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Highlights of Romania
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Highlights of Romania

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The largest of the Balkan nations, Romania is a land of stunning mountain scenery, unspoiled landscapes and historic towns. On this week-long holiday, you will experience two very different sides of this astonishing country, from traditional rural life to the modern and rapidly changing character of the country’s buzzing capital.

Travel through the pristine countryside of the Transylvania region and marvel at the spectacular backdrop of the Carpathian Mountains. Visit some of the area’s picturesque medieval towns, with highlights including the impeccably preserved hilltop citadel of Sighisoara, the Saxon walls and Baroque town square of Brasov, the colourful streets of Sibiu or historical fortified churches in Harman and Prejmer and the Royal Castle at Sinaia. Of course, no stay in Transylvania would be complete without a visit to the imposing fortress of Dracula’s Castle.

Top off your stay in Romania with two nights in the country’s fascinating capital, Bucharest, where you can explore the impressive old town and admire the city’s many 17th & 18th century Orthodox churches, art nouveau villas and neoclassical palaces.

Some excursions on this holiday will involve walking on hilly terrain and uneven surfaces.

*Please note that the 01 October itinerary is done in reverse, starting in Bucharest and finishing in Cluj-Napoca.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Chichester Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Romanian New Leu (lei)   
Local Time
Irish time +2 hours.
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy. 
Airport
Henri Coandă International Airport is located 16.5 km north of Bucharest, approx. 30 minutes from your hotel.
Climate

Bucharest has a temperate-continental climate with moderate features which is characteristic for Central Europe. with hot summers, long, cold winters and very distinct seasons.

Food & Drink
The central characteristic of the Romanian cuisine is its great variety. It is a cuisine influenced by it's surronding cultures such as Greek, Turkish, German, Serbian and Hungarian.There are also numerous international restaurants throughout the city, whatever your food preference you won’t go hungry in Bucharest.  
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 7.58 lei

  • Beer: 6.00 lei

  • Glass of wine: 8.00 lei

  • Light meal: 25.00 lei

  • Soft Drink: 5.42 lei

  • Bottled Water: 5.42 lei

  • (€1 = approx. 4.553 lei)

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental adaptor
  • A small backpacl
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes
Recommended Reading
  • Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon

  • The Third Secret by Steve Berry

  • The Dean's December by Saul Bellow

Holiday highlights

Brasov

Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains and overlooked by Mt Tâmpa, the picturesque city of Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Linked to the legend of the Pied Piper, the town certainly has a storybook quality, with its cobbled streets and pointed turrets. With a relaxed vibe and great café culture, it is the perfect spot from which to explore the surrounding countryside.

Dracula’s Castle

Bran Castle is a medieval fortress on the Transylvanian border, dating back to the 13th century. Situated on the edge of Bran Gorge, it was the inspiration behind Dracula’s Castle in Bram Stoker’s classic novel. Today the castle is open to the public and houses a display of art and furniture collected by Queen Marie during the fortress’s time as a royal residence between 1920 and 1948.

Bucharest Old Town 

The historic Centru Vechi or Old Town of Bucharest is the district of artisans and merchants that emerged around the Princely Court back in the 16th century. Since the Romanian Revolution in 1989, it has evolved into a lively entertainment district, full of bars, pubs & restaurants, making it the perfect area to explore, day or night.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Romanian New Leu (lei)   
Local Time
Irish time +2 hours.
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy. 
Airport
Henri Coandă International Airport is located 16.5 km north of Bucharest, approx. 30 minutes from your hotel.
Climate

Bucharest has a temperate-continental climate with moderate features which is characteristic for Central Europe. with hot summers, long, cold winters and very distinct seasons.

Food & Drink
The central characteristic of the Romanian cuisine is its great variety. It is a cuisine influenced by it's surronding cultures such as Greek, Turkish, German, Serbian and Hungarian.There are also numerous international restaurants throughout the city, whatever your food preference you won’t go hungry in Bucharest.  
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 7.58 lei

  • Beer: 6.00 lei

  • Glass of wine: 8.00 lei

  • Light meal: 25.00 lei

  • Soft Drink: 5.42 lei

  • Bottled Water: 5.42 lei

  • (€1 = approx. 4.553 lei)

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental adaptor
  • A small backpacl
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes
Recommended Reading
  • Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon

  • The Third Secret by Steve Berry

  • The Dean's December by Saul Bellow

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Romania

Afternoon

Travel to Romania

Upon arrival in Cluj-Napoca, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to your hotel, with a panoramic city tour en-route. In the evening, a welcome dinner in the hotel is included.

Day 2 – Sighisoara

Morning

Sighisoara

After breakfast, you will depart Cluj-Napoca for Sighisoara, Vlad Dracula’s birthplace, by coach enjoying a panoramic tour of Targu Mures en-route. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the UNESCO-protected old town and discover its citadel, nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. To this date, Sighisoara is considered one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe.

Afternoon

Transfer to Sibiu or Sighisoara

In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to your hotel in Sibiu or Sighisoara with dinner included.

