- Exclusive Tour
- Fortified Churches
- Holiday in Bucovina
- Holiday in Transylvania
- Holiday to Romania
- Meals included
- Medieval Castles
- Medieval Cities
- Medieval Fortresses
- Painted Monasteries
- Private Tour
- Saxon Villages
- Tours in Bucovina
- Tours in Moldavia
- Tours in Romania
- Tours in Transylvania
- Traditional Food
- Traditional Villages
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
A SIX-DAY TOUR OF BUCOVINA AND TRANSYLVANIA HIGHLIGHTS
Embark on a fascinating 6-day adventure through the heart of Romania, exploring the beautiful regions of Bucovina and Transylvania.
From breathtaking natural landscapes to stunning medieval castles and vibrant cities, this tour offers an unforgettable experience. Discover the enchanting painted monasteries of Bucovina, admire the impressive Red Lake and stroll through the charming medieval town of Sighisoara. Visit the famous Bran Castle, associated with the legend of Count Dracula, and take a walking tour of the beautiful city of Brasov.
See the magnificent Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the Romanian royal family, before returning to Bucharest. With comfortable accommodation, experienced guides and convenient transportation, this tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Romania.
The tour can be personalised according to your time and points of interest.
Itinerary: Bucharest – Egg-painting Workshop – Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries – Neamt Citadel – Bicaz Gorges & Red Lake – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Historic Center of Sighisoara – Saxon Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania – Brasov Walking Tour – Peles and Bran Castles – Bucharest
|DEPARTURE/RETURN||Bucharest (or any other city at request)|
|TRANSPORTATION||Fully insured car/minivan with climate control|
|TOURIST GUIDE||Certified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other language at request)|
|9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites||Voronet Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)|
Moldovita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Sucevita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Humor Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Historic Center of Sighisoara
Biertan Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Saschiz Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Viscri Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
- Tailored tour to match your interests and preferences;
- No more than two days in the same location for maximum adventure;
- Visit 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Transylvania and Bucovina;
- Top-rated licensed tourist guides with exceptional knowledge and expertise;
- Unique opportunity to meet and learn about the culture of Gypsies in their own community;
- Taste traditional Romanian cuisine and specialties from two regions;
- Discover daily life and self-sufficiency in remote Saxon villages;
- Stay in centrally-located, character-filled buildings and a traditional Saxon house;
- Meet local artists and learn about traditional arts and crafts;
- Exclusively designed tours with all admissions included;
- Immersive experiences, not just guided walks;
- Sustainable tourism supporting local communities and preserving cultural heritage;
- Visit the famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle;
- Take a guided tour of Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN||Bucharest (it can be changed at your request)|
|TRANSPORTATION||Fully insured car/minivan with climate control|
|TOURIST GUIDE||Certified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)|
Day 1: Bucharest – Lunch & Wine Tasting – Bucovina
After satisfying your cravings, continue your journey towards Gura Humorului, where you will be staying at a luxurious 4-star hotel. Unwind and relax, taking in the tranquil surroundings before you kickstart your explorations of Bucovina. In the evening, you can explore the neighboring areas or immerse yourself in the local culture at your leisure.
Day 2: Bucovina Painted Monasteries (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) & Traditional Lunch – Egg-painting Workshop – Black Pottery Workshop
Begin the day with a visit to the Folk Traditions Museum of Bucovina to learn about the unique local culture and traditional costumes. Then, visit “the big four” painted monasteries – Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita, and Humor. Voronet is known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Orient” and is famous for its Last Judgment fresco, while Moldovita has towers on both corners of the facade and a powerful tower for the gate. The largest of all the monasteries is Sucevita, which looks more like a fortress than a monastery.
After the sightseeing, enjoy a traditional Bucovina lunch in the picturesque village of Sucevita. In the afternoon, visit an egg-painting artist to learn about the ancient local tradition of egg-painting, and then visit a black pottery workshop to learn about the pottery-making technique unique to the region.
End the day with a visit to Humor Painted Monastery, the only one without a belfry tower. The accommodation for the night is at the same 4-star hotel in Gura Humorului.
Day 3: Neamt Citadel – Bicaz Gorges & Red Lake – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Sighisoara
You can choose to explore the area by foot on a short hike, or continue the journey by car to the Red Lake, named after the color of its waters, which was formed by a mountain sliding in 1838.
In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit an exclusive Gypsy home and learn about their culture, identity and lifestyle. Later, you will arrive in Sighisoara, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe.
For those interested, an optional Transylvanian wine tasting in a 500-year old cellar in Sighisoara is available. Accommodation for the night will be in the Upper Town.
***Optional: Transylvanian wine tasting in a 500-year old cellar in Sighisoara
Day 4: Sighisoara Walking Tour – Saxon Village of Saschiz & Viscri with the Fortified Churches – Exclusive Viscri Village Tour & Traditional Lunch – Brasov
After this, you’ll head south to Viscri, stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saschiz Village to see the imposing clock tower and fortified church, one of Transylvania’s most beautiful medieval monuments. You’ll also enjoy an exclusive tasting of organic Transylvanian jams on the route.
