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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 such as Viscri and Biertan.


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$57.09 Day Trips & Excursions

Sighisoara, Rupea Fortress and Viscri Day Trip from Brasov

Leave central Brașov by air-conditioned car or minivan and travel north with your guide into the Transylvanian countryside. As you travel, listen to fascinating facts about Romania’s history and admire the passing scenery of rolling hills, age-old villages and pine forests.After roughly 1.5 hours, arrive at Viscri, a historical village that’s hardly changed in centuries. Discover how Prince Charles owns a property here and visit Viscri church, one of Transylvania’s UNESCO-listed fortified churches.Built by Saxon colonists in the 1300s, this remarkable sanctuary is encircled by white stone battlements that lend it a fairy tale appearance. Go inside (own expense) with your guide to explore the bastions, covered corridors and church, and learn how the fortifications, an incredible 16 feet (five meters) thick in places, were built to defend against invading Turks.Continue to the medieval, UNESCO-listed town of Sighişoara, one of the best preserved in Europe and the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration behind Dracula. Enjoy a walking tour of its jewel-like center to see its 14th-century Clock Tower, Church on the Hill, and Citadel, an atmospheric web of cobbled lanes and crooked walls.After a little free time to have lunch (own expense) or explore Sighişoara independently, travel on to Rupea Fortress, one of Transylvania’s most impressive medieval castles. Built in the 1300s, this hilltop fortress has a lower, middle and upper level, with ramparts and terraces coiling up to the summit.Head inside (own expense) and inspect the curtain walls and red-roofed towers on a guided tour. See the original 196-foot (60-meter) well, whose water is still drinkable, and learn how Saxon colonists used Rupea as a village in the 1700s, giving it its own market, chapel and meat storerooms.Having explored here, return to central Brașov where your tour ends.Please note: The order of activities as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.

$238.63 Cultural & Theme Tours

2-Day Transylvania from Bucharest: Brasov, Bran, Sighisoara

Day 1: Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Sihisoara (309 km)Pick up in the morning from your hotel. The first stop ist Sinaia, a very famous mountain resort known also as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Here, you'll visit Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle, the former summer residence of Romanian royals. Considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, the construction is impressive thanks to the architectural style and decorations. The next stop is Brasov, where you will have lunch in a typical restaurant and take a walking tour of the city's historic Old Town. You will see the Council Square, the Council Tower, and the famous Black Church (Biserica Neagra), the largest Gothic construction in Eastern Europe.In the evening, you'll head to Sighisoara for dinner and stay overnight in the medieval citadel. Do not miss a short walk in the citadel and admire the medieval buildings at the light of the lanterns.Day 2: Sighisoara – Bran – Bucharest (329 km)In the morning, have breakfast at your hotel. You'll start the day by visiting the Medieval Citadel of Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only medieval citadel in Europe that is still inhabited. The highlights of the citadel are: the house where it is said that Vlad the Impaler (known as Dracula) was born, the Clock Tower (on the top of which you can take some beautiful panoramic pictures with the citadel), the Covered Stairs, and the Evangelical Church.In the afternoon, you will head to Bran and visit Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), which became famous thanks to Bram Stoker's classic work of literature.In the afternoon, return to Bucharest for drop off at your hotel.

$695 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Private Tour in Transylvania from Bucharest

ItineraryDay 1: Bucharest - Peles Castle - Bran Castle - Brasov medieval cityStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaThe document first attesting its existence dates back in 1377. The castle became a favorite place for Queen Maria, who put her mark on the interior’s renovation, and it was later seized by communists in 1948 along with royals’ expulsion from Romania. For Bran Castle, being most associated with the myth of Dracula’s Castle - linked to the Bram Stoker’s novel, made it famous all over the world. After the guided tour of the castle, you will surely enjoy some little souvenirs’ shopping.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaIn Sinaia there is probably the most beautiful castle in Romania. The Royal family built the Peles Castle as their summer residence at the end of 19th century and it is one of the architectural masterpieces of Europe.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaBrasov is one of the seven medieval cities of Transylvania. We shall have a relaxing walk in the Old Town area (the Council Square) and accommodate for the night.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in BRASOV (included)Day 2: Brasov - Viscri village - SighisoaraStop At: Viscri Fortified Church, Viscri, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaWe shall visit the fortified church in the traditional Saxon village of Viscri. Optional (at your own expense) we can pay a visit to the Blacksmith within a traditional Gypsy family (cost 5 Euro/person) and take a ride by a horse and cart in the village (cost 10 Euro/person)Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaWe shall visit the Medieval Citadel (UNESCO) and its Square, pass by the house where Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula, was born. Visit the Church on the Hill which is a representative one for Transylvnia.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: OVERNIGHT in Sighisoara (INCLUDED)Day 3: Sighisoara - Malancrav - Biertan - SibiuStop At: Fortified church MalancravThe real treasure of the Fortified church in Malancrav is its mural painting, being the best-preserved ensemble of linear-narrative Gothic painting of the 14th century. Also we shall find out the reason why in Malancrav there is the largest Saxon community for any village in Transylvania. And we can pay a visit to a local lady (extra cost 5 Euro/person) that still weaves carpets and table cloths on a wooden loom and even had Prince Charles as one of her clients.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Biertan Fortified Church, Biertan, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit the Fortified Church of Biertan included in UNESCO.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Piata Mica, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaHave a relaxing walk in the Old Town of Sibiu including the Large Square, the Small Square (Piata Mica), the Liars' Bridge, The Council Tower, the Citadel's street and other representative cathedrals of Sibiu.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: OVERNIGHT in Sibiu (INCLUDED)Day 4: Sibiu - Transfagarasan road / Olt valley road - BucharestStop At: Transfagarasan Highway, Curtea de Arges, Arges County, Southern RomaniaIf would like to drive back to Bucharest on an adventure road with some spectacular scenery, and you’re travelling from July to October we can go through Transfagarasan, the “best road in the world” according to Jeremy Clarkson – famous former co-presenter of UK TV show Top Gear. If you are travelling in the other time of the year, we shall drive through the Olt Valley road, the traditional one from Sibiu to Bucharest.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$228.35 Day Trips & Excursions

