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6-Day Private Tour Southern Transylvania & Apuseni Mountains


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Duration 6 days (5 nights)

Prices (approximate) 1650 EUR/ tour/1-4 persons, on request for larger groups

Activity level this is a moderately intensive tour; please consider that visit of the medieval castles and citadel towers requires climbing quite a number of stairs

Includes
– your guide/driver fee & expenses
– transportation by personal car, a 2014 Volkswagen Golf fully insured, air conditioned
– all parking fees and fuel

Not included
– traveler accommodation for 5 nights in Brasov, Sighisoara, Apuseni area and Sibiu is not included; consider an additional cost of around 60 EUR/double room/night at good, centrally located 3*-4* hotels in Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu, and around 40 Eur/night at a rural guesthouse in Apuseni area; I will make all hotel reservations for you, and you will pay directly at the hotel, when you check in;
– meals of your choice are not included; consider around 16 Eur/person the cost of a two-course meal with drink at a local traditional restaurant;
– admission fees to objectives (around 65 Eur/person)
– photo fees (optional) and any other personal expenses

Pick-up at your hotel or other pre-agreed location

Tour itinerary and description
Day 1 Bucharest – Snagov Monastery – Sinaia (Peles Castle) – Bran
Today we will follow in the footsteps of Prince of Wallachia Vlad the Impaler, as our first stop is Snagov Monastery; located on an islet of the Snagov Lake, north of Bucharest, the monastery is the alleged burial site of Vlad; beyond the beguiling history, the outstanding frescoes place Snagov Monastery among the most valuable monuments of local medieval art – drive further north to the Carpathian Mountains and visit of the Peles Castle in Sinaia, essential Romanian landmark, former residence of the Romanian royals – after a lunch break in Sinaia or Busteni, transfer to Bran and visit of the fabulous Bran Castle. Overnight at a rural guesthouse in the Bran village area. (total driving distance 205 km)

Day 2 Bran – Brasov – Viscri – Sighisoara
In the morning, city tour of Brasov; we will head the historical district Scheii Brasovului, to visit St Nicholas Orthodox Church and the Museum Complex sheltering the First Romanian School, exceptional center of  Romanian national culture and spirituality in Transylvania; we will take our time to stroll around the Council Square and visit the Black Church; you may also like to visit the beautiful Synagogue of Brasov – after lunch in Brasov, transfer to the secluded village of Viscri, old Saxon settlement, reminiscent of times past; houses were preserved and the landscape remained unchanged for centuries; the Saxon village of Viscri and its fortified Church are UNESCO World Heritage Site – late afternoon arrival in  Sighisoara (accommodation) (total driving distance 150 km)

Day 3 Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Arieseni (Western Carpathians)
In the morning, tour of the medieval citadel of Sighisoara; enjoy the atmosphere of the narrow streets paved with pebbles and lined with sturdy centuries-old buildings; the landmark of the city is the impressive Clock Tower, and the view from the top of the tower is a real treat – change of scenery and atmosphere as the journey continues to Targu Mures, historical city and important cultural center of Transylvania; we will spend a few hours as there is a lot to take in around this fascinating city, half Romanian, half Hungarian; some emblematic landmarks are located around the central beautiful Roses Square, such as the Palace of Culture, the symbol of the city, and the Prefecture Palace, both amazing Hungarian Secession style masterpieces – transfer to Arieseni area, Apuseni Mountains (Western Carpathians) (guesthouse accommodation in Albac or Arieseni village area) (total driving distance 220 km)

Day 4 Rosia Montana – Scarisoara Cave 
We will spend the day in the area of Apuseni Mountains, known for its natural beauty and specific charm, spectacular karst formations and rich deposits of gold. The scenery is a blend of gentle mountain slopes covered with woods and mountain pastures, scattered hamlets, and karst relief featuring caves, crags and gorges. There are permanent settlements and huts at high altitude (old Romanian settlements), and pastoral traditions and old lifestyle are still alive.

In the morning, visit of Rosia Montana, the Mining Museum and the Roman mines. This site is of exceptional interest. In the area of Rosia Montana, gold was exploited since prehistoric times and to a huge extent during Roman times. Here are the finest and most extensive Roman mining works still to be seen, unique in the Roman world as acknowledged by archaeologists and historians. We will also have a stroll around the mining settlement of Rosia Montana, architectural and cultural patrimony. In the afternoon, visit of the Scarisoara Cave Glacier and/or trip to Pisoaia Waterfall.
Overnight at the same guesthouse (round trip around 60 km drive)

Day 5 Arieseni – Alba Iulia – Sibiu
Today, encounter with history in the city of Alba Iulia, now welcoming at its best as result of thorough restoration of the entire historical site; possible contender for your favorite destination in Romania! – late afternoon arrival in Sibiu (accommodation in Sibiu) (total driving distance 190 km)

Day 6 Sibiu – return to Bucharest
Spend the day in the medieval Saxon burg of Sibiu, considered by Forbes the 8th most idyllic place to live in Europe. It is no wonder that Sibiu was designated European Capital of Culture in 2007. Enjoy its beautiful squares, vaulted passageways, baroque facades and, of course, the pavement cafés and the lively atmosphere. During the morning, short orientation tour of the city, followed by time for strolling at leisure around Sibiu. Main highlights: Piata Mare (Grand Square), Turnul Sfatului (Council Tower), Brukenthal Museum (the first art museum in Romania, opened in 1817), Piata Mica (the Small Square), the House of Arts, the Huet Square with the Evangelical Church, the Goldsmiths’ Passage – in the afternoon, return to Bucharest via the scenic Olt River Gorge. En route, stopover at the iconic Cozia Monastery(Total driving distance 275 km)

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