Day 1 UK - Bucharest
After flying to Bucharest, we'll transfer you to your hotel. This evening, we'll gather as a group and head into the Old Town. Here, dinner will be served in an atmospheric restaurant.
Day 2 BucharestThis morning we're off on a sightseeing tour of Bucharest, which will introduce all its highlights. We'll start at Unification Square and the 17th century Patriarchal Cathedral, and visit University Square, whose four corners are home to remarkable architectural masterpieces. Admire the Arch of Triumph, which towers to 89 feet, before heading to Revolution Square. It was from here in December 1989 that Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu would have his final moments in power before he was deposed.
We then take a scenic drive into the historical region of Transylvania, in the centre of Romania. Before reaching our new base of Sibiu, we'll stop to admire Cozia Monastery, one of Romania's most important historical treasures. Meals included: B
Day 3 Bucharest - Sibiu
We're going to start our day of exploration with a walking tour of Sibiu, a walled citadel built in the 12th century by German settlers. Highlights include Great Square, Little Square and St Mary's Evangelical Church, a Gothic masterpiece with a huge, towering steeple. We'll also head to the Bridge of lies but be careful, legend has it that the bridge will collapse if anyone on it tells a lie!
After free time to explore at your own pace, we're heading to the ASTRA Museum, an open-air complex of more than 300 historic buildings, watermills and windmills. This afternoon, we'll also find out a little more about 'We Help!' – a Just You Cares initiative which helps disadvantaged children.
We'll spend the evening at the idyllic mountain village of Sibiel, where you'll be welcomed in traditional style with a bread and salt greeting ceremony. We'll also meet a local family and enjoy a dinner served with free-flowing local wine and brandy. Sample freshly cooked, traditional Romanian food which may include cabbage rolls with polenta and veal steak with rice and potatoes. During the evening, there's the chance to discover traditional Romnanian costumes and try some on yourself - a great photo opportunity.Meals included: B,D
Day 4 Sibiu - Sighisoara
Today, we're heading to Sighisoara, where we stay overnight. Our scenic journey takes us through a beautiful landscape to the medieval village of Biertan. The UNESCO-listed church here is one of the best-preserved fortifications in Transylvania. Perched on a hill, it is encircled by three tiers of defensive walls connected by towers and gates, making it impenetrable to invaders.
We'll arrive in Sighisoara this afternoon. This medieval citadel is where Vlad the Impaler, the supposed inspiration for Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, was born. It's a delightful place to explore, and we'll do so on foot. Highlights include the Church on the Hill and the house where the bloodthirsty 15th century ruler of Wallachia spent the first four years of his life.
A great way to end our tour is with a tasting of brandies in one of the town's wine cellars.
Day 5 Sighisoara - Brasov
The Saxon village of Viscri is our first stop today, and as we stretch our legs here we'll find ourselves stepping back in time. Its peaceful streets are home to traditional Saxon-style houses, and an impressive fortified church keeps watch from a hillside. The surrounding landscape, a patchwork of meadows and oak and beech forests, is also a beautiful sight.
After our walk, we'll enjoy lunch with some of the villagers before we are taken on a further tour, but this time it's by horse-drawn carriage.
On arrival in Brasov, our base for two nights, we'll set off on a walking tour. The historic Black Church we'll see is the greatest Gothic church in Transylvania, and inside there is a remarkable collection of carpets from Asia Minor. We'll also be able to peer down Europe's narrowest street, Rope Street, which is little more than the width of one person.Meals included: B,L,D
Day 6 Bran CastleThis morning we're heading to the most popular visitor attraction in Transylvania, Bran Castle. Nestled in dense forest and surrounded by legend and mystery, it is also known as Dracula's Castle, and is one of the locations linked to the fictional vampire. Built in the 14th century, the castle actually doubled as an administrative building until it was gifted to Queen Marie of Romania in 1920.
Meals included: B,D
Day 7 Brasov - Bucharest
Another magnificent castle is in our sights today as we drive to Sinaia. Peles Castle, a masterpiece of German New-Renaissance architecture, is considered by many to be one of the most stunning in Europe. Commissioned by Romania's first monarch, King Carol I in 1873, this was the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. Next, we visit the Sinaia Monastery before continuing to Busteni. There's time at leisure in this beautiful alpine resort, located beneath the Carpathian Mountains, before we head back to Bucharest.
Day 8 Bucharest - UK
Why not head into Bucharest for a stroll or some last-minute shopping before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.Meals included: B