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Discover Medieval Transylvania Small Group Tour - 7 days

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Romania’s Transylvanian region offers a fascinating window into a lost Europe, with medieval castles, towns and churches that seem caught in a time warp. This trip takes you into the heart of the region for a fascinating experience, so don’t forget your camera!

From Bucharest airport to Bucharest airport

Places You'll See:

Sibiu, Corvin Castle from Hunedoara, Astra Open Air Village Museum, Biertan, Sighisoara, Viscri, Rupea Castle, Brasov, Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Rasnov Forterss, Poiana Marului village


Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Group size: 2 - 6

Age range: 12-89

Tour operated in: English

Departures: Every Tuesday between 06.04.2021 - 26.10.2021

Rates:

  • 1299 euro/person

Minimum people in the group: 2.

Single supplement: 139 euro

The package includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation (2 nights in Sibiu at a 3* guesthouse/hotel, 1 night in Sighisoara at a 3* guesthouse/hotel, 3 nights in Brasov at a 3* guesthouse/hotel)
  • full board - 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • all transfers and transportation by car or minibus
  • entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide/driver

Not included: airfare, tips, travel insurance, drinks

What You Can Expect

Explore Transylvania’s most impressive citadels and discover why the region is steeped in mysterious lore, on a fascinating 7-day small group trip. Immerse yourself in the legends of Transylvania with a visit to Bran Castle, visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the saxon church in the medieval village of Viscri and the impressive Biertan fortified saxon church, wander through the fortified Saxon town of Sighisoara — known as the birthplace of the warlord who inspired Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. We visit Sibiu medieval city and Corvin Castle. Declared for Cultural capital of Europe Sibiu was once the king of the Transylvanian Saxon towns, serving as capital and dominating cultural activity. Sibiu is home to the first hospital in Romania (1292), the first pharmacy (1494) and the oldest museum in Romania, the Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817.

Visit Astra Open Air Village Museum - the second largest open-air museum in Europe, get to know one of the Transylvanian villages at a leisurely pace.

Highlights

  • Get to know one of the Transylvanian villages at a leisurely pace

  • The remarkably well-preserved town of Sighisoara, so rich in history that the entire old city center is an UNESCO site

  • Wander the rustic streets of the town and visit its UNESCO World Heritage-listed church

  • Astra Open Air Village Museum - the second largest open-air museum in Europe

  • Biertan - one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993

  • Corvin Castle - one of the largest castles in Europe and figures in a list of the seven wonders of Romania

  • Bran Castle - a hilltop estate that conjures up visions of howling wolves and bats fluttering in the moonlight

  • Get to know one of the Transylvanian villages at a leisurely pace

DESCRIPTION & FEATURES OF THE TOUR

Day 1: Bucharest airport – Sibiu

Accommodation: Guesthouse/Hotel 3*

Meals: Dinner

Transfer Bucharest airport – Sibiu city (280 km, about 4 hours driving). Accommodation at a 3* guesthouse/hotel. Declared for Cultural capital of Europe Sibiu was once the king of the Transylvanian Saxon towns, serving as capital and dominating cultural activity. Sibiu is home to the first hospital in Romania (1292), the first pharmacy (1494) and the oldest museum in Romania, the Brukenthal Museum, opened in 1817. Welcome dinner!

Day 2: Trip to Corvin Castle

Accommodation: Guesthouse/Hotel 3*

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We drive to Hunedoara (130 km, about 2 hours driving). We visit Corvin Castle, also known as Hunyadi Castle or Hunedoara Castle (Romanian: Castelul Huniazilor or Castelul Corvinilor), a Gothic-Renaissance castle. It is one of the largest castles in Europe and figures in a list of the seven wonders of Romania. It is great and breathtaking, provides the feeling of medieval times. We drive back to Sibiu. Lunch. In the evening we visit Sibiu by night! Dinner.

Day 3 : Astra Museum - Biertan - Sighisoara

Accommodation: Guesthouse/Hotel 3*

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Short drive to visit Astra Open Air Village Museum - the second largest open-air museum in Europe (250 acres) is located in the middle of a dense forest and surrounded by a beautiful lake. It features more than 300 buildings as well as watermills and windmills, and other structures representing village architectural styles from many parts of Romania.
Drive to Biertan (70 km, about 1 hour driving). Biertan is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. Featuring late-gothic architecture with heavy doors and double exterior walls, the church boasts the largest Transylvanian multi-paneled wooden altar and a remarkable wooden door which once protected the treasures in the sacristy.
We continue the tour to the remarkably well-preserved town of Sighişoara (30 km, about 30 minutes driving), so rich in history that the entire old city center is a UNESCO site. Hear about the medieval town’s legendary former resident Vlad the Impaler, a Wallachian prince and warlord who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional character Dracula. Discover the only city in Romania which looks exactly the same way as in the XVIth century.
Lunch and dinner. Accommodation at a 3* hotel.

