Shared tours from Bucharest

Two Castles in One Day - small group shared tour (no more than 16 people!)

Departure Hour: 08:00 am (please be at the meeting point with around 10 minutes before Departure Hour)
Meeting point in Bucharest: Romanian Athenaeum (1-3 Franklin St., Sector 1, Bucharest, Revolution Square - in front of the little garden)
Return time: aprox. 08:00 -08:30 pm
Returning point: Romanian Athenaeum (1-3 Franklin St., Sector 1, Bucharest, Revolution Square)
Language: English

Our tours are not available on the following dates: 3 Dec 2017, 24-26 Dec 2017, 31 Dec 2017, 1-2 Jan 2018

Price: 80 Euro/adult, 45 Euro for children 7 - 12 years old

Special offer:

  • Book online for 3 adults and get 5% discount
  • Book online for 4 adults (or more) and get 8% discount

* Same discounts apply for the Shared Half Day Bucharest City Tour.

Description:

This is a small group full day tour from Bucharest to Transylvania on a very picturesque route through Carpathian Mountains allowing you to discover two of the most beautiful Romanian castles.

You will meet the tour guide and the other members of the group at the meeting point mentioned above and, at 08:00 am, you will leave Bucharest and head to Transylvania.

On the way, you will stop in Sinaia mountain resort to visit Sinaia castle, known as Peles royal castle. 

Erected between 1873 and 1914, the monument has been the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family and it is the most visited museum in Romania.

Bran Castle (14th century) has been serving for ages as a military fortress controlling the entry route to Transylvania and it is nowadays frequently associated with Dracula"s myth.

On our way back, we will stop for a short walk in Brasov downtown, just to show you how a typical Transylvanian old city looked like, and to admire the most important sites of this beautiful city: The Council Square, The Council Tower, The Black Church (view from outside), The Rope Street, The White and Black Towers, The Schei Gate.

Operating days:

  • Daily (Peles Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesday during the winter season - from Sep 15 to May 15 - and on Mondays during the summer season - from May 15 to Sep 15. During these days Rasnov citadel will be visited instead). Rasnov castle is an impressive medieval construction, perched on the top of the mountains, highly appreciated by its visitors. It is the best preserved medieval fortress in Romania. 

Important:

  • This tour can be booked online until 5 pm Romanian time (Eastern Europe time: UTC + 2 hours) the day before the tour. If you want to book it after 5 pm for tomorrow, please call us.
  • This tour is not suitable for families with children under 7. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case.
  • This tour is not suitable for people with walking (stairs climbing) disabilities. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case.
  • Between 15 September and 15 May, Peles castle is open from Wednesday to Sunday only. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Rasnov citadel will be visited instead. 
  • Between 15 May and  15 September, Peles castle is open from Tuesday to Sunday only. On Mondays, Rasnov Citadel will be visited instead.
  • Between 2 November and 1 December, Peles Castle is closed for cleaning. During this period, you will be able to visit his smaller replica - Pelisor Castle.
  • During the official holidays and weekends the traffic to the mountain area might be busier than usual so the return could be later than scheduled (around 9 -10pm).

Itinerary & visits:

  • Bucharest - Sinaia: Visit Peles Royal Castle in Sinaia - General Exhibition standard tour 45 minutes (on Mondays and Tuesdays during the winter season you will visit Rasnov Citadel in Rasnov)
  • Sinaia - Bran: Visit Bran Castle (also known as Dracula"s Castle)
  • Bran - Brasov: Walking tour of Brasov downtown central square
  • Brasov - Bucharest

* During the summer time (May-September), the second stop will be in Brasov and the last one will be in Bran.

Included:

  • Transportation by minibus/bus
  • English speaking guide services
  • Entrance fees at both castles (except for the Halloween on 31st of October when you have to pay an additional fee of 8 Euro per person to visit Bran castle)

Not Included:

  • Lunch (there will be a stop for lunch and you can eat together with the group or by yourselves)

Hotel pick-up/drop-off (within Bucharest):

  • The extra fee for hotel pick-up/drop-off is 20 Euro/standard car (1-3 persons), 30 Euro/minibus (4-8 persons), 50 Euro/minibus (9-11 persons) and the pick-up time is 07:30 am. During the booking process you can choose this extra service. 
  • The following hotels are located within walking distance from the departure point and there is no need for a hotel pick-up: Hilton Athenee Palace, Radisson Blu, Mercure, Berthelot, Amzei, Novotel, Grand Hotel Continental, Ramada Majestic, Capitol, Capsa, Opera.
  • Please note that the cost of taxi in Bucharest is not so high and it could be more convenient for you to take a taxi to the departure point. You can ask the reception of your hotel to order an official taxi for you. Just tell the driver to take you to the Athenaeum ("Ateneu" in Romanian) in front of Hilton Hotel.

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Important!TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice
and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

 

The Real Dracula Tour - small group shared tour (no more than 16 people!)

Operating days: Tuesday - Sunday
Starting time: 08:00 am
Return time: around 07:00 pm
Meeting point: Romanian Athenaeum (1-3 Franklin St., Sector 1, Bucharest, Revolution Square - in front of the little garden)
Language: English 

Our tours are not available on the following dates: 3 Dec 2017, 24-26 Dec 2017, 31 Dec 2017, 1-2 Jan 2018

Price: 79 EURO/adult, 39 Euro for children 7 - 12 years old

Special offer:

  • Book online for 3 adults and get 5% discount
  • Book online for 4 adults (or more) and get 8% discount

Description

This is a small group full day tour from Bucharest to Targoviste, Poienari Citadel and Curtea de Arges.

The first stop will be in Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia under Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) to visit the former Princely Court and Chindia Tower, nowadays a symbol of the city.

Then, we go to Curtea de Arges to visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in South Romania. Beyond the impressive and unique architectural style, the monastery boasts an interesting legend about the builder of the church and all he had to do so he could, eventually, finish the work.

Poenari Citadel is the next visit for which you will have to climb 1480 steps for about 20-30 minutes on a trek of aprox 1 km. Prepare to admire a remarkable scenery over the mountains and the hear the tumultuous story of Vlad the Impaler, one of the most intriguing figures in our history.

Before getting back to Bucharest, you will stop at Vidraru Lake, an important construction from the communist period, placed next to the famous Transfagarasan Road, named by Top Gear as “the most beautiful road in the world”.

The tour ends after returning to Bucharest.

Important

  • At this moment, this tour can be booked online for minimum 2 people. If you are traveling alone, please contact us by telephone or email. At this moment we can confirm imediately the booking for single travelers on the following dates: 16 April 2017.
  • This tour is not suitable for families with children under 7. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case.
  • Those who cannot climb the steps to reach Poenari Fortress, can wait for the group at the base of the hill.

Included

  • Transport by car/minibus
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees

Not included

  • Lunch (around 50 RON/person) – there will be a stop on the way to eat either together or separately, but we will avoid the tourist “traps”.

Itinerary

  • Bucharest – Targoviste – Curtea de Arges – Poienari - Vidraru – Bucharest (around 420 km)

Hotel pick-up/drop-off (within Bucharest):

  • The extra fee for hotel pick-up/drop-off is 20 Euro/standard car (1-3 persons), 30 Euro/minibus (4-8 persons), 50 Euro/minibus (9-11 persons) and the pick-up time is 07:30 am. During the booking process you can choose this extra service. 
  • The following hotels are located within walking distance from the departure point and there is no need for a hotel pick-up: Hilton Athenee Palace, Radisson Blu, Berthelot, Amzei, Novotel, Grand Hotel Continental, Ramada Majestic, Capitol, Capsa, Opera.
  • Please note that the cost of taxi in Bucharest is not so high and it could be more convenient for you to take a taxi to the departure point. You can ask the reception of your hotel to order a taxi for you. Just tell the driver to take you to the Athenaeum ("Ateneu" in Romanian) in front of Hilton Hotel.

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Experience Bulgaria - small group shared tour (no more than 16 people!)

Operating days: Daily
Start time: 08:00 am
Return time: around 08:00 pm
Start/Return point: Romanian Athenaeum (1-3 Franklin St., Sector 1, Bucharest, Revolution Square - in front of the little garden)
Languages: English 

Our tours are not available on the following dates: 3 Dec 2017, 24-26 Dec 2017, 31 Dec 2017, 1-2 Jan 2018

Price: 89 EURO/adult, 45 Euro for children 7 - 12 years old

Special offer:

  • Book online for 3 adults and get 5% discount
  • Book online for 4 adults or more and get 8% discount

Description

This is a small group full day tour from Bucharest to North Bulgaria.

After one hour driving from Bucharest you will cross the border to Bulgaria over Danube river, the second largest river in Europe and then stop at Ivanovo to visit Ivanovo Churches (UNESCO heritage since 1979). Located in the Valley of the Rusenski Lom River, the rock-hewn churches are famous thanks to their impressive XIII-XIVth century frescos.

