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From Brasov: Tour of Castles and Surrounding Area

1. From Brasov: Tour of Castles and Surrounding Area

The tour will begin at 9:00 AM from the meeting point located in central Brasov. You will be driven in comfort to the Peasants Citadel, a medieval fortress built from at a time when Teutonic chevaliers ruled the Brasov County. Enjoy a visit around the fortress and observation point, and discover it's history and legends, stopping to take in the wonderful views of Brasov Plateau and the surrounding mountains. The journey will continue towards Bran Castle. Completed in 1388, the castle was built on a steep cliff between Măgura and Dealul Cetăţii, with an exceptional view of the nearby hills. Learn about this famous castle, especially the tales of Count Dracula as you walk the ancient halls.  Next, you will head to Sinaia, the former summer residence of the Romanian royal family. The one hour drive offers spectacular views of surrounding nature and wildlife. Then encounter Peles Castle, considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Visit an architectural masterpiece, discover it's wonderful saloons and learn about the heritage.  On the route home, you can see the view of the Transylvanian Alps, the Bucegi Mountains, and the lively resort-towns of Busteni and Predeal.

From Brasov: Small-Group Brown Bear Watching Tour

2. From Brasov: Small-Group Brown Bear Watching Tour

After pickup from the meeting point in central Brasov, you’ll head straight into the Transylvanian forest for your brown-bear-watching adventure. Among the world’s largest carnivores, male brown bears can weigh up to 750 pounds, with an estimated 5,500 individuals living in the Carpathian region of Romania.  After arriving in the forest, your guide, an experienced forest ranger, will take you on a 20-minute walk to the hideaway from which you’ll watch the bears. Gaze out into the forest, keeping your eyes peeled for the massive creatures, alongside the other varied fauna that live in the region, from wild boar to deer and lynx. All the while, your guide will fill you in on fascinating information about the peculiarities of the region’s wildlife and ecosystem. Afterwards, you’ll head back to the meeting point in Brasov.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Brasov

3. Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Brasov

Enjoy a full-day trip from Bucharest to discover the Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula's Castle. Explore the city of Brasov on a guided tour and see the Peles Castle, the former home of the Romanian royal family. The first stop on your Transylvania adventure will be in the picturesque landscape of Sinaia, the so-called Pearl of the Carpathians. Here, discover Peles Castle, a masterpiece of design with unique turrets and great attention to detail. After taking in some unbelievable views across the mountains from Peles Castle, the trip continues to the medieval Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. In Brasov, follow your guide on a walking tour to admire sights such as Brasov's Council Square and the Black Church, one of the main attractions in Brasov.

Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour

4. Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour

Your tour will begin as you are taken from your hotel in Brasov by a professional guide. Once having departed Brasov, you will travel to the most spectacular road in Europe: Transfagarasan. You will stop first and visit the Brancoveanu Monastery, an ancient Orthodox monastery built at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains. Its mural and interior paintings were made in 1766 by the painters Ionascu and Pană, and you will leave the silence and harmony of the monastic life of this Orthodox monastery. You will then continue to the mountains which host the Transfagarasan Highway, the most spectacular and beautiful mountain road in Europe. The road has been featured on the UK motor show Top Gear, and traverses up through the mountains uniting Transylvania with Valachia. Whilst there you will experience great scenes, noisy waterfalls, and with some luck you may even see wild animals such as the brown bear or black goats. Moving onward, you will travel to the Balea Glacier Lake, where you will have lunch at the Lake Balea Chalet. You can then take a walk around the lake, and in summer can also climb up the slope near the lake. From the top of this ridge you will have wonderful pictures with the peaks of the surrounding mountains and the lake and cottage Balea. In the winter between December and March you can visit the ice hotel, as well as the neighboring ice church. You will later return to Brasov in the evening, with wonderful memories of your trip into the sky.

Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Tour

5. Brasov: Peles Castle, Bran Castle & Rasnov Fortress Tour

Your tour will begin as you are taken by a professional guide from your hotel in Brasov. From here you will travel with a luxury Mercedes high-class van, which you will be your mode of transportation for all 3 of your sights included in the tour. You will begin with a tour of Pele's Castle, a summer residence belonging to the royal family of Romania which was built in the 19th century by Carol the First, the first king of Romania. It is the most beautiful castle in Romania, and one of the greatest in Europe. Next up you will visit Bran Castle, also known as "Dracula's Castle" and built in the 14th century. Whilst here you will learn how this castle was made famous by the Irish writer Bram Stoker. Legends, spirits, ghosts, and many mysteries will be encountered whilst visiting Dracula's Castle. Your final stop will be to the Rasnov Fortress, built in the 13th century on top of a rocky hill creating the perfect vantage point over the surrounding valley. This unique vantage point is the reason why it was only conquered once in 1611. You will be able to admire the beautiful mountain scenery of the Bucegi Mountains, Tara Barsei, and many others. In the evening, you will be returned back to your hotel with beautiful memories of the day.

Brown Bears and Dracula's Castle in Transylvania

6. Brown Bears and Dracula's Castle in Transylvania

Stop at the Libearty Brown Bear Sanctuary, which is the largest of its kind in the world. Money raised from tickets and donations contribute to the welfare of the animals. See the impressive medieval Rasnov Fortress. Its main attraction is the panoramic view over the Piatra Craiului Mountains and Brasov Depression. The 11-hour program continues to the famous Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. Built in 1377-1382 as a fortress, it became famous after Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published and then made into a movie. Stop in Brasov, a lovely medieval town located in southern Transylvania, and enjoy a walk along its picturesque streets.

