely amazing. Really friendly and accommodating and perfectly able to handle difficult situations that arise out in the wilderness.
We went kayaking, horseback riding, biking, sight seeing, and hiking. Everything was very challenging, but definitely manageable. I never thought I would be able to climb a gigantic mountain, but I did! I felt very encouraged by our guide and the other people I met on the trip.
Folks who want to challenge themselves and have a great experience should definitely consider this trip. I learned so much about history, nature, and myself. Thank you Adventure Transylvania

Lisa – USA

This I really can recommend to everyone who love nature!

5.0 rating
August 14, 2018

It was a real suprise to find so good arranged week in Romanian mountains which I had in beginning of June. Dan is really a quide who love his country and his work.
Of course I would like to hike little more but Dan made things one degree more difficult to lead us down from the mountains direct through bushes. Good idea!! Clean air! Scenery views! Lot of flowers. Silence! This I really can recommend to everyone who love nature!’

Mirija – Finland

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