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2018 "TRANSYLVANIAN ENCOUNTER" contactus

A FOUR DAY CULTURAL PRIVATE TOUR OF

THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF TRANSYLVANIA AND MORE.

PROBABLY THE BEST CHOICE FOR A PRE/POST DANUBE RIVER CRUISE.

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Itinerary: Bucharest - Sinaia & Peles Castle - Bran Castle - Brasov - Harman - Sighisoara - Gypsy Home Visit -

The Saxon Trail - Home Hosted Lunch - Sibiu - Olt River Gorge - Cozia Monastery - Bucharest

UNIQUE TOUR FEATURES, NOT OFFERED BY ANY OTHER OPERATOR :

  •  enjoy the exceptional Transylvanian expertise of the best tour guides in Romania, exclusively working with Compass Travel Romania;
  •  benefit of the complete flexibility of having the tour tailored to your requirements, both in terms of the route and the duration of the tour;
  •  make the most of your tour experience through our exclusively designed tours with admissions included and not just guided walks;
  •  enjoy 3 nights of accommodation at full of character, centrally located historical hotels with excellent Tripavisor reviews;
  •  learn about the daily life in the Saxon villages of Transylvania and interact with locals;
  •  dine on varied Romanian specialities, including a home hosted lunch in a real home (not a B&B);
  •  take the unique chance of meeting Gypsies in their own community and discover their particular culture and traditional skills;
  •  learn first hand about arts & crafts and meet local artists
 
Day 1 (Daily departures. If a Monday, the tour will be operated in reverse):
Bucharest - Sinaia & Peles Castle -  Bran Castle -  Brasov City Tour & Evening at Leisure
Meet your tour guide at your hotel. Commence your Transylvania private trip with a scenic drive to Sinaia - one of the famous Carpathian Mountains towns. Named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania toward the end of the 19th century. The Orient Express use to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople. Take a tour including a view of the Casino building inspired by the one in Monte Carlo and a visit to Sinaia Orthodox Monastery. Next is one of the most important tourist attractions of the country:  Peles Castle and Gardens , the former royal residence of King Charles I of Romania and known as one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe. Then cross the mountains into Transylvania to the village of Bran. The attraction is the medieval Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. Built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia was later be turned into a royal residence under Queen Marie of Romania. The connection between this place and Vlad the Impaler is still under debate, but the castle is definitely worth a visit. Enjoy cheese sampling on the premises. Continue to the nearby town of Brasov, in time to see the Black Church with its valuable collection of Anatolian prayer rugs. Brasov has one of the best preserved medieval quarter and fortifications. The tour will include the Council Square, Schei Quarter and the the First School in Romanian language, the Rope Street and Cathetine's Gate. View of the Brasov Synagogue. Hotel check in. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy Brasov’s lovely pedestrian area with its many shops and outdoor cafes.
B Accommodation in Brasov at Hotel Bella Muzica *** OR Hotel Casa Wagner ***
 
Day 2:
Brasov - Harman Fortified Church - The Saxon Trail Experience - Sighisoara Walking Tour
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Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Continue your Transylvania private tour with an exclusive visit to one of the typical Transylvanian fortified churches: Harman. Its uniqueness consists in the fact that it is the only structure with dwellings attached to the church. Later drive through the picturesque Transylvanian Plateau with its quaint villages and Saxon fortifications. Discover the daily life, self-sufficiency and sustainbility and enjoy an exclusive tasting of organic Transylvanian ”like Grandma used to make” recipes  Arrive to Sighisoara, a World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. It was developed by the German settlers as of late 12th century. It stands on a network of tunnels and catacombs and, according to one version of the myth; this is where the Pied Piper brought the children of Hamelin after their ungrateful parents refused to pay him his due. The walking tour includes the two squares of the Citadel (Upper Town), the Scholars' Staircase, the Ducklings' Square, the Tinsmiths' Tower, the House with Antler and the Venetian House, the Tower with Clock (climb up for a great view), the Torture Chamber and the Weapon Museum. Visit a local arts & crafts exhibition. Sighisoara is the place where the famous Vlad the Impaler Dracula was born in 1431. The Birthplace is today a restaurant and one of the main tourist attractions. Hotel check in. The remainder of the day is at leisure in the Upper Town.
B Accommodation in Sighisoara at The House with Antler ***
The hotel is located in the Upper Town in a historical building. Previously used by Prince Charles on his stay in Sighisoara. 
 
