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Tour the main Transylvanian medieval fortresses and cities; go back to the medieval ages and see its beauty, traditions and legends. Discover the history of Transylvania and it’s peoples with a private local guide.
After a few days in Budapest this tour starts from Cluj-Napoca; a great starting point from the northern part of the country, perfect for those continuing their tour from Hungary. Cluj is a great introduction to Transylvania; the main square is dominated by the magnificent gothic church of St. Michael, built by the Saxons in 14C, it is the biggest church in Romania.
After Cluj we start our journey to discover the unique medieval towns and castles of Transylvania. Today we will discover Hunyad Castle in Hunendoara. Once resided by Iancu de Hunedoara and an important stronghold. With its drawbridge, tall towers and high battlements you will see why this is one of the most magnificent castles in Romania. On the way we will stop in Alba Iulia.
The next day we will head to Sibiu which is the largest of the seven Saxon walled citadels of Transylvania. The historic center itself was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 2004. It is reminiscent of medieval towns in Germany such as Nuremburg. On the way we will stop to visit Calnic Castle.
Another day filled with medieval towns and strongholds. We begin the day with a visit to Medias then continue to Biertan. Biertan Church is among one of the biggest of the Saxon fortified churches containing three interior wall. Finally reaching Sighisoara, one of the only still inhabited medieval citadels in Europe and the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Dracula.
Next on the itinerary is the castles surrounding the Brasov county. Bran castle is considered the most picturesque castle in Romania and also known as Dracula's Castle; although it is debated he ever stepped foot in the castle. After we will visit the peasant fortress of Rasnov and return to the vibrant city of Brasov.
On the way to Bucharest we will stop to visit the Palace of Peles in Sinaia. Peles Castle was residence to the Royal family in Romania. Inside you will find an impressive collection of weapons from the middle ages.
The above and more will be included on this privately guided tour. For more details on this tour refer to the "Day by Day Itinerary". This tour is customizable to your request so please inquire for details.
Explore Transylvania's magnificent Castles and Ancient Walled Cities!!!
Day by Day Itinerary:
- Upon arrival your private driver will transfer you to your hotel
- Check in hotel
- Folklore show with dinner
- Return in the evening
- Overnight in Budapest
- Breakfast in the hotel.
- 3-hour-long city tour and Parliament visit. Erzsebet Square, Opera House, Heroes Square/Millenium Memorial (photostop), downtown, Erzsebet Bridge, panorama view to the banks of the River Danube with famous public buildings, panorama view from Gellert Hill (photostop), walk in the Castle district, Matthias Church (outside), Fishermen Bastion, panorama view to the city, Margit Bridge.
- Visit the House of Parliament: first outside then inside the impressive building with its magnificent neogothic chambers and staircases, the home of the Hungarian Holy Crown. The program ends in front of the House of Parliament. (Note: this tour maybe changed to a city tour by boat, inquire for details)
- Rest of the day at your leisure
- Evening transfer to the train station ( train departs @ 23:30)
ACCOMMODATION: 1st class sleeper card
- Pick up at the train station in Sighisoara ( arrival @ 11:15)
- Check in hotel
- Visit Sighisoara, one of the most preserved medieval city in Europe. Situated in Mures County, on the valley of the Tarnava Mare river, Sighisoara (former Dacian settlement and also called the pearl of Transylvania) was founded by the German immigrants in the second half of the 12th century and it was turned into a city in 1407. Its medieval aspect may be found both in the centre of the city and inside the Fortress of Sighisoara. In this area, houses are built very close to one another, giving a sense of crowdedness (in order to occupy the least space possible)
- Night at your leisure
- Overnight in Sighisoara
ACCOMMODATION: Sighisoara Hotel***
ROUTING: SIGHISOARA - BIERTAN - MEDIAS - SIBIU
- Depart for Biertan - village is a fortified medieval church, one of the biggest in Transylvania with three defensive inner walls.
- In Medias is the beautiful Margareta church from XIV century and the main tower with 47m high slant. This tower was included in top 10 the most slanted towers in the world.
