4 days
Duration
Transylvania
Regions
Cultural Tour, Private Tour, Short Tour
Tour Type

A 4 DAY CULTURAL PRIVATE TOUR IN THE MEDIEVAL TRANSYLVANIA

Transylvania Break Tour will show you the history, the intrigue and the magic of the wonderful Transylvania. On this 4 days tour you will explore the most important cities of Transylvania, the stunning Peles and Bran Castles, as well as the cities of Brasov, Sighisoara, and Sibiu.

The delightful cuisine in a Saxon home and sleep in memorable locations right in the heart of the medieval villages and towns. Book this Transylvania Break Tour for the best experience in Romania and for taking your holiday to the next level!

The tour can be personalised according to your time and points of interest.

Itinerary: Bucharest – Peles and Bran Castles – Brasov Walking Tour – Prejmer Fortified Church – Historic Center of Sighisoara – Saxon Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Sibiu Walking Tour – Cozia Monastery – Bucharest

DEPARTURE/RETURNBucharest
TRANSPORTATIONFully insured sedan/minivan with climate control
TOURIST GUIDECertified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)
4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one on the Tentative ListHistoric Center of Sighisoara
Biertan Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Saschiz Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Viscri Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Prejmer Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

  • Benefit of complete flexibility of having the tour tailored on your requirements, in terms of the route, the duration and the features of the tour;
  • No more than two days in the same location;
  • Enhance your experience through our choices of tours to match your particular interests and traveling style;
  • Visit through our exclusively designed tours and cultural connections in Transylvania no less than 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites;
  • Enjoy the exceptional knowledge and expertise of Romania’s top rated licensed tourist guide with excellent reviews;
  • Take the unique chance of meeting Gypsies in their own community in Transylvania and discover their particular culture and see what good skills they have at crafts;
  • Enjoy traditional Transylvanian delight specialities, authentic local dining in our traditional home in Transylvania at lunch and dinner;
  • Meet local people in traditional market;
  • Discover the daily life, self-sufficiency and sustainability in the remote Saxon villages of Transylvania;
  • Meet & interact with locals in all home hosted experiences and local market on our authentic cultural connections;
  • Enjoy 3 nights of accommodation at full of character, centrally located buildings, as well as one local home in Transylvania;
  • Meet local artists such as a blacksmith and a brick maker in their workshops and learn about the traditional arts & crafts;
  • Make the most of your tour experience through our exclusively designed tours with all admissions included and not just only guided walks.
DEPARTURE/RETURNBucharest (it can be changed at your request)
TRANSPORTATIONFully insured sedan/minivan with climate control
TOURIST GUIDECertified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)
INCLUDED
2 nights at three and four star hotels, all centrally located1 night in Saxon houses (this can be changed to a hotel if desired)
Natural, authentic and local culinary experiencesBreakfast every day
One traditional Transylvanian lunchOne traditional Transylvanian dinner
Natural cheese samplingExclusive traditional horse carriage trip
Entrance fees to museums and sites included as per itineraryFuel, parking fees and local taxes included
Guided tours at all sitesDetailed map of Romania
Certified English-Speaker tourist guide specialized in Romanian culture and historyExclusive visit and interaction with a Gypsy family in their own home
Still/Sparkling water bottles in the carBlacksmith demonstration
Friendly talks with the guide about Vlad the Impaler – Dracula; Transylvanian History Overview and the Gypsies and Their Journey
NOT INCLUDED
Airplane tickets and health insuranceSouvenirs
Alcoholic beveragesHotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
Meals, other than those included in the itineraryGratuities of any kind
Photo/video fees at sites and museums

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Day 1: Bucharest – Peles & Bran Castle – Brasov Walking Tour

The Transylvania Break Tour will start in the morning with a scenic drive to Sinaia, named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania towards the end of the 19th century. The orientation tour of the resort includes a view of the famous Casino building, with its architecture inspired by the one in Monte Carlo. Then take a guided tour of the Peles Castle, the royal residence of King Carol I of Romania and known as one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe. Once the famous Orient Express train use to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople. Next, we will enter in Transylvania crossing the mountains to Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. This medieval structure was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia, enlarged and restored a few times to become a royal residence in the 1920s under Queen Marie of Romania. After the visit, you will have time for buying souvenirs and have an exclusive natural cheese sampling.
Remain of the day is spent in Brasov, another of the important Saxon cities with a rich heritage and one of the oldest in Europe, dating from 1235. The tour will reveal the Old Town with the magnificent Black Church – largest Gothic style church in South-Eastern Europe and featuring a collection of over one hundred Muslim prayer rugs, Council Square, Catherine’s Gate, the Guild Towers, Schei Quarter with the First School in Romanian language and the narrow Rope Street. Hotel check-in in the lovely pedestrian area of the Old Town with its many restaurants and outdoor cafes.
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Day 2: Prejmer Fortified Church – Saxon Village of Saschiz & Viscri with the Fortified Churches – Exclusive Viscri Village Tour & Traditional Lunch and Dinner

