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25 days cultural guided tour
Romania motorhome tour start
Hungary - Arad - Nadlac - Timisoara (95 km in Romania)
Arrival in Timisoara. Meet and greet with your guide in the camping. Welcome dinner at a restaurant. Stationing of motorhomes in camping in Timisoara.
Included services: welcome dinner, stationing in the camping in Timisoara
Motorhome tour Romania - discover Timisoara, the capital of the Banat
Timisoara and around (in coach)
We leave the motorhomes in camping (happy drivers!).
Drive to the a vineyard in a coach for some wine tasting Transfer back to the city center. Guided visit of Timisoara: old center, Unification Square (Piata Unirii), and the Art Museum. The dominating Art Nouveau style of the architecture will impress you. Lots of parks embellish the town. Visit of the Revolution Museum. Lunch at a restaurant. Back to the same camping for overnight.
Included services: Timisoara guided city tour in a coach, lunch and welcome dinner in a restaurant, wine tasting, stationing in the camping.
Today we continue our motorhome tour in Romania, driving to Transylvania
T imisoara Lugoj Caransebes Sarmizegetusa Hateg - Simeria (210 km)
Departure by motorhomes to Transylvania. Stop on the way for visiting Ulpia Traiana Sarmisegetuza, the Dacia capital in the time of the Romans. Ulpia Traiana has been built after Dacia's conquest by Romans, following the second war between Dacians and Romans (105-106). Continue to Densus, for visiting one of the oldest churches in Romania (XIIIth century). Most of the building stones are from the Ulpia Traiana. Continue to Simeria.
Included services: stationing in the camping near Simeria.
Motorhome tour in Transylvania, historical region of Romania
Simeria - Sebes - Sibiu (60 km, continuation in private coach)
Departure to Sibiu by motorhomes. Arrival in a village near Sibiu. We leave the motorhomes at the guesthouse and continue by private coach for the visit of Sibiu. Visit of the medieval Sibiu and of the open air Ethnographic Museum ASTRA.
Named Hermanstadt by the Saxon colonists, Sibiu has been a flourishing town of central Transylvania in the XVII century and also the European Cultural Capital in 2007.
Included services: transfer by coach and city tour of Sibiu, dinner and stationing at a guesthouse.
Romania guided motorhome tour - big mediaeval towns in Transylvania
Sibiu - Sighisoara - Sibiu in private coach (250 km)
Departure by private coach to Sighisoara (motorhomes remain at the guesthouse). Stop and visit Biertan, the most important Saxon fortress in Transylvania. Lunch at a restaurant. Visit of the impressive medieval fortress of Sighisoara. The old fortified town, UNESCO patrimony, dominates the entire Tarnava valley. It is a real "living museum". Visit of the Clock Tower, the weapon museum and the covered ladder. Back to the same guesthouse camping for a local dinner.
Included services: breakfast, transfer by private coach, lunch at a restaurant and visit of Sighisoara, dinner and stationing at the guesthouse.
Motorhome tour Romania uncovers Saxon fortresses in Transylvania
Sibiu Fagaras Brasov (170 km)
On the road again with our motorhomes! Drive to Brasov, following the Southern Carpathians. Stop and visit the Brancoveanu Monastery in Sambata de Sus. Located in a very picturesque environment, this monk monastery is one of the very important centers of glass painted icons in Romania.
After the visit we continue to Brasov. Motorhome park in a camping near Brasov.
Included services: breakfast, stationong in camping near Brasov.
Romania by motorhome - open the Saxon history book
Brasov and surroundings in coach
Once again we change motorhomes for a private coach. Drive to Sinaia and visit the impressive Peles Castle, dated since the end of the XIX century. The castle, built in the times of king Charles the 1st of Romania includes rich furniture, art and Murano mirrors collections
Drive to Prejmer and enjoy a lunch at a restaurant. Afterwards, visit the peasant fortress of Prejmer. Built in the XIII century by Saxon colonists, it is a real piece of architectue. Each family in the village owned a rescue room inside the fortification, which they inherit from generation to generation. In case of a siege or an attack, all family members joined in their protected room. We continue to Brasov, for a private coach and walking tour.
Visit of the Black Church, the biggest Gothic cathedral between Vienna and Istanbul and then, drive back to the camping for overnight.
Included services: Brasov and surroundings visits in coach, lunch at a restaurant, stationing in camping in Brasov.
Motorhome tour Transylvania - Valachia , Southern Romania
Brasov - Predeal - Sinaia - Ploiesti - Bucharest (160 km) (160 km)
We start this day by visiting the Bran castle, wrongly attributed to Count Dracula, the vampire of Bram Stoker's novel. Back to camping and departure to Bucharest, following Prahova river valley, one of the most important passages between Transylvania and Valachia. Overnight in a camping near Bucharest.
