Romania Self Drive 2 - Dracula to the Delta

Transylvania to the fascinating Danube Delta [via Bucharest]

Summary

Transylvania's highlights, cosmopolitan capital Bucharest, incredible natural beauty of the Danube Delta; a fly drive from "Dracula to the Delta".

START / FINISH - Bucharest.

Activity code: ROFD02

Duration: 9 Days

This superb self-drive holiday is a journey combining the best bits of the ancient heart of Transylvania, the resurgent, cosmopolitan capital of Bucharest and the fascinating, undiscovered Danube Delta. It is a holiday itinerary full of history and dramatic scenery, a wonderful opportunity to visit two completely contrasting regions of the country with a few days city break at the start or at the end of your trip.

This popular self-drive route is a tried & trusted itinerary which will allow you plenty of time to enjoy the countryside as you travel to and from Transylvania. During your holiday you will traverse the spectacular Carpathian Mountains and take in the mysterious history-filled towns of Transylvania - an experience which will afford genuine cultural encounters, leaving you with enduring memories of this truly unique and enchanting country.

Rediscover the World's recommended fly-drives will take you right into the heart of this fascinating country. We will share our knowledge and the experience of our local partners to offer you not just important cultural sights, dramatic scenery and historic locations but the opportunity to spend quality time in the villages, often staying in rural communities as guests of local families, where local culture is at its strongest. The guest houses and hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in this fascinating country.

Important Information

Your fly drive can be as active or leisurely-paced as you please. Staying one night at each stop allows the maximum amount of sightseeing; two or more nights will allow you to do more side trips, whilst staying in one place will give you the opportunity to relax and explore the local area.

If you would like to visit these wonderful places without driving then we can supply a private driver for the duration or, alternatively, pre-book train tickets for you between the main locations. We can also pre-book guided sightseeing, lunches, extra activities and visits on your itinerary as required.

Flights are available to book with us through a range of airlines from various UK airports to Romania. If we book your flights this means that your holiday will also be fully ATOL protected.

Prices shown are a guideline "from" (in UK Pounds) and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. Single supplements may need to be applied to the twin/double price and discounts for children (under 12yrs) and/or a 3rd adult sharing a room are available upon request. Quoted prices for individual enquiries will depend upon your chosen accommodation, room availability and dates of travel. We always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Discounts will apply if there are 3 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.

 

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What's included in your fly-drive Holiday:

  • 8 days fully-inclusive car rental.
  • Private round trip airport transfers.
  • 8 nights accommodation.
  • City tour in Bucharest
  • Boat transfers in Danube Delta.
  • Danube Delta day cruise with lunch.
  • Fully detailed itinerary with driving routes and sightseeing suggestions.
  • FREE travel app with all your documents, maps weather & much more.
  • All local taxes.
  • Fully protected for your peace of mind.
  • 24hr local representative services.

Highlights

Itinerary

On arrival into Bucharest International Airport we will provide a private transfer directly to your hotel in the city centre. Bucharest is one of the least known European capitals, yet the sixth largest city by population.

As part of your introduction to the country we recommend including a traditional Romanian dinner at Caru cu Bere restaurant, emblematic of the glittering Bucharest Belle Epoque.

** depending upon your flight arrival time you may be able to include your city sightseeing tour on day 1.

 

 

On your first full morning in Bucharest we include a private sightseeing tour with visits to the outstanding open air Village Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, Calea Victoriei, Palace Square, the iconic Athenaeum, the Revolution Square, the monumental Parliament Palace, the University Square and the National Theatre opposite. Afterwards, stroll around the narrow streets of the historic quarter, one of the most popular leisure districts.

NB. a visit to the Parliament Palace is also highly recommended but as you must join a group tour to gain access we would need to add this to your itinerary in advance.

Collect your hire car and drive north from Bucharest across the Wallachian plain towards the mountains. Your first place of interest will surely be Sinaia, the "Pearl of the Carpathians", for a visit of Peles Castle, former summer residence of the Romanian royal family. From here it is a short drive through the beautiful Prahova Valley, passing the small resort town of Busteni to a recommend stop in nearby Azuga at the Rhein Cellars (with optional wine tasting). Continue over the scenic mountain pass from Predeal to Rasnov (with a visit of the fortress if time allows) and a short onward drive to Bran (or Zarnesti).

A free day to choose your sightseeing options:

We suggest a visit to the Bear Sanctuary near Zarnesti which has tours in the mornings then the impressive historic city of Brasov (visit the Council Square, the Black Church which is the biggest Gothic cathedral in south eastern Europe, and the narrow, cobbled streets of Schei District) where we recommend lunch. In the afternoon, returning to Bran to visit the nearby Rasnov Fortress; you could also take a walk in the Bucegi Mountains or at the mountain resort of Poiana Brasov or simply to marvel at the scenery, driving back to your guest house for dinner.

Depart for a relatively long drive towards the delta which you may like to split into two days, stopping en route at Buzau. Following the road east out of Brasov our recommendation would be a visit to the fortified church at Prejmer; from here head once more through the Carpathian range to the magnificent plains beyond, which begin at Buzau.

Continuing east via the bridge over the Danube near Braila the road skirts the border with Ukraine heading to Tulcea, an important harbour since ancient times. Arrive in Tulcea and take walk on the esplanade admiring the Danube River.

Recommended places to stay

After breakfast you will be transferred by boat to Crisan Village, on the Sulina Branch, the shortest of the three branches in the delta. Crisan is a fishermen's village and makes an excellent base for exploring the surrounding lakes and canals.

In these 2 full days you will discover this Unesco Natural World Heritage site, formed around the three main channels of the Danube, named after their respective ports: Chilia (in the north), Sulina (in the middle), and Sfantu Gheorghe (in the south). The local people will lead you through the narrow canals, and show you the beautiful scenery and natural wonders.

All tours will be conducted in small motor boats. You will explore some beautiful lakes, Bogdaproste, Trei Iezare and Cazanele, be taken by boat to Litcov Channel, Sontea Channel and Mila 36 Channel to experience an amazing mixture of scenery, reeds, birds, fishermen, water lilies, sunrise and sunset. You will meet the local people and will get a full flavour of the local cuisine. You should also have time to fit in a safari-like trip to the Letea Forest to see wild horses.

Recommended places to stay

After breakfast leave the Danube Delta and return by boat to Tulcea to rejoin your car. Drive south along the coast with a possible detour along the narrow strip linking Mamaia, to visit the ancient city of Constanta. In Constanta we recommend a visit of its Roman Mosaics, the Mosque, Genoese Lighthouse, Archaelogical Park, Roman City Wall and the Victory Monument.

Recommended places to stay

Drive along the highway directly to Bucharest airport for your flight home.

Flexible Tailor-Made Holidays

  • We believe passionately that no two holidays should be the same.
  • With our flexible tailor-made holiday options you can travel at your own pace.
  • Rediscover a city, a resort or an island in a weekend or longer.
  • Take a small group tour or embark upon a more adventurous trip.

Travel Knowledge

  • We have all travelled extensively and will be happy to share our experiences.
  • Personally-chosen hotels, riads, guest houses & apartments in places we know and love.
  • Individual sightseeing recommendations and route planning.
  • Add excursions, activities and food & wine experiences (one of our passions).

Why book a Fly Drive ?

  • Accommodation choices are small, independent or family-run properties which add significantly to your travel experience.
  • Stress-free arrival & departure transfer service.
  • Detailed driving directions, parking info, suggested routes & sightseeing ideas.
  • Fully protected for your peace of mind & financial security.