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ROMANIA… prin sufletul fiecaruia din Noi!

  • Alergand spre avioane care ne duc spre Zari Albastre sau care ne aduc din larga Lume catre acel drag si iubit ACASA, nu putem sa nu vedem si nu vrem sa ratam Arcul de Triumf. E un CHECK-IN pe care il simtim ca fiind „obligatoriu” sufletului nostru indragostit de Romania
  • Cand avem invitati de seama (desi nu ne mandrim prea mult cu el), nu vrem sa ratam o vizita la Palatul Parlamentului. Si nu pentru ca in suflet suntem niste nostalgici dupa regimul comunist, ci pentru ca in fiecare piatra a acelui edificiu e un pic de sacrificiu al fiecarui parinte sau bunic care ne-au crescut
  • Desi am vazut de zeci de ori pana acum Castelul Huniarizilor, nu putem sa nu ii trecem pragul de fiecare data cand trecem prin Hunedoara. Ne pare acest gest la fel de normal ca acela de a-i spune SARUT MANA mamei. E scris probabil in codul nostru genetic – „Respect pentru trecut!”
  • Ma intreba demult, un drag prieten neamt si ateu, cum pot sa fiu eu atat de linistit, cu atatea greutati, cu atata singuratate si mai ales cu atat de multe neajunsuri. Si eu i-am spus simplu:

    Prietene, hai cu mine intr-o Duminica normala a anului si la o slujba de Inviere intr-una din bisericile Maramuresului sau in Moldova „de sub Cer” si vei vedea ca iti vei gasi si tu LINISTEA. Vei vedea ca nu esti singur, dar mai ales vei pricepe ca nu exista neajunsuri, ci doar LECTII de viata din care trebuie sa invatam

  • Si daca ar fi sa punem cap si coada Istoriei noastre, oare ce s-ar potrivi mai bine? Din ce am putea face un STEAG pe care sa il fluturam cu mare drag in fata oricarui invitat care ne trece pragul? Pai cred ca Transfagarasanul si Pelesul nu pot lasa indiferent pe nimeni, din orice colt al lumii ar veni, din Australia pana in Africa si inapoi trecand prin Asia.

    Ohoo, dar ne-am plimbat cam mult si suntem cu totii foarte obositi. Oare pentru noi si pentru sufletele noastre a mai ramas vreun loc de tihna? Cu siguranta si aceasta este draga Delta Dunarii. Ea este coltul care sper sa nu se strice si sa ramana mereu acel „pamant nou” si acel „Nota 20” al fiecarui om venit sa „guste” Dragoste de Natura la Superlativ!

Valea Buzaului

Intr-un articol mai vechi va povesteam despre Buzau si atunci i-am spus unui bun prieten:

AM FOST PE VALEA SIRULUI!

Si el mi-a spus:

NU OMULE, NU AI FOST PE VALEA SIRIULUI. AI FOST PE VALEA BUZAULUI. SIRIU ESTE DOAR LACUL DE ACUMULARE.

Asa ca daca tot ma aflat acest lucru am vrut sa il impart cu voi prietenii nostri. Si ce ar fi de vazut pe Valea Buzaului?

