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Rich in both history and culture, Romania is a European gem of things to see and explore for any traveler. During this holiday, you will have the chance to see wonderful mountain views, explore Romania's most beautiful castles, discover the city of Brasov, and stay with the local residents, which will show you the typical Romanian lifestyle and traditional cooking. Visit the farmers market and cook classic Romanian dishes, before exploring the castle of one of the most famous characters in history: Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula.
During this culinary tour of Transylvania, guests will be provided with accommodation at a 3-star guesthouse.
Peles Castle, located in Sinaia (44 kilometers from Brasov), in the natural backdrop of the Carpathian Mountains, is considered by many as one of the most beautiful castles in all of Europe; a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture. Bran Castle, a medieval dwelling dating from the 14th century, is also known as the 'Castle of Dracula'. The legend about Dracula is based on the life of Vlad Tepes/Vlad the Impaler (1431-1476), a ruler revered by Romanians for standing up to the Ottoman Empire. Known as one of the most dreadful enemies of the Turks, Vlad started organizing the state and enforcing the law by applying death penalty and impaling all those he considered enemies.
After a delicious Romanian meal, continue with a walking tour in the historical center of Brasov.
Visit the ''farmers'' market, where you can enjoy the colors and flavors of the fresh local produce, while you watch the authentic local life. Then, explore a local supermarket, in order to gather other ingredients based on the recipes of the dishes you have chosen to prepare.
In the village of Sacele, the lady of the house will welcome you into her kitchen and show you how to prepare traditional Romanian dishes, just like her grandmother taught her. You will learn how to prepare main course and dessert, and afterwards, you will sit down and taste the delicacies you have prepared. No Romanian meal would be complete without a shot of palinca, or a glass of wine, all homemade by the man of the house.
Transylvania is home to some of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, most notably Brasov, featuring Old Saxon architecture and citadel ruins; Sibiu, with its cobblestone streets and pastel-colored houses, and Sighisoara, adorned with a hilltop citadel, secret passageways and a 14th century clock tower. Tiny shops offer antiques and fine products hand-made by local artisans and artists. Visitors will also encounter stunning castles, such as Bran Castle, a Gothic fairy-tale structure often associated with 15th century Walachian Prince Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stokers Dracula. In close proximity to Brasov and Bran, you will find the fortified churches of Harman, with its massive 13th Saxon towers, and Prejmer, the largest fortified church in Southeastern Europe. The 15th-century Castle of Corvinesti, one of the most beautiful in Transylvania, located nearby Hunedoara, has a sumptuous Knights Hall that can be used for functions or parties, as well as towers and buttresses, reminiscent of the medieval times.
Transylvania's multi-ethnic heritage (including German and Hungarian) is delightfully apparent in the folk costumes, architecture, cuisine, music, and festivals. Colorful centuries-old traditions are alive and well kept in the small villages of Transylvania, and people still make a living at such time-honored occupations as shepherds, weavers, blacksmiths, and carpenters.
During this culinary holiday, guests will be delighted with Transylvanian cuisine, tasting a wide variety of flavors: dishes spiced with thyme, red pepper, and tarragon; meats such as pork, mutton, and veal; soups with sour cream and egg yolk, and flour dumplings with homemade pasta, among other popular ingredients of Transylvanias cuisine.
Romania is one the world's leading producers of varza, and you will have the opportunity to taste varza a la cluj, the Romanian version of lasagna, prepared from several layers of finely shredded fresh or sour cabbage, minced pork or veal, mixed with rice and bacon, and baked in the oven. Also, Transylvanians are not only artisans in producing fragrant, pleasant, and light wines, but also sophisticated double-distilled liquors, such as palinca, horinca and rachie, varieties of brandy. These are made of fruits (particularly plums, apples, and pears) and aged in mulberry tree barrels, acquiring a golden color and a taste often rivaling whisky.
Discover the Moti Land (Tara Motilor), on the Ariesi Valley
Explore the Apuseni Mountains with Scarisoara and Focul Viu glaciers, as well as the Saxon fortified churches at Biertan, Calnic, Harman, Darjiu, Prejmer, Saschiz, Valea Viilor, and Viscri, all designated UNESCO world heritage sites
Stop by the History Museum in Sighisoara, featuring the Torture Room
Visit the Ethnografic, National History and Art Museums in Brasov
Walk along Brasov and Bucharest during your spare time
Please arrive at Bucharest Henri Coand International Airport (OPT).
If you need to be picked up from a neighbor country (such as Bulgaria or Hungary), Unzip Romania can assist you.