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The Highlights of Hungary and Romania

14 Days / 13 Nights

Budapest, Eger, Sighetu Marmatiei, Cluj, Sibiu, Brasov, Bucharest

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This sample 14 day (13 nights) itinerary covers some of the signature sights of Hungary and Romania. The overnight destinations are Budapest, Eger, Sighetu Marmatiei, Cluj, Sibiu, Brasov & Bucharest. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers, and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

Route for Budapest, Eger, Sighetu Marmatiei, Cluj, Sibiu, Brasov, Bucharest tour

3 Nights in Budapest

3 Nights in Budapest

4 days in Budapest
4 days in Budapest

3 Nights in Budapest

The Paris of Central Europe, Budapest is the Queen of the Danube, a sprawling, regal city split in two halves by the mighty river. The city’s two UNESCO-listed halves, ancient Buda and modern Pest both have their charms and are linked by numerous picturesque bridges. From the Buda Castle to the Danube Embankment and the sprawling Andrassy Avenue, with its impressive architecture, there is plenty to keep you busy here, exploring and discovering this atmospheric city. It’s a little too big to explore only on foot, but the Pest side of the city is well laid out with broad avenues of the Parisian system, so it’s hard to get lost, and the public transportation, including the world's second oldest subway system, works well. Budapest has all the charm of Western Europe at a fraction of the price. Here you can taste excellent wines produced throughout the region, and even enjoy Michelin-star dining in various locations. We can offer you more than enough exciting activities in the city, from a visit to the incredible Parliament building to a boat cruise with dinner, or an exploration of Budapest’s communist past. The city also has a rich Jewish heritage, so you’ll find the perfect balance of history and modern culture here. Voted Best City in Europe in 2013 by Condé Nast Traveler readers and a regular in their top 3, Budapest really is a special city with activities to cater to every interest.

The Paris of Central Europe, Budapest is the Queen of the Danube, a sprawling, regal city split in two halves by the mighty river. The city’s two UNESCO-listed halves, ancient Buda and modern Pest both have their charms and are linked by numerous picturesque bridges. From the Buda Castle to the Danube Embankment and the sprawling Andrassy Avenue, with its impressive architecture, there is plenty to keep you busy here, exploring and discovering this atmospheric city. It’s a little too big to explore only on foot, but the Pest side of the city is well laid out with broad avenues of the Parisian system, so it’s hard to get lost, and the public transportation, including the world's second oldest subway system, works well. Budapest has all the charm of Western Europe at a fraction of the price. Here you can taste excellent wines produced throughout the region, and even enjoy Michelin-star dining in various locations. We can offer you more than enough exciting activities in the city, from a visit to the incredible Parliament building to a boat cruise with dinner, or an exploration of Budapest’s communist past. The city also has a rich Jewish heritage, so you’ll find the perfect balance of history and modern culture here. Voted Best City in Europe in 2013 by Condé Nast Traveler readers and a regular in their top 3, Budapest really is a special city with activities to cater to every interest.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Budapest

When you arrive at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Airport, a private driver will greet you and take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Evening Sightseeing Group Cruise

I'm Checked-in, Now What?

Included in your vacation package price.

Budapest is known as the "City of Water" for a reason. For most of its history, the city was actually two separate cities, Buda and Pest, separated by the beautiful Danube River. If you would like to spend an unforgettable hour taking in its scenic views, we'll be happy to offer an evening sightseeing cruise. You'll see the Parliament Building, Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, Palace of the Arts, and more, while sipping a drink and listening to an audioguide. We suggest showing up a bit early for the best seats.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Budapest

Pest Private Walking Tour

Budapest for the First Time

Included in your vacation package price.

