Saxons came to Transylvania during the mid 1100s from the Rhine and Moselle Rivers regions. Highly respected for their skill and talent the Saxons succeeded in gaining administrative autonomy, almost unmatched in the entire feudal Europe of absolute monarchies. The result of almost nine centuries of existence of the German community in Southern Transylvania is a cultural and architectural heritage, unique in Europe.
Price: from 575 Eur/person
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR “Transylvania – The Saxon heritage”:
- Bucharest– the capital of Romania -Little Paris of Eastern Europe;
- Sibiu-European Capital of Culture in 2007;
- The fortified churches from Cisnadioara, Cisnadie, Biertan (UNESCO), Viscri, Prejmer (UNESCO);
- Meet the locals and taste their traditional home-made specialities;
- Astra Museum, the second largest outdoor museum in the world, featuring more than 300 houses from all over Romania;
- The organic apple juice farm in Malancrav and the Apafi manor;
- 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-Curtea de Arges-Ramnicu Valcea (220 km)
We’re just starting our journey: after a good rest and a nice breakfast, we head towards the Palace of the Parliament, one of the most extravagant and expensive building projects in the history of mankind. After a visit to North Korea and meeting with Kim Il-Sung, Ceausescu was so impressed my the “greatness” of Communism, and in an unequaled bout of paranoia and megalomania decided to build the world’s largest civilian building and the most expensive administrative one. We are taking a private tour (the building is now home to the Romanian Parliament), in which you will witness the full scale of imagination and grandeur unlimited power and resources bring, and get to understand why Ceausescu insisted in calling his reign “The Golden Age”. We are heading towards Curtea de Arges, one of the former capitals of the Principality of Wallachia. Brief stop at the former Princely Court in Curtea de Arges. Visit the exquisite Monastery Church considered to be the most beautiful monastery from the Eastern Europe.Traditional dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel in Ramnicu Valcea.
Day 3 Ramnicu Valcea- Cisnadie-Cisnadioara-Sibiu (115 km)
The third day starts with a refreshing breakfast. The next point of interest in our journey is the medieval saxon city of Sibiu, considered as one of the most beautiful and best preserved cities in Romania and Europe as well. It is no wonder that Sibiu was designated in 2007 European Capital of Culture. On the way you will discover two of the most interesting fortified churches in Transylvania: Cisnadioara and Cisnadie.(the settlement where the first clock tower from Transylvania and the first lightning rod from the southeast Europe were built). In the afternoon you will reach the beautiful medieval city of Sibiu. This evening you will taste the delicious Transylvanian food in one of the most famous restaurants of the city. Accommodation in a charming 4 star hotel in Sibiu.
Day 4 Sibiu- Astra Museum-Sibiel-Sibiu (80 km)
Right after breakfast we will discover the city of Sibiu, founded by the Saxon colonists in the 12th century. It is the only town in the region, which was never conquered by the Turks. During your visit you will pass through the old streets to admire the main monuments, such as the Bruckenthal Palace in Baroch style from the late XVIIIth century, the infamous Liers bridge built over a road that connects the lower city with the upper city, the Saxons Cathedral erected at the beginning of the XVIth century that preserves a precious fresco of the Crucifixion from 1445, the Catholic Cathedral in German Baroch style built at the beginning of the XVIIIth century, the main places of the city ( the Big Square, the Little Square and the Huet Square) and Christian Orthodox Cathedral. Only 10 kilometers from Sibiu, you will reach the second largest open-air museum in the world, Astra Museum. Located in the middle of a dense forest and surrounded by a beautiful lake, Astra features more than 300 buildings representing village architectural styles from many parts of Romania. In the afternoon departure to Sibiel village, considered one of Transylvania’s best-preserved ethnographic areas, known for its local museum, with a unique collection of glass painted icons. Dinner in a restaurant in Sibiu and accommodation for the second night in the same 4* hotel in the city center.
Day 5 Sibiu- Hosman-Biertan-Malancrav-Sighisoara (131 km)
Today you will discover the picturesque Hartibaciu valley, one of the last authentic medieval landscapes in Europe: flowering meadows, forests and vast meadows and gentle hills, fortified churches that dominate the panorama. Hosman village is a typical Saxon village with true treasures of the old times Europe: old traditional Saxon houses, a well preserved fortified church and a truly unique attraction… an old mill with a bakery and a forgery. Hidden between the wooded hills and the orchards lies Biertan, a rural settlement whose numerous urban architecture buildings “betray” its economic importance in the old days. Visit Biertan fortified church, a typical example of a fortress-church – family, one of the 300 fortified churches built between the 14th and the 16th century. Our next destination is Malancrav, one of the most romantic villages in Romania. The old Apafi Manor House, recently renovated, and the eco orchard where the organic apple juice is made, are also on our list. Dinner and accommodation in a central 4* hotel in Sighisoara.
Day 6 Sighisoara-Saschiz-Viscri-Brasov (120 km)
This morning enjoy a walking tour of Sighisoara medieval citadel, the famous birth place of count Dracula. Sighisoara is an UNESCO site and one of the few still inhabited medieval fortresses in Europe. Visit the Clock Tower from the 14th century, which is the town’s landmark and the Church on the Hill. Stop also at the birth house of count Dracula, which houses today a traditional restaurant. 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 some local organic homemade jams and juices. Later we reach Viscri, one of the favourite locations of Prince Charles of Wales, a fairy tale from the forgotten medieval times. He purchased one of village’ s old houses ant transformed it into a guest house without bringing any alteration of the original building. Dinner and accommodation in a 4 * hotel Brasov.
Day 7 Brasov- Rasnov-Bran- Sinaia (100 km)
In the morning guided tour of the city of Brasov, the “Crown City”. Discover the beautiful colorful old town with the Council Square and the Black Church, the largest gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. Nearby there is the Rasnov citadel, from the XIII-th century, built on top of a hill to protect the village. We will finally be arriving at our next destination, the renowned and haunted Bran Castle, Dracula’s own. The castle, a veritable fortress built on a rock in the XIII-th century was used by Vlad Tepes as a headquarters for his incursions into Transylvania, as it is located in a strategic position between Wallachia and Transylvania. We continue with the tourist resorts from Prahova Valley (Predeal, Azuga Busteni) to finally arrive at the favorite one of King Carol I – Sinaia. Farewell dinner and accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Day 8 Sinaia-Bucharest-departure (139 km)
On our way to Bucharest we stop to visit the Romanian Royalty summer residence – The Peles Castle. Inaugurated in 1883, the palace is a true jewel of architecture and art, built in the Neo-Renaissance style, and featuring very advanced technology for the age, such as central heating, and a central vacuum cleaning system. It features a huge collection of weaponry, rugs and tapestries from all over the Orient, and interior painting by Gustav Klimt.
Your guide will bring you to the international airport in Bucharest for the flight home.