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The Szekely Region in Transylvania
- Bus tour
- 3 days
- Perfect for small or middle sized groups
The Székely or Szekler people are a Hungarian-speaking ethnic subgroup of the Hungarian nation. Their origin has been much debated. It is, however, now generally accepted that they are either Hungarians or the descendants of a Magyarized Turkic peoples, transplanted there to guard the frontier, their name meaning simply ‘frontier guards’. By the 11th century, they had adopted the Hungarian language.
Today, they live mostly in the counties of Harghita, Covasna and Mureș in Romania with a significant population also living in Tolna, Hungary. Based on official Romanian census numbers, approximately 665,000 live in the counties of Harghita, Covasna and parts of Mureș.
Day 1: Cluj-Napoca – Odorhei
In the morning, drive to Târgu Mureș, a city that was once the capital of a kind of self-governing region until 1967 when Ceaușescu denied the region’s right to autonomy. We see here the ruins of a star-shaped fortress. Afterwards, we go to the Sovata Resort, located in the heart of a salt valley. Afterwards, a walk along the shores of the Bear Lake, then we drive to Praid to visit an impressive salt mine. In Corund, we encounter the Szekely culture for the first time. The world-renowned, red, green and blue pottery is made in the traditional way. Then, drive to Odorhei. Dinner and overnight stay in Odorhei.
Day 2: Odorhei – Gheorgheni
The Szekely have become a separate nation thanks to their century-old traditions. In Satu Nou, we visit 107 wood carved and colorfully painted gates and in Miercurea Ciuc the largest ethnographic museum in Transylvania. After Tușnad, a famous mountain resort, we see the only volcanic lake in Romania. A walk through a nearby natural park will make us feel like in a fairy tale. Dinner and overnight stay in Gheorgheni.
Day 3: Gheorgheni – Cluj-Napoca
Before noon, we drive to see the Red Lake, and then the Bicaz Gorge. A drive along the big Romanian water dams takes us to Borsec. A walk to the 9 mineral water springs is definitely worth it. Drive back to Cluj.
– 2 overnight stays with breakfast;
– All entry fees;
– Transport with bus according to the program;
– English speaking tour guide;