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Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Day Tour

1. Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Day Tour

Experience the allure of Transylvania's iconic tourist attractions on an exclusive small-group day tour limited to just 8 people. The adventure commences from Brasov, and en route, you'll witness the picturesque beauty of rural areas, with the Carpathian Mountains as the backdrop. The first stop is at the awe-inspiring Peles Castle, located in the charming Sinaia Town, boasting an enchanting facade that emanates luxury and elegance. You will skip the line to explore the castle's interior and bask in the magnificent ambiance. The tour also includes a visit to the Sinaia Monastery, a holy landmark renowned for its striking architecture, rich history, and spiritual significance. Next up is Bran Castle, known for its association with the legend of Vlad the Impaler, and famously referred to as Dracula's Castle. With your guide's expertise, you will discover the captivating tales behind the castle's walls and its intriguing connection to the infamous Dracula. The final stop on this remarkable tour is the scenic Rasnov Fortress, a historical site boasting breathtaking views of the Transylvanian landscape. Explore the fortress with your guide's insightful commentary, and gain a deeper understanding of its role in Romania's history. Before heading back to Brasov, you'll have the chance to indulge in the local cuisine at a traditional restaurant in Bran village. Savor the flavors of Romania's rich culinary heritage as you reminisce on your unforgettable journey through Transylvania. This tour ensures you have ample time to take amazing photos, and with skip-the-line access, you will avoid waiting in long queues. The tour will conclude at 5 pm, leaving you with cherished memories and unforgettable experiences of Transylvania's cultural heritage. Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity to explore the best of Transylvania.

Bucharest: Transfagarasan Highway Scenic Group Tour

2. Bucharest: Transfagarasan Highway Scenic Group Tour

The Transfăgărășan is a paved mountain road crossing the Carpathian Mountains, is the second-highest paved road in the country with an altitude of 2,042 metres (6,699 ft). The road also provides access to Bâlea Lake a glacier lake situated at 2,034 m of altitude. Here we will benefit from the fresh air and low temperature, admire the view of Trasnsilvania and have lunch. On the way back we will admire Bâlea waterfall, we'll stop at the Vidraru Dam to refresh us. It is very possible to meet brown bears on the route. On our way we will be able to see on a mountaintop a fortress built by Vlad the Impaler. This is Poienari fortress.

From Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary & Dracula's Castle Day Trip

3. From Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary & Dracula's Castle Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Bucharest and spend the day exploring Transylvania during this full-day tour. Stop at Bear Sanctuary to meet and greet the brown bears, and then head to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula Castle, to learn about the history and legends of the area before driving past the Carpathian Mountains back to Bucharest. You will leave Bucharest to explore Libearty Bear Sanctuary, where more than 69 hectares of forest with rivers and ponds are now the home of almost 90 brown bears. Most of the bears in the Sanctuary were rescued from the most miserable and small cages, where they were used as a form of entertainment for tourist attractions. Since 2008, this wild place has been visited, and you will see bears climbing trees, playing in the water pools, or just lazing in the meadows. You will continue the day, and in about one hour of driving through the Carpathian Mountains, you will arrive at Bran Castle. Also called Dracula's Castle, it was originally built as a fortress and is surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend. It owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker's Dracula. Along the way, the Castle had a strategic mission as the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Narrow, winding stairways lead through some 60 timber rooms, many connected by underground passages, which house collections of furniture, weapons, and armor dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries. In the evening, you will be back in Bucharest.

From Bucharest: Transfagarasan Road Trip

4. From Bucharest: Transfagarasan Road Trip

Your journey starts in the early morning in Bucharest, from where you will head northwards passing by the former capital of the medieval Wallachian principality, Curtea de Arges. Climb your way toward the Carpathian Mountains through the Transfagarasan Road and stop by to admire the Vidraru Dam, one of the largest in Romania, followed by a memorable ride along the picturesque Transfagarasan, declared by Top Gear as the best road in the world. Be ready as bears tend to join our tour but only from the side of the road. Built high up in the Fagaras Mountains, this road stretches for 100 km, offering breathtaking views. You can make stops on the way to admire the scenery, take photos, and simply enjoy the strong and healthy mountain air before heading back to Bucharest, which you will reach in the evening. Pass Capra Waterfall and reach the very top at Balea Lake where you will enjoy free time and perfect picture views. Be ready as bears tend to join the side of the road.

Brasov: Small-Group 7 Ladders Canyon Day Trip

5. Brasov: Small-Group 7 Ladders Canyon Day Trip

The starting point of your walk is just a short drive away from Brasov. Once you are there, you will head directly to the Seven Ladders Canyon (Canionul Sapte Scari) in the Piatra Mare range, part of the Southern Carpathian Mountains. This stunning gorge is famous for its steep ladders that take you up the rock walls past a series of rushing waterfalls. Upon arrival, you will set off along meadow and forest paths, reaching the canyon after a 45-minute hike. Afterwards, you can opt to rest here or enter the rock chasm with your experienced guide. You can then head inside, where you will spend the next 15 minutes or so crossing the bridges and climbing each of the near-vertical metal ladders that make up the gorge. As you go, you will enjoy thrilling close-up views of the tumbling waters and the towering rock walls around you. Following your trek, you will rejoin your group and choose between a 1.5-hour return route or a harder 2 to 3 hour trail, walking back through forests and glades to your vehicle. After your hike, your tour ends back at your Brașov hotel.

From Bucharest: Romanian Wine Tasting Tour

6. From Bucharest: Romanian Wine Tasting Tour

Embark on a captivating Bucharest day trip that takes you on a journey through the heart of Romanian viticulture. Begin your adventure in the morning, setting off from Bucharest to the esteemed LacertA Winery in Buzau County. Nestled within an expansive 82-hectare vineyard renowned for its optimal wine-producing soil, this experience offers an in-depth look at the history of winemaking. Engage in an informative tour to see the wine production process first-hand and indulge in a sophisticated wine tasting experience, sampling a selection of white, red, rosé, or table wines tailored to your taste. Dive deeper into the world of winemaking by discovering exclusive wine collections at LacertA, such as the Vintage Collection, Grand Prix, Lacerta Dolce, and the Gift Collection. Many of these exquisite selections have achieved international acclaim, winning gold awards for their exceptional quality. The wine tasting adventure continues as you journey to Budureasca Winery in Prahova County, a modern marvel of winemaking nestled in the midst of a 300-hectare vineyard. This picturesque location is a feast for the eyes and an ideal setting for those seeking to deepen their understanding of wine. Here, learn the art of wine evaluation and enhance your wine tasting skills with a variety of fine wines, making this day trip a memorable and enriching experience for wine enthusiasts and novices alike. This Bucharest day trip offers a unique blend of educational and sensory experiences, making it the perfect escape for those looking to immerse themselves in Romania’s rich winemaking tradition and enjoy a premium wine tasting experience.

Sibiu to Balea: Bus Transfer

7. Sibiu to Balea: Bus Transfer

The Transfagarasan mountain road (or national road 7C) is one of the most spectacular roads in the world, according to Top Gear. Located in Romania, it runs trough the Fagaras mountains and has more tunnels and viaducts than any other road in Romania. Discover this fantastic route with a daily bus transfer service between Sibiu and the Balea area, and explore the stunningly beautiful Balea waterfall and lake on your own. This is a touristic bus and will only go on route with reservation. The duration of transfers is approximate, and the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.  The tour will be: Sibiu (Parking Thalia Hall) – Avrig – Cartisoara - Balea Cascada (Cable Car Station)  The return route is: Balea Cascada (Cable Car Station) – Cartisoara – Avrig - Sibiu (Parking Thalia Hall)

Timisoara: Guided Walking Tour

8. Timisoara: Guided Walking Tour

We'll start the tour in Victory square and explore the historical city center. Talk about the Ottoman times See where the former walls of the city were and see the only piece that is still standing Who built the beautiful Unirii square? European Capital of Culture 2023 See where more than one hundred fifty thousand people gathered during the revolution in 1989 Hear many stories about important people that had an impact throughout the history of Timisoara Get to ask questions and learn more about the beautiful region of Banat

One day trip Bear Sanctuary, Dracula Castle, Rasnov Fortress

9. One day trip Bear Sanctuary, Dracula Castle, Rasnov Fortress

If until now you have only witnessed the spectacle of nature want to see it up-close, the Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti Imagine how the most beautiful virgin European forests would look like without a brown bear reserve like this one? And what if we tell you can take pictures of real bears with their cubs up-close, and watch them eat and go about their day from only a few steps away, without the fear of getting attacked?Well, as unbelievable as that sounds, you can do it all, risk-free, in the biggest brown bear sanctuary in the world. That is why the Bear Sanctuary is one of the most sought-after natural tourist attractions in Romania for thousands of people around the globe, regardless of the season. If you think that this Transylvanian Medieval Tour is for you and your friends, it is the perfect occasion to book a trip.

From Bucharest: Libearty Bear Sanctuary and Dracula's Castle

10. From Bucharest: Libearty Bear Sanctuary and Dracula's Castle

The first attraction will be the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, a territory spanning across 69 hectares of coniferous forests where you will safely observe more than 90 rescued brown bears in their natural habitat. Since all bears have been rescued from poor conditions and here they can live freely in their natural environment, the sanctuary has been recognized as the most ethical one in the world. The trip will continue with a one-hour drive through the Carpathian Mountains after which you will arrive at Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. This historical monument was originally a fortress built between 1211 – 1225 by the Knights of the Teutonic Order. It distinguishes itself by the imposing towers and turrets and the mystery wave that shrouds people when they cross its threshold. Also, the castle was marketed to be the home of the main character from Bram Stocker’s novel “Dracula”.

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We actually had to change to a different tour as there is limited access to bear sanctuary so you might want to check if you can get 1045am tickets first. However the agency was very accommodating and moved us to the three castle tour. Dont miss Peles's really a palace but it is a work of art. Arran castle is fun. I especially liked the secret stairway as it was more like the castle used to be before it was turned into a summer palace. Our guide/driver was excellent. The vehicle was comfortable. He knew everyone at the sites and how to have a great tour in spite of the crowds. I highly recommend the 3 castle tour.

We booked a trip at the end of April. The mountain top was still covered with snow, so if you plan a travel it is better to go from the mid-May or bring proper waterproof boots and warm jacket. Our guide Claudiu/Radu was the sweetest guy ever, he told a lot of stories about the country and his life. In addition to incredible view from the mountain and beautiful old monastery he also bought us to interesting historic fortress, that wasn't in the program. Very professional and interesting guide. From Ukraine with love :))

The tour was excellent. We booked at short notice and Catalin was able to secure us tickets for both the bear sanctuary, fortress and castle. The whole day felt stress free with all logistics taken care of. It’s a great way to see all these sights and still get back to your hotel well before the evening. I would highly recommend.

Our guide Iulian was excellent; friendly, very hospitable and extremely knowledgeable. The day was most enjoyable and the 3 monasteries we visited were just superb. Totally lived up to our expectations and beyond.

Lovely guide and medium difficulty hike, many wonderful sights. Totally recommend the experience!