  • Manastirea Ciolanu la Magura – Si un pic mai incolo de manastire este si tabara de sculptura de la Magura
  • Chiliile de la Bozioru. Recunoscute ca fiind „Athosul Buzoian”, chiliile sunt in jur de 10 si au niste istorii tare interesante. Iar un drum pana la ele, chiar si daca nu esti un crestin-ortodox practicant, iti lasa o amintire de nesters, gandindu-te cat pot suferi unii pentru lucrurile in care cred cu adevarat si cat de multa Iubire pot acumula in interior, pentru a putea Ierta, atat cat au iertat acesti oameni!
  • Muzeul de chihlimbar de la Colti si biserica rupestra de la Alunis – Imi aduc aminte ca tatal meu mi-a spus inca de cand eram adolescent, ca in drumurile mele prin Buzau sa nu ratez acest loc. Are o incarcatura speciala si toata acea stralucire a acelor pietre te fac sa te visezi print sau printesa
  • Trasee turistice la Cislău – pe dealuri – Pentru o familie in care exista si copii relativ mici, traseele sunt perfecte pentru ca ofera privelisti, dar nu pun probleme de efort foarte mare si ii pot face pe cei mici sa se simta „intr-o aventura”
  • Lacul si Barajul de la Siriu se preteaza la o serie de activitati gen plimbare / bicicletla / picnic/ relaxare / campare sau pescuit
  • Trasee montane din Nehoiu catre vf Penteleu si Lacul Vulturilor (pentru cei mai priceputi intr-ale muntelui)
  • Lacul Vulturilor, probabil unul din cele mai frumoase lacuri de mare inaltime din muntii nostri si care apare des in topurile destinatiilor preferate ale celor care iubesc Romania.

Marele avantaj al acestui an este faptul ca poti beneficia de oferta noastra masini de inchiriat in bucuresti otopeni si iti putem aduce masina pana la terminalul de Sosiri de la Otopeni, iar daca gasesti vreo oferta de intoarcere din alt oras cu aeroport (Sibiu / Timisoara / Cluj-Napoca) noi putem veni pana acolo sa ridicam masina contra unei taxe modice. Asa ca excursia ta poate fi una perfecta si bugetul tau unul fericit!

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Turul Turistic al Romaniei – 4 zile

Medieval Transylvania Short Tour

The anonymous chronicle Gesta Hungarorum mentions Menumorut, Gelou, and Glad as rulers of some local statal entities in Transylvania and Banat. The Vita Sancti Gerardi mentioned Ahtum, descendant of Glad. By 1003, King Sthephen I of Hungary led an army into Transylvania and the local ruler Gyula (Geula, Gyyla or Jula), his uncle submitted to him. Transylvania was part of the Kingdom of Hungary since its establishement. However, certain pre-Magyar aspects had been preserved. Thus, the administration of the Hungarian counties were in the hands of a Voivode. As early as 1288, Transylvania’s noblemen convoked their own assembly, or Diet. By the 11th  century, according to chronicles and traditions, Szekely had established themselves in western, later southern Transylvania as guardians of the frontier from where they were moved to their present day homeland in the 12th  century. In the 12th century, the Germans who would become known as the Transylvanian Saxons were invited to colonise in Transylvania to develop the urban and commercial centers. Their Citadels would give Transylvania its German name, Siebenburgen („seven cities”).

Day 1             Bucharest – Pitesti – Curtea de Arges

Meet with our guide (Airport, or at your hotel). Leave Bucharest for Curtea de Arges, the former second capital of Wallachia.  Visit the strongholds of the former Princely Court rebuilt in the 14th  century. See its Princely Church and its frescoed  interior which is one of the first examples of Romanian religious painting. The Curtea de Arges Monastery is a recreation of the original one built in 1512 -1517 by Prince Neagoe Basarab (rebuilt in 1875 – 1885). Than we’ll continue our route to Poienari Fortress. Standing on a cliff  but now is in ruin this is known as the real castle of  Vlad the Impaler. To get to the top you must climb up its 1400 steps (takes approx. 1 hour). Once you arrive to the top of the Citadel you will find that the fortress  is surprisingly small, one third has collapsed down the mountainside in 1888. Entering through a narrow wooden bridge, you come across the crumbling remains of two towers within; the rectangular shape one was Vlad’s (Dracula’s) residential quarters, from here, according to the legend , the Impaler’s wife flung herself  out from the window, declaring that better this way than be captured by the Turks, who were besieging the castle. Legend has it that Vlad himself  escaped over the mountains on horseback. Overnight to Curtea de Arges on a 3*/4* hotel.

Day 2             Curtea de Arges – Sibiu – Medias – Sighisoara

After the breakfast we’ll continue our journey in the middle age once that we are about to get in the narrowpath of Olt River at Cozia Monastery. The Monastery was built between 1386 and 1388 in a region which, at that time, was difficult to reach, but where walnut trees easily grew; the name of the place itself derives from the Petcheneg-Cumanian term „coz” = walnut, which became Cozia = nut grove. The amazing scenary will keep us company till Sibiu (Hermannstadt) the cultural capital of the Siebenburgen and European Cultural Capital in 2007. Here we shall visit its beautiful centre that reminds the old days: the Large Square, the Evangelic Church, the Liar’s Bridge and many more. Next stop to Medias (Mediasch) one of the 7 Saxon Cities (Siebenburgen). Medias has one of the best preserved historical centers in Romania and also some well preserved medieval fortifications. One of the most impressive symbols of the town is the Tower of the Buglers, which is about 70 meters tall. Its construction started in the 13th century. In the 15th century it was raised to 5 tiers. The St. Margaret Church was finished at about the same time. Later, 3 more tiers were added in only 2 months. The roof consists of colored vitrified tiles, and 4 turrets were built. The tower had a guard, who would sound his bugle whenever an enemy approached. Therefore the tower has this name. The tower has in its South-Western corner (between the clocks) a small wooden man who rings a bell, thus announcing in advance when the clock will ring on the hour. The heavy pressure of the tower on the sandy soil is the reason why the tower is slightly tilted to the North. In the afternoon reach Sighisoara built in the 12th century by Saxon colonists under the Latin name Castrum Sex. It is an inhabited medieval citadel that, in 1999, was designated a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE for its 850-year-old testament to the history and culture of the Transylvanian Saxons. Birthplace of Vlad III the Impaler, also known as  Dracula, Sighisoara marks the upper boundary of the Land of Sachsen. Accommodation in the Citadel on a hotel built in 1531.

Day 3             Sighisoara – Viscri – Brasov

After the breakfast and the final souvenirs shopping in Sighisoara south to reach Brasov. On the way a visit to a Saxon Village in Viscri (weisskirch) 50 km from Sighisoara. This village, solitary situated next to the big road wich links Brasov to Sighisoara, hosts one of the most spectacular fortified church. This church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The fortified church is considered to be oldest church in Transylvania, and also one of the best preserved. It has been built in the beginning of the 13th century. On the way to Brasov we’ll have a panoramic view of the former fortresses made by Teutonic Knights – The Fortress of Rupea and the Ruins of Teutonic Knights from Feldioara. In the afternoon we reach Bran Castle to visit. Built in 1212, is commonly known as Dracula’s Castle and is situated in the centre of present-day Romania. In addition to its unique architecture, the  castle is famous because of persistent myths that it was once the home of Vlad III Draculea. Visiting the main highlights of Brasov  – the council Square, the Black Church, Ecaterina’s Gate, the Rope’s Street, the Weaver’s bastion – will end a beautiful day. Accommodation on a 3*/4* star hotel or guesthouse in Brasov

Day 4             Brasov – Sinaia – Bucharest / Airport

Our final day we’ll visit Peles Castle – the former summer residence of the royal family a Neo-Renaissance castle placed in an idyllic setting in the Carpathian Mountains. The tour ends at the airport / hotel in Bucharest.

 

 

INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation on as specified on 3*/4* basis
  • Breakfast except the day of arrival
  • Transportation by car or minivan
  • Guide / driver English language, entrance fees
  • Local taxes, parking fees and fuel

 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air fare
  • Personal insurance
  • Photo fees at visited sites (where allowed)
  • Other personal expenses

Lunch and dinner

Turul Turistic al Romania – 2 zile

Southern Transylvania Tour (2 days)

 

Day 1(April 15th) – Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov

Morning pick up by your Romanian private tour guide (English speaking)  at your hotel. Leave Bucharest for Sinaia – one of the famous Carpathian Mountains resorts. Named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania towards the end of the 19th century. The Orient Express use to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople. Short stop for a view of the Casino building inspired by the one in Monte Carlo and a visit to Sinaia Orthodox Monastery.

