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TNN’s Romania Tour

May 22 - June 3, 2023

Romania is still relatively undiscovered compared to other countries in Europe and its charming historic cities and medieval architecture are inexpensive and rarely crowded. On this trip, you’ll interact with our local friends, explore beautiful landscapes, and eat wonderful food in a country that blows people away.

Romania is one of Europe’s most underrated destinations. Brimming with a long and vibrant history, incredible natural landscapes, hearty food, and charming historic towns and villages, Romania is a country that enthralls everyone who visits.

Residents are a welcoming group eager to share their country with visitors. On this tour, you’ll meet locals and fully immerse yourself in the culture through traditional workshops, home-cooked meals, and visits to out-of-the-way villages. Using our extensive local connections, you’ll get experiences not available with other companies as we hang out with our personal friends and get off the beaten path.

You’ll also see magnificent hilltop castles, sprawling palaces, some of the best-preserved towns in Europe, and the remote Transylvanian countryside (where we might even see wild bears).

This tour is for people looking to see more than just the famous sites of Romania — it’s for travelers who want to also understand the country’s culture, history, and food.

If you’re the kind of person who wants a more authentic and nuanced experience, this tour is for you.

Our Director of Content, Chris Oldfield, will be joining you for the first few days of the trip!

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To reserve your spot on a tour, a 40% deposit is required. This deposit is 100% refundable for 30 days. See our terms and conditions for more on our refund policy.

Tour Itinerary

Today is arrival day! We’ll have an orientation meeting in the afternoon before taking you to one of our favorite spots in Bucharest for a welcome dinner.

On our first morning together as a group, we’ll take a historic walking tour to get our bearings and learn more about Romania’s capital. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore the city on your own (we’ll give you some of our favorite recommendations to help point you in the right direction). In the evening, we’ll meet for an optional group dinner, followed by an optional night out in Bucharest’s Old Town to experience the city’s renowned nightlife.

In the morning, we’ll take a 2-hour drive through the stunning Prahova Valley to the mountain town of Sinaia. There, we’ll tour the nearby Peleș Castle, a striking fairytale-like castle that was built for King Carol I in the 19th century. This lavishly-decorated 160-room castle was the summertime residence of the royal family and the first castle in Europe to have electricity. Afterward, we’ll continue onwards to the Transylvanian city of Brasov (a 1-hour drive), where you have the option of staying with the group for dinner or heading out on your own.

We’ll start our first day in Brasov with a walking tour to learn about the history of one of the best-preserved cities in the country. You’ll then have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating and incredibly picturesque city at your own pace. If you so choose, you can meet up with the group again in the evening for an optional dinner.

In the morning, we’ll take a trip to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle (despite the fact that Vlad the Impaler was likely never there). After touring the castle, we’ll refuel with a hearty traditional lunch in a local home. We’ll then head back to Brasov, where you’ll have the afternoon free to explore the city. If you’d like, you can meet up again with the group in the evening for an optional dinner.

In the morning we’ll take a 2-hour drive to Corund, a village in Székely Land, the ethnically Hungarian-majority region of the country. When we arrive, we’ll have a typical lunch at a local trout farm. We’ll then visit the traditional workshops that make this area famous, including a potter, weaver, and tinder mushroom family. We’ll end the day with a home-cooked dinner at a hunter’s farm in the mountains.

Today, we’ll start the day by driving to the remote Fantana Plateau, where we’ll visit local families on their farms. We’ll take a forest walk through the southernmost peat bog in the world to learn more about this unique type of environment. We’ll eat lunch at a local cheese farmer’s home. Afterward, you’ll have the afternoon to relax from the busy day before an optional group dinner.

With the morning comes a surprise activity at the home of local friends! We’ll then take a 1-hour drive to Sighisoara, one of the best preserved medieval villages in Europe. We’ll take a walking tour of the medieval citadel and village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, we’ll drive through the heart of Transylvania to the day’s final destination, the Saxon city of Sibiu.

In the morning, we’ll take a walking tour of the Old Town of Sibiu, known as The City of Eyes for its iconic rooftop windows that look like they’re watching over passersby. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to wander the city at your own pace before meeting up again with the group for an optional dinner.

In the morning, we’ll take a 1.5-hour drive to Hunedoara, where we’ll visit the Hunedoara Castle. This Gothic-Renaissance castle is one of the largest and most impressive castles in Europe. After some time enjoying this site, we’ll return to Sibiu, where you’ll have the option of joining the group for dinner.

