Medieval Cities of Transylvania
Set off on a spectacular journey throughout the beautiful land of Transylvania. Visit its most important medieval cities and discover unique places, full of legends, waiting to be unraveled. On Summer time, take the famous Transfagarasan high-altitude road and admire its impressive views.
Journey will start in Bucharest, early in the morning, when your personal guide will pick you up from the hotel. You will then head towards the beautiful city of Sibiu.
If you take the tour between July – October, the road will take you on the spectacular Transfagarasan high-altitude road. Built in the ‘70s, the road offers now impressive landscapes with mountain picks covered in snow, waterfalls and glacier lakes.
Arriving in Sibiu in late afternoon, we will stretch our legs with a walking tour through the old city center. You can admire its impressive medieval urban architecture in the Large Square, and even stop for dinner in one of the numerous restaurants in the area. Thanks to its diverse local cuisine, Sibiu was chosen as European Gastronomical Region in 2019.
Today we continue our journey further, towards the unofficial capital of Transylvania – Cluj Napoca.
Our first stop will be in Alba Iulia. The city has a great significance for Romanian people, being in both settlement of an important Roman legion - XIII Gemina, a medieval fortress and the City of the Great Union, which was signed here in 1918.
Next, we head towards Turda Salt Mine, ranked by many international publications as one of the most interesting underground sites in the world. It dates back to the 17th century and was used for everything from cheese storage to a bomb shelter, in the Second World War. Today it has been transformed into an incredible underground theme park, where you can find an underground lake with paddle and row boats, a bowling alley, an amphitheater and even a Ferris wheel.
In the evening, we will arrive in Cluj-Napoca. The city has an interesting history, as it hosted the largest Hungarian community in Romania for many centuries. Today it impresses its visitors with its unique baroque architecture that can be admired on most of the buildings in the city center. The most important place in the city is the Union Square, dominated by Saint Mihail Cathedral, a stunning Gothic church built in the 15th century.
In the morning we check out from our hotel in Cluj and start driving towards Sighisoara.
In approx. 2 hours we arrive in the city of Targu Mures, where the largest Hungarian community in Romania is living. Here we will visit the Palace of Culture, an impressive Art Nouveau building and will find out more about the Hungarian legends through the beautiful stained glass in the Mirror’s Hall.
Around noon we will arrive in Sighisoara, probably the best-preserved medieval citadel in Europe, still inhabited in our days and part of UNESCO World Heritage sites. With its Saxon architecture, cobbled streets and vivid colored houses, the city reminds you about the medieval times of the 13th century.
Last stop for today will be the beautiful city of Brasov. Located right at the edge of the forest, the city was in the past the richest city in Transylvania - and this can be seen in its impressive urban architecture and largest Gothic-style church in Eastern Europe.
A tour in Transylvania cannot be completed without a visit at Dracula’s Castle. After we check-out from our hotel, we will head towards the castle to find out the truth behind this famous legend and to learn about the history of this place.
Continuing our journey, we stop in Sinaia, commonly referred to as the “Pearl of the Carpathian Mountains”. Here we will visit the beautiful Royal estate and the impressive Peles castle, Summer residence of the Romanian Monarchy at the beginning of the 20th century.
After exploring Transylvania’s most captivating sites, discovering its history and traditions we will end our tour back in Bucharest.
- The fairytale-like Peles Castle and the mysterious Bran Castle
- A tour of the some of the most well-preserved medieval cities in Europe: Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, and Alba Iulia
- A spectacular tour of one of the oldest salt mines in the world: Turda, dating from the 17th century
- Romania’s second largest city, well known for its great music festivals: Cluj Napoca
- Alba Iulia, home of XIIIth Roman Legion Gemina
- Driving on Transfagarasan, named by TOP Gear, “the best road in the world” - for tours between July - October
- Private tour
- Transportation by premium class vehicle/SUV or minivan, 2018-2020 models
- Entrance fees
- Certified English-speaking guide
- Pick-up and drop off at your hotel / airport in Bucharest
- 3 nights of accommodation in 3-4 star hotels, in double room
- Lunch and dinner
- Photo/video taxes
- Single supplement - 170 euro
- Other personal expenses (e.g. Minibar, massage, room service, etc.)
- Tour is available all year-around
- 2 persons - 670 euro / person
- 3 persons - 590 euro / person
- 4-5 persons - 540 euro / person
- 6-7 persons - 490 euro / person
- Children below 10 years old receive 50% discount
- Payment in cash or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX) at the beginning of the tour
- Booking this tour requires 50% deposit, non-refundable, at the moment of booking
- The below starting price is applicable for minimum 6 persons