Day 1: Arrive to Bucharest airport – Sinaia (110 km)
Meet the guide and transfer to Sinaia. Visit Peles Castle - the summer royal residence from late 19th cent., built in a German renaissance style by the 1st Romanian King, Carol I of Hohenzolern Sigmaringen. This castle is one of the prettiest castles in Europe, a great art collection, a landmark of the Romanian culture.
Dinner and overnight in Sinaia in a 3* hotel.
Day 2: Sinaia – Bran – Brasov (90 km)
Leave from Sinaia on a beautiful mountain road, to Bran, to visit Bran Castle, the so-called “Dracula’s Castle”.
Built by the people of Brasov in late 14th cent to defend the mountain pass and the commercial road between the provinces, it was a military fortress for about 5 centuries! In the beginning of the 20th cent, the fortress was donated to the royal family which transformed it into a summer royal residence. The legend says the bloodthirsty prince Vlad the Impaler lived for a while in the castle…from here it comes the connection with Dracula…
Free time for shopping in the bazaar…
Continue to Brasov – the southern gate to Transylvania and vibrating city of medieval Saxon origin.
Transylvania is a unique region, with historical, ethnic and cultural characteristics that set it apart from the other Romanian provinces. For centuries Transylvania has been inhabited by Romanians, Hungarians, Saxons and Szeklers. These different ethnic groups have succeeded over the centuries in creating a magic land. Beginning with the 13th century, Saxons came to Transylvania to defeat the Empire’s borders. They were given land and higher prerogatives than the locals in exchange of building citadels and fortifications to guard the southern and southeastern borders of Transylvania against the Tartar and Turkish invaders, at a time when this land belonged to the Hungarian Kingdom.
They have built impressive strongholds, citadels on the hilltops of their inhabited areas and they have fortified their churches, most of which still stand today and can be visited.
Brasov was one of the first very well developed Saxon towns in Transylvania, due to its location on the commercial roads between the provinces.
Overnight in a 3* hotel.
Day 3: Brasov – Prejmer – Zetea (150 km)
Start the day with a city tour in Brasov – visit the historic centre with the famous Black Church, the largest Gothic style church in this part of Europe, adorned in the interior with a beautiful collection of oriental rugs, walk around the pedestrian small roads in the centre, see the former defense walls around the medieval town, visit the First Romanian School in the Schei area of the town…
Leave Brasov to drive to one of the strongest Saxon fortified churches in this South-East corner of Transylvania – Prejmer.
After undergoing major renovations, you can now see in Prejmer the ingenious way these fortified churches were built once: every family in the village had a correspondent room built in the interior of the defensive wall, displayed on 3-4 floors and interconnected with wooden ladders…
Continue to Zetea, where we will have the whole day to rediscover the original local traditions of this region – the Szekeyland!
Be prepared to roll up your sleeves to make bread and traditional Szekely cake on open fire, watch the locals cut the hay or make their own horse-shoes, have a horse-and-cart ride in the nearby hills and of course, taste the local spirits and the home-made food in this beautiful corner of Transylvania!
Overnight in Zetea in a local family’s guest-house.
Day 4: Zetea – Sighisoara – Biertan – Sibiu (175 km)
Depart from the Szekler region back to the Saxon region of Transylvania, admiring on the way the local rural architecture, way of life or even division of land… Arrive to Sighisoara, another one of Transylvania’s “Seven Burgs” (the german name of Transylvania is “Siebenbürger”, based on the fact that when they settled here, the Saxons established 7 major towns and more than 200 villages…)
Visit the citadel.
Visit the famous Clock Tower with its local hisory museum and panoramic view from the top of the tower, the clock mechanism and the wooden figurines representing the days of the week, then walk around the cobbled streets to discover the charming houses – which locals still use to live in – the schools, churches and, lately, the guest houses, cafes and hotels, all built in harmony with the local architecture. The history of Sighisoara – the best preserved medieval citadel in Eastern Europe – is hidden between the walls of the citadel, waiting for you to discover them!
Continue to another important Saxon centre, part of the UNESCO heritage – Biertan, to visit the fotified church on the hilltop.
One of the most important Saxon fortified churches in Transylvania, Biertan was built at the end of the XVth century, in Gothic style and it is the host for the annual meeting of the Saxons in Transylvania.
After Biertan we continue to Sibiu – former European cultural capital in 2007!
Dinner and overnight in Sibiu, in a 3* hotel.
Day 5: Sibiu – Transfagarasan – Bucuresti (420 km)
Start the morning with a guided city tour in Sibiu, to discover the beautifully renovated historic centre with all the major buildings, squares and streets… also, visit the famous Brukenthal Palace with its art galleries.
After the city-tour we are ready to cross the mountains from Transylvania back to the innitial place we started the whole tour, into Vallachia and Bucharest – drive across one of the most scenic roads in Romania, across Fagaras Mts, called the Transfagarasan, with the highest alt. at 2044m. Stop for lunch by the glaciar lake Balea and then continue south to Bucharest.
Dinner and overnight in Bucharest in a 3* hotel.
Day 6: Bucharest / visits in the capital of Romania
We start the day with a panoramic city tour, that includes 2 stops:
Revolution Square, the place where the 1989 Revolution started (photo stop with the balcony from where Ceausescu delivered his last speech to the people, The Romanian Athenaeum – concert hall, University Library which burned down in 1989,Royal Palace, which at the present, houses The Contemporary Art Museum)
Constitution Square and visit of the Palace of Parliament, the 2nd largest administrative building in the wolrd, after the Pentagon.
Built by Ceausescu’s ordres in only 5 years (1984-1989), he had one major request, that it had to be built exclusively of Romanian materials! — local marble, cherry and walnut paneling, crystal chandeliers, specially commissioned hand-woven tapestries, carpets and drapes — to achieve what was supposed to be the headquarters of Romania's last communist leader. Now the building (with over 1000 rooms) houses both chambers of the Romanian Parliament and a Convention Centre.
We continue our tour with the visit of the open air Village Museum, situated conveniently in the largest park of the capital – Herastrau Park.
Dinner and overnight at the same 3* hotel in Bucharest.
Day 7: Departure
According to your flight schedule, you can have some time on your own before the transfer to the airport, to personalise your stay in Bucharest.
Price (2014) based on 30 persons: 492 euros/pers. in double room
Single supplement: 107 eur
- accommodation in BB basis in 3* hotels
- meals as mentioned in the program
- all visits mentioned above
- English speaking guide
Plan your trip:
1. to arrive in Bucharest on Friday-Saturday in order to get weekend rates...
2. in the Summertime, in order to have Transfagarasan road open (day 5)
3. group price for dinners, with reservations in advance