This trip is for travellers who are choosing Bucharest as their base for a holiday to Romania or Transylvania. The theme of the trip is a mixture of culture, history, nature and culinary attractions.
Our signature holiday to Transylvania is a 7-days trip, so you will have enough time to deeply explore Transylvania and Bucharest, at a leisurely pace. The trip has overnight stays in Sibiu, Sighisoara, and Brasov, so we don’t have to change too many hotels during our trip. Also, if you want to get a better taste of the Transylvanian countryside, we can arrange for you to stay in guesthouses located in some of Transylvania most picturesque villages. For more info about Transylvania, please have a look at our dedicated page.
The highlights of the trip are:
The price starts from 495 EUR/person. This price is valid for a group of 8 persons and for an average price of accommodation of a maximum of 70 EUR/night for a double room, including breakfast. Please see below the price per person, depending on the group size. We will collaboratively select the hotels or guesthouses for your stay; we will give you a few options and you will have the final word regarding the accommodation. Depending on the hotels you choose and the final itinerary, the price can change, so, for a custom offer please contact us.
Level of physical activity: Moderate. Our guests should be capable of walking a maximum of 5 km per day or climbing stairs.
We will meet you at the airport, and after the transfer to your hotel, we will start exploring Bucharest. We will visit one of the landmarks of the Romanian capital, the Parliament Palace, the second-largest building in the world.
Then we will have a walking tour in the historical district, where we will get to know one of the characteristics of the Romanian spirit: a unique blend of Western with Oriental civilisation. This can be seen easily in the architecture of the buildings in the old town, where we one can admire elegant 19th-century palaces, inspired by French architecture, but also small Byzantine-style churches or Neo Romanian style structures, like the Town Hall or the University of Architecture. And of course, we will not miss the most Instagramable place in Bucharest, Carusel Library.
Overnight in Bucharest.
We will leave Bucharest and head north to Sinaia, the summer residence of the Royal Family. There, in a beautiful natural setting, at the foothills of the Carpathians mountains, we will visit the exquisite Peles Castle. After the castle, we will tour the cellars of the Royal family champagne provider. We can’t call it Champagne, because is made in Romania, but the end product is exactly the same, if not even better than the famous sparkling wine. After the tour, we can have a champagne tasting and lunch.
At the end of the day, we will visit the Bran Castle. The 14th-century medieval stronghold was transformed into a royal residence in the 20th century by Queen Maria of Romania.
Widely known as Dracula Castle, thanks to the global popularity of Bram Stoker’s novel, this landmark stands as the top destination for Dracula fans journeying to Transylvania.
Overnight in Brasov.
driving time: 2.5 hours (in weekends 3.5 hours)
We will start the day with a walking tour through the charming old town of Brasov. Our exploration will include key landmarks such as the Black Church, The Council Square, Rope Street, and the Elisabeth and Schei gates. For those interested, we can also take the cable car to ascend the top of Tampa Mountain, offering an exceptional panoramic view of Brasov.
Moving on from Brasov, we’ll enter the UNESCO-designated part of our journey. Our first stop will be the Prejmer fortified church, one of the best examples of a fortification-church-housing complex in medieval Transylvania.
Next, we’ll explore the village of Viscri, hidden among the hills of Transylvania. This well-preserved village has maintained its authenticity and has become a sought-after tourist attraction, especially after King Charles of Great Britain purchased an old traditional Saxon house in the village. We’ll leisurely stroll through its streets, observe village life and visit the fortified church.
Our final destination for the day will be Sighisoara, a charming medieval citadel. This town has gained additional popularity due to its purported connection with Prince Vlad Dracula, who is believed to have been born here. We will spend the night either in Sighisoara or at a nearby guesthouse.
As an optional visit for today, there is the Rupea Fortress.
Driving time: 2.5 hours
We find ourselves in the latter half of our Transylvania holiday. Departing from Sighisoara, our next destination is a nearby village, where we’ll embark on a farm visit. Here, we’ll encounter the most charming animals, delve into the intricacies of sustainable farming, and have the opportunity to savor a home-cooked meal at the farm.
