Romania • TRANSYLVANIA & Bucovina TOUR
Saxon Transylvania and ancient Bucovina
During the 12th and 13th centuries peoples of Saxony were invited by the Hungarians to live in Transylvania and to aid the defence against Turks and others. Not only did they build enormously ordered villages but they also constructed fortified churches in which to withstand a siege. Today these villages remain a reminder of that period but many now struggle to survive. Each house has its vegetable plot and beyond that lie the orchards and fields of the village, usually cropped with maize. Higher up lie meadows and pastures while beyond those are ancient oak and beech forests.
We start in the north east of Romania in the region of Bucovina and finish in the medieval town of Sighisoara where we stay within the stunning walled citadel.
Anyone particularly interested in these regions should read – Along the Enchanted Way by William Blacker. It is a beautiful read by a man who lived and explored Transylvania for eight years.
Where we stay
Casa CalinBuilt in 1999 this lovely guest house is endowed with comfort and charm and a wonderful level of care from the hotel family. You are surrounded by forested mountains and green meadows and there is a great sense of peace and relaxation.
Hotel Sighisoara, SighisoaraBuilt in 1520, the hotel was once a bishops house, and formerly the City Hall. It has retained the period features its time, and the conference room of 1575 depicts hunting scenes. Situated in the heart of the ancient citadel, this three star hotel sits alongside beautiful towers and medieval structures and is near to cafes and shops.
Airport transfer time
Longest transfer time 8 hrs.
Lovely central 500 year old hotel
Village in the centre of Bucovina region
Good traditional food
In the centre of UNESCO world heritage
Wonderful hill country and ancient villages
Wonderful wildlife including bear, wolf, lynx, chamois, fox, deer and eagle
Rich in wild flowers and meadow lands
Visit the fortified town church
Visit painted eggs workshop
Visit black pottery centre
Visit the fortified towers of the guildsmen – the cobblers, rope makers and tailors
Visit museums including the house of Vlad Dracul
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