Private Trip in Romania 8 Days
This eight days tour in Romania, gives us the chance to cover ancient history by visiting medival castles, fortified churches and find stories that only few people know.
If you like to see virgin forests and if you want to explore the village where for 300 years long, only one family divorced, this is the perfect tour for you.
1. Bucharest City Tour
2. The National Village Museum In Bucharest
3. The Palace Of Parliament/ The People’s House
1. Curtea de Arges Monastery
2. Poenari Citadel
3. Sibiu Old City Center
1. Biertan Fortified Church
2. Sighisoara Citadel
Overnight Stay in Sibiu
1. Turda Salt Mine
2. Cluj Napoca Old City Center
3. Surdesti Wooden Church
Day 5 (Exploring Maramures)
1. Visit to the Animal Market (depending on the day of the week)
2. The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta
3. Memorial Of The Victims Of Communism And Of The Resistance, Sighetu Marmatiei
4. Traditional Folk Music Show
1. Barsana Monastery
2. Tihuta/ Borgo Pass Road
3. Sucevita Monastery
4. Moldovita Monastery
1. Voronet Monastery
2. Humor Monastery
3. Bicaz Gorges
4. Brasov City Tour
1. Brasov Old City Centre
2. Bran Castle
3. Peles Castle Sinaia
4. Sinaia Monastery
1. Bucharest Private City Tour
This tour of Bucharest was designed to encompass most of the important events in the history of the Romanian capital. Whether you are a seasoned traveler, a culture lover, a foodie or just someone who appreciates art and beauty, this tour caters to all types of tourists.
Staring with the National Village Museum, the Arch of Triumph, and moving on to Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), the Romanian Athenaeum, Revolution Square (where the dictator Ceausescu was forced to flee the country), historical monuments, the Bucharest Old City Centre, and, of course, the Palace of Parliament or People’s House built by Ceausescu (the second largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon).
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1. Private Tour to Curtea de Arges Monastery
Did you know that Curtea de Arges is unique for the important royal tombs it hides?
Everyone knows that truly good, beautiful and durable things come only through sacrifice, which will become apparent when you reach the old town of Curtea de Arges. With a rich and eventful history, this is where you get to see the ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well the famous Arges Monastery, an important historical monument with an interesting, yet sad story.
According to legend, around 1512 master Manole and his 9 stonemasons were hired to build a great cathedral, but try as they might, whatever they built would fall apart by morning. The solution came to Manole in a dream, and he had to sacrifice his wife Ana, by enclosing her inside the walls of the church, which was finished in 1517.
2. Trip to Poenari Citadel
If we were to put together a tour of the castles in Romania for Dracula fans and adventure lovers, Poenari Castle would have to be on the list, being an important Romanian tourist attraction. Poenari Fortress is a ruined castle in Romania situated at a height of 860 meters known for the bound to Vlad the Impaler.
As you are climbing up the 1480 stairs that lead up to the castle, you can rightfully say you are following in the steps of Dracula …
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3. Sibiu Old City Centre
If you are in Transylvania, Sibiu is a must visit travel destination with a history of 900 year. A city tour to help you understand why Sibiu was elected as the European Capital of Culture, it includes the Evangelical Cathedral, the Sibiu Old City Center and the town itself, which are among the most visited tourist attractions in Romania, because they cater to every taste and provide a wonderful travelling experience for even the pickiest of tourists.
If you love authentic cultural experiences, whether you are more romantic or more adventurous, here you will find everything you need to relax and enjoy yourself, leave the stress of your everyday life behind, and have a fun and memorable trip.
The beauty of this old citadel, having received record-breaking recognition, stems from its architecture, the arrangement of the streets, its cultural and artistic heritage, and its beautiful natural scenery, as the town is flanked on two sides by the mountains Fagaras and Lotru.
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1. Private Tour to Biertan Fortified Church
The Biertan Fortified Church, one of the first Transylvanian Saxon settlements in Ardeal, is a historical monument of breathtaking beauty, recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Hundreds and thousands of tourists come here every year to find out why in three hundred years there has been only one divorce and to see the two other things that make this place unique.
