Romania: Castles, Ruins, and Medieval Villages - May 22, 2020 - Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Tao Tao Holmes / Atlas Obscura
Photo Credit: Tao Tao Holmes / Atlas Obscura
Photo Credit: Tao Tao Holmes / Atlas Obscura

Romania: Castles, Ruins, and Medieval Villages

from $3,350 USD per person for 11 days, 10 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Moderate
  • Road Trip

Explore Romania’s magnificent castles and ruins while traversing its dramatic landscapes, learning about the fabled land of Transylvania, and a region defined by millennia of quarrels, alliances, invasions, counter-invasions, occupations, foreign rule, autonomy, and independence, from Princess Ileana to Vlad the Impaler. This unique tour dives into all things medieval, dedicating particular time and attention to Romania’s ancient edifices and enduring landmarks. Led by experienced local guides, we’ll explore some of the country’s grandest buildings, taste its rich food and drink, and admire its varied landscapes. There will be new things to try and unexpected surprises waiting around every corner. 

  • Grandiose castles and ruins
  • Medieval history and contemporary life
  • Salina Turda: a salt-mine-turned-amusement-park
  • Transylvania and Dracula’s Castle


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Medieval snapshot in time; most interesting things are outside of Bucharest but also hardest to get to yourself.
—Kim L. (October 2018)

Additional Info


Accommodations during this trip are in old mansions, boutique hotels, and countryside guesthouses, refurbished and decorated to offer an authentic taste of traditional—and noble—life. The trip cost covers double-accommodation rooms, with the option of a single supplement for a private room for $625. Otherwise we’ll work to place singles of the same gender together. 

Activity Level

This tour is fairly active; travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 4 to 7 miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Many parts of the tour involve cobblestone, dirt paths, and other uneven ground, as well as tight stone stairwells in castle and church towers.

Arrival & Departure

For flights in and out of Bucharest's Henri Coandă International Airport, we suggest you arrive by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 22, and depart anytime in the morning on Monday, June 1. 

Dates and Prices

May 22–Jun 01, 2020
Shared Room
$3,350 USD per person
Single Room
$3,975 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $3,350. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $2,850 will be due by February 22, 2020. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip’s Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $625 will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • Ten nights of accommodation in well-equipped mansions, boutique hotels, and countryside guesthouses.
  • Breakfast daily at your hotel, two lunches, and three dinners.
  • The company of two experienced, English-speaking guides.
  • Private transport throughout the trip, in a comfortable minibus.
  •  Admission to all proposed activities and events, including castles and museums.
  • Photo fees for all visits and locations.
  • Transportation and flights to and from Bucharest, including airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings; this includes most lunches and dinners.
  • If applicable, applying for a Romanian visa (not required for U.S. citizens).

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