Fortresses and old churches

The white church tour

Route: Sighişoara – Saschiz –Viscri – Criţ – Sighişoara

Târnava Mare region in South Eastern Transylvania is one of Europe’s last medieval landscapes, with probably the most extensive flower-rich grasslands remaining in lowland Europe essentially unchanged for hundreds of years.
Meeting point: in the lobby of your hotel / pension
Itinerary:
We leave the town of Sighişoara and our tour starts with one of the seven fortified church villages listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1999, the village of Saschiz is also in the heart of the Sighişoara-Târnava Mare Habitat Site, identified by the Natura 2000. We continue with a drive to Viscri, the best preserved village included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, where over 50 houses and facades have now been restored, including the priest’s house. Our tour continues to Criţ, where the medieval church was destroyed in the early 19th century, it was replaced by one in a more classical style. We take our lunch brake in Criţ, tasting Rozi’s home specialities (optional). We will end up our tour turning back to Sighişoara.

   
Tour duration: 6-7 hours
Services included:

  • Transportation (by minibus for 8 +1 or 6 + 1 people),
  • English speaking guide,
  • Entrance fees to the fortified churches
    Tour duration: 6-7 hours
    Services included:

    • Transportation by car
    • English speaking guide,
    • Entrance fees to the fortified churches

    Price: 50 EUR/pers. (group of 2 persons), 40 EUR/pers. (group of 3-5 persons) and 30 EUR/pers. (group of 6-8 persons).

    Optional activities:

    • Local gastronomy: picnic or lunch with traditional products: 10 or 15 EUR/pers.
    • Taste the local flavours: sheep milking, cheese tasting, including horse wagon ride: 12 EUR/pers. (only groups of minimum 4 persons – available only in the period of May-August)
    • Small tour by bike: 10 EUR/pers.

Multicultural Heritage of Transylvania tour

Route: Sighişoara – Richiş – Biertan –Mălâncrav – Sighişoara

Itinerary:

We leave the town of Sighişoara. First we visit Richiş, where you can see Cistercian traces or even Celtic cultural influences. Next we drive to Biertan, the former Lutheran bishop seat, included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. We continue our route to Mălâncrav, in the program is included the visit of the church with 15th century frescoes and the oldest complete altarpiece still in its original location in Transylvania. Our tour ends turning back to Sighişoara.

   
Tour duration: 6-7 hours
Services included:

  • Transportation (by minibus for 8 +1 or 6 + 1 people),
  • English speaking guide,
  • Entrance fees to the fortified churches

Price: 50 EUR/pers. (group of 2 persons), 40 EUR/pers. (group of 3-5 persons) and 30 EUR/pers. (group of 6-8 persons).
Optional activities:

  • Picnic or lunch with traditional products from Romanian and Saxon gastronomy: 10 or 15 EUR/person
  • Visit to a craftsman in Mălâncrav: 3 EUR/person
  • small trip by bike: 10 EUR/person.

The Saxon Fortified Churches Heritage tour

Meeting point: in the lobby of your hotel / pension

Route:  Sighişoara – Valchid – Copşa Mare – Biertan – Sighişoara

Itinerary:

On this tour we invite you to explore the different architecture in three distinct fortified churches of the Târnava Mare valley. Our first visit is the recently restored fortified church in Valchid. The little settlement was first mentioned in 1345. We continue our route to Copşa Mare. The basilica there underwent several additions and alterations throughout the years, mainly generated by the economic and political changes in Transylvania. Our last stop is in Biertan. We visit the fortified church in Transylvania, being the former bishop’s seat for more than 300 years. The tour ends turning back to Sighisoara.

                    

Tour duration: 4 hours

Services included: transportation by car, specialized guide, entrance fees to the fortified churches

Price: 40 EUR/pers. (group of 2 persons), 35 EUR/pers (group of 3-5 persons)

and 25 EUR/pers. (group of 6-8 persons).

Optional activities:

  • Small trip by bike: 10 EUR/person

The Renaissance Castle and Fortified Churches tour

Meeting point: in the lobby of your hotel / pension

Route: Sighişoara – Seleuş – Prod – Criş – Sighişoara

Itinerary:

We leave Sighişoara and drive to Seleuş, taking a visit of its fortified church. This Gothic construction partly stone and partly of brick, was completed in the year of 1476. We continue our route to Prod, with a visit to the fortified church. Its Baroque altar dates from 1780, whose side panels are built in the Rococo style, the top painting dates back only to the year 1906.  We continue our tour to Criş  to admire the most beautiful piece of  Transylvanian renaissance dwelling and defence castle, the Bethlen Castle.We will end up our tour turning back to Sighişoara.

