“Treasures of Romania and Hungary Tour” takes you in just 10 days in two of the most beautiful countries in Eastern Europe: 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
20 March 2018 – 29 March 2018
17 April 2018 – 26 April 2018
8 May 2017 – 17 May 2017
5 June 2018 – 14 June 2018
19 June 2018 – 28 June 2018
3 July 2018 – 12 July 2018
17 July 2018 – 26 July 2018
7 August 2018 – 16 August 2018
21 August 2018 – 30 August 2018
4 September 2018 – 13 September 2018
18 September 2018 – 27 September 2018
2 October 2018 – 11 October 2018
6 November 2018 – 15 November 2018
19 March 2019 – 28 March 2019
9 April 2019 – 18 April 2019
7 May 2019 – 16 May 2019
21 May 2019 – 30 May 2019
25 June 2019 – 4 July 2019
2 July 2019 – 11 July 2019
16 July 2019 – 25 July 2019
30 July 2019 – 8 August 2019
20 August 2019 – 29 August 2019
3 September 2019 – 12 September 2019
17 September 2019 – 26 September 2019
1 October 2019 – 10 October 2019
5 November 2019 – 14 November 2019
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: €199
Book for 2-3 people and get a discount of 10%
Book for at least 4 persons and get a discount of 15%
Arrival in Bucharest – the capital of Romania. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening you meet your tour guide and the fellow travelers.
Overnight in Bucharest
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST
Known as the “city of contrasts”, Bucharest is the largest city of Romania and the capital of the country since 1859. It boasts an interesting history, beautiful architecture, a vivid night life, many great restaurants and lots of parks.
You will start the Bucharest city tour in the morning with a short walk in the Revolution Square. It is here where you shall find out about the communist times in Romania, how the people lived during those years and how the Revolution from December 1989 started. The Memorial of Rebirth, also called by the locals “the Potato” is the main landmark of the Square, erected in the memory of all the people that died during the December Revolution that brought democracy in our country. In the same square, you will admire many beautiful buildings designed by French architects like Albert Galleron and Paul Gottereau: the Romanian Atheneum (symbol of Bucharest), the former Royal Palace now the National Art Museum and The Central University Library.
Then, you shall continue to the so called “New Civic Center”, a neighborhood in Bucharest that was built after the 1977 earthquake at the orders of Nicolae Ceausescu. Here, you will stop in the Constitution Square and visit The Palace of the Parliament. Registered by Guinness World Record as the second largest administrative building in the world, the palace was designed during communist times to become the home of the political power. It was the most important project of Nicolae Ceausescu, former communist leader, but unfortunately, he never lived to see it finished. Now the palace represents the headquarters of the Romanian Parliament and it is open to public.
At noon, you will roam the cobblestone streets of the Old Town and have lunch at a Romanian traditional restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to the North part of the city to visit the Village Museum. On the way you will pass by the Aviators Monument and the Arch of Triumph.
The Village Museum is a charming open-air museum which boasts a collection of over 300 traditional constructions brought from all the historical regions of Romania. You will see the traditional houses where the peasants used to leave in the past, a wind mill, different technological constructions, wooden churches and discover the old way of life in Romania.
In the evening, you will get back to the hotel.
Time at leisure for the test of the day.
Overnight in Bucharest.
BUCHAREST – SINAIA – BRAN – BRASOV
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.
You will stop first in Sinaia Mountain resort to visit the local monastery and the oldest building in town.
Then, you will continue to Peles castle* that will impress you, for sure. Probably one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Peles castle represents the former summer royal residence of the Romanian royal family. It was inaugurated in 1883 and extended until 1914, being one of the most modern castles at the time. Electricity, central heating system, central vacuum cleaner, telephone, elevator, these are just couple of the facilities that the Peles castle was equipped with. Built in German Neo-Renaissance style and located in an idyllic environment, surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, the castle boasts also one of the richest wooden work interior design still having 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 of Brasov, the castle was located at the medieval border between Wallachia and Transylvania, then part of 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 apartments of Queen Mary, King Ferdinand and Prince Nicolas, but you will also be told the story of Dracula and its connection with this castle.
