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            Golden Circle Of 
                                   Days Tour 

The Golden Circle of Transylvania seamlessly weaves together the rich tapestry of nature and culture, creating an immersive experience that captures the essence of this captivating region. As you embark on this unforgettable journey, anticipate a harmonious blend of outdoor adventure and cultural exploration that will leave you with lasting memories.

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.

The undulating terrain takes you through lush forests, serene meadows, and scenic vistas, providing an opportunity to connect with the unspoiled natural beauty that defines this region. The invigorating hikes are not just a physical journey but a spiritual one, immersing you in the untamed charm of Transylvania's wilderness.

Transition seamlessly from nature to history as you find yourself strolling through the cobbled streets of a medieval city. Experience the timeless allure of well-preserved architecture, charming squares, and historical landmarks that breathe life into Transylvania's cultural legacy. The juxtaposition of ancient charm and modern vitality creates an atmosphere where the past seamlessly meets the present.

Each of these activities has been thoughtfully linked to provide a holistic understanding of what Transylvania truly represents. The Golden Circle was meticulously crafted with the intention of making it the best choice for those seeking a diverse and enriching experience. This tour encompasses the essence of Transylvania, offering a perfect blend of adventure, culture, and history—a journey that promises to leave an indelible mark on your heart and mind. The Golden Circle truly has it all.

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Day 1

The excursion kicks off at 9 am with a pick-up from your accommodation in Cluj Napoca, setting the stage for a day of exploration and discovery.

The first highlight of the day unfolds at the Turda Salt Mine, where you'll descend 120 meters underground into a surreal science fiction-themed park. Your Curly Guide will regale you with tales of the salt mine's history as you marvel at the intricate salt stalactites in Rudolf mine. Delve deeper into the mine's secrets with a unique canoeing boat tour on an underground lake, navigating the heart of Transylvania in a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Next on the agenda is Turda Gorges, a natural wonder that beckons with a 9-kilometer hike through and over the gorge. Immerse yourself in the stunning Transylvania landscape, where each step offers a spectacular view. Along the hike, engage with the flora and fauna specific to the region, gaining insights into the rich biodiversity that graces the area.

As the day unfolds, a visit to a Transylvanian village awaits, offering a glimpse into tradition and culture. Take time to explore the village and indulge in a lunch experience steeped in authenticity, savoring the flavors of traditional Transylvanian cuisine.

The journey concludes with a visit to Coltesti Fortress, adding a historical touch to your day. As the sun sets, head to your accommodation in the enchanting Alba Iulia, reflecting on the diverse tapestry of experiences that have unfolded throughout the day. The Transylvania Golden Circle tour promises a seamless blend of underground wonders, natural beauty, cultural immersion, and historical intrigue, leaving you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Turda Salt Mine

Turda Salt Mine


- over 2,000 years of history

- the largest salt mine museum in the world

- ranked by Business Insider as the most beautiful underground place in the world


Rimetea Village


-Most beautiful rural attraction in Romania.

-In Rimetea, the sun rises twice :)

-European Commission’s Europa Nostra Award, proposed for UNESCO 

Turda gorge Cheile Turzii is a natural r

Turda Gorges


-1,000 plant species 

-67 species of birds, butterflies

-9km hike with 300m elevation level

-4 adventure bridges


Coltesti Forteress


-Built more than 700 years ago

-Coltesti Fortress is a perfect example, a spectacular ruin in the panoramic landscape at sunset.

Day 2

It will be a blend of culture and nature on the second day of your journey, creating a unique and immersive experience that will linger in your memories. The day unfolds with a fascinating exploration of Alba Carolina Citadel, a masterpiece in Vauban style. Delve into the intricate history woven into the walls of this citadel, unraveling the stories of its past and the cultural tapestry it represents.

Following the cultural odyssey, the adventure takes a scenic turn as you traverse the Transfagarasan road en route to Balea waterfall. Ascend to new heights with a cable car ride, revealing the breathtaking panorama of Romania's most beautiful glacial lake, Balea Lake. Begin a memorable hike, ascending to 2311 meters amidst the Carpathian Mountains. The medium-level hiking trail, with a 300-meter elevation gain, promises both challenge and reward. Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of nature, savoring a picnic against the backdrop of majestic landscapes.

