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UNESCO Heritage in Romania & Bulgaria

Romania and Bulgaria contain so many unique UNESCO World Heritage sites that it can take weeks to explore. During this 20-day sample itinerary you will see the best of Romania and Bulgaria's UNESCO-listed attractions and enjoy a truly unique experience. Even though the route takes you through many different destinations, all is balanced so that you can make the most out of your time there. Rila Monastery or the Valley of the Thracian Kings in Bulgaria, the Danube Delta, the Fortified Churches of Transylvania, Painted Monasteries in Bucovina or the authentic medieval towns in Transylvania are just few examples of the places that you’ll be visiting.

Introductory city walks, guided explorations, private transfers with stops to hidden sites, accommodation in design hotels are included in your holiday package. Undoubtedly, everyone traveling with you will be pleased with the richness and variety of our services. Go off the track and visit Romania and Bulgaria for a change!

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. 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 additional 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 your arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact 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 first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

Route for Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Bucharest, Danube Delta, Brasov, Gura Humorului, Sighetu Marmatiei, Sighisoara, Sibiu tour

2 Nights in Sofia

2 Nights in Sofia

3 days in Sofia

2 Nights in Sofia

A city of gorgeous architecture, rich history, and a vibrant contemporary cultural life, Sofia is a gem. The historical center is nicely compact, so everything is within walking distance, giving this cosmopolitan city a quaint feel. It’s the perfect walking city, where you can enjoy stunning tourist attractions and also make your own itinerary, reveling in the lovely restaurants and cafes, and hidden surprises around every corner, including Roman and Byzantine ruins. The restaurants in Sofia are particularly impressive, with a mix of hearty traditional fare and creative twists on modern European cuisine. But there’s much more to do here than eat. Taking a tour with a local guide will help you get acquainted with all the city has to offer. When you’re ready to go a little farther afield, a day trip to one of Bulgaria's UNESCO sites is definitely worthwhile. Bulgaria’s past will come alive for you in these incredible destinations, which are popular with tourists and yet still feel very authentic. These short day trips will also give you a chance to explore the majestic landscape of Bulgaria as you leave the big city for more historic sites. Combining an alluring history with impressive architecture and world-class gastronomy, Sofia is a perfect destination for a fun, indulgent vacation.

A city of gorgeous architecture, rich history, and a vibrant contemporary cultural life, Sofia is a gem. The historical center is nicely compact, so everything is within walking distance, giving this cosmopolitan city a quaint feel. It’s the perfect walking city, where you can enjoy stunning tourist attractions and also make your own itinerary, reveling in the lovely restaurants and cafes, and hidden surprises around every corner, including Roman and Byzantine ruins. The restaurants in Sofia are particularly impressive, with a mix of hearty traditional fare and creative twists on modern European cuisine. But there’s much more to do here than eat. Taking a tour with a local guide will help you get acquainted with all the city has to offer. When you’re ready to go a little farther afield, a day trip to one of Bulgaria's UNESCO sites is definitely worthwhile. Bulgaria’s past will come alive for you in these incredible destinations, which are popular with tourists and yet still feel very authentic. These short day trips will also give you a chance to explore the majestic landscape of Bulgaria as you leave the big city for more historic sites. Combining an alluring history with impressive architecture and world-class gastronomy, Sofia is a perfect destination for a fun, indulgent vacation.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Sofia

After your flight arrives at Sofia Airport, we will have someone meet you at the airport and bring you to your centrally located Sofia accommodation.

Stroll the Streets

Suggestion to explore on your own

Get a feel for Sofia's spirit and vibes by walking from the NDK subway station down Vitosha Boulevard towards the Palace of Justice and Saint Kyriaki Cathedral. On your way, have a quick stop on this pedestrian boulevard to enjoy a coffee or cocktail at one of its numerous bars and outdoor terraces. From St. Kyriaki, head down Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard towards Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the world's largest and most impressive orthodox cathedrals in the world. On your way, you'll pass several landmarks, including the National Art Gallery, Sofia Synagogue, and Opera House. After taking some nice photos of the cathedral, you can head to the nearby Sense Hotel Rooftop Restaurant for dinner and a panoramic view over Sofia.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Sofia

Rila and Boyana Private Day Tour (UNESCO Heritage)

Included in your vacation package price.

