This tour follows the Christmas Markets organized in Romania during the month of December. Start your winter adventure with Bucharest, the capital city of Romania; discover the story of the city and explore the charming Christmas Market in the city center. Continue to the Transylvania region and visit Brasov, a typical medieval city founded by the Saxons in the 13th century. Visit the city and its popular Christmas Fair from the Council Square. The last city you will see is Sibiu, boasting each year the most beautiful Christmas Market in Romania. During the trip you will also visit Romania’s impressive castles and medieval citadels (UNESCO Heritage), and you will admire the stunning Carpathian Mountains and the rolling hills of Transylvania.
Type: private, cultural
Distance: 750km / 470mi
Accommodation: 4/3 star hotels and superior guest houses
*Please note that this tour is available starting with 1st of December until 23rd of December (according to the dates of inauguration of the Christmas Markets in Romania).
Group of 2-3 persons – €862/person sharing a double room
Group of 4-7 persons – €731/person sharing a double room
Single Supplement: €95
Arrival in Bucharest, capital city of Romania where the tour starts. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Overnight in Bucharest.
FULL-DAY TOUR OF BUCHAREST
The day starts with a tour of Bucharest. Capital of modern Romania since 1859, Bucharest is by far the largest city, boasting a rich history, amazing buildings, a vivid life, large green parks in the central area, and a large number of restaurants, but also many contrasts. Bucharest is a city of everything.
The tour will include the famous Revolution Square where thousands of people put an end to a 45-year-long vicious regime. Get to understand the communist horrors and sufferings an entire nation had to endure. Around the Revolution Square there are many impressive buildings such as The National Art Museum, The Kretzulescu Church, The Central Library University and several others. You’ll be given explanation about each and every one. You won’t leave this area before visiting The Romanian Athenaeum, the symbol of Bucharest.
In the old town you’ll get to roam on quaint little streets packed with restaurants, bars, buildings with outstanding architecture and old inns.
The tour of Bucharest continues with the famous Parliament, also known as the House of People. Built at the request of Ceausescu, the former communist leader, the building became the largest administrative construction of Europe.
After lunch you’ll be taken to the northern part of Bucharest. On the way you’ll enjoy a driving tour. You’ll admire the large green boulevards, the impressive private houses and several monuments such as the Aviators’ Statue and the local Arch of Triumph.
The Village Museum is the last stop of the day. Inaugurated in 1936, this outdoor museum boasts old traditional houses representative ofthe whole country. In a short period of time you’ll admire different architectural styles and many other stories.
The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the Christmas Market in Bucharest organized in The University Square. Here people can buy traditional objects from painted ceramics, carved wood, icons and embroidery to different costumes and masks, wooden toys, musical instruments, and hand-painted decorations. But, probably the most “delicious” gifts will be the traditional food, much of it being cooked and served at the spot (traditional warm Romanian food, sponge cake, mulled wine, gingerbread, hot cakes, fruit jam, honey, syrup, etc.). We strongly recommend to leave your diet on holiday when you visit the Christmas Market. Also, some of the craftsmen will allow the curious to admire their talented hands making jewelry, glass, or traditional embroidery. There will also be great concerts and folk bands which will keep a warm atmosphere in Santa’s village.
Overnight in Bucharest.
BUCHAREST – SINAIA – BRAN – BRASOV
In the morning you will be picked up from the hotel and start the tour. You will head to the legendary land of Transylvania and leave Wallachia behind. We can say that this day is dedicated to the castles of Romania.
Stop in Sinaia, a beautiful mountain resort, known also as the “Pearl of the Carpathians.” Visit here Peles Royal Castle, considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Peles represents the former summer residence of the first royal couple of Romania, Queen Elisabeth and King Carol Ist.
As you visit the castle, you will admire the unique interior design (an interesting mixture of cultures, the specific touch of the royal couple) and you will be surprised by the modern facilities of the castle for the last half of the 19th century (electricity, vacuum cleaner, electrical elevator, and central heating). Peles Castle is also the place where you will find out the story of the Royal couples of Romania and their importance in the history of our country. After the visit, spend some time in the small garden of the castle admiring the mountains surrounding the estate.
