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Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Corvin Castle, Alba Carolina Tour

1. Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Corvin Castle, Alba Carolina Tour

You will meet with our guide at the statue near the Romano-Catholic church in Union Square. First, we'll delve into the fascinating history of the Turda Salt Mine, one of the world's oldest and most unique salt mines. The mine has a rich history that dates back to the Roman Empire. Salt extraction from this mine began during the Roman occupation in 107 AD, and it continued to be a significant source of salt for the region for centuries. Step inside this remarkable underground world and marvel at the striking salt formations, massive halls, and impressive machinery. Learn about the mine's fascinating history and hear the stories of those who worked here centuries ago. Next, we'll make our way to the majestic Corvin Castle, one of Europe's most stunning castles. The castle was originally built by the nobleman Voicu of Hunedoara in the 14th century, but it was later expanded and transformed into a formidable fortress by his son, John Hunyadi. The castle played a significant role in defending the region against the Ottoman Empire, and it was a vital military stronghold for the Kingdom of Hungary. Step back in time as you wander through the castle's halls and courtyards, marvel at the intricate Gothic architecture, and learn about the castle's storied past. Marvel at its Gothic architecture, learn about its rich history and explore its numerous chambers, halls, and courtyards. Finally, we'll explore the grandeur of the Alba Carolina Fortress, a stunning example of Vauban-style military architecture. Discover the history of this impressive fortress and its role in Romania's past as we explore its many courtyards, ramparts, and bastions. In 1918, Alba Iulia played a pivotal role in the unification of Romania when the Great National Assembly, comprising over 1,200 delegates from all over the country, gathered in the city to declare the unification of Transylvania with Romania. This event is considered one of the most important moments in modern Romanian history and is celebrated every year on December 1st as Romania's National Day. You'll be amazed at the scale and detail of this magnificent structure. You will explore the massive walls, towers, and bastions. In the evening, you will return to Cluj-Napoca, and your day trip will come to an end.

From Sibiu: Alba lulia and Corvin's Castle Guided Day Trip

2. From Sibiu: Alba lulia and Corvin's Castle Guided Day Trip

We start our trip in the morning with travelling to Alba Iulia in a Walking tour you will find the history of the impressive fortress in Vauban style which was originally a Roman fort. In the old town visitors can stroll along the wide, tree-lined streets of the Habsburg citadel, one of the most impressive in Europe, to discover the historical, cultural and architectural places of interest of Alba Iulia: the Roman Catholic Cathedral – the oldest and most valuable monument of architecture in Transylvania., the Batthyaneum Library, the Orthodox Cathedral of the Reunification, the Babilon Building – housing the National Museum of Unification, the Union Hall, the Apor Palace, the Princely Palace, and the University of Alba Iulia. After the City tour, you will have some free time to explore and get some lunch. After lunchtime, we drive to the Corvin's Castle in Hunedoara, also known as Hunyadi Castle or Hunedoara Castle, which one of the most beautiful medieval castles in the world. In the evening we drive back to Sibiu.

Transylvania: 3 Day Tour from Bucharest

3. Transylvania: 3 Day Tour from Bucharest

This 3-day tour will reveal the most beautiful and fascinating sights in Transylvania and the nearby area. The trip first takes you to the region of the Olt Valley, where you will visit Cozia Monastery, built by Mircea the Elder. Here you will be able to view old manuscripts and prints, embroideries and other objects of worship. Next you will visit Sibiu, an amazing medieval city in Transylvania which was once one of the largest and wealthiest strongholds in Europe. Nowadays a city of art and culture, Sibiu has the power to fascinate you during your walking tour of the Old Center where you will see sites such as the Big Square, the Liars Bridge, the Brukenthal Palace and the Clock Tower. After Sibiu you will explore other two amazing cities, full of medieval charm and history: Alba Iulia and Sighisoara. Alba Iulia is like a journey to the past where you can visit the Alba Carolina fortress, Alba Iulia Museum, Catholic Cathedral of Alba Iulia, The Obelisk dedicated to Horea, Closca, and Crisan. Sighisoara is a unique well-preserved medieval citadel, part of the UNESCO World Heritage and still inhabited today. Landmarks you will have a chance to see there include the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill and the Dracula’s House. This trip will also give you an opportunity to discover Brasov, a perfect mix of wonderful mountain scenery and medieval history with German influence. You will admire the best of Brasov in a walking tour, which includes the Main Square, the Old Council Hall, the Black Church and the medieval walls and defense towers. After Brasov, the trip continues revealing one of the most popular sight in Transylvania, namely Dracula’s Castle, the Sinaia Monastery and Pele's Castle, one of the most stunning castles in Europe and a masterpiece of architecture, which offers visitors a breathtaking mountain scenery. You will also see one of the oldest and most famous mountain resorts, known as 'The Pearl of the Carpathians', which once also used to be a summer residence of the Romanian royal family. The tour includes a 1-night stay in Alba Iulia in a double room and a 1-night stay in Brasov in double room with breakfasts included.

