Treasures of Romania Tour – 9 days
Treasures of Romania Tour is designed for those who want to visit the most famous tourist attractions of Romania but don’t have enough time for a longer vacation. In just 9 days this shared tour of Romania will give the chance of visiting cities like Bucharest or Cluj Napoca, medieval citadels of Transylvania such as Sibiu, Sighisoara or Brasov, rural areas from Maramures and Bucovina, Hungarian villages, the castles of Bran or Peles, UNESCO sites and many others.
small group shared tour by car/minibus (up to 6 people)
1589 Euros per person
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5% for 2 persons, 8% for 3 persons, 10% for 4 persons or more
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9 days / 8 nights
See departure dates below
around 1700 km
08:00 am in the first day
Aprox 08:00 pm in the last day
English (other languages available on request for an additional fee)
Airport pick-up and drop-off; Transport by modern car; Breakfast; Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver; Entrance fees to sites included in the program
Other meals except breakfast, Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
Day 1 – Wednesday
BUCHAREST (30min drive)
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 at a 4-star hotel.
Day 2 – Thursday
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST (1h30min drive)
After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Bucharest including visit of the
famous Parliament Palace registered by Guinness Book as the second largest administrative building in the World, after Pentagon – with a floor area of 330,000m² – and the third in the world as volume, with 2,550,000m³. You will also enjoy a walking tour in the Revolution Square and the bustling old center of Bucharest. You’ll admire the charming Village Museum as well as
famous boulevards and neighborhoods of this interesting city.
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 anticommunist 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 at a 4-star hotel.
Day 3 – Friday
BUCHAREST – CURTEA DE ARGES – SIBIU (4h drive)
Departure to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Walachia, and visit Curtea de Arges Monastery.
The Episcopal Church, known as the Church of the Curtea de Arges Monastery, was built by the Romanian ruler of Wallachia Neagoe Basarab in 1512-1517. Here you will hear a great legend which is connected to this church. The Episcopal Church of Curtea de Arges houses the tomb of its founder, Neagoe Basarab, and of other members of the royal family (Kings Carol I and Ferdinand, and Queens Elisabet and Mary).
In the afternoon we will drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to visit Cozia Monastery and then we will arrive in Sibiu.
Mircea the Elder, ruler of Walachia and grandfather of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula), built Cozia Monastery in the 14th century. Here you’ll have a first contact with the painted frescoes. On the entrance wall of the church you’ll see an impressive “Last Judgment” fresco.
Overnight in Sibiu at a 4-star hotel.
Day 4 – Saturday
SIBIU – SIGHISOARA – CLUJ NAPOCA (4h20min drive)
After breakfast, you will enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful Romanian towns, due to its unique architectural style and to the impressive complex of museums, Sibiu was awarded the official title of 2007 European Capital of Culture. Sibiu has a vast number of museums organized around the two great cultural and historical centers: The Brukenthal Museum and the Astra Museum. The town’s touristic attractions are: The Evangelical Church, The Orthodox Cathedral, The Roman-Catholic Church, The Stairs Tower, The Council Tower, etc
Drive to Biertan to visit the impressive Saxon fortified church.
The village of Biertan (German: Birthalm), first mentioned in an official document in 1283, is home to one of the largest and most impressive medieval strongholds in Transylvania. Surrounded by quaint streets and vineyards, the 15th century fortified church at Biertan is perched high on a hill in the middle of the village. Three tiers of 35-foot-high defensive walls, connected by towers and gates, encircled the complex, making the church impossible to conquer during medieval times. Featuring late-Gothic architecture with heavy doors and double exterior walls, the church boasts the largest Transylvanian polyptych wooden altar and a remarkable wooden door which once protected the treasures in the sacristy. The door, a true marvel of engineering, has an ingenious locking mechanism with 19 bolts that can be simultaneously activated by a key.
The day continues with a stroll on the streets of Sighisoara (listed in the UNESCO World Heritage), the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (also known as Dracula). Visit the medieval citadel (the Upper Town): the Clock Tower and the Church on the Hill.
Departure to Targu Mures – panoramic tour of the elegant city centre well known for its architecture. Drive on to Cluj Napoca, one of the oldest cities of Romania.
Overnight in Cluj Napoca at a 4-star hotel.
Day 5 – Sunday
CLUJ NAPOCA – SURDESTI – SAPANTA – SIGHET – MARAMURES (4h drive)
After the breakfast you will be driven toward the region of Maramures, a place where the purity of nature blends with the beauty of the old villages, a place where the locals kept untouched their traditions, where the carved wood represents a common way of building.
Passing through Baia Mare you will reach the UNESCO site of Surdesti. The local wooden church, built in the 18th century, is an amazing example of the local architecture, a wooden church surrounded by a well preserved rural landscape.
Crossing the Gutai Mountains you’ll arrive to Sapanta village where you will admire the famous Merry Cemetery which 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 Sighet you will visit a former prison where during the communist years many important Romanian leaders but also common people who were against the regime lost their lives.
The day ends in a local guest where you’ll meet a wonderful family. It is here where you’ll enjoy a rich dinner and plenty of tuica also known as palinca which is a sort of strong plum brandy. You are going to enjoy a room with private bathroom.
