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Moldovita orthodox church monastery, Moldavia, Bucovina, Romania

Northern Romania and the Carpathian Mountains

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
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19/09/20 28/09/2010 days £3,195 ex. flights £475Ilona Farkas10 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Green hills and a winding valley, Transylvania, Romania 1

Stunning scenery

Unearth the secrets of one of Europe’s most enchanting countries.

Houses and Churches in Iza Valley, Romania 2

UNESCO churches

Explore picturesque villages, UNESCO wooden churches and the mesmerising Carpathian Mountains.

Cobor, Romania 3

Roma people

Experience the hospitality and handiwork of the Roma people.

Turda Salt Mine, Underground Lake, Romania 4

Cluj Napoca

Visit the magnificent Turda salt mine near Cluj Napoca.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Bucovina - Sucevita

  • Day 2

    Sucevita

  • Day 3

    Sucevita - Breb

  • Day 4

    Breb

  • Day 5

    Breb - Cluj Napoca

  • Day 6

    Cluj Napoca - Viscri

  • Day 7

    Viscri

  • Day 8

    Viscri - Sibiu

  • Days 9-10

    Sibiu

Day 1

Bucovina - Sucevita

Voronet orthodox painted monastery, Moldavia, Bucovina, Romania

Welcome to one of the most tradition-rich regions in Romania, Bucovina. You will spend the next couple of days taking a tour of the 15th and 16th century painted monasteries in the area that made Bucovina famous.

Day 2

Sucevita

Sucevita orthodox painted church monastery, Suceava town, Moldavia, Bucovina, Romania

Depart for Sucevita Monastery, right in the village, built-in 1585, by the Movilesti family. The architecture of the church contains both Byzantine and Gothic elements, as well as some typical elements for northern Moldavia. Continue to Moldovita, where you can visit Moldovita Monastery.

Day 3

Sucevita - Breb

Green hills and a winding valley, Transylvania, Romania

Time to say goodbye to Bucovina and head towards another traditional region of Romania, Maramures. On your way, stop in Borsa, at a monastery in the Rodnei Mountains National Park.

Day 4

Breb

Horse Fair, Sibiu to Viscri drive, Romania

Depart Breb and drive around forty minutes to Sighetu Marmatiei, taking in the traditional villages with their wooden churches and the amazing natural landscapes on the way.

Day 5

Breb - Cluj Napoca

St Michael's church, Cluj, Romania

Head south and out of Maramures. Drives through Tara Lapusului on your way to Cluj-Napoca. Cluj is a major university city, a blend of Romanian and Hungarian cultures dating back from the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Day 6

Cluj Napoca - Viscri

Landscape, Cobor Village, Romania

Leave the city behind you and head for Viscri, your final destination for the day, with a few stops on the way.

Day 7

Viscri

Viscri village is a saxon rural commune with fortified church in Transylvania, landmark of Romania

Enjoy a walk in the village, including a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage fortified church, as well as visits to the local craftsmen, to learn how they work with clay or iron. Of course, you could also quickly peek into Prince Charles’ house in the village.

Day 8

Viscri - Sibiu

Fortified Chruch, Sibiu, Romania

Leave Viscri in the morning and take a longer road towards Sibiu, stopping on the way to visit some of the nearby Saxon villages, like Malancrav, where you can visit Maria Nistor, the weaver, and also see the stunning fortified church.

Days 9-10

Sibiu

Sibiu old town in Transylvania, Romania, Lutheran cathedral tower

The city offers many interesting sights not least its medieval fortifications that used to protect the city. Take a stroll under the Footway Ramp, cross the Bridge of Lies, the oldest cast-iron bridge in Romania and visit both the Evangelical Cathedral and the Orthodox Cathedral, for a glimpse of different architectural styles of the city. Depart on day 10.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Accompanied by an English speaking local guide throughout
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated in itinerary
  • Gratuities for the local guides, drivers and accommodation porters
  • Transportation throughout

What is excluded

  • Drinks with meals
  • International Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Porterage Fees
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Visa (if required)
Ravens Nest exterior, Apeseni Mountains, Romania
Raven's Nest, Apuseni Mountains, Romania
Raven's Nest Bedroom, Apeseni Mountains, Romania
Raven's Nest, Apuseni Mountains, Romania

Accommodation

Often hotels in Romania are not to the same standard as those of other more developed countries within Europe. However, small boutique hotels do exist and are complimented well by friendly family-run guesthouses with comfortable beds and home-cooked meals. You can always expect a private en-suite room.

Moldovita orthodox church monastery, Moldavia, Bucovina, Romania
Bucovina, Romania

Bucovina

Located in the north-eastern part of Romania, Bucovina is one of the smallest regions of the country, yet, one of the most beautiful. The region is full of beautiful villages, lovely groves of beech trees and, of course, its uniquely painted monasteries. These masterpieces are inspired by Byzantine art, they tell visual stories about the past, often showing important moments from the history of Christianity, or tales from the Bible. Eight of them are under UNESCO protection.

Maramures, Romania, Wooden church of Barsana monastery
Maramures, Romania

Maramures

Romania’s most traditional region Maramures, up in the north-west of the country, is a land of steepled wooden churches, villages where peasant culture thrives, wooden horse carts rattle down the roads, and matters great and small are discussed over glasses of fiery homemade horinca.

Viscri village is a saxon rural commune with fortified church in Transylvania, landmark of Romania
Romania

Viscri

Viscri lies to the south-east of Cluj Napoca, and is one of five villages making up the Brunesti Commune. The village now has UNESCO heritage status, thanks to the efforts of Caroline Fernolend and the Mihai Eminescu Trust, whose President is the Prince of Wales. The village boasts a 12th-century fortified church and well-preserved architecture and traditions.

Group Tour FAQs

Why should I travel with Steppes Travel to Romania?

This is a varied tour that takes in Saxon villages and fortified churches, vibrant Roma communities, markets, and traditional villages where horse carts are the preferred method of transport and hay is cut by hand. Compared to much of Europe, Romania receives but a trickle of visitors. We think this is set to change so travel now before the word completely gets out.

Is September a good time to travel to Romania?

Clear sunny days but not excessively hot. When travelling in the mountainous areas the weather can vary so best pack a waterproof. The best time to travel to Romania is generally during the months of April, May, June and September, as it is neither too hot nor too cold.

Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

What is the food in Romania like?

For the most part, meals are simple and hearty. Breakfasts tend to focus on bread, jam, local honey and eggs. Lunches will vary between hot and cold. Dinners tend to be meat, mashed potato and vegetables. Vegetarians and vegans can be accommodated but away from the main cities, it is probably fair to say that options will be limited.

Romanians always celebrate with food. Be it Christmas, Easter, a wedding, or a burial. Romanians have a specific dish for each. On Easter Sunday, Romanians gather around the family table or go out on a picnic and enjoy traditional Romanian food.

The main meat at the Easter table is lamb. Romanians usually turn it into roast but in some parts of the country soup and stew are also delicious options. Another option is some type of haggis or meatloaf out of lamb liver mixed with condiments. Sweet bread is the traditional Romanian dessert. It is a delicious puffy dough filled with cocoa, raisins and Turkish delight and walnuts. It goes great with boiled eggs, milk or by its own. Pasca is also a type of sweet bread but with sweet cheese and raisins.

Do I need to be physically fit to enjoy this tour?

You do not need to be particularly fit to participate, there are no long walks involved but there will be a certain number of stone steps and uneven surfaces.

Can I extend my time in Romania?

Yes, this can easily be arranged at the beginning or end of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing. Please speak to one of our Romania travel experts for ideas and information.

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