The second stop will be in Veliko Tarnovo, one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria, located on the banks of Yantra River. Also known as the City of Tsars, Veliko boasts an impressive fortress with the ruins of the former Tsarevets Palace and the patriarchal church, nowdays with modern and intriguing paintings. The medieval atmosphere is well kept in the city thanks to the old architecture and the narrow streets where you can admire local craftsmen and their work.

There are plety of good restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo and we will choose one to enjoy the tasty Bulgarian food together with one of their fine wines.

The Village of Arbanassi is the next place you will visit, being located very close to the city. Arbanassi is a quiet and picturesque village which even today keeps the medieval touch through the old architecture.

The tour ends after returning to Bucharest.

Important

  • At this moment, this tour can be booked online for minimum 2 people. If you are traveling alone, please contact us by telephone or email. At this moment we can confirm imediately the booking for single travelers on the following dates: 21 April 2017.
  • This tour is not suitable for families with children under 7. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case.
  • This tour is not suitable for people with walking (stairs climbing) disabilities. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case.
  • Ivanovo churches are closed between the 1st of December and 31st of March. During this period, you will be able to visit the Roman ruins from Nicopolis Ad Istrum or the Basarbovski Rock Monastery.
  • By taking this tour, please remember that you are leaving Romania and entering Bulgaria. Please ensure that your Visa requirements are in order and it is essential that you carry your passport (or ID card for citizens of EU states). We are not responsible if you cannot enter Bulgaria and, in this case, you will pay for your own transfer from the border back to Bucharest.
  • Starting with July 2015 until September 2016, rehabilitation works will take place at the bridge crossing over Danube river and connecting Romania to Bulgaria. Because of this works,  it is possible to wait longer to cross the border between both countries.

Included

  • Transport by car/minibus
  • English speaking travel assistant
  • Entrance fees

Not included

  • Lunch (around 20 Leva/person) – there will be a stop on the way to eat either together or separately, but we will avoid the tourist “traps”.

Hotel pick-up/drop-off (within Bucharest):

  • The extra fee for hotel pick-up/drop-off is 20 Euro/standard car (1-3 persons), 30 Euro/minibus (4-8 persons), 50 Euro/minibus (9-11 persons) and the pick-up time is 07:30 am. During the booking process you can choose this extra service. 
  • The following hotels are located within walking distance from the departure point and there is no need for a hotel pick-up: Hilton Athenee Palace, Radisson Blu, Berthelot, Amzei, Novotel, Mercure, Grand Hotel Continental, Ramada Majestic, Capitol, Capsa, Opera.
  • Please note that the cost of taxi in Bucharest is not so high and it could be more convenient for you to take a taxi to the departure point. You can ask the reception of your hotel to order a taxi for you. Just tell the driver to take you to the Athenaeum ("Ateneu" in Romanian) in front of Hilton Hotel.

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and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

 

Transylvania Break - 2 days - small group shared tour (no more than 16 people!)

Operating days: Tuesday - Sunday
Starting time: 08:00 am in the first day
Return time: around 06:00 pm in the second day
Departure/Return point: pick-up/drop-off from/at your hotel
Language: English 

Our tours are not available on the following dates: 16-17 Apr 2017, 3 Dec 2017, 24-26 Dec 2017, 31 Dec 2017, 1-2 Jan 2018

Price: 199 EURO/adult, 149 EURO/child (8 to 12 years old)

Single supplement: 30 EURO/person (mandatory for single travellers)

Special offer:

  • Book online for 3 adults and get 5% discount
  • Book online for 4 adults or more and get 8% discount

Description

If you are traveling to Bucharest and if you have just a limited time to discover Romania, this tour is the perfect way to visit some of the most interesting sites including the south part of the magnificent region of Transylvania.

In the first day you will see Peles Castle – the former residence of the Romanian Royal Family and a masterpiece of the German Neo-Renaissance style and the city of Brasov. The second day is dedicated to the citadel of Sighisoara and the famous Bran Castle.

Important

  • This is a shared tour, so you will join a small-group (never more than 16 people), but, if you want, you can book a private trip with the same itinerary here.
  • At this moment, this tour can be booked online for minimum 2 people. If you are traveling alone, please contact us by telephone or email. We can confirm immediately the booking for single travelers on the following dates in 2017: July 4, 7, 9, 11, 22, 30; August 4, 6, 8; September 3, 22; October 7, 17, 20.
  • This tour is not suitable for families with children under 7. We strongly recommend to book a private tour (with the same itinerary) in this case. At this moment, you cannot book online if you travel with children 8 to 12 years old. Please call or send us an email in this case.
  • If you are travelling alone, it is mandatory to book a single room (normal price + single supplement)
  • We will book the hotel as soon as you book the tour so the sooner you book the tour, the higher the chances to book a good hotel (based on our previous experience, location, services).
  • 3* is a good standard for hotels in Sighisoara and we did not have complaints. However, if you want to book a 4* or 5* hotel for this trip, we recommend to book the private tour.
  • The following types of rooms are available: Single = Room for single use, Double = Room with one double/matrimonial bed, Twin = Room with two individual beds (you will be able to chose the type of room in the next step of the online booking).
  • Please note that the Clock Tower/History Museum in Sighisoara is closed on Mondays, so please take this info into consideration when you make the booking for this tour, as Sighisoara will be visited on Day 2 of the trip.
  • Between 16 September and 15 May, Peles castle is open from Wednesday to Sunday only. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni or Rasnov Citadel will be visited instead.
  • Between 2 November and 1 December, Peles Castle is closed for cleaning. During this period, you will be able to visit his smaller replica - Pelisor Castle.

Included

  • Transport by car/minibus
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees (Peles Royal Castle in Sinaia - General Exhibition standard tour 45 minutes, Bran Castle in Bran - General Exhibition, The Clock Tower in Sighisoara)
  • 1 night accommodation in double room with breakfast included in a 3* hotel in Sighisoara

Not included

  • Meals (other than the breakfast) – there will be stops on the way to eat either together or separately, but we will avoid the tourist “traps”.

Itinerary

  • Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Sighisoara - Bran – Bucharest (around 640 km)

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Treasures of Romania Tour
(9 days)

Type of tour: shared, cultural
Language: English (other languages on request)
Accommodation: 4-star hotels and B&Bs
Departures/Operating periods:

Departure dates (2017):

  • 18 Mar 2017 - 26 Mar 2017
  • 1 Apr 2017 - 9 Apr 2017
  • 6 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
  • 20 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
  • 10 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
  • 17 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
  • 1 Jul 2017 - 9 Jul 2017
  • 15 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017
  • 5 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
  • 19 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
  • 2 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
  • 7 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
  • 4 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017

Departure dates (2018):

  • 17 March 2018 – 25 March 2018
  • 14 April 2018 – 22 April 2018
  • 5 May 2018 – 13 May 2018
  • 19 May 2018 – 27 May 2018
  • 2 June 2018 – 10 June 2018
  • 16 June 2018 – 24 June 2018
  • 30 June 2018 – 8 July 2018
  • 14 July 2018 – 22 July 2018
  • 4 August 2018 – 12 August 2018
  • 18 August 2018 – 26 August 2018
  • 1 September 2018 – 9 September 2018
  • 15 September 2018 – 23 September 2018
  • 6 October 2018 – 14 October 2018
  • 3 November 2018 – 11 November 2018

This tour can be organized at any other date your prefer as a private tour. In this case, the price will be provided on request.

Price: 1 469 EURO/adult

Single supplement: 183 EURO/person - for this supplement please send us an e-mail.

Special offer:

  • Book online for 2 adults and get 5% discount
  • Book online for 3 adults and get 8% discount
  • Book online for 4-8 adults (or more) and get 10% discount

Short Description

Treasures of Romania Tour is designed for those who want to visit the most famous tourist attractions of Romania but don’t have enough time for a longer vacation. In just 9 days this shared tour of Romania will give the chance of visiting cities like Bucharest or Cluj Napoca, medieval citadels of Transylvania such as Sibiu, Sighisoara or Brasov, rural areas from Maramures and Bucovina, Hungarian villages, the castles of Bran or Peles, UNESCO sites and many others.

Details:

Day 1 – Saturday

BUCHAREST

Arrival in Bucharest – the capital of Romania. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening you meet your tour guide and the fellow travelers. 

Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 2 – Sunday
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST

After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Bucharest including visit of the famous Parliament Palace registered by Guinness Book as the second largest administrative building in the World, after Pentagon – with a floor area of 330,000m² – and the third in the world as volume, with 2,550,000m³. You will also enjoy a walking tour in the Revolution Square and the bustling old center of Bucharest. You’ll admire the charming Village Museum as well as famous boulevards and neighborhoods of this interesting city.

Located in a green area of Bucharest and inaugurated in 1936, The Village Museum is one of the most beautiful and most interesting museums in the country. It boasts old and original houses brought from different parts of the country. In The Revolution Square you’ll get the story of the anticommunist revolution from 1989 and you’ll find out more about the hardships an entire nation had to suffer for 45 years. The day ends with what became the most bustling area of Bucharest, The Old Center. Once, the place of princely families and nobles, later an area of the craftsmen, the old center became today the Mecca of bars, restaurants and quaint cobblestone streets.

Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 3 – Monday
BUCHAREST – CURTEA DE ARGES – SIBIU

Departure to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Walachia, and visit Curtea de Arges Monastery.

The Episcopal Church, known as the Church of the Curtea de Arges Monastery, was built by the Romanian ruler of Wallachia Neagoe Basarab in 1512-1517. Here you will hear a great legend which is connected to this church. The Episcopal Church of Curtea de Arges houses the tomb of its founder, Neagoe Basarab, and of other members of the royal family (Kings Carol I and Ferdinand, and Queens Elisabet and Mary).

In the afternoon we will drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to visit Cozia Monastery and then we will arrive in Sibiu.

Mircea the Elder, ruler of Walachia and grandfather of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula), built Cozia Monastery in the 14th century. Here you’ll have a first contact with the painted frescoes. On the entrance wall of the church you’ll see an impressive “Last Judgment” fresco.

Overnight in Sibiu.

Day 4 – Tuesday
SIBIU – SIGHISOARA – CLUJ NAPOCA

After breakfast, you will enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful Romanian towns, due to its unique architectural style and to the impressive complex of museums, Sibiu was awarded the official title of 2007 European Capital of Culture. Sibiu has a vast number of museums organized around the two great cultural and historical centers: The Brukenthal Museum and the Astra Museum. The town’s touristic attractions are: The Evangelical Church, The Orthodox Cathedral, The Roman-Catholic Church, The Stairs Tower, The Council Tower, etc

Drive to Biertan to visit the impressive Saxon fortified church.

The village of Biertan (German: Birthalm), first mentioned in an official document in 1283, is home to one of the largest and most impressive medieval strongholds in Transylvania. Surrounded by quaint streets and vineyards, the 15th century fortified church at Biertan is perched high on a hill in the middle of the village. Three tiers of 35-foot-high defensive walls, connected by towers and gates, encircled the complex, making the church impossible to conquer during medieval times. Featuring late-Gothic architecture with heavy doors and double exterior walls, the church boasts the largest Transylvanian polyptych wooden altar and a remarkable wooden door which once protected the treasures in the sacristy. The door, a true marvel of engineering, has an ingenious locking mechanism with 19 bolts that can be simultaneously activated by a key.

The day continues with a stroll on the streets of Sighisoara (listed in the UNESCO World Heritage), the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (also known as Dracula). Visit the medieval citadel (the Upper Town): the Clock Tower and the Church on the Hill.

Departure to Targu Mures – panoramic tour of the elegant city centre well known for its architecture. Drive on to Cluj Napoca, one of the oldest cities of Romania.

Overnight in Cluj Napoca.

Day 5 – Wednesday
CLUJ NAPOCA – SURDESTI – SAPANTA – SIGHET – VADU IZEI

After the breakfast you will be driven toward the region of Maramures, a place where the purity of nature blends with the beauty of the old villages, a place where the locals kept untouched their traditions, where the carved wood represents a common way of building.

Passing through Baia Mare you will reach the UNESCO site of Surdesti. The local wooden church, built in the 18th century, is an amazing example of the local architecture, a wooden church surrounded by a well preserved rural landscape.

Crossing the Gutai Mountains you’ll arrive to Sapanta village where you will admire the famous Merry Cemetery which has gained originality and value by means of the chopped, carved and painted crosses on which the artisan has chiseled out versified epitaphs, most of them full of a remarkable sense of humor, particular to the area and to all the Romanians. The value of these works of art is recognized both at home and abroad.

In the same village you’ll stop to admire the highest wooden structure in the world: Peri Convent, recently rebuilt.

In Sighet you will visit a former prison where during the communist years many important Romanian leaders but also common people who were against the regime lost their lives.

The day ends in a local guest where you’ll meet a wonderful family. It is here where you’ll enjoy a rich dinner and plenty of tuica also known as palinca which is a sort of strong plum brandy. You are going to enjoy a room with private bathroom.

Overnight in Vadu Izei.

Day 6 – Thursday
VADU IZEI – BARSANA – DRAGOMIRESTI – MOLDOVITA – SUCEVITA

Today the journey is long and beautiful. First, you will visit Toader Barsan’s house, a local wood carver who took part at the Smithsonian World Festival in Washington. In the same village, you’ll visit one of the highest wooden churches in the world, Barsana Convent.

Perched on the hills of Maramures, overlooking the Iza Valley, the Barsana Convent is one of the most impressive monastic places of Romania despite it was rebuilt recently. The slender and tall silhouette of the wooden church, the carvings of each building and the amazing garden represent a perfect synthesis between the strong faith of the locals, their skills and nature.

Driving through the famous Borgo Pass where you’ll enjoy a tasty lunch at the Dracula Castle Hotel, you will reach for the first time Bucovina, known for its painted monasteries and for the traditional houses adorned with beautiful floral and geometrical motifs, for its traditions kept over the centuries and for its hospitable people.

The Convent of Moldovita is the first painted church visited in Bucovina. It is famous for its “Siege of Constantinople” fresco. Then you’ll be driven to the nearby Sucevita Monastery, which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. The monstic place, as the last one to be painted on the exterior walls, boasts the best preserved frescoes of Bucovina.

Overnight in Sucevita.

Day 7 – Friday
SUCEVITA – VORONET – BICAZ – MICLOSOARA

Today the journey is long but impressive. The first visit of the day is at the most famous painted monastery of all, Voronet Convent.

Erected in 1488, Voronet Monastery represented one of the first Moldavian creative elements showing a distinctive style. The church is a combination of Byzantine, Gothic and local elements. The exterior painting on the western wall depicts, on five registers, the Doomsday scene, unique in the whole world. The Voronet Monastery entered the universal cultural heritage also for having in the composition of the paintings the inimitable “Voronet blue”.

Then you will leave behind Moldova entering again into Transylvania. It is here where you’ll be astonished by the wonders of the nature. The Bicaz Gorge and Red Lake are among the most known landmarks of Romania.

Then you’ll be taken to the core of the Hungarian minority that lives in an area known as Szeklerland. It is here where you’ll be able to admire the traditional way of living of these people and their amazing old houses. All these made even Prince Charles to buy one of these traditional houses which was transformed into a guest house.

You’ll stay in the manor house. Prepare yourself to step back in time…

Overnight in Miclosoara.

Day 8 – Saturday
MICLOSOARA – BRASOV – BRAN – SINAIA– BUCHAREST

After breakfast you will enjoy a walking tour of Brasov with visit of the old downtown. You’ll admire the beautiful buildings like Black Church which is built in Gothic and Renaissance style. Also you will see the narrowest street in Romania, Rope Street, Schei and Catherine’s Gates, St. Nicholas Church and the old Schei neighborhood.

Then, you will visit the famous Bran castle also known as Dracula’s castle. This used to be  was a safeguard castle for the trade route that connected Transylvania and Wallachia, it was built by the people of Brasov between 1377 – 1378. It represents in the consciousness of any tourist the dark residence of prince Dracula, a fictional hero in the famous British Bram Stocker’s novel.

After a scenic drive you will leave Transylvania and you will stop in Sinaia to visit the most beautiful castle in Romania – Peles Castle.

The Peles Castle, built in two stages between 1875 and 1914, was the summer residence of King Carol Ist and his wife, queen Elisabet. The museum complex in Sinaia includes both Peles castle and Pelisor castle and the Foisor royal residence.

Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 9 – Sunday
BUCHAREST

In the morning free time in Bucharest and transfer to the airport.

End of the tour.

The price includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by modern car
  • Accommodation for 8 nights in 4-star hotels and B&Bs
  • Breakfast
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the program

The price does not include:

  • Flight ticket
  • Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
  • Drinks (other than water)
  • Other meals except breakfast
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

Please note that the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.

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Important!TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice
and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

 

Dracula Tour
(10 days)

Type of tour: small shared group, cultural
Language: English (other languages on request)
Accommodation: 3/4-star boutique hotels and superior guest houses
Departures/Operating periods:

Departure dates (2017):

  • 11 July - 20 July 2017
  • 22 October - 31 October 2017

Departure dates (2018):

  • 10 July 2018 – 19 July 2018
  • 21 October 2018 – 30 October 2018

This tour can be organized at any other date your prefer as a private tour. In this case, the price will be provided on request.

Due to the presence of bears in the area, Poenari Citadel is temporarily closed for visitors" safety (including the access to the fortress) until the situation is remedied. 

Price: 1 581 EURO/adult

Single supplement: 255 EURO/person - for this supplement, please send us an e-mail.

*Halloween party: €45 (available just for the October tour)

Special offer:

  • Book online for 2 adults and get 5% discount
  • Book online for 3 adults and get 8% discount
  • Book online for 4-8 adults (or more) and get 10% discount

Short Description

The Dracula Tour follows the history and the legends about Dracula, the infamous character of Bram Stoker. The tour starts in Bucharest, a city first mentioned in a written document by Dracula himself. On the way to Transylvania you’ll reach the real fortress of Vlad the Impaler and then, passing through Sibiu you’ll see many other place related to him such as the Corvin Castle, the medieval town of Sighisoara, his birth place, the Borgo Pass or the Bran Castle, the most visited tourist attraction of Romania.

Details:

Day 1

BUCHAREST

Arrival in Bucharest – the capital of Romania. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening you meet your tour guide and the fellow travelers. 

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 2
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST

The day starts with a tour of Bucharest, the capital city of Romania since 1859.

The tour will include the famous Revolution Square, where thousands of people put an end to a 45-year-long vicious Communist regime.

In the Old Town, you’ll get to roam its quaint little streets packed with restaurants, bars, inns, and many buildings with outstanding architecture.

The tour of Bucharest continues with the famous Parliament, also known as the Palace of the People. Built at the command of Ceausescu, the former Communist leader, the Palace is the world’s largest civilian administrative building, as well as certainly having been the most expensive to build.
After lunch, you’ll be taken to the northern part of Bucharest. On the way, you’ll enjoy a driving tour while you admire the wide, green boulevards, the impressive private houses and impressive monuments such as the Aviators’ Statue and the Arch of Triumph.

The Village Museum is the last stop of the day. Inaugurated in 1936, this outdoor museum boasts old traditional houses representative of the whole country, and in a short period of time you’ll be able to admire the many different architectural styles that contribute to Romania’s fascinating architectural heritage.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

 

Day 3
BUCHAREST – TARGOVISTE – POENARI – SIBIU

In the morning you’ll set off for Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia. It is here that you’ll  be able to see and climb the famous Sunset Tower (Chindia Tower). Built at the order of Vlad the Impaler, the tower offers great views over the entire city of Targoviste. Before your departure, take a stroll around the ruins of the former court and admire the Orthodox frescoes of the Princely Church.

Further on, you’ll be taken to the fortress of Poenari, located in the Transylvanian Alps. Perched on top of a mountain, be careful as there are 1480 steps to be climbed! The citadel was probably built in the 14th century by the first Wallachian princes. Later on, it was modified and extended by Vlad the Impaler, whom we also know as Dracula. In addition to all the stories and legends, the site offers great panoramic views of the mountain on both sides.

The tour continues along the Transfagarasan* highway. As the second highest road in Romania, Transfagarasan offers route to the alpine area of the Carpathian Mountains. It was built in just four years, between 1970 and 1974, at the order of Nicolae Ceausescu, the last Communist dictator of Romania.

Once you are at the top of the mountain, Transylvania welcomes you. You’ll reach the city of Sibiu in time for dinner.

*between October and July the Transfagrasan road will be changed for the road along the Olt Valley.

Overnight in Sibiu

 

Day 4
SIBIU – HUNEDOARA – ALBA IULIA – SIBIU

In the first part of the day you’ll be taken to Hunedoara where you’ll visit the largest Gothic castle in Transylvania. Built in the 14th-15th centuries, the castle belonged to the ancestors of King Corvinus, the Hungarian king of the 15th century. It is here that Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned on his way to Budapest.

The next visit is Alba Iulia, a great Vauban fortification. It was the capital of Transylvania between 1541 and 1690. In the first part of the 18th century the Austrian Empire transformed Alba Iulia into one of the best defended citadels of the region. Several of the gates have been very well preserved, the third gate being a real masterpiece.

Further on, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu, a 800 years old city founded by Saxon colonists. Sibiu boasts several medieval squares, including the Great Square (Piata Mare) which is the largest of its kind in Romania. The tour of Sibiu continues with the other squares, the oldest cobblestone streets, visit of the Evangelical Cathedral and the former medieval towers. You’ll find out more about the legend which surrounds the Bridge of Lies.

Overnight in Sibiu.

 

Day 5
SIBIU – BIERTAN – SIGHISOARA

In the morning you’ll set off for Sighisoara. On the way you’ll make a detour for the UNESCO site of Biertan. Located in a beautiful rural area of Transylvania, the castle-church of Biertan is perched on a hill surrounded by old Saxon houses which preserve the medieval atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a tour of the fortress and church, where you’ll learn the history of this place as well as hear some funny stories.

Sighisoara, another UNESCO site in Transylvania, is the next stop on your trip. Built by the Germans about 800 years ago, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara looks like a perfect postcard. It is the best preserved citadel in Romania, a stunning combination of cobblestone streets, medieval walls, massive watch towers and old architecture. Add to these the House of Vlad Dracul, allegedly the birth place of Dracula. You’ll visit the Clock Tower, the symbol of Sighisoara, and the Church on the Hill, one of the oldest buildings of the citadel.

Overnight in Sighisoara

 

Day 6
SIGHISOARA – TARGU MURES – BISTRITA – BORGO PASS

In Targu Mures you’ll encounter a new type of architecture, the Secession style. Developed for the first time in Germany and Austria, the style spread out into many other parts of the Western world. In Transylvania it was introduced by the local Hungarian authorities in cities such as Targu Mures, Medias, and Cluj Napoca. One of the most impressive Secession buildings is the Culture Palace in Targu Mures – you’ll get to admire the building’s Concert Hall and visit other museums including the Art Museum.

Bistrita, founded by German colonists, is where Jonathan Harker, the character in the Dracula novel, overnights for the first time in Transylvania at the Golden Crown. Stop at the very same hotel and enjoy a delicious lunch. Afterwards you’ll take a short tour of the old town.
Soon you’ll enjoy the beauty of the villages along the road and then, the exotic Carpathian Mountains. You’ll reach the Dracula Castle where you can visit his dungeon . . . at your own risk!
You’ll spend the night in a mountain village.

Overnight in Borgo Pass

 

Day 7
BORGO PASS – BICAZ – BRASOV

Today is going to be a long day. You’ll be able to admire the beautiful landscape of the Carpathian Mountains for the whole day. You’ll pass through the Bicaz Gorge where you’ll admire the wonders of the nature. Not far away you’ll stop for a short visit of the Red Lake. You’ll be told the interesting legend of the lake and you’ll enjoy a short walking tour.

Overnight in Brasov

 

Day 8
BRASOV – SINAIA – HARMAN – BRASOV

It’s time to leave Transylvania behind, but only for a short time. You’ll cross the mountains back into Wallachia and you’ll stop in Sinaia, also known as the Pearl of the Carpathian Mountains. You’ll visit the local monastery, the oldest building in the town. Further on, you’ll be literally overwhelmed by the splendor of Peles Castle*. Built by the order of Carol I, the first king of Romania, Peles Castle is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. The unique architecture and exquisite interiors are matched only by the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains themselves.

At noon stop at Harman Saxon village located pretty close to Brasov and visit the stunning Harman fortified church. The construction dates back to 1240 and 200 years later the walls of fortification were constructed. The church served as a worship place for the locals but as a shelter, as well, during the Ottoman invasions. Visiting Harman fortified church will be like steping back time as you will discover how the Saxons used to live here by admiring their authentic, medieval dwellings and their church.

The last stop is Brasov, a city built by the German colonists about 750 years ago. It boasts wonderful medieval architecture. Surrounded by massive walls, towers and gates, the city was also protected against different invasions by the steep hills of the mountains. Located on an important trade route, the city developed quickly, and the residents built one of the most impressive Gothic churches between Vienna and Istanbul, today known as the Black Church**.

Peles Castle is closed on Mondays between May 16th and September 15th. For the rest of the year it is closed on both Mondays and Tuesdays. Each year the castle is closed for the entire month of November. Pelisor Castle or the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni may be used as alternatives.

** During the cold months, between November and April, the Black Church will be seen only from outside.

Overnight in Brasov

 

Day 9
BRASOV – RASNOV – SNAGOV – BUCHAREST

The Dracula tour continues with the peasant fortress of Rasnov. Built more than 800 years ago, perched on the top of a high hill, the fortress of Rasnov was conquered only once. Today, it offers a great panoramic view over Transylvania.

The tour will end with mysterious Snagov Monastery. Probably built for the first time in the 14th century, the present church, located on a beautiful island, dates back to the 16th century. Today, the Snagov Monastery is famous throughout the world thanks to the personage of Vlad the Impaler, who for Romanians is a great historical figure while for foreigners is the infamous vampire known as Dracula.

In the afternoon you’ll reach again the capital city of Romania where our Dracula Tour ends.

Overnight in Bucharest

 

Day 10
BUCHAREST – AIRPORT

Today you’ll be transferred to the airport according to your schedule.

End of the tour

The price includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by modern car
  • Accommodation for 9 nights in 3/4-star hotels and B&Bs
  • Breakfast
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the program

The price does not include:

  • Flight ticket
  • Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
  • Drinks (other than water)
  • Other meals except breakfast
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

Please note that the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.