Your private guide will meet you at your accommodations, then take you on a three-hour walking (and subway) tour to show you the highlights of the city's Pest side, where the majority of its history, landmarks, and hotels are found. You'll visit the exterior of the stunning Parliament, get to know the city's 20th century history in Liberty Square, and hop on the subway to the Opera House, Heroes' Square and City Park at the far end of Andrassy Boulevard. Then you'll return to the center, where St. Stephen’s Basilica awaits.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Buda Private Tour

Walk on the Buda Side

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

If you've seen enough of the Pest side of the city, walk across the river and explore the Buda side of Hungary's capital. In hilly Buda, you'll find several amazing baths, such as the famous Gellert Baths or the more hidden and local Kiraly Baths. Visit the Matthias Church, where Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth were coronated and stop at the Royal Palace, the home of Hungarian National Gallery. Don't forget to take a ride on the Buda Castle Funicular!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Budapest

Budapest Market, Food, Coffee Private Tour

A Gastronomic Heaven

Included in your vacation package price.

The Hungarians have always placed emphasis on food, and their cuisine is often declared to be the best in Central Europe. During your walks in Budapest, you will see that almost every second place is either a coffeeshop, restaurant or pub. This gives you the chance to try whatever you want
and believe us when we say that it is absolutely worth your time. If you don't want to explore on your own, we suggest taking one of our favorite food tours with a professional guide who would introduce you to classic local dishes, wines, and spirits while showing you some of the best places to shop, eat and drink in the city, particularly the Great Market Hall.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Szentendre Artist's Village Private Tour

Szentendre Artist's Village Private Tour

Szentendre is a quirky, beautiful town just upstream from Budapest. It's home to many artists. Come for the baroque architecture, churches, colorful houses and narrow, cobbled streets, and stay for the magnificent artwork on display just about everywhere. On this tour, you'll be driven to Szentendre by a guide and shown around.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Bathe with the Locals

Suggestion to explore on your own

Is there anything more quintessentially Budapest than a visit to one of the legendary baths? With more hot springs than any other capital, the city lets you take your pick of various styles, from the old school Turkish Rudas Baths to the Art Nouveau Gellert Baths on the Buda side of the city, or even the Neo-Baroque Szechenyi Baths with a large outdoor pool in Pest’s City Park. These are very much for locals, don't expect day-spa luxury! We've written a handy roundup of Budapest's best baths here.

Bathe with the Locals

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Eger by Private Car

If you've already sampled some of Hungary's delicious wines, you know you are in for a real treat. Today you will go to Eger to discover the country's most famous wine region. Based on your departure time preference, you will be picked up at your Budapest accommodation for the less than 2-hour journey to the city. A short distance out of Budapest is a potential stop we can arrange for you - Godollo, a Baroque Royal Palace might just pique your interest. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

We also offer the following excursions in Budapest

Alternative Budapest Small Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Best of Budapest Photo and History Private Tour
Light2 hours
Budapest Christmas Markets Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Budapest Private City Tour by Car
Light3 hours

1 Night in Eger

1 Night in Eger

2 days in Eger
2 days in Eger

1 Night in Eger

Eger is a picturesque and wonderfully unique little city, complete with perfectly preserved baroque architecture and a hilltop castle overlooking the Old Town and the surrounding countryside, which is filled with 10,000 acres of bountiful vineyards. This is the perfect destination for feel-good relaxation, as you can readily sample the local vintages and also indulge in the thermal baths that date from the 1600s. You’ll have a wonderful time exploring the city and the gastronomic culture of the surrounding region. Dobo Ter is Eger’s main square, and it is high up on the list of must-see sights. Here you’ll find lovely restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as wine and music festivals, depending on the time of year. A trip to the castle is also highly recommended. Here you can take a tour and explore Eger’s rich past. You’ll definitely want to explore the nearby Valley of the Beautiful Women, which houses numerous vineyards and wine caves carved into the hillside. Here you can sample numerous local vintages and mingle with the friendly locals. Eger is quaint and quiet, the heart of wine country and a wonderful place to enjoy a timeout from the busier cities of Hungary.

