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Discover a wonderful journey through history, culture, myth and legend in Romania.

Guided Walking Holidays - Romanian Highlights

The chickens peck by the side of the road and a horse and cart trundles by. The view down the main street at Velea Zaganului is unchanged in a very long time. Only the telegraph poles remind you of modernity. Changing yet changeless, Romania offers a fascinating excursion to sights and experiences long disappeared from Western Europe. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. 

We start in Cluj, the former Hungarian capital of Transylvania, a well preserved city easily discovered on foot. We spend time here and visit the Turda Gorge, a spectacular sight.

Next we stay at Sibiu, the former capital of German speaking Transylvania. It is a spectacularly fortified town, designed to repel Ottoman invaders, and well worth exploring. Outside the city we’ll visit and explore the ancient country ways with a chance to meet and understand something of the ways of the shepherds who have maintained flocks in the local hills as long as recorded history.

Then to Sighisoara. For some, this fortified old town will be the highlight of the trip. We stay near the town square so can enjoy the town at its best in the evenings. Although small it is beautifully preserved and ideally explored on foot.

At Brasov we are in the Carpathian mountains. This elegant cultured baroque city is a destination in its own right. It is also a great place from which to explore the mountains and ‘Dracula’ country. We’ll visit the castle at Bran, so closely associated with the legendary vampire Dracula. Although connections with the fictional vampire are tenuous at best, it is a fascinating building and should not be missed.

Finally we reach Bucharest, a capital city recovering much of its poise and charm. There’s a visit to Ceausescu’s People Palace, the largest building in the world after the Pentagon. As personal vanity projects go it is astonishing and not without charm.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Bran castle. However tenuous the connection with Dracula, it remains a must see.
  • Stroll around Brasov’s lively town square.
  • Discover the rural or mountainous countryside best explored on foot, always beautiful and seemingly untouched.
  • Discover Sighisoara. As well preserved a town as you will find.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Luton to Cluj Napoca (Wizz Air) returning Bucharest, Henri Coanda to Luton (Blue Air).  
      Airport transfers
      Half board accommodation with lunch included on most days
      Local English speaking Romanian guide throughout
      All necessary permits and entrance fees
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade SS/3

  1. Day 1

    We fly to Cluj Napoca Airport to met our English speaking guide. Depending on arrival time there may be time for a sightseeing tour of old city centre including highlights St Michael Church, Orthodox Cathedral, Matei Corvin House and National Theatre. We have dinner in our hotel tonight.

  2. Day 2

    After breakfast we start our day with a walk taking in the impressive Turda Gorge cleaved through the Apuseni Mountains. The cliffs on either side reach up to 300m above you. Look out for plants more commonly seen by the Mediterranean and varied bird life. After an included lunch we return to Cluj to complete any sightseeing missed on Day 1. We have dinner in a local restaurant tonight.

  3. Day 3

    We drive to Alba Lulia centred around the hugely impressive citadel dating back to the early 1700s. We have time to enjoy the city sites and lunch before continuing to Sibiu, the former capital of Transylvania's Saxon (German speaking) community. We will visit the Astra Open Air Village. The museum preserves and demonstrates rural life from a previous era. The site itself is enormous covering 96 hectares with a 10km walk to take in everything. We will have dinner in a local restaurant in Sibiu tonight.

  4. Day 4

    Drive into countryside surrounding Sibiu for local walking and meeting a shepherd community for an introduction to rural life in Romania. Lunch will be a picnic provided by shepherds. We return to Sibiu for dinner and overnight in our hotel.

  5. Day 5

    After breakfast we drive to Biertan. This former Saxon village has a UNESCO listed fortified church typical of Saxon communities and a reminder of more unsettled times in the area. Lexicographers will no doubt be pleased to know the German word for the society that protects these churches is 'Kirchenburgenschutzverein', an impressive 25 letters. Finally we arrive in Sighisoara which for many will be the highlight of the holiday. It a beautifully preserved and atmospheric town that deserves time to explore. We have dinner in our hotel located close by the old town.

  6. Day 6

    We spend the day exploring the town and venturing out into the local countryside. Lunch and dinner are included today.

