This private tour is a 4-day tour of Transylvania with departure from Brasov. In the first day of the tour you’ll be visiting the most beautiful castles of Romania. You’ll enjoy a drive along the famous Transfagarasan Road, then you’ll explore other tourist sites of Transylvania such as Sibiu, Sighisoara and Biertan. The largest Gothic castle of Romania is also part of this trip.
Type: private tour, cultural tour
Distance: 730km / 453mi
Accommodation: 4-star hotels
Group of 2-3 persons – €636/person
Group of 4-8 persons – €408/person
Single Supplement: €90
BRASOV – SINAIA – BRAN – BRASOV
In the morning you’ll be crossing the mountains in order to reach Sinaia, a beautiful resort in Romania. Here 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*. 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.
The Transylvania tour continues with the peasant fortress of Rasnov. Built more than 800 years ago, perched on the top of a high hill, the fortress of Rasnov was conquered only once. Today, it offers a great panoramic view over Transylvania.
In the afternoon you’ll be taken back to Brasov.
Overnight in Brasov
BRASOV – TRANSFAGARASAN – SIBIU
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 at the top of the mountain, you’ll take the road back and then you’ll continue toward the city of Sibiu.
In the last 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.
*between October and July the Transfagrasan road is closed. It will be replaced with a visit to the Prejmer fortified church, one of the best UNESCO sites in Romania.
Overnight in Sibiu
SIBIU – HUNEDOARA – ALBA IULIA – SIBIU
Today, the tour of Transylvania will take you to Hunedoara where you’ll visit the largest Gothic castle in Transylvania. Built in the 14th-15th centuries, the castle belonged to the ancestors of King Corvinus, the Hungarian king of the 15th century. It is here that Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned on his way to Budapest.
In the afternoon you’ll reach the city of Alba Iulia, a former capital of Transylvania. Alba Iulia is a great Vauban fortification. It was the capital of Transylvania between 1541 and 1690. In the first part of the 18th century the Austrian Empire transformed Alba Iulia into one of the best defended citadels of the region. Several of the gates have been very well preserved, the third gate being a real masterpiece.
You’ll be taken back to Sibiu, just in time for an afternoon at your leisure.
Overnight in Sibiu
SIBIU – BIERTAN – SIGHISOARA – BRASOV
In the morning 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.
In the afternoon you’ll reach the city of Brasov where your tour of Transylvania ends.
End of the tour.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Brasov only)
- Transport by modern car
- Accommodation for 3 nights in 4-star hotels
- 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