Explore the Transylvanian Wonders

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6 Days
Availability : Jan. 2018 - Dec. 2018
Bucharest
Min Age : 6+

HIGHLIGHTS

Rasnov, Brasov, Sighisoara, Cluj, Turda Salt Mine, Alba Iulia, Corvin, Sibiu-Poenari
Tour Details

Some might consider this tour as being a classic one. And that’s true. Why ignore something that’s popular? The idea here is to showcase the highlights of Transylvania in a wonderful tour that strolls throughout the course of 6 days. This is your own personal holiday, filled with magic, uniqueness and beauty. The Transylvanian Wonders. You got’em all in here: castles, fortresses, cities, monasteries and even a salt mine. All included in a one-week tour around one of the most famous places in Romania.

Services
  • Accommodation with breakfast included
  • Transportation with private mini bus
  • Entrance Fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Air fares
  • Insurances
  • Photo/Video taxes
Itinerary

Day 1Bucharest-Rasnov-Brasov

Finding ourselves on the road towards the Carpathians, in our first day of the tour. First stop is the Rasnov Fortress, one of the best preserved rustic citadels from Transylvania; its main purpose was defense for the Transylvanian villages that were exposed to attacks.

We are now very close to one of the most famous cities in Transylvania, Brasov, 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 can take a peek inside the Black Church – the largest Gothic church in Romania, and pass through the narrowest street in Europe, the Rope Street.

Accommodation in Brasov.

Day 2Brasov-Sighisoara

On this day, we are focused on one city, and once city only. That is of course, the unique and beautiful Sighisoara, one of the best self-preserved medieval cities in Europe, 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.

Accommodation in Sighisoara.

Day 3Sighisoara-Cluj-Turda Salt Mine

Going into relaxation mode today, as we go and visit a major city in Transylvania, as well as one of the most beautiful and unique salt mines in Europe, the Turda Salt Mine.

But first, let’s get acquainted with Cluj, the 4th largest city in Romania. Over the years the city has thrived, becoming very famous, hosting some of the best music festivals in Europe like Electric Castle and of course Europe’s best festival – Untold, and for the movie goers, the Transylvania Film Festival (TIFF). 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 Transylvania, after the Black Church in Brasov. The Evangelic Church is a place of worship for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cluj-Napoca.

But this is not where we stop for the day, this is just the place where you’re going to drop-off your luggage, at the hotel, because our next attraction is the Turda Salt Mine, which is very close to Cluj. Like we mentioned before, this one’s the largest salt mine in Europe. There you will encounter a carousel, a 180-seat amphitheater, ping-pong tables, basketball hoops, mini-golf, bowling and a mini lake where you can rent a boat. Also, there is an area with health treatments that draws upon and takes advantage of the mine’s optimal climate.

Accommodation back in Cluj.

Day 4Cluj-Alba Iulia

This is a day where we’ll be moving from city to city, making it a more relaxing day, where you’ll have a lot of time for yourselves, exploring the surrounding on your own.

And the perfect way to do so is in the city of Alba Iulia, built between 1714-1738 after the Habsburg conquest of Transylvania. It is 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 13th 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.

Day 5Alba Iulia-Corvin Castle-Sibiu

On our way to Sibiu, another beautiful city of Transylvania, we’ll make a small stop along the way, at the Corvin Castle; this castle was built around the 15th century, 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. This Gothic castle is surrounded by a lot of legends, and the most interesting is regarding the symbol of the Corvin family, and the crow the gold ring.

And if this wasn’t medieval enough for your taste, our next stop is Sibiu, 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.

Accommodation in Sibiu.

Day 6Sibiu-Poenari Fortress-Arges Court Monastery-Bucharest

On this last day of our, we have to go out with a bang, visiting some pretty incredible gems along our way back to Bucharest. And the first one is the Poenari Fortress, on top of the Cetatuia Mountain. To reach it you have to climb 1480 stairs; might seem like a lot but really isn’t. 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”.

But we’re not running away to Bucharest just yet, there’s one more place along the way, and that is the Arges Court 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.

Then it’s time to end the tour, reaching Bucharest in the late afternoon.

Pricing

Group of 2

€1249/person  

Group of 4

€1149/person  

Group of 8

€699/person  

Group of 10

€599/person  

Please remember that as the group size INCREASES, the price/person DECREASES.
If your group size is different than the ones listed above, send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible with an estimate.

Payment & Cancellation Policies

The payment will be received and processed in full, in a minimum of 30 days prior to departure. So, any reservation has to be made 30 days or more before departure. If there are 29 days left before the starting of the tour, you cannot book anymore. If you find yourself in a last minute booking decision, send us an e-mail and we’ll find a solution for you.

In the unfortunate case of needing to cancel a reservation for a package, the following terms apply:

  • If you cancel within 30 days before departure, 100% of the total amount payed will be refunded to your account.
  • If you cancel within 15 days before departure, 50% of the total amount payed will be refunded to your account.
  • If you cancel within 7-0 days days before departure, 5% of the total amount payed will be refunded to your account.
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    3 Reviews
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    Orit Sayad

    Group Traveller

    I was so happy to meet you and Alexandra, your lovely wife. You changed for the best my impression of Romania and Bucharest . It will be a pleasure to have you both here, in Israel.

    October 12, 2017

    Vicky Schlachet

    Group Traveller

    The most enjoyable trip to my taste was to Brasov. Maybe we could enjoy authentic rural life in another venue. In Bucharest itself I was very much impressed with Palatul Parlamentului and the private residence of Nicolae Ceaușescu. I wish to emphasize that what I (and I believe also our friend will agree) remember most is your fantastic behaviour, your personal attention to every detail and to everyone in the group, your sensitivity to all our needs and your desire to learn and improve. This made all the difference to us as a collective and as individuals. Since we indeed came for the Festival your could not do better heuristically wise. We wish you only the best and aspire to be of help in whatever will be in our capacity.

    October 10, 2017

    Vigoss Luo

    Solo Traveller

    I have recently visited Sibiu, a wonderful historical city and former European Capital of Culture. I was amazed by its well preserved yet very stylish museums, parks and cathedrals and by the friendliness of the people there. Also, the quality of the services provided by Andrei was impeccable, I enjoyed my trip very much and I would gladly come back anytime!

    April 15, 2017