Alba-Lulia: Dusk Candlelight Tour

4. 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.

Cluj-Napoca: Turda Salt Mine & Alba Carolina Fortress Tour

5. Cluj-Napoca: Turda Salt Mine & Alba Carolina Fortress Tour

Starting in the morning you will meet with your guide and head to Alba Iulia – the fortress city, a town in the heart of Transylvania that takes you back in time centuries ago because of the Roman influences. Apulum due to its strategic importance was the largest roman castrum, due to its strategic importance. Over time this city was also influenced by the Germans and the Hungarians, which transforms the town into a place with a very high cultural diversity. Different architectural styles will delight you: Baroque and Romanesque churches, roman citadels and even a Babylonian building. You will have the opportunity to travel back in time by visiting an 18th century fortress, Alba Carolina. After the tour, lunch will be enjoyed in a medieval atmosphere. Romania’s largest fortress is Alba Carolina, an impressive six pointed star-shaped fortification surrounded by 12 km of walls. The fortification has a symbolic meaning being located in the center of the country, surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains and the place where kings were crowned in Romania. None of the 6 entrances will disappoint. All of them have impressive Baroque decorative elements, specific to European military architecture. The fortification was first a Roman fort, then a fortress during the Middle Ages and later a Vauban type citadel provided with bastions. Next on the journey is the Transylvanian salt mine in Turda.  In this area, the salt deposits were formed 13 million years ago, and the result of two thousand years of work will amaze you. The hundred meter galleries open into a huge room carved in salt with a 90 meter height, and in the middle of it you can enjoy a boat ride on the salt lake. If you are in search of spectacular images to capture, this is the place to be. A glass elevator provides an astonishing overview of the mine. All year long the temperature is constant, between 10 to 12 degrees Celsius, and the salty air has proven therapeutic properties, especially for people with respiratory problems.

From Bucharest: Transylvania Castles Private 4-Day Tour

6. From Bucharest: Transylvania Castles Private 4-Day Tour

Embark on an incredible adventure through Romania's Transylvania region with the Transylvania Castles Private Tour 4-Day from Bucharest! This comprehensive tour package takes you on a journey to some of the most awe-inspiring and historic landmarks of the region. The tour kicks off in Bucharest, the bustling capital city of Romania, before taking you to visit some of the most iconic attractions in the area, including the stunning Peles Castle and the legendary Bran Castle. You'll also have the chance to explore the beautiful Brasov, and the imposing Rupea Fortress. But that's not all – the tour also takes you to the charming Viscri village, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, and the enchanting Biertan. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the imposing Alba Carolina and the stunning Corvin Castle, with its fascinating legends and tales. Throughout the tour, you'll be accompanied by a private expert guide, who will provide you with fascinating insights into the rich culture, history, and significance of each site. You'll also get to explore the beautiful city of Sibiu, known for its charming medieval architecture, and the serene Curtea de Arges Monastery. The tour package includes everything you need for a comfortable and stress-free experience, including accommodation, meals, transport, and more. With the Transylvania Castles Private Tour 4-Day from Bucharest, you'll have the chance to experience the best of Romania's Transylvania region in just four days, all while creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Book your adventure today! The tour plan: Day 1: Bucharest – Peles Castle – Bran Castle – Brasov Overnight in Brasov, breakfast included. Day 2: Brasov - Rupea fortress - Viscri village - Sighisoara citadel Overnight in Sighisoara, breakfast included. Day 3: Sighisoara - Biertan - Alba Carolina - Corvin Castle - Sibiel Overnight in Sibiel, 3 course dinner, homemade wine and traditional plum brandy, breakfast included. Day 4: Sibiel - Sibiu - Curtea de Arges monastery - Bucharest

