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8 Days Become A Romanian Epicurean Culinary Vacation in Romania

Hotel Epoque, Intrarea Aurora 17C, Bucharest, 010213, Romania

Unforgettable Gastronomy and Culinary Tour in Romania

Come to this one-week gastronomy tour for food and wine lovers! Exclusive tastings, boutique vineyards, private tours with the winemakers: this vacation is handcrafted for connoisseurs and food and wine lovers, taking you deep into the heart of Romania. Indulge in unforgettable, locally produced food, bursting with flavor and sample traditional drinks with the people you meet along the way. Off-the-beaten-path travel itineraries, authentic experiences with the locals, slow-traveling to immerse into the local culture, and premium guidance from arrival to departure, what more are you looking for? Come and fall in love with Romania!

Meet the instructors

Georgiana & Vlad
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Highlights

  • A bread-making workshop
  • Tour of a local buffalo milk farm
  • Try authentic Romanian staple foods
  • Visit two vineyards in Buzau and sample some of their best vintages
  • Tasting multiple varieties of local drinks
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

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7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Henri Coandă International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

You will be staying in a double occupancy room at various unique four or five-star, privately-owned accommodations, as follow:

  • Night 1: Hotel Epoque in Bucharest
  • Night 2: Hotel Epoque in Bucharest
  • Night 3: Vinalia - Ceptura in Buzau
  • Night 4: Mikes Castle in Covasna County
  • Night 5: Villa Katharina in Brasov
  • Night 6: Viscri 125 in Sighisoara (Mesendorf)
  • Night 7: Maison Elysee in Sibiu

All the accommodation are subject to change depending on availability.

Program

Day 1: Buchaest

Your epicurean tour sets off with a walking tour through the Old Town of Bucharest. Amongst the cobbled streets, old merchant houses, enduring churches, and memorable French-style edifices, you will find out more about the history of this place and make two unforgettable stops.

The first stop is Manuc’s Inn, a restored two-century old hotel that serves to this day as a meeting place for foreign travelers and the Romanian elite. Your second stop is Caru’cu Bere, a splendid neo-gothic construction with 130 years of history, richly decorated with paints, stained glass, mosaics, and carved paneling, serving today traditional Romanian food at its best washed down by their homemade brew.

In the afternoon, you will move towards Obor, the largest farmer’s market in the capital, where you get the chance to try authentic, staple foods in Romanian cuisine and pick up local fruits and vegetables. Farmers from all over the country gather there to sell their best products, all you have to do is sample as much as possible.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Epoque
  • Meals included: breakfast

Day 2: Buzau Wine Road

After a gourmand day in Bucharest, you seek to indulge your senses in a vineyard. You will head to Buzau, where a cluster of vintners have taken advantage of the perfect soil conditions and started creating delightful wines.

You will visit two vineyards, you will talk to the owners as you sample some of their best vintages and take a tour of the estates. This day is about relaxation and discovering the surprising Romanian reds, whites, or rosés.

  • Accommodation: Vinalia - Ceptura
  • Meals included: breakfast

Day 3: Covasna countryside

Advancing further into colder regions of the country, you will discover that local drinks were developed by peasants to help them keep warm during harsh winters or to give them strength for long days of working in the fields. Such drinks are “palinca”, “tuica”, or “rachiu”, strong liquors resulted from distilled fruits.

There are multiple varieties you can taste and Romanian Thrills know the best place for it. In true Romanian Thrills style, they have also prepared a bread-making workshop, that includes all the steps from grinding wheat in a traditional water mill to putting the kneaded dough in a stone oven. Think of that freshly-baked bread smell. You will spend the night in a real nobiliary castle, with a massive estate, from where you can go bear or deer watching.

  • Accommodation: Mikes Castle
  • Meals included: breakfast

Day 4: Brasov

Welcome to Transylvania, where Saxons have left their mark over local foods and drinks. Today, you slow-walk Brasov, one of the most iconic mountain cities in Romania, with a tumultuous history and excellent traditional restaurants.

Romanian Thrills have a soft spot for sour soups and meat platters but fear not vegetarians, Romanian cuisine has plenty of delicious options for you too. Romanian Thrills guarantee that everything you try today, you will absolutely adore!

Close to Brasov, you will find the unique Bran Castle, widely known as “Dracula’s” but is it really? During the tour, you will try to debunk the real mystery behind it and discuss further while you enjoy a local food specialty.

  • Accommodation: Villa Katharina
  • Meals included: breakfast

Day 5: Sighisoara (Mesendorf)

Did you know that you can find buffalos in Romania? If you like dairy, you will love this tour of a local buffalo milk farm, that produces dairy products according to local, traditional recipes. Romanians are known for their passion for food and eating as much as possible home-cooked meals.

