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$74.20 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.

$68.41 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.

$70.69 Day Trips & Excursions

Prahova Valley Private Day Trip from Bucharest

Experience the wonders of nature in a beautiful one day tour. Depart 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. After 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.Transfer back to Bucharest in the evening.

$132.17 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.

$115.46 Outdoor Activities

Carpathian Private Off-Road Adventure: Myths and Natural Wonders

Main route: Off-road, myths, breathtaking views and a hidden monastery! Pick-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 TransBucegi alpine road. Several short stops for panoramic views and for the “on top of the world” feeling. 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. 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. Next, we’ll take the cars on a 4km 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!  3rd major 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. 4th major 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. Additional attractions (weather permitting) The Sphinx of Bucegi. Is this Stonehenge? Sphinx of Giza? No, this is not man made. Resembling a human face, the Sphinx of Bucegi is a natural rock formation used by the Geto-Dacians as a place of worship in ancient times. Simply put, it’s a unique natural wonder! Once we reach the Sphinx (cable car), we can also do an additional 30 min hike to Caraiman Chalet to admire the entire Prahova valley beneath us! A mind-blowing view and probably a once in a lifetime experience! The 7 Springs Waterfall & Orzei Gorge. Nicknamed “The spring of Zamolxis” (ancient god of the Geto-Dacians), the 7 Springs Waterfall contains extremely pure water (no nitrates or bacteria). After visiting the waterfall, we will do a 30 min soft hike to Orzei Gorge. This canyon-like rock formation is one of the most wild, narrow and beautiful gorge in Romania.

$313.04 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Transylvania including Walachia and Prahova Valley

On route to Transylvania, you first stop will be in the heart of the Prahova Valley. Here the high mountains (third highest peak of Romania) make for great skying, but also for amazing views. Nicknamed the Alps of Romania, they are the only mountains which rise from 800 meters to 2500 meters in one vertical cliff.Here is where you find the jewel of the Romanian mountain resorts, Sinaia. In this 400 year old town you will find Peles Castle. Erected between 1873 and 1914, it has been the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family and it is the most visited museum in Romania. Many say that this alone is worth a visit to Romania.Next we will continue our journey north and across the Carpathian Mountains and finally reach Bran Castle. This castle (a 14th century military fortress controlling the entry route to Transylvania) is nowadays frequently associated with Vlad Dracula’s myth. The interior visit will take you back to the time of the Saxon nights, as you will follow the narrow stairways and Gothic arches through the castle. After the visit guests must not miss the great atmosphere in the outdoor markets surrounding the castle. Here is the best time for souvenirs.Afterwards we will drive to the 800 year old Saxon city of Brasov. A fortified town that was once on the silk road entering Europe.Visit the Black Church, the largest church in Eastern Europe, holding the biggest pipe organ of Romania (4000 pipes) and largest collection of oriental rugs (over 600). Stop for a walk in Brasov downtown, and explore a typical Transylvanian old city before you will make your way back to Bucharest.