• Duration

    9 Days

  • Location

    Budapest to Bucharest

  • Price starting from

    € 860

  • Package by Tucan Travel

Discover some of the wonders of Hungary and Romania on this nine day adventure. Combining ancient architecture, rural towns and imposing castles, you can enjoy a historical journey from Budapest to Bucharest. Visit Bran’s Castle and learn about the folklore of Transylvania, enjoy a tour the Maramures region and stay in the important Sighisoara Citadel.

 

Day 1 to 1 – Arrive Budapest

Welcome to Budapest! Hungary’s stylish capital is known as the ‘City of Spas’ for its abundance of natural thermal springs. With a host of historical sights, buzzing nightlife and unique attractions, Budapest is a favourite for many travellers visiting the region.

Straddling the Danube River, the city is comprised of two very different historic cities, Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank. Highlights here include Castle Hill, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, the Liberation Monument, the fabulous St Stephen’s Basilica and the much photographed Parliament Building. An evening river cruise is an excellent way to see the parliament lit up at night.

You are free to arrive at your leisure and enjoy all Budapest has to offer. We highly recommend booking pre tour accommodation or arriving early in the day so that you can tick off the highlights. There will be a pre departure meeting held tonight at 6pm in your hotel. Please check reception for details.

Optional Excursions: Budapest Parliament Tour – 5200 HUF • Szechenyi Thermal Baths – 6000 HUF • House of Terror – 3000 HUF • Great Synagogue – 4000 HUF • Danube Cruise – 4200 HUF • Hungarian National Museum – 1600 HUF • Memento Park – 1500 HUF • Buda Castle – Free • Fisherman’s Bastion – 1000 HUF • Walking Tour – Free • Hop on Hop off Bus – from 6000 HUF

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Flamenco or similar

Day 2 to 2 – Eger

This morning we take a short train ride to Eger, located on the hills of the Bukk Mountains, and a real gem within Hungary. With a number of historic sights such as the castle, cathedral, and the northernmost minaret in Europe, Eger is a wonderfully quaint town and the perfect contrast from the bustling capital of Budapest. Best known for its production of the famous “Bulls Blood” red wine, Eger is a large producer of Hungarian wine and you will have ample opportunity to sample some of Hungary’s finest. Spend an afternoon exploring the “Valley of the Beautiful Women”, a collection of wine cellars where you can sample the unique blends of local wines and speak with the producers.

After a 91 year long Turksish rule in the 15th century, Eger has an abundance of Ottoman influence and beautiful architecture that can be seen as you explore on foot.

Approximate Travel Times: 2.5 hours by train.

Optional Excursions: Eger Castle – 800 HUF • Minaret – 400 HUF • Thermal Baths – 1900 HUF • Wine tasting in the Valley of the Beautiful Women – from 1000 HUF • Basilica – Free

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Bacchus Panzio or similar

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 3 to 3 – Baia Mare

The day is spent exploring the fascinating Maramures region in North-western Romania, home to many villages where century-old traditions are still part of daily life. We will visit the village of Barsana, where there is a thriving local tradition of woodcarving, with picturesque wooden houses fronted by giant, ornately-carved gates. There is also a monastery that offers great views over the Izei valley, where people still farm using traditional techniques. We also tour some of the beautiful UNESCO listed wooden churches of the region that are well-known for their characteristic high roofs and tall, pointed steeples. We will make a quick stop at the very peculiar ‘Merry Cemetery’ of Sapânta, so called because the gravestones are painted in bright colours, hand-carved out of oak and adorned with an image of the deceased and a humorous epitaph in the local vernacular.

We then head to Baia Mare, one of the most important mining centres of Romania with over 2000 years of gold and silver mining. The town is well preserved and the oldest house here dates back to 1440.

Approximate Travel Times: 3 hours to Satu Mare in a private vehicle. Followed by a full day of Maramures excursions arriving to the hotel in the early evening.

Included Excursions: Tour of Maramures Region

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Pensiunea La Fontana or similar

Meals: 1 Basic Breakfast(s)

Day 4 to 4 – Sighișoara

As we make our way to Sighisoara, we stop en-route for a few hours to explore the city of Cluj Napoca, Romania’s second largest city after Bucharest. The city is one of the most important academic and cultural centres in Romania, and is home to the country’s largest university and its famous botanical gardens. In 2015, Cluj-Napoca was named the European Youth Capital, and you can see the reflection of this in the bohemian cafes where many of the students and artists frequent.

In the afternoon we head to Sighisoara. Located in the historic region of Transylvania, it was once a Saxon settlement established in the 12th century. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the citadel has a very well preserved old town with a clock tower rising 64 meters above the city. Also worth visiting is the Orthodox Cathedral and Cornesti Church.

Approximate Travel Times: 3 hours drive in a private vehicle plus a few hours stop in Cluj Napoca.