- In the afternoon arrive in Sibiu: European Capital of Culture in 2007. Tour including the Tower of the Council, the Liars Bridge, The Protestant Church (dated 1321), the Old Town Hall, the Bruckental Museum, and the Jesuit Baroque Church
- Overnight in Sibiu
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Ramada Sibiu ****
ROUTING: SIBIU - SEBES - DEVA - HUNEDOARA - ALBA IULIA - SIBIU
- First we visit 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.
- Arriving at Hunedoara and visit the Hunyad’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.
- Depart from Hunedoara and 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 Kindom of Romania. In 1922, 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 – the famous ruler of Transylvania.
- Return in the evening to Sibiu.
- Overnight in Sibiu
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Ramada Sibiu ****
ROUTING: SIBIU - PREJMER - BRASOV
-Then onto Brasov. The next stop will be at Prejmer. Visit Prejmer Fortified Church, one of the best preserved of its kind in Eastern Europe. The church is modeled after churches of Jerusalem, as well as built in the style of Late Gothic churches from the Rhineland.
End the day in Brasov with a visit in the Old City Center The city of Brasov is one of the oldest in Europe, dating from 1235. During the Middle Ages, Brasov was known as a powerful fortress surrounded by high stone walls and defended by bulwarks, towers and other small fortresses. The buildings and the streets in the historical centre still preserve a medieval note. Concil Square, Black Church, White and Black Towers, Weaver’s Bastion and Ecaterina's Gate are the tour highlights.
ACCOMMODATION: Casa Wagner***
ROUTING: BRASOV - SINAIA - BRAN - RASNOV - BRASOV
- In the morning we will go to visit the Peles Castle, former summer residence of the kings of Romania, the Peles Castle is 44 kilometres far from Brasov, in Sinaia, a well-known mountain resort. Nowadays the Castle is one of the most important museums in Transylvania with an impressive collection of furniture and ornamental objects, carpets, tapestry, sculptures, paintings, collections of weapons from the 15th up to the19th centuries.
- Continue your journey to Bran with it’s famous Bran castle. Also called Dracula's Castle, it is situated not far from Brasov (25 kilometers) at the entrance in the Bran - Rucar passage. The castle got its fame from Dracula's legend written in 1897 by Bram Stoker and later on made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola.. The first documents about the Bran Castle appeared in 1377. Along the history, the Castle had a strategic mission being the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. First it was under the rule of the King of Hungary Sigismund of Luxemburg, than under the Romanian voievodes Mircea cel Batran and Vlad Tepes and later on it came under the jurisdiction of the City of Brasov. In 1912 it was donated by the municipality of Brasov to the Romanian royal family, in order to became their residence.
- Than if time will allows (depending of the season) stop for a visit at Rasnov and visit the old citadel. Built in 1331, the Fortress had a defense role and it was a shelter for the inhabitants of Rasnov in case of enemy attacks. In the middle of the courtyard there is a well 146 metres deep and the ruins of an 11th - 12th century - Orthodox church were discovered here. Nowadays the Fortress houses an interesting museum
- Than go to Brasov and visit the historical center where you can admire Concil Square, Black Church, Weaver's Bastion, Ecaterina's Gate, Black and White Tower.
- Dinner at the Serbians Tavern
- Overnight in Brasov
ACCOMMODATION: Casa Wagner***
ROUTING: BRASOV - BUCHAREST
- Transfer to Bucharest Airport and final good-bye from your Romanian Specialist Tour Guide or continue this tour to Bulgaria with our partners, for more details click here
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Prices, Dates & What's Included:
Prices available upon request...
The Tour Includes:
- 7 nights accommodation described in the itinerary
- Private Return Transfers in Budapest
- (D) Dinner and Folklore show in Budapest
- 1 half day coach sightseeing tour of Budapest (Inquire for private tour)
- Train ticket from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca
- Transportation by private car or minivan
- English-Speaking Specialist tour guide for the duration of the tour (7 days)
- Entrance fees
- Local Taxes
- Lunches or Dinners
- Alcoholic drinks
- Extra charges of hotel, eg. Laundry, telephone or fax charges, room service, etc..
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