8 Best Tours In Transylvania That Pass Through Alba Iulia, Romania - Updated 2021

best tours in alba iulia

A small cute town located on the western side of Transylvania, Alba Iulia is the most famous of the old, wide citadels. Among locals, Alba Iulia is a place with special significance because of the role it played in recent history. Romania’s reunification on December 1, 1918, took place in Alba Iulia. In case you pass through this town on the 1st of December, you will have the chance to join the festivities held here. This is the perfect place to visit for people fascinated by Eastern Europe’s history. The museums and even the cathedrals provide a lot of information about the role Alba Iulia played in history. So when passing by this area, it’s definitely worth it to stop in this town. Here are a few tour ideas that include Alba Iulia.

1. Motorcycle Adventure in Transylvania (from USD 755.0)

Transfagarasan twisty road
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Romania has two of the most impressive mountain roads in Europe: Transalpina and Transfăgărășan. The views are indeed magnificent. Getting there by motorbike is great, as some of the roads are more difficult to access by car. A motorbike also offers more freedom – it’s much easier to stop for a picture or two. This tour takes 4 days, but you would have to hire or bring along your own motorbike. A specialized guide will accompany you.

4-Day Motorcycle Adventure Ride through Transylvania from Cluj

Duration: 4 days

2. Day Private Transylvania Tour from Cluj

Kirchenburg Birthälm
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This eight day tour will cover medieval towns, castles, UNESCO sights, cathedrals, villages, and the main cities in Transylvania. It manages to combine the visit to large cities and small places very well. The guides are competent and able to provide you with a lot of information about the history and culture of the places you will pass by.

8-Day Private Transylvania Tour from Cluj

Address: Cluj-Napoca, Romania


3. Complete Transylvania Tour

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Have only a few days off, yet you want to see as much as possible? This 4 day tour shows you the main attractions in Transylvania on fast forward. Be prepared to see many castles, monasteries, and citadels. In summer, you will also get to see the famous Transfăgărășan Road, long road in the mountains offering wonderful landscapes. Although it’s a short time, you will at least get to know the area better, making it easier to organize a second trip.

Complete Transylvania Tour

Address: Bucharest, Romania

Website: Complete Transylvania Tour

4. Day Trip to Alba Iulia

Cetatea Alba Iulia din aer toamna
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Getting to new places is often confusing. You’re not sure where to go, how to get from point A to B, and you’re constantly scared that you’ll get lost. Although it’s a small place, it’s best to have some prior knowledge about the town before arriving. Otherwise, it might be useful to go on a day tour. Guide Alba are organizing both customized and general tours, depending on your schedule and your interest. You can either choose to see just the citadel or have a complete tour of the town.

Day Trip to Alba Iulia

Address: Alba Iulia, Romania

Website: Day Trip to Alba

5. Alba Iulia City Tour

Apor Palace in Alba Iulia, Romania
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Ultra Voyage has a wide variety of tours, not only in Alba Iulia, but all around Romania. In Alba Iulia, you will have the chance to discover not only the touristic attractions, but also points of interests for locals. The tour usually takes around 3 to 4 hours and gives you a good overview of the town. The guides are able to speak more foreign languages, in case you’re more comfortable understanding German or Serbian than English or Romanian.

Alba Iulia City Tour

Address: Alba Iulia, Romania

Website: Alba Iulia City Tour

6. Discover Transylvania in 4 Days

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This is a short trip, but covers all the main sights one would want to see in Transylvania including the main cities and the famous Dracula’s Castle. It also goes outside the beaten touristic path, passing villages and smaller towns as well, for you to get a taste of rural Romania. If your schedule is tight, you can consider taking this tour around Transylvania.

Discover Transylvania in 4 Days

Address: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Website: Discover Transylvania in 4 Days

7. Day Trips from Cluj-Napoca (from USD 158.0)

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If you’ve landed in Cluj-Napoca, but you’re not sure where to head next, this one day trip might be a good option for you. It includes both a visit to the citadel in Alba Iulia and the magical salt mine in Turda. You will also stop in the beautiful village of Rimetea where you can admire the unique architecture of the white houses. This tour will offer you the opportunity to get out of the city and head towards more quiet areas of Transylvania.

Turda Salt Mine, Alba Iulia, and Rimetea Tour from Cluj-Napoca

Duration: 8 to 10 hours

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8. Seven Days Transylvania Tour (from USD 1.0)

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If you want to see the best of Transylvania, but only have one week to do so, this tour is a good option for you. The tour includes large cities, such as Sibiu and Brașov, as well as smaller towns like Alba Iulia and Hunedoara. You will even stop in a few villages on the way in order to experience village life in Romania. Although 7 days can still be considered a rather short period of time for Transylvania, it will give you a taste and an idea about the highlights in the area.

A 7 days Transylvania tour including a visit at Turda salt mine and Alba Iulia fortress

Duration: 7 days

Travel in time in Transylvania

With its countless castles, fortresses, and old monasteries, driving around Transylvania feels as if you’re travelling in time. Most towns are small with well kept old city centers. No matter if you’re travelling by yourself or joining one of the tours, it’s guaranteed that you’ll leave knowing much more about Romania’s history and Eastern Europe in general.

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