Let’s travel back to medieval times ! Taste Tarnava wines in an off the beaten track cellar. Then go for traditional homemade delicacies tasting and shopping in a 14th century Saxon village. Part of the UNESCO heritage, it has a 700 year old fortified church offering a great panoramic view from its tower.
Feel like walking through a rainbow in one of the few medieval fortresses in Europe that are still inhabited. And don’t forget to take photos of the 3 world records lake !
Where to go next ? To the White Vauban citadel. Here you will really breath the history’s air while walking through this 7 pointed star shaped citadel. You can also pay a visit to the first live village museum in Romania or to the Roman Galleries Gold Mining Museum.
The following days get off the beaten track and discover a Disney-like village. Dine in a 15th century lordly mansion from a village where Prince Charles has properties. The ruins of a Cistercian monastery dating back to 1200 are waiting for you in another Transylvanian Saxon village. In the evening attend a candle light dinner host on the palace estate of the Baron Samuel von Brukenthal.
The walking tour of Sibiu – European Cultural Capital in 2007 – ends with a sky view dinner. You will have an entire day at disposal for leisurely exploring the largest open-air village museum in Europe. And even follow a traditional handicrafts class if tempted.
Mures – Sibiu – Alba Iulia
At least 3 days
All year round
Customized itinerary planning and travel arrangements, Private sedan / minivan with professional English speaking driver (-guide) at disposal, Personal tour manager at disposal (available on request)
Varies depending on season, tour length, number of guests , included special activities and other custom preferences.
Medieval Transylvania private tour
- Roman Galleries Gold Mining Museum
- Traditional delicacies
- Bear Lake
- Thrilling Middle Ages
- Tarnava wines tasting
- Baron's candle dinner
- Handicrafts class
- Mures Canyon & Thermal Waterfall
- Bat's wine world
- UNESCO site: Biertan village
- 7 pointed star shaped citadel
Roman Galleries Gold Mining Museum
The most active gold mining center of Western Carpathians was Rosia Montana. This was also one of the most long-lasting traditional gold mining sites known nowadays. Here the excavations began in the Bronze Age. The traditional gold mining ended in 1948 along with the nationalization, but the industrial mining continued until 2006. A significant interaction between man and nature generated one of the richest and most spectacular cultural landscapes of Romania.Thus the gold mining galleries, Roman surface landscape, historical industrial landscape and Rosia Montana gold mining fair were declared national historical monument. The mining galleries – of exploitation, assistance, ventilation, and water draining out – dug in the massifs around the town exceed 80 km. Seven km of these, excavated as early as the Roman Age, are unique in Europe. And they constitute the vastest and most important system of gold mining exploitation known from Roman world.
Just for You: Rhubarb Jam. That’s Right.
Two words: rhubarb jam. Okay, a few more: it’s the perfect blend of refreshing and slightly sour taste in a Saxon delicacy. It’s delicious. And it’s made just for you by the crazy food geniuses at the Foodstuff Barn, inaugurated in 2009 by Prince Charles of Wales. It’s only available for the royal family, few other British, and now, for you. Right this way to rhubarb glory...
Tasting and shopping of traditional local delicacies
This Saxon village - with a XIV century fortress listed in UNESCO patrimony - keeps little secrets for unsuspected pleasures. Here an old barn have been transformed in a processing center for the local farmers which use traditional recipes and who were instructed through a course of the Royal Society of Public Health. Under the logo Saxon Village Preserves the members of the Foodstuff Barn – inaugurated in 2009 by Prince Charles of Wales – are selling (especially to clients from Great Britain, inclusively to the royal family): jams, pickles, salamis, sausages, fine chesses with noble mold, products made of plants, cakes, bread, drinks and oils. The highlights seem to be the:
- Saschiz elder syrup,
- Transylvania spring honey
- and Rhubarb jam (Rheum rhabarbarum - a refreshing and slightly sour Saxon delicacy which is safer to buy directly from a Saxon housewife than to cook it yourself at home. The parts of the plant must be carefully chosen as the leaves contain toxic oxalates. It probably reached in Transylvania due to the Saxon merchants to whom it has been brought around the middle of the 16 century most probably from Asia).
It holds 3 world records:
- the largest helio-thermal in the world (and unique in Europe),
- the only one with salt water surrounded by a lush vegetation, due to the volcanic soil deposited in time,
- and the only natural lake in the world whose date of birth is known with a precision of a minute: May 27, 1875, 11:00 o’clock.
The historians say here there was a meadow with 2 streamlets disappearing into a hole dug in the salt mountain. On that day, two salt guardians were gathering the hay when a shower came and took the hay covering the mountain’s hole where the streamlets flowed. The salt mountain - having 3 km depth and covered by vegetation - is called the Timbering from the Saltings (Arboretele de pe Saraturi). If people would not bathe into the lake, its temperature would reach 80 Celsius degrees during September - October due to the helio-thermal effect (the temperature was measured by an academician at the beginning of the 1900). The reservation Ursu Lake and the Timbering from the saltings (~ 80 ha) includes 6 lakes: Ursu (Bear) and Alunis (Nut-grove) – arranged - and Mierlei (Blackbird’s), Rosu (Red), Verde (Green), and Paraschiva (unarranged).
