After breakfast, you'll tour Peles Castle, set dramatically in the hills above Sinaia. Completed in 1914 for the first Hohenzollern king of Romania, Carol I, this 160-room palace was built in neo-Renaissance style, and represented the king's attempt to imitate the styles of his former homeland—creating a Bavarian setting in the mountains of Romania.
The castle’s sculptured terraces, art displays, and historic armories make it one of Romania's most important and beautiful museums. The palace is ornately decorated, inside and out, with intricate woodcarvings and paintings of scenes from Wagner's operas. Fortunately, as you'll see, it is one of the best-preserved royal palaces in Europe. Please note: If Peles Castle is closed, we will instead visit Pelisor Castle.
Then, join us on a tour to the fascinating city of Brasov. Continuously settled since the Bronze Age, the region that is now Brasov has been enriched by people of many heritages—Romans, Saxons, and Hungarians among them—as well as by traders from all over Europe and beyond who arrived in this long-thriving economic center. You'll see some outstanding medieval architecture in Brasov, which is not far from the geographic center of Romania and is the largest city in the Transylvania region.
After lunch on your own, you’ll have time on your own to discover Brasov. During your free time, perhaps you'll visit the Black Church. Built between 1384 and 1477, it is the largest Gothic church in Romania and one of Eastern Europe's finest. Seeing this famed and ancient church, you might feel as if you've stepped back into the Middle Ages.
The evening is yours, with dinner on your own.
Or join us for an optional evening excursion to the famed Azuga Wine Cellars. We'll begin with a walk through the wine cellars, where an excellent sparkling wine is produced and bottled, pause for a wine tasting, and then tour the small wine museum. We then sit down to dinner in a dining room across the courtyard from the wine cellars.