  7. Day 7

    After breakfast we drive to Brasov, another impressive Saxon city located beneath Mounts Tampa and Postavaru. After lunch in a historic city centre restaurant we have a guided tour of the elegant baroque city. We will also walk to Mt Tampa possibily utilising the local cable car as appropriate. We have dinner in our centrally located hotel, a short walk from the main town square for those that would like to enjoy an evening stroll to soak up the atmosphere.

  8. Day 8

    Today we visit two of the most important historic buildings in Romania. Touristy they may be but they are undoubtedly an essential part of any trip to Romania. First to Bran to see the self styled Dracula's Castle. Without the hype it is a fascinating insight into medieval history. The castle was built in the 1370's to guard a strategic trade route. Its links with Dracula are tenuous at best but it is still the best place to soak up one of the most popular legends in European culture. Our guide will separate fact from fiction for us. We also visit the far less visted Rasnov Fortress by way of contrast. We return to Brasov for dinner and overnight.

  9. Day 9

    After breakfast drive to Peles to visit the castle. This is a very different experience from Bran, built in the 1870's it is beautifully decorated and stuffed full of art and antiques. Later we drive about 3hrs south to Bucharest, Romania's capital and main city. We have a guided tour of the highlights. Dinner will be in another city centre restaurant and we stay in a central hotel.

  10. Day 10

    Today we visit the Peoples Palace, an extraordinary building, the second largest in the world after The Pentagon. It was conceived as a vanity project by Ceausescu in the 1980's. The development involved demolishing large parts of Bucharest's former historic centre. You have to go through airport style security to get in but the breath-taking scale of the place makes it all worthwhile. After the visit and lunch at a local restaurant we have some free time to explore the city further.

  11. Day 11

    Finally we must transfer out to Bucharest Airport for our flight back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Luton to Cluj Napoca (Wizz Air) returning Bucharest, Henri Coanda to Luton (Blue Air)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats. 


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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Ciucas

Hotel Ciucas is a spa hotel situated in the centre of Baile Tusnad. Therapies include galvanic and salt baths, paraffin and mud wraps, aromatherapy massages and carbon dioxide treatments. Situated just 100 yards from the spa town’s Lake Ciucas, each room at this hotel has free Wi-Fi and flat-screen cable TV. Some rooms have private balconies, while some also have spacious living rooms with sofa. The best rooms, however, have their own hot tub and a relaxation area. Guests can choose from a wide range of treatments at the wellness centre, exercise at the fitness room or relax at the spa area, which includes a sauna and a hot tub. Ciucas Hotel also offers a restaurant that serves Romanian specialties and a daily buffet breakfast. 

Hotel Floreta de Aur

Offering a restaurant, free WiFi and free on-site parking, Federa?ia Româna de Scrima - Hotel Floreta de Aur is located in Bucharest, 750 yards from the Herastrau Park. The hotel is 0.9 miles from Victoriei Square. Each room at the Floreta de Aur hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen cable TV, a refrigerator, and a private bathroom with bath tub, hairdryer and free toiletries. Many restaurants and shops are reachable within a 5-minute walk. On request, laundry services are offered at the house, and guests can also use the tennis court for a surcharge. The closest bus stop is 350 yards away, and the Gara de Nord Train Station is 2.5 miles away.   Sector 1 is a great choice for travellers interested in nightlife, museums and Old Town exploring.

Hotel New Montana

Hotel New Montana in Sinaia is 200 yards away from the ski lift to the Cota 1400 Ski Area. A semi-Olympic heated pool, gym, sauna and other spa facilities are free for guests. Peles Castle is 0.9 miles away. The elegant rooms at the Montana have flat-screen TV and they overlook the Carpathian Mountains. They are equipped with an electronic lock system. The private bathrooms feature a bathtub, hairdryer and a bathrobe. Artemis Restaurant serves Romanian and international dishes, as well as home made desserts. Breakfast buffet is offered, and it features a live cooking station with pancakes and omelets. Guests can also enjoy a drink at the Budha Bar. During the summer, guests can relax at the New Montana's outdoor terrace. 

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