The Biertan Fortified Church, located in a small town that dates back to 1224, impresses through its stunning scenery and its particular construction – built on a hillock in the center of town, surrounded by three defensive walls and 7 bastions.
2. The Medieval Town of Sighisoara
Did you know that Sighisoara’s citadel was built in the 12th century?
If you want to go back in time and catch a glimpse of what life was like in the Middle Ages, you absolutely have to visit Sighisoara, Romania’s medieval town, and Count Dracula’s (actually, Vlad the Impaler) place of birth.
Built in 1280, the Sighisoara Citadel is not just one of the most visited tourist attractions in Romania, it is a living, breathing medieval fortress, since it has remained inhabited for over 700 years – which is quite rare.
In fact, after just a few steps on the cobblestone streets, past the gates and massive stone walls that reach as high as 14 meters, you will know you are in one the most well-preserved medieval towns in Europe. For this reason, it is not surprising the Romanian citadel was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list of historical and cultural landmarks.
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1. Private Tour to Salt Mine Turda
Turda Salt Mine it’s probably one of the most interesting places to see in Transylvania. If you have the chance to take spend your vacation in Romania, it would be a shame to not venture into one of its most beautiful places, the Turda Salt Mine.
This place is a feast for the eyes and the body, as your lungs will be very grateful for the purifying saline air, beneficial especially for those with respiratory problems, such as allergies or asthma.
You will discover vestiges of Roman heritage, as salt mining in the area goes back thousands of years. You will get the chance to see the former Iosif, Terezia, and Rudolf mines, and medieval salt exploitation machinery unique in Europe – the hardware, the crivac (or gepel), the salt mill, as well as an altar carved in the salt wall and the “Stairway of the Rich”, with its intricate woodwork.
The mine is practically an underground theme park and treatment center wrapped in one, which required an investment of over 6 million euros. Here you can find an amphitheater, a gymnasium, a bowling alley, mini golf and ping pong courts, an underground lake with paddle and row boats, and a panoramic Ferris wheel, from where you can admire the stalactites dangling from the ceiling up-close.
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2. Personal Tour of Cluj Napoca Old Town
If you pass through Transylvania during your trip to Romania, a Cluj Napoca City Tour should definitely be on your itinerary. Get your camera ready, because the Old City Center features a number of unique historical and architectural monuments, Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic-style buildings, the oldest of which date back to the 17th century, as well as friendly and welcoming people.
Not to mention the restaurants and the delicious local cuisine, which are so popular that you might have to wait in line before you can get a table and enjoy your meal.
You should not miss the other tourist attractions in Cluj, such as Memorandum Monument, the Statue of Mihai Viteazu, as well as the Art, History and Ethnography Museums, which are sure to enrich your travelling experience.
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3. Surdesti Wooden Church
Nothing compares to the characteristic warmth that wooden constructions exude, but the Surdesti church has a lot more going for it. People who see it are so awe-stricken they tip their hats off – not exactly a joke, considering the church’s towers measures an impressive 54 meters.
Imagine the kind of artwork and craftsmanship that must have gone into this 72-meter high wooden gem, a difficult task even with modern day technology, and when you think it was built in 1721, you can understand why it is considered an architectural masterpiece.
Note that it is among the highest rising wooden places of worship in Europe and in the world, which is why it did not take long for it to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage list of monuments.
Day 5 (exploring Maramures)
1. See Maramures
In this part of the tour you will find out why Maramures is said to be the magical land of tamed wilderness and mythical beauty, inhabited by the most peaceful and friendly people.
When we heard that Daewoo claims they are the ones who invented the air bubble washing machine that uses cold water, we thought we ought to invite the Korean engineers to take a visit to Maramures, and see the traditional “valtori” (washing whirlpools) that people have been using for thousands of years to wash their sheepskin coats and wool blankets.
You will also see spectacular wood-carved gates and other examples of the fine craftsmanship that is the pride and joy of the people from Maramures.
2. Visit to the Animal Market (depending on the day of the week)
Few people have had the chance to visit a traditional animal fair, which we Romanians call “iarmaroc”. If you are travelling with your children, they will surely be excited to see where people buy and sell domestic animals.
