Transylvania Christmas Markets by Air

Transylvania Christmas Markets by Air

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Transylvania Christmas Markets by Air

7 Days Starting and ending in London, UK

Visiting: London, Bucharest, Sinaia, Brașov, Bran Castle, Sighișoara, Sibiu, Sibiel, Călimănești

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Leger Holidays

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Tour Overview

Join us for a Christmas market experience like no other as we travel deep into the heart of Transylvania on this festive break. Not only will you enjoy two spectacular rail journeys, but you will also see some of Romania’s most famous sites, including the fictional home of the infamous Count Dracula, the incredibly impressive Peles Castle which was once a royal summer residence, and Cozia Monastery, home to the tomb of Mircea the Elder. Intertwined with the history and architecture, you will find the glistening lights of the many magical market stalls, selling festive goodies and tasty treats – surely there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit?


  • Join us for a Christmas market experience like no other as we travel deep into the heart of Transylvania on this festive break

  • Not only will you enjoy two spectacular rail journeys, but you will also see some of Romania’s most famous sites, including the fictional home of the infamous Count Dracula, the incredibly impressive Peles Castle

  • Intertwined with the history and architecture, you will find the glistening lights of the many magical market stalls, selling festive goodies and tasty treats


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Day 1 : London - Bucharest

Location: London, Bucharest

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Union Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Today we fly to Bucharest and meet our local guide who will accompany us by coach from the airport to our hotel. On arrival, we will embark on a short walking tour of the Old Town of Bucharest in the company of a local guide, followed by a welcome dinner accompanied by a folklore performance at a historic restaurant in the Old Town.

Day 2 : Bucharest – Sinaia - Brasov

Location: Bucharest, Sinaia, Brașov

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Qosmo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll transfer by coach to the train station where we travel by rail from Bucharest to the mountain resort of Sinaia alighting at the Royal Train Station, which is also a stop for the famous Orient Express. We’ll explore Sinaia on foot with a guided tour ending at Peles Castle. This masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture is undoubtedly one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Commissioned by King Carol I in 1873, it is no wonder it served as the summer residence of the royal family until 1947. After our tour of Peles Castle, we will travel to Brasov by coach where we’ll enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 : Brasov – Bran Castle - Brasov

Location: Brașov, Bran Castle, Brașov

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Qosmo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Brasov, known as the ‘Crown of Transylvania’. We’ll explore the beautiful centre, starting in the Council Square built by the Saxons. Entrance is included to one of Romania’s leading gothic churches and the largest between Vienna and Istanbul, the Black Church, which got its name after the Greater Fire of 1689. Our tour will also include a stop by Rope Street, the narrowest street in Europe, and conclude back at the Council Square where the Brasov Christmas Markets await us.

Expect to find the streets lit up, the tree switched on, and some beautiful market stalls selling a mixture of handmade souvenirs as well as local products and decorations – not forgetting all the tasty food and drinks stalls! After some free time to explore the Christmas markets, we’ll travel by coach to the famous Dracula Castle. Hidden amongst the hilly forest of Bran, the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula awaits. Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, it was originally built by the German Saxons in the 14th century. Since 1920, the castle has become a Royal Residence, offered as a gift by the people of Brasov to Queen Maria of Romania. We’ll enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch in the Queen Maria’s Tea House and experience a guided tour before returning to Brasov by coach to enjoy a leisurely evening.

Day 4 : Brasov – Sighișoara - Sibiu

Location: Brașov, Sighișoara, Sibiu

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Continental Forum Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we travel by coach to Sighișoara, one of the few still inhabited medieval fortresses in the world. Founded by the Transylvanian Saxons and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, we’ll take a guided walking tour starting at the landmark of Sighișoara, the Clock Tower, and continue through the cobbled streets of the citadel that was inhabited without interruption until today. We include entrance to the birthplace of Count Dracula and enjoy a visit to the Church on the Hill. We’ll then travel by coach onto Sibiu, one of the largest cities in Transylvania, where we’ll enjoy dinner in the evening.

