Transylvania, the Land of Legend

This 4 nights tour offers you the opportunity to enjoy a few days of exploring beautiful Transylvania, a land full of history and legend. Please read short description bellow.

Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Sighisoara – Bucharest

Day 1 – Arrival in Bucharest followed by a transfer to Brasov. Upon arrival short orientation walk in the city center. O/N in Brasov

Day 2 – Drive to Sighisoara (UNESCO World Heritage Site), guided walk upon arrival, in the afternoon return to Brasov. O/N in Brasov

Day 3 – Visit Bran Castle the so called Dracula Castle and Peles Castles the former summer residence of the royal family. O/N in Brasov

Day 4 – Transfer to Bucharest. Upon arrival, city tour of Bucharest. O/N in Bucharest

Day 5 - Departure day, transfer to the airport.

Day 1 – Bucharest – Brasovapprox. 170 Km/105 miles

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by your private guide and take a short drive to Brasov. Once here, we will take a short orientation walk, for you to get acquainted with the surroundings of your hotel.

Accommodation in Brasov a 3*, 4* or 5 * Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 – Day trip to Sighisoara – approx. 240 Km/149 miles

In the morning, we depart from Brasov and we head for Sighisoara. The drive will take us through the Saxon part of Transylvania. On the way, we’ll be able to admire a few Saxon villages, with their specific architecture.
Sighisoara is also a city built by the Saxon colonists, but it stands out from the others through the fact that it is the only inhabited citadel in Europe, and wholly integrated in the UNESCO World Heritage. The Old Town literally resides in the citadel enclosure, and this is where some of the most important buildings are found, such as the History Museum (an ancient Clock Tower, from the top of which a beautiful panorama of the whole city can be admired, guided visit is included), the Arms Museum, the Church-on-the-Hill, and the 300 year-old wood covered staircase, built to facilitate students’ access to the school on the hill.
Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Dracula. The house where he was born is still standing, turned into one of the most famous restaurants in town. Inside the restaurant, there is still a portion of a fresco left, depicting Dracula’s father, a king himself. After visiting Sighisoara, we drive back to Brasov.

Accommodation in Brasov a 3*, 4* or 5 * Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Brasov – Bran – Sinaia – Brasovapprox. 130 Km/78 miles

Today we are starting with a short drive to the village of Bran. Here we visit one of the most famous landmarks of Romania, the Bran Castle, also known as Dracula Castle. 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 favorite place of Queen Maria. Extensively renovated, it became a residence, and later a museum. Nowadays it is one of the most visited sites in Romania. After the visit of the castle, we will have free time for souvenir shopping.
It is time to cross the historical border into Wallachia and reach Sinaia, a little town which has always been linked to the Romanian Royal family. Here we visit Peles Castle, an astounding Royal residence, built by Carol I, Romania’s first king. Next, we make a quick stop at the Sinaia Monastery, the very first building to be built in these parts, after which the whole town was named. In the late afternoon, we drive to Brasov and check in at our hotel.

Accommodation in Brasov a 3*, 4* or 5 * Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – Brasov – Bucharest – approx. 170 Km/ 105 miles

After breakfast we are leaving Transylvania behind and drive to Bucharest. Upon arrival, we’ll start discovering the city right away. With a population of just over 2 million, Bucharest is the largest city between Berlin and Athens. Nicknamed “Little Paris” between the two World Wars, Bucharest is, nowadays, a city of contrasts. 45 years of Communist rule changed the aspect of the city dramatically, but still, traces of the old, bohemian times can be found, especially in the French architecture of the residential districts and the famous churches that still survive throughout the Romanian capital.
The city tour will give you the opportunity to admire some of the landmarks of Bucharest, such as the Arch of Triumph (inspired by the one in Paris), the Atheneum (Romania’s most famous concert hall), the Revolution Square (where the 1989 anti – Communist revolt went nationwide), the Romanian Patriarch’s Church, and the Palace of Parliament (the world’s second largest building, after the U.S. Pentagon), built by Ceausescu, Romania’s Communist dictator.

Accommodation in Brasov a 3*, 4* or 5 * Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – Departure

Today you will say goodbye to Romania, and the friends you made here. Your private guide will escort you to the airport for your departure.
Accomodation: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

Included features:

* 3 nights in 3, 4 or 5 star hotels with breakfast included;
* 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;
* map of Romania;

Not included:

* meals other than the ones included in the program;
* individual travel insurance;
* photo and video fees;
* gratuities;

