Bucharest & Transylvania

8 Days from £1089 | May 1089

The marbled halls of the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, the charming baroque streets of medieval Brasov, the imposing pointed towers in Vlad the Impaler’s Sighisoara, the spectacular scenery of the Transylvanian Alps – these are just some of the highlights of this fascinating tour of Romania. On this holiday you’ll find that the bustling capital, Bucharest, contrasts superbly with the fortified churches and forbidding castles of Transylvania, while Brasov will reveal the Saxon heritage of this part of Romania. There’s also the chance to visit the old cultural centre of Sibiu.

Bucharest & Transylvania

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 90%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 3 nights bb in Bucharest and 4 nights bb in Brasov with one dinner
  • Tour of Bucharest with entrance to the Palace of Parliament
  • Excursion to Sighisoara and Prince Charles’ Viscri
  • Tours of Bran and Peles castles
  • Excursion to the fortified churches of Harman and Prejmer 8

Day One: Flight to Bucharest, transfer to your hotel in the centre of the city for two nights’ bed and breakfast hotel accommodation. There are plenty of restaurants in downtown Bucharest to suit all tastes and budgets. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist.

Day Two: Mid-morning walking tour of Bucharest. Romania’s cosmopolitan capital is well-known for its wide boulevards and fine pre-World War I buildings that gave it the name of ‘Little Paris’. The tour will concentrate on the Old Town and the Calea Victoriei – Bucharest’s most famous avenue which leads to the beautiful Romanian Athenaeum, the Royal Palace, and Revolution Square. Bucharest is also known for its stark Communist-era architecture, exemplified in Ceausescu’s monster House of the Republic, now known as the Palace of Parliament. A guided tour will show you some of the 1,100 rooms of the world’s largest civilian administrative building.

Day Three: Travel north through the Southern Carpathians to Brasov, stopping en route at Bran Castle. On a rocky outcrop guarding the entrance to a mountain pass, Bran Castle lives up to the Gothic fairy tale image that Bram Stoker’s Dracula evokes. The castle was built by the Saxons in the late 14th century to defend Brasov from invasion by the Turks. Inside you’ll find displays of rich Western European furniture, which Queen Marie, grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, purchased in the 1920s when the castle was used as a royal residence. Continue to Brasov for four nights bed and breakfast with dinner in a local restaurant this evening. Arrival in Brasov will be late afternoon. Your Tour Director will conduct a short orientation walk of Brasov before dinner. 126 miles today.

Days Four to Six: In Brasov. Brasov is a medieval town with ornate Saxon churches and townhouses. Local legend has it that when the Pied Piper lured away the children from Hamelin, they re-emerged near Brasov’s main square, Piata Sfatului, in the heart of the medieval quarter. It is one of the finest Baroque squares in Romania. Here you can visit the 15th century Town Hall, with its quaint Trumpeter’s Tower on top, and the Lutheran Black Church – the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul, with a 6-tonne bell and a huge organ with 4000 pipes. The Romanian School Museum displays some of the first textbooks written in the Romanian language, which were printed in Brasov.

There are two included excursions during your stay in Brasov. One is a full-day trip to the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, Sighisoara, 81 miles away. Sighisoara was fortified by the Saxon guilds – the Blacksmiths’, Butchers’ and Cobblers’ are among the defensive towers which still survive and the beautifully preserved medieval citadel is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the belfry of the imposing Clock Tower which dates back to the 13th century, a drummer strikes every hour and every day at midnight a different wooden figure emerges. Close to the Clock Tower you’ll find the house where Vlad Dracul was born. On the return journey to Brasov, you’ll make a stop at Viscri where the Prince of Wales bought, restored and converted traditional dwellings into guesthouses.

The second excursion is a pleasant half-day visit nearby to Harman and Prejmer. Under continuous threat of marauding Mongols and Turks, the Saxons not only fortified their towns, but the villages as well, with defensive works centred around the church. Two fine examples are in Harman, where the church is surrounded by a 40ft wall with seven towers and Prejmer where the church defences include bastions, drawbridges and over 270 rooms built into the outer wall in four storeys as refuge for the village’s families in times of attack. (25-mile round trip).

