– Bran Castle: The most famous castle in Romania if not the world, it is said that author Bram Stoker used the castle as inspiration for his 1897 novel “Dracula”.
– Sighisoara: A UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in the 12th century and birth place of Vlad Dracula, a colourful medieval town with lots to see and do.
– Viscri: A beautifully preserved Saxon village with a population of just 500 inhabitants. Home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Viscri fortified church.
Upon your arrival at our hotel “Siqua Hotel,, Bucharest” we will get you checked in and settled into your room before we meet up as a group for the first time. We choose to hold our welcome meetings in a relaxed environment over some delicious local food, it’s a great way to break the ice and for you to get to know us and your fellow travellers.
Siqua Hotel, Bucharest 4*
Bucharest located in Southern Romania is the country’s capital and commercial hub, the city is aptly named the “Paris of Eastern Europe” and it’s easy to see why with so many grand buildings and stunning architecture on show. The most iconic landmark in the city is the incredible Palace of Parliament Building which cost a whopping 3 billion euros to build, boasting 1100 rooms it’s the largest building in Europe and the second largest in the world with construction taking 13 years to complete.
Your Bucharest city tour will be in-depth with us taking in the very best the city has to offer from palaces, museums, churches & street art. The tour will last approximately 5 hours leaving you a little time to further explore this wonderful city or maybe a spot of shopping.
Siqua Hotel, Bucharest 4* – Breakfast
Up bright and early today we set out for bran Castle taking in some wonderful sites along the way. From Bucharest we head North to Snagov Monastery the final resting place Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler who’s headless body is said to be Entombed within the Monastery. Encircled by Snagov lake the Monastery is only accessible via a Bridge and truly is a beautiful and peaceful place.
Leaving Snagov we head into rural Romania and some stunning scenery from vast farmlands, sprawling forests and snow capped mountains. Our next stop along the way is a beautiful little town called Sinaia known as “The Pearl of the Carpathians”, here we will pay a visit to Sinaia monastery which is one of the oldest monastery in Romania dating back to the 17th century. Next we take a short 5 minute drive to what is said by many to be one of the most stunning castle’s ever built, Peles Castle.
After lunch we make our way to Transylvania and what is without doubt one of the most famous castles in the world, Bran Castle. Situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia the Castle is commonly referred to as Dracula’s castle as it is said that author Bram Stoker used the castle as inspiration for his 1897 novel “Dracula”.
Bran Castle is now a museum showcasing relics from the past along with an extensive collection of personal belongings from Queen Marie of Romania.
Resort Cheile Gradistei, Moieciu 3* – Breakfast
Our first stop of the day is the Liberty bear sanctuary which is home to approximately 70 European bears rescued from zoos and captivity. The Sanctuary simulates real world conditions for the bears housing them in large forested enclosures containing hundreds of trees, hibernation dens, natural vegetation and a plentiful supply of water.
Next we visit Brasov’s old town famed for its cobbled streets, towering medieval walls, baroque, gothic and renaissance architecture, the imposing black church which dates back over 600 years and is one of the most iconic historical landmarks in the area.
Heading north west we are on our way to see Viscri, a small Saxon village with a population of approximately 500. Viscri is one of the best preserved and most beautiful Saxon villages in Transylvania. An area of significant historical interest in the village is UNESCO World Heritage Site Viscri fortified church. The original structure of the church was built in the 1100s by the Szekely and was very modest in size compared to today’s church. The Saxons would go on to take over the area and build their own church on the foundations of the original. Over the years the church would be destroyed, rebuilt and fortifications added to protect the village.
Sighisoara is our final stop of the day and our home for the night. Sighisoara is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and its easy to see why walking the streets is almost like being taken back in time with the cities brightly coloured buildings, old winding cobbled roads and Ancient fortifications. You will be free to spend the evening exploring or sampling some of the local cuisine.
Hotel Villa Franca, Sighisoara 3* – Breakfast
Before moving on we will spend the morning exploring This colourful city. Sighisoara is the birth place of one of Romania most famous sons, Vlad III AKA Vlad Dracula, Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler. The house of Vlads birth still stands today and is now a museum and restaurant.
Other things to see in Sighisoara are “The Church on the Hill” climb 175 steps to reach the church in a unique and enclosed wooden structure. The cities many towers, out of the original 14 towers nine remain with the most famous being the cities iconic “Clock Tower”. The city has many museums with the most well known being the cities weapons museum and torture museum.
Next up we visit the huge star-shaped citadel in Alba Iulia. The citadel is Alba Iulia’s main attraction with its Unification Hall being the place that sealed the union between Romania and Transylvania in 1918. The original fortifications were originally built in the 13th century however what you see today belongs mostly to 18th century. This incredible star-shaped citadel is full of history with its grand gateways, spectacular Coronation Cathedral and many museums including the Unification Hall Museum.
Pensiunea Smida Park, Pensiunea Natural Park 4* – Breakfast
Today will be a free day in the tranquil setting of Apuseni Natural Park. In need of some relaxation or pampering, maybe a lazy day enjoying the many facilities , be it the spa, swimming pool, jacuzzi, or sauna.
More for the great outdoors? explore the area on 2 wheels , mountain bikes are available for rent, with a network of cycling trails mountain bikes are a great way to cover lots of ground while enjoying the fantastic scenery. Hiking is another great option, explore the many walking trails, sprawling forests and villages dotted around the park.
Pensiunea Smida Park, Pensiunea Natural Park 4* – Breakfast
This morning we head to what will be the final location we visit on the trip. Cluj-Napoca, Romanias second largest city with a population of 324,576 and the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region. Cluj-Napoca cultural mix is evident with landmarks dating back to the time of both Saxon and Hungarian rule.
The cities architecture is epic, home to Romanias second-largest gothic church St. Michael’s Church. Constitution of its magnificent church began in 1303 and wouldn’t be completed till 1487. Just outside of the church stands the impressive Matthias Corvinus monument, king of Hungary from 1458 to 1490.
The afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your own pace, there is lots to see and do in Cluj-Napoca, including the popular Bontanical Gardens, the National History Museum, Taylor’s Bastion and the Banffy Palace.
Hotel Confort, Cluj-Napoca 3* – Breakfast
Trip ends. Checkout time at the hotel is around 11:00am.
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