* your meals and drinks (other than the ones mentioned above)
* photo / video entrance fees (where required)
* personal expenses
2 days tour from Cluj to Alba Iulia, Corvin Castle, Sibiel, Sibiu, Biertan fortified church & Sighisoara
Departure from your hotel in Cluj at 8am, heading for Hateg region in south-western Transylvania. The first stop of the day will be in the star-like shaped imperial military town of Alba Iulia.Though most impressive, the Vauban style Alba Carolina fortress is not the only attraction here to have interesting stories to tell: so do Alba Iulia’s ancient Roman ruins, the Hungarian royals’ tombs found in Transylvania’s oldest church or Romania’s most important political event of the last century, its union to Transylvania. Lunch in a restaurant on the way.
In Hunedoara we will discover the Corvin Castle (also known as Hunyadi Castle), built by the glorious Hunyadi family which gave the Kingdom of Hungary one of its greatest Kings: Matthias the Just. Charmed by the fairy-tale beauty of the castle and shocked by its austerity, let yourself immersed into the legends and the stories about the royal family, it’s origin, medieval fighting techniques and many other interesting information.
Next stop will be in Sibiel, were you’ll visit a very interesting museum of icons painted on glass by peasants.
In late afternoon arrive in the culturally bustling city of Sibiu, formerly the best defended medieval fortified town in Transylvania, which, at least partly due to its well preserved architectural heritage, turned into European Capital of Culture in 2007.
Dinner in a restaurant and accommodation in a hotel.
(no meals included).
Guided tour of Sibiu after breakfast: visit the four fortifications of the Medieval city, the Liar’s Bridge, The Small and the Big Squares.
Continue your journey through Transylvania with the visit of Biertan fortied church inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list (if it’s on Monday, the visit of Biertan will be substituted with another visit). Lunch in a restaurant.
Last visit of the day will be another UNESCO heritage site: Sighisoara’s medieval fortified town, one of the few of it’s kind still inhabited in Europe. Still surrounded by 9 of its initial 14 defense towers, each one built and taken care of by a local guild, the fortress shelters not only beautiful Medieval architecture, but also medieval legends, such as the one connected to Vlad Tepes Dracula‘s birthplace.
Get back to Cluj in late afternoon.
(breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included)