Slow Tour in Transylvania 7 nights

Price: From 560 EUR

Duration: 7 nights

Why choose this: Travelling time means to choose experiences over sights – and more than anything else – quality over quantity. Removing the rush and standing still even for a moment can reveal so much of a new destination and the culture and people within it, simply by letting your surroundings envelop around you and letting it tell you its story.

The offer includes: Transportation + Guide + Accomodation 7 nights as per itinerary + Half board + Horse riding or carriage ride

Slow Tour. Travelling time means to choose experiences over sights – and more than anything else – quality over quantity. Removing the rush and standing still even for a moment can reveal so much of a new destination and the culture and people within it, simply by letting your surroundings envelop around you and letting it tell you its story. Choose to discover Transylvania with your english speaking guide. Visit Romania!

The experience includes: 

  • Transportation by modern air conditioned car or minivan;
  • Airport transfer;
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off;
  • Driver and  English (or other language on request) Speaking guide;
  • Accommodation 7 nights in Premium Hotels, Premium GuestHouses or Rural Houses as described in the program;
  • Half board Meal: Breakfast, dinner; traditional dinners;
  • Homemade sweets and dessert Tasting;
  • You can choose: One horse riding or carriage ride (it is not obbligatory to do this activity);
  • Non Stop Assistance local Tour Operator;
  • City Taxes.

What’s extra:

  • Airplane ticket, Entrance fees;
  • Optional activities;
  • Other meals and expenses.

 

Program


Day 1 . Bucharest. Airport transfer. Accommodation Hotel Ambasador / Europa Royale or similar.
Arrival in Bucharest – the capital of Romania. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner with traditional plates and good drinks. Sightseeing of the city, including the Arch of Triumf, House of Press, Revolution Square, Parliament House, Unirii Square. Overnight at hotel


Day 2. Bucharest - Curtea de Arges - Cozia Monastery - Olt River Valley - Sibiu - Sibiel. Dinner and Accommodation at Premium Guesthouse in Sibiel

Departure to Curtea de Arges (see also here), the former capital of Walachia, and visit Curtea de Arges
In the afternoon we will drive along the picturesque Olt Valley to visit Cozia Monastery and then we will arrive in Sibiu.

Sibiu (Hermannstadt in German) was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels* built in the 12th century by German settlers known as Transylvanian Saxons. The riches amassed by its guilds paid for the construction of both impressive buildings and the fortifications required to protect them. Sibiu's Old Town retains the grandeur of its earlier days when rich and powerful guilds dominated regional trade. Like Sighisoara and Brasov, it has a distinctly Germanic feeling.
Overnight in Sibiel (discover here the picturesque Sibiel).


Day 3. Guided City Tour in Sibiu. Dinner and Accommodation at Premium Guesthouse in the pitoresque city Sibiel.

We visit in Sibiu: Sibiu's Towers (Turnurile Sibiului), The Upper Town, The Great Square, Roman-Catholic Church, Council Tower, Brukenthal Palace, The Little Square, Huet Square, The Lower Town, The Bridge of Lies, The Stairs Passage, Goldsmiths' Square, Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

Optional: Astra Open Air Museum  

Located in the middle of a dense forest and surrounded by a beautiful lake (10 km from Sibiu), ASTRA features more than 300 buildings as well as watermills and windmills, gigantic presses for wine, fruit and oil, hydraulic forges and structures representing village architectural styles from many parts of Romania.

The museum illustrates the technological legacy of the Romanian people.

Traditional Dinner at Sibiel. Taste the locals fresh and tasty food in Sibiel and relax accompanied by local music. The locals will offer us a Homemade dessert tasting, so be ready for a cooking lesson and a little calorie bomb!

 

Day 4. Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara. Accommodation at  Hotel Korona 4*

Biertan - designated Unesco World Heritage authentic village, here is an impressive lockdoor that was awarded in 1910 in Paris. In the fortified church was also a room where the married couples were captured and let until they would come to terms. Intersting enough?:)

Sighisoara – As a living part of history, the Romanian city of Sighisoara may be the most well-preserved medieval village in all of Europe and the lack of over development in this area has kept the city as close to its origins as possible. From this perspective, taking a trip to Sighisoara can be like stepping back in time, with several iconic buildings and the remnants of the original six-sided fortress that was once used to protect the city from attack. 

