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Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway-Balea Lake - Carta monastery

1. Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway-Balea Lake - Carta monastery

Your tour will begin as you are taken from your hotel in Brasov by a professional guide. Once having departed Brasov, you will travel to the most spectacular road in Europe: Transfagarasan. You will stop first and visit the Carta Cistercian Monastery .the monastery was built at the beginning of the 13th century, in the Gothic style, by the Cistercian monks who came to Transylvania from Burgundy, France. You will then continue to the mountains which host the Transfagarasan Highway, the most spectacular and beautiful mountain road in Europe. The road has been featured on the UK motor show Top Gear, and traverses up through the mountains uniting Transylvania with Valachia. Whilst there you will experience great scenes, noisy waterfalls, and with some luck you may even see wild animals such as the brown bear or black goats. Moving onward, you will travel to the Balea Glacier Lake, where you will have lunch at the Lake Balea Chalet. You can then take a walk around the lake, and in summer can also climb up the slope near the lake. From the top of this ridge you will have wonderful pictures with the peaks of the surrounding mountains and the lake and cottage Balea. In the winter between December and March you can visit the ice hotel, as well as the neighboring ice church. You will later return to Brasov in the evening, with wonderful memories of your trip into the sky. During the winter between November and July, we will go up by van to the hotel Cascada Balea 1446m (above the road is closed due to snow), from where we will take the cable car up to Lake Balea. The price of the cable car (100 lei - 24 euros uphill) + descent) is not included in the price of the tour.

From Brasov : Hiking in Piatra Craiului National Park

2. From Brasov : Hiking in Piatra Craiului National Park

You'll start from Brasov with a short car drive to Zarnesti where the foot of mount Piatra Craiului is . From there you'll start hiking the trail up to Curmatura Chalet (1470 m altitude) viziting in your way the famous Zarnesti Gorges. At Curmatura Chalet you'll take a brake to admire the mountain peaks that surround the National Park and to enjoy a delicios apple pie prepared by locals. In the way down you'll hike a different way , throught the forest along the narrow paths that take you back to civilization .

From Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Gorge, and Remetea Full-Day Trip

3. From Cluj: Turda Salt Mine, Gorge, and Remetea Full-Day Trip

Embark on an excursion from Cluj to visit three of Transylvania's notable sites. See an underground theme park that's nestled inside the Turda Salt Mine, go for a hike through the dramatic Turda Gorge, and encounter traditional rural life in a preserved Rimetea village. Start your experience with pickup and a short drive to the Turda Salt Mine. Take a guided tour and spend some time in its unique underground theme park. Try out the ferris wheel, play a round of minigolf, or ride a boat on its underground lake. Hop back in the vehicle and head for the Turda Gorge. Marvel at the 3-kilometer long canyon, with massive walls sculpted in weathered limestone. Hike through high cliffs with steep ridges, rock towers, caves, and lots of varieties of flora and fauna. Conclude your experience with a visit to Rimetea village. Enjoy strolling amongst traditional white houses with green windows. Get a feel for Transylvanian rural life in a preserved and beautiful location.

From Cluj-Napoca: Turda Salt Mines and Rimetea Day Trip

4. From Cluj-Napoca: Turda Salt Mines and Rimetea Day Trip

Depart from Cluj-Napoca and head to Turda, once the most important economic center of the region where salt, also known as “white gold,” has been extracted since the Roman age. Arrive for a guided tour at the Salina Turda salt mine and discover the history of salt mining in the town dating from the 17th century. Explore site, including the Terezia mine, Rudolf hall, and the Franz Josef Gallery.  Afterwards, spend the afternoon in the Transylvanian western mountains in the village of Rimetea. The chalk-white houses and the harmonious structure of the village have earned it several distinctions. Considered to be one of the most beautiful village in Transylvania, it received the Europa Nostra Award for its architectural preservation.  Next up, take a 1-hour hike to the ruins of the Coltesti Fortress for an impressive view of the valley below. In the evening, head back to Cluj-Napoca where you’ll be dropped off at the starting point of your tour.

From Brasov: Piatra Craiului National Park Private Day Tour

5. From Brasov: Piatra Craiului National Park Private Day Tour

Get picked up by your knowledgeable, English-speaking guide and head into the Carpathian Mountains for a day. Visit the pristine Piatra Craiului National Park on an intimate small-group tour that ensures you'll make the most of your outdoor trekking excursion. Follow one of two routes on a 5- to 6-hour hike through alpine meadows, fragrant forests, and country villages that seem untouched by time. See the cavernous Zarnesti Gorge and hike along the main ridge regarded as one of the most beautiful sites in the Carpathians. Learn about the traditional rural industries of cheese-making and shepherding. Refuel with hearty Romanian fare at a mountain hut or a local village. See a side of Romania that's hardly changed in generations.

