Day 1: Sinaia - Bran Castle - Brasov. Pick up at your hotel. Leave Bucharest for Sinaia - one of the famous Carpathian Mountains resorts. Named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania towards the end of the 19th century. Once the famous Orient Express use to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople. Take an orientation tour of including a view of the Casino inspired by the one in Monte Carlo and a visit to Sinaia Orthodox Monastery.
Next is one of the most important tourist attractions of the country: Peles Castle, the former royal residence of King Charles I of Romania and known as one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe. Journey north to the village of Bran. The attraction is the well known Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. The castle was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia.
The connections between this place and Vlad the Impaler Dracula is still under debate, but the castle is definitely worth a visit. Drive to the nearby Brasov, in time to see the Black Church with its valuable collection of Muslim prayer rugs. Brasov has one of the best preserved medieval quarter and fortifications. Continue to the old Romanian district and the narrowest street in South - Central Europe. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy Brasov’s pedestrian area with its many shops and outdoor cafes. Accommodation at Casa Wagner Hotel*** in Brasov. Includes: (B).
Day 2: Brasov - Harman - Sighisoara. Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Leave Brasov in the morning for an exclusive visit to one of the typical Transylvanian fortified churches: Harman. Its uniqueness consists in the fact that it is the only structure with dwellings attached to the church. Later drive through the picturesque Transylvanian Plateau with its quaint villages and fortifications.
Arrive to Sighisoara, a World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. It was developed by the German settlers as of late 12 C. It stands on a network of tunnels and catacombs and, according to one version of the myth; this is where the Pied Piper brought the children of Hamelin after their ungrateful parents refused to pay him his due.
Walking tour includes the two squares of the Citadel (Upper Town), the Scholars' Staircase, the Ducklings' Square, the Tinsmiths' Tower, the House with Antler, the Tower with Clock (climb up for a great view), the Torture Chamber and the Weapon Museum. Sighisoara is the place where the famous Vlad the Impaler Dracula was born in 1431. The Birthplace is today a restaurant and one of the main tourist attractions. Hotel check in. Accommodation in Sighisoara at Hotel Sighisoara***/Casa Wagner***. Both of these hotels are located in the Upper Town. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Sighisoara - Biertan - Sibiu. Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Depart Sighisoara on the way to Biertan fortified church and a UNESCO World Heritage. As the former Seat of the Lutheran Bishops between 1516 and 1867, this place is proof of the important Heritage of the Transylvanian Saxons. Arrive to Sibiu in time for lunch. Sibiu is the European Capital of Culture in 2007.
Later, enjoy a leisurely walking tour of old town Sibiu: the old surrounding defense walls and the remaining towers each belonging to a certain guild. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Museum assembled by baron Bruckenthal, governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century. The Evangelical Cathedral was completed in its actual shape in 1520, but inside, there is an exquisite fresco of the Crucifixion on the north wall of the choir dating from 1445.
Visit the Passage of Stairs linking the Upper town to the Lower town, the 1859 Liar's Bridge and the Byzantine style Orthodox Cathedral, a replica of St. Sophia in Constantinople. Do not miss the original Pharmacy Museum. Hotel check in. Dinner on own Suggested is Crama Sibiul Vechi, one of the best traditional restaurants in town. Accommodation at Imparatul Romanilor Hotel***. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Sibiu - Cozia - Bucharest. Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Early morning departure. Leaving Transylvania, you'll drive on the scenic Olt River Valley and Gorge, one of the most beautiful in Romania. Brief stop at Cozia Monastery featuring on the best late 17th century Last Judgment fresco on the Western façade. Arrive to Bucharest in time for a panoramic city tour. With a population of approximately 2.2 million, Bucharest is the largest city between Berlin and Athens.
Known as "Little Paris" this city has an incredibly mixed architecture. Your tour will be including the Arch of Triumph, the great avenues, the Revolution Square, a view of the former private residence of the Ceausescus and a visit to the Palace of Parliament - the second largest building in the world. Hotel check in with the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Farewell Dinner with a folklore show on the shore of Herastrau Lake in Bucharest. Transfer to your hotel. Includes: (B), (D).
You'll visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
- Historic Center of Sighisoara
- Historic Center of Sibiu
- Biertan Fortified Church.
Note: The tour can be extended by adding one or two nights in Bucharest.
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