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Bucharest: 3-Day Transylvania Halloween Tour

1. Bucharest: 3-Day Transylvania Halloween Tour

Day 1: Bucharest, Sighisoara At 10:00 AM, your English-speaking guide will collect you from Moxa Boutique Hotel. From here transfer to the Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara, founded by Saxons during the 12th century. Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, the Romanian ruler also known as Dracula, was born. That evening, get ready for a Halloween party. You can enjoy a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner, washed down with fiery spirits and excellent Romanian wine. During dinner, you can enjoy a special program including the Killing of the Living Dead ritual and many more. That evening, spend the night in a 3-star hotel located in the very heart of the Medieval citadel. Day 2: Sighisoara, Brasov, and Bran Your first stop of the day will be to the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, and home to the impressive Black Church. Here you can also explore Transylvania’s famous symbol, Bran Castle, which owes its fame to both its unique charm, and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. The impressive edifice dates back to 1377, and Queen Maria of Romania, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, turned the castle into a beautiful summer residence. Cheese tasting here is strongly recommended, as the village is renowned for the delicious homemade traditional cheese assortments produced here. That evening, you can prepare for an ultimate Halloween party at Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. You will enjoy an unforgettable night tour of the castle, meeting wicked fairies and getting lost in euphoric dance along with a glass of local red wine. Later on in the night, there will be an after-party in the castle's courtyard until 4:00 AM. Day 3: Bran and Bucharest Transfer to Bucharest Airport for your journey home, arriving in Bucharest after 5:00 PM (depending on traffic).

3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

2. 3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

Explore some of the most important sites in the legendary Transylvania region of Romania on a 3-day package tour from Bucharest. With bed and breakfast accommodation in a 3-star hotel, you will explore the city of Sibiu, once ranked by Forbes Magazine as “Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live.” Visit medieval castles and monasteries, and explore the fable of Count Dracula. Day 1: Depart from Bucharest and visit the Moorish Monastery of Curtea de Argeș, built by the ruler of Wallachia, Prince Neagoe Basarab, in 1514. Continue to the small Cozia Monastery to discover one of the most important monuments of national medieval art in Romania. After a break for lunch in a traditional Romanian restaurant, drive through the stunning Translyvanian landscape to Sibiu, historic capital of the Principality of Transylvania. The former German medieval citadel, with documentation dating back to 1191, is one of the most beautiful towns in Romania, with many historic buildings that you will explore on a walking tour of the Old Town. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner, with overnight accommodation in Sibiu town center. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Sibiu for the Biertan commune, where you will tour one of the most important Saxon villages of fortified churches in Transylvania, including the largest fortified church in Transylvania, built between 1490 and 1524. Continue to the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, which dates back to 1280 and is home to the only medieval citadel in Europe still populated. During a walking tour, visit the city’s landmark Clock Tower for panoramic views across the ancient houses. After lunch, head to Brasov, surrounded by the Southern Carpathians. The first documented evidence of the medieval citadel dates back to 1235. Birthplace of the Romanian national anthem – and briefly renamed “Stalin City” during the Communist era – Brasov boasts beautiful Gothic churches, medieval buildings, and the narrowest street in Romania, which you will explore on a guided walking tour. Day 3: Following an overnight stay in Brasov, start your day at the city’s Black Church, built in 1383, and the most important tourist site in Brasov. Then, drive to the legendary Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), perched on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Marked as the home of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, explore the castle grounds and museum, before a traditional lunch. Continue your tour at Sinaia, a lovely mountain resort in the Prahova River valley, and visit Peleș Castle, built by the first king of Romania, Carol I. Tour the exquisite Neo-Renaissance building, built between 1875 and 1914, and end your tour of Transylvania’s architectural delights at Sinaia Monastery, founded by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino in the 17th century upon his return from a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. After exploring the Old Church and the 19th century Great Church, drive back to Bucharest for the end of your tour.

Cluj: Medieval City Exploration Game

3. Cluj: Medieval City Exploration Game

Go on a quest around Cluj by solving clues that will unlock stories and cool locations. Along the way, find fascinating stories of the legendary King Matthias Corvinus. Discover hidden secrets about people who lived, partied, and fought in the city. See amazing architecture, and reach a fantastic spot for a panoramic view of the city. After you buy the quest, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. It will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there's no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. The total length is about 3.5 km. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

From Brasov: Romanian Mountain Villages Day Tour

4. From Brasov: Romanian Mountain Villages Day Tour

This small-group tour takes you straight to the heart of rural life in Romania. See some local cottage industries, take a trek through pristine mountain forests, and learn about a way of life that’s slowly disappearing. Your immersive, full-day tour begins in central Brașov, where you’ll meet your local guide and board a private vehicle for the 45-minute drive out into the countryside. Along the way, let your guide know if you have any specific interests so he or she can customize the day’s itinerary accordingly. Choose to make an optional stop at Bran Castle – popularly known as Dracula's Castle. Explore the area surrounding the villages of Pestera and Magura, nestled in the Piatra Craiului National Park in the Southern Carpathian Mountains. Learn about the history of the villages, where the traditional industries of sheep farming and cheese making are still practiced by many of the inhabitants and catch an authentic glimpse into rural Romanian life. Visit the Bat Cave and admire limestone rock formations that have developed over centuries, including the so-called "tears of the earth." Next, set off into the hills and meadows around Magura for a moderate guided hike of 2–3 hours. Let your guide know if you prefer to hike for longer or shorter and go at a pace that’s comfortable to you. Visit the oldest guesthouse in the National Park. Meet some of the farmers, and sample two-three different kinds of cheese. Enjoy a hearty lunch of simple Romanian cuisine made from local farm-fresh ingredients. Purchase beer or wine to top off your meal. From the guesthouse, wander through Pestera Village, taking in the sights and visiting the local church. Head back to the car and relax on the scenic return drive to Brașov.

