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Discover Romania Tour

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Day 1: Bucharest

Stop At: Old Town, Bucharest Romania
Our tour begins with a walking tour of the Old Town and discover the 500-year old history of the city. We explore the highlights of Romania’s capital, including the second-largest building in the world, the Palace of Parliament. In the afternoon, we discover why Bucharest was formerly known as “little Paris” as we stroll through the narrow streets, eclectic neighborhoods and take a look at our very own Arc-de-Triomphe.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Palace of Parliament, Izvor St., 2-4, Bucharest 050711 Romania
The second biggest building in the world, after the Pentagon, it's definitely a must see. Activity is optional and implies and extra charge.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: We end the day in style by dining at an exquisite, golden-era restaurant. (price not included in the tour)
• Breakfast: included
Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Epoque or similar

Day 2: Explore the Wine Road in Buzau

Stop At: Budureasca, DC73B, Romania
We head to the Romanian wine-road, where a cluster of vintners have taken advantage of the perfect soil conditions and started creating delightful wines. We visit two vineyards, we talk to the owners as we sample some of their best vintages and take a tour of the estates. This day is about relaxation and discovering the surprising Romanian wine.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included in the price of the tour
Accommodation included: Overnight in a former communist villa, beautifully restored into a mountain retreat.

Day 3: Covasna countryside

Stop At: Zabola Estate - Transylvania, Mikes kastély Castelul Mikes Zăbala 527190 RO, Zăbala 527190, Romania
Next, we continue into the Szekler Land, a county where the Hungarian minority lives predominantly. Here we visit the countryside and get involved in a workshop with the local cooper and miller. They teach us how to make local specialty bread from scratch and we see how wine barrels are made.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: included
Accommodation included: In the evening we spend the night at an authentic chateau owned by the Mikes noble family since the 16th century.

Day 4: Balvanyos and St Anne Lake

Stop At: Grand Santerra Spa, Turia, Romania
We take in the gorgeous natural scenery and wildlife, followed by a few hours in one of Romania’s best hot spring resorts, Balvanyos, where we soak in an open-air pool surrounded by mountains.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Saint Ana Lake, Lacul Sfânta Ana, Romania
The only volcanic lake in the country where we might have the chance to see some wild bears
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included
Accommodation included: Overnight in Balvanyos

Day 5: Bicaz Gorge and Neamt Citadel

Stop At: Bicaz Canyon, Dn12c, Lacu Rosu 535502 Romania
Drive through Bicaz Gorge, a road full of ravines built on a former riverbed, one of the most spectacular rock formations in the country. This gateway takes us from Transylvania to Moldavia, where the impressive Neamt Citadel marks our first stop in the region.
Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Cetatea Neamt, Targu Neamt Romania
Impressive 500-year old citadel
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included
Accommodation included: Overnight at a famous traditional crossroads inn, featured in many national novels.

Day 6: Painted monasteries of Bukovina

Stop At: The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, Suceava Romania
Discover the Painted Monasteries in Bucovina, symbols of the Christian-Orthodox religion of Romania which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage. They are considered masterpieces of Byzantine art as the interior and exterior walls are covered in exquisite, vividly-colored mural paintings dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. During the day we also stop for a black pottery workshop (the only one of its kind in the country), where you can try crafting your own souvenir.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included
Accommodation included: Overnight in a traditional countryside guesthouse

Day 7: Bucovina countryside

Stop At: Cascada Cailor, Borsa Romania
Get to know the iconic tradition of egg decorating by visiting the museum of an internationally acclaimed Romanian artist. Later we take a chairlift to the top of the mountains to see Horses’ Waterfall, a breathtaking canyon drop formed by glacier lakes. Before our trek to the waterfall we stop at the sheep pen for a locally sourced organic lunch.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included
Accommodation included: Overnight in a charming guesthouse

Day 8: Maramures

Stop At: Parc Viseu de sus, Vișeu de Sus 435700, Romania
We start the morning with an epic ride on one of the last steam trains in Europe, which passes through the Carpathian forestry – a picturesque railway that was used for coal transportation. It’s the perfect opportunity for a picnic by the river while immersing into the surrounding landscapes.
Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: The Wooden Churches of Maramures, Church on the Hill, Ieud 437170 Romania
We continue by visiting the Wooden Churches of Maramures (also part of UNESCO sites), found in Ieud and Barsana, two traditional villages that seem to have been frozen in time for 100 years
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Merry Cemetery, Sapanta 437305 Romania
We finish the day wandering around the Merry Cemetery, a fascinating result of people making fun of their own death.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included
Accommodation included: Overnight in a traditional guesthouse

