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Ultimate Transylvania

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 colonisation 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.

For custom luxury travel and tours to Transylvania and Romania, please contact one of our travel experts.

Day 1
Arrival | Arrival

Arrival in Bucharest, where you will be met by your private driver, who will be waiting for you just outside of customs, after you pick up your luggage, to transfer you to your hotel in the center of the city.

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Hotel: Athenee Palace Hilton

Day 2
Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov | Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov

This morning, you will be greeted by your personal English speaking driver-guide who will be waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel. You will start your journey through the heart of Transylvania and the area with a high concentration of fortified churches and towns – testimony to the Saxon colonization in the Middle Ages.

Your journey will take you north to Sinaia. Known as the “pearl of the Carpathians”, it is a popular ski-resort, located in the picturesque surroundings of the Prahova Valley at the foot of the fir-covered Bucegi Mountains. The resort allegedly got its name from a Romanian nobleman, who, after visiting the Mount Sinai in Israel in the 17th century, came back and founded the Sinaia Monastery.

Later today, you will visit what is considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in the whole of Europe. Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture.

You will also visit the Sinaia Monastery, built in 1695 and housing religious objects, icons, rare books, pottery and porcelain ware from the 16th-19th centuries. This is still a working monastery, so you will be able to meet the monks that live and worship here.

You will continue north-west and arrive at the medieval town of Brasov, 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. Brasov also has some wonderful examples of Renaissance, Baroque and Romanian 19th century architecture.

Have the evening at your leisure. You may decide to have dinner and wine-tasting at a local restaurant featuring traditional Romanian folklore show. The cost of dinner is not included in your trip.

Exeter Services: Car & Driver-Guide

Hotel: Casa Wagner

Day 3
Brasov – Sighisoara | Brasov – Sighisoara

This morning, your guide will take you to continue your walking tour of Brasov. You will visit the famous Black Church, the largest Gothic Church in the Balkan region. It was built in the 14th century as a three-nave basilica by German architects and masons commissioned by the Saxon community of Brasov.

The church’s massive structure is 290 feet long and 125 feet high, and has a six-ton bell and an impressive 4,000-pipe organ, which is still played during weekly concerts, as well as a rich collection of Anatolian carpets donated in the Middle Ages by Saxon merchants.

You will also stroll to Brasov's medieval citadel. Strategically overlooking the town and the plains to the North, the Citadel was erected in the middle of the 15th century as part of Brasov's outer fortification system against Turkish, Mongol and Tartar invaders. 

Later this afternoon, you will continue on to Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Monument - the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, and one of the most charming towns in Transylvania.

Exeter Services: Car & Driver-Guide

Hotel: Casa Fronius

Day 4
Sighisoara – Biertan – Sibiu | Sighisoara – Biertan – Sibiu

This morning, your guide will take you on a walking tour of Sighisoara to include the medieval Citadel with 14 towers, the over 200 feet-tall Clock Tower - once the main entrance to the fortified city, and the Covered Stairway. We also recommend a visit to the History Museum, especially for its fascinating exhibit of Medieval Weaponry.

Continuing on, you will reach the village of Biertan, one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, and also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Later today, you will travel to Sibiu, also known as Hermannstadt, the city has been the center of Romania's German minority since medieval times.

Check in at your hotel, situated at the very heart of the historic center of Sibiu and have the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Car & Driver-Guide

Hotel: Casa Levoslav

Day 5
Sibiu | Sibiu

You will meet your driver-guide in the lobby of your hotel for the tour of Sibiu’s main historic and cultural sights.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Sibiu became the second and later, the first most important city of Transylvania. After the Romanian Orthodox Church was granted independence from the Habsburg Empire in the 1860s, Sibiu became the Metropolitan seat. After the First World War, when the Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved, Sibiu became part of Romania.

Highlights of the city include the Placa Mare (Large Square), which has been the city’s focal point since the 16th century. On the corner of the square, you will visit the Brukenthal Palace, one of the most important Baroque monuments in Romania, built at the end of the 19th century as the main residence for the Governor of Transylvania Samuel von Brukenthal. Nowadays it houses the main part of the National Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817. Next to the palace is the Blue House - an 18th century Baroque house bearing the old coat of arms of Sibiu on its façade.

You will also see the Council Tower, one of the city's symbols. This former fortification tower from the 14th century was successively rebuilt over the years. Later today, you will also walk to the Small Square to see the Liar's Bridge - the first bridge in Romania to have been cast in iron in the 19th century. Just to the right of the bridge is another symbol of the city - the House of the Arts, an arched building which once belonged to the Butchers' Guild. On the left side of the bridge is the Luxemburg House, a Baroque four-storey building, the former seat of the Goldsmiths' Guild.

Time permitting, your driver-guide will take you out of Sibiu to the village of Sibiel to visit its icon museum, one of the best in the country. Located just next to the village church, the museum houses a collection of over 700 icons richly painted on glass, as well as furniture and ceramics.

Return to your hotel and have the evening at your leisure.

Exeter Services: Car & Driver-Guide

Hotel: Casa Levoslav

Day 6
Sibiu – Bucharest | Sibiu – Bucharest

Your driver-guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for your drive south to Bucharest. On the way, you will have a chance to admire the serrated peaks of the Fagaras Mountains, rising in the south.

En route, you may decide to stop in the town of Curtea de Arges (The Court of Arges) and visit the ruins of the Princely court.

Continuing south, on the outskirts of Bucharest, you will visit one of Romania’s most significant palaces – the Mogosoaia Palace, built in the 17th century within a large court and surrounded by a lake and forests and featuring traditional Romanian staircase balconies, arcades and columns.

Late afternoon arrival in Bucharest and check in at the luxurious five-star Athenee Palace Hilton hotel in the centre of the city.

Exeter Services: Car & Driver-Guide

Hotel: Athenee Palace Hilton

Day 7
Bucharest – Onward | Bucharest – Onward

Check out of your hotel and meet your driver for the transfer to the airport for your flight onward. The cost of flight is not included in your itinerary.

Exeter Services: Transfer Only

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