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

1. 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 Cluj: Diverse Transylvania – Day Trip to Sighisoara

2. From Cluj: Diverse Transylvania – Day Trip to Sighisoara

Your tour will start in the morning when you will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a 2-hour road trip to Medias. Take a short walking tour of the city and get a glimpse of the Citadel of Light and of the beautiful medieval buildings, most of which were built in the 15th century. You will then head to Biertan in order to visit the Biertan fortified church, a monument included in the UNESCO patrimony as part of Transylvania’s villages with fortified churches. The church is surrounded by thick medieval walls which were built in the 15th century, and the front door is equipped with 19 locks and bolts. Your next stop will be in Sighisoara. The medieval Sighisoara Citadel is the only inhabited citadel in Europe and it is surrounded by 9 towers, the Clock Tower being the most important of all. The Clock Tower was destroyed by a fire, but it was rebuilt in the 16th century, and it is now home to a history museum that includes a torture chamber. The Sighisoara Citadel was built in the 12th century, and it had a significant role throughout Transylvania’s history, Sighisoara being one of its 7 independent cities. In Sighisoara, you will also visit the Hill Church, a holy site that you can reach by climbing 175 wooden steps, as well as several other buildings such as the Stag House and a Venetian House. If Transylvania were to be described in one word, the word diverse would be chosen. This historical land was home to numerous isolated villages, and you will find traces of its Romanian, Hungarian, Gypsy and German communities, all living in harmony for hundreds of years. Gypsies first settled in Romania more than 800 years ago, after being forced away from their lands by the Mongol invasion. Today, you will visit an isolated community of Gypsies who earn their living through various crafts such as copper smithing. Because they are a slightly isolated community, the access is permitted only to those accompanied by someone they trust. On your way back to Cluj, you will take a different route in order to explore some of the stunning landscape of Transylvania. You will be back in Cluj by night, the duration of the trip being affected by traffic.

From Cluj-Napoca: Two Day Tour to Maramures

3. From Cluj-Napoca: Two Day Tour to Maramures

Meet the people who wear their handmade traditional costumes with pride, enter their homes and get to know the culture of this region through its traditions, delicious food and simplicity. This tour has been created for nature lovers, people who love tradition, architecture, history and religion. This trip will start from Cluj. Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will drive north in order to reach Maramures, the land that was first mentioned in documents in 1199. Your last destination of the day will be Breb village, where you will enter through a beautiful handmade carved door, whose details have an important cultural significance, and then you will have a traditional lunch. Overnight in a beautiful, traditional house. When it comes to understanding traditions in Maramures, the most interesting experience is to enter the homes of the locals. Their home is the basis around which family, customs and traditions revolve. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a traditional house, meet the locals, have a traditional lunch made with the freshest products and admire the simplicity of people’s lives. Witness several crafting activities such as wood carvings and have a taste of palinka while discussing with the locals. Besides hospitality, the people of Maramures are also known for their sense of humor, and they never cease to amazed with their funny epitaphs that you will see in one of the main attractions from this tour, the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta. Then, meet the spiritual side of the locals in Maramures, and visit some of the most interesting monasteries and churches in the region, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the well-known wooden churches, manually carved by local craftsmen. Walk through the villages where locals keep crafting traditions alive, visit local craftsmen and admire their beautiful work, witness demonstrations and see the most ingenious natural washing machines that women used to wash their woolen rugs with the whirlpools in Maramures. To complete your experience and to make this tour more pleasant, some sightseeing have been prepared to make you feel like you are in a Lord of the Rings setting. Climb heights to admire the beautiful hill villages and fields where haycocks lie in the sun. The virgin forests in Maramures are some of the last ones in Europe that are still untouched by humans and it is the place where trees die because they are old, they fall and the wood feeds the earth for the next generations. In these woods, live trees of all ages, from hundreds of years old to just sprouted seeds, and under their branches live over 10,000 species of animals, including brown bears, wolves and deer.

From Cluj-Napoca: Day Hike to Vlădeasa Peak

4. From Cluj-Napoca: Day Hike to Vlădeasa Peak

Discover the Vlădeasa Mountains on this adventurous day hike. Get up close and personal with the Transylvanian (Apuseni) Mountains, which belong in the Southwestern Carpathians while you immerse yourself in their natural beauty.  Start your tour with a morning pickup from your accommodation in Cluj-Napoca. Be driven to Rogojel village and experience some authentic wooden houses and Romanian traditions. Make a short stop at the infamous Sequoia tree before beginning the hike.   Depart from the village along the hiking trail and continue for 2 hours to a Vlădeasa chalet. Enjoy a cozy lunch and tea break here while you refresh yourself. When you're ready, continue your journey to the Vlădeasa Peak for another 2 hours.  Soak in your view from the summit before heading back down the mountain. The way back will be shorter, taking about 3 hours to arrive at Rogojel village where a car will be waiting to transport you back to your accommodation.

