DAY 01 BUCHAREST-CURTEA DE ARGES-TRANSFAGARASAN ROAD-SIBIU
The first day of our tour starts with a road trip from Bucharest to Curtea de Arges, the historical capital of Wallachia and one of the richest Romanian cities in terms of historical culture. Here, we will visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery, erected by the Voivode Neagoe Basarab between 1512 and 1517. The monastery is widely famous for the legend of Manole, one of the most important myths of the Romania, which left a powerful mark on its people: “you can’t create something everlasting without sacrifice”.
Today, the monastery is one of the most important historical monuments in Romania, and it is the final resting place for several members of the Royal House of Romania.
We will then drive on the spectacular Transfagarasan Road, one of the most beautiful roads in Europe. Transfagarasan passes through the Southern Carpathians via the tallest mountains in Romania, Fagaras, reaching heights of 2042 meters. This is the perfect opportunity to take some stunning photos of the surrounding area.
The last destination for the day is the medieval city of Sibiu, with a rich history of more than 900 years. Sibiu is a superb destination throughout the whole year, but in the summer season it is home to the International Theatre Festival, and in the winter it is home to one of the most impressive Christmas Markets in Romania.
After taking a walking tour through Sibiu’s Historical Center, we will head towards the hotel, where we will check-in for the night.
DAY 02 SIBIU---HUNEDOARA---ALBA IULIA---TURDA---CLUJ
The second day of our tour of Romania will start early in the morning, and we will make our first stop in Hunedoara, where we will take a tour of Corvin Castle, a monument with a particular charm. Also known as Hunyad Castle due to its main inhabitant, John Hunyadi, it is one of the largest castles in Romania.
Our next stop will be at Alba Iulia, the town which was home to one of the most important events in Romania’s History, the Union of Transylvania with Romania. We will visit the Alba Carolina Fortress, built between 1715 and 1738 in the Vauban architectural style by more than 20,000 Romanian peasants.
Driving away from Alba Iulia we reach Turda, a small village which is home to one of the coolest underground attractions in the world, according to Business Insider, the Turda Salt Mine. At the end of its 13 underground floors, you will find a spectacular theme park, equipped with a Ferris wheel, mini golf course, tennis court, and a lake.At the end of the day, we will reach Cluj-Napoca, the largest city in Transylvania and one of the largest student centers in Romania. After taking a walking tour through the Old City Center, you will have free time to explore the local cafes and bohemian restaurants near the hotel.
DAY 03 CLUJ-NAPOCA---BISTRITA---VORONET
On our way to Bukovina, we will stop in Bistrita, a city located in the foothills of the Bargau Mountains, not far away from Pasul Tihuta which is the connecting road between Transylvania and Bukovina. This is the place where Bram Stoker’s character, Jonathan Haker, stayed before meeting Count Dracula.
After taking a short sightseeing tour of Bistrita and tasting some delicious products from a local bakery, we will depart from Transylvania towards Romania’s holy land. Our first stop in Bukovina will be at the Voronet Monastery, one of the 8 UNESCO Painted Monasteries of Bukovina. The monastery was built by Stephen the Great in 1488, and it is well known for its unique shade of blue, “Blue of Voronet”.
In the evening we will reach the hotel and we will enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner.
DAY 04 VORONET---MOLDOVITA---SUCEVITA---IASI
For the first landmark of the day, we will drive north and we will stop at the Moldovita Monastery, one of the oldest monastic settlements with a significant history. The Monastery was built between 1532 and 1537 and was placed in on UNESCO World Heritage list in 1993.
Our second objective is another Painted Church, Sucevita. Having been built in 1585, legend says that all the materials used in its construction were brought by a woman using only a cart pulled by oxen, in order to redeem her sins.
Romania’s Painted Monasteries are deemed by many true masterpieces of the Byzantine art. Their beautiful frescoes depict various biblical scenes as well as the life stories of several important religious figures. Decorated with beautiful ornaments and blending in perfectly with the surrounding landscape, they are unique throughout Europe.
In the evening we will reach Iasi, the largest city in northern Romania, and the birthplace of several Romanian personalities. After a short tour of this romantic and historical city, we will check in at the hotel and prepare for dinner.
DAY 05 IASI---TARGU NEAMT-PIATRA NEAMT
Before leaving for Piatra Neamt, on the 5th day we will take a tour of Iasi, making our first stop at the Palace of Culture. The Palace was built in a Neo-Gothic style between 1906 and 1925, and it is home to the Moldova National Museum Complex, hosting the Art Museum, Moldavia’s History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Moldavia, and the Science and Technology Museum.
We will then visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the most famous buildings in Iasi. The current Cathedral was built on top of two older churches, The White Church and Stratenia Church, in early 1833. Over the years, the Cathedral was severely deteriorated because of various factors such as harsh weather or bad terrain, but today the restoration project is close to coming to an end, and its beauty can be admired by tourists from all over the world. Another important landmark of Iasi is the Three Hierarchs Church, which was built by Voivode Vasile Lupu between 1637 and 1639.
