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$73.07 Day Trips & Excursions

Dracula's Castle and Peles Castle: Private Tour from Bucharest

In the morning you will meet with your travel guide at the hotel to start your day trip to the Peles and Bran. The journey will start driving through the Prahova Valley, in order to reach Sinaia, where you will visit the impressive Peles Castle, built in the 19th century, according to the specifications of King Carol I, in order to be the royal family’s summer residence. Our day trip ends with a visit to the famously known Dracula Castle, situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Our next stop will be in Brasov, one of the top destinations in Romania. In the main square, situated in the heart of the city, you will admire the Old City Hall and all the lovely medieval buildings. We will cross the Council Square and reach the famous Black Church, the biggest gothic style church between Vienna and Istanbul.  Tour highlights: The Peles Castle The castle, one of the elite monuments in Europe and in the world, spreads over 3200 square meters with 160 rooms that impress through their beauty and elegance, each of them reflecting a different European country. The most famous one is the Great Armory Room, hosting 4000 exhibits collected or received as a gift from all around the world. The representative style is German Renaissance, but you will also find elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque and French Rococo style. The Bran Castle The castle, set on a 60 meters cliff, guarding the road to Transylvania, was built in the 13th century. The castle is known to be the home of Bram Stocker’s character, Count Dracula, a relentless inspiration for Hollywood. The construction amazes with its picturesque courtyard, the towers with a whitewashed color and the rooms containing exquisite collections of beautifully carved furniture, painted icons, statues, ceramics, and silverware.  The Black Church The history of this landmark is quite turbulent: the first church built on this site was ravaged by the Mongol invaders in 1242. Afterwards, it was rebuilt between 1385 and 1477, in order to face another disaster in the 17th century. “The Great” fire destroyed the city and along with it, the church. The restoration took almost 100 years and since then, the sanctuary was given its current name because it walls turned black after the calamity. The church host a 4000 pipe organ and 119 Anatolian carpets.

$68.12 Day Trips & Excursions

Half-Day Peles Castle and Museum Tour from Bucharest

Experience the scenic beauty of the Romanian countryside as you travel through the Prahova Valley on this half-day trip to Peles Castle. The neo-Renaissance Castle is located in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, and is considered one of the most luxurious castles in the world.The construction of the castle began in 1875 and was completed in 1883. It has a total of 160 rooms, and is opulently decorated, featuring ebony, walnut, leather, and mother of pearl. The castle houses invaluable collections of art and furniture.One of Romania's most beautiful palaces and once the summer residence of the Romanian kings, it now houses one of Romania's most important museums.Peles Castle is the final resting place of several Romanian monarchs, including King Carol I, who died here in 1914, as well as King Ferdinand, and Queen Maria.

$154.14 Cultural & Theme Tours

Prahova Valley Private Day Trip from Bucharest

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mănăstirea Peștera IalomițeiDepart from Bucharest and head towards Prahova Valley. This is the valley where the Prahova river makes its way between the Bucegi and the Baiu Mountains, in the Carpathian Mountains. Geographically, the Prahova river separates the Eastern Carpathians chain from the Southern Carpathians. Historically, the corridor was the most important passageway between the principalities of Wallachia and Transylvania. Once you arrive in Busteni you will first visit one of the most popular caves from Romania - Ialomitei Cave and the Monastery Pestera located in National Park of Bucegi. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bucegi Mountains, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaAfter that you will ride the cable car up the mountain until you reach the beautiful Bucegi Plateau where wind and rain have turned the rocks into spectacular figures such as the Sphinx and Babele. The Bucegi is believed to be the Dacian holy mountain Kogainon, on which the God Zalmoxis resided in a cave.Duration: 1 hour

$130.16 Day Trips & Excursions

4x4 Off Roading in the Carpathians from Bucharest

Your off-road tour starts in the Charles de Gaulle Square at the Herestrau Entrance Tube, in Bucharest. Your tour guide will pick you up and you will start your road trip through the Prahova Valley, one of Romania's most popular touristic areas. Your first destination is the Bucegi Mountains Plateau, and you will stop at the Bolboci Lake. Commonly called the "Sea of Bucegi", this lake is surrounded by a thick coniferous forest, and it is located at an altitude of 1,438 meters. Next, you will descend at an altitude of 1,197 meters, where you will visit the Scropoasa Lake. This reservoir was created in 1929 in order to generate hydroelectricity, but today has become a recreational lake.We will then stop at the Transylvania Amphitheatre, where you will come in contact with the local traditions and visit the on-site animal farm.Your experience continues with the quaint mountain villages of Măgura and Peștera. Here, you will discover the pastoral way of living in the Carpathian Mountains. The shepherds here live in complete solitude for most of the year, with only their dogs to defend them from the dangers of the forests.An off-road tour through the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi Mountains will give you the opportunity to admire views that only the wilderness of the Carpathian Mountains can provide. In the evening, you will return to Bucharest.

