Bucharest and the Highlights of Transylvania in 8 Days
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Bucharest and the Highlights of Transylvania in 8 Days

This sample 8-day (7 nights) itinerary covers Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu and Bucharest. It's a great introduction to Romania, one of the most unique countries in the region. From the mountains to the plains, big cities to quaint villages, you'll enjoy a variety of settings during your holiday, with local guides to show you the best of each destination along the way. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. Our Destination Manager in the region will provide assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options, including boutique-style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five-star level. From our first-hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.

Itinerary


2 Nights in Bucharest

Day 1

After your flight arrives at Bucharest's Henri Coanda airport, we will have someone meet you at the airport and bring you to your centrally located Bucharest accommodation. After having a brief while to settle in, our local representative will stop by to answer any questions you may have.

Included : Bucharest Airport Transfer

Day 2

Private City Tour
Today you’ll be getting your bearings in Bucharest on a private tour with a local guide. On this four-hour tour you’ll take in all the major sites, including concert halls like The Atheneum, Revolution Square, and the second largest building in the world, the massive Palace of Parliament, which was conceived by Romania’s last dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, and almost completed by the communists before the 1989 revolution. You’ll also see the Romanian Patriarchal Church and Palace, the most important Romanian Orthodox Church. And you won’t miss the the Arch of Triumph, the Press Square, and the house of the Romanian head of the Church Village Museum, which features amazingly beautiful old village houses from all regions of the country. It’s all impressive, to say the least. Bring your passport, which you’ll need to enter the Parliament building.

Bucharest Private City Tour
Bucharest Private City Tour
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package
Traditional Romanian Dinner and Wine Tasting

You can enjoy your dinner at a traditional Romanian restaurant, where you can experience how the most popular dishes are cooked and taste the flavours of the region followed by local wines and delicious desert. The traditional dishes are explained and you can even try to make them yourselves. You can also have a wine tasting, getting to know better the history of wine making in Romania, since the ancient time of dacians, before the Roman occupation and also information about annual production and different sorts of grapes that grow here.

Traditional Romanian Dinner and Wine Tasting
Traditional Romanian Dinner and Wine Tasting
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Bucharest Private City Tour, Traditional Romanian Dinner and Wine Tasting

Day 3

A private driver will pick you up from your accommodation to drive you to Brasov, the gateway to Transylvania.
Included : Bucharest - Brasov Private Transfer
Bucharest

A little about Bucharest

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a truly intriguing city where modern sophistication meets a rich and varied history. The business center of the city definitely has a cosmopolitan feel, but farther afield Bucharest still feels a little rough around the edges. The restored Old Town with its resplendent buildings is simply magnificent, as is Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament, where you can enjoy an enthralling tour. Bucharest also has some amazing cafes and delicious restaurants, especially in the Lipscani district. The city is no stranger to culture either, with numerous galleries, antique shops and concert halls. The most stunning landmarks are along Calea Victoriei, but you can see something impressive on just about every corner. After discovering the incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectural styles in the city, you might want to enjoy one of the cultural festivals, or take off for a unique day trip. If you’re ready for a full day, a trip to Transylvania including Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle, will certainly be a memorable excursion, and very Romanian. We can also arrange for a private guide to show you around the city and the notable surroundings.

2 Nights in Brasov

Day 1

Welcome to Brasov! After the drive, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Private City Walking Tour
In the afternoon you’ll be exploring the gorgeous medieval streets of Brasov, a city whose beauty is framed by the beautiful natural surroundings of the Carpathian Mountains. Your local guide will show you all the city has to offer, including the Town Hall Square, which is ringed with baroque buildings, and the Black Church, Romania’s largest gothic church. You’ll squeeze down Rope Street, which is said to be the narrowest street in Europe, and then see Council Square, one of the country’s most impressive central squares. The city’s 14th century fortifications and citadel remain remarkable today and are just one example of how the past will come to life on this memorable tour.