Day 3 – Sibiu and Brasov

Morning

Sibiu Walking Tour

Enjoy a morning guided walking tour of Sibiu’s medieval centre with entrance to Brukenthal Museum included. In the Upper town, you can discover most of Sibiu's historic sights, whereas the Lower town is lined with colourful houses on cobblestone streets and surrounded by imposing city walls and defence towers overlooking the river Cibin.

Afternoon

Transfer to Brasov

In the late afternoon, you will continue your journey to Brasov where you will be based for the following three nights.

Day 4 – Brasov and Bran

Morning

Brasov Walking Tour

This morning you will take a city tour with your local guide to discover the major and most beautiful sights of Brasov. Brasov’s main square, Piaţa Sfatului, is situated in the heart of the medieval quarter and it is one of the finest Baroque squares in Romania. Here you can visit the 15th century Town Hall, with its quaint Trumpeter’s Tower on top, and the Lutheran Black Church (entrance included), the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. Entrance to the Museum of First Romanian School is also included, which displays some of the first textbooks written in the Romanian language and printed in Brasov back in the 16th century.

Afternoon

Bran and Dracula’s Castle

Today’s excursion ends with a visit to the famous Dracula’s Castle in Bran. This castle was created by the Saxons in the late 14th century to defend Brasov from invasion by the Turks. Its interior displays rich medieval furniture, which Queen Marie purchased in the 1920s when the castle was used as a royal residence. Return to Brasov for a free evening to further explore or relax.

Day 5 – At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today will be free for you to relax at your hotel or take in some shopping and sightseeing in Brasov’s charming old town.

Day 6 – Sinaia and Bucharest

Morning

Sinaia Walking Tour

After breakfast, transfer to the town of Sinaia, known as the “Pearl of the Carpathians” due to its magnificent mountain scenery and Royal Castle. Here, your guide will take you on a walking tour with entrances to Peles Castle and Sinaia Monastery included.

Afternoon

Transfer to Bucharest and City Tour

Afterwards you will continue your journey to Bucharest with a guided city tour en-route to your hotel. A tasty dinner at your hotel is included on the first night.

Day 7 – At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today can be spent at your leisure sightseeing and shopping in Bucharest. Consider taking a stroll along Bucharest’s most famous historic avenue, Calea Victoriei, passing the George Enescu Museum, housed in the beautiful Cantacuzino Palace, and the Art Collections Museum.

Day 8 – Return Home

Afternoon

Return Home

Transfer from your hotel, with guide assistance, to Bucharest airport for your return flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Grand Hotel Napoca 4

Located in a pleasant neighbourhood of Cluj-Napoca, Grand Hotel Napoca is an ideal gateway for touring in the Transylvania region. The Old Town is just 15 minutes away on foot. ... read more read more read more

Located in a pleasant neighbourhood of Cluj-Napoca, Grand Hotel Napoca is an ideal gateway for touring in the Transylvania region. The Old Town is just 15 minutes away on foot. 

Hotel address
Grand Hotel Napoca
Octavian Goga Nr.1
Cluj-Napoca
Romania
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Hotel Casa Wagner 3

Casa Wagner is a townhouse-style property in the heart of Brasov, directly on the main square. Guests can enjoy the nearby cafes, bakeries and Brasov's main tourist attractions which include the Biserica Neagră Church. The hotel is housed in a classified historic building dating ... read more read more read more

Casa Wagner is a townhouse-style property in the heart of Brasov, directly on the main square. Guests can enjoy the nearby cafes, bakeries and Brasov's main tourist attractions which include the Biserica Neagră Church. The hotel is housed in a classified historic building dating back to 1477 and retains beamed ceilings and orginal woodwork. Due to its historic nature, there is no lift.

Hotel address
Hotel Casa Wagner
5 Piata Sfatului
500031, Brasov

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Hotel Capitol 4

Located right in the heart of Bucharest on the famous Calea Victoriei, Hotel Capitol is close to the city's most important attractions. This hotel was recently re-graded from 3* to 4* and is within a two minute walk is the pedestrianised Old Town district, home to a variety of ba... read more read more read more

Located right in the heart of Bucharest on the famous Calea Victoriei, Hotel Capitol is close to the city's most important attractions. This hotel was recently re-graded from 3* to 4* and is within a two minute walk is the pedestrianised Old Town district, home to a variety of bars and restaurants. Combining historic charm with attentive service, this tradtional hotel is an ideal base for discovering Bucharest.

Hotel address
Hotel Capitol
Calea Victoriei 29
Bucharest
010061
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Hotel Central Park 4

Housed in a 19th-century building across from Hermann Oberth Square, this historic hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the iconic 14th-century Clock Tower in Sighisoara’s old town. In Hotel Central Park, each well-equipped room has its own design, colour, shape and furniture s... read more read more read more

Housed in a 19th-century building across from Hermann Oberth Square, this historic hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the iconic 14th-century Clock Tower in Sighisoara’s old town. In Hotel Central Park, each well-equipped room has its own design, colour, shape and furniture style.

Hotel address
Hotel Central Park
Str. Hermann Oberth 25
Sighisoara 545400

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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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