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

DISCOVER THE BEST OF ROMANIA: CULTURE, HISTORY, AND NATURE ON AN ODYSSEY TOUR

Discover the charm and beauty of Romania on our 20-day Romanian Odyssey tour. This exclusive tour takes you on a journey through Romania’s most scenic landscapes and historic landmarks, offering an unforgettable experience that will leave you with lasting memories. Our tour is designed to give you complete flexibility and is tailored to your specific interests and travel style.

During your adventure, you will visit 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 5 sites on the Tentative List. You will have the opportunity to experience traditional Romanian culture, meet local artisans, and taste delicious regional cuisine. You will also have the chance to interact with locals in traditional markets and homes, and even visit a Gypsy community in Transylvania.

Throughout the tour, you will stay in centrally located buildings and traditional homes in Maramures, Wallachia, and Transylvania. You will also have the opportunity to relax in thermal resorts, trek through a virgin forest, and explore the wilderness of the Danube Delta.

Our expert guides, who have received excellent reviews, will take you on an immersive journey through Romania’s rich history and cultural heritage. From the majestic Peles Castle to the vibrant capital city of Bucharest, this tour offers a comprehensive and authentic experience of Romania. Join us on our Romanian Odyssey tour and discover the beauty and wonder of this captivating country.

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

Itinerary: Bucharest City Tour – the Black Sea Coast – Histria Fortress – Danube Delta Private Cruise – Iasi – Neamt Citadel – Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries – Bistrita Walking Tour – Wooden Churches of Maramures – Steam Train Trip – Maramures Region Highlights & Folklore Show – Turda Salt Mine – Cluj-Napoca – Oradea & Felix Thermal Baths – Bears Cave – Timisoara City Tour – Danube Gorges Private Cruise – Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brancusi at Targu Jiu – Greceanu Fortified Mansion – Monastery of Horezu – Sibiu Walking Tour – Alba Iulia – Corvin Castle – Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries – Gold Museum – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Historic Center of Sighisoara – Saxon Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania – Brasov Walking Tour – Sinca Secular Forest – Peles and Bran Castles

DEPARTURE/RETURNBucharest (or any other city at request)
TRANSPORTATIONFully insured car/minivan with climate control
TOURIST GUIDECertified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)
13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 5 on the Tentative ListDanube Delta (Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve)
Surdesti Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Budesti Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Barsana Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Ieud Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Voronet Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Moldovita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Sucevita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Historic Center of Sighisoara
Saschiz Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Viscri Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Sinca Secular Forest (Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe)
Monastery of Horezu
Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Historic Town of Alba Iulia (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Greceanu Fortified Mansion – Cula (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brancusi at Targu Jiu (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

