The Best of Romania 10-Day Tour in 2022 [Shared Group]With: Bogdan 12
What you need to know about the Best of Romania Tour:
- A 10-day shared group tour (max 15 people) leaving on 27 May, 15 July, 19 August and 23 September 2022. Price/person in a double OR twin room [single room is possible]]
- A unique itinerary for a complete Romanian experience: visit famous cities, castles and sights in Transylvania, see the beautiful Carpathian Mts, see bears in the wild, experience Romanian rural culture and enjoy traditional cuisine with organic products!
- INCLUDED: 9 nights in premium 4* accommodation (incl. breakfast), 3 lunches, 2 dinners, modern transport adapted for tourism, fluent English guide with 8+ years of experience, tickets for all sights and activities in the itinerary, water and snacks for the road
- NOT included: flights, other meals, insurance, personal expenses
- This itinerary was designed to balance time on the road, visits, free time and responsible travel. We want you to enjoy the best of Romania on your holiday!
- COVID-19 safety: for everyone's peace of mind, we'll ask you for proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test before leaving (most likely also needed to enter Romania)
- Please read page 2 for more details. Contact us with any questions or to get a full description of the itinerary!
30% deposit required when booking. Refundable if canceled with 30 days before the departure date. If canceled after, no longer refundable.
The balance has to be paid with at least 14 days before tour starts. If you cancel between 30-14 days, you'll get a 70% refund of the total price. If less than that, we'll do our best to issue a 30% refund.
If group is up to 6 people - transport will be with a 8+1 minivan.
If bigger - with a 17+1 minibus with a dedicated driver.
10-Day Best of Romania Tour itinerary:
Day 1+2: Arrival. Bucharest Old Town & City Landmarks
On your arrival we transfer you to a centrally-located 4* hotel in Bucharest - get ready for a traditional welcome dinner! The next day we do a walking tour of Bucharest Old Town Area and on the famous Calea Victoriei boulevard where the city’s major landmarks can be admired: Revolution Square where the 1989 anti-communist movement started, the superb Romanian Athenaeum and the former Royal Palace. We then continue with a guided tour of the Palace of Parliament and Ceausescu's private home to learn more about Romania's communist past and modern history! Free time in the evening.
2 nights in Bucharest at a centrally-located 4* hotel
Day 3+4: Romanian castles, Brasov & bear watching
The next morning, we travel to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle, a masterpiece of German Neo-Renaissance style from the late 1800s built as a summer residence for the Romanian Royal Family. Bran Castle is next, the #1 tourist attraction in Romania also known as Dracula Castle. I'll tell you the real story of this impressive medieval citadel and if there's any connection to Dracula! We then travel to the charming city of Brasov to our hotel. The next day we'll do a walking tour of the city and in the afternoon go for a bear watching experience! And free time to roam around the medieval town!
2 nights in Brasov at a centrally-located 4* hotel.
Day 5: Agro-tourism in a Transylvanian village
We travel to Cobor village for an authentic rural experience! You'll stay in a village farmhouse turned a premium guesthouse and enjoy meals with delicious, locally-grown produce. You'll learn about the area, see what a day in a typical day in a Transylvanian village looks like and participate in an activity with the villagers!
Full board & overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 6: Saxon Transylvania & Viscri village
We explore more of Transylvania and learn about its complicated history and fascinating culture! We travel to the picturesque village of Viscri, the most representative of the Saxon villages where Prince Charles bought a holiday home! We visit the famous UNESCO Fortified Church, enjoy a delicious lunch with cooked by locals and visit a local craftsmen in his workshop. Next, we travel to Sighisoara Citadel, the best-preserved medieval fortress in Europe, part of UNESCO heritage! We go for a walk to see the Clock Tower, Main Square and then on Scholar’s Stairs to reach the best viewpoint of the Citadel!
Lunch in Viscri. Overnight in Sighisoara Citadel at a medieval 4* guesthouse.
Day 7: Cultures of Transylvania: Romanian, Saxons and Rroma
We travel to another Transylvanian village to visit a typical Rroma family in their home. We learn about the culture and lifestyle of this 3.8 mil ethnic group commonly known as gypsies living across 12 states in Europe. In the afternoon we drive to the village of Sibiel where we visit the Orthodox Painted Icons Museum and then go to a typical Romanian household to enjoy a lunch prepared by them with home-grown products. After the feast, you can relax in their huge backyard and admire the beautiful scenery before we travel to Sibiu.
Lunch in Sibiel. 2 nights in a centrally-located 4* medieval guesthouse in Sibiu
Day 8: Sibiu & ASTRA village museum
In the morning we explore the multicultural city of Sibiu and admire its beautiful architecture. Then you'll have time to wander on your own, relax and get lost on its streets. There's an option to visit the ASTRA Museum of Outdoor Civilisation in the afternoon, the largest open air museum in Europe with 3* Michelin! It hosts traditional architecture and crafts with over 400 reconstructed buildings of wood, stone & brick from all over Romania.
Day 9: Driving on the Best Road in the World!
[MAY departure] We drive on the beautiful Olt Valley and stop at the UNESCO Horezu Monastery at the base of Wallachia's Carpathians to see how ceramics and pottery are hand-painted in a unique style, part of UNESCO heritage.
[SEPTEMBER departure] Let's switch gears: from Transylvania’s mellow hills we go to 2,300m altitude on a thrilling ride on the spectacular Transfagarasan Road. Also called Ceausescu’s Folly, this road crosses the impressive Fagaras Mts. rewarding us with breathtaking views! We stop at Balea Lake, Vidraru Dam and Curtea de Arges Monastery.
Accommodation at a central 4* hotel in Bucharest.
Day 10: free time & transfers to airport.
Premium & themed 4* accommodation
The guesthouses and hotels we selected for this trip have the best value-for-money: centrally located and locally owned, beautifully decorated and themed with 4* comfort, comfy beds, spacious rooms, delicious and rich breakfast. We make sure they'll create the experience we want for you on this tour.
Samples (depending on availability): Hilton Garden Inn (Bucharest), Bella Muzica (Brasov), Fronius Residence (Sighisoara), The Council (Sibiu).
- Starting point: Bucharest
- Nearest airport: Bucharest Otopeni 'Henri Coanda' Airport
- Nearest train station: Bucharest North Train Station
- Landscape: Urban, hills, countryside
Reviews from travellers
Bogdan is a true professional. He is professional yet so personable. All of the sites and experiences were excellent. This is one of the best tours I've ever taken and I'm lucky I found it on Romanian Friend! It had the perfect mix of driving, outdoor activities, history and fun. Romania is a beautiful and interesting country and Bogdan is an expert in the history and has just wonderful anecdotes and jokes. He has a great relationship with the proprietors of the beautiful accommodations and the experiences he set up for us. The best for me were the meals at the homes of local families. The Romanians are so warm and welcoming. I felt like family before I left. I'm already planning to return again soon.
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