|View of the Saint Anne lake||
This tour starts from the coast of the Black Sea and covers the most important sights of Transylvania - from Brasov through the Saxon's land and the amazing Szekler-Land.
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First day: Constanta – Brasov (370 km)
After traversing the Romanian ‘puszta’ and crossing the Carpathian Mountains, we will arrive early afternoon to Brasov, the gate to Transylvania.
2nd day: Brasov – Bran – Prajmar – Brasov (100 km)
In the morning we’ll visit the centre of Brasov, one of Transylvania’s biggest cities. During the Middle Ages, it was a Saxon trade and crafts centre, dominating the trade with the Balkan region. It’s situated in a basin surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains and today it’s the centre of the Romanian hiking and skiing tourism. The most important monument in the well-preserved old town is the Black Church from the 14th century (named so due to the remaining signs of medieval fires), Transylvania’s biggest church built in gothic style.
After the city visit, we head for Bran, where we’ll visit the 14th century gothic castle, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Transylvania. It’s sometimes referred to as Dracula’s castle – perhaps due to its scenic setting and medieval atmosphere.
On the way back to Brasov, we’ll pay a visit to Prajmar’s Saxon fortified church, one of the biggest and most characteristic example of these types of churches – now all included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
3rd day: Brasov – Sighisoara – Brasov (130 km)
The whole day is dedicated to the visit of Sighisoara, included on the World Heritage list. Sighisoara’s old town developed to its present form during the 12th-14th centuries; this medieval cityscape is exceptionally well preserved and amazes the visitor with its unique atmosphere.
Out of the most important sights, we will visit the Clock Tower, the cloister church (richly decorated with Turkish carpets from the 16th-17th centuries) and the fortified church in gothic style from the 14th century. The most famous – or, to be more exact, the most notorious – person born in Sighisoara is Walachia’s prince Vlad Tepes, who served as the model for Dracula’s character.
In the afternoon we return to Brasov.
4th day: Brasov – Sibiu – Hunedoara - Brasov (540 km)
This day is dedicated to two of the most impressive medieval sights of Transylvania.
Sibiu is considered the ’capital’ of the Saxon region and was one of the biggest and wealthiest medieval cities in Transylvania. We will take a walking tour through the well-preserved medieval old town, paying a visit to the Saxon Lutheran Church built in the 14th century as well as to the Brukenthal palace displaying a rich art collection and to the town’s museum.
Our afternoon stop is Hunedoara, dominated by the majestic gothic castle of the Hunyadi family, built during the 14th –15th centuries. The Hunyadis are best remembered through János Hunyadi, the famous defender of Europe in front of the advance of Turks after the fall of Istanbul (and whose victories prompted the Pope to order that all the church bells shall be rang each day at noon – a tradition still observed everywhere in the Christian world) and by his son Mátyás Hunyadi, one of Hungary’s most important kings during the Renaissance period.
In the evening we’ll return to Brasov.
5th day: Brasov – Gheorgheni - Békás Canyon – Killer Lake – Brasov (410 km)
Our first stop is Gheorgheni, one of the most important Székely towns, where we’ll visit the Armenian Church. The Armenians settled in Transylvania during the 17th century and established several flourishing trade centers. During the centuries, they became Hungarians, only retaining the memories of their origins through their specific traditions.
After Gheorgheni, we will visit two of the Székely-land’s most astonishing natural features: the Killer Lake (Lacu Rosu), formed in 1838 when a collapsing mountain blocked a nearby creek (the top of the pines covered as a result by water are still visible today) and the narrow Bekas Canyon, snaking through huge rocks – even the road was built employing several tunnels and neck breaking zigzags.
In the evening we return to Brasov.
6th day: Brasov – Fagaras – Brasov (150 km)
Heading west, we will cross Codlea, a typical Saxon village. Fagaras, our goal for the day, was once the centre of the Duchy of Fagaras and it is home to an impressive 14th century fortification surrounding a castle. The area of Fagaras – and the castle –traditionally belonged to the wife of Transylvania’s prince.
Early afternoon we’ll return to Brasov.
7th day: Brasov – Sinaia – Constanta (370 km)
We’ll leave early morning, heading back to Constanta. On the way, we’ll visit the wonderfully restored Peles castle, former residence of Romania’s kings, situated in the picturesque resort of Sinaia.
During late afternoon or early evening we’ll arrive to Constanta.