Private Day Trip To Turda Salt Mine And Alba Carolina Fortress From Cluj-Napoca

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from any hotel in Cluj-Napoca
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Delve into the coolest underground theme park in the world and visit the star-shaped Alba Carolina Fortress in a one-day trip from Cluj-Napoca.


  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Family friendly
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Comprehensive tour of the city

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In the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and you will leave for Alba Iulia - a fortress-city located in the heart of Transylvania, that takes you back in time with its Roman vibe. Apulum, by its Latin name, was the largest Roman castrum, and it had a tremendous strategic importance. Over time, the city was marked by both German and Hungarian settlers, which transformed it into a hotspot of cultural diversity. The mixture of Baroque and Romanesque churches, Roman Citadels, and even a Babylonian building is bound to charm you.

The Alba Carolina Fortress is an impressive hexagram-shaped fortification surrounded by 12 kilometers of walls. The 6 entrances are decorated with impressive Baroque elements, unique in the European military architecture. The sensation of the past is backed up by the Austrian guards in their vintage clothes who protect the citadel. Initially, the fortification was built as a Roman fort, during the Middle Ages it was turned into a Fortress, and later it became a Vauban Citadel with bastions.

Our next destination is Rimetea, a fairy-tale village sheltered by the majestic Apuseni Mountains, dominated by a wild combination of white and green. Here, you will enjoy a delicious lunch.

We will then leave from Rimetea in order to reach Turda. Here, you will find a salt mine that was formed more than 13 million years ago, has been used for over 2,000 years, and has been turned into an underground theme park. Hundreds of meters of galleries open into a huge room carved in salt, with a height of 90 meters, in the middle of which you will find a lake. If you are in search of spectacular images to capture with your camera, this is the place to go. The glass elevator provides anastonishing overview of the mine, and you can even take a boat ride on the lake, play mini golf, tennis, or ride the Ferris wheel. All year long, the temperature is constant in between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius, and the air has proven therapeutic proprieties, especially for the respiratory system.

After touring the Turda Salt Mine, we will head back to Cluj.


Professional English speaking guide

Transport with a modern, well-equipped car, minibus or coach

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Bottle of water

Entry/Admission - The Roman Edifice with Mosaic

Entry/Admission - Citadel of Alba Iulia


Lunch (approx. 13/person)

Entrance fees to monuments or sights not included in the itinerary

Photography fees

Tips for the tour guide

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide;

Not wheelchair accessible;

Minimum age is 5 years;

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults;

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 12-Aug-2019

    An excellent trip with our guide Llona. Picked up on time at the hotel, and then the long drive to the Alba fortress. Spent some time there with the very knowledgebale llona. Had refreshments there. Then on the way back stopped for lunch at the beautiful village and then on to the salt mine. However when we reached Salina Turda it was already 3:30 pm but we did manage to spend time there. We did not have time for the boat ride as there was a long queue.
    Overall a nice trip with a nice friendly guide who was very accommodating to all our requests

  • 28-Sep-2018

    The day started off with a prompt pick up from my Hotel. Roxana was my guide and the day was such a pleasure! The amount of knowledge Roxana shared was great! A great overview of the History of Romania while driving, and deep information of each location visited. I highly recommend if you have the time. Bring a Camera as each site has soooo much to take in!!!!

  • 20-Nov-2017

    This was an amazing trip made better by our guide Ilona, she had great English and answered my many questions even if they had nothing to do with our trip, I would recommend to all, if I get a chance I would use this company again

  • 02-Oct-2017

    So absolutely detailed!
    I had Jeda not sure how to spell! as my tour guide. She was outstanding!
    Because I had a private tour, I was the only one with Jeda. She was prompt, professional, friendly. I must have asked a million questions about Romania not just about Turda Salina, or Remitea or Alba Iulia but about Romania's history, communism, gypsies, culture, food, lifestyle, relationships, family life, vlad the impaler, dracula, everything I ever wanted to know and she was more than willing to answer and educate me. Was just incredible. She was ofcourse also extremely knowledgable about the sights that we saw. Highly recommended!

  • 02-May-2017

    One of the best day trips I've ever been on! I have not been able to stop talking about it since my return home. My guide Ilona was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable about the sites we visited and the history of Transylvania. Ilona picked me up on time at the hotel and the trip lasted roughly 9.5 hours. It had been 14 years since I visited the Turda salt mine and I was impressed with the renovations and addition of the amusement park. Alba Iulia was by far my favorite place: the history of the location and beautifully-restored buildings and fortress were a real treat! A shame it was Monday and a few museums on site were closed. The village of Rimitea was very quiet due to it being a Monday? We weren't sure but the architecture of the place was certainly interesting. Besides taking me to one of her favorite Hungarian restaurants, Ilona also gave me great pointers for places to eat and buy souvenirs during my stay in Romania. I would certainly book another tour through this company during my next stay in Romania!

  • 06-Nov-2016

    A fantastic tour through an incredibly beautiful part of the world! The tour guide Loredana and driver Alex were both extremely knowledgeable and very accommodating even though I was quite sick. Loredana was a fountain of information and loved explaining the history of all the places we to as well as ones we didn't. Turda is absolutely amazing, and Rimetea and Alba Iulia are gorgeous! I couldn't recommend this tour enough. It was great having tour guides who were so passionate about their giving me a glimpse of their beautiful country. Thank you!

  • 19-Aug-2016

    The Turda Salt Mine was amazing, definitely worth seeing - much more than we had expected. The fortress was OK, I think included because it was in the area. Our tour guide, Ilona, was great - on time picking us up at our hotel, very knowledgable, spoke English very well, and quite pleasant.

  • 07-Jun-2016

    This tour was amazing. The salt mine was definitely the highlight of the day and the tour is worth going on just for that. My guide was amazing and super knowledgeable about the areas we visited. She went out of the way to help me find good souvenirs and even showed me a few extra things not originally included in the tour since we had some extra time. She showed me all the good areas to take pictures as well. I feel this tour gives you a great overview of the surrounding areas of Cluj and teaches you much more about the history and life in this area.