Day 5 : Sibiu – Sibiel - Sibiu

Location: Sibiu, Sibiel, Sibiu

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Continental Forum Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we will experience the heart of Sibiu on a guided walking tour through the Old Town. There are three famous squares to the Old Town: Grand Square, Small Square and Huet Square. We’ll pass museums, the Town Hall and its tower, the Catholic Church, Luxemburg House, and much more. At the end of the tour, there will be some free time to enjoy the Sibiu Christmas Markets. Not only are these the largest Christmas markets in Romania, but they have also been voted the most beautiful – and when you get there, you’ll see why! Situated in the Grand Square, surrounded by Baroque architecture and decorated with lights and illuminations, these markets look and feel like something out of a film. There are plenty of cosy and colourful stalls selling a variety of hand-crafted gifts and edible goods. After some free time, we will enjoy included entrance to the fascinating Steam Train Museum. You can enjoy a piece of locomotive history as you stroll through the tracks, both narrow and wide.

This evening, we’ll transfer by coach to the nearby village of Sibiel where we will enjoy a traditional dinner with the local people, accompanied by homemade wine and brandy.

Day 6 : Sibiu – Calimanesti – Bucharest

Location: Sibiu, Călimănești, Bucharest

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Union Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We transfer by coach to Sibiu train station, where we take the train along the scenic route to Calimanesti. On arrival, we will visit the Cozia Monastery housing the tomb of Mircea the Elder, considered to be one of the most valuable monuments of national medieval art and architecture in Romania. We will then travel by coach to Bucharest with time to explore the Christmas market. Located right in the centre of Constitution Square, with Parliament Palace as its backdrop, you’ll find over 100 decorated wooden stalls offering handicrafts, mulled wine, baked goods, Christmas decorations and traditional specialities.
This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 7 : Bucharest - London

Location: Bucharest, London

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we board the coach and include one final visit to Parliament Palace before our tour comes to an end. This grand palace is the seat of the Romanian Parliament and is also the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. We then transfer by coach to Bucharest Airport for our return flight to London.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

    Travel from a wide range of convenient joining points across the UK is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement. Please contact us for our full list of joining points.

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach

What's Not Included


You will stay for two nights in Bucharest at the Union Plaza Hotel, two nights in Brasov at the Qosmo Hotel, and two nights at the Continental Forum Hotel in Sibiu.

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    Airport transfers are included on any Leger Air Holidays

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    As detailed in the itinerary

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    Return flights are included on any Leger Air Holidays

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  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

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  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Fully escorted by our experienced drivers/crews. And in most towns and cities we either include or offer optional sightseeing tours with expert local guides to help you get the most from your visits.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?


  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Sole use of your own room on all Single Traveller holidays: means you still get your privacy and time out from the group.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


  • Battlefield Tours - Will it be possible to visit a particular cemetery whilst on the tour?

    Please contact us and we will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.

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Reviews of this operator

Will (Google Reviewer)  

I went on the 4...


I went on the 4 countries trip and swiss glacier express and overall it was a great trip. The coach I was on was silver service, it was tidy had nice seats and other accessories such as charging points and headsets which was very handy. The drivers Alex and Dave were fantastic, very kind, funny and respectful throughout the whole trip and a pleasure to talk to. The excursions were very pleasant and all ran very smoothly. The hotels were decent and offered a good service. I overall very much recommend leger holidays.

Sally Matson  

Excellent customer service


Booked our ‘Christmas in Austria & Scenic Trains of the Tyrol’ through George on the customer Helpline. Nothing was too much trouble, everything clearly & patiently explained. He even had permission to log in on his day off to finalise the sale! A charming and helpful young person and a credit to the company.

Euan Donald (Google Reviewer)  

Been on two tours now...


Been on two tours now the “D Day beaches” and “ All Quiet on the Western Front” tour of the Somme and Ypres. Both four days in total, two travelling and two on the site of the various battles. This is outstanding value for money, picked up from Carlisle , Cumbria and literally looked after all the way through the tours. The coaches are great and the accommodation spot on . The guides are very knowledgeable ( Mark Hope brilliant guy)and the bus drivers professional . Absolutely fantastic .

Sue Sinfield (Google Reviewer)  

Due to covid it was...


