13 Days for a Long Tour in Romania
Price: From 875 EUR/person
Duration: 13 Days
Why choose this: Come in Romania to see its most important regions and attracitons: South of the country and ts interesting story, the capital Bucharest, the castles and stunning panoramas in Transylvania, Maramures and its wooden churches and conservated traditions, Bucovina with its painted monasteries and wonderful landscapes, Moldavia with its hospitality, Danube Delta with its natural habitat. Romania is a wonderful country with an important spiritual, cultural and geographical heritage!
The offer includes: Transportation & Transfers, Professional Guide, Accommodation for 12 nights, Half board Meal
The experience includes:
- Airport transfer;
- Hotel pick-up & drop-off;
- Driver and English (or other language on request) Speaking guide;
- Transportation by modern air conditioned car or minivan;
- Accomodation 12 nights in Premium Hotels, Premium GuestHouses or Rural Houses described in the program;
- Half board Meal: Breakfast, dinner; traditional dinners + at least one Artistic Program;
- Homemade sweets and desserts Tasting;
- You can choose: One horse riding or carriage ride (for families);
- Fishing Equipment and possibility to fish in Danube Delta;
- Wine tasting in Husi cellar;
- Non Stop Assistance local Tour Operator;
- City Taxes.
- Airplane ticket, Entrance fees;
- Optional activities;
- Other meals and expenses.
Day 1 . Bucharest. Airport transfer. Accommodation Hotel Ambasador / Europa Royale or similar.
Arrival in Bucharest – the capital of Romania. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner with traditional plates and good drinks. Sightseeing of the city, including the Arch of Triumf, House of Press, Revolution Square, Parliament House, Unirii Square.
Overnight at hotel
Day 2. Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - Cozia Monastery - Olt River Valley - Sibiu - Sibiel. Dinner and Accommodation at Premium Guesthouse in Sibiel
Departure to Curtea de Arges (see also here), the former capital of Walachia, and visit Curtea de Arges
In the afternoon we will drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to visit Cozia Monastery and then we will arrive in Sibiu.
Sibiu (Hermannstadt in German) was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels* built in the 12th century by German settlers known as Transylvanian Saxons. The riches amassed by its guilds paid for the construction of both impressive buildings and the fortifications required to protect them. Sibiu's Old Town retains the grandeur of its earlier days when rich and powerful guilds dominated regional trade. Like Sighisoara and Brasov, it has a distinctly Germanic feeling.
Overnight in Sibiel (discover here the picturesque Sibiel).
After breakfast, you will enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu. Drive to Alba Iulia, medieval city where all the romanian territories gathered in one country for the first time in 1600. The most notable event that took place in Alba Iulia was undoubtedly the Great Union of all the Romanian provinces on 1st of December 1918, resulting in the state of Great Romania.
Lunch at Restaurant Sarea-n bucate ... local good food (we can change in international restaurant on request)
You can read about Turda Salt Mine here: Turda Salt Mine
You can read more about Alba Iulia here: 25 Reasons to Visit Romania: Alba Iulia.
Day 4. Cluj Napoca – Sighetu Marmatiei - Merry Cemetery - Barsana Monastery – Hotel in Maramures on Vadu Izei or Borsa Accomodation Hotel Victoria in Borsa or Premium Guesthouse
The county of Maramureş has such a rich tourist offer that the only thing which is not available within its limits is the sea. For the rest, from mountain trips and extreme sports to cultural and religious tourism, according to each one’s preferences and the season, the regions covers everything. If you are fond of nature, you will surely love the breathtaking natural landscapes of the mountains and of the river valleys. Over 30 natural protected areas, mild meadows, full of green in the summer and of snow in the winter, mountains covered by evergreen forests, are all mirrored in crystal clear waters, spread all over the region. But Maramureş not only gives a geography lesson; culture and history are two of the main characteristics that define this region. There are numerous historic sights, museums and memorial houses. The fame of the region is mainly due to the traditional architecture monuments, more than 200, perfectly preserved up to the present times. Lovely traditional houses, marvelous wooden gates, famous all over the world, beautiful wooden churches, with sky-touching towers, are, for the local people, part of the everyday life.
Who says that death can't have its lighter side? Certainly not Dumitru Pop. For about 30 years now, he's been taking away some of the sting and adding a little zing to the dreaded inevitable. Behind the Church of the Assumption in this small town of 5,000 (living) souls in northern Romania there's a unique cemetery, known as the Cimitirul Vesel - the Merry Cemetery. It's called that with good reason Each grave is marked, not with an austere, cold stone, but with a lively, beautifully carved wooden cross, painted in the radiant blue of heaven and decorated with a painting and an original poem that disclose a little something about the life and character of the plot's eternal inhabitant. Some of the verses are wickedly funny, others are more whimsical. Some are heartbreaking, telling of lives tragically cut short by accidents or illnesses.
