Welcome to Carpathian Mountains


The wooded hills and peaks here are a beacon for hikers, cyclists and skiers in season. And because of the region’s remoteness, this ‘forgotten corner’ has been able to preserve its traditional folkways better than other parts of the country.

The centre is the resort of Zakopane in the heart of the Tatra Mountains (Tatry), the highest section of the Polish Carpathians, but the prettiest hills are arguably in the Pieniny or Bieszczady ranges. Elsewhere, a mosaic of modest towns provide jumping-off points for a half-dozen national parks. Historic regional towns such as Przemyśl, Tarnów and Sanok offer insights into the past.


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$80.53 Cultural & Theme Tours

La Gita ai 2 castelli e Transilvania di 1 Giorno

Program:After breakfast, departure to Sinaia, a famous town in Romania for its natural beauties and tourist attractions. The Castle of Peles, summer residence of the royal families of Carol I, Ferdinand, Carol II and Michele is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. It was built on the order of Carol I, owes its particularity to the architectural style that combines various elements: Gothic, Baroque, traditional Romanian, art nouveau and others, so the castle could be considered a lesson in the history of art. Later we visit the monastery of Sinaia which has existed since the end of the seventeenth century, being in the forests of the Carpathian mountains. The Romanian-style construction "brancovenesc" was made by the army general Mihail Cantacuzino in 1695. The trip proceeds to the famous Bran Castle, known as the Castle of "Dracula", after Bram Stocker created the legend of Count Dracula. In reality the castle was built by the Saxons as a guard post to defend and control the trade route that connected the Transylvanian and Valachian regions in the Middle Ages. The term Bran means "border". The place is linked to the legendary prince Vlad the Impaler who had a series of fights in the area during the fifteenth century. In our country the castle is known as the summer residence for Queen Mary who came here often, far from court life in Bucharest. The tour continues to Brasov, one of the most beautiful multicultural cities of our country, located in Transylvania. You can see the Council Square, the Council Tower, the Black Church, Catherine Tower, the Black Tower and White Tower and the ancient area of the city called Schei, where the Romanians lived from long ago. Return based on traffic, after 19:30. We are waiting for you!  

$612.70 Private & Custom Tours

Private tour - Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

On day 1 we start our tour driving from Bucharest to the North, heading to Bucovina region (N-E), undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful area of Romania. You will have the chance to admire the Eastern side of Carpathian mountains, country-side landscapes, stopping in Gura Humorului, where we can enjoy a good rest for the next day. During the day 2 we will visit the most picturesque treasures of Romania: Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. Their exterior walls are painted with 15th-16th century frescoes featuring portraits of saints and prophets, scenes from the life of Jesus, images of angels and demons, heaven and hell. Masterpieces of Byzantine art, these churches are one-of-a-kind architectural attractions in Europe. The most beautiful monasteries we will visit are: Voronet(an emblematic painted church of 500 years old, but well preserved frescoes), Sucevita (where you will visit the largest painted convent, very similar to a fortress), Moldovita (with golden and deep blue paintings on the exterior walls, completed in the XVIth century). We will end the day in Piatra Neamt, a city at the bottom of Ceahlau mountain. The 3rd day will get us to the legendary land of Transylvania and its UNESCO World Heritage sites, passing stunning mountain sightseeing, such us Bicaz Canyon or Red Lake (the largest natural mountain lake in Romania). Later on, we will visit Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful, best-preserved and still inhabited medieval citadels in Europe, authentic Saxon houses of Viscri and fortified churches. In the evening, we will get to Brasov a medieval city settled by German colonists on XIII century. The 4th day will be spent on the Prahova Valley in the Carpathian mountains, visiting Brasov – a medieval city settled by German colonists, where you will have a walking tour in the Old Town area and Peles Castle – the Royal summer residence. At the end, we will visit the Sinaia monastery, a Christian Orthodox church built in 1695 in byzantine architectural style, very popular in the area. We will arrive in Bucharest in the evening, passing by the main attractions of the city.

