Tour of Transylvania's Countryside: Sighisoara Citadel & Fortified VillagesWith: Florin 12
What you need to know about this tour in Transylvania from Cluj-Napoca:
- A private day trip from Cluj-Napoca. Duration 10-12 hours
- Included: transport (around 350km), English-speaking guide with a background in history and small snack
- Our first stop is in the fortified city of Medias for 1 hour for a coffee break, stories and legends.
- Then we head towards the village of Biertan and Sighisoara Citadel, both part of UNESCO heritage, to learn about medieval times, Saxon traditions and architecture
- You will see the beautiful famous landscapes of Transylvania's countryside and how local life looks like.
- There are other villages in the area we can explore. If you want, we can replace Medias with a visit to Turda Salt Mine (please specify this in the booking request)
No meal is included but depending on your preference we can stop for lunch or sandwich - I know some very good places on our route!
You can read more about the sights on this trip in the 'Main Attractions' section About Romania
Moments to expect during the tour to Sighsoara Citadel and Transylvania:
City of Medias - part of Siebenburgen
Our first stop will be in the Saxon town of Medias which has a tower 69 m tall but is tilted over 2 meters! We'll spend 1 hour here to go for a walk and coffee while learning some fun stories and legends about the history of this settlement.
The 500-year-old church in Biertan
The Saxons settled in South Transylvania 7-8 centuries ago and their heritage is still with us. Their influence on Romanian culture is extensive - 400 hundred years ago they invented couples' therapy (maybe you want to try it?). But all things aside, the fortified church in the village of Biertan is massive, impressive and jaw-dropping!
Finally, we go visit Sighisoara Citadel, the best preserved and few remaining inhabited medieval citadels in Europe, part of UNESCO heritage. We go on a tour of old, narrow and cobbled streets, admire the famous colorful houses with small details and learn about its impressive history and cultural importance. We can stop for lunch in traditional Saxon houses if you like.
- Starting point: Cluj-Napoca
- Nearest airport: Cluj Napoca International
- Nearest train station: Cluj-Napoca Train Station
- Landscape: Landscapes, Countryside, Urban
Reviews from travellers
My tour with Florin was brilliant and I was the only passenger. Florin has a history degree from Cluj University. He is very knowledgeable about Romania and its history and speaks excellent English. Our drive from Cluj to lovely Sighisoara took 2 hours 30. We stopped to see the fortified Saxon church at Biertan, where we also had a coffee. Lunch in the open air in Sighisoara. I found Florin really good company and he is also the safest of drivers. I would unconditionally recommend him to anyone who wants to book a tour from Cluj - thank you Romanian Friend for making my trip so easy to plan!
The whole experience from booking stage to the tour itself was immensely satisfying. Marius at Romanian Friend immediately replied to all questions and concerns and the tour options he recommended were amazing. Out tour guide, Florin, is described on the RF website as “passionate, optimistic, dedicated and passionate about Romanian culture”. This is absolutely true. He was punctual, very fluent in English and very polite. At all times during the day he stayed aware of our needs and wishes and was very flexible to accommodate us. We felt very comfortable, safe and well-cared for at all times of the day. It was evident that he had planned all the small details and despite the hours of driving, he never looked tired. It was impressive that he never even used his mobile. Very difficult to find a better and more professional tour guide! I highly recommend Romanian Fried for all types of tourists of all ages, and look forward to other tours with them in the future! And all of this in addition to the beauty of the places visited in Romania!
We went on the Turda Salt mine, Biertan Fortified Church and Sighisoara tour with our guide Florin. Florin is a passionate historian with a background in mountain rescue. You can tell he truly loves what he does and this shows through in his work. We had a great time and would highly recommend. Romania is a beautiful country with friendly people and I'm very glad we discovered Romanian Friend!
Our trip to Sighisoara citadel and Turda Salt mine was a great adventure. Florin’s knowledge of history was the highlight of this tour. For a couple of gals from London who love history and facts, he kept us truly entertained. None of this is in the guidebooks. We really did feel we got a true local experience and we are very happy to recommend Romanian Friend tours to anyone wanting a local experience in Romania. And thank you Marius for all the help and suggestions!
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