TAKE YOUR FAMILY WITH YOU
Friends & Family Pack
Taking a multi stage ultra in a remote corner of the world doesn’t mean the family has to stay at home. We’ve partnered with Authentic Tours Romania to offer your family and friends an unique Romanian experience while you are out there in the mountains doing the race: an 11 days tour exploring the main touristic attractions and history, meet the locals and dive deep into Romanian cuisine and traditions.
One place in the 11 days tour will get you
- One seat in a comfortable minivan, all costs covered
- Accommodation in double or twin-bed rooms at hotels or B&B’s for 10 nights; the room will be shared with another trip companion; (for single room, please contact us – additional costs apply); breakfast included;
- All visitors’ fees for the landmarks to be visited (excluding photo or video camera tax).
The tour fee does NOT include
- Airplane tickets to or from Bucharest
- Lunches or dinners (except those specified in the description)
- Drinks during nights out or any other time of the day
- Extra room requirements at hotels and B&B’s, aside from the standard double/twin rooms
- Personal insurance, early check-in/late check-out fees, police fines, bail money, etc.
Day 1 – August 7th
We meet in Bucharest in front of the People’s Palace, say “Good luck” to our loved ones who participate in the ultramarathon and go to the hotel for check-in and rest. In the evening, we take a short walk to the old city center, where we have the welcome dinner and get to know each other while enjoying some traditional Romanian food (and wine, yes!). This dinner is included in the tour.
Day 2 – August 8th
In the morning, we visit the People’s Palace (Palace of Parliament), the second largest and the heaviest administrative building in the world. It was built by the Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu after demolishing an entire neighborhood that occupied 7 square km, razing thousands of houses and forcing more than 40.000 families to move.The WOW Factor: The Palace is 84m tall, has 1.100 rooms, 2.800 chandeliers, a total area of 330.000sqm and 220.000sqm of carpets. After the visit, we walk along one of the main boulevards of the city, searching for bits of history and architecture. The afternoon and evening are free for everyone to enjoy themselves as they please. A good night’s rest is recommended, as we will leave rather early next morning.
Day 3 – August 9th
We board the bus and head toward Transfagarasan, a beautiful, scenic drive up the tallest mountain range in Romania and down the other side (Top Gear called it “The best drive in the world”). Then we visit the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey dating back to 1205. The history of this place is just incredible (teaser ).In the afternoon we reach Sibiu, European Capital of Culture 2007, where we go sightseeing, visit the massive St Mary’s Cathedral, finished in 1520, and go up its 73m (240ft) tower.
Day 4 – August 10th
Today we head toward the ASTRA Museum of Popular Architecture, where traditional houses, barns, mills and even churches from all around Romania are displayed and can be visited and explored in a beautiful natural setting.From the museum we drive to Deva, where a citadel on top of a hill awaits us.
Day 5 – August 11th
What can be better than a massive Gothic castle in the morning? Hunedoara Castle, built in 1458, is one of the best preserved Medieval structures in Europe. It has massive defense towers, a moat and a bridge and is ridiculously photogenic.From Hunedoara, we head to Alba Iulia, where a former Austro-Hungarian fortress was built in the 18th Century on top of a Roman castrum from 106 A.D. This place is loaded with history and architecture!
Day 6 – August 12th
We spend all day in Alba Iulia, take a tour of the fortress, visit the 2 cathedrals (one is 100 years old; the other one is 1.000 years old!), ride scooters around the city and enjoy ice cream in the shade.
Day 7 – August 13th
There is something scary, spectacular and at the same time exciting about knowing that you are underground, in the middle of a huge block of salt, inside a huge chamber that echoes every sound you make. Today we will spend some time inside Turda salt mine, which has been under exploitation since the year 50 B.C.In the afternoon, we drive to the Medieval City of Sighișoara (UNESCO World Heritage Centre), for sightseeing and accommodation. Sighisoara is the only inhabited Medieval City in SE Europe recognized by UNESCO, first attested in 1191 by German settlers.
Day 8 – August 14th
Viscri is one of the best preserved Saxon villages in Transylvania, with its colorful houses and beautiful, white fortified church. We will visit and learn about its history and traditions, enjoy lunch in the shed of a local family and something more. This lunch is included in the tour.In the afternoon, we will arrive in Sinaia, a small town in the Carpathians that became popular among the elites of the late XIX Century because king Carol of Romania built his summer palace there. We will visit the palace, but not just yet.
Day 9 – August 15th
Today we drive to the Muddy Volcanoes to greet our friends and family at the finish line, take pictures and congratulate them for their effort and performance. Together, we head back to Sinaia, for the prize ceremony and dinner.
Day 10 – August 16th
Bran Castle is known worldwide as “Dracula’s Castle”, but it also has very important historic relevance for Transylvania. In 1377, Louis I of Anjou, king of Hungary and Poland, decided that the Bran gorge that linked Wallachia to Transylvania needed better protection against invading armies and issued a royal edict that described the place and size of the new Fortress. We will have our own guide through the structure and we might just see the footsteps of Dracula…How about lunch in the courtyard of a fortified Saxon church from the XIII Century? This lunch is included in the tour. We spend the afternoon in Brașov, one of the largest and most important cities of Transylvania, with a vast and diverse historic and architectural heritage.
Day 11 – August 17th
We start the day in style, inside Peleș Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family of Romania, commissioned in 1873 by King Carol I. It’s not the spectacular natural setting, the gardens, the architecture, the ornate decorations, the history or the weapons collection that make it so amazing. It’s all of them, combined.Sadly, the tour is over and in the afternoon we will head back to Bucharest and drop you off at the airport, the airport hotel or, if you choose to spend another day in the city, at your hotel of choice.
FINAL INFO & PRICE
All accommodation is at old mansions, boutique hotels and countryside guesthouses, refurbished and decorated to offer an authentic taste of traditional or noblemen life.
Meals always include traditional local food and a choice of international and vegetarian dishes. Romanian food is represented by soups and broths; local cheese, bacon and salami; grilled pork, sausages, smoked ham and meat; vegetable stew, eggplant salad, mushroom salad and many other delicious dishes. Common sides include baked potatoes with butter sauce, rice and vegetables, bean or pea stew, grilled eggplant or pickled cucumbers, peppers and cauliflower. Spicy, sweet, garlic, onion or barbecue sauces are usually available.
You are not allowed to leave Romania until you have tried the famous cabbage rolls with minced pork meat and spices (sarmale) and the fried doughnuts filled with cherry jam and sour cream (papanași)!
Local drinks include hundreds of types of beer, world renowned wine and home brewed spirits made of plum, pear, apricot, sour cherry and other fruit.
The schedule of the tour is based on the guests’ arrival by plane on Day 1 in the morning and departure on Day 11 in the evening. For hotel suggestions, other accommodation or transportation tips, please contact our Authentic Tour Planner, Ovidiu – firstname.lastname@example.org
From July to September, the weather in Romania can be very hot, with temperatures rising to 35-39 degrees Celsius (around 100 Fahrenheit), therefore lighter clothing is recommended, but we do suggest that you bring along a rain jacket and some comfortable but solid walking shoes.
Tour cost: 1900€ per person
Single Accommodation + 650€