From Bucharest: Romania, Moldova & Transnistria Private Tour

5. From Bucharest: Romania, Moldova & Transnistria Private Tour

It’s the best way to understand Romania and the Romanians by spending 2 nights in a Guest House in Maramures and then driving to the Republic of Moldova for 2 nights (plus Transnistria) to see the old Romanian territory plus the Danube Delta – Private Tours 15 Days – Complete Romania & Moldova! Total Duration: 15 days Day 1: Bucharest City Tour 8 hours - Overnight in Bucharest Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2: 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Poienari Castle 3. Transfagarasan Highway - Overnight 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. Brasov City Tour (Black Church) 2. Bran Castle / Dracula's Castle 3. Peles Castle - Overnight stay in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 5: 1. Viscri Village 2. Rupea Fortress 3. Sighisoara City Tour - Overnight stay in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 9: 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 10: 1. Driving to Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) 2. Nicolae Popa Museum 3. Lunch in Iasi - Overnight in Chisinau Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 11: Visit Tiraspol (Transnistria) - Overnight in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 12: Chisinau City Tour with Cricova Wine Cellar & Milestii Mici - Overnight in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 13: 1. Start driving crossing the Republic of Moldavia for Danube Delta 2. Cross the Danube at Braila - Overnight in Tulcea Itinerary steps: 1 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 14: Danube Delta Tour – we explore by boat the beautiful nature of the Danube Delta - Overnight in Tulcea Itinerary steps: 1 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 15: 1. Constanta Old Town 2. Carol I Mosque 2. Mamaia Beach - Back to Bucharest (End of Tour) Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

From Bucharest: 10 Days Private Guided Tour in Romania

6. From Bucharest: 10 Days Private Guided Tour in Romania

An adventure of a lifetime, for this 10-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 10 days in Romania with a local guide. Join us! Total Duration: 10 days Day 1 : Bucharest City Tour 8 hours - 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. 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 5 : 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 6 : 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 7 : 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 8 : 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 9 : 1. Sighisoara City Tour 2. Biertan Fortified Church - Overnight stay in Brasov Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 10 : 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: Romania, Moldova & Transnistria 14-Day Tour

7. From Bucharest: Romania, Moldova & Transnistria 14-Day Tour

It’s the best way to understand Romania and the Romanians by spending 2 nights on a Guest House in Maramures and then drive to Republic of Moldova (plus Transnistria) to see the old Romanian territory plus Danube Delta – Private Tours 14 Days – Complete Romania & Moldova! Total Duration: 14 days Day 1 : Bucharest City Tour 8 hours - Overnight in Bucharest Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Poienari Castle 3.Transfagarasan Highway - Overnight 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. Brasov City Tour (Black Church) 2. Bran Castle / Dracula's Castle 3. Peles Castle - Overnight stay in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 5 : 1. Viscri Village 2. Rupea Fortress 3. Sighisoara City Tour - Overnight stay in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6 : 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 7 : 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 8 : 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 9 : 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 10 : 1. Driving to Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) 2. Nicolae Popa Museum 3. Lunch in Iasi - Overnight in Chisinau Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 11 : 1. Visit to Tiraspol (Transnistria) 2. Chisinau City Tour - Overnight in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 12 : 1. Start driving crossing Republic of Moldavia for Danube Delta 2. Cross the Danube at Braila - Overnight in Tulcea Itinerary steps: 1 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 13 : Danube Delta Tour – we explore by a private boat the beautiful nature of Danube Delta - Overnight in Tulcea Itinerary steps: 1 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 14 : 1. Constanta Old Town 2. Carol I Mosque 2. Mamaia Beach - Back to Bucharest (End of Tour) Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

