Transylvania castles tours

Tour type

Sighseeing

Tour duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

5
5.0 rating
5 out of 5 stars (based on 2 reviews)
Tour starts in Bucharest
Tour ends in Bucharest
Group size Min 2, Max 12
Physical rating     
Accommodation Hotel
Transportation A/C Mini bus

€890 / Person

Request a date

For at least 2 participants we can set a departure on this tour on various dates.

Ask us 

The best castles in Transylvania on a 7 days tour

 

Romanian History is one of the most dramatic in the world, located on the edge of two great empires – Hungarian and Ottoman (Turkish empire), the edge of two cultures and religions Christian and Muslim.

Literally hundreds of castles and fortifications are spread all over Romania. The best castles are in Transylvania, where some of them were never abandoned and the daily life continues almost unchanged for centuries.  Come with us to explore the castles of Transylvania and their incredible stories.

Tour highlights

  • Brasov
  • Bran Castle
  • Sighisoara
  • Sibiu
  • Transfagarasan highway *
  • Corvin Castle
  • Biertnan (UNESCO)
  • Bucharest

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Romania

If you arrive on the DAY 1 of the tour we can pick up from Bucharest Airport.

Drive along the scenic Prahova valley, over the Carpathian Mountains to Transylvania

Visit Peles Castle the Royal palace in Sinaia. For sure one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of new-Renaissance architecture.

Overnight in a 3*** Lodge at Bran in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains

Day 2 - Bran Castle and Brasov

Visit Bran Castle (1377), the Castle where Bram Stoker placed Count Dracula in his novel – a castle in a pass in the Carpathian Mountains. Legends say that Dracula was imprisoned in this castle after being captured by the Hungarians in 1462. Nevertheless, Bran Castle was a strategic point in that era, and Dracula might have passed many times through the castle, but for sure, it was never his castle.

Visit the Rasnov Fortress. One of the most spectacular strongholds of Transylvania, built in the 13 Th century by the Teutonic Knights, Rasnov Fortress is one of the top 10 snow castles in the world according to Conde Nast Traveler 

The fortress was enlarged by the villagers of Rasnov and it became a small walled city protecting the villagers from the invaders. The villagers had to build an impressive 480 feet deep well, to get the vital water needed during prolonged sieges, weeks or months long.  The construction took 17 years of hard labor, under precarious conditions.  

Brasov the medieval town. As a young fugitive prince, Dracula spent several years in Brasov, an important community who’s support was crucial to his return on the throne of the neighboring country, Wallachia (at that time Wallachia and Transylvania were separate countries) 

We will explore the main landmarks of Brasov: the impressive Black Church, the narrowest street ever “Rope Street” , the superb Council Square, and the fairy tale Ecaterina Gate. Outside of the city walls we get to the Black Tower for an amazing view over the old Brasov.

Return to Bran for the night

Day 3 - The heart of Transylvania

Explore Viscri – the place where time stood still. This tiny village disconnected from the rest of the world, and life continues here just like a century ago. The main landmark in the village is the fortress-church (UNESCO site) where 400 years ago the villagers took refuge from the invaders. Transylvania has around 160 fortress-churches, 7 of them are UNESCO sites, and we will visit 2 of them. Viscri is so special that Charles, Prince of Whales, loved it so much that he bought a tiny old house in the village 

In the afternoon we arrive in Sighisoara a magnificent living medieval fortress, UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is where Vlad Dracul (the father) lived in exile at the time when his son Vlad Dracula was born.

Dinner at Dracula’s House The very house where the prince was born still exists, and we will have the chance to dine there

We spend the night in the old citadel of Sighisoara in a 400 years old hotel, across the street from Dracula’s birth house.

Day 4 - Sighisoara and Biertan (UNESCO)

Sighisoara city tour. Sighisoara (UNESCO World Heritage Site)  is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, and most amazingly still inhabited up to this day.   Check out the Clock Tower, the symbol landmark of Sighisoara, with it’s sophisticated clock mechanism . The top platform of the tower offers an bird’s eye view over the magnificent citadel
On the highest part of the fortress we get to the Hill Church. This Lutheran church was stripped by it’s original catholic paintings during the reformation, but now thanks to the recent restoration, some of the old paintings have come back to life. 

