National Geographic Journeys

Hungary & Romania Highlights

  • Duration 8 Days | Budapest to Bucharest
  • Group Size Max 16
  • From $2,699 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview


Medieval fortresses, haunting tales, and countryside traditions are waiting to be discovered on this eight-day Eastern European journey. Begin in the bustling metropolis of Budapest before venturing off the tourist trail to Romania, where medieval villages, churches, and the storied Bran Castle of Dracula fame await. Along the way, top guides help deepen your knowledge of the region.


Trip Highlights

    • Discover Budapest's historic highlights and hidden gems on a guided walk,
    • Select ingredients at a Transylvanian market and prepare a traditional meal with a local chef,
    • Immerse yourself in the haunting history of Transylvania's Bran Castle,
    • View splendid medieval frescoes inside Bucharest's Snagov Monastery,

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 Budapest

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Budapest

Explore Budapest by embarking on a guided historic tour of the city. Start at Heroes Square and hop on the metro to learn the history of Europe's second oldest underground transportation system. Discover the Opera House, Liberty Square and Chain Bridge, ending at the Great Market Hall with a typical Hungarian lunch. The afternoon is free to explore. (B,L)

Day 3 Budapest/Cluj-Napoca

Embark on a full-day transfer from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca. Along the way, stop in Egerszalók to visit the Salt Hill terraces. These rare salt springs and water terraces are a great place to stretch our legs or enjoy a picnic. (B)

Day 4 Cluj-Napoca/Sighișoara

Visit Salina Turda Salt Mine, the world's deepest underground salt museum and marvel at 2,000 years of history and highly preserved galleries. Learn about all the purposes of the mine over the years, from being used as a World War II bomb shelter to becoming a warehouse for storing cheese. From here, head to Sighișoara and enjoy an orientation walk of the old town on arrival. (B)

Day 5 Sighișoara/Brașov

Transfer to the small medieval village of Medias. Together with a local chef, visit the market to pick out fresh ingredients for your Transylvanian cooking class and learn about the cultural and gastronomical influences found in Transylvanian cuisine. In the afternoon, head to the town of Brașov to visit the famous Black Church. (B,L)

Day 6 Brașov

Enjoy a free morning to explore Brașov's baroque architecture and beautiful squares. Later, visit the haunting Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's castle, for a guided visit. Afterwards, head to the castle's tea house for an afternoon tea accompanied by the on-site historian and learn about the castle's eerie past and connection with Dracula. (B)

Day 7 Brașov/Bucharest

Travel back to Bucharest, stopping to visit Snagov Monastery and its intricately painted walls. Dating back to the 14th century, the monastery is believed to hold the remains of Vlad the Impaler. Once in Bucharest, enjoy an orientation walk. Opt for a final night out on the town. (B)

Day 8 Bucharest

Depart at any time. (B)

About National Geographic Journeys

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys blend fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of travelling in a small group.

Hungary & Romania Highlights

From AUD $2,699 Call 1300 363 742


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