3-Day Transylvania Private Tour – ‘Legendary Transylvania’
The most popular destinations in Transylvania on a 3-day tour with your personal guide and private car
‘Transylvania is in the midst of the Carpathian mountains; one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe.’ (Bram Stoker – ‘Dracula’). For many, Transylvania has still remained that far-away, mysterious realm of Dracula. You will find that feeling of mystery and awe, in the presence of mountains, medieval citadels, old ruins… but there is much more. This 3-day private tour takes you in the heart of that legendary Transylvania, to discover and appreciate it beyond myth, for what it truly is: the remarkable survival of its traditional rural landscape and the unspoilt natural beauty that makes Transylvania unique, ‘a European treasure’.
Transylvania, listed in the top of ‘the best places in the world to travel in 2016’ by Lonely Planet! http://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel/regions
Sighisoara – one of the best preserved medieval townscapes in Eastern Europe, UNESCO World Heritage Site, birth place of the fascinating Prince of Wallachia Vlad Dracula
Sibiu -considered by Forbes the 8th most idyllic place to live in Europe, a lively, charming city of culture
Peles Castle – major historical landmark in Romania, symbol of the Romanian royalty, regarded as one of the most beautiful 19th century European royal residences
Bran Castle – famous due to its connections with Bram Stoker’s character Count Dracula, but outstanding for what it truly is, a genuine medieval castle significant for the history of the region
Brasov – the Transylvanian medieval town of Brasov
Transfagarasan Highway – If season allows it, return to Bucharest following the Transfagarasan Highway, spectacular road crossing the Carpathians at high altitude, featured by Top Gear BBC as ‘the best driving road in the world’ (*fully open between July and October)
“I visited the Saxon Villages area of Transylvania and I was deeply impressed by the natural beauty and cultural richness of what I saw. The area represent a lost past for most of us – a past in which villages were intimately linked to their landscape. The culture, traditions, art and architecture of the Saxons of Transylvania are a truly remarkable survival.”
Prince Charles of Wales
Duration 3 days/2 nights
Price 860 EUR/ tour for up to 4 persons, on request for larger groups
Activity level this is a moderately intensive tour; please consider that visit of medieval castles and citadel towers requires climbing many stairs
What is included
– tour guide fee & expenses
– transportation by personal car, a new 2014 Volkswagen Golf, fully insured, air conditioned
– all parking fees and fuel
– traveler accommodation for 2 nights in Brasov and Sibiu is not included in the quoted price (consider an additional cost of 65 EUR/double room/night at good 3*-4* hotels)
– the cost of food and drink you choose to buy; consider around 17 EUR/person the cost of two-course meal and drink at good local restaurant;
– admission fees (around 90 Lei/adult, equivalent of 20 EUR/adult; reduced tickets available at Peles Castle and Bran Castle for seniors age 65+ and students with proper ID)
– cost of photo fees at Peles Castle, the History Museum in Sighisoara etc
Pick-up, Drop-off at your hotel or other pre-agreed location
Early set off from Bucharest, heading north towards the Carpathian Mountains. Arrival in Sinaia (two hour drive north of Bucharest) and visit Peles Castle, considered one of the most beautiful castles in the world, former summer residence of the Romanian Royal family. Cross into Transylvania to Bran and visit of Bran Castle, explore its twisting passages and staircases and learn the real story of Vlad Dracula, Prince of Wallachia. Then we continue and shortly reach Brasov after a short drive, check in followed by rapid orientation tour of the city and evening at leisure.
Day 2 Brasov – Sighisoara – Sibiu (accommodation in Sibiu, total driving distance 220 km)
After breakfast, set off for Sighisoara, on a journey through the plains and gentle hills of Southern Transylvania. This is the region of Saxon villages, known for the traditional villages, the Fortified Churches (several of them UNESCO sites) and for providing a rare image of an older Europe. Arrival in Sighisoara, tour of the medieval citadel, one of the last inhabited medieval towns in Eastern Europe. Enjoy the atmosphere of the narrow streets paved with pebbles and lined with centuries-old buildings. Climb the steps of the Clock Tower for great views over the city and surrounding area. Lunch at one of the local restaurants before heading for Sibiu. Late afternoon arrival in Sibiu, hotel check in and evening at leisure.
Day 3 Sibiu – return to Bucharest* (total driving distance 275 km)
Spend the morning in Sibiu, regarded as one of the most beautiful and best preserved cities in Romania and Europe. Sibiu was designated in 2007 the European Capital of Culture. Enjoy its arched passageways, cobblestone streets, baroque facades, old buildings, the numerous cafés and the lively atmosphere. Main highlights: Piata Mare (Grand Square), Turnul Sfatului (Council Tower), Brukenthal Museum, Piata Mica (the Small Square), the Evangelical Church, the Goldsmiths’ Passage. In the afternoon, return to Bucharest via the scenic Olt River Valley*.
*During summer and early autumn season (from July to October) it is possible to return to Bucharest following the famous TRANSFAGARASAN HIGHWAY that crosses the highest section of the Romanian Carpathians up to 2034 m. Transfagarasan is spectacular but rather adventurous – we can discuss and decide about it.