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.
Accommodations during this trip are in old mansions, boutique hotels, and countryside guesthouses, refurbished and decorated to offer an authentic taste of traditional—and noble—life. The trip cost covers double-accommodation rooms, with the option of a single supplement for a private room for $625. Otherwise we'll work to place singles of the same sex together.
This tour is fairly active; travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 4 to 7 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.
For flights in and out of Bucharest's Henri Coandă International Airport, we suggest you arrive by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3, and depart anytime in the morning on Monday, May 13.