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is the perfect land of contrasts and paradoxes, a country
where past and present meet and found a harmonious,
wonderful world. Through its famous painted churches
and monasteries, folk art or feudal castles in the Carpathian
Mountains and Transylania, and especially the traditional
rural life, Romania is a vast living museum.
The new world is embodied by the bold modern urban architecture
and by the Western styles of life adopted by Romania's
townsfolk. There is a wealth of folk tales, legends,
arts passed on through the centuries waiting to be discovered
along with many other wonders, in an exceptionally beautiful
We invite you to discover Transylvania - a real province,
yet also a mysterious land steeped in romance, legend
and folklore. A unique combination of history, myth
and scenery is preserved here, in almost unchanged medieval
towns, in lively folk-tales and culture and in landscapes
that seem to spring from the past.
Continue to a place where the wood has its own soul.
Maramures, the land of faith, a treasure
of still surviving old customs and rites, has carved
in wood its own history, keeping, like nowhere else
in Romania, its traditions, popular garb and art.
Last, but not least, you are invited to walk along the
old trails to the monasteries - UNESCO patrimony (Moldovita,
Sucevita, Voronet, Humor) - whose architecture and paintings
would be unthinkable without the beautiful landscape
of the Sweet Bucovina, the land of
We invite you to join us in one of our most liked tours
in Romania from Bucharest North Southern Carpathians
Bucharest - Sinaia - Predeal - Bran (190 km)
Meet at Bucharest international airport and drive to Bran
Brasov region. Dinner and overnight in Bran in
a rural guesthouse.
in Romania discover Saxon and royal heritage
Bran - Rasnov - Predeal - Sinaia - Bran (130 km)
Visit the Bran Castle, known also as Count Dracula's Castle,
even though he has never stopped there. Drive to Rasnov.
Visit the Saxon fortress Rasnov, located on a 150m high
hill, dominating the surrounding plane.
Drive to Sinaia, in the Prahova Valley - considering the
natural background and the bourgeois summer residences
built here, it is not surprising why Sinaia was surnamed
the Pearl of the Carpathians. Lunch in a restaurant in
the impressive Peles Castle, dating from the end of the
19th century. It was built by the First King of Romania,
Carol I of Hohenzollern. Visit the Pelisor Castle, not
far away from Peles Castle, a smaller castle, built between
1899 and 1902 by a Czech architect Karel Liman and decorated
by the Viennese Bernhard Ludwig for King Ferdinand (the
nephew of King CaroI I) and Queen Maria.
Back to Bran for dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse.
in Romania 800 years of Saxon life
Bran - Brasov - Prejmer - Harman - Sighisoara (150 km)
Drive to Brasov, the "Crown City" of Transylvania,
named Kronstadt by the Saxon colonists. Visit the Council
Square and the Black Church - the greatest Gothic church
between Wien and Istanbul. Lunch in a restaurant in Brasov.
Departure to Sighisoara with stop in Prejmer and Harman.
Prejmer (Tartlau) visit the 13th century peasant fortress,
one of the biggest in South-Eastern Europe. In Harman
(the honey hill) visit a 13th century peasant
citadel, with its church clock tower. Drive to Sighisoara.
Dinner and overnight in Sighisoara in a newly refurbished
Saxon house (3* hotel).
in Romania across Transylvania surrounded by Carpathians
Sighisoara - Biertan - Medias - Cluj-Napoca (160 km)
Tour medieval Sighisoara (to its "Saxon" founders,
"Schassburg"), an imposing fortified hilltop
town dominating the valley below. You will discover a
well preserved Saxon medieval town still inhabited, part
of UNESCO Patrimony.
to Biertan to visit one of the biggest Saxon fortresses
in Transylvania. Lunch in a restaurant in Medias.
Continue to Cluj-Napoca. Dinner in a traditional restaurant
and overnight in a 3* hotel in Cluj-Napoca.
of tours in Romania Transyvania to the Maramures
Cluj-Napoca - Dej - Beclean - Sacel - Maramures (180 km)
City tour of Cluj-Napoca, one of the biggest towns in
Transylvania, with old traditions of culture, research
and education. The modern Cluj-Napoca keeps many traces
of its history. Lunch in a traditional restaurant.
to Maramures. On the way, stop and visit the Banffy Estate
in Bontida, a beautiful monument of architecture, transformed
by the communist government into an agricol cooperative
headquarters. Its restoration has been financed by Mihai
Eminescu charity, supported by Prince Charles.
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in a village
in Iza Valley.
in Romania dicover the land of traditions: the Maramures
Botiza (Poienile Izei) - Sighetu Marmatiei - Sapanta -
Barsana - Botiza (Poienile Izei) (130 km)
Discover the historic Maramures. Visit the wooden church
in Ieud and continue to Sighetu Marmatiei. Stop and visit
the Memorial Museum of the Victims of Communism and of
the Resistancei. The communist regime used this high security
prison to eliminate the intellectual opponents.
Lunch in a restaurant in Sighetu Marmatiei. Drive to Sapanta.
It became famous due to its history, brilliantly illustrated
in the Merry Cemetery, unique for the colourfully painted
On the way back stop in Barsana to visit the Orthodox
Monastery, a popular pilgrimage spot in Maramures. Back
for festive dinner with local players "ceterasi"
and overnight in a rural guesthouse.
in Romania dreaming about Bucovina, land of faith
Maramures-Bucovina: Botiza - Sacel - Borsa - Iacobeni
- Bucovine (180 km)
Visit local weavers, who are using traditional wooden
looms to make the famous Maramures carpets. The wool used
is dyed in natural vegetal colours. You may buy carpets
directly from the handcrafters (Don't hesitate, as you'll
get a better price, you'll have the guarantee of authenticity
and you'll support local life too).
