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Discover the different regions of Romania and learn about their fascinating history and culture along the way. From the stunning landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains to the rural village of Botiza, where you'll be hosted by a local family to learn their ancient crafts.
Explore the beautiful medieval city of Transylvania, including Bran Castle, better known as "Dracula's Castle" and then continue to Romania's Capital, Bucharest, often referred to as "the Eastern Paris".
- Experience local life in Romanian villages and visit craftsmen
- Discover the beautiful landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains
- Medieval heritage; visit UNESCO sites of Sighisoara, Sibiu, Viscri
- All breakfasts and 4 picnic lunches and 5 dinners
- All accommodation
- All transport
- Tour leader throughout
- Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)
Day 1: Cluj Napoca
The trip starts in Cluj Napoca. Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and transferred to the start hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will have time to explore one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Romania.
Day 2: Travel to the Maramures region
This morning we leave Cluj behind and make our way towards Maramures. The woodwork in this region is a result of a secular tradition, which will fascinate you, passed down from generation to generation it is now a perfectly mastered skill. Today we will stop for lunch at a trout-farm at the foot of Gutin mountains, the “old guardians” of Maramures.
Day 3: Maramures and Barsana Monastery
We continue discovering the Maramures region. We start with “the Memorial of the Communism victims” in the ancient capital of Maramures; Sighetu Marmatiei. We will visit a museum situated in the former political prison, which will give you a sad testimony of the Romanian dark years.
Day 4: Sighisoara
Today we leave Maramures to explore new regions in Romania. We head south for Sighisoara. This medieval citadel, one of the best-preserved in Europe, will give you the feeling of travelling back in time, as you walk through the narrow cobbled streets.
Day 5: Discover Transylvania
Today we drive into the heart of Transylvania with its fortified churches. From the top of the towers, you will have beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and colourful traditional houses. We will drive through Biertan, famous for its double-wall fortification, which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 6: Drive to Viscri
We continue driving through the highest mountains in Romania, the Fagaras Mountains. On our way we will visit the impressive ruins of a 12th century Franciscan monastery in Carta, then stop at Sambata de Sus, the only monastery in Transylvania built in a Walachian style. Here, we will have lunch at a traditional guesthouse.
Day 7: Walk through Viscri
In the morning, we’ll have a pleasant walk through the village, visiting two craftsmen along the way: the brick-maker and the blacksmith. Besides assisting the needs of the villages, they also have contributed to the restoration of the village. Leaving Viscri, we go to Brasov.
Day 8: Bran Castle
Today we visit Bran Castle, better known as “Dracula’s Castle”. For many years the castle was home to Queen Marie of Romania, Queen Victoria of England’s granddaughter. We will have lunch at a mountain guesthouse, at the foot of the Carpathians: delicious traditional dishes will be waiting for us.
Day 9: Arrive in Bucharest
Today we head to Romania’s capital, Bucharest. On our way, we will stop and visit the exterior of Peles Castle, the former residence of the Romanian Royals and one of the most beautiful architectural examples. We then continue our drive to discover the Romanian capital.
Day 10: Ends in Bucharest
After breakfast, the rest of the day is free (depending on your flight time). Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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