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Northern Romania Road Adventure

3 days self drive tour from Iasi to Maramures

 

 

Duration
3 days/2 nights

 

Driving distance
850 Km

 

Availability
MAY > OCT

 

Price from
99 EUR/pers.

 


Itinerary: Iasi - Targu Neamt - Vanatori Neamt - Poiana Largului - Chiril - Transrarau - Pojorata - Iacobeni - Ciocanesti - Prislop Pass - Borsa - Sighetu Marmatiei - Ocna Sugatag - Budesti - Barsana - Poienile Izei - Bogdan Voda - Dragomiresti - Carlibaba - Gura Humorului - Voronet - Iasi   

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Highlights: Neamt Fortress, Neamt Monastery, Transrarau road, Bistrita River Valley, Lady’s Stones, Prislop Pass, The Memorial of the Victimes of Communism and of the Resistance, traditional Maramures wooden churches in Budesti and Poienilei Izei/Bogdan Voda villages, Barsana Monastery, The Museum of Romanian Peasant Woman in Dragomiresti, Voronet Monastery

Tour description: Three days, three different and unique tourist regions in Romania. Start in Iasi towards Neamt County, visiting some of its highlights like Neamt Fortress, founded late 14th Century. It used to be an element part of a major defensive system spread along the border of the Moldavian Principality, but today it’s purpose is to give to the visitors a glimpse of how the life in a fortress looked like hundred of years ago. Not far from here is located Neamt Monastery, one of the oldest monastic settlements in Romania known also as “The Jerusalem of the Romanian Orthodoxy”. Drive further towards Poiana Largului Village where you’ll reach the end of the Bicaz Lake, one of the largest reservoirs in Romania.

From here, the road will take you thorough a scenic drive along Bistrita River, flanked by the Carpathian Mountains. Once reached to Chiril Village change the direction up on Rarau Massif, driving on Transrarau Road, another major attraction in the area. Set the base to a hotel located 1500m above the sea level and after a short break, do a hike tour to discover some unique rock formations called “Pietrele Doamnei” (Lady’s Stones). 

Next day will take you to Maramures Region located in Northern Romania, famous for its wooden churches, most of them three to four centuries old. To get there you’ll start driving on the same Transrarau road as the previous day, then after a short drive on the main road, another scenic ride awaits you driving over the Prislop Pass finally reaching Sighetu Marmatiei, your destination. At the end of the day we recommend a visit to "The Memorial of the Victimes of Communism and of the Resistance" to learn more about the communist period that Romania faced after World War II for almost forty years. The museum is located in a former prison, one of the toughest where those who were against the communist regime were sent to so called re-education.

Third day, a long one since you need to return to Iasi, will start with visiting some wooden churches, a symbol for Maramures Region. You shoudn’t miss Budesti church, Barsana Monastery, The Holly Paraschiva Church from Poienile Izei or Saint Nicholas Church from Bogdan Voda Village. Not far from here you’ll find an unique museum created by a local lady, where you can have an idea how a household of a traditional family in Maramures looked like, called "The Museum of Romanian Peasant Woman".

After all this visits it's time to start driving back to Iasi, on the same Prislop Pass, then towards Bukovina Region, where you can have a stop to Voronet Monastery, close to Gura Humorului Town, if you don’t reach this area to late.

Another two and half hours you’ll be back in Iasi.

View day by day program

 


NB: The tour program is informative and it can be adapted according to your requests. The tour rates are informative; the final price will depend on your final requests.

 

  Talk with a Travis consultant.
  Call +40 752 220222  for a customized self drive tour offer. 

 

 

Prepare your road trip


Package includes:
  3 days car rental;
  STANDARD Cover insurance (with franchise);
  road tax, VAT, winter tires, airport service fee;
  1 additional driver; 
  2 nights accommodation in double/triple room with breakfast;
  guiding package (roadbook, maps/brochures);
  24/7 emergency assistance.

Services not included:
✖  car fuel and parking fees;
✖  tourist sights entry and photo fees;
✖  extra services (EXTRA/SUPER Cover insurance, child seat etc.)
✖  meals (except breakfast);
✖  car deposit/franchise, according to selected model. 


Rates in EUR/person (starting from)

Car class   /   No of persons 1 2 3 4
   Economy 255 140 130 99
   Standard 290 155 140 110
   Premium 315 160 150 115
Car class   /   No of persons 5 6 7 8
   Minibus (7+1 seats) 135 120 115 99

 Car class models:
 • Economy: Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia, VW Polo, Mini One, Ford Focus, VW Golf, Honda Civic or similar;
 • Standard: Skoda Octavia, VW Passat, Ford Mondeo, Peugeot 508, Opel Grandland, Ford Kuga or similar;
 • Premium: Mercedes-Benz A200, BMW X1, Volvo XC 40, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF, Audi Q5 or similar;
 • Minibus (7+1 seats): Ford Transit, VW Multivan, Ford Turneo, Mercedes Vito, Mercedes V-Class or similar.


