Retreat yourself in the forest spa resort. See the castle lost at cards game. Then uncover your adventure spirit in a military training camp. Breath one of the purest air in Europe while discovering the wonders of Cluj Napoca green city.
Itinerary: Timisoara – Hunedoara – Cluj
Duration: at least 4 days
Departures: All year round
Price: According to tailor made tour
Customize your private car tour of Western Transylvania !
Western Transylvania tour
- Nako Castle
- Spa rituals
- Adventure spirit in a military training camp
- Cultural Transylvania: Banffy Palace
And its story is equally impressive.
The grandson of the original owner lost at cards game and sold the castle.
After being restored in the 20th century, it successively became tractor driving school, place for the agricultural apprentices from the former CAPs and Culture House.
Believe it or not after nationalization it was inclusively a disco !
Introducing the forest spa resort…
You are warmly invited to experience a secular journey on the border of an ancient hearth, a mysterious dream in the Mystic Relaxing Volcano area, a purifying Bio Sauna, an amazing Hammam and a Salty and Aroma Sauna of everlasting fragrant cedar wood… To complete your head to toe experience, the Vitamin Bar awaits you with fresh tasty food and rejuvenating drinks, Tea Ceremonies and other healthy rituals.
Choose from a range of different outdoor sports and activities including golf, tennis, volley, football, cycling, hiking, archery or sportive fishing. In the summer you will float away with a sun cure by the Blue Lagoon breathing the fresh air. By the way, did we mention this incredible spa resort is lying in a picturesque forested hilly region ?
Can you keep a secret ?
Azzurytt is looking now for daring men and women to secretly train them for undercover missions. If you’ve ever wanted to be Navy SEAL agent now’s your chance. We are offering an adrenaline-fuelled new experience.
A new form of military life has been created
The great outdoors. You’ve been. But never quite like this. Because we’re sending you to the only military entertainment park in Europe to drink in all of Wallachia’s natural splendor - and other libations - from the comfort of your own General Villa, Colonel Apartment, War Cannon or Amphibious Armoured Vehicle (TAB). Without “silk and laces” unless brought from home and successfully passed through the check point, which we seriously doubt ! We’re talking real man-like spirit and, yes, the barrack atmosphere. But most importantly: adrenalin and entertainment.
The ultimate military training in Romania
Do you have what it takes ? This action-packed adventure weekend will give mere mortals a flavour of life in the Romanian Armed Forces testing to the limit their physical endurance, mental ability, team-working skills and leadership capability. If you think you have what it takes to get involved, then start planning your next mission and become a Romanian Holiday Soldier, Colonel or General
Experience Army the ROMANIAN WAY !
Together with your ‘hit squad’ (made up, predominantly, of those buddies you can trust with a gun), you’ll be taken by car and / or helicopter and transferred from your comfortable 5* hotel suites in Bucharest to a former secret military base of the Romanian Army lost in the middle of nowhere. Rumors say that during the WWII it was the target of the USA attacks for destruction together with a train station.
Have you ever step inside an ammunition factory ?
You won’t do it now either. But you will get the proper military training in a former one. Don’t start telling everybody but the entertainment is included. After careful security checkings, your group is greeted by the commander and given complete security instructions. Once begun, your army training will be an unique experience with operational agents who will help you unlock a secret world where you will learn specialist skills and be taken on a journey that will push you to your limits, in a race against time.
On the footsteps of the 2nd World War
Do you like all old and history ? Are you traditions lover and do you admire veterans ? Enjoy a full tour of the largest military technical museum in Romania (it has 88 ha) and see with your own eyes the main battle tank of the Red Army during the WWII or the tanks hunter designed and used by USSR during the same war. The military artifacts gathered here include airplanes, tanks, self-propelled guns, helicopters, cannons, machine-guns, artillery and rail vehicles. You will not only admire them but also find out their histories which for sure will take you back in time to the ‘30s of the last century. Would you personally like to live what those guys experienced while fighting for liberty of Romania when the war drew to a close ? Now you have a once in a lifetime chance to re-enact the magnificent military operations in true style over couple of days spent in the Romanian wilderness and even how to survive the harsh winter conditions in the Romanian mountains.
Join the army !
The time has come for your group to be split in several squads and for the military service to start… Submerge yourself in the world of Romanian Armed Forces and, under the guidance of experienced officers, learn all about manoeuvre exercises and how combat soldiers are trained by experts, how to use lethal weapons, how difficult is to board an armored troop carrier and ride a tank. Working with operational agents, you’ll start to realize what the meaning of edge-of-seat excitement really is. In the end you will be well prepared, with expert training, to be deployed any minute on a real mission and become a hero.
Ride a tank !
“Attention Soldier!” The time has come for you to get into a real tank. You´ll make to the ranks of a real man ! Now, chin in and chest out ! So men, do you really want to sit in a tank and see why those who’ve never ridden in a tank are just “softies” ? Now you’ve got the chance ! Experience a high–octane driving experience and learn how to make a mammoth crawler descend a near-vertical slope. Without seatbelt ! The Day in the Romanian Army ends at the mess-room with a standard soldier's dinner flavored by tuica or its stronger version palinca. No waiter service ! The best of you, soldiers, are awarded with large bottles of Romanian Tuica but all of you will bring home memorial certificate military hats and military flasks with tuica as memorable souvenirs.
In the 18th century Johann Eberhard Blaumann, a German architect, built the most representative palace for the baroque style in Transylvania. Statues of Apollo, Diana, Hercules, Mars, Minerva and Perseus decorate the façade. The first ruler from the Habsburg family who visited Cluj Napoca and was guest of Banffy Palace was Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor who came here with his wife Caroline Augusta of Bavaria. Later Franz Joseph I of Austria was also guest of this palace.
Since 1951 here is the National Museum of Art Cluj Napoca so you can discover surprising works of art while wondering through the old impressive halls.
Did you know that for about 10 years until 1974 the inner yard of the palace was occupied by a cinema ? The collections housed within Banffy palace features from paintings and sculptures of major European and Romanian artists (Luca Giordano, Claude Michel, Nicolae Grigorescu, Dimitrie Paciurea) to graphics of great European printmakers of 16th-20th centuries (Edgar Degas and others).