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
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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

What People Say

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Dear Victoria!

I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and taste of the Romanian and Moldavian wines. I was amazed by the diversity of the wines and the regions they come from. The trip to Romania and travel to Moldova was both fun and educational. Not only did I learn about the wines, but about the countries as well. Romania and the Republic of Moldova are defiantly countries that more people should experience. The services provided were outstanding. 

The little extra's they added to the tour made all the difference and our tour guide Victoria was the best! The highlight for me was the Vinia Winery from Iasi. The trip by horse cart to the vineyard, picking out own grapes, making our own juice, enjoying the tranquility of the land and listening to the gypsy band was an experience of a lifetime. 

Dear Victoria,

Please accept the endosed as a token of my thanks and appreciation. I have been lucky enough, over the years, to have traveled to many destinations, and to have experienced every sort of guide. In my opinion you are right at the top, one of the select very few who manage to “get it just right”.

Like any skilled job, guiding is something that, when done well, it looks easy! You and I know that is not the case; it’s a tough, demanding profession that few individuals do adequately, and even fewer, well. Hardly any do such a great job that their clients feel cared for, safe, valued and special. You, in my view, are one of those rare tour leaders.

Please, accept my small token of gratitude. You have been kind, lightful, knowlageble (extremly), considerate, tolerant, efficient, reliable… I could go on, but to spare your blushes I will end by saying I cannot find a single criticism (this is a rare thing for me – I have very high standards!).

Your company depends for its success on your delivering what they promised. You have done professionaly this with a smile, a sense of humor, and grate dignity.

I wish you all the luck in the world for the future & thank you for leaving me with not only happy memories but with a positive impression of Moldova.

With very best wishes, Veronica.

Dear Victoria!

Thank you so much for introducing us to your country, its food & people! We are going home with lots of lovely memories – thanks to your superb organizational skills!

Mulțumesc!