Transylvanian Lights

Discover Dracula Tour

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Duration

6 days / 5 nights

Highlights

Sibiu, Biertan, Sighisoara Citadel, Bran Castle, Glass Painted Icons Museum

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

  • Flights
  • Transfers between the airport and your hotel
  • Travel in an air-conditioned car/van/minibus/coach throughout the tour
  • English speaking guide at your disposal for the whole tour
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in 3* or 4* hotel (national classification)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Entrance fees to museums and attractions listed in itinerary
  • 24hr assistance throughout your tour
  • Hotel extras such as telephone, minibar and drinks
  • Photographing/filming fees
  • Personal expenses

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - UK to Sibiu

Arrival at Sibiu airport, where you will be greeted by an English speaking guide. You will then transfer to Sibiu. Sibiu is a town surrounded by a special aura, heir to prolonged historical and multicultural experiences. The city has German influences (it even has a German name, Hermannstadt) and history and has known an economic and cultural renaissance in recent years being the European capital of Culture in 2007. Here, the travellers will find great inspiration and a friendly light. Then you will walk through the Large Square in Sibiu, the Bridge of Lies and the Bruckenthal Museum, followed by a stop for sketches in the town centre. Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 2 - Sibiu - Biertan - Sibiu

Departure to Biertan, one of the first German settlements in Transylvania, and the home of a unique fortified church. Sketching session. Drive on to Sighisoara, one of the few inhabited medieval citadels in Europe and the only one in Romania, where Vlad the Impeller, the feared ruler who inspired the legend of Dracula, was born. Then a stroll to the Clock Tower and Church on the Hill. The light of the citadel is an ancient one, whispering secrets and telling old stories of long lost heroes and forgotten times. You will have lunch at Dracula’s place of birth. Return to Sibiu for dinner.

DAY 3 - Sibiu - Fagaras & Brasov - Sibiu

Departure to Fagaras, a city dating back to the 1300s and closely linked to important events in Romanian history.

Journey to Brasov, a place which has roots dating back to ancient times, but it expanded during the 1200s under the rule of the Teutonic Knights. Since then, the city has had German influences, which can be seen in its architecture and has become one of the most important economic centres in Romania. The light of Brasov gives out a vibe of relaxation and stillness, not to mention that is one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. Visit the Black Church, followed by a walk through the town centre and a stop for sketching. – Lunch at Brasov. Arrival and entrance to Bran Castle, a veritable historical and architectural monument, which was built during 1377-1382 by the inhabitants of Brasov on a 60-metre-high stone hill as a defence citadel and a border point. The castle is the birthplace of Bram Stoker’s character “Count Dracula” and the legend surrounding vampires, which can be beautifully captured in drawings. Return to Sibiu and dinner.

DAY 4 - Sibiu - Alba Luila - Sibiu

Departure to Alba Iulia, a city dating back to 5000 years, with a major political destiny. Important political events which occurred here include: the first unification of Romania 1599 and the Grand Unification in Romania in 1918 including the Coronation of King Ferdinand (the 2nd king of Romania) and Queen Mary, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, in 1922. The National Union Museum and Saint Michael’s Cathedral are the symbols of those events and in visiting and drawing them we pay homage to Romania’s history.

Traditional lunch among the inhabitants of Sibiel, the famous village from the Marginea Sibiului, with appetizers and wine at your disposal; visit of the famous Glass Painted Icons Museum.

DAY 5 - Sibiu - Deva & Sarmisegetusa - Sibiu

Today begins with a visit to the Voronet Monastery, also known as the Sistine Chapel of the East, and continues with a drive through the Moldavian villages. You will stop at the village of Tarpesti, the home to the delightful Neculai Popa Museum, where colourful masks and folk costumes are displayed. Your journey will continue to the Secu monstery, with its unique fortified entrance and classical elements of Moldavian and Wallachian architecture, typical of the style of all Moldavian churches. Enjoy lunch at the monastery with wine and the traditional drink, Tuica. After lunch your journey continues with visit to Agapia monastery: the most famed monastic complex. This is followed by a drive along the Bicaz Lake, and its impressive dam, to admire the scenic view. You will then cross the Bicaz Gorge, on foot if weather is fine, and continue to the Lacu Rosu resort for a tour and fantastic photo opportunity. Tonight will be spent at either Lacu Rosu or Miercurea Ciuc.

DAY 6 - Sibiu - UK

Full day at the spa, programme at one’s leisure, transfer to Sibiu Airport.

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