ON THE STEPS OF PRINCE CHARLES IN TRANSYLVANIA

-6 days/ 5 nights-

DAY 1: BUCHAREST

Meet with the guide at the Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest. Your first day in Romania starts with a sightseeing tour of Bucharest, including: The Vlad the Impaler’ Old Princely Court; the Archbishop’s Church and Palace, the Palace of Parliament (also called the “House of the People”), second largest building in the world, after the building of US Pentagon. Accommodation at a 4* hotel In Bucharest.

Palace of Parliament Revolution's Square

DAY 2: BUCHAREST- CURTEA DE ARGES - COZIA - SIBIU

Breakfast. Leave for Sibiu via Curtea de Arges, where visit the former capital of Wallachia, the residence of the first Basarab Prince. Visit the Princely Church and the Curtea de Arges monastery (including the Fountain of Master Manole).

Curtea de Arges Monastery Cozia Monastery

On the way, visit Cozia Monastery, hystorical monument from 14-th century, erected by the grandfather of Vlad the Impaler. Accommodation at a 3* hotel in Sibiu.

DAY 3: SIBIU - VISCRI - SIGHISOARA

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Sibiu by foot, including: the Bruckental Art Museum, the Stairs Passage, the Liar’s Bridge, the Main Square and the Little Square, the Stairs’ Passage, the mediaeval fortress’ walls, the Museum of Pharmacy.

Sighisoara Large Square – Sibiu

The most important place that you will visit today is Viscri Village: the community of Saxons, whose ancestors founded the village more than 800 years ago, has successfully preserved Viscri’s traditional way of life, thanks in large part to its difficult access to the main road.
Blue Saxon houses lend an air of distinction to the already picturesque surroundings and the beautiful white fortified church dates back to 1230. More than visiting the old houses, the old church, the mignon handicrafts shop, tourists will enjoy true Saxon hospitality, home-cooked meals and a trip back in time. The Saxon character of Viscri has been so well preserved that the entire village has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Viscri’s Fortified Church Church’s Sanctuary in Viscri

Your next stop will be at Sighisoara where you will visit the only medieval citadel in Europe that is still fully inhabited; mentioned in 1280 as “Castrum Sex”. Detalied tour of the citadel, including the Tower Museum, the Cover Stairs, the Church on the Hill. Feel the attractions of the Torture Room and visit the Mediaeval Weapons Collection. Visit the house where allegedly Vlad "Dracula" was born (now a cozy restaurant). Accommodation in Sighisoara at a 3* hotel.

DAY 4: SIGHISOARA - BRASOV – RASNOV – BRAN

Breakfast. You will make a sightseeing tour of the Brasov city, including Black Church (the biggest Gothic monument in Brasov), St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Schei Gate and District (architectural reservation), the Rope Street (the narrowest street in Europe), The Clothes-makers Bastion, The Rope-makers Bastion, The Weavers’ Bastion (building unique in Romania), the White and the Black Towers, Ecaterina’s Gate, the Old Town Hall Square and the Town Council building.
The Rasnov Fortress is not far away from the world famous Bran Castle (a.k.a. Dracula's castle) and only about 15km away from Brasov city. It is situated on a hill overlooking the medieval town of Ransov. Nowadays the fortress is well preserved, but is little known to both Romanian and foreign tourists. The fantastic views from the fortress together with the fortress itself and the small museum inside make Rasnov a sight that you must not miss if you are in the area.

Rasnov Black Church

Your next stop is Bran Castle. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Commonly known as "Dracula's Castle" (although it is one among several locations linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle), it is marketed as the home of the titular character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.
Free time for shopping. Accommodation at a 4* hotel in Bran.

DAY 5: BRAN – SINAIA – BUCHAREST

Breakfast. On the way to Bucharest you will visit Sinaia. Home to the splendid Peles Castle, Sinaia is located at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains. Although the Sinaia monastery has existed here since the 17th century, Sinaia becomes famous at the end of 19th c., when became the summer residence of the first king of Romania, Carol I, which popularized the town. Visit Peles Castle, a fine example of German Renaissance style of architecture, with elaborately-decorated rooms. The tour includes also the visit to Sinaia Monastery.

Bran Castle Peles Castle

Accommodation at a 4* hotel in Bucharest.

DAY 6: BUCHAREST - AIRPORT

Breakfast. Depending on your flight schedule, you will have free time for shopping or transfer to the Henri Coanda International Airport, Otopeni.

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