You choose the date you would like to depart between 1 April 2017 and 22 October 2017 - and enjoy this delightful highlights of Romania private tour. Go at your pace, no tour group to keep up with, and enjoy chatting with our local guides about local life and traditions, history and culture. A real insight into this big and beautiful country, with a personal touch so you really get to feel Romania.
Painted monasteries, rich folklore, picturesque villages, rolling landscapes, castles & palaces & medieval towns. Experience the best of Romania.
This itinerary is based on 3* accommodation, but you can upgrade to 4 or 5 star - just call us for a quote.
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Itinerary for our Romania Highlights Private Tour
DAY 1: Sibiu
Arrival in Sibiu. Your guide will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel - welcome to Romania! If the timing is suitable, we will enjoy a short walking tour of Sibiu in the afternoon/early evening and your guide will give you an overview of the tour, before dinner.
DAY 2: Sibiu
Today we will complete our visit to Sibiu (cultural capital of Europe in 2007) by visiting the biggest and best-preserved village museum on the outskirts of Sibiu. We will visit the basilica of Michelsberg, where we will try typical Saxon cuisine. The afternoon is free time for shopping or exploring. Evening dinner is a unique experience; dinner with a local Romanian family, with local wine and tuica (the famous plum brandy).
DAY 3: Sibiu – Alba Iulia – Cluj – Vadu Izei (Bella Doina)
After breakfast we begin our journey to Maramures via Cluj – Napoca, the city of culture and science. We will get lunch on the way. The Fortress of Cluj built in the 18th century is the oldest monument of Baroque secular architecture in Transylvania. The Unirii Square is dominated by Saint Mihail Cathedral, the most representative monument of Gothic architecture in Cluj. You’ll notice the statue of Avram Iancu, the leader of the Romanian Revolution of Transylvania from 1948. In the evening we arrive to Bella Doina Pension, a piece of heaven in this area where we will enjoy a pleasant evening of dinner and accommodation.
DAY 4: Maramures
A day spent enjoying the normal and traditional life, as it should be. In the morning we will visit some local artists, drive through the villages to discover the traditional watermill, visit a plum brandy maker and a hatter. Lunch will be at Maria’s house and on the way, for those who want to see more interesting things, we can go and visit the communist prison from Sighet, and the Merry Cemetery from Sapinta. Dinner and accommodation again at Doina’s.
DAY 5: Maramures - Bucovina
After breakfast we depart for another interesting region, Bucovina. The drive will take us all day, but we will see and visit many sights along the way. First we will visit Bogdana church, a wooden church dated from 1710, Birsana Monastery, a new but impressive wooden monastery. Stop for a quick lunch in Borsa, a local winter sports resort. Later on we see the village of Ciocanesti with their interesting painted houses and finally we arrive in a place called Gura Humorului, where we will overnight for 2 days at 4* Hotel Roata. Free dinner (not included in the tour).
DAY 6: Bucovina
Day dedicated to the painted monasteries of Bucovina. After breakfast we will visit a local artist who paints Easter eggs. She will demonstrate the technique she uses and you can have a try too. We continue to Moldovita monastery, meet sister Tatiana, who will show us the paintings, and after that we will have lunch in the monastery. In the afternoon we depart towards Sucevita monastery. Visit and stop at a local artist family, famous for their black ceramics. We can enjoy a live demonstration, or drive further back to our hotel. Free dinner (not included in the tour). Same accommodation.
DAY 7: Bucovina – Bicaz Gorge – Miercurea Ciuc – Brasov
After breakfast we depart towards Brasov. We will pass over Bicaz Gorge, a unique landscape in Romania, stop for taking pictures, and for a lunch possibility at Murder Lake. In the afternoon we will continue to Brasov, through the Hungarian region, where we will see another style of wooden gates. Arriving in Brasov late in the afternoon, free dinner (not included) and accommodation at a 3*+ hotel in the city square area.
DAY 8: Brasov and surroundings
Today we will visit Dracula's Castle - Bran, Peles Castle, the kings’ former summer residence in Romania. Lunch will be in a special place on the Prahova valley, where we can enjoy a champagne tasting (sparkling wine produced using champagne technology – the best brand in Romania). We return to Brasov in the afternoon and have special dinner with classical music at the citadel.
DAY 9: Brasov – Viscri – Sighisoara – Sibiu
All day in the old Saxon area! We drive directly to Viscri – Weisskirch – and we will have a special Saxon type lunch. Here we will talk to the mayor, who is a Saxon lady, and her mother. You will enjoy their dialect and also be amazed of what people can do if they want to, and if they are well organized. You will also see what Prince Charles' Foundation is doing in this region to save this civilization. Be prepared for exceptional plum brandy and local wines! On our way back we will stop and visit Sighisoara, the only inhabited medieval citadel, the Rothenberg of Eastern Europe. Later on we continue our way to Sibiu, accommodation in the same hotel and farewell dinner.
DAY 10: End of the tour
Departure according to your flight details.
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