There is no doubt this is the most popular one-day tour from Bucharest, and there are many reasons for this. In just two hours of driving you’ll reach the amazing and exotic Carpathian Mountains. The sheer rocks and impressive slender peaks are perfect to shelter Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in the world. Cross the mountains into Transylvania and you’ll go back in time. Visit the famous Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, and the beautiful medieval citadel of Brasov. By late afternoon you will be back in Bucharest.
Tour: private, cultural
Distance: 400km / 249mi
Accommodation: not included
Group of 2-3 persons – €115/person
Group of 4-8 persons – €90/person
BUCHAREST – SINAIA – BRASOV – BRAN – BUCHAREST
The Carpathian Castles Tour, a popular one-day tour from Bucharest, starts at 8AM. You’ll be taken from your hotel and transferred to Sinaia, also known as the Pearl of the Carpathian Mountains. On the way you’ll pass by the famous city of Ploiesti, the second best-defended city after Berlin during WWII.
In Sinaia, located at the foothills of the Carpathians, you’ll get to see the local monastery, the oldest building in the town. Further on, you’ll be literally overwhelmed by the splendor of Peles Castle (standard tour)*. Built at the request of Carol I, the first king of Romania, Peles castle is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. The amazing architecture and exquisite interiors are matched only by the beauty of its setting in the Carpathians.
The famous castle of Bran is the most visited tourist landmark in Romania. Built about 800 years ago when Transylvania was controlled by Hungarian kings, the castle became a major attraction in the ’60s when it became known as “Dracula’s Castle.” You’ll get to admire its beautiful rooms renovated by Queen Marie of Romania and you’ll be told the story of Dracula.
You’ll set off for Brasov, passing by the impressive peasant fortress of Rasnov. Brasov, a city built by the German colonists 750 years ago, boasts a wonderful medieval architecture. Surrounded by massive walls, towers and gates, the city was also protected against different invasions by the steep hills of the mountains. Located on an important trade route, the city developed quickly, and the residents built one of the most impressive Gothic churches between Vienna and Istanbul, today known as the Black Church**.
In the afternoon you’ll be transferred to Bucharest where this one-day trip ends.
* Peles castle is closed on Mondays between May 16th and September 15th. For the rest of the year is closed on both Mondays and Tuesdays. Every year the castle is closed for the entire month of November. Alternatives may include Pelisor Castle or the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni. You’ll get a standard tour of the castle and the photo fee is not included.
** During the cold months between November and April, the Black Church will be seen only from outside.
End of the tour.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Transportation by modern car
- Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
- Entrance fees to sites included in the program