6 days
Duration
Bucovina, Moldavia, Transylvania
Regions
Cultural Tour, Private Tour
Tour Type

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/RETURNBucharest (or any other city at request)
TRANSPORTATIONFully insured car/minivan with climate control
TOURIST GUIDECertified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other language at request)
9 UNESCO World Heritage SitesVoronet 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/RETURNBucharest (it can be changed at your request)
TRANSPORTATIONFully insured car/minivan with climate control
TOURIST GUIDECertified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)
INCLUDED
5 nights at three and four star hotels, all centrally locatedBreakfast every day
Natural, authentic and local culinary experiencesOne traditional Transylvanian lunch
One traditional Bucovina lunchOne Wine Tasting with lunch
Exclusive traditional horse carriage tripEntrance fees to museums and sites included as per itinerary
Private airport transfers on departureFuel, parking fees and local taxes included
Blacksmith demonstrationGuided tours at all sites
Certified English-Speaker tourist guide specialized in Romanian culture and historyExclusive visit and interaction with a Gypsy family in their own home
Detailed map of RomaniaStill/Sparkling water bottles in the car
Friendly talks with the guide about Vlad the Impaler – Dracula; Ceausescu and His Times and the Gypsies and Their Journey
NOT INCLUDED
Airplane tickets and health insuranceSouvenirs
Alcoholic beveragesHotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
Meals, other than those included in the itineraryGratuities of any kind
Photo/video fees at sites and museums

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Day 1: Bucharest – Lunch & Wine Tasting – Bucovina

Embark on a delightful journey through the picturesque landscapes of Romania with the 6-day Bucovina and Transylvania Explorer Tour. Your first day starts with a warm welcome from your expert tourist guide at the Henri Coanda International Airport, who will take you on a scenic drive north to Bucovina. Along the way, you will be mesmerized by the stunning vineyards of Vrancea. During your journey, take a break and treat your taste buds to a mouth-watering lunch, served in the midst of a vineyard, where you can relish the unique flavors of traditional Moldavian delights and sample delectable local wines.
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.
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Day 2: Bucovina Painted Monasteries (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) & Traditional Lunch – Egg-painting Workshop – Black Pottery Workshop

Today is a full day of exploring the Bucovina Painted Monasteries, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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.
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Day 3: Neamt Citadel – Bicaz Gorges & Red Lake – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Sighisoara

After the breakfast, tour begins with a guided tour inside the 12th century medieval Neamt Citadel, followed by a visit to the stunning Bicaz Gorges, one of the most breathtaking natural attractions in Romania.
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
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Day 4: Sighisoara Walking Tour – Saxon Village of Saschiz & Viscri with the Fortified Churches – Exclusive Viscri Village Tour & Traditional Lunch – Brasov

We start the day with the breakfast at hotel. You will begin with a walking tour of old Sighisoara, which was built by German settlers in the late 12th century. Your tour guide will discuss the truth and fiction of the famous local legend, Vlad the Impaler, before showing you the city’s two squares, the Scholars’ Staircase, and other landmarks.
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.
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Day 5: Bear Sanctuary – Bran Castle – Brasov Walking Tour

This day we will start with the visit to the Bear Sanctuary, where over 100 bears live in spacious enclosures, enjoying happy lives after being rescued from bleak backgrounds. Watch the bears as they climb trees and take dips in pools while enjoying the panoramic views of the Bucegi and Kings Stone Mountains.
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.
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Day 6: Peles Castle – Bucharest

On the final day of the Bucovina and Transylvania Explorer tour, we will visit the stunning Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe. The castle was once the royal residence of King Carol I of Romania and is known for its impressive architecture and extensive art collections. During the guided tour, you will have the chance to explore the castle’s numerous rooms, each decorated in a unique style, as well as the castle’s stunning gardens.
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.

