Expect a nice mix of cities, small towns, and villages with a healthy dose of centuries-old traditions and walks through the countryside on this slow-paced trip around Transylvania (including Maramures and Bucharest). On this locally-focused trip, we’ll examine the lasting influence of the German Saxons, who settled this region starting in the 12th century. We’ll climb clock towers, wander medieval streets, eat home-cooked meals, experience the hospitality of village life, and even meet a Roma coppersmith.
In Prejmer strong defense walls guard the Lutheran church and the approximately 200 storage rooms. A special element is represented by the guards’ walkway: this is the only place in Transylvania where you can actually walk all the way around. In the next village, Harman, you will discover some of the few remaining medieval frescoes in Transylvania. In the afternoon we will drive through the magnificent hills and forests of Transylvania and arrive in the small village of Viscri. The village was included in a restoration project led by the Mihai Eminescu Trust, under the patronage of Prince Charles. Many of the old Saxon houses have been beautifully restored, as well as the medieval Saxon fortified church. Prince Charles himself owns an old farm here dating back to the 18th century. Have a walk through the village and discover a cultural and natural landscape which has disappeared in most parts of Europe. Accommodation in traditional houses and home-made dinner.[/tg_program]
The accommodation will be in centrally located 3-star boutique hotels and guesthouses. In Viscri, we’ll stay in traditional houses.
We use private transportation (car, van, and/or mini bus) with A/C for this trip.
Your travel provider for this tour: Slow Tours Romania
Slow Tours Romania is a locally-based tour provider. Founder Alexandru Grigorescu has been passionately leading groups of travelers around his home country since 2002. He created Slow Tours Romania with the aim of showing visitors the diversity of Romania, on bike and foot. Thier tours combine a mix of incredible places, landscapes, outdoor activities, and people. Adhering to the Slow Travel philosophy, they like to engage and support local communities.