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Available tour dates:
20 June - 4 July, 2021
3-17 October, 2021
Romania is often neglected by international travelers, but it should not be. Romania is full of wonder and excitement. The quaint villages of Maramures, the old Saxon towns and castles of Transylvania, the elegant monasteries of Bucovina, the mighty Carpathian Mountains… Add to this encounters with the everyday life of Romanian people in their homes and workshops, and you have an unforgettable trip. We've also added Moldova, with its modern capital Chisinau and largest wineries in the world; the breakaway, unrecognised republic of Transnistria, where the Soviet Union still lives in the hearts and minds of people; and Odessa, once the most vibrant and cosmopolitan city in the Russian Empire.
BUCHAREST / 2 nights – BRASOV / 1 night – SIGHISOARA / 1 night – SIBIU / 2 nights –
SIGHETU MARMATIEI / 2 nights – GURA HUMORULUI / 2 nights – IASI / 1 night – CHISINAU / 1 night –
ODESSA / 2 nights
Day 1, Sunday
Welcome to Romania! Welcome to Bucharest!

In the afternoon we will meet in our centrally located hotel for a short overview of the tour. When we finish our meet and greet, we will have a short orientation walk, followed by a group dinner.

Overnight in Bucharest, 4 star hotel, two nights. Dinner.
Day 2, Monday

Sometimes referred as "The Paris of the Balkans" due to its broad boulevards and elegant buildings, Bucharest has a lot to offer. We will start exploring the Romanian capital with a visit to the Palace of Parliament. Built during the communist regime to show its splendor and eternity, the building competes with Taj Mahal and the Pentagon in scale. We will continue our tour with the Old town with Hanul Manuc, a recently restored nineteenth century caravansaray. We will follow Calea Victoriei, Victory Avenue, and enjoy some of the fine examples of nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture. We will have a short detour to Revolution Square with the monument honoring more than 1000 Romanians who died to bring freedom in 1989, right in front of the former Communist party House. We will finish our tour around lunch time and will have the rest of your day to enjoy on your own.

Overnight in Bucharest, a 4 star hotel, second night. Breakfast.
Day 3, Tuesday
Bucharest – Peles Castle – Brasov

After breakfast we will check out from our hotel and drive north. We will drive through Ploesti, the heart of Romania's oil industry, before reaching our first goal of the day – Peles castle, once a home to the former Royal family of Romania. The castle is situated in the resort town of Sinaia. It was built in 1880s and can be considered as the Romanian answer to the Mad King's Neuschwainstein. Peles is a Romantic interpretation of a Gothic hunting palace, designed to impress. After having lunch in the area, we will continue to Brasov. Upon arrival in Brasov, we will visit the Black church (dating back to the late 1300s – early 1400s). This is Romania's largest Gothic church. It gained its name after it was charred by a big fire in 1600s. Brasov itself is a very curious town: it was one of the original seven towns built by Saxon settlers in the lands of present-day Romania, and in communist times it became an industrial powerhouse.

Overnight in Brasov, Hotel Bella Muzica or similar, one night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 4, Wednesday
Brasov – Bran castle – Viscri – Sighisoara

In the morning we will depart to arguably the most popular site in Romania – Bran Castle. Bran is a fourteenth century castle which, according to legends, was where Vlad the Impaler, prototype of Count Dracula, once lived. We won't see any vampires there, but will find out more about Romanian King Ferdinand I and his Wife, Queen Mary (granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria). We will not miss the village of Viscri with its white-washed fortress-church built around the year 1100. Surprisingly or not Prince Charles of Britain fell in love with the rustic atmosphere and bought a house in Viscri. Lunch in the village. In the afternoon we will continue to Sighisoara, the landmark postcard town of Romania. Free time to explore the narrow streets of the old town on your own.

Overnight in Sighisoara, Hotel Sighisoara or similar three star, one night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 5, Thursday
Sighisoara – Biertan – Sibiu.

In the morning we will have a short walking tour in the old town of Sighisoara and then drive to one of the finest examples of Transylvanian fortified churches – the one in Biertan. This late-Gothic church, built in late 1400s and early 1500s was protected from the attacks of the Ottomans by mighty concentric walls flanked with towers. It is nestled above the village and the whole ensemble is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the early afternoon we will continue our journey to Sibiu, where we will stay for two nights. The city has a lot to offer. It was, recently, European Capital of Culture and European Capital of Gastronomy.

