Romantic Romania

Romania Tours by Contur Travel

Romantic Romania tour (9 days)

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We are doing private escorted tours for individuals, small groups or groups by car, minibus or coach / train / plane.

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We do not have scheduled tours where different people can enroll.

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Romantic Romania tour

Itinerary: Bucharest - Sibiu - Sighisoara - Alba Iulia - Cluj Napoca - Sighetul Marmatiei - Sucevita - Bicaz Gorges - Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest

Tour highlights:
cosmopolitan Bucharest and its surroundings, baroque palace of Brukenthal in Avrig, romantic promenade in Sibiu, from Romans to medieval times in Alba Iulia, sunset in the old citadel of Sighisoara, lunch at the XVII century Haller castle, a peculiar and funny cemetery - Sapanta, trip to Vaser Valley with a steam train, painted monasteries of Moldavia, overnight in a Princely mansion, romantic Brasov and Dracula's castle.

Day 1: Bucharest - The Paris of the Est

Our guide will meet you in the airport and take you for a sightseeing tour starting with The Mitropoly hill, from here you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Next you will visit the Romanian Atheneum and Royal Palace - National Art Museum, the Cotroceni Palace - former royal palace, presently the residence of Romanian president, the Palace of Parliament - the second largest building in the world, also known as People's house, built by the ex-communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Overnight in Bucharest in a historical hotel located on the oldest promenade boulevard Calea Victoriei.

  • Sightseeing tour of Bucharest
  • Optional dinner with show in a typical restaurant
  • Overnight at 4 star hotel (Moxa Boutique or similar)

Day 2: Step into Transylvania - medieval and modern Sibiu

Leave Bucharest and drive towards Sibiu via Olt river Valley.
Stop en route to Cozia monastery on the Olt river banks, an orthodox monastery built 600 years ago by Mircea the Old, the grandfather of Vlad the Impaler.

Before entering Sibiu you stop at Avrig to visit a unique baroque palace modelled after the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna and designed by Samuel von Brukenthal, a German governor of Transylvania.

Arrive in Sibiu - Europe's cultural capital in 2007 - walking tour of the old city including The Small and Large squares, Evangelical cathedral, Brukenthal Palace, Stairs passage, Council tower, Liar's bridge.
The guide will take you for a romantic dinner (optional) at a traditional restaurant "Sibiul Vechi" in the basement of a historical building.

  • Transfer to Sibiu by private car accompanied by driver/guide
  • Visit Cozia monastery
  • Visit the baroque palace of Brunkenthal in Avrig and optional lunch in the Orangerie
  • Sibiu walking tour (optionally: traditional Transylvanian dinner at "Sibiul Vechi" restaurant)
  • Overnight at Romans Emperor 3 star historical hotel in Sibiu

Day 3: Medieval cities in Transylvania

Drive to Alba Iulia (ancient Apulum founded by the Romans in the II-nd century) and visit the Orthodox Cathedral where the first kings of Romania were crowned, the Roman Catholic Cathedral - the most representative building of the Medieval Romanic style in Transylvania and the Princely Palace.
You will walk along the "Route of the 3 fortifications" a dive in time and legends of Transylvania guided by the ancient soldiers and stop for lunch in the Military camp or Medieval hotel 5*.

After lunch head towards Sighisoara. En route visit the Saxon village of Biertan and its fortified XVI-th century church.
In the afternoon you will arrive in Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval citadel and the only inhabited one in Europe. You will be accommodated in a historical building within the citadel, where you can also have dinner in the native house where Prince Vlad Dracula was born.

  • Transfer to Sighisoara via Alba Iulia, Biertan with private car accompanied by driver/guide
  • Walking tour of Alba Iulia including visits of Orthodox Cathedral, Catholic Cathedral and The route of the 3 fortifications: (The Roman Castrum - 106 AD, Medieval Citadel XVI-XVII and Alba Carolina Citadel - fortification in Vauban style XVIII-th century).
  • Visit the UNESCO patrimony fortified church in Biertan
  • Optional dinner in Sighisoara in the house where Prince Vlad the Impaler was born
  • Overnight in the citadel at Casa Wagner or Casa cu Cerb - 3 star historical pensions.

Day 4: Legends of Trasylvania: Sighisoara of Vlad the Impaler and Cluj - former capital of Trasylvania

This morning you will walk on the narrow streets of medieval Sighisoara.

Drive to Cluj Napoca, former capital of Transylvania.
On the route you will stop for lunch in the historical castle Haller built in the XVII-th century.
In the afternoon take a tour of Cluj Napoca city center with its impressive St. Michael Cathedral and the equestrian statue of Matei Corvin.

