Romania’s collection of castles and fortresses perhaps best illustrates the rich medieval heritage of the country.As a result of almost nine centuries of Saxon presence, Transylvania, located in central Romania, claims a cultural and architectural heritage unique in Europe. This region is home to nearly 200 Saxon villages, churches and fortifications built between the 13th and 15th centuries. Explore some of Romania’s best-known castles and fortresses and experience medieval backgrounds, Dracula’s figure, good and traditional food and the discovery of a new itinerary.
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Price: from 635 Euro/person
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR “The story of medieval castles” :
- Bucharest – the capital of Romania -Little Paris of Eastern Europe;
- Sibiu – European Capital of Culture in 2007;
- The fortified churches from Prejmer (UNESCO), , Biertan (UNESCO), Saschiz (UNESCO);
- Fagaras, Rasnov and Alba Iulia fortresses;
- Hunyad Castles in Hunedoara – one of the most accomplished gothic castles in Europe;
- Lisa village – the 100-year-old installation for creating traditional wool blankets;
- Meet the locals and taste their traditional home-made specialities;
- Sighisoara – the fortified city;
- German cooking class by the locals;
- Peles Castle and Bran Castle
Day 1- Bucharest
From the moment you land at the Henri Coanda airport in Bucharest, you will be welcomed by our professional guide and driver, who will be at your disposal for the entire journey. They will take you to your first stop, a 4* hotel in the heart of the city. Take a panoramic city tour of Bucharest. and discover the city’s eclectic mixture of architecture: the Revolution Square, Victory Avenue, the Romanian Atheneum, the University Square and the Arch of Triumph. This first evening will be enrichd by a traditional dinner with entertainment show in one of the famous Bucharest restaurants.
Day 2 Bucharest-Sinaia-Bran- Brasov (190 km)
After a rich breakfast we leave Bucharest heading north to the beautiful city of Brasov. First stop in Sinaia – one of Romania’s most important mountain resorts, known as the “Pearl of the Carpathians” for its breathtaking natural surroundings. Take a guided tour of the Peles Castle, the royal residence of King Charles I of Romania and known as one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe. The attraction of the afternoon is Bran Castle, also known as Dracula Castle.Initially a fortress by the Teutonic Knights, the castle was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia, enlarged and restored a few times to become a royal residence for Queen Marie of Romania as of the 1920s. Enjoy cheese tasting in Bran. The locals are famous for the various types of cheese from the smoked one to the cheese in wood bark. We head up to Brasov, the Crown city for a first night in this exciting city. Traditional Romanian dinner in the center of the city. Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Brasov.
Day 3 Brasov- Rasnov-Lisa Village- Fagaras-Brasov (175 km)
This morning you will will enjoy a guided walking tour in the historical center of Brasov including the Black Church, the largest gothic structure between Vienna and Istanbul. Next on your list is Rasnov citadel, maybe one of the most interesting places in Romania. Constructed sometime around 1215 by a group of knights from the Teutonic Order, the citadel was originally meant to be a stopping point for European soldiers headed to or coming back from Middle Eastern crusades. Then we travel to Land of Fagaras, a land full of romanian history and tradition. In Lisa Village you will see La Valtori complex, a technical device operated by hydraulic power to process woolen fabrics, a technique preserved from generation to generation. Visit the imposing Fagaras Fortress before we head back to Brasov for another night in this beautiful city. Dinner and accommodation in a 3* hotel in Brasov.
Day 4 Brasov-Prejmer- Saschiz-Sighisoara (150 km)
Leave Brasov this morning for a full-day tour to discover the most beautiful saxon heritages of Transylvania. We begin our journey with Prejmer Fortified Church, the largest fortified church in Southeastern Europe, built by the Teutonic Knights in the 13 th century. Saschiz village, UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned not only as home to one of Transylvania’s finest fortified churches but also as a carpentry and wood-painting center. Taste some delicious Transilvanian dishes and organic homemade jams. Visit Saschiz fortified church (UNESCO). Later you will reach Sighisoara, one of the best preserved and continuously inhabited medieval cities of Europe, with a walled citadel on the hilltop, secret gateways and passages and a 14th century clock tower. Dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel in Sighisoara.
Day 5 Sighisoara-Biertan-Medias-Alba Iulia (130 km)
This morning you will enjoy a walking tour of Sighisoara medieval citadel, the only citadel in Europe entirely inhabited: Clock Tower (the best preserved monument, hosting today City Museum), Vlad Dracul House (here was born in 1431, Vlad Tepes, the legendary prince assimilated often with Dracula Prince), Stag House, Venetian House, School Street, Stair’s House, Catholic Cathedral (or „Church on the Hill” , situated on the top of the hill, the third largest Catholic Cathedral in Romania after The Black Church in Brasov and Saint Michael’s Cathedral in Cluj-Napoca). Visit the fortified church of Biertan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a visit of the former Seat of the Lutheran Bishops. It features the largest wing altar in the country. Prepare to find out the unique method of the citizens to keep their marriages and avoid getting divorced. In Medias you’ll become acquainted with a unique artist, the only one in the world who uses spider webs for his paintings. In the evening you reach Alba Iulia. Dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel right in the center of the citadel.
Day 6 Alba Iulia-Hunyad Castle- Sibiu ( 210 km)
Today you will discover the famous Alba Carolina citadel and to delve into the history and beauty of this tourist destination. It is is a trip through Romania’s history, back to the Dacian and Roman settlements, to the Habsburg citadel in the star-shaped configuration designed by the French engineer Marshal Vauban. Continue your trip of Transylvania with a drive to Hunedoara for a guided tour of Hunyad Castle – one of the most well preserved Gothic castles of Transylvania and home to the mighty Huniady royal family. This is one of the less visited castles of Transylvania but a gem of Gothic architecture. Afternoon arrival in Sibiu, formerly the chief city of the Transylvanian Germans. Dinner in the best cellar – restaurant in town, serving authentic Transylvanian fares. Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.
Day 7 Sibiu-Curtea de Arges-Bucharest (288 km)
Start your day with a leisurely walking tour of Sibiu (Hermannstadt), formerly the chief city of the Transylvanian Germans. The Great and Little Squares are the landmarks of the Old Town with the many merchant houses fearuring “”the sleepy eye” dormers. View the old surrounding defense walls and the remaining towers belonging to the merchant guilds. One of the landmarks of Sibiu is the Bruckenthal Museum assembled by Baron Bruckenthal, governor of Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century and the second museum to ever open in Europe after the National Gallery in London. Next is the Evangelical Cathedral completed in its actual shape in 1520. Drive along the Olt River Canyon crossing the mountains to Bucharest. On the way short stop to visit Curtea de Arges monastery, one of the most important contructions of art and religious architecture. Late afternoon arrival in Bucharest and leisure time till in the evening. Farewell dinner in a top restaurant and accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Day 8 Bucharest-departure
After breakfast drive to Bucharest International Airport for the return flight.