Day 5. Hotel - Mocãniţa, the Steam Train on Vaser Valley – Maramures Wooden Churches – Hotel
Day 6. Hotel - Prislop Pass/Gorge - Dragomiresti – Gura Humorului - Voronet. Accommodation Casa Elena or Green House or similar.
Bucovina - the north-eastern province of Romania - is renowned for the beautiful exterior frescoes on the walls of its monasteries. These triumphs of Byzantine-influenced art reflect a development of Moldavian civilisation in the 15th and 16th centuries, under the patronage of Stephen the Great (1457-1504). The impressive number of churches to be found in Bucovina, Romania, with their fine exterior and interior frescoes, have been preserved and handed down from mediaeval times, and because of their uniqueness and artistic value, were added to UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List in 1993. There is, indeed, no other place in the world where such a group of churches, with such high quality exterior frescoes, are to be seen.
Day 8. Voronet – Pascani - Miclauseni Palace – Iasi. Accommodation Iasi
Iaşi is the most important political, economic and cultural center of the province of Moldavia as well as one of the oldest cities in Romania. It was a stretegic point for the commercial routes outside the country. Exuberant, cultured Iaşi (pronounced ‘yash’) clearly enjoys being Romania’s second-biggest city. Once dubbed the ‘city of the hundred churches’, Iaşi is indeed bursting with centuries of architectural creations. Yet besides the monasteries, theatres and other historic buildings, this eclectic place has botanical parks, big squares and (for better or for worse) both communist-era concrete structures and gleaming modern shopping malls.
Sturdza Castle from Miclauseni, also known as Sturdza Palace is a Gothic-style castle built between 1880-1904 by George Sturza and his wife Maria in Miclauseni village approximately 20 kilometers away from Roman and 65 kilometers from Iasi.
Day 9. Iasi – Wine tasting – Braila
On the road to Braila we will stop for a wine tasting in Husi Area, the most known in the region Moldova.
Records show that ruler Stephen the Great had a church built in Husi named after Saint Apostles Peter and Paul. Guarded in the past by vast vineyards, Husi is known as the town between vineyards. Locals have this saying that no path to Husi is worth taking unless there is some tasting of the vineyards' fruit.
The wines that make Husi people proud are Busuioaca de Bohotin, a liquorish, sweet wine with a jasmine and rose bouquet that is served mainly with desserts, and the white Zghihara de Husi, a wine for common consumption, representative of the dry wines of the Husi wine cellars that is a persistent, yellow greenish wine with a fine and acid bouquet of green apple.
Busuioaca de Bohotin is a traditional Romanian grapevine variety cultivated on small areas of Moldavia, at Bohotin and Iasi, as well as in Wallachia, at Pietroasele and Dealu Mare. Specialists say the variety has acclimatised the best in Husi, because of the local soil characteristics.
Braila City Highlights
From 1538–1540 until 1829 the town and its surroundings were controlled by the Ottoman Empire, who changed its name into Ibraila.
During the 19th century, the town became one of the three most important ports on the Danube River in the region of Walachia, the other two being Turnu Magurele and Giurgiu. Most of the goods exported from Romania where loaded and shipped from here.
Braila's Old Town, severely damaged during the Russo-Turkish war of 1828-1829 and rebuilt in the 1830s, retains some of its 19th century grandeur when the city's investors made fortunes in the shipping business and built elegant villas, some of which have been fully restored.
The Macin Mountains are of remarkable importance in the country's mountains, being the oldest mountains in Romania. Due to the numerous historical vestiges, the researchers' interest is focused on the archaeological excavations and equally on the research of existing vast natural treasure here – geological, botanical and zoological.
Day 11. Danube Delta Trip by boat + Bird watching. Fishing Adventure, optional. Typical Fish menu dinner (or different, on request). Accommodation Puflene Resort
Day 12. Danube Delta – Constanta. Accommodation Constanta Seaside
Situated at the crossroads of several commercial routes, Constanta lies on the western coast of the Black Sea, 185 miles from the Bosphorus Strait. An ancient metropolis and Romania's largest sea port, Constanta traces its history some 2,500 years. Originally called Tomis, legend has it that Jason landed here with the Argonauts after finding the Golden Fleece.
Day 13. Constanta – Bucharest (or Otopeni Airport)
See you next time!
For more than 8 persons – send us a message on firstname.lastname@example.org
For 8 persons: 840 EUR/ person
For 6 persons: 940 EUR/ person
For 4 persons: 1100 EUR/ person
For 2 persons: 1400 EUR/ person
*The price is for one person in double room. Supplement for single: 190 EUR