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Bucharest: Salt Mine Entrance Ticket and Transfer

1. Bucharest: Salt Mine Entrance Ticket and Transfer

Discover two extraordinary places in Europe: Slanic Prahova Salt Mine and The Salt Mountain. First, visit the Slanic Prahova, an all-season spa resort, famous for its curative mineral waters and its spectacular Salt Mine, one of the biggest in Europe and famous for its healing effects. The salt mine hall stands at 70 meters tall and the circuit runs around the enormous pillar supporting the mine. There, admire the basso-rilievo works depicting some of the most important figures in Romanian history.  Inside the Salt Mine, you will find a small history museum, a soccer field and a children's playground. The place is also used for various sports events (athletic competitions and as training ground for sport teams), as sanatorium for the elderly and the sick or as a scenery for the film industry. After visiting the Salt Mine, the tour continues to the Salt Museum, where you can find out about the history of salt exploitation and it's biological importance.

Bucharest: Slanic Salt Mine & Carpathian Mountains Day Tour

2. Bucharest: Slanic Salt Mine & Carpathian Mountains Day Tour

Discovering the biggest Salt Mine in Europe while learning about it's history and natural beauty. Along with its beauty and history, the Slanic Salt Mine is also one of the biggest therapeutic sites in Romania, a two-level mine featuring a microclimate with natural air-conditioning and constant temperature and atmospheric pressure throughout the year. Going further up the mountain, we have the opportunity to take a glance at how Romanians lead their lives in the Carpathians in picturesque villages full of traditional decorations and household items.

Bucharest: Muddy Volcanoes and Salt Mine Private Day Tour

3. 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.

Day Trip to Slanic Salt Mine

4. Day Trip to Slanic Salt Mine

Start the day at the Slanic Salt Mine. This salt mine, located in a wonderful environment was opened for the first time in 1938. In order to reach it, you’ll go 400 meters down. The microclimate inside makes it a favorite spot for both locals and travelers — there’s a constant temperature inside of never more than 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) which is much preferred in a hot summer.  Your next stop will be a unique and odd place: the mud volcanoes. These small volcanoes stand just a few meters above ground and they exist because of a unique combination of water and natural gases creating a moon-like terrain. Next, visit Ciolanu Monastery, well-known for its late 19th-century icons painted by famous artist Gheorghe Tătărescu.

Bucharest: Full-Day Muddy Volcanoes & Unirea Salt Mine

5. 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.

From Bucharest: Muddy Volcanoes and Salt Mine Private Tour

6. 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.

Bucharest: Salt Mine Slanic Prahova & Peles Castle Day Tour

7. Bucharest: Salt Mine Slanic Prahova & Peles Castle Day Tour

Take a break from the capital and start your morning with a visit to Slanic Prahova, known as the biggest salt mine in Europe and also known for its remarkable combination of both man-made and natural beauty. Stands today as one of the most important watering and climatic resorts in Romania. Unique in the country but also in Europe, in the salt mine, the humidity of the air is circa 50%, and the air composition is richer in sodium ions that have spectacular ameliorative and prophylactic effects as far as breathing deficiencies and diseases are concerned. Next, visit Peles Castle in Sinaia City, the royal residence and one of the most famous castles in Romania, the summer residence of the first king of Romania, Carol I of Hohenzollern, of German origins. Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German New-Renaissance architecture, built in the late nineteenth century and considered by many to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electrical current. Was used as a summer residence by the Royal family for more than 50 years, and the original interior decoration is still intact. Then head back to Bucharest.

From Bucharest: Prahova Salt Mine & Wine Tasting - Private

8. 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: Slanic Salt Mines and Wine Tasting Tour

9. Bucharest: Slanic Salt Mines and Wine Tasting Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Bucharest on a full-day sightseeing tour of the salt mines of Slanic Prahova, stopping at a local winery to enjoy a traditional 3 course lunch. You will be picked up from your hotel (or private address) in Bucharest for the 1.5-hour drive north to the small town of Slanic Prahova in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Here, explore the largest salt mine in Europe, now closed for mining but open to visitors. Enter the chambers to experience the unique microclimate, where natural air-conditioning keeps temperatures and atmospheric pressure constant throughout the year. Discover some of the mines 14 chambers and trapezoidal profiles, and marvel at the expanse of the salt walls. Next, enjoy a wine tasting and 3-course meal at a local winery. Savor the flavors of authentic Romanian appetizers, house desserts, and mains such as sarmalute (stuffed vine leaves) and polenta. The menu varies depending on restaurant availability.

Salt Mine Slanic Prahova & Peles Castle - Daytrip

10. Salt Mine Slanic Prahova & Peles Castle - Daytrip

There’s more to Romania than legends dare to unveil. Book this amazing tour and find out! Prahova Valley is one of the most visited areas of Romania. It has everything that a tourist needs; a touch of history, a touch of art and a lot of entertaining for all ages and tastes. Enjoy exploring the biggest salt mine in Europe and visit Peles Castle, the home of the royal family of Romania, you’ll get to spoil yourself with plenty of fine memories after this tour. We leave Bucharest in the morning from our starting point and drive to Slanic Prahova. In approximately 1,5 hours we arrive at Salt Mine. You will go into the mine with the local vans and after 2 hours we will be ready to go to Sinaia. Thes Neo-Renaissance castle is the former residence of the Royal Family of Romania and was built between 1875 and 1914 by King Carol I. In the middle of the day we will head to a local restaurant for a traditional romanian lunch.

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based on 56 reviews

A fantastic tour. This tour won’t disappoint! We had a fantastic tour guide, Eugen, who was very knowledgeable. He gave us lots of historical and cultural information and was more than happy to answer questions. We enjoyed the stop at the museum of Prahova with a virtual tour of the salt mine. He also offered recommendations of other things to do and to see, and places to go during the tour. Definitely a must when visiting Bucharest and want to spend a day outside the bustling city.

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!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Great excursion worth visiting. Has health benefits for the visitor and a historic background. Guide was very informative. pickup on time. Highly recommended.

Great tour! I learnt a lot Muntenia and about the Romanian country side, too.

it was an awesome experience and Alexia was a great guide!