Overnight in Sibiu, Continental Forum Hotel, two nights. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 6, Friday

In the morning we will have a walking tour of Sibiu. Sibiu was the biggest and most important of the original seven Saxon towns in Transylvania. Nowadays it is a charming town with well-preserved Germanic atmosphere. We will explore the Upper Old town with its three squares, flanked by remains of strong fortifications, especially the Thick tower, which nowadays is converted into a music hall. Numerous passages, a combination of Lutheran, Catholic and Orthodox churches, the Bridge of Lies make the heart of Sibiu so charming. In the afternoon you will free time to explore the numerous museums and cafes along the pedestrian-friendly streets.

Overnight in Sibiu, Continental Forum Hotel, second night. Breakfast.
Day 7, Saturday

Sibiu – Salina Turda – Cluj-Napoca – Sighetu Marmatiei

Today we will have a long day on the bus, but stopping at several very interesting sights on the way. We will be heading north towards the deep countryside of Romania – the Maramures region. Our first stop will be the most "other-worldly" site on the tour – Salina Turda. It is an original underground salt mine, founded in the nineteenth century, now turned into a salt mining museum. Huge galleries, transport corridors, even a small chapel combined with futuristic wooden decoraations and lights – from the surface you can't believe what's hidden beneath! After this visit we will have a short drive to Cluj-Napoca, the present day major center of Transylvania. Free time for lunch. We will take small back roads, meandering though hills and villages to Sighetu Marmatiei, close to the border with Ukraine.

Overnight in Sighetu Marmatiei, Gradina Morii Hotel, two nights. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 8, Sunday

In the communist regime, Sighetu Marmatiei was known as "Siberia of Romania". We will start the day with a visit to the Prison Museum in town. The building was an actual prison for political prisoners in the early stages of dictator Ceausescu's regime, where the political elite of Romania was incarcerated. Today it's a poignant and somber memorial to those dark days. We will continue the day in a brighter way – with a visit to the Merry cemetery in Sapanta. Numerous burial slabs, depicting the cheerful moments and hardships from the life of those buried beneath; this cemetery is not for mourning the dead, but for celebrating life. Nearby is the tallest wooden construction in the world, part of the Sapanta Peri monastery. The rest of the day will be dedicated to the rural life in the area with home-made food for lunch, meetings with local artisans and driving through villages, which can be easily mistaken for open-air ethnographic museums.

Overnight in Sighetu Marmatiei, Gradina Morii Hotel, second night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 9, Monday
Sighetu Marmatiei – Barsana – Gura Humorului

Today we will drive along the Romanian-Ukrainian border with our first visit at Barsana monastery. This is another fine example of the local religious architecture with its striking ensemble of wooden buildings. We will then be heading to Bucovina region, known for its colorful Orthodox monasteries, taking picturesque mountain roads and driving through national parks with millennial forests. We will stay in Gura Humorului for two nights.

Overnight in Best Western Bucovina or Le Conac, Gura Humorului, two nights. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 10, Tuesday
Bucovina Monasteries

This day will be dedicated to the painted Orthodox monasteries of Bucovina (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The tradition of these Orthodox monasteries started in the 1400s, a time of turmoil when Moldavia was squeezed between two mighty neighbors – the Hungarians to the west and the Ottomans to south-east. Vividly colored and fortified monasteries still preserve the memory of long-forgotten days. Beautifully preserved colorful frescoes echo the Byzantine style, tell Bible stories and reveal visions of dreamt heaven and fearful hell, all mixed with epic historical episodes. We will start the day with probably the most important one, Voronet monastery from 1487, sometimes called the "Sistine Chapel of the East". We will enjoy its vivid frescoes, especially The Last Judgement scene. Three other monasteries will give us full picture of this important part of the Romanian history and culture.

Overnight in Best Western Bucovina or Le Conac, Gura Humorului, second night. Breakfast, lunch.
Day 11, Wednesday
Gura Humorolui – Iasi

Today we will drive south-east towards the border with Moldova to the Romanian region with the same name. Iasi is the main city of the region, one of the largest and most vibrant cities in Romania. Upon arrival we will check in at our hotel, freshen up and have a walking tour in the city with its numerous churches and imposing neo-Gothic palace from the early twentieth century.

