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Bucharest: Muddy Volcanoes and Salt Mine Private Day Tour

1. Bucharest: Muddy Volcanoes and Salt Mine Private Day Tour

Experience an unusual collection of natural attractions in Romania with this day tour from Bucharest. Begin your trip by journeying deep underground to see the enormous caverns of the Unirea Salt Mine. Slanic Prahova Saline is the largest salt mine in Europe. Now the old mine is currently open to the general public, being used as a leisure place. Underground is also a sanatorium for asthmatic patients who are provided specialized medical care. The ventilation of the mine is natural, with a constant temperature throughout the year of 12 degrees Celsius. Then it’s onto Buzau County to marvel at the fascinating geothermal spouts of mud and gas known as the Berca Mud Volcanoes that are rarely found in Europe. Its most spectacular feature is the mud volcanoes, small volcano-shaped structures typically a few metres high caused by the eruption of mud and natural gases. As the gases erupt from 3000 metres deep towards the surface, through the underground layers of clayand water, they push up underground salty water and mud, so that they overflow through the mouths of the volcanoes, while the gas emerges as bubbles. The mud dries off at the surface, creating a relatively solid conical structure resembling a real volcano. The mud expelled by them is cold, as it comes from inside the Earth's continental crust layers, and not from the mantle.

Bucharest: Full-Day Muddy Volcanoes & Unirea Salt Mine

2. Bucharest: Full-Day Muddy Volcanoes & Unirea Salt Mine

Start this full-day tour with a visit to the Unirea Salt Mine from Slanic Prahova, the largest salt mine in Europe and a mix between man-made and nature’s wonders. In the afternoon after the salt mine, you will have the opportunity to visit the two places with muddy volcanoes in Buzau, Paclele Mari, and Paclele Mici. Experience another miracle of nature and feel like your are walking on the moon. For lunch, you will make a stop at a beautiful location. This tour will last all day with a long ride, but it will be worth every mile. After arriving in Bucharest, you will be dropped off at your hotel or another chosen location.

Bucharest: Berca Mud Volcanoes and Living Stones Day Trip

3. Bucharest: Berca Mud Volcanoes and Living Stones Day Trip

Uncover interesting geological phenomenon in Romania on this day trip from Bucharest. Follow your guide on a walk through the countryside to the see the living stones. Watch mini-volcanos erupt at the Berca Mud Volcanoes. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Bucharest. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you drive to a village that looks like it was forgotten by time. Hike through meadows and gardens until your reach the top of the hill. Admire the living stones which are round spread over the area. Hear about the local legends surrounding these strange geological formations that grow after rainfalls. Stop to purchase a local lunch before heading to the Berca Mud Volcanoes. Explore the geological and botanical reservation of the Berca Mud Volcanoes. View mini-volcanos that are only a few meters high. Watch as mud and natural gases rise from 3000 meters deep to erupt from these structures. Return to your accommodation in Bucharest at the end of your tour. 

Dealu Mare Wineries: Wine Tasting Tour on the Old Wine Road

4. Dealu Mare Wineries: Wine Tasting Tour on the Old Wine Road

Enjoy an epic day trip from Bucharest, following one of Romania's ancient wine roads. Re-opened to the public after decades of "hibernation", the road displays beautifully restored manors, cellars, and old monasteries. Along the way, you’ll visit a wine museum and enjoy wine tasting sessions at two prestigious wineries, surrounded by the endless vineyards of Dealu Mare, Romania’s most famous wine region. Short history: Romania is a country with a long-standing tradition in winemaking, and the world’s 12th wine producer, despite losing half of its arable lands and suffering a loss of prestige several decades ago, when communists favored mass production over quality. Nowadays, the country has gone through a process of mass restoration, aiming to reclaim its rightful place among the top 10 wine producers. Itinerary description: 1st stop: Bellu Manor Wine Museum Your guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to Dealu Mare. The first stop is at Bellu Manor, a marvel of old Romanian architecture. Built by Baron Alexandru Bellu in the 19th century, the manor is not just a great art collection, but also a wine museum. With a great passion for wine and even owning a sparkling wine factory, the baron stored precious tools in the manor’s great cellar, some of which go back to the 3rd century 2nd stop: Lacerta Winery After learning about the long history of winemaking in Romania, it’s time for some actual wine tasting at Lacerta Winery. Same as Bordeaux and Toscana, Lacerta’s vine estate stretches along the 45th parallel and thus has the ideal climate for producing wines with a rich, complex and silken taste. Lacerta is one of the most modern wineries in Romania, with production techniques based on gravitational principles meant to limit the usage of pumps. You’ll be able to taste 6 types of high-quality Romanian wines alongside small plates of cheese and dry sausages in a fairytale location, surrounded by the endless vineyards covering the hills of Dealu Mare, at one of the most beautiful wineries in the country. 3rd stop: Casa Colinelor - 1000 Chipuri Winery The third and final stop of the day is at Casa Colinelor (Hill House) where the 1000 Chipuri (1000 Faces) Winery is located. Here you have the option of having lunch and after that you can start the guided tour of the property. During the wine tasting, you will admire the beautiful vineyards surrounding the house and you will also be able to see the cellars and production facilities. There will be 6 glasses of wine, served alongside typical wine snacks. All the wines come from 1000 Chipuri, one of the most highly praised boutique wineries from the Dealu Mare wine region.

