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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Places Visited

Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu

Departure Dates

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Day 1

DETAILED ITINERARY

After your flight arrives in Bucharest, you’ll be met at the airport and driven to your centrally located accommodation. Bucharest is a dynamic city of historic charm, where the modernity of the EU meets the infectious energy of the Balkans and the Middle East

What’s Included: transport from the airport, accommodation

Day 2

There’s so much to see in Romania’s capital city. Bucharest has a big city feel and is still a little rough around the edges, but that only adds to its colorful charm. On your first full day here, you’ll have a private city tour with a local guide who will help you get your bearings and learn about Bucharest’s rich history. You’ll take in all the major sites, including concert halls, churches and squares, and the second largest building in the world, the massive Palace of Parliament. The palace was conceived by Romania’s last dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, and was almost completed by the communists before the 1989 revolution. It’s impressive, to say the least.

After your tour, you can settle into the vibrant nightlife in the Lipscani district of the Old Town, with quaint sidewalk cafés, bustling art galleries, and excellent restaurants. Strolling Calea Victoriei will bring you past some of Bucharest’s most stunning landmarks, including the Cantacuzino Palace and the historical Revolution Square.

What’s Included: private city tour, accommodation

Day 3

After breakfast you’ll be met at your hotel by a private driver, who will take you to the impressive city of Brasov, the gateway to Transylvania. Without stops the trip takes three hours, but there’s plenty to see along the way. You’ll stop at Peles, a neo-Renaissance castle built between 1873 and 1914. We’d recommend taking the tour, and enjoying a tasty lunch of hearty local cuisine at the castle restaurant. If you’re up for a hike, you could take an additional detour to Bucegi National Park, a mountain region known for its Sphinx rock formation and stunning natural landscapes. You can take a cable car to the summit of Omu Peak for breathtaking views all the way to the horizon. Visiting the park adds an extra three hours to your journey, but it’s well worth it for nature lovers. Once you reach Brasov, you’ll be taken to your centrally located accommodation.

What’s Included: transportation, accommodation

Day 4

Framed by the natural surroundings of the looming crags of the Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is a city of medieval beauty. The Town Hall Square is ringed with baroque buildings and the nearby Black Church, Romania’s largest gothic church. Squeeze down Rope Street, which is said to be the narrowest street in Europe, and then get a bird’s-eye view with a cable car ride above the city to Mount Tampa. Council Square is one of Romania’s most scenic central squares, where you can still discover parts of Brasov’s 14th century fortifications and citadel.

To help you get your bearings and learn more about the history of this fascinating city, we’ll arrange a walking tour with a local guide on your first full day, or your day of arrival, if you prefer. Basing yourself in Brasov for a few days not only gives you time to soak up the incomparable atmosphere, but also provides easy access to three of Romania’s most impressive castles: Bran, Rasnov and Peles. There are numerous excursions possible from the city, each with a charm of its own.

What’s Included: city tour, accommodation

Day 5

In the morning, you’ll be picked up by a private driver and driven to the next stop on your trip, the shining gem of medieval Transylvanian towns, Sighisoara. Although the town is just over an hour and a half away from Brasov, a short detour will take you through the village of Viscri. This is one of a cluster of five local villages with fortified churches. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site where Prince Charles purchased two traditional Saxon houses that have since been gorgeously restored. Once in Sighisoara, you’ll be taken to your centrally located accommodation, where you can enjoy the evening, or explore the nightlife on your own.

What’s Included: transportation, visit to Viscri, accommodation

Day 6

Sighisoara’s best-known resident may well be Dracula, but leave the legend behind and you’ll discover one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. The center of Sighisoara, with its cobbled streets, towers and burgher houses, is best explored on foot. To make the most of your time here, we’ve organized a tour with an excellent guide who will bring the stories of the Medieval Citadel to life. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city has plenty to offer, from the Church on the Hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, to the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit and 17th century organ. Be sure to enjoy the view from the Clock Tower and climb up the Scholar’s Stairs. Built in 1642, this covered staircase was built to protect schoolchildren and churchgoers on their winter climb to study or pray. Although you could cover the city’s main sites in a few hours, Sighisoara is an excellent place to have some relaxing down time. Staying overnight means you’ll experience its serene evening atmosphere, after the day-trippers have gone.

What’s Included: city tour, accommodation

Day 7

The next stop on your trip is the idyllic Transylvanian town of Sibiu. Your private driver will pick you up in the morning. As a straight shot it’s only an hour and a half to Sibiu, but to make the most of it, you’ll stop along the route to admire the Saxon villages known for their fortified churches that rise impressively from the landscape. The most famous of these villages is Biertan, a must-see destination that is an iconic Romanian site. If you’d like to stop for lunch, you should definitely try the Dracula Danes Estate, where the horse stables are a famous attraction. Once you reach Sibiu, you’ll be driven to your centrally located accommodation.

What’s Included: transportation, accommodation

Day 8

Sibiu is one of Europe’s most idyllic cities, with pedestrian-friendly streets that make it a stroller’s paradise. Meandering through the city is like traveling back in time. You’ll have a private tour guide to reveal all the local secrets. At the top of our to-do list is climbing the clock tower to get an all-round view over the city. Culture plays a big part in Sibiu’s character; it was European City of Culture in 2007 after all, and there is a rich calendar of events. It’s easy to get a feel for the urban layout, which is simply divided into the Upper Town and Lower Town. Upper holds the most historic sights, while Lower’s streets are lined with colorful buildings and surrounded by the city’s walls and defense towers. Traverse the beautiful Passage of Steps to move between the two. The city’s squares, streets and churches are all wonderful to explore. Then take a break on the Great Square, the center of city life.

As well as the attractions of Sibiu itself, you’ll also be perfectly located to take off on day trips to places like Alba Iulia, a beautiful town with Romanesque architecture, a monastery and city walls, and the Gothic-Renaissance Corvin Castle.

What’s Included: city tour, accommodation

Day 9

Today you’re headed back to the capital, Bucharest. A private driver will pick you up from your accommodation in the morning. There are two distinct routes between Sibiu and Bucharest. If you are traveling between April and September when it is officially open you should absolutely take the longer route, including the DN7C, better known as twisting and turning Transfăgărășan, or Ceausescu’s Folly. You’ll make a day of the drive, because along the route there are some must-see stops. The first is the Balea Glacial Lake. The chalet overlooking the lake and mountains affords incredible views of the winding road from above. It’s the ideal place for lunch. Further afield you’ll stop at the impressive monastery in Curtea de Arges, the capital of the Wallachia region. This white stone structure is eye-catching and absolutely unique.

To allow for any potential delays, and to make sure you are at the airport in time for your flight, you’ll stay at a 4 star hotel close to the airport for your last night in Romania.

What’s Included: transportation, accommodation

Day 10

Today, a driver will pick you up and bring you to the Bucharest airport for your departing flight.

What’s Included: transportation


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