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  • Explore the medival cities of Brasov and Sighisoara
  • Visit the UNESCO Painted Monasteries of Bukovina
  • Visit two of Romania's most famous castles, Peles and Bran
  • Discover the Saxon village of Viscri
Explore the most prominent tourist attractions in Romania on an 8-day tour from Budapest.

Our tour will take you through the historical regions of Transylvania and Bukovina, where you will discover some of the most famous landmarks in the area, such as the Turda Salt Mine and the Painted Monasteries of Bukovina.

You will also tour two of Transylvania's medieval cities, Sighisoara and Brasov, as well as explore the Saxon settlement of Viscri. Your tour will come to an end in Bucharest, but not before visiting two of Romania's most stunning medieval castles: Peles Castle and Bran Castle.

Please see the detailed itinerary for more information on sites and activities.
Hotel
In the morning, our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Budapest, and you will take a 4-hour trip to Oradea. Once there, you will have free time for lunch, and then you will check in at your centrally located hotel.

Although it is almost one thousand years old, the city Oradea is marked by the Vienna Secession art movement, which influenced most of its important buildings.

The historical center was completely restored, and we will visit the Black Eagle Palace, built in the early 20th century, and the Moon Church, who got its name from a golden sphere which tells the phases of the moon. We will also take a trip to the Episcopal Palace, the Moskovits Buildings, and the Oradea Fortress, an impressive star-shaped medieval defense point.

At night, we will take a walking tour through the city center and its public gardens.
Hotel
After a delicious breakfast, we will head towards a beautiful town in Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca.

On our way there, we will stop at one of the most impressive underground places in the world, the Turda Salt Mine. Today, the mine is home to an underground theme park where you can take a boat ride on the lake, play mini golf, tennis, or enjoy a delicious picnic. Our next destination is one of the best-preserved traditional villages in Transylvania, Rimetea.

We will then head to Cluj, one of the most dynamic cities in Eastern Europe. Its history can be traced back to more than two thousand years ago when the Romanian people laid the foundation for a municipality.

Your city tour of Cluj starts with St. Michael's Church, built in the 15th century by Matthias Corvinus, one of the most important Kings of Hungary. Afterward, your sightseeing tour will continue with other symbolic buildings from the Cluj Old Town, such as Banffy Palace, the Opera House and the Mirror Street.
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  • Breakfast
Hotel
The third day of your tour begins with a visit to Gherla, the only city in Romania built in the baroque style by Armenian colonists in the 18th century.

Probably the most impressive thing about Transylvania is the cultural diversity of the region, which blends beautifully into an impressive community. This can be observed in almost every town in Transylvania, including our next destination, Bistrița. The city was founded by Saxon colonists, and here we will stop for a city tour and for a taste of the delicious local pies (the costs of the pies are not included in the total price), famous throughout the whole region.

We will make a short stop at Pasul Tihuța to admire the beautiful sights offered by these impressive mountains before continuing to the historic region of Bukovina.

Our first landmark in Bukovina is one of the most famous painted monasteries included in UNESCO’s patrimony, the Voroneț Monastery. This stunning work of art was built in 1448 in only 3 months and 3 weeks. What makes it so special is the famous blue of Voroneț, a shade of blue whose secret composition is unknown to this day. Together with Santorini and Meteora Monastery, Voroneț is one of the wonders of the Byzantine world.
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  • Breakfast
Hotel
Today we will visit another Painted Monastery, Sucevița, the largest and most complete of them all. Its construction started in 1585, and its most impressive mural is the “Ladder of Divine Ascent”, an artwork of great importance in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Here, you will taste some of the fresh local products in a food tasting session, which will serve as an introduction to the local cuisine. Filled with fresh products and delicious appetizers, the session will surely charm you through the unique flavors of the Romanian cuisine.

After lunch, we will bid farewell to Bukovina and pass through Neamț, a where medieval monasteries are hidden among the wild forests. We will make a stop at the Nicolae Popa Museum, a private collection of clothes and traditional objects from one of the richest area in Romania in terms of culture. Besides getting a glimpse into the history of the region, you will have the chance to wear a popular Romanian outfit and take some photos for unique memories.

We will then reach Piatra Neamț, where we will check in for the night.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel
In the morning we will leave the small city of Piatra Neamț and pass again through the Carpathian Mountains into the Bicaz Gorges through one of the most spectacular areas in Romania. For thousands of years, the Bicaz River carved its path through the Carpathian Mountains and left behind a perfect pass from Moldavia to Transylvania.

Our next stop will be in Sighișoara, a city renowned for its medieval architecture, where you will find the last inhabited fortress in Europe, included today in the UNESCO patrimony. The fortress is surrounded by impressive towers, each built by a different medieval guild, but the most impressive one being, by far, the Clock Tower. It was built in the 14th century, and you can climb on top of the tower for an amazing view over the narrow streets of the city, guarded by colorful stone houses.

Our next landmark in Sighisoara will be its Hill Church, with beautiful frescoes that have been preserved since the 15th century. The church is located on top of a hill, and it can be reached by climbing the 175 wooden stairs known as The Pupils’ Staircase.

We will spend the night in Sighișoara, a place well known for its street performers that keep alive the medieval atmosphere of the city.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
One of Romania’s most impressive features is, by far, its picturesque landscapes: small villages hidden between the hills, inhabited by peasants who go about their business as if the whole world stands still.

In your 6th day in Romania, you will take a trip to Viscri, one of the last traditionally authentic villages in the country. Here, you will enjoy a relaxing carriage ride of the surroundings and you will find out a little bit of the local traditions while talking to some of the villagers.

We will then visit Romania’s most famous tourist attraction, Dracula’s Castle. Going by the official name of Bran Castle, it was erected in the 14th century by the Teutonic Knights as a defense point over the main commercial route between Transylvania and Wallachia. After centuries of being used as a strategic position, the castle was turned into a summer residence by Queen Marie of Romania, and in the last 50 years its popularity sky-rocketed, mainly due to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

After taking a tour of Bran Castle, we will head to Brașov and visit the Black Church, the largest gothic church between Istanbul and Vienna. We will also take a walking tour through Brașov’s Old Town including the Council Square, a place filled with legends that will make for an unforgettable night.

Depending on the time of arrival in Brașov, we will attend an organ recital at the Black Church.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
On your last day in Transylvania, we will go to Sinaia to explore one of Europe’s most beautiful castles, Peleș Castle. This was the summer residence of the Romanian royal family, and it was built according to the requirements of King Carol I of Romania.

After a tour of Peleș Castle, we will make our way to Romania’s capital city, Bucharest, which is less than 2 hours away. Also known as “Little Paris”, Bucharest will charm you with its variety of landmarks, ranging from the impressive Palace of the Parliament to the charming Herestrău Park.

Once in Bucharest, we will have free time for lunch, after which we will take a standard tour of the People’s Palace, the crown jewel of Ceaușescu’s communist regime, and then we will take a walking tour of Bucharest’s Old Town, a place renowned for its active nightlife.
Meals
  • Breakfast
On the last day, you can choose to take a visit the areas surrounding Bucharest or take a trip to Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval Bulgarian capital city.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Entrance fees for sites mentioned in itinerary
  • Friendly and professional English-speaking private tour guide that will help you understand the Romanian culture
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in comfortable and cozy rooms in centrally located hotels
  • Hotel-airport-hotel transportation
  • Horse drawn carriage ride
  • Food tasting session with traditional products
  • Private transportation by car or minibus
what's excluded
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, other than those mentioned in the itinerary, and alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Photography fees
  • Tips for tour guide/driver
  • Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 10 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Budapest, Hungary
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