• Explore the fortified churches of the Transylvanian Saxons in Romania
• Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Câlnic Citadel and the three-aisle Biertan Fortified Church
• Travel through Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca and Brașov, and take in the wooden churches and gates of the Maramureș region
lecturer in art history and architecture
Depart London Heathrow 1055 on Lufthansa via Munich, arriving Sibiu 1745. Transfer to Sibiu, for two nights.
Morning visits in Sibiu: Upper Town, Huet Square, Lower Town, Bridge of Lies, Goldsmiths’ Square, Brukenthal Palace and Astra Museum. Afternoon excursion to Cisnădie (15th century fortified church) and Cisnădioara (St Michael’s fortress church with 13th century west portal).
Morning: Miercurea Sibiului (Saxon fortified church), UNESCO-listed Câlnic Castle, and Sebeș for Lutheran Church with Renaissance triptych, Binder House (exterior) and Zápolya House (exterior). Afternoon: Alba Iulia (former Roman camp, huge Baroque fort). Continue to Cluj-Napoca for overnight stay at Hotel Beyfin.
Morning in Cluj-Napoca: old town, 14th century Church of St Michael, Bánffy Palace (with art museum), birthplace of Hunyadi Mátyás, and Catholic, Calvinist and Unitarian churches. Continue to wooden church of Șurdești, followed by Baia Mare for overnight.
Visits to wooden churches and gates of the Maramureș region. Continue to Mediaș for overnight.
Morning: Mediaș (medieval walls and St Margaret’s Church) followed by Valea Viilor (early 16th century fortified church) and Biertan (three-nave church with excellent Gothic west portal). Continue via Sighișoara to Brașov for two nights at Aro Palace Hotel.
Morning excursion to Prejmer (founded by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century, early Gothic fortified church). Return to Brașov for visit to Black Church (famous organ of 4000 pipes and collection of Ottoman carpets) and further exploration of the old town.
Morning: 19th century Peleș Castle and 17th century Orthodox Monastery of Sinaia. Continue to Bucharest for 1755 flight on British Airways, arriving Heathrow 1925.
6 May — 13 May 2020
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This tour requires a good level of fitness, as we have a full itinerary with some early starts, and many days will involve a lot of walking. Please note that the tour will also involve some long coach journeys, including one of over six hours from Baia Mare to Mediaș, with stops en route. There will be an opportunity to climb a fortress tower in Brașov but this will be optional.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
Cost of £1875 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, one lunch, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £175.