You will explore more of epicurean curiosity and head to Viscri, a village part of the UNESCO, that made Prince Charles buy a property here and spend his summer holidays in the Transylvanian countryside. A farm to table dining experience awaits in a restored Saxon barn.

You will spend the night in a local guesthouse, fully-renovated to resemble the living conditions of the German population, but equipped with all the modern necessities.

  • Accommodation: Viscri 125
  • Meals included: breakfast

Day 6: Sibiu (Marginimea Sibiului)

Your final stop in Transylvania is Sibiu, a city known for its Germanic architecture (the buildings have eyes), medieval walls and towers and home to Astra National Museum of Folkloric Traditional Civilization, a startling travel through time, founded to define their own ethnic culture within the Austro-Hungarian Empire multiculturalism.

This is a living museum, it hosts many events such as traditional fairs, folk festivals, workshops, performances, and much more. The exceptional natural landscape makes the open-air museum adequate for relaxing walks, rides in a carriage or sailing a boat. This city has also been named the 2019 European Gastronomy Capital. Needless to say, you will have plenty of opportunities to try only the best local wines, brandies, and cuisine.

  • Accommodation: Maison Elysee
  • Meals included: breakfast

Day 7: Transfagarasan and Bucharest

You will start early to thrill to the most epic part of your journey yet: Transfagarasan road, the passage between Transylvania and Wallachia, an entwined road that cuts right through the mountain peaks.

At the top, you will make a stop to revel in the breathtaking landscape around you while having a picnic with homemade food, purchased from local producers encountered during the trip.

In the evening, you will arrive in Bucharest and finish your epicurean adventure in one of the most exquisite eating places in Bucharest, which Romanian Thrills saves as a surprise. Happy dieting when you get home!

  • Accommodation: Hotel Epoque
  • Meals included: breakfast

Day 8: Departure

Please note that you may arrange your very own tailored and hassle-free authentic journey with Romanian Thrills, please just send your inquiry!

Instructors

Georgiana Anicai

Vlad Blaj

Location

If you have the same objective in life as Susan Sontag and are an explorer at heart, Romania should be on your upcoming list. Not only it is one of the most beautiful countries in Eastern Europe with a rich and tumultuous history, but also it borders the Black Sea and the Danube River, and it prides itself with the Carpathian Mountains, the Danube Delta, and many hot spring resorts, offering diversity for every time of traveler.

Apart from outstanding natural landscapes and one of the few areas with pristine forests, there are multiple medieval cities, fortresses, and castles built hundreds of years ago. This is the place that fascinated Prince Charles and made him spend his summers in the Transylvanian countryside.

Food

Romanians love to eat and they are pretty good at cooking. Their mothers have kept the tradition of always cooking at home and sourcing the ingredients from relatives living in the countryside.

Because of this, most of the Romanian traditional food is organic as a result of micro-farming therefore healthy. There are numerous delicious dishes available for meat lovers or vegetarians alike. But enough explaining, you will let yourself experience and taste the food on this culinary vacation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 24/7 private guidance
  • Pre-arrival and post-departure assistance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in a modern and comfortable vehicle
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Activities described in the tour (additional activities are possible for a fee)
  • Admissions related to the tour (e.g. entrance, environmental, parking fees)
  • Local guides where needed (e.g. museums, natural reservations, boat trips)
  • Mineral drinking water from Europe's best springs

What's not included

  • Airline tickets (usually to Bucharest)
  • International travel insurance
  • Additional meals and beverages
  • Extra activities of your choosing
  • Photography fees (charged by specific attractions)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Shopping
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Henri Coandă International Airport Airport transfer included: Henri Coandă International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Tuesday October 6, 2020
Departure: Tuesday October 13, 2020

Custom dates

The available dates shown below are the confirmed dates. Each day between an interval can be a valid tour day - if in the meantime, Romanian Thrills receive other bookings or confirmations, the dates can change. Please send an inquiry for the availability.

 

Pricing information

Please note that the price below is based on 6 participants in a group. This tour can also be made private, please send an inquiry for the rates and availability. 

Children (over 5 years) pay half the price if they are sharing the room wth their parents and in full if they require a separate room. 

 

Travel insurance 

Romanian Thrills does not offer insurance cover as part of its tours. You must be fully insured for your trip and must make sure that all of the activities that you will be carrying out are covered by such insurance. This insurance must include adequate cancellation insurance to the value of your trip, emergency evacuation, and repatriation costs in respect of all of your activities as well as medical expenses, accidents, and the safety of your luggage on our transport. 
Please note that the travel insurance provided by some credit card providers often only offers the minimum coverage and, whoever your insurer, you should always check for any exclusion of activities that you might be undertaking. 

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