Included services: stationing in camping in Bucharest.
Motorhome tour Romania: visit Bucharest, the capital of Romania
Discover Bucharest in private coach
Today a private coach takes us to the city center as Bucharest, like all major capitals is a very crowded town. Surnamed "little Paris of the 30th", the capital of Romania will impress us with the variety of its architecture. We visit the Stavropoleous church, the merchant's street Lipscani, the University and the Revolution squares. Lunch in a restaurant. Visit (if available for visits) of the Parliament House (the castle of Ceausescu), second building in the world after the Pentagon according to its size. Back to the same camping site by coach for overnight.
Included services: Bucharest city tour, lunch in a restaurant, transportation and transfers by private coach, stationing in camping in Bucharest.
Bucharest in place - FREE DAY to relax or self-visits in town center
Well deserved relax day. Willing returning to the center you may take a bus or a cab. Take profit to fill your fridges with food from the big stores nearby the camping.
Included services: stationing in camping in Bucharest.
Motorhome tour in Romania arrival in Danube Delta, miracle of waters
Bucharest - Vadu Oii - Tulcea - Danube Delta (320 km)
Departure to the Danube Delta. After crossing the Romanian South Plane, we'll drive across the vineyard zone of the Dobrogea, in the South-East part of Romania.
Stationing in a campsite in Danube Delta.
Included services: stationing at a guesthouse in Danube Delta.
Danube Delta Romania without motorhome
Danube Delta in outboard motorboats
We leave the motorhomes in the safe parking in Murighiol for 2 nights.
In the morning motorboats will take us across the wild untouched Danube Delta. Local visits start! Our final destination in the late afternoon is Crisan, a village of fishermen, located on the Sulina channel.
Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse in a fishermen village in Danube Delta
Included services: transfer and round trip by motorboats, picnic lunch, dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse in a fishermen village in Danube Delta.
Note: This day you leave separate from your motorhomes! They remain there up to the end of the Danube Delta round trip (2 days)!
More surprises of the Danube Delta, still far from your motorhomes
Danube Delta in place on a different itinerary
Incursion in the Delta - cruise by motorboats (cruise-lunch included). Danube Delta is one of the main highlights of tourism in Romania. The motorboats will take us across narrow channels, where you will discover "the paradise of birds": Dalmatian and White Pelicans, Egrets, Ducks, Swans, Avocets, Lapwings and many more
The species are varying according to the season.
Human intervention more than discreet allowed to the flora to develop here over 1000 different species. White and yellow water lilies decorate the lakes; oak forests covered by lianas are giving them the aspect of a tropical forest, alternating with sand dunes specific vegetation.
Back to the village for dinner and overnight.
Included services: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner, motorboat tour, accommodation in a guesthouse in a fishermen village.
Motorhome tour in Romania from Danube Delta to the Carpathians
Danube - Tulcea - Buzau (260 km)
Transfer by motorboats from the village to the place where we left our motorhomes and continuation to Buzau region.
Included services: Breakfast in Danube Delta, dinner and parking of motorhomes at a 4* guesthouse near Buzau.
Romania by motorhome brings us back to Transylvania
Buzau - Siriu - Brasov (220 km)
In the morning we may share our ride for the visit of the Muddy Volcanoes. A very strange phenomenon happens here: cold and very liquid mud is pushed out by methane pressure.
Continue to Brasov, following a very spectacular valley.
Self-lunch en route.
Stationing of motorhomes in a camping near Brasov.
Included services: stationing in the camping near Brasov.
Romania by motorhome: - we are charging back our human batteriese
Brasov in place - free day (0 km)
Another free day. Those interested may take a bus to review the spotlights in Brasov. Alternatively, you may visit Rasnov Fortress, which is quite near and the Valea Cetatii cave.
Included services: stationing in the camping near Brasov.
Our guided motorhome tour in Romania is reaching the gates of Moldavia
Brasov - Miercurea Ciuc - Gheorgheni - Bicaz (210 km)
Departure to the Szekler's region, a very spectacular forested mountain area in Romania.
Arrival at the campsite and about 1h walking around the Red Lake (Lacu Rosu), formed following a natural disaster in 1837 during a great night storm, when a huge rock fell off of the mountain blocking the Bicaz river.
Stationing in a camping area (water, electricity)
Included services: stationing in camping area near Bicaz Gorges.
Romania motorhome tour takes us on the trails to Bucovina
Bicaz - Targu Neamt - Agapia - Sucevita (251 km) km)
Departure through Bicaz Gorges, a narrow canyon with high limestone walls. We can make some walking along the river, a good occasion for buying souvenirs from the craftsmen selling them along the road.
