Tours of Romania: Transylvania tour
Duration: this tour of Transylvania takes six days/five nights
Group size: 1 to 7 persons
Pick-up/drop off point: the tour starts and ends at your hotel/accommodation in Bucharest
Transylvania tour features:
Day 1 - Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - Sibiu: During the first day of our tour we're going to cross the Carpathians from Wallachia to Transylvania, following the picturesque Olt Valley or the amazing Transfagarasan Road (Transfagarasan Road is open only between 1st of July and 31st of October). On the way, visit Curtea de Arges, Cozia and Turnu Monasteries or Curtea de Arges Monastery, Poienari Fortress, Vidraru Dam, Balea Lake and Balea waterfall. Dinner on your own and overnight accommodation in Sibiu.
Day 2 - Sibiu & surroundings: The second day starts with the walking tour of Sibiu, including the Big Square, the Small Square, Huet Square, The Liar's Bridge, the Goldsmiths' Square, Evangelic, Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals and the best preserved part of the old defensive walls. Lunch at leisure in the pedestrian area of Sibiu. In the afternoon, we're going to visit the Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, an open air exhibition presenting the entire world of Romanian folk culture: the natural habitat, the localities, the farmstead and dwelling-place, the main occupations as well as the auxiliary ones, the popular crafts and industries, folk costumes, etc. Later in the evening, a home hosted dinner in a traditional farm in Sibiel and overnight accommodation in Sibiu.
Day 3 - Sibiu - Biertan - Sighisoara: After breakfast, leave Sibiu and head to Sighisoara. On the way, visit the fortified churh of Biertan (one of the seven Saxon churches from Transylvania listed on UNESCO's World Heritage sites), built between 1492 - 1516 and the residence of the Evangelic Diocese for almost 300 years (1572 - 1867). Have lunch in a medieval restaurant in Biertan. Continue our journey to Sighisoara, check in the hotel and have a walking tour of the citadel. Dinner on your own and overnight accommodation.
Day 4 - Sighisoara - Tagu Mures - Sighisoara: Begin your day with a visit to the History Museum ( which comprises The Clock Tower, Medieval Weapons Museum and the Torture Chamber). Take a ride to Targu Mures, 50 km north from Sighisoara. Lunch at leisure. Visit The Palace of Culture and the exquisite Mirrors Hall, the Orthodox Cathedral and the old fortress of Targu Mures. Return to Sighisoara for overnight accommodation. Dinner on your own.
Day 5- Sighisoara - Brasov: In the morning cross over the Transylvanian Plateau, heading to Brasov. Brief stops on the way to visit the fortified churches from Saschiz (another Saxon Church listed as a part of UNESCO's World Heritage) and Homorod (the only church in Romania orientated from North to South). Lunch on your own in the wonderful pedestrian old centre of Brasov. Later on, in the afternoon, a panoramic tour will reveal you the most important sites of Brasov (The Black Church - the largest gothic cathedral between Viena and Istanbul, Rope Street - one of the narrowest streets in Europe, The Weaver's Bastion - hosting an amazing miniature of the old fortress, Saint Nicholas Church, the old defensive walls and few very well preserved guild's towers). Dinner on your own and overnight accommodation in Brasov.
Day 6 - Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest: the last day of our tour starts with a visit to Bran Castle (famous as Dracula's Castle), a very well preserved medieval fortress, built in 1377 to protect the road between Transylvania and Wallachia; later on, at the beginning of XXth century, the castle was turned into a summer residence for the second Romanian Royal family (King Ferdinand and Queen Mary). Lunch at leisure in a traditional romanian restaurant in Bran or along the road during the crossing of the Carpathians. In the afternoon we reach Sinaia, a mountain resort known as ,,The Pearl of the Carpathians'', where we're going to visit one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first Romanian Royal couple: King Carol I and Queen Elizabeth. The last objectif of our tour is Sinaia Monastery, built in 1695 at the order of Mihail Cantacuzino. From Sinaia, we're heading south to Bucharest, where our tour ends, in front of your hotel.
Included in the tour: transportation by medium size sedan/minivan with A/C, licensed tour guide, five nights accommodation (hotel or guesthouse), five breakfasts, one home hosted dinner, admission fees to the museums/attractions.
Not included: photo/video fees, meals other than mentioned, drinks, accommodation in Bucharest.
Note: the tour described above is just a suggestion and includes some of the most important landmarks of Sibiu, Sighisoara, Targu Mures, Sinaia, Bran and Brasov. All our short trips & tours are customizable, according with your interests: museums, architecture, landscapes, jewish heritage, etc.