With a little luck, you will find donkeys, horses, oxen, mules, dogs, and other domestic creatures that might be harder to come by.
3. The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta
We have mentioned history, culture and adventure, but this trip to Romania is also guaranteed to include some fun.
Dacians, our brave and wise ancestors who worshiped the god Zalmoxis, would laugh at funerals and cry when babies were born.
Here in Maramures you can still find traces of historical continuity, most notably in Sapanta, home of the one and only Merry Cemetery.
The crosses and tombstones, each a skillful and colorful work of art, bear humorous poems about the deceased that will have you in stitches.
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4. The Sighet Memorial Museum
If you want to know why the Romanian people fought so hard to escape the communist oppression, pay a visit to the Memorial Museum for the Victims of Communism and you will only begin to understand how damaging the totalitarian regime was and how much pain and suffering it brought in such a short time.
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5. Traditional folk music show from Maramures
Nothing can compare to the cheerfulness and charm of a Maramures folk music show, while sitting around a traditional Romanian table and spoiling yourself with dishes made with organic ingredients and famous Romanian liqueurs: tuica, palinka or a glass of local wine.
You will definitely have to update your knowledge on bio food and folk traditions.
We will spend the night in a guesthouse at Vadu Izei, where you will get a complimentary dinner and breakfast the next morning.
1. Private Tour to Barsana Monastery
One of the tallest wooden church in Romania (57m height)
In the same way you feel the eternal, primordial connection with the earth when you walk barefoot through the grass, you will experience a spiritual connection with the sky and God as you step into the courtyard of the most beautiful wooden monastery in Romania, the Barsana Monastery.
If you think you have seen astonishing places before, of such divine beauty that you felt they were a piece of heaven on earth, this trip to Maramures might have you reconsider.
With its fairytale scenery and timeless history, this magical place has fascinated both tourists and locals for hundreds of years.
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2. Tihuta/ Borgo Pass Road
Any time you travel through the Carpathians and you reach a mountain pass connecting two regions, in this case, Transylvania and Bucovina, you will feel like you are leaving something behind and starting the next stage of your adventure.
Regardless of the season, the breathtaking scenery and crisp mountain air will both amaze and invigorate you.
3. Private Tour to Sucevita Monastery
Sucevita and Voronet are two of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROMANIAN MONASTERIES, part of the international cultural and spiritual patrimony, which is why they should be included in any trip to Romania and northern Moldavia.
Even if you have not read the Bible, or the Book of Books, the biblical scenes and icons painted on the walls of the Sucevita Monastery will give you a stunning and vivid visual support in understanding the history of Christianity.
The fortified church is like an open book for anyone who enters its doors, and only once you see it in person will you truly understand why it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list of cultural landmarks.
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4. Moldovita Monastery Private Trip
If you want to take a spiritual journey to a place that still echoes with the fervent prayers of the hundreds of thousands of people that have found solace here over the course of history, take your adventure through the Carpathians and Balkans to one of the oldest monastic settlements in Romania, built in 1532, home of the Moldovita Monastery.
The fortified church combines elements of Byzantine, Gothic and Moldavian style, but what truly impresses visitors is its unique mural artwork, on both the inside and the outside of this beautiful house of worship.
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1. Private Tour to Voronet Monastery
You can now check off another item off your travel bucket list, by far the most well-known orthodox settlement in Romania, the Voronet Monastery.
Did you know that Voronet Monastery was founded by Stephen the Great?
Dubbed as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”, it attracts tens of thousands of tourists from around the world every year, having at least three unique elements that make it one of the highlights of your trip through Moldavia and Bucovina.
The most impressive aspect of the church’s artwork, both on the inside and on the outside, is the exceptional background color – the famous Voronet blue – the recipe of which has been kept a secret to this day; the only thing we know for certain is that it is based on azurite, a deep blue copper mineral.
More about this historical landmark and the awards it has received, click on PRIVATE TRIP TO VORONET MONASTERY >>
2. HUMOR Monastery
In order to understand how important religion has been for our people, you have to take a tour of Romania and see the sheer number of houses of worship that have been built, but also destroyed by enemies over the course of history.