Day 9: Cluj-Napoca

Stop At: Cluj-Napoca City Hall, Motilor, Cluj-Napoca 400001 Romania
As the journey unfolds, we head to the fastest-growing city in Romania, Cluj-Napoca, where we explore its stylish medieval area, with buzzing restaurants and youthful crowds.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Memorial to the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, Strada Corneliu Coposu 4, Sighetu Marmației 435500, Romania
Being a former communist country, Romania experienced great losses. An important place to understand how people were treated during the totalitarian regime is through a tour at the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, a former political prison turned into a museum and we will visit that in the morning.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included
Accommodation included: Overnight in Cluj at Hotel Capitolina Chic or similar

Day 10: Turda and Alba Iulia

Stop At: Salina Turda, Aleea Durgaului 7, Turda 401200 Romania
If you have never visited a salt mine, you will be impressed with this one located in Turda, where a massive network of mines has been restored to welcome tourists.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Calea Motilor, nr. 5A, Alba Iulia 510134 Romania
Our next stop is the imposing citadel of Alba-Iulia, where we take a guided tour that depicts 2000 years of history, from ancient Roman times up to Romania’s Union Day (hence the name similarity).
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: included
Accommodation included: Overnight at Raven's Nest or similar

Day 11: Biertan and Sighisoara

Stop At: Biertan Fortified Church, Central Square, Biertan 557045 Romania
We travel deep in the center of Transylvania and discover Biertan, one of the most important Saxon villages with medieval fortified churches.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Piata Cetatii Nr.1 Center of Sighisoara, Sighisoara 545400 Romania
Following on our itinerary is Sighisoara, the last inhabited fortress in Europe, listed by UNESCO for its alluring walled old town and surviving guilds’ towers. This place is also known as the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, a ruthless ruler that served as inspiration for Count Dracula.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included
Accommodation included: Overnight in Sighisoara, in a beautifully restored, former-nobility house

Day 12: Brasov and Bran Castle

Stop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Str. General Traian Mosoiu nr. 24, Bran 507025 Romania
We reach another highlight of our tour by arriving at the Bran Castle, commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle” where we try to debunk the real mystery behind it.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Brasov Historical Center, Piazza Sfatului, Brasov Romania
Close to Bran lies the charming city of Brasov, right in the middle of the mountains, waiting to be explored by the curious traveler. Here, we visit the Black Church, an important turning point in religious affairs in the Middle Ages and we discover the foundation of the very first Romanian school. We end our day in an excellent traditional restaurant located in the Old Square.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included
Accommodation included: Overnight in Brasov at Villa Katharina, named after Vlad the Impaler's mistress.

Day 13: Transfagarasan Road and Vidraru Lake

Stop At: Poenari Citadel (The real Dracula Castle), Transfăgărăşan Comuna Arefu, Romania
How about a visit to the real Dracula’s castle this time? Poenari fortress stands tall on top of the mountains and welcomes you with a hike of 1476 steps for a breathtaking view (literally). To make things even better, on our way to the fortress, we drive on the magnificent Transfagarasan highway, voted by Top Gear as the best road trip in the world, cutting right through the mountains and ending with the Vidraru Dam, which borders the biggest accumulation lake in the country.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included
Accommodation included: Overnight in a hotel overlooking the Vidraru Lake

Day 14: Bucharest

Stop At: Therme Bucuresti, Calea Bucuresti 1k Bucharest, DN1, Balotesti 077015 Romania
Back to Bucharest for the last day of our tour, where we can explore more of the city according to your preferences.
Depending on your schedule, we’d like to invite you to unwind and relax at Therme, the biggest natural spa center in Eastern Europe, built green on thermal waters. It’s just 10 minutes away from the airport!
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Included
No accommodation included on this day.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My trip to Romania was made really special by this young couple- Georgiana and Vlad. Extremely efficient and friendly, they go beyond their calls of duty as professionals, and take that extra and special care to make your trip really comfortable and memorable. Passionate about...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Discover Romania tour was the most sensitively organized tour I've every taken. Every aspect of the tour authentically reflects the country, from watching the demonstration of a cooper making barrels (along with our participating), local guides providing brilliant tours, extraordinary accommodations that reflect the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 31 March 2019

Vlad and Georgiana put together an amazing small group privately guided tour of Romania and managed all of the details. I was connected with local experts to make the whole experience effortless, authentic and personal. The accommodations, tours, and food were totally amazing! Really enjoyed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Georgiana Elena R
Reviewed 18 March 2019

Amazing experience! We had a fantastic tour with Vlad and Georgiana. They drove us through the mountains, hidden places, traditional villages and beautiful cities. Their knowledge of the history, customs, and culture was outstanding. They also made the trip entertaining as well as a learning...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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