Transylvania Private Tours
If you are looking for something a little bit different, and off the beaten track, then a trip to Transylvania in Romania is for you. Transylvania offers you stunning wilderness, beautiful historical towns, wildlife, a chance to relax in a superb location of a private estate and the opportunity to feel as if you have stepped back in time.
There are many highlights of Transylvania including the extraordinary medieval citadel of Sighisoara. During the 12th century German craftsman and merchants, known as the Transylvanian Saxons, were invited to Transylvania by the King to settle and defend the frontier of his realm. Economic success in the 14th and 15th centuries provided the funds for the building of the strong defense of 14 towers, each built and maintained by a craft guild. The most impressive was the clock tower, which controlled the main gate of the defensive wall and also stored the city's treasures.
Sighișoara is now considered to be one of the most beautiful and well preserved inhabited citadels in Europe with its authentic medieval architecture. It was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and this perfectly intact 16th century gem with nine remaining towers, cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches provides a fascinating setting for an afternoon of exploration. Another recommended stop would be the Unesco 13th Century church at Gelence with its 14th Century Frescoes. The original building dates to the 13th century but was later modified to include a surrounding defensive wall, and the panel-ceiling dating back to 1628.
Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler; the inspiration for Bram Stoker's fictional creation of Count Dracula. Indeed Transylvania is famed for its fortresses with the most well known being the Bran Fortress (aka Dracula Castle), though there is no proof that infact Stoker linked his character to this castle. Another castle not to be missed is Peles Castle in Sinaia, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful castles in all of Europe. It was the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs including King Carol I, who died here in 1914.
Travelling around Transylvania is like stepping back in time and is a insight to how Europe “used to be”. Do not underestimate the impact of seeing modern current Transylvania and its way of life - it feels a different era. A particularly good time to visit is the hay cutting season in July when the roads are crowded with horse drawn carts taking the hay back to the farms, and you can watch the locals cutting the hay in the fields.
A firm favourite at Weekend a La Carte staying at the Zabola estate in Transylvania is a break that combines a 4 night stay with private transfers and private guided tours to visit these highlights.
The estate has a wonderful history and during your stay you will learn how the original family have managed to regain their estate and are slowly restoring the estate back to its former glory of before the communist era. (The estate was expropriated, and the family displaced, during the Communism era).
In Zabola time slows down to a gentle amble. It is charming and delightful, as well as relaxing and romantic, and the family are keen to make sure you feel well looked after. Set in the grounds of the estate you have free reign to explore the gardens, river, lake and large swimming pool. Hammocks and comfy chairs are placed under shady trees, a rowing boat is available on the lake, and romantic meals can be organised in the grounds or in the open pavilion in the woods where you can watch sunset.
Located in the heart of pristine wilderness a highlight of your stay will be the opportunity to watch some wild bears from a hide.
For those of you looking to celebrate a special occasion with family or friends the family have just opened a new converted outhouse to accommodation – The Old Saddlehouse. This is perfect for groups for up to 8 guests and comes with its own drawing room with large open fireplace – adorned with the family’s crest! Equipped with an ipod and dvds it is a perfect place to take over for a Special Occasion celebration.
Private romantic meals can also be taken here where 100 candles will be placed around your dining table and on the private roof terrace reserved exclusively for you. Why not save this for your last evening as a wonderful way to round off your trip?.