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Heritage & Food Tour in Romania

9 days
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Local food and drinks are definitely part of a successful travel experience in a new country. Therefore we want to offer you the right combo between a cultural tour and a food tour in Romania. On the cultural side we will visit the most famous regions of Romania: Transylvania and Bucovina with the best they have to offer. In Transylvania we’ll discover the charming old towns, the unique fortified churches (UNESCO sites), medieval towns and fortresses. The culinary tour in Romania consists of tasting the food from different regions. We will try the Transylvanian food which is an interesting mix of Romanian, German and Hungarian cuisine and the Moldavian, Bucovinean gastronomy specific for the Eastern Romanian region. Mostly you will have meals served in small restaurants or local guest houses which are serving homemade natural products. These little places use ingredients coming from the local farmers and producers. Optional you’ll have the opportunity of a private cooking class, in case you want to repeat back home our recipes. The food trip in Romania will be completed by our drinks such as plum / pear brandy, fruit liqueurs, beer or wine. All of them being locally produced.

Highlights

Local food and drinks from Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina regions. Crafts and traditions. Best tourist attractions of the area

Prices

Details Price
euro / person – for groups of 7 people 845
euro/person – for groups of 6 people 895
euro/person – for groups of 4 people 1095
euro/person – for groups of 2 people 1535
euro / person single room supplement 220
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The price include

• 8 nights accommodation • Tour guide in English language (other languages on request) • Meals as specified: 8 breakfast, 6 lunches, 7 dinners • Transport by car or minibus • horse driven wagon ride in Sibiel • plum brandy and liqueurs tasting in Sighisoara cellar • homemade cookies tasting • wine tasting at Urlati • Bucharest hotel-airport transfer • Entrance tickets to the visited sites mentioned in the itinerary

The price not include

• other meal not mentioned as included • personal expenses • photo / video tax if applies inside of museums

The price include

• 8 nights accommodation • Tour guide in English language (other languages on request) • Meals as specified: 8 breakfast, 6 lunches, 7 dinners • Transport by car or minibus • horse driven wagon ride in Sibiel • plum brandy and liqueurs tasting in Sighisoara cellar • homemade cookies tasting • wine tasting at Urlati • Bucharest hotel-airport transfer • Entrance tickets to the visited sites mentioned in the itinerary

The price not include

• other meal not mentioned as included • personal expenses • photo / video tax if applies inside of museums

Day 1. Bucharest arrival – transfer to Sibiu area

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Arrival at Bucharest Airport. Meet our tour guide and start an approx 4 hrs drive to Sibiu area.
The best way is to experience the Transylvanian rural life and food, therefore we will stay overnight in a small mountain village called Sibiel. It is one of the most popular places for rural and responsible tourism. It is a pastoral area inhabited for centuries by the Romanian shepherds.
We are inviting you to a Shepherd’s Dinner style (3 courses). The menu is based on polenta, cheese, mutton meat + desert, water, plum brandy, local beer / wine.
Accommodation in a local guest house.
Meals included: dinner

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Shepherds bulz
Sheep pastrami

Day 2. Marginimea Sibiului – Corvin’s castle - Sibiel

Icons painted museum
Masrginimea Sibiului
Traditional Romanian cheese
Corvin's castle - tour in Romania

In the morning we’ll have a tasty breakfast served at the guest house.
First visit of the day will be at the Icons Museum from Sibiel, which preserves a large collection of icons painted on glass, an old and special tradition in Romania.
Next we will drive to discover this beautiful mountain area with charming villages spread along the hills and valleys. The route offers great views over the Carpathians mountains and over the green hills of Transylvania. A very old activity in these areas was and still is, growing sheep and cows and cheese production. We have the chance to stop to taste local cheeses and to see a small production workshop.
At noon we will arrive and we’ll visit the Corvin’s castle in Hunedoara, the biggest medieval castle from Romania which impresses with its gothic architecture and massive walls and towers.
For lunch we can try the traditional “virsli” sausages, a recipe more than 300 years old, passed from generation to another. The sausages are made with sheep and pork meat.
In the afternoon we will be back to Sibiel village, just in time to enjoy a horse driven wagon ride through the village and its surroundings. It is a great way to see the village architecture and way of life. We will visit a local household to see how a regular family organizes its domestic activities, domestic animals, vegetable garden, etc.
In the evening you’ll be delighted by a homemade Traditional Transylvanian dinner (3 courses), made with locally produced ingredients. It is a type of meal often served by local families from this area. During the dinner plum brandy, berries liqueurs and local wine will be served.
Accommodation in the same rural guest house.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Virsli sausages
Horse driven wagon
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Day 3. Sibiel – Sibiu – Saxon villages – Sighisoara - Viscri

Sibiu Old Town Saxon Village Transylvania

Breakfast. We will say farewell to our host and we’ll drive to the central part of Transylvania, an area rich in Saxon (German) heritages. Many towns and villages were built by Saxon settlers starting with 12th century. They preserve the old architecture, traditions and customs. Our food tour in Romania will reveal to you this beautiful and peaceful area and will delight you with the local cuisine influenced by Saxon (German) gastronomy.
In the morning we’ll have a walking tour in Sibiu's Old Town. Sibiu is one of the oldest and the largest medieval town from Transylvania and it still keeps the old charm and architecture. Highlights: Big Square, Little Square, Evanghelic Cathedral, Orthodox Cathedral, Liar’s bridge, towers and fortifications.
We’ll stop to take a pastry, very popular for the town which we are visiting.
Next we’ll drive along a very scenic route which pass over the spectacular green rolling hills of Transylvania. We’ll see cozy Saxon villages, old churches and fortresses. Transylvania was famous for its impressive defensive system from the South-East part, formed by fortified towns, fortresses and the unique Saxon fortified churches. These are unique kind of buildings which combine the religious and defensive structures having the role to protect the local community. Almost every village from this area has a type of fortification which make our tour like a trip back in history.
We’ll stop at Mosna fortified church or to a similar one (depending on the schedule) for a visit and to find the details of this fortress. We can’t miss the Ham Tower, where the people used to keep their ham and other food in the past days. We’ll have a snack lunch served right there with meat products, cheese and vegetables from the area.
We’ll continue to Sighisoara, the pearl of Transylvania. Dating since 13th century, Sighisoara is the best preserved medieval town in Romania. Our walking tour of the old town includes: Clock Tower, Church on the Hill, House of Dracula (the birthplace of the famous Vlad Dracula), Tinsmith's tower, Tailor’s tower, etc. At the end of our walk we will invite you to a small family cellar to taste some brandies and liqueurs.
We’ll end the day in the Viscri village, one of the most famous and charming old villages from Transylvania. It is a place where you feel that time has stopped.
Check-in to a local guest house. Enjoy some time at your leisure before dinner.
A Typical Transylvanian Saxon Dinner (3 courses) will be served at the guest house.  Water, plum brandy and wine are included.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Sighisoara food tour
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Day 4. Viscri – Bran – Brasov

Viscri fortified church
Viscri craftsmen
Romania Gastronomy Tour
Romania food tour

Breakfast. In the morning we will explore the Viscri village, local craftsmen, the fortified church and the small ethnographic museum. Then we’ll start to drive on the route to the Brasov area.
On the route we’ll stop for a quick lunch to try “mititei”, a very popular Romanian meal, which is very popular for picnics or just a quick stop on the long drives. They are minced meat rolls with a recipe dating since 19th century, For dessert we’ll have another traditional dish called “papanasi”, dumplings with cheese, sour cream and jam.
The famous Bran castle is the next on our visiting list. It is an impressive castle, former border point, built in 14th century. It became famous due to the legend of Dracula. 
End the day in Brasov, a very important fortified town and trade centre back in the Middle Ages.
Check-in at Bella Muzica Hotel*** or similar, located in the heart of the old town.
In the afternoon we’ll explore the city walking to the most important sights: Council Square, Black Church, Weaver’s Bastion, Ecaterina’s Gate, Rope’s street, St Nicholas Cathedral and the Museum of the First Romanian School and printshop.
The evening at your leisure. This time you can choose one of the many restaurants in the centre with a large variety of food choices.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Black church
Council Square Brasov
White Tower Brasov

