From the capital of Bucharest to the castles of Transylvania, you’ll see why Romania captures the imagination. Journey into the famed Carpathian Mountains to visit Peles Castle, a neo-Renaissance fortified building erected for King Carol I, who led the country to independence during his reign. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at the picturesque Rhein Wine Cellars, where you will learn how authentic Romanian sparkling wine is made. Continue on to Transylvania’s Bran Castle — a monumental fortress rumored to be the inspiration for and setting of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”
Discover Bucharest on a walking tour through some of the historic sites of the city. See Revolution Square, site of the 1989 revolution, the Royal Palace and the Athenaeum concert hall. View the colorful Stavropoleos Church and the ruins of Old Princely Court. Visit the Old District, which has gone through many changes to become a lively entertainment area featuring shops and restaurants. Your walking tour ends in Constitution Square in front of the Palace of the Parliament, the 2nd-largest parliamentary building in the world. As one of the largest squares in the city, Constitution Square is now a popular concert venue.
• The Palace of the Parliament was originally called “the People’s House” during the Communist regime but was renamed after the Romanian Revolution.
• Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, houses a museum that displays art and furniture collected by Queen Marie, who reigned from the late 19th century to early 20th century.
• Peles Castle is resplendent with ornate decorations and a variety of different period architecture and accents reflective of Baroque, Ottoman and Moorish influences.