Best Countryside of Romania Tour - 12 days

Romania starts where the asphalt ends. Group upt to 7 persons

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There is no doubt Romania starts where the asphalt ends. The “Romania Countryside Tour” takes you in the most remote areas of the country where the life looks like frozen in time, where cars must avoid the caws walking slowly on the road, where the locals will be happy to have you as a special guest and friend. This tour of Romania starts in Bucharest and then continues in all other amazing rural areas from Transylvania, Maramures or Bucovina. To all these add several famous tourist destinations of Romania part of any other tour.

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Type: shared, cultural
Distance: 2400km / 1491mi
Country: Romania
Accommodation: 4-star hotels and B&Bs

Departures

14 May 2017 – 25 May 2017
25 June 2017 – 6 July 2017
17 September 2017 – 28 September 2017
 
13 May 2018 – 24 May 2018
24 June 2018 – 5 July 2018
22 July 2018 – 2 August 2018

This tour can be organized as a private tour at any other date you prefer. In this case, the price will be provided on request.

Tariff

Tariff

€1820/person

Single Supplement: €160
Book for 2 or 3 persons and get a discount of 10%
Book for 4 persons or more and get a discount of 15%

Day 1 – Sunday
BUCHAREST

Arrival in the capital of Romania. You’ll be transferred from the airport to Bucharest.

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 2 – Monday
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST

The Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

The Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

The day starts with a tour of Bucharest. Capital of modern Romania since 1859, Bucharest is by far the largest city boasting a rich history, amazing buildings, a vivid life, large green parks in the central area, a large number or restaurants but also many contrasts. Bucharest is a city of everything.

The tour will include the famous Revolution Square where thousands of people put an end to a 45-year long vicious regime. Get to understand the communist horrors and sufferings an entire nation had to endure. Around the Revolution Square there are many impressive buildings such as The National Art Museum, The Kretzulescu Church, The Central Library University and several others. You’ll be given explanation about each and every one. You won’t leave this area before visiting The Romanian Athenaeum, the symbol of Bucharest.

In the old town you’ll get to roam on it’s quaint little streets packed with restaurants, bars, buildings with outstanding architecture and old inns.

The tour of Bucharest continues with the famous Parliament, also known as the House of People. Built at the request of Ceausescu, the former communist leader, the building became the largest administrative construction of Europe.

After the lunch you’ll be taken in the northern part of Bucharest. On the way you’ll enjoy a driving tour. You’ll admire the large and green boulevards, the impressive private houses and several monuments such as the Aviators’ Statue or the local Arch of Triumph.

The Village Museum is the last stop of the day. Inaugurated in 1936, this outdoor museum boasts old traditional houses representative for the whole country. In a short period of time you’ll be able to admire different architectural styles and many other stories.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 3 – Tuesday
BUCHAREST – TARGOVISTE – HOREZU

The Sunset Tower, Targoviste

The Sunset Tower, Targoviste

Leave Bucharest at 8:30 AM and head off to Targoviste – the former capital of Wallachia and more recently known as the execution place of the Ceausescu couple. It is here where you can discover the ruins of the Princely Court. Besides the ruins, you can admire the former church with its beautiful frescoes and the elegant Sunset Tower built for the first time during the reign of the famous Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula.

Horezu, will be the next stop. Here you can discover one of the most beautiful monastic places of Romania, a great UNESCO site. The architecture is breathtaking and the frescoes just perfect. It was built in a beautiful area surrounded by forest. The founder, Constantin Brancoveanu had a tragic end being executed by the Ottomans together with his four sons and one son-in-law.

In the afternoon you’ll reach a village known for its 19th century massive fortified mansions. You’ll be able to visit them and find out more details about the life of the nobles who built them.

In the end, you’ll enjoy the beauty of a quiet village and a gorgeous accommodation, one of the highlights of the tour.

Overnight in a quiet village in a traditional mansion.

 
Sibiu, Transylvania

Sibiu, Transylvania

Day 4 – Wednesday
HOREZU – SIBIU

Leave the province of Wallachia and cross the Transylvanian Alps into the famous Transylvania. The road will take you through the Valley of Olt, a valley surrounded by the green hillsides and tall mountains.

Sibiu, the European Cultural Capital in 2007, is the most beautiful city in Romania. Founded by the Germans about 800 years ago, Sibiu boasts the largest Saxon-like squares in Romania, impressive medieval architecture, quaint passageways and cobbled streets. You’ll be taken to the old center, you’ll roam through its squares, you’ll visit the Catholic Church or the Orthodox Cathedral. You’ll be shown the old medieval towers, bastions, and walls. You’ll be taken to the oldest parts of Sibiu and you’ll find out much more about the Bridge of Lies. In the end, you’ll climb the Town Hall Tower from where you’ll have a lovely view over the town and beyond.

