This morning, depart Bucharest and drive north into the wild Carpathian Mountains, in the direction of three of Romania’s most evocative castles.
First, take in the sights at the magnificent Peles Castle, the enchanting 19th-century seat of the Romanian royal family. The interior is decorated with every possible extravagance of the day. Continue on to Sinaia Monastery, an impressive complex founded in 1695 by a Romanian prince after a trip to Mt. Sinai.
Next, journey to the gorgeous Bran Castle, famously associated with the legend of Dracula. In the 1920s, Queen Maria renovated the interior extensively, transforming it into a warm, inviting setting that contrasts strongly with the forbidding exterior. After your guided tour of the castle, you’ll have a bit of free time for souvenir-shopping and tasting the local, traditional delicacies for sale outside the castle.
Complete your day at the vast, medieval Rasnov Fortress, built in 1215 by Teutonic Knights to defend nearby Transylvanian villages from armies passing through the strategic Bran Pass. Constructed on high cliffs, the citadel provided crucial sanctuary for local inhabitants, who moved inside the walled, safe haven, whenever their village was under threat.
Late in the afternoon, begin driving back to Bucharest. Your guide will escort you to your hotel.