Romania: Mountains to Monasteries 2024

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9 Days / 8 Nights
Availability : May to September
Start: Bucharest, Romania
End: Bucharest, Romania

Romania: Mountains to Monasteries: 1 nt Bucharest, 2 nts Brasov, 2 nts Sighisoara, 2 nts Sibiu, 1 nt Ramnicu Valcea

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

Majestic mountains and rustic medieval villages await in Romania. Our spellbinding adventure will take us from the elegant streets of Bucharest to the dramatic forests of Transylvania. En route, we’ll discover spectacular churches, tour storied castles and sample sumptuous delicacies unique to this remarkable region.

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

  •  Uncover legendary tales of vampires in Transylvania’s Bran Castle
  •  Relish the sweet taste of homemade brandy during a distillery tour
  •  Visit the perfectly preserved UNESCO World Heritage city of Sighisoara
  •  Experience the charm of Brasov, the gem of the Carpathian Mountains

Pick Up Location & TIme

Hotel Capitol (Bucharest)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

Hotel Capitol (Bucharest)
Late afternoon tour ends.

Price Includes

  • 8 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full English breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Bucharest (Romania)

Welcome to Bucharest, a capital city that’s been nicknamed ‘Little Paris’ for its enchanting architecture. After meeting the group at the hotel, we’ll venture out for our first delicious meal and get to know each other a little better. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Capitol (or similar)

Day 2Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov

Today, we’ll depart for the spectacular town of Sinaia which sits at the base of the fir clad Bucegi Mountains. We’ll journey through the lush Prahova Valley and stop off at Peles Castle: a Neo-Rennaissance masterpiece nestled just northwest of the town. Wander its grand hallways and discover its history as a royal summer retreat. Later, we’ll move onto Brasov – our home for the next two nights. This Transylvanian city is renowned for its Saxon-era walls and charming cobbled squares. The evening will be yours to admire Brasov’s colourful architecture and dine on various local delights, including ciorba de vacuta (a hearty soup) and bulz (savoury stuffed polenta cakes). (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Wagner (or similar)

Day 3Brasov – Bran – Brasov

This morning, we’ll travel south to Bran. This sleepy commune is famed for its impressive 13th century fortress that’s commonly nicknamed Dracula’s Castle. Discover more about Bran Castle’s associations with the legendary vampire on a guided tour. This afternoon, we’ll sample the region’s local tipple at a brandy distillery in Rasnov. Learn about the unique distilling process of this traditional fruit spirit and sip on five delicious varieties. Then: we’ll return to Brasov for another evening at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Wagner (or similar)

Day 4Brasov – Viscri – Sighisoara

Following a delicious breakfast, we’ll wave goodbye to Brasov and take the scenic route to Viscri. This idyllic village is beloved by King Charles III who even owns three Saxon houses in the area. Stroll around the picturesque streets before we reconvene for lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, we’ll continue to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Sighisoara. Founded by the Transylvanian Saxons over a millennia ago, it’s awash with impeccably preserved medieval structures. The evening is yours to spend as you wish. (B, L)

Accommodation: Hotel Central Park Sighisoara (or similar)

Day 5Sighisoara – Parajd – Sighisoara

Ready to discover more about Sighisoara’s fascinating past? This morning, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the city’s fortified Old Town that’s brimming with storybook towers, ornate churches and medieval marketplaces. A highlight is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula (or Vlad the Impaler) – a fearsome 13th century ruler and the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s best-selling novel. Later: we’ll stop off at a traditional restaurant for lunch before journeying onwards to the Parajd Salt Mine. The largest salt reserve in Europe, we’ll delve 120 metres below sea level to marvel its immense beauty. Afterwards, we’ll head back to Sighisoara for another evening at leisure. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Central Park Sighisoara (or similar)

Day 6Sighisoara – Biertan – Sibiu

Biertan’s UNESCO-listed church is the main feature of today’s itinerary. Following a morning exploring the village and its magnificent Gothic centrepiece, we’ll continue to Sibiu. This walled city at the heart of Romania is renowned for its Germanic architecture, medieval Council Tower and brilliant art museums. Following an orientation walk, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore at your own pace. (B)

Accommodation: Imparatul Romanilor (or similar)

Day 7Sibiu – Sibiel – Sibiu

Today, you’ll have plenty of free time to soak up the rest of Sibiu’s extraordinary sights. Make sure you don’t miss out on the beautiful Brukenthal Palace that’s brimming with priceless artwork. The Astra Museum also offers a terrific treasure trove of traditional arts and crafts. Later, we’ll venture just beyond the city to the delightful village of Sibiel for a masterclass in rustic Romanian cuisine. Learn how to make a rich, authentic goulash which you’ll then devour for lunch. Afterwards, you’ll have time to continue your exploration of Sibiu. (B, L)

Accommodation: Imparatul Romanilor (or similar)

Day 8Sibiu – Cozia – Ramnicu Valcea

Next stop: Ramnicu Valcea. First though, we’ll depart Sibiu and drive south via the incredibly scenic Transalpina route. This high-altitude road weaves its way through the spectacular Carpathian Mountains. It’s one of the most photogenic locations in Romania, so make sure you have your camera ready! This afternoon, we’ll swap mountains for monasteries with a tour of Cozia Monastery. This handsome structure on the River Olt houses the tomb of Mircea the Elder and is one of the country’s most celebrated medieval landmarks. We’ll conclude the day in nearby Ramnicu Valcea where we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together and reminisce about our Romanian adventure. (B, D)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Sofianu (or similar)

Day 9Ramnicu Valcea – Bucharest

Today, we’ll journey back to Bucharest where we’ll say our final goodbyes. On the way, you’ll have a chance to feast your eyes on more breathtaking vistas of central Romania. (B)

Dates and Prices:
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: May 31 $3,329 $4,189
2024: June 28 $3,149 $3,959
2024: July 26 $3,149 $3,959
2024: September 20  Sold Out Sold Out

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures. 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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