Before leaving Sibiu you’ll add some weight to you by enjoying one of the best restaurants in the country.

In the afternoon you’ll reach a village of Transylvania near Sibiu where you’ll stay for the next nights.

Overnight in a village – superior guest house, en suite rooms

 

Day 5 – Thursday
SIBIU – SIGHISOARA – SIBIU

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania

Today you’ll be taken on several back roads where you’ll discover the real beauty of Transylvania. Passing through several hidden villages built hundreds of years ago by the Saxon colonists, you’ll reach the town of Brateiu where you’ll discover the magic world of the gypsies. Meet a local coppersmith gypsy family and see how they live in a globalized world.

Further on you’ll be taken back to the hidden roads of Transylvania and you’ll get to admire the UNESCO site of Biertan. When the German colonists arrived in Transylvania 800 years ago they realized they are under constant threat of different invasions. That’s why they built hundreds of fortified churches. The one from Biertan was built in the 16th century and even today guards the village.

Not far away lays one of the best preserved medieval citadels of Europe. Sighisoara, UNESCO site since 1999, consists of massive walls, tall towers, cobblestone streets and medieval houses. Some of the historians believe that Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was born right in the citadel. The Clock Tower is the symbol of the Sighisoara. Climb its stairs and enjoy the panoramic view over the town.

Get back to Sibiu taking again forgotten roads. Pass through several Saxon villages and admire their traditional architecture or old fortified churches.

Overnight in a village – superior guest house, en suite rooms

 

Day 6 – Friday
SIBIU – HUNEDOARA – ALBA IULIA

Corvin Castle, Hunedoara

Corvin Castle, Hunedoara

In the first part of the day, you’ll be transferred to Hunedoara for the spookiest buildings of Europe, the Corvin Castle. Built in the 14th century, it became an important stronghold of Transylvania. At this castle, you’ll find out two interesting legends and you’ll roam the halls of this impressive Gothic castle. More than that, you’ll be astonished to discover the real place where Dracula stayed imprisoned for several weeks.

After the lunch, you’ll get to see the biggest and the best preserved Vauban-like citadel in Romania. Built at the beginning of the 18th century, the citadel of Alba Iulia has been restored recently to its once former glory. Besides the two cathedrals, the Orthodox and the Catholic ones, you’ll be shown the intricate gates of the citadel, the 3rd gate being the most impressive. The old Roman castrum and the medieval citadel known as Balgrad are now integrated into the Austrian citadel. Their ruins are part of the tour.

Leave behind the cities and once again enter the forgotten world of the Transylvanian villages where you’ll discover the beauty of the Hungarian rural architecture. The lovely guest house, surrounded by a beautiful garden, is being guarded by the ruins of a former medieval citadel perched on top of a hill.

Before dinner, you’ll take a walking tour of a village, an exquisite example of the Hungarian villages. The winding dirt roads are flanked by wonderful houses boasting the purity of the rural life.

Overnight in a village – lovely traditional Hungarian B&B.

 

Day 7 – Saturday                                      
ALBA IULIA – TURDA – MARAMURES

Surdesti Church, Maramures

Surdesti Church, Maramures

The tour of Romania continues with a very different tourist sight. The salt mine of Turda, probably the best in Europe, has received a major investment and it was transformed into an important tourist attraction of Romania. Along with its interesting history, impressive size, an underground lake, and long corridors, the salt mine boasts a fantastic game of lights.

In Cluj Napoca you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. You’ll see the main central squares, the Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals and the beautiful architecture.

Bontida was the homeland of Miklos Banffy, a famous Hungarian writer. It is here where he wrote the great Transylvanian Trilogy. His former estate, also known as the Transylvanian Versaille, was unfortunately destroyed by the German army during the Second World War. Today the descendants of Miklos Banffy try to bring back the estate to its former glory.

Passing through the villages of Maramures, you’ll arrive in the village of Surdesti where you’ll visit the first wooden church on this trip. This UNESCO site, boasts the purity of the locals’ faith, their outstanding talent of building wooden constructions and a great level of modesty through its traditional simplicity.

You’ll arrive at your final destination, a traditional guest house located nearby Sighetu Marmatiei. You’ll be in time for a great traditional home-made dinner.

Overnight in a village – homestay, en suite rooms

 

Day 8 – Sunday
SIGHETU MARMATIEI – SAPANTA – SIGHETU MARMATIEI

The Village of Sapanta, Maramures

The Village of Sapanta, Maramures

In the morning you’ll be taken to a local market where you can see the farmers selling their products. The cheese market is a must. Further on, we’ll change dramatically the register. You’ll be taken to the Memorial of the Anti-communist Victims from SIghetu Marmatiei. Probably this is the most important museum a Romanian should visit. It is here, in this former political prison, where you’ll find out many things about the horrors of the communist regime.