Departure for Bucovina through the Prislop Pass, following
the gorgeous valley of the Bistrita river. Stop for lunch
(packet lunch). If they are in place, well also
visit a sheepfold. You may see shepherd preparing traditional
white cheese (Feta cheese, as you call it).
and admire the outwalls of the houses in the village of
Ciocanesti (decorated with stylised flower models).
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Bucovina.
in Romania reveal astonishing Bucovina painted monasteries
Bucovina tour (150 km)
Discover Bucovina, land of the outwall frescoes painted
monasteries. Visit Voronet Monastery, UNESCO Patrimony,
the Sixtine Chapel of the East. Continue to
Manastirea Humorului to visit the local monastery renowned
for its exterior frescoes. Lunch in a guesthouse.
to Marginea, a village famous for its black pottery considered
to date back to the ancient Dacian period. Go on with
the Sucevita monastery, founded by the Movila family in
the 16th century, whose frescoes are considered "the
testament of the old Moldavian art". Visit Moldovita
monastery and a local egg decorator.
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Bucovina.
in Romania the Generous Carpathians Mountains
Bucovina - Vatra Dornei - Lunca Ilvei (75 km + 1 hour
Drive to Vatra Dornei to take the train for Lunca Ilvei
(a ride in a Romanian train is a great experience). Lunca
Ilvei is a mountain village, located in North-Eastern
Transylvania, between Transylvania and Bucovina, on the
superior watercourse of Ilva Valley. The area is part
of Bargau Mountains, with altitudes between 850m and 1450m,
offering ideal conditions for holidays: healthy air, natural
products and specific country life activities.
a guesthouse in
Lunca Ilvei and discover mountain village life in the
Dinner and overnight in Lunca Ilvei in a rural guesthouse.
in Romania the
rural roots (4 hours easy rambling)
Rambling around Lunca Ilvei. The landscapes are very picturesque
and strengthening, with slow peaks dominated by volcanic
hills, pastures and hayfields, combined harmoniously with
shady coniferous forests sheltering a rich and various
the high hills, during cloudless days, you can admire
the wide open landscapes up to the Transylvanian Plateau
and Dornelor County and to the mountaintops of Rodna and
Calimani. Visit to a sheepfold, forest berries pick-up;
lunch by a mountain stream - Romanian barbecue with "tzuica"
Dinner and overnight in Lunca Ilvei in a rural guesthouse.
in Romania South across the Carpathians
South across the Carpathians: Lunca Ilvei - Borgo Pass
- Bistrita - Reghin - Toplita - Gheorgheni (180 km)
Leaving Lunca Ilvei. Ride in a horse-drawn cart to the
Borgo Pass - the place where Bram Stoker located the action
of his novel "Dracula". Packet lunch by the
river en route and continue to a Szekler village near
and overnight in a rural guesthouse. You'll enjoy the
flavors of local gastronomy.
in Romania discover Szekler culture
Lazarea - Praid - Corund - Lazarea (120 km)
Local visits in Lazarea: the Count Lazar Castle, including
an exhibition of modern art, the Franciscan Monastery,
the open air modern art museum.
Drive to Praid - lunch in a traditional Hungarian restaurant.
the afternoon explore the historical salt mine in Praid
which is one of the important salt mines of the Transylvanian
Plateau. Drive to Corund, one of the most representative
Hungarian pottery centres in Transylvania.
Back for dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in
a village near Gheorgheni.
in Romania best nature spots in Szekler region
Lazarea - Gheorgheni - Lacu Rosu - Bicaz - Lazarea (65
Drive up the mountains to the Red Lake (Lacu
Bicaz Gorges (Cheile
then drive up to Lake Mountain Spring (Izvorul Muntelui).
Lunch in a restaurant by the lake.
the afternoon enjoy a cruise on the picturesque lake (weather
to Lazarea for dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse.
in Romania back to the capital of Romania
Lazarea - Miercurea Ciuc - Sfantu Ghorghe - Brasov - Sacele
- Valenii de Munte - Ploiesti - Bucharest (230 km)
Departure to Bucharest. Stop for lunch in a restaurant
in Brasov region and then continue to Bucharest.
In the evening, bus and walk city tour of the major tourist
spots: the University Square, Stavropoleos Church, Lipscani
Street (the former merchants' street), the Palace of the
dinner in a restaurant with folk music performance. Accommodation
in a 3* hotel.
in Romania: most of beautiful things end fast...
Bucharest (20 km)
Breakfast. Free time for city sightseeing and shopping.
Transfer to the international airport for departure.
days / 14 nights
guesthouses (ocasionally, bathrooms shared between
tourists) and hotels
Rates do not apply during Easter, Chrismas and the
New Year period.
2. According to the opening hours for some visited
sites (e.g. museums), this programme can be applied
as it is if Day 1 is Monday or Tuesday. If Day 1
differs, some visits or activities will be replaced
3. Price does not include: extra taxes for cameras
and filming (requested in some places - e.g. the
monasteries), personal drinks off the boarding,
IN ROMANIA - ZOOM ON ROMANIA 2017 RATES
lodging: 11 nights in rural guesthouses and 3
nights in hotels (on a double room basis occupancy)
- boarding: full board (as specified in the programme)
- entry tickets for the visits included in the
- transport and transfers in Romania by car, minibus
- all road and parking taxes
- train tickets for day 9
- half a day ride in a horse-drawn cart
- transport of luggage
- English speaking attested tour guide
- all taxes
on request for other group sizes or discounts for
children under 12