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Private 4-Day Tour in Transylvania from Bucharest

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    Day 1: Bucharest - Peles Castle - Bran Castle - Rasnov Fortress - Brasov.

    Pass By: National Military Museum Bucharest, Strada Mircea Vulcanescu 125-127, Bucharest Romania
    While we leave Bucharest, you can admire the beautiful city centre.

    Stop At: Peles Castle, Str. Pelesului 2, Sinaia 106100 Romania
    Pick you up at 9 am from your hotel in Bucharest. Our first destination is the tourist town of Sinaia, where Peles Castle is located, the summer residence of the former Romanian royal family.
    Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

    Stop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Str. General Traian Mosoiu nr. 24, Bran 507025 Romania
    Next stop is the infamous Bran Castle, aka Dracula Castle where you will discover the truth behind the legends! To get there we must go through Prahova Valley. Breathtaking natural beauty is opened in front of your eyes but the most spectacular view is from Busteni where you can admire the peaks of Bucegi Mountains. Traditional lunch can be arranged in Bran village.
    Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rasnov Citadel, Unirii Square no. 12, Rasnov 505400 Romania
    Travel to Rasnov town which, besides the picturesque streets with medieval houses orderly arranged, will enchant you with gorgeous Rasnov Fortress, one of the best-preserved peasant fortress of Transylvania. Beautiful panorama over Barsa Land from the very top of the fortress. 
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Brasov Historical Center, Piazza Sfatului, Brasov Romania
    Transfer to Brasov, arriving time around 6 pm. Overnight at Casa Timar Pension or similar, en-suite room, breakfast included.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Casa Timar Pension, en suite room.

    Day 2: Brasov - Viscri - Sighisoara - Brasov.

    Stop At: Viscri Fortified Church, Viscri 507039 Romania
    Breakfast. Pick you up at 9 am from Casa Timar.

    Visit Viscri, an authentic Transylvanian village and the oldest fortified church in Transylvania and UNESCO world heritage site. Walking through this enchanting village is like going back in time! Even Prince Charles of Wales, attracted by the beauty of this area, bought a house here a few years ago. Time allocated for taking pictures and walking through the village. Your guide will lead you to the best spots!
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Piata Cetatii Nr.1 Center of Sighisoara, Sighisoara 545400 Romania
    Visit Sighisoara medieval town - UNESCO world heritage and Vlad the Impaler birthplace. Walking tour in Sighisoara Citadel. So resplendent are Sighişoara’s pastel-coloured buildings, stony lanes and medieval towers, you’ll rub your eyes in disbelief. Fortified walls encircle Sighişoara’s lustrous merchant houses, now harbouring cafes, hotels and craft shops. Visit Sighisoara medieval town including The Clock Tower, The Church on the Hill and the house where Vlad the Impaler was born.

    Duration: 2 hours 39 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Casa Timar Pension, en suite room.

    Day 3: Brasov - Ohaba - Lisa - Lippizan Horse Farm - Fagaras Fortress - Brasov.

    Stop At: Fagaras Fortress, Mihai Viteazul no. 1, Fagaras 505200 Romania
    Breakfast. Pick you up from 9 am from Casa Timar Pension. In Ohaba village you will visit an old water mill, still functional. Visit Lisa village and learn how to make the woollen carpets. Visit Lippitan Horse Farm and the imposing Fagaras Fortress, the best-preserved fortress in Romania! Return to Brasov around 5 pm, drop you off at Casa Timar Pension, en suite room, breakfast included.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Casa Timar Pension, en suite room.

    Day 4: Brasov - Bears Sanctuary - Snagov Monastery - Bucharest.

    Stop At: Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti, DN 73A km 6 - near the entrance in Zarnesti from Rasnov, Zarnesti 500075 Romania
    Visit The Bears Sanctuary which is located in the forest, near Piatra Craiului Mountain. It covers an area of 69 hectares of forest, streams and ponds where around 100 brown bears live. It is the biggest of this kind in the entire world. Prepare your cameras!
    Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Stop At: Snagov Monastery, North of Bucharest 40km Snagov Island, Snagov 077165 Romania
    About 45 kilometres north of Bucharest, on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake, lays the monastery with the same name. Built around the time of Vlad the Impaler’s grandfather, Mircea the Old, the monastery has become famous as the burial place of the king of Walachia who would become the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

    There are many gaps to fill when it comes to the life of Vlad the Impaler. While his life has been exploited and his heroic battles against the Turks highly praised, little is known about the last hours of his legendary life. It is believed that Vlad’s decapitated body was found in the woods around Bucharest by the monks of the Snagov monastery and brought here to be buried since both Vlad and his father had donated money to the church. But Snagov was also a place of punishment. In a small cell, Vlad the Impaler invited his victims to kneel in front of an icon of the Virgin Mary. Suddenly a trap door would open and his guest would be sent to a ditch below where stakes stood erect ready to pierce his body. Decapitated skeletons found here stand as proof of these horrific crimes.

