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2-Day Mini-Tour of Transylvania

Available from Bucharest or Brasov

Availability

All year round
From Bucharest or Brasov

Time

2 days

Distance

450 km

Group size

private

Price range

135 - 270 Euro/ person

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Tour Description

Boutique Romania’s 2-Day Mini-Tour of Transylvania offers an enjoyable overview of the dramatic, historic Carpathian mountains for travelers looking to maximize time while also enjoying a relaxed travel pace. In addition to visiting Sinaia’s Bran and Brașov’s Peleș castles, this adventure also includes the historic cities of Prejmer and Râșnov. You will enjoy stunning landscapes and rural villages, UNESCO World Heritage Site castles and fortified churches and the region’s unmatched hospitality, culture and architecture.

You will be accompanied by the same highly experienced and reputable guide throughout your journey, and all travel will take place in our top-of-the-line, Euro 6-ranked vehicles: We’ll handle all the transportation details and accommodations so you can rest comfortably and focus exclusively on enjoying your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Whichever Boutique Romania tour you choose, we guarantee you that you will be impressed with your guide’s unparalleled hospitality and knowledge of Romania’s extraordinary history. You will be surprised to discover just how unique Romania really is–and just how much of our rich, multi-ethnic legacy has remained intact and untarnished over all these years. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is a frequent visitor in Romania, Prince Charles notes, “It’s the timelessness of [Romania] which is so remarkable, almost out of some of those stories one used to read as a child.”

We invite you to discover just how remarkable Romania truly is!

Itinerary

Bucharest - Sinaia - Prejmer - Brașov (Total Travel Distance: 225 km)

Brașov - Râșnov - Bran - Bucharest (Total Travel Distance: 225 km)

Day 1

Bucharest - Sinaia - Prejmer - Brașov (Total Travel Distance: 225 km)

Although you have the option to customize the journey to start in Brașov, your adventure will likely most begin in Romania’s capital: Bucharest. Your guide will greet you at the airport, and this same host will remain with you throughout your tour.

You will begin with a personalized tour of Bucharest’s Palace of Parliament. Nicolae Ceauşescu built this enormous edifice--the single largest civilian administrative building worldwide and current home of Romania’s Senate, Chamber of Deputies, Legislative Council and Constitutional Court.

We’ll then depart Bucharest, driving northwest around two hours to the mountain resort town of Sinaia, which is known as “the Carpathian Pearl.” Located in the historical region of Muntenia, the picturesque town is nestled between the Danube, the Carpathians (aka Transylvanian Alps), Moldavia and the Olt River. Sinaia is named after its Sinaia Monastery, and here you will visit King Carol I’s stunning Peleș Castle. This landmark palace dates back to 1873 and blends Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival architecture, with a heavily Baroque-influenced interior loaded with luxurious linens and intricately carved woodwork.

You will then travel further north to Prejmer. This unique community is made up of three villages--Lunca Câlnicului, Prejmer and Stupinii Prejmerului--and is most famous for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Prejmer Fortified Church. One of the oldest--and perhaps strongest Saxon Churches in all of Transylvania, Teutonic Knights began construction in 1218 and Cistercian Monks (a French Catholic order that wielded heavy influence in the area at the time) completed the project in 1225.

Prejmer fended off numerous invasions during the Middle Ages, including Hungarians, Ottoman Turks, Mongols, Tatars, Cossacks and Moldovians; yet Hungary’s Gabriel Báthory was the only one to successfully capture Prejmer Fortified Church. Romanian officials have meticulously restored this early-Gothic landmark, which was modeled after churches in Jerusalem. This architectural style is noteworthy and unusual for this region, and historians believe Teutonic Knights brought the Greek cross back from the Holy Land.

You will arrive in Brașov that evening and are free to independently explore the bustling activity and plentiful dining options within the city’s Council Square. Encircled by beautifully preserved 18th and 19th century homes, Piata Sfatului has served as Brașov’s town market since the mid-14th century and has hosted merchants from all over the world.

