A natural diversity tour in 11 days


Romania is one of the few countries in Europe still surrounded by an aura of mystery and the unknown. Being blessed with large swathes of virtually untouched countryside, much of the country follows an old way of life where centuries old folklore and traditions still thrive in its picturesque villages.

This thrilling adventure takes you from high mountain peaks, scenic roads and dense forests to impressive medieval towns and isolated rural communities. Be prepared for enigmatic landscapes and genuine cultural encounters with local people that will leave you with special memories for a lifetime.

*This is a small group tour. Please contact us for your very own tailored and hassle-free authentic journey with Romanian Thrills.

Day 1   | 

Oltenia area – Ramnicu Valcea

We leave the hectic capital Bucharest behind as we drive through winding countryside roads that take us to a peaceful hidden trail in the mountains. After lunch at a monastery, we head towards a time-forgotten land to visit the “cule” in Oltenia, former semi-fortified homes of the boyar class built to defend against foreign raids, and we sleep in a restored manor that recreates the old atmosphere.

Conacul lui Maldar

Meals: Breakfast

Day 2   | 

Transalpina Road – Jiu & Lotru Valley

Action calls, as today we explore one of the most imposing river valleys of Romania on the highest paved road in the country: Transalpina. From the top we can go paragliding for spectacular views, we can descend by rafting for a shot of adrenaline or we can go canyoning and spelunking in the nearby caves. If you really feel adventurous we can safely set-up camp on a slackline hammock and watch the sun go down.

Boutique Hotel Daniel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3   | 

Drobeta Turnu-Severin – Orsova – Dubova

We recover after an active day with a trip to the Danube: Europe’s major river that also serves as the country’s southern border. Here we discover the remains of an ancient Roman bridge, a relocated sunk island that used to be a fiscal paradise (now a ghost island) and a monastery built over a lighthouse. The highlight however is a chartered boat tour along the Danube which takes us closer to our own version of Mount Rushmore: the rock sculpture of Decebalus. We also have the chance to visit concealed caves and take a quick hike up the Ciucaru mountains for a panoramic view of the area. Spend the night in a charming cottage with stunning river views.

Egreta Complex

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4   | 

Domogled-Cernei Valley national park

Next we set-off for a beautiful natural park which shelters rare flora and fauna, located near a bygone spa town that still boasts impressive hot springs. After reconnecting with nature, we continue our journey towards Rudaria watermill complex, the biggest milling system in Europe, where we make our own whole-wheat flour.

"La Moara din Gradina"

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5   | 

Nera Gorge national park

Another day, another trek, as we move on to Nera Gorge nature reserve, the wildest and longest in Romania, probably home of the most charming waterfalls in Europe. The trail is full of surreal springs, lakes, canyons, caves, tunnels and footbridges, but we can also travel by kayaking, rafting or biking. It’s a gorgeous route with fairly easy difficulty, which makes it great for a picnic along the way. Overnight away from civilization at a rustic cabin nested in a forest glade.

"La moara din Gradina"

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6   | 

Oravita – Sarmisegetuza – Densus

We get ready for a trip back in time aboard a century old style train with wooden seats and open windows. It takes us on a 19th century railway used for coal transportation, sprinkled with breathtaking viaducts and tunnels which closely follow the shape of the mountains. Afterwards we pay a visit to Densus, the oldest surviving church of Romania, situated in a quiet area, but with a turbulent past. As we get deeper into the woods, we try to understand the connections between Dacians (our ancestors) and Romans by exploring the former capital of Roman Dacia (Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa), only so we can compare it later to the capital of independent Dacia (Sarmisegetuza Regia).

Country house Hatagel

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 7   | 

Rosia Montana

Feel like a gold-digger? Forget about the Wild West, gold rushes extend as far back to the Roman Empire, who set-up a mining town named Alburnus Maior, now Rosia Montana. The small town has a controversial history, as the rich mineral resources of the area have been exploited from antiquity until the state-run gold mine closed in 2006 due to public pressure regarding environmental concerns. Since then Rosia Montana was nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage List and we are proud to promote it as a sustainable touristic destination, with alternative activities such as captivating goldmine gallery tours, local crafted workshops and seasonal music festivals. In the evening we go for a surprise getaway.

Raven's Nest

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8   | 

Sibiu countryside

We depart for the countryside of Sibiu, a medieval area with quaint villages surrounded by wooded peaks, fortified churches and alluring bistros right in the central square. Here we find the one of a kind Glass Icons Museum, a true hidden gem that uses a 300-year-old painting method by painting on the back of glass, with gold leaf decoration stuck down using egg white and garlic. On our way there we make a short stop at the Red Ravine, a protected geological area that forms a badlands micro relief, giving the impression of a ruined ancestral monument. We finish the day with a stroll in the open-air Astra National Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization.

Maison Elysee

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9   | 

Carta – Transfagarasan Road – Bucharest

On our last day we visit the small village of Carta, home to the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe, built in the 12th century by monks that arrived here with the Teutonic Knights. As the journey comes to an end, we drive back to Bucharest 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. In the evening we arrive back to Bucharest.

Meals: Breakfast

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Oltenia area – Ramnicu Valcea

Transalpina Road – Jiu & Lotru Valley

Drobeta Turnu-Severin – Orsova

Cernei Valley national park

Nera Gorge national park

Oravita – Sarmisegetuza – Densus

Rosia Montana

Sibiu countryside

Transfagarasan – Bucharest



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