Transylvania Tour from Bucharest – 4 days
Best tour of Transylvania
Tour starts and ends in Bucharest.
It may be combined with a Danube River Cruise which starts or ends in Giurgiu or Bucharest.
- 3 Nights of accommodation
- Peles Castle
- Bran Castle (Dracula`s Castle)
- Historical Centers of Sibiu, Brasov and Sighisoara
- Fortified Churches in Biertan, Viscri and Malancrav (World Heritage Sites)
- Rupea Ancient Fortress
- Curtea de Arges Monastery
- Pick up / drop off at your hotel
- Fully licensed, English speaking guide
- Private, Comfortable Executive AC car
- All parking fees, fuel, Guide / Driver fee
- Interactive participation encouraged
- Overview of Romanian History and Culture
- Countless stops for photos
- Traditional Romanian lunch
Day 1: Bucharest to Brasov including:
- Visit of Peles Castle considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe. It was the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs including King Carol I, who died here in 1914. The nowadays museum located in the castle has one of the most important and most valuable painting collections in Europe of almost 2.000 pieces.
- Visit of Bran Castle, widely known as Dracula`s Castle. At the beginning of the 19th century Bram Stoker wrote a terrifying story about Count Dracula a fictional character associated with Wallahian ruler Vlad Tepes (The Impaler). While the novel is a work of fiction, it is indescribably awesome to explore the place that has inspired it. The castle is incredibly beautiful, with the original architecture and much of the original furniture still intact; you can actually see the room where “Dracula” slept.
- enjoy a sparkling wine tasting in the oldest location of Romania where sparkling wine has continuously been made using the traditional method at Rhein Azuga Cellar 1892. (optional)
- Have lunch in Brasov at one of the most authentic traditional Romanian Restaurant in whole Romania. (optional)
- Accommodation in Brasov
Day 2: Brasov to Sighisoara including:
- A walking tour of the historical center of Brasov and if possible a visit of the Black Church built between 1383 and 1385, the biggest Gothic cathedral between Wien and Istanbul.
- Visit of Rupea Fortress, one of the oldest archeological sites in Romania (over 3000 years) and meanwhile a fascinating dominant fortification.
- Visit of Viscri Fortified Church, a Unesco World Heritage Site, located in the center of the best preserved Saxon village of Transylvania. The charm of Viscri was strong enough to convince King Charles of Great Britain to buy a house here in 2007.
- A walking tour in Sighisoara of the last Medieval Citadel of Eastern Europe continuosly inhabited since the medieval times till today. Apart from being the place where Vlad the Impaler was born, the historical figure which inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional character, Count Dracula, Sighisoara is also a Unesco World Heritage Site.
- Accommodation in Sighisoara
Day 3: Sighisoara to Sibiu including:
- Visit of Biertan Unesco World Heritage Site, a pittoresque village placed in the heart of the Wine Region of Transylvania listed by UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. The Church of Biertan was the see of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishops of Transylvania between 1572 and 1867 and maybe this was the reason why Saxons built here the strongest fortified church of Transylvania.
- visit Malancrav Saxon Fortified Church dating back since 1350, the only one in Transylvania to still preserve it`s intact original medieval frescoes inside.
- Walking tour of Sibiu or Hermannstadt as it was called by the Saxon colonists, the capital city of Transylvania, founded in the 12th century or even earlier. It is considered today one of the most beautiful historical cities not only in Romania but in entire Europe. In 2007 Sibiu was designated European Capital of Culture and in 2014 the Old City of Sibiu was ranked as “Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live” by Forbes. More than that you should know that Romania`s first hospital (1292), pharmacy (1494), school and library were all established in Sibiu. If time permits we can either visit the Astra Ethnographic Museum which is the second largest open air museum in the world and the biggest one in Europe (250 acres) located in magnificent surroundings, in the middle of a dense forest called Dumbrava and a beautiful lake, or, the Brukenthal Museum which is the oldest art museum of Romania, founded by Baron Samuel von Brukenthal in 1790 which makes this museum to be three years older than Louvre Museum in Paris.
- Accommodation in Sibiu.
Day 4: Sibiu to Bucharest including:
- Stop in Curtea de Arges to visit probably the most important Orthodox spiritual landmark of the Southern part of Romania, Curtea de Arges Monastery. Built over 500 years ago the Cathedral has a unique architecture blending Byzantine and Ottoman styles. Resembling more with a mosque than with an Orthodox cathedral this site is a must see for the ones interested in centuries old religious sites.
- Drop off at your accommodation in Bucharest.
- If the time of your tour is between July and October and you have interest in it, the last day transfer to Bucharest can be done on Transfagarasan, the most breathtaking drive across the highest section of the Carpathians.
4 days / 800 km
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This tour can be shortened, extended or reorganized, according to your wishes,