5. From Bucharest: 2-Day Medieval Transylvania Tour
On the first day, you will travel from Bucharest, and onto Sinaia, Bran, Brasov, and Sighisoara. You will be picked up from Bucharest and be driven towards the beautiful Prahova Valley. The first stop will be at the imposing and magnificent palace of Peles. Built by the royal family of Romania during the 19th century, this palace offers an insight into 19th-century German Renaissance style of decorations. The next stop will be in Bran Castle, known also as Dracula’s Castle. The imposing construction watches over a valley from a strategic position, it was originally built as a fortress at the former border between Wallachia and Transylvania. Discover the connection between the legendary ruler, Vlad the Impaler, and the infamous vampire.
In the afternoon, head to the city of Brasov, a city that retains its medieval charm with the help of its well kept historical center. The walking tour of this lovely town starts from the main square, admiring the old City Hall with its clock tower, the monumental Gothic Black Church, the fortifications, the two watch towers up the hill, the craftsmen guilds and the narrowest street in Europe.
In the evening you will reach Sighisoara, where you will be accommodated.
On day 2, you will travel from Sighisoara to Sibiu, and back to Bucharest. After breakfast, you will tour the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, one of the very few permanently inhabited citadels in Europe. This is also the birthplace of the legendary Vlad Dracula, whose house you will see, after which you will climb to the top of the 500-year-old clock tower for a fantastic view over the town. Next stop will be Sibiu, also known as Hermannstadt. This is the heart of the German community living in Romania, the German Saxons having lived here for over 800 years. A former European capital of culture, Sibiu boasts many great sights from medieval times when it was a citadel, such as the Great Square, the Brukenthal Museum, and the infamous Bridge of Lies.
Afterward, drive along the spectacular Olt river valley going back to Bucharest.