Medieval Transylvania 2-Day Private Tour from Bucharest

ItineraryDay 1: Bucharest - Sinaia - Bran - Brasov - SighisoaraPass By: Triumph Arch, BucharestOn the first day you will be picked up from Bucharest and we will drive towards the beautiful Prahova Valley.Stop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaOur first stop will be at the imposing and magnificent palace of Peles. Built by the royal family of Romania during the 19th century, this palace offers an insight of 19th century German Renaissance style of decorations.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaThe next stop will be in Bran Castle, known also as Dracula’s Castle. The imposing construction watches over a valley from a strategic position, it was originally built as a fortress at the former border between Wallachia and Transylvania. Together we shall discover the connection between the legendary ruler, Vlad the Impaler, and the infamous vampire.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaIn the afternoon we will head to the city of Brasov, a city that retains its medieval charm with the help of its well kept historical center. Our walking tour of this lovely town starts from the main square from where we shall admire the old City Hall with its clock tower, the monumental Gothic Black Church, the fortifications, the two watch towers up the hill, the craftsmen guilds and the narrowest street in Europe.Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaIn the evening sets in we will reach Sighisoara, where you will be accommodated.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in a centrally located hotel in Sighisoara.Day 2: Sighisoara - Sibiu - BucharestStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAfter breakfast, we will go on a tour of the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, one of the very few permanently inhabited citadels in Europe. This is also the birthplace of the legendary Vlad Dracula, whose house we will see, after which we will climb to the top of the 500 year old clock tower for a fantastic view over the town. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sibiu Travel, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaNext stop will be Sibiu, also known as Hermannstadt. This is the heart of the German community living in Romania, the German Saxons having lived here for over 800 years. A former European capital of culture, Sibiu boasts many great sights from medieval times when it was a citadel: the Great Square, the Brukenthal Museum and an infamous Bridge of Lies. Afterwards, we drive along the spectacular Olt river valley going back to Bucharest.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$399.61 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Private Dracula Tour from Bucharest

