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6-Day Romania Tour: Transylvania & Bukovina

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This journey through the historical Romanian regions of Moldova and Bukovina opens a window into Romanian culture, spirituality and history. Here there are picturesque villages and some of the most iconic monasteries in Romania, sacred places of spirituality, faith and touching beauty.

The beauty of nature is impressive everywhere in Romania. This itinerary will take you across the Carpathian Mountains and the eastern part of Transylvania, and further north across the rolling hills of Moldova, to the historical Bucovina.

Transylvania, Bukovina, MoldovaHighlights

Peles Castle – essential Romanian landmark, emblematic of the Romanian royalty, regarded as one of the most beautiful 19th century European royal residences
Bran Castle – famous due to its links with Count Dracula’s story, but fascinating for what it truly is, a genuine feudal castle, testimony of the turbulent history of the region
Brasov – founded by the Saxon settlers in the 13th century, it was a very prosperous trade and cultural center throughout medieval ages and the Old Town preserves much of the atmosphere and charms of bygone era
The stunning Painted Monasteries of Bukovina – masterpieces of mural painting considered of ‘outstanding universal value’. Eight of them are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the monasteries of Voronet, Humor, Moldovita and Sucevita all part of the tour.
Jewish Heritage – visit of the wooden synagogue of Piatra Neamt, dating 1766, unique in Romania and Europe, and the beautiful Old Synagogue in Falticeni

Scroll down the page for full program and description of the tour!

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Tour Information

Duration 6 days (5 nights)

Price estimate 1720 EUR/tour/1-2 people 

Activity level this is a moderately intensive tour; please consider that visit of Bran castle requires climbing quite a number of stairs

What is included
– your guide & driver fee
– transportation by 2017 Volkswagen Golf, air conditioned
– all parking fees and fuel

What is extra
– traveler accommodation (5 nights)

– meals of your choice are not included; consider around 18 EUR/person a two-course meal with drink to a traditional local restaurant.
– the entry fees to objectives (around 40 Eur/person)
– photo fees to objectives or any personal expenses (souvenirs etc)

Meeting location at your hotel or other agreed-upon location

 

Program and details

Day 1 Bucharest – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov (total driving distance 216 km)

Set off from Bucharest, heading north towards the Carpathian Mountains. Arrival in Sinaia, popular mountain resort two hours drive north of Bucharest. Visit Peles Castle and admire the interiors and the exceptional collections of decorative art. After visit, we may enjoy a refreshing drink at the terrace cafe overlooking the castle and surrounding scenery. Then we resume our journey crossing the Carpathian Mountains into Transylvania to Bran village area. After lunch, visit of Bran Castle, explore the intricate complex of rooms and passageways and learn the true story of Dracula, prince and local hero. Later we continue toward Brasov, check in at hotel and evening at leisure. 

Day 2 Brasov – Viscri – Sighisoara (total driving distance 145 km)

After breakfast, tour of the historical center of Brasov before setting out to Sighisoara, on a journey through the plains and gentle hills of Southern Transylvania. Step back in time in the secluded village of Viscri, a village preserved intact, providing a rare image of an older Europe. Prince Charles, a regular guest in Viscri, bought and restored one of the old houses. Visit the Fortified Church of Viscri, one of the most beautiful of this type in Transylvania. Arrival in Sighisoara, hotel check-in followed by a tour of the citadel town. Enjoy the atmosphere of the narrow cobbled streets lined with centuries-old buildings. Climb the steps of the Clock Tower for views over the city and surrounding area. Overnight in Sighisoara.

Day 3 Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Bistrita – Borgo Pass – Gura Humorului (total driving distance 305 km)

Today we travel North toward Bukovina, with stopovers in the cities of Targu Mures (major city of Hungarian culture in Transylvania; stroll around the Roses’s Square, the city’s beautiful central square, and admire some stunning landmarks) and Bistrita (climb the tower of the iconic Evangelical Church in Bistrita for panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscape). Further, we cross the Carpathian Mountains into Bukovina, following the scenic route of Borgo Pass, where Bram Stoker placed the castle of his Count Dracula. We will stop at Hotel Castel Dracula to greet the Count (if you dare:) and enjoy a drink on the terrace. We continue our journey crossing the picturesque Poiana Stampei village area. Arrival in Gura Humorului where we spend the night.

Day 4 Bukovina: Humor, Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita (round trip 150 km)

We are in Bukovina, land of the splendid Painted Churches with external mural paintings. Particularly well preserved, these churches are masterpieces of mural painting considered of ‘outstanding universal value’ (eight of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Visit the monasteries of Humor, Voronet, Moldovita and Sucevita

In Bukovina everything is colorful, from the folk costumes, the painted eggs (a local tradition), to houses and churches. If time allows, visit of the interesting Wood Art Museum in the town of Campulung Moldovenesc, presenting the true civilization of wood of Bukovina. 

Day 5 Gura Humorului – Neamt Monastery – Agapia Monastery – Piatra Neamt (total driving distance 150 km)

Today our journey through the Moldavian world of spiritual and cultural treasures  continue with the visit of Neamț Monastery, one of the oldest in Romania and a jewel of Moldavian art. The region of Neamt is known for the high density of monastic settlements, oasis of beauty and serenity. The monasteries of Agapia and Varatec are famous for their carpet workshops and the craft of weaving. At Agapia monastery we have the rare occasion to learn about the monastic life by visiting a unique museum. Overnight in Piatra Neamț.

Day 6 Piatra Neamt – Buzau – Bucuresti (total driving distance 350 km)

Return to Bucharest. En route, we cross the traditional wine growing region of Vrancea, and won’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the local wineries. Learn about the wine growing tradition, visit the winery and have a wine tasting. Later, we stop in the town of Buzau, to visit the rich local farmer market, have lunch and buy the famous ‘pretzels of Buzau’.