Highlights of Romania

Start: Cluj Napoca Finish: Bucharest

Visiting: Cluj-Napoca, Maramures, Maramureș County, Bârsana Monastery, Sighișoara, Transylvania, Viscri, Sâmbăta de Sus Monastery, Brașov, Râșnov, Bucharest, Bran, Brasov


Duration: 9 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 16

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $2055

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Tour Overview

This tour starts in the vibrant city of Cluj Napoca in Northern Romania. Head north to the Maramures region where century-old traditions are still part of daily life and wooden churches are scattered throughout the landscape. After exploring the North we start our journey down South discovering the fascinating towns and villages in Transylvania, including the UNESCO towns of Sighisoara, Sibiu, Viscri. The tour ends in Romania's capital city, Bucharest. During this trip, you will be immersed in Romanian life, experience traditional food, and meet local craftsmen.

Highlights

  • iconDiscover the beautiful landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains
  • iconExperience local life in Romanian villages and visit craftsmen
  • iconMedieval heritage; visit UNESCO sites of Sighisoara, Sibiu, Viscri

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : *Start Cluj Napoca.*

Location: Cluj-Napoca

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

The trip starts in Cluj Napoca. Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and transferred to the start hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will have time to explore one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Romania. During the dualist Austro-Hungarian period Cluj experienced significant urban development, benefiting greatly from western influences. This is visible in the architecture of the city, making it very different from Bucharest. /Standard hotel/

icon Day 2 : *Travel north to the Maramures region.*

Location: Maramures

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we leave Cluj behind and make our way towards Maramures. The woodwork in this region is a result of a secular tradition passed down from generation to generation. Today we stop for lunch at a trout-farm at the foot of Gutin Mountains, the “old guardians” of Maramures. In the afternoon we visit centuries‑old, UNESCO-listed wooden churches. This evening we stay in the rural village of Botiza at a local guesthouse. Before we dine, we’ll have a weaving demonstration from one of the locals. You may notice a few recurrent symbols, such as the rope of life, the sun, vegetal motifs, and folk dances. All have are deeply symbolic for the villagers, representing daily chores, religion, ancestral beliefs, and even death. / /

icon Day 3 : *Visit the ancient capital of and Barsana Monastery.*

Location: Maramureș County, Bârsana Monastery

Accommodation: Local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We continue discovering the Maramures region. We start with “the Memorial of the Communism victims” in the ancient capital of Maramures; Sighetu Marmatiei. We will visit a museum situated in the former political prison, which will give you a sad testimony of the Romanian dark years. This afternoon we visit the incredible Barsana Monastery, a convent set up in the 1990s, it is one of the greatest masterpieces of Maramures crafts. We conclude today by paying a visit to a renowned craftsman, famous for his woodwork. /Local guesthouse/

icon Day 4 : *Visit the medieval town of Sighisoara.*

Location: Sighișoara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we leave Maramures to explore new regions in Romania. We head south for Sighisoara. This medieval citadel, one of the best-preserved in Europe, will give you the feeling of travelling back in time, as you walk through the narrow cobbled streets. This fortified town is characterized by the presence of towers that were formerly managed by the congregations of artisans. The Tailor’s tower is a real wonder of the medieval architecture. /Standard hotel /

icon Day 5 : *Discover Transylvania; overnight in Sibiu.*

Location: Transylvania

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we drive into the heart of Transylvania with its fortified churches. From the top of the towers, you will have beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and colourful traditional houses. We will drive through Biertan, famous for its double-wall fortification, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lunch will be taken at a local family-owned restaurant. In the evening we will arrive in Sibiu, the most beautiful city in Transylvania. A medieval city outstandingly well preserved and restored, it was elected the European capital of the culture in 2007, due to its unique architectural style and atmosphere. /Standard hotel/