 

Tour duration: 4 hours

Services included: transportation by car, specialized guide, entrance fees

Price: 40 EUR/pers. (group of 2 persons), 35 EUR/pers (group of 3-5 persons) and 25 EUR/pers. (group of 6-8 persons).

Optional activities:

  • Small trip by bike: 10 EUR/person
  • Visit at a growner of Polianthes tuberosa 3 EUR/pers.
  • Hay wagon ride:  25 EUR/h (group of 1-4 persons)
  • Horseback riding: 20 EUR/h

The Hârtibaciu Valley tour

Meeting point: in the lobby of your hotel / pension

Route: Sighişoara – Apold – Stejărişu –Alţâna – Sighişoara

Itinerary:

Following a trail that heads south-west, on the old route of the steam train, our first stop is in Apold, one of a few still standing peasant fortresses in Transylvania. Our tour leads to Stejărişu, where we visit the little church, built in the 14th century. The recently restored Bacon’s Tower today is still used by Saxons over the year as a store room for their bacon. We continue our route to an important historic village in the region of Sibiu, Alţâna,  home to a fortified church which is from the 13th century. We will end our tour turning back to Sighişoara.

   
Tour duration: 7-8 hours

Services included: transportation by car, specialized guide, entrance fees to the fortified churches
Price: 65 EUR/pers. (group of 2 persons), 50 EUR/pers. (group of 3-5 persons)

and 35 EUR/pers. (group of 6-8 persons).

Optional activities:

  • Picnic or lunch with traditional products from Romanian and Saxon gastronomy: 10 or 15 EUR/person
  • Visit the Ethnographic Museum of Hârtibaciu Valley: 3 EUR/person
  • Visit of broom atelier, furrier atelier 3 EUR/person/atelier
  • In the evening herd of water buffalos

The Land of Făgăraș tour

Meeting point: in the lobby of your hotel / pension

Route: Sighişoara- Agnita – Dealu Frumos –Voila –Făgăraş – Mănăstirea Sâmbăta –Herghelia  Sâmbăta de Jos  – Sighişoara                       

Itinerary:

From Sighişoara our route turns to South, our first stop will be in Dealu Frumos at one of the finest fortfied churches in Transylvania. We will drive further to Făgăraş citadel. The citadel had in different periods different utilizations, from strategic military importance, to princely residence, garrison or prison. We continue our route to the stud farm in Sâmbăta de Jos, admiring the Lipizzan breed, a powerful but agile horse employed for military uses and for use in the riding schools for the nobility of central Europe.  Our route continues to Mănăstirea Sâmbăta, known as one of the edifices built in Brâncovenesc Style. Afterwards we drive back to Sighişoara.

   

Tour duration: 8-9 hours

Services included: transportation by car,  specialized guide, entrance fees
Price: 80 EUR/pers. (group of 2 persons), 60 EUR/pers. (group of 3-5 persons)

and 45 EUR/pers. (group of 6-8 persons).   

Optional activities:

  • Picnic/ Lunch / Dinner -17 / 23 EUR/person in Cincsor Guesthouses
  • Visit of the fortified church in Cincsor 3 EUR/person
  • Visit of a furrier handcraft  3 EUR/pers.

The Land of Bârsa tour

Meeting point: in the lobby of your hotel / pension

Route: Sighişoara – Prejmer – Hărman – Braşov – Sighişoara

Itinerary:

After 2 hours travelling from Sighişoara, we stop in Prejmer for a visit in one of the largest fortified churches in Transylvania. After 1990 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The 15 minutes travel by car, is followed  by a walk in the fortified church of Hărman. This is surrounded by a 12 metres high defending wall and is reinforced by seven forerunning towers.  Our route in The Land of Bârsa is continuing to Braşov, where we will take a walking tour, which includes the Sforii Street, the Black Church, the Main Square. We will end our tour turning back to Sighişoara.

  

Tour duration: 10-11 hours

Services included: transportation by car, specialized guide, entrance fees, parking fees
Price: 95 EUR/pers. (group of 2 persons), 70 EUR/pers. (group of 3-5 persons) and 50 EUR/pers. (group of 6-8 persons).

Optional activities:

  • Lunch in Braşov – around 13 EURs/pers.

                                                                                            

2 Responses to Fortresses and old churches

  1. Ruth Miller says:

    We will be in Sighisoara on July 15 and would love to take a day tour. Both tour A and tour B sound wonderful. We like to ride bicycles, but a wagon ride sounds like a lot of fun, too. We are happy to combine with other customers. We are two adults–school teachers on holiday. Please let me know what tours are available and how I may secure a reservation.

  2. Alfredo Santos says:

    We are a group of 6 adults from Portugal and we will be staying on Sighisoara on the 3rd and 4th of September.
    We are interested on doing on or both of yours Fortresses and Old churches tours.
    Can you please give me some more details and availability.
    We are open to any suggestions