Upgrade your package:
 
- English speaking chauffeur: 35 EUR/day + expenses
- English speaking driver-guide: 85 EUR/day + expenses




Day 1: Iasi - Targu Neamt - Vanatori Neamt - Poiana Largului - Chiril - Rarau (240 Km / 8 h)
Highlights of the day: Neamt Fortress, Neamt Monastery, Transrarau road, Bistrita River Valley, Lady’s Stones (Pietrele Doamnei) hiking tour @ Rarau Massif

 

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- pick-up your car (fully tanked) in Iasi (airport/hotel or other location);
- departure towards Targu Neamt Town;
- visit Neamt Fortress, founded at the end of the 14th Century;
- quick stop to visit Neamt Monastery, a place called “The Jerusalem of the Romanian Orthodoxy”;
- optional lunch break;
- departure towards the final destionation of the day, Rarau Massif, along Bistrita River Valley;
- arrive at Hotel Alpin Rarau 3* for overnight;
- 2h hiking tour on Rarau Massif enjoying the breathtaking views over the Lady’s Stones (Pietrele Doamnei).



Day 2: Rarau - Pojorata - Ciocanesti - Prislop Pass - Borsa - Sighetu Marmatiei (200 Km / 6 h)
Highlights of the day: Transrarau road, Prislop Pass, The Memorial of the Victimes of Communism and of the Resistance @ Sighetu Marmatiei

 

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- breakfast;
- check-out followed by departure, driving back on Transrarau road, reaching Pojorata village at the end of it;
- continue on main highway connection Moldova to Transilvania, passing over Mestecanis Pass;
- change the direction towards Borsa Town, driving over Prislop Pass, one of the most spectacular driving experiences in Romania;
- optional lunch;
- arrive in Sighetu Marmatiei Town and check-in at Gradina Morii 4* Hotel (or similar) for overnight;
- discover this small town, located at the border with Ukraine, visiting The Memorial of the Victimes of Communism and of the Resistance.



Day 3: Sighetu Marmatiei - Ocna Sugatag - Budesti - Barsana - Poienile Izei - Bogdan Voda - Dragomiresti - Carlibaba - Gura Humorului - Voronet - Iasi (410 Km / 12 h)
Highlights of the day: Saint Nicholas Wooden Church from Budesti Village, Barsana Monastery, The Holly Paraschiva Church from Poienile Izei or Saint Nicholas Church in Bogdan Voda Village, The Museum of Romanian Peasant Woman in Dragomiresti, Voronet Monastery

 

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- breakfast;
- check-out followed by departure, driving on some local roads discovering the beauty of the villages in Maramures;
- visit at Saint Nicholas Church in Budesti Village;
- drive towards Barsana Monastery, discovering one of the most impressive and unique monasteries in Romania;
- return on other small local roads for a magic village called Poienile Izei, taking a short look to their wooden Church called "The Holly Paraschiva";
- next stop to Saint Nicholas Church in Bogdan Voda Village followed by The Museum of Romanian Peasant Woman in Dragomiresti;
- rediscover the beauty of the Prislop Pass, driving back to Iasi;
- if is not too late, stop for a short visit at Voronet Monastery close to Gura Humorului Town in Bukovina Region;
- drive back to Iasi and return your car.

 

Other tourist attractions available on tour: 
- Agapia Monastery;
- "Nicolae Popa" Ethnographic Museum @ Tarpesti;
- Bison Reserve @ Vanatori Neamt;
- Egg Museum @ Ciocanesti;
- Horses’ Waterfall @ Borsa;
- Steam Train @ Viseu de Sus;
- Merry Cemetery @ Sapanta [recommended];
- The Village Museum of Maramures @ Sighetu Marmatiei;
- Wooden houses @ Breb.


NB: The tour program is informative and it can be adapted according to your requests. The tour rates are informative; the final price will depend on your final requests.

 

  Talk with a Travis consultant.
  Call +40 752 220222  for a customized self drive tour offer. 

 

 

Prepare your road trip


Package includes:
  3 days car rental;
  STANDARD Cover insurance (with franchise);
  road tax, VAT, winter tires, airport service fee;
  1 additional driver; 
  2 nights accommodation in double/triple room with breakfast;
  guiding package (roadbook, maps/brochures);
  24/7 emergency assistance.

Services not included:
✖  car fuel and parking fees;
✖  tourist sights entry and photo fees;
✖  extra services (EXTRA/SUPER Cover insurance, child seat etc.)
✖  meals (except breakfast);
✖  car deposit/franchise, according to selected model. 


Rates in EUR/person (starting from)

Car class   /   No of persons 1 2 3 4
   Economy 255 140 130 99
   Standard 290 155 140 110
   Premium 315 160 150 115
Car class   /   No of persons 5 6 7 8
   Minibus (7+1 seats) 75 70 65 55

 Car class models:
 • Economy: Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia, VW Polo, Mini One, Ford Focus, VW Golf, Honda Civic or similar;
 • Standard: Skoda Octavia, VW Passat, Ford Mondeo, Peugeot 508, Opel Grandland, Ford Kuga or similar;
 • Premium: Mercedes-Benz A200, BMW X1, Volvo XC 40, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF, Audi Q5 or similar;
 • Minibus (7+1 seats): Ford Transit, VW Multivan, Ford Turneo, Mercedes Vito, Mercedes V-Class or similar.


Upgrade your package:
 
- English speaking chauffeur: 35 EUR/day + expenses
- English speaking driver-guide: 85 EUR/day + expenses


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