In this private tour you will discover two of the most famous Bulgarian monasteries and understand their importance for local and world culture. Rila Monastery, founded in the 10th century, is the most-visited UNESCO site in Bulgaria and an absolute must see. The arched balconies, unique frescoes, and the fabulous mountain views make this place truly special. Next stop is Boyana Church, which frescoes brought epochal changes to the mural painting style and are considered predecessors of the European Renaissance. 


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 6-7 hours

See Sofia on a Private Walking Tour

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

Did you know Sofia is Europe’s second oldest city and was founded 7,000 years ago by a Thracian tribe? Sofia played a role as an important trading center in the Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman Empires. We can arrange for you to explore the city’s main attractions on foot with an expert local guide, taking in highlights such as the National Library, Sofia University, the Parliament, St. Alexander Nevsky Patriarchal Cathedral and Sofia's oldest building, St. George Rotunda, which dates from the 3rd century. You’ll also get a chance to explore the city’s bustling main shopping streets.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Plovdiv by Private Transfer

A driver and a local guide will pick you up from your accommodation this morning and drive you southwest to the country’s second largest city, Plovdiv. Plovdiv has a very rich history; it is one of the oldest European towns, contemporary to Troy and Mycenae. In the historic quarter of the city you will see beautifully decorated period houses, the ancient fortress wall, the Roman theater, the forum, the stadium and magnificent churches. Plovdiv's Old Town, with its museums, historical sites, and famous houses, is perfect for sightseeing and helped the city earn the title of European Capital of Culture for 2019.

2 Nights in Plovdiv

2 Nights in Plovdiv

3 days in Plovdiv

2 Nights in Plovdiv

Plovdiv is a city that will charm you right away. The atmosphere here is laidback and the locals are welcoming. From the incredible architecture of the Old Town to the upbeat modern promenade with its hip cafes, bars and restaurants, there’s a mix of old and new here that will appeal to travellers of all ages and interests. Be sure to check out the local cultural calendar, as there is a rich cultural calendar including delightful concerts at the outdoor amphitheater. If you have an interests in the arts you won’t be disappointed, as Plovdiv also has numerous museums and art galleries that are always offering interesting exhibitions. To really soak up the city’s charm, you’ll want to take a walking tour with a local guide who can show you all of Plovdiv’s secrets. Besides the urban architecture, you’ll want to hike up one of the numerous paths that lead out of the city to impressive vantage points. There are also several day trips within a short drive of the city which will give you the chance to explore the countryside and some of the historical sites that are slightly farther afield. You’ll really enjoy exploring this unique destination, with its impressively eclectic local culture.

Plovdiv is a city that will charm you right away. The atmosphere here is laidback and the locals are welcoming. From the incredible architecture of the Old Town to the upbeat modern promenade with its hip cafes, bars and restaurants, there’s a mix of old and new here that will appeal to travellers of all ages and interests. Be sure to check out the local cultural calendar, as there is a rich cultural calendar including delightful concerts at the outdoor amphitheater. If you have an interests in the arts you won’t be disappointed, as Plovdiv also has numerous museums and art galleries that are always offering interesting exhibitions. To really soak up the city’s charm, you’ll want to take a walking tour with a local guide who can show you all of Plovdiv’s secrets. Besides the urban architecture, you’ll want to hike up one of the numerous paths that lead out of the city to impressive vantage points. There are also several day trips within a short drive of the city which will give you the chance to explore the countryside and some of the historical sites that are slightly farther afield. You’ll really enjoy exploring this unique destination, with its impressively eclectic local culture.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Plovdiv

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodations in the center of Plovdiv.

