Early morning departure for the mountain resort of Poiana Brasov, driving through Prahova Valley. A perfect chance to relax in the quiet mountain resort town of Poiana Brasov, this two-day excursion takes you north from Bucharest and across the Carpathian Mountains into Transylvania.
En route, stop-over in Sinaia mountain resort, well-known as the "Pearl of the Carpathians". Situated on the outskirts of this resort city, amidst sculpture gardens and fountains, Peles Castle is an exquisitely detailed landmark. Rivaling the castle itself is the beautiful natural setting in which it stands. Once the summer residence of Romania's kings, this spectacular castle, built at the end of the 19th century, is now one of Romania's most beautiful museums. Boasting priceless collections of weaponry, hand woven silk rugs, and furniture, Peles Castle is a unique look back at life under monarchy.
A stop in Sinaia would not be complete without an hour spent visiting Sinaia Monastery, a copy of St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai.
A short ride from Sinaia will take you to the fabled Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle, built at the beginning of the 13th century, by Knight Dietrich of the Teutonic Order. In 1377, the people of Brasov built a new citadel here to protect the way of access to their town. Later on it was fortified, its walls enlarged, and between 1920-1930, the Castle was used by the Romanian royal family, namely by Queen Maria (a niece of Queen Victoria of England). Only in 1958 Bran Castle was turned into a museum and opened to visitors.