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Carpathian Mountains, Romania

North Romania – The Highlights



7 Days

Prices Start from

£2,500pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Couples Adventure Traveller

Criss-crossing northern Romania this itinerary focuses on the quieter corners of this vast and varied country. Villages such as Breb in the heart of the Maramures are as traditional as they come in today’s Europe. The painted monasteries of Bucovina are another big draw, as are the eerie, intricate wooden churches visited on this trip.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Maramures, Romania, Wooden church of Barsana monastery 1

Maramures Region

Witness Europe’s last remaining peasant culture in medieval Maramures

Cycling, Carpathian Mountains, Romania 2

Cycle the Carpathian

Travel by bike through the rolling hills and forests of the Viseului Valley.

Barsana Wooden Monastery, Maramures, Romania 3

Wooden Churches

Visit churches that are architectural masterpieces showcasing superb wood carving.

Romanian delicacies, Romania 4

Traditional Life

Sample a shot of homemade plum brandy (palinca) with a friendly villager.

Why we like it

Steppes Travel emphatically believes that travel in Romania is best in the company of a good guide. To that end, we have hand-picked the very best guides to ensure you get the most out of your visit to Romania. Our guides know the must-see sights, the off the beaten path gems, the hiking trails, the best places to eat, and also, more importantly, know the right people.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Satu Mare - Botiza

  • Days 2-4


  • Day 5

    Botiza - Sucevita

  • Days 6-7


Day 1

Satu Mare - Botiza

Maramures, typical countryside near the village Poienile Izei, Romania

Botiza is nestled in amongst vast stretches of unspoiled forests, home to wolves and bears, and is a sleepy, traditional village with lovingly restored houses.

Days 2-4


Day 5

Botiza - Sucevita

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

Sucevita is a small village in Bucovina, and a convenient jumping-off point for the region’s beautiful painted monasteries, many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Days 6-7


Now for the details

Merry Cemetery, Maramures, Romania
Maramures, Romania
Maramures, typical countryside near the village Poienile Izei, Romania
Maramures, Romania

Stay in Botiza

Botiza is nestled in amongst vast stretches of unspoiled forests, home to wolves and bears, and is a sleepy, traditional village with lovingly restored houses. Ideally serving as your base, explore the timeless Maramures region. Highlights include Breb, a village almost frozen in time holding on to the last vestiges of peasant culture, and Barsana monastery, a UNESCO listed wooden structure. Also nearby is Sighetu Marmatiei, home to the compelling Memorial Museum of Communism, and The Merry Cemetery at Sapanta, where the locals are talented craftspeople and often invite guests into their homes to try their home-made plum brandy.

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

Monasteries of Sucevita

Sucevita is a small village in Bucovina, and a convenient jumping off point for the region’s beautiful painted monasteries, many UNESCO World Heritage Sites celebrated for their intricately painted frescoes. Visit also the Lucia Condrea Museum of Decorated Eggs and see for yourself how these traditional eggs are painted, meeting with a village elder, experienced in this traditional art. Enjoy lunch at a local farm or picnic with ingredients from the local village markets.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Hotel Alhambra Palace £££££

  • Spain

Hotel Alhambra Palace dominates the hillside of Sabika, a lofty position with great views overlooking the city of Granada.Being just a stroll away from the Alhambra Palace and Gardens makes for a perfect base. With an old-world feel and traditional Moorish architecture, it oozes charm.

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Six Senses Kocatas Mansion £££££

  • Turkey
  • City

Located in the prestigious Sariyer district of Istanbul, the new Six Senses is a converted historic mansion that offers remarkable views over the Bosphorus. Look further beyond the mansion and discover a spa and wellness experience set within lush landscaping that provides the perfect antidote to city life. All three restaurants are headed up by celebrity chefs, so expect some exciting dining. When exploring downtown Istanbul jump on the complimentary hotel shuttle boat, a smart and eco way to avoid the traffic and noise of the city at a relaxing pace.  

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Castello di Ugento £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique
  • Unusual

Protecting and standing tall over the town of Ugento for over 1000 years, the 17th-century castle turned palazzo is now the home to a luxury boutique hotel and the cutting-edge Puglia Culinary Centre.

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Gulet Fortuna £££££

  • Turkey

The luxury sailing yacht MS Fortuna is designed to sleep a maximum of 14  passengers. Her traditional design is complemented by spacious fore, side and aft decks, modern nautical equipment, outdoor dining facilities and cushioned lounging areas.

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Gulet Nikola £££££

  • Turkey

Nikola is a fully-crewed luxury sailing gulet cruising along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.  This is a fantastic opportunity for any first-time sailors to test the water in the world of cruising holidays. 

