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Romania’s Discovery Grand Tour

21 days / 20 nights
Transylvania - Moldavia Bukovina - Danube - Independent walking - Multi-activities - Car Tours - Culture & gastronomy
Guided - Self-guided - Families - Singles - Comfort - Luggage transfer

price from 1445 €

Romania offers a wide range of breathtaking attractions. Because you choose to travel differently, we choose the best for your vacation. You will discover authentic regions, breathtaking landscapes and long-preserved traditions. Romania is a country where dedication to the land and its culture is closely linked to the heart of its people. Human activities are always in harmony with nature, agriculture and field work are the main activities for centuries and the rich history of the country has left a varied heritage waiting to be discovered.

Your day by day program

1
Arrival and welcome in Bucharest

Arrival in Bucharest and visit of the city according to your arrival time. Known as "Eastern Paris", Bucharest is today an eclectic city. Walking through its streets, you can see the influences of the medieval period with its Ottoman occupation, those of the modern era with neoclassical French architecture. like the bland remnants of the communist period. Extreme night in Bucharest. Night in a central 3 * hotel.

2
Magura

Today you will take the train to Brasov, one of the seven cities founded by the Saxons in Transylvania in the 12th century, when they were invited to Transylvania to guard the mountain passes. There you will have a private transfer to a beautiful mountain village where you will spend the next two nights in a traditional guesthouse.
Duration of the train: 2,5 - 3h
Breakfast and dinner included

3
Curmatura Hut

Today you will head to Piatra Craiului National Park. Your walk will be on scenic forest trails and rich in bird songs. You will find yourself at our charming place of lunch in Cabana Curmatura, where you will admire the view of the valley and the canyon which surround you. Lunch will be a real treat today with a local soup and an amazing apple pie !! After lunch, you will descend from the open hills before entering a large wooded area along the river. You will follow an old track to the Jurassic Canyon of Zarnesti. The last ascent will take you back to the fairytale village where you spent the previous evening.
Walking time: ~ 5h, 15km, + 800m, -300m
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

4
Bran Castle

Your walk will begin in Magura and you will have a slow climb through lush pastures and traditional farmland. You will join a shaded forest trail for a while, where you will climb again gradually before you can see the opening of the forest. You will discover a beautiful hill where you can stop to admire the magnificent view below! You will head to a breakfast place on a hillside with a gentle walk. Your place for lunch is picturesque as it overlooks a very isolated farm that has no electricity or running water, and belongs to a charming local farmer raising his carefree cattle to the world !! After lunch, you will follow a good ground before descending a very steep hill (500 m). The descent is paired with a fantastic view of Bran Castle, so take your time, go easy and enjoy. Bran Castle is an amazing example of 14th century Gothic architecture that seems to have been carefully placed on top of a mountain. At the end of your visit, you will have a private transfer to your next authentic guest house located in a very popular village of Bucegi Mountains.
Duration of the walk: 4h30, 12 km + 350 / -600m
Transfer time: 20 minutes
Meals: breakfast, picnic, dinner

5
Bucegi Mountains

Today you will ride in the mountains of Bucegi. A longer walk is possible along the Gutanu meadow and the vertical walls of the Bucegi ridge, which will give you a magnificent view of the Piatra Craiului ridge. Accommodation in the same guest house as the night before.
Walking time: 6h, 18 km, + 650m, -900 (or shorter, 4h30)
Meals: breakfast, picnic, dinner

6
Brasov

Today you will have a private transfer to Brasov and you will have time to explore this beautiful city. On the way to Brasov, you will also see the Rasnov Fortress, another well-preserved wonder dating back to medieval times. Brasov has a rich heritage Saxon, Hungarian and Romanian, which manifests itself in many sites to visit: the white and black towers, the black church, Nicholas Church, the first Romanian school, its narrow streets and colorful houses, all very well preserved in the ramparts and towers of the old town. Accommodation in a 2-star central boutique hotel.
Transfer time: 1h
Meals: breakfast, picnic, dinner

7
Sibiu

Today, you will rent a car in Brasov and continue your tour of Romania with Sibiu, one of the most beautiful cities of Transylvania. Its unique architectural style and the atmosphere of the city have been chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2007. Sibiu will seduce you. Accommodation in a 3-star central charming hotel.
Transfer time: 2.5 hours
Meals: breakfast, picnic, dinner

