Sibiu – 2007 European Capital of Culture
Visit the heart of Transylvania and discover one of the most beautiful cities in Romania! Sibiu, known as „Villa Hermanni”, founded in the 13th century. Visit the beautiful city Cluj-Napoca, the economic center of Transylvania, with its imposing St. Michael Church, and drive towards Sibiu. Admire The Brukenthal Palace, the first Art Museum in Romania, The Liar’s Bridge, the Council Tower, the Hall House, the Old City Hall and the Evangelical Church, among the most important highlights of the city. Discover the Saxon fortified churches, protected by the UNESCO, or the resort Paltinis, where you can see some breath-taking landscapes. Enjoy the Romanian atmosphere and explore the untouched traditions!
Welcome to Romania! Meet with your local guide at the Hungarian-Romanian border. Journey towards Cluj, check-in to your centrally located hotel and enjoy dinner.
Drive to Alba Iulia, and discover the star-shaped Vauban fortress, with its famous Orthodox and Catholic Churches. You have the chance to visit the Evangelical Church from Sebes, built by the Saxons. The highlight of the day is a visit in Sibiel. The Museum of Icons on Glass houses a huge collection of glass icons, painted by Romanian peasants. Two knights wearing traditional costumes will pick you up to a local family. There you are welcomed with bread and salt. Further on, enjoy a traditional meal with Romanian wines and local brandy. Carry on to Sibiu and check-in for six overnights.
A wonderful start of the day with a tour of the city Sibiu, the 2007 European Capital of Culture. Visit the wonderful old city center, with its medieval squares. You discover the Big and the Small Square, the Liar’s Bridge, the Evangelical Church and admire the Brukenthal Museum, the oldest museum in Romania. Drive to the Village Museum Astra, the largest open-air museum in Romania. Enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant from the Old Town of Sibiu.
Today you drive with the last tram in Sibiu to the idyllic city of Rasinari. Visit the Saxon fortified churches from the surroundings of Sibiu. Drive to Cisnadie, a UNESCO World Heritage, and visit the fortified church and the local Textile Museum. On a hill near Cisnadie lies the fortified church from Cisnadioara, with a beautiful Romanesque architecture. Carry on and admire the fortified church from Miercurea Sibiului, a former Saxon city that used to be an important administrative center during the Middle Ages. Return to Sibiu. Dinner at the hotel.
Drive towards the Southern Carpathians to Brasov, one of the most important Saxon cities in Transylvania. The main attraction is the Black Church, the largest gothic church in Eastern Europe. After a city tour of the old center, journey towards the Bran Castle, the castle of the famous count Dracula, built by the saxons to protect the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Nowadays the castle hosts the museum of furniture dedicated to the Romanian Royal Family, especially to Queen Marie, the one that collected the objects, and to whom the people of Brasov gifted the Castle. Return to Sibiu, and dinner at the hotel.
Drive to Medias, and visit the fortified church St. Margaret, admire its Gothic architecture, and one of the biggest collection of Transylvanian rugs. Carry on to Biertan and visit the biggest altar from Romania, the fortified Church, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue towards Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. While in Sighisoara, visit the charming medieval Citadel Sighisoara, and enjoy the tour of the main attractions, The Covered Stairway, The Clock Tower, Vlad Dracul House, The Tinsmiths’ Tower, and The Church on the Hill. Carry on to the village of Seuca and enjoy a tasting session one of the best wines from Transylvania. Return to Sibiu. Dinner at the hotel
Travel to Hunedoara and visit the beautifully preserved Hunyadi Castle, once the residence of the Hungarian kings. Travel back in time with a special tour of the castle, enjoy the fairytale atmosphere, admire the oriel, the towers and the imposing balconies. It is a monument where legends turn to life. Return to Sibiu, enjoy leisure time and discover the Old Town on your own. Dinner at the hotel.
Transfer to the Hungarian border and farewell to your guide.