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From Brasov: Bear Watching in the Wild

1. From Brasov: Bear Watching in the Wild

Meet your driver-guide at your hotel in Brasov in the late afternoon and make a 30 minute drive in an air-conditioned vehicle to the forest. Gain fascinating insights into the lives of brown bears as you travel. Learn how their sharp sense of smell is vital in ensuring their survival and how they can grow to enormous sizes, with some males reaching up to 770 pounds (350 kgs).  Meet the ranger who will outline the rules you must follow in order to respect the bears' habitat and stay safe. Then walk about 20 minutes or drive with a jeep to the observatory where you can observe the bears as they go about their everyday life. Take photos of the bears interacting, playing, and resting.  After about two hours, return to the vehicle and get dropped off back at your hotel in Brasov with wonderful memories of these amazing creatures.

Sibiu: Aria Center Spa Day Package

2. Sibiu: Aria Center Spa Day Package

Treat yourself with a spa day adult package at Aria Center in Sibiu. Enjoy the center’s swimming and spa sections, Aria Aqua and Aria Spa, along with a 30-minute relaxing massage. Explore Aria Center’s three indoor swimming pools and other relaxing options including saunas, a hammam, jacuzzi, ice fountain, and saltwater swimming pool in the wellness and spa section. At Aria Center, the possibilities of your spa day are endless.

Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary, Bran Castle, and Brasov Day Trip

3. Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary, Bran Castle, and Brasov Day Trip

Discover the best of Romania's nature and history on this full-day trip from Bucharest. Encounter brown bears at a bear sanctuary, visit Bern (Dracula's) Castle, and explore the city of Brasov. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to your first stop of the day, Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Here, get up close and personal with bears that have been rescued from captivity, have your photo taken with them, and watch them eat. Next, continue to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. See for yourself why the castle has become Romania's number one tourist attraction and why it is one of the most expensive venues in the world. Finish your tour in Brasov, where history, music, and good food meet. Enjoy some free time to explore the city at your own pace before getting dropped off at your hotel in Bucharest at the end of the day.

Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

4. Bucharest: Transylvania and Dracula's Castle 2-Day Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Count Dracula legend on a 2-day tour to Peles Castle and Bran Castle in the Transylvanian mountains. Wander the ornate rooms and gardens of former royal residences, and see Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century. The scenic drive takes you high up into the Carpathian Mountains where time has stood still at enchanting villages, and where Romanians head in the winter to ski at the mountain resort of Sinaia. Day 1: Bucharest - Sighisoara Following a pick-up from your hotel in Bucharest (or from Revolution Square at 09:00), cross the Carpathian Mountains en route to Sibiu, stopping at the Monastery of Curtea de Arges to explore the complex founded by Prince Neagoe Basarab in 1514-1517. During the summer (1 June - 15 September), the route to Sibiu takes the unique Transfagarasan Road across the Carpathians, climbing to an altitude of 2,000 meters at its highest point. Upon arrival in Sibiu, enjoy a quick tour of the medieval city center. Then, drive to Sighisoara on the picturesque Tarnava Mare River. Marvel at the beautifully preserved citadel, and wander the enclosed walls and cobblestone streets of the Old Town. See Saxon houses that date back to the 16th century, and the 9 surviving towers, including the iconic Clock Tower. From the balcony of this former main gate to the city, enjoy beautiful views across the town and countryside. Immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere at sights such as the former Church of the Dominican Monastery, where valuable relics include a fresco of the Saint Trinity, a carved altarpiece, and Oriental carpets. Day 2: Sighisoara - Brasov - Bran - Bucharest Today you will drive to Brasov to discover where Vlad the Impaler led his raids against the German Saxons. Explore the medieval city center on a tour of the Black Church, Town Hall, Black Tower, and Ecaterina Gate. Then, continue to “Dracula’s Castle,” located between the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. More commonly known as “Bran Castle,” the important monument depends on the legend of Count Dracula for its reputation, but is also acclaimed for its beauty. Learn the history of the castle, from the 14th century to the day in December 1920 when the castle was donated to Queen Marie of Great Romania. Admire the fountains, lakes, and halt terraces of the former royal summer residence, and see the "Tea House" of Queen Marie. Continue to the beautiful mountain resort of Sinaia, known as "The Pearl of the Carpathians." Here, you will visit Peles Castle, one of Romania's most exquisite palaces. Learn about the Romanian kings that used the castle as their summer residence as you admire its intricate façades and see wooden towers that reach for the sky. Discover the fountains and statues built by Viennese architects in the grounds, and imagine the balls, concerts, literary events, and theatrical performances of Romanian high society in days gone by. Wander the opulent interiors to find ebony, walnut and mother of pearl. Go to the terraces and grand outhouses of the castle complex, such as Pelisor Castle and Sinaia Monastery. Venture inside the Monastery, built by the "Spatar" (a high ranking noble of the Valahian Kingdom), Mihai Cantacuzino following his pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. The monastery contains religious icons and rare books, as well as an exhibition of pottery and porcelain that dates from the 16th to the 19th centuries. There will be time to visit the 19th-century wine cellars from Azuga, built by the Rhein family, official suppliers to the Royal Court. Purchase some authentic still wines and sparkling wines of Romania, before transferring back to Bucharest in the evening.

