Embark on Our Rural Transylvania Tour to explore a world of traditions and slow-paced countryside life. This is an original itinerary designed for travelers looking to immerse themselves in local life. It's the perfect choice if you're looking to go off the beaten track for a one-of-a-kind rural experience.
You’ll discover the typical architecture of villages founded even eight centuries ago by German colonists. You'll stay in wonderful guest houses, taste delicious home-cooked meals, and visit talented local artisans. Plus, you’ll rediscover the beauty of small things and the joys of a simpler life with less time for TV shows or social media.
Our Rural Transylvania Tour starts from Bucharest (7 days), Brasov (6 days), or Sibiu (6 days).
Tour also suited for seniors.
This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.
Please contact us for itineraries starting in Brasov or/and Sibiu.
Transfer from Otopeni International Airport or from Bucharest to Viscri or Crit (based on availability), the destination of the first day.
Driving time: around 5 hours Accommodation: guest house in Viscri or Crit
Viscri is maybe the most famous of all the villages in Romania. This small community is one of the best examples of conserving its authenticity and cultural patrimony.
We start the day by visiting the 12th-century fortified church part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites. The monument, memorable for its white fortified walls, was enlarged and strengthened several times across centuries. While its main purpose was to resist enemy invasions, the landmark was also the main religious and cultural space of the German colonists and their descendants.
The small Evangelical church we’ll see here is rarely used, but it’s one of the most charming in the region. You can climb in its tower for a panoramic view of the village.
Afternoon walking tour around the village. Optional cycling tours, cooking classes, and horse cart rides.
Delicious traditional dinner served at the guest house.
Accommodation: guest house in Viscri or Crit
Viscri is also part of our UNESCO Heritage Day Trip from Brasov
We enjoy a morning walk to the local artisans of the village, the blacksmith and Mr. Gheorghita who produces thousands of bricks and tiles each year in an authentic clay oven. Horse cart rides are available if you want to discover a new kind of experience.
We head to the nearby village of Crit after lunch to meet more artisans. Optional stop to visit the medieval Rupea Fortress.
Delicious traditional dinner served at the guest house.
Highlights: Viscri, Crit, local artisans, village life
Driving time: less than 1-hour Accommodation: guest house in Viscri or Crit
The village of Malancrav is the following village on our itinerary. On the way, we stop in Saschiz to visit the 15th-century fortified church, included on the UNESCO Heritage List.
We also take 2-3 hours for a walking tour of Sighisoara, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Attested at the end of the 13th century, this UNESCO Heritage Site rapidly developed into a powerful economic and commercial center due to its many craftsmen and tradesmen. They fortified the settlement with 14 towers and five artillery bastions against Ottoman invasions. Many of these landmarks survived until today.
We reach Malancrav late afternoon.
Delicious traditional dinner served at the guest house.
Highlights: Saschiz, Sighisoara
Accommodation: guest house in Malancrav
We spend the day in Malancrav, the village with the largest German-ethnic community in Transylvania. Its impressive Evangelical church and its unique Gothic fresco are among the main attractions.
Afternoon for yourselves in the village. Delicious traditional dinner served at the guest house.
Highlights: Sighisoara, Malancrav
Driving time: around 2 hours Accommodation: guest house in Malancrav
We leave Malancrav in the morning and stop in Biertan to visit one of the largest fortified churches from Transylvania, also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After a short drive, we reach Alma Vii, a small village that dates from 1289. We visit the fortified church and take lots of photos of the beautiful colorful houses you can see from the defensive towers of the monument.
Visits to local artisans and afternoon walk around the village. Delicious traditional dinner served at the guest house.
Highlights: Biertan, Alma Vii
Driving time: around 3 hours Accommodation: guest house in Alma Vii
We head back to Bucharest in the morning. We stop for lunch in Sibiu. You can also stay an extra day in Sibiu or fly from Sibiu International Airport.
Driving time: around 6 hoursBack to top
Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.
Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.
Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes
Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.
Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.
High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.
Total: All about culture.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.
High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.
Total: All about history.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.
High: Most activities take place in nature.
Total: All about nature.
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The price below is per person and is based on two persons sharing a double room.
Discount rates for children.
Group of 2 persons: €1,730 per person / Group of 3 persons: €1,460 per person
Group of 4 persons: €1,150 per person / Group of 5 persons: €995 per person
Group of 6 persons: €910 per person
Group of 2 persons: €1,445 per person / Group of 3 persons: €1,180 per person
Group of 4 persons: €940 per person / Group of 5 persons: €810 per person
Group of 6 persons: €740 per person
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Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu
Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu
Breakfast every day
Local guest houses
Private or small group
4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Villages and local artisans: Viscri, Crit, Malancrav, Alma Vii
Cities: Sibiu, Sighisoara
A very enjoyable and informative day spent on the communism tour. Diana is an excellent guide. I highly recommend the tour and Diana.Read more
My family booked a four day tour in Transylvania. We were particularly interested in visiting some of the Siebenbuergen (towns that were settled by Germans beginning in the 12th century) We spent a day in Bucharest and then visited Brasov, Sighisoara...Read more
Malancrav is a small village in Transylvania, an absolute must for travelers curious to discover a place where time almost stood still.