8
Sibiel

Today you can go to a beautiful village called Sibiel. You will have a nice carriage ride of one hour to understand the life of the village. Later, you can also visit the open-air village museum, located 6 km from Sibiu. For today's accommodation, you can either return to the central hotel in Sibiu or spend the evening in a traditional guesthouse in Sibiel. In this case, your dinner will be included.
Transfer time: 20 minutes
Meals: breakfast

9
Sighisoara

Today you will see one of the best preserved medieval citadels in Europe. Walking in the narrow cobbled streets will give you the feeling of traveling back in time. This fortified city is characterized by the presence of towers formerly managed by the congregations of artisans. The tailor's tower is a marvel of medieval architecture. Sighisoara is also considered the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, whose house is still preserved in the citadel. On your way, you will pass through villages such as Biertan, with its double-walled fortification, Slimnic and Valea Viilor. This last village was founded in the 13th century. It is a magnificent walled fortified church surrounded by 1.5 m wide walls, listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Overnight in a charming central hotel in the citadel of Sighisoara.

Transfer time: 2h
Meals: breakfast (dinner if you stay in Sibiel)

10
Maramures

Today, you will head to the traditional region of Maramures. The road will be long, but you will be delighted to have done so because this region is one of the most authentic still alive in Europe. You will spend the evening in a traditional guest house in the heart of Maramures.
Transfer time: 5h
Meals: breakfast and dinner

11
Sighet

Today, you will visit Maramures. You start with Sapanta, a village known for its unique "Happy Cemetery". Each tomb is accompanied by a wood sculpture and painted steel, with very bright colors, which describes the life of the deceased. Then you will visit the "Memorial of Victims of Communism" in the ancient capital of Maramures and a museum located in the former political prison, which will give you a sad testimony of the dark years of Romania. The last major visit today is the incredible Barsana Monastery. A convent built in the 1990s, respecting the traditional style and construction methods. The result is a masterpiece of Maramures craftsmanship. Accommodation in the same guest house as the night before.
Meals: breakfast and dinner

12
Wonderful landscapes

In Maramures, the work of wood, fruit of a secular tradition, will fascinate you. This know-how handed down from father to son is now perfectly mastered by artisans. You will visit beautiful landscapes and will immediately be connected to the virgin and peaceful atmosphere. You will visit several ancient wooden churches (some of which, like Ieud and Botiza, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List). Night in the same guest house as the day before.
Duration of the walk: ~ 5h, 15km, + 800m, -300m
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

13
Bucovina

Today, it is time to leave the Maramures behind you and you will go to Bucovina, another traditional region of a different style. You will have another long drive, but it will be worth it because these lands are truly unique and their experience will certainly create a wonderful memory. Accommodation in an authentic guest house in the heart of Bucovina.
Transfer time: 4h
Meals: breakfast and dinner

14
Hiking in Bucovina

Today, you will make a wonderful hike in the beautiful lands of Bucovina. After a first short climb, you will arrive in the forest and from there, depending on the movement of the herds, you can join a shepherd's hut. You will continue in the famous pine forest of Bukovina until you return to the valley. From there, according to your desire, you will be able to return to the guest house either on foot (5 km) while crossing the village, or by local bus. Night at the same place.
Walking time: ~ 5 hours, 14 km, + 500m, -550
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

15
Monasteries

Today you will find painted monasteries listed as UNESCO World Heritage. With their painted exterior walls, adorned with 15th and 16th century frescoes considered as masterpieces of Byzantine art, these churches are unique in Europe. You can visit three today: Humor, Voronet and Moldovita. Night at the same place.
Meals: breakfast and dinner

16
Wine Region

You will bid farewell to the rich lands of Bukovina today and head to the south-east of the country. You will spend the evening in a specific wine region and enjoy a tasting of delicious wines. Accommodation in a charming guest house.
Transfer time: 6h
Meals: breakfast and wine tasting

17
Crisan

Today you will run the best nature reserve in the delta of Europe. You will drive to Tulcea where you will return your car. Then you will embark on a boat to Crisan, a small fishing village in the heart of the Delta. Crisan will be your "base camp" to explore this aquatic paradise. Your guest will welcome you on the docks. Free evening to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the delta. A short canoe trip is recommended before sunset. If you like fish, your dinner will be a delight. Accommodation in a charming guest house.
Transfer time: 4h
Meals: breakfast and dinner

