Some say that Transylvania sits on one of Earth’s strongest magnetic fields and its people have extra-sensory perception. Vampires are believed to hang around crossroads on St. George’s Day, April 23, and the eve of St. Andrew, November 29. The area is also home to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it’s easy to get caught up in the tale while driving along winding roads through dense, dark, ancient forests and over mountain passes. Count Dracula, a fictional character in the Dracula novel, was inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, Vlad Dracula, nicknamed Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), who was the ruler of Walachia at various times from 1456-1462.
Duration: 5 nights/6 days
Price: from 575 Euro/person
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR:
- Bucharest- the capital of Romania -Little Paris of Eastern Europ
- Dracula’s birthhouse
- Dracula Party with entertainment show
- The medieval city of Brasov
- Bran Castle- Dracula Castle
- Sibiu-European Capital of Culture in 2007
- The fortified churches from Biertan (UNESCO), Saschiz (UNESCO), Viscri (UNESCO)
- Meet the locals and taste their traditional home-made specialities
- German local cooking class
- Horse drawn carriages in Viscri Village
- Sighisoara- the fortified city
Day 1 Bucharest- Prince Vlad Dracula
Welcome to Romania – Bucharest is the capital of the country. Our guide will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. You will have a full sightseeing of Bucharest, first attested in a document signed by Vlad Dracula, including:
– the Village museum, one of the biggest outdoor museums in Europe
– Palace of Parliament-the largest building in the world after the Pentagon,
– Historic pedestrian center – Old Court built by Vlad Dracula, Stavropoleos Church and Manuc’s Inn.
During dinner, you will receive your “Survival Certificate” signed by Count Dracula himself (your relatives will know how far you have travelled).
Accommodation in a 4* hotel in the city center.
Day 2 Sighisoara – Count Dracula’s Birthplace
Departure to Bran Castle, known as Dracula´s castle, famous all over the world for the legend of Count Vlad Tepes but to the Romanians known for its beloved guest – the Queen Mary. The castle, a veritable fortress built on a rock in the XIII-th century was used by Vlad Tepes as a headquarters for his incursions into Transylvania, as it is located in a strategic position between Wallachia and Transylvania. It is nowadays the most visited castle in Romania.
Next destination the medieval city of Brasov. Visit of the historical center with the The Council Square, the Black Church (only outside), the Old quarter Schei, the Caterina Gate that separated the Romanians from the Saxons in the Austro-Hungarian domination period, the first Romanian school.
Tonight you will be hosted in the Citadel were Prince Vlad was born. Be prepared for Dracula party. Dinner with special entertainment program performed by the Transylvanian Knights.
Overnight in Sighisoara in a 4* hotel at the foot of the citadel.
Day 3 Sighisoara- the Saxon villages and Prince Charles
In the morning guided walking tour of the citadel. Stroll around the streets of the old citadel; admire the Clock Tower, concentrating Sighisoara’s history, the beautiful Church on the Hill and the unique Covered Stairs. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic.
We will continue our journey to Saschiz village, UNESCO World Heritage site. Saschiz is renowned not only as home to one of Transylvania’s finest fortified churches but also as a carpentry and wood-painting center.
Visit the Cooking Museum and take part in one of the cooking classes. Taste some delicious Transylvanian dishes and some local organic homemade jams and juices. Next stop in Viscri village, hidden behind the hills and the forests of Transylvania and protected by its citadel (Unesco Patrimony). Prince Charles of Wales has also discovered this amazing location, a fairy tale from the forgotten medieval times. He purchased one of village’s old houses ant transformed it into a guesthouse without bringing any alteration of the original building.
Horse-drawn carriages to visit a local handicraftsman in Viscri and the fortified church.
This evening we will have dinner in one of the local restored houses in Viscri, with local organic dishes. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Sighisoara.
Day 4 Sibiu- idyllic culture capital
After breakfast departure to Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007. Drive to Biertan to visit the impressive Saxon fortified church, one of the most important of its kind in Transylvania. Visit the fortified church a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a visit of the former Seat of the Lutheran Bishops. It features the largest wing altar in the country. Prepare to find out the unique method of the citizens to keep their marriages and avoid getting divorced.
Afternoon arrival in Sibiu, formerly the chief city of the Transylvanian Germans. Take a guided tour of Sibiu through the historic core of the medieval city. The fortified city has been the center of Romania’s German minority since medieval times and it is one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. You discover the Big and the Small Square, the Liar’s Bridge, the Evangelical Church and the Brukenthal Museum, the oldest museum in Romania, The Pharmacy Museum. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Museum assembled by Baron Bruckenthal, governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century and the second museum to ever open in Europe after the National Gallery in London.
Tonight’s dinner will take place in Brukental summer residence, a historic edifice from 1770, idyllic situated in the heart of a baroque park.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel right in the center of Sibiu.
Day 5 Sibiu- Olt Valley- Targoviste- Bucharest
Drive along the Olt River Canyon crossing the mountains to Bucharest. On the way short stop to visit Cozia Monastery, one of the most important constructions of art and religious architecture. Continue with Targoviste and the 14th century Princely Court and Chindiei Watchtower. The Princely Court served as the capital of Walachia, where Vlad ruled. It was here that the Prince impaled a great many disloyal court members (the boyars) after inviting them to a celebratory feast. Late afternoon arrival in Bucharest and leisure time until evening.
Festive farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant with entertainment show. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in the city center.
Day 6 Departure
After breakfast free time to stroll around the historical center and then drive to Bucharest International Airport for the return flight.