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Private 3-Day Best of Romania Tour from Bucharest: Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Bears Sanctuary, Brasov, Sighisoara, Viscri, Rasnov Fortress and Snagov Monastery With Hotel Pick Up Drop Off

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    Day 1: DAY1: Bucharest - Peles Castle - Bran Castle - Rasnov Fortress - Brasov.

    Pass By: Bucharest Municipal Museum, B-dul I.C. Bratianu nr.2, sector 3, Bucharest Romania
    Pick you up from your hotel in Bucharest.

    Stop At: Peles Castle, Str. Pelesului 2, Sinaia 106100 Romania
    Our first destination is the tourist town of Sinaia, where Peles Castle is located, the summer residence of the former Romanian royal family. Peles Castle is one of the most beautiful museums in Romania and was built in almost 40 years by King Charles 1.
    Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes

    Stop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Str. General Traian Mosoiu nr. 24, Bran 507025 Romania
    Next stop is the infamous Bran Castle, aka Dracula Castle where you will discover the truth behind the legends! To get there we must go trough Prahova Valley. Breathtaking natural beauty are opened in front of your eyes but the most spectacular view is from Busteni where you can admire the peaks of Bucegi Mountains.Traditional lunch can be arranged in Bran village.
    Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

    Stop At: Rasnov Citadel, Unirii Square no. 12, Rasnov 505400 Romania
    Travel to Rasnov town which, besides the picturesque streets with medieval houses orderly arranged, will enchant you with gorgeous Rasnov Fortress, one of the best preserved peasant fortress of Transylvania, which was built in 13-14 centuries by the inhabitants of the settlement with the same name. Beautiful panorama over Barsa Land from the very top of the fortress.

    Transfer to Brasov, arriving time around 6pm. Overnight at Casa Timar Pension or similar, en-suite room, breakfast included.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Brasov Historical Center, Piazza Sfatului, Brasov Romania
    Drop-off at the hotel in Brasov.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Casa Timar Pension, en suite rooms, breakfast included.

    Day 2: Brasov - Viscri - Sighisoara - Brasov.

    Pass By: Brasov Historical Center, Piazza Sfatului, Brasov Romania
    Pick you up at 9am from the hotel in Brasov.

    Stop At: Viscri Fortified Church, Viscri 507039 Romania
    Visit Viscri, an authentic Transylvanian village and the oldest fortified church in Transylvania and UNESCO world heritage site. Walking through this enchanting village is like going back in time! Even Prince Charles of Wales, attracted by the beauty of this area, bought a house here a few years ago.

    Time allocated for taking pictures and walking through the village. Your guide will lead you to the best spots!

    Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

    Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Piata Cetatii Nr.1 Center of Sighisoara, Sighisoara 545400 Romania
    Visit Sighisoara medieval town - UNESCO world heritage and Vlad the Impaler birthplace. So resplendent are Sighişoara’s pastel-coloured buildings, stony lanes and medieval towers, you’ll rub your eyes in disbelief. Fortified walls encircle Sighişoara’s lustrous merchant houses, now harbouring cafes, hotels and craft shops. Visit Sighisoara medieval town including The Clock Tower, The Church on the Hill and the house where Vlad the Impaler was born.

    Walking along the wall that surrounds Sighisoara citadel we admire the five centuries old houses along with the towers erected by various guilds of the citadel, from which the Shoemakers, Tailors and Tin Makers Guilds towers are the most impressive. We visit the Church on the Hill but not before climbing the 175 covered steps which were built in 1642 in order to make easier access for the schoolchildren's. From this highest point of the citadel you have the view of whole citadel, so don't forget your camera!

    After Sighisoara old town visit, head to a local restaurant for lunch of fresh salads, traditional soups, delicious sarmale, meat, chicken, vegetables and other regional fares (drinks and meals at own expense). Traditional lunch can be arranged in Sighisoara medieval town at Dracula House Restaurant!

    Return to Brasov around 5 pm. Overnight at Casa Timar Pension, en-suite room, breakfast included.
    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Casa Timar Pension, en suite rooms, breakfast included.

    Day 3: DAY3: Brasov - Bears Sanctuary - Snagov Monastery - Bucharest.

    Stop At: Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti, DN 73A km 6 - near the entrance in Zarnesti from Rasnov, Zarnesti 500075 Romania
    Breakfast. Pick you up at 9 am from Casa Timar.