Day 2

Brașov - Râșnov - Bran - Bucharest (Total Travel Distance: 225 km)

Your guide will meet you at your hotel to lead a walking tour of Brașov’s many historically significant landmarks. As a significant stop along historic trade routes between Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire, Brașov is widely regarded as the capital for the region’s Transylvanian Saxons, who were highly involved in crafts and trading.

Archaeologists in Brașov have unearthed evidence of advanced civilizations dating back to 9500 BCE, the Neolithic Age; and this region holds some of Romania’s earliest artifacts. After hearing more about the rich history of Council Square--which includes public humiliation of accused witches and the late 17th-century beheading of a guild leader, you’ll see the city’s famous Biserica Neagră. Named after Saint Mary, the celebrated church became known as The Black Church as a result of smoke damage sustained in The Great Fire of 1689. The original structure was built in 94 years (between 1383 and 1477) and was the biggest church between Vienna and Constantinople.

Your tour will take you down Rope Street, the narrowest passageway in Romania--and possibly all of Europe: Strada Sforii’s width varies between just 111 and 135 centimetres and continues 80 metres. You will see both Black Tower and White Tower, two of the city’s Old City Watch Towers, as well as Brașov’s only original city gate that has remained intact since the Middle Ages. Catherine’s Gate, aka Șchei Gate, sits immediately beside Poarta Ecaterinei.

You will then drive a short distance to Râșnov, a medieval village built on the road that joins Transylvania and Wallachia. For the past several years, Râșnov has hosted a heavy metal music festival known as Rockstadt Extreme Fest at the base of the looming Castle of Râșnov. This citadel remained unconquered until its only defeat by Hungary’s Gabriel Báthory, Prince of Transylvania from 1608 to 1613.

The fortress was constructed with a simple architectural style that used stones and bricks for the walls and wooden gates and platforms. The walls reach five-meters high and one-and-a-half meters thick; however, the structure is also protected by steep cliffs abutting all but its eastern perimeter. Within Râșnov Fortress’ courtyard, archaeologists have preserved the ruins of more than 30 homes, a chapel and a school. Several scenes from the American war film Cold Mountain were filmed at this stunning historic monument and the surrounding region in 2002.

You will also visit nearby Bran Castle just a short drive away. This landmark is a favorite among visitors because of its inaccurate association with Vlad Țepeș, aka Vlad Dracula. In reality, there is no evidence that Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, was influenced by Bran Castle, and the fortress has no proven associations with Vlad the Impaler. Despite Bran Castle’s questionable connection with the literary legend, the castle remains a worthwhile and historic destination. In fact, the original fortress on this site dates back to the early 13th century; however, Mongols destroyed the first wooden edifice in 1242. Louis I of Hungary granted local Saxons authority to build the stone castle at their own expense and labour in 1377, and the site is now a museum housing Queen Marie of Romania’s furniture and art collection.

After a full day of sightseeing, you will return to Bucharest to prepare for your departure.

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Price

 8    persons – 135 Euro/person
6    persons – 165 Euro/person
4    persons – 195 Euro/person
2    persons – 270 Euro/person

What’s included:

  • Accommodation for 1 night, 3* hotel, centrally located, in double room with BB basis
  • Private english speaking tour guide
  • Private transportation with modern vehicle (AC)
  • Fuel, road taxes and parking fees
  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel/airport
  • 24/7 Assistance

Not included:

  • Flights tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Entrance&photo fees
  • Food and beverages unless stated differently

Extras:

  • 4* Hotels 20 E/person
  • Single supplement 30 E/person

Tour FAQ

How do we know you are a legitimate business?

To avoid frauds and for your own safety please visit the official website of the Romanian Ministry of Tourism and choose only a licensed tour operator.

Boutique Romania, property of Explore Bucovina Travel and Tours SRL is a fully licensed tour operator (license no. 1454) and insured (inssurance no. 2996) and all our tour guides are professional licensed tour guides.

Is this a private or a group tour?

Usually this is a private tour. However if we have specific requests from our guests we can provide a small group tour or a shared tour.

At what time does the tour start?

The best time to start this tour is 09.00 am, but we can also start at a mutually agreeded time.

Which are the pick-up and drop-off places?

The pick-up/drop-off can be at: your hotel or in any other point in Bucharest city and even nearby area.

How long does the tour take?

The tour takes 2 days, each day approximately 9-12 hours but we can adapt to fit 100% your individual requirements.

When do I have to pay?

At least 30% of the entire amount due, within 7 (seven) days after obtaining the traveler’s written confirmation for the reservation.

The remaining 70% will be paid at least 14 days before the trip by Paypal or bank transfer otherwise in cash on the spot to the tour guide.

The acccommodation is included in the price?

Yes, you have included the accommodation for 1 night, in Sighisoara, 3* hotel, centrally located, in double room with BB basis 

The entrance fees are included in the tour price?

No, the entrance fees are not included in the tour price. You will have to pay them on the spot.

What currency can we use?

For our tours, we accept both Euro and the local currency known as: Leu or Ron.

For all the other expenses (eg:entrance fees, lunch, souvenirs) we recommend you use the local currency.

When is the best time of the year to visit Romania and Transylvania region?

We recommend visiting Romania all year round.

All four season bring a unique touch to Romania and Transylvania that should not be missed.

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Trip of a Lifetime

I just returned home from a vacation to Romania and Ukraine. I was with my 2 sisters and 2 nieces from the US. We spent several days touring Bucovina and surrounding areas in Romania with Ovidiu, our tour guide. I had been a bit reluctant to visit Romania, as I was unsure if the climate or culture of this Eastern European country would be friendly or hostile. I was in for an extraordinary surprise. Not only is Romania a very welcoming country to visit, but it has a history that will give you an appreciation for the strong spirit of the Romanian people. The diverse landscape of Romania will take your breath away. Be prepared to fall in love with this fascinating country, as demonstrated by your excellent tour guide.

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Ovidiu led group of friends around Romania on a very special and enjoyable custom tour in summer 2018. Our itinerary was crafted by two of the tour members – one Romanian, one French, who had long dreamt of sharing the wonderful Romanian landscape, people and cultures with friends from Europe and the USA. Ovidiu met us off the night train from Bucarest to Sighet, then led us as guide and driver through stops in Maramures, Bucovina, and Transylvania. We stayed in private accommodations full of character in villages and castles as we wound our way to churches, monasteries and other attractions including stops in Breb, Viseu de Sus, Viscri, Suceavita, Sighisoara, Crit, Brasov and Peles. Ovidiu is a charming, patient and highly knowledgeable guide with a deep love and understanding of Romanian culture and history. Highly recommended.

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I recommend Ovidiu with the highest enthusiasm possible.

We recently had the good fortune to have him lead my family on a personalized tour of several regions in Romania. I was travelling alone with my three children (aged 6-17). Ovidiu managed to keep all of us engaged and entertained while sharing his abundant and impeccable knowledge of history and the area. He is kind, professional, witty well-informed, accommodating and an overall extraordinary host. In addition to a wonderful tour, I sincerely feel that we have gained a friend from the experience. We miss Ovidiu and cannot wait to come back for another visit. If you are travelling in beautiful Romania, you would be very fortunate to have Ovidiu show you the sights!!!

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We could spend weeks with him!

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Florin is an exceptionally knowledgeable guide

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On a recent trip to Romania and Ukraine with my family, we spent two wonderful days with Ovidiu as our tour guide. He was so open and funny and showed us a wide variety of attractions. From mountain tops to castles to recommending local dishes, he was smart with a broad understanding of the area. I would very highly recommend his services.

