Transylvania Day Trips

Visit the famous Bran Castle, Corvin Castle, the Rasnov fortress, the fortified churches and famous towns like Sighisoara, Brasov, Sibiu, Alba Iulia. Have a ride on the Transfagarasan road. Design your tour in Transylvania. Live your Transylvanian Adventure!

Transylvania Day Trips/ Tailor-made/ Hand-crafted tours

Please, note that these tours are flexible and can be tailored according to your wish!

 

Sighisoara
Sighisoara

Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara – Saschiz – Sibiu

Pearls of Transylvania, this is how most of the Saxon villages in South Transylvania are called; they were built hundreds of years ago when the Saxons arrived in these areas.  Today, all these villages, even though most of the Saxons have left, still preserve their old architectural charm: big houses spread along the main road, large unpaved streets, tall wooden front gates, shady gardens with orchards and vineyards.

Our tour suggests a trip in this picturesque area. We’ll discover the Biertan fortress – one of the best fortified churches in Transylvania (a UNESCO Heritage Monument) and  the beautiful village of Saschiz (also a world heritage monument)

Who hasn’t heard of Vlad Tepes or Dracula? It is said that he was born in Sighisoara. Many and mysterious are the legends linked to the frightening prince, but all of these are more enjoyable when told up on the fortress or even on the alleys of the graveyard…It will be the perfect place to discover who Dracula really was… The legends say that he was a vampire, history says that he was a courageous prince, for Saxons he was a demon, for Romanians he was a hero. A guided tour in Sighisoara will help you better understand who he really was…

*As options, we could visit the fortified churches in Malancrav and Alma Vii.

 

Rasnov fortress
Rasnov fortress

Sibiu – Bran – Rasnov – Brasov

Brasov is one of the most beautiful cities in Transylvania, former medieval town built in the 13th century .

A walk through the historic area of Braşov is like travelling in time. We shall visit the old defensive walls, the Weavers’ Bastion, the Graft bastion, the Blacksmiths’ tower, the Black and the White Tower, the Ecatherina Gate and the Schei Gate. Quite impressive is, of course, the Black Church. Bearing a tumultuous history through harsh times, today it is known as the greatest Gothic monument in South-East Transylvania.

Bran needs no presentation – it is one of the most famous castles in Europe, the place that is always associated to…Dracula. Is it a myth or the reality? Nobody knows exactly… History says that this castle has no connection with Vlad Tepes (the Impeller)… But people and legends say something else; the castle is identical to the one described by Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula.

At Rasnov you will be certainly impressed by the fortress. Built in the 15th century, the fortress resisted so well in front of the enemies. Its walls can be seen from a long distance… It is a beautiful citadel that has so many interesting things to share to us!

*As an alternative to Rasnov we also suggest the beautiful Fagaras Fortress.

 

Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia

Sibiu  – Calnic – Alba Iulia – Sibiu

At Calnic we’ll discover a beautiful Saxon fortified church (UNESCO heritage monument) built eight centuries ago.

Alba Iulia is like an open book and each chapter represents a new, fascinating story. It used to be a former Dacian fortress conquered by the Romans in 106 and transformed into a Roman castrum. In the 11h century, Saxon colonists arrived here and built a big medieval fortress.
Probably the most important moment in its evolution was the 18th century when the Habsburg Emperor Charles VI built here the most impressive Vauban fortress in Transylvania. Alba Carolina became a real military bulwark, a monument of baroque architecture.
At the end of the WWI, on the 1st of December 1918, another glorious page of history was written. Here, in Alba Iulia, 100,000 Romanians and 1,228 delegates decided the Unification of Transylvania with Romania, accomplishing the dream of many generations.
The last important historical moment took place in 1922 when  King Ferdinand I and Queen Mary were crowned in Alba Iulia as monarchs of Romania.

 

 

Transfagarasan Road
Transfagarasan Road

Sibiu – Carta Abbey –  Transfagarasan –  Balea Lake

The tour combines the experience of exploring one of the first Cistercian Abbeys in Transylvania and the breathtaking view of the famous Transfagarasan road.

At Carta we’ll learn interesting things about the Cistercian monks who came from France, in the 13th century, to built monasteries in Transylvania. There are so many great, fascinating stories about these monks and their way of living but we’ll discover more in Carta. Later, in the 15th century, the monastery was partly destroyed and the church was taken by the community. In the 16th century it became a Lutheran church… Its story and the story of the Saxons in the area are so captivating.

Carta Cistercian Abbey
Carta Cistercian Abbey

One of the greatest places to visit in Romania is, definitely, the Transfagarasan road. It was built in the ’70s, during Communism, at the highest altitude in Romania, in the heart of the Fagaras Mountains (at about 2000 m altitude). The road was built with so many life sacrifices, initially as a military strategic road. Today it is considered one of the most spectacular roads in the world.