From Bucharest: Transylvania 6 Days Private Guided Tour

8. From Bucharest: Transylvania 6 Days Private Guided Tour

For relaxation, it’s an excellent choice to spend 6 days in Transylvania! This is a tour where you recharge your battery, your life, your thoughts, your mind, and your body! An adventure of a lifetime, for this 6-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: 6 days Day 1: 1. Snagov Monastery (the Tomb of Dracula) 2. Peles Castle 3. Sinaia Monastery - 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 - Overnight in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3: 1. Sighisoara City Tour (Clock Tower) 2. Biertan Fortified Church 3. Alba Iulia City Tour - Overnight in Alba Iulia Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 4: 1. Densus Temple 2. Sarmisegetusa Regia 3. Hunyadi Castle (Corvin Castle) - Overnight in Alba Iulia Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 5: 1. Cluj Napoca City Tour (Botanic Garden) 2. Turda Salt Mine 3. Turda Gorge - Overnight in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6: 1. Sibiu City Tour 2. Transfagarasan Road(July-October) or Calimanesti Natural Springs 3. Poienari Fortress - Bucharest Itinerary steps: 6 Meals not included Accommodation not included

From Bucharest: 8-Day Private Romania Highlights Tour

9. From Bucharest: 8-Day Private Romania Highlights Tour

Total Duration: 8 days Day 1 : 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Poenari Castle 3. Transfagarasan Highway 4. Sibiu City Tour - Overnight stay in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Did you know that Curtea de Arges is unique for the important royal tombs it hides? Everyone knows that truly good, beautiful and durable things come only through sacrifice, which will become apparent when you reach the old town of Curtea de Arges. With a rich and eventful history, this is where you get to see the ruins of the Wallachian princely court, the 13th century Royal Church, as well the famous Arges Monastery, an important historical monument with an interesting, yet sad story. Day 2 : 1. Turda Salt mine 2. Cluj Napoca 3. Surdesti Wooden Church - Overnight in Vadul Izei (Maramures) Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Turda Salt Mine: This place is a feast for the eyes and the body, as your lungs will be very grateful for the purifying saline air, beneficial especially for those with respiratory problems, such as allergies or asthma. You will discover vestiges of Roman heritage, as salt mining in the area goes back thousands of years. You will get the chance to see the former Iosif, Terezia, and Rudolf mines, and medieval salt exploitation machinery unique in Europe – the hardware, the crivac (or gepel), the salt mill, as well as an altar carved in the salt wall and the “Stairway of the Rich”, with its intricate woodwork. Day 3 : 1. Explore Maramures (local market) 2. Merry Cemetery 3. Sighet Memorial Museum - Overnight in Vadul Izei (Maramures) Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included If you want to know why the Romanian people fought so hard to escape the communist oppression, pay a visit to the Memorial Museum for the Victims of Communism and you will only begin to understand how damaging the totalitarian regime was and how much pain and suffering it brought in such a short time. Day 4 : 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti Village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Barsana Monastery: One of the tallest wooden church in Romania (57m height) Day 5 : 1. Voronet Monastery 2. Sucevita M. 3. Moldovita M. 4. Humor M. 5. Egg Paineted Museum - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 5 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6 : 1. Bicaz Gorge 2. Nicolae Popa Museum 3. Red Lake - Overnight in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 7 : 1. Sighisoara City Tour 2. Viscri Village 3. Brasov City Tour - Overnight in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 8 : 1. Bran Castle 2. Peles Castle 3. Sinaia Monastery - Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

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Our day trip across Transylvania was great! My friend and I really felt like we got a locals perspective on the region thanks to our guide Catalin, who was very knowledgeable about the region and had an answer to all our questions, no matter how off topic they were sometimes. My favorite part of the tour was definitely Sigishoara, just walking around the enclosure was lovely and the clock tower had great views! Additionally, Catalin went above and beyond after I left my water bottle in his car. He took time from his day off to drop it off at my hostel! His kindness was very much appreciated.

Outstanding Day. Eye Opening Experience. Highly Recommended.

Outstanding Day. Eye Opening Experience. Highly Recommended. Our guide, Catalin, was terrific, mixing, facts, history, humor, contemporary commentary and relaxed manner to create a memorable day. Obviously, a place like Sighisoara can't help but impress. But, visits to Biertan and Medias were off-the-beaten track and well worth the visit. The quick stop with the Roma family was unique. All-in-all a terrific day.

Fantastic Experience

This was such an amazing experience in the countryside of Romania. Everything was absolutely perfect. Our guide, Josif, really made the trip for us! He provided so much interesting information about the area and the history to provide us an understanding and background of the area. The overnight stay was very comfortable and clean. All the food stops were perfect too! I wouldn't change anything!

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

A nostalgic trip back in time

Wonderful nature and old churches. Our guide Ilona's knowledge, kind attention and good conversation made it special.