Cultural heritage in Romania



Arrival at Targu Mures airport. Meet your English speaking guide and transfer to your hotel. Targu Mures became a modern town in the second half of the 19th century, along with the expansion of the railway line. Today its centrally located Piata Trandafirilor (Roses Square) is lined with modern streetside cafes and restaurants, churches, and monuments. Visit Targu Mures’ top attraction, located at the south end of the square: the Culture Palace (Palatul Culturii), a flamboyant early 20th-century city hall with an outstanding stained-glass hall, housing some of main local museums. Overnight in a 4 stars hotel in Targu Mures.

Drive to Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval citadel in Europe (UNESCO heritage). Founded by Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century, Sighisoara (Schassburg in German) still stands as one of the most beaut iful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches rivals the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna for atmospheric magic. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was he who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula. His house is just one of the many attractions here. Others include the Church on the Hill with its 500-year-old frescoes, the Clock Tower with its weapons museum, the 13th century Venetian House and the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ. Drive to Biertan to visit its impressive Gothic fortified church (UNESCO heritage). Drive to Sibiu, one of the oldest towns in Transylvania – formerly Hermannstadt – founded by the Saxon colonists. Guided walking tour of the medieval town (the Main Square, the Evangelical Church, the Liars’ Bridge etc.). Sibiu – once one of the easternmost cities of the glittering Hapsburg Empire was European Cultural Capital in 2007. Nine centuries of cultural treasures await discovery. During the visit passing by the old streets we will admire the main monuments like Bruckenthal Palace, in Baroque style, from the late eighteenth century, the infamous Lies Bridge made on a road that connects the lower city with the upper city, the Saxon Cathedral built at the beginning of the sixteenth century that retains more than a precious fresco of Crucifixion from 1445, the Catholic Cathedral built in Baroque German style at the beginning of the eighteenth century, the main squares of the city (Big Square, Little Square, Huet Square) and the seat of the Christian Orthodox Cathedral – the Metropolis of Transylvania. Overnight in a 4 stars hotel in Sibiu.

Drive to Hunedoara and visit Corvin Castle, the largest castle in all Eastern Europe and the only Gothic castle entirely preserved in Romania. Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles meet here to create a unique 14th century castle. This picturesque medieval castle stands grand with tall walls and towers next to a river over which a long entrance bridge was built to protect it from invaders. As legend has it Vlad Țepeș (the main character who inspired the story of Dracula) was imprisoned here for 7 years before he married the daughter of the castle owner and took back his reign of Wallachia. The castle also boasts the legend of the raven that held the golden ring in its beak and of the well that took 15 years to dig by Turkish prisoners. Drive to Alba Iulia – considered the spiritual capital of Romania. Alba Iulia was the Residence of the Transylvanian princes and of the Catholic bishops. From 1599 to 1601, Alba Iulia was the capital of the united principalities of Walachia, Transylvania and Moldavia. It was the site of the proclamation of Transylvania’s unification with Romania (1 December 1918) and of the coronation of King Ferdinand in 1922. The Alba Carolina fortress was built between 1714 and 1738 and it is considered to be the most representative baroque, Vauban-type star fortress in Romania and one of the largest of this kind in Eastern Europe. Drive back to Sibiu. Overnight in a centrally located hotel in Sibiu.

Drive to Sarmisegetuza (UNESCO heritage) where we will visit the ruins of the capital of pre-Roman Dacia, actually a complex of sanctuaries, situated in The Mountains of Oraștie. Most of the archeologists assert that the city was raised in between the 3rd and the 2nd century before Christ, while others sustain that it would be at least 600 years older than that. One of the reasons of this dispute could be the striking resemblance of the Big Rounded Sanctuary with those of Stonehenge. It seems that the same architect has conceived them both, the only difference being that the one from Oraștie is smaller. Then, The Andesito Sun can be easily resembled to the famous Maya calendar. Drive to Densuș, a small village in Tara Hațegului (Hațeg County). Visit Densuș Church, that is still keeping its secrets so that no one can certainly say when it was built. Historians have different opinions. Some of them say that it was built on the ruins of a pre–Christian edifice in Dacia, others believe that it was built on the foundation of a temple dedicated to god Mars, many say that the church was initially a mausoleum dedicated to general Longinus Maximus that was killed by the Dacians. What is certain is this: at this point, it is the oldest church in Romania in which services are still officiated. Drive back to Sibiu. Overnight in a centrally located hotel in Sibiu.

