Discover medieval Transylvania with the most important highlights: Sibiu, Brasov, Sighisoara, Peles Castle, Bran Castle, Sinaia Monastery, Sibiel and Bran villages, people and many more...
Highlights of the tour:
Meet the guide at 9.00 a.m.
We will start the tour heading north from Bucharest to Sibiu, passing through the Carpathians Mountains into Transylvania. On our way will visit Cozia Monastery erected by Mircea cel Bătrân in 1388 and boasting his tomb, is one of the most valuable monuments of national medieval art and architecture in Romania.
In the summer time between 1st of July and 15th of October, the tour will change the way to Sibiu City crossing Transfagarasan Road, a unique experience of crossing the Carpathians on the N-S direction at a maximum altitude of 2034 m on the highest road in Romania. On our way will visit Curtea de Arges Monastery, founded by Prince Neagoe Basarab between 1514 and 1517.
Arrived in Sibiu, we will visit the medieval city, European Capital of Culture in 2007.
In the evening, we will arrive in Sibiel, a picturesque village situated at 18 km away from Sibiu, where we can see the Glass Icons Museum. As well as its icon-museum, Sibiel has a rich heritage of the authentic spirit of a typical Transylvanian village.
In this village, we have the posibility to see how people live in the country side, how they grow their domestic animals and how they make traditional food drinks.
Dinner and accommodation in a family's house in Sibiel, to experience Romanian hospitality. Will serve a tasty traditionally dinner with pure biological and home made food. Drinks are included.
Today’s highlight: Sighisoara.
After breakfast, we will continue our trip to Sighisoara, which Vlad Tepes called home, one of the most beautiful towns in the heart of Transylvania. The whole medieval citadel is a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage. German architectural influences are visible throughout the entire city.
It is located on the Tarnava Mare river in a picturesque setting. The citadel, a beautifully preserved medieval complex, dominates the town with its hilltop setting. The old town enclosed within the citadel walls has narrow cobblestone streets and brightly painted 16th century Saxon houses. There are nine towers; the most beautiful is the striking Clock Tower, the main gate into the citadel.
From its balcony you can see the beautiful landscape over the whole town and countryside. You can take many pictures of the Clock Tower if you will look again you will see it looks like none is good enough and none looks as beautiful as the original in the afternoon light.
We have the possibility to enjoy a nice lunch on the terrace of Vlad Dracul’s House (Vlad the Davil's Home), the house where Vlad the Impaler was born in November or December 1431, today a famous restaurant. You can taste the famous Vampire wine and eat his favourite plate.
…visit the city of Brasov - where Vlad led raids against the German Saxons.
In the afternoon, we will admire the beautiful landscape, dotted with small villages, medieval citadels and fortified churches, on the way to Brasov. We will visit the medieval part of the city with: The Black Church, The Town Hall, The Black Tower, Ecaterina’s Gate and the Rope Street – the narrowest street in Europe.
Dinner and accommodation in a guest house in Bran area.
Located right next to the famous Bran Castle, Bran will please you with its specific beauty. The breathtaking landscape invites anyone to walks.
Bran is famous for its home made smoked cheese, and the cheese in tree bark. Every meal here tastes better, because everything is home made and pure biological food.
...a new day to visit Bran Castle – Dracula’s Castle, where, along the dark corridors and in the inner gardens one can still hear the steps of the "prince of darkness".
Breakfast and fresh air!
Today we will visit Dracula’s Castle - as in Bram Stoker's legendary vampire story. Situated at 30 Km from Brasov, between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains, Bran Castle is an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to the beauty of the Castle and the landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. The first documentary attestation of the Bran Castle is the act issued on November 19, 1377, by Ludovic I D'Anjou giving the inhabitants of Brasov the privilege to build the Citadel "on their own work and expense".
Between 1920 and 1927, Bran Castle was restored and transformed into a beautiful summer residence, surrounded with a park, fountains, a lake, walking alleys, halt terraces and the "Tea House" of Queen Maria. Since 1956 the Castle was opened as a museum of history and feudal art.
We continue to Sinaia, the beautiful mountain resort surnamed "The Pearl of the Carpathians" where we will visit Peles Castle: one of Romania's most beautiful palaces once the summer residence of the Romanian kings.
Peles Castle is the most notable residents Romanian Royal family, one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe. A testimony to the 19th century ruler’s refinement, the wonderful edifice was built after the wish of Romania’s first king, Carol I, and it happily mingled everything that was most beautiful and representative about the neo-Renaissance.
Peles has entered history as the place where some of the most important decisions were taken regarding Romania’s fate. Anniversaries, balls, music, literary events, and theater shows organized on the scene of the theater hall gave life to the castle and refreshed the Romanian high life. The atmosphere of this place preserves so much of the force of those times that visitors will be surprised when, at their departure, they will notice that no gilded carriage is waiting at the stairs!
The construction of the castle began in 1875 and the building was inaugurated in 1883. The castle has 160 rooms, opulently decorated with leather, ebony, walnut and mother of pearl, with invaluable collections of art and furniture.
Visit Sinaia Monastery - the name of the town comes from the Monastery of Sinaia, built in 1695 by the "spatar" (old high rank among the military nobility of the Valahian kingdom) Mihai Cantacuzino after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, at Mount Sinai; the monastery contains religious objects, icons, rare books and the exhibition of pottery and porcelain ware (dating from 16th - 19th cent.).
We have the possibility to visit the wine cellars from Azuga - built in 1892, by the Rhein family, official supplier for the royal court. Here, we can buy genuine Romanian wines and sparkling wines.
Return to Bucharest in the evening.