From Bucharest: Muddy Volcanoes and Salt Mine Private Tour

5. From Bucharest: Muddy Volcanoes and Salt Mine Private Tour

Embark on a private and guided tour from Bucharest to the Slanic Prahova Salt Mines and the Berca Muddy Volcanoes. Marvel at the beautiful natural and man-made structures and learn its history. Feel like you're in another world at the Muddly volcanoes, and visit the biggest planetarium in Romania. Get picked up at your accommodation in Bucharest and enjoy a tour just for your group. Arrive at Slanic Prahova, the largest salt mine in all of Europe. Explore the mine's various and immense caverns, including the biggest planetarium in Romania. Look up at the dome, with a 16-meter diameter. Afterward, head to the geological and botanical reservation of the Berca Muddy Volcanoes, located in Buzau County. Marvel at the small volcano-shaped structures caused by the eruption of mud and natural gas. Feel like you're on another planet as you walk among the unusual geological landscape.

From Bucharest: Prahova Salt Mine & Wine Tasting - Private

6. From Bucharest: Prahova Salt Mine & Wine Tasting - Private

Known as the biggest salt mine in Europe, Slanic Prahova stands today for one of the most important watering and climatic resorts in Romania, situated between the valley of Prahova and that of Teleajen, at about 44 km of Ploiesti, at 400 meters of altitude. Unique in the country, but also in Europe, the salt mine is formed out of 14 rooms, trapezium shaped, with an opening of 32 meters at the basis, 10 meters at the ceiling and 45 meters height. The total area is of 78,000 m2 and the excavated space is of 2,9 millions m3 of salt. Situated on the top of a hill and surrounded by beautiful countryside, Dorobantu Manor and its wine cellar were built in 1901 and restored by current owners in 2005. Visit the cellars where the wines are aged and learn about the use of oak barrels to mature the wine. Breathe in the smell of the cellar and the aroma of wine, hear the gentle sound of bottles being carefully moved and the echo of voices. Discover the steps to the wine tasting and try a selection of a great range of wines.

Bucharest: Wine Tasting, Bellu Mansion, and Thracian Tombs

7. Bucharest: Wine Tasting, Bellu Mansion, and Thracian Tombs

See why Romanian culture is intertwined with a love of wine on this guided day trip to Dealu Mare, one of the largest wine regions in Romania. Along with a tasting of delicious local wine, learn more about the region with a private guide taking you through the Bellu Mansion and Thracian tombs.  Following your pickup in the morning, travel to the first destination, an aristocratic mansion embodying historic Romania: the Bellu manor in Urlati. Located in a stunningly picturesque area and surrounded by a park with old trees, the Bellu manor was built in the middle of the 19th century, in the old Romanian style. It was the home of Baron Alexandru Bellu, a descendant of a wealthy Macedonian family who settled in Urlați. After a tour of the mansion interior and pavilion, take a walk to see the vineyards stretching out across the hills.  The trip then continues to the Lacerta winery in Dealu Mare for the wine tasting. But first, take a walk through the serene vineyards and see where the grapes originate. It’s sure to help you appreciate the wine even more: the tasting includes 3-5 varieties of wines, and a specialist will describe each of their differences. Learn about the history of the wines local wines and the production process. The last stop will be on the top of the vineyard hills. Admire the breathtaking view before exploring the ancient stone church, built of the famous Naeni stone extracted from the nearby quarry, and the Thracian necropolis, with tombs dating back 2600 years. After the full day, you’ll be dropped off at your Bucharest accommodation.

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What people are saying about Buzău

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Wow is all I can say after my Dealu Mare wineries trip. This tour, truly was the highlight of my most recent trip to Romania. Firstly, the tour guide (Mihai) was knowledge & exceptionally friendly. Secondly, the wineries were exceptional & finally, the wine itself; indescribable. When we arrived at the Lacerta Winery, we were greeted by the owner Ralf, who was friendly & gave us a very enjoyable tour around the winery. We sampled a variety of red & white wines, whilst learning about the process they undertook to produce their excellent wines, which I would recommend 100%. Next, we travelled to 1000 Chipuri winery and we were greeted by the owner Stafan who kindly poured us wine after wine! He was humorous, knowledge & just good company. Overall, this tour was excellent & the hospitality from our tour guide was superb. If you want to see Romania but want to try some good wine, then I would recommend this tour! I'm back there in October & going to have another tour with Mihai

Nickol was great!!!! He is a super awesome and friendly tour guide. He is very knowledgeable about Romania and can answer any questions you have in detail. This trip is definitely a must do if you are staying in Bucharest! The sights were definitely worth the drive and Nickol was very good company! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This experience was absolutely amazing! The guide was very kind and told us a lot about Bucharest, Romania and wines. The visits at the wineries were great and so were the wines and food. This is a very well organised tour and I would recommend it to everyone!!