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Transylvania - Crossing Romania from Cluj-Napoca to Bucharest

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Crossing Romania from Cluj-Napoca to Bucharest

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 - Cluj-Napoca - breakfast, lunch

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 “Dracula Castle”. Possibility of photos, if good weather, panorama will be splendid.
Lunch at the restaurant of the hotel.
Back to Cluj-Napoca.
Short stop in Bistrita “Bistritz”, another city with an important saxon heritage.
Visit of Evangelical Church, masterpiece of Transylvanian gothique 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.
We continue to Cluj-Napoca
Cluj-Napoca walking city tour: Saint Michael Church, The University, Evangelical Church, Equestrian Statue of Mathias Corvin, Mathias Corvin birth house, National Theatre, Orthodox Cathedral.
Accommodation in Cluj-Napoca

Day 3 Cluj-Napoca - Turda - Alba Iulia - Sibiu - breakfast, dinner
Breakfast.
Departure for Turda. Turda Salt Mine visit.
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 922, 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 1st 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 leders of “Revolt of Horea, Closca and Crisan” from 1784.
Departure for Sibiu, “Hermannstadt”.
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 in Sibiu.
Accommodation in Sibiu.

Day 4 Sibiu - Medias - Biertan - Sighisoara - breakfast, dinner
Breakfast.
Departure for Biertan.
Stop in Medias, “Mediasch”, another saxon Transylvanian city, founder of “Sieben Burgen”
The seven „Sieben Burgen” are : Medias/Mediasch, Brasov/Kronstadt, Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Cluj-Napoca/Klausenburg, Bistrita/Bistritz, Orastie/Grossau, Sighisoara/Schassburg (plus Reghin/Sachsisch Regen and Sebes/Mullbach)
Medias walking city tour: the Cathedral, Stephan Ludwig Roth Lyceum, Covered Stairs, Castle Square, Maria Tower.
We continue to Biertan.
Biertan is maybe the most famous saxon village of Transylvania, at least for two reasons:
Because here lies Fortified Church, UNESCO Patrimony and because here was held for almost 300 years the Head Office of Transylvanian Saxon Church Archbishop, between 1572 and 1867.
Visit of Fortified Church.
Departure for Sighisoara, considered as “Pearl of Transylvania”, “Sachsisch Regen” (saxon name).
Arrival in Sighisoara, our second “rendez-vous” with “Dracula Legend”.
Two hours walking tour of Medieval City of Sighisoara, dominating the hill. Classified as UNESCO Patrimony.
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 (15th century), Venetian House, Stag House, Covered Stairs, The Church on the Hill .
Dinner.
Accommodation in Sighisoara.

Day 5 Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - breakfast

Breakfast.
Departure for Brasov “Kronstadt”, another very important Transylvanian city with saxon heritage.
Brasov walking tour: City Hall Square, City Hall, Corde 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 6 Sinaia - Targoviste - Bucarest - breakfast
Breakfast
Morning visit of Peles Castle, architectural masterpiece, former summer residence of Romanian Royale family, today one of the richest museums of Romania
Departure for Targoviste, former Capital of Vallachia between 1396 and 1714 (with some interruptions, due to the ascension of Bucharest; Bucharest became finally Capital of Vallachia, of Romanian United Principalities, Of Romanian Kingdom and today’s Capital of Romania).
We visit Targoviste Princely Court, the fourth “rendez-vous” with “Dracula Legend”, from here Vlad Tepes ruled Vallachia.
Departure for Bucharest, fifth place of our itinerary, connected with “Dracula Legend”.
Accommodation in Bucharest.

Day 7 Bucharest - breakfast, dinner

Breakfast.
Vlad Tepes, Prince of Vallachia signed at 21 September 1459, “Act of Attestation of Bucharest”.
Bucharest panoramic 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.
Dinner in a traditional Romanian restaurant.
Accommodation in Bucharest.

Day 8 Bucharest - flight back home - breakfast
Breakfast.
Transfer at Bucharest International Airport.
Flight back home.

Strong points of this tour:
• On the footsteps of “Dracula Legend”:
   Hotel “Dracula Castle” - Piatra Fantanele;
   Sighisoara;
   Bran;
   Targoviste;
   Bucharest;
   Citadelle Poienari - only period B;
   Cozia Monastery - only period 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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