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Top-drawer Romania tour

€ 1290

per person

Take a complete in-depth cultural experience of Transylvania, Maramures, Bucovina & Apuseni Mountains. Discover combined cityscapes and scenic countryside, to catch the real life facts. Take benefit of having a local guide with you.

Travel Details

Transylvania, Maramures, Bucovina & Apuseni Mountains
Start / End
10 days / 9 nights
March - October
Tour type
Dress code
For monasteries visits: shoulders and knees should be covered for both men and women. Skirts and scarfs are sometimes offered at the entrance. For salt mine visit: non slippery-shoes & appropriate warm clothing recommended (the constant temperature inside the salt mine is 10-12° C).
two wooden churches in Maramures (UNESCO), Sapanta Merry Cemetery, three painted monasteries in Bucovina (UNESCO), Sighisoara fortress (UNESCO), Viscri fortified church (UNESCO), the Black Church in Brasov, Peles, Bran and Hunedoara castles, Rimetea village, Turda salt mine
about 1700 km / 1056 mi
Car transfer duration
see daily details in Tour Plan
accommodation locations & order of visits may suffer changes. Certain inside visits may not be available on Monday.


Arrival in Cluj-Napoca. Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel.

(no meals included)


Cluj – Maramures

Breakfast and departure for Maramures. Stop on the way to visit a first of the eight wooden churches included in the UNESCO heritage list (Rogoz or Surdesti). Take a walk in the best preserved traditional village in Maramures and have lunch with the locals. Continue with the visit the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, an unusual colorful spot, unexpectedly reflecting the love for live of the locals, and a traditional dowry room.

Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse in Maramures.

Car transfers: approx. 6h00min; ~290 km / 180 mi

(breakfast, lunch & dinner included)


Maramures - Bucovina

After breakfast, visit a second UNESCO wooden church (Ieud or Poienile Izei). Departure for Bucovina region, taking a scenic road across the Carpathians. Lunch in a restaurant on the way. Stop in Ciocanesti to see the traditional decorated houses. Visit the painted monastery of Moldovita, famous for it’s Siege of Constantinople fresco scene. As decorating the Easter egg is an ancient Hutsul tradition that you must not miss, you’ll have the chance to assist at such a demonstration. Continue the journey with the visit of the most complete and best preserved of the painted monasteries: Sucevita. If you’re looking for spiritual perfection, you may find inspiration here, admiring the Ladder of Virtues fresco scene.

Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse in Bucovina.

Car transfers: approx. 6h00min; ~300 km / 186 mi

(breakfast & dinner included, lunch not included)



Bucovina - Saxon Transylvania

Breakfast and transfer to Voronet for the visit of the painted monastery, the most famous of all eight painted monasteries included in UNESCO heritage. Departure for Transylvania, taking once again a mountain road. Stop in Bistrita for lunch and a relaxed city tour. Arrive in Sighisoara in the afternoon and walk among the colourful narrow streets of this unique UNESCO-heritage fortress. The historic figure said to have inspired the creation of Dracula novel character was born here.

Dinner in a restaurant and accommodation in a 3* hotel in Sighisoara.

Car transfers: approx. 6h30min; ~330 km / 205 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Saxon Transylvania: Sighisoara – Viscri – Brasov

Breakfast and departure for Viscri. This rural establishment will unveil the best preserved and restored traditional Saxon village in Transylvania, one of the few where the community is still very much alive, where small rural businesses are surviving in a modern world. You shall then pay a visit to the local blacksmith and visit the 13th c. fortified church (UNESCO patrimony). Lunch in a local guesthouse in Viscri. Continue the journey to Brasov, the Crown City. Guided tour of the medieval city and free time for relaxing.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Brasov.

Car transfers: approx. 2h30min; ~125 km / 78 mi

(breakfast & lunch included, dinner not included)


Saxon Transylvania: Brasov – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov

Breakfast and departure for Sinaia, for the visit of Peles Castle, the first castle built by the Romanian Monarchy during the 19th century. Chance to admire the personal arts collections of the royal family. Lunch in a restaurant and transfer to Bran, taking a scenic little road across the mountains. Arrive in Bran and visit the so called ‘Dracula’s Castle. Dating from the Middle Ages and yet modernized at the beginning of the 20th century, Bran castle is now one of the most visited places in Romania. Should we find Dracula inside? In the afternoon, transfer back to Brasov for shopping and free time.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Brasov.

Car transfers: approx. 3h30min; ~130 km / 80 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Saxon Transylvania: Brasov – Sibiu

In the morning, after breakfast, visit the inside of the Black Church in Brasov, hiding the largest collection of Ottoman carpets in Europe. Departure for Sibiu, the best defended medieval fortified town in Transylvania, named European Capital of Culture in 2007. Tour the four defensive walls of the old city. Free time for dinner in a restaurant.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Sibiu.

Car transfers: approx. 2h30min; ~150 km / 93 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Transylvania - Hateg - Apuseni Mountains

Breakfast and departure for Hunedoara. Visit the largest Gothic castle in Romania, Corvin Castle (also known as Hunyad Castle) which, as it’s name already says it, belonged to the Hunyad family, one of the most famous family member being King Mathia Hunyadi.  Lunch in a restaurant and continue the journey for Alba Iulia, the most beloved city in the country. Visit Alba Carolina Vauban fortress and discover all its inside stories : all about the ancient Romans, the Hungarian kings, the union of Transylvania with Romania. Transfer to the Apuseni Mountains for dinner in a traditional restaurant and accommodation in a guesthouse in the iconic village of Rimetea.

Car transfers: approx. 4h00min; ~270 km / 168 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


Apuseni Mountains: Rimetea – Turda – Cluj

After breakfast, transfer to one of the most incredible underground location in Europe: Turda salt mine. With its historical and modern side, this salt mine is a must see in Transylvania.

*It is not recommended to visit the salt mine if you have heart, lungs, digestive and other health conditions. You can check them all here.

Lunch in a restaurant and continue the journey to Cluj, a lively city with 11 universities and plenty of events. City tour of medieval city. Free time for last minute shopping.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Cluj.

Car transfers: approx. 1h30min; ~70 km / 43 mi

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)



Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and end of the tour.

(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)


services of an English speaking guide / driver

airport pick up & drop off

transportation by private vehicle or minibus

gas, road tax and parking fees

entry tickets (for two wooden churches in Maramures, Sapanta Merry Cemetery, three painted monasteries in Bucovina, Viscri fortified church, the Black Church in Brasov, Peles, Bran and Hunedoara castles, Turda salt mine)

Easter egg painting demonstration

meals as mentioned in the tour description (9 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches)

3 overnights in a rural guesthouses (double room based)

6 overnights in a 3* hotels (double room based)

Not included:

flight tickets

travel insurance

your meals and drinks (others than mentioned)

personal expenses

photo / video fees (where required)


from 1290 EUR

you can choose departure date

price varies according to number of participants

you can choose guiding language (subject to availability)


1650 EUR

departures 2020: March 26th, April 23rd, May 21st, June 18th, July 16st, August 13th, September 10th, October 8th

fix pricing regardless the number of participants (max. 8 participants)

guiding available in English

Check here what discounts apply to this tour.

All prices are listed per person and calculated on an 8 participants basis.
For tours for more than 8 participants, please request a quote.