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$69.41 Day Trips & Excursions

Brasov, Bran Castle, Bear Sanctuary, and Rasnov Fortress Tour

Departure in the morning from Bucharest. Our first Stop is at “Libearty” Brown Bear  Sanctuary ,established in 2005. From 2008 this wild place is occasionally visited but under some strict rules meant to reintegrate the bears in their natural habitat and not to disturb them. “Libearty” Sanctuary it is located close to Zarnesti town, just 2 km away from “Piatra Craiului” National Park. This lovely place covers an area of 69 acres of oak forest, streams and ponds and it’s the largest of his kind in the entire world. Most of the bears, used as a form of entertainment, were rescued from tiny cages and since the sanctuary was open over 80 bears were saved and brought here. The money raised from tickets and donations are used for maintenance and offering a life for the bears in their natural habitat. After just 15 minutes we arrive in Rasnov where we will make a short stop to the impressive Rasnov Fortress, built in the 13th‐14th century and one of the best preserved peasant fortresses in Transylvania. Its purpose was to provide protection for the population against Tartar attacks and it managed to fulfil its function since the only person who ever managed to conquer it was Prince Gabriel Bathory around the year 1600. Although inside the fortress there is a very small museum waiting to receive tourists, the main attraction is the beautiful 360‐degree view over Piatra Craiului Mountains and Brasov Depression. The fortress gained its fame also because some of the scenes “Cold Mountain” movie was filmed here in 2003. Next on the tour you will take a journey to Bran Village, the climax of the trip, where you will visit the famous Bran Castle – better known as Dracula’s Castle, with its remarkable architecture and Gothic elements. The castle was built between 1377-1382, at 60 m high. Built originally as a fortress and surrounded by a massive wall with small windows which were used to shoot enemies, Bran Castle proved to be a successful defense point. In the inner courtyard of the castle there is a fountain used to provide water in case of a siege. Bran Castle got its fame from the novel Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, and later adapted into a movie. Finally a stop is made in Brasov, a lovely medieval town located in southern Transylvania at the foot of Mount Tampa. You shall feel free to contemplate the picturesque streets with medieval houses which will definitely transpose you into the past! The tour ends in Bucharest.

$127.26 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Transylvania, Brasov, and Sighisoara 2-Day Sightseeing Tour

Day 1: Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress and Peles Castle Depart from Bucharest in the early morning, for the drive to the region of Brasov. There are over 50 castles, fortresses and fortified churches on these ancient lands! Discover the three most beautiful of all; Bran Castle – better known as Dracula’s Castle, Peles Castle – a former royal residence, an architectural jewel and the famous Rasnov Fortress – one of the best preserved peasant fortresses of Transylvania with a breathtaking view over the Brasov region! Stay overnight in the city of Brasov, and spend your evening exploring the charming medieval streets. Day 2: Brown Bear Sanctuary, Saschiz Village and Sighisoara After breakfast, our first Stop is at “Libearty” Brown Bear  Sanctuary ,established in 2005. From 2008 this wild place is occasionally visited but under some strict rules meant to reintegrate the bears in their natural habitat and not to disturb them. “Libearty” Sanctuary it is located close to Zarnesti town, just 2 km away from “Piatra Craiului” National Park. This lovely place covers an area of 69 acres of oak forest, streams and ponds and it’s the largest of his kind in the entire world. Most of the bears, used as a form of entertainment, were rescued from tiny cages and since the sanctuary was open over 80 bears were saved and brought here. The money raised from tickets and donations are used for maintenance and offering a life for the bears in their natural habitat. Today you will go further into Transylvania and visit the beautiful and important medieval citadels of Saschiz (Fortified Church) and the astonishing Sighisoara Citadel. On your way to Saschiz you will cross Padurea Bogatii (meaning the Rich Forest), which is a natural reservation. In Saschiz village you will visit the wonderful Fortified Church, which is one of the most interesting Saxon fortified churches (UNESCO World Heritage site). The next stop is Sighisoara, one of the few citadels that are still inhabited. The main attractions in the city are the Main Gate, The Clock Tower which is 64 m high and has four levels, the Medieval Weapons Museum and the Torture Chamber. It is known that here was the birth place of Vlad Dracul, who inspired the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Near the Museum Square is the Church of the Dominican Monastery, dated from the 13th century. Walking along the wall that surrounds Sighisoara citadel you can admire the towers: especially the Shoemakers, Tailors and Tinmakers Guild towers which are the most impressive. You will also visit the Church from the Hill but not before climbing the 175 covered steps which were built in 1642 in order to create easier access for the children on their way to school. In the evening you will return to Bucharest, arriving late at night.

$286.91 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour from Bucharest to Carpathian Mountains

Experience a wonderful adventure in the Carphatian Mountains,visit unique sites like The Peles Royal Castle in Sinaia,The Woodcraft Carpathian Museum Posada,Sinaia Monastery and Ialomicioara Monastery,natural lakes in Bucegi Mountains-Bolboci,the famous Ialomicioara Cave,The bear Reservation in Zarnesti,The Bran Castle,Brasov city centre and the Black Church.1st DAY:Bucharest,Ploiesti,Posada-visit The Woodcraft Carpathian Museum,Sinaia-visit Peles Royal Castle and Sinaia Monastery,Bolboci Lake-Photo stop,Ialomicioarei Cave and Monastery,check-in the hotel for one night in Predeal or Brasov(10 hours trip)2nd DAY:Predeal or Brasov,Zarnesti-visit The Bears Reservation,Bran-visit Bran Castle,optional lunch at Bran,Brasov-visit the old city center of Brasov and The Black Church,Bucharest(10 hours trip)Please note:Peles Castle is closed on Monday also The Woodcraft Museum and The Black Church are closed on Mondays.