Visit The fortified Church of Biertan – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Biertan was the Evangelic Episcopal See for 300 years (1572 – 1867). The church holds an impressive door of the vestry, built in 1515, and awarded in 1900 at the Paris World Exhibition.

In the evening we arrive in Hunedoara. Check out the superb Hunyad Castle for an amazing night view, (check out the tour photos ;))

Overnight in Hunedoara 3*** Hotel

Day 5 - The Corvin Castle

Visit the Corvin Hunyad Castle – Among the most accomplished Gothic castles in Europe. The impressive size and architectural beauty sets it among Romania’s most precious monuments of medieval art

Stop by Calnic –  UNESCO World Heritage Site – is one of the most imposing defensive structures in Transylvania, and least known UNESCO site in Romania

The castle appears for the first time in a 1269 document, as a residence for Saxon nobility. In 1430, the noble family sold the castle to the peasant community of Calnic, who reinforced the noble residence to be refuge for the villagers against attackers .

Arrive to Sibiu – probably the most vibrant city in Transylvania – the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2007. Sibiu City tour – Walk around the historic center of Sibiu to discover the superb “Large Square” surrounded by quaint  pedestrian cobbled streets and centuries old houses. The Liars Bridge – the place where traitors (liars) used to be hanged from.  According to the legend, the bridge should collapse if you lie while you are on the bridge (it’s defective, we tried it and it didn’t work)

Spend the night in Sibiu 3*** Hotel

Day 6 - The Transfagarasan highway*

Detour on the Transfagarasan Highway – the most spectacular road in Romania, The breathtaking road was built in the 80’s by the communists, using over 4000 tons of dynamite in 4 years.  

* Please note that the road is only open from July 1 to October 31. If the Transfagarasan is closed we will continue the tour through the Olt Valley to Bucharest

In the evening, we explore the historic center of Bucharest, including the “Old Court”, Stavropoleos Monastery, Lipscani Street and Hanu cu Bere (The Beer Carriege

Spend the night in Bucharest 3*** Hotel 

Day 7 - Bucharest

Visit the Romanian Parliament Palace – the largest civil building in the world. The building is the masterpiece of a modern days Dracula – the communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu – executed in 1989 after a bloody anti-communist revolution

Discover the traditional Romanian architecture at the outdoor  Village Museum in Bucharest. Complete, real households were bought here from all over Romania  and reassembled into a magnificent village museum.

END OF SERVICES

Inclusions

Z

Accommodation

All nights in hotels (3*** and 4 *****)
Z

Meals

All Brakfasts | All Lunches | All Dinners
Z

Entrance fees

All entrance fees to all the castles and
museums from the itinerary
Z

Transport

All transportation with private air-conditioned minibus
Z

English Guidance

English seaking guide will assist you
throughout the entire tour
O

Not included

  • alcoholic drinks
  • airfares

Reviews

What an Adventure!

5.0 rating
June 26, 2019

The tour was beyond anything that I could have imagined. Even getting pushed down to the ground by Dracula after standing on his grave during a full moon Nov 1st 2017 was so exciting. I will challenge Dracula again, this time I will be ready for him.

Michael Mevissen

Great experience with Adventure Transylvania

5.0 rating
September 26, 2007

Our experience with Adventure Transylvania and the country Romania was so great. First off all, the great care from Horia, was Super ! Nothing was to much and he made the trip something we will never forget ! We saw beautifull places and we can recommend it to all .We loved all places we visited but very special were the castle in Rasnov, a beautifyll place to be. Also the Sambata monastery at the foothills of the Fagaras mountains, Hunedoara and its Castle were places you have to see. We loved it If we decide to visit Romania again, then for sure i will contact Adventure Transylvania again. A great company who will do the best to make the trip an unforgetable one. Horia, thanks again so much, you were great and we hope to meet with you again. Maybe we see you in Holland one day, be sure you are very welcome here ! Many greetings from the 4 of us !Ingrid.”’,
‘Ingrid, ”Enjoyed our stay so much

Ingrid – Holland

Send your review