Drive on to Bran to visit the famous medieval castle built as a fortress – The „Dracula’s” Castle – for the citizens of Brașov with view to defence the city. Prince Vlad used the Castle as a general headquarters during his incursions in Transylvania. For many years, it has been an interesting medieval art museum. Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend and perched high atop a 200-foot-high rock, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker’s Dracula. Built on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212, the castle was first documented in an act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Brașov) the privilege to build the Citadel. Although Stoker never visited Transylvania, the Irish author relied on research and his vivid imagination to create the dark and intimidating stomping ground of Count Dracula, leading to persistent myths that it was once the home of Vlad Țepes, ruler of Walachia. While the association with Dracula is sketchy at best, the castle continues to hold a strong attraction for all fans of the Count. Departure towards Zărnești and walk in the Măgura village, through the national Park of Piatra Craiului. Stop at the mountain guesthouse that has a spectacular view over Piatra Craiului mountains. Bear watching. Drive to Brașov. Overnight in a 4 stars hotel in Brașov.

Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brașov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brașov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films. In this city, we are surrounded by legends of the vampires and a medieval stories. Walking tour through the old town centre, including the Black Church, the Council Square, the Hirche House, the baroque style buildings from the Austro-Hungarian times. Drive to Sinaia, named „the Pearl of the Carpathians”. Visit the summer residence of the first royal couple, King Carol I and Queen Elisabeth, Peleș Castle, one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe. Besides „The Big Palace”, how Queen Mary used to call the Peleș castle, we will visit the smaller and coquette Pelișor Castle, the summer residence of Romania’s second king, Ferdinand of Hohenzollern. Pelișor Castle was decorated by Queen Mary herself, „the last romantic queen of Europe”, in an original, unique style, combining Byzantine, Brâncovenesc (Romanian architectural style) and Celtic features. The most famous room is perhaps the Golden Chamber, decorated with thistle leaves that resemble the emplem of Scotland, Queen Maria’s homeland. Drive back to Brașov. Overnight in a 4 stars hotel in Brașov.

In the morning, drive to Viscri village, to visit Viscri Fortified Church which is one of a series of UNESCO-listed historic churches in Romania. It is first mentioned in a 16th century accounts book of the bishopric of the county of Rupea. The village of Viscri is famous for the fact that Prince Charles has bought two properties here. The Prince of Wales has bought and renovated properties to help protect the unique way of life that has existed for hundreds of years through the promotion of sustainable tourism. Today we will discover the traditions of Roma communities in Transylvania. Drive to Văleni, a small village near Târgu Mureș to meet Gabor family. The Gabor are traditional Roma who’s laws and traditions follow the ancesteral customes and religion. Their status amongst the Roma tribes places them along the upper tier of the Roma caste system. They are the „blue-bloods” or aristocrats of Roma society. The guests’ arrival into Gabor family spacious courtyard is greeted with the sound of music: the Gypsy musicians perform. A celebratory toast of home made liquore between arriving guest and Roma host begins the introduction… Our guides lead our visitors on a complete tour of the Roma household with its exotic Roma decor. Roma metalworker banging away in the courtyard will demonstrate the traditional Roma trade. A non-stop burning Gypsy fire will add to the Gypsy theme. Freshly cooked Cozanac is served by Roma dressed in their traditional wardrobe. Drive to Târgu Mureș. Overnight in a 4 stars hotel in Târgu Mureș.

Transfer to Târgu Mureș airport. End of our services.


7 nights / sharing a DBL room / 3*/4* hotels.
Note: SGL room is available on request (additional costs apply).

English speaking guide for the entire program.

Note: half board or full board meal plans are available on request (additional costs apply).

Transportation in private car or minibus or bus for the entire program (depending on group size).

Entrance fees to all proposed touristic sites, all local taxes.



International flight tickets are not included.

Travel insurance is not included.

Visa procurement (if needed) is not included.

The following extras are not included:

  • Hotel extras (telephone, Internet, minibar etc.);
  • Drinks (other than mineral water), coffee;
  • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites;
  • Personal expenses, porterage, tips.


This tour is operated on request only. We are at your disposal no matter if your are an individual interested to take this tour or a tour operator aiming to propose it to your clients.