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Citadels and nature

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for a slight historical tour in a very nice region of Romania: a small part of Transylvania, in Western Carpathian Mountains. We will meet Dacians and Romans, Romanian, Hungarian, Austrian and Turkish soldiers, big citadels but also nature, mountains, caves, rivers, waterfalls and gorges.

Highlights:

Cluj Napoca, historical area of Porolissum, Medieval Citadel of Bologa, Ciucea Castle, the Roman and Medieval Citadel of Transylvania – Apullum Alba Iulia, Scarisoara glacier, Turda Salt Mine

Overview:

  • 6 nights accommodation in 4* hotels
  • Full board
  • All entrances included
  • A Medieval and Natural Romania as a land of tales, legends and enchanting natural beauty!

 

Day 1: Cluj Napoca

Arrival on Avram Iancu Airport – Cluj Napoca. Located in the North-Western part of Romania, Cluj Napoca is a historical and cultural multi-ethnic center with a developed academic life, as Romania’s second large city – and 2015 European Youth Capital. Transfer and lunch to a 4* hotel in Cluj Napoca. A little rest and then a short sightseeing. Dinner in the city center.

Day 2: Cluj Napoca – Zimbor Castle - Porolissum – Cluj Napoca

Departure to historical area of Porolissum – nowadays Zalau – capital of Salaj County. On the way we will visit Zimbor Castle, a Baroque style building, which was lost in gambling by the former owner, a Hungarian nobleman.. From sins to saints: we head towards Stramba Monastery, a very nice church and its amazing surroundings. Lunch on the road towards Porolissum. Visit the Roman Citadel. Here is the guide’s job. Back to Cluj Napoca. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 3: Cluj Napoca - Bologa Medieval Citadel – Ciucea Castle – Cluj Napoca

After breakfast we travel on the right bank of Crisul Repede River to Ciucea, at about 70 km away from Cluj Napoca. Visit Medieval Citadel of Bologa and The Castle of Ciucea, well-known in Romania for its owner. Ciucea Castle is a very nice little château bought by the Romanian poet Octavian Goga – Prime Minister of Romania for a short period between the two World Wars - from Ady Endre’s widow in 1919 (Ady Endre was a Hungarian poet and also a very good friend of Goga). Of course that we’ll have lunch on the road. Accommodation and dinner in our cozy hotel in Cluj Napoca.

Quiz time: How many Cris rivers do you know? If you want to find the answer, read through the offer!

Day 4: Cluj Napoca – Lupsa Monastery- Scarisoara Glacier – Alba Iulia

Breakfast everybody! Departure to the main Roman and Medieval Citadel of Transylvania – Apullum Alba Iulia. But first of all we will visit an old orthodox Monastery - Lupsa and we’ll enter the Western Carpathians (Apuseni Mountains in Romanian) to see Scarisoara glacier, located in Scarisoara Cave, in the middle of the mountains. You have to take care to wear warm clothes because there is no heat in the cave, but plenty of ice all around. Lunch on the road. Accommodation and dinner in a 4* hotel in Alba Iulia.

Day 5: Alba Iulia – Ramet Monastery – Alba Iulia

Breakfast as usual. We will continue our cultural and religious tour to Ramet Monastery with its very nice landscapes and we’ll return back to Alba Iulia, a city to be seen. 1600 is a very important year for Romania because Michael The Brave, the leader of the Romanians from Romanian Country proclaimed (for a short while, unfortunately) the Union of the Romanian territories situated in the three regions around the Carpathians: Walachia (South), Moldova (East and North-East) and Transylvania (Center and West). The Great Union took place in the 20th Century in 1918 in Alba Iulia also, and that is why this town is very important for Romanian Nation. We’ll visit the Roman Citadel, Medieval Vauban Citadel, Orthodox and Catholic Churches, Union Museum. We’ll also have a medieval lunch with medieval dishes with nowadays ingredients, of course; nevertheless, spirits and wines could be older! Accommodation and dinner in the hotel.

Day 6: Alba Iulia – Turda Salt Mine – Cluj Napoca

After breakfast we’ll ask our two good friends, the guide and the driver to start a new trip to Cluj Napoca. Stop in Turda and enter the Salt Mine for a visit. You’ll feel better after this visit, because this stop is good for your breath, throat and lungs. Lunch in Turda. Welcome back to Cluj Napoca. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Cluj Napoca. Traditional dinner in a restaurant in Cluj Napoca.

Day 7: Time to go home!

Breakfast. End of the medieval story but waiting to start another beautiful story with you. Transfer to Avram Iancu Airport. Have a nice flight back home!

We hope to see you soon!

Inclusions:

Accommodations & meals:

  • 6 nights accommodation in cozy 4* hotels
  • Breakfast in every hotel
  • Lunch and dinner in good quality restaurants
  • 1 special dinner
  • 1 special lunch

Transportation:

  • Airport transfers
  • Air conditioning bus during the entire tour
  • Parking and road taxes

Others:

  • Entrance fees in all attractions that we stop by
  • English speaking tour guide
  • English speaking local guide when specified
  • Pre-paid tips – 30 euro/person

Tips & Tricks

  • Best seasons for this tour: beautiful in every season, but we recommend to make this tour during the summer
  • Health condition: you should be able to walk about 1-2 km/day
  • Age: doesn’t matter as long as you have a young soul
  • Clothing & accessories: comfortable clothes, very comfortable shoes – sport shoes, sneakers, a hat should be useful, sunglasses, if travelling during summer, waterproof overcoat, a small bag for documents and money. Nevertheless, don’t forget a sweater, because ice cave and salt mine are not warm!
  • Others: a big smile on your face and a lot of good mood!

 

Do you want to find the gold treasure?

Join the tour and you’ll treasure every moment of your

Romanian Tale!



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