  • Benefit from complete flexibility in customizing the tour based on your preferences, including the route, duration, and tour features, ensuring a unique and personalized experience;
  • Explore diverse regions of Romania, spending no more than two days in each location, allowing you to discover multiple destinations and experience various landscapes and cultures;
  • Enhance your experience by choosing from our selection of tours tailored to your interests and travel style, such as cultural, culinary, or adventure tours;
  • Discover 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 5 on the Tentative List on our exclusively designed tours that connect you with the cultural heritage and natural wonders of Transylvania, Maramures, Bucovina, and Dobrogea;
  • Enjoy the exceptional knowledge and expertise of Romania’s top-rated licensed tourist guides with excellent reviews, who share their in-depth knowledge of the country’s history, culture, and traditions;
  • Meet the Gypsies in their own community in Transylvania and discover their particular culture, customs, and impressive craft skills;
  • Savor traditional Romanian delicacies from all five regions, and indulge in authentic local dining in traditional homes in Maramures, Transylvania, and Wallachia, and taste traditional Bucovina and Danube Delta dishes;
  • Meet friendly locals in traditional markets, and experience the warm hospitality of a real Maramures home, where you can learn about their daily life, traditions, and self-sufficiency;
  • Discover the simple and sustainable lifestyle of the remote Saxon villages of Transylvania, Maramures, and Wallachia, and experience their unique architectural heritage and fascinating history;
  • Meet and interact with locals in all home-hosted experiences and local markets on our authentic cultural connections, allowing you to connect with the people and culture of Romania;
  • Enjoy 14 nights of accommodation in full of character, centrally located buildings, and five superb local homes in Maramures, Wallachia, and Transylvania, allowing you to experience the local way of life;
  • Enjoy two thermal resorts where you can use all the facilities of the swimming pools and the saunas, providing relaxation and rejuvenation after the exciting adventures of the trip;
  • Meet local artists such as an icon designer, an egg painter, a blacksmith, a potter, and a ceramic artist in their workshops, where you can learn about the traditional arts and crafts of Romania;
  • Experience the countryside living with a horse cart ride and homemade dinners, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rural lifestyle and enjoy the hospitality of the locals;
  • Make the most of your tour experience through our exclusively designed tours with all admissions included and not just only guided walks, allowing you to fully experience the culture, history, and nature of Romania;
  • Discover the capital city of Bucharest on a comprehensive city tour, including a guided tour of the Palace of the Parliament and the former private residence of the Ceausescu family, allowing you to learn about Romania’s modern history and politics;
  • During your trekking in the Secular Forest, you will see the wildness and nature of a virgin forest, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the forest with the help of a forestry guide;
  • During your private boat trip, you will have the opportunity to see and experience the nature wilderness of the Danube Delta, the second-largest river delta in Europe, which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and observe the diverse wildlife, such as birds, fish, and mammals.
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
13 nights at centrally located hotels3 nights home stay in Maramures (this can be changed to a hotel if desired)
2 nights in hotels with Swimming Pool and Saunas and dinners1 night in a guesthouse in Wallachia (this can be changed to a hotel if desired)
Natural, authentic and local culinary experiencesBreakfast every day
Three home hosted dinners in MaramuresOne traditional Bucovina lunch
One traditional Transylvanian lunchOne traditional Wallachian dinner
Exclusive organic smoked bacon tasting with lunchTrekking Secular Forest with picnic lunch
Steam Train Trip with picnic lunchDanube Delta Cruise with lunch
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
Visit the only Gold Museum from EuropeIron Gates Danube Private Cruise
Pottery handcraft and 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 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

Welcome to Bucharest, the vibrant capital city of Romania! Your 20-day Romanian Odyssey tour begins with your arrival at the Henri Coanda International Airport, where you will be warmly greeted by your driver. From here, you will be transported to your luxurious 4-star hotel located in the heart of the city center.
The rest of the day will be at your leisure, giving you the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind after your journey. You can choose to explore the city further, take a stroll in the nearby parks or indulge in some shopping. Alternatively, you can simply relax in the comfort of your hotel and enjoy the first night of your Romanian Odyssey tour.

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Day 2: Bucharest City Tour with Parliament Palace and Ceausescu Residence – Black Sea Coast Beach

After enjoying breakfast at your centrally located 4-star hotel in Bucharest, you will begin your day with a visit to the Palace of Parliament. This impressive building is the world’s largest administrative building and an iconic landmark of the city. You will also take a panoramic tour of the city to see other landmarks, including the Victory Square and Avenue, Royal Palace, Revolution Square, and Romanian Athenaeum.
Next, you will visit the former residence of the last communist leader of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu. Then, you will drive east towards Constanta, one of the largest seaports on the Black Sea. On the way, you will see the Anghel Saligny Bridge, which was inaugurated by King Carol I in 1895.
In the afternoon, you will arrive at the stunning Black Sea Coast where you will have the option to relax on the Romanian beaches or visit the ancient city of Callatis. Your guide will be on hand to provide more information about the landmarks and history of the area. You will stay at a hotel located near the beach for the night, with the evening being free to enjoy at your leisure.

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Day 3: Constanta Walking Tour – Histria Fortress – Enisala Citadel – Tulcea

Today we will explore the charming city of Constanta, founded as a Greek colony in the 4th century BC. You will visit the National Museum of Archaeology and the stunningly restored Roman Mosaic, one of the largest in this part of Europe. You will also see the monument of Ovidius (Ovid), the Secession style Casino, and the Genoese Lighthouse on your walking tour.
After that, you will head to Mamaia, the largest sea resort in Romania, established in the 19th century by King Carol I. You will also visit the ruins of the ancient town of Histria and the Enisala Citadel before arriving in Tulcea, located at the entrance of the Danube Delta.
In the evening, you can enjoy dinner on your own at Ivan Pescar – Fish Bar or explore other local dining options.