After a traditional lunch, you will arrive to the final destination of the day: the medieval city of Brasov. You will enjoy a short walking tour in the old town and see the Council Square, the Council Tower, the Rope Street, the walls of fortification and the Black Church, symbolic building of the city. Known also as “Kronnstadt”, 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. Now, it is one of the most beautiful and visited city in Romania, enjoying a perfect position next to the Carpathian Mountains and the main travel destinations of Romania 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 between May 16th and September 15th. For the rest of the year it is closed on both Mondays and Tuesdays. Each year the castle is closed for the entire month of November. Pelisor Castle, Rasnov fortress or the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni may be used as alternatives.
Overnight in Brasov.
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. In the outskirts of the village, 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 even now looks like a perfect picture-postcard. It is the best preserved citadel in Romania, a stunning combination of cobblestone streets, medieval walls, massive watch towers and old architecture. The highlights of Sighisoara are: the House of Vlad Dracul, known as the birth place of Dracula, 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.
On the way to Sibiu, the tour of Eastern Europe stops in a Roma village where you’ll meet a local family who is famous for its copper pots. Get to see how they make them and understand their culture and their problems.
Overnight in Sibiu.
SIBIU – HUNEDOARA – ALBA IULIA – CLUJ NAPOCA
In the morning, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu. Hermannstadt, to use its German name, was founded by 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 of this kind in Romania. It is surrounded by old houses, impressive palaces such as the Brukenthal Palace, and by 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 stayed imprisoned for several weeks.
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, the citadel of Alba Iulia has been restored recently to its once former glory. Beside 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 in 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.
CLUJ NAPOCA– MARAMURES
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 of building wooden constructions and a great level of modesty through its traditional simplicity.
Then continue to Sapanta village where you will visit the famous Merry Cemetery (unique in the world). This place has gained originality and value by means of the chopped, carved and painted crosses on which the artisan has chiseled out versified epitaphs, most of them full of a remarkable sense of humor, particular to the area and to all the Romanians. The value of these works of art is recognized both at home and abroad.
In the same village you’ll stop to admire the highest wooden structure in the world: Peri Convent, recently rebuilt.
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
MARAMURES – SATU MARE (RO) – TOKAJ REGION (HU) – EGER
Today the journey is long but impressive. You will leave Romania and cross the second country of this Eastern European Tour, Hungary.
Passing by Satu Mare you’ll cross the border into Hungary. Admire the countryside and stop in Tokaj Wine region to visit an old wine cellar. Enjoy a wine tasting session and discover why Tokaj wine is considered to be one of the best white wines in the world. 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
EGER – BUDAPEST
In the morning, you will enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque town of Eger, 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 wine making 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, called like this after the brave captain, Istvan Dobo who managed to defend the city fortress and Northern Hungary in 1552 from the expanding 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, symbol of the city. 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 Northern most 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.
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 the London’s Houses of Parliament. It is the third largest Parliament buildings in the world and a symbol of Budapest, conveniently located along Danube River.
Cross Danube River on the Chain Bridge and reach the 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 for freedom on the same bridge.
Furthermore, you will get on the top of Buda Hill and see Buda Castle. Since the 13th century it underwent many changes, being modified several times. The today’s design dates from the 18th century, from the time 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 view from the gardens 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 is a combination of 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 Hungarian Palace of the Parliament, Margaret Island, St Stephen’s Basilica, the Academy of Sciences, the Chain Bridge.
Next to the Fishermen Bastion boasts the statue of Matthias Corvinus, one of Hungary’s greatest king and his church, the first parish church of Budapest. The church was built for the first time in the 13th century but it was many times modified.
The rest of the day is free.
Overnight in Budapest
In the morning free time in Budapest and transfer to the airport for the flight back home.
End of the tour.
€2089/person based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: €199
Book for 2-3 persons and get a discount of 10%
Book for at least 4 persons and get a discount of 15%
- 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
- Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
- Entrance fees to sites included in the program
- Wine tasting and wine cellar visit in Tokaj region
- Flight ticket
- Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
- Other meals except breakfast
- Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses