RURAL MARAMURES & the SAXON HEARTLAND of TRANSYLVANIA
7 days (7 overnights), from EUR 770
You are about to discover amazing sceneries, the Saxon civilization and the fortified churches in south of Transylvania, and, in far north - the Romanian peasant culture and wooden churches of Maramures. Join this 7-day tour with overnights in the old medieval citadels of Sibiu, Sighisoara and Brasov, in the booming cities of Cluj and Bucharest, and two overnights at a traditional cottage in the magical village of Breb - Maramures.
1,320 EURO per person in a 2 persons group.
935 EURO per person in a 4 persons group.
770 EURO per person in a 6 persons group.
– private car with driver
– private guide in English
– seven nights accommodations, 3* hotels/pensions, breakfast included
– all admission fees
– all transport costs
– all driver and guide’s expenses
– photo fees
Bucharest – Cozia Monastery – Sibiu
Day 1. We meet at the airport in BUCHAREST and start our One Week Full of Transylvania guided tour by car, through the scenic Olt River’s Valley. You’ll enjoy a lovely Transylvanian evening at one of the numerous restaurants and bars of the Old City.
Our first stop is Cozia Monastery (1388) founded by the grandfather of the notorious Vlad the Impaler.
We arrive in SIBIU by noon. After lunch, we have a guided tour of the old city: the Council Tower, the Bridge of Liars, the most famous Sibiu plazas: the Grand Square, the Small Square, and the Albert Huet Square, the Orthodox Cathedral and the impressive Evangelical Church.
Overnight in SIBIU.
Sibiu – Alba Iulia fortress - Cluj-Napoca
Day 2. The second day of our guided tour takes us on the footsteps of a great medieval hero John Hunyadi (Corvin) and of his son, Matthias Corvinus. A Hungarian brilliant military commander of Romanian ancestry, John Hunyadi stopped in Belgrade, in 1456, the offensive of the Ottomans emboldened by their takeover of Constantinople three years earlier.
We visit the Alba Iulia fortress (Alba Carolina) where John Hunyadi was laid to rest in the impressive, ancient Saint Michael Cathedral (the construction started in 1004). We also pay a visit to the Orthodox Coronation Cathedral and to the ruins of the Roman castrum of the elite 13th Gemina Roman Legion.
Next stop is Cluj-Napoca. A short tour of the city always ends at one of the restaurants or bars near the house where one of the greatest kings of Hungary was born - Matthias Rex, the son of John Hunyadi.
Overnight in CLUJ-NAPOCA.
Cluj-Napoca - Breb
Day 3. From Cluj-Napoca we are heading north towards Maramures, on of the last remaining bastions of traditional peasant culture in Europe.
We stop in the village of Surdesti, amazed by the local wooden church (UNESCO World Heritage monument). Built in 1766, the Greek-Catholic church of Surdesti has been until recently the tallest wooden church in the world.
Around noon we check-in at a traditional cottage in the village of Breb which will host us for the following couple of days. We take our time to enjoy a pleasant afternoon and traditional food of our hosts.
Overnight in BREB.
Breb – Sapânta – Bârsana – Breb
Day 4. We dedicate this day to discovering of the Romanian peasant culture of Maramures – this corner of Europe that miraculously preserved centuries-old customs and traditions. We have the opportunity to see a watermill at work, to visit Desesti and Bârsana wooden churches (UNESCO monuments) and the famous Merry Cemetery of Sapânta.
We visit the Memorial to the Victims of and the Resistance against Communist Dictatorship, organized in the dreaded Communist prison of Sighet.
We return to Breb for a traditional Romanian evening.
Second overnight in BREB.
Breb – Târgu Lapus – Biertan – Sighisoara
Day 5. From the core of the Romanian rural Maramures we head South, to the Saxon heartland of Transylvania.
We visit Biertan fortified church – a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Biertan village was for centuries the seat of the Lutheran bishops and that is why the local church is protected by impressive fortifications.
We end our day in the medieval citadel of Sighisoara – UNESCO monument – and spend the late afternoon and evening visiting the citadel: the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Stairs, the fortifications and their towers.
Sighisoara is the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.
Overnight in SIGHISOARA.
Sighisoara - Saschiz – Viscri – Brasov
Day 6. This day is mostly dedicated to discovering the rural Transylvania.
In our way from Sighisoara to Brasov we enjoy our lunch time in Viscri, the remote village Prince Charles fell in love with.
We visit three UNESCO World Heritage monuments – the fortified churches of Saschiz, Viscri and Prejmer.
Once in BRASOV, we go for a short walk at the foot of Mount Tâmpa: the fortifications, bastions and towers of the medieval fortress, the curious Rope Street (maybe the narrowest street in the world). In the evening, you would surely enjoy dinner and one of the best Romanian ice-creams at the restaurants bordering the Brasov’s City Council Square.
Overnight in BRASOV.
Brasov – Bran Castle – Peles Castle (Sinaia) – Bucharest