Day 1. AIRPORT - BUDAPEST
Welcome to Hungary and its amazing capital city, BUDAPEST. Pickup from the airport and transfer to your centrally located hotel for a check-in. Meet your local guide and visit the main sights of the Hungarian capital city: Heroes Square, stroll along Andrassy Avenue to admire its magnificent buildings including Opera House, St. Stephens Cathedral, Parliament, and the Grand Synagogue. Explore the Castle district on foot, visit the wonderful Mathias Church and enjoy the vista of Budapest and its elegant bridges from Fisherman‘s Bastion. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2. BUDAPEST – TIMIŞOARA (approx. 315 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. Depart towards Romania, first destination is the city of TIMISOARA, the European Cultural Capital of 2023. The tour of Timişoara starts with a brief introduction over Romania today, just to set a base for the story of Timişoara. The path we take follows the historical events starting with the Mongol invasion (1241) and ending in the contemporary times with the revolution against communist regime (1989). You learn about the 164 years of Turkish occupation and see where the hammam (Turkish public bath), bazaar (marketplace), Central Mosque or the cemetery used to be 4 centuries ago. During 18th century one of the first trams in the world connects the city centre with Fabric and Iosefin neighbourhoods. The streets are enlightened by electric light, for the first time in continental Europe, at Timisoara (1884). The city is refortified, a new downtown is built (Piata Victoriei). The economy is booming, and Timisoara is a very developed modern city. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3. TIMISOARA – ALBA IULIA – SIBIU (approx. 295 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. Departure towards SIBIU, with a stop in ALBA IULIA, the memorable place of the Great Union of Romania. Here you will visit the impressive Orthodox Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the oldest standing cathedral in Romania. Most importantly, you will take a tour of the Hapsburg citadel, also known as Alba Carolina Citadel, in the time of the Roman occupation. Continue your journey towards Sibiu, the 2007 European Cultural Capital. Check-in at the hotel. The highlight of the day is a visit in SIBIEL, where you will meet the locals and enjoy a traditional meal with Romanian wines and schnapps. Overnight in Sibiu.
Day 4. SIBIU – SIGHIŞOARA – BRASOV (approx. 210 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. Discover more about SIBIU, listed by Forbes in top 10 most idyllic places to live in the whole world. The town was settled by the Germans colonists in the 12th century and preserves until today its wonderful medieval atmosphere. The walking tour starts at the Grand Square where you will find the Catholic Church, the City Hall and the Brukenthal Palace, it continues with Liar’s Bridge, the Small Square and Huet Square. At noon depart towards SIGHIŞOARA, one of the few still inhabited medieval fortresses in the world. Sighişoara was settled by the Germans in the 13th century and it is one of the still inhabited medieval fortresses in the whole world, being also protected by the UNESCO. During the walking tour you will visit the Clock Tower, the birth house of Dracula’s vampire and the Church on the Hill. Drive to BRASOV, one of the largest cities in Transylvania. Check-in at your hotel and have dinner. Overnight in Brasov.
Day 5. BRASOV – BRAN (approx. 80 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover well-preserved old town with the medieval squares surrounded by small colourful houses and cobbled stone streets. Guided tour in the almost 800 year Old Town includes the Black Church, the largest Gothic construction of its kind between Istanbul and Vienna, the St. Nicholas Church and both the White and the Black Tower, as a time-standing symbol of the medieval times. Next, drive to BRAN, where you visit the famous Dracula Castle. The castle was built by the Transylvanian Saxons at the end of the 14th century and served as customs between the two Romanian regions: Wallachia and Transylvania. It is nowadays known as one of the top 100 castles in the world. Return to Brasov for dinner and overnight.
Day 6. BRASOV – SINAIA – BUCHAREST (approx. 180 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. Drive to SINAIA, the finest alpine town in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains and once home of Romania’s first King, Carol I. Here is where you will find the Peleş Castle, a superb royal residence built above acres of green meadows, deep inside the forest. Built in German Renaissance style, the Peleş Castle is probably the most beautiful castle in Eastern Europe. In the afternoon, arrive in BUCHAREST and check-in at the hotel. Enjoy some free time in the evening and dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Bucharest.
Day 7. BUCHAREST
Breakfast at the hotel. Bucharest is the capital city of Romania and the sixth largest capital city of the European Union. The city tour in Bucharest will take you to the most important sites such as the Arch of Triumph, the Victory Square, the Roman Square, and the Unification Square. At the Constitution Square you will see the Palace of the Parliament which is the second largest building in the world. The next destination is the Village Museum, the largest open-air museum in Europe. Its items were transported by train from the northern region of Maramures to Bucharest. You learn more about the Romanian culture while you visit the peasant houses, the windmill, and the wooden churches. In the evening enjoy a walking tour in the Old Town of Bucharest together with a farewell dinner with a spectacular folklore show and 1 glass of wine. Overnight stay.
Day 8. BUCHAREST – AIRPORT.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. Transfer to the airport for the departure flight.
The maximum number of people for each booking for this offer is two adults and one extra bed.