Medieval Transylvania Tour takes you to the age of courage, strength and glory. Join us on a tour of Romania’s most famous fortresses and medieval cities of Transylvania.
Visit the beautiful Sinaia Mountain Resort and the former royal residence of Peles Castle
Discover the castle that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Bran Castle
Enjoy a walking tour of Brasov Old Town
Walk on the cobbled streets of Sighisoara Medieval Citadel
Stroll around the impressive Biertan Fortified Church
See Sibiu Old Town the former capital of Transylvania
Drive through the magnificent scenery of the Carpathian Mountains
“Let`s bring to life the medieval castles and citadels from the land beyond the forest. Step into the age of courage, strength and glory by joining us on a tour of the most famous fortresses and medieval cities of Romania.”
Medieval Transylvania Tour for two days is a private tour BOOKABLE for minimum two persons.
It includes pick-up and drop-off from and to your hotel or other location in Bucharest.
DAY 1 Bucharest -> Sinaia -> Bran -> Brasov -> Sighisoara
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 Romania royalty.
Peles Castle – here is one of the best-preserved royal palaces in Europe. The castle is full of ornaments the inside as well as on 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 once arrived 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The first historical reference of Bran Castle – Dracula`s Castle, is a document issued on November 19, 1377, issued by Ludwig I d’Anjou, by which Brasov inhabitants received the privilege of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, arbours, 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.
Next stop of the day is Brasov Medieval Town, which according to historical references from 1234 was called Kronstadt. Its history starts in the 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 centre of the region of Tara Barsei, “the free Royal town”, one of the economic and cultural centres of Transylvania.
INFO! Brasov is a city in Romania and the capital of Brasov County. The city is located in the central part of the country, about 166 km from Bucharest. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians and is part of the Transylvania region. Centrally located Brasov is a good starting point for trips around Romania. It is also the largest city in a mountain resorts area. The old city itself is very well preserved and is best seen by taking the cable-car to the top of Tâmpa Mountain (995 m), a beautiful lookout.
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 -> Sibiu -> Bucharest
In the morning we 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.
We 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.
We continue Medieval Transylvania 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, we 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.
INFO! Central Sighisoara has preserved in an exemplary way the features of a small medieval fortified city, it has been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Each July, a Medieval Festival takes place in the old citadel.
IN SIBIU: CRAMA SIBIUL VECHI
Many legends have been told about this restaurant. Now it`s up to you to find out why! On a small alley which bind the two city towers to the Large Square, in the cellar of an old building of the 15th century, lies a Transylvanian restaurant. We do not have much space, but the food is delicious and does not ask for praise. Just to be tasted. We will be honoured by your visit!
IN BRASOV: SERGIANA RESTAURANT
Address: Strada Muresenilor 28, Brasov 500030
Phone:0268 419 775
Diners can choose from a variety of nooks and crannies in this cosy, partially subterranean eatery; waiters are decked out in camp Germanic outfits. Topping the list of popular dishes is deer calf with wildberry-and-hazelnut sauce, served with rice. Other recommendations for staunch meat eaters is the Ceaunu lu Tusa proptit în varza si malai, a hearty plate of smoked sausages, ribs, and pork pastrami, served with polenta and sauerkraut, and all smothered with a healthy amount of freshly sliced garlic. You can forgo the sauerkraut in favour of a fresh salad. There`s good wild boar stew, salmon prepared in wine, and a tasty pastry of pikeperch served with grape and lemon sauce. Leave space for the sweet cheese dumplings, served with sour cream and jam. Order a bottle from the Murfatlar Winery from the fair-priced wine list.
- 2 persons for €305.00 each
- 3 persons for €259.25 each
- 4 persons for €244.00 each
- 5 persons for €228.75 each
- 6 persons for €213.50 each
- 7 persons for €173.85 each
1-night accommodation at 3*** hotel (all centrally located) on BB Basis.
Fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
Fuel & parking fees included
All sightseeing tours & cultural connections
Professional English speaking guides (driving) to accompany you throughout
Porterage (except for customs areas)
VAT and local tax
Detailed maps of Romania
Admissions to museums, sites, churches as per itinerary.
Food and beverages unless stated differently.
GENERAL INFORMATION & TERMS:
We kindly request our guests to be ready 10 minutes before departure
We grant a 30% discount for children below the age of 7
All tours are escorted by English speaking licensed guides.
