Transylvania in a nutshell
€ 226per person
Tour Medieval Transylvania and discover the biggest Gothic castle, learn about military architecture and defense techniques, explore the most representative Saxon heritage, take joy in wondering through some romantic towns.
Start / end
2 days / 1 night
all year long
Alba Carolina fortress; Corvin Castle; Sibiu city center; Biertan fortified church (UNESCO); Sighisoara fortress (UNESCO)
about 600 km / 372 mi
Car transfer duration
see daily details in Tour Plan
accommodation locations & order of visits may suffer changes. Certain inside visits may not be available on Monday.
The Middle Ages in Transylvania, then part of the Kingdom of Hungary, were characterized by a massive population migration. This led to the multicultural, multilingual and multiconfessional feature of Transylvania.
Among the nations who settled in Transylvania in these times were the Szeklers and the Saxons. The extensive influence they had upon social administration, culture, arts, religion, agriculture and lifestyle is what makes the difference between Transylvania and the other regions in nowadays Romania.
This guided tour in Transylvania represents a concentrated introduction to the Romanian and Saxon heritage in this area, revealing both medieval and modern aspects.
Cluj - Alba Iulia - Hunedoara - Sibiu
Departure from Cluj at 8:30 am, heading for Hateg region in south-western Transylvania.
The first stop of the day will be in the 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.
Transfer to Hunedoara to 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.
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 3* hotel.
Car transfers: approx. 4h30min; ~310 km / 192 mi
(no meals included)
Sibiu - Biertan - Sighisoara - Cluj
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 fortified church inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list (if it’s on a 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 the Impaler Dracula‘s birthplace. Get back to Cluj in late afternoon. End of the tour.
Car transfers: approx. 5h00min; ~270 km / 168 mi
(breakfast included, lunch & dinner not included)