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Winter in Transylvania

Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Carpathians in winter
  • Explore the Saxon towns and villages of Transylvania
  • Visit Bran Castle, the home of Dracula
  • Visit Liberty; Europe's largest Bear Sanctuary

Itinerary

DAY 1

Start Bucharest.

Arrival in Bucharest, Transfer to the hotel.

Rest of the time at leisure (depending on the time of arrival).

DAY 2

Bucharest city tour and on to Sibiu in Transylvania.

This morning we visit Bucharest, Romania’s capital city. With its tree-lined boulevards, belle époque architecture and Arc-de-Triomphe, the city has often been likened to Paris. We visit some of the main sites including the colossal People’s Palace. Now housing the parliament, this palace was built in the 1970s by Nicolae Ceausescu and is the 2nd largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon. The palace’s 12 floors, 1,100 rooms, 328-feet long lobby and four underground levels (including an enormous nuclear bunker), were built by an army of 20,000 workers and 700 architects.

We then leave Bucharest and drive towards Transylvania and the quaint town of Sibiu, stopping for a traditional lunch along the way.

DAY 3

Explore Saxon Sibiu and the mountain resort of Paltinis.

When, in the 12th Century, the Saxons came to Transylvania, they built seven walled citadels. Sibiu was the largest and wealthiest of these and its old town retains some of the grandeur of those days when rich and powerful guilds dominated regional trade. Steep-roofed 17th Century buildings with gable overhangs flank narrow streets which lead into vast church-dominated open squares. The old town is surrounded by imposing mediaeval walls and protected by 39 towers and four bastions, some overlooking the River Cibin. We spend the morning exploring this Saxon gem before going to nearby Paltinis, a mountain resort outside of Sibiu in the Cindrel Mountains.

Paltinis was founded in 1894 as the first mountain resort in Romania and still is the second highest in the country. Because of its north-west position a layer of snow can be expected about 6 months a year. Here we will enjoy an easy walk in the fresh mountain air before finishing the day in a local restaurant for dinner, then return to Sibiu.

DAY 4

Brandy and wine tasting at the UNESCO site of Sighisoara.

The next stop on our atmospheric journey through Transylvania is the UNESCO World Heritage site city of Sighisoara. Another Saxon town founded in the 12th Century, Sighisoara is one of Europe’s most beautiful and best preserved mediaeval cities with much of the current layout and architecture dating back to the 16th Century. Wandering the cobbled streets past ornate churches and burgher houses in the crisp winter air fills one with a sense of magic straight out of a story book to rival old Prague or Vienna. It is also believed that this is the birthplace of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, AKA Vlad Dracula, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of vampires.

In Sighisoara, we have time to sample some of the local brandy and wines. Less known than some other wine-producing countries, Romania has a long tradition in wine-making and is being increasingly recognized for the quality of its produce.

DAY 5

Discover the village of Viscri; on to Brasov.

We continue our journey through Transylvania as we head to the village of Viscri, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a part of the world lost in time to an era before large-scale farming. The bucolic charm and serenity has enchanted many visitors, including the Prince of Wales who first came here in 1998 and now owns houses in Viscri and neighboring villages and returns at least once a year.

We visit the village with its fortified church, experience the simplicity of village life and enjoy a traditional lunch at a farmer’s house.

We continue our journey and reach Romania’s most beautiful mediaeval town, Brasov. Situated at the intersection of trade routes between the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe, and with certain tax exemptions, Saxon merchants of Brasov amassed considerable wealth and exerted power over the region. Fortifications were erected around the city and expanded by various guilds whilst inside the walls buildings sprung up over the ages in gothic, baroque and renaissance styles. Cradled by the towering peaks of the southern Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is our home for the next three nights.

Coroana Brasovului Hotel or similar

DAY 6

Visit the Bear Sanctuary and the village of Vulcan.