Pictures

Important!TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice
and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

 

Treasures of Bulgaria and Romania Tour
(11 days)

Type of tour: shared, cultural
Language: English (other languages on request)
Accommodation: 4-star hotels and B&Bs
Departures/Operating periods:

Departure dates (2017):

  • 16 Mar 2017 - 26 Mar 2017
  • 30 Mar 2017 - 9 Apr 2017
  • 4 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
  • 18 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
  • 8 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
  • 15 Jun 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
  • 29 Jun 2017 - 9 Jul 2017
  • 13 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017
  • 3 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
  • 17 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
  • 31 Aug 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
  • 14 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
  • 5 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
  • 2 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017

Departure dates (2018):

  • 15 March 2018 – 25 March 2018
  • 12 April 2018 – 22 April 2018
  • 3 May 2018 – 13 May 2018
  • 17 May 2018 – 27 May 2018
  • 31 May 2018 – 10 June 2018
  • 14 June 2018 – 24 June 2018
  • 28 June 2018 – 8 July 2018
  • 12 July 2018 – 22 July 2018
  • 2 August 2018 – 12 August 2018
  • 16 August 2018 – 26 August 2018
  • 30 August 2018 – 9 September 2018
  • 13 September 2018 – 23 September 2018
  • 4 October 2018 – 14 October 2018
  • 1 November 2018 – 11 November 2018

This tour can be organized at any other date your prefer as a private tour. In this case, the price will be provided on request.

Price: 1 869 EURO/adult

Single supplement: 240 EURO/person - for this supplement, please send us an e-mail.

Special offer:

  • Book online for 2 adults and get 5% discount
  • Book online for 3 adults and get 8% discount
  • Book online for 4-8 adults (or more) and get 10% discount

Short Description

Treasures of Bulgaria and Romania Tour takes you in just 11 days in two important countries of the Balkans. Romania and Bulgaria share many similarities but in the same time have their unique traits. During this tour you can discover two capitals, Bucharest and Sofia, two different languages, great historical regions such as Transylvania or Maramures, beautiful medieval cities such as Sibiu, Sighisora, Veliko Tarnovo or Plovdiv and many other famous tourist landmarks.

Details:

Day 1 – Thursday

SOFIA

Arrival in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria where your eastern Europe tour starts. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

In the evening you’ll be taken to a traditional Bulgarian restaurant.

Overnight in Sofia.

 

Day 2 – Friday
SOFIA – PLOVDIV – VELIKO TARNOVO

After breakfast you’ll get to enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sofia. You are going to visit Saint Alexander Nevski Cathedral – one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and a primary tourist attractions, Saint George Roman Rotunda dating from the 4th century, Saint Sophia Basilica built by the roman emperor Justinian in the 6thcentury, the Ruins of Serdica, the National Theatre Ivan Vazov, the former Royal Palace, the Synagogue, etc.

The tour continues with Plovdiv the second largest city after Sofia. Here you’ll find out more about the old town of Plovdiv with its 3,000 years long history. And the best place to do this is the ancient Roman Amphitheater which boasts a collection of impressive marble statues, decorative columns and arcades.

In the afternoon you’ll reach the city of Veliko Tarnovo.

Overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

 

Day 3 – Saturday
VELIKO TARNOVO – ARBANASSI – RUSE (BG) – BUCHAREST (RO)

In the morning the Easte Europe tour starts with the most beautiful city of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo known also as the City of the Tsars. You’ll roam on the alleys of the former Tsarevets palace and you’ll visit the former patriarchal church, rebuilt in modern times. You’ll be taken on the old streets and alleys of the town where you’ll admire the local architecture and the beautiful panorama.

Arbanassi, located right next to Veliko Tarnovo, is a little and quaint village with a strong medieval atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a stroll and you’ll admire the beautiful houses.

On the way to the Romanian border you’ll take a detour for the former Roman town of Nicopolis ad Istrum.

Before Ruse you’ll reach the remote area of the Ivanovo Churches*. Part of the UNESCO heritage since 1979, the rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo boast some stunning frescos dating back to the 13th-14th centuries. All these churches are located in the beautiful valley of the Rusenski Lom River.

Finally, you’ll reach Bucharest, the capital city of Romania.

* officially they are closed between December 1st and March 31st but despite this sometimes they are open even during this period.

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 4 – Sunday
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST

After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Bucharest including visit of the famous Parliament Palace. The walking tour includes the Revolution Square and the bustling old center of Bucharest. You’ll admire as well The Village Museum and famous boulevards and neighborhoods of this interesting city.

Guinness Book registers the Palace of Parliament as the second largest administrative building in the World, after Pentagon – with a floor area of 330,000m² – and the third in the world as volume, with 2,550,000m³.

Located in a green area of Bucharest and inaugurated in 1936, The Village Museum is one of the most beautiful and most interesting museums in the country. It boasts old and original houses brought from different parts of the country.

In The Revolution Square you’ll get the story of the anticommunist revolution from 1989 and you’ll find out more about the hardships an entire nation had to suffer for 45 years. The day ends with what became the most bustling area of Bucharest, The Old Center. Once, the place of princely families and nobles, later an area of the craftsmen, the old center became today the Mecca of bars, restaurants and quaint cobblestone streets.

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 5 – Monday
BUCHAREST – CURTEA DE ARGES – SIBIU

Departure to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Walachia, and visit Curtea de Arges Monastery.

The Episcopal Church, known as the Church of the Curtea de Arges Monastery, was built by the Romanian ruler of Wallachia Neagoe Basarab in 1512-1517. Today you will also find out the great legend connected to this church. This settlement  houses the tomb of its founder, Neagoe Basarab, and of other members of the royal family (Kings Carol I and Ferdinand, and Queens Elisabet and Mary).

In the afternoon we will drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to visit Cozia Monastery and then we will arrive in Sibiu.

Mircea the Elder, ruler of Walachia and grandfather of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula), built Cozia Monastery in the 14th century. Here you’ll have a first contact with the painted frescoes. On the entrance wall of the church you’ll see an impressive “Last Judgment” fresco.

Overnight in Sibiu.

 

Day 6 – Tuesday
SIBIU – SIGHISOARA – CLUJ NAPOCA

After breakfast, you will enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful Romanian towns, due to its unique architectural style and to the impressive complex of museums, Sibiu was awarded the official title of 2007 European Capital of Culture. The town’s touristic attractions are: The Evangelical Church, The Orthodox Cathedral, The Roman-Catholic Church, The Stairs Tower, The Council Tower, etc

Drive to Biertan to visit the impressive Saxon fortified church.

The village of Biertan is home to one of the largest and most impressive medieval strongholds in Transylvania. Surrounded by quaint streets and vineyards, the 15th century fortified church at Biertan is perched high on a hill in the middle of the village. Featuring late-Gothic architecture with heavy doors and double exterior walls, the church boasts the largest Transylvanian polyptych wooden altar and a remarkable wooden door which once protected the treasures in the sacristy.

The day continues with a stroll on the streets of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (also known as Dracula) and one of the greatest sites in Eastern Europe (UNESCO World Heritage). Visit the medieval citadel (the Upper Town): the Clock Tower and the Church on the Hill.

Departure to Targu Mures – panoramic tour of the elegant city centre well known for its architecture. Drive on to Cluj Napoca, one of the oldest cities of Romania.

Overnight in Cluj Napoca.

 

Day 7 – Wednesday                                                    
CLUJ NAPOCA – SURDESTI – SAPANTA – SIGHET – VADU IZEI

After the breakfast you will be driven toward the region of Maramures, a place where the purity of nature blends with the beauty of the old villages, a place where the locals kept untouched their traditions, where the carved wood represents a common way of building.

Passing through Baia Mare you will reach the UNESCO site of Surdesti. The local wooden church, built in the 18th century, is an amazing example of the local architecture, a wooden church surrounded by a well preserved rural landscape.

Crossing the Gutai Mountains you’ll arrive to Sapanta village where you will admire the famous Merry Cemetery.

The Merry Cemetery has gained originality and value by means of the chopped, carved and painted crosses on which the artisan has chiseled out versified epitaphs, most of them full of a remarkable sense of humor, particular to the area and to all the Romanians. The value of these works of art is recognized both at home and abroad.

In the same village you’ll stop to admire the highest wooden structure in the world: Peri Convent, recently rebuilt.

In Sighet you will hear more about the horrors of the communist regime. You will visit a former prison where during the communist years many important Romanian leaders but also common people who were against the regime lost their lives.

The day ends in a local guest where you’ll meet a wonderful family. It is here where you’ll enjoy a rich dinner and plenty of tuica also known as palinca which is a sort of strong plum brandy. You are going to enjoy a room with private bathroom.

Overnight in Vadu Izei.

 

Day 8 – Thursday
VADU IZEI – BARSANA – DRAGOMIRESTI – MOLDOVITA – SUCEVITA

Today the journey is long and beautiful. First, you will visit Toader Barsan’s house, a local wood carver who took part at the Smithsonian World Festival in Washington. In the same village, you’ll visit one of the highest wooden churches in the world, Barsana Convent.

