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Our most recommended Nord-Vest Region Sightseeing Walking Tours

Timisoara: Classic Walking Tour

1. Timisoara: Classic Walking Tour

This tour will start with a brief introduction about the country’s situation today, so you get a feel for Romania and a basic understanding of the story of Timisoara. Learn the history of the city, starting with the Mongol invasion centuries ago through the contemporary revolution against the communist regime in Romania. During the tour, hear about the years of the Turkish occupation and see where the Turkish public bath, the bazaar, or the Central Mosque used to be located in the past. Everything changed when Timisoara was conquered by the Austrian imperial troops at the beginning of the 18th century. The city was completely rebuilt during that time. Wooden buildings from the Middle Ages disappeared and new streets and houses, as well as a fortification system were set up. Learn about how one of the first trams in the world to connect people from the suburbs to the city center was built in Timisoara. Timisoara was also the first place in continental Europe, where electric street lights were used. Discover these and many more interesting and entertaining facts, anecdotes, and stories on this walking tour.

Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour

2. Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour

Your tour will begin as you are taken from your hotel in Brasov by a professional guide. Once having departed Brasov, you will travel to the most spectacular road in Europe: Transfagarasan. You will stop first and visit the Brancoveanu Monastery, an ancient Orthodox monastery built at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains. Its mural and interior paintings were made in 1766 by the painters Ionascu and Pană, and you will leave the silence and harmony of the monastic life of this Orthodox monastery. You will then continue to the mountains which host the Transfagarasan Highway, the most spectacular and beautiful mountain road in Europe. The road has been featured on the UK motor show Top Gear, and traverses up through the mountains uniting Transylvania with Valachia. Whilst there you will experience great scenes, noisy waterfalls, and with some luck you may even see wild animals such as the brown bear or black goats. Moving onward, you will travel to the Balea Glacier Lake, where you will have lunch at the Lake Balea Chalet. You can then take a walk around the lake, and in summer can also climb up the slope near the lake. From the top of this ridge you will have wonderful pictures with the peaks of the surrounding mountains and the lake and cottage Balea. In the winter between December and March you can visit the ice hotel, as well as the neighboring ice church. You will later return to Brasov in the evening, with wonderful memories of your trip into the sky.

Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary, Bran Castle, and Brasov Day Trip

3. Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary, Bran Castle, and Brasov Day Trip

Discover the best of Romania's nature and history on this full-day trip from Bucharest. Encounter brown bears at a bear sanctuary, visit Bern (Dracula's) Castle, and explore the city of Brasov. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to your first stop of the day, Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Here, get up close and personal with bears that have been rescued from captivity, have your photo taken with them, and watch them eat. Next, continue to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. See for yourself why the castle has become Romania's number one tourist attraction and why it is one of the most expensive venues in the world. Finish your tour in Brasov, where history, music, and good food meet. Enjoy some free time to explore the city at your own pace before getting dropped off at your hotel in Bucharest at the end of the day.

Oradea: 3-Hour Private Cultural Tour

4. Oradea: 3-Hour Private Cultural Tour

Explore one of the most important economic, social, and cultural centers in Western Romania on a 3-hour walking tour. Your local guide will pick you up at your hotel in central Oradea and you will continue on foot to the city fortress. Recently renovated with European funds, this fortress was first time mentioned in 1113 and over the centuries was conquered by Tatars, Turks, and Habsburg Empire. Next, visit the central part of the town. Admire the Secession-style buildings, an architectural trend common in many cities that belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire. The knowledgable guide will tell you more about this interesting style while pointing out examples of Baroque, Neo-Classic, Eclectic, Neo-Gothic, and Neo-Romanesque architecture in the city.  Take in the views from atop the Town Hall before returning to the accommodation with your guide on foot.

Timisoara: Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

5. Timisoara: Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

On this walking tour, you will follow explore the history of Timisoara, with a focus on the Jewish community. Visit the small Jewish Quarter of Timisoara’s city center. See the city’s beautiful Moorish synagogue, and discover the story and architecture of the impressive Status Quo synagogue in the Fabrikstadt neighborhood. In addition to the magnificent synagogues, a number of Timisoara’s stunning buildings were financed and designed by Jewish townsmen. Another stop on this tour will be the only Stolpperstein, or “stumbling stone” in Romania. These kind of stones are small monuments made of iron or copper which are engraved with the name and life dates of Holocaust victims. These stones are one of the few reminders of the crimes that happened under the Nazi regime during World War II.

