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From Cluj-Napoca: Turda Salt Mines and Rimetea Day Trip

1. From Cluj-Napoca: Turda Salt Mines and Rimetea Day Trip

Depart from Cluj-Napoca and head to Turda, once the most important economic center of the region where salt, also known as “white gold,” has been extracted since the Roman age. Arrive for a guided tour at the Salina Turda salt mine and discover the history of salt mining in the town dating from the 17th century. Explore site, including the Terezia mine, Rudolf hall, and the Franz Josef Gallery.  Afterwards, spend the afternoon in the Transylvanian western mountains in the village of Rimetea. The chalk-white houses and the harmonious structure of the village have earned it several distinctions. Considered to be one of the most beautiful village in Transylvania, it received the Europa Nostra Award for its architectural preservation.  Next up, take a 1-hour hike to the ruins of the Coltesti Fortress for an impressive view of the valley below. In the evening, head back to Cluj-Napoca where you’ll be dropped off at the starting point of your tour.

From Cluj: Day Trip to Corvin Castle and Alba Carolina

2. From Cluj: Day Trip to Corvin Castle and Alba Carolina

First, visit Corvin Castle, the spectacular Gothic-style castle where Dracula is said to be imprisoned, referred to by many as "one of the seven wonders of Romania". Learn about the historical importance of this medieval castle as you journey through its 3 main areas: the Knight's Hall, which was used for feasts, the Diet Hall, which was used for ceremonies, and the circular stairway. Marvel at these beautifully decorated marble halls and listen to tales and legends of Dracula and Vlad the Impaler. Next, head to Alba Carolina Fortress, the largest medieval citadel of its kind in Romania. Soak up the medieval atmosphere of this Vauban fortress and learn about its history from your English-speaking guide. After your tour of the fortress, get dropped off back at your hotel in Cluj-Napoca.

From Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Gorge, and Remetea Full-Day Trip

3. From Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Gorge, and Remetea Full-Day Trip

Embark on an excursion from Cluj to visit three of Transylvania's notable sites. See an underground theme park that's nestled inside the Turda Salt Mine, go for a hike through the dramatic Turda Gorge, and encounter traditional rural life in a preserved Rimetea village. Start your experience with pickup and a short drive to the Turda Salt Mine. Take a guided tour and spend some time in its unique underground theme park. Try out the ferris wheel, play a round of minigolf, or ride a boat on its underground lake. Hop back in the vehicle and head for the Turda Gorge. Marvel at the 3-kilometer long canyon, with massive walls sculpted in weathered limestone. Hike through high cliffs with steep ridges, rock towers, caves, and lots of varieties of flora and fauna. Conclude your experience with a visit to Rimetea village. Enjoy strolling amongst traditional white houses with green windows. Get a feel for Transylvanian rural life in a preserved and beautiful location.

From Timisoara: Corvin Castle and Turda Salt Mine Day Trip

4. From Timisoara: Corvin Castle and Turda Salt Mine Day Trip

Departing from Timisoara, travel to Hunedoara, where you'll do a tour of Corvin Castle, one of the most impressive castles in Europe. Go up the towers, see the torture room, and be impressed by this mesmerizing place. Then, go to Turda Salt Mine, a magical place located in the heart of Transylvania and surely the most spectacular underground place in Eastern Europe. Formed more than 13 million years ago, these salt deposits are now part of a museum, located 120m underground. A truly unique experience that you cannot miss.

Alba-Lulia: Dusk Candlelight Tour

5. Alba-Lulia: Dusk Candlelight Tour

After meeting your guide in front of the Iancu de Hunedoara statue, your journey into the past will begin. Walking through the Third Gate, a new world will open in front of your eyes. You will soon progress onward to the Catholic Cathedral, which is believed to be the oldest functional church in Romania. The Episcopal Palace and Princes's Palace next door will complete this scenic setting. Walking towards the Third Gate you will admire the majestic statue of Mihai Viteazul, who is known for being the Romanian king who was the first to complete the unification of the Transylvania, Wallachia, and Moldavia regions. Finally, the Monetariei Wall and the Losenau and Custozza Monuments will add a bit of renaissance spice into an area that is already a breathtaking place. Your night will end with the Monastery and the Church of the Jesuits order and one of the most important Orthodox Cathedrals, the Cathedral of Coronation.

From Bucharest: 4-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

6. From Bucharest: 4-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

An adventure of a lifetime, for this 4-day tour of Romania we have chosen an assortment of rich sensory experiences, from medieval sites to a taste of the wilderness, with deep forests, vibrantly colored wildflowers and fresh mountain air (in the right season), all the way to modern exhibits, and a dash of traditional herbs and spices with the delicious foods we will be trying in every medieval town we visit. Total Duration: 4 days Day 1 : 1. Snagov Monastery (the Tomb of Dracula) 2. Peles Castle 3. Sinaia Monastery 4. Overnight in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Brasov City Tour 2. Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) 3. Rupea Fortress 4. Overnight in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1. Sighisoara City Tour 2. Biertan Fortified Church 3. Alba Iulia City Tour 4. Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 4 : 1. Sibiu City Tour 2. Transfagarasan Road (July-October) or Calimanesti Natural Springs 3. Poienari Fortress 4.Bucharest Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included