Brasov Private City Tour
Brasov Private City Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Brasov Private City Tour

Day 2

Tour 3 castles: Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle
Today you’ll be exploring some of the most iconic sights in Romania: The castles. These landmarks are what most people think of when they think of the country, and specifically the region of Transylvania. Bran Castle is an iconic castle perched high atop a cliff overlooking a river and a valley. It is considered Dracula’s Castle, because it is the only castle in Transylvania that fits Bram Stoker’s description. It seems to loom over the surrounding countryside and has an atmosphere that’s gothic, just a little creepy, and all its own. Rasnov Fortress is a landmark citadel situated high on a hill. One of the first things you’ll notice about it is the sign bearing its name, which is reminiscent of the famous Hollywood sign. This impressive fortress has plenty to see, with numerous hiking trails nearby. It often hosts cultural festivals as well, so check the website. It also has a rich history, as the locals would often retreat with their cattle here during World War II. Peles Castle is an impressive neo-Renaissance castle with beautiful design, incredible gardens, and much more to see. A visit here combines art, history and architecture. It’s definitely one of Romania’s unique sights. You’ll find an incredible museum that documents in detail the rich local art and culture, and the guided tours are highly recommended.

Private Tour to 3 Castles: Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, and Peles Castle
Private Tour to 3 Castles: Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, and Peles Castle
Duration : 9 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Private Tour to 3 Castles: Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, and Peles Castle

Day 3

A private driver will pick you up from your accommodation to drive you across Transylvania to the idyllic city of Sibiu. Along the way you will stop in one of the gems of Transylvania, Sighisoara, which is the birthplace of Dracula. Here we can arrange for a private walking tour or you can explore the city on your own. There are plenty of Vlad-themed attractions but in our opinion the highlights are the citadel and the clock tower. After a couple hours of sightseeing you will travel just outside of Sighisoara for lunch at your own expense in nearby Dracula Danes, which provides a beautiful natural setting complete with horse stables.
Included : Brasov - Sibiu Private Transfer with stop in Sighisoara
Brasov

A little about Brasov

Brasov is a city of true medieval beauty, at the edge of which is the natural wonder of the Carpathian Mountains. This combination gives the place a truly unique feel, as history and the natural world come together here with astounding brilliance. The home of Romania’s largest Gothic church and the narrowest street in Europe, there is plenty here to enrich your visit. You can even take a gondola ride high above the city for new points of view. And, Brasov’s location makes it the perfect base for exploring some of Romania’s most magnificent castles. You’ll definitely want to spend a few days exploring the city, which offers everything from incredible architecture to excellent dining, a rich cultural program and fun outdoor activities. Day and night you’ll find something fun to do here, from the depths of the narrow Rope Street to the heights of Mount Tampa. Wine lovers will really enjoy a trip to the Rhein wine cellar just outside of Brasov. Here you can learn more about the local wine and of course taste it too. Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Peles Castle, some of Romania’s most impressive castles, are all within distance for a perfect day trip. History, culture, architecture, the great outdoors: Brasov brings all of Romania’s greatest gifts together in one place.

2 Nights in Sibiu

Day 1

Welcome to Sibiu! Our driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 2

Sibiu, Calnic, Sebes and Alba Iulia Citadel
Today you’ll be taking a memorable day trip outside of Sibiu. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation, then you’ll start your day with a tour of the historic center of Sibiu and its main square, which is one of the best preserved in Transylvania. After that you’ll continue with a visit to Calnic and Sebes, where you can explore the beauty of the fortified churches. Sebes used to be one of the most important citadels in Transylvania. In Alba Iulia, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time. Alba Iulia has been a Dacian-Roman fortress, a Saxon colony, an Austro-Hungarian citadel and a town – becoming a symbol of the great unification in 1918. The history and culture here is palpable. At the end of the excursion you’ll be driven back to your accommodation.