$111.89 Kid Friendly

Carpathian Region Private 4x4 Off-Road Tour from Bucharest

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Old Town, BucharestYour private guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Bucharest. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Saua DichiuPick-up at 8AM, from your hotel in Bucharest. Private transport to Sinaia ski resort, at the foothills of Bucegi Mountains. There, we’ll jump in our 4×4 off-road vehicles and cross the mountains using the beautiful Trans Bucegi alpine road. Several short stops (eg. Saua Dichiu) for panoramic views and for the “on top of the world” feeling. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Cheile Zănoagei• 1st major stop: Zanoaga Camping. We’ll leave the cars behind and, after a bit of hiking (approx. 15 min), we will reach the entrance of Zanoagei Gorge. Here, wilderness is at its best: a small stream crossing between 2 giant walls of stone, abundant vegetation and beautiful bridges from where you can take photos.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Barajul Bolboci • 2nd major stop: Bolboci Lake – “The sea of Bucegi”. Standing on top of the nearby dam, you can admire the beautiful reflections of the lake. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Peştera Ialomitei• 4th stop: Ialomitei Cave & Monastery, a place of legends & myths, some being related to our ancestors – the ancient Dacian civilization. Inside the cave’s many galleries, you can admire the Halls of Decebal (a great Dacian King) or the Shrine Room where you can drink a very pure mineral water.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Podu' cu FlorileThe 3rd major stop is on a high plateau offering 360 degree views. From Bolboci lake, we’ll take the cars on a 4 Km long, purely off-road trail up to the “Bridge of Flowers” plateau. On the way up, we’ll stop at an old, traditional sheepfold. The views from the top of the plateau? Well, this is a surprise. No spoilers! Duration: 1 hourStop At: Cabana Padina• 5th stop: Padina Plateau. After the visit at the monastery & cave, we’ll return to Padina and stop at a traditional log cabin for lunch. Afterwards, it’s back to Sinaia and then straight to Bucharest.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bucegi Plateau, Moroeni, Dambovita County, Southern RomaniaOptional stop: The Sphinx of Bucegi. On a clear day without winds, we can skip the Ialomitei Cave (Pestera Ialomitei) and take the cable-car up to Bucegi Plateau. There, we can see the famous Sphinx of Bucegi - a natural rock formation resembling a gigantic human face. Afterwards, we can also do an additional 30 min hike towards Caraiman Chalet - a fabulous panoramic view point from where you can see the entire Prahova Valley. A mind-blowing view and probably a once in a lifetime experience! If we take this optional route, we will take lunch at Piatra Arsa Chalet (instead of Padina Chalet)Duration: 2 hours

$85.57 Cultural & Theme Tours

Royal Peles and Dracula Castles - Low Cost Group Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei), BucharestDeparture Point: Revolution Square - Statue of King Carol I Horse-ridingDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova County, Southern RomaniaAfter entering the mountain pass of river Prahova valley, our first stop is in Sinaia to visit the Royal summer residence – The Peles Castle. Perhaps the most visited castle in Romania, the Peles will surely surprise you with its unique architecture, interior design and one-of-a-kind elements of decoration. The various collections of antiques, weapons and furniture will take give you an experience of time travel back to medieval times. At Peles we will also admire the exterior gardens and the spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Bran, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaDiscover the infamous Dracula castle in Bran with its intricate chambers and secret stairs passages, and if you escape the Count’s traps, we will enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby traditional restaurant and then continue our journey towards Brasov - Medieval City.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Brasov Historical Center, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, TransylvaniaIn Brasov, our walking tour will take us in the Council Square, see the Black Church and the legend of the child statue from the rooftop, hear the stories of this centuries old medieval city with its Saxon style houses, the Catherine Gate and perhaps the narrowest street in Europe: the Rope Street. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei), BucharestReturn to Bucharest at the initial departure point, all tour participants will receive a hand-made thank you authentic Romanian souvenir gift.Duration: 10 minutes

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