ItineraryDay 1: Bucharest - Targoviste - Curtea de Arges - Sibiu Stop At: Chindiei Tower (Sunset Tower), Targoviste, Dambovita County, Southern RomaniaTravel to the capital of Wallachia, Targoviste that was also the main residence of Vlad the Impaler. The first Prince County was built by Mircea the Old, the grandfather of Dracula, Vlad Impaler did added later the same tower "Chindia" (Turnul Chindiei). Duration: 21 hoursStop At: Curtea de Arges Monastery, Curtea de Arges, Arges County, Southern RomaniaJourney to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Wallachia. On request we can visit the ruins of Fortress of Poienari after climbing around 1400 stairs. The beautiful view from the top it worths the effort to arrive there. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Big Square (Piata Mare), Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Sibiu, a beautiful medieval city where Romanians and Saxons have been living peacefully for centuries and where the various religious monuments (Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants) demonstrate this peaceful coexistence. Sibiu was named European Capital of Culture in 2007 and hosts an extraordinary theater festival every year. The city fascinates thanks to its three squares (Big Square, Small and Huet Square ) that transport tourists in a real medieval atmosphere. Its towers and its 15th century bastions, but also its beautiful museums and the famous “houses with the eyes” give the visitor lovely moments. Also in Sibiu you will see one of the largest gothic evangelical churches in Transylvania.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Sibiu in a 4* hotel.Day 2: Sibiu - Corvin's Castle - Alba Iulia - SibiuStop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaVisit the famous Castle of the Corvini, the most beautiful in Eastern Europe, a city in Gothic style, where there were celebrated historical movies just for its beauty. We will thoroughly know the Corvini family and its history. We will then see the wonderful scenery surrounding the castle. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Alba Iulia, a city which is very important from the historical point of view. It is here, in fact, that the event of Great Romania was held on December 1st, in 1918. Alba Iulia is very picturesque, with its citadel, its walls and its museums. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 4* hotel in Sibiu.Day 3: Sibiu - Sighisoara - BrasovStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit to the city of Sighisoara, with its imposing Clock Tower. This citadel is the best preserved in Europe and, extraordinary, it is still inhabited. Since 1999 the historic center of Sighisoara is a UNESCO heritage site. Here we will admire the church on the hill, reachable after a wooden staircase called the schoolchildren’s ladder. We will also see the statue of the famous Hungarian national poet Petofi Sandor, testifying to the fact that in Sighisoara the Magyar community was in the past numerically important. Next to the statue is the beautiful Catholic church, reserved for the Hungarian community, and the tower of the shoemakers. You can have the lunch at the house where Vlad the Impaler was born (own expenses) Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Brasov, a wonderful Transylvanian town, once entirely fortified, an important cultural, tourist and commercial center. Brasov impresses with its typically German architecture, where the Gothic, the Baroque and the Renaissance intersect to give life to an interesting and culturally very lively city. Visit of the First Romanian School, which is located in the oldest district of the city, and which was inhabited exclusively by Romanians, the Schei district, interesting for the entrances into the city that were carried out in medieval times through the Caatherine’s and Schei Gate, quest last of the nineteenth century. In Brasov we will also visit the impressive Black Church, the largest evangelical Gothic church in Eastern Europe, with a 65 meter high bell tower and a length of 90 meters, the church houses the most beautiful nineteenth-century mechanical organ of Romania. We will then admire the palaces and houses of the historic center, recently restored, with the Council Square which now houses a beautiful museum, and the pedestrian Avenue of the Republic.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel in Brasov.Day 4: Brasov - Bran Castle - Peles Castle - BucharestStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. In the Middle Ages, Bran was exactly on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, so it was essential for the inhabitants of Brasov to build and preserve a defensive stronghold. In the 90s of the 900 this fortress was transformed into a beautiful castle thanks to the intervention of Queen Maria of RomaniaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaVisit to the fabulous Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first king of Romania, the King Charles 1 of Hohenzollern, of German origins. The castle was beautifully designed by a Czech architect, and is famous for being one of the most modern castles in Europe at the time of its construction, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each room is characterized by a unique style, different from the styles of the other rooms. We will also admire the Florentine room, where we will breathe a typically Italian and Renaissance atmosphere.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Snagov Monastery, Snagov, Ilfov County, Southern RomaniaStop at Lake Snagov, near Bucharest, where in the center, in a small island, there is a small monastery in which Dracula was buried in 1476. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included.No accommodation included on this day.

$642.23 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Private Tour of Transylvania from Bucharest

Day 1: Bucharest - Sinaia - BrasovPeles Castle: Located in Sinaia (approx. 44 km from Brasov), it is considered by many, to be one of the most beautiful castles in all of Europe. Against the natural back drop of the Carpathian Mountains, the castle is a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture.In the afternoon enjoy a tour of Brasov medieval town. The highlights include, the Black Church, Citadel of Brasov, Ecaterina's Gate, White Tower, Black Tower, The Blacksmiths Bastion, The Weavers Bastion, The Ropemakers Bastion, The Drapers Bastion.Overnight: Hotel Bella Muzica 3* or similarDay 2: Brasov - Bran - SibiuThe first stop of the day will be Bran, where you will visit the Castle of Dracula. The castle has an aura of mystery and legend and is perched atop a 200-foot-high rock. Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.Sibiu - This fortress town is pedestrian-friendly with two easily accessible levels: the Upper town, home to Sibiu's historic sites and the Lower town lined with colourful houses on cobblestone streets and surrounded by imposing city walls and defence towers which overlook the river Cibin. The highlights of the tour include: the Evangelical Church, The Bridge of Lies, Historical Center, The Stairs Passage, Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, Brukenthal Museum, the Towers and Bastions.Overnight: Hotel Levoslav 4* in Sibiu or similarDay 3. Sibiu - Biertan (UNESCO site) - Sighisoara (UNESCO site)The Fortified Church of Biertan - The architectonic ensemble from Biertan is an impressive site for it's location, as well as its aesthetic and historic value. It has been preserved since the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century, and is included in The UNESCO List of World Patrimony.Sighisoara is one of the few inhabited fortified towns in the world and it provides a splendid example of medieval town planning. Here, all the elements of the medieval world have been perfectly preserved. The highlights of the tour include: The Clock Tower & History Museum, The Church on the Hill, House of Dracula, The pupils roofed stairways, German cemetery.Overnight: Hotel Cavaler 4* in Sighisoara or similarDay 4. Sighisoara - Prejmer (UNESCO site) - Harman - BucharestThe Fortified Church of Prejmer - This is one of Eastern Europe’s best preserved fortified churches and lies approximately 16km North East of Brasov. Surrounding the cross-shaped church (originally built by the Teutonic knights) are walls 12m high and 4m thick that protected the church and Prejmer’s inhabitants during times of war.The Fortified church of Harman - it is bit smaller than Prejmer fortress but matches it in charm and architectural value.