MEDIEVAL TRANSYLVANIA TOUR -2 DAYS
"Let`s bring to life the medieval castles and citadels from the land beyond the forest. Step into the age of courage, strength and glory by joining us in a tour of the most famous fortresses and medieval cities of Romania."
Day 1 Bucharest-Sinaia-Bran-Brasov-Sighisoara
Morning drive north towards Transylvania, sheltered by the Carpathian Mountains with historic forests and abundant wildlife. In the charming mountain resort of Sinaia you will visit the fairy-tale Peles Castle, strongly connected with the flourishing period of Romania royalty.
Peles Castle – here is one of the best-preserved royal palaces in Europe. The castle is full of ornaments the inside as well as on the outside, and features elaborate wood sculptures and paintings representing scenes from the works of German composer Richard Wagner.
Pass through the fabulous mountain scenery and once arrived in Bran Village, visit Dracula’s Castle, whose striking hilltop appearance stands at the basis of many myths and legends.
The first historical reference of Bran Castle – Dracula`s Castle, is a document issued on November 19, 1377 issued by Ludwig I d’Anjou, by which Brasov inhabitants received the privilege of building the a fortress “at their own work and expense”. Between 1920-1927 Bran Castle was restored under the supervision of Karel Liman, the architect of the Royal Court, who turned it in a beautiful summer residence surrounded by a park with promenade alleys, lake, fountains, arbors, and a tea house. In 1938 Queen Maria of Romania bequeathed Bran Castle with all its domains, to her daughter Princess Ileana, who owned it until 1948.
Next stop of the day is Brasov Medieval Town, which according to historical references from 1234 was called Kronstadt. Its history starts in 13th century and its walls, towers and a lot of buildings from the medieval times are still preserved. During the second half of the 14th century it was confirmed as the administrative and ecclesiastic center of the region of Tara Barsei, “the free Royal town”, one of the economic and cultural centers of Transylvania.
INFO! Brasov is a city in Romania and the capital of Brasov County. The city is located in the central part of the country, about 166 km from Bucharest. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians, and is part of the Transylvania region. Centrally located Brasov is a good starting point for trips around Romania. It is also the largest city in a mountain resorts area. The old city itself is very well preserved, and is best seen by taking the cable-car to the top of Tâmpa Mountain (995 m), a beautiful lookout.
Overnight in Sighisoara Citadel in an intimate 3-star hotel/pension located in the heart of the citadel; you’ll be enchanted by the medieval charm of the place.
Day 2 Sighisoara- Biertan-Sibiu-Bucharest
In the morning we explore the Old Town of Sighisoara with cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. You will visit the Clock Tower, Church on the Hill and Dracula`s house where Vlad Tepes was born in 1431. The houses inside the Citadel of Sighisoara show the main features of a craftsmen`s town. There are some houses which belonged to the former town elite, like the Venetian House and the House with Antlers.
We leave Sighisoara, and stop in Biertan Village-UNESCO site in Romania, and one of the first German settlements in Transylvania. The fortified church of Biertan, surrounded by three rows of fortifications, was built by the German peasants in Transylvania and was used for nearly 300 years as the residence of the Transylvanian Archbishop. A room in the citadel was used for a long time as a reconciliation place for couples about to divorce (hear the full story on spot). The name “Biertan” was first attested in 1283. It had a township status.
We continue Medieval Transylvania Tour towards Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the most important fortified towns in Transylvania. The city is reminiscent of old European cities such as Nurnberg and it was founded in 1190 and grew to be the chief city of the Transylvanian Saxons. This amazing place, with the "Old Town" (The Big Square, the Small Square, the Ursuline Church, The Franciscan Church, The Staircase Tower, the Tanners Tower, the Liar’s Bridge , the House of the Butcher’s Guild and last but not least with the amazing Bruckenthal Museum) is a gorgeous place to visit.
