CLUJ NAPOCA AND NORTH TRANSYLVANIA
North Transylvania Dracula’s Tour-10 days
Cluj-Napoca (medieval town) – Colibita Lake – Tihuta Dracula’s Hotel – Bicaz Canyon – Red Lake – Praid natural salt cave-Cluj Napoca
Welcome to Romania.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at the hotel lobby in Cluj-Napoca. We will spend 2 nights in Cluj-Napoca one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Romania.
We will start with a tour walk through Cluj’s century old history and traditions, the interesting architecture and culture and get a glimpse of this modern Transylvanian city.
In the afternoon, optional Things to do:
- the botanical garden;
- local ethnographic museum;
- panorama view over the whole city;
- Sleep in 4* Hotel in Cluj-Napoca.
After breakfast, we will continue our journey towards Colibita Lake, a very beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. It is an area that helps you relax, let go any worries and let yourself enchanted by the gifts of nature. Among the activities that can be made here include swimming in the lake, hiking in the mountains, where you can admire the lake in all its splendor.
Sleep in3*/ 4* Hotel near Colibita Lake
Tihuta- Dracula`s Hotel
After breakfast at Colibita lake, we will experience a unique where we enter in the real land of Dracula. No other place is so identifiable as the place of vampires, ghosts, and bloody scenes the Bargau step, Tihuta, that connects Transylvania to Moldavia.
The amazing road from Colibita to the land of Dracula (Tihuta pass) is winding through the beautiful mountains landscapes.
Dinner and overnight in Tihuta in Dracula’s Castle, the 3* hotel built on the ruins of the Royal Castle of Dracula. This wild and mysterious place was used for the setting of the movie “Dracula” by Coppola. In the film based on the novel by Stroker, Vlad the Impeller died here. Despite his death, his spirit never found its peace.
- Breakfast at the Dracula s hotel;
- Free time to enjoy Tihuta pass’s area. You are invited to visit the Count Dracula’s tomb, located in the basement of the „Dracula” castle hotel;
- In the afternoon, we will continue our journey to spend the night at the Bicaz Canyon entrance;
- Sleep in Durau area.
Bicaz Canyon and Red Lake
The gorge was cut through the limestone hills of the region by the action of the Bicaz River and the route it created now zig zags sharply downhill for over three miles, often between cliffs and mountains that soar upwards, sometimes as much as 900 feet.
This is where the road passes beneath a rock overhang that seems to reach out to try and touch the opposite cliff wall.
Through the Gorge, there are a number of rocks and peaks famous in the area, mainly for rock climbing.
The road that passes through the gorge is an important route between the Romanian district of Transylvania and the neighboring Republic of Moldova and is considered to be one of the most spectacular roads in Romania.
A short distance from the Gorge is the “Lacu Rosu”, or Red Lake.
This attractive lake was formed naturally when a landslide in 1838 dammed the Bicaz River and created what is often considered to be one of Romania’s oddest natural wonders.
This lake was formed in the 19th century due to a landslide, the tree stumps from the disaster still stick out of the lake.
Sleep at the 3* Red Lake hotel.
Praid Salt Cave and Bear Salt Lake
Salt Cave -Due to the extensive salt mining there have been left large underground halls, where a unique salt-mine microclimate has been created, with relatively constant temperatures, between 14 and 16 Celsius degrees, low humidity 66-70% and bigger pressure than on the surface 735-738 mmHg on average. The air is highly ionized, very effective in what the respiratory diseases treatment is concerned. The salt-mine provides the following attractions: underground halls with electricity supply, playgrounds for children, buffet, billiard-tables and an ecumenical chapel, all specially created for your relaxation.
Bear Salt Lake
The Bear lake is unique in Europe. The name comes from the shape of the lake as it looks like a bearskin.
Therefore, in summer, the temperature of Lake Ursu (18.1 m deep), which is the biggest heliothermic lake. The temperature of the water in summertime varies as solar heat is accumulated in the salt water, the warm water being protected by the layer of fresh water from the rivulets, which does not mix with the salt water but remains on the surface, serving as a thermal insulator. There is an unforgettable feeling: swing within the heart of woods, at 502 meters above sea level in the healing salty water. On the bank of the lake, there is a spa with different treatments, such as pelotherapy, weight bath, massage.
Back to Cluj-Napoca
In the evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner. Sleep in 4* Hotel in Cluj-Napoca to get ready for the next day back home.
Transfer to the airport.
- 8 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
- one traditional Romanian dinner
- rent a car or transport
- Maps, information about things to do
- Day by day diary
- Reservation hotels as per itinerary
- Airfare to and from Romania
- Meals or beverages, other than those included
- Photo fees (some sights require the payment of a fee for allowing you to take pictures – they are inexpensive, around £ 2 or 3 sight)
- Travel insurance
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
Single room supplement – £150
Any other services on request as food, beverages, activities, a private, licensed English speaking guide/driver, available throughout the tour.