    Visit The Bears Sanctuary which is located in the forest, 2 km away from Piatra Craiului National Park. It covers an area of 69 hectares of forest, streams and ponds where around 100 brown bears live. It is the biggest of this kind in the entire world. Prepare your cameras!
    Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Stop At: Snagov Monastery, North of Bucharest 40km Snagov Island, Snagov 077165 Romania
    About 45 kilometers north of Bucharest, on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake, lays the monastery with the same name. Built around the time of Vlad the Impaler’s grandfather, Mircea the Old, the monastery has become famous as the burial place of the king of Walachia who would become the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

    There are many gaps to fill when it comes to the life of Vlad the Impaler. While his life have been exploited and his heroic battles against the Turks highly praised, little is known about the last hours of his legendary life. It is believed that Vlad’s decapitated body was found in the woods around Bucharest by the monks of the Snagov monastery and brought here to be buried since both Vlad and his father had donated money to the church. But Snagov was also a place of punishment. In a small cell, Vlad the Impaler invited his victims to kneel in front of an icon of the Virgin Mary. Suddenly a trap door would open and his guest would be sent to a ditch below where stakes stood erect ready to pierce his body. Decapitated skeletons found here stand as proof of these horrific crimes.

    Another legend says that after the battle with the Turks in 1476, subsequent to which he died, the body of Vlad the Impaler was secretly buried in the Christian manner inside either of the churches. In one version of the story, Vlad was murdered in a nearby forest, and the monks of the monastery found the body. Perhaps the monks felt indebted to Vlad for the additions he insisted be added to their abode, most bizarrely, the prison and the torture chamber. Whatever the reasons, the monks dressed the body richly and put it to rest in front of the church altar.

    The Legends of Snagov Monastery

    Peasants talk about the “hidden treasures” of the Impaler. Sensing death, Vlad had them make cast-iron barrels in which he placed silver, gold and precious jewels; he then ordered the course of a river to be diverted by a dam (perhaps the Dambovita river) after getting rid of the riches, he gave free flow to the river and all the peasants involved were IMPALED!

    Visitors who cross the lake by boat or over the bridge, reach the quiet, remote monastery that brings the legend alive! One can pay his respects at Dracula’s tomb, located at the altar footsteps, and admire the beautiful frescoes, some of which go as far back as the 15th century. Locals tell stories about a different church that existed here, which fell into the lake together with its steeple, during a storm. When the wind blows they say you can hear a chime rising from the bottom of the lake.

    Nevertheless, people are superstitious and the monastery has had its fair share of bad luck: floods, earthquakes, the burning of the bridge connecting it to mainland during the 1821 revolution as well as being transformed into a prison in the 19th century. Although there has been a lot of debate around the real tomb of Vlad the Impaler and whether you are a Dracula fan or not, the monastery of Snagov is worth a peak! It was once an important hub of the cultural and monastic life: it hosted a printing shop as well as a mint…When coming here travelers understand why it was used as refuge as well as a prison… As for the vampire hunters…what better place to end a trip to Romania than the legendary burial place of the count of all counts: Count Dracula?!

    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Bucharest, Romania

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick-up and drop-off from any hotel in Bucharest.
    Pick-up and drop-off from OTP Henri Coanda Airport Bucharest.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    3 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 2x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • 2 nights accommodation in Brasov
    • Driver/ English speaking qualified guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Private tour
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified, entrance fees.
    • Entry/Admission - Peles Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
    • Entry/Admission - Rasnov Citadel
    • Entry/Admission - Viscri Fortified Church
    • Entry/Admission - Sighisoara Historic Center
    • Entry/Admission - Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti
    • Entry/Admission - Snagov Monastery
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved, comfortable shoes recommended
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Very enjoyable and insightful tour of Transylvania and Romania. If you have interest in the history of the area, it is a great tour.
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    Response from Abghenoiu, Owner at Private 3-Day Best of Romania Tour from Bucharest: Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Bears Sanctuary, Brasov, Sighisoara, Viscri, Rasnov Fortress and Snagov Monastery With Hotel Pick Up Drop Off
    Responded 8 Mar. 2019
    Hello, Thank you very much for visiting my country and for taking my service! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the 3-day tour! Best regards, Bogdan Ghenoiu.
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