16 days
Duration
Black Sea Coast, Bucharest, Bucovina, Danube Delta, Maramures, Transylvania, Wallachia
Regions
Cultural Tour, Long Tour, Private Cruise, Private Tour
Tour Type

EXPERIENCE ROMANIA’S RICH HISTORY AND UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES ON A TAILORED TOUR

Embark on the “UNESCO Wonders of Romania” tour, a comprehensive 16-day journey that showcases the rich tapestry of Romania’s historical, cultural, and natural heritage. This meticulously crafted tour spans the diverse landscapes and historical regions of Romania, from the mystical Danube Delta to the medieval charm of Transylvania and the unique cultural landscapes of Maramures and Bucovina.

Discover the exceptional collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that Romania has to offer. You’ll visit the ancient Roșia Montană Mining Landscape, marvel at the vivid frescoes of the Bucovina Painted Monasteries, and explore the fortified churches nestled in the idyllic Transylvanian countryside. Each site provides a window into the past, showcasing centuries of history and architectural ingenuity.

The journey doesn’t stop at sightseeing. You will engage with Romania’s vibrant culture through immersive experiences such as home-hosted meals in traditional villages, where you’ll taste authentic local cuisine and learn about daily life directly from the residents. Participate in hands-on workshops where craftsmen share their skills in egg painting and pottery, keeping alive the artisan traditions of their ancestors.

Nature lovers will revel in the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains and the biodiversity of the Danube Delta, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. A highlight of the tour includes a serene cruise through Europe’s second-largest delta, offering up-close encounters with a stunning array of birdlife.

“UNESCO Wonders of Romania” is not just a tour; it’s an all-encompassing experience designed for those who seek to uncover the soul of Romania. Through each UNESCO site and every cultural interaction, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the nation’s heritage and the warmth of its people. Join us to create lasting memories in one of Europe’s most enchanting countries.

The tour can be personalised according to your time and points of interest.

Itinerary: Bucharest Arrival – the Black Sea Coast – Histria Fortress – Danube Delta Private Cruise – Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries – Bistrita Walking Tour – Wooden Churches of Maramures – Steam Train Trip – Maramures Region Highlights & Folklore Show – Historic Center of Sighisoara – Saxon Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania – Sibiu Walking Tour – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Alba Iulia – Rimetea Traditional Village – Turda Salt Mine – Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries – Gold Museum – Densus Stone Church – Sarmizegetusa Regia Dacian Fortress – Monastery of Horezu – Curtea de Arges Monastery – Brasov Walking Tour – Prejmer Fortified Church – Bran Castle – Sinca Secular Forest – Peles Castle – Bucharest Departure

DEPARTURE/RETURNThe tour begins and ends in Bucharest, with airport transfers included. Flexible arrangements can be made for starting or ending the tour in different cities as per your travel plans, ensuring a seamless travel experience tailored to your needs.
TRANSPORTATIONTravel in comfort throughout the tour with a fully insured car or minivan equipped with climate control. Our vehicles are chosen to provide a pleasant journey across varied landscapes, ensuring you experience the beauty of Romania in the best possible way.
TOURIST GUIDEAccompanied by a certified English-speaking tourist guide, your journey through Romania’s historical and natural landmarks will be enriched with expert insights. Guides skilled in other languages are available upon request to cater to a diverse range of international travelers.
19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 6 on the Tentative List

Danube Delta (Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve) – Experience the stunning natural beauty and biodiversity of one of Europe’s most pristine wetlands.

Surdesti Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches) – Marvel at the intricate wooden architecture characteristic of northern Romania.

Budesti Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches) – Witness the historical craftsmanship in the heart of Maramures.

Barsana Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches) – Admire the tall, slender structures that are a masterpiece of ancient wooden engineering.

Ieud Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches) – Explore the oldest wooden church in Maramures, showcasing unique frescoes.

Voronet Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries) – Known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East,” famous for its ‘Voronet Blue.’

Moldovita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries) – Admire the well-preserved frescoes depicting the Siege of Constantinople.

Sucevita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries) – Explore this large and impressive monastery surrounded by high walls.

Humor Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries) – Known for its vivid frescoes painted in red, detailing the siege of Constantinople.

Sarmizegetusa Regia (Dacian Fortresses of the Orăștie Mountains) – Discover the ancient capital of Dacia, revealing advanced military designs.

