Beyond the Forest - Grand Tour of Transylvania

Tour ID: 1118
Tour Theme: Historic and Cultural Tours
Countries: Romania
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
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Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1:
ROUTING: BUCHAREST-BRASOV

- Your English-speaking specialist guide will pick you up from your location in Bucharest (Hotel, Airport, etc...)
- Departure from Bucharest to Transylvania, the county beyond the forest
- Arrival to the medieval town of Brasov and check in hotel
- Evening at your leisure
- Overnight in Brasov
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Casa Wagner***

Option B: Flamingo Guesthouse***


Day 2:
ROUTING: BRASOV - SINAIA - BRAN - RASNOV - BRASOV
- Breakfast.
- In the morning we go to Sinaia and 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 as well. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania where one can admire furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th up to the19th centuries.
- Then it's time for a visit at the famous Bran Castle. Also called Dracula's Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometres) 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, of the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In the XX century the castle was donated to the royal family and became a royal residence. The museum preserve the furniture and objects from that period.
- The last stop today will be at Rasnov Fortress. Built in 1331, the Fortress had a defence 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
- Ending back in Brasov
- Overnight in Brasov
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Casa Wagner***
Option B: Flamingo Guesthouse***
B

 

Day 3:
ROUTING: BRASOV - PREJMER – SIGHISOARA
- Breakfast.
- Start our route to the north-east regions of Romania. First stop is the village of Prejmer (near to Brasov) and a visit at Prejmer Fortified Church (Unesco Heritage).

- End the day in Sighiosoara, one of the most preserved medieval cities 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).
- Visit the medieval citadel of Sighisoara. Main sights are: Clock Tower and History museum, Birthplace of Vlad the Impaler the famous and cruel Romanian prince, Church on the Hill, Covered Stairs, a.s.o.
- Overnight in Sighisoara
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Sighisoara Hotel ***
Option B: Casa Saseasca Pension***
B


Day 4:
ROUTING: SIGHISOARA-TARGU MURES-DRAGOMIRESTI-IEUD–BOTIZA

- Breakfast.
- After breakfast we’ll leave for Maramures, the northern region of Romania, the land of wooden churches and well preserved traditions.

- Today we visit the wooden church from Ieud, the oldest wooden building in Europe, built in the 14th century.
- At Dragomiresti we’ll visit the Maramures Woman Museum, where you can learn about maramuresean traditions and way of live.
- Dinner.
- Overnight in Botiza
ACCOMMODATION: Guest House***
B,D

Day 5:
ROUTING: BOTIZA-BARSANA- DESESTI-SIGHET

- Breakfast.
- First stop at the Barsana Monastery (UNESCO), a large monastic complex comprising of several wooden buildings, all constructed in the local style, including the wooden church The Gate Tower is the higher wooden building from Europe.
- Next stop at the wooden church of Desesti which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
-Overnight in Sighet
ACCOMMODATION: Casa Iurca Guesthouse****
B

Day 6:
ROUTING: SIGHET- SAPANTA-ORADEA
- Breakfast.
- Then go to Sapanta and visit the famous Merry Cemetery, truly one of the most unique sites in Europe. It is famous for its colorful tombstones with native paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.
- Our route will go than to Oradea, a city in the western region of Romania, near the Hungarian Border.
- Overnight in Oradea
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Hotel Vulturul Negru ****
Option B: Impero ***
B

 

Day 7:
ROUTING: ORADEA-ARAD-RECAS/MINIS-TIMISOARA

- Breakfast.
- In the morning a visit through the center of Oradea will lead you through the charm of Art Nouveau architecture style, Cathedrals and pedestrians areas.
- Then we’ll continue the tour visiting two cities in Western Romania, Arad and Timisoara.
 - Arad is a modern-built city and contains many charming private and public buildings, including a cathedral. Its origins came from the XIth century and it had a great economic development in XIX century.
- Timisoara - The city is also called "Little Vienna", because it belonged for a very long time to the Habsburg Empire, and the entire city center consists of buildings built in the Kaiser era, which is reminiscent of the old Vienna. It was the first European city to be lit by electric street lamps in 1884. It was also the second European and the first city in what is now Romania with horse drawn trams in 1867. In December 1989 here is where the Revolution against communists started.
- Near Timisoara are two of the famous Romanian vineyards, Minis and Recas. According to your wishes we can visit one of them and of course taste some wine.
- Overnight in Timisoara
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Best Western Ambasador Hotel ****
Option B: Eurohotel***

B

 

Day 8:
ROUTING: TIMISOARA-DEVA-HUNEDOARA

- Breakfast.
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In the morning a tour of Timisoara city.
- Then leave Timisoara for Deva. The local citadel can also be visited.

- Last stop of the day will be at Hunyad’s Castle. The most representative castle in this part of Transylvania was built in the 14th century and became famous as a property of Iancu of Hunedoara, the great ruler and fighter against the Ottoman Empire at that time. Built in the 14th century, on the place of an old fortification, on a rock below which flows the small river Zlasti the castle is a large building, with tall and diversely colored roofs, towers, windows and balconies adorned with carvings in stone.
- Overnight in Hunedoara
ACCOMMODATION: Rusca Hotel*** or similar
B

 

Day 9:
ROUTING: HUNEDOARA-ALBA IULIA-SIBIU

- Breakfast.
- We continue to 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 Romania Kindom. In1922, Ferdinand of Romania was symbolically crowned King of Romania in Alba Iulia in an act which mirrored the achievement of Michael the Brave. Visit the old citadel, The Reunion Cathedral, The Reunion Hall and Museum, The Catholic Cathedral (who host the grave of Iancu de Hunedoara – the famous ruler of Transylvania.

- Next stop is at 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
- End the day at Sibiu – the eropean capital of culture in 2007.
- Overnight in Sibiu
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Ramada Hotel****
Option B: Zorba Guest House****

B

 

Day 10:
ROUTING: SIBIU-FAGARAS-BRASOV

- Breakfast.
- In the morning we’ll make a city tour of Sibiu. The Big Square, the Small Square, the Ursuline Church, The Franciscan Church, The staircase Tower, the Tanners Tower, the Liar’s Bridge, the House of the Butcher’s Guild and Bruckenthal Museum are the most important sights.

- En route to Brasov we’ll stop after a short detour at Sambata Mnastery, built in the Brancovenesc architectural style. 
- We then stop at Fagaras for a visit of the Fagaras Citadel, a former royal estate in medieval ages.-End the day in Brasov.
- Overnight in Brasov
ACCOMMODATION:
Option A: Casa Wagner***

Option B: Flamingo Guesthouse***

B

Day 11:
ROUTING: BRASOV-BUCHAREST/BULGARIAN BORDER

- Breakfast.
- Transfer to Bucharest International Airport or the Bulgarian Border.
B



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