Overnight in Iasi, Grand Hotel Traian, one night. Breakfast.
Day 12, Thursday
Iasi – Butuceni – Cricova winery – Chisinau

Today we will start early. We will cross the nearby border to Moldova, and continue to the picturesque Butuceni village and the Orheiul Vechi cave monastery, the most important historic-archaeological site in Moldova. We will have lunch at the cosy Eco-Resort Butuceni with local delicacies. In the afternoon we hop to the nearby Cricova winery, one of the largest in the world, for a tour and wine tasting. Then we continue to nearby Chisinau. Check in at our central City Park hotel. Some time to freshen up, and we take a short walk in town to see Chisinau's compact Stalinist-styled centre, including Stefan cel Mare boulevard, Cathedral Park and the Triumphal Arc. Dinner at a Gagauzian restaurant – the Gagauz are a Christian Turkic minority in Moldova.

Overnight at City Park hotel, one night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 13, Friday
Chisinau – Tiraspol – Odessa

After breakfast we head to nearby Tiraspol (1.30 hours drive), the capital of the breakaway Transnitstrian republic. We will have a two-hour tour of Tiraspol's Soviet sights, and lunch at a very typical Soviet canteen-style restaurant (before which we will exchange money to Transnistrian roubles). In the afternoon we continue to southern Transnistria, stopping at a couple of fascinating archetypal Soviet villages, before crossing the border to Ukraine. Welcome to Odessa – once the most cosmopolitan city in the Russian empire. Check in at our hotel, a short stroll to our dinner restaurant. We will have a very hearty Ukrainian meal tonight.

Overnight at Hotel Continental or Il Decameron, Odessa, two nights. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 14, Saturday

After breakfast we will have a tour of Odessa's known and unknown sights. We will see some of Odessa's spectacular architecture, including the Vul Deribasivska street, Primorsky Boulevard and the famous Potemkin stairs (taking the stairs down, then a funicular up). Free time to grab lunch – there are plenty of really interesting food options in the city. And free time to enjoy Odessa in the afternoon. We will meet in the evening for our farewell dinner. We may go for an opera or classical music performance tonight, depending on the cultural repertoire.

Overnight Hotel Continental or Il Decameron, Odessa, second night. Breakfast, dinner.
Day 15, Sunday
End of tour after breakfast. Transfers to the airport for your flight.
Recommended flights out: Austrian Airlines (Vienna), flyDubai/Emirates (Dubai), LOT Polish (Warsaw),
Turkish Airlines (Istanbul).
€4452 per person, sharing double or twin room, €640 single supplement.
The number of travelers is limited to 12.
Price includes
  • Accommodation in carefully selected hotels, with all breakfasts included.
  • All meals according to program; tips for the waiters included, alcohol mostly not included.
  • Transportation with an air-conditioned minibus, with all border and toll taxes, parking fees, daily allowance and accommodation for the driver.
  • English speaking guide throughout the tour, including guide-accommodation and daily allowance.
  • Tickets for all museums and sights according to the itinerary, all private events - cooking class, wine tastings, visits to artisans' ateliers, traditional music performance.
  • Ferry ride on Lake Shkoder.
  • Mineral water on the bus.
  • A welcome pack including maps, brochures, gifts, etc.
Price does not include
  • Personal medical/travel insurance.
  • Tips for driver and guide.
  • Any other additional personal costs: laundry, phone calls, etc.
  • Independent meals according to the itinerary.
  • Flights in and out of the region: we will be happy to provide you with information about the easiest and most convenient flights.
Important information and booking conditions
Reservations and payment
Please fill in the Reservation Form with all details needed and send it to or A deposit, upon booking, at the amount of €500 per person is required to assure your place. The final payment is to be made no later than three months from the start of the tour.

Extra nights in Bucharest and Odessa, and transfers
If you want to spend an extra night or two or more prior or after the tour, we can make a reservation for you or you can make a direct arrangement with the hotel. We can also recommend a nearby hotel which may be cheaper.

Tour information
Once we get your deposit, us folks at Lyuba Tours will immediately send a confirmation of space by e-mail. We will also send reading materials, music and more information about the country: what to bring, what to expect, money, weather, food and other wise. We will send all this by snail mail or email.
About a month before the tour, we will send you hotel and rooming lists, emergency numbers and any last-minute notes. We will be happy if you meet payment and document submittal deadlines to insure we have time to post your materials. Upon arrival in Sofia, you will find even more stuff awaiting you: maps, phrasebooks, postcards, and more.

