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3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

1. 3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

Explore some of the most important sites in the legendary Transylvania region of Romania on a 3-day package tour from Bucharest. With bed and breakfast accommodation in a 3-star hotel, you will explore the city of Sibiu, once ranked by Forbes Magazine as “Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live.” Visit medieval castles and monasteries, and explore the fable of Count Dracula. Day 1: Depart from Bucharest and visit the Moorish Monastery of Curtea de Argeș, built by the ruler of Wallachia, Prince Neagoe Basarab, in 1514. Continue to the small Cozia Monastery to discover one of the most important monuments of national medieval art in Romania. After a break for lunch in a traditional Romanian restaurant, drive through the stunning Translyvanian landscape to Sibiu, historic capital of the Principality of Transylvania. The former German medieval citadel, with documentation dating back to 1191, is one of the most beautiful towns in Romania, with many historic buildings that you will explore on a walking tour of the Old Town. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner, with overnight accommodation in Sibiu town center. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Sibiu for the Biertan commune, where you will tour one of the most important Saxon villages of fortified churches in Transylvania, including the largest fortified church in Transylvania, built between 1490 and 1524. Continue to the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, which dates back to 1280 and is home to the only medieval citadel in Europe still populated. During a walking tour, visit the city’s landmark Clock Tower for panoramic views across the ancient houses. After lunch, head to Brasov, surrounded by the Southern Carpathians. The first documented evidence of the medieval citadel dates back to 1235. Birthplace of the Romanian national anthem – and briefly renamed “Stalin City” during the Communist era – Brasov boasts beautiful Gothic churches, medieval buildings, and the narrowest street in Romania, which you will explore on a guided walking tour. Day 3: Following an overnight stay in Brasov, start your day at the city’s Black Church, built in 1383, and the most important tourist site in Brasov. Then, drive to the legendary Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), perched on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Marked as the home of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, explore the castle grounds and museum, before a traditional lunch. Continue your tour at Sinaia, a lovely mountain resort in the Prahova River valley, and visit Peleș Castle, built by the first king of Romania, Carol I. Tour the exquisite Neo-Renaissance building, built between 1875 and 1914, and end your tour of Transylvania’s architectural delights at Sinaia Monastery, founded by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino in the 17th century upon his return from a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. After exploring the Old Church and the 19th century Great Church, drive back to Bucharest for the end of your tour.

Peles Castle & Wine Tasting Tour - Full-Day from Bucharest

2. Peles Castle & Wine Tasting Tour - Full-Day from Bucharest

This full-day tour includes a visit to the Sinaia Monastery, the Royal Peles Castle, and wine tasting and traditional 3-course lunch at Azuga Wine Cellars. The winery dates from 1892 and was the official wine supplier of the Romanian Royal Family. Meet your driver in Bucharest and be taken to Sinaia, where you’ll visit the Sinaia Monastery. Founded in 1695, it was named after the famous monastery on Mount Sinai. There is a collection of valuable jewels here that belonged to the Cantacuzino family, and also a Romanian translation of the Bible, dating from 1668, and considered to be the earliest translation. Next on the itinerary is a stop at Peles Castle, also located in Sinaia. This is considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful castles. Constructed of wood, stone, brick, and marble, the castle comprises over 160 rooms. It was built in the German Renaissance style, with elements from the German Baroque, Gothic, Italian Renaissance, and French Rococo styles. From Sinaia you’ll head to Azuga for wine tasting and lunch at Azuga Wine Cellars. You’ll enjoy the sparkling wines produced here and a 3-course lunch as well.