Dive into Plovdiv

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

Plovdiv is a wonderful city to explore, and a 3-hour guided excursion is the best way to do it. Walking through the city, you will discover the unique history and culture behind one of Europe's oldest cities, built over 8,000 years by the Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, and Bulgarians, among others. Here you can enjoy sightseeing in the Old Town, with its museums and historical monuments. Led by an experienced local guide, you'll discover the unique atmosphere of this artistic and trade center, then have time to enjoy a meal at one of the quaint local restaurants.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Plovdiv

Kazanlak, Rose Valley & Valley of the Thracian Kings Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This full-day tour is a great way to learn to appreciate both the unique history and the beautiful landscapes of this country. You'll set off with a local guide to Rose Valley to admire the natural wonders here, and along the way you'll also be visiting the ancient burial grounds of kings and royalty, and admiring a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There's no better way to take a break from the city and learn about a different element of Bulgaria's past and present.

Please note that the best time to see the roses is between May and June.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours 30 minutes

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Varna by Private Transfer

Today your driver will meet you at your accommodations in Plovdiv and drive you to Varna, on the coast. En route, you'll enjoy a stop at Nessebar, where you'll have a tour of its peninsular UNESCO-listed Old Town with a local guide. 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. The drive takes eight hours in total, including the sightseeing stop.

2 Nights in Varna

2 Nights in Varna

3 days in Varna

2 Nights in Varna

Known by its ancient Greek settlers as Odessos, Varna is Bulgaria's third largest city, and certainly its main settlement along the coast. The city's deep history is testified to by the discovery of the world's oldest gold treasure, dating back to the 5th millennium BC. One of the most important prehistoric finds in the world (one grave along had more gold than has been found anywhere else in that epoch), you can visit the treasure for yourself in the city' archaeological museum. Varna is a great spot for those who want to combine beachside relaxation with day trips and perhaps the occasional visit to one of the many thermal baths in the area. Popular among tourists for decades, Varna has plenty of good beach bars and restaurants, and the kinds of beaches that bring families back year after year.

Known by its ancient Greek settlers as Odessos, Varna is Bulgaria's third largest city, and certainly its main settlement along the coast. The city's deep history is testified to by the discovery of the world's oldest gold treasure, dating back to the 5th millennium BC. One of the most important prehistoric finds in the world (one grave along had more gold than has been found anywhere else in that epoch), you can visit the treasure for yourself in the city' archaeological museum. Varna is a great spot for those who want to combine beachside relaxation with day trips and perhaps the occasional visit to one of the many thermal baths in the area. Popular among tourists for decades, Varna has plenty of good beach bars and restaurants, and the kinds of beaches that bring families back year after year.

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Varna

Our driver will take you to your accommodation in Varna.

Stroll and Dine in the Sea Garden

Suggestion to explore on your own

Built and decorated by French architects for an esteemed statesman, Villa Burov offers great views from its terraces, and makes a great place for a memorable meal after a stroll through the surrounding Sea Garden, the largest landscaped park in the Balkans and a carefully designed spectacle.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Varna

Stone Forest, Mosaic Museum, and Madara Rider Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

Just outside of Varna are natural and ancient wonders to explore, so let a local guide show you around. Half an hour outside of town is the Stone Forest, a desert area with limestone pillars and other rock formations (hence its other name, the Stone Desert). Ten minutes further, you can visit the Museum of Mosaics, a large collection of ancient Greek and Roman mosaics, a clear look at ancient lifestyles, and Greek mythology. The last stop on this tour is the Madara Rider, a massive 7th century cliffside carving of a knight and his dog vanquishing a lion, with inscriptions (in Greek) chronicling the lives of 8th century Bulgarian khans, before their conversion to Christianity.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 5 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Bucharest by Private Transfer

Today your driver will meet you at your accommodations in Varna and drive you to Bucharest, Romania's grand capital. En route, you'll stop at the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari and Ivanovo Church, both of which are on the UNESCO Heritage List. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide. 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. The transfer takes about ten hours, including stops.

2 Nights in Bucharest

2 Nights 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 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Bucharest

Welcome to Bucharest! Our driver will 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.

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 to see a glimpse of how Bucharest looked and felt at its zenith. Seek out a traditional dinner at one of the city’s famous 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 vibe!

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Bucharest

Get to Know Bucharest on a Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting your bearings in Bucharest on a private tour with a local guide. On this 5 hours tour you’ll take in all the major sights, the Romanian Atheneum – city's symbol and the most famous concert hall, Revolution Square - where the 1989 anti-Communist revolt went nationwide, Museum of National Contemporary Art, former Royal Palace, Old City and Old Court of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula legend inspiration) – includes Manuc's Inn and Stavropoleos Church and the massive Palace of Parliament (famously known as Ceausescu's Palace or People's Palace, conceived by Romania’s last dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu). It’s all impressive, to say the least.


Bring your passport, which you’ll need to enter the Parliament building.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 5 hours

Traditions in Bucharest: Village Museum and Wine Tasting Private Tour

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 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Danube Delta by Private Transfer

Today you'll be leaving the Romanian capital and heading for the Danube Delta, a natural reserve that's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This paradise of fish and birds will delight nature lovers. This is a sightseeing trip, so first you'll stop in Constanta, where you can explore the city on your own or have a guided tour which we can arrange with a private local guide for an extra fee. The transfer with a stop in Constanta takes about 6 hours.

2 Nights in Danube Delta

2 Nights in Danube Delta

3 days in Danube Delta

2 Nights in Danube Delta

The location where the Danube river empties into the Black Sea, Romania's Danube Delta is one of the largest deltas in Europe and is certainly the most scenic and best-preserved. This is a paradise for nature lovers where you can enjoy fantastic views of wildlife, which have earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List and have made it one of Romania's leading natural attractions. A vast changing landscape of marshes and wetlands, the Danube Delta is home to some 360 species of birds and 160 types of fish. Whether you're a bird watcher, or you just want to escape the bustle of the city, this is a natural paradise. You'll find pristine beaches, incredible places to hike and also some of the best seafood in Romania. A visit here will give you a new point of view on the country and Europe at large.

The location where the Danube river empties into the Black Sea, Romania's Danube Delta is one of the largest deltas in Europe and is certainly the most scenic and best-preserved. This is a paradise for nature lovers where you can enjoy fantastic views of wildlife, which have earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List and have made it one of Romania's leading natural attractions. A vast changing landscape of marshes and wetlands, the Danube Delta is home to some 360 species of birds and 160 types of fish. Whether you're a bird watcher, or you just want to escape the bustle of the city, this is a natural paradise. You'll find pristine beaches, incredible places to hike and also some of the best seafood in Romania. A visit here will give you a new point of view on the country and Europe at large.

Day 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Danube Delta

Your driver will bring you straight to your accommodation which will be your base to explore the Danube Delta from.

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Danube Delta

Danube Delta & Letea Forest Private Day Trip (UNESCO Heritage)

Included in your vacation package price.

If you're a nature lover, then the Danube Delta certainly is one of the best places in Europe for you. A unique reservation of the biosphere, this is the largest Delta on the continent and the third largest biodiversity in the world. You’ll take a private boat tour and admire unique water channels, mangrove forests, water lilies, swans and many more natural wonders. You’ll have lunch in a traditional fishing village at a local guesthouse. In the second part of the day you’ll join a “safari-like” tour on Letea Island – a sandy oasis with wild horses, sand dunes but also an ancient oak forest.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 11-12 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Traveling to Brasov by Private Transfer

This morning you'll depart Romania's coastal region and head deep inland, to the mountains and forests of Transylvania. We'll arrange for a driver to pick you up at your accommodation at the time of your choosing. It's around a six-hour drive so you'll want an early start, especially if you'd like to ask the driver to make a stop at the famous Peles Castle (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) which is en route, or one of the three stunning monasteries you'll pass along the way. 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.

2 Nights in Brasov

2 Nights 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 11

Day 11 - 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 Mount Tampa. Here, in addition to great food, you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of Brasov's old town, and the fortress overlooking the city from the opposite side. After dinner, you can descend back to the 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 regions such as Dealu Mare and Tarnava.

Day 12

Day 12 - Your First Full Day in Brasov

Bran Castle and Fortified Churches Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

Explore the most impressive fortifications surrounding Brasov on an unforgettable day trip. You'll stat by visiting Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula's Castle, where you'll learn about Vlad the Impaler and the Dracula legend. You will continue with visits to the UNESCO-listed Saxon fortified churches at Prejmer and Harman, with their round walls, bastions, drawbridges, and multiple layers of defenses.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6-7 hours

Day 13

Day 13 - Traveling to Gura Humorului by Private Transfer

Today you are leaving Brasov to enjoy the ride to the amazing region of Bucovina, which is famous for its untouched nature and UNESCO-listed painted monasteries. You will be going through the Carpathian Mountains and stopping at Red Lake and the Bicaz Gorge, the most breathtaking natural attraction in Romania, with tall rocky walls reaching 400 meters, that narrow up to 7 meters in its most spectacular part.