Not far away from Sighetu Marmatiei lays the village of Sapanata. In this village, a local carver had the great idea of carving wooden crosses which were painted in bright colors. Each and every cross depicts an image of the buried one and more or less funny epitaphs. Don’t miss the cross of the drunker or mother-in-law.

In the afternoon you’ll roam on the roads of your village and you’ll discover a local distillery producing the famous tuica, a strong plum brandy.

Overnight in a village – homestay, en suite rooms

 

Day 9 – Monday
SIGHETU MARMATIEI – BARSANA – BORGO PASS – BUCOVINA

Barsana Convent, Maramures

Barsana Convent

In the first part of the day, you’ll be meeting a local carver who is happy all the time to greet his guests. Discover this wonderful craft, admire his works, from wooden spoons or wooden chains to huge and intricate wooden gates.

The tour of Maramures continues with the Convent of Barsana. Although it has a long history, the present monastic complex is quite new being built in 1992. The convent is not just another religious place but a fine testimony of the wooden constructions from Maramures. Add to all these an amazing garden and a great rural landscape.

Further on the tour of Romania passes through several villages and crosses the mountains. You’ll stop at Borgo Pass where Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker’s character meets for the first time Dracula. Enjoy here a tasty lunch and the scenery then continue your road into Bucovina, the land of the painted monasteries and gentle green hills.

Visit the painted Humor Monastery, one of the religious masterpieces and top attractions of Bucovina, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is a monastery for nuns erected in 1530. Humor was one of the first of Bucovina’s painted monasteries to be frescoed and, along with Voronet, is probably the best preserved. The dominant color of the frescoes is a reddish brown.

The last visit of the day will be the Voronet convent. Erected in 1488, Voronet Monastery represented one of the first Moldavian creative elements showing a distinctive style. The church is a combination of Byzantine, Gothic and local elements. The exterior painting on the western wall depicts, on five registers, the Doomsday scene, unique in the whole world. The Voronet Monastery entered the universal cultural heritage also for having in the composition of the paintings the inimitable “Voronet blue”.

You’ll be accommodated in one of the beautiful villages of Bucovina.

Overnight in Bucovina – superior guesthouse/boutique hotel, rooms en suite

 

Day 10 – Tuesday
BUCOVINA – BICAZ – SZEKELY LAND

The Red Lake, Transylvania

The Red Lake, Transylvania

Today the road is long but very interesting. You’ll leave Bucovina entering the province of Moldova (not to be confused with the Republic of Moldova) where you’ll admire the beautiful villages.

Then the road continues through the Carpathian Mountains. Pass through the Bicaz Gorge where you’ll admire the wonders he nature. Not far away you’ll stop for a short visit of the Red Lake. You’ll be told the interesting legend of the lake about an ogre and a young lady. You are now back to Transylvania.

In the afternoon you’ll reach the Szekely Land, a place frozen in time inhabited by the Hungarian minority, the largest one in Romania. Your accommodation re-enacts the old life of the locals.

Ovenight in Szeckely area – traditional mansion, en suite rooms

 

Day 11 – Wednesday
SZEKELY LAND – BRASOV – BRAN – BUCHAREST

In the morning you’ll be transferred to Brasov, another former Saxon town. Founded about 700 years ago, Brasov became an important trade town due to its geography. The German architecture is still visible. You’ll roam around the old town admiring the central square, the pedestrian alleys, the great architecture, the famous Black Church and narrowest street in Romania.

Bran Castle, Transylvania

Bran Castle, Transylvania

The castle of Bran, the most important tourist attraction of Romania is the next stop. Known as Dracula Castle, it was built about 800 years ago. You’ll be told the real story of this medieval castle saved by Queen Mary of Romania.

It’s time to say goodbye to Transylvania. Cross the mountains and stop for one of the most beautiful castles of Europe. The Peles Castle was built at the request of King Carol I of Romania, a German prince part of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen house. It became the most advance castle of Europe and it boasts even today a breathtaking collection of paintings, statues, weapons, furniture, and ceramics.

In the afternoon you’ll arrive in Bucharest where you’ll spend your last night in Romania.

Overnight in Bucharest – 4-star hotel

 

Day 12 – Thursday
BUCHAREST – OTOPENI

Today you’ll be transferred to the airport according to your schedule.

End of the tour.

 

Tariff

€1820/person

Single Supplement: €160
Book for 2 or 3 persons and get a discount of 10%
Book for 4 persons or more and get a discount of 15%
 

Included

 
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by modern car
  • Accommodation for 11 nights in 4-star hotels and B&Bs
  • Breakfast
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the program

Not Included

 
  • Flight ticket
  • Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
  • Drinks (other than water)
  • Other meals except breakfast
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses