Cluj-Napoca
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  • Cluj-Napoca: 2.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

    1. Cluj-Napoca: 2.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

    Enjoy a lengthy 2.5-hour walking tour through the fascinating city of Cluj-Napoca, know as Cluj for short. Visit the birth house of Matthias Corvinus, Hungary's most renowned 15th-century king, and learn fascinating stories about his life, as well as the importance of wine in the region. Continue the tour to the large Union Square to admire the classic Gothic style of the 14th-century St. Michael's Church, and the large equestrian statue of Corvinus that rests in front of it. Continue walking until you arrive at the "Street of the Intellectuals," famous for its many educational institutions, including the Babes-Bolyai University. As you walk, learn from your knowledgeable guide about the fate of the witches living in Cluj in the Middle Ages, and the formation of the Guilds. Walk past the remains of the city's defensive walls and arrive at a newer part of the old city, named the Avram I...

    A wonderful tour - I highly recommend. It was an excellent way to start our holiday in Cluj.

  • Transylvania: Dracula's Castle and Birthplace Tour

    2. Transylvania: Dracula's Castle and Birthplace Tour

    Drive across Transylvania towards the city of Sighisoara. Here, admire the beautiful medieval cityscape in Romania. Visit the clock tower, giving you an insight in the city's history with an impressive view of the citadel, the former defensive towers and walls of the city. Admire the birthplace of the Walachian leader Vlad Dracul, who would later become known as Count Dracula. Discover his house of birth, and sample a shot of Romanian schnapps. In the afternoon, drive to Bran Castle, an impressive fortification and residence of the Romanian family. The castle is also known as Dracula's Castle. In the late afternoon, go back to Cluj-Napoca.

  • Cluj: Medieval City Exploration Game and Tour

    3. Cluj: Medieval City Exploration Game and Tour

    Go on a quest around Cluj by solving clues that will unlock stories and cool locations. Along the way, find fascinating stories of the legendary King Matthias Corvinus. Discover hidden secrets about people who lived, partied, and fought in the city. See amazing architecture, and reach a fantastic spot for a panoramic view of the city. After you buy the quest, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. It will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there's no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. The total length is about 3.5 km. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can ...

    Nice quest to discover the city and some interesting stories about Matei Corvin. The clues were not very hard, it was easy to understand. I would recommend as a fun activity to do in Cluj as a group!

  • Sighișoara and Biertan: UNESCO in Transylvania

    4. Sighișoara and Biertan: UNESCO in Transylvania

    Drive through the Transylvanian highlands towards Sighișoara. Visit the medieval town center of Sighișoara, which is very well preserved and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the citadel and visit among others the emblem of the town, the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, the Citadel, the fortified walls and towers of the city and also the birthplace of the Wallachian leader Vlad Dracul, who later became known as Count Dracula in Gothic literature and film. In the afternoon, drive to the Biertan, a small village in a secluded Transylvanian valley. Visit the imposing fortified church in Biertan (also belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage Site). Then, return to Cluj-Napoca.

  • From Cluj-Napoca: Turda Salt Mines and Rimetea Day Trip

    5. From Cluj-Napoca: Turda Salt Mines and Rimetea Day Trip

    Depart from Cluj-Napoca and head to Turda, once the most important economic center of the region where salt, also known as “white gold,” has been extracted since the Roman age. Arrive for a guided tour at the Salina Turda salt mine and discover the history of salt mining in the town dating from the 17th century. Explore site, including the Terezia mine, Rudolf hall, and the Franz Josef Gallery.  Afterwards, spend the afternoon in the Transylvanian western mountains in the village of Rimetea. The chalk-white houses and the harmonious structure of the village have earned it several distinctions. Considered to be one of the most beautiful village in Transylvania, it received the Europa Nostra Award for its architectural preservation.  Next up, take a 1-hour hike to the ruins of the Coltesti Fortress for an impressive view of the valley below. Here, at the foot of Székelykő rock, enjoy a t...

  • From Cluj-Napoca: Two Day Tour to Maramures

    6. From Cluj-Napoca: Two Day Tour to Maramures

    Meet the people who wear their handmade traditional costumes with pride, enter their homes and get to know the culture of this region through its traditions, delicious food and simplicity. This tour has been created for nature lovers, people who love tradition, architecture, history and religion. This trip will start from Cluj. Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will drive north in order to reach Maramures, the land that was first mentioned in documents in 1199. Your last destination of the day will be Breb village, where you will enter through a beautiful handmade carved door, whose details have an important cultural significance, and then you will have a traditional lunch. Overnight in a beautiful, traditional house. When it comes to understanding traditions in Maramures, the most interesting experience is to enter the homes of the locals. Their home is the basis...