Following our farm experience, we’ll make our way to Biertan, another village nestled amidst the rolling hills of Transylvania. Our visit will encompass exploring the village and its remarkable fortified church, recognized as a UNESCO site. Unveiling the secrets of the church, we’ll also enjoy a firsthand view of the village from a nearby hill.
En route back to Sibiu, we can indulge in a brief tour of the quaint town of Medias. Here, we’ll have the chance to discover the fascinating collection of Turkish carpets within the fortified church or learn the intriguing tale of the leaning bell tower.
Our evening will conclude with an overnight stay in Sibiu.
Driving time: 1.5 hours
As an optional visit, you may choose to meet a Gypsy family, learning about their lifestyle and craft, as they are coppersmiths
On this day of our trip day we will get to know better Sibiu and its surroundings. We will start in the morning with a visit to the local market, to feel the real vibe of the city. At the market will have the chance to taste some of the goodies the region offers. If it is Friday or Saturday, we will visit the weekly markets, and for the rest of the days, we will go to the daily market.
Bonus: I will show you where to find the best coffee in town. 🙂
Following our market experience, our day in Sibiu continues with a walking tour of the old town. We’ll unravel more about its rich history, meander through romantic squares, and uncover the stories and anecdotes concealed within the historic buildings.
In the afternoon, our exploration extends to the surrounding areas of the city. We may opt to visit the Astra Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, or alternatively, we can drive to nearby villages to experience the authentic Transylvanian countryside. Depending on the season, we might witness locals tending to the fields, horse-drawn carts, flocks of sheep, haystacks, and perhaps even storks.
Overnight in Sibiu.
Driving time: 1 hour.
Today we will visit the Corvin Castle, the largest medieval castle in Transylvania. Departing from Sibiu in the morning, we’ll embark on a one-and-a-half-hour drive, reaching Hunedoara. This industrial town surrounds the 15th-century castle, and our visit will delve into the Transylvanian history and the various stages of the castle’s construction. Rest assured, we’re well-versed in all the anecdotes and little stories that will add a touch of humor and intrigue to our journey.
Following our time in Hunedoara, we’ll journey to Alba Iulia, where we’ll explore the colossal fortress constructed in the 18th century by the Austrians. Here, we’ll marvel at the baroque decorations of the monumental gates and delve into the military architecture of the era. In addition, we’ll deepen our understanding of Romanian history, uncovering surprising events that unfolded within these walls. The site also has Roman ruins, as the Romans were the first to establish a fort in this location.
As an optional visit, we have the opportunity to explore the Calnic fortified church, a UNESCO site.
Overnight in Sibiu.
Driving time: 3 hours
Sadly, our holiday to Transylvania is coming to an end. Today we will leave Sibiu and head back to Bucharest. We will use this day at maximum, so we will use the Transfagarasan road to cross the mountains. We will enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery, and we will stop many times to take pictures. We will see Balea Waterfall, Balea Lake, Vidraru Lake or Poenari fortress, the real Dracula fortress.
After Transfagarasan we can stop at Curtea de Arges to visit the monastery. The 16th-century church, a masterpiece of Romanian architecture, was chosen by King Carol to be the necropolis of the entire family.
In the afternoon we will reach Bucharest, and after dropping you off at your hotel, our program will end.
Driving time: 4.5 hours
Remark: if the trip will take place in winter, we will use the normal road to get to Bucharest. In winter, the Transfagarasan road is closed, so we will not able to see the places mentioned for this day.
If you have more time, we can extend your voyage with 2 optional day trips:
We can extend your holiday to Transylvania with a trip to Cluj and Turda salt mine. The tour starts from Sibiu, as Cluj and Sibiu are well connected by the highway. The first stop will be at Turda, where we will visit the Salt Mine. Then, we will head to Cluj, where we will have a walking tour of the city.
Driving time: 3.5 hours
This day trip from Sibiu is an incursion to Romania’s antique history. We will visit two sites, with the same name. The first one is Sarmisegetuza Regia, the former Dacian capital, hidden deep in the Carpathians Mountains. The second one is the former Roman province capital, raised by the Romans 40 kilometres away from the Dacian one.
Driving time: 4 hours
*for groups larger than 8 persons, please ask for a customised offer