Next is one of the most important tourist attractions of the country:  Peles & Pelisor Palaces and Gardens , the former royal residence of King Charles I of Romania and known as one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe.

Continue your Romania private guided tour to the nearby town of Brasov with the Black Church and one of the best preserved medieval quarter and fortifications. The tour will include the Council Square, Schei Quarter and the First School in Romanian language, the Rope Street and Catherine’s Gate. View of the Brasov 1901 synagogue.

Enjoy Brasov’s lovely pedestrian area of the Old Town with its many shops, traditional restaurants and outdoor cafes. Overnight in Brasov and you can spend time on your own or a Transylvanian dinner in one of the traditional restaurants in Brasov.

 

Day 2 (April 16th) – Brasov – Targoviste – Bucharest

After breakfast we are leaving Brasov for Rasnov village where we’ll visit Rasnov Fortress, a defense structure to protect villagers against Otoman Invasion. Being built by Teutonic Knights starting with the end of 14th century the fortress was built in rock.  From here we reach to the village of Bran. The attraction is the medieval Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. The castle was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia to later be turned into a royal residence under Queen Marie of Romania. The connections between this place and Vlad the Impaler Dracula is still under debate, but the castle is definitely worth a visit. From Bran Castle we continue our journey to Targoviste for a visit to a former royal residence. Here Chindia Tower reminds the contribution of Vlad the Impaler family in developing the defense system of the capital. The courtyard is vast, sheltering two churches, former royal palace and a museum. Your private tour ends in Bucharest.

 

Airfare is not included in the tour price. 

The Price Includes:
– 1 night at three  star hotel
– Fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
– Fuel & parking fees
– All sightseeing tours & cultural connections
– Independent informal talks on: Vlad the Impaler – Dracula, Ceausescu and His Times, The Gypsies
– Meals: 1 breakfasts,  2 lunches,  1 dinner
– All transfers.

The Price Excludes:
– Other meals than stated
– Alcoholic beverages
– Photo/video fees at sites and museum
– Gratuities.

 

Accommdation: Bella Musica 3*(dates from XVIII century) , Armatti 3*(opened 2012), Casa Wagner 3* (dates from XV century) or similar – located in the historic center of Brasov

 

UNESCO heritage in Transylvania(2 days)

 

Day 1– Bucharest – Sinaia – Sighisoara

Morning pick up by your Romanian private tour guide (English speaking)  at your hotel. Leave Bucharest for Sinaia – one of the famous Carpathian Mountains resorts. Named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai, Sinaia became the unofficial capital of the Kingdom of Romania towards the end of the 19th century. The Orient Express use to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Constantinople. Short stop for a view of the Casino building inspired by the one in Monte Carlo and a visit to Sinaia Orthodox Monastery.  Next is one of the most important tourist attractions of the country:  Peles & Pelisor Palaces and Gardens , the former royal residence of King Charles I of Romania and known as one of the most beautiful summer royal residences in Europe.

Continue your Romania private guided tour when cross the mountains into Transylvania to the village of Prejmer. The attraction is the medieval Prejmer Peasant Fortified Church a UNESCO monument and the best fortified church in Romania.. The inner percint preserves like in a honeycomb, the former shelter places of the villagers. The access is made by a dim and narrow tunnel protected by a barbicane. From here we continue our tour leaving Prejmer for Sighisoara our final destination of the day. „The Jewel of Transylvania” ~ Sighisoara is a living Citadel. The medieval atmosphere is given by Saxon architecture, very well preserved, narrow passges, cablestone streets, the towers that reminds us the old times. A wonderful experience and  definitely worth a visit and stay. Enjoy the evening in Sighisoara for accommodation and dinner in the Upper City.

