Welcome to Alba Iulia


Outside the citadel, Alba Iulia is a busy, sprawling place with no shortage of Soviet-era concrete. It's a worthy stop if you’re travelling from Sibiu towards the castles of Deva and Hunedoara, or up to Cluj-Napoca and the Apuseni Mountains.


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$828.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Private Dracula's Legends Tour from Bucharest

Day 1: BucharestTake an airport transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a panoramic, evening tour of Bucharest with visit of the Parlament Palace, second largest administrative building after the Pentagon, see the oldtown and the Village MuseumOvernight in a 4* hotel.Day 2: Bucharest - Targoviste - Curtea de Arges - SibiuTravel to the capital of Wallachia, Targoviste that was also the main residence of Vlad the Impaler. The first Prince County was built by Mircea the Old, the grandfather of Dracula, Vlad Impaler did added later the same tower "Chindia" (Turnul Chindiei). Overnight in a 4* Hotel in Sibiu city center.Day 3: Sibiu - Hunedoara - Alba IuliaEnjoy a visit of, the European capital of culture in 2007, Sibiu, with its beautiful old town, the Big/Small Squares. Head to Hunedoara, home of the Castle of Matei Corvin, the largest Gothic castle in Romania, also a castle full of history.. Arrival in Alba Iulia, the historical and spiritual capital of Romania. Overnight in Alba Iulia in Hotel Transilvania 4*Day 4: Alba Iulia - Turda - Cluj - Bistrita - TihutaSee Alba lulia's citadel, after breakfast. Visit the impressive salt mine of Romania in Turda. Go to Cluj Napoca city and Bistrita, the real land of Dracula. Dine and overnight at Dracula's Castle Hotel 3*Day 5: Tihuta - Targu Mures - SighisoaraDepart to Targu Mures, a beautiful Romanian-Hungarian city. Continue on to Sighisoara. Arrive in Depart to Targu Mures, a beautiful Romanian-Hungarian city. Continue on to Sighisoara. Take a tour of Sighisoara, a fortified citadel in the heart of Transylvania, inhabited by XIIIth century until today. Overnight in Sighisoara, the birthplace of Dracula right in the Unesco citadel in a medieval 3* hotel.Day 6: Sighisoara – Bran – Brasov – Poiana Brasov  After breakfast we'll head to Bran which according to tradition was home for the Count Dracula and inspired the novel written by Stoker. Head to Brasov, a medieval town known as The City of the Crown.Sightseeing tour of the old town of Brasov - Council Square, the Black Church, the White Tower, the Black Tower, Ecatherina and Schei gates.Overnight at Hotel House of Dracula (4 Star), a replica of Dracula's CastleDay 7: Brasov - Sinaia - Bucharest (200 km)In the morning visit the Peles Castle, considered among the most beautiful in Europe. Peles Castle is a masterpiece of eclectic architecture dominated by neo German Renaissance styleOn the way you will stop at Lake Snagov, near Bucharest, where in the center, in a small island, there is a small monastery in which Dracula was buried in 1476. Overnight in a 4* hotel.Day 8Free time and transfer to the airport

$493.94 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Transylvania from Bucharest: Bran, Brasov, Sibiu

