Transylvania & Bucovina Heritage Tour
Visit the architectural and natural wonders of Transylvania and Bucovina: Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Dracula's Castle, Sinaia, the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, Bicaz Gorge & more
Bucharest: capital city and financial centre of Romania, that proudly displays its history alongside modern culture
Painted Monasteries of Bucovina, unique in Romania, part of UNESCO World Heritage
Bicaz Gorge - a narrow limestone passage, considered one of the most spectacular roads in the country
Red Lake - a natural barrier lake, the biggest of its’ kind in Eastern Carpathians
Sighisoara - listed among the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, the birthplace of Vlad Dracula
Sibiu - an amazing medieval city in the heart of Transylvania
7 nights accommodation in 4-stars hotels (DBL room)
Professional English-speaking tour guide
Round-trip airport transfer
Transportation by modern air-conditioned vehicle
Lunches & dinners
Duration8 days 7 nights
Our guide welcomes you at the airport in Bucharest and gives you all the necessary details and assistance to start the trip, while you are being transferred to your accommodation in the centre of Bucharest.
After breakfast, we will set on a city tour of Bucharest to discover hundreds of years of history and culture. The tour includes the most important attractions: Old Town full of historical charm, Revolution Square where we gained our independence back in 1989, the Palace of Parliament - the second-largest administrative building in the world. In addition, we will walk around an open-air Village Museum showcasing traditional peasant life, stop near the House of Free Press (resembling the main building of Moscow State University) and the Arch of Triumph. Accommodation the same hotel as the previous night.
Breakfast at the hotel. Did you know that Romania is one of the biggest wine producers in the world? Today you will have an opportunity to visit two outstanding wine cellars in the country and enjoy wine-tasting sessions at LacertA and Budureasca wineries. You will learn the history of winemaking, see the production process, taste the finest samples and immerse in the tranquillising atmosphere of the scenic nature around. To top it all, we will take a meal at “Dacian Farm” - a restaurant with the perfectly-recreated atmosphere of the Dacian times. The night will be spent in a mountainous town of Piatra Neamt.
Breakfast. This day will be full with captivating sights belonging to UNESCO World Heritage. First on the list is a visit to three spectacular Painted Churches: Voronet, Sucevita, Moldovita, known throughout Europe as “the Sistine Chapel of the East”. You will be fascinated by their lively painted exterior walls decorated with 15th and 16th-century frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible. On the way back, you will stop at Neamt Citadel, one of the most stunning ones in Romania. Located up on a high peak right on the important crossroad, it used to play a major role in the defence of Moldova. In order to make tourists visit as comfortable as possible the whole place was revamped in 2009. Overnight in the same accommodation as the previous night.
Breakfast. Leaving the Moldavia region behind, we will be approaching the enigmatic Transylvania. Passageway between the two regions is a true natural wonder called Bicaz Gorge. The gorge twists and turns steeply uphill for 5km providing thrilling feelings and excellent photo spots. This scenic road will take us to another miracle in the open air - the Red Lake, the largest natural mountain lake in Romania, formed in the aftermath of an earthquake. You can enjoy the fresh air and breathtaking panorama while taking lunch. Our final highlight for today is Sighisoara - impressively beautiful and well-preserved medieval town, the birth of Vlad Dracula and part of UNESCO World Heritage. The major landmarks like Clock Tower, Vlad Dracula’s House and Fortress Square will be visited on a guided walking tour. Hotel accommodation in Sighisoara.
After breakfast, our journey continues to another idyllic city of Transylvania - Sibiu. It is famous for Saxon architecture heritage mixed with Romanian traditions. For hundreds of years, this walled town was one of the most powerful and prosperous strongholds in Europe. Luckily, Sibiu has not lost the charm since its foundation in the 12th century and still remains an important cultural centre of Romania. During the walking tour, you will see numerous important attractions: The Grand Square, The Small Square, The Huet Square and the National Brukenthal Museum. Recollecting the beauty of Sibiu’s cobblestone streets, you will arrive in Brasov - the second most visited city after Bucharest. Brasov fascinates with its rich cultural past and dynamic modern city life combined with old-world charm and breathtaking landscapes. Our guide will take you on a walking tour to uncover the city’s legends and realities. Overnight in Brasov.
Breakfast. Leaving Brasov, we will head out to the worldwide famous sight - Bran Castle, an intriguing 13th-century hilltop fortress known as the Dracula’s Castle. You will find out the real story of Vlad the Impaler and legends that made him Count Dracula. Driving through the picturesque landscapes on the way to Bucharest, we will stop in Sinaia, a resort town nestled at the foothills of Bucegi Mountains. The first king of Romania was so enchanted by the area that decided to establish his summer residence, the Peles Castle, here. Designed in a Germanic neo-renaissance style, it is listed among the most stunning castles in Europe. Inspired by the discoveries, you will return to Bucharest for the last night of our adventure.
Depending on your flight schedule, on the last day, you can enjoy some free time in Bucharest. Afterwards, you will be taken to the airport, recollecting a great time discovering Romania.