Maramures, Bukovina, Transylvania, Danube Delta and Bucharest

Vaser Valley steam train
Humor Monastery
Bran Castle
Danube Delta

12 days / 11 nights

departures on request

from 1799.00 €

    Maramures, Bukovina, Transylvania, Danube Delta and Bucharest

    Day 1: arrival in Romania - Cluj-Napoca                                                                                            

    Arrival at Cluj-Napoca International Airport.

    Welcome by your English speaking guide.

    Transfer and check-in at your hotel in Cluj-Napoca.

    Accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.

    Day 2: Cluj-Napoca - Baia Mare - Sapanta - Sighetu Marmatiei - Barsana - Sighetu Marmatiei - breakfast, dinner


    Cluj-Napoca 2 hours walking city tour: St. Michael Church, The University, Evangelical Church, Mathias Corvin Memorial House, National Theater, Orthodox Cathedral.
    Departure for Baia Mare, Maramures County’s Capital.
    Panoramic city tour: Stefan’s Tower, old city Center.
    We continue to Sapanta, via Negresti-Oas and Huta-Certeze. Huta-Certeze is probably the richest village in Romania, with impressive and beautiful houses, strong popular traditions. Arrival in Sapanta, where we visit the Merry Cemetery, unique in Europe. It is famous for its colorful tombstones with naive paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.
    We continue to Barsana, via Sighetu Marmatiei. Arrival in Barsana. Visit of the impressive complex of Wooden Churches ‘Entrance of Virgin Mary in the Church’, probably the most exquisite wooden monastic complex in Romania.

    Back to Sighetu Marmatiei.
    Traditional dinner.

    Accommodation in Sighetu Marmatiei.

    Day 3: Sighetu Marmatiei - Viseu de Sus - Vaser Valley steam train - Viseu de Sus - Prislop Pass - Vatra Dornei - Gura Humorului - breakfast, dinner

    Early breakfast.

    Departure for Viseu de Sus.

    We embark on “Mocanita”, the only steam train in use in Europe, used for both wood and passenger transport. We follow upstream Vaser Valley, for 21 km and around 3 hours of train ride. Disembark at Paltinu. We can hike, have a pique nique or simply admire the wilderness of the place. Re-embark on the train for the ride back to Viseu de Sus. We disembark from the train and re-embark in the coach. Departure for Gura Humorului in Bukovina region, crossing the Prislop Pass at 1416 m altitude. Short stop on the Prislop Pass, for pictures. Arrival in Gura Humorului, in the very heart of historical region of Bukovina.

    Accommodation in Gura Humorului.

    Day 4: Gura Humorului - Humor Monastery - Voronet - Moldovita - Sucevita - Marginea - Gura Humorului - breakfast, dinner


    Today we will visit the painted monasteries from Bukovina, almost all of them are listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

    We start with Humor Monastery. Visit of the Humor Monastery and then departure to Voronet. Visit of the Voronet Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage site, built by Stephen the Great, one of the greatest Romanian Princes ever. Voronet Monastery is famous for the parenting of the Last Judgement and for its unique Voronet Blue color. Departure tor Moldovita Monastery. Visit of Moldovita Monastery, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We continue to Sucevita. Visit of Sucevita Monastery.
    Back to Gura Humorului.

    Short stop in Marginea, famous for its ceramics.

    Accommodation in Gura Humorului.

    Day 5: Gura Humorului - Targu Neamt - Bicaz Gorges - Red Lake - Sighisoara - breakfast, dinner                          


    Departure for Targu Neamt.

    Visit of Neamt Medieval Citadel, one of the most important medieval citadels in Moldova.
    Departure for Bicaz Gorges, Romania’s most spectacular gorges. Stop for pictures. We continue to Red Lake, Romania’s only natural dam lake. Stop for pictures.
    Departure for Sighisoara, the Pearl of Transylvania.
    Arrival in Sighisoara, also connected to the Legend of Dracula. Sighisoara is the only medieval citadel in Europe, entirely and continuously inhabited, since its construction! Vlad Tepes was born in this beautiful city in 1431, in the house Casa Vlad Dracul. Vlad Tepes was a strong defender of Christianity, defeating many times the Ottoman Empire. Sighisoara is the only medieval citadel in Europe, entirely inhabited, inscribed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
    Walking tour to see famous places and monuments such as the Clock Tower, Vlad Dracul House (15th century; in this house was born Vlad Tepes in 1431), Venetian House, Stag House, Scholar's Stairs and the Church on the Hill, the third largest Catholic church in Romania (after the Black Church in Brasov and Saint Michael’s Church in Cluj-Napoca).

    Afternoon at leisure in Sighisoara.


    Accommodation in Sighisoara.