Day 3:
Sighisoara - Biertan -  Gypsy Village & Gypsy Home Visit - Sibiu Walking Tour - Sibiel Home Hosted Dinner
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. Our Transylvania private travel reaches the impressive Biertan fortified church and a UNESCO World Heritage. As the former Seat of the Lutheran Bishops transylvania2between 1516 and 1867, this place is proof of the important Heritage of the Transylvanian Saxons. Take a guided tour. On an exclusive basis, visit a Gypsy village and a Gypsy family in their own home, an opportunity to learn about this ethnic group. In the afternoon enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the Old Town Sibiu  with the Great and Lesser Squares and the surrounding defense walls and guild towers. The late Gothic Evangelical Cathedral was completed in its actual shape in 1520, but inside there is an exquisite Fresco of the Crucifixion on the north wall of the choir dating from 1445. View the Passage of Stairs linking the Upper Town to the Lower Town and the 1859 Liar's Bridge.  Hotel check in. Continue your tour of Romania with a visit to Sibiel, a typical Romanian village in the heart of Transylvania. Visit the local icon-on-glass museum (formerly a private collection) and learn about the technique. Then enjoy a home hosted lunch with a local family in their own home: an authentic cultural interchange.
B Accommodation in Sibiu at Imparatul Romanilor Hotel ****
Hotel Imparatul Romaniloris located in the old town Sibiu near the Great Square, in a 16th century building built in traditional Transylvanian Renaissance style, a former merchant's hall transformed into hotel in the 18th century. Famous guests: Emperor Franz Joseph II, composers Franz Liszt and Johann Strauss as well as Prince Charles & many others.
 
Day 4:
Sibiu Tour and Open Air Market -  Olt River Gorge - Choice between Cozia and Arutela Roman Ruins - Bucharest
Hot and cold buffet breakfast at hotel. 

   TOUR CHOICES:

  1. Visit the Bruckenthal Museum assembled by Baron Bruckenthal, the art loving Governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century and the second museum to ever open in Europe after the National Gallery in London.
  2. Take a horse and carriage ride in the open-air ASTRA Museum of the Transylvanian Folk Civilisation.

Before departing Sibiu visit a local open air fruit and vegetable market(with an opportunity to sample various produce). Leaving Transylvania, you'll drive on the scenic Olt River Valley and Gorge, one of the most beautiful in Romania. Brief stop at Cozia Monastery featuring a superb late 17th century Last Judgment fresco on its Western façade.

ORvisit the Roman Ruins at Arutela. Continue to Bucharest via Pitesti. Arrive in the late afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.

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Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights at three and four star hotels (all centrally located)
  • fully insured sedan or minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
  • fuel & parking fees included
  • all sightseeing tours & cultural connections
  • Gypsy Home Visit (on exlcusive basis, organized by Compass Travel Romania)
  • informal talks on: Vlad the Impaler - Dracula, The Gypsies and Their Journey, Transylvanian History Overview (all by the tour guide)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 home hosted lunch
  • cheese sampling session in the village of Bran
  • a Tours Of Romania® professional English speaking guide (driving) to accompany you throughout
  • guide's expenses
  • admissions to museums, sites, churches as per itinerary
  • porterage at hotels
  • VAT and local tax
  • detailed map of Romania.

 

You'll Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  • Historic Center of Sighisoara
  • Historic Center of Sibiu
  • Biertan Fortified Church
  • Harman Fortified Church

 

Not Included:

  • Other meals than stated
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Photo/video fees at sites and museums
  • Gratuities of any kind.