From Bucharest: Dracula Full-Day Private Tour

5. From Bucharest: Dracula Full-Day Private Tour

Poienari Fortress: If we were to put together a tour of the castles in Romania for Dracula fans and adventure lovers, Poenari Castle would have to be on the list, being an important Romanian tourist attraction. With this private trip you will have the perfect chance to discover the wildlife in Transylvania. You will travel by private car and have your own guide. As you are climbing up the 1480 stairs that lead up to the castle, you can rightfully say you are following in the steps of Dracula. To get here it will take us about 2 hours driving! Bran Castle: Step inside if you dare! To get to see Bran we'll drive for 3 hour crossing Carpatian Mountains to Transylvania! Once you see it in person, you will understand why this castle is a symbol of Romanian tourism and why it is the most visited tourist attraction in Romania. Commonly known outside Transylvania as Dracula's Castle, it is often referred to as the home of the title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. There is no evidence that Stoker knew anything about this castle, which has only tangential associations with Vlad the Impaler, voivode of Wallachia, the putative inspiration for Dracula.Stoker's description of Dracula's crumbling fictional castle also bears no resemblance to Bran Castle. The castle is now a museum dedicated to displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Snagov Monastery: Vlad Tepes got his vampire reputation due to the cruel method through which he punished traitors, thieves, and enemies – impalement. Not much is known about the death of Dracula/ Vlad Tepes, but some of the most popular hypotheses are that he was killed in a battle against the Turks, or that he was murdered by Wallachian boyars, as part of a revenge plot. That is why there are many stories and myths about the place where Dracula was buried, supposedly by the monks who loved him for his bravery and love for his country, and who risked their lives to retrieve his body. Most historians who had access to the monastery’s written records believe “Dracula’s” resting place is at Snagov Monastery – an orthodox house of worship built on the island of the same name, surrounded by a beautiful scenery near Bucharest.

From Bucharest: Private Dracula and Peles Castles Day Tour

6. From Bucharest: Private Dracula and Peles Castles Day Tour

You’ll travel from Bucharest to Sinaia on this full-day excursion that takes you through one of the most beautiful valleys in Romania. Visit Peles Castle, once the summer residence of Romanian kings, and now home to one of the country’s most important museums. The Castle dates from the late 19th century, and has 160 opulently decorated rooms. It is the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs, including King Carol I, who died here in 1914, as well as King Ferdinand and Queen Maria. Stopping at a mountain pass, you’ll have lunch in a typical Romanian village overlooking a small river. Continue on to Rasnov Citadel, built to help defend the villages of Transylvania. Visit medieval Bran Castle, popularly known as Dracula’s Castle. Bran Castle was built in the mid-14th century on a rock standing 60 meters high. It features 4 towers with walls made of stone blocks, and its rooms and narrow corridors form a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers. In the inner courtyard there are artesian wells, connected to an underground network.

Transfer Bucharest Airport to Brasov

7. Transfer Bucharest Airport to Brasov

If your pick-up is from the airport, then our representative will be waiting for you at the airport holding a plate for your name. He will accompany you to your Hotel or to your address.  For pick-up at the hotel ( address ) please wait for our representative in the Hotel Lobby ( or at the provided address ) at the set up time. All our representatives can speak English and some of us speaks Spanish, Italian and french. Our aim is to provide the finest personal services for our customers and to fulfill even the unexpressed wishes and needs. Please provide us the following information :  Airline /Flight Number / Arrival Time / Hotel Name / Hotel Address ( or the private address )

Bucharest: Peleș & Bran Castles & Brasov City Private Trip

8. Bucharest: Peleș & Bran Castles & Brasov City Private Trip

Enjoy a day of adventure on a full-day private day trip from Bucharest. Tour the Peles Castles and bran Castle and explore Brasov on a guided city tour. First, head to Peles Castle. See the beautiful Romanian royal family’s summer residence, admire its architecture, and feel like royalty for a few hours. Next, visit Bran Castle. Learn why many call it Dracula's castle and step inside if you dare. Discover how this castle because a symbol of Romanian tourism and hear its connection to Bram Stoker's novel. Finish your day trip with a Brasov city tour. Explore Romania's history and culture in this fascinating city. See stunning Baroque and Gothic architecture, marvel at the Mount Tampa Natural Park, and gaze at the Postavaru Peak.

From Cluj: Winter Walking Trip on the Great Mountain

9. From Cluj: Winter Walking Trip on the Great Mountain

Head for Carpathia's Great Mountain on a seasonal hiking trip from Cluj. Admire the scenic snow-covered landscape, learn about the area from your guide, and enjoy hot drinks as you go. Put on a pair of special snowshoes which allow you to walk on top of the snow, rather than sinking down into it, assisted by complementary hiking poles. Get ready to plot a path with your guide through the spectacular mountain scenery. Enjoy a 5.5-hour experience involving a walk over the Great Mountain. Hike through deep forests and marvel at the picturesque views as you go. Learn about native plants and animals, geology, and local culture from your knowledgeable guide. Take advantage of pauses in your guided hike to admire the views. Sip on free hot drinks as you make the most of your wintery Carpathian adventure.

From Bucharest: Small-Group Dracula Day Tour

10. From Bucharest: Small-Group Dracula Day Tour

If you are looking for a day of adventure to cut yourself off from the stress of everyday life, we have put together for you a one-day tour of the Bran Castle, followed by several other important sites worthy of your attention. Here is an overview of our private tour, highlighting the main tourist attractions we will be visiting: 1. PELES CASTLE If have decided to write your memoirs or you want to brag about having seen the most beautiful castles in Europe, the Romanian royal family’s summer residence is, by far, one of the most important tourist attractions in Romania and in Europe, and you will soon understand why. Every year, thousands of important figures and hundreds of thousands of tourists book tours of Romania for this attraction alone, to admire its beauty and at least for a few hours, feel like royalty. 2. BRAN/ DRACULA’S CASTLE Step inside if you dare! We Romanians are often amused that 80% of the hundreds of thousands of tourists that book Tours of Romania and come from across the globe to see the Castle of Dracula, or more accurately, the Bran Castle, leave with their history lesson learned and forget about Bram Stoker’s fiction. Once you see it in person, you will understand why this castle is a symbol of Romanian tourism and why it is the most visited tourist attraction in Romania. 3. BRASOV CITY TOUR Are you looking for a different urban experience through which you can explore the history, and culture, and rediscover the beauty of nature, all at the same time? The city of Brasov is the ideal destination for lovers of history, music, culture, adventure, good food, winter sports, hunting, hiking, and even romance. It is the quintessential mountain adventure. We guarantee that the Brasov tour will be the high point of your trip –literally. Even though its average altitude is 625 meters, because its structure includes the Postavaru Peak, it is the highest city in Romania. Another thing that makes this tourist destination unique is that Brasov is the only city in the world that contains a natural reservation, the one on mount Tampa.

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What people are saying about Transylvania

This is a brilliant tour option for anyone who wants to get the most out of a day in Transylvania from Bucharest! We started the day at 7 and had a full day of activities across the sanctuary, castle and Brasov. We had the most amazing tour guide in Dan who was so friendly and answered all of our questions and told us everything we needed to know about the area! Dan truly is an asset to the company and made us feel so at home with him. Nicolas was also great, calling us shortly after our booking to give us all the extra details of the day ahead. Really fantastic day and couldn’t have asked for anything more. Dan even gave us great recommendations on food to eat and and places to visit in Bucharest for the rest of our trip! Thank you for a great tour and we would highly recommend to anyone!! No other tour options like this in the area.

A really great experience. Experiencing the bears in the wild is really a highlight. Definitely recommended. We really should have asked more about how to behave when encountering a bear, because the next day we ran into a bear weighing about 100kg while hiking.

Great guide

Really enjoyed the two day tour, but didn't have time for the wine tasting as advertised. That was the major reason we selected the particular tour. Otherwise was great.

Nicolas was a fantastic host, very knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble for him. Would highly recommend.

Perfect day. Andreï is a great guide... attentive, friendly, competent. Recommended without hesitation.