From Cluj-Napoca: 2-Day Tour to Sibiu and Sighisoara

7. From Cluj-Napoca: 2-Day Tour to Sibiu and Sighisoara

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Cluj-Napoca, begin your journey towards the south of Transylvania. Spend the first half of the discovering the region's fortresses and castles. At your first stop of the day, Alba Carolina Fortress, learn more about the fortress' cleverly-designed defense mechanisms and architecture, as well as admiring its breathtaking beauty. Next, head to the Gothic masterpiece that is Corvin Castle. Wander through the castle's impressive Knight's Hall, which was used for feasts and banquets, the ceremony hall and the circular stairway.  Finish your day in Sibiu, the former European Union’s Cultural Capital and one of Transylvania's best-preserved cities. On a guided city tour, explore the Main Squares, as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Bridge of Lies. At the end of the tour, your guide will leave you at the hotel and you will be free to spend the rest of the day at your leisure.  Day 2 With yesterday's visits to Alba Carolina and Corvin Castle fresh in your mind, deepen your knowledge of Transylvanian fortresses with a visit to Biertan Fortified Church. Admire the impressive fortifications and defense mechanisms of this 13th-century fortress.  Next, head to the highlight of the day, Sighișoara, the only inhabited medieval fortress included in UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and home to real-life notorious ruler Vlad Tepes, also known as Dracula. Get dropped off at your preferred location in Cluj-Napoca at the end of the day.

From Bucharest to Budapest: Four Day Guided Tour

8. From Bucharest to Budapest: Four Day Guided Tour

Spend four memorable days on this guided tour from Bucharest to the capital of Hungary, Budapest. Witness where Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture intersects. Haunt Dracula's castle. Enter the heart of Transylvania, Sighisoara. See the Alba Carolina Citadel, and so much more. Leave for Sinaia in the morning and find Peles Castle, one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Enter next into the Bran Castle, better known for the haunting tale of Dracula. Explore the lively city of Brasov afterward, with a guided walking tour. Set off to the ancient UNESCO heritage site of Sighisoara, where Vlad Dracula was born. Arrive in the evening in Sibiu, Romania's most fascinating medieval city. Be enchanted by its superlative palaces and magnificent squares. Visit the historical city of Alba Carolina, known for its picturesque views, the citadel, and its museums. Find the Gothic Corvin's Castle and take in lovely sights. End the day at Timisoara, named the European Capital of Culture in 2021. Leave Romania to reach the extraordinary Hungarian capital, Budapest, dropped-off right at your hotel in the surrounding area of the city.

From Bucharest: 11 Days Private Guided Tour in Romania

9. From Bucharest: 11 Days Private Guided Tour in Romania

An adventure of a lifetime, for this 11-day tour of Romania we have chosen an assortment of rich sensory experiences, from medieval sites to a taste of the wilderness, with deep forests, vibrantly colored wildflowers, and fresh mountain air (in the right season), all the way to modern exhibits, and a dash of traditional herbs and spices with the delicious foods we will be trying in every medieval town we visit. It’s the best way to understand Romania and the Romanians – Private Tour 11 days in Romania with a local guide. Join us! Total Duration: 11 days Day 1 : Bucharest City Tour 8 hous - Overnight in Bucharest Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1.Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Poenari Castle 3.Transfagarasan Highway 4. Sibiu City Tour - Overnight stay in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1. Corvin Castle 2. Densus Church 3. Sarmisegetusa Regia - Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 4 : 1. Biertan Fortified Church 2. Turda Gorge Hiking 3. Alba Iulia City Tour - Overnight in Alba Iulia Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 5 : 1. Turda Salt mine 2. Cluj Napoca City Tour (Botanic Garden) 3. Surdesti Wooden Church - Overnight in Sighetul Marmatiei Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6 : 1. Explore Maramures all day(local market) 2. Merry Cemetery 3. Sighet Memorial Museum - Overnight in Sighetul Marmatiei Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 7 : 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 8 : 1. Voronet Monastery 2. Humor Monastery 3. Sucevita Monastery 4. Moldovita Monastery - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 9 : 1. Lucia Condrea - egg painted museum 2. Nicolae Popa Museum 3. Bicaz Gorges - Overnight Stay in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 10 : 1. Sighisoara City Tour 2. Viscri Village 3. Rupea Fortress - Overnight stay in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 11 : 1. Brasov City Tour (Black Church) 2. Bran Castle / Dracula's Castle 3. Peles Castle - Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

From Bucharest: 3-Day Guided Romania Tour

10. From Bucharest: 3-Day Guided Romania Tour

The best way to spend 3 days in Romania it's to book this tour :) Transfagarasan Highway, Transalpina Road, Densus Temple, Polovragi Cave, Poienari Fortress will give you a great satisfaction and perfect memories for the rest of your life :) Total Duration: 3 days Day 1 : 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Trasfagarasan Highway 3. Poienari Fortress 4. Vidraru Dam - Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Sibiu City Tour 2. Hunyade Castle 3. Prislop Monastery 4. Densus Temple - Overnight in Alba Iulia Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1. Alba Iuia City Tour 2. Transalpina Road 3. Polovragi Cave 4. Horezu Monastery 5. Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 8 reviews

The trip was extremely interesting and well-organized. Our guide Florin has impressive professional knowledge about the history of Europe, Romania and all places we visited, as well as about architecture, arts… Organization was very smooth, pre-trip communication sufficient and clear. Highly recommended!

Tudor was a great guide and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see some main attractions that Transylvania offers.

Christian is a very good guide and we enjoyed a lot the day we spent with him. I strongly recommend any tour organized by him