What happened in the past? Where is Dracula’s real castle? What are the legends behind some of the attractions here? Stick around as we find out more about the medieval side of Romania.
Discover unique locations, such as medieval cities with their beautiful and unique architecture, fortified churches, citadels and of course, castles. Why not take a break from your day to day life and travel back in time, to experience the way Romanians used to live in the past.
According to RomaniaJournal.ro , The Alba Carolina Citadel has been categorized by tourists of being one of the most visited landmarks in Romania. Therefore, TripAdvisor, based on its reviews, awarded the city with a Certificate of Excellence.We are very proud of this award and hope that you will get to see why this is such a great place to visit.
Before we get to the itinerary, you need to know that this package also includes a bonus tour of our beautiful capital (Bucharest, also known as Little Paris). This is a mini-tour of the city tailored specifically for you, upon purchasing this package. The tour does include a meal in the Bucharest Old Town and a one night stay in the city center.
NOTE: Because your arrival time cannot be determined at this moment, there are two different versions of the Bucharest City Mini-Tour; one in the afternoon, and one in the evening. After you have purchased your plane ticket, send us an e-mail and we will decide together which one is best suited for you. To view the full details, visit this page here.Now let’s get to it.
When you arrive at the Otopeni International Airport in Bucharest, the first thing we do is check-in the hotel. Then, depending on your arrival time, we will do the afternoon or the evening city tour. Here you will find the full details.
Next morning we will head towards Rasnov Citadel, a building used as a defence system for the Transylvanian villages.
We should approach lunch time by now, so we’ll drive to Brasov, check-in first and then have a nice lunch in the Sfatului Square.
In the afternoon we will go for the city tour (Sfatului Square, Black Church, Black Tower, and String Street, one of the narrowest streets in Europe) .
And what’s better than a nice dinner after the city tour?
After breakfast we will head to another splendid place – Sighisoara. This city is one of the most beautiful self-preserved medieval cities in Europe, and it was founded in the 12th century by the Transylvanian Saxons.
There we will get a taste of medieval times by stopping at the Sighisoara Citadel. And we will stroll along the narrow streets and get to know the medieval part of the city.
Sighisoara’s main attraction is the Clock tower, also known as the Council Tower. From top, visitors can look down on the red-tiled roofs of the Old Town and see the 16th century Saxon houses lining the narrow cobblestone streets. Today, merchants and craftsmen still go about their business, as they did centuries ago.
After lunch, we will visit Vlad Dracula’s (Vlad the Impaler) house, ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. He was also the inspiration for the fictional creation Count Dracula by Bram Stoker.
In the afternoon we will have time to visit The Scholars Stairs which connects to The Church on the Hill, the Venetian House, The Citadel Towers, 9 of 14 that still have been preserved today.
In the morning we will leave for Cluj, another beautiful city. After checking-in, our first stop will be at the “Alexandru Borza” Botanical Garden, and afterwards The Reformed Church, which is a late gothic historical monument of religious architecture. On the same day, we will visit The Roman Catholic “Saint Michael” Church, one of the most imposing gothic edifices from our country. Near the church, you will see the King Mathhias Corvin Statue.
Before dinner time, we will visit the Etnographic Transylvanian Museum where you can learn more about the origins of our country.
This day is reserved for you to get to know Alba Iulia. And there’s a lot to see here. We will stop at the Alba Carolina Citadel. This is the place where Mihai Viteazul - Michael the Brave unified the three Romanian provinces for the first time in 1600. We will take a look at the Roman-Catholic Cathedral and the Orthodox Cathedral. The guards of the citadel are dressed accordingly and perform a change of guard ritual everyday.
After lunch we can visit the Coronation Cathedral, where King Ferdinand and Queen Maria were crowned, and the Route of the three Strongholds, followed by the Union Hall where the unification was signed.
And we spend the rest of the day relaxing in the city. Why rush things? After all, you’re on holiday right?
After a good night’s rest and a rich breakfast, we will head to Hunedoara where we will visit the magnificent Corvin Castle. The construction of the Castle started in the 15th century having an old settlement as a starting point. Huffington Post presented this castle as one of the ten most fairy tale like constructions of this kind in the world.
Next stop is Sibiu, a medieval city that will remind you of Brasov. We will go straight to lunch and check-in. After that we will visit the city, starting with the Old Town, observing the Council Tower, Brukenthal Museum (art museum), the Evangelic Church (gothic), and The Liar’s Bridge. In the summer, there are many festivities in the Old Town, such as concerts, folkloric shows, fairs and many more. Depending on the time you take your holiday, we might just catch one of these.