From Bucharest: 2-Day Transfagarasan Highway Private Tour

6. From Bucharest: 2-Day Transfagarasan Highway Private Tour

Discover the magnificent scenery and charming towns along the Transfagarasan Highway on a guided 2-day excursion from Bucharest. Explore the town of Curtea de Arges, Poenari Castle, the city of Sibiu, and Cozia Monastery on a scenic adventure through Transylvania. Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel by minivan in Bucharest and first travel to Curtea de Arges, the capital of the historic region of Wallachia. Discover the ruins of the former Wallachian Court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well the famous Arges Monastery. Continue along the Transfagarasan Highway and admire the stunning scenery along this winding mountain road. Often deemed to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world, be amazed by the vast mountain peaks as you descend through the valley. Arrive at the ruins of Poenari Castle, a former residence of the infamous Vlad the Impaler. Situated on a mountaintop, climb the 1480 steps that lead up to the castle as you follow in the footsteps of Dracula himself. Make a short stop at Vidraru Damn for some picturesque views of the lake. Finally, arrive in the city of Sibiu for an overnight stay. Day 2: On the second day of your tour, take a guided tour through the cobbled streets of Sibiu. Discover charming squares surrounded by historic buildings such as the colorful Orthodox Cathedral and the majestic Lutheran Church. Hear of the legends associated with Bridge of Lies and the remarkable stories of the medieval guilds. Learn more about the historic and cultural history of Sibiu, the region of Transylvania, and Romania as a nation, with your guide. Next, make a stop at Cozia Monastery, which was erected in 1388. Discover one of the most significant monuments of medieval art and architecture in the country. Arrive next at Călimănești, a town in Vâlcea County. Situated in the historical region of Oltenia and the northern part of the county, this spa town is known for its popular thermal hot springs. After exploring the town for a short time, relax on the journey back to Bucharest.

Timisoara: Grand Communism Tour

7. Timisoara: Grand Communism Tour

Discover the history of Communism in Timisoara as you start your tour at the location of the misfit SCARTZ club. Hear about the most notorious Romanian during communist times, Nicolae Ceausescu. You guide will unveil the 50-years geopolitical evolution that resulted in the Romanian Revolution of 1989. Visit the Communist Customer Museum, which is located in the basement of SCARTZ club. The next stop will be at the Anti-Communist Resistance Movement Monument where you will hear how Romanians harshly opposed the communists during the 1950s and 1960s. Afterwards, visit the Reformed Hungarian Church, the place where the uprising started in December 1989, the local headquarter of the former Communist Party. See the Cemetery of Revolution Heroes and learn about the final events, that led to the end of Ceausescu’s regime. Your guide will then tell you more about the Anti-Communist and Anti-Ceausist Revolution of Timisoara. At the end of the tour, you will visit the Revolution Memorial of Timisoara. This site honours the brave people of the Anti-Ceausist Revolution of Timisoara, which ultimately led to the end of Ceausescu's regime in Romania.

Bucharest: 6-Day Transylvania and Bucovina Experience

8. Bucharest: 6-Day Transylvania and Bucovina Experience

Day 1: Bucharest to Bucovina You will be picked up by a professional guide from either your hotel in Bucharest or Otopeni Airport. From there you will endure a long drive to Bucovina, but you will benefit from a luxury Mercedes Vklass van or a similar car, making your entire vacation comfortable. You will begin by visiting the Humor Monastery and the Voronet monastery, before an overnight in Gura Humorului in a 3-star hotel (with breakfast included). Day 2: Gura Humorului, Vatra Moldovitei, Sucevita, Marginea, and Sucevita On your second day, you will visit the Moldovita Monastery, Ciumarna Passage, the Sucevita Monastery, and the Marginea Black Pottery. At the conclusion of your day you will overnight in Sucevita Village at a guest house, where you enjoy both dinner and breakfast which will consist of traditional local products. Day 3: Sucevita, Arbore, Gura Humorului, Bicaz Gorges, the Red Lake, and Brasov Your third day will begin with the Arbore Monastery, before you advance towards Bicaz Gorge, the Red Lake, and Brasov (including its old historic center). At the conclusion of your day, you will overnight in Brasov's downtown area. Day 4: Brasov, Viscri, Sighisoara, Biertan, and Brasov Day 4 will begin with a tour of the Viscri Saxon Village and fortified Saxon Church. You will then move on to explore the Sighioara Fortress, Dracula's "birthplace", and the Biertan Village. At the conclusion of your fourth day, you will once again overnight in Brasov. Day 5: Brasov, Prejmer, Poiana Brasov, Rasnov, Bran, and Moieciu Today you will visit the Prejmer Peasants Fortress, before exploring the Poiana Brasov Ski Resort and the Rasnov Fortress. You will then discover the magnificent Bran Castle, which is connected with the Dracula legend. Towards the end of your day you will explore Moieciu Village, before you once again overnight in Downtown Brasov. Day 6: Brasov, Azuga, Sinaia, Snagov, and Bucharest Your final day will begin with a Royal Rhein Winery tour in Azuga. From there you will discover Peles Castle, which is the summer residence of the royal family of Romania. Moving on, you will encounter the Snagov Orthodox Monastery, where the dreaded prince Vlad Tepes is buried. Your day will eventually conclude with your exploration of Lake Snagov, before you end your tour in Bucharest.

