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Treasures of Romania & Hungary Tour – 10 days

Shared tour of Eastern Europe from Bucharest to Budapest. Group up to 7 persons

“Treasures of Romania and Hungary Tour” takes you in just 10 days to two of the most beautiful Eastern European countries: Romania and Hungary. It starts in the vivid city of Bucharest, Romania’s capital city, then it crosses the Carpathian Mountains into the exotic Transylvania, where you’ll discover forgotten villages, well-preserved medieval towns, and old legends. On the way, you’ll experience the rural life of Maramures, while in Hungary you’ll discover famous wine areas, admire the Baroque town of Eger and the magnificent city of Budapest.

Type: shared, cultural

Distance: 1600km / 994mi

Country: Romania, Hungary

Accommodation: 4-star hotels and B&Bs

Year: 2022

1 March – 10 March
5 April – 14 April
3 May – 12 May
17 May – 26 May
7 June – 16 June
28 June – 7 July
12 July – 21 July
26 July – 4 August
16 August – 25 August
30 August – 8 September
13 September – 22 September
27 September – 6 October
8 November – 17 November

Year: 2023

28 February – 9 March
6 April – 15 April
2 May – 11 May
16 May – 25 May
6 June – 15 June
27 June – 6 July
11 July – 20 July
25 July – 3 August
15 August – 24 August
29 August – 7 September
12 September – 21 September
26 September – 5 October
7 November – 16 November

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

€2499/person sharing a double room

Single Supplement: €285

Book for 3 people and get a discount of 5%
Book for at least 4 persons and get a discount of 10%

Highlights of the tour:

Countries and Regions

  • Romania
  • Hungary
  • Wallachia
  • Transylvania
  • Maramures
  • Great Hungarian Plain
  • Northern Hungary
  • Central Hungary

Cities

  • Bucharest
  • Brasov
  • Sibiu
  • Cluj Napoca
  • Eger
  • Budapest

Major Sights

  • The Romanian Parliament
  • Transfagarasan Highway
  • Peles, Bran, and Corvin Castles
  • Sighisoara Clock Tower
  • Merry Cemetery
  • Tokay vineyards
  • The Hungarian Parliament
  • Mathias Church

UNESCO Attractions

  • Viscri fortified church
  • Sighisoara
  • Surdesti Wooden Church
  • Budapest Danube Panorama
  • Budapest Castle District 

Day 1
OTOPENI AIRPORT – BUCHAREST (40min drive)

Arrival in Bucharest. You’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll receive more details about your tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Bucharest: 4-star hotel

Day 2
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST (1h drive)

After breakfast, a full-day sightseeing tour of Bucharest, including the visit to the famous Parliament Palace. The walking tour includes Revolution Square and the bustling old center of Bucharest. You’ll admire as well The Village Museum and famous boulevards and neighborhoods of this interesting city.

Bucharest's settlement was first mentioned in 1459, and, ever since, the town went through a series of continuous changes, representing the central scene of Romania’s political, artistic, university, financial and cultural life. Between the two world wars, due to the elegant architecture and to the elite living in Bucharest, the city was nicknamed “The Little Paris.”

During the tour of Bucharest, you’ll stop to visit the Romanian Parliament, the largest administrative building in Europe. The building is located in Bucharest's historical and geographical center, and it was built on a hill. The building, whose works were started in July 1984, includes a huge combination of monumental sculptures, gilded ornaments, decorative flooring, laced ceilings, brocade curtains, heavy carpets, tapestry, all in a succession of chambers, galleries, lavish vast rooms, and halls. It’s the perfect image of a regime detached from reality, a regime that didn’t care at all about the real needs of the Romanian society.

Located in a green area of Bucharest and inaugurated in 1936, The Village Museum is one of the most beautiful and most interesting museums in the country. It boasts old and original houses brought from different parts of the country. In The Revolution Square, you’ll get the story of the anti-communist revolution from 1989, and you’ll find out more about the hardships an entire nation had to suffer for 45 years. The day ends with what became the most bustling area of Bucharest, The Old Center. Once the place of princely families and nobles, later an area of the craftsmen, the old center became today the Mecca of bars, restaurants, and quaint cobblestone streets.

Overnight in Bucharest: 4-star hotel

Bucharest, Romania

Day 3 
BUCHAREST – SINAIA – BRAN – BRASOV  (4h drive)                                                    

Today, you will leave Romania’s capital city behind and head North to Transylvania. You will visit on the way the country’s most beautiful castles: Peles and Bran castles.

Sinaia resort is the first stop of the day. Here you’ll visit the local monastery and the oldest building in town.

