6 days / 5 nights

The best highlights of Transylvania

Tour ID: I 10100

Day 1
Bucharest - Targoviste – Curtea de Arges – Vidraru lake - Sibiu
On the first day of your tour - The Best Highlights of Transylvania, our tour guide will pick you up at 09:00 AM from your place/hotel in Bucharest. Check-out.
Departure to the city of Targoviste, where you shall visit the Princely Courtyard, where the Wallachian princes ruled for centuries. You will admire the neo-Byzantine frescoes of the Assumption Church, look into the palace cellars and climb the Sunset Tower. We head towards the Carpathians. At the Curtea de Arges Monastery, your attention will be drawn to the original exterior decoration of the main church, while your guide will tell you an interesting legend about the stonemason master Manoil.

Lunch: included, in one of the city's restaurants
At the foot of the Carpathians, you will make a photo-stop in front of Poienari Castle, which is mentioned in the legends about Prince Dracula and then a break awaits us at Vidraru lake, where you will get a boost of energy while admiring the enchanting views. Afterward, you will take a road trip through the Olt Valley and admire some of the stunning untouched landscapes of the region.
*In the summertime (July to mid-October), the trip through the Olt Valley will be replaced with a trip on Transfagaras alpine road - the most spectacular in the country, with photo-stops at glacial Balea Lake (2045 m above see level) and Capra Waterfall.
Arrival in the city of Sibiu, accommodation at the hotel 4*.
Dinner: at your expense
Day 1 in brief
Distance traveled: 310 km
Approx. travel time: 5 hours and 45 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: historical buildings, Byzantine monastery, medieval architecture,
rural Walachia (southern Romania), Carpathian Mts. vistas.
Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 2
Sibiu – Corvin castle – Alba Iulia fortress
Breakfast. Check-out. We start this day with a Sibiu sightseeing tour, where you’ll discover interesting and significant buildings of the city and its three central squares (Big, Small and Huet), with entering to to the Cathedral of St. Virgin Mary where you will admire the luxurious stained-glass windows; we continue finding out why one of the city's bridges is called of Liars and where worked the founder of Homeopathy - Friedrich Hahnemann. After a short ride, in the town of Hunedoara you’ll visit the Corvin Castle, the most powerful and beautiful Gothic building in Romania, where you will hear numerous legends, including those about Dracula.

Lunch: included
And at the end of this day, we will look into the fortress of Alba Iulia and find out what interesting buildings are hidden behind its powerful bastions. Accommodation in a hotel 4* in the city of Alba Iulia or Turda.
Dinner: at your expense
Day 2 in brief
Distance traveled: 240 km
Approx. travel time: 3 hours and 30 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: historical buildings, medieval/ Saxon towns, rural Transylvania (central Romania).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3   
Turda salt mine – Cluj Napoca - Targu Mures
Breakfast. Check out. After a short ride, you will go down into the Turda salt mine, one of the deepest and perhaps the oldest in Romania, where you will walk through the Maria Theresa and Rudolf salt galleries, while the guide will tell you about the methods of extracting salt from time immemorial. Then, after you will be arriving in the city of Cluj, the former capital of Transylvania, accompanied by the guide and his stories, you’ll see interesting and significant city attractions and enter to the Cathedral of St. Archangel Michael to inspect the frescoes from XV century. You will admire the buildings of the National theater, Banffy palace and the Orthodox cathedral, find out details about the monument of king Matthias Corvinus and other interesting things.

Lunch: included, in the city of Cluj Napoca
We are heading to the city of Targu Mures, accommodation in a hotel 4*.
Dinner: at your expense
Day 3 in brief
Distance traveled: 210 km
Approx. travel time: 3 hours and 10 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: salt mine, historical buildings, rural and hilly Transylvania, vistas.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
Targu Mures - Biertan - Sighisoara - Brasov
Breakfast. Сheck out. In the morning of this day you will discover the best architectural attractions of Targu Mures city, which is the cultural capital of the Hungarian minority in Romania. Among the emblematic buildings of the city are the medieval fortress, built in the 14th century, the Orthodox, Catholic and Calvinist cathedrals, the Town Hall and the Palace of Culture - the latter being built in the austro-hungarian secession style.
After a short ride on the winding roads of hilly Transylvania, you will get acquainted with Biertan fortified church (UNESCO list), surrounded by three lines of defense and which has become the residence of the Lutheran bishops of Transilvania for centuries.

