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Transylvania - Crossing Romania from Cluj-Napoca to Cluj-Napoca Back

8 days / 7 nights

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Crossing Romania from Cluj-Napoca to Cluj-Napoca

Day 1 Flight to Cluj-Napoca
Arrival at Cluj-Napoca International airport.
Welcome from your guide.
Transfer at the hotel.
Accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.

Day 2 Cluj-Napoca - Piatra Fantanele - Bistrita - Reghin - Sighisoara - breakfast, lunch, dinner
Breakfast
Departure for Piatra Fantanele, in Borgo Pass, in the heart of the Carpathians, famous place described by Bram Stocker in his novel “Dracula”.
This is our first “rendez-vous” with “Dracula Legend”.
We will watch “Dracula show” in Hotel “Castel Dracula”.
Possibility of photos, if it is a good weather, panorama will be splendid.
Lunch at the restaurant of the hotel.
Departure for Sighisoara, considered as “Pearl of Transylvania”, “Sachsisch Regen” (the Saxon name).
Short stop in Bistrita “Bistritz”, another city with an important Saxon heritage.
Visit of Evangelical Church, masterpiece of Transylvanian Gothic style.
Next stop will be in Reghin “Sachsisch Regen”, another city with saxon heritage.
Visit of Gliga Violin Factory, as Reghin is considered as Capital of Romanian violin industry.
You have the possibility to buy one.
Arrival in Sighisoara, our second “rendez-vous” with “Dracula Legend”.
Dinner
Accommodation in Sighisoara

Day 3 Sighisoara - Bran - Brasov - Sinaia - breakfast
Breakfast.
Two hours walking tour of Medieval City of Sighisoara, dominating the hill.
Sighisoara is the city where the famous Prince Vlad Tepes (surnamed “Vlad the Impaler”) .
was born in 1431.
The tour will include: a few of 9 existing towers (in total the city counted 14 towers), “Vlad Dracul” House (XV-th century), Venetian House, Stag House, Covered Stairs , The Church on the Hill .
Departure for Brasov “Kronstadt”, another very important Transylvanian city with Saxon heritage.
Brasov walking tour: City Hall Square, City Hall, Rope Street (narrowest on Earth!), Black Church.
Departure for Bran.
Bran Castle or “Dracula Castle”, is in “Top 10 most famous castles on Earth!”, also being considered as the most expensive medieval castle ever built!
Bran Castle is our third “rendez-vous” with “Dracula Legend”.
Departure for Sinaia, “The Pearl of Carpathians”.
Arrival in Sinaia.
Accommodation in Sinaia.

Day 4 Sinaia - Targoviste - Bucharest - breakfast
Breakfast.
Morning visit of Peles Castle, architectural masterpiece, former summer residence of Romanian Royal family.
Departure for Targoviste, former Capital of Wallachia between 1396 and 1714 (with some interruptions, due to the ascension of Bucharest ; Bucharest became finally Capital of Wallachia, of Romanian United Principalities, Of Romanian Kingdom and today’s Capital of Romania).
We visit Targoviste Princiary Court, the fourth “rendez-vous” with “Dracula Legend”, from here Vlad Tepes ruled Wallachia.
Departure for Bucharest, fifth place of our itinerary, connected with “Dracula Legend”.
Accommodation in Bucharest.

Day 5 Bucharest - breakfast
Breakfast.
Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia signed at 21 September 1459, “Act of Attestation of Bucharest”.
Bucharest city tour: Parliament Palace (“Casa Poporului”, second building on Earth, after The Pentagon),
Romanian Athenaeum, University Square, Revolution Square, Patriarchal Cathedral.
Afternoon at leisure.
Optional visit: History Museum, Romanian Art Museum, Romanian Peasant Museum.
Accommodation in Bucharest.

Day 6 Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - via Transfagarasan (period B) - Sibiu - breakfast, dinner
Breakfast.
Departure for Curtea de Arges, first Capital of Wallachia, until 1396.
We visit Curtea de Arges Monastery, known as „Manole Master Monastery”, or “Metropolitan Cathedral”, or „Saint Sopha of Romania”.
Inside the Monastery lies the graves of Romanian Kings and Queens: Charles the 1st and Queen Elisabeta, Ferdinand and Queen Maria, Charles the 2nd.
Departure for Sibiu, via Transfagarasan, crossing “The Alps of Transylvania” at 2042 meters altitude, one of the most spectacular alpine routes in Europe.
We stop at Poienari Citadel, built by Prince Vlad Tepes between 1456 and 1462, this place being the sixth place of our itinerary, connected with “Dracula Legend”.
Arrival in Sibiu, “Hermannstadt”, another very important Transylvanian city, also with Saxon heritage, former European Cultural Capital in 2007.
Sibiu walking city tour: Grand Square, Petite Square, Huet Square, Evangelical Church, Catholic Cathedral, Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary, Orthodox Cathedral, Liars Bridge, Handicrafts Square, City Hall, City Hall Tower, Bruckenthal Museum.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant
Accommodation in Sibiu.

