Welcome to Crişana & Banat

The three major centres of Timişoara, Oradea and Arad all boast some wonderful examples of art nouveau (or Secession) architecture and many buildings are now getting a long-awaited facelift. Outside these metropolitan areas, there are spas at Băile Felix, while the remote and pristine western ranges of the Apuseni Mountains are criss-crossed with kilometres of isolated hiking trails and dozens of amazing caves that cry out for exploration.

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$278.23 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Private Day Tour to Danube Gorges from Timisoara

Where: Danube Gorge Highlights: May-October: Boat ride, Tabula Traiana, Decebal’s face(the tallest rock sculpture in Europe), Ponicova cave, hiking on Ciucaru Mare peak above Danube Gorge.October-May: Bigar waterfall, Car ride along the Danube Gorge, Decebal’s face(the tallest rock sculpture in Europe), hiking on Ciucaru Mare peak above Danube Gorge, outside bath in hot thermal spring water. Available: all year round. Please see the two options of the tour depending on the season. Included: transport by private car, boat ride (May-October), entry fees, guide services Not included: meals, other personal expenses We’ll spend our day at the most beautiful part of the Danube, The Danube Gorge. (Cazanele Dunarii). The old Danube will mesmerize us with the stories, the impressive history, and the stunning landscapes with the trail carved through the mountains. May-October:We’ll drive to the heart of the cauldrons by car. Soon we will start hiking above Danube Gorge, on Ciucaru Mare Peak which reveals an amazing view over the big river surrounded by big and impressive rock walls. We also have in plan to visit the beautiful and wild Ponicova cave, which is a great and surprising experience. Don't forget about our boat ride on the Danube, which we'll take us in the heart of the cauldrons and also the tallest and impressive rock sculpture, Decebal's face.  October-May: We’ll drive to the heart of the cauldrons by car. On our way we'll stop at one of the most beautiful waterfalls, Bigar waterfall. Later on, we'll drive along the Danube Gorge and admire its wild beauty. Soon we will start hiking above Danube Gorge, on Ciucaru Mare Peak which reveals an amazing view over the big river surrounded by big and impressive rock walls. Later, we will stop also at the tallest and impressive rock sculpture, Decebal's face. We will end our day with an outside bath in hot thermal water, near Baile Herculane resort.The program can be altered on the spot, depending on weather conditions and other relevant aspects such as the physical condition of the participants.This is a 12 hours trip.

$1255.91 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 Days Romania's Highlights from Budapest to Bucharest

