Day 1 - UK/Bucharest
After flying to Bucharest, we'll transfer you to your hotel. Fascinating architecture and a sprinkling of great museums make Romania's capital city truly memorable. You'll see highlights including the Arch of Triumph, Victory Square and the Palace of the Parliament on a panoramic tour en route to the hotel.
Day 2 - Cozia Monastery and Sibiu
You'll head to Sibiu today, a journey which takes you through the picturesque Olt Valley. En route you'll also take in the Orthodox Cozia Monastery, which features beautifully preserved frescoes and intriguing medieval architecture.
On arrival you'll head to the local school to meet a representative from the 'We Help!' charity which is supported by the Travelsphere Cares initiative. After learning how they help Romania's disadvantaged children, join a walking tour of Sibiu. This is one of Eastern Europe's most beautiful medieval towns, previously named the European Capital of Culture. Your stroll will take you through pretty squares and down cobblestone streets. Sightseeing highlights include Liar's Bridge, the oldest cast-iron bridge in Romania, and the 14th century Lutheran Church, whose steeple is a landmark of the city.
After some time at leisure at the hotel, we'll head to the mountain village of Sibiel for dinner in a family home, which includes free-flowing local wine and brandy.
Day 3 - Bran Casatle and Brasov
Romania is home to Europe's largest bear population, and your day begins with a visit to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary near Zarnesti. This peaceful setting is home to about 60 of these animals, which have been rescued from captivity.
Next you'll head to the small village of Bran, where, nestled in dense forest and surrounded by mystery and legend, you'll see Bran Castle. Also known as Dracula's Castle, this fascinating fortress is one of the locations linked to the fictional vampire and you'll head inside to explore. Built in the 14th century, the castle actually doubled as an administrative building until it was gifted to Queen Marie of Romania in 1920.
On arrival at your base, the medieval town of Brasov, you'll head off on a wallking tour which includes the Black Church. This evening is free so maybe you'll head to a local resturant for dinner.
Day 4 - Peles Castle, Sinaia Monastery and Prejmer
You can spend today just as you wish. If you want to discover more of Romania, you might choose to join an optional excursion, which includes many highlights. First you'll see Peles Castle, a masterpiece of German New-Renaissance architecture. Looking like something out of a fairy tale, it is considered by many to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe.
Next you'll journey to the Sinaia Monastery, built by Prince Cantacuzino in 1695 and named after Saint Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai in Egypt.
After your visit there's free time for lunch before heading to Prejmer, to see its UNESCO-listed fortified church, which is the largest of its kind in Europe. Its mighty walls are 40 feet high and although besieged 50 times over its 500-year history, it was only captured once, in 1611.
This evening you'll head to a restaurant for dinner, accompanied by folklore music.
Day 5 - Sighisoara and Targu Mures
Today we drive to Sighisoara, a medieval citadel with fortified walls and colourful 16th century houses. A tour here will introduce you to the town's impressive clocktower and the Church on the Hill, which boasts stunning frescoes. Your final stop is the house where Vlad the Impaler was born. He was the supposed inspiration for Bram's Stoker's Count Dracula.
We then head to the city of Targu Mures, where you can enjoy lunch if you wish before we transfer to Viseu de Sus.
Day 6 - Maramures Region
Today you're heading to the Maramures region, the enchanting rural heart of Romania. This area is home to many villages where century-old traditions are still part of daily life and the people who live here have preserved the ancient rural crafts of their Dacian ancestors.
This morning you'll discover the Museum of the Romanian Peasant before continuing to the wooden church of Bogdan Voda with its narrow steeple and interior paintings dating back to the 15th century.
In the afternoon you'll discover Barsana Monastery, one of the tallest wooden churches in Romania standing at 57 metres high. You'll then have some free time to discover the main town of the region, Sighetu Marmatiei, which sits on the Tisa River on the border with Ukraine.
This evening dinner is served in a local guesthouse in the small village of Oncesti with wine and brandy included.
Day 7 - Sapanta and Cluj Napoca
We'll find out more about Maramures and its people on today's included excursion, which begins in Sapanta. Death here is considered a beginning rather than an end, and this is reflected perfectly in our first stop, the Merry Cemetery. Their faith is shown on the blue wooden crosses, which are carved with light-hearted verses and images that capture the personality of the deceased. After time to explore, you'll visit a workshop where the crosses are made, and as our journey continues we'll pass many homes whose wooden gates are also brightly decorated.
Our final stop is at Cluj Napoca, where a highlight of our walking tour of the Old Town is the Gothic St Michael's Church whose clocktower rises to 80 metres high.
Day 8 - Cluj Napoca/UK
This morning we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.