Historic Center of Sighisoara – Walk through the perfectly intact medieval streets where Dracula legend began.

Biertan Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania) – See the imposing fortified church, a symbol of the Saxon heritage in Romania.

Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries – Step back in time in the gold mines that were crucial during the Roman era.

Calnic Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania) – Explore the simple yet formidable fortifications built for community protection.

Saschiz Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania) – Marvel at its defensive architecture and the iconic clock tower.

Viscri Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania) – Visit this village, brought to prominence by the efforts of the King Charles III.

Prejmer Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania) – Recognized for its thick walls and ingenious defense mechanisms.

Sinca Secular Forest (Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe) – Walk through one of Europe’s last untouched forests.

Monastery of Horezu – Known for its architectural purity and Brâncovenesc style, showcasing some of the most impressive stone carvings.

Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Enjoy the blend of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.

Historic Town of Alba Iulia (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Immerse in the extensive fortifications of this key historical city.

Rimetea Traditional Village and Surroundings (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Experience the cultural landscape preserved by the local community.

Densus Stone Church (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Visit one of Romania’s oldest churches, mysterious for its construction using Roman temple materials.

Greceanu Fortified Mansion – Cula (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Discover this well-preserved example of Ottoman-influenced residential architecture.

Curtea de Arges Byzantine Monastery (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Admire the artistic masterpiece of Romanian architecture, associated with many local legends.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

  • Roșia Montană Mining Landscape: Explore the newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, where ancient Roman mining techniques are preserved, offering a unique window into Romania’s historical significance in gold mining.
  • Danube Delta Cruise: Experience the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a private boat cruise. Witness a stunning array of wildlife and serene landscapes.
  • Home-Hosted Meals in Maramures: Enjoy authentic culinary experiences by dining in local homes, where you can taste traditional dishes and engage with families to understand their way of life.
  • Bucovina Painted Monasteries: Visit these vibrant UNESCO-listed monasteries, renowned for their exterior frescoes depicting biblical and theological scenes, showcasing the region’s unique artistic heritage.
  • Sighisoara’s Medieval Citadel: Stroll through the historic center of Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, offering a preserved example of a small medieval fortified city.
  • Craftsmanship Demonstrations: Meet local artisans and witness demonstrations in egg painting, blacksmithing, and pottery, gaining insight into traditional crafts that have been passed down through generations.
  • Saxon Village Exploration: Explore the Saxon villages of Transylvania, such as Viscri and Biertan, with their fortified churches, providing a glimpse into the region’s Germanic heritage.
  • Trekking in Sinca Secular Forest: Engage in an active day trekking through this primeval beech forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn about its ecological significance and conservation.
  • Wildness Bear Observatory: Visit this observatory to safely view brown bears in their natural habitat, offering a thrilling wildlife watching experience.
  • Historic Castles Tour: Discover Romania’s famous castles such as Bran Castle and Peles Castle, which are steeped in history and folklore, including the legends of Dracula.
  • Alba Iulia Citadel Visit: Explore the Alba Iulia Citadel, a key site in Romania’s history as the place where the union of Transylvania with Romania was declared in 1918.
  • Private Guide Insights: Benefit from the knowledge of certified English-speaking guides, who provide rich historical context and personal stories that enhance the sightseeing experience.
  • Cultural Immersion in Rimetea Village: Stay in a traditional house in Rimetea, experience rural Transylvanian life, and enjoy local hospitality and traditional meals.
  • Steam Train Journey in Maramures: Ride the historic Mocanita steam train through the picturesque landscapes of Maramures, offering a nostalgic experience of Romania’s rural scenery.
DEPARTURE/RETURNThe tour begins and ends in Bucharest, with airport transfers included. Flexible arrangements can be made for starting or ending the tour in different cities as per your travel plans, ensuring a seamless travel experience tailored to your needs.
TRANSPORTATIONTravel in comfort throughout the tour with a fully insured car or minivan equipped with climate control. Our vehicles are chosen to provide a pleasant journey across varied landscapes, ensuring you experience the beauty of Romania in the best possible way.
TOURIST GUIDEAccompanied by a certified English-speaking tourist guide, your journey through Romania’s historical and natural landmarks will be enriched with expert insights. Guides skilled in other languages are available upon request to cater to a diverse range of international travelers.
INCLUDED
10 nights at centrally located hotels3 nights home stay in Maramures (this can be changed to a hotel if desired)
1 night in a traditional house in Rimetea (this can be changed to a hotel if desired)1 night in a guesthouse in Wallachia (this can be changed to a hotel if desired)
Natural, authentic and local culinary experiencesBreakfast every day
One traditional Bucovina lunchThree home hosted dinners in Maramures
One traditional Transylvanian dinnerOne traditional Wallachian dinner
Natural cheese samplingExclusive organic smoked bacon tasting with lunch
Trekking Secular Forest with picnic lunchSteam Train Trip with picnic lunch
Danube Delta Cruise with lunchVisit the only Gold Museum from Europe
Entrance fees to museums and sites included as per itineraryPrivate airport transfers on arrival and departure
Fuel, parking fees and local taxes includedExclusive Romanian folklore show in Maramures and Wallachia
Wildness Bear ObservatoryWoodcarver artist workshop visit
Pottery handcraft 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 RomaniaBottled 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 Arrival