Included Excursions: Cluj Napoca Visit

Optional Excursions: Guided tour of Sighisoara Old Town – from 15 EUR • The Clock Tower – 15 RON • Dracula’s House – 5 RON • History Museum – 4 RON • Museum of Medieval Arms – 8 RON • The Torture Chamber Museum – 4 RON • The Church of the Dominican Monastery – Free

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Casa Wagner or similar

Meals: 1 Basic Breakfast(s)

Day 5 to 5 – Sighișoara

Today you are free to explore and enjoy Sighisoara! You could take a guided tour of the Old Town, check out the unique Torture Museum or visit Dracula’s House.

Optional Excursions: Guided tour of Sighisoara Old Town – from 15 EUR • The Clock Tower – 15 RON • Dracula’s House – 5 RON • History Museum – 4 RON • Museum of Medieval Arms – 8 RON • The Torture Chamber Museum – 4 RON • The Church of the Dominican Monastery – Free

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Casa Wagner or similar

Meals: 1 Basic Breakfast(s)

Day 6 to 6 – Brașov

Surrounded on three sides by the Carpathian Mountains, Brașov was a perfect place for a medieval settlement and much of the Old City, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211, has been restored.

You can visit Râșnov Castle, the Brașov Citadel or wander up Rope Street, the narrowest street in Europe. Brașov also provides a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside of the Transylvania region, where the air is fresh and the people friendly.

On our way to Brașov we make stops at two historic and important churches, Viscri and Prejmer fortified churches.

Approximate Travel Times: 5 hours in a private vehicle including stops at Viscri and Prejmer Fortified Churches.

Included Excursions: Entry to Viscri Fortified Church & Prejmer Fortified Church

Optional Excursions: Walking Tour – Free • Ethnographic Museum – 5 RON • Brasov History Museum – 7 RON • Cable Car to the top of Tampa Hill – 17 RON • Black Church – 10 RON • Bear Sanctuary – 30 EUR • Art Museum – 5 RON

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Pensiune Ambient or similar

Meals: 1 Basic Breakfast(s)

Day 7 to 7 – Brașov

Today we visit the nearby Bran Castle which is known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ and is (supposedly) said to have been the home of Vlad the Impaler. We also explore the beautiful Pele’s Castle, an impressive structure which is sure to take your breath away!

The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy Brașov.

Included Excursions: Entry to Dracula’s Castle & Peles Castle,Entry to Prejmer Fortified Church

Optional Excursions: Walking Tour – Free • Ethnographic Museum – 5 RON • Brasov History Museum – 7 RON • Cable Car to the top of Tampa Hill – 17 RON • Black Church – 10 RON • Bear Sanctuary – 30 EUR • Art Museum – 5 RON

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Pensiune Ambient or similar

Meals: 1 Basic Breakfast(s)

Day 8 to 8 – Bucharest

This morning we head to Bucharest where you will have free time to explore the area and discover the contrasts of Romania’s cultural capital. The architecture here is an eclectic mix of historical, communist period and modern styles and it even has its own Arc de Triomphe. Bucharest also boasts the world’s second largest building, the Palace of Parliament, built under the communist regime.

If you’d like to learn more about the traditional way of life of Romanian peasant farmers you can visit the Village Museum, an open air museum with around 300 traditional buildings filled with furniture, pottery and clothing collected from different regions of the country.

Approximate Travel Times: 3 hours by private vehicle.

Optional Excursions: Palace of the Parliament Tour – 40 RON • Walking Tour – Free • Stavropoleos Church – Free • Village Museum – 15 RON • National Museum of Art of Romania – 15 RON • Bucharest Municipal Museum – 10 RON • Alternative Walking Tour of Bucharest – 15 EUR • Bike Tour – From 20 EUR

Accommodation: 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Capitol or similar

Meals: 1 Basic Breakfast(s)

Day 9 to 9 – Depart Bucharest

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)

What’s Included

Excursions & Activities:

  • Tour of Maramures Region
  • Cluj Napoca Visit
  • Entry to Viscri Fortified Church & Prejmer Fortified Church
  • Entry to Dracula’s Castle & Peles Castle
  • Entry to Prejmer Fortified Church

Accommodation: 8 night(s) in hotels

Transportation: Train, Public Bus, Metro, Foot

Meals: 2 Buffet Breakfast(s), 6 Basic Breakfast(s)

Other: Tucan Travel Tour Leader

What you need to know

  • We will try to run your tour as close to the itinerary as conditions will allow. On very rare occasions, local events may affect the way your itinerary operates. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in these situations.
  • Public transport in and between European cities is comfortable and efficient. The majority of our Europe tours are run on local transport such as trains and buses. Within each city, we might be hopping on metros, trams, local buses, taxis or using our own two feet between the stations and hotels. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage at every point, so pack light!
  • The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. You will meet your Tucan Travel rep at 18.00 for the pre-departure meeting. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.
  • This tour includes a compulsory Local Payment that needs to be paid to the Tour Leader on Day 1 of your tour. For more information on our Local Payments please click here.
  • Hotel rooms in Europe are generally smaller by US standards and double beds can often be two single beds pushed together.

What’s not included

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions – On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone’s taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don’t hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

This tour is subject to our general conditions.  Please read them carefully before booking.