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Day 4: Danube Delta Private Cruise with Lunch – Galati Ferry – Iasi

After an early breakfast, you will embark on a private boat to cruise through the Delta’s narrow channels and admire the stunning scenery and diverse wildlife. The Danube Delta is known as a birdwatcher’s paradise, and you will have the chance to watch a variety of birds in their natural habitat. A knowledgeable fauna specialist tour guide and skipper will lead your tour, making it an informative and enjoyable experience. During your cruise, you will enjoy a delicious lunch of Delta cuisine served on the ship.
After the Delta cruise, you will depart to the Bucovina region by crossing the Danube on the ferry at Galati.
Once you arrive, you will have a panoramic tour of the city before checking into your 4-star hotel. Dinner is on your own, giving you the chance to explore the local cuisine and enjoy the evening at your own pace.

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Day 5: Iasi Walking Tour – Neamt Citadel – Suceava Citadel

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on a walking tour of Iasi, the former capital of Romania during the last two years of World War I. This fascinating city is home to some of Romania’s most impressive monuments, including the Palace of Culture, a magnificent neoclassical building that houses four museums and a concert hall.
During your tour, you will also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, a beautiful Orthodox church with stunning frescoes and intricate wood carvings. The Church of Three Hierarchs, another important religious monument, is known for its unique architectural style and beautiful interior decoration. You will also explore the Golia Monastery, a historic monastery dating back to the 17th century, with its impressive bell tower and serene courtyard.
Next, you will visit the University of Iasi, a major landmark of the city, built in the last years of the 19th century. Here you will see the Hall of the Lost Steps, an impressive space that hosts an ample contemporary art gallery with 19 large frescoes signed by Sabin Balasa, one of the most famous Romanian painters of the 20th century. You will also visit the Library of the University, one of the most beautiful in Europe, with a stunning Baroque-style hall and impressive collections of rare books and manuscripts.
After the Iasi walking tour, you will depart for Neamt Citadel, a 12th-century medieval citadel located in the picturesque countryside of Moldavia. Here you will have a guided tour of the citadel, learning about its fascinating history and admiring its impressive architecture and defensive walls.
In the evening, you will arrive at Suceava’s Citadel, built in 1388. This is one of the few citadels in Romania that was never conquered in battle, despite facing some dreadful sieges and battles with Sobieski’s Polish and with the Turkish led by Mahomed II, Constantinople’s conqueror. The citadel was conquered only by treason.
After arriving at your hotel in the city center, the rest of the day will be at your leisure to explore Suceava or relax and unwind.

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Day 6: Bucovina Painted Monasteries (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) & Traditional Lunch – Black Pottery Workshop

Our first stop will be the Folk Traditions Museum of Bucovina, where you will have the chance to witness the unique and fascinating household arrangements and traditional costumes of the locals, which have been a part of their culture for centuries.
Following this, we will visit the four Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, which are considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The first stop will be Voronet Painted Monastery, also known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Orient” due to its stunning frescoes, including one of the best Last Judgment frescoes in the world. The Voronet Blue used in the frescoes is considered unique and is also known as Rubes red or Veronese green.
Our next stop will be the Moldovita Painted Monastery, featuring towers on both corners of the facade and a powerful gate tower. Afterward, we will enjoy a traditional Bucovina lunch in the charming village of Sucevita before visiting the nearby Sucevita Painted Monastery, which is the largest of all and resembles a fortress rather than a monastery. The Virtues Ladder fresco inside is considered one of the best in Bucovina due to its impressive size and the contrast between angles and the chaos of hell.
To round out our cultural experience, we will visit a black pottery workshop where the locals have been practicing the art of pottery since 1500, using a unique technique called “oxygen reduction,” which is also used only in Mexico. Our final stop will be Humor Painted Monastery, the only one without a belfry tower.
After a full day of cultural immersion, we will arrive at our hotel in the early evening. This is a day not to be missed for those who want to experience the rich and unique culture of Bucovina.