Eger is a picturesque and wonderfully unique little city, complete with perfectly preserved baroque architecture and a hilltop castle overlooking the Old Town and the surrounding countryside, which is filled with 10,000 acres of bountiful vineyards. This is the perfect destination for feel-good relaxation, as you can readily sample the local vintages and also indulge in the thermal baths that date from the 1600s. You’ll have a wonderful time exploring the city and the gastronomic culture of the surrounding region. Dobo Ter is Eger’s main square, and it is high up on the list of must-see sights. Here you’ll find lovely restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as wine and music festivals, depending on the time of year. A trip to the castle is also highly recommended. Here you can take a tour and explore Eger’s rich past. You’ll definitely want to explore the nearby Valley of the Beautiful Women, which houses numerous vineyards and wine caves carved into the hillside. Here you can sample numerous local vintages and mingle with the friendly locals. Eger is quaint and quiet, the heart of wine country and a wonderful place to enjoy a timeout from the busier cities of Hungary.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Eger

Upon arriving in Eger, you'll be driven directly to your accommodation.

Eger Wine and Food Private Walking Tour

Eger Wine and Food Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Taste the best wines in town, visit family vineyards and cellars, and wow your taste buds during this exceptional wine and food tour. Your expert local guide will take you to two wineries, where you'll learn more about the prestigious history of Eger's wines, and the winemakers themselves. Enjoy electrifying whites and full-bodied reds, get a glimpse behind the scenes, and get acquainted with different stages of wine making and bottling. The crown on this jewel tour is a degustation menu at one of Eger's finest restaurants.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours 30 minutes

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Sighetu Marmatiei

Today you'll say good-bye to Hungary and continue your journey to the untouched countryside of Romania, the lovely Maramures region. The drive is about 5 hours long.

We also offer the following excursions in Eger

Eger Private Walking Tour
Light3 hours

2 Nights in Sighetu Marmatiei

2 Nights in Sighetu Marmatiei

3 days in Sighetu Marmatiei
3 days in Sighetu Marmatiei

2 Nights in Sighetu Marmatiei

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Sighetu Marmatiei

Once in Sighetu Marmatiei, your private driver will bring you directly to your pre-booked, centrally located accommodations.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Sighetu Marmatiei

Top Attractions in Maramures Private Day Trip

Top Attractions in Maramures Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

In Romania, Maramures is known as the “land of traditions”, a region where time stands still and customs and crafts are still passed on from father to son. Abroad, Maramures is famous for its UNESCO wooden churches, with Sapanta-Peri being the tallest one in the world (73 meters) and also the first stop on your private tour. Next you'll visit the Merry Cemetery, the archaic whirlpools in Sarbi village or the superbly wooden carved gates "guarding" the houses & villages of Iza Valley. Last but not least, you'll stop at Barsana Monastery, the most famous wooden church in Romania and a place of surreal architectural beauty and total serenity.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Cluj by Private Transfer

Today you'll be traveling to lovely Cluj. Your driver will pick you up at your accommodation at the agreed-upon time. Along the way you will stop for a break at Banffy Castle, an architectural monument located in Bontida, a village in the vicinity of Cluj. The transfer with a stop at the castle takes about 6 hours. This is a non-guided transfer. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Cluj by Private Transfer with a Stop at Bontida Castle
We also offer the following excursions in Sighetu Marmatiei

Explore Rural Maramures with a Horse-drawn Carriage Private Tour
Light7 hours
Hiking in Gutai Mountains & Creasta Cocosului National Park
Moderate9 hours
Maramures Mountains Steam Train Ride
Light9 hours

1 Night in Cluj

1 Night in Cluj

2 days in Cluj
2 days in Cluj

1 Night in Cluj

Cluj-Napoca is the spiritual and economic capital of Transylvania, but has a youthful side thanks to its many students and artists ("Napoca" is the city's Roman name, which was added to the city's official name in the 1970s). The heart of multiculturalism and diversity, Cluj may be Romania's second largest city, but does not have a big-city feeling. This vibrant place is a great experience for those who want to see urban Transylvanian life at its best. Be sure to visit the extraordinary Turda salt mine, and some of the city's unusually themed cafes and restaurants, such as the steampunk eatery stuffed with kinetic sculptures. With a mix of medieval landmarks, architectural jewels, trendy culinary and cultural hotspots, Cluj is a laid-back city where people enjoy life at a slower pace than in Bucharest.

