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Timeless Romania

Private Travel | General interest 10 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £2520

With its wealth of folkloric heritage, picturesque villages and wonderful scenery, Romania is fascinating to explore. This tour discovers the country’s highlights, including Transylvania’s fortified Saxon churches, Bucovina’s exquisite painted monasteries, dramatic castles and palaces, medieval towns and the beautiful Carpathian mountains.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in the 5-star Intercontinental in Bucharest
  • Full-day tour of northern Romania’s painted monasteries
  • Visit the royal palaces of Peles & Pelisor
  • Tickets to the Athenaeum, opera or theatre in Bucharest
  • 4- & 5-star accommodation throughout
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bucharest

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bucharest with British Airways. Transfer to Novotel Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. Welcome drink. (N)

Day 2: Bucharest - Sibiu

Morning tour of Bucharest, known as the ‘Paris of the east’ due to its boulevards and belle époque buildings. View the Old Princely Court and the Royal Palace. Transfer to Sibiu, staying at Hotel Continental Forum (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)

Day 3: Sibiu

Morning tour of the old town followed by time at leisure or visit the Brukenthal Museum. In the evening, visit the picturesque village of Sibiel. Dinner in a local family home including meat and cabbage rolls cooking demonstration. Return to Sibiu. (B, D)

Day 4: Sibiu - Turda Salt Mine - Sighisoara

Transfer to Sighisoara via the salt mine at Turda. This is one of the largest salt mines in the world, dating back to the 11th century. A highlight is the 112-metre-high great hall; its superb acoustics have even made it a popular concert venue. Continue to Sighisoara, staying at the Hotel Central Park (or similar) for 1 night. (B)

Day 5: Sighisoara - Târgu Mures - Gura Humorului

Morning tour of the Unesco-listed town of Sighisoara, a beautifully preserved medieval settlement. The city walls encircle cobbled streets lined with colourful 16th-century burgher houses. Visits include the citadel, the Church on the Hill and the clock tower. Travel north to Gura Humorului via Târgu Mures, a Hungarian stronghold. Stay 2 nights at the Best Western Bucovina (or similar) and enjoy a traditional dinner and dance show. (B, D)

Day 6: Gura Humorului

Tour the area’s remarkable painted monasteries, considered to be among Europe’s greatest artistic monuments and awarded Unesco world heritage status. (B, D)

Day 7: Agapia - Lacu Rosu - Brasov

Head south to Brasov, via the Agapia monastery, a Romanian Orthodox nunnery dating back to 1649. Continue to Lacu Rosu for lunch and on to Brasov. Free time in the late afternoon to enjoy the city. Stay at the Hotel Aro Palace (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 8: Brasov - Peles Palace - Bran Castle

Short drive through the beautiful Transylvanian countryside to Bran castle, which is famously associated with Dracula, the legendary character from Bram Stoker’s gothic novel, enjoy a tour and coffee stop. Drive to Sinaia to visit the palaces of Peles and Pelisor, the former royal residences of King Carol I, another beautifully resorted Unesco world heritage site. Return to Brasov. (B)

Day 9: Brasov - Bucharest

Morning tour of the medieval town of Brasov and view the Piata Sfatului, one of the finest baroque squares in the country. Visit the Black Church with its collection of more than 300 Ottoman rugs. See St Nicholas Church and explore Romania’s first school. Return to Bucharest and stay overnight at the Intercontinental (or similar). (B)

Day 10: Bucharest - Fly to London

Morning visit to the Palace of Parliament, which is the third largest building in the world. Early afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information August 6 & 20 departures: On day 4 there will be an included journey on the Mocanita steam train, a narrow gauge railway used for transporting cargo in the early 20th century.

Superior tour This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Private & tailor-made travel This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Novotel Bucharest City Centre
    Novotel Bucharest City Centre

    The modern Hotel Intercontinental Bucharest is situated in University Square, adjacent to the National Theatre and within walking distance of the Old Town. It provides a high level of service and comfort with spectacular views of the centre of Bucharest. The hotel's three restaurants offer a choice of international and traditional Romanian cuisine.

  • InterContinental Bucharest
    InterContinental Bucharest

    The modern Hotel Intercontinental Bucharest is situated in University Square, adjacent to the National Theatre and within walking distance of the Old Town. It provides a high level of service and comfort with spectacular views of the centre of Bucharest. The hotel's three restaurants offer a choice of international and traditional Romanian cuisine.

  • Hotel Central Park
    Hotel Central Park

    Located within a 2-minute walk of the medieval citadel, the Hotel Central Park has been converted from an 18th-century building, keeping its charming original features and facade. All guestrooms have been decorated in a classic style with the emphasis on pastel colours and natural light. After a day's sightseeing, dine at the hotel restaurant, which offers excellent Romanian wines and cuisine. Features: 33 rooms, restaurant, bar, nightclub, terrace, garden, small shop. Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable television, minibar, bathrobe, slippers, Wi-Fi.

  • Aro Palace (Hotel Aro Palace)
    Aro Palace (Hotel Aro Palace)

    Located in the centre of Brasov's medieval old town and adjacent to Central Park, the Hotel Aro Palace is one of Brasov's best hotels, with views to Tampa mountain. It has retained its original art deco facade after extensive renovation work to its public facilities over the years.

  • Hotel Continental Forum
    Hotel Continental Forum

    The Continental Forum Hotel is set in a historic building from 1912 and is situated in Unirii Square, close to the historical centre of Sibiu and a 3-minute walk from the Brukenthal Museum and Piata Mare. The hotel's restaurant serves authentic dishes from the Balkan region as well as international cuisine.

  • Best Western Bucovina Club de Munte
    Best Western Bucovina Club de Munte

    The Best Western Bucovina Club de Munte is a modern hotel that stands on the edge of town with views of the surrounding mountains. Its rooms are well designed with gothic-style furniture. The hotel's restaurants serve traditional Romanian and international cuisine. Features: 130 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, outdoor terrace, spa, sauna, hammam, hot tub, fitness room. Room amenities: Satellite television, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
13 May 2022 - 22 May 2022 £1,775 £0 £395 Yes Reserve
27 May 2022 - 5 Jun 2022 £1,820 £0 £395 Reserve
22 Jul 2022 - 31 Jul 2022 £1,820 £0 £395 Reserve
5 Aug 2022 - 14 Aug 2022 £1,820 £0 £395 Yes Reserve
2 Sep 2022 - 11 Sep 2022 £1,820 £0 £395 Reserve
16 Sep 2022 - 25 Sep 2022 £1,775 £0 £395 Reserve
23 Sep 2022 - 2 Oct 2022 £1,725 £0 £395 Reserve
7 Oct 2022 - 16 Oct 2022 £1,675 £0 £395 Reserve

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • What's Included
    • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

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