Bucharest: 12-Hour Tour of Brasov and Dracula's Castle

5. Bucharest: 12-Hour Tour of Brasov and Dracula's Castle

Experience the Transylvanian life of today and of yore, in some of Europe's most well-preserved Medieval towns, and stunning castles, that famously served as the haunting backdrop to Bram Stoker's legendary novel, Dracula. The medieval town of Brasov displays rough, cobblestone streets dominated by pastel-colored houses and features Old Saxon architecture. The Carpathian Mountains and citadels create the skyline playing host to Bran, the gothic fairy-tale castle associated with Prince Vlad Tepes. The 15th-century Walachian Prince provided the inspiration for Bram Stoker's famous antagonist, and though the connection is tenuous, the deep bond of the locals with its legend is not. Then see the Black Church, the Citadel of Brasov, Ecaterina's Gate, the White and Black Towers, the Bastions of many traditional craftsmen, and Rasnov Fortress. Enjoy an unmissable taste of Old Romania!

From Cluj-Napoca: Two Day Tour to Maramures

6. From Cluj-Napoca: Two Day Tour to Maramures

Meet the people who wear their handmade traditional costumes with pride, enter their homes and get to know the culture of this region through its traditions, delicious food and simplicity. This tour has been created for nature lovers, people who love tradition, architecture, history and religion. This trip will start from Cluj. Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will drive north in order to reach Maramures, the land that was first mentioned in documents in 1199. Your last destination of the day will be Breb village, where you will enter through a beautiful handmade carved door, whose details have an important cultural significance, and then you will have a traditional lunch. Overnight in a beautiful, traditional house. When it comes to understanding traditions in Maramures, the most interesting experience is to enter the homes of the locals. Their home is the basis around which family, customs and traditions revolve. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a traditional house, meet the locals, have a traditional lunch made with the freshest products and admire the simplicity of people’s lives. Witness several crafting activities such as wood carvings and have a taste of palinka while discussing with the locals. Besides hospitality, the people of Maramures are also known for their sense of humor, and they never cease to amazed with their funny epitaphs that you will see in one of the main attractions from this tour, the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta. Then, meet the spiritual side of the locals in Maramures, and visit some of the most interesting monasteries and churches in the region, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the well-known wooden churches, manually carved by local craftsmen. Walk through the villages where locals keep crafting traditions alive, visit local craftsmen and admire their beautiful work, witness demonstrations and see the most ingenious natural washing machines that women used to wash their woolen rugs with the whirlpools in Maramures. To complete your experience and to make this tour more pleasant, some sightseeing have been prepared to make you feel like you are in a Lord of the Rings setting. Climb heights to admire the beautiful hill villages and fields where haycocks lie in the sun. The virgin forests in Maramures are some of the last ones in Europe that are still untouched by humans and it is the place where trees die because they are old, they fall and the wood feeds the earth for the next generations. In these woods, live trees of all ages, from hundreds of years old to just sprouted seeds, and under their branches live over 10,000 species of animals, including brown bears, wolves and deer.

From Bucharest: 3-Day Bucovina & Transylvania Tour

7. From Bucharest: 3-Day Bucovina & Transylvania Tour

Spend 3 days touring through the Romanian countryside and exploring the regions of Bucovina and Transylvania on this picturesque and informative tour. Visit World UNESCO Heritage Sites, see monasteries, travel to Count Dracula's castle, and more, all while driving through these 2 regions and learning about their rich histories from your guide. Although the itinerary is quite long, driving in the countryside will offer magnific sceneries and plenty of photo opportunities. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Bucuresti – Bacau – Roman – Bucovina Depart from Bucharest and head through Bucovina, stopping in various towns along the way. Take in the countryside and listen as your guide tells you about Romania's long-standing history. Arrive in Bucovina for the night's stay. Day 2: Bucovina – Sucevita – Moldovita – Voronet – Piatra Neamt (Meals: B) After breakfast, head out on your journey to visit 3 of the most beautiful monasteries in the area. These monasteries–Sucevita, Moldovita, and Voronet–are famous for being painted, and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then enjoy an overnight stay in Piatra Neamt. Day 3: Piatra Neamt – Lacul Rosu – Brasov – Bran - Bucuresti (Meals: B) Enjoy breakfast before heading toward the central region of Romania: Transylvania! Admire the scenery as you drive through the Carpathian mountains, and enjoy a stop at Bran, the castle of the famous Count Dracula. Head back to Buchareset where your tour concludes.

