Delve into the history surrounding Romania’s most infamous historical figure, Vlad the Impaler – or as he is more commonly known, Count Dracula – on this 7- day tour of Transylvania. Discover Sibiu’s Evangelic Cathedral where Vlad’s son was buried after his assassination, explore the town of Medias where he was kept prisoner by the Hungarian king, enjoy a walking tour of the fabulously preserved town of Sighisoara where he was born and visit dramatic Bran Castle - made famous by Bram Stoker’s novel as the residence of the vampire count.
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Fly to Bucharest and check in to the 4-star Hotel Central or similar for 2 nights.
Spend the day at leisure exploring the Romanian capital. (B)
Travel to Curtea de Arges, a former capital of Valahia during the 14th century. Visit the ruins of the Old Princely Court, built by Vlad’s ancestors, and Manole’s Monastery, an architectural jewel from the 16th century. On the way to Sibiu, stop to visit Cozia Monastery, built in the 14th century by Dracula's grandfather, Prince Mircea The Old. Journey through the beautiful Olt Valley to Sibiu, once the richest town in Transylvania. Check in to the 3-star hotel Villa Weidner or similar for an overnight stay. (B)
Enjoy a city tour of Sibiu, which includes the Evangelic Cathedral - where Vlad's son, Mihnea, was buried after his assassination just outside the church. After the tour, travel to the outskirts to visit the Village Museum, the largest open-air museum in southeastern Europe. Continue to Medias, the town where Vlad was kept prisoner by the Hungarian king Mathias Corvinus. Continue to the Saxon village of Biertan and visit the fortress church that is one of Romania's UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. Arrive in Sighisoara and check in to the 3-star hotel Casa Wagner or similar for an overnight stay. (B)
In the morning, take a walking city tour of Sighisoara, the best-preserved medieval town in Romania. Visit the famous Clock Tower Museum, The Armour Room, The Torture Room and the house where Vlad the Impaler was born in 1431. and the Church on the Hill. The next stop will be Bran, here, visit Bran Castle – made famous by Bram Stoker's novel as the residence of the vampire count. The castle was built by the merchants from Brasov in the 14th century to protect the border between Valahia and Transylvania. Depart for Brasov where Vlad’s enemies – the rich Saxon merchants lived. The Saxon settlers founded the fairytale town of Brasov in the 12th century and it still boasts a beautiful medieval atmosphere created by many Middle Age buildings. The highlight of the city tour is a visit to the Black Church, the largest gothic style church in southeastern Europe. Check in to the 3-star hotel Casa Wagner or similar for an overnight stay. (B)
After breakfast, continue to Sinaia, a beautiful mountain resort known as “The Pearl of Carpathians”. Visit the Peles Castle - former summer residence of Carol the 1st - a king of Romania. Continue to Snagov Monastery, which is the reputed burial place of Vlad. Travel back to Bucharest and be dropped off at the Hotel Central or similar. (B)
After breakfast, check out of hotel for flight to UK.
7 day tour, from £1285 per person
- Return international flights from the UK to Romania
- All taxes and security charges
- Accommodation in three/four-star hotels with breakfast
- Meals as specified on itinerary (B=breakfast; L=Lunch; D=dinner)
- All transfers and transportation as specified
- Sightseeing with English-speaking guide as specified
- All entrance fees on sightseeing tours as specified
- Travel insurance
- Optional excursions
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