Cluj and its surroundings

Special Tour 3 day / 2 nights Availability: 2018
on request from anywhere Cluj and its surroundings

With this program we would like to invite you in a world where you will see side by side the modern present and the vanishing more-or-less glorious past. During this tour we will visit places where the tradition and the past gives birth to a new life and we will witness decay as well. Culture combined with short hikes in the nature is the perfect combination for tourists who want to have one, two or three days off in Cluj and its surroundings.


DATE
flexible departure

DURATION
3 days tour, 5 days with arrival and departure

TRAVELING
with comfortable, well equipped bus or minibus cca. 550 km in Transylvania

LODGING
in 3* 4* 5* hotel or pension (on request)

GUIDING
the group will be led by a professional guide throughout the journey

PRICE
… EUR/person

TRIP COST INCLUDES
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Professional tour guide for entire journey
  • Traveling with bus or minibus

TRIP COST DOESN’T INCLUDE
  • Travel insurance
  • Single room accommodations
  • Flight ticket
  • Entry Tickets

REMARK
By common agreement, the program can be modified according to the needs of a group!

Highlights of the tour

  • Sightseeing in Cluj-Kolozsvár
  • Visiting the salt mine in Turda – interesting combination of a 300 years old salt mine and futuristic interior decoration
  • Hiking in the legendary Turda Gorge, to the ruins of the Thoroczkay fortress and to the waterfall of Rãchițele
  • Sightseeing in Alba Iulia-Gyulafehérvár
  • Visiting village museums and taking part in the Transylvanian everyday village life
  • Visiting 800-700 years old churches and fortifications
Itinerary
Cluj – Rãscruci – Bonțida – Gherla – Sic – Cluj – Turda – Râmetea – Colțești – Alba Iulia – Cluj – Izvoru Crișului – Mãnãstireni – Vãleni – Rãchițele – Sâncraiu – Cluj

Due to the multicultural nature of Transylvania further we will use the names of the localities in Romanian together with the Hungarian or in case, in Romanian together with the German.

Day 1
Sightseeing in Cluj-Kolozsvár, the former capital of Transylvania, visiting the old city center
-Departure to the Mezőség Area (the so-called “Field Area”) – visiting the Kallós Zoltán Museum and Folk Art Center in Rãscruci-Válaszút. In the museum we can find a rich collection of Transylvanian Hungarian, Romanian and Saxon folk costumes and traditional furniture.
Bonțida-Bonchida – the ruins of the Bánffy Castle, once called the Transylvanian Versailles. The castle is at present being restored where restorers across Europe teach and learn a large variety of restoration techniques.
Gherla-Szamosújvár – the Transylvanian Armenian Capital – visiting the Martinuzzi Fortress (used today as a prison) and the Armenian Roman Catholic Cathedral where the altar piece is known as a painting of Rubens or one of his disciples.
Sic-Szék – traditional Hungarian village. Once having the title of civitas (civitas – important city or town in the middle ages), Szék due to its salt mine had for centuries the same rights as Cluj-Kolozsvár, Budapest or Esztergom. The church of the village was built in the 13th century by the Cistercian order, the village is known also for its unique traditional folk-dance and folk-costumes. Visiting one traditional house and inside of the house the “tisztaszoba” (clean-room)

Day 2
– Departure to Turda–Torda, visiting the salt mine of the town
Turda Gorges – short walk in the narrow valley sorrunded by 200 meter high cliffs.
Râmetea–Torockó – where Sun rises twice above the Szekler-Rock. The village won the title of Europa Nostra for preserving the unique look of its old houses.
Colțești–Torockószentgyörgy – Lunch in the “Székelykõ Kúria” followed by a one hour walk to the ruins of the Thoroczkay Fortress. Beautiful view on the village and on the surrounding mountains.
Alba Iulia–Gyulafehérvár – the former capital of the Transylvanian Principality. Walking in the city’s freshly restored Vauban fortification where we will visit the 13th century Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Orthodox Cathedral enjoying meanwhile the atmosphere of the middle ages and the baroque.

Day 3
– departure to Kalotaszeg (“the edge of the Kalota river”) area
Izvoru Crișului – Körösfõ – visiting a traditional tisztaszoba (clean-room) then shopping on the traditional market of the village where you can buy all kind of folk art pieces
Mãnãstireni-Magyargyerõmonostor – visiting the fortified church of the village build in the 12-13th centuries. The oldest monument in the area.
Vãleni-Magyarvalkó – climbing up in the church tower where we can see the 1848 meter high Vlãdeasa Peak
Rãchițele – the village at the edge of the Țara moților (Moț Land) – visiting near the village in the forest the beautiful 30 meters high Vãlul Miresei (the Bride’s Veil) Waterfall
Sâncraiu – Kalotaszentkirály – typical village of the Kalotaszeg area. Short walk in the village followed by the good-bye party in a renovated barn: traditional Transylvanian dishes and drinks, live folk music and the performance of the local folk dance group.

 

Map for the program

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