For guided tours in other languages, a booking should be made 72h before departure. Extra fee for tours in other languages:25 EUR/pers./tour.
Nestled in a slender fir-clad valley, Sinaia teems with hikers in summer and skiers in winter. Backed by the imposing crags of the Bucegi Mountains, it’s a dramatic place for a to hike for the day, or, using the network of cabanas open to walkers, several days.
The town itself is a melange of crayon-coloured wooden houses contrasted with the ‘wedding-cake’ style of its grander 19th-century buildings. Once home to Romania’s first king, Carol I, who created a summer retreat here, Peleş Castle is a dream of hidden passages, fairy-tale turrets, vertiginous galleries and classical statues; it’s so beguilingly imaginative, it could raise a swoon from the most hardened cynic.
Illuminated by the light of a pale moon, the vampire’s lair glares down from its rocky bluff… but regrettably, Bran Castle’s blood-drinking credentials don’t withstand scrutiny. Claims that Vlad Ţepeş – either ‘the Impaler’ or ‘protector of Wallachia’, depending on who you ask – passed through here are unproven. Nor did the castle inspire Bram Stoker, much as souvenir-sellers attempt to link Bran to the iconic Gothic novel Dracula.
These seem minor quibbles when you gaze up at the turreted fortress, guarded against the east by the Bucegi Mountains and from the west by the Piatra Craiului massif. Meanwhile, the castle’s museum pays greater homage to Romanian royals than immortal counts. Ignoring this, a gauntlet of souvenir sellers hawk fang-adorned mugs and Vlad-the-Impaler compact mirrors (really).
Hollywood-style sign: Braşov’s skyline is instantly compelling. A number of medieval watchtowers still glower over the town. Between them sparkle baroque buildings and churches, while easy-going cafes line main square Piaţa Sfatului. Visible from here is forested Mt Tâmpa, sporting ‘Braşov’ in huge white letters.
According to local legend, the Pied Piper of Hamelin reemerged in Braşov. Indeed, this playful town has many tales as colourful as its pastel-hued streets. Locals will eagerly spin a yarn about Vlad the Impaler’s romantic dalliances, a noblewoman revived from her grave, and the time a bear waddled into the main square (at least the last one’s true).
So resplendent are Sighişoara’s pastel-coloured buildings, stony lanes and medieval towers, you’ll rub your eyes in disbelief. Fortified walls encircle Sighişoara’s lustrous merchant houses, now harbouring cafes, hotels and craft shops. Lurking behind the gingerbread roofs and turrets of the Unesco-protected old town is the history of Vlad Ţepeş, Transylvania’s most notorious ruler; he was born in a house that is visitable to this day. Revered by many Romanians for protecting Transylvania from Turkish attacks, Ţepeş is better remembered as Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula, fuelling a local industry of vampire-themed souvenirs.
Allow time to lose yourself along Sighişoara’s alleys, hike to its hilltop church, and sip coffee at cafes half a millennium old. If Sighişoara doesn’t sate your thirst for medieval splendour, it also makes a great jumping-off point to explore Saxon villages like Viscri and Biertan.
Rising sharply above a huddle of Saxon-style buildings, Biertan’s fortified church is a poetic sight. Medieval-themed inns and pastel-coloured houses surround the church, charming countless visitors to make a day trip here from Sighişoara (30km) and Sibiu (80km).
Surrounded by quaint streets and vineyards, the 15th century fortified church at Biertan is perched high on a hill in the middle of the village. Three tiers of 35-foot-high defensive walls, connected by towers and gates, encircled the complex, making the church impossible to conquer during medieval times.
Sibiu is awash in aristocratic elegance. Noble Saxon history emanates from every art nouveau facade and gold-embossed church. Renowned composers Strauss, Brahms and Liszt all played here during the 19th century, and Sibiu has stayed at the forefront of Romania’s cultural scene through its festivals of opera, theatre and film, as well as rock, jazz and more. The country’s first hospital, school, library and pharmacy were all established here, and locals are justly proud of the spirit of enterprise that endures to this day.
Beyond its grand architecture, Sibiu has a good dose of bohemian flair. Houses with distinctive eyelid-shaped windows (imagine a benign ‘Amityville Horror’ House) watch a cast of artists and buskers bustling below them. Cafes and bars inhabit brick-walled cellars and luminously decorated attics. Sibiu’s soul lies somewhere in between genteel coffee culture and unbridled creativity; go find it.