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Citadels of Transylvania

25 Apr — 2 May 2018 | Tour Director: Alex Koller

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Tour Director

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Alex Koller, PhD

lecturer in art history and architecture

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1055 on Lufthansa via Munich to Sibiu, arriving 1715. Transfer to Hotel Continental Forum Sibiu, for two nights.

Day

2

Sibiu: parish church (remarkable 15th century bronze font), Upper Town, Council Tower, Huet Square, Lower Town, Bridge of Lies, Goldsmiths’s Square, Brukenthal Palace, Astra Museum followed by excursion to Cisăadie (15th century forti ed church) and Cisnădioara (St Michael’s fortress church with 13th century west portal).

Day

3

Miercurea Sibiului, Câlnic Castle, Sebeș (fortress, Student’s Tower, Tailors’ Tower, Binder House, Zápolya House), lavish Lutheran Church (including Renaissance triptych) and Alba Iulia (former Roman camp, huge Baroque fort) then continue to Cluj- Napoca for two nights at Hotel Bey n.

Day

4

Whole day excursion to the wooden churches and gates of Maramureș including Bogdan Vodă and Rozavlea. The churches of Ieud, Călinești, Budesti and Surdesti (subject to local weather conditions on the day). Free evening.

Day

5

Cluj (old town, museum, 14th century Church of St Michael) Bán y Palace (with art museum), birthplace of Hunyadi Mátyás, Catholic, Calvinist and Unitarian churches. Sighișoara via Mediaș (medieval walls, fortified Gothic church), Biertan (a three-nave church with excellent Gothic west portal and a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Valea Viilor (early 16th century fortified church). Overnight stay in Sighișoara.

Day

6

Sighișoara (including 16th and 17th century houses, citadel) then via Cârța (ancient Cistercian monastery and one of the most important architectural monuments in Transylvania) to Brașov for Council Square, Council Tower, Black Tower, White Tower, Weavers’ Bastion, St Nicholas Church. Two nights at Hotel Coroana, Brașovului.

Day

7

Old town of Brașov (Black Church with famous organ of 4,000 pipes) followed by Prejmer (founded by Crusaders in 13th century, early Gothic fortified church), Râșnov citadel, 14th century Bran Castle (museum of medieval art and history).

Day

8

Sinaia Monastery, Peleș (19th century castle) then continue to Bucharest for return flight with British Airways departing 1620, arriving Heathrow 1800.

Tour Dates

25 Apr — 2 May 2018

Days

8

Cost

£1645

Tour Code

TRAN-18

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Cost of £1645 includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, six dinners with water and coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £160.

 
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