Transylvania Castles
4 Days

ITINERARY

Tour Overview:

Discover the best of the Transylvania region. Take in the beautiful architecture and idyllic setting of Peles Castles. Explore the beautiful medieval town of Sighisoara with its narrow cobblestoned paths and colorful houses. Visit Bran Castle the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Gaze in wonder at one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in Romania, the Curtea de Arges.


Day 1: Bucharest – Peles Castle – Bran Castle – Rasnov Fortress – Brasov

In the morning, our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Bucharest. Your tour will begin with a road trip from Bucharest to Sinaia where you will visit one of the most prestigious castles in Romania, Peles Castle. Due to its beautiful architecture and idyllic setting, Peles is considered by several publications one of the most spectacular castles in the world. In the past, it was used by the Romanian Royal Family as a summer residence, until it was seized by the communist regime. Before booking your tour, please bear in mind that Peles Castle is closed on Mondays and some Tuesdays. If you can only begin the tour on Monday or Tuesday, the itinerary will be reversed.

After taking a tour of Peles Castle you will head to Bran, a small village near Brasov, in order to visit Bran Castle. Prompted by Bram Stoker’s best-seller novel Dracula, the fame of Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle, stole the world’s spotlight. This is the reason why the Halloween party at Bran is very popular nowadays. The solitary image of the castle and the Gothic architecture (specific to Transylvania’s Middle Ages) have established an undying connection with Vlad the Impaler. Your Dracula tour will introduce you to the story of how Vlad the Impaler came to be associated with the legend of Dracula. The castle was built in the 13th century by the Saxons of Brasov on top of an older wooden fortification erected by the Teutonic Knights.

After visiting the castle you will take the old trade route that passes the Carpathian Mountains and head to Rasnov, a medieval citadel perched on a hill ever since the 14th century. Your day will come to an end after visiting Rasnov and you will head back to the medieval city of Brasov to spend the night. If the time allows, at night you can take a walking tour through Brasov’s Council Square. Overnight in Brasov.


Day 2: Brasov – Fagaras – Rupea – Crit – Sighisoara

Breakfast. In the morning you will leave for Fagaras, an imposing citadel dating back to the feudal ages. The Fagaras Citadel has an impressive defensive system that allowed it to be one of the few structures that were never conquered in Transylvania. It is surrounded by a moat and by two rows of walls which makes it very difficult to lay siege to. In Transylvania, you will hear about the legends at every step. On your quest to discover the medieval castles of this land, you will drive through some of the authentic Romanian villages in the area in order to reach Rupea. In Rupea you will find one of the oldest archeological sites in Romania, the first documentary record of which was in the 14th century. But the signs of human settlements are dating from the Paleolithic and early Neolithic ages. The Rupea Citadel was fully refurbished in 2013. A legend says that Decebalus, the famous Dacian king, committed suicide here during the Second Dacian War in 106 AD.

Although Transylvania’s citadels and castles are spectacular, one should not miss the medieval villages that preserve the medieval lifestyle from all the corners of Europe. On your way to Sighisoara, will stop in Crit. It is a Saxon village filled with traditional houses and with astounding cuisine. Here, you will enjoy a delicious meal before continuing your journey.
Once in Sighisoara, you will start exploring this beautiful medieval town, with narrow cobblestoned paths and colorful houses. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site ever since 1999. Sighisoara Medieval Citadel was uninterruptedly inhabited since its establishment in the 13th century. The city is renowned for its beautiful street performers as well as local craftsmen who set up various demonstrations for tourists interested in learning the secrets of historical arts. Also, in Citadel Square, you can see Vlad Tepes’s (or Count Dracula’s) House. Until 1435, Vlad Tepes lived in the ocher-colored house with his father. Nowadays, on the ground floor is a restaurant and on the first floor is the Museum of Weapons. After a busy day, you will check in and spend the night in Sighisoara. (B)


Day 3: Sighisoara – Richis – Biertan – Alba Iulia – Hunedoara

Breakfast. On the third day of your medieval tour of Romania you will head to Richis, a small village near Biertan, that is home to a gothic fortified church with an age of over 500 years. From Richis you will head to Biertan, which boasts with the largest fortified church in Romania, surrounded by three rows of walls protected by 6 towers and 3 bastions. Biertan is one of Transylvania’s villages with fortified churches that has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Centre since 1993.

Your next stop is at Alba Iulia, a city where Romania’s history vibrated for more than 2000 years. This place was, over the years, home to a Roman Fort, a medieval defense fortress, and ultimately, a large star-shaped fortress with bastions in Romania, built in a Vauban style.
One of the most impressive Transylvanian castles is the famous Corvin Castle. The castle built in a Gothic style is underlined by tall towers decorated with dragons carved in stone, seemingly taken out of a fantasy novel. Also known as the Hunyad Castle, it amazes not only through its architecture but also through the story that ties it to John Hunyadi, one of the legendary heroes that helped stop the Ottoman invasion. After visiting Corvin Castle, you will drive to Sibiu, where you will spend the night in a beautiful boutique hotel. (B)


Day 4: Hunedoara – Sibiu – Curtea De Arges – Bucharest

Breakfast. Your fourth and final day starts with a city tour of Sibiu, a city that simply cannot be excluded from a medieval tour of Romania. Sibiu’s characteristics resemble those of a German medieval town: a large square surrounded by the most representative buildings. You will take a walking tour through the city, and in order to reach the defensive walls you will pass over the most famous bridge in Romania, the Bridge of Lies. After leaving Sibiu you will pass through the Carpathian Mountains driving along the bank of the Olt River while enjoying the beautiful landscape. Your final stop will be at Curtea de Arges, where you will visit one of the most beautiful Orthodox Churches in Romania and the Necropolis of the great kings of Romania. You will reach Bucharest late in the evening, and your tour of medieval Romania will come to an end. (B)

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ. Sgl Occ.
Jun 03 - Jun 06 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Jun 10 - Jun 13 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Jun 17 - Jun 20 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Jun 24 - Jun 27 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Jul 01 - Jul 04 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Jul 08 - Jul 11 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Jul 15 - Jul 18 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Jul 22 - Jul 25 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Jul 29 - Aug 01 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Aug 05 - Aug 08 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Aug 12 - Aug 15 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Aug 19 - Aug 22 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Aug 26 - Aug 29 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Sep 02 - Sep 05 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Sep 09 - Sep 12 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Sep 16 - Sep 19 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Sep 23 - Sep 26 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Sep 30 - Oct 03 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Oct 07 - Oct 10 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Oct 14 - Oct 17 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Oct 21 - Oct 24 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Oct 28 - Oct 31 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Nov 04 - Nov 07 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Nov 11 - Nov 14 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Nov 18 - Nov 21 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Nov 25 - Nov 28 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Dec 02 - Dec 05 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Dec 09 - Dec 12 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
Dec 16 - Dec 19 CAD 1,695 CAD 1,955
* It is possible to depart on this program on any day. Please check for prices.

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on BB basis at centrally located 3* hotels in accordance with the itinerary.
  • 1 lunch with traditional local products.
  • Transportation with an air-conditioned comfortable vehicle.
  • All excursions mentioned in the itinerary except for the optional tours.
  • Entrance fees for tourist sites visited in the itinerary.
  • Professional English-speaking guide.

Exclusions:

  • International flights.
  • Meals (lunches and dinner) and drinks.
  • Personal expenses, entry taxes for museums visited individually.
  • Porterage, tips for the guide and the driver.
  • Visa support (if required) and any other documentation and services required by the authorities for entering Romania.

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