 

Day 2 – Sighisoara – Bran – Rasnov – Brasov – Bucharest

Our tour continues along the way towards Bran Castle passing through interesting Saxon Villages where the old architecture is still whitness of the history that passed. The attraction is the medieval Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. The castle was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia to later be turned into a royal residence under Queen Marie of Romania. The connections between this place and Vlad the Impaler Dracula is still under debate, but the castle is definitely worth a visit. On the way to Brasov we stop for a visit to Rasnov village where we’ll visit Rasnov Fortress, a defense structure to protect villagers against Otoman Invasion. Being built by Teutonic Knights starting with the end of 14th century the fortress was built in rock. Our last visit is to the town of Brasov with the Black Church the biggest Gothic Cathedral between Vienna and Istanbul. The tour will include the Council Square, the Rope Street and Catherine’s Gate. Enjoy Brasov’s lovely pedestrian area of the Old Town with its many shops, traditional restaurants and outdoor cafes. End of the day in Bucharest

 

Airfare is not included in the tour price. 

The Price Includes:
– 1 night at three / four / five star hotels
– Fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control, for the entire distance
– Fuel & parking fees
– All sightseeing tours & cultural connections
– Independent informal talks on: Vlad the Impaler – Dracula, Ceausescu ~ one of the last dictators, The Gypsies
– Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
– All transfers.

The Price Excludes:
– Other meals than stated
– Alcoholic beverages
– Photo/video fees at sites and museum
– Gratuities.

 

Accommdation: Sighisoara Hotel 3* , *Georg Krauss Hotel 4*(opened in 2012) – historic buildings dating from the XVI & XVII centuries and located in the Upper City, BinderBubi Hotel 5* – located at the foot of the Upper City

 

Turul Turistic al Romania 2-7 zile

On the footsteps of the Teutonic Knights & Saxon trails in Transylvania

 

People have lived in the Carpathian basin in eastern Europe for millenia. Stone age peoples left traces, as have more recent inhabitants such as Gepid, Goths, Avars, etc. It was part of the Roman province of Dacia before being abandoned again to the „barbarians”. Germans settled first the lands drained by the Mures and Tarnava Rivers (Central Transylvania). The Olt River and Hartibaciului lands were settled next and then the Burzenland (Tara Barsei) on the upper Olt with the help of the Teutonic Knights. North Transylvania (or Nösnerland), in the Somes and Bistrita River valleys, also received settlers. Although known as „Saxons”, these German settlers came from many parts of western Europe. The majority must have been from the lower Rhine because of the similarity between the Transylvanian Saxon dialects to Luxembourg. Pestilence and invasion were constant threats to the growing population. Transylvanian villages are distinctive for their fortified churches („Kirchenburgen„). In 1211 the region was given to the Teutonic Knights by King Andrew II of Hungary in return for guarding the southeastern border of the Kingdom of Hungary against the Cumans. While the king retained his right to mint currency and claims on gold or silver deposits that would be uncovered, he granted the Teutonic Order the right to establish markets and administer justice. The crusaders were also free from taxes and tolls.The Teutonic Knights began building wood-and-earth forts in the area and they had constructed five castles (quinque castra fortia):Feldioara (Marienburg), Codlea (Schwarzenburg), Rasnov (Rossenau), Prejmer (Kreuzburg) Brasov (Kronstadt) some of which were made of stone. The military order was successful in reducing the threat of the nomadic Cumans.                 So let’s discover their trails!

 

Day 1 Bucuresti – Sinaia

Meet the guide. From here we travel to Sinaia resort where we’ll have our first visit – Sinaia Monastery. Situated in the Pravova Valley, the Monastery has given its name to the dwellings nearby. Those few houses have turned into the town of Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania. The monastery consists of two courtyards surrounded by low buildings. In the centre of each courtyard there is a small church built in the Byzantine style. One of them – „Biserica Veche” (The Old Church) – dates from 1695, while the more recent „Biserica Mare” (The Great Church) was built in 1846. The monks possess a library that constitutes a repository for valuable jewels belonging to the Cantacuzino family, as well as the earliest Romanian translation of the Bible, dated 1668. Here is buried Take Ionescu, former Prime Minister of Romania. From here our next stp will be at Peles Castle the former Royal Summer Residece. Castelul Peleş  is a Neo-Renaissance castle placed in an idyllic setting in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914; its inauguration was held in 1883.

ACCOMMODATION: a 4* hotel in Sinaia.

 

Day 2 Sinaia – Harman – Prejmer – Bod – Codlea – Bran

After breakfast we’ll start our journey towards the Saxon Area heading north. Our first visit will be at Prejmer founded by Teutonic Knights – 1212 – 1213. Prejmer is noted for its fortified church, one of the best preserved of its kind in Eastern Europe. The church is modeled after churches of Jerusalem, as well as built in the style of Late Gothic churches from the Rhineland. In the 15th century, it was surrounded by a wall 12m high, forming a quadrilateral with rounded corners. The wall was reinforced by four horseshoe-shaped towers, two of which have since disappeared. The defensive structure is strengthened by embrasures and bartizans, while the covered way is surrounded by a parapet. The granaries and rooms that accommodated the villagers are arranged on four levels above the cellars. 5 km far from Prejmer is Harman village that hosts in interesting fortified church. The Harman fortress is located 8 km north-east of Brasov. It dates back to the 13th century when the Saxons built the original church in a Romanesque style which was restored in a Gothic style. Conceived in the architectural style of the time, the church has a 50 m high tower surrounded by four small towers. The local population added new parts to the original church in order to make it more useful to their needs. The chorus was built in square shape with a vault looking like a cross. It was surrounded by two chapels, indicating thou the influence of the Cistercian’s style. Following the road to the west we’ll pass through some Saxon villages where one can note the old Saxon architecture. Reached Codlea we stop for a new visit. Codlea was mentioned as a burg as early as in 1265. A second Fortress, which has been preserved to the day, was built by the craftsmen of several guilds starting from 1432. Fortified walls surround a Church built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style. Only the lower part of the western curtain wall of this edifice has withstood the lapse of time; it exhibits a beautiful Romanesque portal. It is interesting to note that the church has no steeple. The day’s final visit will be at Bran Castle, known as Dracula Castle. In 1212 the Teutonic Knights built the wooden castle of Dietrichstein as a fortified position in the Burzeland at the entrance to a mountain valley through which traders had travelled for more than a millennium, although it was destroyed in 1242 by the Mongols. The first document mentioning of Bran Castle is the act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxon of Kronstadt (Braşov) the privilege to build the stone citadel on their own expense and labor force; the settlement of Bran began to develop nearby. The castle was first used in 1378 in defence against the Ottoman Empire, and later became a customs post on the mountain pass between Transylvania and Wallachia. The castle briefly belonged to Mircea cel Batran of Wallachia. While Vlad Tepes did not actually live in the Bran Castle, it is believed he spent two days locked in the dungeon while the Ottomans controlled Transylvania.

Accommodation on a 4 star hotel or guesthouse

 

