Explore three historic highlights of Transylvania on a fascinating day trip from Brașov. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage-listed church in the medieval village of Viscri, and wander through the fortified Saxon town of Sighişoara — known as the birthplace of the warlord who inspired Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. Finally, learn the history of the imposing, 14th-century Rupea Fortress on a guided tour.
Day trip to Sighişoara, Rupea Fortress and Viscri church from Brașov
Enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town of Sighişoara and see highlights such as the Citadel and Church on the Hill
Get free time to explore or have lunch in Sighişoara independently
Visit Rupea Fortress, a stunning hilltop fortress dating from the 1300s
Explore Viscri church, one of Transylvania's UNESCO-listed fortified churches
Travel through the timeless Transylvanian countryside and learn about its history
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This tour reveals a part of Europe that’s trapped in time and transports you between dispersed sights with ease.
Wandering through the medieval towns of Transylvania, it’s easy to forget what century you’re in. Begin your tour back in time in central Brașov, where you’ll meet your guide and climb aboard a car or minivan for the trip north. During the scenic 1.5-hour drive, listen to interesting facts and anecdotes about Romanian history from your guide.
Your first stop is the 14th-century village of Viscri, built by Saxon colonists. As you approach, admire the impressive whitewashed walls and red-roofed towers that surround the village, designed to protect early inhabitants from invading Turks. Wander the rustic streets of the town and visit its UNESCO World Heritage-listed church (own expense).
Continue on to the remarkably well-preserved Sighişoara, so rich in history that the entire village is a UNESCO site. Hear about the medieval town’s legendary former resident Vlad the Impaler, a Wallachian prince and warlord who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional character Dracula. Enjoy free time to explore Sighişoara’s cobblestoned streets, bell tower and citadel on your own, and visit a café to purchase lunch if you wish.
Finally, visit the hilltop Rupea Fortress, which was built for defense in the 1300s and later repurposed as a Saxon village in the 18th century. Head inside the walls for a guided tour (own expense), and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside before the return drive to Brașov.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Perfectly Paced Tour
, Sep 2019
We joined for other passengers for this very enjoyable and informative trip. Tudor our guide was very personable and had an incredible knowledge about the places we visited and wider Romanian history. We learnt such a lot about the places and came away with a much better understanding of Romania. Brilliant!
We had "Dan" as our Tour Guide, just the two of us. He is a knowledgeable and experienced guide, with a lively personality. He was unstinting in sharing his time with us, taking us to additional sites of interest. He made our day more enjoyable and valuable than it would have been just for the sites alone.
The guide was on time. He spoke good English. His name was Dan. We went to the places described for this tour. Dan knew a lot of Romanian history and facts about all the places we visited. We did not have time for breakfast so took some snacks with us, but when we started to have some of them we got a stern message from Dan, "don't eat in the car." Later, about 1100 Dan stopped at a gas station to fill the car and told us we could get a snack there. Dan had a sandwich and coffee. The description of the tour said we would have free time in Sighisoara for lunch but Dan never turned us loose and took us to a fast food place for lunch. I don't like fast food, in America or Romania. When we went into one of the beautiful churches I sat down for some quiet reflection. That was not to be; Dan sat beside me and read a long description of the churches' history. Another thing, Dan considers himself a singer and sang for a lot of the time we were with him. Overall, the tour was more about Dan than the clients.
Dan, our guide was absolutely exquisite. Knowledgeable, ready to please and share his huge culture.
Flexible and a great professional. We spent an ideal day through past and present, with lots of giggles.
All his advice were pertinent and he took care of us humanly speaking. I hope you'll have the chance to meet such a character! Warmest regards (avec avec) Christine & Marie.
Dan, our fantastic guide, made our holiday in Transylvania a fun, educational, and memorable one! My husband and I were the only people who signed up for the tour on this day, so we had a private tour with Dan. The sites visited exceeded our expectations. We learned so much history and saw such beautiful scenery. This tour covers an amazing amount of territory. It was a clear, sunny day, so views of the mountains were spectacular. Dan has a beautiful voice and a great playlist of everything from opera arias to Frank Sinatra to Johnny Cash. We had fun singing in the car and getting to know Romania, Transylvania and Dan. A home cooked lunch in Viscri was a special treat.optional but inexpensive. This day was one of the highlights of our six week trip. Thanks Dan for your hospitality.
My wife and I travelled to Romania for the first time and were keen on understanding the country's history and culture. Our tour guide - Mihai - picked us up from our hotel right on time 8:15 and guided us through the journey. Mihai is extremely knowledgeable about the country's history and equally passionate about her culture. Right at the start of the trip Mihai had told us that the star of the day was going to be Viscri and he was right. I would highly recommend this tour as well as Mihai as the guide. In case the latter is not possible, I'd suggest requesting an official tourist guide.
This was a brilliant tour. Our tour guide Karoly was excellent. He spoke perfect English and was highly informative about all the sites that we were taken to. He also gave us very good information about life in Romania, now and in the past. He was also a good and careful driver.
The sites themselves were all beautiful and fascinating. Each one was highly memorable.
This is a brilliant day tour and I highly recommend it
Dan was the most enthusiastic, informative, engaging and surprising guide. Being winter my friend and I were the only two on the tour so it was as good as a private tour! We even got to see a few additional sights as Dan was so flexible. Would definitely recommend as a fun and convenient way to see this beautiful part of Romania!