Urban Transylvania and Beyond

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310
6 days
Availability : Jan. 2018 - Dec. 2018
Bucharest
Min Age : 6+

HIGHLIGHTS

Alba Iulia, Brasov, Cluj, Sibiu, Sighisoara
Tour Details

When it comes to Transylvania, the first thought that might go through your mind is Dracula; and for good reason, he is one of the most famous fictional characters that is said, originated from Romania. But this time, our focus shifts to something different. Forget the villages, forget the stories and myths. This time we’re going medieval, visiting the most beautiful cities in Transylvania. This tour is spread across a number of days, in order to be able to visit all the cities in this region. Each day is assigned to a city, so there’s plenty of time to explore, take pictures and discover their beautiful architecture.

Services
  • Accommodation with breakfast included
  • Transportation with private mini bus
  • Entrance Fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Air fares
  • Insurances
  • Photo/Video taxes
Itinerary

Day 1Bucharest-Brasov

On this first day we will be headed straight to Rasnov Fortress, one of the best preserved rustic citadels from Transylvania. Its main purpose was defense for the Transylvanian villages that were exposed to attacks. Yes, this is not a city, but while we’re in the area, it would be a shame to avoid it.

Then, we’re off the the first main city in Transylvania, Brasov, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211. Its medieval ambiance is there today, as it was back in the day, especially in the old Town Hall Square. Here you can peek inside the Black Church – the largest Gothic church in Romania, and pass through the narrowest street in Europe, the Rope Street.

Accommodation in Brasov.

Day 2Brasov-Sighisoara

After breakfast, there’s another gem hidden in the heart of the Carpathians, the Saxon village of Viscri; One of the main attractions here is the Viscri Monastery – part of the UNESCO Heritage. Fun fact: Prince Charles of Wales bought a house here.

Around lunchtime it’s time for the second highlight of our Urban Transylvania tour, the city of Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful self-preserved medieval cities in Europe, founded in the 12th century by the Transylvanian Saxons. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this town is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. He was also the inspiration for the fictional creation Count Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Accommodation in Sighisoara.

Day 3Sighisoara-Turda Salt Mine-Cluj

Mixing the old and the new is not something that you should be worried about, especially when it’s done properly. And this is where the Turda Salt Mine comes into play; the largest salt mine in Europe. There you will encounter a carousel, a 180-seat amphitheater, ping-pong tables, basketball hoops, mini-golf, bowling and also a mini lake where you can rent a boat. Also there is an area with health treatments that draws upon and takes advantage of the mine’s optimal climate. The perfect place for relaxation.

Following the Salt Mine, the next main attraction in our tour is the city of Cluj, the 4th largest city in Romania, dating since 106, when the Roman Emperor has conquered Dacia and formed the settlement named Napoca. Over the years the city has thrived , becoming very famous, hosting some of the best music festivals in Europe like Electric Castle and of course Europe’s best festival – Untold, and for the movie goers, the Transylvania Film Festival (TIFF). The Cluj-Napoca Tailors’Tower was built in the 15th century and rebuilt between 1627 and 1629, assuming its present form. It was named after the Tailor’s Guild, who took care and guarded the southeast corner of the city. The Saint Michael Cathedral – is a Gothic-style Roman Catholic church, the second largest church in Trasylvania, after the Black Church in Brasov. The Evangelic Church is a place of worship for the Evangelican Lutheran Church in Cluj-Napoca.

Accommodation in Cluj.

Day 4Cluj-Alba Iulia

This is a day where we’ll be moving from city to city, making it a more relaxing day, where you’ll have a lot of time for yourselves, exploring the surrounding on your own.

And the perfect way to do so is in the city of Alba Iulia, built between 1714-1738 after the Habsburg conquest of Transylvania. It is considered to be the most representative baroque, Vauban-type state fortress in Romania and one of the largest of this kind in Eastern Europe. The Roman Catholic Cathedral – a medieval architecture jewel, built in the 13th century in two stages: 1247-1291 and 1320-1356 and it is placed in the heart of the Alba Carolina Stronghold. The Path of the Three Fortifications – is unique in Europe, because it takes you back 2000 years in history. The Union Hall – the place where on the 1st of December 1918, the document that attests the union of Transylvania with Romania (First time the union of the three Romanian provinces was made by Michael the Brave in 1600 ) was signed.

Accommodation in Alba Iulia.

Day 5Alba Iulia – Corvin Castle-Sibiu

What would a Transylvanian tour be without a castle? And no, it’s not Bran, but rather a more interesting one. Bright and early, we are going to visit the Corvin Castle; the construction of the Castle started in the 15th century having an old settlement as a starting point. Huffington Post presented this castle as one of the ten most magical constructions of this kind in the world. This Gothic castle is surrounded by a lot of legends, and the most interesting is regarding the symbol of the Corvin family, the crow and the gold ring.

The final city on our Transylvanian tour is Sibiu, the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels built in the 12th century by the German settles known as the Transylvanian Saxons. The Old Town is conjured by a fortress and has many buildings that kept their medieval ambiance.

Accommodation in Sibiu.

Day 6Sibiu-Bucharest

This day, after breakfast, we are going to drive back to Bucharest.

Pricing

Group of 2

€1199/person  

Group of 4

€830/person  

Group of 8

€619/person  

Group of 10

€549/person  

Please remember that as the group size INCREASES, the price/person DECREASES.
If your group size is different than the ones listed above, send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible with an estimate.

Payment & Cancellation Policies

The payment will be received and processed in full, in a minimum of 30 days prior to departure. So, any reservation has to be made 30 days or more before departure. If there are 29 days left before the starting of the tour, you cannot book anymore. If you find yourself in a last minute booking decision, send us an e-mail and we’ll find a solution for you.

In the unfortunate case of needing to cancel a reservation for a package, the following terms apply:

  • If you cancel within 30 days before departure, 100% of the total amount payed will be refunded to your account.
  • If you cancel within 15 days before departure, 50% of the total amount payed will be refunded to your account.
  • If you cancel within 7-0 days days before departure, 5% of the total amount payed will be refunded to your account.
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    3 Reviews
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    Sonila Pepa

    Group Traveller

    I loved how many places there are to discover in Transylvania. I only knew about Dracula of course. This is recommended to anyone that would like to see even more places in Romania. Would suggest this tour to my friends.

    November 7, 2017

    John Armstrong

    Couple Traveller

    The salt mine is truly spectacular, something that needs to be seen in this lifetime. The overall experience was great.

    July 17, 2017

    Sara Maor

    Group Traveller

    I want to thank you again for everything. We will not forget all the little surprises that you have chosen for us pleasantness, a smile, a good word and endless patience for you, Andrei and Alexandra.

    June 16, 2017