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$51.84 Outdoor Activities

Private Brown Bear Watching Tour at the Harghita Mountains Foothills

Your Carpathian brown bear experience starts in the small Szekler village of Lupeni (36 km from Sovata) where your guide awaits you to set off in his 4wd car into the forests at the foothills of the Harghita Mountains. In recent years, it has become a popular destination for wildlife watching as the population is most dense in Harghita, Covasna, Vrancea, and Brasov counties. After a 15- to 25-minute drive (depending on which spot has the greatest chances for watching on that day) you will be safely escorted down a roughly 500m long trail. Occupy your place in the hide, stay quiet, listen to the forest wildlife sounds, and enjoy the excitement of waiting for the bears to come. There is usually success in seeing bears, but as there are wild animals involved, nothing is guaranteed. If you are lucky, you may observe bears feeding, playing together, courting, and mating. You may even see other species like wild boars, roe deer and red deer, foxes, badgers, and some game birds. In the past a few sightings of lynxes and wolves were had as well, but these animals, although in great numbers in the Carpathians, are very secretive and rarely seen. After approximately 3 hours of watching, head back to the car accompanied by your guide and ride back to Lupeni village. The entire trip takes about 4 hours and watching from the hide can be complemented with following the animals footprints in the forest upon request. Be prepared by wearing hiking boots and weatherproof clothing, and bring binoculars, a camera, an extra battery, and a memory card to record this unique experience.Wildlife watching tours in the Carpathians allow wildlife to be viewed in close proximity without being disruptive, and generates revenue for local rewilding efforts. Please note:  • Your forest ranger guide accompanying you may carry a handgun for your protection in extreme situations. • The tour usually ends around 9:30-10:00pm, so please plan your dinner time accordingly. There are high chances (statistically more than 75%) to spot the Carpathian brown bear, sometimes a female with cubs, sometimes a larger male bear. As a bonus, your guide can share some of the stories about the Communist dictator Ceausescu's hunting in the area.

$1553.04 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Night Transylvania Tour: Land of Count Dracula

Day 1. Bucharest - Curtea de ArgesStart your tour with pick up from your hotel in Bucharest and continue on with a transfer to the former capital of Wallachia (13th-14th centuries), Curtea de Arges, in the flat lands in the southern Romania. The town is located in the hill area at the feet of the Carpathian Mountains. Accommodation and dinner in a local pension. Day 2. Curtea de Arges – Sibiu In the morning you will go on a sightseeing walk in the Curtea de Arges, followed by a drive to Sibiu, where you will arrive early in the afternoon. There you'll continue on to a walking tour in the medieval centre of the town. Dinner and overnight in Sibiu. Day 3. Sibiu - Astra Museum - Sibiel Sightseeing in the centre of the European Cultural Capital for 2007 - Sibiu. In the afternoon - enjoy a trip to Astra open-air museum and on the way back, stop at the Sibiel village where you will visit the icons museum and have dinner with the local farmers. Day 4. Sibiu – Biertan – Sighisoara After breakfast, transfer to Sighisoara via Medias. En-route, stop in Biertan, well known for its Saxon fortress, cathedral and culture centre. Then continue to Sighisoara for dinner and overnight among the city walls. The afternoon is relaxed as there will be a walking tour in the fortress of Sighisoara. Day 5. Sighisoara - Sovata, Ursu Lake - Praid After a short walk in Sighisoara, continue by bus to Sovata spa resort, and get a chance to swim in the salty water of the URSU (bear) lake. From Sovata you'll embark on a transfer to Praid to visit the local salt mine. In the nearby village of Corund (famous ceramic centre) can spend some time shopping. Day 6. Sighisoara – Predeal/Sinaia After breakfast, drive to Predeal/Sinaia via Brasov and Bran. Along the way, stop for a sightseeing tour in Brasov before continuing to Bran, where the famous castle of Count Dracula will be visited. In the afternoon, continue further to the mountain resort Sinaia, where you'll stay for dinner and overnight. Day 7. Predeal/Sinaia - Bucharest During the morning hours, visit the Peles Castle and take a nice walk in the area surrounding the castle. After that drive to Bucharest via Ploiesti. Overnight in Bucharest. Day 8. Bucharest In the morning short sightseeing in the capital (depending on flight program) and after transfer to Bucharest Airport for departure.