Bucharest & Enchanting Castles of Transylvania

Classic Touring

8 Days from $1,949

Sep 2019 - Sep 2020 Departures

History, intrigue and legend accompany you on this fascinating tour of Romania's wonderful highlights. Transylvanian castles, medieval villages, forested landscapes and ancient monasteries all have a tale to tell as you take a round trip from its capital, Bucharest.

Overview

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Welcome drink
  • Folklore dinner
  • Overseas transfers on arrival & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included excursions

  • ​Sightseeing tour of Bucharest>
  • Explore the medieval town of Sibiu
  • Dinner in Sibiel with a local family
  • Tours of medieval Biertan & Sighisoara, with brandy tasting
  • Explore Viscri on foot & by horse-drawn carriage plus walking tour of Brasov
  • Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle
  • Visits to Peles Castle & Sinaia Monastery

Optional excursions

  • Bicycle ride through the Carpathian forest

Itinerary

Make your own way to Bucharest​, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Get to know your travelling companions over an included drink this evening.​

This morning we're off on a sightseeing tour of Bucharest, which will introduce all its highlights. We'll start at Unification Square and the 17th century Patriarchal Cathedral, and visit University Square, whose four corners are home to remarkable architectural masterpieces. Admire the Arch of Triumph, which towers to 89 feet, before heading to Revolution Square. It was from here in December 1989 that Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu would have his final moments in power before he was deposed.
We then take a scenic drive into the historical region of Transylvania, in the centre of Romania. Before reaching our new base of Sibiu, we'll stop to admire Cozia Monastery, one of Romania's most important historical treasures.

We're going to start our day of exploration with a walking tour of Sibiu, a walled citadel built in the 12th century by German settlers. Highlights include Great Square, Little Square and St Mary's Evangelical Church, a Gothic masterpiece with a huge, towering steeple. We'll also head to the Bridge of lies but be careful, legend has it that the bridge will collapse if anyone on it tells a lie!

After free time to explore at your own pace, we're heading to the ASTRA Museum, an open-air complex of more than 300 historic buildings, watermills and windmills. This afternoon we'll also find out a little more about 'We Help!' – a Just You Cares initiative which helps disadvantaged children.

We'll spend the evening at the idyllic mountain village of Sibiel, where you'll be welcomed in traditional style with a bread and salt greeting ceremony. We'll also meet a family here and enjoy a dinner served with free-flowing local wine and brandy.

​Today we're heading to Sighisoara, where we stay overnight. Our scenic journey takes us through a beautiful landscape to the medieval village of Biertan. The UNESCO-listed church here is one of the best-preserved fortifications in Transylvania. Perched on a hill, it is encircled by three tiers of defensive walls connected by towers and gates, making it impenetrable to invaders.  

We'll arrive in Sighisoara this afternoon. This medieval citadel is where Vlad the Impaler, the supposed inspiration for Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, was born. It's a delightful place to explore, and we'll do so on foot. Highlights include the Church on the Hill and the house where the bloodthirsty 15th century ruler of Wallachia spent the first four years of his life.
A great way to end our tour is with a tasting of brandies in one of the town's wine cellars.

The Saxon village of Viscri is our first stop today, and as we stretch our legs here we'll find ourselves stepping back in time. Its peaceful streets are home to traditional Saxon-style houses, and an impressive fortified church keeps watch from a hillside. The surrounding landscape, a patchwork of meadows and oak and beech forests, is also a beautiful sight. It's no wonder HRH the Prince of Wales owns a farm and guesthouse here!

After our walk we'll enjoy lunch with some of the villagers before we are taken on a further tour, but this time it's by horse-drawn carriage.

On arrival in Brasov, our base for two nights, we'll set off on a walking tour. The historic Black Church we'll see is the greatest Gothic church in Transylvania, and inside there is a remarkable collection of carpets from Asia Minor. We'll also be able to peer down Europe's narrowest street, Rope Street, which is little more than the width of one person.

This morning we're heading to the most popular visitor attraction in Transylvania, Bran Castle. Nestled in dense forest and surrounded by legend and mystery, it is also known as Dracula's Castle, and is one of the locations linked to the fictional vampire. Built in the 14th century, the castle actually doubled as an administrative building until it was gifted to Queen Marie of Romania in 1920. An optional bicycle ride through the forests of the Carpathian Mountains, with a stop for homemade pies, will be perfect this afternoon if you're feeling active.

​Another magnificent castle is in our sights today as we drive to Sinaia. Peles Castle, a masterpiece of German New-Renaissance architecture, is considered by many to be one of the most stunning in Europe. Commissioned by Romania's first monarch, King Carol I in 1873, this was the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Next we visit the Sinaia Monastery before continuing to Busteni.There's time at leisure in this beautiful alpine resort, located beneath the Carpathian Mountains, before we head back to Bucharest. ​

At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Romania - Bicycle ride through the Carpathian forest

Romania - Bicycle ride through the Carpathian forest

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The 10km bike ride starts from Vulcan, a former German village near Brasov before heading through the forests of the Carpathian Mountains. On the way back make a stop for homemade pies, freshly squeezed orange juice and lemonade.

Accommodation

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Located in Sibiu Old Town the hotel features a restaurant and a fitness centre. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café and a spa tub are on-site. All feature free WiFi, free wired Internet and plasma TVs with cable channels. Guests will also find minibars, room service (during limited hours) and rainfall showerheads.
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You will stay at the 4-star Ana Hotel Sport Poiana in Brasov. Located at the foot of Postavarul Mountain and amidst a pine forest, the Ana Hotels Sport Poiana Brasov provides cosy and pleasant rooms with a superb view. The hotel spa features an indoor pool with hydro-massage, a gym, saunas and an outdoor hot tub. The restaurant serves Romanian, Hungarian and international cuisine with a terrace with views of the nearby ski slopes. Rooms have en suit facilities, LCD TVs, hair dryer, coffee and tea making facilities, mini bar and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises.
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Hotel Capitol Bucharest

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Friday 06 Sep 2019

8 Days

$2,149

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Friday 04 Oct 2019

8 Days

$1,999

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 08 May 2020

8 Days

$1,949

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 05 Jun 2020

8 Days

$2,049

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 04 Sep 2020

8 Days

$2,049

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Friday 13 Sep 2019

8 Days

$2,149

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