Day 1 | Bucharest – Cozia – Sibiu - Alba IuliaThe tour starts with a pleasant drive to Cozia Monastery, one of the most valuable monuments of the national medieval art and architecture in Romania, built by Mircea the Elder. The trip continues to one of the most important cultural centres in Romania - Sibiu. This amazing medieval city was one of the largest and wealthiest strongholds in Europe and nowadays it is a city of art and culture that has the power to fascinate. Walking tour in the old center will reveal such places as The Big Square, The Liars Bridge, The Bukenthal Palace and The Clock Tower.After that, you will arrive in Alba Iulia, which will be visited the next day.Day 2 | Alba Iulia- Sighisoara – BrasovUpon breakfast in the hotel you will take a walk in Alba Iulia. The city of Alba Iulia is like a journey in the past, full of history. You will visit Alba Carolina fortress, Alba Iulia Museum, Catholic Cathedral of Alba Iulia, The Obelisk dedicated to Horea, Closca and Crisan. Next stop after Alba Iulia, is Sighisoara, where you will explore an impressive medieval fortress, part of the UNESCO World Heritage: The Clock Tower, The Church on the Hill and Dracula’s House.Leaving Sighisoara, you will be on the way to  Brasov.Day 3| Brasov - Bran - Sinaia - Bucharest After breakfast in the hotel, you will visit Brasov - a perfect mix of wonderful mountain scenery and medieval history with German influence. You will admire the best of Brasov in a walking tour, that includes the Main Square, the Old Council Hall, the Black Church, the medieval walls and defense towers.The trip continues  to Bran Castle, an intriguing 13th century hilltop fortress, famously known as Dracula’s Castle, that attracts tourists from all over the world fascinated by the myth of the Count Dracula of Transylvania. After Bran you will be taken to Sinaia, where you will stop at Sinaia Monastery built in the 17 century and Peles Castle, former summer residence of the royal family and one of the top 10 castles in Europe.From Sinaia you will travel back to Bucharest.

$805.96 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Days Transylvania & Wooden Churches of Maramures from Bucharest

ItineraryDay 1: Bucharest–Curtea de arges–Sibiu Pass By: Triumph Arch, BucharestSet out in the morning towards Transylvania region. Stop At: Curtea de Arges Monastery, Curtea de Arges, Arges County, Southern RomaniaOn your way will stop at Curtea de Arges Monastery. Explore this Moorish style Orthodox church that is considered to be the Romanian faith center for Orthodoxism.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Transfagarasan Highway, Curtea de Arges, Arges County, Southern RomaniaIf the weather allows it make your way towards Sibiu city through Transfagarasan Road. Reach in the afternoon in Sibiu where you will do a walking tour of this magical city.Please note that between the period of June-October Transfgarasan Road is open.If the Transfagarasan Road is closed the alternative route of Olt Valley River Road will be used.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Sibiu Travel, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaReach in the afternoon Sibiu city. This average size towns holds history throughout it’s Old town section. Tour the Old Town to explore the Big Square and the small Square as our guide will let you thru history.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Sibiu in a centrally located hotel. Day 2: Sibiu–Alba-Iulia–MaramuresStop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAfter breakfast set out for Alba Iulia city to visit a well preserved town that shows you medieval history and ancient history in the same spot. Alba Iulia is a former Roman city that was built to protect the nearby mines of gold after the Romans have conquered the area of Transylvania.Alba Iulia is also known for being the city where the unification of Romania was signed in 1918 forming the very own country that you are visiting today. Check out the Orthodox Monastery, the Main gates of the city as well as other spots from inside the citadel.Duration: 1 hourPass By: The Wooden Churches of Maramures, Ieud, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaAfter Alba Iulia head for the medieval Corvin Castle, one of the most emblematic castle for this region. Reach in the afternoon the region of Maramures in Breb Village. Have a traditional Wooden House for the accommodation.Meals included: • Dinner: Traditional homemade dinner in a Maramures village. • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in a Maramures VillageDay 3: Maramures excursion Stop At: Barsana Monastery, Barsana, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaAfter breakfast set out in the morning for your Maramures excursion.Your first stop will be at one of the most important monasteries of the area, Barsana monastery that offers an insight of the local culture with wood carventing skills. Head for the Wood Carventer, one of the few craftsmen of the area that will offer an idea of how wood carventing is done in Maramures.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Muzeul Tarancii Romane, Dragomiresti, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaReach Dragomiresti Museum to find out about more about Maramures culture from a local with a visit at traditional house with it’s traditional belongingsDuration: 1 hourStop At: Wooden Churches of Maramures, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaNext stop will be at the local whirpool to see how the locals where washing their clothes and rugs.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Merry Cemetery, Sapanta, Maramures County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaEnd your day at the Merry Cemetery where your guide will read funny stories of people of Maramures, that have been buried in the cemetery. Built in 1947 this cemetery offers a different perspective on how after life should be approached, by taking it into a more funny way rather than sad way.Duration: 45 minutesMeals included: • Dinner: Enjoy a traditional dinner. • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in a Maramures VillageDay 4: Maramures-SighisoaraStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaToday you will travel back to central part of Transylvania, into the town of Sighisoara. This well preserved town is the birthplace of Vlad Dracula and nowadays it attracts visitors with it's fairytale look.Take a walking tour with our guide to explore more about this fantastic medieval town.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Sighisoara in a centrally located hotel.Day 5: Sighisoara–Biertan - Viscri–BrasovStop At: Biertan Fortified Church, Biertan, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaSet out in the morning for Biertan Fortified Church which is a UNESCO Heritage site. This is a former church built in Medieval times it sits on top of the hill with a great view over the village. Inside the church our guide will explain the history of this place and also the reason why is so well known. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Viscri Fortified Church, Viscri, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAfter Biertan fortified church head for Viscri Village. Viscri is known as one of the most well preserved Transylvanian villages and it does that so well as Prince Charles decided to buy several houses within the village. As you stroll thru this UNESCO Heritage site you will see how people used to live and still live nowadays in the same old ways. Check out the local fortified church and should you wish, try a local traditional lunch ( own expense).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaReach in the afternoon Brasov city. Before you check-in in your hotel, stroll the city in a short walking tour with our guide. Pass next the Black Church and hear the history behind this magnificent building. See the Council Square and do not forget to pass at the main former gates of the city.Duration: 40 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Brasov at a centrally located hotel.Day 6: Brasov – Bran – Peles – BucharestStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaSet out fresh in the morning after your breakfast and head for Bran castle. This 14th century castle was built to act as a main custom point between Transylvania and Wallachia. Also Bran castle is known for it's connection with Vlad Dracula's legend and story. Join our guide inside the castle to find out more about the real story behind Vlad Dracula and Bran Castle. After the castle do not forget to check out the market in front of the castle for souvenirs.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaOnce done with Bran castle, you will travel thru the Carpathian Mountains, passing ski resorts until you reach Peles castle situated in Sinaia Town. Enter the Peles castle and discover a well preserved, magnificent palace built in the 19th by the first king of the country. Explore the hallways as our guide will let you thru each and one detail of the rooms. Peles castle is also known as the Pearl of the Carpathian.After Peles head back to Bucharest.End of service.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$241.79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Maramures & Transylvania Costum Tour - Nature, History and Multiculturalism

Usually we do not offer standard / prepared in advance tours, as agencies do in general, that doesn’t mean that we cannot perform them, it’s just that we have a different approach. Depending on available time and the area of main interest we suggest itineraries and objectives of possible tours in an efficient traveling manner. This is usually backed up by the priorities and the touristic objectives already in mind of the travelers. We just prepared a short list of such possibilities, including some of the particularities, main objectives. Maramures:- Sighetu Marmatiei: The Village Museum (open air), Ellie Wiesel Memorial House,  the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Memorial Museum of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance (actually it is a communist jail transformed intro a museum) - Baia Mare: it has been a human settlement for the past 2000 years.The city has a charming old center lined with dining places and cafés. - Wooden Churches, Monasteries and country side: Bârsana, The Church of Ieud (built in the 14'th century), probably the oldest church in Maramureș, and other UNESCO Heritage wooden churches and buildings in Șurdești, Rogoz, Desești, Poienile Izei, Budești, Sarbi. - Nature:The Horses’ Waterfall in Rodnei Mountains surrounded by a breathtaking scenario and tranquility; The Nature Reserve of Pietrosu Rodnei (2303 m), glacier lakes; Ocna Șugatag: located in the Mara River Valley, it is popular for its salty mineral waters which provide health benefits; The Prislop Pass - the highest mountain pass in the country (1416 m). - Hidden gems: we are proud of our non-mainstream approach. So, while we will not fail to include the attractions above on our itineraries, we typically try to deviate from standard Maramureș tours. In other words, we won’t take you where it’s easier to get or where you should go just because everyone says so. You’re absolutely free to choose the destinations and the routes that you desire. We will, of course, offer you support and suggestions to help you make your choices. Besides popular tourist sites, and city touring, we always try to show our clients the rural paradise of Maramureș. In this region, there are plenty lovely villages where you can explore the authentic Romanian lifestyle and get closer to nature and even to God. Some of these villages have become quite renowned in recent years, so you can expect to see other visitors around. Others, which are less popular and populated, will help you immerse in a tranquil and pleasant ambience where time seems to stand still. Transylvania:- City tour in Cluj Napoca - Salt mine in Turda - Medieval town of Sighisoara - Citadel in Alba Iulia - Corvin Castle, Hunedoara Particularities: very well preserved rural life, traditional villages, welcoming people, and spectacular mountain landscapes + multicultural urban atmosphere.

$1036.24 Day Trips & Excursions

Transilvania Train

ItineraryDay 1: 26.06.2019 -- BrasovStop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaIndividual arrival in Brasov, with check-in starting 3.00pm.It is time to meet each other, to introduce us easily to the Transylvanian region.We all gather at 7.00pm in Brasov for a welcome cocktail. Having a glass of Romanian liqueur and snacks from Transylvania, we start the Transilvania Train 2018.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation at Brasov, 4* HotelDay 2: 27.06.2019 – Haferland AreaStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAt 09.00am, we go to Brasov Railway Station, when in the sound of the fanfare, we get on the first Romanian tourist train – Transilvania Train.For two hours we enjoy Romanian premium wines and cheeses, discovering the first stories of Transylvania, from the gorge and the volcano of Racos to the Szekler settlement.At noon we get off at the train station in Mureni.We arrive in Oat Country named Haferland. During this day we discover the stories of the fortified churches of Saschiz, Viscri and Crit, Bunesti and Mesendorf/Cloasterf, stories complemented by the locals who have enriched this region.At 1.30pm, we arrive in Crit, at The Kraus House, the former parish house, where we have lunch with Haferland specialties and relax in the courtyard of the fortified church.From 3.00pm we continue exploring Haferland, we enjoy the locals, and we marvel listening to their story.We leave Haferland and get out of its mirage and head for Sighisoara.Starting 7.30pm we are waiting in the restaurant of Double Tree by Hilton from Sighisoara for a dinner with selected dishes.At 9.00pm we start the most spectacular tour of The Sighisoara Citadel, a nocturnal tour as it has not been seen, accompanied by the famous drummer of the fortress.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation at Sighisoara, 4* HotelDay 3: 28.06.2019 – Traditional CraftsStop At: Alba-Iulia Train Station, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAt 08.30am, after breakfast, we head to the train station in Sighisoara where Transilvania Train is waiting for us to explore a new destination in Siebenburgen: surroundings of Medias.Again, on board we will enjoy the stories and landscapes of Transylvania with a cup of coffee or tea and a glass of Romanian wine.At 10.00am we take off at Medias Train Station and, in groups, we will head to the destinations for the first cultural experiences of the area. Throughout the day we will experience the traditions of Transylvanian culture.Starting 1.00pm, without leaving the landscape and the state given by the craft workshops, we’ll have lunch. Another opportunity to enjoy the dishes from the heart of Transylvania.We continue the afternoon with the second chosen workshop, crafting alongside the locals and popular artists, passionate about the beauty, which will share with us the secrets kept for generations.After the workshops, at 4.30pm, we board the buses for going to the train, which is waiting for us at Copsa Mica Station, with snacks and cold beer, for a trip of almost three hours to Alba Iulia where we will be greeted as outstanding guests.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation at Alba Iulia, 4* HotelDay 4: 29.06.2019 – Gastronomy of TransylvaniaStop At: Medieval city of Sibiu, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAt 09:00am we start the day with a tour of the Alba Carolina Citadel. Accompanied by passionate guides of the historic city, we will recall an important part of Romania’s history.At 11:30am, Transilvania Train meets us on the platform of Alba Iulia Station to take us to the following destination: the medieval Mullbach, nowadays called Sebes.Here we attend a special event: The Evangelical Church in Sebeș opens its doors and the organ from 1893 will delight us with an unique concert.We continue the series of memorable events with an unique gastronomic experience where we all will be involved – together we will cook and discover recipes of Transylvanian dishes, cooked with beer. At lunchtime, we will enjoy the taste of the dishes prepared by ourselves.At 5.50pm we get on the train and for almost two hours, we admire the landscapes of Marginimea Sibiului and we enjoy the stories of the times when the strong fortifications of Sibiu were fighting against the Turks attacks.At 7:30pm we get to Sibiu where we have the last accommodation.After a short relaxation break, starting at 9:00pm, we invite you to a party in the historic town (at Oldies Pub) with drinks and snacks.It is the last night together and it is worth honoring it properly!Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation at Sibiu, 4* HotelDay 5: 30.06.2019 – Sibiu and Fagaras CountyStop At: Fagaras Fortress, Fagaras, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAfter breakfast, we will enjoy the streets and squares of Sibiu, and from 10.00am we attend a special event – violins will delight our senses with a lot of great works of classical and contemporary music.After this moment of joy, we go to the station, where we get on the train again. At 11:40am we will head to Fagaras Citadel.Starting 1.30pm, inside the fortress, we also have lunch, the last meal in Transilvania Train, a reunion of Transylvanian cuisine.The final stage of our journey from Fagaras to Brasov, will be a great opportunity to change travel impressions, e-mail addresses or facebook profiles, with a glass of sparkling wine and a lot of good will.Around 5.00pm, after five days of memorable experiences, we will reach the final destination of our trip: Brasov Railway Station.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$2210.64 Multi-day & Extended Tours