The road has more tunnels and viaducts then any other road in Romania. On the highest point of the Transfagarasan, near Balea Lake, there is located the longest (ca. 875 m/0.53 miles) and highest tunnel of Romania. This tunnel is the connection between Transylvania and Walachia. In September 2009, the British television show Top Gear shoot a TV show along the road. TV host Jeremy Clarkson claimed the Transfagarasan as “the best road in the world”.


*Optional extra tours

Poienari fortress
Poienari fortress

Poienari fortress
As an option, we can add to our visit the ruins of the Poienari castle and the artificial lake Vidraru. The Poienari fortress was built in the 15th century by Vlad Tepes as a defensive fortress at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. It is said that it used to be a strategic place where Vlad used to hide often during the attacks of his enemies. It’s a great place to visit (at about 50 km from Balea Lake) but you will need stamina to climb the 1,462 steps to reach the castle ruins, perched high above the surrounding area like an eagle’s nest.

 

 

 

Fagaras fortress
Fagaras fortress

Fagaras Castle
The Fagaras Castle is the second most beautiful medieval castle in the world according to Hooper, a travel website presented by Huffington Post. Starting with the 16th century the Fagaras fortress was residence for the noblemen and princes in Transylvania.
Built between Sibiu and Brasov it was always a strategic defensive place attacked by enemies. After WWII, during Communism, it was transformed into a prison for the political dissidents.

 

 

The Corvin Castle
The Corvin Castle

Sibiu – Corvini Castle – Alba Iulia – Sibiu

The tour includes a visit at one of the most beautiful and mysterious castles in Romania – the Corvin Castle. It is, probably, one of the most stunning medieval castles in Europe, built in the 15th century by the Hungarian Prince John Hunyadi/ Corvin.

Built in a Renaissance-Gothic style and constructed over the site of an older fortification on a rock, the castle is a large and imposing structure with tall towers, bulwarks, an inner courtyard, colored roof and a myriad windows and balconies adorned with stone carvings.

Some say that the ferocious Vlad the Impeller was kept here prisoner for 7 years. The castle is sometimes mentioned as a source of inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula Castle.

On our way back, we’ll have a tour in Alba Iulia. Alba Iulia is like an open book and each chapter represents a new, fascinating story. It used to be a former Dacian fortress conquered by the Romans in 106 and transformed into a Roman fortress. In the 11th century, colonists arrived here and built a big medieval fortress.

Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia

Probably the most important moment in its evolution was the 18th century when the Habsbourg Emperor, Charles VI, built here the most impressive Vauban fortress in Transylvania. Alba Carolina became a real military bulwark, a monument of baroque architecture.
At the end of the WWI, on the 1st of December 1918, another page of history was written. Here, in Alba Iulia, 100,000 Romanians and 1,228 delegates have decided the Unification of Transylvania with Romania, accomplishing the dream of many generations.
The last important historical moment took place in 1922 when  King Ferdinand I and Qeen Mary were crowned monarchs of Romania.

 

 

 

 

*Optional extra tour

Sarmisegetuza
Sarmisegetuza

Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana ruins
This is one of the oldest archeological sites in Romania. It used to be the capital of the former province Dacia. Ulpia Traiana colony was built after this territory was conquered by the Roman emperor, Traian, in 108-110. The archeological complex is thought-provoking with so many interesting historical facts awaiting to be discovered.

 

 

 

 

Cristian
Cristian

Sibiu – Marginimea Sibiului  area
Sibiu, the essence of Transylvania

Not far from Sibiu, at the bottom of the Carpathian Mountains there lays a picturesque area called Marginimea Sibiului. 18 traditional Romanian villages form this idyllic area.

The people in Marginime lived hard and difficult times, but they were wise and hardworking and managed to survive. Breeding animals has always been their main occupation.  They were also good tradesmen. There are many artisans and craftsmen today  who keep preserving these customs and who are always happy to share the others secrets of their crafts.

 

This tour is perfect for those who do not have time enough to visit the county of Sibiu but are interested in culture, history and our daily life. As our region is famous for its multiculturality, this tour will combine the two elements: Saxon and Romanian. In Cristian we’ll visit a beautiful fortified church (in the Bacon Tower, we’ll taste some delicious snacks) and we’ll learn more about the “town of storks”. In Sibiel we’ll visit the Icon Glass Museum and we’ll learn more about this craft. In Cisnadioara we’ll climb up on the Michelsberg hill to visit the old fortress and have a great view of the surroundings. In Cisnadie we’ll visit a Lutheran Church and the first tower with a lightning rod in Transylvania.

 

 

NOTE !
-The prices are flexible according to the number of participants and the activities chosen;
-Every visit can be tailored as your wish;

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