Discover Medieval Transylvania and Danube Delta Small Group Tour - 8 days
Guaranteed Departures 2020: 13 and 27 August, 10 September.
Romania’s Transylvanian region offers a fascinating window into a lost Europe, with medieval castles, towns and churches that seem caught in a time warp. This trip takes you into the heart of the region for a fascinating experience, so don’t forget your camera!
Whether you choose to explore nature or culture and local traditions, saxon villages, it is up to you! We visit Bran Castle, Peles Castle, Corvin Castle, Viscri Saxon Fortified Church, Sighisoara medieval town, Biertan Fortified Church, Sibiu and more! And then we spend 3 perfect days in Danube Delta, a wildlife enthusiast’s (especially a bird watcher’s) paradise. The waters of the Danube, which flow into the Black Sea, form the largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas. The Danube delta hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes.
Minimum people in the group: 4.
Single supplement: 139 euro
The package includes:
7 nights accommodation with breakfast (2 nights in Brasov at a 3* pension with private facilities, 2 nights at a 3* local guesthouse in Sibiu, 3 nights at a 3* local guesthouse in Danube Delta with private facilities)
full board - 7 lunches, 7 dinners
all transfers and transportation by car or minibus
transfers on water, Tulcea - Mila 23 and back
2 full days of boat trips + car to Letea Forest
English speaking tour guide
airfare, tips, travel insurance, drinks
What You Can Expect
Explore Transylvania’s most impressive citadels and discover why the region is steeped in mysterious lore, on a fascinating 4 day small group trip. Immerse yourself in the legends of Transylvania with a visit to Bran Castle, visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the saxon church in the medieval village of Viscri and the impressive Biertan fortified saxon church, wander through the fortified Saxon town of Sighişoara — known as the birthplace of the warlord who inspired Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. We visit Sibiu medieval city and Corvin Castle. Declared for Cultural capital of Europe Sibiu was once the king of the Transylvanian Saxon towns, serving as capital and dominating cultural activity. Sibiu is home to the first hospital in Romania (1292), the first pharmacy (1494) and the oldest museum in Romania, the Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817.
DESCRIPTION & FEATURES OF THE TOUR
Day 1: Transfer Bucharest airport – Sibiu city (280 km, about 4 hours driving). Accommodation at a 3* pension. Declared for Cultural capital of Europe Sibiu was once the king of the Transylvanian Saxon towns, serving as capital and dominating cultural activity. Sibiu is home to the first hospital in Romania (1292), the first pharmacy (1494) and the oldest museum in Romania, the Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817. Welcome dinner!
Day 2: Breakfast. We drive to Hunedoara (130 km, about 2 hours driving). We visit Corvin Castle, also known as Hunyadi Castle or Hunedoara Castle (Romanian: Castelul Huniazilor or Castelul Corvinilor), a Gothic-Renaissance castle. It is one of the largest castles in Europe and figures in a list of the seven wonders of Romania. It is great and breathtaking, provides the feeling of medieval times. We drive back to Sibiu. Lunch. In the evening we visit Sibiu by night! Dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast. We drive to Biertan (70 km, about 1 hour driving). Biertan is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. Featuring late-gothic architecture with heavy doors and double exterior walls, the church boasts the largest Transylvanian multi-paneled wooden altar and a remarkable wooden door which once protected the treasures in the sacristy.
We continue the tour to the remarkably well-preserved town of Sighişoara (30 km, about 30 minutes driving), so rich in history that the entire old city center is an UNESCO site. Hear about the medieval town’s legendary former resident Vlad the Impaler, a Wallachian prince and warlord who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional character Dracula. Discover the only city in Romania which looks exactly the same way as in the XVIth century.
We drive to Viscri about 1 hour. As we approach, admire the impressive whitewashed walls and red-roofed towers that surround the village, designed to protect early inhabitants from invading Turks. Wander the rustic streets of the town and visit its UNESCO World Heritage-listed church. Prince Charles, who owns a house in Viscri, says "Transylvania is in my blood". We continue the tour to Brasov (90 km, about 90 minutes driving). Lunch and dinner. Accommodation at a 3* hotel for 2 nights.
Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films.
Day 4: Breakfast. Today we visit Bran Castle (a.k.a. Dracula's Castle) - Rasnov Fortress - Peles Castle. Lunch and dinner.
We drive about 45 minutes to Sinaia town for visiting Peles Castle. The expansive, Bavarian-style Peleș Castle was built among a lush forest to house Romania’s royalty in the 19th century and is among the most beautiful in Europe. A guide will lead you through many of its immaculate, ornate rooms, still adorned with luxuriant furnishings and décor. You’ll also have the chance to tour the neighbouring Pelișor Castle, a smaller royal residence decked out in art nouveau finery.
We continue the tour from Sinaia (about 60 minutes) to Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ — a hilltop estate that conjures up visions of howling wolves and bats fluttering in the moonlight. Wander the castle’s Gothic chambers and learn about its ties to Bram Stoker’s undead antihero. Enter if you dare and wander through the castle’s many well-preserved rooms and chambers. Gothic furnishings and details help set the scene for ghastly legends of all that happened here, including the imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler. This 15th-century prince was notorious for his bloodthirsty campaigns against invading Turks and is said to have inspired Stoker’s malevolent Count Dracula.
We drive about 30 minutes to Râșnov, situated among the stunning Bucegi Mountains. Learn about the storied history of Râșnov Fortress, a walled stone compound designed to ward off attacks by the fierce Tartars and used as a refuge for local villagers during medieval warfare. Explore the time-worn courtyards, ramparts and well of the 13th-century fortress built by the Teutons. A short drive back to Brasov.
Day 5: Breakfast. We leave around 8:00 am and we drive to Tulcea town the main gate to the Danube Delta (500 km – about 7 hours driving). We make a stop for a quick lunch.
At 16:00 hour, we meet the local partner in Tulcea and embark you for the transfer to Mila 23 Village. We travel by boat, through one of the most beautiful parts on Danube Delta, on the route Canal 36, Sireasa Channel, Sontea Channel, Olguta Canal, Old Danube Canal, Mila 23 Village. Check in at a 3* local guesthouse with private facilities.
In the evening we have a traditional fish dinner. After the dinner we discuss about the next day program.
The mighty Danube River flows 1,788 miles from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea. Just before reaching the sea it forms the second largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas: 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands. The Danube Delta is a wildlife enthusiast’s (especially a bird watcher’s) paradise.
Danube Delta - the waters of the Danube, which flow into the Black Sea, form the largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas. The Danube delta hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes.
Day 6: After the breakfast (8:30), we go on a boat tour on the lakes (9:30). We leave Mila 23 for the surrounding lakes on 2 tours, each about 4 hours long, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Depending on Danube water level and on updated information on where large groups of birds are feeding, we choose the best route for each day.
At 13:30 hours, we return at the resort for lunch and for a short rest, then with 4 hours before sunset, we leave on a different route. When we get back (after sunset), we have a traditional dinner, based on fresh fish.
Day 7: After the breakfast (8:30), we depart again on water (9:30). We visit Letea Forest and Letea Village. We travel to Letea Village by boat. From there, we travel to Letea Forest by car. We visit some local attractions, walk in the fine sand then head back to the boat and to Mila 23 resort. We have a lunch in a very beautiful local home with local food. In the evening we have a traditional fish dinner.
Day 8: Breakfast at 8:30 then at 9:30 we head back to Tulcea, following the same route as day 1. We reach Tulcea around 11:30 and depart to Bucharest. If your flight is after 14:00 (airport arrival), we can drop you to the Airport, if is earlier (11:00 - 14:00), is possible to drop you to the Airport for this flight BUT we have to do the water transfer from Mila 23 earlier.
If your flight is earlier than 11:00 AM, please take into consideration to have a hotel in Bucharest for the last night. Of course we can do the booking for you (NOT included in the tour price).
Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris"), Bucharest, Romania's largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.
- optimal time: May - October
- number of participants: minimum 2, maximum 10.
- transportation will be chosen according to the number of participants.
- the route could be changed because of the weather conditions.
- certified tour guide during the entire tour.