There is also an optional excursion to Sibiu including lunch, the largest of the Saxon merchant towns. As well as a trade centre, Sibiu has always been the artistic and cultural capital of Transylvania. The former wealth of the city is evident in its grand squares, fine buildings and churches. 180 miles round trip.

Day Seven: Return to Bucharest. The main stop today is the resort of Sinaia in the Bucegi Mountains 31 miles south of Brasov. Sinaia had a monastery and little else until the 1870’s when King Carol I built a summer residence here. His ornate Peles Castle, built in German Renaissance style, is richly decorated with carved wood, tapestries and oriental ceramics. After a tour of the Castle you have free time to visit the resort and for lunch before continuing to Bucharest (a further 90 miles) for your last night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day Eight: Departure for the airport and your flight home.

Please note: Some flights do not arrive until the small hours and there is an early start for the Bucharest City Tour or the journey to Brasov depending on your arrival day. Please check when you book.

2020 – Please note that 31 May and 27 September departures spend the first and last two nights in Bucharest. The order of itinerary is amended accordingly. Some flights do not arrive until the small hours and there is an early start the following day for the Bucharest City Tour or the journey
to Brasov.

2019 – departures on 2 & 22 June, and on 29 September spend the first and last two nights in Bucharest. This means that you depart for Brasov on Day 2 and your Bucharest City Tour will be on Day 7.

A WALKING HOLIDAY is also available from this hotel. Please ask for a copy of our Walking Holidays brochure or download one at preferredts.com.

Bucharest & Transylvania

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 90%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL CAPITOL ****, Bucharest (first two and last nights)
The historic Hotel Capitol is in an excellent position on Calea Victoriei. Rooms have free high-speed, wireless Internet, cable tv, individual climate control and bathroom equipped with bath/shower and hairdryer. The hotel has a restaurant which is popular with the locals and hotel guests.(www.hotelcapitol.ro/en)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 88%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Hotel COROANA BRASOVULUI ***, Brasov (four nights)
This small, friendly and modern hotel is in a quiet position but just a 15 minute walk to Brasov’s main square. The hotel has a pleasant breakfast room and cosy English bar. Dinner at a local restaurant is included on the first night. Rooms have tv, wifi, direct dial telephone, shower and hairdryer. (www.coroanabrasovului.ro)  
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 78%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Escorted Holiday - Bucharest & Transylvania
Holiday code: 7BUC
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £170
Travel Insurance: £59.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

AberdeenSun 30/05/20218BA via LHR07501330Places Available1209Bucharest17041ABZ17BUC91

Belfast CitySun 30/05/20218BA via LHR07101410Places Available1209Bucharest17041BHD17BUC91

GlasgowSun 30/05/20218Blue Air09450900Places Available1089Bucharest17041GLA17BUC91

HeathrowSun 30/05/20218BA11350930Places Available1129Bucharest17041LHR17BUC91

NewcastleSun 30/05/20218BA via LHR06051545Places Available1209Bucharest17041NCL17BUC91

SouthendSun 30/05/20218Ryanair13001940Places Available1089Bucharest17041SEN17BUC91

Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 24/11/2020 at 0:47:07

Most enjoyable holiday. Great driver. Our tour guide greatly enhanced our understanding and enjoyment. Thanks, John.

Mrs T, South Wales

Note: this is a new holiday. Some of the comments below are from other PTS holidays in Eastern Europe.


We have just returned from our trip to Budapest and we had a fantastic time. Each day was packed full of history, sightseeing, good food etc. Our guide, was excellent in her knowledge and also catering for everybody’s individual needs. We certainly look forward to travelling with PTS again and we had to write and express our joy at such a varied and interesting holiday (as all PTS holidays are!!).

Mr & Mrs P, Bristol

I experienced an exceptionally well organised and executed trip. Guides were professional, Tour Director entertaining and looked after us very well. English well spoken. The Drivers were punctual and professional. The choice of hotels was great, perfect locations of both places. Thank you for organising a lovely holiday.

Mr & Mrs K, Scarborough

What a fantastic holiday. I think it was probably the best holiday I have ever been on.

Mrs S, Co. Durham

Thank you for a very enjoyable holiday to Budapest and Romania. Everything was faultless with hotels, excursions and tour guide impeccable. This was our first experience with Preferred Travel and we certainly look forward to more from your extensive and interesting choices. Thanks once more for one of the best holiday experiences.

Mr M, Dundee

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