Culture Tour, Tour in Transylvania
This tour explores the UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Transylvania, a place of rich history and unforgettable landscapes, placed by Lonely Planet on the top of its list of regions to visit in 2016. Our tour will take you from remote villages and medieval cities to ancient sites, uncovering some of the most valuable landmarks of Romania’s cultural and historical heritage.
Overall, you’ll visit eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, discovering their multicultural legacy and their present role in the life of local communities. Besides medieval Sighisoara, the fortified churches from Saxon villages like Viscri, Biertan or Saschiz and the ancient Dacian sites from Orastie, the itinerary includes other major landmarks like medieval Brasov, the citadel from Alba Iulia and Rupea Fortress.
A complete tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Transylvania, this is an excellent choice for first time visitors to Transylvania curious to know more about its cultural and historical landmarks.
This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.
Transfer to Brasov.
Driving time: around 3 hours Accommodation: guest house in Brasov
Morning walking tour in the Old City Center of Brasov, a key commercial city in the medieval time and one of the seven citadels settled by the Saxons in the 12th century. We continue our tour with a visit to the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of the day: the fortified church of Prejmer, the strongest peasant fortification from South-Eastern Europe.
Built in the 13th century and strengthened on the course of the following centuries, this fortified church has 12 meters tall enclosing walls with loopholes and machicolations, almost 300 rooms incorporated in the inner part of the walls and one of the most valuable and oldest Gothic altars in Romania. The fortified church of Prejmer went through 50 sieges, but was conquered only once, in 1611.
In the second part of the day, we travel to Viscri, stopping on the way to visit another iconic medieval monument, the fortress of Rupea, one of the largest in Transylvania.
Highlights: Brasov, the fortified church of Prejmer, the fortress of Rupea
Driving time: around 2 hours Accommodation: guest house in Viscri
The first part of the day is spent in Viscri, walking around the village to admire its traditional Saxon architecture and visiting its fortified church part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites. Afternoon drive through forests and scattered villages to Saschiz where you'll visit one more UNESCO World Heritage Sites, before reaching the final destination of the day, Sighisoara.
With a historical center part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and one of the best-preserved medieval landscape in Europe, Sighisoara is one of Romania's most beautiful cities.
Highlights: the fortified churches of Viscri and Saschiz
Driving time: around 2 hours Accommodation: guest house in Sighisoara
Walking tour of Sighisoara in the first part of the day. Attested at the end of the 13th century under the German name Schespurch, Sighisoara rapidly developed into a powerful economic and commercial center due to its many craftsmen and tradesmen that fortified the settlement with 14 towers and five artillery bastions in the coming centuries against Ottoman invasions.
Due to its geographical position, Sighisoara was for many centuries an important commercial and strategic point of Central Europe. It's also one of the seven fortified citadels the Saxons built after their settlement in the region starting with the 12th century.
Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the medieval prince that later inspired the myth of Dracula.
Afternoon drive to nearby Biertan to visit one of the most impressive fortified churches part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites. Large and powerful, this 15th century Gothic monument has an unique door with a complex locking system, a church organ with almost 1,300 pipes and, last but not least, a marital room where back in the day couples were locked until solving their problems.
We spen the night in Alma Vii, a traditional Saxon style village close to Biertan.
Highlights: Sighisoara and the fortified church of Biertan
Driving time: less than one hour Accommodation: guest house in Alma Vii
We spend the first part of the day visiting the village and its fortified church part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Artisans' visits are possible upon request.
After lunch, we drive to Alba Iulia, a place of major historical importance. It's here that the largest Roman castrum from the former Dacian Kingdom was built as well as one of the largest Vauban citadels in Europe. The Great Union of Romania took place here in 1918. You can either enjoy exploring the citadel or take the day to relax.
Highlights: Alba Iulia
Driving time: around 2 hours Accommodation: guest house in Alba Iulia
This will be the most active day of the tour as it will take you walking on mountain paths in the search of the ancient sites of the Dacians. The Dacian fortresses of Orastie represent one of the oldest defensive systems on Romania’s territory. The fortresses were built in the 1st centuries B.C. and A.D. as a military mechanism against Roman invasion, and represented the political center of the Dacian Kingdom.
Highlights: the Dacian fortresses from Orastie
Driving time: around 1 hour Accommodation: Alba Iulia
We leave Alba Iulia early morning and head to Bucharest, stopping to visit the last UNESCO Heritage Site of the tour, the fortified church from Calnic. Dating from the 13th century, the monument was initially built as an aristocratic residence. After 1430 when the locals bought it, it was fortified for defensive purposes and a chapel was also added.
If the weather allows it, we will choose one of the most scenic mountain roads in Europe: Transfagarasan. Over 90 km long and crossing altitudes above 2,000 meters, Transfagarasan is one of the best ways to see some of the breathtaking landscapes of the Carpathians.
Driving time: around 6 hours Accommodation: hotel in downtown Bucharest
Transfer to Otopeni International Airport.Back 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 includes accommodation plus breakfast every day, transportation including driver and gas costs, tour guide services and planning costs. The price does not include plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, meals except breakfast, entry fees, photo or video taxes, specialized local guides if necessary.
The prices below are per person and can vary according to the timing of your booking and the age of the tour participants (discount rates for children). The prices are based on 2 persons sharing a double room.
We offer discount rates for families.
Group of 4 Persons: €1,300 per person
Group of 6 Persons: €1,200 per person
Contact us if you’d like to get a price quotation for larger or smaller groups or a shorter/longer version of this tour.
Bucharest (or other cities)
Bucharest (or other cities)
Breakfast every day
Local guest houses or boutique hotels
Car or minivan
8 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Cities: Brasov, Sighisoara, Alba Iulia
More landmarks: Rupea Fortress
Discount rates for children
I had a great time with Diana as my guide. She was knowledgeable, passionate and very kind. She gave me a locals perspective of Bucharest-past and present. The best part about a private tour is she was open to all questions and she knows the city ver...Read more