Romania at first sight
A 10-day suggested itinerary, starting at 220 EUR/person/day
Romania’s story with you as the hero
This 10-day itinerary is going to set you off on a becoming journey across Romania, to rediscover yourself through the wisdom of the old, the generosity of the rural people and traditions that make even the bitterest life’s milestones taste sweet. Travelling from south to north, you’ll traverse some of Romania’s most bucolic regions, where nature reigns and people sing its tune. You’ll learn from Romanians how to whistle in front of adversity and tie fate’s shoelaces as a joke. Who says that life has to be taken seriously, when it can be taken with a pinch of salt and turned into the most delicious bite?
Together, we’ll taste the fruits of Romania’s land and sip its spirit at the wineries from Dealu Mare, Europe’s new old wine-growing district. Beware! As any hero, you’ll face your fears as Dracula’s fangs will close up the past and get you closer to present-day Brasov. You’ll venture in fortresses, recollect at wooden churches, discover the buzz of urban modernity and reward your weary legs and senses with decadent local dishes. Another round please and another and another and then…let’s go! As Romanians say, the road fits the traveller best.
- D1: Bucharest – Dealu Mare – Chitorani (2h30 drive)
- D2: Chitorani – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov (3h drive)
- D3: Brasov – Fagaras – Balea Lake – Veseud (3h30 drive)
- D4: Veseud – Biertan – Alma Vii – Richis – Veseud (2h drive)
- D5: Veseud – Sighisoara – Cund – Cluj-Napoca (4h drive)
- D6: Cluj-Napoca – Surdesti – Budesti – Breb – Vadu Izei (3h30)
- D7: Vadu Izei – Sapanta – Sighetu Marmatiei – Valea Stejarului – Vadu Izei (1h drive)
- D8: Vadu Izei – Barsana – Ieud – Sacel – Ciocanesti – Moldovita – Sucevita (5h drive)
- D9: Sucevita – Marginea – Putna – Sucevita (1h30 drive)
- D10: Sucevita – Voronet – Suceava (2h drive)
*Driving times don’t include stops.
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU
Day 1: Bucharest – Dealu Mare – Chitorani
Begin your Romanian story the way any authentic local hero would: with a feast and some great wine. On the way to Romania’s most coveted wine valley – Dealu Mare – make a quick stop to enjoy timeless Romanian architecture at Bellu Manor Museum. Then, follow your wine-tuition to the rolling hills of Dealu Mare. Visit a few famous vineyards, taste the most delicious wines and enjoy the mesmerising sights. Call it a day in a beautiful manor house, where a fine story about Romanians awaits before going to bed.
Day 2: Chitorani – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov
From Chitoarani, you’ll continue your journey towards the legendary Prahova Valley, where mountains and castles reign the scenery. In Sinaia, you’ll enter a fairytale world at Peles Castle and follow the thread of Romania’s history. Next, you’ll need to gather all your might, because you’ll come face to face with a fanged villain of so-long-ago at Bran Castle, Count Dracula himself. We’re sure you’ll escape his fangs, and you’ll head to Brasov to take in the sights and reminiscence of the day over a rich Romanian dinner.
Day 3: Brasov – Fagaras – Balea Lake – Veseud
Start the day at the Black Church, one of the biggest Gothic Churches in Europe and let yourself swept away by the mesmerising sound of its organ. With your ears forever-in-love with Brasov’s harmonies, it’s time to treat the eyes and mind with fresh sceneries and head-spinning views. But first, Romanian food! You’ll travel to Fagaras for a farm-to-table lunch and then venture on to Balea Lake via Transfagarasan, a road made to win your heart with twists and spins and sweeping views. Sleep tight in Veseud, in an authentic traditional home that embodies Romanian hospitality.
Day 4: Veseud – Biertan – Alma Vii – Richis – Veseud
Romanians don’t like to rush their stories and yours should not be a sprint either. Luckily, in Romania’s countryside, time follows different rules. On this particular day, you’ll write your story slowly, taking the time (and even more) to discover some of Romania’s most beautiful and well-kept saxon villages. Recollect at fortified churches and explore the rural sights as sloooooooooooowly as possible. And, of course, talk to locals and listen to their stories. These will definitely put a colorful light on your own.
Day 5: Veseud – Sighisoara – Cund – Cluj-Napoca
Taking it slow and “taking” it to another century goes hand in hand in Romania. You’ll experience it yourself on your 5th day around the country. Wake up in Veseud and let your lovely host treat you to a mouth-watering Romanian breakfast. Then, set your calendar hundreds of years ago and travel to Sighisoara, a medieval fortress that’s still inhabited today. After a local cheese and wine tasting in Cund, make a time-hop and land in one of the most hip Romanian cities – Cluj. Discover the urban buzz and slow-is-good culture that will leave you wanting more. But not more cheese. You would’ve already tasted many varieties on this day. A pause is needed.
Day 6: Cluj-Napoca – Surdesti – Budesti – Breb – Vadu Izei
Continue your story in the land of never ending traditional stories: Maramures. Among myths, legends and local heroes, traditions still blossom no matter the season. Enjoy the heart-warming hospitality of Maramures people and share with them a drink, a meal and stories – yes, more stories! Pace yourself in the villages of Surdesti, Budesti and Breb, to admire beautiful wooden churches. Wherever you’ll look, the unspoiled beauty of the traditional Romanian village will echo loud and proud, spoken out by gregarious and big-hearted locals.