We’ll make our return to Bucharest via the incredible Transfagarasan Highway. This breathtaking road winds through the Fagaras Mountains and has been called one of the most epic roads in the world for its stunning landscapes. On the way, we’ll visit the 15th-century Poienari Citadel,  the ruins of Dracula’s actual castle. Finally, we’ll arrive in Bucharest, where we’ll have our last dinner together as a group.

Today, we say goodbye after our grand adventure! Our guides will be around all day to help you get to the airport or onward to your next destination.

Tour Essentials

Accommodation

Accommodation is 2 star hotels. If you book a twin share room and are traveling solo, you’ll be paired with someone of the same gender.

Transport

During the trip, we’ll travel via public transportation as well as a private bus between cities.

Meals

Daily breakfast, three lunches, and three dinners are included. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice. Alcohol is not included.

Sustainability

We aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. The tap water is safe to drink so we encourage you to bring a water bottle. Trash is recycled whenever possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.

Small Groups

This tour requires a minimum of 10 participants and has a maximum of 15 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you’ll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people.

Expert guides

Your tour will be led by a licensed and local expert guide. Our guides are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and to ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible.

What's Included

What’s Included

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation between destinations with private driver
  • All activities and entrance fees listed above
  • All included meals listed above
  • Local guides during activities
  • Expert tour leader throughout the trip

What’s Not Included

  • Travel to/from Romania
  • Visa fees that may be required
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel insurance (which is required)
  • Optional activities not listed

FAQ

What are your COVID policies?
This tour is currently open to all travelers. We will closely monitor any new policies and comply with any new restrictions or requirements needed. If the rules change, we’ll let you know.

What about COVID testing?
Should COVID testing be required as a condition of entry or exit, we will help you find testing locations, though you are responsible for the cost of the COVID test and for booking your own tests.

What is the age range of people on this tour?
Our tours see people from 22 to 75. They really run the gambit. In the past, the average age on this tour is about 40. As we’ve found age is only a number, the variety in ages has never been detrimental to the group dynamics!

Is there a lot of walking?
All our tours have lots of walking tours involved that last between 2-3 hours each. While there is no strenuous hiking involved on this tour, you should be prepared to be on your feet a lot.

Tell me about your guides.
Our expert tour leaders are fully licensed guides. They’ll be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the trip, handling all of the local logistics, and dealing with any unforeseen situations that may arise. Our tour leaders are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible. During the course of the trip, we’ll also use other guides for some of our day tours.

Will I have any time to myself?
Of course! We hate tours that book every minute of your day. While we will be busy, there will also be plenty of time for you to explore on your own. Travel is about adventure and discovery, so we emphasize that on our tours. We want you to see stuff that interests you specifically.

What am I going to do during the listed “free time”?
Our guides will be on hand to give you suggestions, help you decide what to do, and be around. If you want to go off on your own, we get that. We want you to explore and break out of your comfort zone! Our guides are here to help and, after you join the tour, you’ll be sent a list of potential activities you can do on your own.

How many spots can I purchase at once?
Reservations on the tour are limited to a maximum of two per person to ensure that everyone who wants to gets a chance to go.

What kind of rooms are we staying in?
We will be staying in 2 star hotels the entire trip.

Is airfare provided?
No, you’ll be responsible for your own airfare to and from the tour.

Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, all guests will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the trip. We’ll be asking for proof before departure. If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to continue on the tour.

Is there an age requirement?
You must be at least 18 years old.

Will I need to fill out any release forms?
Yes, you’ll be required to fill out and sign a liability waiver releasing us from any and all liability related to the tour.

What about visas?
If you require a visa to enter any of these destinations, you’ll need to get that in advance at your own expense. We do not offer any help in this area.

What if I change my mind? What is your refund policy?
We understand plans change. Deposits are refundable up to 30 days after purchase. They can be transferred once in a calendar year to another tour. (You have to do so within 90 days.) Balance payments are due 31 days after purchase. Cancelations made between 90 – 60 days before the tour start date: 50% refund of the balance amount (the deposit is not included in the refund). Cancelations made between 59 – 0 days before the tour start date: 0% refund of the balance amount.

Is there a waiting list?
People sometimes rush to secure a spot but don’t always get the time off work and might need to cancel. If you’d like to be added to a waiting list, please email us at [email protected]

I still have questions. Can I contact you?
Of course! Our email is [email protected]

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