The Land Of Count Dracula (Romania)

The Land Of Count Dracula (Romania) 675 , 8 Days

Romania is famous as Dracula’s homeland, but has to offer much more than that - picturesque castles and citadels, scattered across the forested Transylvanian landscape, where wolves and bears roam in the majestic Carpathian Mountains.

Getting about the countryside can be a challenging yet rewarding experience, where folkloric traditions are still strong and seem unchanged for centuries. Historic monasteries, churches and villages contain some of the best medieval sites in the world. In recent times it is as if Romania has reappeared in front of the world out of a melted iceberg. The people have shaken off the yoke of isolation and are now rushing towards the future.
We invite you to join our roundtrip in one of Europe's ‘best-kept secrets’, still covered by legends, still housing the face of old Europe as it was.

Tour highlights:

♦ Bucharest - Romania's largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis, known for its wide boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and its nickname "Little Paris";
♦ Sibiu (Hermannstadt in German) was the largest and wealthiest of the seven fortified citadels, built in the 12th century by German settlers known as the Transylvanian Saxons.
♦ Sighisoara (Schaessburg), designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, still stands as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe.
Bucovina - Discover the painted churches & ancient traditions of Maramures 


Itinerary:

Day 1: Bucharest
Arrive Bucharest. Hotel overnight

Day 2: Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - Sibiu - Sibiel
After breakfast, departure to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia. Visit the Episcopal Church-built by Prince Neagoe Basarab (1512-1517), where the Romanian Kings are buried. Drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to Sibiu, one of the oldest cities in Transylvania - formerly Hermannstadt - founded by the Saxon colonists. Guided walking tour of the medieval town (the Main Square, the Evangelical Church, and the Liars' Bridge etc.). Depart to Sibiel- the village which was awarded the prize “Pomme d’Or” by the Press Association FIJET. Visit the Museum of Icons. Accommodation and dinner in Sibiel.

Day 3: Sibiel - Sighisoara - Targu Mures - Bistrita
Morning departure to Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. En route, visit the fortified Church at Biertan, one of the most beautiful buildings in Romania, in Gothic and Renaissance style. We arrive at Sighisoara and discover the medieval Citadel included in UNESCO World Heritage: the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the roofed stairways etc. Lunch in Sighisoara. Continue to Targu Mures, walking tour through the elegant city centre, well known for its architecture: the Palace of Culture, the Orthodox Churches, and the Teleki-Bolyai Library. Drive on to Bistrita and one of the 7 medieval cities in Transylvania and the place where Jonathan Harker, Bram Stoker’s hero spent the night before arriving at Dracula’s Castle. Dinner and overnight stay in a centrally located hotel.

Day 4: Bistrita - Campulung Moldovenesc - Sucevita/Gura Humorului
Departure to Bucovina –the “upper land” with the unique painted monasteries, belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage. After crossing the land of Dracula, wonderfully depicted in Bram Stocker’s novel “Dracula”, we arrive at Campulung Moldovenesc and visit the Wooden Art Museum, depicting the universe of peasant life and the evolution of wood processing along the centuries in Bucovina. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Moldovita Monastery – a symphony in purple red, a medieval art treasure. We continue with visit to Lucia CONDREA’s workshop, the famous creator of painted eggs, as well as the village of Vatra Moldovitei, with its traditional small houses, old steam train named “Mocanita” and unspoiled nature. Dinner and accommodation in the area.

Day 5: Sucevita /Gura Humorului - Voronet - Lacu Rosu/Miercurea Ciuc - Brasov  
We visit the jewels of Bucovina: Voronet Monastery represents a genuine touristic attraction, both for Romanian and foreign visitors. It is also called “the Sistine Chapel of the East”. We continue driving through the Moldavian villages, with their typical houses. We arrive at the Village of Tarpesti – the home of the delightful “Neculai Popa” Museum. Afterwards, we visit the monastery of Agapia. In the afternoon, we cross the fabulous Bicaz Gorges on foot, if the weather is fine. Arrive at Lacu Rosu (the Red Lake) resort; lunch– taste the main typical course „gulas‟. Continue to Brasov, former Kronstadt, founded by the Saxon colonists, as the South gate of Transylvania. Walking tour through the old town centre, including the Black Church – the biggest Gothic church between Istanbul and Vienna. Overnight at a 3* hotel Brasov. No dinner included on this day.

Day 6: Brasov - Prejmer - Bran - Brasov
Breakfast. Stop-over at Prejmer for visit to the fortified church, also included in the UNESCO World Heritage. Drive on to Bran and visit to the famous medieval castle (the „Dracula's‟ Castle) built as a fortress for the citizens of Brasov in 1377, as a defence to the city. Lunch in Bran. Return to Brasov. Overnight. No dinner included on this day.

Day 7: Brasov - Sinaia - Bucharest
In the morning, we cross the Carpathians toward Sinaia, where we visit the fabulous Peles Castle, an exquisite piece of architecture and one of the most spectacular castles in Europe, with its arm and armoury collection, unique for its richness and diversity. The Castle served as the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. Continue to Bucharest. Panoramic tour of Bucharest, the city of contrasts between old and modernity, with large boulevards and magnificent buildings (the Romanian Athenaeum, the Patriarchal Church; visit the House of Parliament, built between 1984 and 1989, the largest building in Europe and the second one in the world after the Pentagon, with its unique marble decorations and wooden sculptures made of rare essence and bronze. Walking tour in the old city center. Farewell dinner. Hotel overnight.

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to airport for departure. 


Price Includes:
Accommodation in double rooms with private facilities at standard hotels
all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 except 2 dinners in Brasov
transport and entrance fees as per program
English-speaking guide
transfer from/to the airport on day 1 and day 8
1 small bottle of mineral water per person/day

Not Included:
Flight tickets
tips
drinks and meals not mentioned
insurance
additional transport
photo fees where required
personal expenses

Additional Services:
Single room supplement: 170 EUR
4-day/3-night extension to Danube Delta can be arranged after the main tour on all departure dates except 21 July: 435 EUR per person; single room supplement: 50 EUR


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675 EUR
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8 Days
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675 EUR
Duration
8 Days
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Guaranteed departure
Price
675 EUR
Duration
8 Days
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Guaranteed departure
Price
675 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Guaranteed departure
Price
575 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Guaranteed departure
Price
675 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Guaranteed departure

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

No special experience is needed; everyone who is in condition to cope with long Saturday walks in the forest can also cope with these tours. As a rule, the trips are short and at a low altitude. Often, it is your choice to join or skip a day-tour. The routes follow a hilly terrain without steep ascents and descents. Normally we walk 3/5h a day.

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