Then, you will continue to Peles Castle* that will impress you, for sure. One of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Peles Castle, represents the Romanian royal family's former summer royal residence. It was inaugurated in 1883 and extended until 1914. It was one of the most modern castles at the time. Electricity, central heating system, central vacuum cleaner, telephone, elevator are just a few of Peles Castle's facilities. Built in a German Neo-Renaissance style and located in an idyllic environment, surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, the castle boasts one of the richest wooden work interior design. It still has the original furniture. You will be overwhelmed by the Hall of Honor, King Carol’s weapon collection, or the Music Hall. At the end of the visit, you will also spend some time in the Royal Gardens.

Further on, you will arrive at Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. Built almost 800 years ago by the Saxons from Brasov, the castle was located at the medieval border between Wallachia and Transylvania, then a region controlled by the Hungarian Empire. At the end of WWI, the castle was offered to Queen Mary as a gift, and now it belongs to her grandchildren. Inside, you will admire Queen Mary, King Ferdinand, and Prince Nicolas' apartments, but you will also be told Dracula's story and its connection with this castle.

After a traditional lunch, you will arrive at the final destination of the day: the medieval city of Brasov. You will enjoy a short walking tour in the old town and see Council Square, the Council Tower, Rope Street, the fortified walls, and the Black Church, a symbolic building of the city. Known also as “Kronstadt,” Brasov was founded in the 13th century by the Saxons and developed throughout the century at the crossroads between the Orient and the Occident as an important trade city. It is one of the most beautiful and visited cities in Romania, enjoying a perfect location next to the Carpathian Mountains and Romania's main travel destinations like Bran Castle, Sighisoara medieval citadel Sibiu, the Transylvanian fortified churches, and many others.

* You will visit the ground floor exhibition of Peles Castle. Also, the castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Rasnov fortress or the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni may be used as alternatives.

Overnight in Brasov: 4-star hotel

Peles Castle, Sinaia

Day 4 
BRASOV – VISCRI – SIGHISOARA – SIBIU

It’s time to discover the forgotten world of the former Saxon villages. On the way to Sighisoara, we’ll make a detour to the remote village of Viscri, a great UNESCO site. There are just 2 or 3 dirt roads in Viscri, the main one being quite wide. This road is lined on both sides with beautiful and traditional houses, built in the Saxon style. At the village's outskirts, perched on a hill, there is the fortified church of Viscri, one of the oldest fortified churches in Transylvania. You will visit the church and the small museum located at the entrance.

The tour of Eastern Europe continues with Sighisoara, another UNESCO site in Transylvania. Founded by the Germans about 800 years ago, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara looks even now as a perfect picture-postcard. It is the best-preserved citadel in Romania, a stunning combination of cobblestone streets, medieval walls, massive watchtowers, and old architecture. The highlights of Sighisoara are the House of Vlad Dracul, known as Dracula's birthplace, the Clock Tower – the symbol of Sighisoara, the Covered Staircase, and the Church on the Hill, one of the oldest buildings of the citadel.

In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in Sibiu, former European Capital of Culture in 2007, where you will have time at leisure for the rest of the day.

Overnight in Sibiu: 4-star hotel centrally located

Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania

Day 5 
SIBIU – HUNEDOARA – ALBA IULIA – CLUJ NAPOCA (4h30min)

In the morning, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu. Hermannstadt, to use its German name, was founded by the Saxon colonists about 800 years ago. In a short time, Sibiu became one of the most important cities of Transylvania. Sibiu boasts several medieval squares, including the Great Square (Piata Mare), which is the largest in Romania. Old houses surround it, impressive palaces such as the Brukenthal Palace, and religious buildings, including the Catholic Cathedral.

The tour of Sibiu continues with the other squares, the oldest cobblestone streets, and you’ll find out more about the legend which surrounds the Bridge of Lies. The tour of Sibiu ends with the Evangelical Cathedral and the former medieval towers.

Then, you’ll be transferred to Hunedoara for the spookiest buildings of Europe, the Corvin Castle. Built around the 14th century, it became an important stronghold of Transylvania. At this castle, you’ll find out two interesting legends, and you’ll roam through the halls of this impressive Gothic castle. More than that, you’ll be astonished to discover the real place where Dracula was imprisoned, according to the legend.

In the afternoon, you’ll get to see the biggest and the best-preserved Vauban-like citadel in Romania. Built at the beginning of the 18th century, Alba Iulia's citadel has been restored recently to its once former glory. Besides the two cathedrals, the Orthodox and the Catholic, you’ll be shown the citadel's intricate gates, 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.

In the evening, you will arrive in Cluj Napoca, one of the oldest cities in Romania.

Overnight in Cluj Napoca: 4-star hotel

Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania

Day 6 
CLUJ NAPOCA – MARAMURES (4h drive)

Today, you will leave Transylvania behind and head to Maramures, a beautiful mountain area famous for the rural landscape and the wooden churches.

You will head first to the village of Surdesti, where you will see the first wooden church from this trip. This UNESCO site boasts the purity of the locals’ faith, their outstanding talent for building wooden constructions, and a great modesty level through its traditional simplicity.