In Sighisoara, we visit: Sighisoara's Citadel, The Citadel Square, The Clock Tower, The Church of the Dominican Monastery, The Church on the Hill, The Scholars' Stairs, Vlad Dracul's House, The Venetian House, The Citadel Towers and others

 

Day 5 - Sighisoara - Saschiz - Viscri – Brasov. Accommodation Hotel Kolping 4*

Saschiz Village and Fortified Church. The Evangelical Church of Saschiz was built between 1493 and 1496 by Saxon colonists. The monument is very impressive due to its sheer size and the way the fortifying elements have been adapted to the shape of a church building.

How Viscri became famous? This island of the Saxons formed in the 12th century, when they were brought here by the king of Hungary to defend Transylvania against the invaders. They remained eight centuries in these lands until it happened one of the largest migrations in peacetime, namely, that of the 20th century, when more than a quarter of a million Germans have left their homes, churches and fortresses that built and defended with the blood of their ancestors for hundreds of years.

At this point, Viscri remained a desolate village that threatened to collapse in any moment if someone does not do something for his rehabilitation. So, Caroline Fernolend, one of the few Saxons remained in the village, began to seek solutions to save the native village. With the help of Prince Charles, Caroline has made the organization Mihai Eminescu Trust (MET), which aims to rehabilitate the abandoned houses and their integration into the tourist circuit. The enthusiasm and the courage of the villagers have encouraged more organizations to invest in the revival of the Saxon spirit and now their number is impressive.

We go for a cariagge ride in Viscri and we let ourselves surprised by the stunning panorama and the painted saxon houses.

Brasov is a „german made” town that maintains the taste of medieval influence. Be ready for photos, good food and a relaxing afternoon surrounded by walls of stone and houses with interesting roofs. Brasov is home to one of the the narrowest streets in Europe. The Rope Street (Strada Sforii) is approximately four feet wide and it links Cerbului Street with Poarta Schei Street.

We visit in Brasov: The Town Hall, The Black Church, The Council Square, Brasov's Defensive Fortifications, The Schei District, Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church and others.

 

Day 6. Brasov – Bran Castle Magura and Pestera Villages (not available in the winter time ‚ we swap with the visit of Rasnov Fortress or Sky activity) – Brasov

Bran Castle, also known as Dracula Castle, became a first-class destination once with the appearance of the famous book „Dracula”written by Bram Stocker (irish). The medieval aspect gives to the place unique experiences to a traveller. The image of the castle can easily included in a legend full of mistery combined with real stories of royal life. Actually, this castle is first of all a testimonial of Queen Mary that transformed the fortress erected in 1377 by the saxons, into her summer residence. So be ready to discover a new identity of this Pearl full of elegance and classicism in the same time!

Peștera and Măgura Villages amaze us through their simplicity and picturesque character. The trodden country roads, the warm and hard-working people, the silence and harmony seem to be sending us back to an old Romanian ballad. Although not known by many people, recently they even became part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Optional: Visit of Bears Reservation at Zarnesti  or Visit of Rasnov Citadel  or Ask us for Optional Activities

 

Day 7. Brasov – Sinaia – Peles Castle – Lunch at Hunting Restaurant – Easy Hiking in Bucegi Mountains (optional) – Accommodation Sinaia Premium Guesthouse

Peles Castle, royal residence  since Carol I erected the edifice, is one of the most beautiful castles from Europe. With its german influence in architecture, we can totally afirm that combines a sum of styles, being a lesson of history of arts. We will se stunning golden plated objects, a famous private weapon collection, a unique ceiling, central heating since 100 years ago, paintings, carvings, all these being original. Located in the heart of Carpathian mountains, this makes the settlement the second most visited place in Romania.

The Sinaia Monastery, a landmark Orthodox religious sanctuary located in the city of Sinaia, Prahova County (southern Romania), is the first building erected on the grounds of the current mountain resort. The monastery was built between 1690 and 1695, having as goal the protection of the commercial route on the Prahova River Valley as well; a new monastery was built and this was the first electric lighted place of worship in Romania.

 

Day 8. Sinaia – Snagov Monastery – Otopeni Airport or Hotel Bucharest

 The Snagov Monastery  it is an ancient monastic establishment, a historical monument, an architectural jewel of feudal art, and an important tourist attraction located on an island of the Snagov Lake, near Bucharest. The leggend says that Vlad was burried here after his death.

 

*Price:

For more than 8 persons – Less than 580 EUR/ person. Send us a message on contact@socatour.ro

For 8 persons: 560 EUR/ person

For 6 persons: 626 EUR/ person

For 4 persons: 725 EUR/ person

For 2 persons: 799 EUR/ person

*The price is for one person in double room. Supplement for single: 150 EUR

 

 

Keywords: Slow tour Transylvania | Slow Tourism Romania | Fortified Churches Unesco Romania | Guided Tour in Transylvania