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Famous Transylvania Tour

Dracula's castle in Bran
ITINERARY 2016

8 days/ 7 nights
"There is not an export product better for Romania, than Transylvania. Neither Britain has such a treasure like this." Prince Charles of Wales.
What & where :
Cities, castles, citadels, churches, museums, mountains, lakes, traditional food, handicrafts, medieval party, Dracula, surprises. Eastern part of Transylvania, central Romania.
Day 1
Meet and greet in Henri Coanda airport, transfer to 4* hotel/check in, guided visit of the old center of Bucharest and the Palace of Parliament (second largest building in the world), welcome dinner and music in a local restaurant.

Day 2 - 210km
Breakfast and drive to Sinaia; visit Peles Castle – former royal summer residence of romanian kings & queens.
Drive to Brasov one of the oldest settlements in Romania having continuous human traces since 9500 BCE. Lunch, visit the Black Church (largest hall-church from Vienna to Constantinopole, sheltering the biggest mechanical organ in Romania, the second largest oriental carpet collection in Europe and the biggest church bell in Romania). Drive to Predeal, one of the most popular ski resort in Romania, check in 4* hotel, free time.
Surprise dinner and show in hotel restaurant.

Day 3 - 190km
Breakfast and drive to Bran; visit Dracula castle.
After, drive to Sighisoara (another UNESCO World Heritage site) an outstanding example of small fortified city in the border region between the Latin-oriented culture of central Europe and the Byzantine-Orthodox one of south-eastern Europe. Here is where king Vlad "The Impaler" (Dracula) was born. On the way, short stop in Viscri to see HRH Prince Charles of Wales's house.  Open air lunch in Sighisoara. Check in 4* hotel and refresh. Late afternoon guided visit of the citadel. Dinner and medieval show in hotel restaurant.

Day 4 - 160km
Breakfast and drive to Biertan fortified church - one of the largest and most impressive medieval strongholds in Transylvania – UNESCO World Heritage site - sheltering the door with 19locks and the "prison cell" for divorcing couples;
surprise lunch en route; arrive in Turda and visit The Turda Salt Mine which is a veritable history museum of salt mining (Business Insider mentioned it in top 25 incredible travel destinations). Transfer to 4* hotel/check in, refresh and dinner.

Transalpina landscape

Did you Know ?

The name "Romania" comes from the Latin word "Romanus" which means "citizen of the Roman Empire."

Romanian is the only latin language which has developed in the Eastern part of Europe, the rest of them being slavic

The modern jet engine was invented by the Romanian inventor Henri Coanda in 1910.

On 18th of March 1906 Romanian inventor Traian Vuia was the first European to build and fly a fully self-propelled, fixed-wing ‘automobile airplane.

The insulin was discovered by teh Romanian scientist Nicolae Paulescu. He originally called it pancreine.

The fountain pen was invented by Romanian Petrache Poenaru. It was patented in May 1827.

In 1938 Romanian Stefan Odobleja published "Psychology consonantiste" in Paris. He set the basic themes of cybernetics. His work appeared ten years before Norbert Wiener’s ideas were printed. Stefan Odobleja is considered to be the "Father of Cybernetics".

The earliest Homo sapiens fossils, up to now, were discovered in 2002 in south-western Romania, in the Cave of Bones. The fossil’s age is estimated at 37,800 to 42,000 years old.

The statue of Dacian king Decebal, carved in the rocky bank of the Danube's Cauldrons, is the tallest rock sculpture in Europe (135 feet tall).

Europe’s second largest underground glacier, the Scarisoara glacier, is found underneath the Bihor Mountains in Romania. It has a volume of 75,000 cubic meters and has existed for more than 3,500 years.

Herastrau Park  is Europe’s largest park within a city. It covers over 270 acres (110 ha),  .

Bucharest was the first city in the world illuminated by oil lamps (1895).

Timisoara became the first city of Europe with electric street lighting in 1889.

Timisoara was also the first European city with horse-drawn trams in 1869.

Romania’s famous Peles Castle, from Sinaia, was the first completely electrified castle in Europe. The electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant.

The first screening of projected motion pictures  took place in Bucharest in 1896, shortly after the world premiere in Paris. One of the Lumière brothers projected several films for Bucharest’s high society.

Bucharest’s Palace of Parliament, also known as the People’s Palace, is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function and the second-largest building in the world after the Pentagon in the US. It covers some 330,000 sqm.

The Voronet Monastery, located in northeastern Romania, is also known as the "Sistine Chapel of the East". Its frescoes feature an intense shade of blue also known as the "Voronet blue".

The tallest wooden church in the world, and the second tallest wooden structure in Europe, can be found in Sapanta Peri, Maramures of northwestern Romania. It has a 23 foot tall cross that weighs 1,000 lbs, on top of the 257 foot tall church.

Romania is home to Europe’s largest population of brown bears (over 6000 animals).

Romanian Nadia Comaneci was the first gymnast to receive a perfect score of ten in an Olympic competition, in Montreal in 1976.

Day 5  - 145km
Breakfast and drive to Alba Iulia - initially a roman "castrum" became a citadel and the city where the unification of Transylvania and little Romania was perfected on December 1 st 1918; guided visit of the citadel and lunch.
Drive to Sibiu one of the most important cultural centres of Romania. It was designated the European Capital of Culture for the year 2007, along with the city of
Luxembourg; check in 4* hotel and refresh; guided visit of the old town; dinner in a wine cellar.

Day 6 - 130km
Breakfast, drive to Astra National Museum Complex the largest open-air museum in Romania and the second largest in Europe. The museum hosts over 400 monuments of folk architecture and technique as well as an impressive collection of 15000 ethnographic heritage objects. You will witness live hand
icrafts of various traditional objects.
Drive to Transfagarasan -
"The best road in the world" as Top Gear's presenter Jeremy Clarkson named it, lunch en route, check in 4* hotel, surprise and dinner.

Day 7 - 190km
Breakfast and drive to Bucharest; stop and visit the Curtea de Arges monastery whose beauty is surpassed only by the legends told from generation to generation about its construction and the human sacrifices made in the name of eternity. Check in 4* hotel, lunch; special farewell dinner.

Day 8
Breakfast and transfer to the airport. End of services.

The above pictures of food, locations and shows are examples. They might vary at the time of booking subject to the availability of specific locations and facilities.

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Airport meet and transfers

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Accommodation and meals as described in itinerary

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Chauffeur driven vehicles with A/C

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Fully escorted by English-speaking guide

Travell insurance

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24 hours private emergency medical assistance

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Entrance fees as per detailed itinerary


Certain surprise services are available only for groups of at least 20 pax ( details upon booking).


Free of charge memorable pictures and clips from your holiday (you will be able to download them online).

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