  • Sightseeing of Sighisoara including History Museum, Clock Tower, Weapons Museum, Torture Chamber and Church from the Hill
  • Lunch at Haller Castle in Ogra
  • Transfer to Cluj Napoca - sightseeing including St Michael Cathedral
  • Overnight in downtown at an old guesthouse with modern design.

Day 5: Maramures - Romania's ethnographic sanctuary

After breakfast head North towards Maramures region.
Driving along beautiful villages with traditional houses and wooden carved gates we reach Sapanta and its picturesque and unique "Merry Cemetery" with its brightly painted carved wooden crosses and humorous illustrations.

Drive to Sighetu Marmatiei - the northern point of Romania at the border with Ucraina.
Stop for lunch in a traditional trout house in Mara village. Visit one of the most beautiful wooden monasteries of Maramures-Barsana.

  • Transfer to Sighetul Marmatiei in Maramures via Baia Mare
  • Visit the "Merry Cemetery" in Sapanta
  • Lunch with fresh fish in a typical trout house - Pastravaria Alex
  • Visit Barsana wooden monastery
  • Overnight at a traditional guesthouse in Sighetu Marmatiei (Casa Iurca de Calinesti or similar).

Day 6: A dive back in time - the steam train trip on Iza Valley

This morning you will leave early for Valea Vaserului for an unique steam train trip - "Mocanita" (used since 1932 for transporting forest workers). Admire the splendors of the unspoiled nature of Vaser Valley, a part of Maramures Mountains Nature Park.
You can get some refreshments at Paltin station (the turning point for steam train).

Return to Viseul de Sus station and start your drive to Bukovina crossing Borgo Pass where the Irish novelist Bram Stoker located Castle Dracula (do not forget to bring your Crucifix with you).

  • Transfer to Viseul de Sus at Forest Railway Station, boarding point in "Mocanita"
  • Drive to Bucovina via scenic Borgo Pass
  • Overnight at Sofia or Popasul Bucovinei 4 star guesthouses.

Day 7: The painted monasteries of Bucovina and a Princely Mansion

Today you visit the famous XV-th century painted monasteries of Bucovina. The vivid colours of these UNESCO - listed monasteries of Sucevita, Moldovita and Voronet have been well preserved up to this day.

Drive to Cotnari, one of the oldest vineyards of Romania and the most famous in Moldavia.

This evening you will stay overnight in a princely manor built in neoclassical style in 1878 by Prince Ghica as a summer residence.

  • Visit the monasteries of Sucevita, Moldovita and Voronet
  • Visit to the black pottery center of Marginea
  • Overnight at Polizu Manor 4*.

Day 8: The painted monasteries of Bucovina and a Princely Mansion

Head South this morning through the dramatic Bicaz Gorges. Admire the spectacular Red Lake on your way to Transylvania and Brasov.
Sightseeing of the XIV-th century city including Black Church, St Nicholas Church and the Museum of the first school in Romania.
Enjoy your last Transylvanian night in Brasov.

  • Drive through spectacular Bicaz Gorges; sightseeing of scenic Red Lake, head towards Brasov
  • Sightseeing tour of Brasov
  • Candlelight dinner at Bella Musica restaurant (optional)
  • Overnight at Bella Muzica / Casa Wagner / Curtea Brasoveana - 3 star historical hotels in Brasov.

Day 9: Dracula's Castle and Peles, the Royal castle

This morning you take a short drive to Bran Castle, often referred to as "Dracula's Castle". Built in 1378 as a toll station it has a dramatic fairy tale appearance, but slightly connected with Vlad Tepes (Dracula).

Return to the mountain resort of Sinaia to visit the Sinaia monastery and Peles Castle, the summer residence of Romania's royal family.

Make your way towards Otopeni Airport for your afternoon flight home. In case of early flight we may recommend an additional night in Bucharest.

  • Visit Bran Castle (Dracula's)
  • Visit Peles Castle in Sinaia
  • Candlelight dinner at Bella Musica restaurant (optional)
  • Drive to Otopeni airport, or your hotel in Bucharest.
9 days tour

Departures: daily from 1st April until 30 October according to availabilities.

Services included:

  • 8 nights accommodation (place in a double room) on breakfast basis at 3 - 4 star hotels
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned car/minibus/bus (according to the number of participants)
  • Lunch at Haller castle and the trout house in Maramures
  • Trip to Vaser Valley with a steam engine train
  • entrance fees to museums included in the program
  • Guide assistance

Not included in the above program:

  • arrival/departure flights
  • travel insurance (recommended by Lonely Planet)
  • personal expenses of any kind, hotel services like phone calls, laundry, minibar, room service
  • soft and alcoholic drinks with the main meals unless otherwise specified.

Package price: 890 Euro/person in double room

for a party of 4 persons

Prices for other sized parties, room types, supplementary services: by request.