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Romania At a Glance – Transylvania Tour

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710 

Duration

4 days

Languages Support

English

Tour Description

Dark legends, priceless monuments, and fascinating historical revelations are revealed as you travel deep into the Transylvanian countryside in the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains. Discover remote Gothic ruins and fortresses, medieval castles, steep gorges, a tragic monastery, and the ruthless trajectory of Vlad the Impaler.

Begin your tour in Bucharest, and make your way directly into the breathtaking Transylvanian landscape. At Curtea de Arges, visit the soaring 14th-century monastery associated with an abundance of sorrowful legends.

At Poienari Fortress, take photos of the eagle’s-nest throne of Vlad the Impaler. In Sibiu, tour the most fortified of the region’s Saxon cities. The Saxons also built Biertan and other “peasant fortified churches” in an architectural style reproduced extensively across Transylvania.

In Sighisoara, a beautiful medieval citadel, climb to the beautiful Clock Tower for an exquisite view. At the end of your walking tour, have coffee in the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, now a prominent restaurant.

In Brasov’s Old Town, admire the Black Church (the largest Gothic cathedral in southeastern Europe), the Old Town Square, and St. Nicholas Church, the most important Romanian medieval church.

Proceed to Bran Castle, widely called “Dracula’s Castle,” but warmly redecorated by Queen Maria in the 1920s. The luxury continues at Peles Castle, the 19th-century royal residence, where the exquisite décor includes Carrara marble, Murano chandeliers, Venetian mirrors, and walls carved from 40 types of wood.

If you’re looking for different tour options in Romania or have specific preferences, feel free to explore our alternative tours in Romania or reach out to us for a personalized experience tailored just for you!

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Included / Excluded

  • The possibility of having your itinerary customised at no extra charge
  • Great flexibility regarding changes to the daily itinerary even after the start of the tour
  • A private, licensed English speaking guide/driver, available throughout the tour
  • All guide's expenses (meals, accommodation, etc.)
  • Private transportation in air conditioned car
  • All car expenses, such as gasoline, parking and road tolls
  • Complimentary wireless internet access in the car, so that you can stay in touch with your loved ones even while traveling
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary, with guided visits. If you wish to add any sight on the go, the guide will always be available with information during the visit
  • Accommodation as per the hotel list on the itinerary page (we can also offer a different selection of hotels, based on your preference)
  • Breakfast every day
  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare to and from Romania
  • Meals or beverages, other than the included ones
  • Credit card fees (3.25%). We offer you the possibility of paying by domestic bank transfer (for the U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom)
  • Photo fees (some sights require the payment of a fee for allowing you to take pictures - they are mostly inexpensive, around 2 or 3 euro/sight)
  • Gratuities for your guide (entirely up to your discretion)

Tour Itinerary

Arrive in Bucharest, greet your guide, and make yourself comfortable at the Capitol Hotel, a lovely jumping-off point for uncovering this splendid capital’s enticing cultural riches.

So cosmopolitan that it rivaled the sophistication of the City of Lights in public consciousness during the post-WWI era, Bucharest is now a study in startling opposites. Exquisite French architecture stands in juxtaposition with vainglorious testaments to the Communist era; elegant 19th-century homes provide an interesting counterpoint to gleaming skyscrapers of glass and steel. Join your guide for a panoramic city tour, and take in the enlivened, effervescent personality of this extraordinary city.

*should you travel to Bucharest on a flight that arrives late in the afternoon or evening, the city tour can also be done the next morning

Overnight in Bucharest, Hotel Capitol**** (5 minutes walk from the Old Town)

Today, you’ll travel into mountainous, spectacular Transylvania to experience the stunning medieval city of Sibiu. On the way, take a break at the Curtea de Arges monastery, an architectural wonder that seems to challenge the laws of physics. This 16th-century marvel, constructed under intense time constraints, spawned multiple legends of love, loss, and premature death.

After your tour, ascend the Carpathians to take photos of the forbidding ruins of the 13th-century Poienari Fortress, perched on the edge of a sheer cliff face falling straight into the Arges River. Legends transmitted from the 15th century say that he terrorized the Boyars into the hard labor required to rebuild and fortify the existing structure; most of his prisoners ended their days as exhausted slaves.

Continuing your drive to Sibiu, you’ll journey along the high Transfagarasan Road, built by the Communists at an altitude of 2054 m (over 6000 feet). The scenery is absolutely stunning.

This afternoon, arrive in Sibiu and settle into your hotel. Your guide will lead you on a fascinating, in-depth walking tour of the medieval Old Town. This settlement was built by ethnic German Saxons, who were extremely thorough in their construction of defense systems incorporating thick walls, high watchtowers, and secret passageways.

*Please note the Transfagarasan road is open only between June and September. If your tour takes place outside this period, you will travel on the road going along the Olt river valley

Overnight in Sibiu, Hotel Art**** (located in the Old Town)

Depart the magnificent town of Sibiu, and proceed to the Biertan Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Saxon villagers took the protection of their towns very seriously, and built fortified churches over the course of the medieval era. Interestingly, the townspeople were solely responsible for the construction and maintenance of these structures—a tradition they have perpetuated to the present day. Saxon roots in Transylvania run deep, with some present-day families tracing their lineage back as far as the 1100s. The Biertan Church, built between 1486 and 1524, represents the last expression of this particular architectural style.

In the afternoon, continue on the trajectory of your journey with a visit to Sighisoara. Here, the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town exemplifies a living citadel, and the majority of its medieval fortifications remain relatively untouched by time. Tour the famous clock tower, a widely-recognized and beautiful symbol of medieval Transylvania. A picturesque covered wooden staircase brings you to the archetypal Church on the Hill, from where you’ll gain a superb view of the surrounding area.

Sighisoara is recorded in historical annals as the birthplace of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, the cruel Prince of Wallachia famous for brutally torturing his enemies. The house of his birth looks much the same today as it did in 1431, and now provides the setting for a distinctive restaurant.

In the afternoon, travel to Brasov, a quintessential Transylvanian town.

Overnight in Brasov, Hotel Schuster*** (located in the Old Town)

Today, let your guide lead you on a captivating walk in Brasov’s Old Town, amidst the evocative homes of well-to-do medieval merchants. Discover the Black Church, a vast 14th-century Gothic cathedral featuring a museum and Lutheran services each Sunday. Walk along the town’s impregnable city walls and bastions before departing for the famed Bran Castle, redecorated by Queen Marie in the 1920s following a period of disrepair and abandonment.

Next, travel through majestic mountain scenery and soaring views to arrive at Sinaia, a beautiful town in the Carpathian Mountains. Visit the Peles Castle, the lavish 19th-century home of the first King of Romania. The castle boasts a palatial interior lined with luxuries: sumptuous crystal, oriental rugs, magnificent wood paneling, and precious mirrors. Nearby, pause to tour the Sinaia monastery, named after ancient Mt. Sinai of Biblical times.
Arrive in Bucharest in the evening.

Overnight in Bucharest, Hotel Capitol**** (5 minutes walk from the Old Town)

Today is the day when your tour ends. Transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Tour Information

Duration

4 days

Languages Support

English

Places Visited:

Bucharest | Curtea de Arges | Poienari fortress ruins | Sibiu | Biertan fortified church | Sighisoara | Brasov | Peles & Bran Castles

Total Distance Traveled:

850 km / 530 mi

Tour Price:

  • Single traveler: from euro 1680 pp
  • 2 travelers: from 900 euro pp
  • 3 travelers: from 710 euro pp
  • 4 travelers: from 720 euro pp
  • For a different number of travelers, please contact us

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