Day 4 : Viscri - Rupea - Brasov

Accommodation: Guesthouse/Hotel 3*

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We drive to Viscri about 1 hour. As we approach, admire the impressive whitewashed walls and red-roofed towers that surround the village, designed to protect early inhabitants from invading Turks. Wander the rustic streets of the town and visit its UNESCO World Heritage-listed church. Prince Charles, who owns a house in Viscri, says "Transylvania is in my blood".
Visit a remarkable fortress - Rupea - with three rings, dating from the 14th century, built on a basalt rock. Inside the fortress there is a well 60 m deep. The water is still drinkable.
We continue the tour to Brasov (90 km, about 90 minutes driving). Lunch and dinner. Accommodation at a 3* hotel for 3 nights. Brasov walking tour by night.
Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films.

Day 5 : Peles Castle, Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress day tour

Accommodation: Guesthouse/Hotel 3*

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we visit Bran Castle (a.k.a. Dracula's Castle) - Rasnov Fortress - Peles Castle. Lunch and dinner. We drive about 45 minutes to Sinaia town for visiting Peles Castle. The expansive, Bavarian-style Peleș Castle was built among a lush forest to house Romania’s royalty in the 19th century and is among the most beautiful in Europe. A guide will lead you through many of its immaculate, ornate rooms, still adorned with luxuriant furnishings and décor. You’ll also have the chance to tour the neighbouring Pelișor Castle, a smaller royal residence decked out in art nouveau finery.
We continue the tour from Sinaia (about 60 minutes) to Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ — a hilltop estate that conjures up visions of howling wolves and bats fluttering in the moonlight. Wander the castle’s Gothic chambers and learn about its ties to Bram Stoker’s undead antihero. Enter if you dare and wander through the castle’s many well-preserved rooms and chambers. Gothic furnishings and details help set the scene for ghastly legends of all that happened here, including the imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler. This 15th-century prince was notorious for his bloodthirsty campaigns against invading Turks and is said to have inspired Stoker’s malevolent Count Dracula.
We drive about 30 minutes to Râșnov, situated among the stunning Bucegi Mountains. Learn about the storied history of Râșnov Fortress, a walled stone compound designed to ward off attacks by the fierce Tartars and used as a refuge for local villagers during medieval warfare. Explore the time-worn courtyards, ramparts and well of the 13th-century fortress built by the Teutons. A short drive back to Brasov.

Day 6 : Rambling in Transylvania and Picnic with a view day tour

Accommodation: Guesthouse/Hotel 3*

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Picnic lunch

Get to know one of the Transylvanian villages at a leisurely pace. Get close to the real character of the mountain villages as you enjoy a relaxing rambling day trip with beautiful scenery and a network of trails that could be rewarding to explore on foot. Located at a-half hour drive from Brasov, it's a great place for all kinds of outdoor activities – among them walking, the activity you experience with our licensed guides. The rolling hills afford wide views over the entire region with stunning landscapes of the mountains: Bucegi Natural Park, Piatra Craiului National Park, Postavaru Massif. Whilst many of the villages in the area are heavily visited, it is possible to walk here and experience real authentic village life. The walking grade is easy to moderate, in a round trip for walkers looking to explore a corner of Transylvania way off the tourist trail. The picnic with a view with local products (such as cheese, eggs, lard) completes a one of a lifetime experience.
Vulcan village lies away from the heavy traffic in a quiet environment and has in its middle a beautiful fortified church. Apparently both the Saxon “Wolkendorf” (the village of the clouds) and the Romanian “Vulcan” (volcano) derives from the oldest form “Wulkendreff”, which may come from the Hungarian “wylk”, meaning wolf. We spend 10 minutes here.
Holbav village is a remote location. In the ancient times here there were charcoal, silver and lead mines. We start the walk from this village. We spend 10 minutes here.
Poiana Marului village - One of the most scattered village in Romania. We spend an average of 4 hours in this amazing the area. Farewell dinner.

Day 7 : Transfer to Bucharest airport

Meals: Breakfast

3 hour transfer to Bucharest airport.

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