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

What People Say

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Dearest Viorica, 

I really want to thank you enough for being the most amazing guide and introducing me to your tremendous country. What a priviledge it has been to travel back in time and catch the enduring presence of Moldovans through the centuries. I couldn’t imagine being transported through song and hear the love of family, hope & blessings being passed on. Family, food, friendship, sharing of thoughts and ideas connect us in real time and across time as well. 

This may not have been a clear chosen career path bat I must say you excel at it!!! Your ability to be flexible and accommodating is beyond the norm! I totally loved the book you helped create and will use it to dig deeper and continue to learn more about this country. 

The cooking, clothing weaving, embroidery, people have captured a part of my heart. The pictures we’ve taken will remind us of our time together for a lifetime & these stories you have shared will be retold and shared with many many others. 

Thanks so much again, 

Pat. 

Natalia, a very knowledgeable guide, has beaten my expectations by far!!! I am a frequent traveller, always trying to find good guides. But up till now Natalia is my absolute favorite. It's the information she gave us in between you never can expect from a normal tour guide. Everything was well organized. One can feel that she loves her job. She has wide-ranging skills. Thank you!

Dear Natalia, we want to thank you sincerely for your expert and skillful guiding during our trip to Moldova. Our experience in Dumbraveni – as we told you – will prove unforgettable for us always. You have a wonderful way with people which will take you far.