Day 7: Vadu Izei – Sapanta – Sighetu Marmatiei – Valea Stejarului – Vadu Izei
Learn how to take fate by the horns, the way Romanians do, at a very jolly and thus unusual cemetery. The Sapanta cemetery will turn your beliefs on their head. See how Romanians greet the passing into another life with a bitter-sweet humor, part irony, part realism. The colorful cemetery, adorned with witty and funny lyrics on the crosses of those deceased, gives death a well-deserved condescending view. Next, discover more about Romania’s history under communism and how fate can be turned. End your afternoon with a slow walk in Valea Stejarului, before returning to Vadu Izei for a good dinner and a lovely, genuine chat.
Day 8: Vadu Izei – Barsana – Ieud – Sacel – Ciocanesti – Moldovita – Sucevita
Wake up at the rooster’s cock-a-doodle-doo to venture far and wide into Romania’s spiritual lands. From Vadu Izei, you’ll first set off to Barsana, an area of all-you-can-see authenticity. Admire its charming monastery and move on to Ieud to visit another masterful wooden sanctuary, included on the UNESCO Heritage Site list. Then, have a tête-à-tête in Sacel with a third-generation water mill owner, the last in his line. With your spirits high, enjoy the embroidered houses in Ciocanesti and visit Moldovita Monastery, another UNESCO Heritage site. End the day in Sucevita and get some well-deserved sleep in a traditional house that keeps folklore alive.
Day 9: Sucevita – Marginea – Putna – Sucevita
There’s nothing sweeter than the Romanian-Moldavian dialect and nothing more beautiful than its religious spirit. By now, you would have already become a local hero and, without even knowing it, you’ll be able to understand the language without speaking it. And, since spiritual language needs no words indeed, make a stop at Sucevita, a beyond-beautiful monastery. Next, learn a local skill from a family whose main occupation is the long-lasting tradition of molding black clay into stupendous objects – an art that’s slowly disappearing in the region. Then, on to Putna Monastery, where you can visit the tomb of the greatest Moldavian Leader, Stephen the Great. After a day beyond words, you’ll return to Sucevita and spend your last night in Romania in the company of delicious food and great people.
Day 10: Sucevita – Voronet – Suceava
Your journey ends in the colorful Moldavian region with the most beautiful blue your eyes have ever seen. Enjoy a slow breakfast in Sucevita and then venture on to Voronet Monastery, a sanctuary famous for the unique blue that adorns its frescos. A visit to Bucovina Village Museum and the Citadel of Suceava will be the last sights you’ll experience on Romanian land. At this moment, although your Romanian story has come to an end, we hope your love for Romania has only just begun. Bid you farewell and see you soon!
Please note that this is merely an itinerary suggestion that can be used as such or serve as an inspiration for your bespoke journey. Contact us today for an exclusive itinerary. We’ll design the experience for you from the scratch when we know the length of your trip and what sparks your interest. Culinary discoveries, plant foraging, horse-riding, biking, hiking, local events, traditional crafts, wine tastings, architecture, you name it and we’ll arrange it. We have a nice and customisable selection of activities that we’ve gathered by doing our own research, a few of them are listed right here under OPTIONAL EXTRAS.
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Planning Your Journey Begins with a Conversation
First, we’ll discuss your needs and expectations, then provide an approximate per-person per-day cost for the journey.
Questions to Consider
- How many people are you traveling with?
- What are your special interests? (e.g., wildlife, trekking, visiting cultural sites)
- What are your comfort and style requirements?
- Are there any special considerations that might affect our planning? (e.g., financial or medical, a special celebration) etc.
Itinerary Development Fee
After our initial conversation, if you would like our team to proceed with planning your trip and creating a customised itinerary, we will require receipt of an Itinerary Development Fee of 200 euros. Because of the time and attention we put into handcrafting each journey, this fee serves as an agreement that you are dedicated to working with Romania Private Tours. This fee will be credited toward your final balance, but is not refundable should you decide to cancel.
Once we have received this fee, we can fine-tune each detail of the adventure to your heart’s content.
After we have received your itinerary development fee, we will propose a specific itinerary with the dates or date range based on your availability. We will be ready to discuss itinerary details and will continue to make adjustments based on your feedback. Once you have approved the proposed itinerary, we will reserve space at the chosen hotels and provide you with an exact trip cost. We can still continue to fine-tune until you’re completely comfortable with the itinerary.
Confirmation, Deposit, and Invoice
Once you have approved the itinerary and price, we will book all your arrangements with an additional per-person deposit (30% of trip cost). We will then send a detailed invoice to you.
Sixty (60) days before departure, the balance of the invoice is due. After we have received all payments, your final itinerary, trip briefing will be sent approximately three weeks prior to departure.
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As we incur costs from the time of your booking, the following cancellation charges will be applied. Cancellation charges apply as a percentage of the total trip price, as follows:
- Over 61 days prior to trip start date – Deposit only
- Between 31 – 60 days prior trip start date – 70%
- Less than 14 days to trip start date – 100%
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