Transylvania and the Painted Monasteries
Transylvania is home to some of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, stunning castles and fortified Saxon churches. Colourful centuries-old traditions still thrive in the villages and are delightfully apparent in the folk costumes, architecture, cuisine and music of the region.
Dracula's Castle • Spa Towns • Painted Monasteries • Carpathian Mountains
Day 1 Fly to Cluj-Napoca and transfer to the hotel. Guided panoramic city tour before returning to the hotel.
Day 2 Travel to Bistrita for a walking tour in the old city. Then visit Vatra Dornei a famous recreational and holiday resort for sparkling water tasting. Ending the day in Gura Humorului for an overnight stay.
Day 3 Visit the famous painted medieval Voronet Monastery. The next stop is Bicaz Gorges, one of Romania's most popular routes through the wonderful landscape of the Carpathian Mountains including the mysterious Red Lake. Then head to Sovata.
Day 4 Morning relaxing at the hotel's wellness area and/or visit Bear Lake right next to the hotel – a heliothermal and salty lake with therapeutic qualities. Afternoon visit to the nearby villages of Praid and Corund, famous for their boutiques selling handmade products like baskets, hand-painted plates and pots.
Day 5 Visit the Clock Tower of Sighisoara before continuing to the Fortified Church of Biertan, part of the villages with fortified churches in Transylvania UNESCO World Heritage Site. The next destination is Sibiu, European Capital of Culture 2007 for a guided walking tour.
Day 6 Travel to Bran and visit the famous castle, known as Dracula's Castle. The next stop is Brasov for a guided city tour and visit to the Black Church and the city centre with its pedestrian street and Saxon buildings.
Day 7 Visit Targu Mures for a walk and/or for a lunch. Then the famous Turda Salt Mine the 'coolest underground place in the world'. Warm clothing recommended.
Day 8 Transfer to Cluj-Napoca airport for the flight back to the UK.
All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer
West City Hotel
• 4 star • 101 bedrooms
• Individually decorated rooms
Best Western Bucovina
• 4 star • 130 bedrooms • Spa services
Danubius Health Spa Resort Bradet
• 4 star plus • 93 bedrooms • Spa
Hotel Continental Forum
• 4 star • 135 bedrooms • Central location
Hotel Bella Musica
• 3 star • 34 bedrooms • Historic building
Your tour includes:
• Flight between the UK and Cluj-Napoca
• 7 nights half board in Romania with:
3 course dinner
• Coach travel/excursions/admissions as detailed in the itinerary
• English speaking guides
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