2 Nights in Gura Humorului

2 Nights in Gura Humorului

3 days in Gura Humorului

2 Nights in Gura Humorului

Bucovina is becoming rightfully famous for its eight UNESCO-listed painted monasteries, although there are more which have yet to be listed. With walls covered inside and out with colorful Byzantine-inspired religious frescoes, these temples clearly come from another time. Bucovina itself is a quaint, quiet off-the-beaten-path region, with great opportunities for hiking and biking. Alongside the natural scenery, you'll love exploring the unique houses and medieval streets. There are also numerous local artisans there, some offering workshops where you can get hands-on with traditional crafts, such as making black pottery, or painting eggs. Several interesting day trips are also possible from Bucovina, so you'll have no shortage of activities. This is a wonderful place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Romania's larger cities to get back to nature and the country's traditions.

Bucovina is becoming rightfully famous for its eight UNESCO-listed painted monasteries, although there are more which have yet to be listed. With walls covered inside and out with colorful Byzantine-inspired religious frescoes, these temples clearly come from another time. Bucovina itself is a quaint, quiet off-the-beaten-path region, with great opportunities for hiking and biking. Alongside the natural scenery, you'll love exploring the unique houses and medieval streets. There are also numerous local artisans there, some offering workshops where you can get hands-on with traditional crafts, such as making black pottery, or painting eggs. Several interesting day trips are also possible from Bucovina, so you'll have no shortage of activities. This is a wonderful place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Romania's larger cities to get back to nature and the country's traditions.

Day 13

Day 13 - Arrival in Gura Humorului

Your driver will bring you straight to your Bucovina accommodation.

Day 14

Day 14 - Your First Full Day in Gura Humorului

Bucovina Tour, with Visits to the Egg Museum and a Pottery Workshop

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be visiting some of the most fascinating areas of regional history and culture, the UNESCO-listed Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, the Vama Egg Museum, and the Marginea black pottery workshop. At the agreed-upon time you’ll be picked up from your accommodation by an expert local guide who will accompany you for the day, making the past come alive as he regales you with stories from history. You’ll be driven first to Bucovina, then to the other stops. The tour lasts the whole day, and afterwards you’ll be driven back to your accommodation. 


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 15

Day 15 - Traveling to Sighetu Marmatiei by Private Transfer

Today you'll be traveling from Maramures to Bucovina with your own private driver. You'll be picked up at your accommodation at the agreed-upon time and driven to your destination. The trip takes nearly 7 hours, so we recommend bringing snacks and water and wearing comfortable clothing. Along the way there will be time to stop and photograph some amazing views. 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.

2 Nights in Sighetu Marmatiei

2 Nights in Sighetu Marmatiei

3 days in Sighetu Marmatiei

2 Nights in Sighetu Marmatiei

Day 15

Day 15 - Arrival in Sighetu Marmatiei

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

Day 16

Day 16 - Your First Full Day in Sighetu Marmatiei

Top Attractions in Maramures Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

Discover Maramures, the country of wooden churches, during this perfect full day trip. You will visit a few wooden churches some of them included on the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites, a woodcarver’s workshop, the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta and the Barsana Monastery as well as the Memorial Museum of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance in Sighetu Marmatiei. The route can also be adapted according to your needs and interests. Don't forget your camera and let yourself be amazed by the beauty of this place.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours

Day 17

Day 17 - Traveling to Sighisoara by Private Transfer

Today you'll be traveling to Sighisoara. Your driver will pick you up at your accommodation at the agreed-upon time. The drive is only a few hours, so on the way you will have a stop at the impressive Turda Salt Mine. 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 row boats, a Ferris wheel, bowling alley, mini-golf, sport field, table tennis, pool tables

