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6-Day Tour Southern Transylvania, Székely Land & Carpathians

6-Day Tour Southern Transylvania, Szekely Land & CarpathiansSaxon Transylvania, The Székely Land and breathtaking nature! Exciting journey around South and South-Eastern Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains – step off the beaten track to discover Transylvania, one of the least known and fascinating regions of Europe.
(scroll down the page for the detailed program of the tour)
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Tour Information

Duration 6 days (5 nights)

Prices 1450 EUR/ tour/1-3 people 

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

What is included
– guide/driver fee
– transportation by personal car, a 2017 Volkswagen Golf air conditioned
– all parking fees and fuel

Not included
– cost of accommodation for travelers and guide
– meals of your choice (except the breakfast which is included in the room rate)

– the entry fees to objectives (around 40 Eur/person)
– photo fees to objectives or any personal expenses (souvenirs etc)

Meeting location at your hotel or other pre-agreed location

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Itinerary
Day 1 Bucharest – Sinaia – Babele Plateau – Bran – Brasov 

Cross the Carpathian Mountains to Transylvania and visit en route essential Romanian landmarks: the Peles Castle in Sinaia, emblematic of the Romanian royalty, considered one of the most beautiful 19th century European royal residences, and Bran Castle, famous due to its connections with Bram Stoker’s character Count Dracula. Time permitting, we will also reach by cable car the Babele Plateau in the Bucegi Mountains, for panoramic views and to see the natural rock formation known as the Sphinx of Bucegi. Arrival in Brasov in the late afternoon, hotel check-in followed by a brief orientation walk after which you will enjoy the evening on your own.
Overnight in Brasov (Total driving distance 200 km)

Day 2 In the Székely Land: old manor houses and amazing nature in Eastern Carpathians

Discover that mysterious Transylvania you’ve imagined, but maybe in a different way: lost-in-time villages and impressive nature. The vast woodlands and mountains in the area are the most densely populated with large predators in the Romanian Carpathians: bears, wolves and lynx still roam in one of their last refuge in Europe. This is the land of Széklers, Hungarian-speaking people whose origin is an unsolved mystery. The region is virtually unexplored, despite the beauty of nature, the atmosphere of its villages and the interesting cultural heritage.

In the morning: leaving Brasov, we set off heading to Covasna County, part of the historical Székely Land. The area boasts centuries old fortified churches and a host of manor houses of old Székler nobility, some of them restored in recent years, others still in ruin.

In the afternoon: we drive further north, to Ciuc and Harghita Mountains region, and explore Mohos peat-bog, a rare flora reserve created in a volcano crater, with botanical rarities that survived the glacial period, and Sfanta Ana Lake, the only volcanic lake in Romania.
Accommodation in Tusnad Spa Resort (Total driving distance 110 km)

Day 3 Tusnad – Miercurea Ciuc – Odorheiu Secuiesc – Sighisoara

Today: throughout the route, ♥breathtaking scenery (arguably the most beautiful in Romania!); take advantage of being in the land of mineral water springs and taste the natural mineral water directly from the source – Romania is home to 1/3 of all European mineral and thermal springs, and some of the most popular originate in the area; visit the sacred Catholic Pentecost pilgrimage site of Sumuleu Ciuc; admire the famous Székely carved gates; stroll in Odorheiu Secuiesc, the most “Hungarian city” in Transylvania (more than 96% Hungarian population!); lunch at one of the restaurants serving Hungarian traditional cuisine, occasion to “get a taste” of the local culture; in the late afternoon, transfer to Sighisoara, thus leaving the Székely Land to enter the part of Transylvania shaped by the Saxon culture.
Accommodation in Sighisoara (Total driving distance 140 km)

Day 4 Sighisoara – Malancrav – Biertan – Sibiu

In the morning, tour of the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, one of the few still inhabited medieval fortified towns in Eastern Europe. Its historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The landmark of the city is the venerable Tower Clock, and the view from the top is a real treat. After enjoying lunch in the small square at the heart of the citadel, we set off to Sibiu. En route, detour to visit the village of Malancrav, home to the largest remaining Saxon community in a village in Transylvania, and see the fortified church, with the 15th century frescoes.
Accommodation in Sibiu (Total driving distance 120 km)

Day 5 Sibiu 

After breakfast, set out to explore the medieval burgh of Sibiu, considered by Forbes the 8th most idyllic place to live in Europe. It is no wonder that Sibiu was designated in 2007 European Capital of Culture. In the morning, short orientation tour of the city followed by time for strolling around at leisure. Enjoy the vaulted passageways, cobblestone streets, baroque facades, the cafés and the lively atmosphere. Museum lovers will be spoilt for choice, and highlights include Brukenthal Museum (art collections), the Museum of History (The Altemberger House), or the original Museum of Pharmacy.
Accommodation in Sibiu (Total driving distance 50 km)

Day 6 Sibiu – Balea Lake – Transfagarasan Highway – Vidraru Dam – Curtea de Arges – Bucharest

Today be prepared for adventure, as we will make our way to Balea Glacial Lake lying at over 2000 m altitude in the Fagaras Mountains, the highest section of the Romanian Carpathians.
We will follow the amazing Transfagarasan Highway, that crosses the Carpathians up to  2034 m altitude and passes through the longest road tunnel in Romania (884 m).
We will stop at Balea Lake, to have lunch at the restaurant located at the edge of the lake while admiring the scenery, before continuing our route along the Transfagarasan. On the other side of the mountains, we reach the impressive Vidraru Dam and further on will be passing Poienari Fortress, the real castle of Prince Vlad Dracula, perched high on a cliff above the Arges river valley. Return to Bucharest (Total driving distance 325 km)

! The most difficult section  of the Transfagarasan Highway, the portion between Balea Falls and Capra Chalet, is usually open only from July to October, and occasionally may be closed even in the middle of the summer. If the Transfagarasan is closed, we still can get to Balea Lake by cable car, and take our time to have lunch and enjoy the scenery, then return to the main road and continue to Bucharest following the route through Brasov.

! With lots of tight switchback turns, passing sheer drops and missing guard rails in places, the Transfagarasan Highway is not for the faint-hearted. Alternatively we can leave the driving and get to Balea Lake by cable car. Visitors who fear heights may not like the cable car ride either. If you prefer to avoid both the Transfagarasan and the cable car, we will skip them both, and take the main road to Bucharest. 

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