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Day 7: Egg Painting Workshop – Bistrita Walking Tour – Borgo Pass – Woman Museum – Ieud Wooden Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Home Hosted Dinner in Maramures

We will start our day with a visit to an egg-painter artist in Bucovina. This ancient tradition is still alive and well in the region, and you will have the opportunity to learn more about it and admire painted eggs from all over the world.
After the egg painting workshop, we will travel west towards the Transylvanian border, making a stop in the fortified city of Bistrita. This charming town is one of the seven fortified cities built by the Saxons, and boasts a number of architectural landmarks worth visiting. Highlights of the Bistrita walking tour include the church with the tallest tower in Transylvania, the Coopers Tower, the Silversmith’s House, the Great Square, the Union Square, and the Orthodox Church. Fans of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” will recognize Bistrita as the place where Jonathan Harker spent the night before heading to the count’s castle.
Continuing on our journey towards Maramures, we will make a stop at Borgo Pass, where the imaginary Dracula’s castle was said to have been located. Here, you can recreate Harker’s road to the castle and take in the stunning mountain scenery.
As we make our way into the remote and picturesque region of Maramures, you will have the opportunity to learn about the local culture, traditions, and way of life. One of the highlights of the day is a visit to the Woman Museum, located in the village of Dragomiresti. This unique museum is housed in a 300-year-old home, and showcases the role of women in Maramuresian society.
Our next stop is the Ieud Wooden Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning wooden church dates back to the 14th century, and is renowned for its unique architecture and beautiful interior frescoes. In the attic of the church, an important discovery was made: the Codex of Ieud, a document dating from 1391, which is generally considered to be the oldest example of written Romanian language.
In the evening, we will enjoy a home-hosted dinner in a traditional guesthouse in the Upper Viseu village area. Here, you can sample delicious local cuisine and experience the warmth and hospitality of the Maramures people.

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Day 8: Steam Train Trip with Picnic Lunch – Barsana Wooden Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Home Hosted Dinner in Maramures

On this day, get ready for a thrilling adventure on a half-day ride aboard a narrow gauge railway with a steam-powered train engine. Known as “Mocanița,” this train is a favorite of both tourists and rail enthusiasts, and for six hours, you’ll enjoy the stunning beauty and wilderness of the northern Romanian Carpathian Mountains. Along the way, you’ll take a picnic break, making this a truly unforgettable experience.
Continuing along the picturesque Iza River Valley, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to witness daily life in this corner of Romania. First on the itinerary is the exquisite Barsana Monastery, a prime example of Maramures wooden church architecture at its best. Next up is another wooden church that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Barsana Wooden Church.
As you explore Maramures, you’ll get to know the local traditions and admire the stunningly carved wooden gates of the region.
You’ll stay in a private house in a Maramures village for the night and enjoy a traditional home-cooked dinner, along with some delicious home-made plum brandy. This is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and understand the fascinating dowry traditions of Maramures.

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Day 9: Exclusive Walking Tour – Sighetu Marmatiei – Communism Memorial – Sapanta Merry Cemetery – Dinner with Folklore Show

After breakfast, you will have an exclusive walking tour of the village, including an icon-glass workshop, a local plum brandy distillery, and a natural whirlpool. You will also visit the colourful fruit and vegetable market in the town’s open-air market. After this, you will visit the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, which is a former political prison in the communist times, and the house of Nobel Prize Winner, Elie Wiesel, who was born in this Romanian town.
Continuing west, you will reach the village of Sapanta, home to the world-famous Merry Cemetery, where each wood cross carries a funny epitaph about the person’s life. Before returning to the village, you will have the opportunity to take in the tallest wooden structure in the world at this time, Sapanta Peri monastery.
In the evening, you will enjoy a home-hosted dinner with an exclusively organized Maramures folklore show at the accommodation place.

