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Transylvania & Bucharest

Selected departures up to October 2020 & May to October 2021

Experience more with so much included

  • Uncover the compelling past of vibrant Bucharest on a guided tour
  • Take a guided tour of the immense Palace of Parliament, the world’s heaviest building and an intrinsic part of Bucharest’s history
  • Visit renowned Bran Castle, built over 600 years ago and said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Enjoy a guided tour of elegant Peleş Castle, a neo-Gothic masterpiece with priceless art and furniture
  • Explore picturesque Sighişoara with its UNESCO-listed historic centre and colourful houses
  • Tour Brașov with a guide and wander its beautiful baroque streets and medieval ramparts
  • Visit impressive UNESCO-listed, fortified Saxon church complexes in Biertan and Prejmer, unique in Europe
  • Experience the dramatic Carpathian Mountains surrounding medieval landscapes in the heart of Transylvania, where a traditional lifestyle still thrives
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, plus all hotel transfers
  • Five nights in centrally located four-star accommodation with breakfast, inclusive of all local taxes
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout
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At a Glance
5 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Bed & breakfast
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Transylvania evokes visions of towering Gothic castles set in densely forested mountains, but this atmospheric ‘land beyond the forest’, deep in the heart of Romania, holds countless wonders waiting to be discovered. In contrast is the bustling capital city, Bucharest, which proudly bears the scars of a communist past – just one of the many intriguing chapters of the nation’s rich and lengthy history.

The modern-day Romanians are a colourful tapestry of historic tribes that have invaded and conquered, including ancient Roman, Dacian, Magyar and Saxon. Fierce resistance to foreign domination resulted in the founding of Transylvania, Wallachia and Moldovia, independent principalities that became Christendom’s front line against the Ottomans. Unbeknownst to many are the courageous military leaders, who spearheaded the defence against relentless Turkish invasions during the 15th century – safeguarding much of Western Europe in the process. One of these formidable rulers was Vlad Ţepeş or Vlad the Impaler, known to the world as the inspiration for Count Dracula, but revered by locals as a hero.

Romania’s neighbours and past rulers have left more than a captivating cultural legacy – they have also greatly influenced the country’s cuisine. Romanian dishes are hearty and reflect the country’s agricultural roots. Bucharest, in particular, has an evolving gastronomic scene worthy of a growing capital. For a typical Romanian dish, try some sarmale or cabbage leaves stuffed with a tasty mix of meat, rice and herbs.

Our eye-opening tour begins in the legendary Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, one of Eastern Europe’s most enchanting regions. It stretches for more than 550 miles in a sweeping arch, isolating Transylvania from the rest of the country. Covered by pristine forests, the area is home to the continent’s largest bear population, as well as lynx, chamois and wolves. Beyond the majestic peaks are quaint villages and crumbling citadels forgotten by time, concealed in lush valleys dappled with wildflower meadows.

Journey back in time with us to old-world villages in wonderfully remote countryside, where a centuries-old lifestyle happily co-exists with an increasingly modern one. Prince Charles, who first visited Romania in 1998, found it impossible to resist the charms of traditional village living. Believing this to be the last corner of Europe where ‘true sustainability and complete resilience’ can still be found, he is a passionate advocate for preserving this unique way of life.

Discover one of Romania’s most charming medieval towns, UNESCO-listed Sighişoara with its walled historic centre, ornate churches, colourful houses and outstanding clock tower. We explore two of Transylvania’s most celebrated castles: Peleş Castle and Bran Castle, the magnificent summer residences of King Carol and British-born Queen Marie of Romania respectively. We also visit two remarkable churches with extraordinary fortifications, testaments to long-fought battles against neighbouring states.

We stay in Bucharest, a vivacious capital city of astonishing contrasts. Dotted among the utilitarian architectural legacy of communist rule are elegant belle-époque villas, which echo the hedonistic 1900s when Bucharest was nicknamed ‘the Paris of the East’. We’ll examine the city’s exciting past with an expert guide and tour Nicolae Ceauşescu’s Palace of the Parliament, an extravagance that continues to dominate Bucharest’s skyline.

During our tour, you’ll encounter the warm and welcoming locals, known for their incredible hospitality. With all this and more, a visit to enchanting Romania is certain to be an unforgettable adventure.

Your Itinerary

Transylvania & Bucharest

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability the relevant supplement. The price includes: 

  • Return flights
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Five night’s accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • All local taxes and transfers 
  • All tours as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Personalise Your Holiday

Make it Your Own

Brown bear in the wild
 

Bear-watching in the Carpathian Mountains - from £45 per person

Journey into the beautiful Carpathian forest with a local ranger for a chance to see the tremendous brown bears of Brașov in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky you might also spot lynx, wolves and other incredible wildlife native to the area.

Please contact us to pre-book this experience.

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Romanian Leu
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Language: Romanian
  • Time zone: GMT+2
  • Country: Romania

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter the Netherlands however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/romania/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport  First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport  Transfer time
Bucharest Airport Brasov 3 hrs including comfort stop Bucharest Bucharest Airport 45 mins


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