  • Maramures: 2 Days in Rural Romania

    7. Maramures: 2 Days in Rural Romania

    On the first day, you will be driven over the Carpathian Mountains to arrive in the region of Maramures. Here, we visit the tallest wooden church in Surdesti, before visiting a popular artist from the area. You will be served a traditional lunch consisting of local dishes from the area, and in the afternoon you will visit the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta. Your day will conclude with an overnight stay in a 3-star guesthouse in the countryside. On the second day you will embark on a breathtaking tour on a steam train. You will wind along the secluded, meandering Vaser Valley. At the final destination, you will be invited to a grill lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the wooden church of Bogdan Voda, before being driven back to Cluj.

  • Bucharest: 3-Day Transylvania Halloween Tour

    8. Bucharest: 3-Day Transylvania Halloween Tour

    Day 1: Bucharest, Sighisoara At 10:00 AM, your English-speaking guide will collect you from Moxa Boutique Hotel. From here transfer to the Medieval Saxon Citadel of Sighisoara, founded by Saxons during the 12th century. Sighisoara is also the place where Vlad the Impaler, the Romanian ruler also known as Dracula, was born. That evening, get ready for a Halloween party. You can enjoy a delicious traditional Romanian festive dinner, washed down with fiery spirits and excellent Romanian wine. During dinner, you can enjoy a special program including the Killing of the Living Dead ritual and many more. That evening, spend the night in a 3-star hotel located in the very heart of the Medieval citadel. Day 2: Sighisoara, Brasov, and Bran Your first stop of the day will be to the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europ...

  • From Cluj: Diverse Transylvania – Day Trip to Sighisoara

    9. From Cluj: Diverse Transylvania – Day Trip to Sighisoara

    Your tour will start in the morning when you will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a 2-hour road trip to Medias. Take a short walking tour of the city and get a glimpse of the Citadel of Light and of the beautiful medieval buildings, most of which were built in the 15th century. You will then head to Biertan in order to visit the Biertan fortified church, a monument included in the UNESCO patrimony as part of Transylvania’s villages with fortified churches. The church is surrounded by thick medieval walls which were built in the 15th century, and the front door is equipped with 19 locks and bolts. Your next stop will be in Sighisoara. The medieval Sighisoara Citadel is the only inhabited citadel in Europe and it is surrounded by 9 towers, the Clock Tower being the most important of all. The Clock Tower was destroyed by a fire, but it was rebuilt in the 16th century, and it is n...

    Our day trip across Transylvania was great! My friend and I really felt like we got a locals perspective on the region thanks to our guide Catalin, who was very knowledgeable about the region and had an answer to all our questions, no matter how off topic they were sometimes. My favorite part of the tour was definitely Sigishoara, just walking around the enclosure was lovely and the clock tower had great views! Additionally, Catalin went above and beyond after I left my water bottle in his car. He took time from his day off to drop it off at my hostel! His kindness was very much appreciated.

  • Cluj-Napoca: Day Trip in Saxon Wonderland

    10. Cluj-Napoca: Day Trip in Saxon Wonderland

    Spend a day in the capital of the historical region of Transylvania, the city of Sibiu. There you'll admire one of the most beautiful medieval cityscapes in Romania, as evidenced by the city's title as "European Capital of Culture". On the drive down, you'll find out more about the Saxons roots, their colonization in Transylvania and their cultural impact on the country. In Sibiu, you'll start off by seeing the city's walls and the three main squares. Then you'll visit two of the most important churches. Climbing up to the top of the Council Tower will give you a beautiful overview of the old city. In the afternoon, the group will take a short excursion from Sibiu to visit two villages that seem to be stuck in time: Sibiel and Fantanele. Here, the population lives from what it produces locally and horse-drawn carriages are a daily occurrence. You'll taste a local made schnapps (tuica) ...

    Anything organised by George TURISM is the best option to see Cluj and its whereabouts! The guides are professionals , they know a lot about the history of the region and its current challenges; they are kind and patient. I do suggest the trips to Sighisoara and Sibiu.

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What people are saying about Cluj-Napoca

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Nice quest to discover the city and some interesting stories about Matei Corvin. The clues were not very hard, it was easy to understand. I would recommend as a fun activity to do in Cluj as a group!

I enjoyed my time my guide worked around my schedule and was a history major so he was able to answer all my questions and provide some amazing insight . i plan on using him again when I go back.

It was very fun. We got to see a lot of nice parts of Cluj and learn some history. Very good value.

A wonderful tour - I highly recommend. It was an excellent way to start our holiday in Cluj.

My tour guide was knowledgeable friendly and had some funny stories