After a short sightseeing tour we leave Sibiu and cross the mountains on the Olt River Valley, one of the most spectacular valleys crossing the Southern Carpathians towards Bucharest. The fabulous journey ends with the arrival in Romania`s capital city.
INFO! Central Sighisoara has preserved in an exemplary way the features of a small medieval fortified city, it has been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Each July, a Medieval Festival takes place in the old citadel.
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• 1 night accommodation at 3*** hotel (all centrally located) on BB Basis.
• Fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
• Fuel & parking fees included
• All sightseeing tours & cultural connections
• Professional English speaking guides (driving) to accompany you throughout
• Guides’ expenses
• Porterage (except for customs areas)
• VAT and local tax
• Detailed maps of Romania
• Admissions to museums, sites, churches as per itinerary.
• Food and beverages unless stated differently.
GENERAL INFORMATION & TERMS:
We kindly request our guests to be ready 10 minutes before departure
We grant 30% discount for children below the age 7
All tours are escorted by English speaking licensed guides.
For guided tours in other languages a booking should be made 72h before departure. Extra fee for tours in other languages:25 EUR/pers./tour.
WHERE TO STAY
CASA CU ZORELE- 31 km from SIGHISOARA
When you are in Transylvania, we recommend you visit the countryside.
Our guesthouse, Morning Glory House, is the ideal accommodation and starting point for exploring the Saxon fortified churches as well as the surrounding areas. We are located in Crit (Deutsch-Creuz), a beautiful village which greatly preserved the medieval look of the streets and many of the ancient agricultural habits.
The main street is listed as historical monument. Two of the seven medieval fortified churches nominated as UNESCO heritage sites are very close to our guesthouse:
- the fortified church of Viscri (Deutschweißkirch) - 9km;
- the evangelical church of Saschiz - 12km;
Another UNESCO site - the medieval town of Sighisoara - only 32km away.
IN SIBIU: CRAMA SIBIUL VECHI
Many legends have been told about this restaurant. Now it`s up to you to find out why! On a small alley which bind the two city towers to the Large Square, in the cellar of an old building of the 15th century, lies a Transylvanian restaurant. We do not have much space, but the food is delicious and does not ask for praise. Just to be tasted. We will be honoured by your visit!
IN BRASOV: SERGIANA RESTAURANT
Address: Strada Mure?enilor 28, Bra?ov 500030
Diners can choose from a variety of nooks and crannies in this cozy, partially subterranean eatery; waiters are decked out in camp Germanic outfits. Topping the list of popular dishes is deer calf with wildberry-and-hazelnut sauce, served with rice. Other recommendations for staunch meat eaters is the Ceaunu lu Tusa proptit în varza si malai, a hearty plate of smoked sausages, ribs, and pork pastrami, served with polenta and sauerkraut, and all smothered with a healthy amount of freshly sliced garlic. You can forgo the sauerkraut in favor of a fresh salad. There`s good wild boar stew, salmon prepared in wine, and a tasty pastry of pikeperch, served with grape and lemon sauce. Leave space for the sweet cheese dumplings, served with sour cream and jam. Order a bottle from the Murfatlar Winery from the fair-priced wine list.
WHAT TO SEE
The Weavers` Bastion is the largest and the best preserved of the seven bastions that defended Bra?ov in the medieval period. Situated in the south-western part of Bra?ov’s citadel, this place is very important in Romania, due to its unique 15th century military architecture. It spreads on a surface of over 1,600sqm, has a hexagonal shape and four levels and presents two watch towers.
`Black Church` is the biggest Gothic cathedral between Istanbul and Vienna. Work started in 1383, but the building was destroyed during the Ottoman invasion of 1421 before it could be completed. It was finally finished in 1480, although there was more destruction between 1530 and 1630, when a total of 40 earthquakes hit the region. Originally a Catholic church, it became Lutheran during the Reformation. When a tragic fire swept through Brasov on April 21, 1689, the charred remains of the church (the baptismal font at the front of the church is one of the few thing that survived) afforded it its ghoulish name;