On the initial day of the “UNESCO Wonders of Romania” tour, you’ll be warmly greeted upon your arrival at Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest. A private driver will escort you to your centrally located hotel, providing the perfect base for exploring the vibrant capital.
After checking in, take the opportunity to unwind in the comfort of your room or venture out to get your first taste of Bucharest. The city, rich in history and bustling with energy, offers numerous cultural sites, exquisite dining options, and lively streets to discover at your leisure. This evening is yours to enjoy, setting the tone for a journey filled with profound historical insights and authentic Romanian hospitality.
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Day 2: Bucharest City Tour with Parliament Palace and Ceausescu Residence & 80s Communist Apartment – Bucharest Old Town

Begin your exploration of Bucharest after a refreshing breakfast at your hotel. Today’s guided tour, led by your knowledgeable English-speaking tourist guide, will introduce you to the iconic and historic landmarks of Romania’s capital. Start with the imposing Palace of Parliament, a colossal testament to communist-era architecture and one of the largest administrative buildings in the world. Marvel at its grandeur and the lavish interiors that showcase an extensive collection of artworks and elaborate design.
Next, delve into the personal history of Romania’s last communist leader at the Ceausescu Residence. Here, you’ll explore the luxurious private quarters, office, and reception halls that provide a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle once led by Nicolae Ceausescu and his family.
The journey through time continues with a visit to a unique and meticulously recreated 1980s communist apartment. This immersive experience offers you a window into everyday life during the communist era, featuring authentic furnishings, appliances, and decor, complete with local snacks and historical footage.
Conclude your day with a stroll through Bucharest’s Old Town, a vibrant area teeming with history, architecture, and life. This district serves as a cultural hub where past and present collide, offering an array of cafes, bars, and artisan shops nestled among cobblestone streets and restored medieval buildings. As night falls, consider dining at one of the local restaurants to sample traditional Romanian cuisine or simply enjoy a drink at a café, soaking in the city’s dynamic atmosphere.
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Day 3: the Black Sea Coast – Histria Fortress – Tulcea

Today, prepare to leave the bustling city behind as you journey towards the serene beauty of the Black Sea coast. Your day begins with a scenic drive to Constanta, Romania’s oldest continuously inhabited city, where ancient history and modern life blend seamlessly. Upon arrival, you will explore the iconic Casino on the seafront, a stunning example of Art Nouveau architecture, and the historic Genoese Lighthouse, offering insights into the city’s rich maritime heritage.
Continue to the National Museum of Archaeology and History in Constanta, where you’ll discover treasures such as the beautifully preserved Roman Mosaic—a sprawling artifact that once formed the bustling agora’s commercial centerpiece during ancient times. Here, the intricate details and vibrant stories of past civilizations come to life.
In the afternoon, the journey takes you to the enchanting ruins of Histria Fortress. As the oldest archaeological site in Romania, Histria offers a profound glimpse into over 2,600 years of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine history. Wander through the remnants of this ancient city, learning how it played a crucial role in trade and military strategy along the Black Sea.
Conclude your day’s exploration in Tulcea, the gateway to the Danube Delta. This city serves as a cultural and economic center, poised on the edge of one of Europe’s most biodiverse regions. Settle into your accommodation and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Perhaps dine at a local restaurant, sampling fresh Danube fish dishes while reflecting on the day’s rich historical adventures.
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Day 4: Private Danube Delta Private Cruise (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with Lunch – Danube Bridge – Bucovina

