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Cultural Vacation in Transylvania: Trip to Szeklerland, Romania

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 - 3 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 4 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 137 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 327 Euro (EUR)

You’ve all heard stories about Transylvania, be it historic tales about the seven Saxon medieval fortresses that stand at the origin of Siebenbürgen, geographical testimonies about the ‘land beyond the forest’, scientists and environmentalists statements on the local methods of farming and living of the land being essential for the survival of a rich, varied and very well balances ecosystem. And you’ve all seen documentaries about the brown bear. But what if your curiosity was to be satisfied not with television documentaries or stories in the local paper, but rather with an immersion into the reality? What if you chose the Szeklerland for the perfect nature break?

Itinerary:
Day 1.

In the morning we leave Cluj in the direction of the sunrise. A first introduction to the Szeklerland will be in Targu Mures where we get to visit the Palace of Culture, the most remarkable Belle Epoque building in Transylvania. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, in only 2 years, the Palace shelters remarkable stained glass windows. Continue towards the sunrise with two stops on the way: one to see the village where an ancestor of the British Royal Family was born and second to use an unusual straw hat museum. In late afternoon we will get to meet our Szekler local guide who will take us to watch the brown bears enjoying their dinner. Overnight in the Szeklerland.

Day 2.

In the first half of the day we shall visit a salt mine, admire some traditional Szekler wooden gates and meet some local craftsmen in Corund, a village famed throughout the country for the decorated pottery. In the second half of the day we shall spend some beautifull hours horse riding in Transylvania’s famous Székely region. It’s a unique opportunity to explore the beautiful Székely countryside, which is famous for its traditional farms. Led by your friendly and knowledgeable English speaking guide you will be taken on horseback into the Harghita region. You will ride for 4 hours (including training) through Middle Age villages, untouched forests, and green fields seeing the Transylvanian landscapes at their best. Overnight in the Szeklerland.

Day 3.

Early departure before dawn towards a wild animal reserve to see some wild boars, wolves, deers, mouflons, elks. Start heading back to Cluj. Make two stops on the way to visit the Szekler fortified churches of Mugeni and Darjiu (the last one being a UNESCO site), both of them dating back eversince the Middle Ages and preserving fragments of the original interior painting. Last stop shall be in Archita, where we can visit the Saxon fortified church, trying to find the difference with the previous two. Arrival in Cluj in the evening.

Supplemental Tour Information:
At Negreni one can meet the most gifted and skilled craftsman selling traditional copper boilers for homemade alcohol distillation or handmade horse harnesses. This opportunity is not one you can have every day as they are among the last craftsman in Eastern Europe continuing to work in the traditional way. Practically, crossing the market from one side to the other you come to meet traditional products from all over Romania sold by traders of all ethnicity: Romanian, Hungarian or Roma. So dense it is in it's diversity of products, so overcrowded and so colorful, that you just cannot take it all in one day. From dusk till dawn you can try to find your way through this maze and eventually you realize there is still so much too see. It spins you like a hurricane, it stuns you, it intoxicates you and in the end you find out that you too, like so many others before you, you've become addicted and you'll have to come back the next year.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
-transportation by car or minibus;
-transfer in 4×4 cars to the bear watching spot
-horse riding for 4 hours
-gas and parking fees
-English, French or Romanian speaking guide
-palinca tasting
-meals and accommodation for the guide

Price Excludes:
-accommodation
-meals and drinks
-entry tickets to all visits
-personal expenses

* For meals you may consider about 5-7 eur / meal;
* For tickets you may consider about 15 eur / person / all mentioned visits;
*For more then 8 participants, prices available upon request.

About This Supplier
Location: Romania
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2013

As a 2007 certified guide, passionate about photography, Transylvania (mainly the fortified churches and the abandoned castles), speleology, driving, cooking and volunteering, I'm inviting you to get in my 31 years old shoes and see Romania as a native. Without pretending to know it all or hiding the truth in my...

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