$315.11 Cultural & Theme Tours

Painted Monasteries of Bucovina - 3 Days Private Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Bucharest-Gura HumoruluiStop At: Old Town, BucharestWe start our tour driving from Bucharest to the North, heading to Bucovina region, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful area of Romania. You will have the chance to admire the Eastern side of Carpathian mountains, country-side landscapes, stopping in Gura Humorului, where we can enjoy a good rest for the next day.Duration: 7 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: overnight accommodation at 3 stars hotel includedDay 2: Painted Monasteries of BucovinaStop At: The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, Suceava, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaToday you will find the Painted Monasteries: Voronet,Moldovita,Sucevita. Deemed masterpieces of Byzantine art, these churches are one-of-a-kind architectural sites in Europe.Perhaps the most famous and stunning of the painted monasteries is Voronet (Vo ro , founded in 1487. Widely known throughout Europe as "the Sistine Chapel of the East" due to its interior and exterior wall paintings, this monastery offers an abundance of frescoes featuring an intense shade of blue commonly known as 'Voronet blue. The composition of the paint continues to remain a mystery even now, more than 500 years after the church was built.The Monastery of Moldovita , located in the village of Vatra Moldovitei, was built by Petru Rares in 1532.The predominantly gold and deep blue paintings on the exterior walls were completed in 1537.High walls and heavily buttressed defensive towers surround the great monastic complex of Sucevita, giving it the appearance of a fortress.Sucevita was a princely residence as well as a fortified monastery. Today, the thick walls shelter a museum presenting an outstanding collection of historical and art objects.Afterwards drive to Piatra Neamt, where you will have accomodation.Duration: 10 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: overnight accommodation at 3 stars hotel includedDay 3: Bicaz Gorge - Red LakeStop At: Bicaz Canyon, Bicaz, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaThe 3rd day will get us to the legendary land of Transylvania and its UNESCO World Heritage sites, passing stunning mountain sightseeing, such us Bicaz Canyon or Red Lake - the largest natural mountain lake in Romania.Bicaz Gorge is spectacular with sheer cliffs rising literally from the edges of the road. Legend has it that the ‘red lake’ or ‘killer lake’ was formed from the flowing blood of a group of hapless picnickers who had the misfortune to be sitting beneath the mountainside when it collapsed, crushing them to death. After this we will head to Brasov. Brasov is home to one of the narrowest streets in Europe.The Rope Street (Strada Sforii) is approximately four feet wide.Here you will see Old Town Hall Square,where you can admire colorfully painted and ornately trimmed baroque structures and Black Church (Biserica Neagra), the largest Gothic church in Romania. In the evening you will be back in Bucharest.Duration: 10 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$874.12 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Budapest to Romania 8-Day Private Tour Plus Lodging, Breakfast

Day 1: Budapest - Arad - Timisoara  Departure from your hotel or directly from the airport of Budapest. We will visit the city of Arad after we enter in Romania and the city of Timisoara that will become European Capital of Culture in 2019.Overnight in a 4* hotel Day 2: Timisoara - Corvini's Castle - Alba Iulia - Sibiu  In the morning we will visit the most important gothic Castle from Eastern Europe: The Corvini's Castle and later the city where Romania was Born in 1918: Alba Iulia. In the evening we will arrive in Sibiu. the city which was chosen as The European Capital of Culture in 2007 along with the city of Luxembourg. Overnight in the old town in a 4* hotel Day 3: Sibiu - Sighisoara - Bistrita  We have breakfast and depart to Sighisoara, the city where Vlad Tepes (The Impaler) was born. We have lunch in a restaurant, and then go to Bistrita through the beautiful city of Targu Mures which we visit shortly. Overnight in Hotel Coroana de Aur 4* where stayed also Jonathan Harker from the novel of Bram Stoker in Bistrita or similar Day 4: Bistrita - Gura Humorului  We have breakfast and depart to visit three of the most important monasteries from Bucovina: Moldovita, Sucevita and Voronet Monastery (Voronet became famous among art lovers thanks to two features of its painting: blue, made with a formula still unknown, called "blue Voronet" and the magnificent scene depicting "The Last Judgement"). Overnight in Hotel Best Western Bucovina 4* in Gura Humorului or Gerald's 4* in Radauti.  Day 5: Gura Humorului - Agapia - Bicaz Gorges - Miercurea Ciuc  We  continue our journey to Piatra Neamt with a visit to the Monastery Agapia with its 300 nouns. After a visit of the Red Lake we will arrive in the evening at Miercurea Ciuc, a city inhabitated by szeklars mixed with Hungarians. Overnight in Hotel Fenyo 3*.  Day 6: Miercurea Ciuc - Bicaz Gorges - Brasov - Sinaia  Departure Brasov, where you will visit the famous Black Church. After lunch we'll head to Bran where you need to get to experience the charm of the legend. In the evening we will arrive in Sinaia , the Pearl of the Carpathian mountains . Dinner and overnight in the center of the ski resort in Hotel New Montana 4*.  Day 7: Sinaia - Bucharest  In the morning visit the Peles Castle, considered among the most beautiful in Europe. Later, we will departure to Bucharest where we will stop for a visit of the Village Museum. We will enjoy a visit of the Parliament Building, the second largest building of the world after the Pentagon in the United States and the old town of Bucharest.. Overnight in Bucharest in a modern 4* hotel, central located.  Day 8: Bucharest - Airport  Free time for yourself and transfer to the airport.