Our final stop in Iasi will be at the "Vasile Alecsandri" National Theatre, the first National Theatre in Romania. From Iasi, we will head to Targu Neamt for a tour of the Neamt Citadel, built during the reign of Peter I (1375-1391), and we will reach Piatra Neamt in the evening, where we will take a cable car ride before checking in at the hotel.
DAY 06 PIATRA NEAMT---BICAZ---CORUND-BIERTAN---SIGHISOARA
On the 6th day, we will leave for Transylvania, passing through the impressive Bicaz Gorges in order to reach our first landmark of the day, a lake renowned for its unusual color. The Red Lake formed in 1837, when a series of heavy storms caused Mt. Ucigasu to fracture, with part of it coming down and blocking several streams. The river deposits that formed there had a reddish color, so the name of The Red Lake was given to the water body by the locals.
Our next stop will be in Corund, one of the main pottery centers of Transylvania. Besides pottery, the locals also deal in woodworking and trade, and the clay used in pottery is extracted from a nearby stream.
Leaving Corund behind, we will reach Biertan, one of the famous UNESCO Villages with Fortified Churches of Transylvania. Saxon colonists settled here for the first time in the 13th century, mainly because of the rich soil that was perfect for winemaking.
Our last stop for the day is in Sighisoara, a city which is home to the last inhabited citadel in Europe. Sighisoara was built by Saxon colonists in the 12th century, and it its unique features earned it a spot on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
DAY 07 Sighisoara---Viscri---Brasov
Today we will discover more of Transylvania and its people. In the first part of the day, we will explore Sighisoara, a city where each building has a story worth telling. While we will be heading towards the Sighisoara Citadel, we will pass through the main gate and reach a true symbol of medieval life, the Clock Tower, which is home to Sighisoara’s History Museum. The basement of the Clock Tower is also home to a torture chamber, and the tower is beautifully decorated with numerous sculpted ornaments, as well as a clock on each side.
Our next stop will be in Viscri, a village that charmed the heart of Prince Charles through its simplicity and the way in which the locals preserved their traditions. Here, we will meet the women who are renowned throughout the region for their culinary skills. Viscri is one of Transylvania’s Villages with Fortified Churches, and before leaving we will visit the charming Viscri Church.
After a while, we will reach Brasov, one of the most beautiful cities located in the middle of Romania, where we will take a short walking tour of the city before checking in to the hotel.
DAY 08 Brasov---Bran---Sinaia---Bucuresti
Our day starts with a city tour of Brasov, making our first stop in the Council Square, a place which was famous for its markets filled by traders of all nations. We will also take a tour of The Black Church, the main Gothic style monument in Romania and the largest Lutheran place of worship in the region.
30 minutes away from Brasov is Bran, a small village known as the location of Dracula''s Castle. With a history of more than 6 centuries, Bran Castle became widely known as Dracula’s Castle, mainly due to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Here, we will help you discover the history of Vlad the Impaler and the connection between Vlad Tepes and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Our next stop is in Sinaia, where we will visit the first fully electrified castle in Europe. In its final form, Peles Castle stretches over a surface of 3200 sq. meters and it holds 160 rooms and over 30 bathrooms. The castle was home to one of the most important collections of paintings in Europe, and it is well-known for its large collection of over 4,000 European and Oriental weaponry.
At night, we will be back in Bucharest where you will have free time at your disposal.
DAY 09 Bucharest City Tour
In the last day of your tour of Romania, you will discover Bucharest through a full-day city tour. Our first stop will be at the famed Palace of the Parliament, the second largest building in the world. Also known as the People’s House, the building was part of a larger project created by Nicolae Ceausescu during his reign during the communist period of Romania. The building was designed to house all the organs of the state while also being a safe house able to withstand earthquakes and nuclear attacks.
After touring the Palace of the Parliament we will head to Bucharest’s Old Town, where we will have free time for lunch.
Our last destination is the Bucharest Village Museum. The museum was opened for the first time in 1936, and it stretches over a surface of 14 ha, being home to a total of 380 monuments, 60,000 traditional objects and over 250,000 archived documents, all related to the traditional Romanian life.
DAY 10 Departure
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Romania is a country filled with landmarks that you can't help but love. From Bukovina's Painted Monasteries to Transylvania's medieval castles, a tour of Romania can help you make some unforgettable memories. Discover the best of Romania in a 10-day tour with departure from and arrival in Bucharest. We will head towards the western side of Romania where we will visit Cluj-Napoca, the Turda Salt Mine, and the Alba Carolina Fortress, and then make our way into Bukovina, a land where the time stood still. Here, we will discover the UNESCO Painted Monasteries, and get to know more about the customs and traditions of this region. We will then head back into Transylvania to discover some of its most prominent landmarks, such as the UNESCO Villages with Fortified Churches, the Sighisoara Citadel, and Bran Castle, as well as the city of Brasov. Our tour will continue with a tour of the former residence of the Romanian royal family, Peles Castle, and then we will return to Bucharest for a city tour of Romania's capital.
Airport TransfersAccommodation for 9 nights BB in centrally located hotelsPrivate English speaking tour guideEntrance fees for the sights included in the itineraryTransport by private car/coach
Tour Does Not Include
Airline ticketsTravel insuranceMeals, other than mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beveragesEntrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itineraryPhotography Fees Tips for guide/driverVarious expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs etc.