Country roads of Transylvania – self drive
Medieval towns and castles, the breath-taking wild Carpathian Mountains and fortified church castles combined with great local food, wine and brandy make an outstanding “Tour of Transylvania”. The tour is a medium paced tour with a mix of overnight and two-night stays in Bucharest, Sibiu, Targu Mures and Brasov.
Welcome to Romania! On the way to the hotel, have a preview of what you are about to discover here with a panoramic tour of the city that takes you by the House of the Free Press, The Romanian Arch of Triumph, through The Victory Square, The Roman Square, The Palace of the Parliament, and finally to The University Square. Enjoy leisure time and discover the Old Town on your own. Dinner at the hotel.
A lovely start of your day by enjoying the tour of Bucharest. Visit the second largest building in the world, built by the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, The Palace of the Parliament, discover its beautifully preserved architecture, the massive chandeliers, mirrors, secret tunnels and impressive furniture. Continue with the national symbol of the Orthodox faith, The Patriarchal Church. Discover the outstanding Romanian Athenaeum, its history themed fresque from the ceiling, and the breath-taking paintings from the walls. Visit The National Village Museum, and take a walk among the enchanting exhibition of traditional houses, crafts, folk costumes. Carry on to Cozia, and visit the outstanding Cozia Monastery, its architecture enhanced by the laced stoned exterior, and the byzantine paintings present in the interior. Carry on to Sibiu and check-in at the hotel for two overnights. Dinner at the hotel.
A wonderful start of the day with a walking tour among the Old Town of Sibiu, one of the famous old towns from Romania, due to the presence of historical monuments with specific architectures that keep the medieval atmosphere alive, from which the majority are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Admire The Evanghelic Church, located in the historical city center of Sibiu, its tower of almost 74m of height, is the tallest tower from Transylvania. Discover the outstanding architecture of the famous Brukenthal Museum. Enjoy leisure in the fairy tale city or join a fully guided hiking expedition in the nearby Cindrel Mountains. Discover the untouched nature of the wild Carpathian Mountains and the outstanding landscapes. In the afternoon you reach a small village where you visit the Fortified Church Cisnadioara. In the evening you are invited by the locals from the mountain village Sibiel for a traditional dinner with wine and local brandy. Return to Sibiu.
Scenic ride through the countryside towards Medias, a former German settlement and visit of St. Margaret’s Church. Journey towards The Fortified church of Biertan, one of the largest and most impressive strongholds in Transylvania, that looks like taken out of a fairy tale. Journey towards Targu Mures, enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful town, admire the city’s landmarks such as the Apollo Palace built in Baroque style, the Old Prefecture building from the 18th century, The Teleki Palace. Visit the Palace of Culture and the largest Orthodox Church in Romania. Journey towards Sighisoara, check-in and dinner at the hotel.
A wonderful start of the day with a tour of one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Sighisoara was settled by the Germans in the 13th century and it is one of the few still inhabited medieval fortresses in the whole world, being also protected by UNESCO. During the walking tour you will visit the Clock Tower, admire the birth house of Dracula and the Church on the Hill. Travel towards the Transylvanian idyllic countryside, discover the fortified churches, and beautifully preserved traditional way of living. Explore the country life of Transylvania by getting to know Viscri, the most popular Saxon Village from the area. You will visit the UNESCO World Heritage attraction, the Deutschweisskirch Fortified Church. A unique experience with a ride by horse drawn carriage around the village. Enjoy a traditional dinner in the picturesque village with homemade brandy and wine. Return to Sighisoara.
Journey towards the small village Prejmer, and visit the Prejmer Fortified Church. Built by the Teutonic knights in the early 13th century, the fortified church was listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Inside the fortification one can find 272 rooms, one for each village family, a church completed in 1225 and a school. Carry on to Harman and visit the Harman Fortified Church. With a history of over 800 years, the church is included as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Several original features are still preserved in the original form, such as the South Chapel. Carry on to Brasov, and check-in at the hotel for two overnights. Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, discover one of the most popular touristic attraction from Romania, considering its location in the peaks of the Southern Carpathians surrounded by nature, and historical monuments. Enjoy a tour of Brasov, admire the city symbol with a history of over 600 years-The Black Church, continue with The Black Tower, The White Tower, Ecaterina’s Gate and Rope’s Street. Scenic drive to Bran and visit of the 14th century imposing Bran Castle, one of the main landmarks of Transylvania, being a popular destination for the people that are interested in its history, as well as for the enthusiast in legends. Famous for its association with the legend of Dracula, the Castle hosts nowadays the museum of furniture dedicated to the Romanian Royal Family, especially to Queen Marie, the one that collected the objects, and to whom the people of Brasov gifted the Castle. On your way to Brasov, stop in Poiana Brasov for a traditional farewell dinner.
Travel to Sinaia in order to explore one of the most stunning castles from Europe, The Peles Castle, also known for being the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. Nowadays, the castle is an outstanding museum preserving its original furniture, decorations and paintings. Take a walk through the castle’s garden and enjoy the new-Renaissance architecture before visiting the stunning and impressive interior. Explore the Orthodox Monastery of Sinaia built by the Prince Cantacuzino, in the 19th century with a Byzantine design, and admire the exhibition of valuable objects that belonged to the Cantacuzino family, as well as the first Romanian translation of the Bible from the 17th century. Transfer to the International Airport from Bucharest. Have a safe flight!