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SAXON PATRIMONY HERITAGE
8 days theme tour
arrived in Transylvania during the mid 1100s from the
Rhine and Moselle Rivers regions, responding to the
call of King Géza II of Hungary. For decades,
the main task of the Saxon settlers was to defend the
South Eastern border of the Kingdom of Hungary. Highly
respected for their skills and talent, the Saxons succeeded
in time in gaining administrative autonomy, almost unmatched
in the entire feudal Europe of absolute monarchies.
The result of almost nine centuries of existence of
the Saxon community in Southern Transylvania is a cultural
and architectural Saxon heritage unique in Europe. Transylvania
is, even nowadays, a medieval, fairy tale land, home
to lots of well-preserved towns and fortified churches
built between the 13th and 15th centuries by Saxons.
Our Transylvania tour will drop you in the true history
and culture of Transylvania, with many highlights of
Tracking the history of the Saxon in Transylvania
Sibiu - Marginimea Sibiului (25 km)
and greet at Sibiu international airport. Welcome dinner
and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Marginimea Sibiului.
Transylvania tours: uncover Hermanstadt,
former capital of Transylvania
Sibiu in place (20 km)
Today we discover Sibiu, one of Romania's oldest cities,
documentary attested at the middle of the 12th century.
It was founded by Saxons in 1143 and called Hermanstadt,
name given by the Transylvanian Saxons to their chief
city. Sibiu was the 2007 European Capital of Culture.
In the morning, visit the open-air ethnographic ASTRA
museum, including lots of traditional rural techniques.
Lunch in a rustic restaurant in the park of the museum.
the afternoon visit the old center with its tourist sites:
Old City Hall, housing the History Museum; the Councilor's
Tower; the Small Square or the Small Ring; the Large Square
or the Large Ring; the Evangelical Church; Bridge of Liars.
Saxon patrimony is present everywhere, facing you since
Dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in Marginimea
Transylvania tour presents Mediasch
and Schassburg - important mediaeval cities
Sibiu - Medias - Sighisoara (90 km)
Departure to Medias (Mediasch); on the way stop in Valea
Viilor (Wurmloch) and Mosna (Meschen). The village dating
from the 13th century, has a fortified church built at
the end of the 15th century and surrounded by thick walls.
Valea Viilor is a UNESCO Patrimony site. In Mosna, the
village church, dating from the 14th century was completely
rebuilt in 1845 in a late-Gothic style. Its centerpiece
is the tall bell tower, eight storeys high.
Continue to Medias, where Saxon church leaders met in
1544 to mark the first Lutheran Synod in Transylvania.
The fortified Evangelical Church of St Margaret dominates
the old town. Lunch in a restaurant.
to Biertan (Birthalm), one of the first and biggest Saxon
fortresses in Transylvania. We notice the Franconic style
of the rows of houses around the central square overlooked
by a fortress-church. The fortified church is placed on
a hillock in the middle of the village. Biertan served
as a residence to the Lutheran bishops and as a seat of
the Transylvanian Diet.
to Sighisoara. Dinner and overnight in Sighisoara in a
newly refurbished Saxon house (3* hotel).
Discover Saxon patrimony in fortfied
villages in Transylvania
Sighisoara - Viscri - Brasov - Rasnov (190 km)
In the morning tour medieval Sighisoara (to its Saxon
founders, "Schassburg"), an imposing fortified
hilltop town dominating the valley below. You will discover
a well preserved Saxon medieval town still inhabited.
From the highterrace of the Clock Tower you will have
a fine panorama of the town and its fortifications - the
1648 clock still keeps time. Afterwards continue to visit
the hilltop within the town, passing up an unusual covered
wooden staircase. Explore the Church of the Hill and the
tours continue to Viscri (Deutschweisskirch). Visit the
fortress, which is one of the few fortresses in Romania
protecting a still existing church built in the 12th century.
The style used at the buildings entitles the historians
to maintain the idea that it was erected by the Teutonic
Knights, as the citadel is built in a square shape, being
surrounded by protective towers.
Lunch in Viscri in a guesthouse and then departure to
Brasov. Short city tour.
Drive to Rasnov for dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse.
Opening istory book on Southern
Rasnov - Sinaia - Bran - Rasnov ( 110 km)
Visit the Saxon fortress Rasnov (Rosenau), located on
a 150m high hill, dominating the surrounding plane. The
fortress, erected in the 13th century by the Saxon colonists,
has been recently restored.
to Sinaia on Prahova Valley, surnamed the Pearl of the
Carpathians. Visit the impressive Peles Castle, dating
from the end of the 19th century. It
was built by the First King of Romania, Carol I of Hohenzollern.
in a restaurant and then drive to Bran (Torzburg) to visit
the Bran Castle, also known as Count Dracula's Castle,
even though Dracula never passed there.
Back to Rasnov for dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse.
Brasov the crown city of the Saxons
Rasnov - Prejmer - Harman - Brasov - Rasnov (80 km)
Drive to Prejmer (Tartlau) and visit the biggest fortified
church in the South Eastern Europe built in the 14th century.
The fortress with double walls and dungeons makes you
think of the ancient tales. Around the Gothic church is
a high double defense fortification. Each family in the
village had a rescue room in the defence wall, which was
inherited and used during the sieges.
to Harman (Honigberg) and visit a 13th century peasant
citadel, with its church clock tower, bearing Cistercian
elements. In the 15th century, the defensive walls and
a chapel with frescoes were added.
Drive to Brasov (Kronstadt). Lunch in a restaurant. Visit
the old center with the Black Church, the greatest Gothic
church between Wien and Istanbul.
Back to Rasnov for dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse.
Off the beaten tracks of Transylvania
Rasnov - Fagaras - Cincu - Cisnadioara - Sibiu ( 200 km)
Departure to Cincu (GroßSchenk) via Fagaras (Fogarasch).
In Cincu, a secluded Saxon village, visit the citadel
church having a beautiful altarpiece of sculpted and polychrome
wood. Continue to Cisnadioara (Michelsberg).
for lunch in
the church in Cisnadioara, a Saxon ecclesiastical architectural
monument of considerable importance built at the beginning
of the 12th century.
It is one of the most visited monuments around Sibiu.
Farewell dinner and overnight in a rural guesthouse in
Nice things late short. Our memories
of the tour in Transylvania will be alive for a long time.
Last small shopping. Transfer to Sibiu international airport.
days / 7 nights
guesthouses (occasionally, bathrooms shared between
tourists) and hotels
Rates do not apply during Easter, Chrismas and the
New Year period.
2. According to the opening hours for some visited
sites (e.g. museums), this programme can be applied
as it is if Day 1 is Monday or Tuesday. If Day 1
differs, some visits or activities will be replaced
3. Price does not include: extra taxes for cameras
and filming (requested in some places - e.g. the
monasteries), personal drinks off the boarding,
tours - Saxon heritage 2019 RATES
lodging: 6 nights in rural guesthouses, 1 night
in hotel (on a double room basis occupancy)
- boarding: full board (as specified in the
- entry tickets for the visits included in the
- transport and transfers in Romania by car,
minibus or coach
- all road and parking taxes
- transport of luggage
- English speaking attested tour guide
- all taxes
on request for other group sizes or discounts
for children under 12