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Essential Romania – 4 Days

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Transylvania is the centre of Romania and her cultural core. The region is a blend of Hungarian, Saxon and Romanian influences. The permutation of travel possibilities in Transylvania is vast, and we recommend that you contact us to discuss your specific needs.

To understand the ethnic mix of the region today it is necessary to understand the history of past conquerors. The fortified churches are a testimony to the Saxon colonization in the Middle Ages. Saxon merchants arrived in the 12th century to help fortify and defend the eastern borders of the region, which at that time were controlled by the Hungarian Kingdom.

The Saxons founded several settlements, among which are the present day cities of Sighisoara, Brasov, Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca, which all boast perfectly preserved Saxon architecture.

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Day 1
Arrival | Arrival Bucharest, Romania

Upon arrival, your driver-guide will meet you and transfer you outside of the city towards the historic city of Curtea de Arges, strategically situated on the right bank of the Arges River, where it flows through a valley of the lower Carpathian Mountains. The city was the princely seat in the 14th Century, and the ruins of the Princely Court, which originally included a church and a palace, are still to be seen in the city’s Old Center. The beautifully preserved Princely Church was built in the 14th Century and its interiors were richly decorated with frescoes in the Byzantine tradition.

Later today you will arrive in Sibiu. Known also as Hermannstadt, the city has been the center of Romania’s German minority since medieval times. Even today, it contains Romania’s largest German community and the Germanic feel of the area has been well maintained. Sibiu is one of Romania’s cultural and tourism centers, attracting tourists due to its wonderful medieval charm, excellent views of the surrounding landscapes, great food, and stunning parkland.

Upon arrival, you will enjoy an overview walking tour of the town, visiting the Lower City and explore the rather wide medieval streets and the small, tucked-away squares. Sibiu’s architecture is rather rustic, consisting typically of two-story houses with tall roofs and gates opening passages to inner courtyards. In this part of town you will also see Sibiu’s oldest church, dating back to 1386.

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Hotel: Maisson Elysee

Day 2
Sibiu - Sighisoara - Brasov | Sibiu - Sighisoara - Brasov Bran Castle, Romania

This morning you will continue your journey in Transylvania heading towards Sighişoara, the birthplace of the infamous Vlad Tepes and one of the most charming and historic towns in the whole of Transylvania.

You will enjoy a walk around the historic Old Town which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. This ancient town is still very much a functioning hub of the Transylvanian region. Your guide will take you on a brief walking tour of Sighişoara’s Old Town including the medieval Citadel with nine surviving towers; the over 200-feet-tall Clock Tower, once the main entrance to the fortified city; and the Covered Stairway leading to the still-functioning School on the Hill; the Saxon Church on the Hill; and the nearby Saxon cemetery.

In the afternoon, you will continue your journey towards Braşov, one of the most historic towns in the Transylvanian region. Founded in the 13th century as a German merchant colony, the town soon became a major medieval trading center. The Saxons built ornate houses and churches, protected by a massive defensive wall that still remains.

The remainder of the day will be at leisure.

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Hotel: Bella Muzica

Day 3
Brasov & Transyvania | Brasov & Transyvania Brasov, Romania

Today you will spend the day exploring the town of Braşov and the surrounding areas of Transylvania.

You will start in the Old Town Square where the Council House is located. The building’s tower, called the Trumpeter’s Tower, was once a watchtower from which alarm was sounded in times of danger. After the great fire of 1689, set by the invading Austro-Hungarian army, the building was restored and completed as a Renaissance-style loggia dominated by a Baroque facade bearing the coat of arms of the town. The Council House was at that time the business and political decision-making center of the city. Nowadays it houses the Braşov Historical Museum, which focuses on the history of the Saxon guilds. Braşov also has some wonderful examples of Renaissance, Baroque, and Romanian 19th century architecture.

You will continue your walking tour of Old Braşov with a stroll to its medieval citadel. Strategically overlooking the town and the plains to North, the Citadel was erected in the middle of the 15th century as part of Braşov’s outer fortification system against Turkish, Mongol, and Tartar invaders.

In the afternoon, you may visit the famous Bran Castle – commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, originally a stronghold built by the Teutonic Knights in the 12th century. The building of the actual castle started in 1378 as a defense against the Turks and later became a customs post on the pass between Transylvania and Wallachia. The castle is famous because of the wide-spread myths that it was once the home of Vlad the Impaler, although there is no historic evidence that he ever lived here.

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Hotel: Bella Muzica

Day 4
Brasov Onward | Brasov Onward Sighisoara, Romania

This morning you will leave Brasov and head south towards the capital.

On your way, you can make a stop at the Peles Castle, located in an idyllic setting near Sinaia, and indeed a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture. The former summer palace of King Carol, its architecture is resplendent with turrets, curlicues and painted frescoes on the walls. Completed in 1883, Peles’ interiors are a magnificent display of elegant design and historical artifacts. Its 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European art, crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows, walls covered with Cordoba leather, Meissen and Sevres porcelains, and ebony and ivory sculptures.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Bucharest airport to catch your onward flight.

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