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Timisoara Historical Center, Timisoara, Timis County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaWalking tour in TimisoaraDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Castelul Corvinilor, Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, Western Romania, TransylvaniaEnjoy a guided tour of Corvin's CastleDuration: 1 hourStop At: Citadel of Alba Iulia, Alba Iulia, Alba County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaAlba Iulia, an important city from a historical point of view, because the Great United Romania was made here on December 1st, 1918. Walking tour of the city-fortressDuration: 1 hourStop At: Medieval city of Sibiu, Sibiu, Sibiu County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaWalking Tour of Sibiu, the European Capital of Culture in 2007, dominated by the Tower of the Clock or Council Tower dating to the medieval era and by the extensive 18th – 19th century Brukenthal museum, the former residence of the governor of Transylvania. The big square, the small square and Huet Square, with the Evangelical Cathedral, show off in all their beauty.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Sighisoara Historic Center, Sighisoara, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit to the city of Sighisoara, with its imposing Clock Tower. This citadel is the best preserved in Europe and, extraordinary, it is still inhabited. Since 1999 the historic center of Sighisoara is a UNESCO heritage site. Here we will admire the church on the hill, reachable after a wooden staircase called the schoolchildren’s ladder. We will also see the statue of the famous Hungarian national poet Petofi Sandor, testifying to the fact that in Sighisoara the Magyar community was in the past numerically important. Next to the statue is the beautiful Catholic church, reserved for the Hungarian community, and the tower of the shoemakers. Lunch at the house where Vlad the Impaler was born (not included) Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Targu Mures Fortress, Tirgu Mures, Mures County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaTargu Mures is dominated by the beautiful Palace of Culture, symbol of the locality, an extraordinary baroque palace. In this transylvanian city, the Hungarian community is still numerous and the architects who have worked on the design of historic buildings are all HungariansDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Moldovita Monastery, Vatra Moldovitei, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaMoldovita monastery is another famous religious monument, founded by Pietro Rares in the 16th century and whose interior and exterior frescoes enchant the visitor.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaSucevita monastery was founded by the Movila brothers in the seventeenth century. It presents Gothic and Byzantine elements, which merge to form the fascinating Moldovan architectural style. The frescoes on the northern façade of this monastery have remained visible thanks to the protective walls that have never been demolished hereDuration: 1 hourStop At: Voronet Monastery, Gura Humorului, Suceava County, Northeast RomaniaVoronet, nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of the Carpathians, founded by the great prince Stephen the Great and characterized by a beautiful blue color, inimitable and unique in the worldDuration: 1 hourStop At: Bicaz Canyon, Bicaz, Neamt County, Northeast Romaniahe Bicaz gorges are crossed by a road flanked by a stream and constitute a landscape of strong emotional impact with thrilling cliffs. Along the gorges there is a market with typical handicrafts and souvenirs that make the attraction even more lively.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, Prejmer, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit the Unesco fortified church of Prejmer.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Agapia Monastery, Neamt County, Northeast RomaniaVisit the beautiful Agapia Monastery.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Red Lake, Lacu Rosu, Harghita County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaVisit of the Red Lake, a natural barrier lake, which was formed following the landslide of a part of a mountain, in fact the trunks of the trees are still present in the lake and this gives a particularly evocative atmosphere. The place is interesting especially for the legends that were born and have spread in reference to the name of the lake. During the visit you will become aware of these legends.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaBrasov, a wonderful Transylvanian town, once entirely fortified, an important cultural, tourist and commercial center. Brasov impresses with its typically German architecture, where the Gothic, the Baroque and the Renaissance intersect to give life to an interesting and culturally very lively city. Visit of the First Romanian School, which is located in the oldest district of the city, and which was inhabited exclusively by Romanians, the Schei district, interesting for the entrances into the city that were carried out in medieval times through the Caatherine’s and Schei Gate, quest last of the nineteenth century. In Brasov we will also visit the impressive Black Church, the largest evangelical Gothic church in Eastern Europe, with a 65 meter high bell tower and a length of 90 meters, the church houses the most beautiful nineteenth-century mechanical organ of Romania. We will then admire the palaces and houses of the historic center, recently restored, with the Council Square which now houses a beautiful museum, and the pedestrian Avenue of the Republic.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaBran is where we will visit the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. In the Middle Ages, Bran was exactly on the border between Wallachia and Transylvania, so it was essential for the inhabitants of Brasov to build and preserve a defensive stronghold. In the 90s of the 900 this fortress was transformed into a beautiful castle thanks to the intervention of Queen Maria of RomaniaDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaVisit to the fabulous Peles Castle, the summer residence of the first king of Romania, the King Charles 1 of Hohenzollern, of German origins. The castle was beautifully designed by a Czech architect, and is famous for being one of the most modern castles in Europe at the time of its construction, between the 19th and 20th centuries. Each room is characterized by a unique style, different from the styles of the other rooms. We will also admire the Florentine room, where we will breathe a typically Italian and Renaissance atmosphere.Duration: 2 hours

$548.03 Day Trips & Excursions

Cave, Hike, Bike and Explore the Western Carpathians,Transylvania,Romania

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival and pick up, transfer to the mountainsStop At: Casuta cu NuciA small and cozy restaurant, with a great terrace, serving some of the best Romanian and Hungarian meals in OradeaDuration: 1 hour 20 minutesMeals included: • Lunch: We'll stop in Oradea for a late lunch, before heading to the mountainsAccommodation included: Overnight at a local guesthouse, 3 daises rated, located in Padurea Craiului mountainsDay 2: Cave and hike in Padurea Craiului MountainsStop At: Farcu Cave (the Cave of Crystals), Rosia, Bihor County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaFarcu crystal cave, is an unique cave containing fragile calcium crystals and accessible only through a former mine. Since 2012 it was arranged as a show cave and it is one of the few places in the world in which one can see the delicate crystals in a safe and accessible environment.Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Old Watermill Rosia, Rosia, Bihor County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaA century old wooden watermill still in useMeals included: • Lunch • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a 3 daises rated local guesthouse, located in Padurea CraiuluiDay 3: Bike and visit a wild cave in Padurea CraiuluiStop At: Meziad Cave, Meziad, Bihor County, Northwest Romania, TransylvaniaMeziad cave is one of the most spectacular show cave in Romania, with an impressive entrance, huge underground halls, a natural bridge and beautiful cave formations. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a local guesthouse, rated 3 daises, located in Padurea Craiului MountainsDay 4: Departure Stop At: Debrecen Nemzetközi RepülőtérYou'll be transfered to Debrecen airport, for your flight back home or dropped in Oradea.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$79.92 Tours & Sightseeing

3-Hour Cultural Walking Tour of Oradea

Be picked up from your hotel by your guide as well as dropped back off at your hotel after your walking tour.See Oradea Fortress, an architectural monument in Romania and one of the few functional castles till now. They say that the city could not be conquered because of the vast underground network of links with the outside. The dike with water of the fortress was filled in case of siege with thermal water (through supplies) from Peta spring. Today, inside the fortress was founded the Department of Visual Arts, University of Oradea.The construction belongs to King Ladislau I (1077-1095) who decided to build a monastery in honor of Virgin Mary, a place called Varad - Chronicle painted in Vienna (Chronicon pictum Vindobonensae) the cradle of the future Catholic bishopric. Around the old fortress, of an irregular shape, slightly oval, the new fortress was built , of pentagonal shape, to protect the buildings inside and the settlements around.Other sights you will see on this 3-hour walking tour are Moskovits Miksa Palace (Stil secession, built 1911, architects: Vago brothers), Poynar House (Secession, built 1906-1907, architect: Sztarill Ferencz), Fuchsl Palace (built 1902-1903, architect: Balint Zoltan, Jambor Lajos), Adorjan House (Secession Style, built 1903, architect: Komor Marcell, Jakab Dezso), Apollo Palace (Secession, built 1912-1916, architect: Rimánoczy K.), The Moon Church (Baroque, built 1784-1832, architect: Iacob Eder), Rimanoczy Palac (Eclectic, built 1905, architect: Rimánoczy Kálmán Sr), The Bazaar Building (Eclectic, built 1900, architect: Rimánoczy Kálmán sr.), Levay Palace (Eclectic, built 1894, architect: Hanzlia) and Sztarill Palace (Secession, built 1902-1906, architect: Sztarill Ferencz).

$342.52 Day Trips & Excursions

Bridal Veil Falls Rachitele - 1 day tour from Oradea

We' ll pick you up from your hotel situated in Oradea or Baile Felix at 9 o'clock and then we'll go in direction of Bride's veil waterfall. with a minivan of 8 places.(up to 5 tourists)We shall reach there after 2 hours (around 120 km).Once there we can take pictures and then we shall follow a scenic road among Apuseni mountains nicknamed "The Apuseni Transfagarasan".At the end of this road we have the possibility to admire the Belis lake - an artificial lake with a dam situated in the middle of the mountains.Once there we can serve the lunch.Our way back lasts also around 2 hours. We shall leave you at your hotel from Oradea or Baile Felix.The tour includes :pick-up and drop off, tour guide in English and German and minivan transport (Opel or Mercedes)

$304.84 Private & Custom Tours

The Bear's Cave - One-Day Minivan Tour from Oradea

We pick you up from your Oradea hotel at 8-9 o'clock in the morning and we are going to Bears cave situated around 90 km away.Our trip lasts around 2 hours.Once there, we are visiting the cave ( around 45 minutes) with the guide which will translate from Romanian all the explanations.The admission ticket costs 20 Lei and is to be paid by every tourist. The cave was undisturbed until September 17 1983, when it was discovered during quarry works.The Bears Cave is 1 km in length. It is disposed on two-overlapped levels: one which is superior having 488 m in length, fitted out for tourist reasons and an interior one, temporarily active, having 521 m in length, being considered scientific reservation. We may visit also free of charge an ethnographic  museum situated 500 meters away from the Bear's cave. where various home made  tools and garments are exposed.  We may stop somewhere to eat and drink at your choice.The retour lasts other 2 hours. At evening we shall drop you off at your hotel.The tour includes :pick-up and drop off, tour guide in English and German and minivan transport (Opel or Mercedes)

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