In Viscri, you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch in a Saxon house, followed by a visit to the fortified church, which was built around 1100 by the Szekler population and taken over by Saxon colonists 100 years later. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a traditional blacksmith in his workshop and take an exclusive horse-drawn cart tour of the village.
Afterward, you’ll check into your hotel in the charming pedestrian area of Old Town Brasov, with its numerous restaurants and outdoor cafes.
Day 5: Bear Sanctuary – Bran Castle – Brasov Walking Tour
Next, you’ll visit Bran Castle, famously associated with the legend of Dracula. Built in 1377 to protect the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia, the castle was enlarged and restored over time to become a royal residence in the 1920s.
You’ll have time to shop for souvenirs outside the castle before returning to Brasov, one of the oldest cities in Europe, dating back to 1235. The Brasov walking tour will take you to see the Old Town, including the impressive Black Church, the largest Gothic-style church in Southeastern Europe, and other historical landmarks like Council Square, Catherine’s Gate, Guild Towers, and the narrow Rope Street.
Your accommodation will be the same hotel as the previous day, allowing you to explore the lovely pedestrian area of the Old Town of Brasov with its many restaurants and outdoor cafes in the evening, an optional dinner in a nearby village can be arranged.
***An optional dinner in a nearby village can be arranged.
Day 6: Peles Castle – Bucharest
On the way to the airport or your hotel, we will stop in the resort town of Sinaia, which was once the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania. During an orientation tour, you’ll see the famous Casino building, with its impressive architecture inspired by the one in Monte Carlo. The tour also includes a panoramic view of the town and the surrounding mountains.
Finally, you’ll drive south to Bucharest, where your tour ends. You’ll be transferred to your hotel or the airport, and say goodbye to your guide. Optionally, you can extend your tour with a Bucharest City Tour, which requires one extra day.
***Optional: You can choose a Bucharest City Tour (requires one extra day)
NOTE: The tour is further customizable.
Extra full day Bucharest City Tour
After the breakfast, we will start the visit of the capital city of Romania. The day starts with a visit to the Village Museum, one of the most impressive open-air museums in Europe with century old original peasant households from all parts of Romania.
After, we will visit the world’s largest, heaviest and most expensive administrative building, the Palace of Parliament. Between the two communist landmarks, we will have a panoramic tour of the city with Victory Square and Avenue, Royal Palace and Revolution Square and a short stop and visit of the Romanian Athenaeum. Next, we will attend a visit to the former residence of Ceausescu family, the last communist leader of the Socialist Republic of Romania. In contradistinction with the Ceausescu former residence we will have an incursion back in time, in the communist time, where you will have the opportunity to experience life in the 80’s with the help of authentic decor and furniture, working appliances and household accessories, local drinks and homemade snacks and historical and archive footage.
Before arriving in the old city center we will stop in the Cotroceni Neighborhood where we will visit the Presidential Palace and a typical 1930s Bucharest Residence.
In the late afternoon, we will reach Bucharest’s Old Town, with the ruins of the Old Princely Court, known as Dracula’s residence, where the legend says that Vlad the Impaler was keeping his prisoners. We will take a sightseeing tour of this part of the city, filled with lively cafes and street food to see why the nickname of Bucharest is “The Little Paris”. The rest of the evening is on your own.
Two day Black Sea & Danube Delta Extension with Danube Delta Private Cruise accompanied by certified skipper
Extra Day 1: Bucharest – Constanta Walking Tour – Histria Fortress – Tulcea
Extra Day 2: Danube Delta Private Cruise with Lunch – Bucharest Airport
After the tour we will drive back to Henri Coanda International Airport for your afternoon return flight.
Three day Republic of Moldavia Extension with Tiraspol Tour
Extra Day 1: Bucovina – Iasi City Tour – Soroca
Extra Day 2: Soroca Fortress – Old Orhei with Traditional Lunch – Cricova Wine Cellars – Chisinau City Tour
Next, we travel south, stopping at the outstanding cave monastery of Old Orhei, which is organically combines the natural landscape and vestiges of ancient civilizations. A home-made lunch will be served in the village with the same name.
In the afternoon, you head to Cricova, where you will visit the largest wine cellar in the world and where you will enjoy some of the best Moldavian wines. The winery Cricova was founded in 1952 and it is one of the few wineries which produce sparkling wine using the Champagne Method. Before reaching the hotel, we will visit the capital city of Republic of Moldavia, which is one of the greenest city in Europe. The tour will reveal the Arch of Triumph, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Chisinau with the Belfry Tower and the Parliament of Moldavia. To have a sweet evening we will have a short stop at the famous “Bucuria” shop, which is the greatest enterprise specialized in the production of candies. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.
Extra Day 3: Bender Fortress – Tiraspol Tour – Bucovina
First, we will visit Bender Fortress, which was built in one the most powerful of the medieval cities of Moldavia – Tighina, which was an important trade outpost. Later we will cross Dnister in Transnistria, where you will understand why this is the world’s last Soviet republic in fact.
In Tiraspol we will visit Suvorov Plaza & Monument, Memorial of the WW2 and Afghanistan war, Lenin statue and more.
After the walking tour in Tiraspol we will go back to Bucovina, crossing back Prut River in Romania.