Romanian Rhapsody

7 Days
from AUD$ 5,440

Highlights

  • Private sunset tour and exclusive wine tasting inside Dracula’s Castle
  • Mingle with shepherds at local sheepfold with cheese tasting
  • Wander through quaint Transylvanian villages
  • Leisurely hike through the scenic Carpathian Mountains
  • Explore Viscri on a rustic horse-drawn cart, immersing yourself in rural Transylvanian life
  • Dine like royalty in one of King Charles’ favoured spots in the village of Crit
  • Ebike amidst the scenic Transylvanian hills near Sighisoara and Apold village
  • Indulge in a delightful cooking class, delving into the heart of Romanian cuisine

Welcome to Romania, a land of enchanting castles, picturesque villages, and breathtaking natural beauty waiting to be explored.

Our immersive tour takes you on a captivating journey through this diverse and vibrant country, where ancient history and timeless traditions converge to create an unforgettable experience. From the iconic Bran Castle, often associated with the legendary Dracula, to the charming villages nestled in the Transylvanian countryside, where time seems to stand still, we showcase the best of Romania’s cultural and architectural treasures. Prepare to indulge your senses with a unique wine-tasting experience inside the walls of Dracula’s Castle, where history and legend intertwine in a truly unforgettable setting. Walk through the majestic Carpathian Mountains, where stunning vistas and traditional life await at every turn. But perhaps the most memorable aspect of our tour is the opportunity to engage with the locals, as we visit small villages and interact with villagers, gaining insight into their way of life and sharing in their warm hospitality.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Bucharest

Welcome to Romania! Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Bucharest.

The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore the city. Bucharest, Romania’s lively capital is known for its diverse histories and cultures. Enjoy the blend of old-world charm and modern vitality found in its grand architecture and bustling streets.

Meals

None

Accommodation

Epoque Hotel Relais Chateaux or similar

Services

Airport transfer

Day 2 - Bucharest - Peles Castle - Cantacuzino Castle - Brasov – Magura village

Today, you will explore the captivating region of Transylvania, known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and intriguing folklore.

Peleș Castle

Begin your day with a visit to Peleș Castle in Sinaia. Nestled in the scenic Carpathian Mountains of Sinaia, Peleș Castle is a masterpiece of Neo-Renaissance architecture. This former royal residence boasts ornate facades and lush gardens, serving as a testament to Romania’s rich heritage. Explore its lavishly decorated rooms and be transported to an era of opulence and romance, making it a highlight of the Romanian tour.

Cantacuzino Castle

Continue to Cantacuzino Castle in Bușteni, set against the backdrop of the Bucegi Mountains. Once the grand residence of the Cantacuzino family, this historic castle boasts intricate designs and lavish interiors that echo tales of aristocratic grandeur. Indulge in a sumptuous lunch featuring Transylvanian delicacies followed by a wine-tasting session, where you’ll sample and savour the region’s finest wines, offering a delightful fusion of local history and gastronomy.

Brașov

Explore Brașov, renowned for its medieval Saxon walls and the Gothic-style Black Church, is nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. As you stroll through its Old Town, you’ll be transported to a bygone era. Cobbled streets, lined with colourful baroque buildings and medieval Saxon architecture, lead to the bustling Council Square, the heart of the city. The towering Black Church stands as a testament to Brașov’s storied past, while the charmingly narrow Rope Street, one of Europe’s narrowest, adds to the town’s unique character. Experience a delightful blend of history, culture, and urban legends as you explore this captivating gem of Transylvania.

Magura village

In the evening, head to the serene Magura village, just 50 minutes from Brasov. Nestled amidst rolling hills and picturesque landscapes, Samedru offers an authentic Transylvanian experience, blending traditional design with modern comfort. Here, indulge in a traditional dinner, savouring authentic Romanian cuisine in a cosy, rustic ambience.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

Samedru Guesthouse or similar

Services

English speaking guide

Day 3 - Magura village - Carpathians – Bran Castle

After breakfast, explore the rustic charm of Magura village and the captivating mystique of Bran Castle.

Local Sheepfold Experience

Visit a local sheepfold and delve into Romania’s timeless pastoral traditions. Discover the ancient practice of Transhumance as shepherds lead their flocks between highland and lowland pastures. Indulge in a cheese-tasting session, savouring the authentic flavours of the region.

