Western Transylvania private tour

Highlights:
* 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.
* Retreat yourself in the forest spa resort.

Interests:
* Heritage, Art, Gourmet, Family, Relaxing, Wellness
Itinerary:
* Timisoara – Hunedoara – Cluj
Duration:
* At least 4 days
Departures:
* All year round

Included:
* Customized itinerary planning and travel arrangements
* Private sedan / minivan with professional English speaking driver (-guide) at disposal
* Personal tour manager at disposal (available on request)
* Complimentary rooms and restaurants reservations
Excluded:
* Rooms, meals, entrance fees
Price:
* Varies depending on season, tour length, number of guests, included special activities and other custom preferences

Tailor made this Transylvania tour for me


DAY 1 


Timisoara city tour

Welcome to Timisoara, the first city in Europe that had electric street-lightning !
Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral, built between 1936-1941, is its largest religious building. Wonderful symbol of Timisoara, looking like taken from old fairy tales, this is the tallest church in Romania (90.5 m).
The nearby early 18th century Baroque Palace for sure will attract you too. Nowadays it hosts Timisoara Art Museum, a landmark of contemporary cultural life. Let you eyes wondering over the local, national and universal artistic values sheltered within.
Then head towards Theresia Bastion, the oldest building of Timisoara fortress. It really has the charm of an authentic castle.

Iconic Wines Tastings, Recas vineyards

Enjoy a generous lunch before heading out to the local vineyards and wineries. We are extremely fond of showcasing lesser known wine regions and estates. In the same time we think it is about time to introduce you to some wine world’ rock stars. We will provide a sneak peak into the rarest, most delectable wines of the moment from Petro Vaselo and Recas. You really should join us at this magnificent tastings. And see just why these wines have such a cult following around the country.
Whispering campaign says one of their premium wines – Sole Chardonay – is the favorite of a former Romania’s president.


DAY 2 & 3


Ultimate military training in Romania

TAdventure spirit in a military training camp2he great outdoors. You’ve been. But never quite like this. Because we’re sending you to the only military entertainment park in Europe. There you will drink in all of Wallachia’s natural splendor – and other libations. At mess-room, tuica – or its stronger version palinca – flavors every standard soldier’s dinner at mess-room. No waiter service ! But you’ll comfortably sleep in 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, barrack atmosphere. But most importantly: adrenalin and entertainment.

Have you ever step inside an ammunition factory ?

You won’t do it now either. But you and your “hit squad” will get proper military training in a former one. It was also a secret military base of Romanian Army. Rumors say that during WWII it was the target of USA attacks for destruction together with a train station. Don’t start telling everybody but entertainment is guaranteed.

On the footsteps of the 2nd World War

Do you like history and admire veterans ? Enjoy a full tour of the largest military technical museum in Romania (88 ha). See with your own eyes Red Army’s main battle tank during WWII. Admire the tanks hunter designed and used by USSR during the same war… Histories of military artifacts gathered here are really captivating. Walk further among airplanes, helicopters and rail vehicles. And feel free to touch self-propelled and machine-guns, cannons and artillery. For sure all these will take you back in time to the ‘30s.

Join the army

Can you keep a secret ?

 We actually look 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-fueled new experience. Do you have what it takes ? This action-packed adventure weekend will give mere mortals a flavour of life in Romanian Armed Forces. And it will test to the limit their physical endurance, mental ability, team-working skills and leadership capability.

After careful security checking, the commander greet your group and give complete security instructions. Unlock the secret world of manoeuvre exercises under experienced officers’ guidance. See how difficult is for combat soldiers to board an armored troop carrier. You’ll start to realize what the meaning of edge-of-seat excitement really is. In the end you will be well prepared 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, do you really want to see why those who’ve never ridden 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 seat-belt !

Finally, the best of you, soldiers, receive as awards large bottles of Romanian tuica. But all of you will bring home memorial certificate, military hats and military flasks with tuica as souvenirs.

Start planning your next mission and become a Romanian Holiday Soldier, Colonel or General !

Where to spend the night

Conacul Archia
They’ve themed each room, and it’s stunningly beautiful. The staff is very kind and forward thinking.


DAY 4


The most beautiful underground sightseeing in the world

Turda Salt Mine - Cluj private tour | RomaniaThis is a real nature wonder you should not miss.
Why ? Just because it is the most beautiful underground sightseeing in the world.
More beautiful than Cristals Cave in Mexic, San Clemente Church in Rome or Underground Gardens in Fresno, California.
Systematic mining of iron, gold, silver and salt in Transylvania began once with Roman occupation in Dacia.
But the first documentary certification of salt mining in Turda dates back to 1271.

This was one of the most important Transylvanian salt mines until 1840.
As in all Transylvanian salt mines, work force never included prisoners but only free people employed yearly.
Closed in 1932, it was an anti-aerial shelter for local population during World War II.
After 1950, the first 500 m of Franz Josef transportation gallery served as cheese deposit.
But only until 1992 when re-opened, it became a popular sightseeing.
Modernized in 2010, the former imperial salt mine became a wonderful strange park. And a true history museum of salt mining.
Its panoramic elevators offer spectacular views.
And also the circular balcony suspended at 40 meters above the hall dug in salt.
In 2012, they filmed here several scenes of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, part 1.
They really took advantage of the great setting of Romania’s most modern salt mine.
Rudolf Mine (42 m deep) has salt stalactites that grow about 2 cm per year.
These break under their own weight when reaching about 3 m height.
It also has an 80 heated seats amphitheater.
Here you can delight your ears with various concerts or even with movies.
Terezia Mine is a huge underground bell (120 m deep) where you can enjoy boating on the salty lake within.
Just between us: when would you like to visit it ? We bring the car !

 

Breath one of the purest air on Earth

Cluj Botanical Garden - Western Transylvania private tour | RomaniaEven if it is hard to believe, in Romania you can breath better than in Switzerland !
It is true, only in some parts of the country.
But in those places you can make a healthy “cure” of fresh air.
Add the peacefulness and the marvelous landscapes and you will have the perfect destination to relax.
One of these 7 magic places in Romania is Cluj-Napoca green city, full of interesting wonders.

Cluj Fortress’ strongest defense point

Cluj fortification was built in the 15th century during the reign of King Matthias Corvinus.
Being the area most exposed to peril, Tailors Bastion was also the strongest defense point of the fortress.
Named after the guild responsible for it, destroyed and rebuilt several times, it changed its appearance.
The causes were quite varied. First, a riot of mercenaries who had not received their salaries. Then, successive sieges led by Hungarians and Turks in the 17th century. Later, a lightning that struck the ammunition warehouse causing an explosion. And of course, wars…
The present look dates from the beginning of 18th century when an Austrian General rebuilt it.

Communists arranged within the bastion a history museum with a photo lab and restoration workshop.
But this was never open to public because in 1959 the communists authorities prohibited the work.
1601 was  the year of first Union of Romanian provinces.
It was also the year Baba Novac was executed near the Tailors Bastion.
This was General in Prince Michael the Brave’s army.
Returned from Vienna, the Prince reconquered the city.
And in sign of appreciation, he placed a flag on his general’s execution site.
In 1975, a Romanian sculptor built a statue of General Baba Novac in the gardens near the bastion.

 

One of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Europe

Romania is spread with little green oasis of serenity.
And without fail this one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. It is also one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Europe. Its wonderful glasshouses keeps inside the biggest attraction of the place: the tropical plants. Roman and Japanese Gardens will equally leave a strong impression on you. And so it will the variety of plant species specific to all regions of Romania.

 

Where to dine

Livada Restaurant 
If you want to taste traditional regional dishes prepared in a unique exquisite way then this is the best choice.


DAY 5


Introducing the forest spa resort…

Sun Garden Resort Spa - Western Transylvania private tour | RomaniaExperience a secular journey on the border of an ancient hearth. A mysterious dream awaits you in the Mystic Relaxing Volcano area. Then enjoy a purifying Bio Sauna. Or the amazing Hammam and Salty and Aroma Sauna of everlasting fragrant cedar wood… To complete your head to toe experience, the Vitamin Bar awaits you. Try fresh tasty food and rejuvenating drinks, Tea Ceremonies and other healthy rituals. The range of different outdoor sports and activities includes 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 ?