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Exactly and more than what we wanted from our visit to Romania 

Out tour was aimed at finding the roots of my family in a very small village. Time was very limited. Our fantastic guide researched and took us straight to the village where with his help we were able to find exactly what we wanted to know. Our guide was knowledgeable about the history, a very safe driver, flexible with the timetable, booked great accommodation, and restaurants and entertaining. We felt very confident in his guidance and suggestion. Saw some great scenery and historic buildings and learned so much about România The trip was much more than we had hope for such a short trip. We highly recommend our guide and look to a future longer visit with him .

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We spent a wonderful three days with Sorin Fodor as our guide. He figured out quickly how to adjust the planned itinerary to best meet our interests and had the contacts and detailed knowledge of the area to show us much that we would never have discovered on our own. We were particularly interested in Jewish life in the area, and saw the interior of four synagogues instead of one, plus three cemeteries, and the exteriors of at least six other synagogues. We didn’t neglect the other sites or learning about other aspects of Romania — Sorin just put in long and very full days with us.

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Excellent way to discover the Bucovina Monasteries

We had great communication with Explore Bucovina and felt confident our tour would be suitable. Our guide, Mr Florin arrived on time and he took us on a relaxed and informative tour around the major sights. It was a professional service and we had a fabulous day. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this tour operator.

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Petrus Z.

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Great way to see the Painted Monasteries

Mr Sorin Fodor from was an excellent guide for my day trip to the Painted Monasteries with Boutique Romania. He was the driver and knew the region well. This meant, for example, that he was able to guide us to a family-run restaurant in a village for lunch. But above all, he was knowledgeable about the monasteries, both their history and the motifs represented. He knew the details, but also the bigger picture He was not only well-rehearsed, but also ready to answer follow-up questions in depth.
I am used to travelling independently, but I could not have understood the monasteries in the same way if I had hired a car and visited the monasteries by myself. Mr Sorin’s knowledge certainly meant that I enjoyed my visit to the region much more.

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Anne G.

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Discover the wonderful Romania

I traveled with two friends and we concluded that this trip was a wonderful experience. We had a very personalized trip trough Prahova Vally, Bucovina, Maramures and Transylvania.
Ovidiu was an excellent guide: professional, knowledgeable ,passionate and fun to travel with.His history knowledge is impressive.The accommodation for the 9 days trip were chosen with care .
Not only that it left us with the taste of an “ encore”, but I will highly recommend this agency and guide to all my friends that want to discover the marvellous Romania.

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Carolina F.

Quebec. Canada

The Best of Brasov’s Guides

Ovidiu is the best guide we’ve met! He is very knowledgable, articulate, and personable with a sense of humour. He has historical facts and figures and wonderful legends fables and quips. I cannot day enough about his wonderful services., Tom Taylor, Boston Mass.

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Tom Taylor

Boston, USA

Sorin was a great tourguide!

We had a really good day this week with Sorin at the Classic tour. It was around 0 degrees this week, so if you come in “winter” time, make sure you wear warm clothes as you will spend some time outdoors. Car was heated to warm up though :-). Sorin gave us an in-depth explanation of the monasteries, the meaning of all the stories painted on the walls and we used the time in the car to talk about the Romanian society in general. It was a fantastic way to get to know this area of Romania and we can highly recommend the tour and Sorin as a tourguide, thanks a lot!

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Talk to our expert

Our story goes back to 2009, with the founder of the agency: Ovidiu Boțoni, a very enthusiastic, passionate traveler that spent a lot of his young years in Western Europe. As a Romanian, Ovidiu was surprised to see that a lot of people who lived outside his country, didn’t really know many valuable things about Romania. They often associated his native country with different stereotypes such as:“the Communism / Ceaușescu”, “Dracula” or even “Gypsys”.
All of these reasons, made Ovidiu really determined to change how everyone perceived Romania. His started his journey as a travel guide working for different agencies but soon, he felt like he could offer much more on his own, so he decided to take everything to the “next level” and start a high quality travel agency with integrity and a focus on the client’s needs.

Today we are proud to say that we changed the perception of Romania for travelers coming from 5 different continents and over 100 countries.