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Day 10: Surdesti & Budesti Wooden Churches (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Organic Smoked Bacon Tasting with Home-made Lunch – Turda Salt Mine – Cluj-Napoca

Start the day with a visit to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Maramures: Budesti Wooden Church, completed in 1643, and Surdesti Church, which was built in 1766 and is the tallest and oldest wooden structure in Europe. These churches are unique examples of Maramures architecture and offer a glimpse into the Greek Catholic faith.
Afterwards, continue south to a traditional 20th century village, where you can taste some delicious organic smoked bacon and cheese, and see how the bacon is smoked. Enjoy a homemade lunch in the village before heading to the next destination.
The next stop is the Turda Salt Mine, a fascinating underground attraction that is one of the oldest salt mines in the world, with the first excavations dating back to the 13th century. The salt mine was also used as a bomb shelter during World War II and a cheese storage center, before being converted into an impressive tourist site. Walk through the underground tunnels, see the salt lakes, and learn about the mine’s history.
Late in the afternoon, arrive in Cluj-Napoca, the capital of Transylvania during the 18th and 19th centuries and now an important university center. Take an orientation tour of the city and before arriving at your hotel.

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Day 11: Cluj-Napoca Walking Tour – Oradea Walking Tour – Felix Thermal Baths & Spa with Dinner

Today begins with a morning city tour of Cluj Napoca, one of Transylvania’s most vibrant cities. Visit the Gothic St. Michael’s Church, the City Hall, and the birth house of Mathias Corvin, a former king of Hungary. Discover the charm of Art Nouveau architecture style, cathedrals, and pedestrian areas as you explore the center of Oradea. The tour will take you to landmarks such as the old fortress, the Fuchsl Palace, and the Moon Church, built in the XVIIIth century.
After the walking tour, the day continues with a relaxing break at Felix Thermal Resort. This resort is known for its mineral thermal springs, which have been renowned since the beginning of the millennium for their therapeutic properties. Enjoy half-day of relaxation at swimming pools and saunas. So, remember to pack your swimsuit for this day.
In the evening, a delicious dinner will be served at the hotel, so you can indulge in some local cuisine. This day is the perfect opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate before continuing on the Romanian Odyssey Tour.

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Day 12: Bears Cave – Arad – Timisoara Walking Tour

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we continue our journey towards one of the most impressive caves in Romania, the Bear’s Cave. This natural wonder is named after the skeletons of some very old species of bear that were found here. These large animals roamed the area more than 15,000 years ago, and their remains provide valuable insights into prehistoric life.
Upon arriving at the Bear’s Cave, we will embark on a guided tour of this fascinating natural attraction. The cave features numerous stunning formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, and other limestone formations that have been shaped over thousands of years by underground rivers and other geological processes. The guided tour will give us insight into the history of the cave and how it was discovered.
After exploring the Bear’s Cave, we will make a short stop in Arad. This modern-built city contains many charming private and public buildings, and its origins can be traced back to the 11th century. The city experienced a great economic development in the 19th century, and the center of the city is an attractive, large boulevard from this era with prestigious buildings, a theater, the Orthodox Church, the Catholic cathedral, and the town hall built in the Neo-renaissance style.
Later in the afternoon, we arrive in “Little Vienna,” Timisoara, with its 900-year-old history. Being a part of the Habsburg Empire for a long time, the entire city center consists of buildings built during the Kaiser era, which is reminiscent of the old Vienna. Timisoara is known for being the first European city lit by electric street lamps in 1884, as well as the second European and the first city in what is now Romania to use horse-drawn trams in 1867. Additionally, the Revolution against the communists started here in December 1989.
Upon arriving at the hotel located in the city center, the rest of the day will be at your leisure to explore Timisoara at your own pace.

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Day 13: Bigar Waterfall – Danube Gorges Private Cruise – Herculane Thermal Baths with Dinner