Cluj-Napoca is the spiritual and economic capital of Transylvania, but has a youthful side thanks to its many students and artists ("Napoca" is the city's Roman name, which was added to the city's official name in the 1970s). The heart of multiculturalism and diversity, Cluj may be Romania's second largest city, but does not have a big-city feeling. This vibrant place is a great experience for those who want to see urban Transylvanian life at its best. Be sure to visit the extraordinary Turda salt mine, and some of the city's unusually themed cafes and restaurants, such as the steampunk eatery stuffed with kinetic sculptures. With a mix of medieval landmarks, architectural jewels, trendy culinary and cultural hotspots, Cluj is a laid-back city where people enjoy life at a slower pace than in Bucharest.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Cluj

Once in Cluj, your private driver will bring you directly to your pre-booked, centrally located accommodation.

An Unusual First Night

Suggestion to explore on your own

For your first night in Cluj, we suggest walkung from Avram Iancu’s Statue towards St. Michael's Cathedral, on Iuliu Maniu Street. Halfway through, make a short coffee/cocktail stop at Enigma, a kinetic steampunk pub. There you'll find giant moving clocks, rotating wheels and sculptures, metallic flowers opening up on the ceiling, a live moving bird, and even robot waiters. Next, resume your stroll until you reach the cathedral, then walk a few minutes more towards the Franciscan Temple. Just behind the temple, enter the Klausen Burger rooftop bar, where you can enjoy dinner and great craft beers from a local microbrewery, plus some of the most amazing panoramic views of Cluj. If you don’t fancy rooftop bars, then visit the themed bars in front of the Temple, especially Hemingway, The Soviet, or Bruno Wine Bar.

An Unusual First Night

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Sibiu by Private Transfer

Cluj-Napoca Private Walking Tour

Get to Know Cluj-Napoca on a Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour gives you the opportunity to discover Cluj’s fascinating architectural and cultural history and its best-known attractions. Your guide will recreate the medieval atmosphere of the citadel as you explore it, providing glimpses of its rich history and making the past come to life. The walk will include both famous sites but also some off-the-beaten places, for a well-balanced experience. 


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Today you'll travel to the charming city of Sibiu. On the way, you will visit the Turda Salt Mine, which is a unique experience you will enjoy. With over 2000 years of history and with highly preserved mining galleries & excavating tools, Salina Turda represents today one of the largest salt mine museums in the world. Currently, the site is a large underground wonderland with an amusement park nestled 120 meters below ground. The park contains attractions like: an underground lake that may be explored with paddles and rowboats, a Ferris wheel, bowling alley, mini-golf, sports field, table tennis, and pool tables. The transfer with a stop at Turda Salt Mine takes about 5 hours. This is a non-guided transfer. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon, or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Sibiu by Private Transfer with a Stop at the Turda Salt Mine
We also offer the following excursions in Cluj

Experience Local Life in Transylvania Private Day Trip
Light8 hours
Hoia Baciu Forest Half Day Private Trip
Moderate5 hours

2 Nights in Sibiu

2 Nights in Sibiu

3 days in Sibiu
3 days in Sibiu

2 Nights in Sibiu

Did you know that Sibiu is a 3* Michelin travel destination? Did you know that it was a European Capital of Culture in 2007 and the European Region of Gastronomy in 2019? We invite you to join us and discover an amazing town with so many stories! Walking through Sibiu is like walking through a fairytale, or perhaps a medieval movie set. From the 16th century Bridge of Lies to the 15th century towers, you’ll find something romantically ancient at every turn. But that doesn’t mean the city is frozen in time, there’s also a rich cultural life here to match the incredible architecture. You’ll have a fantastic time watching history come alive in Sibiu, even as you experience its more contemporary charms. This is a city of firsts: where the first book in Romanian was printed, where Romania’s first hospital and pharmacy were opened, and also where the country’s oldest museum is housed, the Brukenthal Art museum. You’ll be charmed by this mix of old and new. You’ll certainly want to meet with our local guide, who can give you a closer look at all the most amazing sites in the city, including the main square, one of the best-preserved in Transylvania. But you won’t be limited to staying within city limits, as there are several interesting day trips to take in the surrounding region. The Jidvei Vineyard in the nearby Tarnave Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a tasting of some of excellent Romanian wines and snacks. Calnic, Sebes and Alba Iulia Citadel are also nearby sites that are certainly worth visiting, and will show you a different side of this enchanting region.

