Overview

Bucharest - 1 night
Suceava - 2 nights
Cluj-Napoca - 1 night
Sibiu - 1 night
Sighisoara - 1 night
Brasov - 2 nights

TREASURES OF TRANSYLVANIA

Revealing the medieval towns, castles and painted churches of Romania

Explore an independent Romania, in an itinerary that contrasts the landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains and the historic province of Transylvania with its legend of the 15th-century ruler of Wallachia, Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula) and the renowned painted churches in Moldavia. The tranquil nunneries and unique painted churches of Bucovina, with their flowery exterior frescoes protected by soaring shingle roofs, were painted in the 16th and 17th centuries but retain their freshness and colour.

Brasov is a 12th-century town renowned for its Gothic-style Black Church. In Sinaia, the ‘Pearl of the Carpathians’, Peles Castle is the summer residence of the first king of Romania, Carol I.

Nearby lies the village of Bran whose Medieval castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, was built by local merchants to protect the old border between Wallachia and Transylvania. Bucharest, the capital, sometimes known as ‘Little Paris’, has wide boulevards and French architecture, whilst the Palace of the Parliament is the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Guide Throughout
Central Hotels
Group Size: 6 - 25

Special Events

Local Food Tastings

Enjoy fresh organic apple juice at an orchard in Gura Humorului; taste local cheese in Bran and tour the cellar and sip the sparkling wine at Rhein Azuga Cellar.

An excellent tour covering the many facets of the country.

James Cox
Treasures of Transylvania

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Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Bucharest. Transfer to the 4-star Crowne Plaza Hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 Tour of Bucharest includes the Palace of the Parliament, Metropolitan Church, Romanian Athenaeum, Arch of Triumph and visit the open-air Village Museum in Herastrau Park. Evening flight to Suceava. Transfer to the 4-star Hotel Sonnenhof in Suceava for two nights. (B)

Day 3 Travel to Gura Humorului for apple juice tasting. Tour of the painted churches includes Sucevita, which is the best preserved of all with imposing walls and defensive towers and Voronet, known as the 'Sistine Chapel of the East', famous for the blue colour used by the artists as background for its frescoes. (B, L)

Day 4 Cross Tihuta Pass which connects Bucovina with Transylvania and stop at the town of Bistrita en route to Cluj-Napoca. Walking tour of the Old Town including the Union Square with the Orthodox Cathedral and National Theatre. Overnight at the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton - City Plaza. (B)

Day 5 Travel to Alba Iulia, with its recently restored old town. Continue to Sibiu, another well preserved treasure house with three main squares around which the Old Town is built. Visit to the Bruckenthal Museum. Overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Ramada. (B)

Day 6 Tour of Sibiu includes the Orthodox Cathedral which resembles Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Travel to Sighisoara, visiting Biertan fortified church en route. Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the best preserved fortified Medieval towns in south-eastern Europe. Spend the night at the 4-star Mecure BinderBubi. (B)

Day 7 Visit to Clock Tower Museum. Drive to Brasov for two nights at the 4-star Aro Palace Hotel. Walking tour of the cobbled streets and visit to St. Nicholas Church and First Romanian School Museum. (B)

Day 8 Travel to Bran to visit Dracula's castle and enjoy a cheese tasting. Later, travel to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle followed by sparkling wine tasting in Azuga. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 9 Return to Bucharest for the flight to London Heathrow. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a busy itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.

On occasion alternative hotels of a similar standard may be substituted and the sequential order of the tour is subject to local conditions and may change.

2018

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
Tarom Romanian Air Transport from Heathrow

Date Price
June 16 £1145
July 21 £1145
August 18 £1145
October 6 £1125

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £230

Flight Options

London/Bucharest/London
Tarom Business Class from £425

Extension Options

Extension - Danube Delta 
2 nights £355
Single supplement £75

Privately Guided

Add £1045 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £20
Departure transfer add £75

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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