Welcome to Székely Land


Charismatic cultural centre Târgu Mureş (Marosvásárhely in Hungarian), with a population evenly split between Romanian and Hungarian-speakers, should be your first stop. Further east, ethnic Hungarians comprise the majority in Odorheiu Secuiesc (Székelyudvarhely) and Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda). Quintessential experiences are soaking in mineral-rich waters, perhaps Sovata's 'Red Sea' or a glossy spa in Băile Tuşnad, and dipping into Székely culture at the fine museums in Sfântu Gheorghe and Odorheiu.


Top experiences in Székely Land

Székely Land activities

$53.81 Walking & Biking Tours

Full-Day Hiking Tour from Targu Mures

Escape the mundane for a day and go for a hike in the wild Calimani Mountains or the Gurghiu Mountains of Transylvania. The majestic mountains in this land of legends will have you experiencing the serene ancient forests of the region as well. These mountains are not the highest in Transylvania, but they are ones that preserve an untouched nature, wild and free, as the feeling you will get from hiking here, and besides, they host the biggest bear population in Europe. Visit the God's Chair or climb the Zaspas Peak, both offering some breathtaking views. Pick-up from your centrally located hotel and departure towards the Calimani Mountains. We will reach the starting point after 1,5 hours drive. The destination peak will be decided after speaking personally with you on the day and chosen according to skill level. On the way to the top we will have regular stops to ensure it is a relaxing hike. After the hike we will drive back to Targu Mures. Hiking equipment required: backpack, comfortable shoes or boots, waterproof clothing.Sandwiches & Beverages are excluded.

$17.94 Transfers & Ground Transport

Tirgu Mures Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Enter your details when you book and your transfer will be confirmed automatically. When you land in Tirgu Mures Airport, bypass the taxi lines, met your driver ( waiting for you with a name sign), show your confirmation voucher to him and then step inside your waiting vehicle to ride comfortably to your destination. Enjoy the private ride without worrying about taxi meters or getting lost.Your driver take you to the door of your destination, assist you with your bags and make sure everything is ok.This private transfer service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,all around the year.

$71.74 Cultural & Theme Tours

Targu Mures Dinner with Romanian Wine pairing in Transylvania

Located in the north-central part of Romania, Targu-Mures is in the centre of the historical region of Transylvania, which has always been a fertile soil for living legends. All myths to the contrary, first and foremost it is sublime wines that flow here. From grapes which draw into themselves the unique terroir of this region and deliver the raw material from which some wineries produce internationally renowned wines.Privo Restaurant is the place where you can relish your senses with exquisite, carefully selected dishes and drinks. The elegant ambience and culinary culture propose an international cuisine interpretation using the best ingredients, the local flavours, in a contemporary fashion.Make your own way to the refined location and prepare yourself for a unique experience. Taste a sublime selection of wines from some of Romania’s known areas and learn to identify the subtle differences between each variety.  You can also take a sneak peak of our award-winning wine cellar where you can find more than 315 labels from all over the world. Configured in two volumes, with an entrance room for wine tasting and a room dedicated to long term storage and ageing, our wine cellar addresses those who search for an exclusive experience, professional tastings or the “connoisseurs”.4-COURSE TASTING MENU with ROMANIAN WINE PAIRINGTruffle foie gras parfait with onion chutney and sweet briocheGramma Feteasca Regala 2014Red beets marinated Gravlax with creamy goat cheese and green applesLacerta Fine Wine Green 2013Chardonnay & Rhein Riesling Argentinian beef medallion with pepper sauce, sweet potatoes and grilled tomatoesAurelia Visinescu Feteasca Neagra 2012IntermezzoSour cherry sorbet White chocolate mousse with passion fruitPrince Stirbey Tamaioasa Romaneasca Dulce 2013

$53.81 Outdoor Activities

Private Brown Bear Watching Tour at the Harghita Mountains Foothills

Your Carpathian brown bear experience starts in the small Szekler village of Lupeni (36 km from Sovata) where your guide awaits you to set off in his 4wd car into the forests at the foothills of the Harghita Mountains. In recent years, it has become a popular destination for wildlife watching as the population is most dense in Harghita, Covasna, Vrancea, and Brasov counties. After a 15- to 25-minute drive (depending on which spot has the greatest chances for watching on that day) you will be safely escorted down a roughly 500m long trail. Occupy your place in the hide, stay quiet, listen to the forest wildlife sounds, and enjoy the excitement of waiting for the bears to come. There is usually success in seeing bears, but as there are wild animals involved, nothing is guaranteed. If you are lucky, you may observe bears feeding, playing together, courting, and mating. You may even see other species like wild boars, roe deer and red deer, foxes, badgers, and some game birds. In the past a few sightings of lynxes and wolves were had as well, but these animals, although in great numbers in the Carpathians, are very secretive and rarely seen. After approximately 3 hours of watching, head back to the car accompanied by your guide and ride back to Lupeni village. The entire trip takes about 4 hours and watching from the hide can be complemented with following the animals footprints in the forest upon request. Be prepared by wearing hiking boots and weatherproof clothing, and bring binoculars, a camera, an extra battery, and a memory card to record this unique experience.Wildlife watching tours in the Carpathians allow wildlife to be viewed in close proximity without being disruptive, and generates revenue for local rewilding efforts. Please note: Your forest ranger guide accompanying you may carry a handgun for your protection in extreme situations.The tour usually ends around 9:30-10:00pm, so please plan your dinner time accordingly. There are high chances (statistically more than 75%) to spot the Carpathian brown bear, sometimes a female with cubs, sometimes a larger male bear. As a bonus, your guide can share some of the stories about the Communist dictator Ceausescu's hunting in the area.

$71.74 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Carpathian Horseback Trail Ride near Gheogheni

Our horse riding ranch in Gheorgheni offers a great herd of energetic and reliable locally bred horses from which 6 Lipizzaners and 1 Saghya Arab with 155-172 cm heights and age between 5-15 years old, so there is always the right horse for you. Once you arrive at the ranch, your guide will put great effort in finding the right horse and in trying to adjust the trail to the riding experience of each person. First he explains the safety rules and how it all works out on the trail, then you will take a short test ride so the guide can asses your experience and skills. Based on the assessment and your preferences, you can choose from the following one-day tours:The Sugo Cave tour (about 5 hours, visit to the cave included)Visiting the nature reserve of the Fenek moor at Voslobeni (about 5-6 hours)The Pricske tour (about 5-6 hours)The Kovacspeter and the spring of the Olt tour (5-6 hours)Borzont tour (7-8 hours)Afterwards, it's time to get on the horse and ride! During this tour you will get a different perspective of the incredible scenery of the Eastern Carpathians and about the Székely villages surrounding Gheorgheni. Depending on the choice of the trail, you will get a first-hand taste of the wild landscape and the rural life of local villagers. During the tour at a great vista you can rest a while and your guide optionally will welcome you to a wholesome picnic in nature from local produce. After arriving back at the ranch, a cold drink (or when the weather gets bad a warm) will be provided. There will also be time to talk to the guide, ask questions and take pictures with the horses. Helmets are available for free at the ranch. We recommend you to have hiking boots and leggings. Riding boots are recommended only if walking is comfortable in them. The weather conditions of the region make it necessary to have warm clothes and raincoat at hand. If needed, we can provide you the latter ones.Please note: This ride is suitable for intermediate riders and above who are happy and balanced in the saddle at walk, trot and canter. Technical expertise is not as important as good physical health and preferably some prior experience riding outdoors.This tour is for travelers seeking an offbeat and authentic Carpathian experience!

$17.94 Outdoor Activities

Red Lake and the Bicaz Gorges Day Tour

Once you will meet your guide at Red Lake (Lacu Rosu in Romanian) resort, enjoy an easy walk around the lake, learn about the stories and legends linked to the area, taste a local delicacy and learn about the local culture. During this walk your guide will give you various options for hiking trails in the Bicaz Gorges - Hasmas Mountains National Park so you can decide which one suits you the most based on your interests and fitness level. You can hike up to the Mary Stone (1048 m), Killer Stone (1378 m), Kiscohard Massif (1345 m), Fairies Garden Stone or the Likas Stone (1675 m) or explore the Bicajel gorges. All options offer a great encounter with the lime cliffs and dense forests of the national park and provide great views of this unique landscape. Those who are interested in rock climbing, can upgrade their experience with a 2-hour guided via ferrata tour either on the Wild Ferenc or on the Astragaus trail. All necessary equipment and instrctions will be provided and no prior experience is needed, but the lack of fear of heights is a must.

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