Did you know that Sibiu is a 3* Michelin travel destination? Did you know that it was a European Capital of Culture in 2007 and the European Region of Gastronomy in 2019? We invite you to join us and discover an amazing town with so many stories! Walking through Sibiu is like walking through a fairytale, or perhaps a medieval movie set. From the 16th century Bridge of Lies to the 15th century towers, you’ll find something romantically ancient at every turn. But that doesn’t mean the city is frozen in time, there’s also a rich cultural life here to match the incredible architecture. You’ll have a fantastic time watching history come alive in Sibiu, even as you experience its more contemporary charms. This is a city of firsts: where the first book in Romanian was printed, where Romania’s first hospital and pharmacy were opened, and also where the country’s oldest museum is housed, the Brukenthal Art museum. You’ll be charmed by this mix of old and new. You’ll certainly want to meet with our local guide, who can give you a closer look at all the most amazing sites in the city, including the main square, one of the best-preserved in Transylvania. But you won’t be limited to staying within city limits, as there are several interesting day trips to take in the surrounding region. The Jidvei Vineyard in the nearby Tarnave Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a tasting of some of excellent Romanian wines and snacks. Calnic, Sebes and Alba Iulia Citadel are also nearby sites that are certainly worth visiting, and will show you a different side of this enchanting region.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Sibiu

Welcome to Sibiu! Our driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 9

Day 9 - Your First Full Day in Sibiu

Sibiu Private Walking & Corvin Castle Tour

Sibiu Private Walking & Corvin Castle Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Take a walking tour in Sibiu, a multicultural gem of Romania and a place where for 800 hundred years Romanians, Hungarians and Saxons lived together. The highly preserved and restored Old Town looks like medieval Vienna but with unique Latin and Magyar influences. For the second part of the tour your guide will drive you to Corvin – the castle of the Ravens. This 16th century giant is the most beautiful medieval castle in Romania and was listed by the Germans in top 10 castles of Europe. 


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8-9 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to Brasov by Private Car

A private driver will pick you up from your accommodations to drive you to Brasov, the gateway to Transylvania. Without stops, the drive should take about 3 hours, but you will have a 2 hours stop in Sighisoara, one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in Europe, UNESCO Heritage. As the birthplace of Dracula, there are plenty of Vlad-themed attractions but in our opinion, the highlights are the citadel and the Clock Tower. A guided tour inside the citadel can be added for an extra fee. The transfer takes about 6 hours including the stop in Sighisoara.

Brasov by Private Transfer via Sighisoara
We also offer the following excursions in Sibiu

Corvin Castle Private Tour
Light6 hours
Day Trip to the Transfagarasan Road, Carta Abbey and Cisnadioara Fortress Private Tour
Light8 hours
Folklore, Medieval Villages, and Traditional Food Private Tour
Moderate8 hours
Rimetea, Turda Gorge, and Coltesti Private Hiking Tour
Moderate8 hours

2 Nights in Brasov

2 Nights in Brasov

3 days in Brasov
3 days in Brasov

2 Nights in Brasov

Brasov is a city of true medieval beauty, at the edge of which is the natural wonder of the Carpathian Mountains. This combination gives the place a truly unique feel, as history and the natural world come together here with astounding brilliance. The home of Romania’s largest Gothic church and the narrowest street in Europe, there is plenty here to enrich your visit. You can even take a gondola ride high above the city for new points of view. And, Brasov’s location makes it the perfect base for exploring some of Romania’s most magnificent castles. You’ll definitely want to spend a few days exploring the city, which offers everything from incredible architecture to excellent dining, a rich cultural program and fun outdoor activities. Day and night you’ll find something fun to do here, from the depths of the narrow Rope Street to the heights of Mount Tampa. Wine lovers will really enjoy a trip to the Rhein wine cellar just outside of Brasov. Here you can learn more about the local wine and of course taste it too. Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, some of Romania’s most impressive castles, are all within distance for a perfect day trip. History, culture, architecture, the great outdoors: Brasov brings all of Romania’s greatest gifts together in one place.

Brasov is a city of true medieval beauty, at the edge of which is the natural wonder of the Carpathian Mountains. This combination gives the place a truly unique feel, as history and the natural world come together here with astounding brilliance. The home of Romania’s largest Gothic church and the narrowest street in Europe, there is plenty here to enrich your visit. You can even take a gondola ride high above the city for new points of view. And, Brasov’s location makes it the perfect base for exploring some of Romania’s most magnificent castles. You’ll definitely want to spend a few days exploring the city, which offers everything from incredible architecture to excellent dining, a rich cultural program and fun outdoor activities. Day and night you’ll find something fun to do here, from the depths of the narrow Rope Street to the heights of Mount Tampa. Wine lovers will really enjoy a trip to the Rhein wine cellar just outside of Brasov. Here you can learn more about the local wine and of course taste it too. Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, some of Romania’s most impressive castles, are all within distance for a perfect day trip. History, culture, architecture, the great outdoors: Brasov brings all of Romania’s greatest gifts together in one place.

Day 10

Day 10 - Arrival in Brasov

Welcome to Brasov! After the drive, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Dine, Drink, and Watch

Suggestion to explore on your own

For your first night, walk up to the Sub Tampa restaurant, located between Brasov's walls and Mt. Tampa, only a few minutes’ walk from Council Square. Here, in addition to great food, you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of Brasov's Old Town and of the fortress overlooking the city from the opposite side. After dinner, you can walk back to Old Town for a quick wine tasting session at Le Sommelier or Terroirs Boutique de Vin, both located on Diaconu Coresi Street. You should definitely try wines from local Feteasca Neagra grapes and neighboring wine regions such as Dealu Mare and Tarnava.

Dine, Drink, and Watch

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in Brasov

Brasov and Bran Castle Private Walking Tour

Brasov and Bran Castle Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy a guided walking tour in Brasov while learning some general facts about the town itself and the Transylvania region. Start from Council Square, visit the Black Church, the largest Lutheran church in Southeastern Europe and then continue down on the narrowest street in Europe, called Rope Street. Next, there’s just a 30 minute drive to the famous Bran Castle – a place where the legend of Vlad Impaler meets the fiction of count Dracula. 


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 5-6 hours

Traditional Romanian Private Cooking Class

Traditional Romanian Private Cooking Class

This is an authentic cooking class tour but more important, an experience you won’t easily forget. Right in the heart of Brasov, your guide will invite you to “Mama M” house where a wonderful lady will greet you. A senior cook born and raised during the communist period, she not only learned how to cook using traditional recipes but, like many back then, learned how to appreciate food (and cook creatively when certain ingredients were in short supply). She will offer culinary and cultural insights while helping you prepare a few traditional dishes that you’ll then serve together with local Romanian wine and plum brandy.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Traveling to Bucharest by Private Car

Today you're headed back to the capital, Bucharest. A private driver will pick you up from your accommodations in the morning. Without stops, the drive should take about three hours but close to Brasov you'll stop at Peles Royal Castle where you will have a guided tour inside. The transfer with a stop at Peles takes about 6 hours. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon, or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Bucharest by Private Transfer with a stop in Peles Castle
We also offer the following excursions in Brasov

Bear Watching Starting from Brasov
Moderate3-4 hours
Bird Watching Nature Walk Private Tour
Moderate4 hours
Bran Castle Private Tour
Easy3 hours
Bran Castle and Fortified Churches Private Day Trip
Moderate6-7 hours

2 Nights in Bucharest

2 Nights in Bucharest

3 days in Bucharest
3 days in Bucharest

2 Nights in Bucharest

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a truly intriguing city where modern sophistication meets a rich and varied history. The business center of the city definitely has a cosmopolitan feel, but farther afield Bucharest still feels a little rough around the edges. The restored Old Town with its resplendent buildings is simply magnificent, as is Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament. One of the world's largest buildings (and with all its marble, certainly the heaviest), we highly recommend a tour of its gilded interior. This "Paris of the East" also has some amazing cafes and delicious restaurants, especially near Lipscani Street. The city is no stranger to culture either, with numerous galleries, antique shops and concert halls. The most stunning landmarks are along Calea Victoriei, but you can see something impressive on just about every corner. After discovering the incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectural styles in the city, you might want to enjoy one of its cultural festivals, or take off for a unique day trip. If you’re ready for a full day, a trip to Transylvania including Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle, will certainly be a memorable excursion, and very Romanian. We can also arrange for a private guide to show you around the city and the notable surroundings.

