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Our most recommended Sibiu County Day Trips

From Sibiu: Day Tour to Sighisoara

1. From Sibiu: Day Tour to Sighisoara

Visit Sighisoara, founded by Transylvanian Saxons during the 12th century. Depart from Sibiu in the morning and set off for Sighisoara, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches which could rival the historic streets of Old Prague or Vienna. It is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, ruler of the province of Walachia from 1456 to 1462 and the figure who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation, Count Dracula.  On your way back to Sibiu, you will cross Biertan village, one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania. Learn about this fascinating region from a specialized English-speaking guide. Visit the fortified church in Biertan, with its beautiful and mysterious atmosphere. Hear about its history as a seat of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishop in Transylvania between 1572 and 1867. After an exciting day of discovery, sit back and relax as your are transferred back to Sibiu. 

Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour

2. Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour

Your tour will begin as you are taken from your hotel in Brasov by a professional guide. Once having departed Brasov, you will travel to the most spectacular road in Europe: Transfagarasan. You will stop first and visit the Brancoveanu Monastery, an ancient Orthodox monastery built at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains. Its mural and interior paintings were made in 1766 by the painters Ionascu and Pană, and you will leave the silence and harmony of the monastic life of this Orthodox monastery. You will then continue to the mountains which host the Transfagarasan Highway, the most spectacular and beautiful mountain road in Europe. The road has been featured on the UK motor show Top Gear, and traverses up through the mountains uniting Transylvania with Valachia. Whilst there you will experience great scenes, noisy waterfalls, and with some luck you may even see wild animals such as the brown bear or black goats. Moving onward, you will travel to the Balea Glacier Lake, where you will have lunch at the Lake Balea Chalet. You can then take a walk around the lake, and in summer can also climb up the slope near the lake. From the top of this ridge you will have wonderful pictures with the peaks of the surrounding mountains and the lake and cottage Balea. In the winter between December and March you can visit the ice hotel, as well as the neighboring ice church. You will later return to Brasov in the evening, with wonderful memories of your trip into the sky.

From Sibiu: Day Tour to Brasov and Dracula's Castle

3. From Sibiu: Day Tour to Brasov and Dracula's Castle

Brasov (pronounced Bra-shov), known as Kronstadt in German or Brassó in Hungarian, is the 7th largest city in Romania. It is located almost in the center of the country and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. The city provides a mix of wonderful mountain scenery in the nearby Poiana Braşov, and medieval history with German influences in the old town. Admire the beauty of Brasov through a 2-hour walking tour. During your medieval journey in the “Crown City” you will discover its historical and cultural sightseeings. Admire the Weavers' Bastion and go to the 4-foot-wide Rope Street (Strada Sforii). This was initially used as an access route by firefighters. Visit also Brasov Synagogue and see the Catholic Church, Post Orchard, White Tower and Black Tower. The city tour ends with some free time for you to explore on your own and have lunch. After the free time, depart for Bran Castle and the mysterious legend of Dracula, the last stop before the return drive to Sibiu via Brasov.