The Corvin Castle and Alba Iulia Citadel Private Tour
The Corvin Castle and Alba Iulia Citadel Private Tour
Duration : 6 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package
Included : The Corvin Castle and Alba Iulia Citadel Private Tour, Sibiu Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Today you're headed back to the capital, Bucharest. A private driver will pick you up from your accommodation in the morning. There are two distinct routes between Sibiu and Bucharest and if you are traveling between July and September when it is officially open you should absolutely take the longer route, including the DN7C, better known as the twisting and turning Transfăgărășan, or Ceausescu's Folly. You will make a day of the drive and along the route there is a must-see stop: the Balea glacial lake, an ideal place to have a bite to eat at the chalet overlooking the lake and mountains. It affords the best views of the winding road from above.
Included : Sibiu - Bucharest Private Transfer via Transfăgărășan and Balea (July-Sep)
Sibiu

A little about Sibiu

Walking through Sibiu is like walking through a fairytale, or perhaps a medieval movie set. From the 16th century Bridge of Lies to the 15th century towers, you’ll find something romantically ancient at every turn. But that doesn’t mean the city is frozen in time, there’s also a rich cultural life here to match the incredible architecture. You’ll have a fantastic time watching history come alive in Sibiu, even as you experience its more contemporary charms. This is a city of firsts: where the first book in Romanian was printed, where Romania’s first hospital and pharmacy were opened, and also where the country’s oldest museum is housed, the Brukenthal Art museum. You’ll be charmed by this mix of old and new. You’ll certainly want to meet with our local guide, who can give you a closer look at all the most amazing sites in the city, including the main square, one of the best-preserved in Transylvania. But you won’t be limited to staying within city limits, as there are several interesting day trips to take in the surrounding region. The Jidvei Vineyard in the nearby Tarnave Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a tasting of some of excellent Romanian wines and snacks. Calnic, Sebes and Alba Iulia Citadel are also nearby sites that are certainly worth visiting, and will show you a different side of this enchanting region.

1 Night in Bucharest

Day 1

To allow for any potential delays and to make sure you are at the airport in time for your flight, avoiding the likely traffic you could experience on the road from Bucharest city center to the airport, we will arrange accommodation at a 4-star hotel close to the airport for your last night in Romania. Your driver will take you directly to the hotel.

Day 2

Today, you will take the free airport shuttle from the hotel.
Bucharest

A little about Bucharest

The capital of Romania, Bucharest is a truly intriguing city where modern sophistication meets a rich and varied history. The business center of the city definitely has a cosmopolitan feel, but farther afield Bucharest still feels a little rough around the edges. The restored Old Town with its resplendent buildings is simply magnificent, as is Nicolae Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament, where you can enjoy an enthralling tour. Bucharest also has some amazing cafes and delicious restaurants, especially in the Lipscani district. The city is no stranger to culture either, with numerous galleries, antique shops and concert halls. The most stunning landmarks are along Calea Victoriei, but you can see something impressive on just about every corner. After discovering the incredible variety of neighborhoods and architectural styles in the city, you might want to enjoy one of the cultural festivals, or take off for a unique day trip. If you’re ready for a full day, a trip to Transylvania including Peles Castle and Dracula’s Castle, will certainly be a memorable excursion, and very Romanian. We can also arrange for a private guide to show you around the city and the notable surroundings.

Reviews from past guests

Overall rating:
(5.0/5 based on 10 reviews)

Reviews from guests who have traveled with us to at least half the destinations in this itinerary


Having used a number of companies have to say the JayWay "way" was the most personalised and organised. We really appreciated the excellent online portal, and the overall value was excellent.

- Traveled to Brasov, Sibiu, Bucharest in April 2018 - rating:
(5/5)

"Our experience was truly outstanding--it was a pleasure to plan with your staff, and your creativity and thoughtfulness really resulted in a wonderful trip. We will remember the people you connected us with even more than the terrific locations."