2 Nights in Sighisoara

2 Nights in Sighisoara

3 days in Sighisoara

2 Nights in Sighisoara

Even if you’ve never been to Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you know its most famous resident. Vlad the Impaler, Dracula's inspiration, once called the city home, and there are several architectural monuments dedicated to him, including his house. But it’s not all gory history here. Sighisoara is a magical city with towers and cobblestoned streets that give it an atmosphere all its own. You’ll find perfectly preserved buildings and works of art here, and much to do, both in and around the city. Some of the most impressive sites in Sighisoara include the Citadel, the Clock Tower, and the Scholars’ Stairs, as well as the Church on the Hill, featuring 500-year-old frescoes. There are also several vibrant museums where history and culture will come alive. But you’re also not far from wine country when staying in Sighisoara, so we highly recommend getting out of the city for the day to enjoy a guided tasting tour. Many of the other cities and villages within easy driving distance are very much worth exploring. It’s the best way to get a real insight into the special charm of the entire region.

Even if you’ve never been to Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you know its most famous resident. Vlad the Impaler, Dracula's inspiration, once called the city home, and there are several architectural monuments dedicated to him, including his house. But it’s not all gory history here. Sighisoara is a magical city with towers and cobblestoned streets that give it an atmosphere all its own. You’ll find perfectly preserved buildings and works of art here, and much to do, both in and around the city. Some of the most impressive sites in Sighisoara include the Citadel, the Clock Tower, and the Scholars’ Stairs, as well as the Church on the Hill, featuring 500-year-old frescoes. There are also several vibrant museums where history and culture will come alive. But you’re also not far from wine country when staying in Sighisoara, so we highly recommend getting out of the city for the day to enjoy a guided tasting tour. Many of the other cities and villages within easy driving distance are very much worth exploring. It’s the best way to get a real insight into the special charm of the entire region.

Day 17

Day 17 - Arrival in Sighisoara

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

A Good Start

Suggestion to explore on your own

There's a lot to take in on your first night, so we suggest starting with a leisurely walk. Roam around Sighisoara's small streets and let its atmosphere soak in. At some point, you can have a quick stop at Medieval Café to try some of the best pies you've ever tasted, and the famous local “smoked beer”. For dinner we recommend Casa Georgius Krauss, a gothic manor with a nice atmosphere and great wines. If you'd rather focus on traditional cuisine, be sure to check out Gasthaus Altepost.

Day 18

Day 18 - Your First Full Day in Sighisoara

Discover the Secrets of Medieval Sighisoara on a Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today the past will come alive for your in Sighisoara, as you enjoy a private 3-hour tour. With its dazzling well-preserved medieval architecture, Sighisoara is one of the most beautiful and authentic medieval towns in Europe and part of the UNESCO Heritage of Romania. All the symbols of the city, including the clock tower, the Church on the Hill, and the house where Vlad Tepes was born, will be presented to you from a local perspective. You’ll even go off the beaten path to hear legends that aren’t mentioned in the guide books.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 19

Day 19 - Traveling to Sibiu by Private Car

Your next stop is the idyllic Transylvanian town of Sibiu. You will be picked up at your accommodation in the morning by your private driver. As a straight shot it's only an 1.5 hours, but to make the most of it, along the route you will stop to admire the Saxon villages known for their fortified churches and highlighted by Biertan (UNESCO Heritage). The transfer with a stop at Biertan takes about 5 hours and 30 minutes.

1 Night in Sibiu

1 Night in Sibiu

2 days in Sibiu

1 Night 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 19

Day 19 - Arrival in Sibiu

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

Get to Know Sibiu on a Private Walking Tour

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

Sibiu has a rich history stretching back eight centuries and today we suggest exploring it with the help of a private guide. Founded over 800 years ago by German settlers, the Old Town is surrounded by well-preserved fortifications added during the 15th century. With a mix of gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, the pedestrian free Old Town looks like medieval Vienna and was ranked by Forbes as one of Europe’s most idyllic places to live. This tour will let you discover all the best of the city, and you'll come away with an understanding of how it has developed over the centuries.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

