Itinerary: Cluj-Napoca – Ieud – Sighetu Marmatiei – Surdesti – Cluj-Napoca Duration: 3 days Best way of transportation: car Day 1: Cluj-Napoca – George Cosbuc – Ieud (170 km) The suggested itinerary can be covered entirely only by car. Start from northeast via George Cosbuc, where you can visit a covered wooden bridge dating from the eighteenth century that had the role of meting place of youth. Once you have crossed the mountains in the picturesque Land of Wood – the fascinating Maramures – we suggest to start visiting the wooden churches, in the UNESCO patrimony, starting with the oldest of them – the church in Ieud. In the area you have accommodation options both in Ieud and Botiza. Day 2: Ieud – Poienile Izei – Barsana – Sighetul Marmatiei – Sapanta (90 km) Continue your itinerary through the Land of Wood by going west to the Iza Meadows where you will find yet another world heritage monument – the wooden church from the fifteenth century. In Barsana you will have the opportunity to see a new monastic complex which proves that this land keeps alive its traditions and wood crafts. On the way to the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta you might not want to miss the open-air Ethnographic Park in Sighet. Accommodation can be done both in Sighet and in the villages in the area. Day 3: Sighetul Marmatiei – Desesti – Surdesti – Cluj-Napoca (200 km) In the last day of the itinerary you can start heading south through the Marei Valley where you can see the well preserved farms with their famous wooden gates. Crossing the mountains on one of the picturesque routes we advise you not to miss in Surdesti the tallest wooden church, also a world heritage monument.
Itinerary: Cluj-Napoca – Sighisoara – Brasov – Sibiu – Alba-Iulia – Cluj-Napoca Duration: 4 days Best way of transportation: car or train Day 1: Cluj-Napoca – Sighisoara (170 km) Sighisoarei Fortress is one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. Declared in 1999 a UNESCO protected monument, the fortress is still inhabited. Once here you should visit the Clock Tower, Shoemakers Tower, Boheme Square, Church on the Hill, Venetian House and the Vlad Dracul House – the place where it is assumed that Vald Tepes (Dracula) was born. You can opt for accommodation in hotels, hostels or bed and breakfasts in the city. Day 2: Sighisoara – Brasov (120 km) The next morning head to Brasov. The city, documentary attested since the thirteenth century, forms a complex cultural attraction. In the evening we suggest you go in the mountain resort Poiana Brasov (12 km from the center of the city) where you will have an exceptional view over the city and the surrounding mountain area. Accommodation can be done in Brasov. Day 3: Brasov – Sibiu (150 km) Go west to Sibiu, and if you are by car do not hesitate to visit the Sambata de Sus monastery or climb to the top to Balea Lake. You will enjoy a spectacular journey across the highest mountain chain in Romania. Resume the road to Sibiu, the European Cultural Capital in 2007. Sibiu offers for visiting museums, churches and squares. Accommodation can be done in Sibiu. Day 4: Sibiu – Alba-Iulia – Cluj-Napoca (170 km) The last day of the Transylvanian itinerary proposes a stop at Alba Iulia, the place of the Great Union of the Romanians. In the Vauban fortress where kept ancient and medieval artifacts. One of the most important libraries in the country and two cathedrals are still sheltered between its walls.
Itinerary: Cluj-Napoca – Pestera Ursilor – Scarisoara – Rimetea – Cluj-Napoca Duration: 3 days Best way of transportation: car Day 1: Cluj-Napoca – Huedin – Bologa – Rachitele – Chiscau (200 km) The strategic point on the road leading to Oradea, the medieval fortress Bologa, documentary attested in 1304, served as a refuge point for the local population in times of tribulation. Near the village Rachitele you will have the opportunity to visit one of the most impressive waterfalls in Romania: the Bridal Vail Falls. Going into the village, go back a few hundred years ago, when the housewives were aided by the forces of nature in domestic affairs. You will have the opportunity to see, still in operation, the “washing machine” - the water vortex, over 200 years old, especially useful to wash carpets. The route to the Dragan Dam offers an unforgettable view. The limestone landscape of Apuseni Mountains facilitated the formation of a large number of caves and pit caves (over 400). Thus, at Chiscau, we recommend a visit to the Bear Cave, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the area. Day 2: Bear Cave – Scarisoara – Scarita Belioara Reserve (160 km) On the second day we suggest you to continue visiting the underground area and visit the heart of the Scarisoara Glacier Cave, the second glacier cave in volume in Europe. Staying near the natural wonders, the Scarita Belioara Reserve, with its wild Cheile Posagii, will end the pleasant day spent in the company of nature. In the villages in the Aries Valey, the villagers are proud of their traditions: you will have the opportunity to see how tuica is prepared, to participate at the daily activities of a household, to get involved in the rural life, maybe even sleep in one household. Day 3: Scarita Belioara Reserve – Rimetea – Coltesti – Cluj-Napoca (90 km) On the last day we propose a visit to Rimetes, a well kept Hungarian village today, originally founded by the Romans and later maintained by the colonists from germany and Austria. The next village offers for visitating the Coltesti noble fortress, built in the thirteenth century.