Day 3 Bran – Rasnov – Fagaras – Carta – Sibiu

Breakfast. From the hotel we’ll start our visit at Rasnov Fortress located 10 km from our hotel.  In Rasnov a citadel was built around the year 1215 by the Teutonic Knights and it was mentioned for the first time in 1331. The citadel was conquered only once in its history, around the year 1600 by Gabriel Bathory. The village name is derived from Slavic „zrunovy”, meaning (village or valley) „of the mill”. In 14th century, German documents used the name Rasnov, but the modern German name, Rosenau, is based on a popular etymology, being influenced by the German word „Rose”. Following the Olt River valley we’ll reach Fagaras Town. Built in 15 century by Transylvania princes, is one of the most well preserved medieval castles in Romania.  The castle has 80 rooms, and is surrounded by a deep and wide moat. The citadel was ranked among the strongest in Transylvania, standing up to Turkish and Tartar invasions. Access is made through a bridge over the defense moat. At the centre of the citadel stands the castle. It has three levels (basement, ground floor, first floor) and five towers (the Red Tower, the Black Tower, the Prison’s Tower, Tomori Tower and the Motley Tower). Inside is the Museum of Fagaras Country; comprised of an archaeology section, which render the evolution of the Fagaras borough (Burg); history section, which display Roman artifacts and a collection of medieval weapons, and ethnographic section, which focus on artistic and folk crafts in the area. The Cistercian Order settled nearby influenced some of the Saxon architecture in the end of 13th century (i.e – Prejmer Fortress). Near the edge of the town in the middle of flowering fields stands ‘Transylvania’s most beautiful ruin’ – Kerz Church . In 1202 the Cistercians founded the order’s most easterly monastery in Europe here. The nave has collapsed, but the choir is still used today by the Protestant church for their church services. The monastery did not last as a monastery for long. Several times it was destroyed by the Turks and rebuilt, but under the Viennese Abbot Baerenfuss (‘Bear’s foot’) moral standards became very lax and in 1474 King Matthew Corvinus dissolved the monastery and handed it over to the church in Hermannstadt (Sibiu). After thiis visit we sha’ll stop for a visit to a trout farm, located on the bank of a wonderful stream. In the evening we’ll reach Sibiu, the former European Capital of Culture for the year 2007, together with Luxembourg. ACCOMMODATION at a 4* Hotel and dinner at Sibiu.

 

Day 4 Sibiu – Cisnadie – Cisnadioara – Sibiel – Sibiu

After the breakfast we’ll start to visit the first Saxon settlement. The first official record referring to the Sibiu area comes from 1191, when Pope Celestine III confirmed the existence of the free prepositure of the of the German settlers in Transylvania, the prepositure having its headquarters in Sibiu, named Cibinium at that time. It was probably built near a Roman settlement, one that would be known during the early Middle Ages as Caedonia. Wandering the Large Square and The Small one, passing over The Liar’s Bridge, visiting the Evangelical Church, the Council Tower are only few of the highlights of this old city. Today we’ll explore some of the villages that stll preserves beautiful traditions. Cisnadie was mentioned for the first time in a document from the year 1204 under the name „Rivetel”. In the 12th century Saxon colonists settled here, and in 1323 the German name Heltau is mentioned. The town flourished, particularly the guilds of blacksmiths and wool weavers (weaving remained the traditional occupation of the town population until the 20th century, when large textile factories were built). The most important architectural sight of Cisnadie is the fortified complex located in the town center originally built in the 12th century as a Romanesque basilica. Just 2 kilometers far from Cisnadie is Cisnadioara Village. Initially, it was listed as one of the ten possessions of the Cistercian Abbey at Carta (Kerz). The fortified church, built entirely of stone, was first referred to in a document dated November 20, 1223, which mentioned its donation to the abbey. The oldest Romanesque style church in Romania, it stands atop a 100-meter high hill, surrounded by circular fortifications, with a defensive turret above the entrance. Some of the original walls have been preserved to this day. The layout of the church, composed of a small basilica with three naves, as well as the decoration of the carved western entrance portal, dating from 1260, attest to the strong influence of Rhineland architecture. From here heading west we’ll pass through beautiful villages – Poplaca, Orlat – and we stop to visit The Icon on Glass Museum from Sibiel. Because they built their houses on the former austrian-hungarian border, in southern Transylvania, where hills and mountains meet, people whose ancient traditions are still alive are called “MARGINENI”, a necklace of Romanian villages that fully enjoyed the spirit of the Saxon civilization make what is called for centuries “ Marginimea” (The Edge). The painting of icons on glass was spread throughout various regions of Transylvania – Nicula and its surrounding districts (southern Transylvania), the Mures Valley, the region of Fagaras, the region of Brasov, the Valley of Sebes – Alba Iulia, Sibiu and its surroundings – each characterized by specific stylistic motifs. These regions are all well represented in the Zosim Oancea Museum where, among the almost 600 icons which make up the collection, are also several which come from the Bukovina and the Banat, as well as a few probably of Austrian origin. Back to Sibiu for liesure and dinner. ACCOMMODATION: a 4* hotel at Sibiu