Overnight in Maramures village: guesthouse, rooms with private bathrooms.
Day 6 – Monday
MARAMURES– BARSANA – MOLDOVITA – SUCEVITA – BUCOVINA (5h drive)
Today the journey is long and beautiful. First, you will visit the house of a local wood carver who took part at the Smithsonian World Festival in Washington. Then, you’ll visit one of the highest wooden churches in the world, Barsana Convent.
Driving through the Carpathian Mountains, you will reach for the first time Bucovina, known for its painted monasteries and for the traditional houses adorned with beautiful floral and geometrical motifs, for its traditions kept over the centuries and for its hospitable people.
The tour of Bucovina includes several painted churches, all of them UNESCO sites. We will beginning with the convent in Moldovita. You’ll receive explanations about the frescoes and why they were painted on the exterior walls more than 400 years ago.
The last journey takes you through the gentle mountains of Bucovina. At the end you’ll reach Sucevita, known for its stunning painted church, the most impressive and the best preserved of all the painted churches. This religious complex, which looks more like a fortress, is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by green mountains.
Overnight in Bucovina: guesthouse, rooms with private bathrooms.
Day 7 – Tuesday
BUCOVINA – VORONET – BICAZ –SZEKLERLAND (5h40min drive)
Today the journey is long but impressive.
The first visit of the day will be Voronet convent. Erected in 1488, Voronet Monastery represented one of the first Moldavian creative elements showing a distinctive style. The church is a combination of Byzantine, Gothic and local elements. The exterior painting on the western wall depicts, on five registers, the Doomsday scene, unique in the whole world. The Voronet Monastery entered the universal cultural heritage also for having in the composition of the paintings the inimitable “Voronet blue”.
You will leave behind Bucovina and enter again into Transylvania. It is here where you’ll be astonished by the wonders of nature. The Bicaz Gorge and Red Lake are among the most known landmarks of Romania.
Then, you’ll be taken to the core of the Hungarian minority that lives in an area known as Szeklerland. It is here where you’ll be able to admire the traditional way of living of these people and their amazing old houses. All these made even Prince Charles to buy one of these traditional houses which was transformed into a guest house.
You’ll stay in the manor house. Prepare yourself to step back in time…
Overnight in Szeklerland: superior estate.
Day 8 – Wednesday
SZEKLERLAND – BRASOV – BRAN – SINAIA– BUCHAREST (5h drive)
After breakfast you will enjoy a walking tour of Brasov with visit of the old downtown. You’ll admire the beautiful buildings like Black Church which is built in Gothic and Renaissance style. Also you will see the narrowest street in Romania, Rope Street, Schei and Catherine’s Gates, St. Nicholas Church and the old Schei neighborhood.
Then, you will visit the famous Bran castle also known as Dracula’s castle. This used to be was a safeguard castle for the trade route that connected Transylvania and Wallachia, it was built by the people of Brasov between 1377 – 1378. It represents in the consciousness of any tourist the dark residence of prince Dracula, a fictional hero in the famous British Bram Stocker’s novel.
After a scenic drive you will leave Transylvania and you will stop in Sinaia to visit the most beautiful castle in Romania – Peles Castle.
The Peles Castle, built in two stages between 1875 and 1914, was the summer residence of King Carol Ist and his wife, queen Elisabet. The museum complex in Sinaia includes both Peles castle and Pelisor castle and the Foisor royal residence.
Overnight in Bucharest at a 4-star hotel.
Day 9 – Thursday
BUCHAREST (30min drive)
In the morning free time in Bucharest and transfer to the airport.
End of the tour.
The medieval citadel of Sighisoara, Biertan fortified church, Surdesti wooden church, Barsana Convent, Bucovina painted monasteries.
Departures for 2018:
- 21 March 2018 -29 March 2018
- 18 April 2018 – 26 April 2018
- 2 May 2018 – 10 May 2018
- 9 May 2018 – 17 May 2018
- 6 June 2018 – 14 June 2018
- 13 June 2018 – 21 June 2018
- 27 June 2018 – 5 July 2018
- 11 July 2018 – 19 July 2018
- 1 August 2018 – 9 August 2018
- 15 August 2018 – 23 August 2018
- 22 August 2018 – 30 August 2018
- 12 September 2018 – 20 September 2018
- 26 September 2018 – 4 October 2018
- 10 October 2018 – 18 October 2018
- 7 November 2018 – 15 November 2018
Departures for 2019:
- 20 March 2019 – 28 March 2019
- 17 April 2019 – 25 April 2019
- 1 May 2019 – 9 May 2019
- 15 May 2019 – 23 May 2019
- 5 June 2019 – 13 June 2019
- 19 June 2019 – 27 June 2019
- 3 July 2019 – 11 July 2019
- 17 July 2019 – 25 July 2019
- 31 July 2019 – 8 August 2019
- 14 August 2019 – 22 August 2019
- 21 August 2019 – 29 August 2019
- 4 September 2019 – 12 September 2019
- 18 September 2019 – 26 September 2019
- 9 October 2019 – 17 October 2019
- 6 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.
TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.
Please note that the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.