Welcome to Turda


Back in the days when salt was currency, Turda's salt-mining industry (dating back to the 13th century) made it a powerhouse. The main mine shut down in 1932, though it's a much-visited curiosity in its current form. Whether you're seeking amenities, hotels or food, life revolves around Turda’s central street, Str Republicii.


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Turda Salt Mine, Alba Iulia, and Rimetea Tour from Cluj-Napoca

In the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and you will leave for Alba Iulia - a fortress-city located in the heart of Transylvania, that takes you back in time with its Roman vibe. Apulum, by its Latin name, was the largest Roman castrum, and it had a tremendous strategic importance. Over time, the city was marked by both German and Hungarian settlers, which transformed it into a hotspot of cultural diversity. The mixture of Baroque and Romanesque churches, Roman Citadels, and even a Babylonian building is bound to charm you.The Alba Carolina Fortress is an impressive hexagram-shaped fortification surrounded by 12 kilometers of walls. The 6 entrances are decorated with impressive Baroque elements, unique in the European military architecture. The sensation of the past is backed up by the Austrian guards in their vintage clothes who protect the citadel. Initially, the fortification was built as a Roman fort, during the Middle Ages it was turned into a Fortress, and later it became a Vauban Citadel with bastions.Our next destination is Rimetea, a fairy-tale village sheltered by the majestic Apuseni Mountains, dominated by a wild combination of white and green. Here, you will enjoy a delicious lunch.We will then leave from Rimetea in order to reach Turda. Here, you will find a salt mine that was formed more than 13 million years ago, has been used for over 2,000 years, and has been turned into an underground theme park. Hundreds of meters of galleries open into a huge room carved in salt, with a height of 90 meters, in the middle of which you will find a lake. If you are in search of spectacular images to capture with your camera, this is the place to go. The glass elevator provides an astonishing overview of the mine, and you can even take a boat ride on the lake, play mini golf, tennis, or ride the Ferris wheel. All year long, the temperature is constant in between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius, and the air has proven therapeutic proprieties, especially for the respiratory system.After touring the Turda Salt Mine, we will head back to Cluj.

$827.94 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

$228.83 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Romania Transylvania Highlights Private 3-Day Tour with Hotel

ItineraryDay 1: Cluj-Napoca - Turda Salt Mine - Hunedoara Castle - Brasov.Pass By: Reformed Church of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaWhile we are getting out of the city, you can admire the beautiful architecture of the majestic buildings which made Cluj-Napoca one of the top touristic destinations in Romania!Stop At: Salina Turda, Turda, Cluj County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaStep inside UFO - shaped theme park! Visit Turda salt mine, one of the largest in Europe and one of the top 10 underground wonders in the world! The 2000-year-old Salt Mine is in the city of Turda and during World War Two local authorities used its massive underground caverns as bomb shelters for the residents of Turda. When the war drew to an end in 1945, local cheese makers decided to use the mine's naturally cool and dark interior for storing cheese.Duration: 1 hour 20 minutesStop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Corvin Castle in Hunedoara, one of the seven wonders of Romania and Transylvania most spellbinding fortress. The castle is thought to have been cursed and many believe that it is the most haunted castle in Europe! Let's go there and find out! Equally chilling is the Bear Pit, where prisoners were thrown to animals after their usefulness expired.Duration: 1 hour 20 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Casa Timar Pension or similar, en suite single or double room, breakfast included.Day 2: Brasov - Bears Sanctuary - Rasnov Fortress - Bran Castle - Brasov.Stop At: Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti, Zarnesti, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit The Bears Sanctuary which is located in the forest, 2 km away from Piatra Craiului National Park. It covers an area of 69 hectares of forest, streams and ponds where the brown bears live. It is the biggest of this kind in the entire world. Visit the Bears Sanctuary - an amazing place for such beautiful animals! This " 5 stars all inclusive resort " for bears hosts around 100 rescued bears from captivity. They have a chance for a new and better life now! Taking pictures is allowed. Prepare your cameras! Duration: 1 hour 15 minutesStop At: Rasnov Citadel, Rasnov, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvania Visit Rasnov Fortress, which was built in the 13th Century, might just be the most enchanting of them all! The fortress is the biggest in Transylvania and one of the best preserved in Romania. Beautiful panorama over Barsa Land from the very top of the fortress. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaOn the approach to Bran village, while the castle appears through the mist like something out of a fairytale, it will quickly become clear as to why this magnificent castle is the most well-known castle in the world! Visit infamous Bran Castle, aka Dracula Castle where you will discover the truth behind the legends! Duration: 1 hour 15 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Casa Timar Pension or similar, en suite single or double room, breakfast included.Day 3: DAY3: Brasov - Sighisoara - Cluj-Napoca.Stop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit Sighisoara medieval town, UNESCO world heritage and Vlad the Impaler birthplace, including The Clock Tower, The Church on the Hill and the house where Vlad Dracula was born. So resplendent are Sighişoara’s pastel-coloured buildings, stony lanes and medieval towers, you’ll rub your eyes in disbelief. Fortified walls encircle Sighişoara’s lustrous merchant houses, now harbouring cafes, hotels and craft shops. Walking around the narrow streets we can admire, under the shadow of the old Clock Tower, the house where an unknown woman gave birth to a child, Vlad, who will become famous all over the world as Dracula. These streets, which also ignores the straight line and the horizontal plane, hide and reveal, at each step in an elaborate, but urban natural scenery, medieval paintings that delight the eye and incites the imagination. Unmistakable charm and personality of the city were built in time, by harmonizing the successive deposits of history. Walking along the wall that surrounds Sighisoara citadel we admire the five centuries old houses along with the towers erected by various guilds of the citadel, from which the Shoemakers, Tailors and Tin Makers Guilds towers are the most impressive. We visit the Church on the Hill but not before climbing the 175 covered steps which were built in 1642 in order to make easier access for the schoolchildren's. After Sighisoara old town visit, head to a local restaurant for lunch of fresh salads, traditional soups, delicious sarmale, meat, chicken, vegetables and other regional fares (drinks and meals at own expense). Traditional lunch can be arranged in Sighisoara medieval town.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Cluj-Napoca City Hall, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaTransfer to your hotel in Cluj Napoca.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$40.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Turda salt mine (daily guaranteed departures)

Pick up from Babes-Bolyai University (Kogalniceanu street). Transfer by car to Turda (the transfer would take between 40 min - 1 h, depending on traffic conditions). Visit Turda salt mine (Salina Turda) with a guide speaking English / French. Entry tickets are included. Being about 2000 years old, Turda salt mine has passed through many different stages before becoming the no 1 not to miss attraction it is today. Used as an antiaircraft shelter during WWII, as cheese ripening center during the communist period and finally upgraded to an amusement park, the salt mine from Turda still preserves thousands of chisel and hammer marks, left by the miners once working here as their ‘salt signature’.Inside the salt mine, you can take a boat ride on an underground lake or enjoy all the other activities offered to you by the incredible amusement park.After 1h30-2h of staying in the underground, end of the visit of Turda salt mine. Transfer back to Cluj. Drop off at the same location as for the pick up.

$241.48 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.

$688.80 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Trip to Transylvania: Halloween Midnight Tales from Bucharest

Day 1 | Bucharest City TourUpon arriving in Romania, the first city to greet you is Bucharest. The atmosphere might seem familiar – modern buildings, historical monuments, and the busy streets of a restless city. You will begin a journey to another world, one populated by vampires, mythical creatures and weird phenomena that baffle us to this day. In Bucharest, we'll visit a small chapel inhabited by only one monk as well as other historical centers. Overnight in Bucharest.Day 2 | Bucharest – SibiuAfter breakfast, we will head out to Sibiu, taking the former trade route used hundreds of years ago by armies, caravans, or fugitives, and visit the Old Town with its large and picturesque square where we’ll learn some of the secrets guarded by the city walls. Some of the main attractions of the day include the Brukenthal Museum, the Evangelical Church and the Bridge of Lies.Overnight in Sibiu.Day 3 | Sibiu – Hunedoara – TurdaAfter breakfast, we will continue our trip through the region of Transylvania, making our first stop at the famous Corvin Castle. Our journey will then take us to Turda where we will visit a spectacular and unique site, the Turda Salt Mine.Overnight in Turda. Day 4 | Turda - Biertan – Sighisoara – BranOur day will begin with a visit to Biertan where we will visit the famous fortified church dating back to the Middle Ages. Around mid-day, we’ll visit a place where history mingles with everyday life: Sighisoara is one of the few European fortresses that is still inhabited.Overnight in Bran.Day 5 | Bran - Brasov City Tour –  Dracula Castle – BranAfter a healthy breakfast, we will start our day by driving to the beautiful Brasov, a city covered by a Middle Age atmosphere and visit the famous Black Church, the largest gothic cathedral in Southeastern Europe. In the evening you will have the chance to visit the famous Bran Castle. Count Dracula will be your good host until past midnight, when he will invite you to his private party, in a tent placed in the Royal Park.Overnight in Bran.Day 6 | Bran – CampfireAfter an energetic Halloween party comes the day for relaxation. We'll all sleep late and rest, and you'll have the day at your disposal.In the evening we will have a campfire and a tasty dinner with fresh local products.Overnight in Bran.Day 7 | DepartureOn your final day, we will drive through the Prahova Valley and head to Sinaia. Here you'll visit the remarkable Peles Castle and then head to Bucharest for departure.