In Zarnesti we visit Libearty, Europe’s largest bear sanctuary. The sanctuary, set in 70 hectares of oak and hazel forests, is home to nearly 100 rescued bears, many of whom suffered over many years in captivity as dancing bears or in circuses. From the bear sanctuary we will go on a gentle hike across meadows to the village of Vulcan. This region, around Brasov, is closely related to the history of the Transylvanian Saxons, settlers who immigrated 800 years ago from the Rhine-Moselle valleys. Their strong fortified churches have attracted international attention and some of them are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Vulcan derives its name from the Slavonic word ‘valc’, meaning wolf. In Vulcan we will be welcomed with coffee and tea in the yard of the fortified church. The churches in Transylvania were strongly fortified during the Middle Ages when the region was raided a number of times by Mongols and Tartars. Return to Brasov for the night.

DAY 7

Brasov city tour before going to Bran, Dracula's Castle.

This morning we explore Brasov before heading out to the village of Bran and Dracula’s castle.

Built on the site of a Teutonic stronghold perched atop a 200-foot-high rock, with imposing towers and fairy tale turrets, it’s easy to see why Bram Stoker (who’d never travelled to Transylvania) chose this place as the setting for Dracula’s castle. The character himself was based on Vlad Tepes, AKA Vlad the Impaler, a Wallachian prince from the 15th Century.

The castle was originally built in the 14th Century by the Saxons of Brasov as a citadel to defend the mountain passes from the Turkish and also served as a royal residence from 1920 to 1948.

After the visit to Bran Castle, we have a short hike in Piatra Craiului National Park, up to the mountain village of Magura, where our final dinner is served in a local guesthouse.

After dinner, we return to Brasov and enjoy the beautifully atmospheric Transylvanian winter.

DAY 8

Return to Bucharest Airport; end trip.

 

Package Rates

TOTAL PRICE – AED 6,950 PER PERSON 

Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions

  • 2 nights stay at Ramada Parc Bucharest hotel or similar
  • 1 night stay in Imparatul Romanilor Hotel Sibiu or similar
  • 1 night stay in Hotel Sighisoara or similar
  • 2 nights stay in Hotel Coroana Brasovului Brasov or similar
  • Breakfast, 2 lunch and 5 dinner 
  • Return airport transfers
  • Return flights in economy class
  • City Tours as mentioned in itinerary

 

Exclusions

  • Visa expenses
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in inclusions

 

 

Terms & Conditions

Rates valid from December 2018 to March 2019
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
 
 

AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 

As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.

·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines

·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses

·         Package Holidays

·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire

·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers

·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation

·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions

·         Individual and Group Tours

·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)

·         Live Shows

·         Travel Insurance

·         UAE and International Visas

Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.

BOOKINGS

A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.

PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.

We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.

A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.

PRICING

We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.

The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.

All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.

Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.

AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.

Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.

GOVERNING LAW

Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

Cancellation Policy

45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost
Rates valid from December 2018 to March 2019
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability & any changes will be informed at the time of booking
 
 

AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 

As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.

·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines

·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses

·         Package Holidays

·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire

·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers

·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation

·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions

·         Individual and Group Tours

·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)

·         Live Shows

·         Travel Insurance

·         UAE and International Visas

Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.

BOOKINGS

A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.

PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.

We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.

A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.

PRICING

We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.

The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.

All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.

Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.

AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.

Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.

GOVERNING LAW

Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

Inclusions

  • 2 nights stay at Ramada Parc Bucharest hotel or similar
  • 1 night stay in Imparatul Romanilor Hotel Sibiu or similar
  • 1 night stay in Hotel Sighisoara or similar
  • 2 nights stay in Hotel Coroana Brasovului Brasov or similar
  • Breakfast, 2 lunch and 5 dinner 
  • Return airport transfers
  • Return flights in economy class
  • City Tours as mentioned in itinerary

 

Exclusions

  • Visa expenses
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in inclusions

 

 

45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost