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Private Tour : Transylvania from Bucharest 3 Days

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Day 1: Bucharest- Sinaia - Bran - Brasov

Stop At: Peles Castle, Str. Pelesului 2, Sinaia 106100 Romania
The Peles castle- summer residence belonging to the royal family of Romania, build in the 19th century by Carol the First. It is the most beautiful castle of Romania and maybe of Europe.The castle if build predominantly in a german renaissance manor. It has 160 rooms and 30 bathrooms.The main caracteristic of the castle is its detailed woodwork made by Bernhard Ludwig from Vienna .
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Str. General Traian Mosoiu nr. 24, Bran 507025 Romania
The Bran castle will take you back to the 14th century when times where much simpler.Here we will encounter the gotic architecture of the castle. Build on a bolder in a valley having the roll to look over the border and protect the entrance into Transylvania.It was later connected, in 1897, to Dracula by the Irish writer Bram Stoker.

Tall walls, cold,robust towers, rooms surrounded in mistery offer the perfect ambience to take you back to the medieval times when the castle was patrolled by guards and where Dracula tortured thousands.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Brasov Historical Center, Piazza Sfatului, Brasov Romania
Brasov is one of the most visited cities in Romania, offerings its tourists a rich mix of history, architecture, culture, urban fun and impressive natural surroundings. A top tourist attraction in Romania, the city was for centuries a key commercial center and a strong industrial hub during the long decades of communism when its name changed for 10 years to the City of Stalin.

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Brasov is one of the most visited cities in Romania, offerings its tourists a rich mix of history, architecture, culture, urban fun and impressive natural surroundings. A top tourist attraction in Romania, the city was for centuries a key commercial center and a strong industrial hub during the long decades of communism when its name changed for 10 years to the City of Stalin.

Brasov

The Black Church

The city of many names

Brasov is the core of the historical Country of Barsei, donated in 1211 by the Hungarian King Andrei the 2nd to the Teutonic Knights who settled the area and founded the city of Brasov a few years later.

First documented in writing, in 1235, under the Latin name of Corona, Brasov was also known as Krondstat in German or Brassso in Hungarian. Its strategic location on the commercial route that linked the three Romanian provinces and the Balkans to the Baltic States made it a fast-developing economic center, especially after the second part of the 14th century. Its commercial importance meant also political leverage, acknowledged through its status of a free royal city that empowered the rights of local Saxons.

However, Brasov was not spared the destruction caused by the medieval attacks of the Tatars, the Ottomans or the expansion of regional empires. In 1541, Transylvania was proclaimed an autonomous principality under Ottoman control, and more than one century later it was conquered by the Habsburg Empire. Yet, Brasov continued its development under both empires, and – until the Great Union with Romania from 1918 – the local Romanian population enjoyed more freedoms than in most parts of Transylvania.

Powered up by the accelerated industrial development during communism, Brasov became the city of Stalin, a city that, nonetheless, found the courage to revolt against the shortages and absurdity of the regime in 1987.

Brasov has plenty of attractions to offer and you need at least one full weekend to explore it properly. The medieval sites and the old churches are on the list of every visitor, but Brasov has even more options in store.

The Black Church is the most famous medieval monument in Brasov. Over 600 years old, this is the largest hall-church east of Vienna and one of the most impressive Gothic-style buildings from this corner of Europe. The church was seriously damaged by the great fire of 1689 that destroyed much of the city. Its walls were blackened by the flames and the church, originally named Saint Mary, became known as the Black Church.

Discover our Brasov Walking Tour. More tours on www.uncover-romania-tours.com

Brasov is one of the most visited cities in Romania, offerings its tourists a rich mix of history, architecture, culture, urban fun and impressive natural surroundings. A top tourist attraction in Romania, the city was for centuries a key commercial center and a strong industrial hub during the long decades of communism when its name changed for 10 years to the City of Stalin.

Brasov

The Black Church

The city of many names

Brasov is the core of the historical Country of Barsei, donated in 1211 by the Hungarian King Andrei the 2nd to the Teutonic Knights who settled the area and founded the city of Brasov a few years later.

First documented in writing, in 1235, under the Latin name of Corona, Brasov was also known as Krondstat in German or Brassso in Hungarian. Its strategic location on the commercial route that linked the three Romanian provinces and the Balkans to the Baltic States made it a fast-developing economic center, especially after the second part of the 14th century. Its commercial importance meant also political leverage, acknowledged through its status of a free royal city that empowered the rights of local Saxons.

