Arrival at the Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport, where you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your centrally-located boutique hotel in Bucharest. In the late afternoon discover the Old Town of Bucharest, have a relaxed dinner, while your guide introduces you to Romania.
Day 2: Bucharest - Brasov.
Buffet breakfast. Start your day by driving through The Prahova Valley, towards the Carpathian mountains. In Sinaia visit the 17th century Sinaia monastery, the first building to be erected in the area. The name “Sinaia” has a direct connection with Mount Sinai: in the 17th century monks from the St. Catherine monastery came here and founded the Sinaia monastery. Later, in the 19th century the place was chosen by the first Romanian king, Carol I, for building the summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, the Peles Castle. Have a guided tour of the castle and admire the richly decorated rooms. Your guide will also give you a great insight into the history of Romanian royalty. Further, cross the mountains into Transylvania. Visit in Bran the famous castle from the 14th century, which gained the nick-name of “Dracula Castle”. The castle was built on a rock by the wealthy merchants of Brasov in order to protect the border between the medieval states of Wallachia and Transylvania. Find out more about the real historical character of Vlad the Impaler. In the afternoon arrive in the city of Brasov, one of the most beautiful medieval cities of Transylvania. The Old Town is very well preserved and has a great atmosphere. Accommodation in a centrally-located boutique hotel.
Day 3: Brasov - Valea Zalanului.
Buffet breakfast. In the morning, discover the area around Brasov. The region is called the Burzenland and was home for a short while of the Teutonic Knights, in the 13th century. This happened after the Christian forces were defeated in the Middle East. The Hungarian kings permitted them to settle here and defend the eastern borders of Hungary.You will visit two villages which were founded by the Teutonic Knights and were then taken over by the Saxon settlers: Prejmer and Harman. In Prejmer strong defense walls guard the Lutheran church and the approximately 200 storage rooms. A special element is represented by the guards’ walkway: this is the only place in Transylvania where you can actually walk all the way around. In the next village, Harman, you will discover some of the few remaining medieval frescoes in Transylvania. In the afternoon drive deeper into Transylvania and arrive in the tiny village of Valea Zalanului, set among rolling hills and forests. You will be accommodated in the private property of HRH Prince Charles of Wales. Prince Charles comes often to Transylvania and is involved in the restoration of Transylvania’s Saxon heritage. Enjoy a spectacular home-made dinner with wine and local brandy!
Day 4: Valea Zalanului - Sighisoara.
Buffet breakfast. Through magnificent hills and forests arrive in the small village of Viscri. The village was included in a restoration project led by the Mihai Eminescu Trust, under the patronage of Prince Charles. Many of the old Saxon houses have been beautifully restored, as well as the medieval Saxon fortified church. Prince Charles himself owns here an old farm dating back to the 18th century. Have a walk through the village and discover a cultural and natural landscape which disappeared in most parts of Europe. Continue then your tour and visit in the village of Saschiz the newly opened Information Center. Here you will find out more about the efforts made to save this unique region. In the afternoon you will arrive in Sighisoara, one of Europe’s last inhabited medieval citadels. Your hotel lies in the heart of the citadel! On a walking tour discover centuries of history. Visit the Clock Tower, the Weapons Museum and the Torture Chamber and admire the towers and bastions of different guilds, the Venetian House, the Antler’s House, the birth- house of Vlad the Impaler and walk through the Wooden Staircase to the highest point of the citadel. Accommodation in a beautifully restored 500-years old house in the heart of the citadel.
Day 5: Sighisoara - Sibiu.
Buffet breakfast. Leave Sighisoara and continue your journey to Malancrav, which lies in a small side valley. Many of the initial Catholic frescoes still survived in Malancrav’s fortified church. Next to the church lies the former manor of the Apafi family, one of Transylvania’s most important Hungarian noble families. The manor has been recently restored by the Mihai Eminescu Trust. Not far away from Malancrav lies the village of Biertan. Here you will visit the most enchanting villages of Transylvania. The Lutheran fortified church is also the most impressive of the region, with 3 surrounding defense walls and defense towers. Biertan was also declared an UNESCO Heritage Site. In the late afternoon arrive in the city of Sibiu, the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2007. Accommodation in a centrally-located boutique hotel in the Old Town.
Day 6: Sibiu.
Buffet breakfast. On a walking tour discover the Old Town of Sibiu. The old part of the city is incredibly well preserved, a combination of medieval and Baroque elements, dating back to the period when the city was under Hapsburg rule. Visit the Big marketplace, where the richest and most influential citizens of the city used to live. Here you can admire also the 18th century Catholic church built at the time of Hapsburg Empress Maria Theresa, the town-hall and visit the excellent Bruckenthal Arts Museum, housed in the former 18th century palace of Transylvania’s Governor Samuel von Bruckenthal. Continue to the Small Marketplace, where the different guild of the city used to sell their products and walk on the famous Liar’s Bridge. The afternoon is at leisure so that you can discover more of Sibiu on your own. In the evening you are invited for dinner to the small shepherds’ village of Sibiel where you can taste some delicious Romanian specialties. Accommodation in Sibiu.
Day 7: Sibiu - Cozia - Bucharest.
Buffet breakfast. Today you will leave Transylvania and drive through the Olt Valley to the Romanian capital, Bucharest, called in the time between the two World Wars “The Paris of the East”. En-route visit the 14th century orthodox monastery of Cozia. In Bucharest admire the large boulevards and the villas and palaces along them. Visit the Ceausescu Palace (the second largest building in the world) and find out more about communism in Romania. Visit the open-air Village Museum, displaying houses from all over Romania, built in different architectural styles. Walk also through less known quarters with beautiful Belle Epoque villas and Art Deco architecture. In the evening enjoy a fare-well dinner in one of Bucharest’s famous restaurants.
Day 8: Departure.
Your Transylvania tour ends today. Transfer to the airport is included.
- 7 nights at charming, centrally located hotels
- Transportation with AC (cars, vans and minibuses are all very
modern and clean, some of them quite new)
- Transfers from/to the airport
- All excursions and entrance fees to museums, monasteries, castles
- Fuel and parking fees
- Professional English speaking guide (also driving)
- Personal visits
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- All taxes
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