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Read more about both sights in the 'Main Attractions' section About Romania.
We start our day trip from Cluj-Napoca and head to Salina Turda to learn about its history, dating back almost 2.000 years and used for various purposes. Then, we will tour the salt mine and enjoy the underground amusement park: you can play ping pong, shoot some pool, minigolf or rent a boat and row on the underground lake! All the while enjoying healthy air!
Next, we continue our day trip to Alba Iulia Citadel. Take a walk through a 2000 year old historic landmark of Romania and see remnants of different civilisations. We'll find out why Alba Carolina Fortress is considered to be the spiritual capital city of modern Romania and then visit the Roman Principia, a medieval Catholic cathedral and a neo-byzantine Orthodox cathedral inside the citadel. Finally, some splendid views of the nearby landscapes!
On our way back we leave the main road behind and head into the Romanian countryside. Amazing landscapes and traditional villages will complete our day trip and we will stop in Rimetea, winner of Europa Nostra Award for its authentic preservation. You will learn about how locals live, greet them and go for a walk to admire the beautifully restored houses!
We very much enjoyed our tour with Florin - he was very nice and well-informed. We not only learnt a lot about the history of the Salt Mine and the Alba Iulia Citadel, but also on Transylvania and its people. I would recommend this tour to everyone who visits Cluj-Napoca. It was a very nice way to learn more about Romania and we also enjoyed to see the countryside. And Romanian Friend website helped me a lot to plan our trip. It gives a nice overview of the most important sights in the region, tours and guides, and we would love to return in the summer, e.g. to go hiking in the Apuseni mountains.
We had a day long tour with Ilona, Florin's colleague, who took us on a guided tour of Cluj-Napoca and then to Turda Salt Mine. Her knowledge of the history of Cluj was very impressive, she was great company and we got much more value out of our day in Cluj thanks to her! We would definitely recommend Romanian Friend, all is very professionally handled and we got fast responses to our questions and requests. This was the first time we have had a personal guide, and after this being such a good experience we will use them again, should we return to Romania.
We had a fantastic day with Florin - he is an ideal guide, super friendly and welcoming, very knowledgeable, and passionate about Transylvania and its history! The salt mine is really something else. We had been looking forward to the installations inside but the really amazing thing is the mine itself. Alba Iulia is an extraordinary piece of work, and Florin could point out to us a multitude of details. All topped off by a drive back to Cluj through beautiful scenery. We hope to be back in Romania again and use Romanian Friend to find another great trip and guide!
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