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Hidden Landscapes of Dracula's Land

Location

Romania

Duration

7 days

Private

This trip is private; included guides and transportation are for you and your group only.
Departure time may be flexible depending on the visit/activity and prices usually depend on group size.
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Brief

Discover the natural wonders and traditions that have been alive since medieval times, and explore some of Romania's famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You'll meet some of the local people in an off road adventure holiday to the Dracula's Land and learn about their traditions. This 4x4 adventure trip is ideal for people who want to take a break from the stress of modern life, to load with positive energy in nature. 

Day 1

Bucharest - Braşov

Your guide will pick you up from Henri Coandă International Airport to start your adventure holiday in Romania. Start your private trip by crossing mountains towards Bucegi Natural Park, one of the most visited natural wonders and national parks in Romania. Here, you will discover the amazing landscapes of Bolboci Lake - dubbed “The Sea of Bucegi “, the lake is among the most spectacular natural attractions in the area of Bucegi Mountains, located at the highest altitude in the country, 1,438 meters. The lake is surrounded by coniferous forests and the view is too beautiful for words. The view is even more beautiful during winter time, when a part of the lake freezes over, while the pine trees are covered in snow. After lunch, you will visit Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the Romanian royal couple, considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. If Peles Castle is closed, you will explore Diham Cottage area and go to Plaiul Foii, a wonderful place near Zarnesti town, for a welcome dinner with traditional food and check-in formalities.

Overnight in Braşov (Lunch, Dinner).

Day 2

Braşov

After breakfast, you will start the day driving towards Diham Cottage with stunning views over Bucegi Mountains. Then, you will continue the off-road adventure tour high up into Rentea – Baiului Mountains giving you the chance for breathtaking landscapes. You will arrive at a stunning view place on the Baiului Mountains Plateau where you will experience the special feeling of getting in touch with nature. On the way back, you will discover beautiful city of Brasov. The city is located almost in the center of the country and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. In this museum city you will discover the Vestiges of the Ancient Citadel of Brasov, Black Church (Biserica Neagră), which some claim to be the largest Gothic style church South-Eastern Europe and the Old Downtown of  the city with medieval burg aspect. The city was founded in 1211 by Teutonic Knights and was developed by Saxons. The old town is one of the best preserved old towns in Europe with splendid architecture and old fortifications. The city has an amazing history with influences from Germany, the Austria-Hungarian Empire and the old communist state. Braşov boasts everything from dynamic modern city life to old world charm and fascinating mountains scenery.

Overnight in Braşov (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 3

Braşov

You will begin the day with an optional 1 hour hike in the Canyon of Zarnesti, through the spectacular road with massive rock walls on the both size with height up to 200 meters.  It’s an easy way, without level differences, cars or noise. The walls surrounding the trail are covered in places by stands of conifers and patches of moss. From near the entrance to the Canyon of Zarnesti, you will continue with off-road tour to the hilltop villages of Magura and Pestera, with some of the best breathtaking views in Romania. These are traditional and picturesque mountains villages which reveal the pastoral way of life of the Transylvanian shepherds. Along the way you will across gorgeous landscapes with magnificent views over the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi Mountains. Lunch time will be provided in a traditional restaurant in Bran area. After enjoying lunch, you will have the opportunity to visit the famous Bran Castle, known as the home of Dracula’s spirit. Leaving behind the bustle around Bran Castle, you will visit the Simon Hermitage (known as Schitul Bran), an Orthodox Monastery built on a hilltop surrounded by beautiful mountain crests of Bucegi, Piatra Craiului, Postavaru and Magura Codlei.

Overnight in Braşov (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 4

Braşov

Today you will get to discover the historical and ethnographic region Barsa Land (Tara Barsei).  You will explore off-road Cristian – Vulcan - Paltin area, enjoying panoramic views of the Magura Codlei and Piatra Craiului Mountains. Here the houses are scattered on the tops of hills at long distances from each other. Your destination is the beautiful landscapes of Stramba Valley. Here you can enjoy a special lunch based on fish specialties in Roua Sanzienelor trout farm, located in a wonderful place among the mountains. On your way back to Plaiul Foii, you will pass through some traditional villages with amazing landscapes.

Overnight in Braşov (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 5

Braşov

Get ready for a day of exploration the selenar landscapes from Racos Volcanic crater. Then, you will visit the medieval city of Sighisoara – which is the most famous inhabited medieval citadel in southeastern Europe, built in the 12th century. Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful towns in the heart of Transylvania was included in the UNESCO world heritage and situated on the list of protected monuments; the fortress-city hosts dozens of architectural ensembles of Gothic – rural, Renaissance and Baroque styles. A walk through the town's hilly streets with their preserved citadel is like stepping back in time. After one hour walking tour of Sighisoara you will have a traditional Transylvanian lunch at a local restaurant. You will end the day with a special experience of relaxation in Bazna, a health resort with wells of mineral waters and dinner.

Overnight in Braşov (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 6

Braşov - Bucharest

After breakfast and check out, we’ll return to Bucharest crossing the fascinating landscape of the Transylvanian plateau. Discover some of the most quintessentially beautiful Romania countryside, the rich traditions of the saxon villages and the locals way of life which has changed little through the centuries. Relax and admire the beautiful scenery of the Transfagarasan Route, second-highest paved road in Romania, crossing the fantastic landscapes of Fagaras Mountains. Lunch will be served in a special restaurant on the route. If Transfagarasan Road is closed, due to the weather conditions, you will head to Bucharest by crossing Olt Valley.

Overnight in Bucharest (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

 

Day 7

Bucharest

After one last breakfast, you will have a city tour of Bucharest, often referred to as “the Little Paris”, where you will visit Parliament Palace – the second largest administrative building in the world – and enjoy a walking tour in the old part of the city including Stavropoleos Church, old Court, Lipscani Street and the Patriarch church. You'll then be transferrd to Henri Coandă International Airport in time for your outbound flight.

(Breakfast).

 

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