From Cluj: Diverse Transylvania – Day Trip to Sighisoara

4. From Cluj: Diverse Transylvania – Day Trip to Sighisoara

Your tour will start in the morning when you will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a 2-hour road trip to Medias. Take a short walking tour of the city and get a glimpse of the Citadel of Light and of the beautiful medieval buildings, most of which were built in the 15th century. You will then head to Biertan in order to visit the Biertan fortified church, a monument included in the UNESCO patrimony as part of Transylvania’s villages with fortified churches. The church is surrounded by thick medieval walls which were built in the 15th century, and the front door is equipped with 19 locks and bolts. Your next stop will be in Sighisoara. The medieval Sighisoara Citadel is the only inhabited citadel in Europe and it is surrounded by 9 towers, the Clock Tower being the most important of all. The Clock Tower was destroyed by a fire, but it was rebuilt in the 16th century, and it is now home to a history museum that includes a torture chamber. The Sighisoara Citadel was built in the 12th century, and it had a significant role throughout Transylvania’s history, Sighisoara being one of its 7 independent cities. In Sighisoara, you will also visit the Hill Church, a holy site that you can reach by climbing 175 wooden steps, as well as several other buildings such as the Stag House and a Venetian House. If Transylvania were to be described in one word, the word diverse would be chosen. This historical land was home to numerous isolated villages, and you will find traces of its Romanian, Hungarian, Gypsy and German communities, all living in harmony for hundreds of years. Gypsies first settled in Romania more than 800 years ago, after being forced away from their lands by the Mongol invasion. Today, you will visit an isolated community of Gypsies who earn their living through various crafts such as copper smithing. Because they are a slightly isolated community, the access is permitted only to those accompanied by someone they trust. On your way back to Cluj, you will take a different route in order to explore some of the stunning landscape of Transylvania. You will be back in Cluj by night, the duration of the trip being affected by traffic.

Sibiu: Surrounding Villages Guided Tour

5. Sibiu: Surrounding Villages Guided Tour

Admire monuments such as Luxemburg House, the Pharmacy Museum, Bridge of Lies, and Huet Square. See the Evangelic Church, Brukenthal High School, Stairs Passage and Orthodox Cathedral. Visit the 3 towers of the Citadel Wall. Then go to Thalia Hall, Schiller Square, and The General's Tunnel, before ending at Big Square. Next, drive to the typical village of Sibiel to see the museum of icons painted on glass. After a walk in the village, enjoy lunch or dinner at a peasant's house. Then go to the village of Cristian, mostly inhabited by Landlers from Austria, before the return transfer to Sibiu.

Private Day Trip to Sibiu from Bucharest

6. Private Day Trip to Sibiu from Bucharest

You will start in the morning from your hotel and head north-west toward Pitesti and soon you will enter the Olt River Valley. One of the most beautiful river valleys in Romania has in it's beginning an architectural and historical monument: the Cozia Monastery, built in 1388 by Mircea the Elder, the Grandfather of Vlad the Impaler.  Next stop will be Sibiu, European Cultural Capital in 2007 along with the city of Luxembourg, when Romania joined European Union. Sibiu was also voted as Europe's 8th most idyllic place to live by Forbes. With its Large Square, Small Square and Huet Square was the largest fortified city of Transylvania in medieval times. You will take a walking tour discovering why the city is so famous and admire beautiful landmarks like the Brukenthal Palace, Jesuit Church, Old City Hall tower, Evangelical Church and Liars Bridge - the first iron cast bridge in the country.  Because your guide wants to show you the real life in the area, and especially in the countryside, your next stop of the day will be made in the village of Sibiel where locals teamed up and restored most of the houses here. In the same place you can find the largest glass icons museum in Transylvania which you have the pleasure to visit and hear more about how this tradition started in the area. You will follow the Olt River Valley back to Bucharest.

Sibiu Saxon Town & Brancoveanu Monastery Tour From Brasov

7. Sibiu Saxon Town & Brancoveanu Monastery Tour From Brasov

During this tour, you can enjoy the stunning scenery of the Fagaras mountains as you visit Sibiu, the Astra Museum, and the Brancoveanu Monastery. Sibiu will fascinate you with its old buildings, Gothic architecture churches, and the Bridge of Lies - where witches were thrown from in the Middle Ages. Visit Sibiu's old center and see its main sights. Then, the Astra Museum will remind you of old times with its traditional old houses, water mills, and peasant farms. Next up is the Brancoveanu Monastery, a place of peace and meditation. It is located in Sambata de Sus Village, at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains. Enter the courtyard through an alley bordered by flowers to appreciate the Monastery in all its splendor.

