Romania: an adventure to Eastern Europe
Danube Delta & Mystical Transylvania
Day 1 – Arrival in Bucharest
Private transfer from Bucharest Otopeni airport to your hotel. Free time to adjust to the timezone and relax.
Walking tour in the afternoon in the capital city. Learn why the city was once called Little Paris, visit a few historical pubs and bistros, admire the beautiful examples of Belle Epoque architecture in the Old Town and stop to take a look at the imposing Palace of the Parliament.
Day 2 – Transfer to the Danube Delta
Head to the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved delta in Europe. By mid afternoon arrive at the Biosphere Reserve in a remote fisherman's village. Visit the village and mingle with the locals, then enjoy an authentic seafood dinner with dishes typical to this area.
Day 3 – Canoe trip
Explore the unique fauna and flora of the Danube Delta by canoe. Glide through an amazing network of canals and lakes learning about the diverse ecosystem of the area. Throughout the day you will be able to spot many types of rare plants and lots of different species of animals, from falcons and swans to wild boars and wildcats. The Danube Delta is a birdwatcher's paradise and home to over 40 species of mammals and 136 species of fish.
Day 4 – Letea Nature Reserve
After breakfast hop in a motorboat and travel near the Ukrainian border to visit the Letea Forest, the oldest nature reserve in Romania and the most northern subtropical forest in Europe. Once there, your guide will take you on a moderate hike pointing out some of the unique plants that grow in this area, many of which are exotic. If you are lucky, you will see the herds of wild horses that live on the reserve.
Day 5 – Royal Heritage
Travel to the heart of the country in the Carpathian Mountains. Visit the Peles Castle, located on the medieval route that linked the regions of Wallachia and Transylvania. Commissioned by King Carol I of Romania in the late 19th century, it is thought to be the first castle in Europe to have central heating and electricity. Tour the royal apartments and learn about the interesting story of the royal family.
Day 6 – Hiking in the Carpathians
Today set off for a hiking trip in the mighty Carpathian Mountains in the forested region where all the stories of Vlad the Impaler and Dracula come from. The route is suitable for beginners and experienced hikers alike and can be further adjusted to your personal level. After leaving the car behind in the nearest village, slowly ascend to the mountain top walking through a beautiful canyon. The peaks will start to appear once you leave the forest, and you will be greeted by a splendid panorama.
Day 7 – Medieval towns and castles
Get ready to discover the extraordinary region of Transylvania! Your day starts with a leisurely walk in the historic center of Brasov, the gateway to Transylvania. As you stroll the cobblestone streets learn about the fortified walls surrounding the town and the role they played in stopping the Ottoman invasion in Europe. Next, visit the unique Black Church, a jewel of Gothic architecture, set in the city's main square, then head to the nearby Bran Castle, which became famous for its association with Vlad the Impaler. In the remaining part of the afternoon, visit the Rasnov Fortress.
Day 8 – Highway to heaven
No visit to Romania would be complete without a stop at an Orthodox monastery. Today you will tour the Brancoveanu Church and Monastery that survived an 18th century decree by which all Orthodox places of worship were going to be destroyed. In the second part of the day travel to Sibiu via the spectacular road Transfagarasan Scenic Highway.
Day 9 – Saxon country
Much of Transylvania's autonomy and development through medieval times is attributed to a community called the Saxons. Together with your guide, take a walking tour of Sibiu's Old Town to admire the distinct Saxon houses, the 15th century towers, the Bridge of Lies and the pedestrian friendly squares, a good place to shop for artisanal, handcrafted products. In the afternoon enjoy a bike trip to the nearby Cisnadie Fortified Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 10 – Bucolic Transylvania
Day trip to Cindrel National Park. Follow your guide on a leisurely hike and get off the beaten path to interact with the locals. Visit a traditional cheese producer and learn about the way cheese it's made keeping with local traditions for centuries. Learn directly from the sheep herder some interesting facts about this traditional occupation, and most importantly taste some freshly made cheese. As an added bonus, end the day with a traditional peasant dinner at a local family.
Day 11 – Return home
After checkout your private driver will take you to the nearest airport for your flight home. Save travels!
$2,200.00 PER PERSON IN 4* HOTELS
Based on double room occupancy. Price is subject to variations according to season. Activities may be in a different order depending on availability. Additional terms and conditions apply.
- 1 night at a 4-star hotel in Bucharest
- 3 nights at a guesthouse in the Danube Delta
- 3 nights at a 4-star hotel in Brasov
- 3 nights at a 4-star hotel in Sibiu
- Private, English speaking, local guide throughout the trip
- Private transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned car
- Boat transfer in the Danube Delta
- Canoe and bike rental
- Daily breakfasts
- Seafood dinner in the Danube Delta
- Peasant dinner in Transylvania
- Cheese tasting
- Tourist tax
Package does not include:
- Personal expenses
- International airfare
- Other meals aside from the ones mentioned
- Entrance fees to monuments and landmarks
- Parking fees
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Visa or passport processing
- Pre-payment or card guarantee for restaurant reservations
- Baggage handling
- Handicap or disability assistance