Brasov

The Honterus Court

However, Brasov was not spared the destruction caused by the medieval attacks of the Tatars, the Ottomans or the expansion of regional empires. In 1541, Transylvania was proclaimed an autonomous principality under Ottoman control, and more than one century later it was conquered by the Habsburg Empire. Yet, Brasov continued its development under both empires, and – until the Great Union with Romania from 1918 – the local Romanian population enjoyed more freedoms than in most parts of Transylvania.

Powered up by the accelerated industrial development during communism, Brasov became the city of Stalin, a city that, nonetheless, found the courage to revolt against the shortages and absurdity of the regime in 1987.

Attractions in Brasov

Brasov has plenty of attractions to offer and you need at least one full weekend to explore it properly. The medieval sites and the old churches are on the list of every visitor, but Brasov has even more options in store.

Brasov

View from the fortification walls

Medieval landmarks

The Black Church is the most famous medieval monument in Brasov. Over 600 years old, this is the largest hall-church east of Vienna and one of the most impressive Gothic-style buildings from this corner of Europe. The church was seriously damaged by the great fire of 1689 that destroyed much of the city. Its walls were blackened by the flames and the church, originally named Saint Mary, became known as the Black Church.

Black Church

The Black Church

Next to the Black Church, you’ll see the Council Tower, another iconic attraction from the old city center. The headquarters of the court of law back in the 15th century, the Council Tower was restored many times, being used until 1923 as an administrative building. Today, it serves as the Museum of History, offering a panoramic view over the Council Square.Only a short walk from the Council Square, you’ll discover the ruins of the medieval fortifications. Partly demolished during the systematization of the city from the end of the 19th century, the fortification ensemble still conserves a few walls, bastions and towers that partly recreate the image of a medieval well-enclosed and powerful citadel.

The existent fortifications border the Lower Walls – the Black Tower, the White Tower and the Graft Bastion – and the Upper Walls – the Weavers’ Bastion, the Drapers’ Bastion, the Red Tanners’ Bastion – from the foothills of Tampa Mountain. The only access gate still preserved from the initial system is the Renaissance-style Ecaterina’s Gate from 1559.

Very close to the Upper Walls and the Synagogue, you’ll find one of the narrowest streets in Europe: Sforii Street. With a varying width between 111 and 135 centimeters, this street was originally just a space between two lines of houses. Today, it’s a popular and photogenic tourist attraction.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Brasov at Bella Muzica Hotel 3* or similar hotel 3*.


Day 2: Viscri- Sighisoara-Biertan

Stop At: Viscri Fortified Church, Viscri 507039 Romania
With a history that goes back to the 12th century, Viscri is today one of Romania’s most famous villages. Prince Charles’ repeated visits, its UNESCO World Heritage fortified church and the ceaseless activity of the local foundation Mihai Eminescu Trust have helped this small village dust off its last decades of oblivion. Viscri is right now one of Romania’s most popular off the beaten track attractions with plenty of activities for all those curious to discover the typical rural life from Transylvania.

Besides its many traditional houses, part of the Saxon heritage of the community, Viscri is best-known for its white fortified church, first mentioned in 1400 as Alba Ecclesia. Historically, the church went through three construction phases. Its earliest foundations date back to the beginning of the 12th century when the local Szekler population built a small church. At the end of the same century, the Saxons took over this church while settling in the region.

During the second phase that started sometime in the 13th century, the Saxons built the main tower on the west side and enlarged the nave of the church towards east. It’s during the third construction phase of the 15th century that the church was fortified, partially preserved until today as some of its fortifications were demolished after the Ottoman threat disappeared.

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Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Piata Cetatii Nr.1 Center of Sighisoara, Sighisoara 545400 Romania
Sighisora is considered to be the most beatiful and well preserved inhabited citadel in Europe , with an authentic medieval arhitecture .Is one of the few fortified towns wich are still inhabited .Vlad Tepes, alias Dracula, was born in this city in 1431 and we will visit the house where the mysterious print was born.Central Sighisoara has preserved in a exemplary way the featuress off a small medieval fortified city ,it is been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site .
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Biertan Fortified Church, Central Square, Biertan 557045 Romania
We will visit Biertan village built by Saxon colonists In the middle of the village is the largest and most imposing Saxon fortified church in Transylvania.It was built in the late 16th century in the late Gothic style.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Brasov , Bella Muzica hotel 3* or similar hotel in downtown .

Day 3: Brasov- Zarnesti- Rasnov - Snagov- Bucharest

Stop At: Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti, DN 73A km 6 - near the entrance in Zarnesti from Rasnov, Zarnesti 500075 Romania
Established in 2005, occasionally open to the public in 2008, located in the forest on the hill at the entrance in Zarnesti city, 2 km from national Park Piatra Craiului, on the road 73A Rasnov – Zarnesti – Sibiu in the former military camp, Zarnesti Libearty with an area of 69 hectares is the first nature reserve for captive bears in Romania.

