Day 1. Bucharest - Sighisoara
Meet the guide at 08.00 a.m. and start to Sighisoara city.
We will start the tour heading north from Bucharest and will cross the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania and reach Sibiu.
In the summer time between 1st of June and 15th of September, the tour will change the way to arrive to Sibiu City crossing Transfagarasan Road, a unique experience of crossing the Carpathians on the N-S direction at a maximum altitude of 2000 m on the highest road in Romania. On our way will visit Curtea de Arges Monastery.
Monastery of Curtea de Arges was founded by Prince Neagoe Basarab between 1514-1517 years.
Arriveing in Sibiu, we will visit the medieval city and we will continue the trip to Sighisoara.
Sighisoara is located on the Tarnava Mare river in a picturesque setting. The citadel, a beautifully preserved medieval complex, dominates the town with its hilltop setting. The old town enclosed within the citadel walls has narrow cobblestone streets and brightly painted 16th century Saxon houses. There are nine surviving towers; the most beautiful is the striking Clock Tower, the main gate into the citadel.
From its balcony can see beautiful views over the whole town and countryside. You can take many pictures of the Clock Tower if you will look again you will see it looks like none is good enough and none looks as beautiful as the original in the afternoon light.
The city is a real medieval city which preserve the atmosphere from that times and in the same time here will find a former Dominican church, now protestant, a gothic protestant church which have inside three valuable things : the single crypt known from Transylvania, a represantation in fresco of Saint Trinity which does not exists just in another 2-3 places in Europe painted in the same style, and a painted theme very populare in the XV-een - XVI-een century Holy Kinship with very intersting symbols.
Day 2. Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Bucharest
Drive to the city of Brasov - where Vlad led raids against the German Saxons.
We will visit the medieval part of the city with: The Black Church, The Town Hall, The Black Tower, Ecaterina’s Gate.
Today we will visit Dracula’s Castle - as in Bram Stoker's legendary vampire story. Situated at 30 Km from Brasov, between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, Bran Castle is an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to the beauty of the Castle and the landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. The first documentary attestation of the Bran Castle is the act issued on November 19, 1377, by Ludovic I D'Anjou giving the inhabitants of Brasov the privilege to build the Citadel "on their own work and expense".
On December lst, 1920, the Brasov Town council donated the Bran Castle to Queen Marie of Great Romania, as a symbol of gratitude for her contribution to the achievement of the "Great Union" of 1 December 1918.
Between years 1920 - 1927 the Bran Castle was restored under the guidance of the Royal Court architect. He transformed it into a beautiful summer residence, surrounded with a park, fountains, a lake, walking alleys and halt terraces and built the "Tea House" of Queen Maria.
Since 1956 the Castle was opened as a museum of history and feudal art.
We continue to Sinaia, the beautiful mountain resort surnamed "The Pearl of the Carpathians" where we will visit Peles Castle: one of Romania's most beautiful palaces once the summer residence of the Romanian kings.
Peles Castle is the most notable residents Romanian Royal family, one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe. A testimony to the 19th century ruler’s refinement, the wonderful edifice was built after the wish of Romania’s first king, Carol I, and it happily mingled everything that was most beautiful and representative about the neo-Renaissance. The intricate facades, with applications of brown silky wood towers that seem to scratch the sky with their sharp roofs, along with the fountains and statues all make up a harmonious ensemble designed by accomplished Viennese architects.
Peles has entered history as the place where some of the most important decisions were taken regarding Romania’s fate. Anniversaries, balls, music, literary events, and theater shows organized on the scene of the theater hall gave life to the castle and refreshed the Romanian high life. The atmosphere of this place preserves so much of the force of those times that visitors will be surprised when, at their departure, they will notice that no gilded carriage is waiting at the stairs!
Since 1953, the year when Peles Castle became a museum, any visitor can admire the elegant interiors and superb terraces, as well as the buildings belonging to the castle: Pelisor Castle, The Watch Tower and Sinaia Monastery, situated right near the castle.
The construction of the castle began in 1875 and the building was inaugurated in 1883. The castle has 160 rooms, opulently decorated with leather, ebony, walnut and mother of pearl, with invaluable collections of art and furniture.
Visit Sinaia Monastery - the name of the town comes from the Monastery of Sinaia, built in 1695 by the "spatar" (old high rank among the military nobility of the Valahian kingdom) Mihai Cantacuzino after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, at Mount Sinai; the monastery contains religious objects, icons, rare books and the exhibition of pottery and porcelain ware (dating from 16th - 19th cent.).
We have the possibility to visit the wine cellars from Azuga - built in 1892, by the Rhein family, official supplier for the royal court. Here, we can buy genuine Romanian wines and sparkling wines.
Return to Bucharest in the evening.