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Alexa J £££££

  • Greece

The Alexa J is a classic schooner that has undergone a refit as a superyacht and offering the service to match with six world-class crew to look after you. A single cabin schooner, it is perfect for well-heeled families of four or a couple wanting freedom and luxury as they island-hop through the Ionian Islands.

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Golden Eagle Train £££££

  • Russia

The Golden Eagle Train embarks on the worlds longest train journey from Moscow. This rail adventure is a must-do for any train aficionados. The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian chugs past Lake Baikal before reaching Vladivostok via Ulan Bataar (Mongolia). Alternatively, board the Trans-Mongolian journey arriving into Ulaan Baatar in time to celebrate the Naadam Festival. The Golden Eagle plays host to many interesting Guest Speakers who travel on board delivering a series of informed lectures.

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Aman Venice £££££

  • Italy
  • City
  • Boutique

As sumptuous and romantic as the city itself Aman Venice is a 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal, home to museum-quality treasures including Tiepolo frescoes, gilded ceilings and centuries-old leather wall coverings. With views to the hotel’s private garden or the Grand Canal, many of the 24 Rooms and Signature Rooms feature protected frescos and reliefs. Featuring the work of a number of Italy’s greatest artists, including the 16th-century architect Sansovino, and Tiepolo, the 18th-century painter, Aman Venice’s Rooms and Signature Rooms vary in size and configuration.

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Villa Vager, Levidi £££££

  • Greece
  • Beach and Island Escapes
  • Boutique

Located in the heart of the Peloponnese countryside approximately 160 kilometres from Athens, Villa Vager Levidi stands in the centre of the traditional village of Levidi at the foothills of Mount Mainalon with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding fir forests and fields. The 10 comfortable rooms are all individually decorated and range from a honeymoon suite with a beautifully designed fireplace to a cave suite with exposed stone walls and a truly romantic feel.

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Siena House £££££

  • Italy
  • Villas / Exclusive use

Siena House is much more than just a house; it’s a very special property conceived and finished at the highest level in terms of equipment, interior design, furnishing and comfort. Houses like this are not normally offering rooms for bed and breakfast, and bed and breakfasts are not normally, houses like this. The house offers bed and breakfast accommodation for up to 11 adults (12y+) and several children (one child per room is possible). Rooms are double with double beds, apart from the Montepulciano suite which can become a double + twin, sharing a bathroom.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £2,500 Per person

When to travel

Romania in January

From January to March, winter months can be harsh, with heavy snowfall and temperatures reaching below freezing in January. Conditions are ideal for winter sports in Romania’s mountainous regions but may be particularly cold for sightseeing activities.

Romania in February

During the winter months, it can be difficult to travel around Romania with some of its towns and cities blocked by snowfall or have other issues due to the adverse weather conditions. Therefore, it is best to travel to Romania’s mountain resorts for winter sports rather than travelling around the country.

Romania in March

March can be quite an unpredictable month as winter draws to a close, snow many still be present in some regions yet with temperatures rising, Romania may experience sunshine and the first signs of spring.

Romania in April

From the beginning of April, spring arrives in Romania and temperatures gradually increase. This can be an ideal time to visit Romania when there are fewer crowds than during the summer months with warmer temperatures than during the winter months.

Romania in May

The best time to travel to Romania is typically from May to September, when warmer weather is likely, and rainfall is very infrequent. Temperatures may reach highs of 24°C in May, which will keep increasing within the summer months.

Romania in June

From June to August, it is the most popular time to travel to Romania with temperatures at their highest and fewer chances or rainfall, meaning it is advised to book as far in advance as possible if travelling during summer.

Romania in July

July is one of the warmest months in Romania with average temperatures of 22°C. Destinations will become marginally more crowded, yet good weather is more likely during the peak of summer, rather than during the summer months.

Romania in August

During July and August, temperatures will be at their hottest and so ideal for coastal resorts but also for sightseeing in Romania’s towns and cities, with the occasional shower possible, yet unlikely.

Romania in September

As it is the beginning of Autumn, travelling during September is ideal for photographers with the autumn leaves forming and creating some vibrant countryside landscapes. After the summer months, attractions will be much quieter and with temperatures averaging 19°C, makes September a great time for sightseeing in pleasant conditions.

Romania in October

From October onwards, Romania will experience its off-peak season. With four very distinctive seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter, the best time to travel to Romania will be dependent on your what you wish to do whilst in the country.

Romania in November

The first signs of winter begin to appear as temperatures can fall to 7°C at the end of the month. Like March, November can be quite unpredictable between the summer and winter months with chances of snowfall yet also the possibility of warm temperatures at the beginning of the month.

Romania in December

With snowfall likely and colder temperatures, December can be a great time for outdoor pursuits and winter sports, including skiing.

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