icon Day 6 : *Drive to Viscri via Sambata de Sus monastery.*

Location: Viscri, Sâmbăta de Sus Monastery

Accommodation: guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We continue driving through the highest mountains in Romania, the Fagaras Mountains. On our way we will visit the impressive ruins of a 12th-century Franciscan monastery in Carta, then stop at Sambata de Sus, the only monastery in Transylvania built in a Walachian style. Here, we will have lunch at a traditional guesthouse. This afternoon we will continue to the Valtori complex in the village of Lisa, a wool processing workshop powered by hydraulic energy; a technique passed down for generations. In the evening we arrive in the secluded village of Viscri. Our last activity of the day is visiting the tiny charming fortified church of Viscri, which is definitely one of the Transylvanian "pearls". This church was restored with the help of Prince’s Charles Foundation.  L/ocal guesthouse/

icon Day 7 : *Walk through Viscri; Continue to Brasov.*

Location: Viscri, Brașov

Accommodation: Local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, we’ll have a walk through the village, visiting two craftsmen along the way: the brick-maker and the blacksmith. Besides assisting the needs of the villages, they also have contributed to the restoration of the village. Leaving Viscri, we go to Brasov. This city (Kronstadt in German) was founded in the 13th century when the Teutonic Knights were sent here by the order of Andrew II of Hungary to fortify the border. The city has a rich Saxon, Hungarian and Romanian heritage, manifested in a lot of sights worth visiting; The White and the Black Towers, the Black Church, the Council House, St. Nicholas Church, the first Romanian school, narrow streets and colored houses, all very well preserved within the old city walls and towers. This evening we stay in the small village called Vulcan, we will enjoy dinner at the local Saxon church where we will also spend the night. /Local guesthouse/

icon Day 8 : *Explore Dracula’s castle; continue to Rasnov.*

Location: Râșnov

Accommodation: Local guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we visit Bran Castle, better known as “Dracula’s Castle”. For many years the castle was home to Queen Marie of Romania, Queen Victoria of England’s granddaughter. We will have lunch at a mountain guesthouse which is at the foot of the Carpathians, delicious traditional dishes will be waiting for us. We continue driving to Rasnov, a citadel built in the 13th century in order to protect Transylvania from the Turkish attacks. It is built on the top of a hill and offers an impressive overall view on the surroundings. We’ll end the day with a great dinner and a campfire. /Optional: Those interested can do bear watching with specialised guides in bear hides. Available upon request at a separate cost./ /Local guesthouse/

icon Day 9 : *Arrive in Bucharest stopping at Peles Castle en route. *

Location: Bucharest

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we head to Romania’s capital, Bucharest. On our way, we will stop and visit the exterior of Peles Castle, the former residence of the Romanian Royals, and one of the most beautiful architectural examples.  We then continue our drive to discover the Romanian capital. Sometimes known as “the Eastern Paris” with a mix of 18th and 19th-century buildings, socialist "blocks", and modern buildings. We will have the opportunity to visit the gigantic Palace of Parliament, the second biggest building in the world. This evening we say goodbye to our local guide. /Standard hotel/

icon Day 10 : *Ends Bucharest.*

Location: Bucharest

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, the rest of the day is free (depending on your flight time). Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport.

What's Included

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    Tour leader throughout 

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    All accommodation 

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    Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)

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    All breakfasts and 4 picnic lunches and 5 dinners 

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    All transport

What's Not Included

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Travel insurance 

Food

All breakfasts, 4 light lunches and 5 dinners included. Romanian cuisine has strong influences from its surrounding countries like Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. We get to indulge in some fantastic home-cooked meals on this trip as we spend most nights staying with local families and in guesthouses. Breakfasts will consist of homemade bread and cheeses as well as a selection of locally sourced meats, salad and tea or coffee. The light lunches are prepared by guesthouses. Some days we will have traditional vegetable soup for lunch with homemade crème fraiche and bread. Dinners are usually 2 or 3 courses, centred around pork or beef. Lots of guesthouses will prepare Sarmale cu Mamaliguta which is a traditional Romanian dish made of minced pork wrapped in pickled cabbage leaves and served with polenta and a chilli. It’s not all about the food though; every household makes their own Tuica (pronounced “tsweeka”) which is a spirit usually made from plums and flavoured with herbs from their garden or the surrounding area. This is usually drunk whilst being welcomed into the house and after dinner.

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