Transylvania in My Blood Vol. 2: Saxon Heritage

Transylvania in My Blood Vol. 2: Saxon Heritage

, Romania

8 Day tour from Sibiu to Sibiu

Introduction

Prince Charles: “Transylvania is in my blood. I have family connections here and that's why I am very interested in this region - that's what Prince Charles of Wales said during one of his visits to Romania. The truth is Prince Charles believes that Romania's villages are among the country's most valuable assets. He likes the simplicity and the naturalness of life in these villages, where people live off the land, growing food, knitting clothes and weaving carpets. He also eats with great pleasure Romanian traditional food.

The magnificent mountain country of the Carpathians is now justly famous worldwide, and alone would justify a trip to Romania; however, such a visit is immensely enhanced by exposure to the wide range of historic monuments and art works, stretching from sophisticated Bronze Age pottery up to the works of Brancusi.

Ancient Dacia was the last province to be added to the Western Roman Empire but a high material culture had already been achieved long before the legions moved in. Romania was a ‘late developer’ in the middle ages, and strong feudal principalities did not emerge till the 14th century, when the Turks were already penetrating the Balkans.

The legendary Transylvania region presents a different picture, having since the early Middle Ages been largely under the suzerainty of Austro-Hungarian Empire, and thus essentially part of a Central European cultural world. Hence the gothic churches of Brasov and Sibiu, the Teutonic appearance of Bran Castle, the Bavarian look of Peles Castle, all of them evidence of the prosperity of the German dominated merchant guilds. An unusual feature of this area is the peasant fortresses erected by the Lutheran villagers around their local churches, as bastions against Turkish aggression. Austrian Baroque makes its appearance   under the Habsburgs, e.g. in Sibiu (Hermannstadt, former 2007 European Cultural Capital).

Finally, one is struck by the quality of Romanian popular art, whose vitality is still very much alive today. Lively pottery designs, bright textiles, carved woodwork are all part of a long-established tradition and a unique product of peasant creativity is the delightful naive art of icon-painting on glass. The appreciation of all these things is much heightened by experiencing the equally vital traditions of friendliness and hospitality of Romanian country people.

Period of validity: 18th of April – 31st of October 2018/2019 for groups of 20-35 guests

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  • ·         Old City of Sibiu - An historical city designated in 2007 the “European Capital of Culture “

    ·         New: Marginimea Sibiului

    ·         New: Walk & Dinner in Sibiu

    ·         Old City of Sighisoara - one of the last inhabited citadels in Europe

    ·         Black Church in Brasov – the oldest gothic cathedral in Romania

    ·         Dracula Castle

    ·         New: Fortified churches of Biertan, Valea Viilor, Viscri, Saschiz, Prejmer – UNESCO Heritage Sites

    ·         New: Rasnov Fortress

    ·         New: Village of Viscri – UNESCO Heritage Site, where HRH Prince of Wales has some properties

    ·         Majestic Peles Castle – built by the first king of Romania, Carol

    ·         New: Sparkling wine tasting

    ·         New: Fagaras Castle and Fortress

    ·         New: Brukenthal Summer Palace and Gardens

  • ·         Dinner in Sibiu at Imparatul Romanilor Restaurant;

    ·         Sibiu by night with dinner in several typical resturants and cafés;

    ·         Traditional outlaw dinner with gipsy music in skiresort Poiana Brasov;

    ·         Traditional local lunch and dinner in the village of Crit (homemade food!);

    ·         Sparkling wine tasting in Azuga at Rhein Cellars;

    ·         Special dinner at Tirol Restaurant Sinaia;

    ·         Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant in Sibiu;

    • Hotel Bella Muzica***Brasov

      Bella Muzica Hotel is located in an 400 year old Neoclassic building right in the very heart of the medieval city of Brasov. It was completely restored to its former glory and arranged for this new destination while keeping its original architectural elements.

    • Hotel Central Park****Sighisoara

      The building hosting Central Park Hotel was originally built in 1897 by Josef B. Teusch, a Sighisoara born businessman. After a three year long restoration to its former glory, the building was finally transformed into a boutique hotel.

    • Hotel Palace****Sinaia

      Palace Hotel was built in 1911 by the famous Romanian architect Petre Antonescu. It was entirely renovated to its former glory. It is located in the central park of Sinaia, near the Casino and only 200 meters waay from the resort center. 

    • Hotel Am Ring***Sibiu

      Am Ring Hotel is located in the most beautiful square of Sibiu, The Large Square, The building, which dates back to the gothic period, largely preserves the heritage of the 19th Century merchants. It has faced various restoration works during the last three centuries. The last one offers all the modern conveniences of the 21st Century while preserving  'The Good Old Times' atmosphere. The rooms original furniture, which is more than two hundred years old, was carefully restored.

    • Hotel Ambient****Brasov

      We excel in three major aspects: location, as we are located in the centre of Brasov, a Romanian city with rich history and breathtaking scenery, ambiance, as we offer to our guests exclusive comfort and elegance, and client orientation, as we welcome with the famous Romanian hospitality both business and leisure travellers around the world. Close to the lively spots of the city centre but at the same time close to the quiet areas of the old town and to the well known ski resort  Poiana Brasov, our location is ideal for any traveler, who will thus have at hand a lot of choices for how to spend a relaxing evening. The perfect harmony of colour, light and good taste present in every single corner of our hotel creates an exquisite ambiance, hard to find anywhere else. 

  • SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

    ·         7 night accomodation in selected 3-star or 4-star hotels  according to itinerary;

    ·         Transfers from/to airport;

    ·         Daily buffet breakfast;

    ·         Welcome drink;

    ·         3 dinners in selected hotels;

    ·         Dinner in Sibiu at Imparatul Romanilor Restaurant;

    ·         Sibiu by night with dinner in several typical resturants and cafés;

    ·         Traditional outlaw dinner with gipsy music in skiresort Poiana Brasov;

    ·         Traditional local lunch and dinner in the village of Crit (homemade food!);

    ·         Sparkling wine tasting in Azuga at Rhein Cellars;

    ·         Special dinner at Tirol Restaurant Sinaia;

    ·         Farewell dinner in Sibiu;

    ·         Travel in a deluxe motor coach;

    ·         Professional tour director throughout the tour;

    ·         All sightseeing tours stated as per itinerary, including admission fees and local guides;

    ·         Baggage handling for the full duration of the tour;

    ·         All service charges, taxes and VAT;

    ·         1 free place in single room for tour leader;

    SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

    ·         Flights to/from Sibiu;

    ·         Drinks with meals;

    ·         Travel insurance;

    ·         Tips;

    ·         Anything not mentioned expressly in the tour program;

    Alternative option for bus operators: it is possible to arrive from Serbia, Bulgaria or Hungary by own bus; the tour program remains the same with small adjustments for the first and last days. The rates would be different; in this case please contact us for revised offer.

    NB The above rates can be easily adapted for smaller groups and individuals; in this case the above prices are amended accordingly. We are at your disposal, should you have any question or require any additional information.

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