6-Day Transylvania Tour
This itinerary takes you on a journey around southern and central part of Transylvania, the heartland of Romania and one of the least known and fascinating regions of Europe. Transylvania is a region of natural beauty, with gentle rolling hills and grass-growing valleys, and a cultural treasure, unique for the remarkable survival of its medieval landscape: fortified churches, medieval citadels, walled cities, old villages.
This tour is packed-full with attractions and includes visit of 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely 3 of the Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania (Viscri, Saschiz and Biertan) and the Historic Center of Sighisoara.
Peles Castle – essential Romanian landmark, emblematic of the Romanian royalty, regarded as one of the most beautiful 19th century European royal residences
Bran Castle – famous due to the link with the story of Dracula, but outstanding for what it truly is, a genuine medieval citadel evocative of the turbulent history of the region
Brasov – one of the largest and most important cities in Transylvania; founded by the Transylvanian Saxons in the 13th century, famous for the charming medieval ambiance of its historical center
Sighisoara – a citadel-town, one of the best preserved medieval town-scapes in Eastern Europe; its historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being ‘outstanding testimony to the culture of the Transylvanian Saxons’
Viscri – old Saxon settlement in southern Transylvania, providing a rare image of the past; both the village and its Fortified Church are UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Cluj – the second major city in Romania behind Bucharest, with a wonderful historical and multicultural legacy and a great atmosphere
Turda Salt Mine – ranked 22nd of the top of 25 amazing, unknown places to visit in the world by Business Insider Magazine
Alba Iulia – the second largest and well preserved Vauban citadel in Europe, European Destination of Excellence
Sibiu – considered by Forbes the 8th most idyllic place to live in Europe – European Capital of Culture in 2007
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Duration 6 days/5 nights
Price 1600 Eur/tour for up to 3 people (estimation)
Activity level medium physical demands – please be aware that visit of medieval castles and citadels in Transylvania requires climbing a lot of steps!
What is included
– all tour guide & driver fee and expenses
– transport by 2014 Volkswagen Golf, air conditioned, fully insured (for up to 4 persons)
– all parking fees and fuel
– your hotel accommodation is NOT included (a total of 5 nights: 1 night in Brasov, 1 night in Sighisoara, 1 night in Cluj, 2 nights in Sibiu). Please consider an additional cost of around 60 EUR/double room/night at good, centrally located 3*-4* hotels in Brasov, Sighisoara, Cluj and Sibiu;
– entrance fees (approx. 75 RON/person, equivalent of 18 EUR/person)
– food & drink you choose to buy
– photo fees to objectives (where apply) and any other personal expenses (souvenirs etc)
Meeting location at your hotel or location within city limits, at 08:00 AM or as agreed upon
Day 1 Bucharest – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov (total driving distance 190 km)
Set off to Sinaia, picturesque little town and resort in the Carpathian Mountains, two hours drive north from Bucharest. Visit Peles Castle, set amidst fine terraced gardens and beautiful mountain scenery. Then we resume our tour to Bran, crossing the Carpathians into Transylvania and passing several mountain resorts. En route, stop for lunch to a nice local restaurant. Visit Bran Castle, a 14th century fortress. Explore the twisting passages and staircases and learn about Prince Vlad The Impaler, one of the most fascinating characters in the Romanian history who inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Transfer to Brasov, hotel check-in and evening at leisure. (overnight Brasov)
Day 2 Brasov – Viscri – Sighisoara (total driving distance 130 km)
In the morning, short tour of Brasov. Nestled at the foot of mountain Tampa, the city founded by the Transylvanian Saxons in the 13th century preserves much of its medieval ambiance. Stroll around the old town and the ancient fortifications.
Then we leave Brasov heading Sighisoara and the next stop on our journey is the secluded village of Viscri, one of the dozens of still existing old Saxon settlements in southern Transylvania that provide a rare image of the past. Most of the houses were restored and the landscape has remained unchanged for centuries. Viscri became famous after Prince Charles bought himself a house in the village and drew attention to the area’s exceptional natural and cultural heritage. The village and its fortified Church are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Arrival in Sighisoara and tour of the medieval citadel. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and climb the steps of the Clock Tower for fantastic views over the city and surrounding area.(overnight Sighisoara)
Day 3 Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Turda Salt Mine – Cluj Napoca (total driving distance 165 km)
Early departure from Sighisoara and change of scenery and atmosphere as our journey continues to Targu Mures, important city and cultural center of Transylvania, half Romanian, half Hungarian. We will stop for a stroll around the city’s main square, the beautiful Roses Square, where some emblematic landmarks are located such as the Palace of Culture and the Prefecture Palace, both amazing Hungarian Secession style masterpieces.
Continue our tour to Turda and get ready for a different experience, the Turda Salt Mine Museum, a 17th century salt mine now turned into a modern museum with spectacular amenities. Visiting a salt mine in Transylvania is relevant, as salt has played an important role in the history and economic development of the region from early times. Fact-check, some of Europe’s largest salt reserves, and biggest and oldest salt mines, are to be found in Romania, at the borders of the Transylvanian Plateau and in the Sub-Carpathian Hills. Late afternoon arrival in Cluj Napoca (overnight Cluj Napoca)
Day 4 Cluj Napoca – Alba Iulia – Sibiu (total driving distance 172 km)
In the morning, city tour of Cluj Napoca. Later, encounter with history in the city of Alba Iulia, now welcoming at its best as result of thorough restoration of the entire historical site – possible contender for your favorite destination in Romania! Roman vestiges, 16th -17th c medieval fortification, a Vauban-type fortification (early 18th c, the second largest of this type in Europe), 1000-year old Roman-Catholic cathedral and the iconic Orthodox Cathedral of the Reunification, all in one place in Alba Iulia. Evening arrival in Sibiu. (overnight Sibiu)
Day 5 Full day in Sibiu
Full day in the city of Sibiu, great city of culture designated European Capital of Culture in 2007. There is a large pedestrian historical center with beautiful squares, great museums to visit, churches, pavement cafés and animated atmosphere. In the morning, orientation tour of the city, followed by time for strolling at leisure. (overnight Sibiu)
Day 6 Sibiu – return to Bucharest (total driving distance 275 km)
Return to Bucharest via the Olt River Gorge (scenic route); stopover at the Cozia Monastery, iconic Romanian art and architecture monument.