- Bran Castle, Transylvania
Romania Tour Grandeur of Bucharest and Tales of Transylvania
- VIP door to door
From cultural capitals to Count Dracula’s Castle
Romania is dramatic and exciting and shrouded in mystery. On our tour of Romania, we’ll peel back the layers of culture and history and learn that there’s much more to this country than Gothic stories.
There’s rolling hills and rugged landscapes; vibrant cities and charming towns frozen in time; thrilling castles and dazzling monasteries.
On this Romania escorted tour, we stay in Bucharest and Brasov and discover highlights like Peles Castle and Sighisoara citadel, taste homegrown wines and explore the famed ‘Dracula’s’ castle.
7 nights in hotels
12 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 1 lunch (day 4) 4 dinners (days 1-2 and 6-7)
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Guided city tours of Bucharest and Brasov
- Guided tours of the Palace of the Parliament, Peles Castle, Premjer fortified church, Sighisoara citadel and Bran Castle
- Visit the rural village of Viscri
- Winery visit with sparkling wine tasting and lunch
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways or Tarom from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
Portable audio headset system on excursions
Day 1 UK to Bucharest
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Bucharest.
Day 2 Bucharest
Romania’s capital city is a trove of great museums, stroll-worthy parks and tempting eateries. Its turbulent political past is plain to see from the severe Stalinist architecture - but the organic curves of 17th and 18th-century churches and graceful La Belle Époque-style villas can be found hushed away in hidden corners.
We waste no time in peeling back the layers of Bucharest’s history with a full-day tour, encompassing all the highlights including the beautifully restored historic centre. We’ll also enjoy a guided visit of the Palace of the Parliament.
Day 3 Bucharest
Today is free for you to explore the city under your own steam. Perhaps revisit some of the magnificent sites from yesterday’s tour - or make your own discoveries.
Alternatively, you could join our optional excursion to former President Ceausescu's Palace and the open-air National Museum of the Village.
Day 4 Sinaia to Azuga to Brasov
Peles Castle - the summer residence of the Royal Family - is a neo-Renaissance masterpiece. Sharp spires, timber-framed panels, and detailed brickwork surrounded by thick forest in every shade of green - you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve walked straight into the pages of a storybook. But the inside is even more impressive, with every corner lavished in silk rugs, Murano glass and polished marble. We’ll enjoy a guided tour this morning.
Romania might not be the first country that springs to mind when you think of fine wines, but it’s known for its aromatic whites and full-bodied reds - and today we’ll be treated to a tasting at one of the country’s most prestigious wineries. Nestled among the majestic Carpathian Mountains, Azuga Wine Cellar offers incredible scenery as well as an interesting history as the official supplier of the Romanian Royal Family.
Day 5 Brasov
Imagine a huddle of pastel-coloured baroque buildings encircling a sun-bathed pedestrianised square. Shoppers bustle from store to store browsing fabrics and local handicrafts, the sound of chatter and clinking glasses rings in the air from alfresco eateries. It’s a delightful scene and it draws travellers from all over who want to simply ‘be’ here.
We spend the whole day exploring this charming town together. This afternoon we discover the medieval parts of Brasov, including the Black Church, Rope Street and the Schei district as part of our guided tour.
Day 6 Viscri to Sighisoara
The white walls of the Saxon village of Viscri are set against miles of vibrant green pastures. Best known for its white fortified church, Viscri is also an excellent example of traditional rural Transylvania and we’ll spend some time getting to know the area before continuing to Sighisoara.
Walking through Sighisoara’s twist of medieval streets is a tranquil, fairytale-like experience; you’ll feel utterly transported. But it wasn’t always this peaceful and idyllic. In fact, its towers were once packed with weapons and emergency supplies in anticipation of Turkish attacks. We’ll spend the whole day exploring and learning about the history here.
This evening we’ll enjoy a special dinner with wine tasting and a live folklore show at a local restaurant.
Day 7 Bran Castle
The morning is yours to spend as you please. You might like to join an optional private visit to the nearby Libearty Bear Sanctuary - the largest animal welfare project in Europe.
This afternoon we take our much-anticipated visit to Bran Castle, or Dracula’s Castle as it has come to be known. Perched on a headland above Bran, you’ll see the castle’s conical towers rise above the thick green forest as we approach - and it’s simply thrilling.
Our evening visit means we’ll have the castle completely to ourselves for a private guided tour. You’ll wind up the narrow staircases, wander through creaky-floored corridors and admire grand rooms decorated with bearskin rugs and antiques. It’s undoubtedly atmospheric, but there’s no whiff of vampires here. Our guide will explain the castle’s history - dating back to the 14th century - before a traditional Romanian feast in the restaurant below.
Day 8 Brasov to Bucharest to UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.