    Day 6: Sighisoara - Alba Iulia - Sibiu - breakfast, dinner


    Departure to Alba Iulia, Romania’s Union Capital.

    Alba Iulia city tour: We start with Reunification Cathedral, also called “Coronation Cathedral”, which was built between 1921 and 1922. Visit then Catholic Cathedral of Alba Iulia. Then we will admire the Princiary Palace and Equestrian Statue of Michael the Brave. Nearby there are the two buildings of the Union Museum and many sculptures of great Romanian figures that have participated at the Romanian Union on December 1st 1918. Then we will visit Alba Carolina medieval citadel, a masterpiece of Vauban style, complete our tour with the three gates and, if we will have the chance, maybe attend the guard change. At the end of the tour, we will visit the cell where national heroes Horea, Closca and Crisan, the leaders of a Revolt in 1784 were incarcerated.
    Departure to Sibiu, one of Romania’s most beautiful cities, former European Cultural Capital in 2007.
    Sibiu walking city tour: Grande Square, Little Square, Huet Square, Evangelical Church, Romano-Catholic Cathedral, The Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary, Orthodox Cathedral, Bridge of Lies, Craftsmen’s Square, Goldsmith Square, City Hall, City Hall Tower, Brukenthal Museum.

    Traditional dinner.

    Accommodation in Sibiu.

    Day 7: Sibiu - Bran - Brasov - breakfast


    Departure to Bran.

    Visit the Bran Castle, listed in Top 10 Most Famous Castles on Earth, connected to the Legend of Dracula and one of Romania’s most prestigious tourist icons. 
    Departure to Brasov, another beautiful Transylvanian city.
    Brasov walking city tour: City Hall Square, City Hall, Rope Street (one of the narrowest streets in Europe), The Black Church, the icon monument of Brasov. This is the largest Catholic church in Romania and the largest one between Vienna and Istanbul, Gothic style architecture.

    Accommodation in Brasov.

    Day 8: Brasov - Sinaia - Ploiesti - Urziceni - Giurgeni Vadu Oii - Murighiol - Uzlina - breakfast, dinner


    Departure to Sinaia, known as The Pearl of the Southern Carpathians.

    In Sinaia we will visit Peles Castle, Romania's most beautiful castle, former Romanian Royal Family summer residence. Today a very rich museum, architectural masterpiece built in German style between 1875 and 1914.
    Departure for Europe’s “youngest” land: Danube Delta, reaching Ploiesti, crossing The Romanian Plain, then crossing Danube over Giurgeni-Vadu Oii Bridge. Arrival at Murighiol, on the right side of Danube. Disembarking from the coach and we embark on the boat.

    We cross the Danube to Uzlina.

    Check-in at the hotel.


    Accommodation in Uzlina.

    Day 9: Uzlina - excursion in Danube Delta - Uzlina - breakfast, dinner


    Day dedicated for a boat excursion of 8 hours in this paradise of waters and birds.

    Back to the hotel.


    Accommodation in Uzlina.

    Day 10: Uzlina - Murighiol - Bucharest - breakfast


    Check out from the hotel.

    Transfer to the boat.

    We cross back the Danube to Murighiol. Disembark from the boat and then embark on the coach again.

    Departure for Bucharest, Romania’s capital, dubbed Little Paris.
    Bucharest is another place connected to the Legend of Dracula. The legend says that Bucharest was founded by a shepherd called Bucur. Another Legend says Bucharest was founded by Mircea the Elder, the ruling Prince of Wallachia at the end of 14th. But officially, it was Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia at that time, who signed the Act of Attestation of Bucharest, at September 21st 1459.

    Check-in at the hotel.

    Accommodation in Bucharest.

    Day 11: Bucharest - breakfast


    We will start the visit in Bucharest, one of Europe's largest cities, with a few of the most important landmarks Bucharest has to offer: the Palace of the Parliament, Constitution Square, University Square, Union Square and the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral, except for the Palace of the Parliament, panoramic views only.
    We will continue exploring another part of Bucharest, with a panoramic city tour which takes us along the following route: The Arch of Triumph, Victory Square, Victoria Palace, Victory Avenue, Romanian Athenaeum (architectural masterpiece and the main concert hall for one of the most prestigious classical music festivals on Earth: George Enescu Festival) and the beautiful old quarter of the city, with a few stops for scenic photos, where possible.
    Afternoon at leisure.

    Accommodation in Bucharest.

    Day 12: Bucharest - departure from Romania - breakfast


    Transfer to the airport, according with your flight schedule.

    Departure from Bucharest International Airport.

