MEDIEVAL WEEKEND IN TRANSYLVANIA
4 days & 3 nights
Sighisoara - the best preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe - The Clock Tower, Church of the Dominican Monastery, Church on the Hill
Bran Castle- aka Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, the place where Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, was arrested and imprisoned.
The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov with its outstanding medieval atmosphere
Day 1 Bucharest-Sighisoara
Arrive to Bucharest from where you will be transferred to Sighisoara. Transfer from Sibiu or Targu Mures and other cities available on request. Once in Sighisoara accommodate in the three star hotel located in the heart of the citadel. Have a nice afternoon walk in the most beautiful medieval citadel in Europe. Enjoy a unique welcome dinner in Vlad Dracu House Restaurant, the place where Vlad Dracu lived.
Day 2 Sighisoara
For today’s programme we recommend the following attractions you could visit. You should start of your day with a walk from your hotel to the most monumental tower, The Clock Tower. Named after the clock with painted wood figurines it has become the symbol of Sighisoara. Every day a different figurine appears from a widow, situated on the clock dial, for every day of the week: Diana, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the Sun.
The tower houses a museum depicting the cities history, with exhibits about the guilds, the Saxon pottery making and the medicinal cures of the old days. Visitors can even venture into the former prison of the citadel called the Torture Room. In this small exposition room some interesting objects can bee seen: shackles for hands and feet, a torture yoke, torture stairs, a rock weighing 6 kg that was chained to the necks of those accused of cheating and than they were tied to the Pillar of Infamy in the citadels square.
You should visit the Church of the Dominican Monastery with its oriental carpets and other items of great value. Here you can learn about the Dominican order and about the way they accumulated all their wealth but still kept on begging on the streets.
Try a delicious lunch of Deer on a Tray with red cabbage and knodel or a Meat roll a la Sighisoara in The House with Stag Restaurant, housed in a specific Transylvanian renaissance construction from the 17th century.
Experience the medieval Sighisoara from a Saxon schoolboy’s point of view by climbing the 175 stairs of the Stair Passage. Once on the hill you could visit the Church on the Hill.
Going around the citadels 1 km long wall stop and admire the nine towers that are still preserved today, some are still inhabited.
Optional: have an interesting dinner and carriage ride to the Cris Castle a renaissance architectural monument which belongs to the Bethlen family.
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Day 3 Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Sighisoara
Take an interesting train ride from Sighisoara to Brasov, once the strongest fortified city in Transylvania. From here you should take a trip to visit the famous Bran Castle, used as the summer residence of the Royal family. Once returned to Brasov you should visit the most renowned architectural monument in the city, the Black Church. It was once named the Saint Mary’s Church but it was renamed after the Habsburgs burned down the city in 1689 and the exterior of the church was “painted” black by ash and smoke. The grandiose inside with its high columns and gothic windows, colourful oriental carpets and beautiful frescoes overwhelm the visitors. The Gothic style church is known as the biggest religious building with Gothic elements in South-East Europe. The church is famous not just for its magnitude but also for its huge 6 tone bronze bell and beautiful Buchholz organ with 4000 pipes.
Hungry? Step into the Carpathian Stag Restaurant for a delightful lunch with wine tasting.
After lunch you could walk around the citadel and visit the Old City Hall which was initially built as a watch tower but once the city has developed, the building was turned into the city hall. Walking around the oldest part of the city (Schei district) stop and admire the Ecaterina's Gate one of the oldest original entrance gates in Brasov, next to it you’ll find the St. Nicolae Church that dominates by its impressive size this part of the city.
Return with the train to Sighisoara and after dinner if you feel up to it you can explore the nightlife opportunities of Sighisoara.
Day 4 Sighisoara - Bucharest
After breakfast depart from Sighisoara to Bucharest Airport. Transfer to other cities available on request.
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"I would like to thank you all for providing us a very special weekend. Your guide was really kind and told us many histories about the places and country that made the trip even special. I would like to tell that he was the perfect guide. Congratulations for you all. The festival was a surprise and I will never forget it. For sure we have now so many beautiful pictures to show our friends and family in Brazil."
Ana Jorjao, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Your guide Tudor Blaj:
by profession a forest engineer, by passion a devoted guide, Tudor has a great love for his country and all aspects of its natural history, he’s also an enthusiastic ornithologist, the perfect guide for a bird watching expedition.
I enjoy guiding very much; it’s more than a job or hobby, it is a real passion. Romania is a great country with a fascinating history and it’s a great satisfaction for me to see that, at the end of a tour, tourists feel the same!
| Medieval Weekend in Transylvania
(tour code: Ro8.6RoCi)
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Price / person
*price in £ and $ for guidance only, all payments will be taken in €.
Price includes: a welcome dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation, airport transfers to/from Bucharest, and good advice from our company, including a kit containing: the location of the mentioned tourist attractions, information on entry fees and opening hours, quotes on transportation fares and different means of transportation.
During the Medieval Festival in Sighisoara (celebrated on the last weekend of July) prices will increase.
Not included: all activities, meals, tourist attractions, short transfers to/from Sighisoara are only suggestions and aren’t included in the price.
We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form, MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Diners Club and American Expres by fax and by phone. We also accept payments by Moneybookers, bank transfer and Western Union.
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For an extra price:
With so much to see and do in Sighisoara, we recommend that you take advantage of our excellent guide services that enable you to experience the medieval feel of Transylvania.
Guide services for Sighisoara Medieval Citadel $198 / £97 / €143 /person/day. We strongly recommend that you book for the third day of your short break the guide services for the whole day, thus not having to seek ways of transportation and adding to your comfort. For this day we offer our driver/guide services for $324 / £159 / €235/person, which includes the transportation to Brasov and Bran.
Prices are based on two people sharing the above services. In case the number of tourists is different than originally planned, price is subject to change.
Additional carriage ride to Cris Castle and dinner: $55/ £27 / €40 per person
Please note that the tourists will need to take a cab to the place where they will take the carriage. There is a 10 km distance (about 7 miles) from Sighisoara to the place where the carriage is taken. The price for the cab is not included (about $7 / £3,5 / €5 ).
*price in $ and £ for guidance only, all payments will be taken in €.
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