Dealu Mare Wineries: Wine Tasting Tour on the Old Wine Road

3. Dealu Mare Wineries: Wine Tasting Tour on the Old Wine Road

Enjoy an epic day-trip from Bucharest, following the ancient wine road built by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Re-opened to the public after almost a century of “hibernation”, the road displays beautifully restored manors, cellars and old monasteries. Along the way, you’ll visit two wine museums, stop for lunch in a traditional manor and enjoy wine tasting sessions at two prestigious wineries, surrounded by the endless vineyards of Dealu Mare – Romania’s most famous wine region. Short history: Romania is a country with a long standing tradition in winemaking, and the world’s 13th wine producer, despite losing half of its arable lands and suffering a loss of prestige several decades ago, when communists favored mass production over quality. Nowadays, the country has gone through a process of mass restoration, aiming to re-claim its rightful place among the Top 10 wine producers. Itinerary description: 1st stop: Bellu Manor Wine Museum Your guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive a bit over one hour to Dealu Mare, Romania's most famous wine region. As soon as you enter the Old Wine Road, you'll stop for a guided tour at the beautifully restored Bellu Manor – a marvel of old Romanian architecture. Built by Baron Alexandru Bellu in the 19th century, the manor is not just a great art collection, but also an important wine museum. With a great passion for wine and even owning a sparkling wine factory, the baron stored precious tools in the manor’s great cellar. It's the oldest wine press in Walachia with enormous barrels and extremely old wine-making tools going back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. 2nd stop: Lacerta Winery After learning about the long history of winemaking in Romania, it’s time for some actual wine tasting at Lacerta Winery. Same as Bordeaux and Toscana, Lacerta’s vine estate stretches along the 45th parallel and thus has the ideal climate for producing wines with a rich, complex and silken taste. Lacerta is one of the most modern wineries in Romania, with production techniques based on gravitational principles meant to limit the usage of pumps. You’ll be able to taste 6 types of high-quality Romanian wines alongside small plates of cheese & dry sausages in a fairy tale location, surrounded by the endless vineyards covering the hills of Dealu Mare, at one of the most beautiful wineries in the country. 3rd stop: Casa Colinelor - 1000 Chipuri Winery The third and final stop of the day is at Casa Colinelor (Hill House) where the 1000 Chipuri (1000 Faces) Winery is located. Here you will first serve lunch and then tour the property. During the wine tasting, you will admire the beautiful vineyards surrounding the house, visit the winery and also the cellars. There will be 6 glasses of wine, served alongside typical wine snacks. All the wines come from 1000 Chipuri, one of the most highly praised boutique wineries from the Dealu Mare wine region.

Transylvania: Two-Day Castle Tour

4. Transylvania: Two-Day Castle Tour

Join your guide for a two-day tour through the castles of Transylvania, from early medieval stone fortifications to modern, lavish royal summer residences. Depart from Cluj and head to Sighișoara. Admire the most beautiful medieval townscape in the country, so picturesque and authentic that it's often used as a film set. Visit the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Citadel, the fortified walls and towers of the town, as well as the birthplace of the Wallachian leader Vlad Dracul, who later became known as Count Dracula in Gothic literature and film. Then travel to Râșnov Castle, a 14th century fortress built by Teutonic Knights to withstand invasion from Turks and Tartars. More a fortified village than a military outpost, Râșnov was built to protect common people from attacks and contained everything a small community of village people would need in order to survive a long siege. Learn how the castle was put to use through the centuries, undergoing several periods of reconstruction. Afterwards, head to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. Let historical fact and fiction combine as you take in the atmosphere of the place where Bram Stoker's famous early 20th century novel was set and learn about its history as the homestead of Vlad the Impaler and an important defense of the trade route between Transylvania and Walachia. Enjoy plenty of time to explore the most visited attraction in Romania, including the Bran Castle Museum. Afterwards, have dinner and head to your accommodation in Bran for the night. On day two, things get more modern with a visit to Peleș Palace, the summer residence of the Romanian royal family (and one of the most beautiful royal summer residences in Europe). Wander through a unique a modern palace built at the end at the 19th century to resemble castles from the late Middle Ages. Spot artistic masterpieces like the fresco by Gustav Klimt scattered throughout its generously furnished rooms. Then head to Kalnoky Castle, a 17th century countryside castle belonging to a family of Hungarian noblemen. Admire the true melting pot of styles that coalesce in a castle built with a mixture of late Renaissance and neoclassical architecture, surrounded by a 19th century English-style park. Drive back to Cluj later in the afternoon where your tour ends.

Bucharest: Wine Tasting, Bellu Mansion, and Thracian Tombs

5. Bucharest: Wine Tasting, Bellu Mansion, and Thracian Tombs

See why Romanian culture is intertwined with a love of wine on this guided day trip to Dealu Mare, one of the largest wine regions in Romania. Along with a tasting of delicious local wine, learn more about the region with a private guide taking you through the Bellu Mansion and Thracian tombs.  Following your pickup in the morning, travel to the first destination, an aristocratic mansion embodying historic Romania: the Bellu manor in Urlati. Located in a stunningly picturesque area and surrounded by a park with old trees, the Bellu manor was built in the middle of the 19th century, in the old Romanian style. It was the home of Baron Alexandru Bellu, a descendant of a wealthy Macedonian family who settled in Urlați. After a tour of the mansion interior and pavilion, take a walk to see the vineyards stretching out across the hills.  The trip then continues to the Lacerta winery in Dealu Mare for the wine tasting. But first, take a walk through the serene vineyards and see where the grapes originate. It’s sure to help you appreciate the wine even more: the tasting includes 3-5 varieties of wines, and a specialist will describe each of their differences. Learn about the history of the wines local wines and the production process. The last stop will be on the top of the vineyard hills. Admire the breathtaking view before exploring the ancient stone church, built of the famous Naeni stone extracted from the nearby quarry, and the Thracian necropolis, with tombs dating back 2600 years. After the full day, you’ll be dropped off at your Bucharest accommodation.

