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Bran – Brasov – Fagaras – Rupea


DAY 1 – BRAN VILLAGE


one-day-tour-at-bran-castleWelcome and greetings at Bucharest airport
Transfer to Bran village via Dambovicioara Canyon

Bran Castle tour ~ Stories you only heard about in movies…

The old settlement of shepherds at the entrance of Rucar-Bran Couloir was named after the Romanian word for gate or fortified place: Bran.

The famous medieval fortified castle built between 1377 and 1382 as a military fortress dominates the entire village. It is everything you’d expect a mysterious castle to be.

The gloomy edifice is perched on a high bed of stone in the midst of Transylvanian fores. Its mock-Gothic towers soar against the backdrop of Bucegi mountains. Inside there is a labyrinth of winding corridors, narrow passages and secret staircases. But not only the majestic beauty and uncanny landscape brought its fame. Rumours say Prince Vlad Tepes (the Impaler) stayed here once in the 1400s. It is uncertain if Bram Stoker knew anything about this castle. But marketed as home of his novel’s titular character, Bran castle became one of the prominent tourist destinations.

One of the 10 most beautiful medieval castles in the world,

Bran is the most expensive estate in Europe (~ 120 mil. Euro) and the second most expensive one in the world. The property built in 1926 in Beverly Hills, where “The Godfather” movie was filmed, is the most expensive estate in the world according to Forbes (2012). During “Tu veneno” tour from 2001, singer Natalia Oreiro filmed here the video clip for “Como te olvido”. Before visiting this legendary place stop for a while at the bottom of the hill, in the castle’s park. Here is an open-air ethnographic museum exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country. The irresistible themed souvenirs (from dolls to shirts) on display in this country-style-bazaar will be one more temptation for you.

Dine at one of the Artist Queen's dream castles

Grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, Queen Mary of Romania was the most fascinating personality of her time. Talented painter, garden designer, creator of original pieces of furniture, inspired interior decorator and photographer Her Majesty was most of all a writer (inclusively for prestigious American magazines). one-day-tour-at-bran-castleThe two castles very dear to her soul were Pelisor and Bran, within the last one, hidden in a silver box, her heart beeing found.

Dare to enter the eerie 57 chambers. Discover a museum of Romanian and foreign feudal art from the 14th to 19th centuries. It hosts well-preserved architecture, collections of weaponry, armours, costumes and furniture. From the highest white rooms of the castle you can admire Bran village as young princesses used to do it. Take a moment and relax with good traditional food on the lake shore, where “Queen Mary” Tea House (1920) is.

Explore the House of Princess Ileana (Museum of Bran Medieval Custom)

one-day-tour-at-bran-castleHistorical and art monument located at the feet of the Bran Castle, the architectural ensemble is compound of a 3-storyed central pavilion and 3 annexes connected by stone and brick walls. In medieval times, this was both an important crossing point between provinces and custom. So it brought the highest takings to Transylvania’s King. Between 1944-1948, the complex became residence of Princess Ileana and now hosts the Museum of Bran Medieval Custom.

The castle was retroceded to Archduke Dominic Habsburg-Lothringen, son of Princess Ileana. Then all patrimony objects were replaced with new collections brought by the Archduke’s family. The original Bran castle’s collections of plastic and decorative art include furniture pieces, ceramics, silvery, sculptures and paintings on wood. You can see all of them exposed at the House of Princess Ileana.

Luxury surprise in Bran village ~ Conacul Bratescu

From the moment we discovered the website of this mansion we decided to change our hotel booking if possible. The owner answered our call and despite the short notice he was extremely open and friendly. Since we couldn’t decide which room to choose he offered to book one for us but only choose on the spot the room we like most. One day tour at Bran castle RomaniaWe arrived late (22:00) and because the restaurant we previously chose for dinner was a total disappointment at 22:30 we were asking his help again. The grilled chicken with fresh vegetables and lemonade were incredible. And so was the spacious suite with a very comfortable bed and a fascinating old style bathroom. 

Everything shows good taste there: the architecture, the cozy restaurant, the carpet on the stairs, the common spaces and rooms. At the lavish healthy breakfast we received the cake from the house. Another small gesture – like the one of the owner that offered to bring us the coffee – but exactly these make the difference and leave a long lasting impression. Definitely this is a place to stop every time we pass through Bran and warmly recommend to everyone looking for really exquisite services.

Close encounters of the European Brown Bears

Imagine 60 acres of lush forest, rivulets and ponds located at the Carpathians' feet.

 Can you believe they have been transformed into probably the largest in Europe and the world’s best sanctuary for bears ? It has lairs, naturally feed pool and special clinic.  For curious visitors, it features alleys between reservations as well as observation points in trees. You can safely move between these on high bridges. In-dwellers are European brown bears (protected specie) and an Asiatic black bear. All were dislodged from their natural environment and their return in the wilderness could harm them.

DAY 2 – BRASOV OLD CITY CENTER TOUR


Whet your appetite with an impressive experience at one of the most picturesque backdrops in Eastern Europe.

The gateway to Transylvania, Brasov was first documentary certified in the year 1234 A.D. under the name of Corona. Fortunately it still shows to its guests well preserved edifices with Old Saxon architecture. You can take a walk along the old city walls. And either walk up or drive around to the old towers guarding the medieval citadel.

Council Square

Here the Golden Stag Music Festival used to be held, the one where Julio Iglesias started his career.

Black Church

This is the largest place of worship in Eastern Europe. It is one of the greatest monuments of Gothic architecture in Transylvania too. Black Church is also the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. Built in 1385, it was called St. Mary’s Church until the fire in 1689. Then it received the present name due to the color of the blackened outer walls. Black Church shelters the largest and most valuable collection of Oriental (Anatolian) prayer rugs (over 100). With a huge bell, it also has a renowned 4000-pipe organ (installed in 1839) which is the largest in Romania.

String Street

Initially built as a corridor for the use of firefighters, it was first documentary mentioned in 17th century. It has 80 m length and a width varying between 111 and 135 cm. These make it the 3rd narrowest street in Europe. Spreuerhofstraße in Germany and Parliament Street in England are narrower. Try to fully spread your arms while on it. Yes, it is not wide enough ! It used to be a rendez-vous lieu pour les amoureux (meeting place for lovers). Nowadays this is considered to be the 5th most romantic place in Romania. By the way did you bring a date ?

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This is located in the South-Western corner of the medieval walled city. It was erected at the expense and defended through the care of the weavers in the citadel. This is the best-preserved fortification of the city, nowadays hosting a Museum of the Medieval City of Brasov.

Graft Bastion

Brasov Craftsmen Defenders of the City – Permanent exhibition

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Aurelius Imparatul Romanilor Hotel 

From the moment you arrive at the front desk you feel like stepping back in time.

There are beautiful paintings on all walls. Rooms are surprisingly spacious, with old white furniture with golden details. Almost everything reminds you of the princely atmosphere from the begining of last century. The staff is friendly, prompt and very helpful.

Chambers’n Charm Hotel

Having as backdrop the stunning Tampa mountain and breathtaking panorama views over Brasov city, this remote villa has only 9 different themed spacious rooms.

Our favorite for winter, it has bed and floor covered with spotted white animal skins for surprisingly cozy night sleep. Hilton Diamond Club partner, it  serves delicious drinks and menus. And entertain the guests with steam Turkish bath and VIP service. Did we mention there are plenty of activities nearby for you and your group ? Riding on snow mobiles, ice skating, sledging, skiing…


DAY 3 – TRANSYLVANIAN FORTRESSES


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One of the largest and best preserved fortresses in Romania and even in Europe is Fagaras Fortress.
Its name seems to mean “wood money”.

 

Local legends say that the peasants who built it have been paid with money made of wood. Innitially – by the end of 12th century – this was a wooden fortification surrounded by a ditch and remblai. But the conflagration from the middle of the 13th century destroyed it. Reinforced in the next century, it became a stone fortification. And another hundred years later it transformed into a defence military fortress. By the 16th century it already was an unattackable medieval fortified castle.

The most imposing monument of the great land of Fagaras

Being the most imposing monument of the great land of Fagaras, this was also its political and administrative center. But the apogee period of the fortress came only in the 17th century. Then the imposing medieval ensemble became a fastuos Transylvanian princely residence. The Italian architects brought by Prince Gabriel Bethlen imprinted the Renaissance aestethics to the construction. Thus stucco, blazons, floral motives and loggias open in arches appeared. The 4 bastions added at the fortress corners complemented the Italian style casemate look.

Prince Gheorghe Rackoczi I doubled the northern and southern exterior walls on the inside. Filling the created spaces with soil they obtained an 8 m thick resistance. They also enlarged, deepened and filled the defence ditch around the fortress with water from Olt river. Thus they made it a real lake. During the 1950s the fortress served as prison for communism opponents and dissidents. Restored after the 1989 revolution, Fagaras fortress awaits you today with a museum and a library. Let’s step inside and explore its Turnul Pestrit (Variegated Tower), Turnul Negru (Black Tower) and Salii Dietei (Diet Hall).

Rupea Fortress

Transylvanian ensemble of military architecture, Rupea fortress has been documentary attested in 1342 as place of refuge for the Saxons revolted against King Charles Robert of Anjou of Hungary.

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Located atop of the Cohalm Hill, this is one of the most beautiful citadels in Transylvania.
With 7 towers, guarded by thick strong walls, it offers to the traveler’s eye breathtaking views of green surroundings. Historians believe that the fortress was built on the old ruins of a very important Dacian settlement.
And that it is here where Decebal – the last King of Dacians – after long exhausting battles, cut his throat to not fall prisoner to the Romans led by Emperor Trajan.
In the 15th century the Turks conquered and robbed the fortress.
Two centuries later it was burned down.

Rupea Fortress - Brasov private car tour | RomaniaFinally in the 18th century, following a strong storm that flew away the roofs, it was forever abandoned.
But now, despite its troubled past you feel so peaceful here.
And the mountain air is so refreshing.
You can easily spend more than half day taking strolls along the stoned paths.
And trying to imagine how over 400 people lived within these walls.
Visit the cottages where the inhabitants of the villages around took refuge in during hard times.
Pass through the Middle Fortress Gate and look for the Military Storeroom…
The Servants, Pentagonal and Gate Towers or the Chapel and the Fountain are equally appealing !


DAY 4


Transfer to Sibiu airport


DETAILS


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Family, Romantic, Cars, Gourmet, Movie Buffs, History, Ruins / Archaeology, Castles, Monasteries, Nature, Wildlife, Photography, Relaxing

Starting / Ending airports

Bucharest Baneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport – BBU
or
Bucharest Otopeni Henri Coanda International Airport – OTP

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DurationTransylvania private tour - Romania

4 days

Departures

All year round

Recommended all inclusive budget / tour 

EUR 1,400 per guest (based on 2 guests)

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* Highly customized itinerary planning & Travel arrangements
* Luxury / upscale hotel rooms and suites
* Top restaurants (traditional / fine dining)
* All in country private transfers
* Entrance fees
* VAT 19% excepting accommodation services – 9%

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* Special experiences
* Personal tour manager

We prefer to give you the freedom of choice while protecting your budget.
This is why Azzurytt tarriffs do not cover any accommodation services, meals or entry fees.
All these are commission free and have to be paid directly to respective suppliers.

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* This itinerary proposal shall be tailor made in order to best fit your own preferences. Even after customization it remains subject of road and weather conditions as well as of optimizing changes.

* It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, have sun glasses and waterproof coat just in case you will need them.

* Recommended all inclusive budget varies depending on season, tour length, number of guests, accommodation and car availability at time of booking, final mileage, special experiences and other custom preferences.

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