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Medieval Castles, Roman Fortifications & Excellent Wine in Northern Transylvania
April 16, 2016| eur50
Today’s journey is going to take us to Romania’s extreme North-West, the Satu Mare and Salaj counties, part of the Crisana region.
The journey will start at 8 A.M. and will first take us to the legendary Roman border in Porolissum. It used to be the strongest Roman fortification in the north-eastern part of the empire. Built under the Emperor Hadrian in the second century AC, it spread on over 37 acres with two strongholds and an urban residence. We will discover the old fortifications and parts of the amphitheater, the temples and the Roman necropolis. The place is filled with history, historians and archaeologists still having a lot of work to do here…
Next, we will drive to what one used to be a famous wine region, in Satu Mare county. German colonists came here in the 18th century and brought Bacchus’ magic potion with them. Although after the Second World War, much of these were destroyed, some families have began to replant wine yards. We will get the chance not only to visit one of these wine yards, but also to taste a couple of local sorts and be spoiled with a traditional gulyas.
Departing from Beltiug, we will travel along the WW2 tranches and reach Carei. The small city was built and existed around the famous Karoly family. We will visit their former castle (with a spectacular crypt) and find out more about the history of this interesting family.
In the evening we will return to Cluj.
Price includes transportation in modern van, English speaking guide, lunch & wine tasting with local specialties, all entrance fees and welcome drinks. Private tours are also available