• Explore the fortified churches of the Transylvanian Saxons in Romania
• Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Câlnic Citadel and the three-nave Biertan Forti ed Church
• Travel through Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca and Brasov taking in the former Cistercian monastery at Carta, one of the most important architectural monuments in Transylvania
Depart Heathrow 1055 on Lufthansa via Munich to Sibiu, arriving 1715. Transfer to Hotel Continental Forum Sibiu, for two nights.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Sinaia Monastery, Peleș (19th century castle) then continue to Bucharest for return flight with British Airways departing 1620, arriving Heathrow 1800.