From Bucharest: Small-Group Wine Tour in Urlati

6. From Bucharest: Small-Group Wine Tour in Urlati

Embark on a wine tasting tour from Bucharest, and explore the region of Urlati. Discover the old Bellu Manor and admire its architectural style, taste wines in the local village, enjoy a local lunch in a traditional Manor, and partake in some great conversation. Get picked up from your hotel in Bucharest, and drive towards Ploiest, just north of the capital. Here, begins the tasting tour, as you arrive at Bellu Manor in Urlati Town. Built at the half of the XIX century, admire the typical Romanian architectural style and marvel at its prowess. Then, stop in a nearby village and take a guided tour through the local winery and wine cellar there. The visit down into the cellar includes 6 tastings of the best wines available in the country. Drive afterward to a traditional Manor, with stunning restored and preserved construction, nestled in a beautiful location. Eat a traditional meal made by the locals, and revel in good food in a magical environment. On your way back home, take the opportunity to discuss your experience and share opinions, before being dropped off at your hotel.

Dracula’s Castle & Sighisoara 2-Day Tour from Bucharest

7. Dracula’s Castle & Sighisoara 2-Day Tour from Bucharest

This 2-day tour from Bucharest takes you on a discovery of the ancient medieval towns and fortresses of Transylvania. A walk on the narrow medieval streets of the ancient towns will make you feel the mysterious atmosphere of the past. Appreciate the beauty of Peles Castle and discover the legend of Dracula at Bran Castle. Explore the sights in the fortified town of Sighisoara including the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the House of Dracula, and the Covered Staircase. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Bucharest – Peles Castle – Bran Castle – Sighisoara Departing from Bucharest you will first visit Peles Castle located in the town of Sinaia, 44 kilometers from Brasov. Peles Castle is considered by many as one of the most beautiful castles in all of Europe. With the natural backdrop of the Carpathian Mountains, the castle is a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture. You will then visit Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. The legend of Dracula was based on the life of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), a ruler revered by Romanians for standing up to the Ottoman Empire. Known as one of the most dreadful enemies of the Turks, Vlad started organizing the state and enforcing the law by applying the death penalty and impaling all those he considered enemies. You will then head to Sighisoara, where you will stay overnight. Day 2: Sighisoara – Bucharest Sighisoara is one of the few inhabited fortified towns in the world and it provides a splendid example of medieval town planning. Here, all the elements of the medieval world have been perfectly preserved. On your tour of Sighisoara you will visit the Clock Tower and History Museum, the Church on the Hill, the House of Dracula, and the Covered Staircase. At the end of the tour you will transfer back to Bucharest.

Bucharest: 2-Day Tour of Transylvania & Halloween Party

8. Bucharest: 2-Day Tour of Transylvania & Halloween Party

Day 1: Bucharest - Sinaia - Brasov - Bran Get picked up directly from your hotel in Bucharest and travel around Transylvania with your guide. First, travel to Sinaia, a mountain resort nestled in the historical region of Muntenia. Visit the exquisite Peles Castle, surrounded by forest and situated at the foot of the breathtaking Bucegi mountains. Admire the castles wooden Viennese decorations that adorn the castle. Next, travel to the charming city of Brasov, where you will visit the Black Church, a celebrated Gothic site that acquired its name after being blackened by smoke from the 1689 great fire. Next, take a walk through the town and admire the clock tower and fortifications.  Then, go to your 3-star hotel and get dressed up as the spookiest ghoul you can for the Halloween party at Bran castle. Get to know the history of the notorious castle that’s shrouded in mystery on a spooky two-hour guided tour. Be welcomed into the castle by Prince Vlad the Impaler himself, and explore the chilly rooms that will be filled with prince and princesses from the Middle Ages. Then, enjoy some blood-red wine and then continue your evening with a party in the castle garden. Dance and drink the night away in a large tent with your fellow ghouls.  Day 2: Brasov- Snagov- Bucharest Awake the next day and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Then, hit the road and stop at Lake Snagov Monastery, originally founded in the 14th century. It is said that Vlad the Impaler requested to be buried there. Visit his tomb and learn about the mysteries of the site. Finally, travel back to your accommodation in Bucharest.

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What people are saying about Wallachia

We had a wonderful guide—Boogie—who showed us places of interest and even modified some days better to suit our needs. We loved the tour and believe that we saw and learned a great deal about Romania in those 3 days. The hotels were great and the places chosen for lunches delightful. We could not have asked for more or gotten anything better. We highly recommend this tour and this tour company.

It was an interesting trip, our patient and knowledgeable guide Edy.

I recommend this tour, Transylvania is much more than Vlad Tepes, it is a beautiful place, full of medieval villages, orthodox temples, fortified churches, castle and palace. Green is constant all the way.

Very good tour with excellent tour giude.

A very good tour. Not too rushed but with enough activity and sights to be rewarding. Adequate free time as well. The guide, Edi, was excellent - friendly accommodating and very knowledgeable.

Edi was very knowledgable and friendly, hotels were top quality. Food and local wine was top quality, highly recommended trip.

Veey good experience. Serban Riga was a great guide. He was very knowledgable about Bucharest, the vineyard area and castle