DAY 1 UNCOVERING THE HISTORY
Our tour will start from the gorgeous Cluj-Napoca, a city renowned for its bohemian cafes, and we will head to Turda, where we will visit one of the most spectacular underground places in the world, Turda Salt Mine.
This mine was used for salt extraction ever since the pre-roman era, but today it has become an underground theme park. This UFO-shaped mine is equipped with a mini-golf course, a bowling field, a Ferris wheel, and a lake where you can enjoy a boat ride. It is the perfect location for a family picnic, and on top of that, it has countless health benefits, especially for the respiratory system.
Then we will head to a place that played an important part in the rich history of Romania, Alba Iulia. The next landmark on our list is the Alba Carolina Fortress, the largest and most valuable bastion fortress in South-Eastern Europe. It was built in the early 18th century, as part of a fortification system created by Prince Eugene of Savoy to provide defense for the newly conquered provinces of the Habsburg Empire. Besides its beautiful architecture, the Alba Carolina Fortress attracts thousands of tourists through its Change of Guard ceremony, which takes place almost daily between May and September.
Our next destination a quaint village near Sibiu, a place where time stood still, and that is inhabited by less than 500 people. Once there, we will enjoy a carriage ride through the village, and then we will enter the home of a local family, where we will have a delicious dinner prepared with traditional products.
DAY 2 MEETING THE LOCALS
On the second day, we will get to discover Transylvania in a more up-close and personal manner. Our first stop is in an authentic Transylvanian village, where we will meet a family that owns a Micro Farm and an ecologic garden. Here, we will learn the true meaning of “local living”, and we will get to help with some of the household chores. We will then hop on our bikes and take a ride to a nearby village, where we will explore the old mill and have a taste of a delicious bread baked with local ingredients.
We will then drive to Bran Castle, known by many as Dracula’s Castle, built here over 600 years ago. This imposing castle still preserves some of its historic medieval ambiance, and you will have a chance to discover it beyond the popular myth of Dracula.
Our last destination for the day is Brasov, one of Transylvania’s most remarkable cities. Here, we will take a short walking tour, and we will discover some of the landmarks of this medieval city. The Black Church is the largest Gothic church in Transylvania, and the largest religious edifice between Vienna and Istanbul. Inside, you will find one of the largest pipe organs in Europe, and you will discover the history behind its name.
DAY 3 EXPLORE MEDIEVAL ROMANIA
The last day of your tour starts with a trip to Europe’s last inhabited medieval citadel, Sighisoara. We will visit its Clock Tower, which housed the Citadel Council until 1556, and was also used as a holding cells for prisoners sentenced to death. The tower has a height of approximately 64 meters, and today it is home to Sighisoara’s History Museum.
Our next stop is Biertan, one of the first Saxon settlements in Transylvania. Surrounded by quaint streets and vineyards, the medieval complex is made up of the church and its fortification, which was placed on top of a hill, in the heart of the settlement. The church was built between 1486 and 1524 in a Late Gothic style with Renaissance touches.
After, we will head to a local craftman''s house to explore a little bit further the culture of this region.
At night, we will reach Cluj-Napoca, and our tour will come to an end.
Discover the secrets of Transylvania, sample the local food, and meet the locals. Tour Transylvania for 3 days and visit important landmarks such as the Turda Salt Mine and the Biertan Fortified Church. Your tour also includes a visit to Dracula's Castle and Brasov.
Airport TransferAccommodation for 2 nights with Breakfast in central located hotelsPrivate english speaking guideEntrance fees for the sights included in itineraryTransport by private car/coach
Tour Does Not Include
Airline ticketsTravel insuranceMeals, other than mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beveragesEntrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itineraryPhotography taxTips for guide/driverVarious expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs etc.