- Traveled to Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu & Budapest in April 2017 - rating:
(4.8/5)

"Everything worked beautifully and everything was completely and efficiently handled from start to finish. All we had to do is show up and have fun."

- Traveled to Prague, Munich, Salzburg, Ljubljana, Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, Sibiu, Brasov, Bucharest in April 2016 - rating:
(4.8/5)

"I would like give everything about JayWay Travel customer service 5 stars. I was totally satisfied all through the trip. Thank you for the excellent choices."

- Traveled to Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Bucharest in November 2015 - rating:
(5/5)

"This trip was one of our best ones. We loved Romania, especially all the guides from Raluca, Claudiu, Emanuel, Adella, and Paul. They were all so friendly, knowledgeable, that I hated to leave them after each tour. This  was our 5th trip with Jayway and it couldn't have been more flawless. Everything from transfers, tours, restaurants recommended by the guides to the comfort of the hotels was exceptional."

- Traveled to Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Bucharest in September 2015 - rating:
(5/5)

"My friend and I loved the fact that the trip was personally developed to what we wanted to do and see. It met all our expectations. Kevin was wonderful to work with when putting our trip together. All guides where on time and incredibly knowledgeable."

- Traveled to Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Iasi in May 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"Everyone that was a tour guide or a driver was friendly and fun, it was like traveling with friends. They went out of their way to show us different things, very informative on each region. Hotels were also all very good and staff were helpful and friendly. We never had a problem as everything was planned so well, it was just absolutely wonderful."

- Traveled to Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Budapest in October 2016 - rating:
(5/5)

"Local Representative was helpful, clarified any items we asked and the Europe cell phone is a good idea. We were very happy with the accommodation selection, food quality was good. The review about the selection of hotels during the planning phase really paid off. The guides were nice people, pleasant, punctual, helpful and gave us lot of information about the attractions and history of the country. We enjoyed their company. JayWay staff knew the area very well, they understood our needs and limits and provided practical suggestions for saving our time and money."

- Traveled to Sofia, Buchares, Brasov,Sucevita, Sighisoara, Sibiu, in July 2016 - rating:
(5/5)

"First time customer - exceeded expectations. Great tour guides - professional, courteous, friendly, good English speaking skills, genuine people."

- Traveled to Bucharest, Constanta, Brasov, Bihor Tinca in May 2016 - rating:
(5/5)

What's Included

The services included in this package are as follows:


  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Bucharest
  • Bucharest Airport Transfer
  • Bucharest Private City Tour
    Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes
    Includes : Hotel pick-up, English-speaking guide, Admission to the Palace of Parliament
    Excludes : Photo and video fees, Tip for the guide
  • Traditional Romanian Dinner and Wine Tasting
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Hotel pick-up, Traditional meal, 5 types of wine, English-speaking Guide
    Excludes : Tip for the Guide
  • Bucharest - Brasov Private Transfer
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Brasov
  • Brasov Private City Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : English-speaking guide, Admissions
    Excludes : Photo and video fees, Tip for the guide
  • Private Tour to 3 Castles: Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, and Peles Castle
    Duration : 9 hours
    Includes : Hotel pick-up, English-speaking Guide and Driver, Admissions
    Excludes : Meals, Photo and video fees, Tip for the guide
  • Brasov - Sibiu Private Transfer with stop in Sighisoara
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Sibiu
  • The Corvin Castle and Alba Iulia Citadel Private Tour
    Duration : 6 hours
    Includes : Private guide, Transport, Admissions
    Excludes : Meals, Tip for the guide, Photo fee
  • Sibiu Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes
    Includes : Hotel Pick-up, Private Guide, Admissions
    Excludes : Tip for the guide
  • Sibiu - Bucharest Private Transfer via Transfăgărășan and Balea (July-Sep)
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Bucharest
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, with detailed destination information and tips on the best these cities can offer


- Flights to and from Europe.
- Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
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Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions (unless explicitly stated otherwise)).
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