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a truly intriguing city where modern sophistication meets a rich and varied history. The business center of the city definitely has a cosmopolitan feel, but farther afield Bucharest still feels a little rough around the edges. The restored Old Town with its resplendent buildings is simply magnificent, as is Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament. One of the world's largest buildings (and with all its marble, certainly the heaviest), we highly recommend a tour of its gilded interior. This "Paris of the East" also has some amazing cafes and delicious restaurants, especially near Lipscani Street. The city is no stranger to culture either, with numerous galleries, antique shops and concert halls. The most stunning landmarks are along Calea Victoriei, but you can see something impressive on just about every corner. After discovering the incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectural styles in the city, you might want to enjoy one of its cultural festivals, or take off for a unique day trip. If you’re ready for a full day, a trip to Transylvania including Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle, will certainly be a memorable excursion, and very Romanian. We can also arrange for a private guide to show you around the city and the notable surroundings.

Day 12

Day 12 - Arrival in Bucharest

Welcome to Bucharest! Our driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Dine and Drink on Your First Night

Suggestion to explore on your own

For your first night, it’s best to start with a short walk in the Old Town area to see a glimpse of how Bucharest looked and felt at its zenith, specifically during the 19th century when it was nicknamed the “Paris of the East”. Seek out a traditional dinner at one of the city’s historical Old Town restaurants: Manuc Inn, Hanul Berarilor or Caru cu Bere. Make sure you don’t miss the bean soup in a bread bowl, cabbage rolls, or pork stew. Save some room for dessert: the best option is Papanasi, a pastry shaped like a doughnut with a small sphere on top, filled with soft cheese, and covered in sour cream and sour jam. After dinner, you should definitely enjoy a glass of Romanian wine at one of the many rooftop bars located in the Old Town: Linea Closer to the Moon, Nomad SkyBar, or Pura Vida SkyBar. You’re in a Latin country, so get out there and enjoy the cheerful and happy vibe!

Dine and Drink on Your First Night

Day 13

Day 13 - Your First Full Day in Bucharest

Bucharest Private Walking and Palace of Parliament Tour

The Little Paris

Included in your vacation package price.

Bucharest is an eclectic city, a place of business, parties, arts, and contrasts. Nearly half a century of communist rule dramatically changed some aspects of the city, but traces of the old bohemian times can still be found. Discover the highlights of Bucharest on an amazing half-day guided tour, and marvel at the monuments of the historic city center. Some highlights of the tour include: the Romanian Athenaeum, Revolution Square, Old City with its beautiful 19th century buildings, and the Old Court from the times of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula. The tour will end with a visit inside the monumental Palace of Parliament, one of the world's largest buildings (and certainly the heaviest).


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Taste Romania’s Food and Wine with an Expert

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Discover Romania’s super-tasty cuisine with one of our expert tour guides. You can take a slow walk through central Bucharest's boulevards and charming side streets to enjoy traditional food, pastries, and desserts while learning the stories behind them. If you prefer a more leisurely tour, you can join the Traditions in Bucharest tour, where you’ll have the chance to taste several types of traditional wines along with a cheese platter after a tour at the outdoor Village Museum.

