Benefits

Explore Transylvania's Saxon Villages and visit the Medieval Fortress, all on a private tour.

Diverse Transylvania

For those that seek a fairytale image of Transylvania, this day trip will reveal the story of medieval villages surrounded by thick forests, of majestic fortified churches, and of a citadel that is still inhabited. A trip to Sighisoara is probably the best way to experience time travel, and no holiday can be complete without experiencing a little bit of the local life. A visit in the heart of a gypsy community will teach us about their traditions and about crafts that have been long gone from today’s world.

Trip Activities

local culture & cusine

Take a trip to an authentic gypsy village and learn more about the local crafts

history

Visit Sighisoara, the last inhabited medieval citadel in Europe

villages

Discover the Biertan Fortified Church included in the UNESCO patrimony

Itinerary

We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and we will take a two-hour road trip to our first stop, the city of Medias, where we will visit The Citadel of Light. Most of the buildings here were erected in the 15th century, with Masonic symbols widely spread in the architectural style. A short walking tour is all you need to discover the bohemian atmosphere of this historical city.

 

Our next stop is at the Biertan Fortified Church, whose spectacular image could be used as a source of inspiration for a fantasy novel. The religious edifice surrounded by thick medieval walls was built in the 15th century, and the front door is equipped with no less than 19 locks and bolts.

 

The main attraction of the day is the Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, the only inhabited citadel in Europe. Passing through the cobblestone narrow streets and surrounded by colorful buildings will reveal the 9 towers of the Citadel, each one built by a different medieval guild (The Butchers’ Tower, The Tanners’ Tower, The Ironsmiths’ Tower, etc.). The most important of all is The Clock Tower, which was built in the late 13th and early 14th century. The Clock Tower was destroyed by a fire, but it was rebuilt in the 16th century, and it is now home to a history museum that includes a torture chamber.

 

The Medieval Citadel was built in the 12th century, and it played a significant role in Transylvania’s history, being one of its 7 independent cities. Besides the Citadel and its 9 towers, Sighisoara is also home to The Hill Church, a church that you can reach by climbing 175 wooden steps, a Venetian House built in the 13th century, and the Stag House, which belonged to the elite of the city.

 

Since Transylvania was home to isolated villages rather than to large urban settlements, here we will find traces of the medieval life in one of the villages that we will visit on our way back. The ethnical diversity and the tolerance are symbols of these small settlements, where for hundreds of years Romanians, Hungarians, Germans, and Gypsies have lived together peacefully. Gypsies settled here more than 800 years ago, forced by the invading Mongol invasion. Today we will visit some of their villages, and a stop at a local craftsman will teach us about smithing methods used in medieval times.

 

Because they are a slightly isolated community, the access is permitted only to those accompanied by someone they trust.

 

On our way back to Cluj we will take a different route in order to explore some of the stunning landscape of Transylvania. We will be back in Cluj by night, the duration of the trip being affected by traffic.

What's included

Tickets Sighisoara Trip  Entrance fees for the sights included in the itinerary (The Clock Tower and Biertan Fortified Church)


Guide Sighisoara Trip  Professional English-speaking guide


Transport Sighisoara Trip  Transport with a modern, well-equipped car, minibus or coach


car pickup and drop-off for tour  Hotel pickup and drop-off


tour with bottle of water  Bottle of water

 

Visit gypsy community   Visit in a gypsy community

What's not included

lunch in Sighisoara not included  Lunch (approx. €13/person)


photo fees not included  Photography Fees


tips for the guide  Tips for the tour guide

 

tickets for other places  Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary

Good to know

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  • Special notes

    Tour duration - approximately 14 hours with frequent traffic jam.

    Accessibility is limited, lots of steps. If any attraction cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control, the attraction will be replaced on-site.

  • Departure

    You will be picked up at 8:00 AM.

     

We recommend

Although Romania has a unique beauty in each season, for this tour we recommend:

Day trip to Sighisoara and gipsy community villages

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