Welcome to Bistriţa


Modern Bistriţa has barely a garlic-clutching villager in sight. Cobbled streets lined with cafes radiate from its Gothic centrepiece, the 14th-century Evangelical Church. Several well-preserved Renaissance buildings attest to its history of Saxon merchants and renowned silversmiths. It's a relaxing place to stay before pressing on to Lake Colibiţa or the forbidding Bârgău Valley.


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$736.49 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Transylvania and UNESCO Painted Monasteries from Bucharest

Day 1: BucharestDeparture from your hotel or directly from the airport of Bucharest. Visit to the Parliament Building, the second largest building of the world after the Pentagon in the United States, the old town and the romanian Atheneum. Overnight in central located 4* hotel.Day 2: Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - SibiuWe have breakfast and depart to Sibiu. On the way we visit Monastery of Curtea de Arges and continue with a visit to Cozia Monastery. We continue our tour with Sibiu, the city which was chosen as The European Capital of Culture in 2007 along with the city of Luxembourg. Visit the medieval old town and overnight in a central located 4* hotel. On request we can offer dinner at peasants house in Sibiel.Day 3: Sibiu - Sighisoara - BistritaWe have breakfast and depart to Biertan fortified church, famous for its divorce prison room and later we will arive in Sighisoara (Unesco) , the city where Vlad Tepes (The Impaler) was born. We will visit the Unesco citadel 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 - RadautiWe have breakfast and depart to visit the most important monasteries from Bucovina: Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries. Later we will stop for a demonstration of black pottery at Marginea. Overnight in a 4* hotel in Gura Humorului or Radauti.Day 5: Radauti - Piatra NeamtWe have breakfast in the hotel, then we visit Humor Monastery, then 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"). We continue our journey to Piatra Neamt with a visit to the Monastery Agapia. Overnight in a 4* hotel in Piatra Neamt. or Roman.Day 6: Piatra Neamt - BrasovWe have breakfast and depart to Brasov on one of the most beautiful scenic roads of Romania, Bicaz Gorges. We continue our journey to the Red Lake and after a stop in Miercurea Ciuc we will arrive in the medieval town of Brasov. Visit the beautiful city of Brasov  with its Black Church and overnight in a 3* Hotel close to the old town.Day 7: Brasov - Sinaia - BucharestAfter breakfast we have a stop in Bran to visit Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and depart to Sinaia, with a visit of Peles Castle (considered among the most beautiful in Europe). Later we continue to Bucharest with a visit to the Village Museum. Overnight in Bucharest in a 4* central located Hotel.Day 8: Bucharest - AirportAfter breakfast we continue the visit of Bucharest, then transfer to the airport.

$1114.09 Cultural & Theme Tours

Best of Romania in 10 Days

Day 1 | Bucharest – Curtea de Arges – Transfagarasan Road* – SibiuYour tour starts with a road trip from Bucharest to Curtea de Arges, the historical capital of Wallachia where we will visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery. We will then drive on the Transfagarasan Road in order to reach Sibiu, where we will take a walking tour before checking in at the hotel.Day 2 | Sibiu – Hunedoara – Alba Iulia – Turda – ClujWe will make our first stop at the Corvin Castle, and then we will head to Alba Iulia where we will visit the Alba Carolina Fortress. From Alba Iulia, we will visit the Turda Salt Mine, and then we will go to Cluj-Napoca. After a short walking tour, you will have free time to explore the local cafes and restaurants near the hotel.Day 3 | Cluj-Napoca – Bistrita – VoronetOn our way to Bukovina, we will stop in Bistrita, where we will take a short sightseeing tour and taste some local products. We will then head to Bukovina, where we will visit the Voronet Monastery.Day 4 | Voronet – Moldovita – Sucevita – IasiOn the fourth day, we will continue our tour of the Painted Monasteries with Moldovita and Sucevita and then leave for Iasi. In Iasi, we will take a short walking tour before checking in.Day 5 | Iasi – Targu Neamt – Piatra NeamtOn the 5th day, we will take a tour of Iasi and visit the Palace of Culture, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre. We will then head to Targu Neamt for a tour of the Neamt Citadel and we will reach Piatra Neamt.Day 6 | Piatra Neamt – Bicaz – Corund – Biertan – SighisoaraWe will pass through the beautiful Bicaz Gorges in order to reach our first landmark of the day, the Red Lake. Our next stop will be in Corund, one of the main pottery centers of Transylvania, after which we will visit Biertan.Day 7 | Sighisoara – Viscri – BrasovIn the first part of the day, we will visit a true symbol of medieval life, the Clock Tower, which is home to Sighisoara’s History Museum. We will then visit the Viscri Village, and head to Brasov for a short walking tour.Day 8 | Brasov – Bran – Sinaia – BucharestOur day starts with a city tour of Brasov's main touristic hotspots, and then we will take a 30-minute drive to Bran, where we will visit Dracula's Castle. Our next stop is in Sinaia, where we will visit the former summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, Peles Castle. Day 9 | Bucharest City TourOn the last day, you will discover Bucharest through a full-day city tour. The tour includes the Palace of the Parliament, the Bucharest Village Museum, and a walking tour through Bucharest's Old Town.Day 10 | Breakfast and departure.

