The Hills of Transylvania Tour gives you the chance to discover this famous area in just 5 days. You’ll get to know more about the real castle of Vlad The Impaler (Dracula) from Poenari, to admire the gorgeous medieval towns of Sibiu, Sighisoara and Brasov, to visit the famous castle from Bran and the magnificent estate of Peles. To all these add a great scenery, superb food and accommodation to suit the tour.
Type: private, cultural
Distance: 820km / 510mi
Cities: Bucharest, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov
Accommodation: 3/4-star boutique hotels and superior guest houses
Group of 2-3 persons – €663/person
Group of 4-8 persons – €478/person
Single supplement: €100
Arrival in the capital of Romania. You’ll be transferred from the airport to Bucharest.
Overnight in Bucharest
BUCHAREST – TARGOVISTE – POENARI – SIBIU
In the morning you’ll set off for Targoviste, the former capital of Wallachia. It is here that you’ll be able to see and climb the famous Sunset Tower (Chindia Tower). Built at the order of Vlad the Impaler, the tower offers great views over the entire city of Targoviste. Before your departure, take a stroll around the ruins of the former court and admire the Orthodox frescoes of the Princely Church.
Further on, you’ll be taken to the fortress of Poenari, located in the Transylvanian Alps. Perched on top of a mountain, be careful as there are 1480 steps to be climbed! The citadel was probably built in the 14th century by the first Wallachian princes. Later on, it was modified and extended by Vlad the Impaler, whom we also know as Dracula. In addition to all the stories and legends, the site offers great panoramic views of the mountain on both sides.
The tour continues along the Transfagarasan* highway. As the second highest road in Romania, the Transfagarasan offers route to the alpine area of the Carpathian Mountains. The road is 100km (62mi) from the town of Arefu (Arges County) to Carta (Sibiu County). The highest point – 2042m (6699ft) is reached at the Balea Lake. It was built in just four years, between 1970 and 1974, at the order of Nicolae Ceausescu, the last Communist dictator of Romania.
Once you are at the top of the mountain, Transylvania welcomes you. You’ll reach the city of Sibiu in time for dinner.
*between October and July the Transfagrasan road will be changed for the road along the Olt Valley.
Overnight in Sibiu
SIBIU – BIERTAN – SIGHISOARA
In the first part of the day you’ll enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu. Hermanstadt, to use its German name, was founded by Saxon colonists about 800 years ago. In a short time, Sibiu became one of the most important cities of Transylvania. Sibiu boasts several medieval squares, including the Great Square (Piata Mare) which is the largest of its kind in Romania. It is surrounded by old houses, impressive palaces such as the Brukenthal Palace, and by religious constructions including the Catholic Cathedral. The tour of Sibiu continues with the other squares, the oldest cobblestone streets, and you’ll find out more about the legend which surrounds the Bridge of Lies. The tour of Sibiu ends with the Evangelical Cathedral and the former medieval towers.
In the afternoon you’ll set off for Sighisoara. On the way you’ll make a detour for the UNESCO site of Biertan. Located in a beautiful rural area of Transylvania, the castle-church of Biertan is perched on a hill surrounded by old Saxon houses which preserve the medieval atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a tour of the fortress and church, where you’ll learn the history of this place as well as hear some funny stories.
Sighisoara, another UNESCO site in Transylvania, is the next stop on your trip. Built by the Germans about 800 years ago, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara looks like a perfect postcard. It is the best preserved citadel in Romania, a stunning combination of cobblestone streets, medieval walls, massive watch towers and old architecture. Add to these the House of Vlad Dracul, allegedly the birth place of Dracula. You’ll visit the Clock Tower, the symbol of Sighisoara, and the Church on the Hill, one of the oldest buildings of the citadel.
Overnight in Sighisoara
SIGHISOARA – BRASOV – BRAN – SINAIA – BUCHAREST
In the morning you’ll leave behind the lovely town of Sighisoara and you’ll set off for Brasov, a city built by the German colonists 750 years ago which 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*.
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 of course, you’ll be told the story of Dracula.
In Sinaia, located at the foothills of the Carpathians, you’ll visit the local monastery, the oldest building in the town. Further on, you’ll be literally overwhelmed by the splendor of Peles Castle**. Built by the order of Carol I, the first king of Romania, Peles Castle is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. The unique architecture and exquisite interiors are matched only by the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains themselves.
In the evening you’ll be back to Bucharest.
* During the cold months between November and April, the Black Church will be seen only from outside.
** Peles Castle is closed on Mondays between May 16th and September 15th. For the rest of the year it is closed on both Mondays and Tuesdays. Each year the castle is closed for the entire month of November. Pelisor Castle or the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni may be used as alternatives.
Overnight in Bucharest
BUCHAREST – AIRPORT
Today you’ll be transferred to the airport according to your schedule.
End of the tour
- Airport/hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Transport by modern car
- Accommodation for 4 nights in 3/4-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