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Brasov: Brown Bear & Wildlife Watching

1. Brasov: Brown Bear & Wildlife Watching

Head deep in the forests surrounding Brasov. The vehicle that will pick you up and bring you to the forest will stop approximately 200-300 meters away from the observation hide. Walk for a short distance to the hide and then wait quietly, for the wildlife to come out. Everything is real and wild. Please note that there is no 100% guarantee that you will spot any wildlife, but statistically, there are very high chances to spot brown bears, and also lynx, foxes, wolves, and wild boars. Once the sun is setting and it is getting darker, start making your way back and return to Brasov, as you will not be able to see anything in the dark and walking through the forest during the night can be dangerous. The meeting time is set according to the dusk time and can, therefore, vary a little. The starting time for this adventure runs from 6 PM in mid-summer time to 3 PM in November, when the days have already become very short.

Brasov: Small-Group 7 Ladders Canyon Day Trip

2. 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.

Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour

3. Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour

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 Brancoveanu Monastery, an ancient Orthodox monastery built at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains. Its mural and interior paintings were made in 1766 by the painters Ionascu and Pană, and you will leave the silence and harmony of the monastic life of this Orthodox monastery. 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.

From Brasov: Romanian Mountain Villages Day Tour

4. From Brasov: Romanian Mountain Villages Day Tour

This small-group tour takes you straight to the heart of rural life in Romania. See some local cottage industries, take a trek through pristine mountain forests, and learn about a way of life that’s slowly disappearing. Your immersive, full-day tour begins in central Brașov, where you’ll meet your local guide and board a private vehicle for the 45-minute drive out into the countryside. Along the way, let your guide know if you have any specific interests so he or she can customize the day’s itinerary accordingly. Choose to make an optional stop at Bran Castle – popularly known as Dracula's Castle. Explore the area surrounding the villages of Pestera and Magura, nestled in the Piatra Craiului National Park in the Southern Carpathian Mountains. Learn about the history of the villages, where the traditional industries of sheep farming and cheese making are still practiced by many of the inhabitants and catch an authentic glimpse into rural Romanian life. Visit the Bat Cave and admire limestone rock formations that have developed over centuries, including the so-called "tears of the earth." Next, set off into the hills and meadows around Magura for a moderate guided hike of 2–3 hours. Let your guide know if you prefer to hike for longer or shorter and go at a pace that’s comfortable to you. Visit the oldest guesthouse in the National Park. Meet some of the farmers, and sample two-three different kinds of cheese. Enjoy a hearty lunch of simple Romanian cuisine made from local farm-fresh ingredients. Purchase beer or wine to top off your meal. From the guesthouse, wander through Pestera Village, taking in the sights and visiting the local church. Head back to the car and relax on the scenic return drive to Brașov.

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

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

6. 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 Brasov: Piatra Craiului National Park Private Day Tour

7. 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.

From Brasov: Wildlife Tracking in Putna Vrancea Natural Park

8. From Brasov: Wildlife Tracking in Putna Vrancea Natural Park

Early in the morning, your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Brasov. You will then travel 100 kilometers to the Putna Vrancea Natural Park, a protected area which has the highest density of wild animals in Romania. The trails you walk on are uneven, often with rocks and fallen trees, so you must be very fit for this experience.  After meeting the ranger, you will begin hiking on one of the few routes in the area. The trails are unmarked and you'll pass through wild and remote places, looking for animal tracks and marks. Find out interesting information about the forest, the species of trees that can be found there and reach beautiful viewpoints overlooking the valley. You will stop from time to time and the ranger will explain the efforts behind conserving wild species of animals and sustainable tourism. After getting back to the village, you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Afterwards, your guide will take you back to Brasov and drop you off at your accommodation.

Brasov: Private Fagaras Mountains Trekking Tour

9. Brasov: Private Fagaras Mountains Trekking Tour

Your tour starts from and ends in Brasov. It will take you along the Transfagarasan Road, which is open from July 1 through to October 31. The driving time from Brasov to Balea Lake is about 2 hours, and once there you will hike from Balea Lake up to Capra Lake. Once there, it will be decided if the tour will take a hike up to the Vanatoarea lui Buteanu peak of 2,507 meters, or if you will instead enjoy a walk around the lake (this is all depending of weather conditions on that given day) At the end of the trip, you will have the option to enjoy a lunch at the Balea Lake Hotel. The total hike takes around 4-5 hours. From November to June, the hike will be taken on a different route in Fagaras Mountains, in the Valea Sambetei area.

From Cluj-Napoca: Day Hike to Vlădeasa Peak

10. 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.

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Marian took us on an invigorating hike with gorgeous views that photos do not do justice! It was just us two, and we are avid hikers, so he was able to take us on a longer hike as per our request. It was physically demanding but not too difficult or dangerous, and every few minutes the views just got more breath-taking. After 3 hours in the mountains, we descended into a quaint village in the valley, passing grazing cattle & sheep and smelling bonfires in the distance. We felt so refreshed and alive. We ate lunch at a guest house, and he was able to arrange our family-style lunch to be all vegetarian, and it was very hearty and filling! To finish, we had a long but easy walk back along country roads, and Marian told us about how his tours are designed to be eco-friendly and give back to the local villages, which we definitely appreciate. Afterwards, we were pretty tired but so grateful we had booked this tour. It exceeded our expectations and was the best day of our trip by far.

The experience was very interesting, Charlie our guide was very nice and kind, it help us organize and also to do other activities around Brasov. The seven ladders are an easy route but ver nice and we had a lot of fun!

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!

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

Christian is a very good guide and we enjoyed a lot the day we spent with him. I strongly recommend any tour organized by him