Romania: Castles, Ruins, and Medieval Villages - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Romania: Castles, Ruins, and Medieval Villages

from $3,350 USD per person for 11 days, 10 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Road Trip
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Trip Overview
Overview

Explore Romania's magnificent castles and ruins while traversing its dramatic landscapes, learning about the fabled land of Transylvania, a complex legacy of Communist rule, and millennia of quarrels, alliances, invasions, counter-invasions, occupations, foreign rule, autonomy, and independence, from Princess Ileana to Vlad the Impaler. This unique tour dives into all things medieval, dedicating particular time and attention to Romania's ancient history and enduring landmarks. Led by an experienced local guide, we'll explore some of the country's grandest buildings, taste its rich food and drink, and admire its varied landscapes. There will be new things to try and unexpected surprises waiting around every corner. 

Highlights
  • Spectacular, historic architecture
  • Transylvania and Dracula's Castle
  • Salina Turda salt mine
  • Local explorations

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $3,350. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $625. Please contact us to request a single room.

Activity Level

This tour is fairly active; travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 4 to 6 miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Many parts of the tour involve cobblestone, dirt paths, and other uneven ground, as well as tight stone stairwells in castle and church towers.

Arrival & Departure

For flights in and out of Bucharest's Henri Coandă International Airport, we suggest you arrive by 4 p.m. on Day 1, and depart anytime in the morning on Day 11. 

Included
  • Ten nights of accommodation in modern, well-equipped mansions, boutique hotels, and countryside guesthouses.
  • Breakfast daily at your hotel, two lunches, and two dinners.
  • The company of an experienced, English-speaking guide.
  • Private transport throughout the trip, in a comfortable minibus.
  •  Admission to all proposed activities and events, including castles and museums.
  • Photo fees for all visits and locations.
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Bucharest, Romania, including airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings; this includes most lunches and dinners.
  • If applicable, applying for a Romanian visa (not required for U.S. citizens).
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  • May 8–May 18, 2020
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