Tour MapClick on the map to enlarge

Arch of Triumph    Arch of TriumphInitially built of wood in 1922 to honor the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I, Bucharest's very own Arc de Triumph was finished in Deva granite in 1936. Designed by the architect, Petre Antonescu, the Arc stands 85 feet high. An interior staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city. The sculptures decorating the structure were created by leading Romanian artists.
Athenaeum in Bucharest    Bucharest AthenaeumThe work of French architect Albert Galleron, who also designed the National Bank of Romania, the Athenaeum was completed in 1888, financed almost entirely with money donated by the general public. One of the preeminent public fundraising campaigns ever in Romania, the "Give a penny for the Athenaeum" campaign saved the project after the original patrons ran out of funds. With its high dome and Doric columns, the Athenaeum resembles an ancient temple.
Black Church    Black Church Built between 1385 and 1477 on the site of an earlier church (destroyed by Mongol invasions in 1242), the construction of the Marienkirche, as it was known in German, was hampered by extensive damage caused by Turkish raids in 1421. The church was given its new name after disaster struck again in 1689, when the Great Fire leveled most of the town, blackening the walls of the church. Restoration took almost 100 years. Of two towers planned, only one was finished. The Black Church is the largest gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul.
Bran Castle    Bran Castle the so called Dracula CastleBuilt on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212, the castle was first documented in an act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Brasov) the privilege to build the Citadel. Although Stoker never visited Transylvania, the Irish author relied on research and his vivid imagination to create the dark and intimidating stomping ground of Count Dracula, leading to persistent myths that it was once the home of Vlad Tepes, ruler of Walachia.
Brasov    Brasov bird's eye viewFringed by the peaks of the Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with Gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, the medieval city of Brasov, located just three hours north of Bucharest, provides a great introduction to the region. Among Brasov’s best know historical and cultural attractions are the Council Square, the beautiful St. Nicholas Church, the Black Church – the largest Gothic church east of Vienna.
Church on the Hill    The Church on the Hill in SighisoaraTo the north of the Clock Tower stands one of the most representative gothic-style structures in Transylvania, the Church on the Hill - so called because of its location on the School Hill (1,373 ft high). First mentioned in a document in 1345 and superposed on a former Roman basilica, its construction lasted almost 200 years.
Council Square    Council Square in BrasovLocated at the heart of old medieval Brasov and lined with beautiful red-roofed merchant houses, the Council Square, known to the Saxon population as the Marktplatz, is a nice place to rest and soak in the beautiful scenery. In the center of the square stands the Old Town Hall, now home to Brasov's History Museum, while the southeast corner is dominated by the town's most famous landmark, the Black Church.
Museum of the Romanian Peasant    Traditional new years maskOpened in 1906, the museum features the richest folk art collection in Romania, with over 90,000 artifacts that trace the colorful and diverse cultural life of the Romanian people. The displays dip into all aspects of life in the Romanian countryside. Exhibits of agricultural tools, carpets, icons, furniture, photographs and films build up a complete picture of Romanian folk culture. In 1996, the museum was named European Museum of the Year.
National Art Museum    "Andreescu la Barbizon" by Nicolae GrigorescuLocated in the neoclassical former Royal Palace, set amid a wealth of historic buildings such as the Romanian Athenaeum, Kretzulescu Church and the Hotel Athenee Palace-Hilton, the museum currently exhibits over 100,000 works divided into two major sections. Its National Gallery features the works of major Romanian artists, including Grigorescu, Aman and Andreescu. There is also a roomful of early Brancusi sculpture.
Parliament Palace    The Parliament PalaceBuilt by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, the colossal Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People's Palace) is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. -It is the world's second-largest office building in surface (after the Pentagon) and the third largest in volume (after Cape Canaveral in the U.S. and the Great Pyramid in Egypt) - The crystal chandelier in the Human Rights Hall weighs 2.5 tons - Some of the chandeliers have as many as 7,000 light bulbs.
Peles Castle    Peles Castle in SinaiaPeles Castle a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed in 1883, the castle served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls.
Savings Bank Palace    Palace of the Savings BankBoasting one of the most impressive neoclassical facades in the city, this structure was built in the 19th century to the design of French architect Paul Gottereanu (who between 1875 and 1900 designed more than 50 buildings in the city, to house the first Romanian Savings Bank. The square-shaped palace has a large central dome with metallic ribs separated by glass, which allows natural light to come in; there are also four smaller domes.
Scholars’ Stairs    Scholars Stairs in SighisoaraLocated at the end of School Street and connecting the Citadel Square with the Church on the Hill, the Scholars' Stairs, or Schoolboys' Stairs, as it was also known, makes for an interesting piece of medieval architecture. Built in 1642, the covered stair-passage was meant to facilitate and protect schoolchildren and churchgoers on their climb to the school and church during wintertime. Originally, the stairs had 300 steps, but after 1849, their number was reduced to 175.
Sighisoara    Sighisoara skylineThe medieval town of Sighisoara, a perfectly intact 15th century gem with nine towers, narrow passageways and cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Vlad Draculea, nicknamed Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes), ruler of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was Vlad who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. His house is just one of many attractions here.
Sighisoara Clock Tower    Clock Tower in Sighisoara Sighisoara's main point of attraction is the Clock Tower, also known as the Council Tower, built in the second half of the 14th century and expanded in the 16th century. In the 17th century, a two-plate clock, with figurines carved from linden wood, was set at the top of the tower, with one dial looking over the Lower Town, and the other facing the citadel. This intricate two-plate clock has been working continuously since the Middle Ages.
Village Museum    Bucharest Village Museum The Village Museum was founded by royal decree in 1936, this fascinating outdoor museum, the largest in Europe, covers some 30 acres on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herestrau Park. It features a collection of 50 buildings representing the history and design of Romania's rural architecture. Steep-roofed peasant homes, thatched barns, log cabins, churches and watermills from all regions of the country were carefully taken apart, shipped to the museum and rebuilt in order to recreate the village setting.
Vlad Dracul’s House    Vlad Dracul`s House (detail)Vlad Dracul's House is located in the Citadel Square of Sighisoara, close to the Clock Tower. This ocher-colored house is the place where Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's famous Dracula, was born in 1431 and lived with his father, Vlad Dracul, until 1435 when they moved to Targoviste. The ground floor of the house serves as a pastry shop while the upstairs is a restaurant.

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