Brasov: Craiuli Mountains Hike & Bear Sanctuary Private Trip

6. Brasov: Craiuli Mountains Hike & Bear Sanctuary Private Trip

We will depart in the morning from Braşov and drive to the mountains, just outside of Zărneşti. Here we will visit the Bear Sanctuary Liberty, one of the most interesting wildlife conservation projects: almost one hundred brown bears have been brought from old zoos and illegal animal parks, and have found a much better life here. From here we will drive to the Piatra Craiului Mountains and prepare for a 5-hour hike to one of Romania’s most beautiful scenery: lively coloured meadows, migrating sheep herds and isolated mountain villages will enchant us all day long. At noon we will enjoy a delicious picnic with traditional homemade sausages and cheese. In the evening we will return to Brasov.

From Cluj: Winter Walking Trip on the Great Mountain

7. 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.

Cluj: Outdoor Activities Day Trip with Zip Line and Hike

8. Cluj: Outdoor Activities Day Trip with Zip Line and Hike

The tour starts at 10:00 am, We will pick you up from your accommodation in Cluj-Napoca and we will head to Turda Gorge. From here we use a zipline, to get to the canyon. The Longest Zip Line in Transylvania Distance - 600m Speed - 100 km/h Level Diference100 m *For People weighing over 75 Kg (165 LB) they will need a parachute In order not to exceed the speed After Zip Line, we will go hiking through and up Turda Gorge. The canyon is nearly 3 km long, with 300 m high walls sculpted in weathered limestone. We will find here a wild karst panorama, with high cliffs and steep with sharp ridges, rock towers, long paths for walking, climbing routes, hiking trails, and dozens of caves, almost all of them of small size. Turda Gorge is accessible for all ages tourists, adults, and children. Turda Gorge has more than you can wish for: an accessible footpath, a small river, a canyon, some caves, and climbing rocks. Distance: 9 Km Moving Time 3 h Elevation gain 339 m Elevation Loss 339 m Max Elevation 751m In the evening we will take you back to your accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.

From Cluj-Napoca: Day Hike to Vlădeasa Peak

9. From Cluj-Napoca: Day Hike to Vlădeasa Peak

Discover the Vlădeasa Mountains on this adventurous day hike. Get up close and personal with the Transylvanian (Apuseni) Mountains, which belong in the Southwestern Carpathians while you immerse yourself in their natural beauty.  Start your tour with a morning pickup from your accommodation in Cluj-Napoca. Be driven to Rogojel village and experience some authentic wooden houses and Romanian traditions. Make a short stop at the infamous Sequoia tree before beginning the hike.   Depart from the village along the hiking trail and continue for 2 hours to a Vlădeasa chalet. Enjoy a cozy lunch and tea break here while you refresh yourself. When you're ready, continue your journey to the Vlădeasa Peak for another 2 hours.  Soak in your view from the summit before heading back down the mountain. The way back will be shorter, taking about 3 hours to arrive at Rogojel village where a car will be waiting to transport you back to your accommodation.

From Cluj-Napoca: Apuseni Mountains Hiking Guided Day Tour

10. From Cluj-Napoca: Apuseni Mountains Hiking Guided Day Tour

Go in search of rare wildflowers, wonderful mushrooms, endemic plants and experience the pristine nature of the Apuseni Mountains on this tour from Cluj. Travel into the mountains to the village of Posaga de Sus, where you’ll begin an alpine hike through beech forest to Scarita peak, which sits at an altitude of 1384 meters (4541 feet). Due to the altitude and difficulty of the hike, participants require a moderate fitness level for this tour. Tour suited to those interested in flora and fauna, hiking, and photography Go at your own pace and ask all the questions you want on this private tour. The trip starts at 8 o'clock in the morning with a pickup from your accommodation in CLuj-Napoca. We will travel a distance of 79 km in 1 h and 30 min until we reach Posaga de Sus. Our hike started at Posaga de Sus village, followed by an abrupt path through a beech forest, which led to an alpine zone with an exquisite sight to the calcareous, white cliffs. We passed by some abandoned wood hovels, than climbed to the ridge, reaching the highest peak (Scarita) The views up here are worth it! The Scarita-Belioara is a botanical reserve. This natural wonder is home to a diversity of rare plants. Some of them have survived from the cold glacial periods: There are rare fauna elements, such as butterflies, but also the golden eagle, the largest raptor bird recorded in Romania nests on the abrupt cliffs. From there we could easily identify the valley of the Aries river, the Trascaului Mountains at the south, and the Muntele Mare plateau. On the hiking, route will be full of wildflowers and fungi which we will identify :) On our return if we have time left we will visit a beautiful waterfall that is called Sipote and Dumesti village in a remote location. In the evening we will take you back to your accommodation in Cluj-Napoca.

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Amazing hike with Mihai. The guide has a lot of knowledge about nature. We were lucky and got to see a lot of animals, even bears! Mihai took care of us at all times and we felt no danger. Activity 100% recommended.

We had an amazing, 6h-hike. the guide was very knowledgeable and brought us to places which we for sure couldn't have seen on our own. We totally recommend!

A really nice hike with the best guide. Tudor was very friendly and helpful and knew a lot about the place.I would 100% recommend it.

Tudor was a great guide and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see some main attractions that Transylvania offers.

Very nice guide, a lot of knowledge. Highly recommended.