Day 6 Bucharest - via Olt Valley (period A) - Cozia - Sibiu - breakfast, dinner
Breakfast.
Departure for Curtea de Arges, first Capital of Wallachia, until 1396.
We visit Curtea de Arges Monastery, known as „Manole Master Monastery”, or “Metropolitan Cathedral”, „Saint Sophia of Romania”.
Inside the Monastery lies the tumbs of Romanian Kings and Queens: Charles 1st and Queen Elisabeta, Ferdinand and Queen Maria, Charles 2nd.
Departure for Sibiu, via Olt Valley.
Stop at Cozia Monastery, for a short visit.
Cozia Monastery was built by Prince Mircea cel Batran (“Mircea the Old”), Prince of Vallachia between 1386 and 1395 and between 1397 and 1418.
As Mircea cel Batran was the grandfather of Vlad Tepes, we can consider this place as being the sixth place of our itinerary, connected with “Dracula Legend”.
Arrival in Sibiu, “Hermannstadt”, another very important Transylvanian city, also with saxon heritage, former European Cultural Capital in 2007.
Sibiu walking city tour: Grand Square, Petite Square, Huet Square, Evangelical Church, Catholic Cathedral , Lutheran Cathedral of Sainte Marie, Orthodox Cathedral, Liars Bridge, Handicrafts Square, City Hall, City Hall Tower, Bruckenthal Museum.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Accommodation in Sibiu.

Day 7 Sibiu - Alba Iulia - Turda - Cluj-Napoca - breakfast, dinner
Breakfast.
Departure for Alba Iulia, “Romania’s Unification Capital” and former Capital of Transylvania.
Alba Iulia city tour: Reunification Cathedral (“Coronation Cathedral”: here were crowned Ferdinand and Maria, on October 15th 1922, as King and Queen of Great Romania), Catholic Cathedral, Princely Palace, Equestrian Statue of Mihai Viteazul/Michael the Brave.
Michael the Brave was the first ever Romanian Prince to achieve the Unification of the Three Historical Romanian
Provinces (Transylvania, Moldova and Tara Romaneasca /Vallachia), on November the 1 st 1599.
Also, in Alba Iulia, the Great Romania was born on December 1st 1918.
We finish Alba Iulia tour with „Alba Carolina” medieval fortress tour, Vauban style masterpiece.
If we have chance, we can attend the ceremony of “guard change”.
At the end of Alba Carolina tour, we will arrive at the cell where Horia, Closca and Crisan, the leaders of “Revolt of Horea, Closca and Crisan” from 1784.
Departure for Turda.
Visite of Turda Salt Mine.
Departure for Cluj-Napoca “Klausenburg”, another very important Transylvanian city, also with saxon heritage.
Cluj-Napoca walking city tour: Saint Michael Church, the University, Evangelical Church, Equestrian Statue of Mathias Corvin, Native House of Mathias Corvin, National Theater, Orthodox Cathedral.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant in Cluj-Napoca.
Accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.

Day 8 Cluj-Napoca - flight back home - breakfast
Breakfast.
Transfer at Cluj-Napoca airport.
Flight back home.

Strong points of this tour:
• On the footsteps of “Dracula Legend”:
  Hotel “Dracula Castle” - Piatra Fantanele;
  Sighisoara;
  Bran;
  Targoviste;
  Bucarest;
  Citadelle Poienari only period B;
  Cozia Monastery vseulement periode A;
On the footsteps of heroes of Romanian history:
  Vlad Tepes and “Dracula Legend”;
  Michael The Brave;
  Mircea cel Batran;
  Horea;
  Closca;
  Crisan;
  Romanian Kings;
• Cultural cities with saxon heritage:
  Cluj-Napoca “Klausenburg”’;
  Bistrita “Bistritz”;
  Reghin “Sachsisch Regen”;
  Sighisoara “Schaesburg”;
  Brasov “Kronstadt”;
  Sibiu “Hermannstadt”;
  Alba Iulia “Weissenburg”;
• Famous Castles:
  Bran;
  Peles;
• Famous buildings: Parliament Palace in Bucharest
• Visit of former and actual capitals of Romania or of Romanian Provinces:
  Targoviste;
  Bucuresti;
  Curtea de Arges;
  Sibiu;
  Alba Iulia;
• Traditional show: Hotel “Dracula Castle” with “Dracula” show a Piatra Fantanele.


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