Customs and entry requirements
For this trip you require a passport with at least six months validity following the last day of the tour. That passport should have a blank page for a stamp.
No visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Romania, Moldova and Ukraine for fewer than 90 days. If you don't happen to be a U.S. citizen, please make sure you have whatever documents are necessary to enter (and exit) the region. We can help with this as well. Regulations are subject to change, and we will try to inform you of the latest changes.

Travel insurance
We strongly advise you to have a travel insurance for the trip. Situations may arise, voluntarily or involuntarily, in which the traveler cancels. We can recommend a comprehensive travel insurance plan, if you don't have one already. Insurance should cover trip cancellation, lost or damaged baggage, medical needs, and certain travel-related accidents. We highly recommend trip-cancellation insurance. Although please do read the insurance company's fine print, especially the section on 'pre-existing conditions'.

Ground transportation
We will travel across the region in a comfortable, air-conditioned private minibus. Smoking is NOT permitted on the vehicle. We may also use some local means of transport.

Health regulations
No inoculations are required. Please see the CDC's website for recommendations: We suggest you check with your doctor for medical advice regarding the trip and your health. It is also suggested you discuss updating your tetanus and diphtheria booster.

Health considerations
To get the most out of a tour, a traveler should be in good physical and mental health, able and willing to walk, climb steps, and participate in group events. This trip requires moderate walking, sometimes over uneven or cobbled streets or paths. If assistance is needed, a participant should travel with a companion. You must also be able to carry your own hand luggage, so please go light! Any physical or mental disability requiring special help or assistance must be noted in writing on the reservation form.

Opportunities for adventure
This tour is designed for those interested in learning everything about Romania, Moldova and Odessa. We will present you with all sorts of perspectives, and you will see many shades of this fascinating part of the world.
Also, this is a moderately active program ('soft' adventure). Since some of the travel will be in remote areas, travel participants need to be flexible concerning time schedules, food and weather. Roads may be bumpy. Don't expect to find things exactly as they are at home! If that were the case, why travel? Occasionally, we may experience delays, alterations in the plans, some discomforts and inconveniences. But we will also experience a different culture and our minds and souls will be expanded! A spirit of adventure and tolerance is absolutely fundamental to participation in any of our tours.

Wandering Policy
We encourage everyone to partake in all the sightseeing and special activities. We've spent months researching and preparing a full and exciting program. However, if you would like to venture out on your own, or take personal time for rest or shopping, you may do so. This is your trip! We only ask that you alert our group leader and guide when you will be separating and rejoining the group. Please take extra security precautions with your belongings and yourself.

Changes in itinerary
Every effort will be made to operate this tour in accordance with the itinerary shown, including all activities as advertised. Museums and features are subject to scheduling. Occasionally, changes are made to improve an itinerary or enhance a certain feature. Unforeseen local conditions beyond our control may prevent the completion of an itinerary or require alterations in an itinerary. These local conditions can include inclement weather, seasonal variations in climate, changes in airline schedules and equipment, government appropriation of hotel space, and other events beyond our control that would jeopardize the traveler's comfort, safety, health, or enjoyment. In these cases, the right is reserved to substitute hotels, and to alter the itinerary for the comfort and safety of the travelers. The right is also reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure.

Cancellations and refunds
Should Lyuba Tours cancel a departure for the reason of insufficient number of participants to operate the tour with no increase in cost, a full refund of all monies paid will be made. On the participant's part, cancellation or change of date will result in a per person cancellation fee of €500, up to 90 days before the tour. Cancellation made 89 days to 30 days before the tour will result in a cancellation fee of €750. From 29 days before the tour, the cancellation fee will be at the amount of the tour. Should your cancellation cause the number of participants to fall below the required number to operate the trip, and a replacement member cannot be found, the full portion of the trip will be forfeited. If a person requests a room share to avoid the single supplement and then cancels after final payment is made and a roommate has been assigned, then the person canceling forfeits the single supplement if a share cannot be found.

Should a person cancel a trip voluntarily, and if payment was made by a bank wire, the amount of bank wire expense charged to Lyuba Tours will be deducted from the refund amount.

Once the tour begins, no refund may be claimed for all or any part of the tour fee. Unused or changed hotel accommodations, transportation, or other services or features of the tour are neither refundable nor exchangeable.

Cancellations will only be accepted via e-mail, at or
Meet your guide
Stefan was born and raised in Kazanlak, the capital of Bulgaria's Valley of Roses. He's been guiding since age
16 and still loves being on the road with friends and guests. The region he loves is the Balkans. His interests include art history, archaeology, and architecture with a pint of traditional cuisine.