$444.23 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 Day Medieval Transylvania and Unesco Painted Monateries

Day 1: Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - Sibiu With your proffessional tourguide/driver, you can sit back and relax as you enjoy the views while we head to Sibiu. On the way we visit the Royal Cathedral of Curtea de Arges  and continue with a visit to Cozia Monastery,  built by Mircea the Old in 1386 and decorated also in the "brancovenesc" style, a unique romanian architecture. Following we will arrive in Sibiu, the city which was chosen as The European Capital of Culture in 2007 along with the city of Luxembourg. Enjoy a visit of the old town with its amazing squares and overnight in the oldtown in a modern central 4* Hotel Day 2: Sibiu - Sighisoara - Bistrita After the breakfast you will discover the scenic roads of Transylvania with its medieval cities, included Sighisoara, Unescco heritage and also the city where Vlad Tepes (The Impaler) was born. You can serve a tasty transilvanian dinner right in his house and after a guided tour of the city we will head to Bistrita through the beautiful city of Targu Mures where we will stop for a short tour of the city center. Overnight in Hotel Coroana de Aur 4* (Golden Crown) where stayed also Jonathan Harker in the novel of Bram Stoker in Bistrita. Day 3: Bistrita - Gura Humorului - Radauti We have breakfast and depart to Bucovina that means “land covered by forests of beech trees”. There is no other place in the world like Bucovina in North Moldavia, where a group of Orthodox monasteries with their external wall paintings can be admired. These painted monasteries are part of the UNESCO World Heritage for their rarity and beauty.  Visit two of the most important monasteries from Bucovina: Moldovita and Sucevita monasteries. Overnight in Hotel Gerald's 4* in Radauti or Best Western 4* in Gura Humorului.  Day 4: Radauti – Agapia – Piatra Neamt We have breakfast in the hotel, then we visit Humor Monastery, then 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"). We have lunch and continue our journey to Piatra Neamt with a visit to the Monastery Agapia with a visit of the Living Museum where you can see exactly how are the houses of the nouns and also a visit of the weavers and painting workshops. Overnight in Hotel Central Plaza 4* in Piatra Neamt. Day 5: Piatra Neamt - Vrancea Wineries - Muddy Vulcanoes - Bucharest Today you will enjoy a visit of the area of Vrancea with its 20 wine cellars. Beciul Domnesc is one of the most well known, also a historic monument. According to documents, this cellar has been around since the age of kind Stephen the Great – the 15th century. After a visit of the vineyards you will have a visit of the muddy volcanoes from Buzau and back to Bucharest.

$875.61 Private & Custom Tours

8-Day Transylvania and UNESCO Painted Monasteries from Budapest

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.

$1461.30 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

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 stop for the lunch and 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.

$1848.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Small group Dracula Tour

Day 1: BUCHARESTAirport transfer to Bucharest.Overnight in BucharestDay 2: BUCHAREST (1h drive)Start a panoramic tour of Bucharest with stops in the Constitution Square, the Revolution Square and the old town. Visit the Palace of the Parliament, the 2nd largest administrative building in the world and the picturesque Village Museum.Overnight in BucharestDay 3: BUCHAREST–TARGOVISTE–POENARI–SIBIU (6h drive)Visit Targoviste Princely Court, the place where Vlad the Impaler ruled, climb 1480 steps to see Poenari fortress and continue to Transylvania by Transfagarasan road, located around 2000 m altitude.Overnight in SibiuDay 4: SIBIU–HUNEDOARA–ALBA IULIA–SIBIU (3h drive)Visit the largest Gothic castle in Romania, Huniazi castle where Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned. Carry in to Alba Iulia Vauban fortress and former capital of Transylvania. End the day with a walking tour of Sibiu, former European Capital of Culture in 2007.Overnight in SibiuDay 5: SIBIU–BIERTAN–SIGHISOARA (1h/50min drive)See Biertan UNESCO site and then head to Sighisoara, one of the best preserved medieval citadel. Discover the House of Vlad Dracul, allegedly the birth place of Dracula and visit the Clock Tower and the Church on the Hill.Overnight in SighisoaraDay 6: SIGHISOARA–TARGU MURES–BISTRITA–BORGO PASS (4h drive)Today you will visit 2 German cities: Targu Mures and Bistrita. In Bistrita, Jonathan Harker, Dracula novel character, overnights for the first time in Transylvania. Stop at the same hotel and enjoy a delicious lunch. Reach Dracula Castle and visit his dungeon . . . at your own risk!Overnight in Borgo PassDay 7: BORGO PASS–BICAZ–BRASOV (6h drive)Admire the beautiful landscape of the Carpathian Mountains and stop at Bicaz Gorge and the Red Lake. The evening is dedicated to Halloween. Enjoy a late visit at Bran castle and a Halloween party.Overnight in Brasov areaDay 8: BRASOV–SINAIA–HARMAN–BRASOVVisit Peles castle, former summer royal residence of the 1st Romanian royal couple and carry on with the quaint Harman fortified church. The day ends with a walking tour in Brasov medieval city with the Black Church.Overnight in BrasovDay 9: BRASOV–RASNOV–SNAGOV–BUCHAREST (3h drive)The highlights of this day are: Rasnov peasant fortress and the mysterious Snagov monastery, where Vald the Impaler is supposed to be buried.Overnight in BucharestFay 10: Bucharest (40min drive)Airport transfer in BucharestEnd of the tour.