Today’s adventure brings you to one of Romania’s natural wonders—the Danube Delta. After breakfast in Tulcea, you’ll board a private boat, embarking on a cruise that showcases the immense biodiversity of Europe’s second-largest river delta. Known for its intricate network of waterways and lush vegetation, the Danube Delta is a sanctuary for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. As you glide through the serene channels, keep your eyes peeled for rare bird species like pelicans and cormorants, and enjoy the lush landscapes that change colors with the seasons.
Lunch will be served on board, offering you a taste of local cuisine, featuring fresh fish and traditional Romanian dishes, complemented by views of the passing scenery. This immersive experience not only connects you with nature but also gives you insight into the local lifestyle, which is deeply intertwined with the waterways.
Post-cruise, the journey continues north to Bucovina, a region renowned for its painted monasteries and rich cultural heritage. As you travel through the picturesque countryside, prepare for a shift from the natural landscapes of the delta to the spiritual and artistic heritage that awaits in Bucovina. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely evening, perhaps exploring the local area or relaxing ahead of tomorrow’s exploration of the famed painted monasteries.
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Day 5: Folk Traditions Museum of Bucovina – Bucovina Painted Monasteries (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) & Traditional Lunch – Black Pottery Workshop

The day begins with a captivating visit to the Folk Traditions Museum of Bucovina, where you’ll delve into the rich cultural heritage of the region. This museum houses an extensive collection of traditional artifacts, including folk costumes, tools, and household items that paint a vivid picture of rural Romanian life through the ages. It’s a wonderful introduction to the traditions and crafts that have shaped the local communities.
After immersing yourself in Bucovina’s cultural roots, the tour will take you to the region’s world-renowned painted monasteries, which are celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll first visit Voronet Monastery, famed for its striking ‘Voronet Blue’ frescoes that have earned it the nickname “Sistine Chapel of the East.” The vivid depictions of biblical scenes against the stunning azure background are truly a sight to behold.
Next on the itinerary is Moldovita Monastery, where you’ll admire the well-preserved frescoes that cover its exterior walls, illustrating various religious scenes and medieval life. The bold colors and intricate details showcase the unique style of Orthodox art.
Lunch will be a traditional Bucovina meal in a quaint local restaurant, offering you a taste of authentic regional cuisine—a delightful experience for the senses.
The journey continues to Sucevita Monastery, which combines architectural elements of both a church and a fortress. Its frescoes, including the famous Ladder of Virtue, are extensive and exceptionally well-preserved, providing insight into the religious and artistic aspirations of the past.
Your final stop of the day is at Humor Monastery, smaller in scale but no less impressive, known for its frescoes in reddish hues and its peaceful, pastoral setting.
This day is not just a tour; it’s a journey through the spiritual heart and artistic soul of Romania, offering insights into the devoutness and creativity of Bucovina’s historical inhabitants. After a day filled with extraordinary art and history, return to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest.
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Day 6: Egg Painting Museum – Woman Museum – Ieud Wooden Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Home Hosted Dinner in Maramures

Your journey continues with a deep dive into the vibrant traditions of Romania, starting with a visit to the Egg Painting Museum. Here, you will explore a fascinating collection of intricately decorated eggs, a symbol of new life and a cherished Easter tradition. This museum showcases the delicate and detailed art of egg painting, a skill passed down through generations that reflects the spiritual and artistic precision of Romanian culture.
Next, the tour takes you to the unique Woman Museum. Located in a traditional house, this museum celebrates the roles and contributions of women in Romanian rural society through a display of traditional costumes, textiles, and household items. It provides a profound insight into the daily lives and artistic expressions of women in historical and cultural contexts.
From there, you will travel to the picturesque village of Ieud, home to one of the oldest wooden churches in Maramures, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ieud Wooden Church stands as a testament to the region’s deep religious roots and exceptional wooden architectural style. You’ll have the opportunity to admire its simple yet profound construction and the historical religious manuscripts housed within.
The day concludes with a heartwarming home-hosted dinner in Maramures. This intimate experience allows you to engage with a local family and enjoy traditional cuisine, offering a taste of genuine hospitality and the rich culinary traditions of the region. It’s an ideal way to connect with the local culture and learn about the community’s way of life, making for an unforgettable evening of cultural exchange and delicious food.
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Day 7: Steam Train Trip with Picnic Lunch – Barsana Wooden Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Home Hosted Dinner in Maramures

