Romania - The Royal Tour
Experience Romania through some of its most spectacular locations, where history and architecture meet. You will visit spectacular and unique sites, enjoy authentic Romanian dishes and become acquainted with old customs and traditions.
We've researched, selected and tested many different places because, while we like surprises, we certainly don’t appreciate them when it comes to our food or hotels, for that matter. We only expect the best and so should you. You won’t have to worry about what to do or where to stay and whether the food is going to be an authentic experience or just a tourist trap - you know what I’m talking about, picture menus and such.
We want you to have plenty of time to just enjoy the experience, discuss the places we've seen (okay, maybe even share them on Facebook) while having wholesome, finger licking meals prepared from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
We've personally checked all hotels and restaurants on this trip (YUP, that’s a lot of time) to make sure you will love everything and that vegetarian options are always available to our guests.
Day 1 - Bucharest
Arrive in Bucharest and transfer to a hotel in the charming Calea Victoriei neighborhood.
Day 2 - Bucharest
In the morning, visit the Village Museum (Muzeul Satului), a unique and inviting open-air museum that showcases traditional Romanian village life.
After lunch take a sightseeing tour of downtown Bucharest in a double-decker bus. Stroll Calea Victoriei and visit the Romanian Athenaeum in the afternoon. Visit the charming old city center in the evening and have dinner at the century-old restaurant "Caru' cu bere".
Day 3 - Sinaia, Bran, Brașov
Breakfast at the hotel. Travel north through Prahova Valley to see the Peleș Castle, a 19th century Neo-Renaissance palace and the Romanian royal family's summer residence. At the time, Peleș was one of Europe's most comfortable and technologically advanced palaces. Enjoy a traditional Romanian lunch in Sinaia.
We'll visit the interiors of Peles Castle, a mesh of art and functionality.
After lunch, depart for Bran to visit the Bran Castle, better known worldwide as Dracula's Castle.
Depart for Brașov and check into our hotel. Visit the Black Church (Biserica Neagra). Have dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Brașov.
Day 4 - Brasov, Sighisoara, Viscri
We'll have an early breakfast at our hotel in Brasov, then take the cable-car to the top of Tampa Mountain, which offers expansive views of Brașov and and great photo opportunities.
Take a break to relax or just wander through the old town, then visit Brașov Council Square (Piața Sfatului) and "Rope" Street (Strada Sforii), believed to be one of the narrowest streets in Europe.
In the afternoon depart for Sighisoara, one of the prettiest medieval cities in Romania, with colorful houses and narrow, cobble stone streets. The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, better known to the world as Count Dracula.
We'll walk the old cobblestone streets of Sighisoara, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 5 - Viscri, Sinaia
We'll enjoy a fresh breakfast prepared by our hosts, then take a carriage ride to the local brick-maker to learn about his ancient craft and local traditions. Make a stop at the local blacksmith to. Visit the local fortified church and count the many ornate windows found throughout the village. Traditional lunch in Viscri.
Depart for Viscri, one of the few Romanian villages aiming to maintain the look and feel of its roots. Strolling through Viscri's dirt roads feels like a trip back in time (well, except for the power lines). Prince Charles of Wales owns a house here. Walk around the village and watch the cows come home. Dinner and a bonfire at Viscri.
Overnight in Viscri.
Ornate windows in Viscri
Beautifully restored traditional houses include all the modern facilities, while maintaining the traditional look as much as possible
The local brick-maker at work
Early morning, the village cows head out to pasture
The local brick-maker explains his craft to visitors.
Ornate windows can be found throughout the village.
Time permitting, we'll stop in Prejmer, which has one of the best preserved fortified churches in Romania, founded by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century.
Arrive in Sinaia later in the evening.
Day 6 - Sinaia
Attend Vadim & Julia's wedding
Day 7 - Bucharest
Drive back to Bucharest in the afternoon and check into your hotel.