Medieval City of Sibiu (Hermannstadt) – 2 days
Instantly charming with a maze of cobbled streets and baroque squares undulating downhill, Romania’s cultural gem has a magic all of its own. Franz List and Johan Strauss were drawn here in the 19th century, and in 2007 the city was voted European Capital of Culture. In fact, the country’s first hospital, school, library and pharmacy were all established here, so there must be a spirit of enterprise in the air. (Lonely Planet).
private tour by car/minibus
|Highlights of the trip||
Peles Royal castle in Sinaia mountain resort, Sinaia Monastery, Brasov medieval city, Bran Dracula’s castle, Sibiu medieval city
579 Euros for 1 person; 299 Euros/person (group of 2 people); 200 Euros/person (group of 3 people); 169 Euros/person (group of 4-7 people); 149 Euros/person (group of 8-15 people).
from Tuesdays to Sundays
English (other languages available on request for an additional fee)
Transport by car/minibus, Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Bucharest, English speaking guide, Accommodation with breakfast included in double room in Sibiu at a 3* hotel
Day 1: Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Sibiu
Departure in the morning from Bucharest to Sibiu.
On our way, we will stop at Sinaia, a very famous mountain resort known also as the “Pearls of the Carpathians”. Here we will visit a typical and peaceful worship place, Sinaia Monastery, the first construction in this region since late XVIIth century.
The next visit here is Peles Castle, the former summer residence for the first Royal couple of Romania, King Carol 1st and Queen Elisabeth. Considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, the construction is impressive thanks to the architectural style and decorations, but most of all thanks to the beautiful interior design (interesting mixture of cultures in terms of furniture, the specific touch of the King and Queen) and the modern facilities for the last half of the XIXth century (electricity, vacuum cleaner, electrical elevator and central heating). Here you will also find out the story of the Royal couples in Romania and their important influence in the history of our country. The visit lasts about 45 minutes after which you will spend some time in the beautiful gardens of the castle.
The next stop is Brasov, Kronstadt (“the city of the crown”) under its German name. Yes, you are now officially in Transylvania! In Brasov you will have lunch in a typical restaurant and enjoy a lovely walk on the narrow and cobblestone streets of the old city center. You will see The Council Square, The Council Tower, The famous Black Church (the largest Gothic construction in Eastern part of Europe).
In the evening head to Sibiu for dinner and overnight in the city.
Day 2: Sibiu – Bran – Bucharest
Breakfast in Sibiu.
Sibiu was a German medieval citadel, with the first documentary attestation in 1191, and the old name Hermanstadt. Being so well preserved, in 2007, Sibiu gained the title of the European Capital of Culture. You will enjoy here a walking tour in the old town (the historical center of Sibiu) including The Large Square, The Small Square with the picturesque Liars Bridge, the old fortifications of the city, the Council Tower, etc. Later you will have a traditional lunch and head back to Bucharest.
On the way stop at Bran and visit Bran Castle, which became so famous thanks to the legend of Dracula. Here you will find out how this legend was born and why Transylvania is until nowadays related to it. Our advice: probably some garlic will be useful during the visit!
In the evening, return to Bucharest and drop off at your hotel.
End of the trip.
- 3* is a good standard for hotels in Sibiu and we did not have complaints. However, if you want to book a 4* or 5* hotel for this trip, we recommend to contact us.
- Between 16 September and 15 May, Peles castle is open from Wednesday to Sunday only. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni or Rasnov Citadel will be visited instead.
- Between 2 November and 1 December, Peles Castle is closed for cleaning. During this period, you will be able to visit his smaller replica – Pelisor Castle.
TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.
Please note that the time table is subjected to be changed due to heavy city traffic and road works.
Also, the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.