A Kick around Castles and Timber

7 days tour

All the way North! True, while crossing the Carpathians several times, this tour takes you to medieval Transylvania and far flung Maramures, with the unique timber architecture and life approach there. The tour takes in the royal castle in Sinaia, the medieval towns of Brasov and Sibiu, the fortress town of Sighisoara, as well as the world unique Merry Cemetery, old wooden churches in Maramures, the busy university town of Cluj and the finely restored, large fortress of Alba Iulia.

A tour that will give you a good introduction to Transylvania, its towns and fortifications (including Sighisoara, Sibiu, Brasov plus Bran, coined as Dracula’s Castle), as well as Maramures, with its UNESCO-listed, timber architecture and curiosities: the world’s tallest wooden church or the unique Merry Cemetery in Sapanta…

100

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  • Duration

    7 days tour

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  • Location

    Bucharest – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov – Viscri – Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Bistrita – Ieud and Poienile Izei churches – Sighetu Marmatiei – Breb – Calinesti – Barsana – Baia Mare – Cluj – Alba Iulia – Sibiu – Curtea de Arges – Bucharest

Pick-upany hotel or place in Bucharest
Drop-offany hotel or place in Bucharest

What is included

accommodation on bed & breakfast basis according to the program above, English-speaking driver-guide, transport on an Economy (unless otherwise agreed) A/C vehicle, entrances to the mentioned places (where visits are included), as well as walking tours and photo or explanation breaks as mentioned; meals are not included unless specifically mentioned.

 

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Day 1

Bucharest – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov (not MON, TUE)

– Pick-up in Bucharest
– Visit to Peles Castle in Sinaia
– Visit to Bran Castle
– Walking tour in downtown Brasov
– Accommodation, 3* hotel in downtown Brasov

Day 2

Brasov – Viscri – Sighisoara

– Walk across Viscri, including visit to the local fortified church
– Walking tour of Sighisoara, excluding any inside visits (they can be paid on spot)
– Accommodation, 3* hotel in the fortress of Sighisoara

Day 3

Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Bistrita – Ieud and Poienile Izei churches – Sighetu Marmatiei

– Walking tour of downtown Targu Mures, including exterior views of the Transylvanian Secession Palace of Culture and the beautiful Statu Quo Ante Temple
– Walk in downtown Bistrita, including views of the old Sugalete houses
– Visit to the old wooden churches of Ieud and Poienile Izei
– Accommodation in Sighetu Marmatiei, in a fine traditional guesthouse with an excellent traditional restaurant

Day 4

Sighetu Marmatiei – the Merry Cemetery – Breb – Calinesti – Barsana – Sighetu Marmatiei

– Visit to the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta
– Visit to Breb, one of the best preserved traditional villages in Maramures
– Visit to Barsana Monastery with its beautiful setting
– Optional: visit to Master Barsan’s wood carving workshop in Barsana
– Accommodation in Sighetu Marmatiei, in a fine traditional guesthouse with an excellent traditional restaurant

Day 5

Sighetu Marmatiei – Surdesti Wooden Church – Baia Mare – Cluj

– Visit to Surdesti Wooden Church
– Walk in the central square of Baia Mare and to Stephen Tower
– Optional: one hour detour including a walk in the former Armenian town of Gherla, including the Armenian Cathedral
– Walk through the old town of Cluj, including St. Michael Church, the pedestrian area, Eroilor Avenue
– Accommodation in Cluj, 3* hotel in or near the city centre

Day 6

Cluj – Alba Iulia – Sibiu

– Visit to the extensive, star-shaped Alba Iulia Fortress
– Walking tour in Sibiu, across the three main squares: Huet, the Large and the Small squares
– Drive to and visit to the folk technology museum set in the large Dumbrava Forest (traditional houses set in the large park)
– Accommodation, 3* hotel in Sibiu (in the old town or at a 10 minute drive from it)

Day 7

Sibiu – Curtea de Arges – Bucharest

– Visit to Curtea de Arges Monastery
– Drop-off in Bucharest (accommodation here not included)

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