Perched on the hills of Maramures, overlooking the Iza Valley, the Barsana Convent is one of the most impressive monastic places of Romania despite it was rebuilt recently. The slender and tall silhouette of the wooden church, the carvings of each building and the amazing garden represent a perfect synthesis between the strong faith of the locals, their skills and nature.

Driving through the famous Borgo Pass where you’ll enjoy a tasty lunch at the Dracula Castle Hotel, you will reach for the first time Bucovina, known for its painted monasteries and for the traditional houses adorned with beautiful floral and geometrical motifs, for its traditions kept over the centuries and for its hospitable people.

The Convent of Moldovita is the first painted church visited in Bucovina. It is famous for its “Siege of Constantinople” fresco. Then you’ll be driven to the nearby Sucevita Monastery, which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. The monstic place, as the last one to be painted on the exterior walls, boasts the best preserved frescoes of Bucovina.

Overnight in Sucevita.

 

Day 9 – Friday
SUCEVITA – VORONET – BICAZ – MICLOSOARA

Today the tour of Eastern Europe is long but impressive. The first visit of the day is at the most famous painted monastery of all, Voronet Convent.

Erected in 1488, Voronet Monastery represented one of the first Moldavian creative elements showing a distinctive style. The church is a combination of Byzantine, Gothic and local elements. The exterior painting on the western wall depicts, on five registers, the Doomsday scene, unique in the whole world. The Voronet Monastery entered the universal cultural heritage also for having in the composition of the paintings the inimitable “Voronet blue”.

Then you will leave behind Moldova entering again into Transylvania. It is here where you’ll be astonished by the wonders of the nature. The Bicaz Gorge and Red Lake are among the most known landmarks of Romania.

Then you’ll be taken to the core of the Hungarian minority that lives in an area known as Szeklerland. It is here where you’ll be able to admire the traditional way of living of these people and their amazing old houses. All these made even Prince Charles to buy one of these traditional houses which was transformed into a guest house.

You’ll stay in the manor house. Prepare yourself to step back in time…

Overnight in Miclosoara.

 

Day 10 – Saturday
MICLOSOARA – BRASOV – BRAN – SINAIA– BUCHAREST

After breakfast you will enjoy a walking tour of Brasov with visit of the old downtown. You’ll admire the beautiful buildings like Black Church which is built in Gothic and Renaissance style. Also you will see the narrowest street in Romania, Rope Street, Schei and Catherine’s Gates, St. Nicholas Church and the old Schei neighborhood.

Then, you will visit the famous Bran castle also known as Dracula’s castle.

The Bran Castle was a safeguard castle for the trade route that connected Transylvania and Wallachia, it was built by the people of Brasov between 1377 – 1378. It represents in the consciousness of any tourist the dark residence of prince Dracula, a fictional hero in the famous British Bram Stocker’s novel.

After a scenic drive you will leave Transylvania and you will stop in Sinaia to visit the most beautiful castle in Romania – Peles Castle.

The Peles Castle, built in two stages between 1875 and 1914, was the summer residence of King Carol Ist and his wife, queen Elisabet. The museum complex in Sinaia includes both Peles castle and Pelisor castle and the Foisor royal residence.

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 11 – Sunday
BUCHAREST

In the morning free time in Bucharest and transfer to the airport.

End of the tour.

The price includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by modern car
  • Accommodation for 10 nights in 4-star hotels and B&Bs
  • Breakfast
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the program

The price does not include:

  • Flight ticket
  • Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
  • Drinks (other than water)
  • Other meals except breakfast
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

Please note that the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.

Pictures

Important!TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice
and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

 

Best Countryside or Romania Tourr
(12 days)

Type of tour: shared, cultural
Language: English (other languages on request)
Accommodation: 4-star hotels and B&Bs
Departures/Operating periods:

Departure dates (2017):

  • 14 May - 25 May 2017
  • 25 June – 06 July 2017
  • 17 September – 28 September 2017

Departure dates (2018):

  • 13 May 2018 – 24 May 2018
  • 24 June 2018 – 5 July 2018
  • 22 July 2018 – 2 August 2018

This tour can be organized at any other date your prefer as a private tour. In this case, the price will be provided on request.

Price: 1 820 EURO/adult

Single supplement: 160 EURO/person - for this supplement, please send us an e-mail.

Special offer:

  • Book online for 2 adults and get 5% discount
  • Book online for 3 adults and get 8% discount
  • Book online for 4-8 adults (or more) and get 10% discount

Short Description

There is no doubt Romania starts where the asphalt ends. The “Romania Countryside Tour” takes you in the most remote areas of the country where the life looks like frozen in time, where cars must avoid the caws walking slowly on the road, where the locals will be happy to have you as a special guest and friend. This tour of Romania starts in Bucharest and then continues in all other amazing rural areas from Transylvania, Maramures or Bucovina. To all these add several famous tourist destinations of Romania part of any other tour.

Details:

Day 1 – Sunday

BUCHAREST

Arrival in the capital of Romania. You’ll be transferred from the airport to Bucharest.

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 2 – Monday
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST

The day starts with a tour of Bucharest. Capital of modern Romania since 1859, Bucharest is by far the largest city boasting a rich history, amazing buildings, a vivid life, large green parks in the central area, a large number or restaurants but also many contrasts. Bucharest is a city of everything.

The tour will include the famous Revolution Square where thousands of people put an end to a 45-year long vicious regime. Get to understand the communist horrors and sufferings an entire nation had to endure.

In the old town you’ll get to roam on it’s quaint little streets packed with restaurants, bars, buildings with outstanding architecture and old inns.

The tour of Bucharest continues with the famous Parliament, also known as the House of People. Built at the request of Ceausescu, the former communist leader, the building became the largest administrative construction of Europe.

After the lunch you’ll be taken in the northern part of Bucharest. On the way you’ll enjoy a driving tour. You’ll admire the large and green boulevards, the impressive private houses and several monuments such as the Aviators’ Statue or the local Arch of Triumph.

The Village Museum is the last stop of the day. Inaugurated in 1936, this outdoor museum boasts old traditional houses representative for the whole country. In a short period of time you’ll be able to admire different architectural styles and many other stories.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 3 – Tuesday
BUCHAREST – TARGOVISTE – HOREZU

Leave Bucharest at 8:30AM and head off to Targoviste – the former capital of Wallachia and more recently known as the execution place of the Ceausescu couple. It is here where you can discover the ruins of the Princely Court. Beside the ruins you can admire the former church with its beautiful frescoes and the elegant Sunset Tower built for the first time during the reign of the famous Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula.

Horezu, will be the next stop. Here you can discover one of the most beautiful monastic places of Romania, a great UNESCO site. The architecture is breathtaking and the frescoes just perfect. It was built in a beautiful area surrounded by forest. The founder, Constantin Brancoveanu had a tragic end being executed by the ottomans together with his four sons and and one son-in-law.

In the afternoon you’ll reach the village of Maldaresti known for its 19th century massive fortified mansions. You’ll be able to visit them and find out more details about the life of the nobles who built them.

In the end you’ll enjoy the beauty of a quiet village and a gorgeous accommodation, one of the highlights of the tour.

Overnight in a quiet village in a traditional mansion.

 

Day 4 – Wednesday
HOREZU – SIBIU

Leave behind the province of Wallachia and cross the Transylvanian Alps into the famous Transylvania. The road will take you through the Valley of Olt, a valley surrounded by the green hillsides and tall mountains.

Sibiu, the European Cultural Capital in 2007, is the most beautiful city of Romania. Founded by the Germans about 800 years ago, Sibiu boasts the largest Saxon-like squares in Romania, impressive medieval architecture, quaint passageways and cobble streets. You’ll be taken around the old center, you’ll roam through its squares, you’ll visit the Catholic Church or the Orthodox Cathedral. You’ll be shown the old medieval towers, bastions and walls. You’ll be taken to the oldest parts of Sibiu and you’ll find out much more about the Bridge of Lies. In the end you’ll climb the Town Hall Tower from where you’ll have a lovely view over the town and beyond.

Before leaving Sibiu you’ll add some weight on you by enjoying one of the best restaurants in the country.

In the afternoon you’ll reach a village of Transylvania near Sibiu where you’ll stay for the next nights.

Overnight in a village – old mansion.

 

Day 5 – Thursday
SIBIU – SIGHISOARA – SIBIU

Today you’ll be taken on several back roads where you’ll discover the real beauty of Transylvania. Passing through several hidden villages built hundreds of years ago by the Saxon colonists, you’ll reach the town of Brateiu where you’ll discover the magic world of the gypsies. Meet a local coppersmith gypsy family and see how they live in a globalized world.

Further on you’ll be taken back to the hidden roads of Transylvania and you’ll get to admire the UNESCO site of Biertan. When the German colonists arrived to Transylvania 800 years ago they realized they are under constant threat of different invasions. That’s why they built hundreds of fortified churches. The one from Biertan was built in the 16th century and even today guards the village.