Today’s adventure begins with a nostalgic journey aboard a steam-powered narrow-gauge railway, affectionately known as “Mocanița.” This cherished local experience will transport you through the picturesque landscapes of Maramures, offering stunning views of the rolling hills and lush forests that define this region. The leisurely pace of the train allows for ample opportunities to capture photos and appreciate the serene beauty of the Romanian countryside.
After disembarking from the train, your exploration continues at the Barsana Wooden Church, a masterpiece of traditional Maramures wooden architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will witness the intricate carvings and spiritual artistry that make this church a significant cultural and religious landmark. The tranquil monastery grounds provide a peaceful setting to reflect on the deep-rooted faith and craftsmanship that characterize this community.
Concluding your day’s journey, you will be warmly welcomed into a local home for a hosted dinner in Maramures. This immersive experience offers not just a meal but a chance to participate in genuine cultural exchange. You’ll enjoy traditional dishes prepared with love and care, featuring local ingredients and recipes passed down through generations. Engage in lively conversations with your hosts, gaining insights into the customs, traditions, and daily life of the Maramures people. This evening promises a memorable blend of hospitality, culture, and culinary delight, deepening your connection to the rich tapestry of Romanian life.
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Day 8: Exclusive Walking Tour – Sighetu Marmatiei Communism Memorial – Sapanta Merry Cemetery – Sapanta Peri Monastery – Dinner with Folklore Show

The day unfolds with an enriching journey through the vibrant traditions and poignant history of the Maramures region. Begin with an exclusive walking tour of a traditional village, where every step and turn reveals insights into the timeless lifestyle and customs preserved by the local community. Here, you’ll experience firsthand the artisans’ craftsmanship at an icon-glass workshop, witnessing the meticulous skill and devotion embedded in each piece.
As the morning progresses, you will visit the Sighetu Marmatiei Communism Memorial, a deeply moving site dedicated to remembering the victims of communism. This former prison now serves as a poignant reminder of the struggles and resilience of those who suffered under oppressive regimes. The memorial’s exhibits and narratives provide a sobering reflection on Romania’s recent history.
Next, the tour leads you to the Sapanta Merry Cemetery, renowned for its colorful tombstones with naïve art-style paintings and humorous epitaphs that celebrate the lives of the deceased rather than mourning their passing. This unique approach to commemorating life offers a refreshing perspective on the local attitudes toward death and the afterlife.
Continuing the day’s cultural immersion, you will visit the Sapanta Peri Monastery, home to one of the tallest wooden churches in the world. This architectural marvel not only showcases the exceptional woodworking skills of the Maramures craftsmen but also stands as a testament to the region’s deep-rooted Orthodox faith.
The day concludes with a festive atmosphere at a traditional Romanian folklore dinner. Here, the vibrant rhythms of local music and dance performances will entertain you, providing a lively and fitting end to a day rich in cultural discovery and historical exploration. This experience allows you to partake in the joyous spirit of Maramures, making lasting memories of your time spent in this enchanting corner of Romania.
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Day 9: Surdesti & Budesti Wooden Churches (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Organic Smoked Bacon Tasting with Home-made Lunch – Sighisoara Walking Tour (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Today’s adventure begins with a visit to two of Maramures’ UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Surdesti and Budesti Wooden Churches. These architectural gems exemplify the unique wooden church design of the region, famed for their tall, narrow structures and intricate wooden carvings. As you explore these sacred sites, marvel at the craftsmanship and spiritual ambiance that have been preserved through centuries.
Mid-morning, indulge in a truly authentic culinary experience with an organic smoked bacon tasting. In a local village, witness the traditional smoking process and savor the rich flavors of home-made bacon and other local specialties prepared for lunch. This meal not only offers a taste of local cuisine but also provides insight into the traditional food preservation methods that are a key part of rural Romanian life.
After lunch, the tour continues to the enchanting town of Sighisoara, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Renowned for its well-preserved walled old town, Sighisoara is one of the few still inhabited citadels in Europe and the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the historical figure who inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Your walking tour here will take you through cobbled streets to striking landmarks such as the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, and Vlad’s birth house. Each step through this medieval town feels like a step back in time, with colorful buildings and ancient stone streets that tell tales of a bygone era.
This day offers a perfect blend of cultural heritage, traditional cuisine, and historical exploration, providing a comprehensive insight into the heart and soul of Romania’s cherished regions.
***Optional: Transylvanian palinka tasting in a 500-year old cellar in Sighisoara
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Day 10: Saxon Village of Saschiz & Viscri and Biertan with the Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Exclusive Viscri Village Tour & Traditional Lunch – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Sibiu

