Day 1: From Bucharest to the fascinating world of pottery & ceramics in Horezu
Meet your guide in the morning at your hotel in Bucharest and head to Oltenia region. The 4-hour drive will fly like a breeze with the constant change of scenery, therefore you will find yourself in no time in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains.
Next you will visit the Horezu Monastery, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1993. The construction is famous for having an astonishing icon wall in front of the altar.
Your last destination for today, the city of Horezu, is famous for ceramics and pottery. The craftsmanship of Horezu ceramics is considered an intangible heritage by UNESCO. You’ll dive right into this authentic Romanian artisan craft in a dedicated workshop.
Horezu pottery workshop
You will be accommodated in Horezu at a local guesthouse or a boutique hotel with breakfast included.
Day 2: Make your way to Transylvania and get a taste of the authentic Romanian food
Start your second day exploring the best examples of medieval southern Romanian civil buildings, Cule or Kule. Most of them were used hundreds of years ago by the Boyars of Wallachia.
After, you’ll head North to Transylvania passing Olt Valley Gorge and stopping at Călimănești to visit a 14th-century monastery. Cozia Monastery was considered a strong outbreak of the Romanian culture.
The journey continues through traditional villages in “Marginimea Sibiului” (en: the surroundings of Sibiu), a European Destination of Excellence and an international culinary destination. You will stop here in Sibiel village and end the day in true Romanian style with an authentic Romanian dinner in a local home. Here you’ll get the chance to try the delicious Romanian cuisine and experience the Romanian hospitality.
Visit Sibiel: Home Hosted Dinner
While the food is cooking, you’ll get to explore the local church. Here you’ll find the largest Romanian collection of Icons painted on glass, a true example of authentic Romanian craftsmanship.
Day 3: From the medieval town of Sibiu to the best road trip in the world
The third and final day of the Authentic Romanian Craftsmanship Tour brings both urban and natural wonders.
You’ll start the day with a walking tour of Sibiu, the most popular medieval city in Transylvania. Having a history of over 900 years Sibiu is was European Capital of Culture in 2007.
Huet Square in Sibiu
The historical center of Sibiu is today the largest medieval urban assemble in Romania and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sibiu Little Square
You will learn about the history of Transylvania and see how the city evolved over centuries. Moreover, your guide will tell you about the various guilds of Sibiu, yet another example of authentic Romanian craftsmanship.
Leaving Sibiu behind, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the Transylvanian Alps with short breaks at the best landscape viewpoints.
The next landmark in the itinerary is Curtea de Argeș, one of the oldest towns in Romania and capital of Wallachia. This town is famous for Curtea de Argeș Monastery and its Cathedral, the burial place of the Romanian Royal family.
Curtea de Arges details
Probably the most famous attraction in Romania is next up on your itinerary. The tour will continue with the best road trip in the world according to Top Gear, the Transfăgărășan*. Prepare for a magnificent mountain scenery and keep your camera close to capture the true beauty of the Romanian Carpathian Mountains.
Finally, you will reach Bucharest in the evening marking the end of the tour. With memories to last a lifetime and a camera filled with awesome photos, your guide will drop you off at your hotel.
*Transfagarasan road closes between October – June. Therefore, during this period the tour continues on Olt Valley Gorge, with spectacular mountain view on the banks of Olt river.