Day trip to Transylvania

In the morning, meet your guide at your hotel and journey north, into the Carpathian Mountains.

Arrive in Sinaia, a picturesque mountain resort with deep ties to the Romanian royal family. Nearby, you’ll tour the fabulous 19th-century Peles Castle, an enchanting structure that that seems to spring from the pages of a storybook. Continue on to Sinaia Monastery, a complex comprising two churches: the original, built by the king’s brother in 1695 after a trip to the Holy Land, and the newer monastery, constructed in the mid-19th century.

Next, continue your journey at the incomparable Bran Castle. After the turn of the twentieth century, it was donated to the Romanian royal family and became the favorite home of Queen Maria, who extensively renovated the interior. During the Communist era, Bran became associated with the myth of Dracula, and the number of visitors increased dramatically. After a guided tour of the castle, spend some free time souvenir-shopping.

Next, arrive in the city of Brasov to enjoy a guided walk in the Old Town. Brasov stands as one of the seven cities originally founded by Saxon colonists in Transylvania over 800 years ago. Because of its location on the Transylvanian border, Brasov became an important trade center in the region. Most of the original Saxon architecture is still in magnificent condition. You’ll tour the vast Black Church, a Gothic monolith of the late 14th century.

Late in the afternoon, begin driving back to Bucharest. Your guide will escort you to your hotel.

Highlights of the tour

What people have said:

I am totally satisfied with everything we did, I think you put such a lot of thought into it all that you did not leave much to improve upon. The two guides were excellent, we very much enjoyed their company as well as being able to rely on them for good translations and communication with locals. I appreciated having a Bulgarian guide in Bulgaria and a Romanian guide in Romania. … read more

Valerie Kleindienst (Australia)

Our trip was really great in every way.  Catalin could not have been more accommodating – he added little gems that all five of us really enjoyed.  He even tried to work in the salt mines for us and did take us to the airport on Saturday! He’s a keeper for your company. Would have enjoyed meeting you or your wife but he was an outstanding substitute.  Please check out our … read more

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1 Day trip to Transylvania

What is included with this tour?

Included services and features:

  • The possibility of having your itinerary customised before the start of the tour, at no extra charge
  • Great flexibility regarding changes to the itinerary even after the start of the tour
  • Pick up and drop off at any location in Bucharest
  • A private, licensed English speaking guide/driver, available throughout the duration of the tour
  • All guide’s expenses (meals, etc.)
  • Private transportation in air conditioned car
  • All car expenses, such as gasoline, parking and road tolls
  • Entrance fees and guided tours for the Peles Castle, Sinaia monastery and Bran Castle
  • Guided walk in the old town area of Brasov

Not included:

  • Meals or beverages
  • Photo fees

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Where do the tours start?

Our tours start in either Sofia (Bulgaria) or Bucharest (Romania). Both cities have well-connected international airports. However, we can also customise the tours to start in a different city, if that better suits your flight arrangements. Alternative airports include Varna or Burgas (in Bulgaria) or Sibiu, Cluj Napoca, Iasi and Targu Mures (in Romania).

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What are the departure dates?

We do not have set departure dates. All our tours are private and organised on request. The dates when you start and end the tour are entirely up to you.

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I like one of the tours, but I’d like to make some changes to the itinerary. Is it possible?

Of course. All our tours are customisable. We can make changes to one itinerary, join 2 itineraries together, or you can just tell us about the places you want to see, and we’ll make a whole new itinerary just for you! Customising a tour comes at no extra charge.

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I would like to change some of the hotels that come with the tour. Can I do that?

Definitely. The hotels are always up to you. We can upgrade the standard selection of hotels, or if you are on a budget, we can also offer cheaper accommodation options.

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I see that in most cases, only breakfast is included. Why is that?

Having meals included means that you would have to be at a certain restaurant at a certain time just so that you don’t miss a pre-booked meal. This takes away from one of the great advantages of a private tour: flexibility. Not having a restaurant pre-booked gives you great freedom to set your own pace each day, add or skip some sights as you go, etc.

To ensure maximum flexibility throughout your trip, meals are usually planned as you go. Your guide knows the best restaurants in each area you travel through and will make suggestions based on the kind of meal you’d like to have.

The meals we include are the ones that come with an important cultural element: home-cooked meals where you can interact with locals, lunches at homes of artists where you learn more about a specific form of art, or refreshments such as the ones offered during the home visit with the Gypsy family.

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Do your tours include any insurance related services?

No. We recommend to all of our clients to  carry a medical insurance that would cover any health-related costs that might incur while on the trip. Insurance for trip interruption and lost/stolen luggage is also recommended.

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Do I have to pay for the guide’s meals?

No. The guide will have a meal allowance, which will cover his meals. Furthermore, the guide will only join you for meals if you ask him to – if you’d rather be on your own for lunch and/or dinner, that is perfectly fine.

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How about changes of itinerary on the fly? Can we do that?

Changes on the fly can be done to a certain extent. You can always choose to skip a meal or a sight, or swap for a totally different sight altogether. Alterations of itinerary that imply hotel changes are subject to rooms availability. Also, please note that in the case of last minute hotel cancellations, sometimes the hotel may charge late-cancellation penalties which can be up to 100% of the reservation cost. Additional costs generated by on-the-fly changes will be billed separately.

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