Voyages Jules Verne

Treasures of Transylvania

Revealing the medieval towns, castles and painted monasteries of Romania

Explore an independent Romania, now part of the European Union, 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 monasteries 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. It was common practice to illustrate bible stories in storyboard sequences as colourful frescoes on church exteriors, making them understandable to the commoner.

Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the best preserved fortified Medieval towns in south-eastern Europe. Sibiu is another well preserved treasure house with three main squares around which the Old Town is built. The Orthodox Church closely resembles Haghia Sofia in Istanbul and the Brukenthal Museum houses some of Romania's greatest art treasures. 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, Carl 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.

Treasures of Transylvania

Revealing the medieval towns, castles and painted monasteries of Romania

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

Day 2 City tour of Bucharest includes the Palace of the Parliament, Metropolitan Church, Romanian Athenaeum, Arch of Triumph and the open-air village museum. Evening flight to Suceava. Transfer to the 4-star Gerald's Hotel in Radauti for two nights. (B)

Day 3 Travel to Gura Humorului for apple juice tasting. Visit Voronet, Moldovita and Sucevita Monastery. (B, L)

Day 4 Drive over 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. Spend the night at the 4-star Opera Plaza Hotel. (B)

Day 5 Travel to Alba Iulia, with its recently restored old town. Later, travel to Sibiel, a small village near Sibiu, for a visit to the Glass Icon Museum. Overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Ramada. (B)

Day 6 Sightseeing in Sibiu includes the Bruckenthal Museum and Orthodox Cathedral. Travel to Sighisoara, visiting Biertan fortified church en route. In Sighisoara, visit the Clock Tower museum and the house where Dracula was born. Spend the night at the 4-star Hotel BinderBubi. (B)

Day 7 Travel to Brasov via Rupea fortress. Walking tour of the cobbled streets and visit to St. Nicholas Church and First Romanian School Museum. Stay two nights at the 4-star Aro Palace Hotel in Brasov. (B)

Day 8 Travel to Bran to visit Dracula's castle and enjoy cheese tasting. Later, travel to Sinaia to visit Peles and Pelisor Castle and the monastery 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

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.

May 27 departure will be staying at the 4-star Hotel Sonnenhof in Suceava instead of the 4-star Gerald's Hotel in Radauti.

Treasures of Transylvania

Revealing the medieval towns, castles and painted monasteries of Romania

Ramada - Sibiu

Ramada - Sibiu

A modern 4-star hotel in the historical centre of Sibiu. Facilities include restaurant, bar, gym, WiFi (free) and 127 air-conditioned rooms, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Gerald's Hotel - Radauti

Gerald's Hotel - Radauti

This contemporary 4-star hotel is in the centre of Radauti. Facilities include restaurant, bar, gym, WiFi (free) and 99 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Binderbubi - Sighisoara

Binderbubi - Sighisoara

A 4-star hotel with a Tyrolean-inspired decor and a vaulted wine cellar. It is close to the medieval centre of Sighisoara. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, spa, sauna, WiFi (free) and 52 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Aro Palace - Brasov

Aro Palace - Brasov

This spacious 4-star hotel overlooks the Tampa Mountain and the medieval historic quarter of Brasov and is facing the central park. Restaurants. bar, indoor pool, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 196 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Golden Tulip Ana Tower - Sibiu

Golden Tulip Ana Tower - Sibiu

This 4-star hotel is situated in the proximity of the historical centre of Sibiu. Restaurant, bar and gym with 81 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Pullman Hotel - Bucharest

Pullman Hotel - Bucharest

A modern 4-star hotel close to Herastrau Park. Restaurants, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 204 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Opera Plaza Hotel - Cluj-Napoca

Opera Plaza Hotel - Cluj-Napoca

A traditional 4-star hotel in the historical centre of Cluj-Napoca, close to the Romanian Opera and Unirii Square. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 64 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Treasures of Transylvania

Revealing the medieval towns, castles and painted monasteries of Romania

Danube Delta Extension

Danube Delta Extension

Spend one night in Tulcea in the Danube Delta and one night in Bucharest. Includes breakfast daily and a Danube Delta day cruise.

Day 1 Transfer to Tulcea for overnight at the 4-star Delta Hotel. (B)

Day 2 Danube Delta cruise and transfer to Bucharest for overnight at the 4-star Golden Tulip Victoria Hotel. (B)

Day 3 Return flight to London Heathrow. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
Delta Hotel - Tulcea

Delta Hotel - Tulcea

A modern 4-star hotel on the shore of the Danube, in the centre of Tulcea. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 94 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Treasures of Transylvania

Revealing the medieval towns, castles and painted monasteries of Romania

2017

Saturdaysper person in a twin/double room Tarom Romanian Air Transport from Heathrow
DatePrice
August 12 £1125
October 07 £1075

Supplements per person

Single supplement £205
London/Bucharest/London
Tarom Business Class from £425
Extension - Danube Delta
2 nights £365
Single supplement £75
Add £1045 per person
Save £200
Arrival transfer £20
Departure transfer £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.

Notes

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.

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