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"HIGHLIGHTS OF TRANSYLVANIA" 
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ALL THE FAMOUS CASTLES, OLD TOWNS,
SAXON VILLAGES, DRACULA
& A GYPSY EXPERIENCE...
MOST COMPLETE PRIVATE TOUR OF TRANSYLVANIA IN SIX DAYS.   

2024 EARLY BOOKING RATES


Day 1
Bucharest, Romania
Afternoon arrival to Coanda International Airport in Bucharest. Upon arrival you'll be met by your English speaking tour guide. Transfer to your downtown Bucharest hotel with a short orientation tour en route. Time at leisure.
T  Accommodation in Bucharest at Hotel Berthelot **** (centrally located boutique hotel)
 
Day 2
Bucharest City Tour & Parliament Visit – Olt River Gorge – Cozia Monastery – Sibiu
2289027987_db0b92a658_bHot buffet breakfast at hotel. Begin your private tour of Transylvania with a city tour of Bucharest including the Revolution Square, a guided tour of Palace of the Parliament - the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, Cotroceni Quarter for its representative architecture and the Village Museum - one of the world's most interesting open air museums with century old original peasant households from all parts of Romania.
BASED ON AVAILABILITY:  exclusively organized guided tour of the former private residence of the Ceausescus (pay on own). En route to Transylvania later, make a short stop to the 14th century Cozia Monastery built by Prince Mircea the Old. Drive along the Olt River Canyon crossing the mountains into Transylvania. Reach Sibiu. Brief orientation tour on the way to the hotel. Dinner on own. Suggested is Crama Sibiul Vechi, the best cellar - restaurants in town, serving authentic Transylvanian fares.
B Accommodation in Sibiu at Hotel My Continental *** / The Council *** (or similar, two nights)  
 
 
Day 3
Sibiu Walking Tour  -  Huniady (Corvin) Castle – Sibiel Home Hosted Dinner
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Start your day with a leisurely walking tour of Sibiu (Hermannstadt), formerly the chief city of the Transylvanian Germans. The Great and Lesser Squares (UNESCO Sites) are the landmarks of the Old Town with the many merchant houses featuring ""the sleepy eye" dormers. View the old surrounding800px-HunyadCastle defense walls and the remaining towers belonging to the merchant guilds. Stand on the legendary Liars' Bridge and hear its (real) story. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Palace assembled in Baroque style by Baron Bruckenthal, the Governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century and the main architectural landmark. Next is the Evangelical Cathedral completed in its actual shape in 1520.  Continue with a drive to Hunedoara for a guided tour of Huniady Castle - one of the most well preserved Gothic castles of Transylvania and home to the mighty Huniady royal family. This is one of the less visited castles of Transylvania but a gem of Gothic architecture. On the way back to Sibiu visit the village of Sibiel and it icon-on-glass museum. Enjoy a home hosted dinner with a local family in their own home, this being a first hand cultural interchange. Return to Sibiu with the evening at leisure.
B D Accommodation in Sibiu 
 
Day 4
Sibiu – Biertan Fortification – Gypsy Village & Gypsy Home Visit - Sighisoara Walking Tour
sibiuHot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. In the morning visit Sibiu's open air Central Market then drive along Valley of Tarnava to the impressive fortified church of Biertan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a visit of the former Seat of the Lutheran Bishops. It features the largest wing altar in the country.  Next is an exclusive visit to a Gypsy village followed by a Gypsy home visit: this is an unique opportunity to learn about this less known yet controversial ethnic group, about its culture, identity and lifestyle. Early afternoon arrival to Sighisoara - World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. Before starting your walking tour of old Sighisoara attend an informal talk on Vlad the Impaler - Dracula, what is truth and what is fiction. Sighisoara is one of a kind. It was developed by the German settlers as of late 12th century. It stands on a network of tunnels andpeles catacombs and, according to one version of the myth; this is where the Pied Piper brought the children of Hamelin after their ungrateful parents refused to pay him his due. The walking tour includes the two squares of the Citadel (Upper Town), the Scholars' Staircase, the House with Antler, the Tower with Clock (climb up for a great view), the Torture Chamber and the Weapon Museum. Sighisoara is the place where the Vlad the Impaler Dracula was born in 1431. The Birthplace is one of the main tourist attractions.Short orientation tour on foot. Accommodation in the Upper Town. Suggestion for dinner: the Birthplace of Vlad Dracula.
B Accommodation in the Upper Town of Sighisoara at The House with Antler *** (forrmerly used by Prince Charles during his early travels to Transylvania)
 
Day 5
Sighisoara - The Saxon Trail Villages  - Brasov Tour & Evening in the Old Town
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Leave Sighisoara in the morning to drive via the picturesque Saxon Village Trail. Then tour Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. This medieval structure was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia, enlarged and restored a few times to become a royal residence in the 1920s under Queen Marie of Romania. After the visit enjoy cheese tasting. The remainder of the day is spent in Brasov, another of  the important Saxon town with a rich heritage.  The tour will reveal the Old Town with the late Gothic Black Church featuring a collection of precious Anatolian rugs, Council Square, Catherine’s Gate, the Guild Towers, Schei Quarter with the First School in Romanian language, the narrow Rope Street as well as a view of the impressive 1901 synagogue. Hotel check in with the remainder of the day in the lovely pedestrian area of the Old Town with its many restaurants and outdoor cafes.
B Accommodation in Brasov at Hotel Bella Muzica ***
 
Day 6 
Brasov - Sinaia: Peles Castle – Bucharest Airport or City Hotel 
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel.  Morning scenic drive to Sinaia mountain resort. Named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania towards the end of the 19th century. The orientation tour of the resort includes a view of the famous Casino building, with its architecture inspired by the one in Monte Carlo. Then take a guided tour of the ground floor of Peles Castle and Gardens in Sinaia, the royal residence of King Charles I of Romania and known as one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe. After the visit drive to Bucharest Coanda International Airport for your afternoon return flight or transfer to Bucharest.
 
The tour is further customizable on requestIf your flight is in the early morning, the tour program will be adjusted accordingly.
 
 

Your Price Includes:

  • 5 nights at three and four star hotels (best available and centrally located)
  • fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
  •  fuel & parking fees included
  •  all sightseeing tours & cultural connections·   
  • exclusive "Vlad the Impaler - Dracula" informal talk in Sighisoara·   
  • 6 meals:  5 breakfasts & 1 home-hosted dinner·   
  • exclusive Gypsy home visit· & interaction
  • a Tours Of Romania professional English speaking guide (driving) to accompany you throughout·  
  • guide's expenses·   
  • airport transfer on arrival and drop-off (if leaving on Day 6)·   
  • porterage (except for customs areas)·   
  • VAT and local tax· 
  •  detailed map of Romania.

You'll visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
  • Biertan Fortified Church
  • Historic Center of Sibiu
  • Historic Center of Sighisoara


Not Included:

  • Other meals than stated
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Admissions to museums & attractions (pay on spot based on the tour type you elect)
  • Credit card fee of 2.5%
  • Gratuities of any kind.

         

                

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