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Trasylvania Cultural Adventure, Tour to Medieval Hateg, Romania

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 - 2 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 52 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 309 Euro (EUR)

This is a two days tour about royal families, royal and fake castles, royal fortresses, royal tombs and royal acts. We depart from the royal city of Cluj and make the first stop in Turda to visit the salt mine, which, during the rule of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, achieved the biggest fame and development of all times. We shall then stop to visit Alba Iulia and it’s Vauban fortress. Stories about the ancient Romans, the Hungarian kings, the union of Transylvania with Romania will finally clarify the royal theme of this tour. In Hunedoara we will discover the Hunyad Castle which, as it’s name already says it, belonged to the Hunyad Family, namely to King’s Mathia Corvinus father. Here, you’ll have the chance to hear lots of legends and stories about the royal family, it’s origin, medieval fighting techniques and so on.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Departure from Cluj in the morning toward the Hateg area.

First stop of the day will be in Turda where we will take a fabulous underground voyage into the wombs of the ancient salt mine. Next stop will be in Alba Iulia to discover the city’s fortress and it’s military, political, religious and cultural role throughout the centuries. Arrival in Hunedoara in the afternoon and visit the Hunyad Castle. Pretty popular for tourists, yet not as popular as the royal Peles Castle in Sinaia or the ‘Dracula Castle’ in Bran, Hunyad Castle was chosen as a set for the shooting of Ghost Rider 2, starring Nicholas Cage. On the other hand, the castle was classified by several travel publications as being in top ten must-see European castles. Why? Easy: because of it’s impressive Gothic architecture. It was built by the House of Hunyad, more precisely John Hunyadi, one of the richest noblemen in the Kingdom of Hungary, also the father of the future king of Hungary, Matthias Corvinus, who was born in Cluj! We shall end the day having a look at some Gypsy palaces that have rather exotic Asian architecture than local one. Overnight in Hunedoara.

Day 2: In the morning we leave towards the very heart of the Hateg region.

This day is scheduled for the visits that make Hateg so well famed: medieval stone churches and Dacian fortresses. First stop will be in Strei village to visit the small, yet remarkably charming stone church. From here we continue for Densus medieval stone church to admire the blinded saints. The rest of the day will be spent deep in the Sureanu Mountains. After a 20 km gravel road, at 1200m above sea level, we shall arrive at Sarmizegetusa Regia fortress, the most impressive of all the Dacian fortresses in Romania (UNESCO heritage). Headquarter of the Dacians capital’s defensive system including 5 other fortresses, Sarmizegetusa Regia contained a citadel and residential areas with dwellings and workshops as well as a sacred areas. We shall end the day with a hike through the forest (50 min / 1 way) to see the best preserved of the 6 fortresses, namely Costesti Blidaru. Arrival in Cluj in the evening.

Supplemental Tour Information:
-Appropriate outdoor clothing we recommend: walking boots, hiking pants, midlayers, waterproof jacket.

-This tour may partially be subject to traffic jams and weather conditions.
In wintertime different discounts may apply to this tour.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
-transportation by car or minibus;
-gas and parking fees
-english, French or Romanian speaking guide
-accommodation and meals for the guide

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

Notes:
* we provide our travelers with a range of pick-up points nationwide. The pickups we provide are resource intensive and therefore we charge a minimal fare per passenger for this service.
** additional activities can be provided (bird-watching, horseback riding, demonstrations and workshops with the local craftsmen, etc.)

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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