Transylvania to the Black Sea: A Continental Railway Journey
From £899 per person // 12 days
Follow in the footsteps of Michael Portillo as you travel from the castles of Transylvania, through Romanian capital Bucharest and onwards to the Black Sea resort of Constanta on this Romanian rail adventure.

Transylvania to the Black Sea: A Continental Railway Journey

From £899 per person // 12 days
The Essentials
  • Travel out to Cluj Napoca, in the heart of Transylvania
  • Head south-east to the cities of Sibiu and Brasov, where there’s an exciting excursion to Dracula’s Castle
  • Stop off for a night in Sinaia and a visit to Peles Castle
  • Constanta – bustling port town on Romania’s Black Sea coastline famous for its art-nouveau casino
  • Bucharest – Romania’s fascinating capital city
Tailor make your holiday
  • Decide when you would like to travel
  • Adapt the route to suit your plans
  • Upgrade your trains and hotels
  • Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
What's included
  • Flight from London to Cluj Napoca and Bucharest to London
  • First Class rail travel with seat reservations within Romania
  • 11 nights’ handpicked 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast in city-centre locations
  • Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, flight documentation and hotel vouchers
  • All credit card surcharges and prompt delivery of your travel documents to your home

Suggested Itinerary

Transylvania to the Black Sea: A Continental Railway Journey

Fly with Wizzair from London Luton to Cluj Napoca and make your way to the Lol et Lola Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay. One piece of hold luggage per person is included with the flight.

We can also arrange rail travel from the UK to Romania if you prefer not to fly. The journey would involve travelling out via Germany and Austria, then taking a comfortable overnight train from Budapest into the heart of Transylvania. Please contact us for details and a quote.

Spend a free morning in Cluj Napoca, the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region. Cluj is a university city with landmarks dating to Saxon and Hungarian rule. We recommend an extra night here if you have the time, to visit the amazing Turda Salt Mines (pictured).

Later on in the afternoon, make your way to the station and catch your first Romanian train to Sibiu. On arrival, check in at the Ramada Sibiu (or similar).

The beautiful city of Sibiu lies in the heart of Transylvania and houses Romania’s largest ethnic German population, which shines through in the Germanic feel to the atmosphere and architecture.

TMR RECOMMENDS: If you’re visiting in the summer, spend an extra night in Sibiu and hire a car so that you can drive along the famous Transfagarasan Highway, rated by respected auto journalists as the best road in the world.

Board a Romanian InterCity train today for the journey 90 miles or so to the east, in your comfortable First Class reserved seat.

Arrive refreshed into the heart of Romania’s most-visited city and check in for a 2-night stay at the Aro Palace Hotel (or similar). The main focal-point is the main square (pictured, left) known as Piata Sfatului, which contains an eclectic mix of modern, trendy bars and quaint pavement cafés. Take a trip to the top of imposing Mount Tampa by cable car for unforgettable panoramic views!

Bran Castle, also known as “Dracula’s Castle” is a fascinating museum located about 20 miles to the south west of Brasov.

Your day trip here will include transportation from Brasov and a visit to the museum housed in the castle itself. You will also have the opportunity to explore the grounds of the castle that is said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and was so revered by Queen Marie of Romania in the early part of the 20th century.

Take a short journey south this afternoon, following the course of the Prahova River, through spectacular scenery. After an hour or so, you’ll reach the town of Sinaia, one of Romania’s most sought-after holiday resorts, popular with locals and overseas visitors alike. Check in for an overnight stay at the International Hotel (or similar).

One of the undoubted highlights of the city is the Neo-Renaissance Peles Castle, inaugurated by King Carol I in 1883. Containing over 170 rooms devoted to a plethora of world cultures, the palace is home to the one of the finest collections of art in south east Europe.

Spend another morning in Sinaia. Climb up into the surroundings by means of the city’s ski lifts or pay a visit to the stunning Sinaia Monastery (pictured) with its Byzantine style architecture and gold mosiac paintings.

in the afternoon, say goodbye to the Carpathian mountains and make the journey to the Black Sea, with a glimpse of capital Bucharest on the way. Arrive into Constanta and check in for 2 nights at the Hotel Carol (or similar).

Dating back 2,600 years, Constanta is not only Romania’s largest seaport but is also its oldest attested city. One of its highlights is the art-nouveau-style Constanta Casino (pictured), completed in 1911.

You may also like to visit some of the city’s fascinating Roman remains including a vast complex of mosaics and a huge collection of artefacts at the National History and Archaeology Museum.

Take a comfortable InterCity train back across the plains of southern Romania to Bucharest. Here you will check in for a 3-night stay at the K+K Hotel Elisabeta (or similar).

Undoubtedly the most important cultural and industrial centre of Romania, Bucharest was once known as the ‘Paris of the East’ (there is even an Arcul de Triumf). Don’t miss the gargantuan Palace of the Parliament, constructed by Nicolae Ceausescu in 1984, and still plays host to the Romanian parliament today. Also not to be missed is the newly-renovated Old Town, known locally as Lipscani, with its array of bars and eateries.

You have another morning to explore Bucharest today before your Transylvanian adventure comes to an end and you make your way to Otopeni airport for your flight back to London Luton. Again, if you would prefer to make the whole holiday by rail, we can certainly arrange this for you.

Typical hotels on this itinerary

Transylvania to the Black Sea: A Continental Railway Journey
Cluj Napoca
Lol et Lola Hotel

This boutique hotel is located in a quiet area, right in the centre of Cluj. All bedrooms are decorated in a different style and all offer air-conditioning, flat-screen TV and private bathrooms with underfloor heating. There is free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel as well as a 24-hour reception desk. Airport transfers can be arranged on request.

Sibiu
Ramada Sibiu

The Ramada Sibiu is a modern hotel in the historical centre of the city, 50 yards from the pedestrian area and the large square.

There is also a restaurant and two bars to be found in this elegant hotel. Each morning, guests can start the day with a varied breakfast buffet.

Brasov
Aro Palace Hotel

Overlooking the Tampa Mountain and the medieval historic quarter of Brasov, the traditional Hotel Aro Palace faces the Central Park.

Guests can sample Romanian and European cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant and enjoy the views over Brasov’s Citadel from the Belvedere Club, which is on Hotel Aro Palace’s top floor.

Sinaia
International Hotel

Hotel International boasts an exclusive and elegant pool, spa and relaxation centre, a beauty centre as well as a superb restaurant and catering facilities. The Panoramic Restaurant seats up to 450 people, the Tirol restaurant serves Tyrolean specialties and the Cucina Sofia offers Italian cuisine.

Constanta
Hotel Carol

Hotel Carol is housed in a historical building in the centre of Constanta close to the Museum of Art. The rooms are decorated with classic silk wallpaper and Victorian furniture.

Hotel Carol features a fitness room, a hot tub, and a sauna. There are massage treatments available.

Bucharest
K+K Elisabeta

Located in the centre of Bucharest, a 2-minute walk from the University Square, K+K Hotel Elisabeta offers modern accommodation with free WiFi and access to 2 types of sauna and a fitness room.

Guests can enjoy snacks and drinks in the on-site bistro, while the Old Town, with numerous restaurants and bars can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot.

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These prices are based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Single supplements will apply for sole occupancy. It is based on First Class rail travel and includes seat reservations as necessary. It is based on the best fares on the trains. If you travel during a peak period, particularly at short notice, then supplements may apply.

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