$1167.06 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Shared Tour Transylvania and UNESCO Painted Monasteries from Budapest

ItineraryDay 1: Budapest – Arad – TimisoaraStop At: Arad Central Railway Station, Arad, Arad County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaWalking tour in Arad city, after reaching Romania and where we will see the impressive Neo-Gothic Palace of Culture, the City Hall Palace and the Red Church built in secessionist style, the great Catholic Cathedral and the State Theater in neoclassical styleDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Timisoara Historical Center, Timisoara, Timis County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Timisoara, a very charming city for its architectural features for many Turkish, Serbian, Austrian and German elements, which will become the European Capital of Culture in 2021Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Timisoara.Day 2: Timisoara – The Corvini Castle – Alba Iulia – SibiuStop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaVisit the most fascinating gothic castle in Eastern Europe and one of the most beautiful and greatest of our continent, the famous Corvin CastleDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Alba Iulia, an important city from a historical point of view, because the Great United Romania was made here on December 1st, 1918, so immediately after the First World WarDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Medieval city of Sibiu, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaIn the evening we will arrive in Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007, dominated by the Tower of the Clock or Council Tower dating to the medieval era and by the extensive 18th – 19th century Brukenthal museum, the former residence of the governor of Transylvania. The big square, the small square and Huet Square, with the Evangelical Cathedral, show off in all their beauty. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Biserica Sfanta Treime, Sibiel, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaDinner will be the perfect time to better live the life of the farmers as you will be guests of the inhabitants of the village of Sibiel, inside a typical Romanian house, where you will savor traditional dishes and drinks (water, wine and local alcoholic drinks included)Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. • Dinner: Dinner in the village of Sibiel, inside a typical Romanian house (water, wine and local alcoholic drinks included)Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.Day 3: Sibiu – Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Bistrita (260 km)Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit to the city of Sighisoara, with its imposing Clock Tower. This citadel is the best preserved in Europe and, extraordinary, it is still inhabited. Since 1999 the historic center of Sighisoara is a UNESCO heritage site. Here we will admire the church on the hill, reachable after a wooden staircase called the schoolchildren’s ladder. We will also see the statue of the famous Hungarian national poet Petofi Sandor, testifying to the fact that in Sighisoara the Magyar community was in the past numerically important. Next to the statue is the beautiful Catholic church, reserved for the Hungarian community, and the tower of the shoemakers. You can have lunch at the house where Vlad the Impaler was born (not included)Duration: 3 hoursStop At: National Theatre of Targu-Mures, Tirgu Mures, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaTargu Mures is dominated by the beautiful Palace of Culture, symbol of the locality, an extraordinary baroque palace. In this transylvanian city, the Hungarian community is still numerous and the architects who have worked on the design of historic buildings are all HungariansDuration: 1 hourStop At: Evangelical Church, Bistrita, Bistrita-Nasaud County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaTowards evening I arrive at the city of Bistrita, whose main monument is the Lutheran church, built in the fourteenth century in Gothic style but remodeled with Renaissance elements in the second half of the sixteenth century.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bistrita.Day 4: Bistrita – Voronet – Moldovita – Sucevita – Marginea – Radauti (250 km)Stop At: Voronet Monastery, Gura Humorului, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaVisit the monastery of Voronet (Unesco), nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of the Carpathians, founded by the great prince Stephen the Great and characterized by a beautiful blue color, inimitable and unique in the worldDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaVisit Moldovita monastery, another famous religious monument, founded by Pietro Rares in the 16th century and whose interior and exterior frescoes enchant the visitor.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaThe last of the painted monasteries that you will have the pleasure of admiring is the Sucevita monastery, founded by the Movila brothers in the seventeenth century. Like the previous two, too, it presents Gothic and Byzantine elements, which merge to form the fascinating Moldovan architectural style. The frescoes on the northern façade of this monastery have remained visible thanks to the protective walls that have never been demolished here.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Marginea Ceramics, Suceava, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaWe continue with a visit to the local artisans of Marginea, who perform excellent work with the famous black ceramic, here you will have the opportunity to enter the workshop to closely observe the various working phases of ceramic pots, but you can also buy items typical of Bucovina. At Marginea you can buy not only ceramic vases, but also beautiful painted eggs and decorated with the traditional Romanian techniqueDuration: 30 minutesPass By: The Gerald's HotelOvernight at Gerald’s 4 * hotel in Radauti or Best Western Bucovina 4 * in Gura Humorului.Meals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight at Gerald’s 4 * hotel in Radauti or Best Western Bucovina 4 * in Gura Humorului.Day 5: Radauti – Piatra Neamt – Bicaz Gorges – Miercurea Ciuc (290 km)Stop At: Cucuteni Neolithic Art Museum, Piatra Neamt, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaShort stop in Piatra Neamt, a famous ski resort that preserves a beautiful citadel founded at the time of Stephen the Great, in the fifteenth century and an 18th century synagogue. The city has a wonderful geographical position being surrounded by mountains that guard beautiful lush vegetation.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bicaz Canyon, Bicaz, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaWe will head towards the Bicaz Gorges and then admire a breathtaking landscape. The Bicaz gorges are crossed by a road flanked by a stream and constitute a landscape of strong emotional impact with thrilling cliffs. Along the gorges there is a market with typical handicrafts and souvenirs that make the attraction even more lively.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Red Lake, Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit of the Red Lake, a natural barrier lake, which was formed following the landslide of a part of a mountain, in fact the trunks of the trees are still present in the lake and this gives a particularly evocative atmosphere. The place is interesting especially for the legends that were born and have spread in reference to the name of the lake. During the visit you will become aware of these legendsDuration: 1 hourPass By: Hunguest Hotel FenyőYou then continue through a scenic road that offers a spectacular view of the Carpathian chain to get to Miercurea Ciuc. This area is also called the Siberia of Romania for the low temperatures and the landscape that characterize this areaMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Miercurea Ciuc.Day 6: Miercurea Ciuc – Brasov – Bran – Sinaia (180 km)Stop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Brasov, a wonderful Transylvanian town, once entirely fortified, an important cultural, tourist and commercial center. Brasov impresses with its typically German architecture, where the Gothic, the Baroque and the Renaissance intersect to give life to an interesting and culturally very lively city. Visit of the First Romanian School, which is located in the oldest district of the city, and which was inhabited exclusively by Romanians, the Schei district, interesting for the entrances into the city that were carried out in medieval times through the Caatherine’s and Schei Gate, quest last of the nineteenth century. In Brasov we will also visit the impressive Black Church, the largest evangelical Gothic church in Eastern Europe, with a 65 meter high bell tower and a length of 90 meters, the church houses the most beautiful nineteenth-century mechanical organ of Romania. We will then admire the palaces and houses of the historic center, recently restored, with the Council Square which now houses a beautiful museum, and the pedestrian Avenue of the Republic.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Bran where we will visit the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. In the Middle Ages, Bran was exactly on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, so it was essential for the inhabitants of Brasov to build and preserve a defensive stronghold. In the 90s of the 900 this fortress was transformed into a beautiful castle thanks to the intervention of Queen Maria of RomaniaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Sinaia Town Hall, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaIn the evening arrival in Sinaia, the pearl of the Carpathians, where there is the beautiful Sinaia monastery founded by the great Michele Cantacuzino, a leading figure of the nobility and the Romanian culture of the seventeenth century. Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sinaia.Day 7: Sinaia - BucharestStop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaVisit the fabulous Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first king of Romania, the King Charles 1 of Hohenzollern, of German origins. The castle was beautifully designed by a Czech architect, and is famous for being one of the most modern castles in Europe at the time of its construction, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each room is characterized by a unique style, different from the styles of the other rooms. We will also admire the Florentine room, where we will breathe a typically Italian and Renaissance atmosphere.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", BucharestVisit the Village Museum, founded by a Romanian sociologist and built in 1936 with the collaboration of construction experts, anthropologists, ethnographers and sociologists from all over Romania. This wonderful open-air museum offers the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the romanian farmers of the 19th century, their houses, their water mills and their churches entirely made of wood. Here everything is authentic. We will also admire a wooden Maramures church, which was dismantled and then taken to the museum. In this regard, remember that many wooden churches of Maramures are UNESCO heritage.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Palatul Parlamentului, Bucharestthe Parliament Building, a majestic monument, second only in size to the Pentagon, built at the behest of the dictator in the 80s of the 900 and for whose creation an entire neighborhood was razedDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche, BucharestEnjoy a walking tour in the hystorical Center of Bucharest, a completely pedestrian area, with the remains of the princely fortress of Vlad the Impaler, the 16th century palatine church in Byzantine style, and the Stavropoleos church, an architectural jewel of the 18th century, in typical Wallachian style, with important oriental influences in external decoration.Dinner in the most famous restaurant in the capital, Caru cu Bere, which means the beer wagon, where you will have a great time thanks to the folklore show that will take place during dinner and where you will taste excellent traditional Romanian food. The beer produced here is original and the recipe is secret. Caru cu Bere has a fabulous neogothic facade and the restaurant was born as a brewery. The building is magnificently decorated inside in Art Deco style and with paintings representing scenes of bucolic and German life. In each painting you will see represented mugs of beer. As soon as you enter Caru cu Bere, you feel like you’re in a beautiful Bavarian brewery.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included. • Dinner: Dinner in the most famous restaurant in the capital, Caru cu Bere, with folklore show that will take place during dinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bucharest.Day 8: BucharestStop At: Henri Coandă International AirportFree time and transfer for your returning flight.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.No accommodation included on this day.

