October 19, 2015
Long Weekend in Transylvania
Written By Admin
The most important sights of Transylvania, including Sibiu city, European Capital of Culture in 2007, Sighisoara town, the best preserved European medieval town or the Saxon’s town of the crown, Brasov city could be visited in a long weekend. The scenic route includes the crossing of the Transylvanian Alps or the pitoresque rolling hills which shelters traditional villages.
Day 1. Bucharest – Sibiu (270 km)
The tour is heading north and cross the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania.
Note: in the season, between June, 1st and September, 15th, the way takes the Transfagarasan Road, a unique experience of crossing the Carpathians on the N-S direction at a maximum altitude of 2000 m on the highest road in Romania.
– Cozia Monastery erected by Mircea cel Batrân in 1388 and boasting his tomb is one of the most valuable monuments of national medieval art and architecture in Romania. The monastery is subject to visit only on tours which takes the low-season way.
– Curtea de Arges Monastery. One of the oldest cities in Romania, Curtea de Arges (in translation: The Court of Arges) used to be the capital of Wallachia (we call this region Muntenia, as there are many mountains here). Another name for Wallachia is Vechiul Regat – The Old Kingdom, as its history indicates it as one of the first regions where royal dynasties set foot.
Monastery of Curtea de Arges was founded by Prince Neagoe Basarab between 1514-1517 years.
One tradition describes how Radu Negru employing Mesterul Manole or Manoli as architect. Manole being unable to finish the walls, the prince threatened him and his assistants with death. At last Manole suggested that they should follow the
ancient customs of placing a living woman into the foundations; and that she who first appeared on the following morning should be the victim. The other masons warned their families, and Manole was forced to sacrifice his own wife. Thus the cathedral was built. When Manole and his masons told the prince that they could always build an even greater building, Radu Negru had them stranded on the roof so that they could not build something to match it. They fashioned wooden wings and tried to fly off the roof, but, one by one, they all fell to the ground. A spring of clear water, named after Manole, is said to mark the spot where he fell. This motif is widespread in S-E Europe, most notably also in Russia, like the blinding of the Masons of Vasili Blajenii Cathedral by Ivan the Terrible).
– Sibiu city: it holds one of the best preserved historical sites in the country, many of its medieval fortifications having been kept in excellent state. Its old center has begun the process for becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. It 2007 was nominated to represent The European Capital of Culture. Sightseeing tour: the Big Square, the Little Square, Huet Square, Iron Bridge, the Evangelical Church and the Orthodox Cathedral, the defense wall and associated towers (the Stairs’, the Gate’s, the Drapers’, the Potters’, the Carpenter’s, the powder Mill Towers, Thick Tower, Council Tower).
Sibiel village – the place has a rich heritage of the authentic spirit of a typical Transylvanian village. In the silence of its cobbled laneways, accompanied only by the murmer of the more or less fragrant stream, the Sighiel, from which it gets its name, Sibiel with its typical small houses with their luminous courtyards, its frescoed votive shrines from the early nineteenth century still offers today, a glimpse of tradition and local culture. Orchards and green fields, wooded hills penetrated by footpaths, crown Sibiel’s most important treasure: the museum of icons on glass and the spirit of the people who, along with Fr Zosim Oancea, created it.
Accommodation in 3* guest house in Sibiel village. Traditionally dinner in guesthouse in Sibiel with pure biological and home made food.
Day 2. Sibiel – Sibiu – Sighisoara- Brasov (250 km)
– Sighisoara, Europe’s best preserved medieval town. The birth place of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) is one of the most beautiful towns in the heart of Transylvania, an extremely charming and romantic site. The medieval citadel, part of UNESCO World Heritage preserves Saxon (German) architectural influences visible throughout the entire city. Visits include: Guild Tower, Venetian House (built in the 13th Century), Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) House, Antler House, Wood Covered Staircase, Hill Church, Hermann Oberth Square.