Itinerary: Cluj-Napoca – Sighisoara – Pasul Bargau – Bistrita – Cluj-Napoca Duration: 3 days Best way of transportation: car Transylvania, the birth place of the character crated by Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula, as the author himself mentions, is “one of the wildest and least known places in Europe…” So, let`s discover them! Day 1: Cluj-Napoca – Sighisoara (170 km) Sighisoarei Fortress is one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. Declared in 1999 a UNESCO protected monument, the fortress is still inhabited. Once here you should visit the Clock Tower, Shoemakers Tower, Boheme Square, Church on the Hill and the Venetian House. An old building is the Vlad Dracul House – the place where it is assumed that Vald Tepes (Dracula), the ruler of Wallachia, was born, renowned for his extreme penalties imposed to its enemies. Accommodation can be done in Sighisoara. Day 2: Sighisoara – Pasul Bargau – Dracula Castle (195 km) The next day we recommend to head north, towards Bargau Pass, located at the crossroads of three regions, Transylvania, Moldavia and Bucovina. On the route you can stop in Reghin for lunch and visit the old Transylvanian burg. Once at the Bargau Pass, the place where the sky meets the earth, day meets night, you can visit the rebuilt Dracula`s castle. We recommend to spend the night here but not before visiting the tomb of the count. Day 3: Bargau Pass – Dracula Castle – Bistrita – Cluj-Napoca (170 km) On the last day of the itinerary we propose you to discover the medieval town center of the city of Bistrita and the hotel where is supposed to have spent the night Bram Stoker in his expedition of finding Count Dracula. Continue your route southwest towards Cluj-Napoca.
Itinerary: Cluj-Napoca – Vatra Dornei – Gura Humorului – Bicaz – Cluj Napoca Duration: 3 days Best way of transportation: car Day 1: Cluj-Napoca – Gura Humorului (270 km) By car, head north-east towards Bucovina. On route you can stop in Bargaului Step and visit the reconstruction of the Dracula Castel or, you can stop in the Vatra Dornei resort. Once in the heart of Bucovina you can accommodate and start tasting the traditional foods. Day 2: Gura Humorului – Manastiri The next day you can start visiting the monasteries in the UNESCO patrimony – Voronetul- known as the Sistine Chapel of the East, Moldovita, Sucevita, Arbore and Humor. Each monastery is distinguished by different shades of colors of the exterior painting. Day 3: Gura Humorului – Cheile Bicazului – Cluj-Napoca (400 km) On the last day of the itinerary we propose a route towards Cluj on the picturesque roads, which will culminate with a visit of Cheile Bicazului and of the artificial Lake Izvorul Muntelui.
Itinerary: Cluj-Napoca – Turda – Sovata – Praid – Ocna Dej Duration: 3 days Best way of transportation: car Day 1: Cluj-Napoca – Turda – Sovata (150 km) From Cluj-Napoca drive your car towards south-west to Turda, where Turda Salt Mine is today a true history museum of salt mining. The excellent state of preservation of the mine works and of the equipments used to transport salt, along with the care used in carrying out the preparatory works for the mine to become a tourist attraction, made its history and legend blend harmoniously. After visiting the mine you will continue to go east to Sovata, where you will have the opportunity to be accommodated in the resort. Day 2: Sovata – Praid – Corund – Sovata (45 km) The next day we recommend a visit to the heliothermic lakes Ursu and Alunis, where you can bathe and try therapeutic procedures. For the afternoon we suggest a walk through the land of salt towards Praid, through the massifs formed of salt. At Corund and Sarateni you will find traditional handmade objects. At the end of the day we recommend staying in Sovata. Day 3: Sovata – Baile Figa – Cluj-Napoca (200 km) On the last day of the itinerary we suggest you turn to northwest toward the Figa Baths – Beclean where, near the resort, you can visit the archeological salt site dating from the Bronze Age, unique in Eastern Europe. Here you can try some treatments with therapeutic mud. In the evening you should head towards Cluj-Napoca.