Tour 12: Classic Transylvania Tour from Cluj Napoca

4 days Tour Begins & Ends Cluj Napoca: 1nt Sibiel, 1nt Sighisoara, 1nt Brasov

See the best of Transylvania on this 4 days guided tour. The tour of the main transylvanian medieval fortresses and cities, which guide you back in the medieval ages with their beauty, traditions and legends. Come to see and find more about the history of Transylvania and it"€™s peoples. Visits at the medieval castles "€“ Bran and Rasnov, travel and discover the fortified churches from Biertan and Prejmer, overnight and tours of medieval cities as Brasov and Sibiu, Sighisoara citadel "€“ the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, Peles Castle "€“ the former royal residence are the highlights of this tour. Learn more about the Transylvanian traditions and legends. The tour start from Cluj-Napoca.

Day 1. CLUJ - TURDA SALT MINE - ALBA IULIA - SIBIU - SIBIEL.

Welcome to Romania! Our English speaking guide collects you from Cluj Napoca Airport. A city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere, one of the oldest settlements in Transylvania, dating back prior to the Roman period, Cluj will surely impress you with its beautiful old architecture. From Cluj drive to Turda, a small town with an intimate atmosphere founded by the Romans under the name Potaissa. Prepare to descend to the heart of one of the biggest salt mines in the country "€“ Turda Salt Mines, with impressive halls named after kings and queens. From Turda we go to see the imposing Alba iulia fortress before we arrive in Sibiel. For dinner and accommodation drive to the traditional Saxon city of Sibiel located 20 kilometres away from Sibiu.Delight yourself with a delicious traditional home cooked Romanian dinner. Overnight Sibiel Guest House

Day 2. SIBIU - SLIMNIC - MEDIAS - BIERTAN - SIGHISOARA.

After breakfast we drive to Sibiu, the European Capital of Cultural for 2007. The fortified town of Sibiu has always been the centre of Romania's German minority since medieval times and it is one of Romania"€™s most beautiful cities. It contains the largest concentrations of tourist attractions in Romania. Visit one of its major highlights, The Village Museum "€“ an outdoor exhibition of peasant settlements from all over the country offering a complete picture on Romania"€™s rural architecture. From Sibiu we drive to Sighisoara. On the way we visit Slimnic peasant fortress, one of the biggest from Transylvania and the imposig Biertan fortified churh. Overnight Sighisoara

Day 3. SIGHISOARA - BRAN CASTLE - RASNOV FORTRESS - BRASOV.

After breakfast we tour Sighisoara citadel. Founded by Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara still stands as one of Europe"€™s most beautiful and still inhabited fortified cities with UNESCO European heritage site status. Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula, was born. Visit the Clock tower built in 1360 and standing 60 meters tall on top of the citadel's hill, which hosts the History Museum and offers a great view over the citadel, the Torture Room and the Weapons Museum. We have a walking tour around the walls which are hosting the towers of different guilds of Sighisoara. Next visit is at Bran Castle. Also called Dracula"€™s Castle, Bran owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. A former fortress guarding a commercial road, Bran dates back to 1377. In 1920, Queen Mary, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, turned the castle into a beautiful summer residence. Close to the castle there is a shrine set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered her heart. A lunch in Bran is a delicious experience. A cheese tasting is strongly recommended as the village is part of the Rucar - Bran corridor renowned for the delicious traditional home made cheese assortments produced here (the ones smoked in pine tree bark are particularly delicious). Drive next to Rasnov to visit The Peasant Citadel. Standing on top of a hill and overlooking an incredible Transylvanian landscape, Rasnov is the best preserved peasant fortification in Transylvania and the largest one in Eastern Europe, first documented in 13 century. In the evening transfer to the medieval Saxon city of Brasov. Overnight Brasov.

Day 4. BRASOV - SINAIA -€“ BUCHAREST/CLUJ NAPOCA.

After breakfast we have a tour of Brasov, a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere which has played a vital role in Romania"€™s history, both old and new. Three quarters of the city is surrounded by mountains, and it is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Visit the most famous landmark of Brasov, the Black Church, the largest gothic edifice in southern Europe dating back to 14th century. Initially called St. Virgin Mary the church was renamed after the great fire in 1689 that blackened its walls. It hosts the largest bell in the country as well as a collection of oriental carpets dating from the 15th and the 18th centuries. We walk on Rope street, the narrowest street of central and easthern Europe, visit the First Romanian School, Black and White Towers. Take the cable car to the top of Tampa Mountain, the symbol of Brasov, to have a great panorama over the city. We continue our journey to Sinaia where Peles Castle is located, one of the best preserved and the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. Transfer to Bucharest or Cluj airport for the flight back home.