A two-day tour through some of the most well-preserved Transylvanian castles and palaces, going from early medieval stone fortifications to modern and lavish royal summer residences and presenting the rich history of their builders and inhabitants.
ItineraryDay 1: Cluj - Sighișoara - Râșnov - BranStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaFrom Cluj, we drive to Sighișoara where we admire the most beautiful medieval townscape in the country, which is often used as a film set. We visit the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Citadel, the fortified walls and towers of the town, as well as the birthplace of the Wallachian leader Vlad Dracul, who later became known as Count Dracula in Gothic literature and film.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Rasnov Citadel, Rasnov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaWe then travel to Râșnov Castle, a 14th century fortress built by Teutonic Knights to withstand invasion from Turks and Tartars. More a fortified village than a military outpost, Râșnov was built to protect common people from attacks and contained everything a small community of village people would need in order to survive a long siege. Râșnov Castle was used for various purposes in the following centuries, undergoing several periods of reconstruction.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAfterwards, arrival at Bran Castle, also known as the Dracula Castle. The Bran Castle Museum is located on the former border between Transylvania and Walachia. Also known as the Dracula Castle, it was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Walachia, enlarged and restored a few times since then. This castle is known as the homestead of Vlad Țepeș (Vlad the Impaler) and it’s the most visited attraction in Romania. The writer Bram Stoker brought the fame of the Dracula myth in our country at the beginning of the 20th century.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesMeals included: • Dinner: 3 course dinner with traditional menu and water included.Accommodation included: Hanul Bran 3* or similarDay 2: Bran - Peleș - Kalnoky - ClujStop At: Peleș CastleWe visit the Peleș Palace, the summer residence of the Romanian royal family (and one of the most beautiful royal summer residences in Europe), a modern palace built at the end at the 19th century to resemble castles from the late middle ages, and the main attraction in Sinaia. Its generously furnished rooms host, among others, a fresco by Gustav Klimt.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Kalnoky Castle, Miclosoara, Covasna County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaOur next destination is the Kalnoky Castle, a 17th century countryside castle belonging to a family of Hungarian noblemen, built with a mixture of late Renaissance and neo-classic architecture and surrounded by a 19th century English-style park.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.