Today’s journey transports you deep into the heart of Transylvania, where the landscape is dotted with ancient Saxon villages and fortified churches, each with its own story to tell. Begin your day in Saschiz, a charming village known for its impressive fortified church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, the robust walls and defensive towers reflect a time when such fortifications were crucial against invading forces. After exploring the church, enjoy a delightful jam tasting, sampling local preserves made from fresh, regional fruits—a sweet insight into the area’s culinary traditions.
Next, the tour heads to Viscri, another gem on the UNESCO list, famed for its white-washed church and traditional rural lifestyle preserved by its inhabitants. In Viscri, your experience will be enhanced by a horse cart ride through the village, adding a touch of rustic charm to your visit. During the tour, stop at a local blacksmith’s workshop to witness this ancient craft still practiced in the traditional manner, providing a rare glimpse into the artisan skills passed down through generations.
For lunch, relish a traditional meal in Viscri, prepared by local hosts who welcome you into their world with warm hospitality and stories of their heritage. This meal not only offers a taste of authentic Transylvanian cuisine but also fosters a genuine connection with the local community.
Continue your exploration to Biertan, one of the largest and most impressive medieval strongholds in Transylvania. The fortified church of Biertan, set on a hill in the middle of the village, is surrounded by triple walls and was once the seat of the Lutheran bishops for over three hundred years. Its architectural grandeur and ingenious defensive layouts are mesmerizing.
In the afternoon, engage in a truly unique cultural exchange with a visit to a Gypsy home in the region. This exclusive visit allows you to gain insights into the vibrant and often misunderstood Romani culture, offering an opportunity to learn about their traditions, crafts, and way of life.
Conclude the day with a drive to Sibiu, one of Romania’s cultural jewels. Here, settle into your accommodation and perhaps take a brief evening stroll through its atmospheric streets, setting the stage for tomorrow’s explorations in this enchanting city.
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Day 11: Sibiu Walking Tour – Saxon Village of Calnic with the Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Alba Iulia Citadel – Turda Salt Mine – Home Hosted Dinner in Rimetea Traditional Village

Today unfolds with a captivating walking tour of Sibiu, a city renowned for its rich history and Germanic architecture. Start your exploration in the heart of the city, where the Great and Lesser Squares reveal fascinating tales of past centuries. Wander through the cobblestone streets, admire the iconic ‘Sibiu eyes’—the small, attic windows resembling watchful eyes—and visit landmarks such as the Bridge of Lies and the Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary.
From Sibiu, your journey continues to the Saxon village of Câlnic, where you will visit its UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortified church. This site offers a unique glimpse into the defensive strategies of Transylvanian Saxons with its imposing walls and watchtowers built to protect the community from invaders. The church itself houses an exhibition of medieval artifacts that tell the story of the village’s storied past.
Next, travel to Alba Iulia, a city significant for its role in Romania’s history as the site where the union of Transylvania with Romania was declared in 1918. Tour the Alba Carolina Citadel, a star-shaped fortress considered one of the best-preserved examples of Vauban military architecture in Europe. Here, you can witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony and explore the beautifully restored gates and bastions.
The day’s adventure continues at the Turda Salt Mine, a remarkable underground wonder dating back to the Roman era, now transformed into a modern tourist attraction. Descend into the mine’s depths to see its impressive amphitheater, underground lake, and even a Ferris wheel, all illuminated by atmospheric lighting.
Conclude your day in the traditional village of Rimetea, where you will be hosted for dinner in a local guesthouse. This village is known for its unique cultural heritage and the striking white houses with green windows. During dinner, savor authentic Romanian dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients, providing a perfect end to a day filled with historical exploration and cultural immersion. Enjoy the warm hospitality of your hosts and the peaceful ambiance of this charming village, nestled at the foot of the Apuseni Mountains.
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Day 12: Exclusive Horse Cart Tour – Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – the Gold Museum – Corvin Castle

