Travel to Transylvania: useful information and recommended itineraries

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Transylvania is a historical region of Romania, it is located in the central area of ​​the country and is surrounded by the impressive Carpathian Mountains. It is without a doubt one of the best known areas of the country because of the legends related to vampires. But Transylvania is above all rich in mountain landscapes and dense forests, medieval villages, tasty food and a welcoming and generous social life, all with only a handful of larger centers, such as the cosmopolitan university city Cluj-Napoca, which in 2015 was the European Youth Capital.

Exploring this vast region far and wide is an interesting and exciting experience. Here's everything you need to know for better organize a trip to Transylvania, useful info and recommended itineraries!



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents
  2. Where it is
  3. 8 days itinerary: Bucharest + Transylvania Tour
  4. 8 days itinerary: Bucharest + Tour in the footsteps of Dracula
  5. Transylvania do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice
  6. User questions and comments
  7. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents

  • Capital: Cluj-Napoca
  • Languages: Romanian, Hungarian, German, Romani, Ruthenian, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian, Czech, Bulgarian
  • Local currency: Romanian leu (RON) / € 1,00 = RON 4,84
  • Weather: continental and generally dry, in winter it is very cold (snow and ice are frequent), temperatures drop below zero; in summer it is very hot, with temperatures up to 40º; spring and autumn have a temperate climate
  • Entry requirements: passport or identity card valid for expatriation, valid. If the period of stay is longer than 90 days, it is necessary to apply for a residence permit to the Romanian Authority for Foreigners
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Transylvania is a historical region covering approximately 103.600 sq km in central and northwestern Romania. It borders to the north with Ukraine, to the west with Hungary and to the south-west with Serbia and is nestled between the Carpathian mountains and the Bucegi mountains.



    8 days itinerary: Bucharest + Transylvania Tour

    1. First day: arrival at Bucharest Otopeni International Airport, hotel accommodation and first exploration tour of the city; overnight stay
    2. Second day: Panoramic tour of Bucharest and the main attractions such as Revolution Square and the Palace of the Parliament, Triumphal Arch, Victory Square and Avenue. Lunch in the old town, tour of the Cozia Monastery and transfer to Sibiu with dinner at the hotel; overnight stay
    3. Third day: walk in the historic center of Sibiu called Upper Town (Oraşul de Sus), with Piața Mică and the Catedrala Evanghelică CA Sfânta Maria (Evangelical Cathedral), excursion to Alba Iulia with a visit to the fortress of Alba Carolina. Transfer to the Hunedoara region for a visit to the Hunyad Castle. Return to Sibiu, dinner and overnight at the hotel
    4. Fourth day: excursion to the city of Turda and visit to the salt mine, after lunch transfer to Sighisoara and visit the city, the Clock Tower and the fortified citadel, the house and the statue of Vlad Tepes. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sighisoara
    5. Fifth day: visit to the village of Viscri and its fortified church, lunch and transfer to Brasov, walk to discover the citadel with its 7 bastions, Piata Sfatului, visit to the Biserica Neagra (Black Church). Overnight at Hotel
    6. Sixth day: trip to Zarnesti with a visit to the Bears Libearty sanctuary to observe some bears rescued from captivity in their natural environment. Transfer to Bran for a visit to the famous Dracula's Castle and lunch. Visit to Rasnov Fortress at the top of the hill, return to Brasov for dinner and overnight at the hotel
    7. Seventh day: transfer to Sinaia, known as the "pearl of the Carpathians", with a visit to the Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle. Lunch and then return to Bucharest, dinner and overnight at the hotel
    8. Eighth day: breakfast at the hotel and free time for shopping in Calea Victoriei, the most famous boulevard in the city. Transfer to the airport and return to Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 650,00
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    8 days itinerary: Bucharest + Tour in the footsteps of Dracula

    1. First day: Arrival at Bucharest airport and transfer to the hotel, visit to the main attractions of the city including the People's Palace, Revolution Square, Victory Avenue, Lipsani district and the historic center with the Old Princely Court from the time of Vlad Tepes. Overnight
    2. Second day: departure to Targoviste, the place where Vlad Tepes began to make himself known for his ruthlessness, with a visit to the Poienari Fortress (where his wife committed suicide). Transfer to Sibiu, dinner and overnight.
    3. Third day: visit to Sibiu with the Bruckenthal Palace, the Bridge of Lies, the Saxon Cathedral and the Catholic Cathedral, the squares and the Orthodox Christian Cathedral. Transfer to Hunedoara and visit to the Corvino castle, repeatedly attacked by the Count as the home of his enemy. Transfer to Alba Iulia with a visit to the citadel and the Unification Cathedral. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
    4. Fourth day: excursion to Turda with a visit to the great salt mine, transfer to Cluj-Napoca and visit to the city. Journey to Bistrita via the Tihuta pass, known as "the land of Count Dracula", where Bram Stoker took inspiration for his novel. Dinner and overnight in Tihuta, in the "Castle of Count Dracula" hotel, built on the ruins of the original Royal Castle
    5. Fifth day: departure for Targu Mures with a visit to the Rose Square, the Palace of Culture, the Town Hall. Next stop Biertan with its citadel and fortified church, defense walls, towers, ramparts. Transfer to Sighisoara with a guided tour of the fortress-city and the birthplace of Vlad Tepes. Medieval dinner in the house where he was born (now a restaurant), overnight at the hotel
    6. Sixth day: departure for Viscri, a charming Saxon village. Transfer to Brasov with guided tour of the city: Council Square, Black Church, Council House, St. Nicholas Church and Museum of the First Romanian School of Scheii Brasovuli. In the mountains surrounding Brasov, Vlad Tepes used to place poles with the bodies of enemies. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
    7. Seventh day: departure for Dracula's Castle in Bran, used by Vlad as the headquarters for his forays into Transylvania. Next stop visit the Peles castle and transfer to Bucharest, dinner and overnight at the hotel
    8. Eighth day: breakfast and departure for Lake Snagov where, in the center on an islet, there is a small monastery where it is said that Dracula was buried in 1476, news later denied. Transfer to the airport and flight back to Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 850,00
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    Transylvania do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice

    As can be seen from the proposed itineraries, it is advisable for logistical reasons land in Bucharest rather than to Cluj-Napoca, as flights from Italy are much cheaper (the offers of low cost airlines start from € 20,00 each way). The cost of living is very low, this means that both the expense for the rental of the car and fuel (about € 90,00 for 5 days), and for food, will have a minimal impact on your budget. The offers of hotels, lodges and B & Bs are also good, entrance tickets to attractions have a negligible cost.

    The recommended period for a tour of Transylvania is what goes from March to the end of September. In recent months, despite the high season, you can find really many offers and you can easily organize a low cost trip.



    • Minimum period for a tour in Transylvania: 7 days
    • Recommended cities for base: Bucharest, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Cluj-Napoca
    • Getting around: a rental car is strongly recommended, public transport in Romania is quite efficient but often the most remote (and most enchanting) medieval villages and hamlets are not connected by trains or buses. The rental service can be booked in advance and is cheap.
    • Flights: the main low cost airline that flies from Italy to Bucharest or Cluj-Napoca is WizzAir, with cheap flights starting from € 20,00 each way throughout the year, even in the recommended period from March to the end of September
      Flights to Bucharest from € 18,00 -
    • Accommodations and accommodations: although the offer of hotels, lodges and B & Bs is wide and varied, we recommend that you choose the latter solution only to get in touch in a more genuine way with the local population and with the atmosphere of the place
      Hotel and b & b starting from € 22,00 per room -


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