What to Expect
DAY 1, Saturday, Bucharest
Welcome to Romania! Drive to Snagov to visit Snagov Island where, according to legend, Vlad was buried after his assassination. The architectural style of the monastery follows the architectural pattern that is characteristic to the monasteries on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece.
Your first day in Romania will end with a welcome dinner in one of Bucharest ’s top traditional restaurants.
Day 2, Sunday, Bucharest – Targoviste – Sinaia – Poiana Brasov
Go on a morning drive to Targoviste, former capital of Walachia County situated on the right bank of Ialomita River, and visit the ruins of Vlad Tepes old court.
Continue and go to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania. Explore the main attraction, the royal Peleş Castle. The edifice was built in 1873 and is an architectural mixture of the German School and neo-renaissance style. The castle has 160 rooms, all of them opulently decorated in leather and wood from the most valuable trees. Peleş Castle is one of the best preserved and the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. Stay in Poiana Brasov.sSituated at <strong>the foot of </strong><strong>Postavaru</strong><strong> Mountain</strong>, Poiana Brasov is surrounded by dense pinewood forests in a magnificent, mountainous natural setting and is the most lavish winter resort in Romania. Enjoy dinner in the medieval room of an outstanding 4* restaurant; you’ll enjoy excellent music and the most delicious medieval treats.
Day 3, Monday, Poiana Brasov – Bran – Sighisoara
Explore Transylvania’s symbol, Bran Castle. The castle owes its fame both to its unique charm and the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Documentary evidence of the castle dates as far back as 1377. Close to the castle is a shrine in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered the heart of Queen Maria of Romania.
Your next stop is the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov. The most famous landmark of Brasov is <strong>the Black Church , the largest gothic edifice in South-Eastern Europe. </strong>The next stop, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,is the <strong>Sighisoara Medieval Citadel. </strong>Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe ’s most beautiful and still <strong>inhabited fortified cities. </strong>Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, known as <strong>Dracula</strong>, was born. Stay at a charming 3* hotel located in the heart of the medieval citadel and enjoy a Saxon dinner.
DAY 4, Tuesday, Sighisoara - Bistrita
Stroll around the streets of the old citadel; admire the Clock Tower, discover more about Sighisoara’s history, the beautiful Church on the Hill, and the unique Covered Stairs. You can even enjoy lunch in the very house where Vlad the Impaler was born, turned into a cosy restaurant today – “Casa Vlad Dracul” Restaurant. In Bistrita you can dine at the Golden Crown Restaurant and taste the very meal Jonathan Harker, the main character of Dracula Novel, was served when in Bistrita Citadel. Next up is<strong></strong><strong> Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass</strong> , a 3* hotel which was built in accordance to Bram Stoker's imagination. After visiting Dracula’s coffin you’ll enjoy a candle lit dinner at the castle followed by a fire camp near by, with all the right stories for a night to remember.
DAY 5, Wednesday, Bistrita Citadel - Turda
Drive in the morning to visit the city of Cluj Napoca to enjoying a city tour and discover beautiful medieval buildings such as Saint Andrews Cathedral and delight yourself with the best Turkish Kebab. It’s hard to believe, but here in the heart of Transylvania you can find the best Turkish kebab, that is strongly recommend for your lunch, in spite of the irony – a Turkish specialty in Vlad Dracul’s country, given the fact that he was the worst enemy the Turks could have had. Optional: How about a genuine Dracula tattoo? Should you wish to permanently remember your trip to Transylvania, you have your chance. Drive to Turda, a small town with an intimate medieval atmosphere, home to one of the oldest salt mines in Romania. Stay in a 4* hotel, often referred to as a medieval fantasy with beds. Delight yourself with a vampire menu for dinner, a delicious reason to travel to Transylvania ! Experience an evening of fear and attend the killing of a vampire; you’ll be part of the crowd seeking to take the bloody creature to a special place where the ritual can begin! The Ritual of Killing of the Living Dead is followed by a Masquerade Party.
DAY 6, Thursday, Turda - Sibiu
Prepare to descent into the heart of one of the biggest salt mines in Romania , the Salt Mines of Turda, with impressive halls named after kings and queens. The mine ends in a narrow tunnel at the end with a mirror. Should you see your reflection in the mirror, you will know you still have a soul to worry about! Drive next to Medias. Here you’ll become acquainted with a unique artist, the only one in the world who uses spider webs for his paintings. As you probably know, spiders are creatures the count likes. Then, spend an evening in Sibiu , the European Cultural Capital for 2007. The fortified town of Sibiu has been the center of Romania 's German minority since medieval times and is one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. The city contains the largest concentrations of tourist attractions in Romania . Stay in a 4* hotel, enjoy a traditional Saxon dinner in one of the best restaurants in Sibiu . Go Vampiresa Hunting after dinner. You’ll meet the famous medieval Transylvanian Knights. They’ll introduce you to medieval rituals and, should you be well-prepared, turn you into a knight.
DAY 7, Friday, Sibiu - Bucharest
Your last Romanian morning. Enjoy a morning visit of Poienari to visit the ruins of Vlad’s old and faithful fortress. The fortress located close to Fagaras Mountains , on a canyon formed by Arges Rives is perched high on a cliff, in fact a steep precipice. Visit the impressive fortress and admire the unique and breathless view from the top you’ll need to climb over 1000 stairs. Late afternoon arrival in Bucharest, past 5:00 pm.