Not far away lays one of the best preserved medieval citadels of Europe. Sighisoara, UNESCO site since 1999, consists of massive walls, tall towers, cobblestone streets and medieval houses. Some of the historians believe that Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was born right in the citadel. The Clock Tower is the symbol of the Sighisoara. Climb its stairs and enjoy the panoramic view over the town.

Get back to Sibiu taking again forgotten roads. Pass through several Saxon villages and admire their traditional architecture or old fortified churches.

Overnight in a village – old mansion.

 

Day 6 – Friday
SIBIU – HUNEDOARA – ALBA IULIA

In the first part of the day you’ll be transferred to Hunedoara for the spookiest buildings of Europe, the Corvin Castle. Built around the 14th century, it became an important stronghold of Transylvania. At this castle you’ll find out two interesting legends and you’ll roam through the halls of this impressive Gothic castle. More than that, you’ll be astonished to discover the real place where Dracula stayed imprisoned for several weeks.

After the lunch you’ll get to see the biggest and the best preserved Vauban-like citadel in Romania. Built at the beginning of the 18th century, the citadel of Alba Iulia has been restored recently to its once former glory. Beside the two cathedrals, the Orthodox and the Catholic ones, you’ll be shown the intricate gates of the citadel, the 3rd gate being the most impressive. The old Roman castrum and the medieval citadel known as Balgrad are now integrated in the Austrian citadel. Their ruins are part of the tour.

Leave behind the cities and once again enter the forgotten world of the Transylvanian villages where you’ll discover the beauty of the Hungarian rural architecture. The lovely guest house, surrounded by a beautiful garden, is being guarded by the ruins of a former medieval citadel perched on top of a hill.

Before dinner you’ll take a walking tour of a village, an exquisite example of the Hungarian villages. The winding dirt roads are flanked by wonderful houses boasting the purity of the rural life.

Overnight in a village – lovely traditional Hungarian B&B.

 

Day 7 – Saturday                                      
ALBA IULIA – TURDA –  CLUJ NAPOCA – BAIA MARE – SURDESTI – SIGHETU MARMATIEI

The tour of Romania continues with a very different tourist sight. The salt mine of Turda, probably the best in Europe, has received a major investment and it was transformed into an important tourist attraction of Romania. Along its interesting history, impressive size, underground lake and long corridors, the salt mine boasts a fantastic game of lights.

In Cluj Napoca you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. You’ll see the main central squares, the Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals and the beautiful architecture.

Bontida was the homeland of Miklos Banffy, a famous Hungarian writer. It is here where he wrote the great Transylvanian Trilogy. His former estate, also known as the Transylvanian Versaille, was unfortunately destroyed by the German army during the Second World War. Today the descendents of Miklos Banffy try to bring back the estate to its former glory.

Passing through Baia Mare, the capital of Maramures, you’ll arrive in the village of Surdesti which the first wooden church from this trip. This UNESCO site, boasts the purity of the locals’ faith, their outstanding talent of building wooden constructions and a great level of modesty through its traditional simplicity.

You’ll arrive at your final destination, a traditional guest house located nearby Sighetu Marmatiei. You’ll be in time for a great traditional home-made dinner.

Overnight in a village – home stay.

 

Day 8 – Sunday
SIGHETU MARMATIEI – SAPANTA – SIGHETU MARMATIEI

In the morning you’ll be taken to a local market where you can see the farmers selling their products. The cheese market is a must. Further on, we’ll change dramatically the register. You’ll be taken to the Memorial of the Anti-communist Victims from SIghetu Marmatiei. Probably this is the most important museum a Romanian should visit. It is here, in this former political prison, where you’ll find out many things about the horrors of the communist regime.

Not far away from Sighetu Marmatiei lays the village of Sapanata. In this village a local carver had the great idea of carving wooden crosses which were painted in bright colors. Each and every cross depicts an image of the buried one and more or less funny epitaphs. Don’t miss the cross of the drunker or mother-in-law.

In the afternoon you’ll roam on the roads of your village and you’ll discover a local distillery producing the famous tuica, a strong plum brandy.

Overnight in a village – home stay.

 

Day 9 – Monday
SIGHETU MARMATIEI – BARSANA – BORGO PASS – BUCOVINA

The village of Barsana is known for several tourist attractions. You’ll be meeting a local carver who is happy all the time to greet his guests. Discover this wonderful craft, admire his works, from wooden spoons or wooden chains to huge and intricate wooden gates.

In the same village you’ll visit the Convent of Barsana. Although it has a long history, the present monastic complex is quite new being built in 1992.

Further on the tour of Romania passes through several villages and crosses the mountains. You’ll stop at Borgo Pass where Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker’s character meets for the first time Dracula. Enjoy here a tasty lunch and the scenery then continue your road into Bucovina, the land of the painted monasteries and gentle green hills.

Moldovita is the first painted monastery of your tour around Romania. Rebuilt in the 16th century, the church had its exterior walls covered by frescoes in the same time. It boasts the best preserved “Siege of Constantinople” fresco. Driving through the gentle hills of Bucovina you’ll reach Sucevita. Here you’ll admire the largest and most impressive painted church. Sucevita was the last to be painted. At that time the artists had learned how to obtain everlasting pigments. Therefore, Sucevita boasts the best preserved frescoes, such as “The Ladder of Virtues”.

You’ll be accommodated in one of the beautiful villages of Bucovina.

Ovenight in Bucovina – B&B

 

Day 9 – Tuesday
BUCOVINA - BICAZ – SZECKELY

Start the day with Marginea, a small town know for its unique black ceramic. Get to see how it is done and admire their works.

Continue Voronet, the Sistine Chapel of the Orient. Known for its unique blue color, the church boasts the largest “Last Judgment” fresco. You’ll get explanations about it.

Then the road continues through the Carpathian Mountains. Pass through the Bicaz Gorge where you’ll admire the wonders of the nature. Not far away you’ll stop for a short visit of the Red Lake. You’ll be told the interesting legend of the lake.

In the afternoon you’ll reach the Szeckely Land, a place frozen in time. Your accommodation re-enacts the old life of the locals.

Ovenight in Szeckely area – traditional mansion.

 

Day 11 – Wednesday
SZECKELY LAND – BRASOV – BRAN – SINAIA – BUCHAREST

The day starts with a short tour of the village. Observe the daily life of the villagers, how they take their cows to the fields and the horse-drawn carts passing by up and down.

Further on, you’ll be transferred to Brasov, another former Saxon town. Founded about 700 years ago, Brasov became an important trade town due to its geography. The German architecture is still visible. You’ll roam around the old town admiring the central square, the pedestrian alleys, the great architecture, the famous Black Church and narrowest street in Romania.

The castle of Bran, the most important tourist attraction of Romania is the next stop. Known as Dracula Castle, it was built about 800 years ago. You’ll be told the real story of this medieval castle saved by Queen Mary of Romania.

It’s time to say goodbye to Transylvania. Cross the mountains and stop for one of the most beautiful castles of Europe. The Peles Castle was built at the request of King Carol I of Romania, a German prince part of the Hohenzoller-Sigmaringen house. It became the most advance castle of Europe and it boasts even today a breathtaking collection of paintings, statues, weapons, furniture and ceramics.

In the afternoon you’ll arrive to Bucharest where you’ll spend your last night in Romania.

Ovenight in Bucharest – 4-star hotel.

 

Day 12 – Thursday
BUCHAREST – OTOPENI

Today you’ll be transferred to the airport according to your schedule.

End of the tour.

The price includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by modern car
  • Accommodation for 11 nights in 4-star hotels and B&Bs
  • Breakfast
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the program

The price does not include:

  • Flight ticket
  • Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
  • Drinks (other than water)
  • Other meals except breakfast
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

Please note that the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.

Pictures

Important!TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice
and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

 

Romania Photo Tour
(14 days)

Type of tour: shared, photo, cultural
Language: English (other languages on request)
Accommodation: 4-star hotels and B&Bs
Departures/Operating periods:

  • 16 September - 29 September 2017
  • 30 October 2017 - 13 October 2017

This tour can be organized at any other date your prefer as a private tour. In this case, the price will be provided on request.

Price:  Please, send us an e-mail for Romania Photo Tour tariff.

Short Description

Romania Photo Tour tries to cover as many photo fields as possible. It will take you through famous tourist landmarks of Romania such as Peles and Bran castles, but it will also take you to remote villages where tourists are rarely seen. You’ll take pictures of people, local Gypsies and Romanians dressed in beautiful traditional costumes. You’ll admire stunning sunrises and have the chance to capture the real beauty of nature. In major cities, you’ll have fun shooting the street life. It’s going to be much easier than you think as your tour guide/photographer will ease the communications between you and the local people.

Details:

Day 1

BUCHAREST

Arrival in Bucharest – the capital of Romania. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening you meet your tour guide and the fellow travelers.