– Brasov, the Saxon’s Kronstadt (Town of the Crown) attracts with the largely Baroque area coiled beneath Mount Tampa and Mount Postavaru – old city. Visits to the Black Church – the biggest Gothic church from Southeast Europe houses a priceless collection of Oriental rugs as well as a 4000-pipe organ, the Council Square, the Franciscan Monastery, the Central Park, the Black and White Towers, Ecaterina’s Gate, Schei Gate and the Rope Street (the narrowest street in Europe).
Accommodation in central 3*B&B
Optional: a special musical dinner in Cetate Restaurant in Brasov, for the opera music lovers – with a performance of Brasov Philharmonic. In the Medieval Saloon you will enjoy a recital including chamber music, dance and arias of classical and pre-classical music.
Day 3. Brasov – Bran – Sinaia – Bucharest (200 km)
– Bran castle: It represents an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to the beauty of the Castle and the landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. The first documentary attestation of the Bran Castle is the act issued on November 19, 1377, by Ludovic I D’Anjou giving the inhabitants of Brasov the privilege to build the Citadel “on their own work and expense”.
On December lst, 1920, the Brasov Town council donated the Bran Castle to Queen Marie of Great Romania, as a symbol of gratitude for her contribution to the achievement of the “Great Union” of 1 December 1918.
Between years 1920 – 1927 the Bran Castle was restored under the guidance of the Royal Court architect. He transformed it into a beautiful summer residence, surrounded with a park, fountains, a lake, walking alleys and halt terraces and built the “Tea House” of Queen Maria.
Since 1956 the Castle was opened as a museum of history and feudal art.
– Peles castle: is the most notable residents Romanian Royal family, one of the most beautiful castles in Eastern Europe. A testimony to the 19th century ruler’s refinement, the wonderful edifice was built after the wish of Romania’s first king, Carol I, and it happily mingled everything that was most beautiful and representative about the neo-Renaissance. The intricate facades, with applications of brown silky wood towers that seem to scratch the sky with their sharp roofs, along with the fountains and statues all make up a harmonious ensemble designed by accomplished Viennese architects.
Peles has entered in the history as the place where some of the most important decisions were taken regarding Romania’s fate. Anniversaries, balls, music, literary events, and theater shows organized on the scene of the theater hall gave life to the castle and refreshed the Romanian high life. The atmosphere of this place preserves so much of the force of those times that visitors will be surprised when, at their departure, they will notice that no gilded carriage is waiting at the stairs!
Since 1953, the year when Peles Castle became a museum, any visitor can admire the elegant interiors and superb terraces, as well as the buildings belonging to the castle: Pelisor Castle, The Watch Tower and Sinaia Monastery, situated right near the castle.
The construction of the castle began in 1875 and the building was inaugurated in 1883. The castle has 160 rooms, opulently decorated with leather, ebony, walnut and mother of pearl, with invaluable collections of art and furniture.
Possibility to visit the wine cellars from Azuga resort – built in 1892, by the Rhein family, official supplier for the royal court. Shop genuine Romanian wines and sparkling wines.
– Sinaia Monastery – the name of the town comes from the Monastery of Sinaia, built in 1695 by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, at Mount Sinai; the monastery contains religious objects, icons, rare books and the exhibition of pottery and porcelain ware (dating from 16th – 19th cent.).
Return to Bucharest in the evening.
225 euro/person in DBL room, group of 7 persons or more
265 euro/person in double room, group of 4 – 6 persons
320 euro/person in double room, group of 2 persons
The price includes:
– Transport by modern car
– 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3* guesthouses in Sibiel and Bran
– 2 traditional meals (1 dinner at Sibiel, 1 lunch at Bran). Alcoholic drinks not included.
– English speaking guide assistance during the whole trip
– City tour in each city in the trip
The price does not include the entrance fees. Museums and churches: 1 or 2 euro/person; Peles Castle: starting from 5 euro/person; Bran Castle: 5 euro/person
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