Striving to protect their spiritual treasures, people erected churches away from the eyes of the world, some of them hidden in the depths of the woods, others nestled within rock caves at high altitudes.
Humor Monastery, which was built approximately 500 years ago, is an example of a fortified monastery that has managed to endure over the centuries.
After the first church that stood here, built around 1400, was destroyed, the second one, built in 1530 with thick river rock walls, was meant to be a place of worship that would withstand the test of time.
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3. Bicaz Gorges
What can be more beautiful than a walk along the banks of a river that has dug its way through the mountains and virgin forests of Romania?
If you take a trip to Romania and cross the Bicaz Gorges by car, you will feel like pulling over every 300 feet or so, to admire the breathtaking, wild scenery and take pictures of the playful streams tumbling over the tree logs and rocks that have found their way to the riverbed, creating a stunning image of untamed beauty.
1. Brasov Old City Center by Walk
Next, journey to the beautifully-preserved medieval town of Brasov, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the Old Town, where you’ll discover the Black Church, the Old Town square, and city walls built in the Middle Ages. You’ll have free time to absorb the unparalleled atmosphere in one of Brasov’s many charming cafés.
In the evening, enjoy a dinner in one of the best restaurants in town – a great opportunity to sample Transylvanian traditional food.
2. Private Tour to BRAN/ Dracula’s Castle
Bran Castle, between myth and history..
Because his fictional portrayal of Dracula’s castle matches Bran so closely, it is widely believed that Bram Stoker must have used descriptions of it to create the fictitious home of Count Dracula.
Outside the castle, you’ll have the chance to try an array of traditional foods: handmade cheeses, pálinka (plum and pear brandy), and traditionally-produced ham and sausages.
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3. Private Trip to Peles Castle
Once upon a time there was a beautiful castle…
If have decided to write your memoirs or you want to brag about having seen the most beautiful castles in Europe, the Romanian royal family’s summer residence is, by far, one of the most important tourist attractions in Romania and in Europe, and you will soon understand why.
Every year, thousands of important figures and hundreds of thousands of tourists book tours of Romania for this attraction alone, to admire its beauty and at least for a few hours, feel like royalty.
You have the chance to see the “crown jewel” of the Carpathians and have an unforgettable travelling experience in this historical castle that took 41 years to build (1873-1914).
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4. Sinaia Monastery
In your private tour in Romania, you will visit the most beautiful mountain resort, a place where many kings and important figures came to unwind and reflect, Sinaia Monastery is where you have the chance to escape reality and taste the simplicity and richness of orthodox spirituality, beautifully expressed in the artistic representations of this house of worship.
As soon as you pass the massive door of this fortified monastery, you will step into a place of absolute peace and tranquility, bestowed upon by the divine spirit, where even time has stopped to enjoy it. With the help of your private guide you will have the chance to better understand the history of Romania.
The orthodox establishment is over 300 years old and it is dubbed as “the Cathedral of the Carpathians” due to its positioning in the most beautiful mountain resort in Romania surrounded by a stunning mountain scenery. It was also the first construction in this territory, founded by Prince (Spatarul) Mihai Cantacuzino. He decided to erect the house of worship following a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, with its name inspired by Mount Sinai.
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ASK YOUR FRIENDS
We hope to have convinced you that Nicolas Experience Tours is what you need when you want to escape from the world and recharge your batteries through cultural and sensory enrichment.
To enjoy our experiential concept tours, which can be personalized to your preferences, all you have to do is enter the vacation reservation module for Romania, Moldavian Republic and even Bulgaria (in limited areas) and tell us the duration of your trip and number of friends you want to bring along. You can choose between one-day or two-day trips, or more, and a wide array of theme tours, such as::
Historical Tours in Romania
Castles of Romania Tour
Adventure Tours in Romania
Museum Tours in Bucharest/Romania
Moldavian Monasteries Tour, Romania
Shopping Tours in Romania
Culinary Tours in Romania
Black Sea Tours
Romanian lakes Tour
Romanian waterfalls Tour
Danube Delta Tours
Photo Tours in Romania
Medieval Tours in Romania
By visiting us, you will discover the last virgin forests in Europe, remarkable natural reservations and find out why Prince Charles has acquired so many properties here and why he spends so much time in Romania.