Day 5. Brasov – Harman - Prejmer – Red Lake – Bicaz lake

Harman Fortified church
Red Lake
Kurgtos Kalacs
Gulas food

Breakfast in the hotel. Check-out.
We will like to surprise you with a sweet gift, a sample of couple cookies made in Grandma's style. 
There are homemade cookies following old recipes which are hard if not impossible to find in any standard cake shop. Enjoy them along the route.
Our journey will continue with two UNESCO World Heritages sites, two impressive fortified churches – Harman and Prejmer. 
We’ll drive north to Harghita County, a region with a high  Hungarian influence, to have a 2 course lunch with Transylvanian Hungarian specialities. The famous palinka before eating and a local beer after will complete the taste.
It is time to leave Transylvania and continue our experience with new regions – Moldova & Bucovina, the East part of Romania. But first we’ll have to cross the Eastern Carpathians mountains using again a very scenic route. We’ll stop at Red lake to find more about how this lake was created and the story behind it. It is also the time to have a dessert, a “kurtos kalacs”, again a Hungarian speciality.
The route continues crossing the Bicaz Gorges, a really amazing place. Stop there for a short walk along the gorges.
Moldova, the eastern Romanian region will welcome us with another special place, the Bicaz Dam. Built in 1950 at the end of the Izvorul Muresului barrier lake, also known as Bicaz lake. It is the largest artificial lake from Romania. We’ll drive along the lake to our accommodation place, the Lostrita pension***, located on the shore of Bicaz lake, facing the Ceahlau mountains. It is a family runed hotel, with a great location, great views and excellent food.
Dinner with a fish based menu (3 courses). As we are on a shore of a big lake and many rivers around, it is probably the best place to try the Romanian fish dishes. Other choices are available on request. Water, 1 beer or glass of local wine are included.
Overnight at Lostrita Pension***.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Bicaz lake
Romanian gastronomy tour
Fish food Romania

Day 6. Tour of the painted monasteries from Bucovina

Moldovita Monastery. Tour of the painted monasteries
Painted Eggs Museum
Voronet Monastery
Radautean Soup

Breakfast. Today we’ll drive up north to visit Bucovina and its famous painted monasteries (UNESCO sites). In the morning we’ll drive along the Bicaz lake and then on the beautiful Transrarau mountain road. As passengers you just have to enjoy the scenery of the Rarau mountains.
First cultural visit will be at Moldovita monastery (UNESCO), dating back from 1532 and is due to the ruling prince Petru Rares. It has the aspect of a fortress, with imposing towers and high, thick walls. 
Beside the old and beautiful monastery we’ll also dedicate some time to visit: a painted eggs museum and workshop.
Bucovinean style lunch (2 courses) will be served in a local small restaurant.
Next visit will be at Voronet Monastery, founded in 1488 by Stephen the Great . It is famous for its original frescoes, the blue background colour and the best preserved and the most impressive representation of the Last Judgment.
Return to the accommodation, located on the shore of Bicaz lake, for a pleasent evening and a new culinary experience.
3 courses Moldavian style dinner, water, 1 beer or a glass of local wine are included.
Overnight at Lostrita Pension***.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Culinary experience in Romania
Dinner on Bicaz lake
Food experience in Romania

