6 day trip to Transylvania starting from Budapest
Travel for 6 days from Budapest to Bucharest to visit Timisoara, the European Capital of Culture in 2019, and Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007. Discover how different cultures live together peacefully interacting with each other in the same country. Enjoy the green landscape of the Carpathians and have fun knowing Bucharest, its wide avenues, its history and visiting its main tourist destinations. You will appreciate Sighisoara, UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Vlad Dracula. You will see the famous castle of Dracula and the magnificent Peles Castle located in Sinaia, called the Pearl of the Carpathians for its buildings, in alpine and German style, but also for the green color that characterizes it. Sinaia is an important tourist destination especially for those who like to practice skiing or other winter sports.
Day 1: Budapest – Arad – Timisoara
Departing from your hotel or directly from Budapest to go to Arad, Romania, and then to Timisoara, a candidate for European Capital of Culture in 2019, an economically and touristic developed university town with palaces in different architectural styles. Many Timisoara’s cultural festivals are held at the national and international level. We spend the night in a 4* hotel in Timisoara.
Day 2: Timisoara – The Corvini Castle – Alba Iulia – Sibiu
In the morning we depart to Hunedoara and we will visit the most fascinating Gothic castle of Eastern Europe and one of the most beautiful and greatest of our continent, the well-known Corvini Castle. Later, we will go to Alba Iulia, an important historical city, because the Great United Romania was made here on December 1st, in 1918, so immediately after the First World War. Then we will go to Sibiu, named European Capital of Culture in 2007, dominated by the Council Tower dating back to medieval times and by the interesting Brukenthal Museum, which was the governor of Transylvania’s house, a man of great culture and which also contains a library. The big square, the small square and Huet Square, with the Evangelical Cathedral, show off in all their beauty. We will spend the night in Sibiu, in the central area, in a 4 * hotel.
Day 3: Sibiu – Sighisoara – Brasov
After breakfast we will go to Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a fortified town still inhabited, where every home has a different color and where the famous school staircase, a very old one, leads to an Evangelical church and a Lutheran cemetery. Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, and we will see his home, the Museum Square and next to the famous Clock Tower, the symbol of the city. We will then go to Brasov to visit the center with the elegant Black Church, a Gothic-style worship place dating back to the 14th century. Brasov, also known as Kronstadt’s German name, has a beautiful historic center, with the beautiful Council Square and an interesting neighborhood where the 16th century Gate Porta Ecaterina and 19th century Porta Schei are located. Overnight in a 4 * hotel called Dracula House Hotel, which resembles much to Dracula Castle.
Day 4: Brasov – Sinaia – Bucharest
In the morning we leave Brasov for Bran, to arrive at the famous Castle of Dracula, built during the 14th century over a large rock covering a hill. The Gothic-style castle, famous for the legend of Vlad The Impaler, is also appreciated for its modest and refined interiors, chosen by Queen Mary in the 1920s when she received the castle. Next we will visit the Peles Castle. We will then go to Sinaia, called the Pearl of the Carpathians. Sinaia is immersed in the Transylvanian green and is a beautiful ski resort. The name of Sinaia comes from Mount Sinai, which a great nobleman of Romania visited during the 18th century when going to the Cathedral of St. Catherine. The Peles Castle, a neo-Renaissance German style built between the end of the 19th and the early 20th century, was at that time the most modern in Europe, with electricity and thermal power station. It also had an elevator. In the theater room, the first Romanian film was screened. The theater features frescoes by Gustav Klimt. Then we will leave for Bucharest where there is an overnight stay in a 4 * hotel.
Day 5: Bucharest
In the morning we will visit Parliament’s Palace, Romania’s largest building, and the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon of the United States. We will then visit the historic center and the wonderful Village Museum, founded by a Romanian sociologist in 1936, where we will see beautiful 18th and 19th century buildings in which the Romanian peasants lived. An extraordinary outdoor museum among the most appreciated in Europe. Overnight in a 4 * hotel in a central area of the capital.
Day 6: Bucharest – Airport
Leisure to relax or to buy souvenirs or even to visit some parks. Transfer to the airport.
- Overnight in 4 * hotels with breakfast
- Entrance fees at the museums
- Transport with modern air conditioned private car/minivan (based on the number of tourists)
- Professional english speaking tourguide
- 1 traditional dinner at a peasent’s house with wine and local alcoholic drinks
Services not included:
- Lunch/dinner (if not specified in services included)
- Photo/Video fees at the museums where applicable