14 days to fall in love with Romania


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   | 


Welcome to Bucharest!

This day is reserved for your arrival and for giving you some recovery time from your jetlag. Whatever time you land, we'll arrange a private transfer to take you from the airport directly to your charming hotel.

Time permitting, we'll be delighted to take you on a private city tour before dining at an exquisite, golden-era restaurant.

Hotel Lido

Welcome dinner

Day 2   | 

Sinaia and Buzau Wine Road

After a hearty breakfast, we head to the fairytale Peles Castle in Sinaia, the royal palace built in Neo-Renaissance style, discreetly nested in the mountains. This summer residence was built for the first king of modern Romania and is boasting impressive interiors, being also the world's first castle fully powered by electricity.

In the afternoon, 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 taste some of their best vintages and take a tour of the estates. This day is about relaxation and discovering the surprising Romanian wine.

Conacul Vinalia

Breakfast, Wine tasting

Day 3   | 

Covasna countryside

We continue into the SzeklerLand, a county where the Hungarian minority lives predominantly.

Here we visit the countryside and our first stop is to get involved in a hands-on workshop with the local millers, where they teach us how to make kurtoskalacs (chimney cake) from scratch.

After lunch we will also visit a local cooper, specialized in producing barrels or wooden hot tubs. Enjoy a sample of a local homemade brandy. 
In the evening, we spend the night at an authentic chateau owned by the Mikes noble family since the 16th century.

Mikes Castle

Breakfast, Cooking workshop

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 Spa


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 a visit to a local arts & crafts museum.

Pensiunea Belvedere


Day 6   | 

Painted monasteries of Bukovina

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


Day 7   | 

Bukovina 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.

Green Meadows

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8   | 

Maramures area & Wooden Churches

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


Day 9   | 


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.

Guesthouse 1568


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. They sometimes call it the Eerie Disneyland!

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).

Ave! Alba


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, the ruthless ruler that served as inspiration for Count Dracula. 

Taschler Haus


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.

Casa Chitic


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


Day 14  | 


Back to Bucharest for the last day of our tour, where we can drop you off to the airport or explore more of the city, according to your schedule.

If you have some extra time on your hands, 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!


Itinerary at a glance

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Sinaia and Buzau wine road

Covasna countryside

Balvanyos and St Anne Lake

Bicaz Gorge and Neamt Citadel

Painted Monasteries of Bukovina

Bukovina countryside

Maramures area & Wooden Churches


Turda Salt Mine and Alba Iulia

Biertan and Sighisoara medieval towns

Brasov and Bran Castle

Transfagarasan Road and Vidraru Lake





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