From Bucharest: Day Trip to Transfagarasan

8. From Bucharest: Day Trip to Transfagarasan

Head out towards Transfagarasan, a stunning mountain pass said to be one of the world's most beautiful drives. On the way, stop at Curtea de Arges monastery and the Poenari fortress. Once you're on the road, ride its tight curves and take in sights of the Fagaras Mountains. Get picked up from your hotel in Bucharest and embark on an adventure full of legend, lore, and amazing sights. Make a stop at the Curtea de Arges monastery, famous for its dark legends and burial ground of Romanian kings passed. Next, find yourself at the Poenari fortress, the ruins of Blad the Impaler's castle that stands atop a mountain. Discover why it is considered the real Dracula's castle and admire it from the outside. Now, set out on the Transfagarasan and take on its tight curves and fairytale-like landscapes. Stop for a moment on the Vidararu dam to snap a picture and continue on the drive of one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Once you have passed Poenari fortress you are on Transfagarasan road. Before seeing its tight curves and enjoying the amazing landscape, stop for a moment on the Vidraru dam. At the top of the road, stop for an optional lunch at Balea Lac Chalet, which sits next to Balea glacier lake. Look down at Transylvania at your feet before heading back to Bucharest.

Cluj-Napoca: Day Trip in Saxon Wonderland

9. Cluj-Napoca: Day Trip in Saxon Wonderland

Spend a day in the capital of the historical region of Transylvania, the city of Sibiu. There you'll admire one of the most beautiful medieval cityscapes in Romania, as evidenced by the city's title as "European Capital of Culture". On the drive down, you'll find out more about the Saxons roots, their colonization in Transylvania and their cultural impact on the country. In Sibiu, you'll start off by seeing the city's walls and the three main squares. Then you'll visit two of the most important churches. Climbing up to the top of the Council Tower will give you a beautiful overview of the old city. In the afternoon, the group will take a short excursion from Sibiu to visit two villages that seem to be stuck in time: Sibiel and Fantanele. Here, the population lives from what it produces locally and horse-drawn carriages are a daily occurrence. You'll taste a local made schnapps (tuica) and then visit the glass paintings museum in Sibiel. In the afternoon, you'll head back to Cluj-Napoca.

From Brasov: Day Trip to Viscri, Rupea and Racos

10. From Brasov: Day Trip to Viscri, Rupea and Racos

Get picked up from your hotel in Brasov and drive to Racos geological complex. Here, admire the 15-meter tall basalt columns, the Emerald Lake with its unique color and, lastly, a volcanic canyon. If you like history, you can visit the Sukosd Bethlen castle situated in the village of Racos and even climb the tower for panoramic views of the area. Then, head to your next stop, the Rupea citadel, situated on top of a small hill above the city of Racos. This is one of the oldest archaeological sites in Romania. Your final stop will be in Viscri, where you will enjoy a 1-hour ride in a traditional horse-drawn carriage through the village. Next, visit a local blacksmith and see how horseshoes are made. You can even take one home as a souvenir. End the day in style, with a traditional local meal, before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Sibiu County

Alex, the tour guide, kept us all informed about everything we saw during the 2hr drive each way to Brasov from Sibiu, especially when going through the small towns/villages. In Brasov, we walked much further than expected and visited all the key sights, again, informed in much detail about each. Whilst Bran castle was interesting from historic perspective, there was little evidence of Dracula (not surprisingly) and at the entrance very, very little worth purchasing from the wealth of small shops.

A small initial misunderstanding: if I hadn't phoned the assistance center, I would have been waiting in vain in Piața Mare, the group had already left ... Anyway, a very nice tour. The fortified church of Biertan, magnificent Sighişoara, is beautiful and evocative. Extremely knowledgeable guide.

A must-see in Romania. Due to the altitude levels, both landscape and vegetation change rapidly. Special thanks to my driver guide Claudiu for all the information about Transsylvania and his support throughout the entire tour.

Alex was amazing! Knew so much about Romania and shared so much knowledge and history. It was only myself in this tour and he did a great job all around. Plenty of time in Bran Castle and Brasov!

Exciting trip and fantastic guide. Can only be recommended.