Welcome to Eastern Europe's most famous land of mystery and legends, Transylvania (Romania). A tour you will never forget! The tour is part history, involving Vlad the Impaler, and part mystery surrounding the undead blood sucker, Dracula.
Besides, in this tour you will discover the natural beauty of the area, with unique landscapes, monumental artworks, welcoming people, old traditions and many mythical stories - a realm beyond imagination.
In the morning, around 09 am, you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby, and you will begin the tour in Transylvania for 5 days. If your arrival flight is today, the guide will pick you up directly from the airport and you will begin the tour.
We will head first to Sinaia, the beautiful mountain resort surnamed "The Pearl of the Carpathians" where we will visit Peles Castle: one of Romania's most beautiful palaces once the summer residence of the Romanian kings! Peles Castle is the most notable residents Romanian Royal family, one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe. A testimony to the 19th century ruler’s refinement, the wonderful edifice was built after the wish of Romania’s first king, Carol I, and it happily mingled everything that was most beautiful and representative about the neo-renaissance.
Possible visit to Sinaia Monastery - the name of the town comes from the Monastery of Sinaia, built in 1695 by Mihai Cantacuzino, after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, at Mount Sinai.
On our way to Bran, we have the possibility to visit the wine cellars from Azuga - built in 1892, by the Rhein family, official supplier for the royal court. Here, we can buy genuine Romanian wines and sparkling wines. This will be extra cost for winetatsing or lunch, that we can organize if you wish.
Once we reach Bran, we will visit the famous Dracula’s Castle - as in Bram Stoker's legendary vampire story. Situated 30 km from Brasov, between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, the Bran Castle is an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to the beauty of the Castle and the landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula.
In the evening, arrival in Brasov, where we will overnight right in the historical centre of the city.
Breakfast in the morning, then we will discover together the city of Brasov - where Vlad led raids against the German Saxons. We will visit the medieval part of the city with: The Black Church, The Town Hall, The Black Tower, Ecaterina’s Gate and the Rope Street – the narrowest street in Europe.
Brasov is home to one of the the narrowest streets in Europe. The Rope Street (Strada Sforii) is approximately four feet wide; it connects Strada Cerbului with Strada Poarta Schei. This street was initially used as an access route by firefighters.
Brasov was founded, in 1211, by the Teutonic Knights, on an ancient Dacian site. In the 13th-Century Brasov was settled by the Saxons and shortly became one of Transylvania's seven walled citadels Siebenburgen.
The location of Brasov, at the intersection of trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and western Europe, together with friendly tax regime, allowed Saxon merchants to obtain considerable wealth and exert strong political influence in the region. This was also reflected in the city's name, Kronstadt (German) or Corona (Latin), meaning the Crown City.
Strong fortifications defending towers were erected and maintained with funding provided the town's craft guilds.
In the afternoon, we will admire the beautiful landscape in Poiana Brasov Mountain Resort, and visit the Rasnov Citadel - one of the best preserved rustic citadels in Transylvania.
In the evening return to Brasov, enjoy an evening walk and overnight in the same hotel.
Breakfast in the morning, then we will leave Brasov and head to Sighisoara medieval citadel. On our way, we will visit the Prejmer Fortified Church - one of the 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Romania, and enjoy some time in Viscri village – one of the most beautiful Saxon villages in Transylvania, also UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After that, arrival in Sighisoara citadel, which Vlad the Impaler called “home”, one of the most beautiful towns in the heart of Transylvania. The whole medieval citadel is a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage. German architectural influences being visible throughout the entire city.
Located on the Tarnava Mare river in a picturesque setting, the citadel, a beautifully preserved medieval complex, dominates the town with its hilltop setting. The old town enclosed within the citadel walls has narrow cobblestone streets and brightly painted 16th century Saxon houses. There are nine towers; the most beautiful is the striking Clock Tower, the main gate into the citadel. From its balcony you can see the beautiful landscape over the whole town and countryside.
We have the possibility to enjoy a nice lunch on the terrace of Vlad Dracul’s House (Vlad the Devil's Home), the house where Vlad the Impaler was born in November or December 1431, today a famous restaurant. You can taste the famous Vampire wine and eat his favourite plate.
In the evening, overnight in a hotel right in the medieval citadel.
Breakfast in the morning, then we head further to Sibiu. On our way, we will stop and visit the Biertan Fortified Church, also UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the village of Biertan, first mentioned in an official document in 1283. Surrounded by quaint streets and vineyards, the 15th century fortified church at Biertan is perched high on a hill in the middle of the village. Three tiers of 35-foot-high defensive walls, connected by towers and gates, encircled the complex, making the church impossible to conquer during medieval times.
We continue our way to the medieval city of Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007! We will explore the old city center with its upper town, home to most of Sibiu's historic sites, and lower town, lined with colorful houses on cobblestone streets and bounded by imposing city walls and defense towers overlooking the river Cibin.
Because Sibiu makes an ideal base for the exploration of the nearby countryside and villages, in the evening, we will head to Sibiel - a picturesque village situated 20 km away from Sibiu, where we can visit the Glass Icons Museum, and discover the rich heritage of the authentic spirit of a typical Transylvanian village. We will have the opportunity to see how people live in the country side, how they grow their domestic animals and how they prepare traditional food and drinks.
In our last evening, dinner and accommodation in a local family guesthouse in Sibiel village. We will serve a tasty traditional dinner prepared with pure biological food. Alcoholic drinks are also included.
Breakfast in the morning, and then we will head back to Bucharest, passing through the Carpathians Mountains. On our way, we will visit Cozia Monastery erected by Mircea cel Bătrân in 1388 and boasting his tomb, one of the most valuable monuments of national medieval art and architecture in Romania. Set along the Olt River, Cozia retains segments of the original 14th century fortified monastic walls.
The monastery was rebuilt and enlarged several times over its long history. Even when Wallachia was an Ottoman tributary state, its rulers maintained the monastery. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, the paintings were restored, and additional structures and chapels built. Among remarkable features of the monastery are the two domed chapels at the corners of the eastern fortification walls overlooking the river Olt, as well as Bolniţa (“hospital” / “hospice”), the triconch chapel located on a hill on the opposite side of the monastery. All three mentioned chapels, with emblematic domes set high on attenuated drums, offer today recognizably neo-Byzantine and Brancovean styles; the latter currently understood as an architectural synthesis of local, Byzantine, late Renaissance, and Baroque stylistic features. The monastery suffered destruction and neglect, especially during World War I and its aftermath, and had been heavily renovated between the 1950s and 1980s.
Drop off in Bucharest, where we say GoodBye. End of the tour!
Side option - extra day in Bucharest (additional cost will apply):
- BUCHAREST FULL DAY TOUR, if you want to discover also the capital city (with proffesional guide at your disposal, transportation, accommodation in Bucharest for one or more nights)
PRIVATE TOUR by car/minivan
915 EUR/pers (group of 2 persons)
*for more people traveling together, the price will be revised.