    Another legend says that after the battle with the Turks in 1476, subsequent to which he died, the body of Vlad the Impaler was secretly buried in the Christian manner inside either of the churches. In one version of the story, Vlad was murdered in a nearby forest, and the monks of the monastery found the body. Perhaps the monks felt indebted to Vlad for the additions he insisted be added to their abode, most bizarrely, the prison and the torture chamber. Whatever the reasons, the monks dressed the body richly and put it to rest in front of the church altar.

    Peasants talk about the “hidden treasures” of the Impaler. Sensing death, Vlad had them make cast-iron barrels in which he placed silver, gold and precious jewels; he then ordered the course of a river to be diverted by a dam (perhaps the Dambovita river) after getting rid of the riches, he gave free flow to the river and all the peasants involved were IMPALED!

    Visitors who cross the lake by boat or over the bridge, reach the quiet, remote monastery that brings the legend alive! One can pay his respects at Dracula’s tomb, located at the altar footsteps, and admire the beautiful frescoes, some of which go as far back as the 15th century. Locals tell stories about a different church that existed here, which fell into the lake together with its steeple, during a storm. When the wind blows they say you can hear a chime rising from the bottom of the lake.

    Nevertheless, people are superstitious and the monastery has had its fair share of bad luck: floods, earthquakes, the burning of the bridge connecting it to the mainland during the 1821 revolution as well as being transformed into a prison in the 19th century. Although there has been a lot of debate around the real tomb of Vlad the Impaler and whether you are a Dracula fan or not, the monastery of Snagov is worth a peek! It was once an important hub of the cultural and monastic life: it hosted a printing shop as well as a mint…When coming here travellers understand why it was used as a refuge as well as a prison… As for the vampire hunters…what better place to end a trip to Romania than the legendary burial place of the count of all counts: Count Dracula?!

    Transfer to Bucharest City to your hotel, arriving around 4 pm.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Bucharest, Romania

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up from your hotel in Bucharest.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    4 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 3x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • 3 nigh accommodation in Brasov
    • Breakfast
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Private tour
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    Exclusions
    • Lunch and dinner
    • entrance fees to castles, church, historic centers
    • Entry/Admission - Peles Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
    • Entry/Admission - Rasnov Citadel
    • Entry/Admission - Viscri Fortified Church
    • Entry/Admission - Sighisoara Historic Center
    • Entry/Admission - Fagaras Fortress
    • Entry/Admission - Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti
    • Entry/Admission - Snagov Monastery
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved, comfortable shoes recommended
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • The Bears Sanctuary and Peles Castle is closed on Mondays. Peles Castle is closed all November. Peles Castle is closed on Tuesdays from September 15th to May 15th.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    My husband and I took a four night Transylvania tour with Adriana and could not have enjoyed it more. Our wonderful guide picked us up at Bucharest Airport and took care of every detail for our tour of the region. We visited Brasov, Viscri, Sibiu,...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Frances N
    Reviewed 19 June 2019

    Adriana and Tibi live in Brasov and met us in Bucharest for the tour. They were very entertaining with information and history of the area and flexible in the scheduling. We had to move the visit to Pele's Castle to our last day. They planned...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Hal N
    Reviewed 4 April 2019

    I stayed for 3 nights in Romania. First night in Bucharest 2nd and 3rd nights in Brasov. Bogdan picked me up from the airport and took wonderful care of me during my time in Romania. He showed me the highlights of Bucharest on the first...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank caffyk123
    Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

    Bogdan took us from Cluj to Bucharest with overnight stops in Sibiel, Sighisora and Brasov. Trip also included visits to Turda Salt Mine, Bran and Peles Castles amongst others. He is a very knowledgeable guide and seemed to be well connected with people at all...More

    Thank Richard S
    Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

    We really enjoyed our tour with Alex. He was very patient with us. He answered all our questions. He brought us to great restaurants. He is a good driver. He really made sure we were having a good time touring Transylvania. My favorite was Shigisoara!!!...More

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