7-Day Romania Private Tour: Transylvania & Maramures
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 — a 13th century Saxon settlement, major city and important cultural center in Transylvania.
Viscri — old Saxon settlement in southern Transylvania, providing a rare image of old Europe. Both the village and its fortified Church are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Sighisoara — amazing fortress city in Eastern Europe. Its historic center is listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being an ‘outstanding testimony to the culture of the Transylvanian Saxons’.
The Wooden Churches of Maramures —
The Merry Cemetery —
Turda Salt Mine — ranked in the top of 25 amazing, unknown places to visit in the world by Business Insider Magazine
Sibiu — considered by Forbes the 8th most idyllic place to live in Europe – European Capital of Culture in 2007
Scroll down the page for full program and description of the tour!
Duration 7 days (6 nights)
Price 2310 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
– guide/driver fee
– transportation by personal car, a 2014 Volkswagen Golf, fully insured, air conditioned
– all parking fees and fuel
– accommodation at good, centrally located 3 stars-4 stars hotels
What is extra
– meals of your choice are not included (except the breakfast which is included in the room rate). 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
Day 1 Bucharest – Sinaia (Peles Castle) – Bran (Bran Castle) – Moieciu (190 km drive)
Set off to the north, toward Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania. First stop in Sinaia, elegant mountain resort. Visit Peles Castle in Sinaia, former summer residence of the Romanian royals considered one of the most beautiful 19th century princely palaces in the world and essential Romanian landmark. We will have lunch to a fine local restaurant in the area before crossing the mountains into Transylvania to Bran area. Then we continue to Bran and visit Bran Castle, famous due to the links with the story of Dracula but beautiful and important in itself, a well preserved 14th century feudal citadel. Learn about the true Vlad Dracula, Prince of Wallachia, who was the inspiration behind Count Dracula character.
We spend the night to a local guesthouse in the mountain village of Fundata, located at the highest altitude in Romania, in an area with farms, hay meadows and pastures considered one of the most picturesque in the country.
Day 2 Moieciu – Rasnov Citadel – Brasov – Viscri – Cloasterf (overnight at rural guesthouse in Cloasterf village) (170 km drive)
In the morning, visit of Rasnov Citadel, one of the most important and representative medieval peasant citadels in Transylvania. The stupendous citadel boasts defensive towers, bastions, some of the original houses and provides panoramic views over the entire surrounding area. Next we continue to Brasov, a city founded in the 13th century by the Transylvanian Saxons. We visit the historical town, enjoying the atmosphere of a medieval burg, and have lunch in Brasov. From Brasov we continue through the plains and gentle hills of Southern Transylvania. This is the Saxon region of Transylvania, known for the walled towns, traditional villages, the Fortified Churches (several of them UNESCO sites) and for providing a rare image of an older Europe. We take a detour to see the secluded village of Viscri, which is like taking a step back in time. The century old houses, cobbled streets and surrounding farmed land and meadows, all make up an unspoilt historical landscape. Prince Charles bought himself a vacation house in Viscri, having been a regular visitor since his first visit in 1998. Visit of the Fortified Church in Viscri. Both the village and the church are UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE sites. Spend the night to a farm-guesthouse in the nearby village of Cloasterf. We will have home-cooked meal with locally grown food.
Day 3 Crit – Sighisoara – Villa Vinea Winery – Targu Mures – Bistrita – Valea Izei – Glod village (approx. 280 km drive)
After breakfast, set out to visit the citadel-town of Sighisoara, one of the last inhabited medieval towns in Eastern Europe, a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site. Most of the original towers of the city are still preserved. The landmark of the city is the imposing Clock Tower. From Sighisoara we take a short detour on a picturesque route to visit Villa Vinea winery (wine tasting). The area, known as Tarnave area, has one of the oldest winemaking traditions in Transylvania. Then we resume our tour to the north. Lunch break in Targu Mures, important city and cultural center of Transylvania, half Romanian-half Hungarian. We have a short walk around the city’s central square, the beautiful Roses Square, where some emblematic landmarks are located. Then, continue further north with a short stopover in the little town of Bistrita. In late afternoon, we reach the region of Maramures. Accommodation at local guesthouse in Glod Village.
Day 4 Poienile Izei – Barsana – Sapanta (The Merry Cemetery) – Valea Marei (120 km drive)
We spend the entire day in the region of Maramures, northern Romania, known for the folk traditions, beautiful costumes and a true ‘wood civilization’. We will visit some of the most beautiful wooden churches in Maramures and the famous Merry Cemetery at Sapanta. Main highlights: Barsana Church (UNESCO Heritage), Valea Marei area, Desesti Church (UNESCO Heritage), Sapanta (the famous Merry Cemetery) the scenic Valea Cosaului area (Budesti village and its church, a UNESCO Heritage, Sarbi village, Calinesti village). Overnight accommodation at rural guesthouse in Desesti village.
Day 5 Breb – Baia Mare – Turda – Sibiu (360 km drive)
Today we leave Maramures, not before visiting one of the churches in the morning to see locals attending the Sunday service, dressed up in their best clothes. Then we set out traveling through the picturesque Gutai Pass, and then further south to Sibiu. Along the way, stop for short visits/coffee breaks in the town of Baia Mare and the little town of Turda. Baia Mare used to be in medieval times a prosperous gold-mining town. Turda has a quite spectacular salt mine. Evening arrival and accommodation at villa in the historical center of Sibiu.
Day 6 Sibiu – Bucuresti (275 km drive)
Spend the morning in the medieval Saxon town of Sibiu, regarded as one of the most beautiful and best preserved cities in Romania and Europe as well as one of the most important cultural centers. Sibiu was designated European Capital of Culture in 2007. Enjoy its vaulted passageways, cobblestone streets, baroque facades, the cafés and the lively atmosphere. Main highlights: Piata Mare (Grand Square), Turnul Sfatului (Council Tower), Brukenthal Museum, Piata Mica (the Small Square), the Evangelical Church, the Goldsmiths’ Passage. In the afternoon, return to Bucharest via the scenic Olt River Valley. En route, stopover at the iconic Cozia Monastery.