Day 5 Sibiu – Medias – Biertan – Mosna – Sighisoara

After the breakfast we’ll continue our journey to Medias one of the 7 Saxon Cities (Siebenburgen). Mediaş has one of the best preserved historical centers in Romania and also some well preserved medieval fortifications. One of the most impressive symbols of the town is the Tower of the Buglers, which is about 70 meters tall. Its construction started in the 13th century. In the 15th century it was raised to 5 tiers. The St. Margaret Church was finished at about the same time. Later, 3 more tiers were added in only 2 months. The roof consists of colored vitrified tiles, and 4 turrets were built. The tower had a guard, who would sound his bugle whenever an enemy approached. Therefore the tower has this name. The tower has in its South-Western corner (between the clocks) a small wooden man who rings a bell, thus announcing in advance when the clock will ring on the hour. The heavy pressure of the tower on the sandy soil is the reason why the tower is slightly tilted to the North. From here heading south – east we reach Mosna Village. The fortress is situated in the center of village. The first church an Early-Gothic basilica, was erected at the beginning of the 13th century. The present church is the result of Andrea Lapicida’s work. Lapicida, a stone mason from Sibiu, worked in Mosna at the end of the 15th century. He was the creator of, among other parts of the church, the ribbed vault of the nave, choir, and vestry; the exceptional stone masonry work like that found in the south and vestry doorways; the windows frames, the ambo, the tabernacle, and sedilia. Our next stop will be at Biertan one of the first settlements in Transylvania (1283) listed on UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST. The gothic three naved hall church in the heart of the fortress was built in 1500 and shelters a lot of precious objects. Between 1572 and 1867 Biertan was the seat of the bishops of the Transylvanian Saxon Evangelic church. In the end, drive over Saros pe Tarnave towards the main road and from here to Sighisoara. Before dinner a plum brandy (TSUICA) tasting. ACCOMMODATION: a 4* Hotel at Sighisoara

 

Day 6 Sighisoara – Viscri – Brasov

The Sighisoara Citadel is the old historic center of the town of Sighisoara, built in the 12th century by Saxon colonists under the Latin name Castrum Sex. It is an inhabited medieval citadel that, in 1999, was designated a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE for its 850-year-old testament to the history and culture of the Transylvanian Saxons. Birthplace of Vlad III the Impaler, also known as  Dracula, Sighisoara marks the upper boundary of the Land of Sachsen. Like its bigger brothers, Sibiu (Hermannstadt – The European Cultural Capital in 2007) and Brasov (Kronstadt), Sighişoara exhibits architecture typical of medieval Germany.

Southern Transylvania offers wonderful landscapes for the travellers. Our next stop we’ll be at Viscri 50 km from Sighisoara. This village, solitary situated next to the big road wich links Brasov to Sighisoara, hosts one of the most spectacular fortified church. This church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The fortified church is considered to be oldest church in Transylvania, and also one of the best preserved. It has been built in the beginning of the 13th century. The women keeping the museum and fortress is a Saxon herself, one of the last 25 in the village; you can ask her about Saxon culture and history. She will be happy to tell you. From here passing Bogata forest we’ll reach Brasov. ACCOMMODATION on a 4 star hotel at Brasov. After check in we’ll start the Old City tour where one can discover some of the beauties of this city: the Black Church, the Council Square, the White and Black Towers, Ekaterina’s Gate and many more.

 

Day 7 Brasov – Bucuresti / Airport

According with your departure we can visit the First Romanian School, site located few minutes away from the center. The tour ends at the airport / hotel in Bucharest.

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INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation on as specified on double occupancy basis
  • Breakfast except the day of arrival
  • Transportation by car or minivan
  • Entrance fees as specified
  • Guide / driver English language
  • Local taxes, parking fees and fuel

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flight ticket
  • Personal insurance
  • Photo fees at visited sites
  • Other personal expenses
  • Lunch and dinner