Top Attractions near Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Alba Iulia Citadel & moreWith: Florin 24
What you need to know about this Turda Salt Mine tour:
- This is a private & full day trip available on request starting from Cluj-Napoca. Duration: 10 hours
- Included: transport (approx. 220 km, 4 hours), guidance and entrance fee to Turda Salt Mine; lunch stop at a local tavern (not included)
- Relax, enjoy the healthy salty air of Turda Salt Mine and have fun in a unique underground amusement park!
- Learn why Alba Iulia is an important city in Romanian history and visit this major historical landmark
- Visit Rimetea, said to be the most beautiful village in these parts belonging to the Hungarian minority
After confirmation, we agree on starting time & pick up location.
Itinerary adjustable. Drop off in Sibiu is possible.
Unless you mention specifically that you want a private tour, there might be other travelers joining you on this trip. Max group size 6. Costs will be lower for everyone.
Read more about both sights in the 'Main Attractions' section About Romania.
Moments to expect during the Alba Iulia Citadel tour from Cluj:
Explore the wonderful and unique Turda Salt Mine!
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!
Alba Iulia Citadel - a Vauban settlement
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!
*2018 marks 100 years from the Great Union - a very good time to visit!
Village of Rimetea
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!
- Starting point: Cluj-Napoca (pick-up)
- Nearest airport: Avram Iancu International Airport Cluj-Napoca
- Nearest train station: Cluj-Napoca
- Landscape: Countryside and urban
Reviews from travellers
The tour was fantastic and a great way to start my holiday in Romania. Florin was extremely knowledgeable about the area we visited (Alba Iulia, Turda Salina and Rimetea) and was never short of fascinating stories, anecdotes, and history. Was very good company and helped me gain a good understanding of the areas we visited. There was never any awkwardness or pressure to move on, and the pace was absolutely perfect. Would definitely recommend. As an aside, I absolutely loved Romania as a whole and will definitely return. Fantastic places, and people - thanks Romanian Friend!
It was fantastic! Florin was very helpful, friendly, open-minded and funny. He is very intelligent and knows a lot about Romanian History. He also took us to an amazing place to have lunch, with a typical Romanian dish, and it was vegan by chance (pretty important to us because we are vegan, we felt ourselves special, because he really took care about it). We picked us up at our airbnb in Cluj and he dropped us at the airport. And we asked for a little tour in Cluj-Napoca (because we did not see the city) before going to the Turda Salt Mine, and he answered promptly "yes" to us, he woke up 2 hours earlier just to do this for us. And he asked no more money for that. He is really amazing. We learned a lot with him, including seeing a lot of "ABCs", lol. It was a time travel. A great investiment for life. If you have any doubts about booking this tour on Romanian Friend, I hope after reading our review they vanished! Highly recommended! Greetings from Austria/Brazil :)
Florin was very knowledgeable and really made the tour to Turda, Alba Iulia, and Rimetea memorable. It was a great day trip from Cluj and I'm glad I booked this tour through Romanian Friend!
I very much enjoyed my day tour to Turda Salt Mines, Rimetea Village and Albu Iulia. I would definitely recommend Florin as a tour guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and made the trip flexible and convenient by picking me up from the airport and dropping me back at my hostel. Marius from Romanian Friend was very helpful and responded to my emails about the tour promptly.
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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