From Bucharest: 5-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

9. From Bucharest: 5-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

5 Days Tour in Romania An adventure of a lifetime, for this 5-day tour of Romania we have chosen an assortment of rich sensory experiences, from medieval sites to a taste of the wilderness, with deep forests, vibrantly colored wildflowers and fresh mountain air (in the right season), all the way to modern exhibits, and a dash of traditional herbs and spices with the delicious foods we will be trying in every medieval town we visit. Total Duration: 5 days Day 1 : Bucharest City Tour 8 hours - Overnight in Bucharest Itinerary steps: 7 Meals not included Accommodation included: Overnight Stay in Bucharest - Accommodation not included Day 2 : Curtea de Arges Monastery, Poienari Castle, Transfagarasan (only between June and September), Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation included: Overnight Stay in Sibiu - Accommodation not included Day 3 : Biertan Fortified Church, Sighisoara’s Citadel, Overnight in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation included: Overnight Stay in Sighisoara - Accommodation not included Day 4 : Brasov Old Town, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) - Overnight in Brasov Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation included: Overnight Stay in Brasov - Accommodation not included Day 5 : Peles Castle, Sinaia Monastery, Snagov Monastery - Dracula's Tomb - Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation included: Overnight Stay in Bucharest - Accommodation not included

From Bucharest: 7-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

10. From Bucharest: 7-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

This seven days tour in Romania, gives us the chance to cover ancient history by visiting medieval castles, fortified churches and find stories that only few people know. If you like to see the real Romania with one of the best guides in Romania, to have fun and to discover yourself, you just need to book this tour! Here you have the itinerary for the private tour: Total Duration: 7 days Day 1 : 1. Peles Castle 2. Sinaia Monastery 3. Old Town Brasov - Overnight in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Bran Castle / Dracula's Castle 2. Sighisoara Citadel Private Tour 3. Viscri Village - Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1. Biertan Church 2. Sibiu City Tour 3. Orthodox Cathedral 4. Evangelical Cathedral in Sibiu - Overnight in Hunedoara Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 4 : 1. Densus Temple 2. Corvin's Castle 3. Bigar Waterfall 4. Overnight in Drobeta Turnu Severin Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 5 : 1. Iron Gate River Cruise 2. Rock-Carved Statue of Decebal 3. Roman Ruins 4. Overnight in Drobeta Turnu Severin Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6 : 1.Constantin Brancusi Sculptural Ensemble Targu Jiu 2. Horezu Monastery 3. Polovragi Cave 4. Overnight in Ramnicu Valcea Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 7 : 1. Poienari Fortress 2. Vidraru Dam 3. Curtea de Arges Monastery 4. Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

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What people are saying about Nord-Vest Region

This is a brilliant tour option for anyone who wants to get the most out of a day in Transylvania from Bucharest! We started the day at 7 and had a full day of activities across the sanctuary, castle and Brasov. We had the most amazing tour guide in Dan who was so friendly and answered all of our questions and told us everything we needed to know about the area! Dan truly is an asset to the company and made us feel so at home with him. Nicolas was also great, calling us shortly after our booking to give us all the extra details of the day ahead. Really fantastic day and couldn’t have asked for anything more. Dan even gave us great recommendations on food to eat and and places to visit in Bucharest for the rest of our trip! Thank you for a great tour and we would highly recommend to anyone!! No other tour options like this in the area.

A must-see in Romania. Due to the altitude levels, both landscape and vegetation change rapidly. Special thanks to my driver guide Claudiu for all the information about Transsylvania and his support throughout the entire tour.

Nicolas was a fantastic host, very knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble for him. Would highly recommend.

Perfect day. Andreï is a great guide... attentive, friendly, competent. Recommended without hesitation.

Our guide Alexander was great, but unfortunately we didn't have enough time with the bears.