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. Turda Salt Mine; Dracula Castle; Alba Iulia; Bear Sanctuary; Balea Waterfall; Brasov; Balea Lake; Sighisoara; Transfagarasan Road and 3 amazing hiking trails
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 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 over 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 Coltesti
fortress, and then head to our accommodation in Alba Iulia.
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. Afterwards 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 the nature and the beauty of 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.
After a generous breakfast, we will go to the famous castle of Dracula where we will follow the footsteps of Count Vlad the Emperor, and learn about the Romanian Royal Family.
Our next stop will be at a bear reservation, 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. In the afternoon we will head to Rasnov, to visit one of the best-preserved rustic citadels from Transylvania.
The sunset will catch us on the way to Sighisoara.
Last day of travel it is planned to be a more relaxing one, today we will visit 4 UNESCO world heritage Sites, 3 Saxon villages, and 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.