South Western Transylvania History and Nature Tour
ROUTING: BUCHAREST â“ COZIA - SIBIU.
- In the morning will pick-up you from your location in Bucharest or from the airport if you came with a early flight (before 10.00 AM). Weâ™ll start the route to Sibiu. In our way a stop for a visit at Cozia Monastery, which is set in one of the most picturesque of the many carpathian landscapes which are the pride of Oltenia, this immense repository of such monuments.
- In the afternoon/evening we will arrive in Sibiu and weâ™ll make a city tour. Sibiu was the European Capital of Culture in 2007. The Big Square, the Small Square, the Ursuline Church, The Franciscan Church, The staircase Tower, the Tanners Tower, the Lierâ™s Bridge , the House of the Butcherâ™s Guild and Bruckenthal Museum are the most important sights.
- Overnight in Sibiu
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Ramada Sibiu ****
ROUTING: SIBIU â“ CALNIC â“ ALBA IULIA - HUNEDOARA
- Depart from Sibiu. First stop at Calnic Castle (Unesco site). The castle, first mentioned in 1269, is very well preserved. Built as a noble's residence, it was bought in 1430 by local peasants and fortified.
- Next we go to Alba Iulia. The modern city is located near the site of the important Dacian political, economic and social centre named Apulon (believed by many archaeologists to be the Dacian fortifications on top of Piatra Craivii). In the roman period the city was known as Apullum. In 1918, tens of thousands of Romanians gathered in Alba Iulia on December 1, now commemorated as the National Day of Romania, to hear the proclamation of the union of Transylvania with the Romania Kindom. In1922, Ferdinand of Romania was symbolically crowned King of Romania in Alba Iulia in an act which mirrored the achievement of Michael the Brave. Visit the old citadel, The Reunion Cathedral, The Reunion Hall and Museum, The Catholic Cathedral (who host the grave of Iancu de Hunedoara â“ the famous ruler of Transylvania.
- Arriving at Hunedoara, the land of Romanians origins. In this area was the capital of ancient Dacia Kingdom, and also famous due to Hunyadâ™s Castle. It looks like this area inspired the famous writter Jules Verne for his nouvell " The Castle from Carpathians".
- We then visit Hunyadâ™s Castle. The most representative castle in this part of Transylvania was built in 14th century and became famous as a property of Iancu of Hunedoara, the great ruller and fighter against the Ottoman Empire at that time. Built in the 14th century, on the place of an old fortification, on a rock below which flows the small river Zlasti the castle is a large building, with tall and diversely coloured roofs, towers, windows and balconies adorned with carvings in stone
- End the day in Hateg (20 km from Hunedoara).
ACCOMMODATION: Casa Veche Pension***
**Note: Optional you can decide to spend one/two more days in this area. In this time you can relax, hike in Retezat National Park, visit the ruins of Sarmisegatuza â“ the ancient capital of Dacia Kingdom, visit the church from Densus and many other sights.
ROUTING: HATEG â“ TARGU JIU â“ HOREZU â“ BUCHAREST
- Leaving from the Hateg region and we cross the Carpathians Mountains through Jiu River Valley. The breathtaking landscapes toward the road will make from this a memorable journey.
- On the other side of the mountains will find Horezu Monastery which was founded in 1690 by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu in the town of Horezu. It is considered to be a masterpiece of "BrÃ¢ncovean" style, known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculpted detail, its treatment of religious compositions, its votive portraits, and its painted decorative works. The town of Horezu is well known for its people who make pottery and present it at an annual fair. There are special traditions which have been well preserved.
- In the evening arriving in Bucharest. Drop-off at your location.(if you have a late flight (after 7.00 PM)*we can drop you off at the airport or we can offer an extra night in Bucharest, inquire for details)
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