Street Food And Culture Private Tour

Street Food And Culture Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The Romanians may live far to the east of their fellow Romance-speaking relatives, but they have a similar joie-de-vivre and religious devotion for good food. Living at the crossroads of Eastern, Southern, and Central Europe, their cuisine has diverse influences, with elements from Russia, Serbia, the Austro-Hungarian empire, and the Ottomans. Take a walk in and around the Old Town and let your guide introduce you to a world of local treats: traditional pastry, local fast food booths, old-fashioned grocery stores and more. There will be many stories about cuisine and local culture and the talented street food chefs will treat you with dishes you never had before!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Traditions in Bucharest: Village Museum and Wine Tasting Private Tour

Traditions in Bucharest: Village Museum and Wine Tasting Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Discover Bucharest’s Village Museum – a medieval time capsule at the heart of an urban jungle. This outdoor park is the perfect reconstruction of the authentic Romanian village: water mills, churches, log cabins or wine presses brought here decades ago from all across the country and re-assembled on spot. After learning about traditions and folklore it’s time to actually experience them. Literally. End the tour in style with a wine tasting session at Bucharest’s first reopened wine bar since the fall of communism in 1989.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 5 hours

Day 14

Day 14 - Departure Day

Today, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you to the Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport for your departing flight. The drive takes 40 minutes.

We also offer the following excursions in Bucharest

A Taste of Transylvania - Peles & Dracula’s Castles Private Tour
Moderate11 hours
Ashes of Communism Bucharest Private Walking Tour
Moderate3 hours
Beer Tasting Private Tour
Light4 hours
Bucharest Highlights Bike Group Tour
Moderate2 hours
What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Budapest

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Budapest Airport Transfer
Evening Sightseeing Group Cruise
Pest Private Walking Tour
Budapest Market, Food, Coffee Private Tour
Budapest - Eger Private Transfer

Eger

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Eger Wine and Food Private Walking Tour
Budapest - Maramures Private Transfer

Sighetu Marmatiei

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Top Attractions in Maramures Private Day Trip
Sighetu Marmatiei - Cluj Private Transfer with a Stop at Bontida Castle

Cluj

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Cluj-Napoca Private Walking Tour
Cluj - Sibiu Private Transfer with a Stop at the Turda Salt Mine

Sibiu

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Sibiu Private Walking & Corvin Castle Tour
Sibiu - Brasov Private Transfer with a Stop in Sighisoara

Brasov

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Brasov and Bran Castle Private Walking Tour
Brasov - Bucharest Private Transfer with a Stop at Peles Castle

Bucharest

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bucharest Private Walking and Palace of Parliament Tour
Bucharest Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Norman & Terry
Norman & Terry
California

Everything is top notch. Everything was seamless. All the drivers, guides and JayWay Travel staff were great.

Everything is top notch. Everything was seamless. All the drivers, guides and JayWay Travel staff were great.

Year : 2021
Visited : Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Bratislava, High Tatras, Eger, Budapest, Pecs, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Gura Humorului, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Bratislava, High Tatras, Eger, Budapest, Pecs, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Gura Humorului, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Honore & Ryan
Honore & Ryan
New Jersey

I have worked with a number of travel agencies in the past but none of them were nearly as wonderful as JayWay Travel. They have such an accommodating, personable, thorough, detailed staff and we always felt safe and well taken care of, as if we were never really on own. Also, the website is so detailed, interactive and well done.

I have worked with a number of travel agencies in the past but none of them were nearly as wonderful as JayWay Travel. They have such an accommodating, personable, thorough, detailed staff and we always felt safe and well taken care of, as if we were never really on own. Also, the website is so detailed, interactive and well done.

Year : 2021
Visited : Poland, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Cluj, Sighisoara, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Poland, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Cluj, Sighisoara, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Carol, Tim, Kendall & Gloria
Carol, Tim, Kendall & Gloria
California

I would highly recommend JayWay Travel to anyone planning to travel in Eastern Europe. Jared was very helpful in the planning stages, all of the hotels were charming with central locations and unique rooms. Guides were on time and knowledgeable. Transfers also on time and efficient.

I would highly recommend JayWay Travel to anyone planning to travel in Eastern Europe. Jared was very helpful in the planning stages, all of the hotels were charming with central locations and unique rooms. Guides were on time and knowledgeable. Transfers also on time and efficient.

Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Bucharest, Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Sofia
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Bucharest, Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Sofia
Rating :
5 / 5
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