Bucharest – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov – Bucharest – 373 Km/232 miles
In the morning, you will be met at your hotel by your private guide and head North, for the Carpathian Mountains.
After about 2 hours of driving, we arrive in Sinaia, a picturesque mountain resort, which has always been linked to the Romanian Royal Family. Established in the 17th century by the rulers of Wallachia, Sinaia grew in importance after the 1860’s, when Carol I, Romania’s first king, decided to build here the Peles Castle, that was to be used as a Royal Residence. The castle took 39 years to complete, since it was a very complex architectural entity, and one of the most modern buildings of its time (it had electricity, central heating, electrical elevator and an integrated vacuum cleaning system, all this in the 1880’s. After the guided visit of the castle you will have a bit of free time in the castle garden, an excellent opportunity to take some photos of the flower arrangements or the statues.
We will afterwards continue our journey by visiting what is probably Romania’s most famous landmark, the Bran Castle, also known as the Dracula Castle (entrance included).
The castle was built in the 14th century by the Transylvanian merchants as a military fortress to defend the area against the frequent Turkish attacks. After 1900, it was donated to the Romanian Royal Family and it became the favourite place of Queen Maria. Extensively renovated, it became a residence, and later a museum.
In the Communist times, it became associated with the myth of Dracula, and the number of visitors grew dramatically. This helped a great deal with the development of the tourism industry in the area, and at this moment, the town boasts a great number of family run motels, as well as a good selection of souvenir shops. After the guided tour of the castle, we will enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping.
After about half an hour drive, we will reach the city of Brasov and we will enjoy a stroll in the OldTown. Brasov is one of the seven cities founded by the Saxon colonists in Transylvania, some 800 years ago.
Thanks to its location on the Transylvanian border, Brasov became a trade center for the region. Most of the Saxon architecture is still present and, the Black Church, the largest Gothic church in South-Eastern Europe, is definitely worth a closer look.
Late in the afternoon, we will start driving back to Bucharest.
You private guide will escort you tot the hotel.
* air conditioned car for the above mentioned route, gasoline price and parking fees;
* guided tours and entrance fees for the sights included in the itinerary;
* a professional private English speaking guide/driver, at your disposal throughout the trip;
* guide’s expenses;
* all transfers;
* VAT and local tax;
* meals other than the ones included in the program;
* individual travel insurance;
* photo and video fees;