Cooking and Cultural Trip to Romania

About Tour

Come to Romania to enjoy the real life of this beautiful country. You’ll meet local people, have the chance to see and feel how they live, what they cook. Romania is an interesting country. We are at the Eastern border of Europe, having in our cuisine influences from the Orient but also Western ones. For example, you will find here the famous Mediterranean “sarma” (to be found in Turkey and Greece) but in a Romanian version. This means that we do not use vine leaves, but sour cabbage instead; we do not fill it with rice, but with pork meat; it is not an appetizer, but a main course and we can tell that the taste is wonderful! Come and meet our mixed culture, our orthodox world and our pre-Christian traditions.

You’ll receive a Romanian cookbook in English with recipes that you will cook yourself and we guarantee you will not have the same food twice in your meals. You’ll visit three most important regions in Romania and enjoy one full day in each region with the locals.

1 st Day

Arrival in Romania

Included highlights:

  • Arrival in Bucharest,
  • Welcome cocktail, briefing, dinner
  • Check-in.

Included meals:
  • Dinner
2 nd Day

Discover the European capital of culture in 2007

Included highlights:

  • Short sightseeing of Bucharest
  • Departure to Sibiu
  • See the most beautiful orthodox monastery in Wallachia, Curtea de Arges monastery.
  • Short city tour of Sibiu, an important cultural center in Romania, which was chosen to be the European capital of culture in 2007.
  • Dinner and accommodation.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
3 rd Day

Your first encounter with the local life

Included highlights:

  • Take part at the orthodox service in the village.
  • Take part at the cooking process itself. You will be divided in 2 teams, each team will have to go to a hostess and cook a menu, different from each other. After the service, each team will go and eat what the others have cooked. You’ll learn how to make:
  1. - Dumplings soup/ Noodles soup
  2. - Eggplant Salad / Baked peppers salad
  3. - Romanian stew / Ragout
  4. - Romanian cheese pie/ Crunchies
  5.  
  • Paint icons on glass
  • Return to Sibiu
  • Light dinner

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
4 th Day

Let's go to Bucovina

Included highlights:

  • Depart early in the morning
  • Reach the Northern region of Romania called Bucovina, over Cluj and Bistrita,
  • Have the chance to visit at least one of the famous UNESCO painted monasteries from 16th century.
  • Dinner and check-in.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
5 th Day

Learning how to cook local food

Included highlights:

  • Go to a local family and learn how to cook local food. You will cook:
  1. - Mushroom soup/ Local chicken soup with garlic
  2. - The famous “sarmale”/ Chicken with sour cream
  3. - 2 different local cakes “papanasi” (a kind of donuts) and “poale in briu”
  • Swap and taste what the others have cooked for you.
  • Learn how to paint the famous Easter eggs from Bucovina.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
6 th Day

Head back to the Southern Romania

Included highlights:

  • Head back to the Southern Romania, over Bicaz Gorge
  • Visit the famous UNESCO citadel in Transylvania, Sighisoara,
  • Reach the Brasov region.
  • Visit Brasov with its famous Black Church.
  • Arrive to our hostesses.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  •  
7 th Day

A new cooking lesson

Included highlights:

Today you’ll learn how to cook:

  • Meatballs in soup and a special salad (salata a la boef)
  • A special dish based on fish (saramura de peste) with corn mush and “plachie de peste” another dish based on fish
  • Famous local cake (cozonac) and Romanian pancakes with different fillings. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Dracula Castle.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
8 th Day

Get some experience of a professional chef

Included highlights:

  • Departure to Bucharest, through Sinaia
  • Stop to visit the Peles Castle.
  • Visit the kitchen of the most famous Restaurant in Bucharest - Jaristea, and get some experience of a professional chef.
  • Dinner.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
9 th Day

Departure home

Included highlights:

  • Sightseeing of Bucharest
  • Depart to the airport
  • Fly back home.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast

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During my recent holiday to Moldova, I was lucky enough to have Miss Victoria Odobescu as a guide and driver on two occasions.  One day we went to Orheiul Vechi, and another to Soroca, the XV fort guarding the Dnistre river crossing.  Miss Odobescu speaks very good colloquial English, her range is wide and is a confident and safe driver.  Victoria, was exceptionally well-informed about the history, culture, and people of Moldova. In addition, she was very sensitive to my needs and wants. I highly recommend the services provided by Victoria Odobescu. I am sure she will have success in her career in Tourism. 

Victoria, Just a short note to say thank you very much for everything on Sunday. Despite the long and tiring journey caused by the road closure in Ukraine, we thoroughly enjoyed our day, and learned so much about Moldova, Transnistria and Ukraine. We particularly enjoyed discovering Tiraspol, as it's such an unusual place and gave us a glimpse of how life was under the former Soviet regime. Because British history is relatively simple, with few invasions and no changes of borders, we struggle to understand the complexities of European history. 

We were very impressed with your understanding - and with your excellent English language skills in explaining it all to us. It certainly brought to life our visit to your country. I hope your journey back home was a little easier than the one to Odessa. Please give our thanks to our driver on the day - I'm afraid we do not recall his name but we appreciated all he did to negotiate the way through the border crossings for us and to get us to Odessa as quickly as he did despite the obstacles. Good luck for future success in your career. If you are ever in England and are able to visit our area, do not hesitate to give us a call. We could show you the historic city of Winchester and the busy port and waterside areas of Portsmouth, which I'm sure you would find interesting. Thanks again for everything.

Dear Razvan, 

Thank you so much for this fantastic educational trip. Your organisation was perfect, your company / guidance most appreciated. 

And i can say that this trip immediately comes in my top 5 trips ever in my 27 year career. Thanks a lot: fantastic discoveries, fantastic explanations, very good and nice hotels, excellent food everywhere, and so on...

Also specal thanks to Natasha. With her enthusiasm she made us discover Moldova and Transnistria in a fantastic way.