Some of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, legendary castles, amazing landscapes, traditional villages, authentic food: this is what you’ll get in our
4 days private tour of Transylvania from Bucharest.
We designed this tour with the starting and the end point in Bucharest, but we can adapt the itinerary depending on you location. Easily, this trip can be extended or customized upon your interests by adding other interesting sights, listed on the Points of Interest list below.
The trip is private, you will be only with your friends or family, accompanied by your tour guide during the whole trip. For groups of up to 7 people, transport is provided by a modern 9-seater minibus, licensed for touristic transpor, which will be driven by the tour guide. We will spend one night in Brasov (or nearby) and 2 nights in Sibiu
The first visit of our private tour of Transylvania from Bucharest is Peles Castle, built by the first king of Romania, Carol I, in an exquisite German Renaissance style.
Built between 1875 and 1914, to became the cradle of the new Romanian royal dynasty, Peles castle was one of the most modern buildings of its time having electricity, central heating,
elevator, sliding ceiling, and even a central vacuum cleaning system from its beginning. The king oversaw closely the works, and everything inside bears the imprint of his aesthetical style.
After passing its threshold, the visitor will be impressed by the richness of decorations, especially the wood carvings made in Austrian and German workshops. Another distinctive element of
Peles Castle is the homogenous mixture of different styles of the interior spaces on the ground floor: German, Swiss, Italian, French, Turkish and Moorish.
The trip will continue with Bran Castle, this fairy tale fortress erected in the 14th century by the Saxons and mistakenly associated with Dracula legend. Built as a border stronghold, Bran Castle became a cosy royal residence starting the 20th century, when Queen Mary of Romania received the building from the community of Brasov. She restored and modernised the castle, transforming in the popular touristic destination of today. The park in front of the castle was arranged at the request of the queen in the British style, her country of origin. Today, visitors can still see the queen's tea house (now transformed into a restaurant) at the entrance to the castle.
The first day will end with a sightseeing tour in Brasov, this beautiful medieval city, surrounded like a halo by the Carpathians and dazzling with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture. One of the 7 Saxon cities of Transylvania, Brasov is a major touristic attraction of Romania, being visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Besides the charm of the old town, Brasov offers plenty of opportunities for nature lovers, who can hike or bike on the countless number of outdoor paths laid through the mountains nearby.
Overnight in Brasov, or for countryside lovers, in the villages of the foothills of the mountains near Bran.
Day 2: Sighisoara, Viscri and Prejmer
The next day we will explore the UNESCO sites in Transylvania. The first UNESCO site that we will visit is Prejmer fortified church. The church, first erected in the 13th century in Gothic style, was surrounded late by strong defence walls, to protect the village community against the outsides invasions. One distinctive element of the fortified church is the rooms attached to the defence walls, where every family from the village could stay during the invasions.
Then, we will go to Viscri, another UNESCO site in Transylvania, which was made famous by Prince Charles. His NGO, Mihai Eminescu Trust runs a few projects aiming to preserve the architectural heritage of Transylvania, and Viscri is probably the best example. With MET support, Viscri has preserved and highlighted the charm given by the old houses and the cobbled streets, being a model of development through sustainable tourism, in harmony with nature and traditional practices.
Then we’ll go to Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe and the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, the historical personage who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation, Count Dracula. Sighisoara, one of the 7 Saxon cities in Transylvania, is the only one on the UNESCO list, largely because it has preserved unchanged the appearance of the fortified area, with walls and defence towers in place, centuries after its construction. The citadel still retains the appearance of a medieval burg, with narrow cobbled streets, flanked by compact buildings, painted in pastel colours.
Overnight in Sibiu
Day 3: Corvin Castle and Alba Iulia
The third day we’ll drive to Alba Iulia, where we’ll find proof of 2 millennia of history: the Roman times, a thousand-year-old catholic cathedral, just near to Reunification orthodox cathedral,
all of these inside the gem - the Vauban fortification from the Habsburg occupation of Transylvania, the imposing Alba Carolina Citadel.
In the afternoon we’ll head to Hunedoara where we’ll complete our Romanian Castles experience with the impressive Corvin Castle, one of the most precious monuments of medieval art in Romania, mixing the Gothic style with Renaissance and Baroque. Corvin Castle was built in the 15th century, by Iancu of Hunedoara, the Romanian-Hungarian historical character who defeated Mehmet II, the conqueror of Constantinople. Iancu (or Janos Hunyadi, in the Hungarian books), eminent army commander, was also one of the most powerful politicians of the Kingdom of Hungary in the 15th century, and the Corvin Castle his main residence, was built to fit his rank.
Overnight in Sibiu
Day 4: Sibiu, Transfagarasan
We’ll dedicate the morning of our fourth day for a walking tour in Sibiu, a lovely little town in the heart of Romania, the former European Capital of Culture in 2007. During the city tour, we will discover Sibiu in-depth,
through the eye of a local tour guide. We will find interesting details about the history of the city, about the premieres that took place in Sibiu and about the fascinating story of the travelling
journeymen, which can still be seen in the city. We will walk through the central squares of the old town, discovering the story of the historic buildings and the biography of the city's personalities.
The tour will end at the medieval walls, where we will be able to learn about the evolution of the defensive system of Sibiu and we will be able to visit the defence towers.
We’ll return to Bucharest in the afternoon, using either Olt Valley Road, or Transfagarasan Highway (only in the summer months) for the last stage of our private tour of Transylvania from Bucharest
1. Peles Castle
2. Bran Castle
3. Brasov Walking Tour
4. Black Church
5. Prejmer Fortified Church
6. Viscri Village
7. Sighisoara Fortress
8. Alba Iulia Citadel
9. Sarmisegetuza Regia
10. Corvin Castle
11. Densus Church
12. Sarmisegetuza Ulpia Traiana
7. Calnic Rural Fortress
8. Marginimea Sibiului
9. Sibiu Old Town
10. Cozia Monastery
12. Poienari Fortress