Due to covid it was 3rd time lucky for us to visit lake Garda, what a treat. One or two hiccups but no fault of Legers at all. Praise to Graham and Chris for their excellent driving and coffee service. Our visit to Verona, our guide was very informative but did walk at a pace sometimes had to hurry to keep up. A lovely holiday

Michael Stephen Shilleto   England

Four Countries New Year & the Swiss Glacier Express


Firstly we must thank Alex and Dave our tour guide / drivers who entertained us through out . The tour was fantastic so was the hotel’s food and entertainment. The tour was through the new year holidays as expected lots of shops closed and hotels were understaffed which was lost on some travelers. We travelled back from stop 24 on a luxuria coach I would recommend paying the extra for the comfort alone

Roy Williams (Google Reviewer)  

Great company. We did the...


Great company. We did the 4 day D Day Normandy Landing tour.We had 2 great driver's John and Ian.. Nothing was a problem for them. They kept us safe and entertained.Then we had Fred Greenhow as our guide And he was outstanding. He told us everything we wanted to know. Can't praise them enough Thank you all. We will do more tours with them......

aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

just returned from a solos...


just returned from a solos break to valkenburg and rhine valley i enjoyed the break overall although both journeys were considerably longer than expected due to several picks ups. I could have done without the 3 countries meeting point excursion to be honest and the lunch on rhine cruise was very basic. The drivers/couriers were efficient and good humoured and provided free lunch vouchers on the ferry which were much appreciated. I probably would book another break with leger but to somewhere a lot closer to home.

Andy (Google Reviewer)  

Booked a surprise Birthday treat...


Booked a surprise Birthday treat for my wife 40th to visit The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, All done via work,put all information in the B/card,so excited, one week before trip Cancelled!!! Due to not enough interest?? No Alternative! Never touch them again

Victoria Smith (Google Reviewer)  

I'd like to go lowerthan...


I'd like to go lowerthan one star .my trip over to Italy nearly 36 hours in total.the driver and his wife gave thier mother a seat that was paid for and reserved at a price by another lady who was finally allowed to sit at the front with the drivers mother .( that was good of them considering the lady had paid for 2 holidays and one couldn't make it . I had the cheek to ask for coffee only the women driver to have conversation loud enough for my earshot to her husband then put over the tannoy that coffee will be when they are ready. ( i had bought 24 tickets for drinks on steves advice )but i quietly corrected them saying that they really shouldn't do that so I could hear.Then a barrage of abuse came from her for then her husband to face me off at my seat and a threats to get my case off and find my own way home his face red with rage pointing in my face with comments saying they don't have to take that from they are fed up with people and they have to work 21 hours etc etc .they people were shouting STOP STOP STOP .he continued his rant and saying I would be dropped at the next service station. ( FRANCE) it was raining and I had no idea where I was going or had been.He the gave me a can of diet coke and said i could have it free but no oppology! 15 hours later in italy I wanted to leave and get a plane home .legers were no help but another coach arrived same sort of holiday shearings with nice drivers .No Rome visit and I could be with them for the remainder of time. I did go out on a couple of trips and the bus and drivers were amazing .I was told by legers eventually I can do the return journey with then but my holiday was ruined I cried and slept and am emotionally traumatised . On the plus side the coach i arrived on the doors kept opening in the wind the coach had to pull over and close the door so we could only use side door which was a fire hazzard ! Still no apology last day is today I'm spending in my room .I just want to return to England because I will be getting a solicitor for the abuse i suffered and the money I paid and for the wasted week over Christmas not to mention the anxiety I have suffered .the hotel and food was abysmal. The worse week ever and £1500 spent my nerves are in shreads .I can't wait to see the reviews and already I am flooded with statements from other passengers about how bad it is and my how I should fight for my injustice of it all .this time it must go to court so people are heard and intimidation like this is not allowed


Many thanks to Molly.


I have recently booked a trip to Le Mans and had the good fortune to speak to Molly. She was very helpful and a pleasure to talk to. She was able to answer all but one of my queries with clarity and promised to ring me with the answer to the un-answered question as it required further investigation. This she duly did. An unusually pleasant experience when making a booking over the phone, if only it could be this easy every the time.

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