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


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.




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

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

Overnight in Bucharest.


Day 2

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania

The day starts with a tour of Bucharest. The 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 of 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 an 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 its 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: 4-star hotel


Day 3

Targoviste, Wallachia, Romania

Targoviste, Wallachia

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.sure.

Overnight in a quiet village: traditional mansion, en-suite rooms

Sibiu, Transylvania

Sibiu, Transylvania

Day 4

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 Marginimea Sibiului – superior guest house, en-suite rooms


Day 5

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 Marginimea Sibiului – superior guest house, en-suite rooms


Day 6

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 Transylvanian village – superior guesthouse, en-suite rooms


Day 7                                

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.

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 Maramures: traditional guesthouse, en-suite rooms


Day 8

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 Maramures: traditional guesthouse, en-suite rooms


Day 9

Barsana Convent, Maramures

Barsana Convent

The village of Barsana is known for several tourist attractions. 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.

In the same village, you’ll visit 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.

Moldovita is the first painted monastery of your tour around Romania. Rebuilt in the 16th century, the church had its exterior walls covered by frescos at the same time. It boasts the best preserved “Siege of Constantinople” fresco. In fact, this fresco will give let you know why these churches were painted on the exterior walls.

Driving through the gentle hills of Bucovina you’ll reach Sucevita. Here you’ll admire the largest and most impressive painted church. Sucevita was the last to be painted. At that time the artists had learned how to obtain everlasting pigments. Therefore, Sucevita boasts the best-preserved frescos, such as “The Ladder of Virtues”.

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


Day 10

The Red Lake, Transylvania

The Red Lake, Transylvania

Start the day with Marginea, a small town known for its unique black ceramic. Get to see how it is done and admire their works.

Continue Voronet, the Sistine Chapel of the Orient. Known for its unique blue color, the church boasts the largest “Last Judgment” fresco. You’ll get explanations about it.

Then the road continues through the Carpathian Mountains. Pass through the Bicaz Gorge where you’ll admire the wonders of nature. Not far away you’ll stop for a short visit to the Red Lake. You’ll be told the interesting legend of the lake.

In the afternoon, you’ll reach the Szekely Land, a place frozen in time.

Overnight in Szeckely Land area – traditional mansion, en-suite rooms


Day 11

Bran Castle, Transylvania

Bran Castle, Transylvania

The day starts with a short tour of the village. Observe the daily life of the villagers, how they take their cows to the fields and the horse-drawn carts passing by up and down.

Further on, 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.

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 advanced castle in 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

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

End of the tour.




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%


  • 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