Continue to Bucovina. We follow the huge Bicaz lake on over 40kms, later we'll cross an impressive pine forested area.
Stop on the way and visit the Agapia Monastery, renamed for its frescoes that have been painted by one of the famous Romanian painters of the XIX century - Nicolae Grigorescu. We continue towards the North up to Sucevita. Parking and dinner at a guesthouse, an occasion to discover great local cuisine. Cuisine in Bucovina is very rich, most of meals are prepared out of farm products. And deserts are real chef d'oeuvres!
Included services: dinner and stationing at a guesthouse in Bucovina.
Highlights of the motorhome guided tour Romania - Discover Bucovina - painted monasteries land
Les monastères peints de Bucovine(120 km)
We leave part of the motorhomes in place for easier parking access in sites. Drive to Humor Monastery for a first visit. Continue to Voronet Monastery, included in UNESCO patrimony. Voronet is the most famous frescoes painted outwalls in Bucovina; the blue of Voronet became a reference in the painting art. We continue with an Easter eggs decorator visit. The day ends with the visit of another painted monasterie: Moldovita. Back to our base to enjoy another great dinner.
Included services: breakfast, dinner and stationing at a guesthouse in Bucovina.
Romania motorhome tour pit stop in Bucovina
Bucovina in place - FREE DAY
Free activities: cleaning of the motorhomes, visit of Marginea black pottery village, easy walks in the surroundings. They say that Marginea black pottery is dating since the time of the Dacians (2000 years ago). You may buy pottery directly from the craftsmen. An interesting place for visiting is also the Cacica salt mine - salt extraction started since the Austrian Empire handled this region
If you enjoyed painted monasteries, don't miss the Sucevita Monastery: it has the best preserved frescoes
Included services: breakfast, dinner and stationing at the guesthouse in Bucovina.
From Bucovina to Maramures, best of motorhome guided tour in Romania
Bucovina - Iacobeni - Maramures (230 km)
Departure to the Maramures. Cross the village of Ciocanesti. Most of houses have the outer walls decorated with painted stuca imitating traditional local embroidery. The road takes us to Prislop Pass (over 1400m high). Landscape is gorgeous: mountain picks and green pastures with flocks of sheep. We continue towards the North-West, following the Iza Valley.
Included services: breakfast in Bucovina, dinner and stationing at a guesthouse in Iza Valley in Maramures.
Romania motorhome tour unvails the hidden face of Maramures (80 km)
Maramures in place (80 km)
In the morning, local visits in a tourist coach : the wooden church on the hill in Ieud, which they say it's the oldest wooden church in Maramures (it is not always open for visitors
) and the church in the valley - a greek-catholic church, built in 1718. It houses very nice glass painted icons.
Continue to Poienile Izei for visiting another wooden church, UNESCO patrimony.
Back to the guesthouse and self-catering lunch, waiting for a two hours horse ride-tour in carts. It's the best opportunity of discovering local life, but also being greeted by locals.
Included services: half a day tourist coach tour, breakfast, dinner and stationing fees at a guesthouse in Iza Valley in Maramures.
Romania by motorhome: nature miracles of the uncovered Maramurese)
Early breakfast. Drive in a coach to Viseu de Sus for a tour in a narrow gauge steam engine train that will take us along the Vaser Valley.
Along the valley, about 60kms of railroad offer visitors impressive landscapes. The train isn't fast - no more than 15km/hour. It's a real travel in time. Foresters working high in the mountains also use the train. It is a unique experience. Back by 5 pm.
In the evening a great party with local musicians (the ceterasi) will end the day.
Included services: breakfast, festive dinner with local musicians, narrow gauge train tickets and stationing at the guesthouse.
Guided motorhome tour of Romania: last souvenirs of Maramures
Iza Valley - Sighetu Marmatiei - Sapanta - Iza Valley (140 km in a tourist coach)
Departure by tourist coach from our village in Maramures. Discover the historical Maramures: visit of the new monastery of Barsana, well known in Maramures as a pilgrimage location
All the buildings of the monastery are made of wood, in respect to local tradition. Heading back Northwest for the visit of the Memorial Museum of the anti-communism resistance in Sighetu Marmatiei. Sighetu Marmatiei is also the birthplace of Ellie Wiessel, one of the Nobel price awarded people.
Drive to Sapanta and visit the Merry Cemetery, unique in the world. Each carved and painted cross exposes in a few phrases deceased person's life. Back to our guesthouse for a last night in motorhomes.
Included services: breakfast, lunch in restaurant, dinner and stationing at the guesthouse.
It's the end of our motorhome adventure in Romania: no regrets, just hope coming back one day
Maramures - Hongrie (150 km + ...)
Departure to Hungary. Bye-bye to our guide...
Included services: breakfast at the guesthouse.