Transylvania – its name derives from a Latin expression meaning the land beyond the forest -, is a unique place, home to nearly two hundred villages with fortified churches, built by German craftsmen and merchants known as Saxons, between the 13th and 15th centuries. Having to withstand constant invaders, the villages were fortified with defense walls, having the capacity to shelter a large number of people. Seven of these fortified churches were designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
- Wallachia: Bucharest, Ploiesti, Sinaia Monastery and Peles Royal Castle.
- Transylvania: Brasov, Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, Sighisoara (one night accommodation).
- Transylvania: Sighisoara – Vlad Dracul’ House, The Clock Tower, The Church on the Hill; Medias, Sibiu – Brukenthal Museum; The Olt River Valley, Cozia Monastery, Pitesti, Bucharest.
Included visits: Peles Royal Castle and Sinaia Monastery, Black Church in Brasov, Bran Castle (if closed, (Rasnov Fortress), Sighisoara Museum (the weapon collection and the Clock Tower), the Church on the Hill, the Lutheran Cathedral and Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu, Cozia Monastery.
Included services: transport, one night accommodation in Sighisoara (3 star hotel), certified national guide, entrance fees to the above mentioned sights.
Please note: meals are not included. Lunch/ dinner reservations in Bran, Moeciu, Brasov, Poiana Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu upon request.
Photo tax not included!
Did you know that
● Sighisoara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, being considered one of the most beautiful and best- preserved medieval towns in Europe, dating from 16th century?
● Sighisoara is the birth place of the Wallachian prince Vlad Tepes, who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional character Count Dracula?
● the two-plate clock set at the top of the Clock Tower has been working continuously since the 17th century?
● the name of the Black Church in Brasov is related to the great fire which destroyed most of the city in 1689, blackening the walls of the church initially named Marienkirche?
● Black Church is the largest gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul?
● the art galleries of Brukenthal Palace in Sibiu welcomed visitors for the first time in 1790, three years prior to the opening of Louvre Museum?
● Peles Royal Castle in Sinaia was the first European castle entirely lit by electrical current and that electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant?
● the first movie projection in Romania took place in 1906 in the castle’s Theatre Hall?
● the name of Sinaia Monastery is not related to the name of the town where it is located, but to the Sinai Mona