Welcome to Romania

Over recent years, it has been with pleasure that Traveleyes has travelled with young adults from International schools who act as sighted guides for their fellow vision impaired fellow travellers. So far we’ve discovered and explored Morocco, Tuscany, Granada, Prague and Vienna. Following the overwhelming success of these trips, we are proud to announce a new trip to Romania and Transylvania, open to vision impaired and sighted travellers who will be accompanied by our International School students. Our vision impaired customers will enjoy the holiday at the same discounted price that’s paid by the sighted travellers. Sighted travellers will have a lighter than usual guiding role on this trip since most of the guiding will be done by our students.

With pastel coloured cottages, rugged countryside and a celebrated rural culture, Transylvania is emerging as one of Europe’s most delightful landscapes to explore. There is also the legendary tale of Dracula’s castle to discover, alongside fairytale medieval towns and the fortified churches of Saxon Land. We’ll stay in the UNESCO listed Viscri fortified church and try our hand at traditional farming and craft techniques that have been honed over the centuries. Out tour also includes dynamic Bucharest, whose communist façade and colossal Palace of Parliament remain all too evident.

Tour Highlights

  • Dare to enter Dracula’s Castle
  • Embrace the traditional rural life of the Transylvanian Saxons
  • Try your hand at Transylvanian craft workshops and farm activities
  • Stay in a traditional Saxon farm house
  • Tour the monumentally colossal Palace of Parliament
  • Dates & Prices

    The prices shown below include return flights from a specified UK airport. If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please .

    May 6 - May 13, 2017 (8 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £899 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £899 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 749 749 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 749 749 Contact us for availability

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    A tall auburn-roofed church with a spire rises out of a sea of red-roofed and chimneyed town houses. In the background are steep forested hills
  • A Transylvanian Saxon Citadel showing a tall white tower and ramparts topped by steep roofs covered in circular red tiles

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK
    • 3-star accommodation in Bucharest
    • Farm house accommodation in Transylvania
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Bucharest city tour
    • Peles, Sinaia and Brasov tour
    • Mesendorf forest walk and Saschiz pottery workshop
    • Botanical walk with cart ride and tile workshop
    • Cow milking and egg collecting
    • Sibiu and Sighisoara tour
    • Bran, Prejmer and Dracula’s Castle tour
    Steps leading up to a tall and wide tower with a typically orthodox coloured roof topped by an onion-shaped spire

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Saturday 6th May

Arrive into Bucharest and transfer to our hotel.

Dinner included. Overnight in Bucharest.

Sunday 7th May

We’ll enjoy a morning tour of Bucharest today. Known most recently for its grandiose communist-era buildings, the city does still contain historic quarters. One of the city’s most famous constructions is the Palace of Parliament, a crude remnant of Romania’s megalomaniac dictator. One of the world’s largest buildings and the world’s heaviest, this gargantuan construct is only 30% occupied and was deemed too expensive to demolish when Ceausescu died. We’ll visit the Palace of Parliament and explore a series of grand rooms before continuing into the city.  We’ll pass the famous Constitution and Revolution Squares and have a guided tour of the Village Museum. This celebrated open-air museum includes traditional Romanian dwellings alongside plenty of folklore and handicrafts.

We shall then enjoy lunch together before having a bit of free time in the afternoon. This evening, we shall rendezvous back at the hotel for dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Bucharest.

Monday 8th May

This morning we shall depart Bucharest and begin our journey into enchanting Transylvania with visits to Sinaia Monastery, Peles Royal Castle and Brasov along the way.

Home to about 20 monks, Sinaia Monastery is a large Orthodox church containing many historical artefacts including icons presented by Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II in 1903. Continuing to Peles Castle, we’ll be greeted by a fairytale castle of wooden beams and fantastic turrets. Inside are large halls of Moorish, Florentine and French style containing paintings, libraries and medieval knight suits between secret passageways.

Our final visit will be to Brasov, a historic city in a magical setting next to Mount Tampa. Here we’ll find a maze of Bohemian cafes and medieval intrigue where it is believed the pied piper once appeared.

Today’s journey will conclude in the Saxon town of Viscri, deep in the heart of Transylvania.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Viscri.

Tuesday 9th May

Waking up in the quiet countryside we will enjoy breakfast and then try our hand at local activities. First we shall embark on a forest walk to the neighbouring village of Mesendorf, a traditionally built collection of dwellings surrounding a white church. We shall enjoy lunch here and then transfer to Saschiz for a pottery workshop. Saschiz is one of seven fortified churches built by Transylvanian Saxons in the 15th century and was home to a unique style of blue pottery developed in the 7th century that has unfortunately been forgotten. In attempts to revive the style there are now a traditional pottery workshop here which we shall attend and partake in. We shall then transfer by bus back to Viscri for some free time before dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Viscri.

Wednesday 10th May

This morning we shall enjoy a leisurely cart ride with a botanist through the countryside identifying local fauna and flora where we’ll also enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, we shall attend a brick and tile making workshop, learning how this traditional craft has been finessed in the local area.

Later in the afternoon, we can participate in traditional Transylvanian farm life. If you wish, you may help to milk cows and collect eggs that have been freshly laid by hens. We will then be able to enjoy these very products ourselves for dinner this evening.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Viscri.

Thursday 11th May

This morning, we shall explore more of Transylvania with a tour to Sibiu. The European Capital of Culture in 2007, Sibiu is the centre of the Transylvanian Saxons and one of Europe’s most idyllic cities. We’ll enjoy a walking tour along cobbled streets, baroque squares and across ‘Liars Bridge’.

Continuing our journey, we’ll drive to what some consider Europe’s best preserved medieval citadel, Sighisoara. Lined by ornate churches and tall towers, the city rivals Old Prague or Vienna for its atmospheric magic. It is also the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s legendary creation, Count Dracula. We’ll stroll through the charming streets soaking up the medieval ambience of the city that has been lost elsewhere in Europe.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Viscri.

Friday 12th May

Today we get to see one of Transylvania’s most intriguing sites, Bran Castle. The 14th century red-roofed castle rises out of the forest on the edge of a cliff and was lately the residence of Queen Marie in the 1920s. The castle’s true claim to fame though is having been the home of Vlad the Impaler, so is often referred to as Dracula’s Castle. An iconic haunted castle, expect to find torture instruments, secret passageways and intrigue around every corner.

We’ll enjoy lunch in the old streets of Bran before continuing our exploration to Prejmer Fortified Church. Originally Teutonic, this UNESCO site is famous for its complex maze of defensive features and rooms, once used to shelter local families from invasion that are free for you to explore. Here we can walk the high white walls, feel where boiling tar once poured over the region’s enemies and discover traditional farm and building implements. We shall also visit Rasnov Medieval Fortress, an imposing citadel of high, thick walls lined by crumbling dwellings.

Our journey today shall conclude back in Bucharest where we overnight.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Bucharest.

Saturday 13th May

Today we shall say farewell to Romania and transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

Breakfast and lunch included.