After the breakfast, we continue our journey to Prejmer where we will visit the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of our Transylvania Break Tour, the Prejmer Fortified Church, the largest fortified church in South Eastern Europe.
The journey continues north to Viscri with a stop in Saschiz Village (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) with the imposing clock tower and the fortified church, which is the most important landmark of the village. The Late-Gothic fortified church from Saschiz is one of the strongest constructions of this type from Transylvania, widely considered one of Transylvania’s most beautiful medieval monuments, this is the main tourist attraction of the village. On the route, enjoy an exclusive tasting of organic Transylvanian “like Grandma used to make” jams.
The last stop for today is in Viscri village, the traditional Saxon village, one of the oldest in all of Transylvania. It is famous for the traditional houses that the Prince Charles bought, restored and converted into guesthouses for tourists. We will serve a traditional lunch, before visiting the Fortified Church, that unlike many of the other fortified churches, this one was built around 1100 by the Szekler population and taken over by Saxon colonists 100 years later.
Here you will meet a traditional blacksmith in his workshop and he will show you how is working in a traditional blacksmith workshop, after the visit at blacksmith we will visit a traditional brick makers too, all this things in an exclusive traditional tour in a horse cart.
You will spend the night in a traditional Saxon home and enjoy a dinner, prepared by your host from local ingredients.
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Day 3: Sighisoara Walking Tour – Saxon Village of Biertan with the Fortified Church – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Sibiu

We start the day with an organic breakfast in the house. On our trip to Sighisoara your tourist guide will have an informal talk with you on Vlad the Impaler – Dracula, what is truth and what is fiction. In Sighisoara the German settlers built the city in the late part of the 12th century. The walking tour includes the two squares of the Citadel, the Scholars’ Staircase, the Tinsmiths’ Tower, the House with Antler, and the Tower with Clock. Sighisoara is the place where Vlad the Impaler father had a house. After the walking tour, we will go to the fortified church of Biertan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a visit of the former seat of the Lutheran Bishops of Transylvania. With its three belts of fortification, this is the most impressive fortified church in Transylvania. Next, you will have the chance to visit a Gypsy home, on the exclusive home visit you will have the unique opportunity to learn about this less known yet controversial ethnic group, about its culture, identity and lifestyle.
After reaching Sibiu, brief orientation tour on the way to the hotel. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in the center of Sibiu.
Dinner on your own. A suggestion is Crama Sibiul Vechi, the best cellar – restaurant in town or La Taifas restaurant.
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Day 4: Sibiu Walking Tour – Cozia Monastery – Bucharest

After the breakfast in the hotel, you will have a leisurely walking tour of Sibiu (Hermannstadt), the formerly chief city of the Transylvanian Saxons. The Great and Lesser Squares are the landmarks of the Old Town with the many merchant houses featuring the Sibiu eyes. View the old surrounding defence walls and the remaining towers belonging to the merchant guilds. Next is the Evangelical Cathedral completed in its actual shape in 1520. The next visit to improve more the cultural connection, the visit of the colourful fruit and vegetable market in the town’s open-air market. One of the last activity in Transylvania Break Tour is a horse carriage ride in the open-air ASTRA Museum of the Transylvanian Folk Civilization.
Leaving Transylvania we will drive along the Olt River Valley crossing the mountains to Wallachia. The tour continues with a short stop at the 14th century Cozia Monastery built by King Mircea the Elder featuring a superb late 17th century Last Judgment fresco.
After the short stop, we will drive south to Bucharest with arrival in the early evening. Transfer to your hotel or to the airport.
***Optional: Two day Black Sea & Danube Delta Extension with Danube Delta Private Cruise accompanied by certified skipper (requires two extra days)
***Optional: You can choose a Bucharest City Tour (requires one extra day)
NOTE: The tour is further customizable.

Transylvania Break Tour Map

Extra full day Bucharest City Tour

After the breakfast, we will start the visit of the capital city of Romania. The day starts with a visit to the Village Museum, one of the most impressive open-air museums in Europe with century old original peasant households from all parts of Romania.
After, we will visit the world’s largest, heaviest and most expensive administrative building, the Palace of Parliament. Between the two communist landmarks, we will have a panoramic tour of the city with Victory Square and Avenue, Royal Palace and Revolution Square and a short stop and visit of the Romanian Athenaeum. Next, we will attend a visit to the former residence of Ceausescu family, the last communist leader of the Socialist Republic of Romania. In contradistinction with the Ceausescu former residence we will have an incursion back in time, in the communist time, where you will have the opportunity to experience life in the 80’s with the help of authentic decor and furniture, working appliances and household accessories, local drinks and homemade snacks and historical and archive footage.
Before arriving in the old city center we will stop in the Cotroceni Neighborhood where we will visit the Presidential Palace and a typical 1930s Bucharest Residence.
In the late afternoon, we will reach Bucharest’s Old Town, with the ruins of the Old Princely Court, known as Dracula’s residence, where the legend says that Vlad the Impaler was keeping his prisoners. We will take a sightseeing tour of this part of the city, filled with lively cafes and street food to see why the nickname of Bucharest is “The Little Paris”. The rest of the evening is on your own.

