Highlights

* fascinating royalty stories
* ‘frightening’ Medieval castle
* Hollywood film location for Ghost Rider 2
* Romanesque and romantic stone church
* visit an ancient salt mine

Tour information

duration : 1 day
validity: throughout the year (in wintertime not all visits may be possible due to the short daylight)

Rates

1 pax                     169 eur / pers.
2 pax                     87 eur / pers.
3 pax                     61 eur / pers.
4 pax                     56 eur / pers.
5 pax                     48 eur / pers.
6 pax                     39 eur / pers.
7 pax                     33 eur / pers.
8 pax                     28 eur / pers.
* For more than 8 participants, prices available upon request.
* For meals you may consider about 5-7 eur / meal
* For tickets you may consider about 15 eur / person / all mentioned visits

Package includes:

* transportation by car or minibus;
* gas and parking fees
* English, French or Romanian speaking guide
* meals for the guide

Package do not includes:

* meals and drinks
* entry tickets to all visits
* personal expenses
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This is a tour about royal families, royal castles, royal tombs and royal acts. We depart from the royal city of Cluj and make the first stop in Turda to visit the salt mine, which, during the rule of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, achieved the biggest fame and development of all times. In Hunedoara we will discover the Hunyad Castle which, as it’s name already says it, belonged to the Hunyad Family, namely to King’s Mathia Corvinus father. Here, you’ll have the chance to hear lots of legends and stories about the royal family, it’s origin, medieval fighting techniques and so on. Close to Hunedoara we’ll then visit the Romanesque stone church from Strei. Built between the 13th and the 14th century, it is one of the oldest stone churches in Transylvania built not by the Saxons or the Szeklers, but by a Romanian noble family. Last visit of the day will be Alba Iulia and it’s Vauban fortress. Stories about the ancient Romans, the Hungarian kings, the union of Transylvania with Romania will finally clarify the royal theme of this tour.

Tour description

Departure from Cluj in the morning toward the Hateg area. First stop of the day will be in Turda where we will take a fabulous underground voyage into the wombs of the ancient salt mine.
Next stop is in Hunedoara at the Hunyad Castle. Pretty popular for tourists, yet not as popular as the royal Peles Castle in Sinaia or the ‘Dracula Castle’ in Bran, Hunyad Castle was chosen as a set for the shooting of Ghost Rider 2, starring Nicholas Cage. On the other hand, the castle was classified by several travel publications as being in top ten must-see European castles. Why? Easy: because of it’s impressive Gothic architecture. It was built by the House of Hunyad, more precisely John Hunyadi, one of the richest noblemen in the Kingdom of Hungary, also the father of the future king of Hungary, Matthias Corvinus, who was born in Cluj!
After visiting the castle, road towards Strei village to visit the small, yet remarkably charming stone church. On the way back to Cluj we shall make a final stop in Alba Iulia to discover the city’s fortress and it’s military, political, religious and cultural role throughout the centuries.
Arrival in Cluj in the evening.

Note

This tour may partially be subject to traffic jams.
In wintertime different discounts may apply to this tour.