18
Channels, lakes and ponds

The day begins with a boat trip to discover a different aspect of the delta, with its complex network of canals, lakes and ponds, home to a large number of bird species. Guided by your host, a fisherman who knows this aquatic labyrinth, you will go to Letea by boat - "a village forgotten by God." In addition to this incredibly charming and traditional village, you will meet the surprising forest of Letea sheltering birch trees, ancient oaks, but also vines and a very curious flora which grew thanks to the seeds brought by migratory birds coming from Asia and Africa. Back to Crisan Picnic by the river, in the afternoon.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

19
The Lighthouse

Breakfast in your guest house; boat trip to Sulina, where the Danube flows into the Black Sea after 3000 km. Visit the old Sulina lighthouse, the measuring point of the Danube. This lighthouse built in 1870 in the Black Sea is now more than 2 km from the coast due to sediments and alluvium transported by the mighty Danube. Visit this old town, swim in the Black Sea, then return to the Crisan guest house. Once again you will be charmed by our cuisine.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

20
Bucharest

Today, you will leave the beautiful Danube Delta, take a boat back to Tulcea and get on the bus that will take you back to the Romanian capital. You will have the rest of the day to explore this exciting city. Accommodation in the same central 3 * hotel as on your first day
Meals: breakfast

21
End of the trip

After your breakfast, your trip with us will end. We hope you enjoyed your stay and that you will be back soon.
Meals: breakfast

Departure board

All year, weekdays and weekends.
We check the availability of accommodation and you confirm it at 48h from Monday to Friday.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • At your hotel in Bucharest.
End
  • At your hotel in Bucharest.
Accommodation
  • Double occupancy with private facilities in the places mentioned or nearby.
    • 2 nights in a 3-star central hotel in Bucharest on the 1st and 21st days
    • 2 nights in a traditional mountain inn in Magura on days 2 and 3
    • 2 nights in a traditional guest house in Moieciu on days 4 and 5
    • 1 night in a central 2 * hotel in Brasov on day 6
    • 1 night in a central 3 * hotel in Sibiu on day 7
    • 1 night in a rustic B & B in Sibiel on the 8th day or in the central 3 star hotel of Sibiu, if you prefer. (The dinner of the 8th day is included only if you stay in the guest house)
    • 1 night in a central 3 * hotel in Sighisoara
    • 3 nights in a traditional guest house in Maramures
    • 3 nights in a traditional guesthouse in Bucovina
    • 1 night in a guesthouse in a specific wine region
    • 3 nights in a cozy guest house in Crisan.
Number of people
  • From 2 people.
Level of difficulty
  • 5 days of walking (average level, up to 6 hours per day, days 3, 4, 5, 12, 14)
Carrying
  • Your luggage will be moved by private transfers on days when you do not have the rental car
Options
  • Single supplement (for a minimum of 2 people) : 350€
  • Car rental type Dacia Logan or similar -  for 11 days (days 7 to 17) the transfer in the weekend or out of hours for taking over and deposition, the insurance and the washing included. (fuel at your expense)  : 545€
  • Car rental Renault Fluence or similar - for 11 days (days 7 to 17) the transfer in the weekend or out of hours for taking over and deposition, the insurance and the washing included. (fuel at your expense) : 625€
  • Extra night 2* central hotel, Brasov single room   : 38€
  • Extra night 2* central hotel, Brasov double room  : 50€
  • Extra night 3* central Hotel in Bucharest single room  : 60€
  • Extra night 3* central Hotel in Bucharest double room : 70€
  • Extra night 4* central hotel Bucharest single room   : 65€
  • Extra night 4* central hotel Bucharest double room  : 80€
Included
  • Technical description of the route, map with itinerary, list of contacts, data sheet and purchase orders. Our log book includes restaurants, museums, artisans, or find a ticket machine ... and a phone number where you can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in case of emergency.
  • Train Bucharest - Brasov (Day 2)
  • Private Transfer Brasov - Village Magura (Day 2)
  • Private Transfer Bran - Moieciu (Day 4)
  • Private transfer Moieciu - Rasnov stop - Brasov (Day 6)
  • Transfer by boat Tulcea - Crisan (days 17 and 20)
  • MEALS 20 breakfasts, 7 packed lunches, 13 dinners (14 dinners if you choose to sleep in Sibiel on day 8)
  • 1h carriage on the 8th day
  • 1 day guided to Maramures (day 12)
  • 1 wine tasting per person (day 16)
  • 2 guided boat trips in the Danube Delta (days 18 and 19)
Not included
  • Not included: drinks and meals as indicated.
  • Type of car rental for 11 days (days 7 to 17)

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