You will also learn what great movies stars look for when they come to film in Romania, what restaurants and clubs they like, and where people like Nicolas Cage prefer to lodge.
The Price Does Include
- Private car (Turism or Minibus) only for you and your friends/family
- Great flexibility regarding changes to the daily itinerary even after the start of the tour
- A private, licensed English, Italian and French speaking guide/driver, available throughout the tour
- Private transportation in air conditioned car
- Complimentary wireless internet access in the car, so that you can stay in touch with your loved ones even while traveling
- All car expenses, such as gasoline, parking and road tolls
- All taxes
The Price Does Not Include
- Photo fees (some sights require the payment of a fee for allowing you to take pictures – they are mostly inexpensive, around 2 or 3 euro/sight)
- Meals and beverages other than those ofered before you agree the tour or trip
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Gratuities for your guide
Frequently Asked Questions
The questions below are in most cases extracted from our correspondence with our clients. Have a look, maybe the question forming in your mind right now has been answered already, and you haven’t even had a chance to ask it!
Where do the tours start?
Our tours start in either Sofia (Bulgaria) or Bucharest (Romania). Both cities have well-connected international airports. However, we can also customise the tours to start in a different city, if that better suits your flight arrangements. Alternative airports include Varna or Burgas (in Bulgaria) or Sibiu, Cluj Napoca, Iasi and Targu Mures (in Romania).
What are the departure dates?
We do not have set departure dates. All our tours are private and organised on request. The dates when you start and end the tour are entirely up to you.
I like one of the tours, but I’d like to make some changes to the itinerary. Is it possible?
Of course. All our tours are customisable. We can make changes to one itinerary, join 2 itineraries together, or you can just tell us about the places you want to see, and we’ll make a whole new itinerary just for you! Customising a tour comes at no extra charge.
I would like to change some of the hotels that come with the tour. Can I do that?
Definitely. The hotels are always up to you. We can upgrade the standard selection of hotels, or if you are on a budget, we can also offer cheaper accommodation options.
I see that in most cases, only breakfast is included. Why is that?
Having meals included means that you would have to be at a certain restaurant at a certain time just so that you don’t miss a pre-booked meal. This takes away from one of the great advantages of a private tour: flexibility. Not having a restaurant pre-booked gives you great freedom to set your own pace each day, add or skip some sights as you go, etc.
To ensure maximum flexibility throughout your trip, meals are usually planned as you go. Your guide knows the best restaurants in each area you travel through and will make suggestions based on the kind of meal you’d like to have.
The meals we include are the ones that come with an important cultural element: home-cooked meals where you can interact with locals, lunches at homes of artists where you learn more about a specific form of art, or refreshments such as the ones offered during the home visit with the Gypsy family.
Do your tours include any insurance related services?
No. We recommend to all of our clients to carry a medical insurance that would cover any health-related costs that might incur while on the trip. Insurance for trip interruption and lost/stolen luggage is also recommended.
Do I have to pay for the guide’s meals?
No. The guide will have a meal allowance, which will cover his meals. Furthermore, the guide will only join you for meals if you ask him to – if you’d rather be on your own for lunch and/or dinner, that is perfectly fine.
How about changes of itinerary on the fly? Can we do that?
Changes on the fly can be done to a certain extent. You can always choose to skip a meal or a sight, or swap for a totally different sight altogether. Alterations of itinerary that imply hotel changes are subject to rooms availability. Also, please note that in the case of last minute hotel cancellations, sometimes the hotel may charge late-cancellation penalties which can be up to 100% of the reservation cost. Additional costs generated by on-the-fly changes will be billed separately.
The Tour Map
This itinerary is indicative and subject to change over time, so please consider the reference which you will receive in the offer, after you have requested tour or excursion that.
We say this because, so the trip to the caves, and walk on Transfagarasan are accessible only certain months of the year.