Classic Tour of Transylvania in Romania

Tour ID: 1061
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours
Countries: Romania, Hungary
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
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Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1:
- Your English-speaking driver will pick you up from Budapest Airport and take you to your hotel
- Evening at your leisure
- Overnight in Budapest
Option A: Hotel Palazzo Zichy****
Option B: Promenade City Hotel***

Day 2:
- Breakfast in the hotel.
- 11:00AM: 3-hour-long city tour and Parliament visit. Erzsébet Square, Opera House, Heroes Square/Millenium Memorial (photostop), downtown, Erzsébet Bridge, panorama view to the banks of the River Danube with famous public buildings, panorama view from Gellért Hill (photostop), walk in the Castle district, Matthias Church (outside), Fishermen Bastion, panorama view to the city, Margit Bridge.
- Visit the House of Parliament (closed Mondays): first outside then inside the impressive building with its magnificent neogothic chambers and staircases, the home of the Hungarian Holy Crown. The program ends in front of the House of Parliament. (Note: this tour maybe changed to a city tour by boat, inquire for details)
- Rest of the day at your leisure
- Overnight in Budapest
Option A: Hotel Palazzo Zichy****
Option B: Promenade City Hotel***

Day 3:
- Breakfast
- Transfer to Budapest-Keleti Train Station
- Take a train to Cluj, train times are below...
Budapest-Keleti pu. 08:43 - Cluj-Napoca 16:40 (Duration 6:57)
Budapest-Keleti pu. 13:43 - Cluj-Napoca 21:33 (Duration 6:50)
Budapest-Keleti pu. 17:43 - Cluj-Napoca 01:38 (Duration 6:55)
- Upon arrival to Cluj your English-speaking driver/guide will pick you up from the train station
- Check in hotel
- First night at your leisure
- Overnight in Cluj-Napoca
Option A: Rimini Hotel****
Option B: Onix Hotel***

Day 4:
- Breakfast
- Today we start our journey into Transylvania – the land of medieval castles, old cities and fortified churches
- First stop at Alba Iulia. The modern city is located near the site of the important Dacian political, economic and social centre named Apulon (believed by many archaeologists to be the Dacian fortifications on top of Piatra Craivii). In the roman period the city was known as Apullum. In 1918, tens of thousands of Romanians gathered in Alba Iulia on December 1, now commemorated as the National Day of Romania, to hear the proclamation of the union of Transylvania with the Kingdom of Romania. In 1922, Ferdinand of Romania was symbolically crowned King of Romania in Alba Iulia in an act which mirrored the achievement of Michael the Brave.
- Next visit Calnic Castle (Unesco site). The castle, first mentioned in 1269, is very well preserved. Built as a noble's residence, it was bought in 1430 by local peasants and fortified.
- Evening Tour of Sibiu : including the Tower of the Council, the Liars’ Bridge, The Protestant Church (dated 1321), the Old Town Hall, the Bruckental Museum, and the Jesuit Baroque Church
- Overnight in Sibiu
Option A: Hotel Ramada Sibiu ****
Option B: Zorba Pension ****

Day 5:
- First part of the day is dedicated to explore the old fortresses built by saxons in the south of Transylvania. We’ll visit three of the most important fortresses from Slimnic, Alma Vii, Biertan which are included in the Unesco Heritages list.
- Slimnic rural fortress named Stolzemburg built in 14 century by German community. A part of the fortress is ruins.
- Alma Vii – fortified church since 15 century. An example of Saxon construction which can be seen through-out Transylvania.
- In Medias is the beautiful Margareta church from XIV century and the main tower with 47m high slant. This tower was included in top 10 the most slanted towers in the world.
- In Biertan village is a fortified medieval church, one of the biggest in Transylvania with three defensive inner walls.
- Ending the day in Sighisoara, one of the most preserved medieval city in Europe. Situated in Mures County, on the valley of the Tarnava Mare river, Sighisoara (former Dacian settlement and also called “the pearl of Transylvania”) was founded by the German immigrants in the second half of the 12th century and it was turned into a city in 1407. Its medieval aspect may be found both in the centre of the city and inside the Fortress of Sighisoara. In this area, houses are built very close to one another, giving a sense of “crowdedness” (in order to occupy the least space possible)
- The main sights: Clock Tower and History Museum, Birth place of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), Covered stairs, Church on the Hill.
- In the evening a tour of Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval fortress in Europe
Option A: Hotel Sighisoara ***
Option B: Poenita Hotel ***

Day 6:
- Continue your journey to Bran with it’s famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula's Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometers) at the entrance in the Bran - Rucar passage. The castle got its fame from Dracula's legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola.. The first documents about the Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Along the history, the Castle had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg, than under the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the Romanian royal family, in order to became their residence.
- Than if time will allows (depending of the season) stop for a visit at Rasnov and visit the old citadel. Built in 1331, the Fortress had a defense role and it was a shelter for the inhabitants of Rasnov in case of enemy attacks. In the middle of the courtyard there is a well 146 metres deep and the ruins of an 11th - 12th century - Orthodox church were discovered here.  Nowadays the Fortress houses an interesting museum
- Than go to Brasov and visit the historical center where you can admire Concil Square, Black Church, Weaver’s Bastion, Ecaterina’s Gate, Black and White Tower.
- Dinner at the Serbians Tavern   
- Overnight in Brasov
Option A: Casa Wagner***
Option B: Flamingo Guesthouse***

Day 7:
- In the morning we will go to visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania, the Peles Castle is 44 kilometres far from Brasov, in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania with an impressive collection of furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th up to the19th centuries.
- Transfer to Bucharest Airport and final good-bye from your Romanian Specialist Tour Guide (about 2h.30min driving) or continue this tour to Bulgaria with our partners, for more details click here

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