The day will start with a visit to Bigar Waterfall, a true marvel of nature located in the Mini Canyon on the Mini River. Unlike other waterfalls, Bigar flows over the apex of a big rounded stone, creating a sheet of countless small streams that flow out into a basin below. The effect is simply stunning, and you won’t want to miss the chance to see this unique waterfall up close.
From Bigar, we’ll continue our scenic drive through the valleys of the Carpathian Mountains until we reach the mighty Danube River, known as “the king of European rivers” and named by Napoleon himself. Here, we’ll embark on a private boat cruise that will take us through the majestic Danube Gorges, a narrow stretch of the river flanked by towering cliffs and stunning rock formations. As we sail along, we’ll have the chance to admire the many wonders of nature and the highest monument of Europe – the Decebalus Rex Monument. This incredible monument shows the face of the famous Dacian king, and was carved into the mountain at the request of one of the richest businessmen in Romania.
The Danube Gorges have a rich history, and were once considered a death trap for boatmen due to the strong currents and submerged rocks. However, the cliffs remain flooded with water coming through the reservoirs, and the landscape has not lost its beautiful features. As we cross the narrow pass and the large basin with the boat, we’ll see the incredible river landscape up close.
After our private cruise along the Danube, we’ll make our way to Herculane Thermal Baths, a town founded by the Romans in a lush and beautiful area that has been known for its thermal springs for thousands of years. During the Austrian occupation, the spa developed into a major tourist attraction, drawing visitors from all over Europe who came to bathe in the healing waters and enjoy the stunning surroundings.
At the Herculane Thermal Baths, you’ll have the chance to relax and unwind in the swimming pools and saunas of the hotel, soaking up the therapeutic benefits of the mineral-rich waters. The accommodation and dinner will be served at the hotel, giving you the chance to truly indulge in the restorative atmosphere of this beautiful spa town.

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Day 14: Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brancusi at Targu Jiu – Greceanu Fortified Mansion – Monastery of Horezu (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Horezu Pottery Workshop – Dinner with Folklore Show

On the fourteenth day of the Romanian Odyssey tour, we will embark on a journey to explore the cultural and artistic heritage of Romania. We begin by visiting the world-famous Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brancusi at Targu Jiu. The ensemble consists of four sculptures, the Table of Silence, the Chairs Alley, the Gate of the Kiss, the Saints Peter and Paul Church, and the Endless Column, all symbolizing the Romanian spirit and history.
Next, we will explore the Greceanu Fortified Mansion, a fascinating example of the semi-fortified mansions of the nobles from the 16th century. These mansions were built to protect the nobles from outlaws and invaders while serving as their residence.
Our next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Horezu Monastery. Founded in 1690 by a Romanian prince, the monastery is a masterpiece of the “Brancovean” style, known for its architectural purity and balance, rich sculptural detail, religious compositions, votive portraits, and painted decorative works.
Later in the afternoon, we will visit the famous Horezu Pottery Workshop. Here, we will learn about the craft that dates back to Neolithic times, and see how men prepare the clay and women decorate the objects using specific techniques and tools to draw traditional motifs. We will even have a chance to mould clay and use the potter’s wheel to create our own small plates or bowls.
In the evening, we will enjoy a traditional guesthouse-hosted dinner with an exclusively organized Wallachian folklore show. This will be an unforgettable evening of delicious food and lively music, complete with dancing and singing.

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Day 15: Sibiu Walking Tour – Alba Iulia Citadel – Corvin Castle

After breakfast, you’ll explore the charming town of Sibiu on a walking tour. Known as Hermannstadt in German, Sibiu is a former chief city of the Transylvanian Saxons and is home to the Great and Lesser Squares, the landmarks of the Old Town. You’ll view the old surrounding defence walls and the remaining towers belonging to the merchant guilds, and visit the Evangelical Cathedral completed in its actual shape in 1520.
Next, you’ll visit Alba Iulia, a town with great significance to the Romanian people, as it was here on December 1, 1918, that the document of Unification of Transylvania with the Kingdom of Romania was signed. Alba Iulia is famous for its Vauban style citadel, which will teach you about the history of Romanians since ancient times to the present day.
In the early afternoon, you’ll depart for Hunedoara to visit Corvin Castle, one of the largest and most well-preserved medieval castles in Europe. Home to the mighty Corvin/Hunyadi royal family, this Gothic-Renaissance castle is a must-see attraction.
After the visit, you’ll have the evening at your leisure to explore the area or relax at your accommodation.