$104.12 Private & Custom Tours

Castles and Bears in the Same Day-Private tour from Bucharest

Escape from the Capital and start discovering Romania from famous castles as Bran castle and Peles Royal Castle,to Libearty Sanctuary in a comprehensive journey trough Transylvania.  8:00 o'clock in the morning meet your guide at your accommodation hotel and start driving to Zarnesti city,home of the Libearty Bear Sanctuary                                      Maya - the sad beginning of a huge project       In the courtyard of a hotel near Bran Castle, in a dirty cage with metal bars and cement floor, lived Maya. She was waiting and hoping, day after day, that someone would bring her something to eat. After countless complains from the foreign tourists visiting Romania, World Animal Protection (WAP) contacted Cristina Lapis in order to find a solution for the critical situation of Maya. When I saw her, she was weak and could hardly lift her head. She was forgotten by everyone and now I am still wonder: was she expecting to die? I still remember the emotions that overwhelmed me when I looked into her eyes, but also the boundless anger access toward the people who condemned such an animal to a slow and painful death.“Since that time, for four years, my husband and I, with the help of our friends, traveled over 60 kilometers every day to feed Maya and spend some time with her. Throughout time, we managed to improve her health and give heart to her, gave her good food, vitamins and hung a tire on a chain, to play with. Soon, she started know the sound of our car and got up to greet us. She taught us both the values of an innocent animal soul and gratitude.Unfortunately, in 2001, Maya began to show new signs of depression. I used to talked to her and promised that one day will be free again to run through the forest and asked her to be patient. But it seems that Maya finally lost faith in the promises of the people. She started to self-mutilate herself! It gnawed her right paw almost to the bone. When I saw the blood on her paw I understood that she wanted to get rid of all the suffering caused by captivity. Despite of all our efforts to save her (surgical interventions, treatments, time spent with her, adequate food etc), Maya finally left us on March 11, 2002. She died in my arms. I will never forget her sad eyes and her soft fur. Yes, I held a bear in my arms!https://www.ampbears.ro/en/adopt-a-bear/maya .After this we start heading to Bran Castle-with a short visit. Your day ends with a visit to Brasov,city built by Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films.Depending on the traffic conditions and group omogenity in our way back to Bucharest you can chose a short stop to Peles Castle or Posada Museum

$202.46 Day Trips & Excursions

Bran Castle and Piatra Craiului National Park from Bucharest

Bran castle needs little introduction. Also known as Dracula's castle, because of the similarity between Stoker's blood thirsty vampire and Vlad the Impaler (one of Romania's cruellest rulers, who was at Bran for a few months), it was initially built as a fortress, and centuries later, it became Queen Mary's favourite residence.The next highlight are the scenic Transylvanian villages, Pestera and Magura, a true paradise for photographers. The journey will continue with trekking in the heart of Piatra Craiului, up to Curmatura hut (1470 m).Itinerary & visits:Bucharest - Bran castle (visit) - Pestera village ( lunch) - drive to Magura village - Zarnesti gorges - trekking up to Curmatura hut for approx. 2 hrs - return to Zarnesti gorges on a different route (approx. 2 hrs) - Bucharest.

$115.69 Day Trips & Excursions

Transylvania Family Day Trip from Bucharest

Your travel guide will pick you up at the hotel and you will start your day of adventure.Our first stop will be at the bear reserve in Zarnesti, a wildlife sanctuary in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. Your visit includes the sight of bears climbing trees, playing in the water pools or just lazing in the meadows. More than 70 brown bears live together with their “brothers” from the Zarnesti Teddy Bear Museum which contains over 200 bears from all around the world. Some of the main attractions are two giant bears that were a gift from the Royal Family of Great Britain.Next on our itinerary is Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, one of the world’s spookiest places. Inside you will be amazed by the legends about the most famous vampire in the world, passing through the mysterious rooms and dark passageways. On your way back to the car, don’t forget to buy souvenirs to remind you of your trip to Transylvania.Next, the road takes us to Brasov, the city founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211. You will be charmed by this beautiful town surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. We are going to walk on the narrowest street in Europe called Sforii Street (the Rope Street). You will want to take home as many sweets made after original Hungarian and German recipes as you can because they are delicious and you can’t find them anywhere else.Next, you will test your skills as we enter Aventura Parc, which spread across 2.5 hectares of forest, making it the largest one of its kind in Romania. Placed in a secure environment, it’s the best place to spend a lovely day with friends and family. The park includes 14 different trails marked by colors with progressive difficulty for every age. We also included a Tyrolean traverse over the lake in order to increase the adventure. You will spend 3 hours in this place built among the trees, with obstacles that you can encounter in nature.Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Bucharest.Departure at 07:00 and return to Bucharest at 20:00.