Lunch: included
We continue our excursion with a walk along the streets of the fortified city of Sighisoara (UNESCO list), where the guide will share interesting stories with you and show you in which house Vlad Dracula was born, but also many other buildings, worth seeing.
Accommodation in the city of Brasov in a 4* hotel.
Dinner: at your expense
Day 4 in brief
Distance traveled: 180 km
Approx. travel time: 2 hours and 50 minutes  (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: historical buildings, medieval architecture, rural and hilly Transylvania, vistas.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5
Brașov - Bran castle - Peles castle - Bucharest
Breakfast. Check out. The fifth day of your The Best Highlighys of Transylvania tour brings you in Council Square, the central square of Brasov, where you will take a walking tour of the city and explore one of the narrowest streets in the country – Rope Street. Admire the building of the famous Black Church or learn from the guide the impressive history of the Hirscher family.
We are leaving the city of Brasov, because it's time to visit the famous Bran Castle - one of the world's spookiest medieval castles, more commonly known as Dracula's Castle.

Lunch: included
Later, on the way towards the town of Sinaia, the guide will share interesting facts from the life of Carol I and other Romanian monarchs. At the end of this trip you will visit Peles Castle, the summer residence of the kings of Romania and look at samples of the finest wood carvings, many art collections, medieval weapons, furniture, tapestries and utensils. In the evening you will reach Bucharest and your tour will come to the end.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Dinner: At your expense
Day 5 in brief
Distance traveled: 225 km
Approx. travel time: 3 hours and 20 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: historical buildings, rural Wallachia (southern Romania), Carpathian Mts. vistas.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6
After breakfast, transfer to Bucharest / OTP airport
Meals included: Breakfast

The Best Highlights of Transylvania:
~ Private tour for a more personal and intimate experience
~ Funny, Friendly, Experienced Guide: Feel welcome, relaxed, and able to enjoy the tour to its fullest. Ask your burning questions and learn from your knowledgeable guide
~ Explore the Princely Court from Targoviste and visit the stunning monastery Curtea de Arges
~ Discover Sibiu - considered the most beautiful town in Romania
~ explore Alba Iulia citadel - the largest in Romania, but also the tourist attractions that are hidden behind its walls
~ Discover the most beautiful Gothic castle in the country - Corvin castle
~ Visit in Turda city the ancient and deepest salt mine
~ Enjoy a waking tour through the capital of Transylvania - the city of Cluj
~ Explore the medieval city of Sighisoara, UNESCO Heritage and the most well-preserved inhabited citadel in Europe
~ Visit the impressive fortified churche of Biertan
~ Explore and spend a night in the beautiful city of Brasov
~ Visit Peles Castle - one of the most beautiful castles in Europe
~ Explore the famous Bran Castle - known today as Dracula Castle

Know before you book
~ The tour includes accommodation in a 4-star hotel, a good standard within the Romanian hotel rating system. 
~ Peles Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays from September to March. For the rest of the year, Peles Castle is closed only on Mondays. 
~ Please note that the visits' order during the trip can vary depending on the weather, traffic conditions, and the visiting program switch from summer to winter


Romania Grand Tour 

2023 Departure dates:
on set dates by mutual agreement 

Tour Cost : 
~ from 875.00 Euros/ person sharing a double room, 
~ 1075.00 Euros/ person in single room (single room supplement: 200 Euros).
About price :
~ the price is calculated for minimum 7 pax
~ if there will be more than 7 people in the group, the price is recalculated downwards
~ if there will be less than 7 people in the group, the price is recalculated to increase

Reservation and Cancellation:
A 25% deposit is required to secure your hotel room.
Balance (75%) is due 31 days before tour departure.
Free cancellation: 30 days or more before tour departure.
Cancellations 29 -20 days before tour departure: 25% of tour cost.
Cancellations 19 -10 days before tour departure: 50% of tour cost.
Cancellations 9 days or less before tour departure: 100% of tour cost.

~ airport transfers,
~ transportation with a modern vehicle (car, minivan or minibus, it depends on the number of tourists),
~ proffesional english speaking guide,
~ five-nights accommodation in four-star hotels,
~ breakfast every day,
~ lunches every day (except for the last day of transfer to the airport),
~ attractions/ museums admission charge, included in the itinerary (Curtea de Arges monastery, Princely Courtyard from Targoviste, Corvin castle, Turda salt mine, Biertan fortified church, Bran and Peles Castles)
Not included:
~ Airline tickets,
~ Travel insurance,
~ Meals, other than mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beverages
~ Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
~ Photography Fees
~ Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs etc.


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