Transylvania September 2023

September 15, 2023 - September 22, 2023

Romanian castle
Bucharest

Join me as I visit the birthplace of the notorious DRACULA!

Here is the itinerary for September 2023 in Transylvania/Romania. Inclusions: hotel for 7 nights, tours mentioned, transfers between cities, and many meals.
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It is a fairly robust itinerary (wear your walking shoes!) but there is some down time factored in. $1969 per person with a $250 per person non-refundable deposit, and payments can be made at any time. Single supplement is $550. Final payment due 06/03/23.
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This does not include airfare however I can help you with air or you can book it on your own.  Quotes for airfare will be available November 2022.
 
Please see updated travel restrictions and requirements for Romania HERE
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Per Person Pricing
(Based on double occupancy)

Accommodation Category Type Per Person
1 bed 1969.00
2 beds 1969.00
1 bed - single traveler Single supplement $1969 + $550 = $2519

DAY 01                 15 SEP 2023                        Bucharest                                                                        (Dinner included)

Arrival at the International Airport Otopeni where you will be greeted by your throughout English speaking guide and further head to Bucharest, Romania’s capital city founded in 1459 by ruler Vlad the Impaler on the banks of the Dambovita river. Depending on arrival time, possibility for a stroll in the old center and welcome dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Overnight.

Accommodation: Mercure City Centre Bucharest 4* (2 Nights)

 

DAY 02                 16 SEP 2023                        Bucharest                                                                         (Breakfast included)

Discover Bucharest, known in the past as the “Little Paris of the East”. During the tour you will see among others the Victoria Square were the Ronanian government has its seat, the Victoria Boulevard with its Belle Epoque buildings and the Revolution Square place where the Romanian Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was toppled during the Romanian Revolution in 1989. Here you will have a brief walk seeing the former Royal Palace which now houses the National Art Museum and the Romanian Athenaeum. Continue visiting the Parliament Palace, formerly known as “The House of the People”, which is the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon with a stunning size of 65.000 m². It has over 1000 rooms, 2 underground parking garages and supposedly also a nuclear bunker. For its construction an amazing 1 million cubic meters of marble, over 700.000 tons of steel and bronze and 3500 tons of crystal have been used. Evening you will explore the Village Museum, one of the first open air museums in Europe, where you can see over 70 farms & churches from all corners of Romania, which had been used and built by the villagers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Overnight.

 

DAY 03                 17 SEP 2023                        Bucharest – Sinaia - Brasov                            (Breakfast included)

After breakfast head North along the Prahova valley and through the mountains reaching Sinaia, also known as the “Pearl of the Carpathians”, which is Romania's most popular and famous mountain resort. Here you will visit the Peles Castle, which is without a doubt the most magnificent castle in country. It was the former summer residence of King Carol the 1st of Hohenzollern – Sigmaringen, erected in the late 19th century. It is built of wood, stone, marble and brick in the German Renaissance style combined with the Italian and the English Renaissance, the German Baroque, the Rococo, the Hispano-Moorish and the Turkish styles etc. Also explore the Sinaia Monastery, named after Mount Sinai, which was built 1695 in Brancovenescu style. Cross into the historical region of Transylvania and overnight in Brasov, city founded 1221 by the Teutonic Knights.

Accommodation: Aro Palace 5* (3 Nights)

 

DAY04                  18 SEP 2023                        Brasov – Viscri – Sighisoara – Brasov                           (Breakfast included)

After breakfast drive to Viscri to visit the local UNESCO site which dates back around 1100 AD. In the 14th century the eastern part of the church was rebuilt and in 1525, the first fortifications with towers were added. In the 18th century the church was surrounded by a second defensive wall. Next stop in Sighisoara, an inhabited medieval city which is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The architectonic fortress was first certified in the year 1280 and is located on a hill there are 14 towers, of which the most impressive and famous is the 64m high “Clock-Tower”. Walking tour in the old city seeing among others the Church on the Hill, the Covered Stairs, the Venetian House, Casa Vlad Dracul where the famous Prince Vlad Tepes was born and the mighty Clock-tower. At Teo’s Cellar you will taste local home made brandy and jam, after which you will return to Brasov.

 

 

 

DAY 05                 19 SEP 2023                        Brasov – Zarnesti – Bran – Brasov                 (Breakfast included)

Morning head for Zarnesti and to Libearty to visit the largest brown bear sanctuary in Europe. Next you will continue to Bran to visit the castle made famous by Bram Stoker's novel as the residence of the vampire count Dracula. In fact it has been erected by the Saxon merchants on a hill to guard the trade route between Transylvania and Wallachia. Return to Brasov with evening walking tour during which you will see its old defensive walls and towers, the Black Church which is the largest Gothic style edifice in Eastern Europe and the Rope Street which is among the narrowest in the world. Remainder of the day at leisure and for shopping.

 

DAY 06                 20 SEP 2023                        Bucharest                                                                         (Breakfast included)

Today you will head to Prejmer to visit the largest Saxon fortified church in Romania, with it’s imposing 12m high and 5m thick walls, having over 500 rooms where the villagers could retreat in chase of an attack. Head back South to the Carpathians reaching the mountain resort of Busteni where you will visit the Cantacuzino Palace built in unique Neo-Romanian style in the year 1911 for Prince Cantacuzino. In Busteni you will also enjoy wine tasting at one of the local cellars after which you continue South to Bucharest, Romania’s capital city founded in 1459 by ruler Vlad the Impaler on the banks of the Dambovita river. Upon reaching Bucharest, stop at the Snagov Monastery, a rustic cloister from 1364 located on a small isolated island in the middle of Snagov Lake, which is the reputed burial place of Vlad Tepes, also known as Dracula, who, it is claimed, lies beneath the floor of the church. Don't let yourself be taken in by the imposing forest and the nice lake surrounding the island or by the generous architecture of the monastery. The secrets are there and when the strong winds rummage the deep waters the frightful sound of ringing bells of the old sunk church reveal them to a cautioned ear. The island and the monastery witnessed throughout the centuries lots of crimes and dramas. After checking in at the hotel in Bucharest you will enjoy free time.
Accommodation: Mercure City Centre Bucharest 4* (2 Nights)

 

DAY0 07 21 SEP 2023                        Bucharest                                                                         (Breakfast and Dinner included)

Today, you will meet your guide to visit the Bellu Cemetery, largest and one of the oldest cemeteries in the city. Remainder of the day at leisure and farewell dinner with show at a local restaurants.

DAY 08                 22 SEP 2023                        Bucharest                                                                         (Breakfast included)

Depart your hotel and transfer to the Bucharest airport for your return flight home.

 

Inclusions in above prices:
  • Hotel accommodation as per itinerary or similar
  • All transfers and transportation is by private, air-conditioned coach with driver/guide (Any individuals travelling outside the group arrangement must organize own transportation)
  • Arrival Meet & Greet guide assistance, departure guide assistance
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • Local taxes on accommodation and sightseeing tours
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary (B-full breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Hotel porterage
 
Exclusions in above prices:
  • All airfares, departure taxes & fuel surcharges, seat selection
  • Personal items
  • Optional Tours
  • Meals unless listed in itinerary
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Early check-in & late check out of rooms (standard check-in time is 2pm and check out 10am)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa/passport handling fees

DEPOSIT REQUIREMENTS

The minimum non-refundable deposit is $250 per person.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR LAND ARRANGEMENTS: 

More than 91 days prior to departure.....loss of non-refundable deposits

Between 90-46 days prior to departure....75% of net tour price

45 days or less prior to departure.....100% non-refundable