Two day Black Sea & Danube Delta Extension with Danube Delta Private Cruise accompanied by certified skipper

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Extra Day 1: Bucharest – Constanta Walking Tour – Histria Fortress – Tulcea

Begin your extension tour of the Black Sea and Danube Delta with an early morning departure to the Black Sea Coast, to Constanta – the largest seaport on the Black Sea, established in the 4th century BC as a Greek colony. The drive from Bucharest will take approximately three hours, crossing the Danube into the region of Dobrogea and driving along the famous Danube-Black Sea Canal. The city tour of Constanta will take you to the Secession style Casino and the Genoese Lighthouse. In the National Museum of Archaeology, we will see the fabulous Glykon Serpent and the wonderfully restored Roman Mosaic – one of the largest in this part of Europe. In the afternoon drive to Mamaia – Romania’s largest sea resort, established by King Carol I of Romania in the second half of the 19th century and then continue north to the ruins of the ancient town of Histria. In the early evening we will arrive to Tulcea located right at the entrance in the Danube Delta. Hotel check in. Dinner on your own.
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Extra Day 2: Danube Delta Private Cruise with Lunch – Bucharest Airport

After the early breakfast, you will explore, in your private boat the youngest territory in the world, the Danube Delta started to form just 10,000 years ago and is still in the process of formation. On your exclusively cruise you will have the chance to admire the Danube scenic beauty and wildlife – it is known as the birdwatchers paradise, so simply relax while browsing through the narrow channels. A fauna specialist tour guide and skipper, who knows all the channels, will lead your tour. A great opportunity for you to watch birds and to admire nature. The Delta cuisine is certain to provide an interesting lunch experience, the lunch will be served on the ship.
After the tour we will drive back to Henri Coanda International Airport for your afternoon return flight.
Saschiz Fortified Church by Holiday to Romania
Sibiu City Hall by Holiday to Romania
Viscri Saxon Village by Holiday to Romania
Clock Tower and Main Sqare Sighisoara by Holiday to Romania
Sibiu Evangelical Church by Holiday to Romania
Saschiz Fortified Church View by Holiday to Romania
White Tower Brasov by Holiday to Romania
the Black Church by Holiday to Romania
Staircase Sighisoara by Holiday to Romania
Bran Castle by Holiday to Romania
The Clock Tower Sighisoara by Holiday to Romania
Streets in Sibiu by Holiday to Romania
Sighisoara Streets by Holiday to Romania

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
Carol A.
July 25, 2017

We did a 4 day tours of Transylvania in August 2017 with Dan as our guide and driver. Dan was a fabulous guide and driver, he has our highest recommendation. Everything went very smoothly, we had great weather and will always have fond memories of our time in Romania.

Carmen L.
August 1, 2017

We loved the tour, Dan took us places that all the other tour companies could only watch us do. We had an awesome time. Liviu was fun, had a great personality and you can tell he loves doing this. Next time we come to Transylvania we will definitely do this again. Thanks for a great time!

Anne-Marie H.
March 15, 2018

We were three women travelling with a 2 year old to Romania with a keen interest in visiting Transylvania. I contacted Holiday to Romania through a web search. Firstly, their response time back to me was very impressive and Dan provided a very comprehensive 4 day tour outline. We booked our trip with him and I have to say, we had the most amazing time. He has perfect English, is a very safe driver and his knowledge of the country and the sights he took us to was outstanding. He is very friendly and relaxed and accomadated our changing of plans to suit the toddler. We will definitely use Holiday to Romania and Dan again. Can’t recommend him highly enough.

Laura B.
May 8, 2018

We spent a week in Romania just before Christmas. We knew very little about this country but it fit into our travel plans nicely and we were hoping to see some snow at that time of the year.
I made contact with Dan and he patiently helped us put an itinerary together and organised it all.
As we arrived after a long haul flight into Bucharest we spent a day there before meeting up with him. He picked us up at the hotel and what we learned on the short drive out of Bucharest in his company, was more then we had found out the previous day which we spent wondering around on our own.
Dan’s knowledge about his home country is amazing and he will answer all questions in great detail without being boring. We traveled with our 16 year old son in tow and I often saw him and Dan engaged in some discussion. Therefore, I can recommend Dan as a guide for any traveler, families included.

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