Begin the day with a delightful horse cart tour through a traditional Transylvanian village, offering a unique perspective on the pastoral lifestyle and picturesque scenery. As the wheels creak along ancient paths, absorb the serene atmosphere and connect with the timeless rural charm of Romania.
Next, explore the Roșia Montană Mining Landscape, newly recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2023. Delve into this historic mining site where gold has been extracted since Roman times. Wander through the Roman galleries, an impressive testimony to the mining techniques of the era, and learn about the significant archaeological discoveries that tell tales of ancient civilization and industrial history.
Continue your journey with a visit to the Gold Museum in Brad, one of the few of its kind in Europe. This museum showcases an exquisite collection of gold and mineral artifacts, illustrating the region’s rich mining heritage and the precious resources that have shaped the local culture and economy over millennia.
Conclude the day at Corvin Castle, one of Europe’s largest and most impressive Gothic-Renaissance castles. Wander through its grand halls and secret passages, and soak in the history of the Corvin family, whose influence was pivotal in Hungary and Transylvania during the medieval period. The castle’s dramatic architecture and storied past provide a fitting end to a day steeped in history and heritage.
Enjoy the evening reflecting on the day’s adventures, as you prepare for the continuation of your Romanian exploration.
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Day 13: Sarmizegetusa Regia Dacian Capital (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Densus Stone Church – Greceanu Fortified Mansion – Monastery of Horezu (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Dinner with Folklore Show

Today, you will delve deep into the heart of ancient Dacia at Sarmizegetusa Regia, the former capital and a sacred center of the Dacian people before the Roman conquests. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, hidden in the dense forests of the Orăștie Mountains, offers a rare glimpse into the ingenuity of pre-Roman civilization with its complex fortifications and sanctuaries.
Next, visit the Densus Church, one of Romania’s oldest churches, which stands out for its peculiar construction with stones from a Dacian Fortress. The church’s eclectic architecture and the mysterious aura surrounding its origin provide a captivating insight into the early Christian period.
Your journey continues to the Greceanu Fortified Mansion, a notable example of a cula—a defensive-type dwelling once common in southern Romania. Explore the restored rooms and learn about the life of the Wallachian nobility in the 18th century.
Conclude the day’s explorations at the Monastery of Horezu, a masterpiece of Brâncovenesc style, renowned for its architectural purity and embellishments, as well as its rich history of craftsmanship and fresco painting. This UNESCO site is not only a cultural treasure but also a living center of Orthodox spirituality.
The evening culminates with a dinner accompanied by a traditional Romanian folklore show, providing a festive end to a day full of historical and cultural discoveries. Enjoy the vibrant performances that reflect the spirit and traditions of the Wallachian region, making this an unforgettable experience of Romania’s rich cultural tapestry.
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Day 14: Curtea de Arges Monastery – Bran Castle – Prejmer Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Brasov Walking Tour

Embark on a journey through centuries of Romanian history, beginning with a visit to the Curtea de Arges Monastery. This architectural jewel serves as the burial site for Romanian royalty and stands as a testament to Byzantine and local design. Marvel at its rich frescoes and intricate carvings, which narrate tales of its legendary origins and craftsmanship.
Continue to the storied Bran Castle, famously linked to the Dracula myth. Nestled in the dramatic landscapes of Transylvania, this 14th-century fortress invites you to explore its many rooms and secret tunnels while learning about its historical role in regional defense and its literary connections to vampire lore.
Your exploration proceeds to Prejmer, where you will visit its fortified church, a formidable structure recognized by UNESCO for its historical and architectural significance. The church’s robust fortifications and well-preserved interior offer a glimpse into the past lives of the Saxon settlers who built it for sanctuary and defense.
Conclude your day with a walking tour of Brasov, a city that encapsulates the essence of medieval Transylvania. Wander through the bustling Council Square, view the imposing Black Church, and meander down Rope Street, one of the narrowest alleys in Europe. Brasov’s blend of Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture, combined with its vibrant cultural scene, makes for a perfect end to a day full of discovery.
The evening is yours to soak in the ambiance of Brasov, perhaps enjoying a local meal or simply relaxing in this picturesque setting.
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Day 15: Trekking Sinca Secular Forest (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with Picnic Lunch (Active Day) – Wildness Bear Observatory