From Bucharest: Private 6-Day Dracula Tour in Transylvania

7. From Bucharest: Private 6-Day Dracula Tour in Transylvania

Experience the historical and legendary places related to the man and the legend behind Dracula on this six-day guided tour. Visit Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace in the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, the imposing Hunyadi Castle, the ruins of Poenari Castle, Dracula Castle, and more. Day 1: Bucharest - Curtea de Argeș - Poenari Castle - Vidraru Dam - Transfagarasan Road - Capra Waterfall - Balea Glacier Lake - Sibiu - Sibiel See the Curtea de Arges Monastery and Poenari Castle from the outside. Drive to the Vidraru Dam and along Transfagarasan Road. Stop at Capra Waterfall and Balea Lake before heading to Sibiel Village. Enjoy a 3-course dinner at Ramona Pension. Savor the pension breakfast in the morning. Day 2: Sibiel - Hunyadi Castle - Alba Iulia - Sibiel Start your second day with a visit to Hunyadi Castle, or Corvins' Castle, and the star-shaped fortress, Alba Iulia Citadel. Hunyadi Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of Romania. Return to Sibiel to enjoy dinner.  Day 3: Sibiel - Sibiu - Turda Salt Mine After breakfast, head to Sibiu’s old town to see the Big Square, Little Square, Bridge of Liars, Romano Catholic Cathedral, and the oldest house in town. Visit the Turda Salt mine, named one of the top 10 underground wonders in the world by National Geographic. Overnight in Turda town at Casa Ratiu. Day 4: Turda - Biertan Fortified Church - Sighisoara Enjoy breakfast and then visit the Fortified Church of Biertan, a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit Sighisoara’s medieval town, including the Clock Tower, the house where Vlad the Impaler was born, and the Church on the Hill. Overnight in Sighișoara. Day 5: Sighisoara - Prejmer Fortified Church - Bran Castle - Rasnov Fortress - Brasov After breakfast, discover the history of the Prejmer Fortified Church, Bran Castle, and Rasnov Fortress. Continue to Brasov and overnight at Casa Timar Pension. Day 6: Brasov - Peles Castle - Snagov Monastery - Bucharest Savor the pension breakfast before starting your final day with a visit to Peles Castle and Snagov Monastery. End your trip with a transfer to your hotel in Bucharest or the airport.

Transylvania's Trail: Sibiu, Bran Castle, Brasov, Sighisoara

8. Transylvania's Trail: Sibiu, Bran Castle, Brasov, Sighisoara

Day 1 Your Transylvanian journey starts with a pick-up from your Cluj-Napoca hotel, heading towards Sibiu. Bask in the charm of this former European Union’s Cultural Capital, exploring its vibrant Main Squares, the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral, and the myth-shrouded Bridge of Lies. The day continues with an immersive visit to Bran Castle, the atmospheric fortress tied to the legend of Dracula. Meander through its enigmatic passages and halls, drinking in its historic allure. The first day concludes with an evening in Brasov. Here, you'll enjoy a captivating city tour highlighting the monumental Black Church and the lively Council Square, before retiring for the night at your Brasov accommodation. Day 2 Awake in Brasov, ready for a day filled with historical discoveries. Your first stop is the medieval city of Sighișoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the birthplace of the infamous Vlad Tepes, or Dracula. Following Sighișoara, you'll marvel at the commanding Rupea Fortress, a symbol of Transylvania's resilient past, set atop a hill with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. The final destination of your tour is Biertan Fortified Church, an impressive 13th-century stronghold that echoes with history. Immerse yourself in its tales before returning to Cluj-Napoca, bringing your enriching two-day journey to a close.

