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A little taste of Transylvania

In the heart of Romania lies Transylvania, a place that immediately brings to mind the
legend of Count Dracula. While the legend is certainly intriguing and a real tourist
attraction, the region has much more to offer. Some of Europes best-preserved medieval
towns such as Sighisoara, Brasov and Sibiu are located here. Visitors can marvel at
Transylvanias unique architectural treasures such as castles, fortified churches and
centuries-old houses, and explore sites where more than 900 years ago Saxon craftsmen
and merchants built powerful and rich citadels.
The tour:
Start city: Bucharest
End city: Bucharest
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Transportation: by bus/minivan with an assigned driver and authorized guide, or
individual (we can offer a rent-a-car service)
Highlights: Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Rasnov Citadel, Viscri, Sighisoara, Biertan,
Sibiu, Cozia Monastery, Bucharest
Recommended season: from late March to early October
Day 1: Bucharest Peles Castle Brasov (186 km)
Welcome to Romania! After arriving at the Bucharest airport, we will head to the Southern
Carpathians Mountain area in Brasov, the most important Saxon city in Transylvania.
Before Brasov we will stop for a visit at the Peles Castle in Sinaia, which is the former
summer
residence
of
the
Romanian
Dynasty.
Peles Castle is considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe. It was
built at the initiative of King Carol I, to serve as a summer residence, invested with
political, cultural and symbolic functions. It was the final resting place for several
Romanian monarchs including King Carol I, who died here in 1914. After 1914, the Peles
Castle has still functioned as a representation site and a museum, but without being an
actual residence.
Arriving in Brasov, we will have some free time for a walk in thee Town Hall Square
where we can admire the famous trimmed baroque structures. Take a look inside the
Black Church, the largest gothic church in Romania. Its name derives from the damages
caused by the Great Fire of 1689, when flames and smoke blackened its walls. The interior
is impressive and well-kept and houses one of the largest organs in Eastern Europe.
Accommodation in Brasov, Aro Palace Hotel 5*.
Day 2: Brasov Bran Castle Moeciu Rasnov Citadel (100 km)
After a guided city tour of Brasov, we will head to the famous Bran Castle, the residence
of the famous Vlad the Impaler, known as Vlad Drculea.
Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, Bran Castle is now a museum open to
tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie of Romania. At the bottom
of the hill is a small open-air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant
structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.

The second part of the day is dedicated to the wonderful landscape of Moeciu, an
environment of fresh air and tranquility situated at an altitude of 1100 meters. The entire
area is full of history and legends.
We will also visit the Rasnov Citadel (once owned by Mircea the Old, Prince Drculea's
grandfather) which is a historical monument and important landmark in Romania.
The citadel was built as part of a defense system for the Transylvanian villages exposed to
outside invasions. A decisive aspect for building the citadel on the actual location was the
route of the invading armies which were coming from the Bran pass and were passing
through Rasnov, on their way to Barsei Land. The only chance of survival for the
inhabitants of the area was the refuge inside the citadel. Forced to stay there for decades,
the people of Rasnov and the nearby villages turned the fortification into a dwelling.
Accommodation in Brasov, Aro Palace Hotel 5*.
Day 3: Brasov Viscri Sighisoara (161 km)
Leave Brasov, and head to the beautiful city of Sighisoara.
About one hour before arriving in Sighisoara, we will arrive in Viscri, where we will find the
Prince of Waless Transylvanians estates. A UNESCO World Heritage site, in Viscri we will
discover interesting project for the restoration and preservation of heritage and culture in
Transylvania. It is the Mihai Eminescu Trust foundation that exists under the patronage
of Prince Charles of Great Britain. Under the past 10 years, the foundation restored the
fortified church a UNESCO heritage and most of the houses, barns, and farms in the
village. The atmosphere of the village is very rustic and you can either enjoy the peace of
the small settlement or the excitement of everyday events.
Traditional lunch in Viscri and horse carriage ride.
Sighisoara is considered to be the most beautiful and well preserved inhabited citadel in
Europe, with authentic medieval architecture. The medieval stronghold was built and
stands proudly on top of a hill, known as the "Citadel".
Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Vlad Drculea, also known as Vlad epe (Vlad the
Impaler) ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram
Stokers novel Dracula, and his house is one of the attractions here. Today the house is a
restaurant and we will serve our dinner here.
For the rest of the day we will take a walk through the town's hilly streets, exploring their
original medieval architecture, magical mix of winding cobbled alleys, steep stairways,
secluded squares, towers, turrets. It will be a trip back in time.
Accommodation in Sighisoara, Binder Bubi Hotel 5*.
Day 4: Sighisoara Biertan Sibiu (124 km)
If the idea of traveling in the medieval period ever attracted you will be happy to discover
the picturesque Biertan, one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches
in Transylvania, which is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993.

Surrounded by picturesque streets and vineyards, the Biertan fortified church stands high
on a hill in the middle of the village and it is one of the largest and most impressive
medieval strongholds in Transylvania. During the medieval times, it was impossible to
conquer the church because of the three tiers of high defensive walls, connected by towers
and gates that surrounded the complex. We can also admire its towers: the Clock Tower,
the Bell Tower, the Gate Tower and the Bacon Tower.
We arrive in Sibiu in the afternoon, the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels
built on the 12th century by the German settlers. Along with the city of Luxembourg, Sibiu,
was designated as the European Capital of Culture for the year 2007.
The old city of Sibiu was ranked as "Europe's 8th most idyllic place to live".
Accommodation in Sibiu, Continental Forum Hotel 4*.
Day 5: Sibiu Marginimea Sibiului - Cisnadie (10 km)
We will start the day exploring the old city center of Sibiu with its colorful houses on the
cobblestone streets. We will also visit the Astra Museum, the second largest open air
museum of the world and the Brukenthal Museum, the oldest museum in Romania, Sibius
towers, the Great Square, The Bridge of Lies.
Sibiu is an ideal place to explore the nearby countryside and the Transylvanian traditional
villages. Marginimea Sibiului, 30 minutes away from Sibiu, is a string of 18 villages, rich
in history, all of them having a unique ethnological, cultural, architectural and historical
heritage.
Cisnadies fortified church, 10 km away from Sibiu, was built in the 12th century and it
was fortified during the 15th century to protect the local Saxon population against repeated
Ottoman raids. The very well preserved construction offers a variety of themed exhibitions:
the "Cisnadie/Heltau throughout the 12 century", the Museum of Medieval Defensive
Structures located in the northern side tower, the Museum of the History of the Communist
Era, different art expositions.
Accommodation in Sibiu, Continental Forum Hotel 4*.
Day 6: Sibiu - Cozia Monastery Bucharest (350 km)
Return to Bucharest via Oltului River Valley.
Olt River Valley is one of the most picturesque areas in Romania and it crosses the
Carpathian Mountains, creating a beautiful gorge, the largest one in the country, having 47
km length.
At the half of our journey we will stop for a visit at Cozia Monastery, situated on the right
side of the Olt River. It was built between 1386-1388 by the ruler Mircea Cel Batran
(Mircea the Old) and is one of the oldest and important monuments in Romania.
We will arrive in Bucharest in the afternoon, and after a guided city tour we will enjoy the
evening exploring the city.
Accommodation in Bucharest, Rin Central Hotel 4*.
Day 7: Transfer to the airport and return fligh

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