Transylvania Castles Tour – 4 days Medieval Tour in Romania

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Visit the most important medieval landmarks in Transylvania, from the famous Peles CastleCastle of Dracula and Biertan Fortified Church to historical Rupea Citadel and medieval cities of Brasov and Sighisoara. In the 4 days that you will spend in Romania you will get to discover the true medieval face of the country, as well as the history behind some of the most important constructions of the Middle Ages.

  • Tour of Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the Romanian Royal family
  • Visit Rasnov Citadel
  • Tour of Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle
  • Fagaras Citadel tour
  • Visit Rupea Citadel, the oldest archeological site in Romania
  • Trip to Sighisoara, the last inhabited citadel in Europe
  • Visit the Saxon village of Crit
  • Discover the art of woodworking in Richis
  • Visit Biertan, one of the UNESCO Villages with fortified churches
  • Tour of Alba Carolina Fortress
  • Corvin Castle tour
  • Sibiu city tour
  • Curtea de Arges Monastery tour
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Bucharest;
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in centrally located hotels;
  • Private English-speaking guide;
  • Entrance fees for the sights included in itinerary;
  • 1 lunch with traditional local products;
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides;
  • Workshop about medieval crafts;
  • Transport by private car/coach.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airline tickets;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Meals and alcoholic beverages, other than the ones mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance fees to other monuments/sights than those mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Photography fees;
  • Tips for guide/driver;
  • Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.
  1. Day 1 Bucharest – Peles Castle – Bran Castle – Rasnov Fortress – Brasov

    In the morning, our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Bucharest. Our tour will begin with a road trip from Bucharest to Sinaia where we will visit one of the most prestigious castles in Romania, Peles Castle. Due to its beautiful architecture and idyllic setting, a remote area surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Peles is considered by several publications one of the most spectacular castles in the world. In the past, it was used by the Romanian Royal Family as a summer residence, until it was seized by the communist regime.

    Important info: Before booking your tour, please bear in mind that Peles Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    After taking a tour of Peles Castle we will head to Bran, a small village near the Brasov, in order to visit Bran Castle. Prompted by Bram Stocker’s best-seller novel Dracula, the fame of Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle, stole the world’s spotlight. The solitary image of the castle perched atop a steep mountain cliff and the Gothic architecture specific to Transylvania’s Middle Ages have established an undying connection to Vlad the Impaler. Your Dracula tour will introduce you to the story of how Vlad Tepes came to be associated with the Dracula legend. The castle was built in the 13th century by the Saxons of Brasov on top of an older wooden fortification erected by the Teutonic Knights.

    After taking a Bran Castle Tour we will take the old trade route that passes the Carpathian Mountains and head to Rasnov, a medieval citadel perched on a hill ever since the 14th century. Our day will come to an end after visiting Rasnov, and we will head back to the medieval city of Brasov to spend the night. If the time allows us, at night we can take a walking tour through Brasov’s Council Square.

  2. Day 2 Brasov – Fagaras Citadel – Rupea – Crit – Sighisoara Citadel

    In the morning we will leave for Fagaras, an imposing citadel dating back to the feudal ages. The Fagaras Citadel has an impressive defensive system that allowed it to be one of the few structures that were never conquered. It is surrounded by a moat and by two rows of walls which makes it very difficult to lay siege to.

    In Transylvania, we will encounter legends and history at every step of the way. On our quest to discover the medieval castles of this land, we will drive through some of the authentic Romanian villages in the area in order to reach Rupea. In Rupea we will find one of the oldest archeological sites in Romania, with signs of human settlements dating from the Paleolithic and early Neolithic ages. The Rupea Citadel was fully refurbished in 2013, and a legend says that Decebalus, the famous Dacian king, committed suicide here during the Second Dacian War.

    Although Transylvania’s citadels and castles are spectacular, one should not miss the medieval villages that preserve the medieval lifestyle from all the corners of Europe. On our way to Sighisoara, we will stop in Crit, a Saxon village filled with traditional houses and with an astounding cuisine. Here, we will enjoy a warm delicious meal before continuing our journey, and we will visit a local charcoal maker.

    Once in Sighisoara, we will start exploring this beautiful medieval town, with narrow cobblestoned paths and colorful houses. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site ever since 1999, and the Sighisoara Medieval Citadel was uninterruptedly inhabited since its establishment in the 13th century. The city is renowned for its beautiful street performers as well as local craftsmen who set up various demonstrations for tourists interested in learning the secrets of historical arts.

    After a busy day, we will check in and spend the night in Sighisoara.

  3. Day 3 Sighisoara – Richis – Biertan – Alba Iulia – Hunedoara

    On the third day of your medieval tour of Romania we will head to Richis, a small village near Biertan, that is home to a gothic fortified church with an age of over 500 years. In Richis we will visit Christian Rummel, a local carpenter and journeyman who creates wooden wheels. Christian is one of the few craftsmen who didn’t give up on the carpentry and ironworking in order to keep the tradition alive.

    From Richis we will head to Biertan, which boasts with the largest fortified church in Romania, surrounded by three rows of walls protected by 6 towers and 3 bastions. Biertan is one of Transylvania’s villages with fortified churches and has been included in the UNESCO patrimony since 1993.

    Our next stop is at Alba Iulia, a city where Romania’s history vibrated for more than 2000 years. This place was, over the years, home to a Roman Fort, a medieval defense fortress, and ultimately, a large stellar-shaped fortress with bastions in Romania, built in a Vauban style.

    One of the most famous Transylvanian castle is the impressive Corvin Castle. The castle built in a Gothic style is underlined by tall towers decorated with dragons carved in stone, seemingly taken out of a fantasy novel. Also known as the Hunyad Castle, it amazes not only through its architecture but also through the story that ties it to John Hunyadi, one of the legendary heroes that helped stop the Ottoman invasion.

    After visiting Corvin Castle, we will spend the night in a traditional mansion, beautifully decorated with painted furniture depicting Transylvanian symbols.

  4. Day 4 Hunedoara – Sibiu – Curtea de Arges – Bucharest

    Our fourth and final day starts with a road trip to the medieval city of Sibiu, a city that simply cannot be excluded from a medieval tour of Romania. Sibiu’s characteristics resemble those of a German medieval town: a large square surrounded by the most representative buildings. We will take a walking tour through the city, and in order to reach the defensive walls we will pass over the most famous bridge in Romania, the Bridge of Lies.

    After leaving Sibiu we will pass through the Carpathian Mountains, driving along the bank of the Olt River while enjoying the beautiful landscape. Our final stop will be at Curtea de Arges, where we will visit one of the most beautiful Orthodox Churches in Romania and the Necropolis of the great kings of Romania.

    We will reach Bucharest at night, and our tour of medieval Romania will come to an end.

Departures Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Individual price Group of 4 Individual price Group of 2  
August 29, 2018 - September 1, 2018
September 5, 2018 - September 8, 2018
September 11, 2018 - September 14, 2018
September 20, 2018 - September 23, 2018
September 27, 2018 - September 30, 2018
October 3, 2018 - October 6, 2018
October 9, 2018 - September 12, 2018
October 30, 2018 - November 2, 2018