The rugged Transylvanian Alps provide one of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe. Hawks soar around the craggy, snow-covered peaks, while bears and chamois take refuge in the dense forests below. Medieval villages and the ruins of once-proud castles can abruptly materialize through the mist, as if daring outsiders to uncover their secrets.

Day 1 - Saturday – Arrive in Bucharest

Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of “Little Paris”), Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.
Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means “joy.” His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local traders, who gave his name to the place.
Arrival at Bucharest airport
For transfer, meeting point with guide: on the right side of the exit gate
Accommodation and dinner at Novotel 4* Hotel or similar

Day 2 - Sunday– Bucharest – Brasov

Breakfast in the morning
Start to discover Bucharest with visit at Parliament Palace that is the second-largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon in the United States.
Continue with visit at Village Museum.
Boat trip on the most beautiful lake in Bucharest – Lake Herastrau
Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe Restaurant
Continue the trip to Brasov one of the largest cities in Romania with a population of approx 280,000. There are basically 2 parts of Brasov; the pretty Saxon old town and its square situated beneath Mount Tampa and then the surrounding concrete jungles of tower blocks and factories.
The old town is one of the best preserved old towns in Europe with splendid architecture and old fortifications and is well worth taking a few days to explore. The city has an amazing history with influences from Germany, the Austria-Hungarian Empire and the old communist state.
Accommodation at Coroana Brasovului 3* Hotel or similar
Free dinner

Day 3 – Monday - Brasov - Sighisoara

Breakfast in the morning
City tour of Brasov including outside view of Black Church. It was built by the German community of the city and stands as the main Gothic style monument in the country, as well as being the largest and one of the most important Lutheran (Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession in Romania) places of worship in the region.
Continue with visit at Prejmer the largest fortified church is a UNESCO – World Heritage Site in south-eastern Europe, was built by Teutonic knights in 1212-1213.
Lunch in Prejmer at a local restaurant
Saschiz has some very distinctive features. In a region where the myth of Dracula is exploited on his full potential, Saschiz can offer tourists a unique alternative: the beautiful gothic church with its clock-tower and the famous Saxon houses. In fact, those houses were included by UNESCO, in 1999, on the list of world’s heritage, together with six other Romanian sites.
Visit at Saschiz Jam Manufacture.
Depart to Sighisoara a popular tourist destination for its well-preserved walled old town, which is also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The main Citadel’s attractions are certainly the towers.
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel in the centre of the fortress
Dinner Dracula style

Day 4 – Tuesday - Sighisoara – Cluj Napoca

Breakfast in the morning
Sighisoara city tour including Clock Tower and Armour Museum
Depart to Cluj Napoca through Targu Mures.
Short photo stop at Culture Palace in Targu Mures
Free lunch in Targu Mures
Arrive in Cluj Napoca the second most populous city in Romania, after the national capital Bucharest, and the seat of Cluj County in the north-western part of the country.
Accommodation at Agape 4* Hotel or similar; Free dinner in Cluj Napoca

Day 5 – Wednesday - Cluj Napoca – Sibiu

Breakfast in the morning

Short city tour of Cluj Napoca

Continue the trip to Turda and visit the Salt Mine that was placed by Business Insider at the top of their list of the ten “coolest underground places in the world”. Likewise, Salina Turda was once ranked among the “25 hidden gems around the world that are worth the trek”

Lunch on the way to Alba Iulia

Depart to Alba Iulia One of the oldest settlements in Romania, known in ancient time as Apulum, and served as the largest military and economic centre during the Roman occupation. Temples, mosaics, thermae and statues, amphitheatres, the governor’s palace “Dacia rum Trim” – all rendered the original Dacia Apulia as the miniature copy of the mother Rome.

Arrive in Sibiu one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and was designated the European Capital of Culture for the year 2007, along with the city of Luxembourg. Formerly the centre of the Transylvanian Saxons, the old city of Sibiu was ranked as “Europe’s 8th-most idyllic place to live” by Forbes in 2008.

Accommodation at Continental Forum 4* Hotel or similar

Free dinner

Day 6 – Thursday - Sibiu – Sinaia

Breakfast in the morning

Sibiu city tour including the Evangelical Church is one of the most impressive buildings in Sibiu. It was raised in the 14th century on the location of an old Roman church dating from the 12th century. The building is dominated by the seven level towers with the four towers on the corners, a mark showing that the city had the right of condemnation. With a height of 73.34 meters, the tower is the tallest in Transylvania.

Lunch on the way at Sinca Veche/ Zarnesti

Continue the road with Fagaras that is situated in a place where history is overlapped in a happy way with geography. The impressive wall of the Fagaras Mountains (Transylvanian Alps) surrounds the South of Fagaras. In the North, the Olt River and the hills complete the belt surrounding the city.

Photo stop at Fagaras Castle

Arrive in Sinaia

Accommodation at Palace Sinaia Hotel 4* or similar

Free dinner

Day 7 – Friday - Sinaia – Bucharest

Breakfast in the morning

Visit Peles Castle a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883. It was constructed for King Carol I.

Departure to Bran and visit Bran Castle linked to Dracula legend, it is often erroneously referred to as the home of the title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Photo stop at Cantacuzino Palace. The castle belonged to the Cantacuzino family until the forced nationalization of 1948, when it became a preventoriumrium for the Ministry of Internal Affair. During the communist period, the original furniture was removed and a part of the interior walls were painted over. After 1989, the castle was returned to Cantacuzino descendants, who sold it to private investors in 2004.

Lunch and wine tasting at Halewood Cellar

Back to Bucharest

Accommodation at Novotel 4* Hotel or similar

Dinner at the famous brasserie Caru cu Bere

Day 8 – Saturday – Bucharest – End of trip

Breakfast in the morning

Transfer to Otopeni Airport for the flight back home.

  • Accommodation: 4 nights at 4* Hotels and 3 nights at 3* hotels.
  • Meals (mentioned as per itinerary): 8 x breakfast, 3 x dinners, and 5 x lunches
  • Entrances: as per itinerary
  • Transportation
  • English/ Flemish/ German speaking guide all along the itinerary
  • Flights (provided on request)
  • Hotel extras such as telephone, minibar and drinks (other than water)
  • Photographing/filming fees
  • Personal expenses

12/05; 09/06; 07/07; 18/08; 01/09; 13/10

  • UNESCO:  Prejmer fortified church, Saschiz rural site, the medieval Citadel (the “Upper Town”) of Sighisoara
  • EUROPEAN CULTURAL SITES: Sibiu – the European cultural capital in 2007
  • ARCHITECTURAL VALUES:  Parliament Palace, Peles Castle, Black Church, Alba Iulia city, the old city Sibiu, Evangelical Church, Caru cu Bere restaurant, Bucharest old city.

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