From Bucharest: 2-Day Medieval Transylvania Tour

7. From Bucharest: 2-Day Medieval Transylvania Tour

On the first day, you will travel from Bucharest, and onto Sinaia, Bran, Brasov, and Sighisoara. You will be picked up from Bucharest and be driven towards the beautiful Prahova Valley. The first stop will be at the imposing and magnificent palace of Peles. Built by the royal family of Romania during the 19th century, this palace offers an insight into 19th-century German Renaissance style of decorations. The next stop will be in Bran Castle, known also as Dracula’s Castle. The imposing construction watches over a valley from a strategic position, it was originally built as a fortress at the former border between Wallachia and Transylvania. Discover the connection between the legendary ruler, Vlad the Impaler, and the infamous vampire. In the afternoon, head to the city of Brasov, a city that retains its medieval charm with the help of its well kept historical center. The walking tour of this lovely town starts from the main square, admiring the old City Hall with its clock tower, the monumental Gothic Black Church, the fortifications, the two watch towers up the hill, the craftsmen guilds and the narrowest street in Europe. In the evening you will reach Sighisoara, where you will be accommodated. On day 2, you will travel from Sighisoara to Sibiu, and back to Bucharest. After breakfast, you will tour the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, one of the very few permanently inhabited citadels in Europe. This is also the birthplace of the legendary Vlad Dracula, whose house you will see, after which you will climb to the top of the 500-year-old clock tower for a fantastic view over the town. Next stop will be Sibiu, also known as Hermannstadt. This is the heart of the German community living in Romania, the German Saxons having lived here for over 800 years. A former European capital of culture, Sibiu boasts many great sights from medieval times when it was a citadel, such as the Great Square, the Brukenthal Museum, and the infamous Bridge of Lies. Afterward, drive along the spectacular Olt river valley going back to Bucharest.

From Brasov: Romanian Mountain Villages Day Tour

8. From Brasov: Romanian Mountain Villages Day Tour

This small-group tour takes you straight to the heart of rural life in Romania. See some local cottage industries, take a trek through pristine mountain forests, and learn about a way of life that’s slowly disappearing. Your immersive, full-day tour begins in central Brașov, where you’ll meet your local guide and board a private vehicle for the 45-minute drive out into the countryside. Along the way, let your guide know if you have any specific interests so he or she can customize the day’s itinerary accordingly. Choose to make an optional stop at Bran Castle – popularly known as Dracula's Castle. Explore the area surrounding the villages of Pestera and Magura, nestled in the Piatra Craiului National Park in the Southern Carpathian Mountains. Learn about the history of the villages, where the traditional industries of sheep farming and cheese making are still practiced by many of the inhabitants and catch an authentic glimpse into rural Romanian life. Visit the Bat Cave and admire limestone rock formations that have developed over centuries, including the so-called "tears of the earth." Next, set off into the hills and meadows around Magura for a moderate guided hike of 2–3 hours. Let your guide know if you prefer to hike for longer or shorter and go at a pace that’s comfortable to you. Visit the oldest guesthouse in the National Park. Meet some of the farmers, and sample two-three different kinds of cheese. Enjoy a hearty lunch of simple Romanian cuisine made from local farm-fresh ingredients. Purchase beer or wine to top off your meal. From the guesthouse, wander through Pestera Village, taking in the sights and visiting the local church. Head back to the car and relax on the scenic return drive to Brașov.

Brasov: Candlelight Tour of Medieval Architecture

9. Brasov: Candlelight Tour of Medieval Architecture

Start your evening in the old town’s square and learn about the history of Brasov then walk to the Black Church, one of the biggest gothic-baroque churches in Europe. Trace the footsteps of history along the narrow pathways of Brasov by candlelight and visit Katherine’s Gate built in the 14th century and Schei Gate built almost 200 years ago. Then discover St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, considered Brasov’s most important Orthodox Cathedral. Learn about the vampire and ghost stories that haunt the city as you explore Weaver’s Bastion, one of the biggest buildings of the 14th century, the Jewish Synagogue built in 1901, and Europe’s 3rd narrowest street, Rope Street.

City Tour Brasov

10. City Tour Brasov

Explore one of the largest and most popular cities in Romania. Enjoy a 2-hour tour of Brasov, located at the foot of Transylvania's Carpathian Mountains. Founded by Teutonic Knights in 1211, Brasov is a perfect example of a settlement of the Middle Ages. Today, it is one of the best preserved cities in Europe and home to some of Europe's narrowest streets. Highlights include the City Hall, Orthodox Church and Black Church. Go to Poarta Ecaterinei and the Schei Quarter. Admire sacred monuments, such as Saint Nicholas Church. Admire the Weavers' Bastion and go to the 4-foot-wide Rope Street (Strada Sforii). This was initially used as an access route by firefighters. Visit Brasov Synagogue and see the Catholic Church, Post Orchard, White Tower and Black Tower.

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What people are saying about Brasov

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 240 reviews

Super well organized, a high quality guide, enthusiastic and ready to share anecdotes and tips. I would have spent a little more time at Bran Castle, 1 hour was a bit tight, especially without a guided tour.

Andrei was awesome! He really took care of us and was recommending the best spots. Probably one of the best tour guides I have ever had. Highly recommend other poeple traveling with him.

I enjoyed the tour, Bogdan is very friendly and explained the history of the 2 castles knowledgeably. Highly recommended.

Excellent guide, funny and good with people! Beautiful nature, amazing history with stunning castles. Highly recommended

Lovely trip with Bogdan who made the trip very interesting and really engaged with the group