Exquisite landscapes. Old world hospitality. Contemporary conveniences and comfort. Tell us how much free time you have and what you like. We'll tell you how to best spend it in Transylvania (Romania). With complimentary tips, gifts and VIP treatment !
In this wonderful experience, we’ve crammed in:
- a private tour along one of the most spectacular highways of the world. Chosen by donkey and inaugurated by King Carol, the road has a 6% tilt. And it designs a series of turn pins at over 2000 m unheard in Europe.
- a medieval lunch within Marshall Vauban's 7 pointed star-shaped citadel
- a diner in an old gunpowder storehouse
- and 6 days of sightseeing tours of Wallachia's and Transylvania's highlights.
Last but not least you will also see the sun rising twice in the same morning !
Craiova ~ TransAlpina Highway ~ Alba Iulia ~ Rimetea Village ~ Cluj
This is just a sample of how your tailor made itinerary could look !
Day 1 ~ Craiova
- Welcome and greetings on Craiova Airport
- Highlights city tour
- Drive to Horezu
- See the blue pottery workshops - UNESCO heritage
- Dinner and overnight in Horezu
Day 2 ~ King's Road: TransAlpina Highway
Drive along Romania's highest winding picturesque road.
Romania's highest road - TransAlpina (2,145 m) or DN 67C - dates from Dacians time. Innitialy, this was only a path used by shepherds. During Dacia's invasion, 2000 years ago, on their way to Sarmizegetusa, Romans armies built this superb road. Because under the reign of Carol II, in 1930, it became practicable being cobble stoned, the locals call it King’s Road. German troops rebuilt it during World War II. In 2007 the spectacular road became a modern highway, allowing fast transfer (148 km) between Novaci and Sebes. If no rainy weather, this is a great alternative to the heavy traffic on Olt Valley. Not being an extremely safe road, TransAlpina is closed between July 1 and October 31. The turns and upward slopes, fir forests and Oasa Lake and Dam give emotions to visitors... but also to cars !
- Have lunch in Ranca, one of the most popular mountain resorts in South Romania.
Quite newly developed, this is located towards the south end of TransAlpina road.
- See Oasa Lake and Dam.
- Dinner and overnight at Golden Lion Hotel in Sebes.
Day 3 ~ Alba Iulia Citadel
- Drive to Alba Iulia city.
Step into the incredibly well preserved medieval world of Alba Carolina !
Habsburgs built the citadel to defend from Turkish invasions. Italian architect Giovano Morando Visconti made the plan of fortress erected in the 18th century. Marechal Vauban, engineer to King Louis XIV of France, invented its 7 pointed star shaped design. They say it was a forbidden city until 2005 because it was a military unit. They also say there is a Mathew bible from year 800 in the library.
* Its Gates Tour is a must...
...as it includes all 3 military fortifications from historical area of Alba Iulia:
- Roman Castrum of XIII Gemina Legion,
- Medieval White Fortress of Balgrad and
- Vauban Fortress.
It also includes the entire route of Alba Carolina Fortress Ditches. Several mobile bridges allow access connecting some of the gates, as it was 3 centuries ago.
* Apulum Roman castrum ~ the largest fortress in Roman Dacia
Under Emperor Hadrianus, they constructed Apulum for over 100 years without interruption. The unique Principia Site Museum has guides dressed in Roman uniforms. And kids have the occasion to wear the Roman uniform.
Enjoy a journey through history from the Middle Ages to the present. For this you only have to pass the citadel’s bridged gates before the spectacular Changing of the Guard. This happens promptly at 12 pm every day so make sure you have an unobstructed view of the Royal Guards. In the stunning medieval surrounding an unique show starts. On the fortress main alley, Royal Guards march in procession. They complete an elaborate changeover in the sound of drums, horses and cannons.
- Have lunch at The Beautiful View Hall Restaurant within the fortress.
In a historical stylish milieu, staff dressed in period costumes will serve you with medieval specialties.
Visit the imposing Reunification Cathedral
In 1922, King Ferdinand and Queen Marie's coronation took place within this imposing Romanian Orthodox Cathedral.
Alba Iulia Unification Museum
Stolen, scattered and moved twice, museum's collections still include:
- belongings of famous outlaw Avram Iancu,
- Union Documents,
- photo camera used to take the only 5 photos of the Union and...
- the photos !
On December 1st, 1918, within Union Hall the delegates voted for the union of Transylvania, Banat and Maramures with Romania. City’s official photographer was missing under suspicious circumstances. So the only one of the 100,000 attendees who had a photo camera, a war veteran, became the unofficial photographer.
In the evening, have an original medieval feast held in the former Gun Powder Hall of the fortress. Set right in the heart of the citadel, Pub 13 Restaurant has authentic medieval atmosphere. The original basic architecture of the hall - still preserved and unique in South-Est of Europe - is of remarkable technical ingenuity. A column shaped like the foot of a mushroom supports the vault of the almost circular hall. The vault itself has the interior shape of the mushroom hat going down flared to the contour of the floor. Lots of officials and celebrities have passed its threshold looking for the special ambiance here, both Romanian and foreign. Lonely Planet says this is one of 10 best restaurants in Romania and probably the best restaurant in Alba Iulia.
- Overnight within Alba Iulia medieval citadel at Medieval Hotel.
Kindly note that they get fully booked with 4 months in advance !
Day 4 ~ Catch a peak at village life
- Stop at the Cheese Bar.
- Go to Piatra Secuiului (Hungarian's Stone, also called the Giant Lying on the Back, because of its look at night).
- Dinner and overnight in Rimetea Village, one of the most beautiful villages in the country.
This is on the 4th place on the list of Romanian landscapes unique in the world. This tiny magical village is the only place in the world where the sun rises twice a day. The steep slopes bordering this spectacular place create this impression. Hidden in an immense granite bucket, the settlement with white houses has a privileged natural position. Its picturesque steeps are more forested in the western part than where Piatra Secuiului (1128 m) dominates. It is famous for its troubled history, extraordinary architectural heritage and wonderful landscape opening as far as you can see. This village now awaits the inclusion in UNESCO World Heritage List.
Day 5 ~ See the sun rising twice
- Then drive to Raven's Nest for the day and night.
Day 6 ~ Cluj
- Drive to Cluj Airport and fly back home.
This Romania tour is completely tailor made to best fit all your own preferences. Kindly contact us for details: pricing, availability, more tailor-made options including extra nights, car rental, dinners, trips, itinerary planning, etc.
Planning fee / 6 days (non-refundable)