Explore beautiful Brasov
Visit Dracula’s Castle
Visit Christmas Market in Bucharest
Romania is a land of many more traditions than you’d normally expect from some lesser-known Eastern European country, and Christmas is no exception. From cheerful groups of children singing carols from door to door to mouth-watering dishes and various odd habits, the homeland of Dracula is kind of a truly amazing place to spend Christmas.
After arriving at Bucharest Airport, we will transfer to our hotel in Bucharest for a Solos welcome drink and dinner. Overnight stay in Bucharest.
After breakfast at our hotel we will start our Bucharest City Tour. Bucharest is Romania’s cosmopolitan capital and a city well known for its wide Parisian-style boulevards and fine pre-World War I buildings. We will visit the Palace of Parliament, ordered to build by Nicolae Ceaușescu (1918–1989), the dictator of Communist Romania and the second of two long time autocrats in power in the country since World War II.
After breakfast at our hotel we will transfer to Brasov en route stopping at Bran, where we will visit the famous castle in Transylvania, Dracula’s Castle, an edifice that lives up to the Gothic fairytale image that Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula book evokes. The castle was created by the Saxons in the late 14th century to defend Brasov from invasion by the Turks, and its interior displays rich Western European furniture, which Queen Marie purchased in the 1920s when the castle was used as a royal residence.
Christmas Day! After breakfast we will begin our exploration of the medieval town of Brasov, starting off at the main square, Piata Sfatului. Situated in the heart of the medieval quarter, it’s one of the finest Baroque squares in Romania. Next, we will visit the 15th century Town Hall, with its quaint Trumpeter’s Tower and the Lutheran Black Church. The church took almost a century to build (1383 – 1477) and is so-called for its soot-blackened walls – the result of a great fire started by the Austrian army that swept through Brasov in 1689.
After breakfast we will have some free time before taking a part in a cooking class where we will learn how to prepare traditional Romanian meals, which we can tuck into for our lunch.
You will have a bit of free time to spend as you wish, followed by wine tasting and dinner at a local restaurant.
After an early breakfast we will start making our way back to Bucharest on the way stopping in Sinaia, where we will visit Peles Castle, a royal palace set in a large park. It was built in the late 19th century for Romania’s first monarch, King Carol I, and took 39 years to complete. Romania’s first cinema was established in one of the castle’s rooms.
We will have lunch before we transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Romania.
The transfer time from Bucharest Airport to your hotel in Bucharest is approximately 40 minutes, depending on the traffic.
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of minimum £30.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it, accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.
Dressing in layers with warm waterproof shoes are essential with warm socks, gloves, hat & a scarf. Winters in Romania are usually cold. Casual evening wear is also recommended with comfortable footwear.
|Month(s)||Highest temperature||Lowest temperature|
|December||4 °C||-3 °C|
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Our tour leader Monica was exceptional! Had such a good time and will be rebooking with Solos. Thanks for a great holiday!
Had the best time with Solos! Discovered beautiful destinations and met some lifelong friends.