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Romania – Round trip 11 Days

Transylvania – In the search of Count Dracula

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Transylvania – In the search of Count Dracula
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Day 1: Bucharest

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From the airport you drive to the hotel and in the afternoon you have free time at your disposal. In the evening you can enjoy a traditional meal and folk show in one of the best restaurants in town.

Day 2: Bucharest − Targoviste − Poenari − Sibiu (approx. 410 km)

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In the morning you drive to Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia, to visit the Old Court of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), the famous Wallachian ruler that became the inspiration source for the world famous Dracula novel. On the way to Sibiu, you get the chance to visit the Poenari Castle, the real Dracula Castle. In the late afternoon you arrive in Sibiu. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 3: Sibiu − ASTRA Museum − Sibiel − Sibiu

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The day is dedicated for Sibiu, one of the best preserved medieval cities on the continent. After breakfast you visit the Brukenthal Palace, the oldest art museum in Romania, the Catholic Cathedral from the 18th century, built during the Habsburg reign, the History Museum and the Lutheran Church from the 16th century. A few minutes away from Sibiu lies the largest Romanian open air museum ASTRA, where you get to see how the Transylvanian peasants used to live like a few centuries ago. In the evening you drive Sibiel, a traditional Romanian village, where you learn more about the traditions, but also get to dine with the locals. Beside the tasty food, you also can to try the homemade wine and brandy.

Day 4: Sibiu − Medias − Biertan − Sighisoara (approx. 110 km)

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Today you drive towards Sighisoara. On the way you get to discover the medieval town Medias, where you visit the St. Margaret Church Castle. In the afternoon you arrive in Sighisoara. The entire Upper Town is a World Heritage site, because it is one of the very few inhabited medieval fortresses in the world. You also visit the Lutheran Church on the Hill from the 14th century and the Dracula House, where you also have dinner.

Day 5: Sighisoara − Targu Mures − Bistrita (approx. 145 km)

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After breakfast you drive to Targu Mures. The city is the center of the Hungarian minority in Romania. You visit the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral with the largest painted surface. At noon you arrive in Bisitrita, where you get to visit the Lutheran church built by the Saxons in the 15th century. Afterwards you drive towards Bucovina trough the Borgo Pass. The pass became famous thanks to the Dracula novel, according to which, the castle of the count would lie along the pass. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 6: Bistrita − Gura Humorului (approx. 160 km)

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In the morning you drive towards Bucovina to visit the UNESCO protected painted monasteries. The first monastery is Moldovita, constructed in the 15th century. After visiting it you drive to Marginea to see the see how the black ceramic is still being produced like 2000 years ago. In the afternoon you get to see the Voronet monastery, famous in the entire world for its blue color and the Judgment Day painting on the entire western wall, reason why it is also called The Sistine Chapel of the East. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Gura Humorului.

Day 7: Gura Humorului − Bicaz − Lacu Rosu − Brasov (approx. 350 km)

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Today you leave Bucovina and head towards Transylvania. Along the way you can enjoy the breathtaking landscape along the Bicaz Lake and trough the Bicaz Gorge. At the end of the gorge lies the Red Lake, where you will find out the legend of the lake from your guide. In the late afternoon you arrive in Brasov. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Brasov − Moieciu − Bran − Brasov (approx. 75 km)

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Today you discover the Old City Center, with its former City Hall from the 15th century. Near the City Hall Square lies the Black Church, the city’s landmark. The hall church is the largest gothic church between the Ural Mountains and Vienna and also houses the biggest collection of oriental rugs outside Turkey. The last visit in Brasov is the hidden Romanian Orthodox St. Trinity Church from the 18th century. At noon you drive to Moeciu, where you will change the mean of transportation – from bus to horse carriage. In the afternoon you get to visit the Dracula Castle, a castle constructed by the Saxons in the 14th century along the Bran pass. In Poiana Brasov, the largest Romanian winter resort, you get to enjoy a traditional dinner accompanied by folk music.

Day 9: Brasov − Sinaia − Busteni − Azuga − Brasov (approx. 100 km)

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In the morning you drive to Sinaia to visit the summer residence of our kings and queens, that was turned into a museum during the communist era. The Peles Castle built at the end of the 19th century used to be the most modern palace in Europe with elevators, cinema and central vacuum cleaning system and was chosen last year as the 6th most beautiful castle in the world. Not far away from the castle lies the Royal Cellar, where you can taste some of the best Romanian sparkling wines. Dinner is being served in a medieval restaurant from Brasov, where you are also getting spoiled with a ballet and operetta show.

Day 10: Brasov − Snagov − Bucharest (approx. 200 km)

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In the morning you leave Transylvania and enjoy a scenic ride along the Olt Valley to Snagov. From there you navigate by boat to the Snagov Island to visit the monastery, where according to the legend, the body of Vlad the Impaler was buried. During the sightseeing tour in the afternoon you get to visit the Revolution Square, the place where the dictator Ceausescu flew away in his helicopter and the Old Town. Farewell dinner in a medieval restaurant with medieval dances.

Day 11: Bucharest − departure

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Before leaving Romania you get to see the contrast between the northern part of town, where you can see many palaces and wide boulevards from the 19th century and the Civic Center constructed by Ceausescu. Here you visit the Palace of Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon. Afterwards you drive to the airport, where you say “Good bye!” to Romania and your guide.

Our prices include:

  • Deluxe motorcoach throughout as per itinerary
  • English-speaking tour escort throughout
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels in double / twin room
  • 2 nights with half board in Bucharest
  • 2 nights with half board in Sibiu
  • 2 nights with half board in Sighisoara
  • 1 night with half board in Gura Humorului
  • 3 nights with half board in Brasov
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Boat ride to the Snagov Island (Dracula’s grave)
  • Horse drawn carriage drive in Moieciu incl. wine
  • Tasting of sparkling wine in the royal cellars of Azuga
  • Wine tasting at the Castle of Dracula
  • Porterage at hotel in / out
  • All taxes and charges