The Libearty Sanctuary was created in the memory of Maia, the bear and now it is home for 100 bears, rescued from a cruel and abusive life of captivity. The most of the bears in the Sanctuary were saved from the most miserable and small cages where they were only a reason of fun for restaurants, hotels, factories, gas stations, circuses or, even monasteries.

For safety reasons, for the smooth running of the visits and for the welfare of the bears, children under 5 will not be allowed in the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Please, be ready to present a document that certifies the age of your child/children.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Rasnov Citadel, Unirii Square no. 12, Rasnov 505400 Romania
The Rasnov fortress has a very stratigical positioning the fortress was protected by its tall walls that are still standing even after almost 700 years. The fortress had the roll to protect the villagers in chase of attacks. Here you will be able to see the ruins of a catholic chapel, the defence towers and also the ruins of the aprox 80 houses, the school and the water well that was dug by 2 prisoners and is 146 m deep.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Snagov Monastery, North of Bucharest 40km Snagov Island, Snagov 077165 Romania
Located on a small island outside Bucharest, Snagov Church is considered to be one of the most important religious monuments in Southern Romania. The church, originally part of a monastery, enjoys this status since the medieval centuries when local princes endowed, strengthened and enlarged it in their effort of supporting the Orthodox Church.

Strongly connected to the time of Vlad the Impaler who over the centuries inspired more or less accurately the myth of Dracula, Snagov Church was supposedly built on an ancient Dacian site. The religious monument was, however, mentioned for the first time in the second half of the 14th century when a local prince donated an entire village to the monastery.

This practice was not unusual at the time, and more documents indicate even more donations in the next century from medieval princes like Mircea the Old or Vlad Dracul.

The monastery’s church went through many changes over the centuries and it’s one the few parts of the monastery still standing today. The original frescoes done by Dobromir the Young in 1563 are only preserved in the narthex, the rest of the paintings dating from the 19th century.

The importance of the medieval frescoes, beyond their artistic value and richness of detail, is enhanced by the large gallery of local princes painted on the walls of the church, this ensemble being one of the most beautiful in Southern Romania.

Besides the church, only the belfry, the fountain and some ruins still stand today from what was once the powerful Monastery of Snagov. Built in a Byzantine style with local influences, the church has four towers, two above the altar, one above the nave and one above the narthex. The exterior of the church still has its original brick decorations, while some of the authentic decorative religious objects are exhibited today at the National Art Museum from Bucharest.

The church of Snagov is also part of the many legends surrounding Vlad the Impaler. Although never proved, this famous medieval prince was supposedly buried here by the monks who found his body and kept the secret afraid of the Ottomans’ revenge. A symbolic tomb of the prince is placed inside the church, in front of the altar.

True or not, the church is still one of the most beautiful places near Bucharest, its frescoes and scenic location on Snagov Lake making it a perfect destination for a trip outside the capital.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pickup at the all hotels in Bucharest
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Duration
3 days
Inclusions
  • 3x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • 2 Nights accommodation in 3 * hotel in Brasov
  • Transport with luxury van mercedes Vklass , or similars cars
  • "Skip the line" at the ticket office for Bran Castle and Peles Castle
  • Refrigerator with water bottles in the van
  • Free Wi-Fi available from hot spot while in the private car
  • Fuel surcharge, parking fees
  • Private tour
  • Permanent touristic assistance
  • Maps
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees
  • Foto tickets at Peles Castle , 35 lei = 7 euro
  • Meals
  • Entry/Admission - Peles Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
  • Entry/Admission - Brasov Historical Center
  • Entry/Admission - Viscri Fortified Church
  • Entry/Admission - Sighisoara Historic Center
  • Entry/Admission - Biertan Fortified Church
  • Entry/Admission - Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti
  • Entry/Admission - Rasnov Citadel
  • Entry/Admission - Snagov Monastery
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Peles Castle is opened Tue to Sunday from 7.05 to 29.09
  • Peles Castle is closed Mon and Tue from 30.09.2019 to 10.05.2020
  • Peles Castle is closed from 04.11 to 26.11
  • Peles Castle is closed on 28.04
  • Peles Castle is opened on 29 and 30.04.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
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Reviewed May 20, 2019 via mobile

Tour guide Traian Bichea is very knowledgeable and super caring. Professionalism - 10/10 Knowledge of history and significant facts 10/10 Clean vehicle - very comfortable 10/10 We really enjoyed ourselves.

Date of experience: May 2019
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