Country Roads of Transylvania
Medieval towns and castles, hiking in the breathtaking wild Carpathian Mounatains and fortified church castles combined with great local food, wine and brandy make an outstanding “Tour of Transylvania”. The tour is a medium paced tour with a mix of overnight and two-night stays in Sibiu, Targu Mures and Brasov.
Today you meet your local guide at the International Airport of Bucharest. After a short transfer to your hotel, you start the sightseeing tour of the Romanian capital city. Bucharest is a city of contrasts with multicultural scenes. The tour starts with an inside visit of the Palace of the Parliament, also known as “The People’s House”, which according to Guinness World Records is the second largest and most expensive administrative building in the world. You also visit the open-air Village Museum and the Patriarchal Church from the 17th century. In the evening enjoy a traditional dinner with folk show in a local restaurant.
On the way to Sibiu you stop at the Cozia Monastery to visit the 600 year old architectural masterpiece. You continue your journey to the European Cultural Capital City in 2007, driving along the breathtaking landscapes of the Olt-Valley. After arriving in Sibiu, you start the city tour in the historic center. At the Grand Square you can admire the medieval houses and the beautiful Brukenthal Palace. Then you continue to the Small Square, to the Liar’s Bridge and the Huet Square. This evening, enjoy the dinner in the hotel.
Today you can enjoy some more time at leisure in this fairy tale city or you can join a fully guided hiking expedition in the nearby Cindrel Mountains. Discover the untouched nature of the wild Carpathian Mountains and the outstanding landscapes. In the afternoon you reach a small village where you visit the church castle Cisnadioara. In the evening you are invited by the locals from the mountain village Sibiel for a traditional dinner with wine and local brandy. You will also be greeted by knights in traditional costumes.
The day starts with a scenic ride through the countryside towards Medias, another former German settlement. You visit here the church castle St. Margaret. Continue to explore the fascinating Romanian countryside on the ride to Biertan. This is the place where you visit the largest Saxon church castle in Transylvania. In the afternoon you arrive in Targu Mures, where you visit the beautiful town with the Palace of Culture and with the largest Orthodox Church in Romania. Dinner in the hotel.
Today you discover one of the most beautiful Transylvanian towns – Sighisoara. A city tour of the citadel features an inside visit of the Clock Tower – Sighisoara’s landmark, of the Church on the Hill and of the birth house of famous Count Dracula. At noon you enjoy a scenic ride to Viscri, a small Transylvanian village, where time seems to have stopped. After arriving you have a delicious lunch at the locals from Viscri and then you enjoy a ride by a traditional horse drawn carriage. Explore the village until evening when you will return to Targu Mures. Dinner at the hotel.
Your journey continues South today, to the medieval church castles of Prejmer and Harman. They date back to the 13th century and they are some of the best preserved fortified churches of their kind in Eastern Europe. At noon you arrive in Brasov, which is also known as “The heart of Transylvania”. Founded by the Teutonic knights in the 13th century, Brasov preserves a beautiful medieval historic old town. At the Council Square you visit the History Museum from the Council House. Then you visit the town’s landmark – the Black Church. Built in the 14th century, the Black Church is the largest Gothic construction of its kind between Vienna and Istanbul. Dinner at the hotel.
Today you drive to Bran, where you visit the famous Dracula Castle. The castle was built by the Transylvanian Saxons at the end of the 14th century and served as customs between the two Romanian regions: Wallachia and Transylvania. It is nowadays known as one of the top 100 castles in the world. Then, enjoy a special dinner with operetta program and ballet in a restaurant from the 17th century. Complete with wine and music, this highlight will end your fascinating journey to Transylvania.
Before leaving Romania, you make one last stop in Sinaia, the Pearl of the Carpathian Mountains. Here you visit the royal summer residence of the former German king of Romania, Carol I. The Peles Castle was built in German Renaissance style at the end of the 19th century. After the visit, you continue your journey to the airport in Bucharest. Flight back home.