As the day unfolds, the journey continues to Brasov city, a captivating medieval gem. Explore the city's main attractions, letting the echoes of history guide you through its cobblestone streets. Culminate your day with a delightful dinner, savoring the flavors of the region and reflecting on the cultural and natural wonders that have enriched your second day. With a fusion of historical depth and natural splendor, Day 2 promises an extraordinary blend of experiences that resonate with the soul of Romania.

Alba Iulia forteress

Alba Iulia

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-Largest Citadel In Romania.

-From the Roman to the Habsburg Empire and the Great Union

Balea Lake

Balea lake and 

Balea Waterfall


-The glacial lake has been carved 2,034 metres (6,673 feet) up into the rugged stones of the Fagaras Mountains

Transfagarasan Romania



-Probably the Best Road in the World

-A landmark of the communist regime

Black Chuch



-Founded by Teutonic Knights in 1211

-The old town is one of the best preserved old towns in Romania.

Day 3

Begin your day with a sumptuous breakfast, setting the stage for an unforgettable exploration of Romania's rich cultural tapestry.

The day unfolds with a visit to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, a haven for 120 protected bears. Guided by a knowledgeable local guide, immerse yourself in the world of brown bears, gaining insight into their lives and the vital conservation efforts in place. Traverse the sanctuary, absorbing the tales of resilience and protection that surround these magnificent creatures.

Next, venture into the mystique of the famous Dracula Castle, retracing the footsteps of Count Vlad the Emperor. Delve into the intriguing history of the Romanian Royal Family, adding a regal touch to your day as you unravel the secrets of this iconic fortress.

As the day progresses, the journey takes a nature-infused turn with a visit to the Valea Cetatii Cave. Prepare for an exhilarating hike through the rugged terrain of Racos Volcano, where the earth's ancient forces are palpable beneath your feet. Feel the pulse of the land as you absorb the breathtaking views that unfold along the trail.

As the sun begins its descent, find yourself en route to the charming village of Crit, where your accommodation awaits. Let the hues of the sunset paint the sky as you reflect on the day's adventures, anticipating the tranquility of the village setting. Day 3 promises to be a tapestry woven with tales of bears, castles, and natural wonders, leaving indelible imprints on the canvas of your travel memories.




Created in the memory of Maya, the Libearty Sanctuary is now the home of 100 brown bears, rescued from miserable living conditions, being abused in captivity.


Valea Cetatii Cave


Romania is home to many beautiful and interesting caves that offer visitors amazing experiences, and a chance to explore the country in another way

Bran Castle



“Once again...welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula


Racos Volcano


The crater of a volcano that last erupted thousands of years ago and the nearby basalt columns attract many travelers curious to discover a landscape that seems to come from another world.


Day 4

Final day of your immersive Transylvanian journey, a day designed for relaxation and reflection. Today unfolds as a leisurely exploration of cultural gems, weaving through 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 3 Saxon villages, and the Medieval City of Sighisoara. As you traverse these historic landscapes, the day promises to be a rich tapestry of heritage and charm.

The highlight of the day is a guided tour through the enchanting Medieval City of Sighisoara, where history comes to life amidst cobblestone streets and centuries-old architecture. Immerse yourself in the tales woven into the city's fabric, gaining a deeper understanding of its significance as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A delightful lunch within the citadel adds a culinary touch to your cultural immersion.

After days of traversing Transylvania's diverse landscapes and absorbing its rich culture and history, this final day serves as a culmination of experiences. It offers a nuanced perspective, allowing you to appreciate the nuances of Transylvania, from its cultural treasures to the intricacies of its history. Through the highs and lows, you'll come away with a profound sense of the region's essence.

As the sun begins its descent, the journey back to Cluj Napoca commences. Let the sunset accompany you on the way, casting a warm glow on the memories and insights accumulated during your Transylvanian odyssey. This last day encapsulates the spirit of the entire journey, providing a serene conclusion to your exploration of Transylvania's cultural, historical, and scenic wonders.




The Saxon Village Where Traditions Came Back to Life

( UNESCO World Heritage Site )




-Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

-Birthplace of Vlad Dracula

-One of Europe's last inhabited medieval citadel.




Saschiz Fortified Church -

( UNESCO World Heritage Site )




Biertan Fortified Church -

( UNESCO World Heritage Site )

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Katherine Byrne

It was excellent. The landscape constantly took my breath away and the history of the region, reflected in the buildings, was fascinating. In addition, I ate
some great food on my trip.
My guides were friendly and well-informed and made the whole trip a real pleasure.

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