Romania: Traditions, Crafts & Countryside! [Travel Tribe]

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Aug. 16 — Aug. 26, 2021
11 days
12/12 spots booked
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: To reserve your spot on a tour, a $500 deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be 100% refundable for 60 days (or until 90 days before the tour starts, whichever comes first).

WOMEN'S TRAVEL TRIBE TOUR: This is an exclusive Travel Tribe tour only for women.
Looking for a true hidden gem and the road less travelled?
Learn from traditional craftspeople in off-the-beaten-path locations
Explore vibrant Bucharest on a special walking tour through intriguing neighborhoods
Admire the beauty and hospitality of Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains
Soak up the atmosphere of the best preserved medieval village in Europe
Visit local craft guilds and workshops where ancient techniques are still used
Wander the cobblestone streets of historic and colorful Brasov

This unique adventure will unfold in cities where remnants of communism intertwine with the vibrance of modern life. By contrast, we’ll also see magnificent hilltop castles, palaces, some of the best preserved medieval villages on the continent, the remote and bucolic Transylvanian countryside offering breathtaking natural beauty in every direction.

Romanians are a diverse, welcoming population eager to share their culture and open to learning about others. We’ll immerse ourselves culturally through workshops and demonstrations that can include such crafts as traditional basket weaving, pottery, textiles, woodworking, glasswork and more!

We’ll experience hidden cafes, indulge in local cuisine, enjoy home-cooked meals in tiny, remote villages, sample the wares of small local producers of jams and syrups and visit the traditional “palinka” (brandy) distilleries in the countryside. Are you ready?

Tour Partnership

Artyzana by Wandering Earl Tours is our private tour experience and we are an official tour partner of Travel Tribe. Our strong partnership began when Travel Tribe founder, Janet Jaffe, took a tour to India with Wandering Earl Tours in 2018. We quickly discovered our shared mission to create incredibly rewarding, small-group trips, making the fit natural. Travel Tribe wanted something different and that’s exactly what Artyzana offers.

Working together, Travel Tribe and Artyzana by Wandering Earl Tours carefully craft unique itineraries exclusively for Travel Tribe members. We then fully runs these trips using our years of experience operating amazing tours to fascinating destinations.

When you travel on a Travel Tribe tour, you get the best of both worlds – the wonderful Travel Tribe community and an unforgettable Artyzana adventure!