In the evening, we will have dinner at a local restaurant where you can taste the true Romanian traditional cuisine.
We will start the last day with going to the Poienari Citadel, the real Dracula’s Castle. Here you need a little bit of energy and patience, because there are 1488 stairs to climb to get to the top. But this climb will lead you to a breathtaking view over the mountains and over the Arges River Valley, so yeah, it is worth it.
Our last stop before heading home is Curtea de Arges Monastery, founded in the time of Neagoe Basarab, between 1512 and 1517. Without giving too much away, the building process of this monastery is part of famous Romanian legend “The legend of master Manole”. The legend says that the best fortified churches are built with a human being inside the walls, to better sustain it from falling apart.
Our last stop is, sadly, the airport, where its time to say goodbye. Out estimated arrival time is 6PM.
The Cluj-Napoca Tailors’Tower was built in the 15th century and rebuilt between 1627 and 1629, assuming its present form. It was named after the Tailor’s Guild, who took care and guarded the southeast corner of the city. The Saint Michael Cathedral – is a Gothic-style Roman Catholic church, the second largest church in Trasylvania, after the Black Church in Brasov. The Evangelic Church is a place of worship for the Evangelican Lutheran Church in Cluj-Napoca. It was built between 1816 and 1829m following plans drawn by the architect George Winkle. It harmoniously combines elements of baroque and neoclassic style.
Was built between 1714-1738 after the Habsburg conquest of Transylvania and it is considered to be the most representative baroque, Vauban-type state fortress in Romania and one of the largest of this kind in Eastern Europe. The Roman Catholic Cathedral – a medieval architecture jewel, built in the XIIIth century in two stages: 1247-1291 and 1320-1356 and it is placed in the heart of the Alba Carolina Stronghold. The Path of the Three Fortifications – is unique in Europe, because it takes you back 2000 years in history. The Union Hall - the place where on the 1st of December 1918, the document that attests the union of Transylvania with Romania (First time the union of the three Romanian provinces was made by Michael the Brave in 1600 ) was signed.
The construction of the Castle started in the 15th century having an old settlement as a starting point. Huffington Post presented this castle as one of the ten most magical constructions of this kind in the world.
Brasov was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211. Its medieval ambiance is present today as it was back in the day, especially in the old Town Hall Square. Here you cand take a peek inside the Black Church – the largest gothic church in Romania, and pass through the narrowest street in Europe, the Rope Street.
This city is one of the most beautiful self-preserved medieval cities in Europe, and it was founded in the 12th century by the Transylvanian Saxons. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this town is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. He was also the inspiration for the fictional creation Count Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Rasnov Citadel, is one of the best preserved rustic citadels from Transylvania. Its main purpose was defense for the Transylvanian villages that were exposed to attacks.
Sibiu was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels built in the 12th century by the German settles known as the Transylvanian Saxons. The Old Town is conjured by a fortress and has many buildings that kept their medieval ambiance.
founded in the time of Neagoe Basarab, between 1512 and 1517. Without giving too much away, the building process of this monastery is part of famous Romanian legend “The legend of master Manole”. The legend says that the best fortified churches are built with a human being inside the walls, to better sustain it from falling apart.
The fortress is on top of the Cetatuia Mountain, and to reach it you have to climb 1480 stairs but I guarantee you that it is worth it. This fortress was the refugee of Vlad the Impaler, when hiding from the Ottomans. There are many legends about this place; one of them says that the fortress was the inspiration for the Jules Verne novel “”The Carpathian Castle”.
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For this package, we offer a DISCOUNT of 10% for all group sizes.
If you choose to book this package, the invoice will be 10% cheaper than the price listed below.
|BUCHAREST Airport||Group of 5 persons||€882/ person|
|BUCHAREST Airport||Group of 8 persons||€745/ person|
|BUCHAREST Airport||Group of 10 persons||€700/ person|
|BUCHAREST Airport||Group of 12 persons||€669/ person|
|BUCHAREST Airport||Group of 15 persons||€639/ person|
|BUCHAREST Airport||Group of 18 persons||€618/ person|
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If you cancel within 14 days before departure, 100% of the total amount payed will be refunded to your account.
If you cancel within 7 days before departure, 70% of the total amount payed will be refunded to your account.
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