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Vantage invites you to Transylvania, where the lure of vampire legends awaits in Romania’s fabled central region, home to mountainous scenery, medieval villages, and Bran Castle — Dracula’s legendary manse. You’ll visit Prejmer Fortified Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and check off another UNESCO Site off your list when joining our optional tour to enchanting Sighișoara. Step inside elegant Bucharest, bohemian Brasov, and a forested region of fairytales — now with an extra day added for better pacing in 2019!
*Please note that for pre- and post-trip extension passengers to enjoy the best pacing and airline routing, two days of base tour features will be listed in the itinerary below as noted (Days 25 and 29 for the post-extension). For post-trip extension passengers, your price includes:
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Traveling through Transylvanian history
Today we’ll venture into Transylvania, the mountainous, legend-haunted region in central Romania. On the way, we’ll stop for lunch in Sinaia, a former royal summer retreat, and visit fairy-tale Peles Castle. As we enter Transylvania proper, you’ll see why it’s known as the last medieval landscape in Europe. Our destination is charming Brasov, the compact baroque city that still retains the medieval walls and gates erected nine centuries ago by Saxon merchant princes. Dinner is included at a local restaurant.
Please note: Today's activities are part of your base tour price.
Take a Transylvania Highlights optional tour, or explore Brasov on your own
Enjoy day at leisure in charming, walkable Brasov. Or join an optional full-day Transylvania Highlights tour including a walking tour of Sighișoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Dracula. Lunch is included on this optional tour. In the evening, you're invited to join a pub crawl through Brasov.
AVAILABLE ON TRANSYLVANIA EXTENSION ONLY: Discover Transylvania’s fairytale village of Sighisoara, a 12th Century Saxon settlement whose central citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches, Sighisoara’s beautifully preserved medieval character rivals that of Old Prague or Vienna. The city’s other claim to fame is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. You’ll learn the city’s fabled history on a guided walking tour that includes lunch at a local restaurant.
Explore Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula
Following breakfast, embark on a tour to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. Return back to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Inside Prejmer Fortified Church
Today you’ll enjoy an included excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that was constructed in the 13th century by Teutonic knights and fortified by a circular wall in the 15th century by German colonists. Three hundred storage rooms on up to four levels held supplies for potential siege, and the fortress protected the church from 50 attacks over the course of history. You’ll learn about its victorious battles and those who protected it before returning to your hotel for a free evening.
Panoramic tour of Bucharest and exploring its historic buildings
Today we’ll make our way to Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, where we’ll embark on a panoramic tour and have lunch. Afterwards, explore Bucharest’s grand monuments and leafy, old-world boulevards on a city tour that includes a choice of entrances. Unforgettable Moment: You can visit the infamous People’s Palace, the grandiose, sprawling, and never-completed administrative building initiated by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Alternatively, take a fascinating walking tour of Manuc’s Inn, Bucharest’s oldest hotel building, which was built as a way station for caravans and surrounds a large open courtyard. Dinner is included at your hotel.
Please note: The Bucharest portion of today's activities are part of your base tour price.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Complete your sweeping European getaway with three more nights in charming Amsterdam. You’ll cruise the UNESCO-listed canals of this creative city, explore Dutch art and history at the Rijksmuseum, and discover the joys of the countryside (windmills, too!) when you join an optional tour to Zaanse Schans & Edam. A walking tour of Dusseldorf is an added boon — don’t miss this true Dutch treat!
Dusseldorf orientation walk before Amsterdam
Transfer to Amsterdam, stopping off along the way in Dusseldorf for a walking tour.
While Dusseldorf is an economic powerhouse, it’s also famed for its arts scene and lovely location on the picturesque banks of the Rhine. Besides a charming Old Town (Altstadt), there’s also a famous beer to sip — Altbier — and it’s dark and plentiful, along with lots of shopping streets.
This evening, enjoy a Welcome Briefing at the hotel
Dutch canal cruise and a visit to the Rijksmuseum
Embark on a cruise through Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed 17th-century canal ring before a visit to the famed Rijksmuseum sheds light on Dutch art and history.
Explore Zaanse Schans & Edam on an optional tour, or enjoy a day a leisure in Amsterdam
Step inside a “living museum” today on an optional tour to Zaanse Schans & Edam, home to traditional homes, hump-backed bridges, charming gardens, tradesmen's workshops, and working windmills. Or, craft your own itinerary with a day of leisure in Amsterdam. Tonight, convene with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.
The Dutch say, “if you only have one day to see Holland, then go to Zaanse Schans,” so we take you there on our “quintessential Holland” excursion. You’ll take a short scenic ride through the countryside to this “living museum” to admire the houses, hump-backed bridges, charming gardens, tradesmen’s workshops, and authentic, working windmills dating to the 17th century. You’ll get a lesson in cheese making, step inside a windmill, and see how a clog maker crafts those unique shoes. Next you’ll go on a guided tour of picturesque Edam, famous for its eponymous cheese. Before heading back to Amsterdam, you’ll try a typical Dutch treat, coffee and apple cake, at a local café.
Today after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.