Transylvanian Medieval Castles & Fortified Churches Tour – 4 days
The Saxon villages appeared in Transylvania around the XIIIth century when the Hungarian kings settled here German colonists. Their cultural identity was preserved thanks to the multitude of crafts and traditions despite the constant threat of the Ottoman Empire. Thus, the Saxons formed a strong community in Transylvania and managed to protect their land by creating fortifications around their churches. Nowadays, among 150 medieval fortified churches, 7 are part of UNESCO world heritage. This tour is the perfect way to discover their story and step back time for only three days in the mysterious Transylvania.
private tour by car/minibus
|Highlights of the trip||
Sinaia Monastery, Peles castle, Brasov old town, Prejmer, Viscri & Biertan fortified churches, Rupea fortress, Sighisoara medieval citadel, Sibiu old town
969 Euros for 1 person; 499 Euros/person (group of 2 people); 369 Euros/person (group of 3 people); 339 Euros/person (group of 4-7 people); 299 Euros/person (group of 8-15 people).
from Tuesdays to Sundays, on request
pick-up & drop-off at your hotel (or any address in the city)
English (other languages available on request for an additional fee)
Transport by car/minibus, Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Bucharest, English speaking guide, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast included in double room at 3* hotels according to the program
Hotel extras; Entrance fees; Lunch and dinner
Day 1: BUCHAREST – SINAIA – BRAN – BRASOV (216 km)
Departure from Bucharest to Sinaia and visit one of the most beautiful castles in Europe,Peles Royal Castle. The second visit will allow you to travel back time, in the Medieval Age. You will see Bran Castle, the most visited castle in Romania also thanks to the legendary character, Dracula. The day will end in Brasov where you will enjoy a walking tour of the downtown in the Council Square and see the Black Church, a Gothic masterpiece, being the largest Gothic construction in Eastern part of Europe.
Overnight in Brasov.
Day 2: BRASOV – PREJMER – RUPEA – VISCRI – SIGHISOARA (160 km)
Today you will see part of the Saxons’ heritage in Transylvania. In the morning you will leave Brasov and head to Prejmer to visit the fortified church which, due to the good preservation, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The day will continue with another medieval monument, this time a citadel, recently renovated, Rupea Citadel, followed by a visit at Viscripti fortified church (UNESCO monument).
In the evening you will arrive in Sighisoara.
Overnight in Sighisoara.
Day 3: SIGHISOARA – BIERTAN – MEDIAS – SIBIU (112 km)
This day, we continue our trip on the land of Transylvania. In the morning you will enjoy a walking tour of the citadel & visit in The Clock Tower (for an interesting panoramic view). Let’s not forget that Sighisoara is the only citadel in Europe which is still inhabited, UNESCO monument, as well. You will leave this beautiful town and stop in the village of Biertan (UNESCO Heritage) where you will see the biggest fortified church in Transylvania and find out the unique method of the citizens to keep their marriages and avoid getting divorced. Prepare for a lovely surprise. Medias will be the second stop and in the evening you will arrive in Sibiu.
Overnight in Sibiu.
Day 4: SIBIU – COZIA – BUCHAREST (275 km)*
Sibiu was a German medieval citadel, with the first documentary attestation in 1191, and the old name Hermanstadt. Being so well preserved, in 2007, Sibiu gained the title of the European Capital of Culture. You will enjoy here a walking tour in the old town (the historical center of Sibiu) including The Large Square, The Small Square with the picturesque Liars Bridge, the old fortifications of the city, the Council Tower, etc. Later you will have a traditional lunch and head back to Bucharest. On your way you will stop in Cozia to visit Cozia Monastery, considered one of the most valuable monuments of national medieval art.
In the evening you will arrive in Bucharest.
* During summer time, the itinerary will include instead Cozia, a drive from Sibiu on Transfagarasan and a visit to Poenari Citadel, the real citadel which used to belong to Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula.
- 3* is a good standard for hotels in Romania and we did not have complaints. However, if you want to book a 4* or 5* hotel for this trip, we recommend to contact us.
TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.
Please note that the time table is subjected to be changed due to heavy city traffic and road works.
Also, the order of the visits during the trip can vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions as well as on the visiting program switch from summer to winter season.