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 2

FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST

It’s time to start the “Romania Photo Tour”. Bucharest is a city of contrasts. It is a place where you can admire a stunning and beautifully restored 19th-century building located right next to a ruin or to a sleek new tower of glass. Bucharest has many beautiful and hidden little streets which are generally not seen by tourists, and also a hidden world of gypsies who live in shabby buildings located right in the very center of the city. To all these add the green parks, the old town, the vivid night life, the lights and the shadows. . . . .it’s everything you need for a good photo walk.

You’ll also visit the impressive Romanian Parliament. It was constructed at the command of the Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

The Village Museum is one of the most beautiful museums of Romania. Inaugurated in 1936, the Village Museum boasts original traditional houses from all over Romania. This living museum is like 1000 villages gathered into a single picturesque entity. Then it will be time for lunch.

We’ll meet again in the evening for a short photo tour in the center of Bucharest. It will be a good chance for some beautiful pictures at dusk and also lots of fun.

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 3 – Monday

BUCHAREST – CURTEA DE ARGES – SIBIU

In the morning we’ll set off to Sibiu. On the way we’ll stop to admire the monastery at Curtea de Arges, one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in Romania. It is here where the former kings of Romania are buried.

Before reaching Sibiu, you’ll be taken to a remote area with forgotten villages and dirt roads. You’ll be able to take pictures of a world which doesn’t exist any more in other parts of Europe. From old houses to the local farmers, everything is going to be a real joy for the photographer.

Sibiu is the final destination for today. You have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight in Sibiu.

 

Day 4

SIBIU

Sibiu is perhaps the most beautiful city in Romania, and perhaps the reason it was chosen as the European Cultural Capital in 2007. Built by German colonists who had been brought to Transylvania by the Hungarian kings, Sibiu is a stunning medieval city. It boasts wonderful architecture: towers, old churches, cobblestone streets and alleys, passages, staircases and cast-iron bridges. Therefore, the morning should be a wonderful occasion for some street photography.

In the afternoon we’ll set off to the rural area around Sibiu. You’ll get to roam on dirt roads, to capture interesting rural scenes, and to admire a very different way of living.

Overnight in Sibiu

 

Day 5
SIBIU

The photo tour of Romania we’ll start very early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise up in the mountains. After the sunrise, you’ll walk in villages located up in the mountains where raising livestock is still the main occupation.

In the afternoon we’ll enjoy a photo tour in Sibiu for some early evening and night-time scenes.

Overnight in Sibiu

 

Day 6

SIBIU – ALBA IULIA – TURDA – CLUJ NAPOCA

Alba Iulia is known for its fortress built in the first part of the 18th century and is one of the best preserved Vauban fortifications in Romania. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of the citadel and you’ll visit  buildings such as the Orthodox Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Church.

The tour continues with a very different kind of tourist attraction. The salt mine of Turda is an outstanding landmark on the map of the Romanian tourism. The salt mine was renovated in 2009 and represents a great opportunity for any photographer to take very interesting pictures. Don’t forget your tripod.

In the afternoon you’ll reach the city of Cluj Napoca, one of the oldest settlements in Romania. You’ll be taken for a walk in the old center, where you’ll have the chance to capture scenes of vivid city life.

Overnight in Cluj Napoca

 

Day 7

CLUJ NAPOCA – SURDESTI – VADU IZEI

On the way to Maramures you’ll be taken to Bontida, once a place famous for the castle of the Banffy family, an important Hungarian noble family of which Miklos Bannfy was part. He was the Minister of the Internal Affairs of Hungary, and also the author of the famous novels known collectively as the   “Transylvanian Trilogy.”

After Bontida you’ll be driven to Maramures, a place where the purity of nature blends with the beauty of the old villages, a place where the locals keep their traditions untouched, and where carved wood represents a common way of building.

Further on, you’ll have your first contact with a spectacular wooden church. Built in Surdesti in 1724, this UNESCO site, made of evergreen oak beams, impresses because of its very high steeple which reaches 54 meters (177 feet).

Then you’ll continue your journey through the villages of Maramures. You will walk and take many pictures of this forgotten corner of Europe.

In the afternoon we’ll reach our destination, a traditional guest house where your hosts are warm and friendly, the meals are phenomenal,  and the local plum brandy is . . .well, “strong” doesn’t quite descriptibe it.  Just try some and you’ll see!

Overnight in Vadu Izei

 

Day 8

VADU IZEI – SIGHETU MARMATIEI – SAPANTA – VADU IZEI

There is no photo tour without an excursion to a local market and the market in Sighetu Marmatiei is one of the best. It is here that you can photograph the farmers while they sell their fresh produce, and then we’ll be going to see a cemetery which is unique in the world. The Merry Cemetery, founded in the 1930s by a local carver, is a place of mourning like any other cemetery but it is also a place of very black humor. The crosses, painted in bright colors and descriptibing the deceased in words and images (and not always complimentary), will be a great subject for your pictures.

The convent of Peri is the one of the highest wooden structures in the world. Part of a large complex, the church is a great example of the local art and architecture.

In the afternoon we’ll take a photo tour of a local village where you’ll be able to admire the old houses, the ancient crafts, and the daily life.

In the evening, once again, you’ll be stuffed full with plenty of excellent food and plum brandy.

Overnight in Bucharest.

 

Day 9

VADU IZEI – BARSANA – BISTRITA – SIGHISOARA

Today we will leave the rural area of Maramures, but on the way you’ll get to see some other amazing sights of this part of the world. You’ll meet a famous wood carver who enjoys welcoming visitors and you’ll get to understand (and photograph) his workshop and his works. And in Barsana you’ll be amazed by the beauty of the wooden convent and its local architecture.

Driving through the Carpathian Mountains, you’ll return to Transylvania. In Bistrita you’ll take a short walk in this old German city. Further on, you’ll reach the center of the Hungarian minority and in the city of Targu Mures, you’ll admire the beautiful Secession-style architecture .

In the afternoon, we will come to Sighisoara.

Overnight in Sighisoara

 

Day 10

SIGHISOARA – BIERTAN – SIGHISOARA

Sighisoara is one of the best medieval citadels of Europe, a top UNESCO heritage site. Founded by the Germans in the 12th and13th centuries, Sighisoara is a major tourist attraction.

Sighisoara is surrounded by many remote German villages, real time capsules where it is very normal of seeing cows walking freely on dirt roads, plenty of horse-drawn carts, old houses, and stunning medieval fortified churches, several of them UNESCO sites. During this tour you’ll get the chance to photograph a genuine gypsy family. Further on you’ll admire the impressive fortified church in Biertan, another UNESCO site.

In the afternoon you’ll get a short walking tour of Sighisoara, where you will  admire the cobblestone alleys, the medieval buildings, and the watch-towers. The Clock Tower itself is the perfect spot for an amazing panorama.

The day ends with some late afternoon-early evening  photos of this lovely old town.

Overnight in Sighisoara

 

Day 11

SIGHISOARA – VISCRI – BRASOV

Today the “Romania Photo Tour” is dedicated to some other remote villages. The village of Viscripti became famous after Britain’s Prince Charles purchased an old traditional house which has been transformed into a guest house. To this, add the beautiful village itself and one of the oldest fortified churches of Transylvania, another UNESCO site.

We’ll continue with another remote village. We’ll walk here for a while and we’ll photograph the people, the old houses, and the old fortified church.

In the afternoon we’ll reach the city of Brasov.

Overnight in Brasov

 

Day 12

BRASOV – BRAN – BRASOV

Brasov is surrounded by the beautiful peaks of the Carpathian Mountains. It is here where we can find some of the most picturesque villages in Romania. Early in the morning we’ll go for a photo session in this forgotten world.

Bran Castle is by far one of the most famous tourist attractions of Romania, therefore we can’t miss it. Originally built by the Teutonic nights some 800 years ago, Bran Castle became famous especially after Bram Stoker wrote his famous novel “Dracula.”

After lunch we’ll take a detour to the most impressive fortified church in Transylvania. Built 800 years ago, the fortified church of Prejmer is another UNESCO site, and also extremely well- preserved.

Overnight in Brasov

 

Day 13

BRASOV – SINAIA – BUCHAREST

On the way back to Bucharest, we’ll pass through the Carpathian Mountains for the last time. We’ll stop in Busteni and we’ll take the longest cable-car ride in Romania. Sinaia is probably the most famous mountain resort of Romania, and it is here that Prince Carol decided to build his summer residence.

The monastery of Sinaia is a fine example of Byzantine art, and is the oldest building of Sinaia.

In the afternoon we’ll reach Bucharest, and in the evening, you’ll enjoy a final dinner (and maybe some more plum brandy).

 

Day 14

BUCHAREST – OTOPENI AIRPORT

You’ll be transferred to the airport according to your flight time.

End of the tour

The price includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by modern car
  • Accommodation for 13 nights in 4-star hotels and B&Bs
  • Breakfast
  • Two home-made dinners
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the program

The price does not include:

  • Flight ticket
  • Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
  • Drinks (other than water)
  • Other meals except breakfast
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

Please note that the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.

Pictures

Important!TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice
and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

 




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