Enjoy a medieval Transylvania tourt that takes you to Romania’s most famous fortresses and medieval cities. Discover the architectural splendors of Saxon settlers, old cities and villages and visit the infamous Dracula’s Castle.
What to Expect
Day 1: Bucharest-Sinaia-Bran-Brasov-Sighisoara
Starting in the morning, drive north towards Transylvania, sheltered by the Carpathian Mountains with historic forests and abundant wildlife. In the charming mountain resort of Sinaia you will visit the fairy tale Peles Castle, strongly connected with the flourishing period of Romanian royalty.
Peles Castle is one of the best-preserved royal palaces in Europe. The castle is full of ornaments on the inside as well as the outside, and features elaborate wood sculptures and paintings representing scenes from the works of German composer Richard Wagner.
Pass through the fabulous mountain scenery and arrive in Bran Village. Visit Dracula’s Castle, whose striking hilltop appearance stands at the basis of many myths and legends.
The first historical reference of Bran Castle, Dracula`s Castle, is a document issued on November 19, 1377 issued by Ludwig I d’Anjou, by which Brasov inhabitants received the privilege of building the fortress “at their own work and expense”. Between 1920-1927 Bran Castle was restored under the supervision of Karel Liman, the architect of the Royal Court, who turned it in a beautiful summer residence surrounded by a park with promenade alleys, lake, fountains, arbors, and a tea house. In 1938 Queen Maria of Romania bequeathed Bran Castle with all its domains, to her daughter Princess Ileana, who owned it until 1948.
The next stop of the day is Brasov Medieval Town, which according to historical references from 1234 was called Kronstadt. Its history starts in 13th century and its walls, towers and a lot of buildings from the medieval times are still preserved. During the second half of the 14th century it was confirmed as the administrative and ecclesiastic center of the region of Tara Barsei, “the free Royal town”, one of the economic and cultural centers of Transylvania.
Stay overnight in Sighisoara Citadel in an intimate 3-star hotel/pension located in the heart of the citadel; you’ll be enchanted by the medieval charm of the place.
Day 2: Sighisoara- Biertan Fortified Church-Sibiu-Bucharest
Explore the Old Town of Sighisoara with cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. You will visit the Clock Tower, Church on the Hill and Dracula`s house where Vlad Tepes was born in 1431. The houses inside the Citadel of Sighisoara show the main features of a craftsmen`s town. There are some houses which belonged to the former town elite, like the Venetian House and the House with Antlers.
Leave Sighisoara, and stop in Biertan Village-UNESCO site in Romania, and one of the first German settlements in Transylvania. The fortified church of Biertan, surrounded by three rows of fortifications, was built by the German peasants in Transylvania and was used for nearly 300 years as the residence of the Transylvanian Archbishop. A room in the citadel was used for a long time as a reconciliation place for couples about to divorce (hear the full story on spot). The name “Biertan” was first attested in 1283. It had a township status.
Continue the tour towards Sibiu. Sibiu is one of the most important fortified towns in Transylvania. The city is reminiscent of old European cities such as Nurnberg and it was founded in 1190 and grew to be the chief city of the Transylvanian Saxons. This amazing place, with the "Old Town" (The Big Square, the Small Square, the Ursuline Church, The Franciscan Church, The Staircase Tower, the Tanners Tower, the Liar’s Bridge , the House of the Butcher’s Guild and last but not least with the amazing Bruckenthal Museum) is a gorgeous place to visit.
After a short sightseeing tour, leave Sibiu and cross the mountains on the Olt River Valley, one of the most spectacular valleys crossing the Southern Carpathians towards Bucharest. The fabulous journey ends with the arrival in Romania`s capital city.
- 1-Night bed and breakfast accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Sighisoara
- Fully-insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
- Fuel and parking fees
- Professional English-speaking guides (driving) to accompany you throughout
- Guides’ expenses
- Detailed maps of Romania
Know Before You Go
• This is a private tour
• Pick-up and drop off to and from your hotel in Bucharest is included. Pick-up at 09.00
• Bookable for a minimum of two persons