Continue your journey to another place surrounded by mystery, Bran village. Here you will find out the story of the legendary Count Dracula and visit Bran Castle which became so famous thanks to the Legend of Dracula. Hope you packed up some garlic to keep it close during the visit! Discover the interesting story of the castle and find out more about Dracula’s legend and the voievod who inspired Bram Stoker to create his fearful vampire.
In the evening, go to Brasov, a typical Saxon city, also known as Kronstadt, the city of the Crown. You will enjoy a short walking tour of this medieval city, founded in the 13th century.
You will see the Council Square guarded by the symbol of the city, the Council Tower, visit the Evangelical Black Church, the largest Gothic worship place in Eastern Europe, discover one of the narrowest streets in Europe, the Rope street, and finally admire the beautiful mountains which surround the city.
Then explore the Christmas Market in Brasov. The fair offers visitors the chance to buy from the local producers handicrafts and gifts: figurines, candles, toys, wood carvings, Christmas tree ornaments and masks, etc. Everything takes place in the old city center, the Council Square, at the foothills of Tampa Mountain.
Dinner in Brasov at a traditional restaurant.
Overnight in Brasov area.
BRASOV – SIGHISOARA – SIBIU
Today, you will get even deeper into the typical Transylvanian scenery.
Head to Sighisoara and visit the charming medieval citadel (UNESCO Heritage),one of the oldest medieval citadels in Europe which are still inhabited. Also founded by the Saxon colonists from Transylvania, the citadel of Sighisoara is a place you should not miss while in Transylvania.
Once you get inside, you feel as if you have entered a medieval movie setand expect at any moment to see a princess walking next to a knight along the narrow cobblestone streets. Take a walk in the citadel and discover its story. Visit the Clock Tower and enjoy from the top the beautiful panoramic view of the whole citadel, admire the walls of fortification and the towers of defense, climb the Scholar’s stairs and reach the beautiful Evangelical Church on the Hill, and of course discover the house where it is believed that Vlad the Impaler, known as Vlad Dracula, was born.
Lunch in Sighisoara and transfer to Sibiu.
In the afternoon, travel to Sibiu, the last stop of the day. You will be impressed for sure with this beautiful medieval city, founded by the Saxon colonists in the 1190s and declared in 2007 the European Capital of Culture. Hermannstadt, under its German name, is considered to be the most beautiful city in Romania no matter the season. You will explore the city on foot and admire the Small Square with the famous Liars’ Bridge and the Large Square surrounded by beautiful buildings which will make you feel like you turned back time. You will also see Huet Square with the most impressive building of Sibiu, the Evangelical Church featuring the tallest tower in Transylvania and the largest organ in South-Eastern Europe.
Visit the Christmas Market from Sibiu. Inspired by Viennese Christmas markets this was the first one in Romania, opened when the city was elected the European Capital of Culture in 2007. It was organized in the Small Square with small stalls, a small stage and an area dedicated to children, having several mechanical attractions installed there. One year later, the market was held in the “Large Square” with a larger number of stalls and a bigger stage where Christmas carol concerts were held. Soon after Sibiu other Christmas markets were organized across the country. In 2012, Sibiu Christmas market was included in the top “15 of the Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe. So many reasons to feel like a child again and explore the Christmas Market with the proper sense of responsibility.
Overnight in Sibiu.
SIBIU – POENARI – CURTEA DE ARGES – BUCHAREST
At noon, leave Sibiu and head back to Bucharest. On the way, stop and visit Poenari Fortress built on the top of the Carpathian Mountains by the Wallachian Prince, Vlad the Impaler, worldwide known as Dracula. Besides the stories you will be told about Vlad and his tumultuous life, you will also enjoy a great panoramic view from the top of the mountain over the surroundings. Be careful as the way up involves climbing 1480 steps. You won’t regret once you will get up to the fortress.
Continue to Curtea de Arges and stop for the visit of one of the most beautiful Orthodox Churches known as Curtea de Arges Monastery. Admire the special architecture and discover the intriguing legend that says the way the church was built. You will also see here the tombs of the members of the Romanian Royal family.
In the evening arrival in Bucharest and drop off at you hotel
Overnight in Bucharest.
In the morning, free time in Bucharest and transfer to the airport.
End of the tour.
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Transport by modern car/minibus
- Accommodation for 5 nights in 4-star hotels and superior B&Bs
- Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
- Entrance fees to sites included in the program
- Flight ticket
- Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
- Drinks (other than water)
- Other meals except breakfast
- Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses