Tours & Day Trips in Cluj-Napoca

Tours & Day Trips in Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca is Romania's second largest city and a popular choice for tourists and Romanians alike!
Why?
The city has been nicknamed 'The Biggest Festival in Europe' because there are so many events going on (Untold and Electric Castle being the most popular), fuelled by its incredibly lively, artistic and bohemian young crowds. It's a student town with a particular focus on all things IT and tech, but also all things artistic and entertainment, so locals are very friendly and creative. Located in the heart of Transylvania and having the 2nd largest airport in Romania, Cluj-Napoca is the ideal entry point into Romania and base to start exploring the country, the best sights of Transylvania and other nearby attractions! Be sure to check our Cluj-Napoca travel guide to get a better idea of what to see & do in the city!
Have a look at our selection of tours in Cluj-Napoca and suggestions on the best sights in the area!


St. Michael church, Unirii Square

Short Walk & Talk about Cluj-Napoca with a Local

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • with locals
  • street food
  • history
  • culture
  • photography
With: Florin
€30/person
Hiking in Apuseni Natural Park

Hiking Tour from Cluj: Wild Trails in Apuseni Natural Park

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • hidden gems
  • 'outlaw' feeling
  • zipline
  • landscapes
  • local life
With: Radu
€70/person
Szekler's Stone

Hike to the Top in the Most Beautiful Village around Cluj

Start from: Cluj - Napoca

  • day trip
  • easy hike
  • meet the locals
  • landscape
  • photography
With: Szabolcs
€65/person
Sunset near Manastireni

Biking & Ethnographic Exploration in Village of Calata

Start from: Cluj - Napoca

  • local life
  • countryside
  • local culture
  • ethnography
With: Szabolcs
€65/person
Hiking trip near Cluj-Napoca

Go Hiking near Cluj-Napoca: Apuseni Mts. Natural Park

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • easy hike
  • natural park
  • multiple routes
  • great nature
With: Florin
€70/person
Guided tour in Maramures

2-Day Trip in Maramures: UNESCO Wooden Churches & Local Life

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • UNESCO
  • local food
  • responsible tourism
  • with locals
  • 'must see'
  • countryside
With: Florin
€200/person
Turda Salt Mine Tour Cluj-Napoca

'must-see' sights: Turda Salt Mine & Alba Iulia Citadel Tour

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • major sights
  • unique attraction
  • history
  • landscapes
  • photography
  • healthy!
With: Florin
€65/person
The beautiful entrance towards Turda Gorges

Bike to a Beautiful Natural Gorge & Turda Salt Mine

Start from: Cluj - Napoca

  • major attraction
  • bike trip
  • natural sight
  • healthy
  • easy day trip
With: Szabolcs
€65/person
Turda Gorge hiking trip

Hiking and Via Ferrata Experience in Turda Gorge

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • adventure
  • mountaineering
  • protected area
  • Turda Salt Mine included
With: Radu
€75/person
Above Carastelec

Bike & Wine Trip in the Hills of Cluj-Napoca

Start from: Cluj Napoca

  • healthy bike ride
  • Transylvania
  • countryside
  • boutique winery
  • responsible tourism
  • local food
With: Szabolcs
€65/person
Heading to the mysterious round clearing

A Day Trip in a Haunted Forest

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • unique
  • outdoor
  • paranormal
  • forrest
With: Marius
€20/person
Hoia Baciu Haunted Forest Tour

A Night Tour of the Haunted Forest in Romania

Start from: Cluj - Napoca

  • spooky
  • by night
  • outdoor
  • woodlands
  • unique
With: Marius
€35/person
Hiking trip in Apuseni Carpathians

2 Day Hiking & Local Life Trip in Apuseni: Motilor Land

Start from: Oradea, Cluj-Napoca, Turda or Alba-Iulia

  • responsible tourism
  • ethnographic area
  • local food
  • natural wonders
  • old crafts and traditions
  • peaceful life
With: Flavia
€260/person
The region of Bukovina

Complete Tour of Maramures & Bucovina - a Trip Back in Time!

