Romania’s Fantastic Castles
Fantastic and unique castles, citadels and fortified churches in Transylvania – enjoy them all in this amazing trip that includes Curtea de Arges and Cozia Monasteries, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov, Biertan and Viscri, Rupea and Rasnov Fortresses, Bran and Peles Castles.
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DAY 1: Bucharest
Discover by car and by foot the incredible City of Bucharest which will be revealed to you. See the Palace of Parliament (also called the “House of the People”) built by Ceausescu for its own Government, the second largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon, admire the Royal Palace or the Romanian Athenaeum, see where the Romanian revolution started in 1989 and visit the Old City with its Stavropoleos Church, The CEC Palace or Old Princely Court.
Dinner in an Historical Restaurant right in the core of the old City.
After the dinner we will return to the hotel but if you would like to hang around the fantastic streets in old Bucharest for a beer, just choose from hundreds of bars or restaurants.
Accommodation at a 4* hotel in Bucharest.
DAY 2: Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - Cozia - Sibiu (273 Km)
Lunch on the way.
Curtea de Arges Monastery
Founded in the time of voivode Neagoe Basarab, between 1512 and 1517, the monastery is a part of the most famous Romanian legend, “The legend of master Manole”. Known also as the Episcopal Church, because it was an Episcopal See between 1739 and 1748, the house of worship is 18 meters length, 10 meters wide and 25 meters high. The naos and the pronaos of the church are not separated by a door, but by the frame of a door, placed between two columns.
Historic documents state that the canonization of Saint Hierarch Nifon (+1508), Patriarch of Constantinople and Metropolitan of Walachia (1500 – 1505) took place here on 16 August 1517. His holy relics were sent from here in a silver, golden plated coffin to Dioniseu – Athos Monastery.
“The legend of master Manole”, which is directly connected to the name of Curtea de Arges Monastery, says that the ruler hired the greatest masters to build the place of worship. But all that they had built during the day fell apart during the night. So one night Manole had a dream, showing him that the construction would resist only if he built his wife in one of the walls. The next day, when his wife Ana came to bring him the food, Manole built her in the South wall. When all was ready, Neagoe Basarab was impressed by the beauty of the Monastery, and ordered his servants to take the stairs that leaded to the roof so that the masters could not come down and built a more beautiful church. Then Manole manufactured some sieve wings so he could fly, but he crushed. It is said that a spring, representing Manole’s tears, appeared on the spot where he touched the land. The spring actually exists, and it is near the monastery. On the way, visit Cozia Monastery, historical monument from 14th century, erected by the grandfather of Vlad the Impaler.
Known as the oldest and most complex historical and art monuments from Romania, Cozia Monastery is situated on the right bank of the river Olt, 22 km away from Ramnicu Valcea and 75 km away from Sibiu. It was built between 1386-1388, being one of the most important foundations of the ruler Mircea cel Batran (Mircea the Elder). Initially, it was known under the name of Nucet Monastery, because it was built in an area proper for walnut trees to grow. The name of “Cozia” was given to it later, after the name of the mountain in its vicinity.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant in Sibiu.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.
DAY 3: Sibiu - Biertan - Sighisoara (108 km)
Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture in 2007, together with Luxemburg, being the first city in South-Eastern Europe to receive this title. Even before Romania adhered to the European Union, Sibiu was already known for having an European character, mainly for its infrastructure, but also due to the fact that it is a cultural location and its European spirit.
You will be amazed by the charm of this beautiful city!
Lunch in a local restaurant in Biertan.
We can stop by Mr. Ion Constantinescu’s painting and sculpting workshop to watch this local artist using centuries-old traditional methods.
After such a lovely experience we will continue to Sighisoara.
We will visit the only medieval citadel in Europe that is still fully inhabited; mentioned in 1280 as “Castrum Sex”. Detailed tour of the citadel, including the Tower Museum, the Scholars' Stairs, the Church on the Hill. Feel the attractions of the Torture Room and visit the Medieval Weapons Collection. Visit the house where is supposing that Vlad “Dracula” was born (now a cozy restaurant).
Sighisoara, besides being the birthplace of famous Vlad the Impaler associated with Dracula is the last still inhabited medieval citadel not only in Transylvania but in whole Europe and also a World Heritage Site since 1993.
Among the many other attractions that will take you back in time in the Sighisoara Medieval Citadel you will see The Clock Tower, Church on the Hill, the house where Vlad Tepes was born and the Scholars' Stairs. Dinner and accommodation in Sighisoara in a 4* hotel.
DAY 4: Sighisoara - Viscri - Rupea - Brasov (121 km)
Viscri is the village loved so much by His Royal Highness Prince Charles. The Saxon character of Viscri has been so well preserved that the entire village has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy today the 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. Feel then the true Saxon hospitality, home-cooked meals and a trip back in time.
Enjoy a traditional lunch in Viscri.
After such a wonderful and healthy lunch we will drive to Rupea Fortress, our next stop.
One of the most imposing and best-conserved medieval sites in Transylvania, Rupea Fortress is a world-unique destination. The fortress of Rupea amazes through its imposing dimensions and centuries of history.
The fortress, one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Romania is located in Rupea, at the border of Brasov County and Mures County on top of Cohalm hill. The first documentation dates back in 1324.
We will continue our way to the beautiful city of Brasov. In the evening you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Brasov.
Admire the 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 Drapers’ Bastion, The Ropemakers’ Bastion, The Weavers’ Bastion (a building unique in Romania), the White and the Black Towers, Ecaterina’s Gate, the Old Town Hall Square and the Town Council building.Dinner in a traditional restaurant in Brasov. Accommodation in a 4* Hotel in Poiana Brasov .
DAY 5: Brasov - Rasnov - Bran - Simon - Brasov (75 Km)
On the way visit the Rasnov Fortress.The fortress is situated on a hill overlooking the medieval town of Rasnov. Nowadays the fortress is well preserved. We will access the fortress by the newly built inclined elevator which will transport us from the town center to Rasnov Citadel. The fantastic views of the fortress and the fortress itself will be an unforgettable memory.
Let’s enjoy a lovely lunch in the countryside. You will be transported by a horse carrige to the guesthouse in Simon, a small village near Bran. After the lunch we will go and visit the mysterious castle of Dracula - the 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. Return to Poiana Brasov. Dinner and accommodation at a 4* hotel in Poiana Brasov.
DAY 6: Brasov – Sinaia – Bucharest (171 km)
On the way to Bucharest you will visit the majestic Peles Castle in Sinaia, located at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains. Sinaia became famous at the end of 19th century when the first king of Romania, Carol I, made it the summer residence for the royal family and popularized the town. The Peles Castle is a fine example of German Renaissance style of architecture, with elaborately-decorated rooms. Lunch in Sinaia and departure to Bucharest.
Arrival in Bucharest and accommodation in a 4* hotel. Farewell dinner.
DAY 7: Bucharest - Airport
Transfer to the Henri Coanda International Airport.