11-Day Transylvania Tour from Bucharest

Day 1: Bucharest – Olt Valley – Cozia Monastery – SibiuThe bus that will lead you on the beautiful Olt Valley where you can admire Olt Gorges. A short stop at Cozia Monastery will recharge your battery. Enjoy lunch in the area and then continue your trip to Sibiu, one of the most picturesque towns in Romania. Accommodations and dinner at a 4 star hotel.Day 2: SibiuAfter breakfast, a local guide will take you on a walk through the old center of Sibiu to discover the beautiful multicultural heritage. Lunch will be at a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon will be at leisure to explore the city. Dinner will be served at the hotel.Day 3: Sibiu – Marginimea Sibiului – Alba IuliaPack your bags because after breakfast you will drive to Alba Iulia. On the road, you will taste delicious homemade cheese, palinca,  cakes and syrups made from fruits grown in locals gardens in Marginimea Sibiului. Accommodations and dinner will be at a 3 star hotel in Alba Iulia.Day 4: Alba Iulia – Cluj NapocaYour next arrival city is Cluj Napoca, the European Youth Capital 2015. Since some claim that here lies the heart of Transylvania, take this opportunity to find out what that means. Lunch will be served in a restaurant and accommodations and dinner at a 4 star hotel in Cluj Napoca.Day 5: Cluj Napoca – Cheile Turzii – Salina Turda – Cluj NapocaBegin your day with breakfast at the hotel, putting you in a good mood to enter Turda Salt Mine. On your trip, you will enjoy beautiful Turda Gorges. Lunch on the spot and dinner at the hotel.Day 6: Cluj Napoca – Targu MuresLeaving Cluj Napoca, you will go to Targu Mures. Beautiful road trip. Lunch will be served in a traditional restaurant. After arriving in Targu Mures, enjoy a short city tour. Accommodations and dinner at a 4 star hotel in Targu Mures.Day 7: Targu Mures – Sighisoara – Biertan – BrasovEat well in the morning, a long and exciting day is in front of you. First of all, Sighisoara, after that the Fortified Church of Biertan and then Brasov. Don’t worry about lunch, you’ll have a pleasant surprise. Accommodation and dinner at a 5 star hotel in Brasov.Day 8: Brasov – Bran – Moeciu – BrasovRelaxing day with a short visit at Bran Castle. After that, we’ll have a traditional lunch in a sheepfold in Moeciu and free time in Brasov. Prepare for a magical dinner and learn some traditional folk dances at a famous restaurant in town.Day 9: Brasov – Busteni - Sinaia – BucharestAfter breakfast, take an easy walk out to Busteni, then head towards Sinaia, for visiting Peles Castle. Two castles deserve a royal lunch. Accommodation and dinner at a 4 star hotel in Bucharest.Day 10: BucharestLunch and a very special dinner in the old center. But first, you will visit Bucharest and its main attractions. Free time after the city tour.Day 11: Depart