Towns & Villages of Transylvania Tour

Cultural Tour
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    Covinnus Travel

    Covinnus Travel is a tour operator based in Bucharest, Romania and founded by three friends with a common passion: travel & tourism. We all have different backgrounds and expertise, extensive experience in operating tours, and we really love what we do, i.e showing people from around the world the wonders of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. We believe in a better world, and traveling can build the bridges needed to change the world. We are proud of our origins and we invite you to discover our lands, cultures and people. We also believe in professionalism, respect, kindness, and of course, fun. Covinnus tours are not standard programs. We carefully combine all the elements in a complete travel experience meant to give you a feeling of belonging to the places you visit.

    • 6 Days
    • Exploration Tour
    • Romania

    Take a dive into the fantastic realm of Transylvania and admire the forgotten villages and the daily rural life. Visit the medieval towns of Transylvania such as Sibiu, Sighisoara and Brasov. The tour starts in Bucharest where you’ll spend the first night. For the rest of the tour, besides Sibiu, you’ll experience several stunning traditional accommodations located in wonderful villages. The Towns and Villages of Transylvania Tour is a diverse tour of Romania.

    Departures

    This tour is a private tour and can be scheduled based on your request. We kindly inform you that some of the sites included in the program might be closed so we suggest you contact us before booking your flights to Bucharest.

    Price Includes

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Transport by modern car
    • Accommodation as per program
    • Breakfast
    • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
    • Entrance fees to sites included in the program
    • All taxes, parking fees, VAT

    Price Excludes

    • Flight ticket
    • Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
    • Other meals except for those mentioned
    • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
    • Tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal expenses

    Tariff

    Group of 2-3 persons – €990/person

    Group of 4-8 persons – €775/person

    Single supplement: €125

    Highlights

    Regions

    • Wallachia
    • Transylvania

    Cities

    • Bucharest
    • Sibiu
    • Sighisoara
    • Brasov

    Tourist Attractions

    • Poenari Citadel
    • Transfagarasan Highway
    • Vlad Dracul House
    • Black Church
    • Bran Castle
    • Peles Castle

    UNESCO Sites

    • Sighisoara
    • Viscri fortified church
    Itinerary

    Day 1Bucharest (40min Drive)

    Arrival in the capital of Romania. You’ll be transferred from the airport to Bucharest. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Overnight in Bucharest: 4-star hotel

    Day 2Bucharest – Curtea De Arges – Poenari – Sibiu (5h Drive)

    Departure to Curtea de Arges, the former capital of Walachia, and visit Curtea de Arges Monastery.

    The Episcopal Church, known as the Church of the Curtea de Arges Monastery, was built by the Romanian ruler of Wallachia Neagoe Basarab in 1512-1517. A great legend is connected to this church. It is said Master Manole entombed his wife alive in the walls of the church so that they would never crumble. In 1875, the beautiful church was demolished and rebuilt by French architect Andre Lecomte du Nouy. The Episcopal Church of Curtea de Arges houses the tomb of its founder, Neagoe Basarab, and of other members of the royal family (Kings Carol I and Ferdinand, and Queens Elisabeth and Mary).

    Further on, you’ll be taken to the fortress of Poenari, located in the Transylvanian Alps. Perched on top of a mountain, be careful as there are 1480 steps to be climbed! The citadel was probably built in the 14th century by the first Wallachian princes. Later on, it was modified and extended by Vlad the Impaler, whom we also know as Dracula. In addition to all the stories and legends, the site offers great panoramic views of the mountain on both sides.

    Then, you’ll take a drive along the famous Transfagarasan Highway. Built in just 4 years, the highway passes the Carpathian Mountains. The landscape is stunning and you’ll stop several times for pictures. Once on the top of the mountain, you’ll admire the Balea Lake. (Between November 1st and June 30, Transfagarasan Highway will be replaced with the road along the Olt Valey).

    Late in the afternoon, you’ll be in Sibiu, one of the most beautiful German towns.

    Overnight in Sibiu: 4-star hotel

    Day 3Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara (2h Drive)

    In the first part of the day, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of Sibiu. Hermanstadt, to use its German name, was founded by Saxon colonists about 800 years ago. In a short time, Sibiu became one of the most important cities of Transylvania. Sibiu boasts several medieval squares, including the Great Square (Piata Mare) which is the largest of its kind in Romania. It is surrounded by old houses, impressive palaces such as the Brukenthal Palace, and by religious constructions including the Catholic Cathedral. The tour of Sibiu continues with the other squares, the oldest cobblestone streets, and you’ll find out more about the legend which surrounds the Bridge of Lies. The tour of Sibiu ends with the Evangelical Cathedral and the former medieval towers.

    On the way to your next location, you’ll visit the UNESCO site of Biertan. Located in a beautiful rural area of Transylvania, the castle-church of Biertan is perched on a hill surrounded by old Saxon houses which preserve the medieval atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a tour of the fortress and church, where you’ll learn the history of this place as well as hear some funny stories.

    You’ll overnight in one of the most beautiful medieval towns of Europe, the UNESCO site of Sighisoara.

    Overnight in Sighisoara: 4-star hotel

    Day 4Sighisoara – Viscri – Brasov (2h30min Drive)

    The day starts with Sighisoara, another UNESCO site in Transylvania, is the next stop on your trip. Built by the Germans about 800 years ago, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara looks like a perfect postcard. It is the best-preserved citadel in Romania, a stunning combination of cobblestone streets, medieval walls, massive watchtowers and old architecture. Add to these the House of Vlad Dracul, allegedly the birthplace of Dracula. You’ll visit the Clock Tower, the symbol of Sighisoara, and the Church on the Hill, one of the oldest buildings of the citadel.

    It’s time to discover the forgotten world of the former Saxon villages. On the way to Sighisoara, we’ll make a detour to the remote village of Viscri, a great UNESCO site. There are just 2 or 3 dirt roads in Viscri, the main one being quite wide. This road is lined on both sides with beautiful and traditional houses, built in the Saxon style. At the outskirts of the village, perched on a hill, there is the fortified church of Viscri, one of the oldest fortified churches in Transylvania. You will visit the church and the small museum located at the entrance.

    In the afternoon you’ll set off for Brasov, a city built by the German colonists 750 years ago which boasts a wonderful medieval architecture. Surrounded by massive walls, towers and gates, the city was also protected against different invasions by the steep hills of the mountains. Located on an important trade route, the city developed quickly, and the residents built one of the most impressive Gothic churches between Vienna and Istanbul, today known as the Black Church*.

    * During the cold months between November and April, the Black Church will be seen only from outside.

    Overnight in Brasov: 4-star hotel

    Day 5Brasov – Bran – Sinaia – Bucharest (4h Drive)

    The day starts with Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. Built almost 800 years ago by the Saxons from Brasov, the castle was located at the medieval border between Wallachia and Transylvania, then a part controlled by the Hungarian Empire. At the end of WWI, the castle was offered to Queen Mary as a gift and now it belongs to her grandchildren. Inside, you will admire the apartments of Queen Mary, King Ferdinand and Prince Nicolas, but you will also be told the story of Dracula and its connection with this castle.

    Then, you will continue to Peles Castle* (ground floor exhibition) that will impress you, for sure. Probably one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Peles Castle represents the former summer royal residence of the Romanian royal family. It was inaugurated in 1883 and extended until 1914. It was one of the most modern castles at the time. Electricity, central heating system, central vacuum cleaner, telephone, elevator, these are just a few of the facilities that Peles Castle was equipped with. Built in a German Neo-Renaissance style and located in an idyllic environment, surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, the castle boasts one of the richest wooden work interior design. It still has the original furniture. You will be overwhelmed by the Hall of Honor, King Carol’s weapon collection or the Music Hall. At the end of the visit, you will also spend some time in the Royal Gardens.

    In Bucharest, you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. You’ll be seeing the most important landmarks such as the Romanian Parliament, the Square of the Revolution, the Romanian Athenaeum and the Arch of Triumph.

    * Peles Castle is closed on Mondays. Rasnov fortress or the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni may be used as alternatives.

    Overnight in Bucharest: 4-star hotel

    Day 6Bucharest – Otopeni Airport (40min Drive)

    You’ll be transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.

    End of the tour

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