8 Day TOUR
We would be delighted if you could join us on our 8 day tour to Transylvania. Contact us now if you wish to make a reservation.
03 JUNE 2018
03 SEPTEMBER 2018
Depart Dublin 0725 Arrive Bucharest 1315
Depart Bucharest 1340 Arrive Dublin 1535
NB: Flight timings are subject to change
Led by Theresa Davey
- Return direct scheduled flights – Dublin to Bucharest
- All airport Taxes and Charges & fees
- 1x 10kg hand luggage
- Return Airport Coach Transfers
- 1 night Half Board in a 4 star hotel in the Carpathian Mountains
- 1 night Half Board in a 4 star hotel in Bucharest
- 5 nights Half Board in a 4 star Hotel in Sibiu, Transylvania. One of the dinners is at a small farmers restaurant in the countryside.
- Short walking tour of Sibiu
- Day trip and entrance to Dracula’s Castle
- Day trip to Sighisoara, birthplace of Dracula
- Day trip to the shepherd village of Calnic and Alba Lulia, former capital of Transylvania
- Short coach tour of Bucharest
- Assistance of our local Tour Guide .
- Assistance of our Mackin travel tour leader. Theresa Davey.
- Clove of Garlic
- Single Supplement: €23.00 per night, €161.00 in total.
- Travel Insurance
- Checked in bags
We are delighted to offer a tour to beautiful Transylvania. Its Carpathian mountains have the highest concentration in Europe of brown bears, wolves and lynx, and it is home to Europe’s best preserved medieval towns and its people are probably the friendliest and honest in Europe. We will be based for 5 nights in Sibiu (European Capital of culture in 2007) with its cobblestone streets and ancient squares. Our hotel is the 4 star Continental Forum Hotel, which is centrally located in Unirii Square, close to the historical centre. The hotel building is a listed building dating from 1912.
Sibiu has a population of 155,000 and was recently voted by Forbes as the 8th most idyllc place in the world to live. Transylvania’s multi-ethnic heritage (Romanian, German and Hungarian) is delightfully apparent in the folk costumes, architecture, cuisine, music and festivals. Colourful centuries old traditions are alive and well in the towns and villages of Transylvania. People here still make a living at such time honoured occupations as shepherds, weavers, blacksmiths and carpenters. Small family owned shops offer antiques and fine hand made products by local artisans and artists at really low prices. This tour will appeal to those who want to try something completely different from the usual mass tourist destinations. Visit it now before it gets discovered.
We depart Dublin on our direct scheduled flight from Dublin to Bucharest. On arrival we are met by a Mackin Travel member of staff who is leading the group and our local tour guide. Together we will drive to Sinaia, a small town in the Carpathian Mountains. Over the years our clients have loved their stay in this beautiful town. It will remind you of Switzerland but a lot more reasonable. We will be staying tonight in the centrally located 4 star Hotel Anda. www.hotelanda.ro
After breakfast we will make a short stop at Castle Pelisor, which was built by Queen Maria of Romania from the family of Saxa-Coburg & gotha. The location is truly breathtaking with its views of the Carpathian mountains. Afterwards we head to the world famous 12th century Draculas Castle with its stunning location perched high on top of a 200 foot rock. We always visit in the morning as Count Dracula sleeps during the day so we dont want to disturb him !!! This visit is one of the many highlights of our tour and we have plenty of time for shopping for souveniers. We then travel to Sibiu in the heart of Transylvania where we are based for the next 5 nights. We will be staying at the Hotel Continental Forum which is a 4 star hotel in the very heart of Sibiu. It is located on the main shopping boulevard. This hotel is one of the best hotels in Sibiu and is renowned for its service.
After breakfast our local guide will take us on a walking tour of Sibiu. Your stroll will include sights such as the Large Square, Small Square, the Catholic Cathedral, Liar's Bridge and the magnificent Evangelical Cathedral.. The afternoon is free to enjoy this historic and medieval city.
A free day for you to enjoy the many delights of Sibiu. We recommend that you visit the open air ASTRA museum for a taste of life in Transylvania over the centuries. You could also visit the Brukenthal Museum, which is the oldest in Eastern Europe (opened 1817).
After breakfast we travel to Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. It is also the birthplace of Count Dracula where we visit his house. We will do a short walking tour through the old town with our local guide and enjoy its original medieval architecture, magical mix of winding cobbled alleys, steep stairways, secluded squares, turrets and its enchanting preserved citadel. Particularly striking is the 14th century Clock Tower. It is like stepping back in time. We have plenty of time to enjoy this lovely town.
After breakfast we visit the the UNESCO World Heritage fortified church in the shepherd village of Calnic. The church is enclosed by high stone walls and fortified with defensive towers. It is one of the most imposing structures in Transylvania. We then travel to Alba Lulia which was the former capital of Transylvania. Our local guide will do a walking tour of this historic city with its brick and stone ramparts which circle the old city. We visit the 13th Century Roman Catholic and Orthodox Cathedrals and have plenty of time to soak up the old world atmosphere of this historic gem. Afterwards we are heading deep into the countryside where we will be having dinner in a Transylvanian farm restaurant. The farmer makes his own wine and brandy, and the produce for the dinner comes from his small farm. Over the years this has been a highlight of the tour.
After breakfast we depart Sibiu and will drive over the Carpathians Mountains where we will have a short stop at the 14th century Orthodox Monastery in Cozia. This is one of the most scenic drives in Europe as we follow the unspoiled River Alt. We then travel to the capital city of Romania, Bucharest. Our last night is in Bucharest where we will be staying at the 4 star Hotel Rin Grand. www.grand-rinhotels.ro . Dinner tonight is at the hotel.
After breakfast we head back to the airport for our return flight to Dublin.
Please note that this is our planned itinerary but sometimes due to circumstances beyond our control we may have to alter it slightly.
The average temperature in Transylvania is 24c in June, and 26c in September.