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    August 16Bucharest
    Arrival day
    Included: Dinner
    Upon arrival, you’ll be picked up at the airport and taken to our group hotel in the city center. After getting settled and having a good rest, we’ll start off with an evening tour orientation and group dinner at one of Bucharest’s most popular Romanian restaurants, located in the heart of the Old City.
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    August 17Bucharest
    Highlights: Unique tour of old and new Bucharest
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    We’ll begin today with a walking tour along Victory Street, passing markets, street art and historical sights before entering a local neighborhood filled with beautiful early 19th century mansions, hidden cafes and unique street art. From here, we’ll explore narrow passageways, Communist structures and lively squares before lunch. We’ll also have time to visit an Antiques Market inside of the old Bucharest Stock Exchange Building and the grand Unirii Square.
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    August 18Bucharest » Sinaia » Brasov
    Bucharest » Sinaia » Brasov
    Highlights: Peles Castle in the beautiful Prahova Valley
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Leaving Bucharest, we’ll drive 2 hours north, straight into the Carpathian Mountains. Our first destination will be the friendly town of Sinaia, where we’ll visit the impressive neo-renaissance Peles Castle, situated in the heart of the Prahova Valley. Then we’ll continue to the medieval and beautiful town of Brasov, with its diverse history and lively atmosphere. Dinner will take place in a long-running restaurant known among locals for its interesting ambience and great food.
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    August 19Brasov
    Highlights: Walking tour of Brasov, local guilds and workshops
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Today we’ll embark on a walking tour of the city, visiting the Romanian, German and Hungarian neighborhoods, including several traditional businesses (bakeries, bookstores, shoemakers and more) where we can interact with locals and learn about their work. We’ll also visit one of the traditional, centuries-old local guilds for a unique workshop on woodworking and glasswork. After sunset, we’ll head to Piata Sfatului, the lively main square where evening festivities are always taking place.
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    August 20Brasov
    Highlights: Visiting locals in the stunning mountain village of Maghura
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    The day begins with a 45 minute drive to the sleepy village of Maghura, set at the edge of the wonderful Piatra Craiului National Park. We’ll go for a walk through Maghura’s stunning setting, with its rolling green hills, dirt roads, traditional homes, peaceful forests and farmland. We’ll meet the local inhabitants and enjoy a local lunch at one of the traditional eateries. From here, we’ll return to Brasov for some free time. Optional activities will include taking a funicular to the top of Mount Tampa, visiting museums, an old fortress or simply soaking in the laid-back atmosphere of this gorgeous town.
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    August 21Brasov » Corund
    Brasov » Corund
    Highlights: Arrival in Corund, local artisans and workshops
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Today we’ll drive 2 hours to the authentic Hungarian region of Romania called Corund. Hungarians have been living in Romania for centuries and have maintained their unique culture and heritage. After checking in to our traditional guesthouse, we’ll head off with our local guide for an undeniably special experience. We’ll visit with local artisans who are producing their crafts, not for tourism, but for the community’s own use, using only traditional methods of production. This includes a black pottery workshop, traditional weaver and a tinder craftsman (tinder is a type of forest mushroom). We’ll learn about these crafts and the workshops that keep these traditions alive. Dinner will then take place in the beautiful gardens of a local trout farm.
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    August 22Corund
    Highlights: The remote Fantana Plateau, local craftspeople and villages
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    The truly local experience continues as we head up to the remote Fantana Plateau, home to only a few small villages and the southernmost peat bog in the world. We’ll begin with a 2 hour tour of the villages, nature and a local bio-mushroom farm. We’ll then head to a local home for a delicious, freshly prepared lunch before stopping at a local syrup and jam producer where we can taste their products and photograph the people and their traditional rural factory.
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    August 23Corund
    Highlights: Full day in the countryside, visits to unique artisans and workshops
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Deeper into the countryside we go! We’ll pay a visit to a gypsy basket weaving family where we’ll have a demonstration from the basket master himself. From here we’ll head to the village of Criseni, home to the only Straw Hat Museum in the world. We’ll meet the passionate local founder of this museum as well as other villagers who will definitely be curious about our visit to this remote location. Next, we’ll drive to the village of Sansimion, home to the only licensed palinka (brandy) distillery in Romania that uses a centuries old technique for all production. After palinka tasting, we’ll head back to Corund for a special dinner prepared by our wonderful hosts.
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    August 24Sighisoara
    Highlights: Sighisoara - the best preserved medieval village in Europe
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    With a short 1 hour drive, we’ll arrive in Sighisoara, considered the best preserved medieval village in all of Europe. Our guide will take us through the cobblestone lanes, to the 400-year old clock tower and impressive hilltop cathedral, into a traditional wine cellar and to the birthplace of Vlad Tepes (the inspiration for Dracula). You’ll have free time in the friendly walled village as well before we check in to our quiet guesthouse in the countryside just outside of town.
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    August 25Sighisoara » Bucharest
    Sighisoara » Bucharest
    Highlights: Scenic trip back to Bucharest along the Carpathian Mountains
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Our journey back to Bucharest will take approximately 6 hours, with stops along the way at small towns, viewpoints over the Carpathian Mountains, local fruit stalls and lunch at a local inn. Upon arrival back in the capital, we’ll get settled into our hotel before our final group dinner.
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    August 26Bucharest
    Departure day
    Included: Breakfast
    You’ll be transferred to the airport by private driver in time to catch your departing flight.

Tour Essentials

Medium Physical Level
While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, walking tours in the cities, being outside in potentially warm temperatures, a couple of long journeys, early morning wake-ups and other similar scenarios.
From historic hotels to quaint guesthouses, you can always expect comfortable mid-range accommodation. All rooms have private bathrooms. there is a maximum of 6 single rooms available. These rooms will be offered on a first come-first served basis. The remainder of the rooms will be shared. Solo travelers will be paired together, two travelers per room in two single beds.
During the trip, we'll travel in comfort with our deluxe vans. We'll use two vans for the group in order to ensure flexibility, plenty of space for each guest and access to areas that larger vehicles simply can't go.
Breakfast every day, 5 lunches and 8 dinners are included. With included meals, some will be served family style and other times you will be able to order anything you wish from the menu. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
As with all of our trips, we aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. Reusable water bottles and shopping bags are provided to all guests, trash is recycled where possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.
Small Groups
This tour requires a minimum of 8 participants and has a maximum of 12 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you'll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people. That's the kind of trip we love to offer!

What's included

  • Artyzana Tour Expert throughout
  • Small group (maximum 12 participants)
  • Accommodation (10 nights – 3/4* hotels and guesthouses)
  • Transportation within Romania (deluxe private vans)
  • Local guides in each destination
  • All mentioned activities, entrance fees and workshops
  • Breakfast every day, 5 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Water throughout the trip
  • Gratuities at hotels/included meals
  • All airport transfers
Not Included
  • Flights to/from Romania
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals and activities not mentioned
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Other gratuities

What's an Expert Tour Leader?

A Wandering Earl Expert Tour Leader is more than a guide. They’re a travel fanatic, and this is more than just a job for them, it’s a passion. They know everything there is to know about travel, and they’ll be with your group every step of the way, excited to show you what’s around the next bend.

They’ll be your cultural ambassador as they introduce you to hyper-local guides who know their part of the world better than anyone else. They’ll work hard every single day to ensure that you have the type of travel experience that brings you the most rewards. With endless connections and the freedom to improvise, our experts know exactly how to make a trip extraordinary.

And, most importantly, they’ll always be there for you any time you need them.