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Day 16: Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries – the Gold Museum – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Sighisoara

After breakfast, we will embark on a fascinating journey through Romania’s rich history, starting with the captivating story of gold. Gold has been one of the most coveted and valuable metals since ancient times, and Romania is renowned for its gold extraction industry. Our first stop is the Gold Museum in Brad, a unique attraction in Europe and one of only three of its kind in the world. Here, you will learn about the history of gold extraction in Romania, dating back to the first century and beyond. Discover the various techniques used over the centuries, the legends and myths surrounding gold, and the important role that it has played in shaping Romania’s cultural heritage.
Next, we will visit the Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries, a historic legacy of Romania’s Roman Empire past. This fascinating attraction is over 2000 years old, and was constructed by miners who were brought here as colonists under the reign of the Roman Empire. Descend the 157 steps of about 30 meters elevation difference and explore the rectangular profile mine galleries, made with a hammer and chisel in the first part of the 2nd century. Witness the ingenuity and skill of the Roman colonists, and gain a deeper understanding of Romania’s rich mining history.
Following this, we will offer you an exclusive opportunity to visit a Gypsy home. This is a chance to learn more about the culture, identity, and lifestyle of this less well-known but fascinating ethnic group. Our guide will lead you through the intricacies of Gypsy life, providing insights into the traditional customs, beliefs, and daily routines of this community.
In the evening, we will arrive at Sighisoara, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only still-inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. As the day comes to a close, you may choose to indulge in an optional Transylvanian wine tasting experience in a 500-year-old cellar in Sighisoara. This is a chance to sample some of Romania’s finest wines, produced by skilled winemakers who have honed their craft over generations.
***Optional: Transylvanian wine tasting in a 500-year old cellar in Sighisoara

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Day 17: Sighisoara Walking Tour – Saxon Village of Saschiz & Viscri with the Fortified Churches – Exclusive Viscri Village Tour & Traditional Lunch – Brasov

On day 17 of the Romanian Odyssey tour, travelers will discover the medieval beauty of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Explore the citadel’s two squares, the Scholars’ Staircase, the Tinsmiths’ Tower, the House with Antler, and the Tower with Clock, and learn about the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Then, venture to the Saxon villages of Saschiz and Viscri, where travelers will visit the Late-Gothic fortified church and imposing clock tower, and enjoy an exclusive tasting of organic Transylvanian jams. Experience the traditional way of life with a visit to Viscri village, one of the oldest in Transylvania, where you’ll savor a delicious lunch prepared by your host with locally sourced ingredients in their traditional Saxon house. After lunch, take an exclusive tour of the village, visit the Fortified Church, and meet a traditional blacksmith in his workshop, all while riding in a horse cart.
The day ends with a check-in at a hotel in the charming pedestrian area of the Old Town of Brasov, where travelers can explore the many restaurants and outdoor cafes.

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Day 18: Bear Sanctuary – Bran Castle – Brasov Walking Tour

The day begins with a visit to the Bear Sanctuary, the largest of its kind in Europe, located in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. Here, you’ll see over 100 rescued bears living in their natural habitat, climbing trees, swimming in pools, and playing. The sanctuary offers 360-degree views of the breathtaking Bucegi and Kings Stone Mountains, providing a stunning backdrop for this unforgettable experience. You’ll learn about the bears’ stories and how they were rescued, as well as the sanctuary’s mission to protect these magnificent animals.
Next, you’ll head to Bran Castle, an impressive Gothic fortress built in 1377 to protect the trade route between Transylvania and Wallachia. Although there is no historical evidence linking the castle to the fictional vampire, its intriguing history has inspired the legend of Dracula. You’ll have the chance to explore the castle’s royal residence, including the torture chamber, and see local souvenirs and handmade crafts just outside the castle.
After visiting Bran Castle, you’ll return to Brasov, one of the oldest cities in Europe, and embark on a walking tour of the Old Town. The tour includes many highlights of this important Saxon city, including the impressive Black Church, Council Square, Catherine’s Gate, Guild Towers, and Rope Street. The Black Church is the largest Gothic church in Romania, and its imposing presence dominates the skyline of Brasov.
After the walking tour, you’ll have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure in Brasov. You can explore the many shops, cafes, and restaurants in the pedestrian area of the Old Town or take a stroll in the nearby park.
In the evening, an optional dinner in a nearby village can be arranged if you wish to experience the local cuisine and drinks.
***An optional dinner in a nearby village can be arranged.