Europe has only few still inhabited Middle Age citadels and one of the most beautiful and best-preserved is in the old historical center of Sighisoara.
You will be driven to this UNESCO World Heritage Site (since ’99) where an exciting day and evening full of entertainment awaits you. First you’ll be let strolling on the alleyways to feel like walking through the rainbow. Of course all your history related curiosities will be satisfied.
The medieval jewel of Romania, Sighisoara fortress was built in the 12th century, on the banks of Tarnava Mare River, by Saxon merchants and craftsmen. Its Latin name was Castrum Sex and for several centuries it played a significant strategic and commercial role at Central Europe’s border. While tasting the nectarious local fruits brandies you will find out that the small fortified town was visited by Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Renee Zellweger during the production of Cold Mountain (released in 2003, with 7 Oscar nominations).
Dinner will be served right in the house where Prince Vlad Tepes (the Impaler) was born. You will enjoy spending the night in one of the oldest houses of this outstanding example of typical medieval German architecture.
Taste Tarnava wines in an off the beaten track cellar
There we will stop next to admire a myriad of vines covered hills and villages nestled in the Valley of Tarnava.
Well, we can first tour the cellar and taste 7 memorable wines of great character, accompanied by a plate of cheeses and salamis.
Enjoy Baron von Brukenthal's candle light dinner
From the heavy crops harvested 200 years ago from the estate of Baron Samuel von Brukenthal’s summer residence they cooked in the palace kitchen sophisticated dishes, comfitures, pies and cakes, juices and wines. But the Baron’s favorites were the creations based on asparagus, a vegetable considered to be the secret of longevity, with important aphrodisiac benefits and a delicacy which cuisine experts say it is the tastier during springtime.
To delight all your senses to the full we invite you to the Baron’s candle light dinner ! Asparagus cream soup, asparagus and pesto salad, pork loin with asparagus, potatoes in butter and parsley and Hollandaise sauce, having as dessert strawberries with vanilla foam and for drinks lemonade with honey and strawberries, elder juice and red wine from Recas.
The menu can be adjusted depending on season fresh ingredients and guests’ preferences.
Follow a traditional handicrafts class
For this you have to step within the most beautiful and largest open-air museum in Europe, which precisely reconstructs the villages from all corners of Romania to the smallest details: little houses, churches, mills, traditional objects and means of transportation…
A thoroughly prepared travel to the atmosphere of the former Romanian village that will familiarize you with the way natives used to live in the past centuries, how our grandparents and great grandparents organized their households, the little secrets from the day-to-day existence, their beliefs and the church function, the taste for art…
Mures Canyon & Thermal Waterfall
Linger gazing to the panoramas over Bat's wine world
Perfectly tailored to your taste, this culinary journey through the select wines made at the feet of the Carpathians starts with a guided tour of the vineyard. Then, in the cellar, you will discover few of the winemaking art secrets. But the climax is yet to come: on a plateau at the top border of the vineyard hill, a charming lodge invites you to linger gazing to the fantastic panorama view across the rolling hills… Enjoy unforgettable moments in this small but elegant hideaway while tasting 6 of the top Liliac wines accompanied by a plate with cheeses, smoked ham and fruits. This is what we call relaxing !
Biertan off-the-beaten-track tour
Among top 10 unreal destinations in the world according to Cosmopolitan (2016): “Biertan seriously looks like a town from a Disney movie”.
The legend says the spouses who were fighting and wished to divorce were locked into a room of the fortress with only 1 spoon, 1 fork, 1 table, 1 bed, 1 chair and thus they were forced to bear each other. The result ? For 300 years there was only 1 divorce in the village. The fortified church was built in 15th century in late Gothic style. Inside you will notice right away the Anatolian rugs and the imposing altar with 28 scenes painted by artists from Vienna and Nuremberg. But the sacristy door will fascinate you for even more. It won the first prize at the Paris World Expo in 1900. And what makes it unique is not only the exceptional intarsia but also the still functional 19 locks system made by local craftsmen in 1515.
Sightseeing through the 7 pointed star shaped citadel
They say it was a forbidden city until 2005 because it was a military unit. They also say there is a Mathew bible from year 800 in the library and a disco bar in the former gun powder hall within southern wall. It has the shape of a 7 pointed star – design invented by the engineer to King Louis XIV of France, the Marechal Vauban.
A sightseeing tour of the restored gates of this early 18 century fortress – considered to be the most representative Vauban fortification with bastions in Romania – is a must. To enjoy the utmost of this experience, it is better to come at the beginning of the city’s touristic season (May) or with the winter (for Romania’s National Day) when there are official celebrations.