Classic Romania Tour

9. Classic Romania Tour

On the first day you will have a city tour of Bucharest, where Western and Eastern cultures merge beautifully. After an overnight stay in the city, you will leave the next day for the beautiful Transylvania region. You will stop at an important religious landmark, Curtea de Arges Monastery (replace in the summertime with a road trip to Trasnfăgărășan). You then head to Sibiu, named the European Capital of Culture in 2007. On day three, visit Sibiel – a quaint Transylvanian village praised as one of the most authentic and well-preserved rural areas in Europe. After a short walk in the village, your tour continues with a short trip to Alba Iulia, before visiting the Turda Salt Mine. The next morning will be devoted to a city tour of Cluj-Napoca. From Cluj, you will be heading to the northwestern part of Romania, Maramureș, a region resembling a fascinating open-air museum. You end the day with a Romanian dinner and folklore show. The next day you will visit two ancient wooden churches that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Poienile Izei (Iza Meadows) and Barsana. Next up is Biertan, the largest fortified church in Transylvania, built by the Saxons in the sixteenth century and nowadays listed as a UNESCO monument. An important highlight of the Classic Romania Tour is Sighișoara, the only inhabited medieval fortress included in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Eventually you will reach Brasov, a city founded by the Teutonic Knights, located at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. After an overnight stay, you will take a walking tour of Brașov before visiting the famous Bran Castle. Here, you will learn about the legend of Dracula. On the last day you will return to Bucharest.

From Bucharest: Multi-City Dracula 8-Day Private Tour

10. From Bucharest: Multi-City Dracula 8-Day Private Tour

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the heart of Transylvania and uncover the truth behind the world's most famous vampire with the "Dracula Beyond the Legend" private tour. This eight-day adventure takes you to 14 eerie destinations throughout Romania, immersing you in the dark and mysterious history of the region. The journey begins and ends in Bucharest, a city shrouded in myth and legend, with a rich history dating back to the 15th century. From here, you'll be transported to some of the most haunted and mysterious landmarks in Romania, including the real Dracula's castle, where you'll learn about the twisted history of the bloodthirsty count. Throughout the tour, your expert guide will take you on a bone-chilling adventure through the most haunted and strange locations in Transylvania. Every step of the way is designed to evoke the ominous aura of the vampire that has captivated imaginations for centuries. From the frightening forest where the count is said to have roamed to the macabre town of Sighisoara where he was born, you'll experience the true terror of Dracula's legacy. The in-depth cultural experience of this tour is not for the faint of heart. You'll stay in a hotel with an eerie past, and your meals, transportation, and other amenities are all included. Throughout the journey, your senses will be overwhelmed by the spooky atmosphere that permeates every location you visit. At every destination, your guide will bring to life the dark and twisted history of Transylvania. You'll hear stories of the vampire's wickedness, his thirst for blood, and the terror that he brought upon the people of the region. You'll discover the origins of the legend of Dracula and how it has evolved over the centuries to become one of the most enduring and captivating myths in popular culture. At the real Dracula's castle, also known as Bran Castle, you'll experience the chilling atmosphere that inspired Bram Stoker's famous novel. From the castle's eerie corridors to the dark and forbidding dungeon, you'll be transported back in time to the era when Dracula ruled the land. The tour also includes visits to other landmarks that are steeped in legend and mystery, such as the fortified churches of Biertan and Viscri, the spooky Hoia Baciu Forest, and the medieval town of Brasov. You'll have the opportunity to explore these locations at your leisure, soaking up the atmosphere and discovering the hidden secrets of Transylvania. The tour plan: Day 1: Bucharest OTP Airport - Bucharest City Day 2: Bucharest – Targoviste Royal Court – Poenari Castle Day 3: Poenari citadel – Transfagarasan Highway – Sibiu Day 4: Sibiu – Corvin Castle – Sarmizegetusa Regia – Densus church – Deva Day 5: Deva – Alba Carolina – Turda Salt Mine – Cluj-Napoca Day 6: Cluj-Napoca – Hoia Baciu Forest - Biertan – Sighisoara Citadel Day 7: Sighisoara – Bran Castle – Brasov Day 8: Brasov - Snagov Monastery - Bucharest city or airport

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A wonderful tour for anyone that wants to know more about Transylvania’s history. Florin was a brilliant tour guide, very knowledgeable and friendly, who was more than happy to answer all of our questions about Romania. Florin also took us to a great lunch spot that made traditional Romanian meals - be careful of the garlic! Delicious but formidable, took a few days for me not to smell like garlic… but it was worth it! I highly recommend this tour.

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!