Day 7. Neamt county

Neamt citadel
Agapia monastery
Romanian delights
Romanian cookies

Breakfast. Today we will discover the best attractions of Neamt county. We will start with a visit at Neamt Citadel, built in 14th century, it is one of the most impressive fortresses from Romania.
Next we’ll visit Agapia monastery, once one of the biggest monastic settlements in Europe. It is also famous for the frescoes signed by Nicolae Grigorescu, one of the best Romanian painters.
The Vivant Museum, part of the monastery, will reveal the nuns' way of life in the old days.
As for a quick lunch, we’ll try some Moldavian pastry and sweet bread specialities, baked by the nuns.
Returning to our accommodation we can have an optional stop to visit the Bisons Reservations, one of the biggest land animals from Europe, once very often seen in the wild.
We will be back to our accommodation around 3.00-4.00 PM.
Spend time at your leisure, to enjoy the place, the lake and the mountains.
You may also choose one of the optional activities:
-        Take a private short cooking class, and learn how to cook a Romanian recipe.
-        Enjoy a boat tour on the lake just before sunset, with a glass of good wine
-        Rent a caiac and try your skills on the lake
Prices for the optional activities on request!
Dinner will be served with a special Moldavian menu (3 courses), together with water brandy, beer or wine.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Boat trip on Bicaz lake
Moldavian food tour
Dinner on Bicaz lake

Day 8. Bicaz lake – Urlati – Bucharest

Urlati vineyard

Breakfast, We’ll leave our host and Bicaz lake driving on our way back to Bucharest. Today we’ll have our longest drive (approx 6 hrs driving time) but we’ll make it as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
We’ll stop at Urlati, in the heart of an important viticol area for a wine tasting program, including 5 premium local wines, cheese, etc.
In the evening we’ll arrive at Bucharest. Panoramic tour of the city with the main sights: Triumph Arch, Victoriei Palace, Victoriei Avenue, Athenaeum, Royal Palace, Parliament Palace, University Square, etc.
Check-in the hotel. Accommodation in a 4 stars hotel, with a central location.
Farewell dinner will be served at „Carul cu bere” restaurant, one of the most famous restaurants from Bucharest, focused on Romanian cuisine, a restaurant with an old tradition dating back since the 19th century.
Just before saying farewell our tour guide will be pleased to give you a souvenir gift consisting in a package with small jars with Romanian honey, jam and/or zacusca (pickled vegetables salad), things which are easy to transport and will be a tasty souvenir from our country.
Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Bucharest city tour
Bucharest tour
Bucharest Farewell Dinner

Day 9. Bucharest – departure

Breakfast. According to your flight time we will transfer you to the airport.
Meals included: breakfast.

Payment and Cancellations Policy for Heritage and Food Tour in Romania

Payments
To secure your booking a deposit of 100 euro/person is required.
The final payment has to be made with minimum 15 days prior the tour start.
The payments can be made online by credit card or by banking transfer
In certain circumstances can be made cash or card on arrival
Cancellations
Special conditions. If an emergency situation occurs (pandemic, disasters, revolution, war, etc) and the Romanian authorities or the authorities from the traveler’s country impose restrictions to travel, to enter or leave the country, the cancellation can be made anytime without any penalty.
Standard conditions. If none of the above mentioned situations occur the cancellation policy is:
No penalty will apply if the cancellation is made with minimum 15 days prior the tour. Any deposit paid will be refunded in maximum 10 days.
20 % penalty fee apply if the cancellation is made with 5-14 days prior the our departure.
50% penalty fee apply if the cancellation is made with less than 5 days prior the tour start or in case of NO SHOW.

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Why to book this tour?

If you are interested in local gastronomy and if you are looking for new experiences, new tastes, new recipes then our Heritage and food tour in Romania is a great choice for your vacation. Located at the confluence between the Orient, Russia and Central and Western Europe, Romania has an excellent cuisine rich in flavours and different influences. It is a lesser known cuisine if we compare it with French or Italian but maybe that’s the best reason to come and try it.
Our food journey is planning to offer you different types of food as we will travel from one region to another, everytime something different will surprise you. We never get bored while eating and you’ll do the same along your 9 days culinary tour in Romania.
The cultural part of our trip is represented by visits of the most important heritages from Transylvania, Moldova region and Bucovina. We’ll see castles, charming old villages, fortified churches, painted monasteries, etc. We will drive along beautiful scenic roads, crossing the Transylvanian hills or the Carpathians mountains.
We are inviting you to discover our history and heritage, to taste our food, to enjoy our drinks and to become a friend of Romania forever.