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"BEST OF TRANSYLVANIA" 

THREE-DAY OVERVIEW
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AN EXQUISITE CULTURAL PRIVATE TOUR OF 

THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF TRANSYLVANIA AND MORE.

ALSO SUITABLE AS A PRE/POST DANUBE RIVER CRUISE.


Itinerary:  Bucharest - Sinaia & Peles Castle - Bran Castle - Brasov - Sighisoara - Gypsy Home Visit - The Saxon Trail  - Sibiu - Olt River Gorge - Cozia Monastery - Bucharest

 

UNIQUE TOUR FEATURES, NOT OFFERED BY ANY OTHER OPERATOR. FROM $99 A DAY

  •  Enjoy the exceptional Transylvanian expertise of the best tour guides in Romania, exclusively working with Compass Travel Romania;
  •  benefit of the complete flexibility of having the tour tailored to your requirements, both in terms of the route and the duration of the tour;
  •  make the most of your tour experience through our exclusively designed tours with admissions included and not just guided walks;
  •  enjoy two nights of accommodation at full of character, centrally located historical hotels with excellent Tripavisor reviews;
  •  learn about the daily life in the Saxon villages of Transylvania and interact with locals;
  •  take the unique chance of meeting Gypsies in their own community and discover their particular culture and traditional skills;
 
Day 1 (Daily departures. If a Monday, the tour will be operated in reverse):
Bucharest - Sinaia & Peles Castle -  Bran Castle -  Brasov City Tour & Evening at Leisure
Meet your tour guide at your hotel. Commence your Transylvania private trip with a scenic drive to Sinaia - one of the famous Carpathian Mountains towns. Named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania toward the end of the 19th century. The Orient Express use to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople.  Next is one of the most important tourist attractions of the country: Peles Castle and Gardens, the former royal residence of King Charles I of Romania. Then cross the mountains into Transylvania to the village of Bran. The attraction is the medieval Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. Built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia was later be turned into a royal residence under Queen Marie of Romania.  Enjoy cheese sampling on the premises. Continue to the nearby town of Brasov, in time to see the Black Church with its valuable collection of Anatolian prayer rugs. Brasov has one of the best preserved medieval quarter and fortifications. Tour the Council Square and its ensemble of medieval buildings, Schei Quarter, the Rope Street and Cathetine's Gate. View of the Brasov Synagogue. Hotel check in. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy Brasov’s lovely pedestrian area with its many shops and outdoor cafes.
B Accommodation in Brasov at Hotel Bella Muzica *** (or similar)
 
Day 2:
Brasov - The Saxon Trail - Sighisoara (UNESCO Site) - Biertan - The Gypsy Encounter  transylvania2
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Drive through the picturesque Transylvanian Plateau with its quaint villages and Saxon fortifications such as Saschiz.  Arrive to Sighisoara, a World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. 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 Ducklings' Square, the Tinsmiths' Tower, the House with Antler, the Tower with Clock, the Torture Chamber and the Weapon Museum. Sighisoara is the place where  Vlad the Impaler Dracula was born in 1431. The Birthplace is today one of the main tourist attractions. Next is impressive Biertan fortified church and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On an exclusive basis, visit a Gypsy village and a Gypsy family in their own home, an opportunity to learn about this ethnic group. In the late afternoon arrive to Sibiu. Hotel check in. Evening at leisure in the Old Town.
B Accommodation in Sibiu at Hotel My Continental *** / The Council ***
 
Day 3:
Sibiu Tour and Open Air Market -  Olt River Gorge Scenic Drive - Cozia - Bucharest
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Start your day with a visit to the open air farmers'market of Sibiu (where you can sample various local produce). Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the Old Town Sibiu  with the Great and Lesser Squares and the surrounding defense walls and guild towers. The late Gothic Evangelical Cathedral was completed in its actual shape in 1520, but inside there is an exquisite Fresco of the Crucifixion on the north wall of the choir dating from 1445. View the Passage of Stairs linking the Upper Town to the Lower Town and the 1859 Liar's Bridge. Leaving Transylvania, you'll drive on the scenic Olt River Valley and Gorge, one of the most beautiful in Romania. Brief stop at Cozia Monastery featuring a superb late 17th century Last Judgment fresco on its Western façade. Arrive in the late afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.

 

Your Price Includes:

  • 2 nights at three star hotels (all centrally located)
  • fully insured sedan or station wagon with climate control, for the entire distance
  • fuel & parking fees included
  • all sightseeing tours & cultural connections
  • Gypsy Home Visit (on exlcusive basis, organized by Compass Travel Romania)
  • informal talks on: Vlad the Impaler - Dracula, The Gypsies and Their Journey, Transylvanian History Overview (all by the tour guide)
  • 2 breakfasts
  • cheese sampling in the village of Bran
  • a Tours Of Romania® professional English speaking guide (driving), to accompany you throughout
  • guide's expenses
  • porterage at hotels
  • VAT and local tax
  • detailed map of Romania.

You'll visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  • Historic Center of Sighisoara
  • Historic Center of Sibiu
  • Biertan Fortified Church

Not Included:

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