The First Night

Suggestion to explore on your own

Head to the Council Tower for a panoramic view of the old town. There are plenty of dining opportunities there, as it's between the Piata Mica (Little Square) and Piata Mare (Grand Square), the locations of some of the city's finest restaurants and bars. Before dinner, we suggest a very short walk towards the Evangelical Cathedral and up to Café Wien where you can taste something truly unique: “smoked beer” made by monks. If you prefer wine over beer, there is a super cozy place called Winekeller, just on the other side of the cathedral. As for dinner, there are at least two good traditional restaurants in the nearby Piata Mica: the Kulinarium or Crama Sibiana. Don’t forget to end the evening with some nice photos while standing on the Bridge of Lies, an iconic spot in Sibiu.

Day 20

Day 20 - Departure Day

Today, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you to the Sibiu airport for your departing flight.

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.

Sofia

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Sofia Airport Transfer
Rila and Boyana Private Day Tour (UNESCO Heritage)
Sofia - Plovdiv Private Transfer

Plovdiv

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kazanlak, Rose Valley & Valley of the Thracian Kings Small Group Tour
Plovdiv - Varna Private Transfer with a Stop and a Guided Tour in Nessebar

Varna

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Stone Forest, Mosaic Museum, and Madara Rider Private Day Trip
Varna - Bucharest Private Transfer with Stops at the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari and Ivanovo Church

Bucharest

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bucharest Private Walking and Palace of Parliament Tour
Bucharest - Tulcea Private Transfer with stop in Constanta

Danube Delta

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Danube Delta & Letea Forest Private Day Trip (UNESCO Heritage)
Tulcea - Brasov Private Transfer

Brasov

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bran Castle and Fortified Churches Private Day Trip
Brasov - Gura Humorului Private Transfer with stop at Red Lake and Bicaz Gorge

Gura Humorului

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Classic Bucovina Private Tour (Painted Monasteries, Black Pottery and Egg Museum)
Gura Humorului - Sighetul Marmatiei (Maramures) Private Transfer

Sighetu Marmatiei

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Top Attractions in Maramures Private Day Trip
Sighetu Marmatiei - Sighisoara Private Transfer with a Stop at the Turda Salt Mine

Sighisoara

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Sighisoara Medieval Private City Tour
Sighisoara - Sibiu Private Transfer with a Stop in Biertan

Sibiu

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Sibiu 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
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
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

5 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
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
Review by Susan, Earl, John & Judy

Susan, Earl, John & Judy

Washington

The only way to travel is with JayWay Travel. From the planning process through the actual 25 day journey, we were all extremely satisfied. Actually, almost each and every night, we toasted our experience and highly recommend it to everyone.

The only way to travel is with JayWay Travel. From the planning process through the actual 25 day journey, we were all extremely satisfied. Actually, almost each and every night, we toasted our experience and highly recommend it to everyone.

Year : 2018
Visited : Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Prague, Prague, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov, Brno, Budapest, Sighetu Marmatiei, Cluj, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Prague, Prague, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov, Brno, Budapest, Sighetu Marmatiei, Cluj, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Ranjit & Savita

Ranjit & Savita

Hamilton, Ontario

Local Representative was helpful, clarified any items we asked and the Europe cell phone is a good idea. We were very happy with the accommodation selection, food quality was good. The review about the selection of hotels during the planning phase really paid off. The guides were nice people, pleasant, punctual, helpful and gave us lot of information about the attractions and history of the country. We enjoyed their company. JayWay staff knew the area very well, they understood our needs and limits and provided practical suggestions for saving our time and money.

Local Representative was helpful, clarified any items we asked and the Europe cell phone is a good idea. We were very happy with the accommodation selection, food quality was good. The review about the selection of hotels during the planning phase really paid off. The guides were nice people, pleasant, punctual, helpful and gave us lot of information about the attractions and history of the country. We enjoyed their company. JayWay staff knew the area very well, they understood our needs and limits and provided practical suggestions for saving our time and money.

Year : 2016
Visited : Bulgaria, Romania
Itinerary : Sofia, Bucharest, Brasov, Sucevita, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2016
Visited : Bulgaria, Romania
Itinerary : Sofia, Bucharest, Brasov, Sucevita, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
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