The Transylvania Christmas Markets Experience

Romania · December 13 - 16 2020

A magical festive adventure, taking in Transylvania's beautiful medieval towns and three Christmas markets

Overview

Enjoy a festive journey through Transylvania and absorb some of Romania’s most picturesque medieval towns and their beautiful winter Christmas markets as well as a visit to the infamous Dracula’s Castle, on a whirlwind adventure spanning just a few days. After one night in the vibrant capital city of Bucharest, guests are whisked away into the heart of rural Romania through the plains of the Transylvanian countryside visiting the decadent Peles Castle on the way. In Brasov, enjoy a leisurely stroll around charming cobbled streets and the Christmas market, stopping to warm up in one of the town’s bohemian cafes dotted along snow-dusted alleyways off the main square. Or choose to unravel history on an informative walking tour taking in the grandeur of the Black Church and even finding the narrowest street in Europe! Travel through the foothills of the Carpathian mountains to the fairy tale town of Sibiu, which was voted European capital in 2007. Warm up with mulled wine as you enjoy the Christmas market or skate round the ice rink in the central square. Finally, travel back to Bucharest via the spooky corridors of Dracula’s would-be residence, the forbidding Bran Castle.

Included
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • ALL ACCOMMODATION
  • 1 night in Bucharest
  • 1 night in Brasov
  • 1 night in Sibiu
  • MEALS
  • All breakfasts
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Visit and entry of Peles Castle
  • Visit and entry of Bran Castle
  • THE SERVICES OF A BI-LINGUAL GUIDE
  • UNTRAVELLED PATHS EXPERIENCE EBOOKLET

Hosts

Highlights

Sibiu's Christmas Market

Sibiu's Christmas Market

Saving the best until last, Sibiu's festive market is most visitor's favourite. Set in it's beautiful medieval square with plenty of little stalls to go and visit. There's also an ice rink for those that fancy a skate!

Brasov's Christmas Tree

Brasov's Christmas Tree

Brasov's spectacular Christmas tree dressed in beautiful bright lights combined with the colourful, old Saxon buildings that surround makes it arguably the prettiest of all the markets you will visit on your trip.

Bucharest Lights

Bucharest Lights

If you arrive after dark, the first thing you'll notice as you are transferred to the old town is the abundance of bright, colourful lights that line boulevards of Romania's capital creating the perfect festive setting!

Visit Dracula's Castle

Visit Dracula's Castle

Perched up tall and ominous, with narrow corridors and hidden staircases, the Bran Castle certainly fits as home to the legend of Dracula. It also offering some stunning views of the surrounding area.

Location

Romania

Overview

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.

DID YOU KNOW

  • Romania comes from the Latin ‘Romanus’ meaning ‘citizen of the Roman Empire’

  • The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the second largest building in the world

  • The Carpathian Mountains are home to 60% of Europe’s Brown Bear population

  • Transylvania translates to ‘the land beyond the forest’

The Plan

Day 1: Arrive in Bucharest

Arrival in Bucharest followed by an airport transfer to your boutique accommodation in the Lipscani district and marvel at the Christmas lights of main the boulevard. Once you have checked in you will be greeted with a coffee or glass of wine, before you head out to Bucharest’s buzzing Christmas Market.

Day 2: Travel to Brasov via Peles Castle

Morning transfer to Transylvania via Sinaia with a visit to the magnificent Peles Castle before heading on to the medieval town of Brasov just in time for lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Brasov’s charming old town which is famed for its stunning Christmas Tree in the main square.

Day 3: Travel to Sibiu via Bran Castle

Travel to picture perfect Saxon town of Sibiu, not before stopping for a visit at the legendary Bran Castle, known to many as Dracula’s Castle. In the afternoon, take in Sibiu’s beautiful festive Christmas market and explore the old town.

Day 4: Travel to the airport

Head through Transylvania’s countryside all the way back to Bucharest. Stop for lunch on the Prahova Valley before being dropped off at the airport for your flight home. Additional nights in Bucharest available on request.