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Bucharest, Romania

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DISCOVER ROMANIA TOUR

14 days to fall in love with Romania
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INTRODUCTION

Romania is a Latin country that beats to a different rhythm, that veritably exudes authenticity and charm. The allure of the country runs deep, in the dazzling countryside landscapes, the myths and legends surrounding its castles and citadels, the untouched nature and welcoming people. Explore its beguiling Roman past, its tumultuous Eastern-European soul, and the modern vitality of its cities. On this 14-day adventure Romanian Thrills will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery, from hidden villages to mountain-high castles, in search of our best kept secrets.

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

Day 1   | 

Bucharest

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. We end the day in style by dining at an exquisite, golden-era restaurant.

Hotel Epoque

Meals: Breakfast

Day 2   | 

Buzau Wine Road

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. Tonight, we sleep in a former communist villa, previously used for hunting sessions and beautifully restored into a mountain retreat.

Hadar Chalet

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3   | 

Covasna countryside

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. In the evening we spend the night at an authentic chateau owned by the Mikes noble family since the 16th century.

Mikes Castle

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4   | 

Balvanyos and St Anne Lake

Today, we start with a lovely breakfast in the castle’s park and head towards the only volcanic lake in the country, St Anne. 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.

Grand Santerra 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5   | 

Bicaz Gorge and Neamt Citadel

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, followed by an overnight at a famous traditional crossroads inn, featured in many national novels.

Hanu Ancutei

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6   | 

Painted monasteries of Bucovina

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.

La Bucovineanca

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7   | 

Bucovina countryside

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.

La Bucovineanca

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8   | 

Maramures

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. 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. We finish the day wandering around the Merry Cemetery, a fascinating result of people making fun of their own death.

Pensiunea Ileana

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9   | 

Cluj-Napoca

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. 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.

Hotel Capitolina Chic

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10  | 

Turda salt mine and Alba Iulia

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. 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).

Raven's Nest

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11  | 

Biertan and Sighisoara medieval towns

We travel deep in the center of Transylvania and discover Biertan, one of the most important Saxon villages with medieval fortified churches. 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. 

Casa Savri

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12  | 

Brasov and Bran Castle

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. Close to it 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.

Conacul Bratescu

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13  | 

Transfagarasan Road and Vidraru Lake

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.

Hotel Posada Vidraru

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14  | 

Bucharest

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!

Hotel Epoque

Meals: Breakfast

Itinerary at a glance

Bucharest

Buzau wine road

Covasna countryside

Balvanyos and St Anne Lake

Bicaz Gorge and Neamt Citadel

Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Bucovina countryside

Maramures

Cluj-Napoca

Turda Salt Mine and Alba Iulia

Biertan and Sighisoara medieval towns

Brasov and Bran Castle

Transfagarasan Road and Vidraru Lake

Bucharest

14 days from €3200
(prices are in EUR, per person, based on double occupancy)

OUR PROMISE

Bespoke off-the-beaten-path travel itineraries

Authentic experiences with the locals

Farm-to-table exclusive dining experiences

Slow-traveling to immerse into the local culture

Unique 4 or 5 star, privately-owned accommodations

Premium guidance from arrival to departure

First-class transportation

Falling in love with Romania