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TRANSYLVANIAN FALL FOLIAGE
Special Tour for Seniors
The capital city of Bucharest - once surnamed the little Paris, Bucharest is a city of strong contrasts, visit major highlights such as Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world.
The most famous Castles in Romania - Peles Castle - the most beautiful royal residences in Europe and Bran Castle - Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, the place where Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was arrested and imprisoned.
Sibiu - chosen as the European Cultural Capital of 2007, offering a visit to Bruckental Museum hosting important work of arts Rubens, Tizian, Van Dyke.
Sighisoara - the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe.
Merry Cemetery - discover how a cemetery can be merry in the picturesque and traditional area of Maramures.
Dracula’s Castle in Bistrita - the location mentioned in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” novel.
Day by day itinerary:
DAY 1 Bucharest
Welcome to Romania. Our English speaking guide connects with you at the Bucharest Airport - Henry Coanda. Enjoy a city tour, find out why Bucharest was once surnamed the “little Paris”, explore major highlights such as: - Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon and the largest administrative building in Europe; The Triumph Arch - raised in 1922 and standing 25 metres high, it is a little smaller than the one in Paris, but it is also located at the intersection of six boulevards, the remarkable Stavropoleos Church.
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DAY 2 Bucharest - Sinaia - Rasnov - Bran - Brasov
Your first day in Transylvania! Morning ride to Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania, visit Peles Castle, one of the most beautiful royal residences in Europe which served as retreat residence for most of Romania’s monarchs. Continue your journey with one of Transylvania’s symbols – Bran Castle owing its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Rasnov Citadel is the largest peasant citadel ever built in Southern Europe, its ruins standing on top of a hill underline Transylvania’s mystic air. From Rasnov drive to the medieval Saxon city of Brasov, located at the foot of Tampa Hill. Accommodate here in a 3* hotel and explore the night life opportunities: lively bars, discos, Irish pub etc.
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DAY 3 Brasov - Sighisoara - Targu Mures - Reghin - Bistrita
In the morning enjoy a tour of the city, the Black Church and Sfatului Square are just a few of the tourist attractions that you will admire today. Drive to Sighisoara, the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vlad Dracula’s birth place. Stroll around the streets of the old citadel; visit the Clock Tower hosting the Torture Room and the Medieval Weapon Collection. Continue with Bistrita and make the acquaintance of Misiuga, the Baron of Dracula. He will be waiting for you in his windswept Dogarilor tower. Accommodate in a 3* hotel, enjoy dinner in Jonathan Harker Saloon, delight yourself with the same menu like the main character in Dracula’s novel did.
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DAY 4 Bistrita - Sacel - Birsana - Baia Mare
After the first sunshine visit Dracula’s Castle located on Borgo Pass, the exact location in which Bram Stocker placed the residence of the famous Count. It will be afterwards necessary to head to Sacel and visit a renowned woodcraftsman who, among others, will teach you how to make a vampire wooden stake. Enjoy a monastic lunch when in Barsana, home of one of the highest wooden monastery in Romania. Accommodate in Baia Mare, in a 3* hotel. Admire here the old medieval centre Stephan’s Tower.
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DAY 5 Baia Mare - Sighetu Marmatiei - Sapanta - Satu Mare
Witness today the remnants of Ceausescu’s dictatorship; visit in Sighetu Marmatiei the Monument of Imprisoned Thoughts, the Communist prison. Sapanta is home of the Merry Cemetery as well as the highest wooden monastery in Romania. Unique in the world the Merry Cemetery owes its name to the wood-carved memorial crosses, decorated in vivid colours depicting the deceased in a cartoon like manner. To see some “pottery mastery” stop in Vama and pay a visit to a local craftsman. After you have enjoyed a city tour of Satu Mare accommodate in a 3* hotel.
DAY 6 Satu Mare - Carei - Oradea
Drive to Carei, visit Karolyi Castle, a baroque edifice built in 1492. Close to the castle there’s a dendrologic park, one of the few such parks in Europe, home to over 120 species of wooden plants both local and exotic. In the XVIII century in Carei took place the last two witch trials and stake burnings in Romania, by that time Hungarian teritory! Drive to Oradea, the entrance gate to Romania on the Western border. The city preserves the spirit of the belle époque even today. The feeling is rendered by the architectural Secession style that gives a special elegance to this town, still preserving the atmosphere of the turn of the last century. Accommodate in a 4 * hotel, centrally located. The afternoon is at your disposal, you can choose to stroll around the old streets of the city or relax in the hotel.
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DAY 7 Oradea - Cluj Napoca
Incredible landscapes in your programme today! Admire the nature while crossing "Motilor Country". Enjoy a traditional “Motzesc” lunch served in the middle of the nature, at the entrance of Poarta lui Ionele Cave. Next stop, Turzii’s Gorges, one of the most important natural reservations of the Apuseni Mountains, well known among mountain lovers, home to various species of butterflies and more than 1000 species of plants. Accommodate in a 4* hotel in Cluj Napoca.
DAY 8 Cluj Napoca - Turda - Sibiu - Sibiel
In the morning enjoy a city tour of Cluj Napoca including Saint Michael’s Cathedral and take some time for shopping because there are plenty of excellent shops to choose from. Drive to Turda and descend to the heart of one of the biggest salt mines in the country, Turda Salt Mines with its impressive halls named after kings and queens. After visiting the impressive four star shaped citadel of Alba Iulia we’ll stop in Sibiu the European Capital of Culture in 2007. The fortified town of Sibiu has always been the centre of Romania's German minority since medieval times and it is one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. Accommodate in Sibiel, a village close to Sibiu, in country-inns to absorb the rural atmosphere. Ride in horse drawn carts to Mioritica country-inn to enjoy a traditional Saxon home cooked dinner!
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DAY 9 Sibiel - Bucharest
Visit the Icons on Glass Museum in Sibiel and drive to Sibiu. Visit Bruckental Museum - a baroque edifice housing the works of some famous artists, such as Rubens, Van Dyke. You can choose to have lunch in an excellent restaurant located inside the Village Museum, the largest open – air museum in Eastern Europe, famous all over Europe for its size but especially for all the traditional old houses it hosts. Drive to Bucharest Airport, depart for home.
Rest assured that based upon our experience, we would recommend your company to anyone traveling to Romania. Your staffs that we have dealt with have always been courteous, helpful and professional. We felt very grateful to our guide as, the guide, made an excellent impression regarding the quality of your firm.
Best wishes to everyone at Transylvania Live.
Professor Merlin S,
Rhode Island, USA
Your guide, Mariana Stavila
Mariana has started working in the tourism industry 22 years ago, but apart from the great professional experience accumulated over the years, she should be described as a devoted guide, keen with details and good understanding of people and their needs. Some of the largest tour operators from UK rely constantly on her faultless, perfect services.
I am proud to be able to share with you an extraordinary experience, in the beautiful and rich in culture, Romania.
I’ve been lucky enough to find my own self amongst people, linked by the love of travel. After having escorted tours throughout Europe, for a number of years, I’m back now to my favourite place where I had started - and that is at home. Here, every year I fell in love with the autumn colours and light reflected on the French Neoclassic style edifices of my hometown, Bucharest. I love Brasov, Cluj and Sibiu for the atmosphere and its people. Sighisoara looks to me as a tiny patch of the Disney Land. I feel merry each time I am at the Merry Cemetery in Maramures … and I know that the healthiest food is cooked by the best ladies of the village Sibiel.
All this and a lot more in the fall... for a good mixture of history, landscapes and local traditions!
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to my country.
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