Start from: Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara or Bucharest

  • 8 days
  • full immersion
  • local life
  • UNESCO
  • local crafts
  • great food
With: Flavia
€1005/person
The beautiful region of Hunedoara

Cioclovina Story: Dacian Trails, Hiking & First-time Caving Lesson

Start from: Cioclovina Village, Cluj Napoca or Sibiu

  • 3-day
  • hiking
  • UNESCO
  • caving
  • responsible tourism
  • adventure
With: Cătălin
€315/person
Colibita Lake tour

The Fairytale Colibita Lake: Hike or Bike on a 2-Day Trip

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • wild nature
  • cleanest air
  • disconnect
  • photography
  • local legends
With: Sergiu
€195/person
Day tour from Cluj to Sighisoara

Visit Sighisoara Citadel & Tour Transylvania's Countryside

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • UNESCO
  • Transylvania
  • medieval
  • countryside
  • 'must see'
  • unique
With: Florin
€75/person
Corvin Castle tour Cluj-Napoca

History Day Trip: Corvin Castle & Alba Iulia Citadel

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • medieval
  • Romanian history
  • landscapes
  • 'must see' sights
  • full day
With: Florin
€75/person
Hike natural reserve Cluj Napoca

Hike to a Unique Natural Reserve in Apuseni Mountains

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • unique sights
  • local life
  • responsible tourism
  • natural beauty
  • great outdoords
With: Sergiu
€70/person
Village Life in Apuseni Mountains

Picturesque Hiking Trails in Apuseni Park & Rural Village Life

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • natural beauty
  • photography
  • traditional villages
  • delicious lunch
  • meet locals
With: Sergiu
€80/person

Best Tours and Top Things to do in Cluj-Napoca


Situated in the heart of the historical region of Transylvanian, Cluj county (județ in Romanian) is very important for the economic, cultural and social life of Romania. Cluj-Napoca (unofficially considered the capital of Transylvania among locals) is the main city of the county and the second largest in Romania. The name Cluj comes from the word "clus" in Latin which means "closed" and refers to the fact that the city is situated between hills and Apuseni Mountains of Western Carpathians. If you are going to visit Cluj-Napoca then you should consider some of the places presented in the following lines.

Romanian Friend has tours to all of the sights mentioned here - so let us know if you need any help in deciding where to go!


  • Cluj-Napoca - the major city of Transylvania!

You need at least one full day to visit the city of Cluj-Napoca and besides a leisurely walk in the city there are many attractions you should consider: from the famous Botanical Garden - one of the most beautiful in the country - to various churches and cathedrals (the Gothic St. Michael Church, Orthodox Cathedral or Franciscan Churc) , historic buildings (the Tailors’ Bastion, the Tower of Firemen, etc.), lively squares (Museum Square, Union Square) or memorial houses. Another sight not to miss is going up on Cetatuia Hill to get the best views of the city! In fact, you can spend a whole weekend visiting Cluj and still not see everything – have a look at our city travel guide to see more or book a city tour with a local guide!


  • Turda Salt Mine – the most popular tour from Cluj-Napoca!

This is the most popular tourist attraction in Cluj county and among the best in Romania, having been visited by over 2.5 million tourists since 1992 when it was first recognised as a tourist attraction. However, the highest number of visitors was registered after the recent modernization of the salt mine using European Union funds between 2009 and 2010. At present, Turda Salt Mine is also a historical monument of Cluj county and a relaxing oasis for tourists who can rent a rowing boat on salt mine’s underground lake, play bowling, climb up the Great Wheel, visit the religious altar or the actual salt exploitation mines. The entrance fee for adults costs 30 Lei (7 Euro) for the entire day while school children, students and the retired benefit from discounts. Inside the mine there will be additional charges for hiring boats, carts or other activities. The salt mine is in the town of Turda, and if you go there we recommend you should also visit the salty baths, the ruins of Potaissa Fortress belonging to the V-th Macedonian Legion, the Turda medieval fortress, the tomb of the famous Romanian prince Mihai Viteazul or the local zoo.


  • Turda Gorge – visit, hike or bike!

If you love nature and adventure then you should go on a trip to visit Turda Gorges formed through the erosion of Jurassic limestones thousands of years ago. The steep canyon is 1270 meters long and about 200 metres high and is crossed by Hashed Creek. Thanks to its wild beauty and natural diversity, Turda Gorge was included by UNESCO on its list of the most important natural attractions and reservations. There are more than 60 caves of about 20 m - the longest one being of 120 m. The steep walls and rock canyon is a great place to on a hiking trip with various trails available to choose from, but also experience adventure by choosing the via ferrata route, which means rock climbing, mountaineering, using steel cable attached in the rock.

The area has been declared a protected natural area because there are over 1,000 plant species (including wild garlic) and around 67 species of animals, including deer, weasel, fox, wild boar, rabbit, marten, living inside Turda Gorge.


  • Apuseni Mountains National Park – the best destination for hiking tours from Cluj-Napoca!

The National Park of Apuseni Mountains has been declared a national protected area due to its picturesque landscapes, plant species, animals and geological structures. It covers almost three counties (Bihor, Cluj and Alba) and inside the park there are many areas of interest for eco-tourists and mountaineering hobbyists, including over 300 caves that allow for caving exploration. Among the animals that live in Apuseni National Park there are some endangered species such as the brown bear or the otter. The park has many hiking routes, mountain villages and communities representative for traditional Romanian lifestyle.

One of the most interesting places in the Natural Park is Scarita Belioara reserve - a place with interesting rock formations and great landscapes - you can go see it on a trip with a Romanian Friend guide-partner!


  • Bride’s Veil Waterfall

Part of Apuseni Natural Park, this waterfall close to the village of Rachitele was named “The Bride’s Veil Waterfall” because it is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Romania, even better than Bigar! With an impressive height of over 30 m, during winter time the water streem freezes and creates the perfect environment for climbing. The name “Bride’s Veil” comes from the similarity between the waterfall pattern and a bridal veil. There is even a legend about how a bride fell from the cliff and its veil was left hanging from the rocks. The people who were invited to the wedding started to weep and their tears formed the waterfall.

This natural attraction and the beautiful Apuseni Natural Park can be visited on Romanian Friend tours!


  • Hoia Baciu haunted forrest

Definitely one of weirdest, not-so-common and un-touristy attractions in Romania, the Hoia Baciu forrest near Cluj-Napoca is said to be haunted and a place where paranormal activity takes places. It became known after a UFO was presumably sighted hovering above it in the 1960s. After that, the forest started displaying strange, unnatural forms of vegetation and data readings. Ready for a tour in the haunted forest of Romania?


  • Belis – Fantanele Area

The resort of Belis Fantanele and the artificial lake in the area is located close to the village of Belis, some 100 km from Cluj-Napoca. The artificial lake was created as a result of a dam being built between 1970 and 1974. The lake flooded the villages in the area and forced locals to relocate the entire village, including the cemetery, on the nearby hill. In the middle of the lake the former church still exists and sometimes can be seen when the water drops as proof of the village that was once there.

Now, the Belis Fantanele area is very popular with locals in the region as a wild place of nature and relaxation. Besides breath-taking views, you can also enjoy summer tourist activities such as fishing or swimming or simple ones in winter like riding the slope with a sledge. Numerous guesthouses are available in the area and you can visit this beautiful region on a Romanian Friend tour!

  • Szekler's stone and Rimetea Village

The village of Rimetea is said to be one of the most beautiful in Romania, with bright white and clean houses, well-kept gardens and friendly locals! But more than that there is the Szekler's Stone (Piatra Secuiului in Romanian) which towers over the village and offers spectacular views of the entire area. You can see both sights on a Romanian Friend tour!


  • The Banffy Castle in Bontida

The castle in the village of Bontida was built in 1437 and had suffered numerus changes and additions to its structure up until 1890. The castle is one of the many properties that belonged to the wealthy Banffy family, a noble Hungarian family from Transylvania. The original architectural style was the Renaissance, but due to later changes in also has Baroque and Romantic influences. After the last owner died in 1950, Banffy Castle was used by the communist regime as the headquarters for an agricultural cooperative in the area, which led to some serious degradation of the building. Recently, it underwent a series of restoration works thanks to it being included on a list of 100 most endangered sites in the world in 2000.

Since 2013, Banffy Castle has been the host location for Electric Castle music festival. Though only in its 5th year, the festival gained popularity and prestige on the European festival scene, nominated for two categories at the European Festivals Awards. Part of its annual profit is donated to the fund for the monument restoration and the festival helps build awareness and appreciation for the ruins of Banffy Castle, which can be visited freely.


  • Tarnita Lake

Tarnita Lake is an artificial lake formed in 1974 after the construction of a dam 97 m high and 237 m long. Stretched over an area of 8 km and depth of 70 m, the lake is attractive for locals passionate about sports and activities such as fishing, water skiing, jet-ski, swimming or boat rides. Also, there are sports events and competitions that are organized in the area, as well as summer festivals and celebrations. Located some 30 km away from Cluj-Napoca, it’s a great for a day spent in the great outdoors!


  • Other attractions: Alba Iulia Citadel, Corvin Castle, Maramures region and Transylvania countryside

Thanks to its ideal location, Cluj-Napoca is a great starting base to visit other places and important attractions in Romania and Transylvania. North of Cluj there is the Maramures region which offers UNESCO sights, cultural attractions and a glimpse into traditional Romanian village life; south there is Alba Iulia Citadel, an important historical landmark for Romania’s history; further on there is Transylvania ‘proper’: Medias, Sighisoara Citadel, fortified villages and the charming countryside.

Romanian Friend has guide-partners and tours that can take you to each of these sights - if you need help just let us know!