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Overview

Living for the past 8 centuries in central Transylvania, the Saxons have developed a cultural, economic and spiritual way of life that positively and irrevocably marked the entire region.

The Saxons are a population of German origin, settled in Transylvania starting with the 12th century by the Hungarian kings.

 

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Itinerary:

Sibiu - Sighisoara - Viscri - Brasov - Sibiu

Included services:

6 nights accommodation in recommended 3*-4* hotels
6 dinners (2 courses, dessert)
1 lunch and wine tasting in Rhein Azuga wine cellar
tour guide in the language of your choice (English, German, French)
transportation for the whole tour

Not included services:

entrance fees
other services not mentioned

Day 1

Sibiu

Group pick up from Sibiu Airport; Transfer to the hotel

Pedestrian tour of the medieval centre of Sibiu, one of Romania’s most charming cities: the Large Square with Brukenthal Palace, Haller House, the Catholic Church and the Council Tower - symbol of the city; the Small Square with Luxembourg House, the Liar's Bridge, the House of Arts, the Museum of Saxon Ethnography and Folk Art "Emil Sigerus"; the Huet Square with the Evangelical Church; and the Fortress street.

Considered in its earlier days one of the best fortified citadels in Europe, Sibiu retains and displays the testimonies of a glorious past, and offers the best mix between a medieval atmosphere and a modern outlook.

Sibiu is one of Romania's cultural and tourism main cities, attracting tourists due to its wonderful medieval charm, with well preserved architecture monuments, beautiful landscapes in the Sibiu outskirts, great food, and friendly people. It contains the largest German community in Romania.

Along with Luxembourg, Sibiu was designated European Capital of Culture in 2007, primarily due to the multiculturalism that defines it.

 

Dinner and accommodation in Sibiu

Day 2

Sibiu & surroundings

Visit of Cisnadie (Heltau in German, 10 km far from Sibiu), with the Saxon fortified church St. Walpurga (XIIIth century), and then Cisnadioara (Michelsberg in German), with the Romanesque church, representative monument for the Romanesque architecture in Transylvania, the oldest in Romania (1260).

In the afernoon, get acquainted with the traditional folk architecture and popular techniques exposed in the picturesque open air "ASTRA" Museum, located in the forest of Dumbrava Sibiu.

 

Dinner and accommodation in Sibiu

*Optional: dinner with traditional menu and folk show in a rural pension, in Sibiel (22 km from Sibiu) - visit of the Glass Icons Museum unique in Europe, over 700 exhibits

Day 3

Sibiu - Medias - Biertan - Sighisoara

On the way to Sighisoara, the tour crosses an area that concentrates a large part of the Transylvanian fortified churches: almost every village in the area is settled around a fortified church built in XIIIth - XVth century by the Saxon colonists.

Visit of Medias - St Margareth's church, late Gothic and the impressive Biertan fortified church, former see of the Protestant bishops for 300 years.

Transfer to Sighisoara, small fortified city in the heart of Transylvania, visit of the well preserved fortified site: the Stag House, the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Venetian House, the Covered Stairs.

Sighisoara (Schässburg in German) is one of the most visited cities in Transylvania, and offers an outstanding testimony of the local Saxons culture. The best preserved medieval citadel in Romania, Sighisoara offers a genuine feeling of a medieval fortress, one special feature is that its houses have been permanently inhabited.

 

Dinner and accommodation in Sighisoara

Day 4

Sighisoara - Viscri - Prejmer - Brasov

En route to Viscri village. Situated at 43 km from Sighisoara, Viscri is an oasis of tranquility, where Charles, Prince of Wales owns two traditional houses. The village hosts a spectacular fortified Saxon church, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage.

Next stop: Prejmer, visit of the fortified Saxon church, the best preserved and most secure medieval fortified church in Eastern Europe.

Transfer to Brasov, Transylvania; short city tour with the visit of the City Council Square, the Black Church (Brasov's landmark, over 500 years old, the largest Gothic church in SE Europe, hosts one of the greatest pipe organs in Europe), Ecaterina's gate, a fairy-looking medieval  tower, part of the last preserved original city gates. 

Brasov (Kronstadt in German), was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site. It is a remarkable city, preserving the marks of a medieval history with Saxon influences, mainly in the old town.

 

Dinner and accommodation in Brasov/Poiana Brasov

Day 5

Brasov - Sinaia - Bran - Brasov

Transfer to Sinaia mountain resort, the ”Pearl of the  Carpathians”, visit of Peles Castle, former residence of Romania's Kings. Built by King Carol I of Romania, as his summer residence, Peles castle shelters an important collection of works of art, rare furnitures and valuable paintings.

Lunch and wine tasting (sparkling wines produced using the traditional method) in the "Rhein Azuga" wine cellars, the former supplier of the Romanian Royal Court. 

In the afternoon - visit of the Bran Castle, known as the Vlad Dracul/Dracula’s Castle. The medieval stronghold perched on rocks high above the valley was built in the XIVth century, in order to protect the peasants and landowners at the border between the two historical provinces: Walachia and Transylvania.

 

Traditional dinner and accommodation in Brasov/Poiana Brasov

Day 6

Brasov - Fagaras - Cincu - Sibiu

Folowing the route between Brasov and Sibiu, along the majestic Fagaras mountains ridge, the highest mountains in Romania; the road crosses several villages typical for the Transylvanian region.

Short stop in Cincu, visit of the church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the largest Romanesque basilica located in a Saxon village and unique in terms of positioning: it is situated on a hill that descends steeply on three sides, so it had to be defended only on the western side.

 

Dinner and accommodation Sibiu

Day 7

 

Transfer to Sibiu airport.

 

Goodbye Romania !

Price/pers in EUR

        Double room                  Single room supplement
434 107

The prices are valid for a minimum 30 paying persons/group.

Included services:

6 nights accommodation in recommended 3*-4* hotels
6 dinners (2 courses, dessert)
1 lunch and wine tasting in Rhein Azuga wine cellar
tour guide in the language of your choice (English, German, French)
transportation for the whole tour

Not included services:

entrance fees
other services not mentioned

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