Highlights

* Turda salt mine
* Alba Carolina Vauban fortress
* Hunyad Castle in Hunedoara
* Sibiu medieval city
* Bran ‘Dracula’ castle
* Brasov medieval city
* 1 fortified church (Viscri or other, UNESCO)
* Sighisoara fortress (UNESCO)

Tour information

duration : 3 days / 2 nights
validity: all year long
min. group size recommended: 2 participants
starts in: Cluj-Napoca
ends in: Cluj-Napoca

Rates 2018

2 pax   503 eur / pers.
3 pax   407 eur / pers.
4 pax   391 eur / pers.
5 pax   386 eur / pers.
6 pax   351 eur / pers.
7 pax   349 eur / pers.
8 pax   309 eur / pers.
* For more than 8 participants, prices available upon request.

Package includes:

* services of an English / French / Italian / Portuguese speaking guide / driver
* all transportation by private vehicle or minibus (gas, road tax and parking fees included)
* entry tickets (for Turda salt mine, Hunyad Castle in Hunedoara, Bran castle, Black Churck in Brasov, Viscri fortified church)
* meals as mentioned above
* 2 nights accommodation in hotels

Package does not include:

* your meals and drinks (other than the ones mentioned above)
* photo / video entrance fees (where required)
* personal expenses

Tour description

Day 1
Your day will begin with a fabulous underground voyage into the wombs of the ancient salt mine from Turda*. Used as an antiaircraft shelter during WWII, as cheese ripening center during the communist period and finally upgraded to an amusement park, the salt mine from Turda still preserves thousands of chisel and hammer marks, left by the miners once working here as their ‘salt signature’.
The next rambling spot of the day will be Alba Iulia. Here, Alba Carolina Vauban fortress will have interesting stories to tell: all about the ancient Romans, the Hungarian kings, the union of Transylvania with Romania and many others. Lunch in a restaurant.
In Hunedoara we will discover the Hunyad Castle (also known as Corvin Castle) which, as it’s name already says it, belonged to the Hunyad family, one of the most famous family member being King Mathia Hunyadi. 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. In late afternoon arrive in Sibiu, the best defended medieval fortress in Transylvania, named European Capital of Culture in 2007.
Dinner in a restaurant and accommodation in a hotel.
(no meals included)
Day 2
After breakfast, tour Sibiu: visit the four fortifications of the Medieval city, the Liar’s Bridge, The Small and the Big Squares. Departure for Brasov, siding the Carpathian Mountains. Lunch in a restaurant on the way.
Arrive in Bran and visit the so called ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Built on a cliff during the Middle Ages and modernized at the beginning of the 20th century, Bran castle is now one of the most visited places in Romania. You will get the chance to find out what is it’s connection with the famous character Dracula. If any!
Route towards the city of Brasov, originally a Saxon town, called Kronstadt in German and Stalin for a short period during the communist regime. Here you will visit the Black Church hiding the largest collection of Ottoman carpets in Europe and some ancient medieval towers and bastions (if it’s on Monday, the visit to the Black Church will be substituted with another visit). Dinner in a restaurant and accommodation in a hotel.
(breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included)
Day 3
Breakfast and departure for Viscri. Viscri will unveil us the best preserved and restored traditional Saxon village in Transylvania, one of the few where the community is still very much alive, where small rural businesses are surviving in a modern world, and, nevertheless, where HRH Prince Charles owns a traditional Saxon house. We shall then pay a visit to the local blacksmith and visit of the 13th c. fortified church (UNESCO patrimony). Lunch in a restaurant on the way.
Last visit of the day will be Sighisoara medieval fortress, one of the few of it’s kind still inhabited in Europe. Still surrounded by 9 of the initial 14 defence towers, each one belonging to a local guild, the fortress shelters not only beautiful Medieval architecture, but also medieval legends, such as the one connected to Vlad Tepes ‘Dracula” birthplace.
Get back to Cluj in late afternoon.
(breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included)
   

Note

* The constant temperature inside the salt mine is 10-12° C. Appropriate clothing recommended.
* Given that there are stairs to go down and up in the salt mine, we recommend non-slippery shoes and, if possible, no high heels.
* Not recommended to visit the salt mine if:
– asthma severe persistent form; asthma; asthma crisis complications – atelectasia, pulmonary emphysema, pneumothorax, respiratory acidosis; complications related to medication – severe bronchospasm, severe allergic reactions;
– COPD complications – acute respiratory failure, chronic decompensated pulmonary cord, pneumothorax;
– TB regardless of stage;
– pulmonary neoplasia;
– acute ENT disorders – rhinopharyngitis, tracheobronchitis, acute pneumonia;
– cardiovascular disease (stage III HTA, recent myocardial infarction, frequent seizure angina, chronic decompensated pulmonary cord), grade II-III cardiac insufficiency,
– digestive disorders – acute hyperacid gastritis, acute hepatitis, acute cholecystitis;
– acute renal disease, bladder / kidney lithiasis;
– decompensated diabetes mellitus;
– collagenosis, acute / chronic rheumatic diseases in inflammatory puse;
– peripheral and central neurological disorders (craniocerebral trauma, cerebral abscess, stroke, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, epilepsy);
– third-quarter pregnancy
– anxiety-depressive syndrome; claustrophobia;
– postoperatively for a period of 1-2 months
– under age 3.