€ 87per person
Wander the streets of the most delightful Transylvanian town. Visit a UNESCO fortified church. Admire an authentic naive peasant icon exhibition. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked meal in the countryside.
Start / End
all year long
Estimated return time
Calnic fortified church; Sibiel museum of icons painted on glass; Sibiu city center
Car transfer duration
5h30min - 6h (2 ways)
possibility of traffic jams
During the Middle Ages, Transylvania, then part of the Kingdom of Hungary, was colonized with various populations originating from Western Europe. These populations are nowadays know with the general term ‘Saxons’. In the same time period, Transylvania was often invaded by Mongols and Ottomans. This fact is one of the reasons behind the massive western population migration to this region.
The Saxon settlements were organized around a central church. The churches were later on fortified, in stages, so that the inhabitants of the settlements could find refugee inside in war periods. Beside the churches, the Saxon also founded and fortified their towns, seven of which became so famous for their fortifications that the German name of Transylvania was derived from them: Siebenburgen (‘the seven fortified towns’). Sibiu was the best defended of the Saxon towns.
Including both countryside and cityscape, this guided day tour from Cluj focuses on Saxon and Romanian heritage in Sibiu area.
Cluj - Calnic- Sibiel - Sibiu - Cluj
Departure from Cluj at 8 am, heading for Southern Transylvania. First stop will be for the visit of Calnic fortified church, UNESCO heritage.
Transfer to Sibiel for a home cooked lunch in a rural guesthouse and the visit of a very interesting museum of icons painted on glass by peasants.
The tour continues with the main destination spot, namely the best defended medieval fortified town in Transylvania, the ancient capital of all Transylvanian Saxons, the bustling contemporary city which became European Capital of Culture in 2007: Sibiu. Visit the four fortifications of the Medieval town, the Liar’s Bridge, The Small and the Big Squares.
Back in Cluj in late afternoon.