Carpathian Mountains

Take a leisurely hike in the serene beauty of the Carpathian Mountains. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings as you connect with nature amidst the rolling hills and lush landscapes.

Bran Castle

In the evening, experience the legendary Bran Castle, famously known as Dracula’s Castle. As the sun sets and the castle is illuminated by enchanting lamplight, explore its dark and mysterious corners. Unveil the secrets hidden within as you venture through the Torture Room and take a mesmerizing journey through the Time Tunnel. Indulge in a wine-tasting session, perfectly complementing the haunting ambience of this legendary place. Let the eerie allure of this legendary place enhance your experience as you savour each sip, adding an extra layer of enchantment to your exploration.

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation

Samedru Guesthouse or similar

Services

English speaking guide

Day 4 - Magura village – Viscri village – Crit

 Viscri Village

This morning, explore Viscri in a rustic horse-drawn cart, providing an authentic glimpse into rural Transylvanian life. Along the way, you’ll encounter skilled local craftsmen, masters of traditional arts, who will showcase their talents and introduce you to their time-honoured crafts.

Traditional Lunch Experience

Indulge in a traditional lunch that will transport your taste buds to another era. Savour local delicacies and enjoy the warm hospitality of the villagers as you dine. Afterwards, get ready for an extraordinary wildlife encounter at a hidden wild observatory. Keep your eyes peeled and your senses alert, as you might spot bears and other fascinating creatures native to the region.

Crit Village

Finally, retreat to the welcoming embrace of Crit. Indulge in a dining experience fit for royalty in one of King Charles’ preferred areas. Relish a delicious dinner, enveloped by the charm and history of this extraordinary destination. It’s the perfect end to a day that combines Transylvania’s culture, nature, and culinary delights into one unforgettable experience.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Casa Schmidt or similar

Services

English speaking guide

Day 5 - Crit – Sighisoara - Apold village

Sighișoara

After breakfast, explore Sighișoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where every cobblestone and tower echoes tales of medieval times. Wander its narrow streets and marvel at the city’s citadel, a testament to its rich history. Climb the Clock Tower for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

Biking Tour

Next, embark on an eco-friendly adventure through the picturesque Transylvanian hills surrounding Sighisoara and the charming Apold village. Explore this enchanting region with ease by hopping on an electric bike. As you cycle along, soak in the stunning landscapes and tranquil countryside, experiencing a perfect blend of nature and culture.

Cooking Class at Apold village

Indulge in a delightful cooking class, delving into the heart of Romanian cuisine. Craft traditional dishes using fresh, local ingredients, and as the aromas waft through the air, feel a palpable connection to the land, the ingredients, and the centuries-old culinary traditions.

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation

Casa Schmidt or similar

Services

English speaking guide

Day 6 - Crit- Biertan- Brateiu village – Sibiu

Biertan Fortified Church

After breakfast, head to the imposing walls of Biertan Fortified Church. As one of Transylvania’s largest and most well-preserved, its robust fortifications and Gothic detailing echo stories of communities that sought refuge within its embrace.

Brateiu village

Next, explore Brateiu village, where you’ll discover a realm of dazzling metals and artistic excellence. Welcomed by a family of Gypsy metal craftsmen, their workshops buzz with narratives of skillful artistry. Witness the melding and shaping of metal, each piece reflects stories of heritage, dedication, and an art form passed down through generations.

Sibiu

Afterwards, head to Sibiu, a city nestled in the heart of Transylvania.  Here, you’ll encounter grand squares, bridged alleys, and baroque buildings seamlessly intertwining to create a vibrant tapestry of Romanian heritage. As the sun sets over Sibiu, every corner embodies the essence of bygone eras.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hilton Hotel or similar

Services

Private vehicle with English-speaking guide

Day 7 - Departure

After breakfast, you’ll be dropped off at the Bulgarian border or you can finish your journey in Bucharest.

Meals

Breakfast

Services

Private vehicle

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What’s included

  • Return airport transfers
  • 6 nights’ accommodation including breakfast daily
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Professional-speaking local guide
  • Wine tasting session at Cantacuzino Castle
  • Wild animal observation with a specialised ranger
  • Private tour of Bran castle after opening hours including wine tasting inside the castle
  • Cooking Class at Apold village
  • Electric bike rental
Exclusions
  • International & domestic air tickets not mentioned above
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned above
  • Early check-in and late check-out charges from the hotel
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, tipping etc
  • Gratuities

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 4 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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