Saxon heritage in Transylvania in 3 days

Special Tour 3 day / 2 nights Availability: 2018
on request from anywhere Round trip

The multicultural nature of Transylvania where Romanians, Hungarians, Saxons and Gypsies are living together, the beautiful landscape with mountains, mighty forests and silvery lakes give the impression that you are in a place close to Paradise. Our tour focusing on the Saxon heritage in Transylvania is the perfect choice for anyone wishing to experience the meeting of both Eastern and Western cultures.


DATE
flexible departure

DURATION
3 days tour, 5 days with arrival and departure

TRAVELING
with comfortable, well equipped bus or minibus cca. 680 km in Transylvania

LODGING
in 3* 4* 5* hotel or pension (on request)

GUIDING
the group will be led by a professional guide throughout the journey

PRICE
… EUR/person

TRIP COST INCLUDES
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Professional tour guide for entire journey
  • Traveling with bus or minibus

TRIP COST DOESN’T INCLUDE
  • Travel insurance
  • Single room accommodations
  • Flight ticket
  • Entry Tickets

REMARK
By common agreement, the program can be modified according to the needs of a group!

Highlights of the tour

  • Sightseeing in Mediaș-Mediasch, Sighișoara-Schäßburg and Sibiu-Hermannstadt, three cities among those seven from which the Saxon name of Transylvania, Siebenbürgen (Seven Fortresses or Citadels) is derived.
  • Visiting Biertan-Birthälm, the former administrative center of the Saxons in Transylvania
  • Visiting 8 different villages and fortified Saxon churches, all of them built in the 12-14th centuries
  • Getting acquainted with the typical social and territorial organization of the Transylvanian Saxons
  • Traveling on high mountains and narrow valleys, where you can admire the beauty of nature in every season
Itinerary
Cluj – Mediaș- Valea Viilor – Slimnic – Sibiu – Cisnãdioara – Cisnãdie – Fãgãraș Mountains – Cârța – Cisnãdioara – Hosman – Richiș – Biertan – Sighișoara – Cluj

Due to the multicultural nature of Transylvania further we will use the names of the localities in Romanian together with the Hungarian or in case, in Romanian together with the German.

Day 1
– Departure from Cluj-Kolozsvár to Cisnãdioara-Michelsberg
Mediaș-Mediasch – one of the seven fortresses from which the German name of Transylvania Siebenbürgen (Seven Fortresses) was formed – visiting the old center of the city, St. Margaret Church, the Franciscan Church and monastery, the Steingasser Tower.
Valea Viilor-Wurmloch – the first fortified church which we will visit was built in the 14th century
Slimnic-Stolzenburg – we will visit the gothic style Lutheran church built in the 14th century and the fortification of the village meant to protect the way from Sibiu-Hermannstadt to Mediaș-Mediasch
Sibiu-Hermannstadt – the former capital of the Transylvanian Saxons was in 2007 the Cultural Capital of Europe alongside Luxembourg. We will visit in the totally renovated city-center the Big Square, the Tower of the Council, the Brukenthal Palace, the Lutheran Cathedral and the Bridge of Lies.

Day 2
– Travel to the Fãgãraș Mountains
Cisnãdioara-Michelsberg – we will visit the Bergkirche, the one of the oldest Roman styled basilica in Transylvania built in the second part of the 12th century.
Cisnãdie-Heltau – in the town you can find the fortified church built in Roman style) the first clock tower built in Transylvania (1425). This is the place where, for the first time in Transylvania a lightning rod was put on the church tower in 1797.
Trip in the Fãgãraș Mountains on the famous Transfãgãrãșan road to the Bâlea Lake (2040 m above sea level) – short walk around the lake, with optional trekking to the Vânãtoarea lui Buteanu Peak (2507 m above sea level), the 9th highest peak in Romania
Cârța–Kerz – Visiting the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian monastery and church

Day 3
Hosman–Holzmengen – the Roman styled church of the village was built in 1270. It is surrounded by two walls.
Richiș-Reichesdorf – the gothic styled fortified church hides grotesque stone figures.
Biertan-Birthälm was the Transylvanian Saxon Lutheran bishop seat between 1572-1867, and therefore administratively more important than the town of Mediaș-Mediasch. Every year the Transylvanian Saxons organize their annual festival here.(Siebenbürgen Sachsentreffen in Birthälm)
Sighișoara-Schäßburg was not the biggest or richest of the seven Saxon walled citadels in Transylvania, but it has become one of the most popular. Today it is the best preserved citadel in the country which is still inhabited. In the citadel is the house where Vlad Țepeș, who inspired Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula, was born in 1431 and lived with his father, Vlad Dracul, until 1435 when they moved to Târgoviște. We will visit the Clock Tower, the Venetian House, the Church of the Dominican Monastery, the Church on the Hill and the Scholars’ Stairs.

 

Map for the program

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