Transylvania Tour from Bucharest – 4 days
Best tour of Transylvania
Transylvania Tour from Bucharest – 4 days Itinerary
Day 1: Bucharest to Sighisoara including:
- Visit of Peles Castle considered by many one of the most beautiful castle 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.
- a walking tour in the historical center of Brasov and if in schedule a visit of the Black Church built between 1383 and 1385, the biggest Gothic cathedral between Wien and Istanbul.
- 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 the most authentic traditional Romanian Restaurant in whole Romania. (optional)
Day 2: Biertan Fortified church and Sibiu old town
- Visit Biertan formerly known as Birthälm, a pittoresque village placed in the heart of 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 Sibiu or Hermannstadt as it was called by the Saxon colonists, the capital city of Transylvania, founded in 12th century or even earlier it is considered today one of the most beautiful historical city 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. Later 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.
Day 3: Following Prince Charles’s footprints in Transylvania
We will start the day exploring two wonderful traditional villages of Transylvania, both of them World Heritage UNESCO sites: Viscri and Saschiz. The countryside surrounding these villages is one of Europe’s last remaining medieval landscapes, with probably the most extensive flower-rich grasslands in lowland Europe, unchanged for hundreds of years. Prince Charles was immediately struck by the precious legacy of this area of Transylvania and said he was “totally overwhelmed by its unique beauty and its extraordinarily rich heritage”.In 2007 he even bought a house in Viscri!
- visit the Fortified Church in Saschiz (World Heritage Site)
- visit the Citadel up on the hill in Saschiz (optional)
- visit Adept Foundation – a charity working to protect the special countryside of the Tarnava Mare area and to give local people a secure future by promoting sustainable agriculture, encouraged by HRS Prince Charles
- visit the Fortified Church in Viscri (World Heritage Site)
- visit a traditional Saxon household in and have a traditional courtyard lunch with a local Saxon family (optional)
- see Prince Charles`s house in Viscri
Day 4: Sighisoara to Bucharest including:
- 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.
- Lunch in Bran, those who are really passionate about the legend can choose “Dracula`s Favorite Dish” (optional)
This tour can be shortened, extended or reorganized, according to your wishes,
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 in Sighisoara (World Heritage Site)
- Peles Castle
- Bran Castle (Dracula`s Castle)
- Historical Centers of Sibiu, Brasov and Sighisoara
- Fortified Churches in Biertan, Viscri and Saschiz (World Heritage Sites)
- Wine tasting and courtyard lunch
- 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
4 days / 985 km
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