$765.59 Cultural & Theme Tours

3-Night Transylvania City Break from Bucharest

DAY 1 – Bucharest – Sibiu (B, D)You will meet our English speaking guide at the Airport in Bucharest (OTP) and together you will cross the Carpathian mountains and the spectacular Valley of Olt  river. In the afternoon you will arrive in the biggest medieval city in Romania – Sibiu. After you check-in the hotel,  you will have the city tour of Sibiu/Hermannstadt - the European Cultural Capital 2007. You will visit, among others the Evangelical Church, the Council Tower, The large and the Small Square, the Liars' Bridge, the Brukenthal Palace. Dinner and overnight in Sibiu.DAY 2 – Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara – Bran (Dracula Castle)  - Brasov (B, L)In the morning we depart to Sighisoara via Biertan - one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches (XV-XVI century) in Transylvania, part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. From here we will drive to Sighisoara one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Romania. City tour of Sighisoara with visit of the Citadel - a 12th century Saxon edifice located in the historic center of the city (still occupied, the citadel is listed as a World Heritage Site), the Clock Tower (inside visit too), the Covered Staircase, Dracula's birth house, the Church on the Hill. Lunch at the famous restaurant «Vlad Drakula», located in the same house where the popular character of the British writer Bram Stoker was born. In the afternoon departure to Bran village, where the world famous Dracula castle is located. It is the most curious part of the trip in Romania, which attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. Accommodation and overnight in Brasov.DAY 3 –  Brasov – Sinaia – Bucharest (B, D)Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of the really good preserved historical city center of Brasov with the big square, the old city-hall, and the Black Church - the main Gothic style monument in the country. In the afternoon – departure to the mountain resort Sinaia, also called "the pearl of the Carpathian Mountains". Visit the Peles Castle, constructed in 1873 as a summer residence of the Romanian royal family. Return to Bucharest and Panoramic tour of the Romanian capital – the Royal Palace, the University’s Library, the City-Hall and other interesting sights of the city also called “the little Paris” because of the similar architecture style of the buildings.  Accommodation, dinner and overnight in Bucharest.DAY 4 – Departure from Bucharest (B)After breakfast inside visit of Parliament Palace – the second largest building in the world after the pentagon in USA. According to your flight schedule transfer to the airport in Bucharest.

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