Golden Circle of Transylvania
Golden Circle of Transylvania combines nature with culture and connects the most important attractions of Transylvania. You can expect to do a 9km long hike as well as you can expect a relaxing afternoon in a medieval city, a visit to the bear sanctuary, or a visit to our friend Dracula. We have linked all these activities for you in order to understand what Transylvania means. This tour was built with the intention of making it the best you can choose. Tour has them all. Let someone else navigate and drive, so you can relax and enjoy the spectacular views while a guide shares the fascinating stories behind the scenery.
Day 1: Arrival – Road and Accommodation
The tour starts at 9 am with pick up from your accommodation in Cluj Napoca. The first stop on the Transylvania Golden Circle route is Turda Salt Mine, where we will go 120 m deep underground to discover a science fiction theme park. Listen to the salt mine story from your Curly Guide while you admire the salt stalactites in Rudolf mine. At the base of the mine, we will take a canoeing boat tour on an underground lake to navigate to the heart of Transylvania. After that, we will go to Turda Gorges, where we will make a 9km long hike through and over the gorge from where we will have a spectacular view of the Transylvania landscape. During the hike, we will identify plants and animals specific to the area. The third stop will be in a Transylvanian village, where we will take time to visit and have lunch in a traditional way. At the end of the day, we will visit the Coltesti fortress and then head to our accommodation in Alba Iulia.
Day 2: Alba Carolina Citadel – Balea Waterfall – Hiking Carpathian Mountains (B)
The second day combines culture with nature in a unique way. The second day starts with a tour of Alba Carolina Citadel to find out the complex history of this Vauban style Citadel. Afterward, we will go to Balea waterfall via Transfagarasan road. By cable car, we will reach the most beautiful glacial lake in Romania, Balea Lake, from where we will start the hike up to 2311 m. The hiking trail is medium-level with an elevation gain of 300m. We will enjoy nature and the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains, we will have a picnic and then we will start the journey to Brasov city where we will stay for the night. We will visit the main attractions of the medieval city and enjoy dinner.
Day 3: Libearty Bear Sanctuary – Castle of Dracula – Rasnov Fortress – Crit Village (B)
Day 3 is about myth and legend. After a generous breakfast, we will go to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary where we will meet the 100 bears that are protected in this place. We will make a tour of the reservation with a local guide who will teach us all about brown bears and how they protect this species. The next stop will be the famous castle of Dracula where we will follow the footsteps of Count Vlad the Emperor and learn about the Romanian Royal Family. In the afternoon we will head to Rasnov and we will visit the fortress. The sunset will catch us on the way Crit the village where we have accommodation.
Day 4: Viscri – Saschiz – Sighisoara – Biertan
The last day of travel is planned to be a more relaxing one, today we will visit 4 UNESCO world heritage Sites, 3 Saxon villages, and the Medieval City of Sighisoara we will have a tour and we will have lunch in the citadel of Sighisoara. After these days of traveling through Transylvania, you will get an idea about the culture here, about history, and about the landscapes and you will understand Transylvania with good and bad. The sunset will catch us on the way to Cluj Napoca.
Specification: Golden Circle of Transylvania
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