Maramures boasts some of the best-preserved villages in Europe. It’s time to explore one of them. You’ll enjoy a walking tour in one of these villages. You’ll observe the locals, their way of living, houses and their traditions.

Sighetu Marmatiei is the largest town in the area. It is here where you can visit the Memorial, a former political prison where you can better understand the horrors of the communist regime, not just from Romania, but from all over the world.

In the evening, you’ll arrive at your final destination, a traditional guest house located nearby Sighetu Marmatiei. After a walking tour of the village, you’ll taste a great traditional home-made dinner.

Overnight in Maramures: traditional guest house

Maramures, Romania

Day 7 
MARAMURES – SATU MARE (RO) – TOKAJ REGION (HU) – EGER 

Today the journey is long but impressive. You will leave Romania and cross into Hungary, the second country of this Eastern European Tour.

Admire the countryside and stop in the Tokaj Wine region to visit an old wine cellar. Enjoy a wine tasting session and discover why Tokaj wine is considered one of the world's best white wines. The story says that delighted with the drink, Louis XV of France offered a glass of Tokaj wine to Madame de Pompadour, referring to it as “The Wine of Kings, The King of Wines.”

In the evening, arrival in the city of Eger, known as the Baroque Pearl of Hungary.

Overnight in Eger: 3-star hotel centrally located

Hungarian Vineyards

Day 8
EGER – BUDAPEST (2h drive)

In the morning, you will enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque town of Eger, the second largest one in Northern Hungary.

With over 1000 years of history, Eger owes its fame to the beautiful and imposing buildings designed in Baroque architectural style, the winemaking culture, and the religious institutions. Saint Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary, founded a bishopric in Eger at the beginning of the 11th century.

You will start the walk from the Main Square of Eger, called Dobo Ter, after the brave captain, Istvan Dobo, who managed to defend the city fortress and Northern Hungary in 1552 against the expansion of the Turkish Empire. An interesting legend is related to this episode, and for sure, you will find it out during the tour. You will see Istvan Dobo’s statue in the square and visit the elegant Minority Church. Continue to roam on the Baroque streets and reach the medieval Eger citadel, a city symbol. Perched on a hill and overlooking the city, Eger citadel was the set of many battles between the Hungarians and the Ottomans. On your way down, you will pass by a Minaret, which is the Northernmost Ottoman minaret in Europe, and then head to the impressive Eger Basilica.

After lunch, head to your final destination: Budapest.

Time at leisure in the afternoon.

Overnight in Budapest: 4-star hotel

Eger, Hungary

Day 9
BUDAPEST

In the morning, you will start the tour of one of the most beautiful cities of Eastern Europe, Budapest.

In the first part of the trip, you will walk around the famous Palace of the Parliament, inaugurated in 1902 and designed by Imre Steindl, who was inspired by London’s Houses of Parliament. It is the third-largest Parliament buildings in the world and a symbol of Budapest, conveniently located along the Danube River.

Cross the Danube River on the Chain Bridge and reach Buda Hill. The Chain Bridge was the first permanent stone bridge connecting Pest and Buda built in 1849. At each end, it is guarded by 2 lions. It became a symbol of anti-communist resistance, as people demonstrated to have freedom on the same bridge.

Furthermore, you will get to the top of Buda Hill and see Buda Castle. Since the 13th century, it has suffered many changes. Today’s design dates back to the 18th century, the time period of King Charles and his daughter, Empress Maria Theresa. Even though it was badly damaged during WWII, it was renovated and brought to its former glory. The garden view is exquisite and offers a splendid panorama over the Pest sector of the city.

Next, continue to explore the Castle District and visit the Fishermen Bastion built in 1905. It combines Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romanesque architecture and consists of turrets, projections, parapets, and climbing stairways. Its 7 towers are symbolizing the 7 Hungarian tribes that came from Asia and settled here in 896. It guarantees a great view over some landmarks like the Hungarian Palace of the Parliament, Margaret Island, St Stephen’s Basilica, the Academy of Sciences, the Chain Bridge.

Next to the Fishermen Bastion lies the statue of Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Next to it, one can admire Mathias Church, built for the first time in the 13th century. It was many times modified, but it never lost its splendor.

The rest of the day is free.

Overnight in Budapest: 4-star hotel

Budapest, Hungary

Day 10
BUDAPEST – OTOPENI AIRPORT (40min drive)

You’ll be transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.

End of the tour

Price

€2419/person sharing a double room

Single Supplement: €250

Book for 3 people and get a discount of 5%
Book for at least 4 persons and get a discount of 10%

Included:

  • Airport pick-up and drop off in Bucharest and Budapest
  • Transport by modern car
  • Accommodation for 9 nights in 4-star hotels and superior B&Bs
  • Breakfast
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver in Romania
  • English-speaking tour leader/driver in Hungary
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the program
  • Wine tasting and wine cellar visit in Tokaj region
  • Liability insurance

Not Included:

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

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