Bucovina and Transylvania Explorer Map

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

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Extra Day 1: Bucharest – Constanta Walking Tour – Histria Fortress – Tulcea

Begin your extension tour of the Black Sea and Danube Delta with an early morning departure to the Black Sea Coast, to Constanta – the largest seaport on the Black Sea, established in the 4th century BC as a Greek colony. The drive from Bucharest will take approximately three hours, crossing the Danube into the region of Dobrogea and driving along the famous Danube-Black Sea Canal. The city tour of Constanta will take you to the Secession style Casino and the Genoese Lighthouse. In the National Museum of Archaeology, we will see the fabulous Glykon Serpent and the wonderfully restored Roman Mosaic – one of the largest in this part of Europe. In the afternoon drive to Mamaia – Romania’s largest sea resort, established by King Carol I of Romania in the second half of the 19th century and then continue north to the ruins of the ancient town of Histria. In the early evening we will arrive to Tulcea located right at the entrance in the Danube Delta. Hotel check in. Dinner on your own.
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Extra Day 2: Danube Delta Private Cruise with Lunch – Bucharest Airport

After the early breakfast, you will explore, in your private boat the youngest territory in the world, the Danube Delta started to form just 10,000 years ago and is still in the process of formation. On your exclusively cruise you will have the chance to admire the Danube scenic beauty and wildlife – it is known as the birdwatchers paradise, so simply relax while browsing through the narrow channels. A fauna specialist tour guide and skipper, who knows all the channels, will lead your tour. A great opportunity for you to watch birds and to admire nature. The Delta cuisine is certain to provide an interesting lunch experience, the lunch will be served on the ship.
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

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Extra Day 1: Bucovina – Iasi City Tour – Soroca

We will begin the three-day extension with the tour of Iasi city, the unofficial capital of the Moldavian region of Romania, here we will explore the Palace of Culture, the once gold-plated Church of the Three Hierarchs, Golia Monastery and the Neoclassical National Theatre. After this incursion, we will cross the Prut River in Republic of Moldavia, outside of the European Union. On the route enjoy the countryside to Soroca, the town that hosts the greatest and most impressive fortress in Republic of Moldavia. Before reaching the hotel we will visit a different part of the Soroca town, named the Gypsy Hill, where the Gypsy community built a neighbourhood of palaces. After this hotel check in and dinner on your own.
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Extra Day 2: Soroca Fortress – Old Orhei with Traditional Lunch – Cricova Wine Cellars – Chisinau City Tour

After the breakfast, we will start the day with a visit to the one of the best well-preserved fortresses of Europe, established by the Moldavian Prince Stephen the Great in 1499.
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.

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Extra Day 3: Bender Fortress – Tiraspol Tour – Bucovina

The last day in Republic of Moldavia will be an incursion in the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). It officially belongs to Moldova and is its second largest city.
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.
Sighisoara Clock Tower by Holiday to Romania
Sucevita Painted Monastery by Holiday to Romania
Moldovita Painted Monastery by Holiday to Romania
Clock Tower and Main Sqare Sighisoara by Holiday to Romania
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Biertan Fortified Church by Holiday to Romania
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the Black Church by Holiday to Romania
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
Alyce J.
November 25, 2016

Two friends and I took the Amazing Bucovina and Transylvania Tour with Dan. This trip was outstanding. Dan’s knowledge of his country’s history is outstanding. He was such a wonderful guide and a person who is proud of his country and its’ accomplishments. I would highly recommend you take one of his tours if you are visiting Romania. We learned so much information that we never would have on our own or with a large group. He personalized the tour and tailor-made it to fit our needs and interests. We cannot wait to visit again and take another trip with Dan.

David Q.
April 29, 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable tour of a fascinating and beautiful region. We particularly enjoyed the painted monasteries, the fortified churches and the happy cemetery. Our guide was an excellent driver, knowledgeable, charming and happy to make small detours as we wished. Accommodation and meals were generally very good. Overall, a trip to be highly recommended.

Jane W.
August 22, 2019

From the initial contact, through booking a private tour and the itinerary, Holiday to Romania was quick, efficient, friendly and gave good advice.
During the tour Dan was very responsive to our requests and went out of his way to organise some wine tasting and to spend time with a gypsy family. I can highly recommend this company for seeing the best that Romania has to offer.

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