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Day 19: Trekking Sinca Secular Forest (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with Picnic Lunch (Active Day) – Wildness Bear Observatory

We will start by trekking through the stunning Sinca Secular Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts rare flora and fauna. Our forestry guide will help us navigate the forest and admire its monumental trees, including the tallest fir tree in Romania, standing tall at 63 meters. For those who prefer a more relaxed day, you can choose to opt-out of the trekking activity. We will take a break for a picnic lunch in the heart of the forest, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Later, we will visit a Wildness Bear Observatory, where you will have the unique opportunity to see brown bears in their natural environment. With around a 90% chance of seeing these magnificent animals, you may observe large males or mothers playing with their cubs. The observatory is also home to other wildlife, such as boar, roe, and red deer, as well as game birds. Take in the magnificent views of the natural habitat of these majestic animals.
In the late evening, we will return to Brasov, where you will have free time to explore the charming pedestrian area of the Old Town with its many restaurants and outdoor cafes.

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Day 20: Peles Castle – Bucharest

On the final day of your Romanian Odyssey, we will visit the breathtaking Peles Castle, a stunning example of Neo-Renaissance architecture that served as the summer residence of the Romanian royal family. As we tour the castle’s opulent rooms, you’ll be transported back in time to a world of grandeur and luxury. You’ll marvel at the intricate carvings, impressive art collections, and lavish furnishings that adorn the castle’s interior, and you’ll enjoy strolling through the beautifully manicured gardens that surround it.
After our visit to Peles Castle, we’ll take a brief orientation tour of the charming resort town of Sinaia, where you’ll have the opportunity to see the famous Casino building and enjoy panoramic views of the town and the surrounding mountains.
Finally, we’ll transfer you to your hotel or the airport in Bucharest, where you’ll say goodbye to your guide and reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had during your Romanian Odyssey. Whether you’re heading home or extending your stay in Bucharest, we’re confident that the memories you’ve made during your journey through Romania will stay with you for a lifetime. And remember, our tour is fully customizable, so if there’s anything else you’d like to see or do in Romania, just let us know!
NOTE: The tour is further customizable.

Romanian Odyssey 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.

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.
Rock sculpture of Decebalus Iron Gates by Holiday to Romania
Ceausescu Residence by Holiday to Romania
Danube Delta Private Cruise by Holiday to Romania
Moldovita Painted Monastery by Holiday to Romania
Humor Painted Monastery by Holiday to Romania
Surdesti Wooden Church by Holiday to Romania
Ieud Wooden Church by Holiday to Romania
Traditional Whirlpool in Maramures by Holiday to Romania
Maramures Folklore Show by Holiday to Romania
Smoked Bacon and Cheese Sampling by Holiday to Romania
Private Danube Cruise by Holiday to Romania
Bran Castle by Holiday to Romania
John of Hunedoara by Holiday to Romania
Saschiz Saxon Village by Holiday to Romania
Saschiz Fortified Church by Holiday to Romania
Clock Tower and Main Sqare Sighisoara by Holiday to Romania
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
Maria G.
March 2, 2018

Amazing nature and landscapes, a lot of castles, monasteries and cultural sites to visit. Some of them UNESCO Heritage. I strongly suggest a visit to Biertan and to Sighisoara centre to all those who love Middle Ages!

Riga M.
April 25, 2018

We just returned from a ten day trip covering parts of Transylvania, Moldova and Walachia.
Romania has a large variety of enchanting sites and places. Fantastic scenery, lovely old towns, rural and city delights and, of course, castles.. Our plans were made with Holiday to Romania and everything from A to Z worked out beautifully. Our guide, Daniel, was the best ever. Knowledgeable, helpful, flexible and excellent driver. Dan, the managing partner of the Travel Agency, laid out the trip so we would see as much as possible. We had special requests which Daniel met with enthusiasm. Absolutely great trip. Recommend Holiday to Romania when you plan to visit this lovely country.

Darius K.
April 25, 2018

My mom wanted to see the country of her birth before it became too difficult for her to travel. We made it into a family trip for 7 of us and had a great time. Dan, the driver and guide was very patient with my wheelchair bound mom and the rest of us. We were provided a very detailed 1st class general tour of Romania hitting all the major sites with plenty of time to enjoy them. There was a lot of driving in a comfortable minivan but every destination was deserving. Accommodations were charming, traditional, and in great locations. The food was outstanding at the recommended restaurants. We will come again and use this company for other travels in Romania.

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