Transylvania: 3 Day Tour from Bucharest

8. Transylvania: 3 Day Tour from Bucharest

This 3-day tour will reveal the most beautiful and fascinating sights in Transylvania and the nearby area. The trip first takes you to the region of the Olt Valley, where you will visit Cozia Monastery, built by Mircea the Elder. Here you will be able to view old manuscripts and prints, embroideries and other objects of worship. Next you will visit Sibiu, an amazing medieval city in Transylvania which was once one of the largest and wealthiest strongholds in Europe. Nowadays a city of art and culture, Sibiu has the power to fascinate you during your walking tour of the Old Center where you will see sites such as the Big Square, the Liars Bridge, the Brukenthal Palace and the Clock Tower. After Sibiu you will explore other two amazing cities, full of medieval charm and history: Alba Iulia and Sighisoara. Alba Iulia is like a journey to the past where you can visit the Alba Carolina fortress, Alba Iulia Museum, Catholic Cathedral of Alba Iulia, The Obelisk dedicated to Horea, Closca, and Crisan. Sighisoara is a unique well-preserved medieval citadel, part of the UNESCO World Heritage and still inhabited today. Landmarks you will have a chance to see there include the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill and the Dracula’s House. This trip will also give you an opportunity to discover Brasov, a perfect mix of wonderful mountain scenery and medieval history with German influence. You will admire the best of Brasov in a walking tour, which includes the Main Square, the Old Council Hall, the Black Church and the medieval walls and defense towers. After Brasov, the trip continues revealing one of the most popular sight in Transylvania, namely Dracula’s Castle, the Sinaia Monastery and Pele's Castle, one of the most stunning castles in Europe and a masterpiece of architecture, which offers visitors a breathtaking mountain scenery. You will also see one of the oldest and most famous mountain resorts, known as 'The Pearl of the Carpathians', which once also used to be a summer residence of the Romanian royal family. The tour includes a 1-night stay in Alba Iulia in a double room and a 1-night stay in Brasov in double room with breakfasts included.

Maramures: 2 Days in Rural Romania

9. Maramures: 2 Days in Rural Romania

On the first day, you will be driven over the Carpathian Mountains to arrive in the region of Maramures. Here, we visit the tallest wooden church in Surdesti, before visiting a popular artist from the area. You will be served a traditional lunch consisting of local dishes from the area, and in the afternoon you will visit the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta. Your day will conclude with an overnight stay in a 3-star guesthouse in the countryside. On the second day you will embark on a breathtaking tour on a steam train. You will wind along the secluded, meandering Vaser Valley. At the final destination, you will be invited to a grill lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the wooden church of Bogdan Voda, before being driven back to Cluj.

From Brasov: Day Trip to Viscri, Rupea and Racos

10. From Brasov: Day Trip to Viscri, Rupea and Racos

Get picked up from your hotel in Brasov and drive to Racos geological complex. Here, admire the 15-meter tall basalt columns, the Emerald Lake with its unique color and, lastly, a volcanic canyon. If you like history, you can visit the Sukosd Bethlen castle situated in the village of Racos and even climb the tower for panoramic views of the area. Then, head to your next stop, the Rupea citadel, situated on top of a small hill above the city of Racos. This is one of the oldest archaeological sites in Romania. Your final stop will be in Viscri, where you will enjoy a 1-hour ride in a traditional horse-drawn carriage through the village. Next, visit a local blacksmith and see how horseshoes are made. You can even take one home as a souvenir. End the day in style, with a traditional local meal, before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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Marian took us on an invigorating hike with gorgeous views that photos do not do justice! It was just us two, and we are avid hikers, so he was able to take us on a longer hike as per our request. It was physically demanding but not too difficult or dangerous, and every few minutes the views just got more breath-taking. After 3 hours in the mountains, we descended into a quaint village in the valley, passing grazing cattle & sheep and smelling bonfires in the distance. We felt so refreshed and alive. We ate lunch at a guest house, and he was able to arrange our family-style lunch to be all vegetarian, and it was very hearty and filling! To finish, we had a long but easy walk back along country roads, and Marian told us about how his tours are designed to be eco-friendly and give back to the local villages, which we definitely appreciate. Afterwards, we were pretty tired but so grateful we had booked this tour. It exceeded our expectations and was the best day of our trip by far.

We had a wonderful guide—Boogie—who showed us places of interest and even modified some days better to suit our needs. We loved the tour and believe that we saw and learned a great deal about Romania in those 3 days. The hotels were great and the places chosen for lunches delightful. We could not have asked for more or gotten anything better. We highly recommend this tour and this tour company.

Nice quest to discover the city and some interesting stories about Matei Corvin. The clues were not very hard, it was easy to understand. I would recommend as a fun activity to do in Cluj as a group!

Very good tour with excellent tour giude.

A very good tour. Not too rushed but with enough activity and sights to be rewarding. Adequate free time as well. The guide, Edi, was excellent - friendly accommodating and very knowledgeable.

It was very fun. We got to see a lot of nice parts of Cluj and learn some history. Very good value.