Prepare for an invigorating day as you head into the Sinca Secular Forest, recognized by UNESCO for its ancient, untouched beauty. Begin your morning with a trek through this primeval forest, home to some of Europe’s oldest and tallest trees. The tranquility of the forest, with its towering firs and lush undergrowth, provides a perfect backdrop for a refreshing picnic lunch. Enjoy the natural sounds and the scenic views that make this forest a treasure of the Carpathians.
After lunch, the adventure continues at the Wildness Bear Observatory, where you have a unique opportunity to observe brown bears in their natural habitat. Guided by experts, you’ll learn about the conservation efforts in place to protect these majestic creatures. The observatory, set deep within the forest, offers a safe and ethical viewing platform to see not only bears but potentially other wildlife like deer and wild boar.
This day combines physical activity with the thrill of wildlife watching, providing an immersive experience into Romania’s natural wonders. As the sun begins to set, return to the comfort of your accommodation, filled with memories of a day well spent in the heart of Romania’s beautiful landscapes.
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Day 16: Peles Castle – Bucharest Departure

On your final day, bid farewell to the picturesque landscapes of Romania with a visit to the splendid Peles Castle. Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains near Sinaia, this architectural jewel serves as a grand finale to your tour. Marvel at its neo-Renaissance design and the richly decorated interiors, which house an impressive array of European art, armor, and rare books, reflecting the cultural and royal heritage of Romania.
After exploring the castle, enjoy a leisurely drive through the scenic mountainous region, heading back towards Bucharest. Take in the views one last time, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences of the past days.
Once you arrive in Bucharest, you will be transferred to Henri Coanda International Airport for your departure, or to a hotel if you are extending your stay. This concluding day not only marks the end of your journey through Romania’s UNESCO sites and cultural highlights but also the beginning of many cherished memories of this historically rich and enchanting country.
NOTE: The tour is further customizable.

UNESCO Wonders of Romania Map

Traditional Romanian welcome dinner with Folklore Show

In the evening, you can opt to serve a traditional dinner at a local restaurant with an idyllic view, situated on the lakeshore in Bucharest’s most famous park, the Herastrau or Michael I Park. Here, you will enjoy a three-course meal dinner with wine included, and you will get a chance to discover the traditional Romanian folklore costumes while enjoying the dances of the local performers. The entire show displays authentic Romanian traditions and customs, from the sewn details on the white outfits of the dancers to the delighting music played by the local artists.

Three-hour trip in Ukraine, to Solotvina and Nyzhnya Apsha

After Sapanta Peri Monastery visit, you can chose to visit the Ukrainian Maramures with a visit to Solotvina, which is the Ukrainian part of the Romanian town. And you will have the chance to visit Nyzhnya Apsha village. This region was in Transylvania until 1920.

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.

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.
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
Michelle D. S.
July 25, 2017

I have had exceptional service experiences using Holiday to Romania as my tour provider in both holidays in Romania and shorter tours in Bucharest. Beginning with the very informative website and then speaking with the company consultants I felt that I was in good hands and receiving the best information matching my touristic needs. I was so satisfied with Holiday to Romania that I have referred it to friends who visited Romania or those looking for a great travel opportunity in Europe.

Josue L.
September 17, 2017

We toured around Romania with Daniel, and he is an amazing guide! He knows so much about the history of Romania and its current events. He is funny as well, and my family and I enjoyed the tour with him. We went to the Parliament building as well as the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum. The tour van was very large and comfortable, and Daniel always recommended very good traditional Romanian food for us to try at restaurants. I would highly recommend touring Romania with Daniel and the tour company! You will not be disappointed!

Charles D.
April 17, 2018

Dan is a top-notch tour guide. He was able to combine a lot of interesting history, cultural nuance and fun adventure while we toured through Romania, the medieval town of Brasov, Bran Castle, Bucovina region and Maramures
We can be demanding tourists, looking for new and different things but also seeking out the old and traditional. Dan proved able to handle most everything we asked about and was thoroughly accommodating. If you want to combine interesting and fun on your trip to Romania, make sure you book with Holiday to Romania.

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