    Price per person in (€) EURO, at 5* hotels / 4* hotels / 3* pensions, available on demand for a group of 15-20 tourists:

    in double room shared            1799 EUR/person

    in single room                          2399 EUR/person

    Price includes:

    • 11 nights accommodation in standard double or single room, breakfast included:

      • Cluj-Napoca - 1 night;
      • Sighetu Marmatiei - 1 night;
      • Gura Humorului - 2 nights;
      • Sighisoara - 1 night;
      • Sibiu - 1 night;
      • Brasov - 1 night;
      • Uzlina - 2 nights;
      • Bucharest - 2 nights.

    **5 / 4 / 3 star service at the hotels / pensions, exact locations to be confirmed upon availability;

    **accommodation upgrades are available, if needed, please advise;

    **the hotels are rated after local standards.

    • Transportation in dedicated modern air-conditioned minibus, from arrival at Bucharest International Airport until your departure from Bucharest International Airport, except the periods with time at leisure (morning, afternoon or evening);

    *transportation in modern, comfortable bus with room for luggage.

    • Meals:

      • 10 breakfasts, at your hotels;
      • 7 dinners, at local restaurants (some with drinks included).

    *international/traditional meals will consist of a 3 course menus (entry plateau or soup, main course and desert) plus one bottle of water 0.5l per person;

    **the restaurants will provide medium to top quality meals and service.

    • English speaking guide;
    • City tours or panoramic tours and visits in the following locations:
      • Cluj-Napoca;
      • Baia Mare;
      • Seini;
      • Sapanta;
      • Sighetu Marmatiei;
      • Barsana;
      • Sighetu Marmatiei;
      • Viseu de Sus;
      • Vaser Valley;
      • Prislop Pass;
      • Vatra Dornei;
      • Gura Humorului;
      • Humor Monastery;
      • Voronet;
      • Moldovita;
      • Sucevita;
      • Marginea;
      • Gura Humorului;
      • Targu Neamt;
      • Bicaz Gorges;
      • Red Lake;
      • Sighisoara;
      • Alba Iulia;
      • Sibiu;
      • Bran;
      • Brasov;
      • Sinaia;
      • Ploiesti;
      • Urziceni;
      • Giurgeni Vadu Oii;
      • Murighiol;
      • Uzlina;
      • Danube Delta;
      • Murighiol;
      • Bucharest.
    • Mentioned excursions as per program, and entrance fees for the sights to be visited:
      • „Merry Cemetery”, Sapanta;
      • Wooden Monastic Complex Barsana;
      • Humor Monastery, Humor;
      • Voronet Monastery, Voronet;
      • Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei;
      • Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita;
      • Neamt Medieval Citadel, Targu Neamt;
      • „Alba Carolina” Medieval Citadel, Alba Iulia;
      • Reunion Cathedral, Alba Iulia;
      • Catholic Cathedral, Alba Iulia;
      • Bran Castle, Bran;
      • Black Church, Brasov;
      • Peles Castle, Sinaia;
      • Parliament Palace, Bucharest;

    *subject to availability, opening hours, changing of schedule, closing days, closure due to restoration, closure for hosting events, etc.).

    • Steam train ride Viseu de Sus - Vaser Valley - Viseu de Sus;
    • 8 hours boat excursion in Danube Delta;
    • Local and government taxes in Romania (except the taxes issued by Immigration Authorities);
    • Travel assistance.

    **all services will be accommodated by professional staff that will try to ensure a great travel experience!

    Price does not include:

    • Any air tickets to Romania and from Romania as well as their airport taxes;
    • The drinks, except those mentioned express;
    • Any expense of personal nature;
    • Any optional tours or activities;
    • Camera and video camera fees, where applicable;
    • Visa fees and visa arrangements;
    • Tips/gratuities;
    • Any type of insurance;
    • Any cost element which is not expressly mentioned in the chapter “Price includes”.

    ***Important notes

    Please remember that it’s your responsibility to carry the proper travel documents. Also, make sure to see your doctor before your trip for a check-up and ensure that you have valid travel insurance.

    1. All visa (if needed) requirements must be fulfilled and these are entirely your responsibility.

    2. Make sure you have your passport with you at all times, some visits require presenting it upon arrival. Try to bring at least one copy of your passport and visa (if needed) and keep all documents safe.

    3. Some of the museums in Romania are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    4. This program will act as a contract between parties and/or will be considered as an addendum to a contract already valid.

    5. The offer presented above and all the services proposed are subject to availability upon your firm request.

    6. All the reservations for the requested travel services are made only after the payment confirmation is sent to us. Please note that no services can be guaranteed without receiving the full payment at least 15 days in advance before the arrival of the clients (group).

    7. The rates presented above are subject to change without prior notice according to the regulations, currency, availability and season fluctuations.