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Carpathian Mountains

Carpathian Mountains: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Brasov: Piatra Craiului National Park Private Day Tour

1. From Brasov: Piatra Craiului National Park Private Day Tour

Get picked up by your knowledgeable, English-speaking guide and head into the Carpathian Mountains for a day. Visit the pristine Piatra Craiului National Park on an intimate small-group tour that ensures you'll make the most of your outdoor trekking excursion. Follow one of two routes on a 5- to 6-hour hike through alpine meadows, fragrant forests, and country villages that seem untouched by time. See the cavernous Zarnesti Gorge and hike along the main ridge regarded as one of the most beautiful sites in the Carpathians. Learn about the traditional rural industries of cheese-making and shepherding. Refuel with hearty Romanian fare at a mountain hut or a local village. See a side of Romania that's hardly changed in generations.

Bratislava: 6-Hour Carpathian Wine Tour and Tasting

2. Bratislava: 6-Hour Carpathian Wine Tour and Tasting

Be picked up from the lobby of your hotel and embark on the journey towards the Small Carpathian Wine Region. This area is located on the south-eastern slopes of the Small Carpathians and is one of the eight winegrowing regions of Slovakia. Arrive at the Red Stone Castle, one of the most romantic castles of Slovakia, with vast cellars which were once used as warehouses for copper. To enter, you can pay an additional fee. Continue towards the historical town of Modra. Modra is famous for being the birthplace of Slovakian national hero Ludovit Stur, who fought for the autonomy of Slovakia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Stur also had a significant influence on the revival of the Slovak language and introduced the Slovak language standard. Learn more about his importance in Slovak history as you wander around the medieval town center. Next, visit Pezinok, the capital city of Slovak wine production. Enjoy a walking tour in the historical city center of Pezinok with the option of entering the Majolica Pottery Factory. Continue towards the small town of Svaty Jur to discover its charming streets. Finally, visit a local vineyard and see the traditional production of local wine, free from colorants or additives, by local farmers. Sample this local fine wine with a small snack before returning to Bratislava at approximately 6:00 PM.

From Cluj: Winter Walking Trip on the Great Mountain

3. From Cluj: Winter Walking Trip on the Great Mountain

Head for Carpathia's Great Mountain on a seasonal hiking trip from Cluj. Admire the scenic snow-covered landscape, learn about the area from your guide, and enjoy hot drinks as you go. Put on a pair of special snowshoes which allow you to walk on top of the snow, rather than sinking down into it, assisted by complementary hiking poles. Get ready to plot a path with your guide through the spectacular mountain scenery. Enjoy a 5.5-hour experience involving a walk over the Great Mountain. Hike through deep forests and marvel at the picturesque views as you go. Learn about native plants and animals, geology, and local culture from your knowledgeable guide. Take advantage of pauses in your guided hike to admire the views. Sip on free hot drinks as you make the most of your wintery Carpathian adventure.

Meet the Bears & Visit Dracula Castle Day

4. Meet the Bears & Visit Dracula Castle Day

At he bottom of the Carpathians, near a small town named Zarnesti more than 69 hectares of luxuriant forest with rivers and ponds are now the home of almost 90 brown bears. Each bear has its own emotional story and has been saved from captivity. Libearty Sanctuary is the Best Bear Sanctuary in the world. You have the unique chance to visit this wonderful bear sanctuary now. Do not miss this opportunity and you will see that stories with a happy ending are possible at Libearty Sanctuary.This trip we created is suitable for everyone, from the most experienced explorers to kids over 5 years old(the age limit at the Bear Sanctuary). This is a fun experience for those who love animals and want to discover the beauty of The Carpathians and the area around Brasov. Early in the morning we’ll be on board with a licensed driver, who’ll bring us, through wilderness and untouched nature, to visit the bears sanctuary. Most of the bears in the Sanctuary were rescued from the most miserable and small cages where they were held for “fun”, as tourist attractions. Many were confiscated from restaurants’ terraces, hotels and villas, while some of them were captive near factories, gas stations or a monastery. We hope you’ll enjoy to meet them and see how they live now and enjoy freedom. After this experience we’ll visit Dracula Castle and search for the mysterious count. Lunch will be served in a romanian traditional restaurant where you can taste all kind of specialties and the famous “papanași” dessert. We know this tour will prove to be a unique and wonderful experience for you and we will kindly ask you for reviews as this will help other travelers make their choice.

From Cluj-Napoca: Maramures Full-Day Guided Tour

5. From Cluj-Napoca: Maramures Full-Day Guided Tour

Today’s journey is going to take us to Maramureş, one of Romania’s most traditional regions. It is very well known, in particular, because of the wood-culture and the many ethnic minorities living here for centuries. The dense forests – the Carpathian Mountains used to be called the Forest Mountains – have been the source of livelihood for many generations. Each house and church used to be built out of wood, as woodcarving is still one of the most popular occupations in this area. Almost every house has a wooden gate, a loom and a small bank, where people gather every evening to catch up with the latest gossip, play cards or weave. After a couple of hours of driving from Cluj, we will reach Baia Mare, the capital of the region. It used to be one of the wealthiest cities in Romania. The many gold and iron mines in the region helped the city to develop and during socialist times it was massively industrialized. Leaving Baia Mare we reach our next destination of the day: the wooden church of Şurdeşti. For a long time, this church was considered to be the religious building with the highest tower in the Maramureş. The interior of the church is of rare simplicity and beauty: on the walls, one can see many scenes from the Old and New Testament, such as the life and works of the Prophet Elias and Judgment Day. Although the church is under UNESCO patronage, it is still being used each day by the local community, who has decorated it with several handmade carpets and towels. Leaving Şurdeşti behind, we will cross the Gutin Pass and reach Sighetu Marmaţiei. The small city is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Romania, with Romanian, Hungarian, Jewish, German and Ukrainian communities living together for centuries. Before World War 2 the biggest community in Sighet was the Jewish one, having many synagogues, community houses, and cemeteries. Most of them were destroyed, as vast parts of the Jewish community perished during the Holocaust. Sighet is also home to one of the country’s most interesting museums: after the Second World War, the local prison was turned into one of the worst political prisons in Europe. Thousands among the regime’s adversaries/opponents have suffered terrible traumas in this establishment, which has now been turned into an interesting museum of the communist resistance. We will have the chance to discover this sad, but important part of Romanian history. Next on our list is one of the most interesting sights in the Maramureş: the Merry Cemetery of Săpânţa. An old tradition, dating back 2000 years ago, gives the locals the belief in life after death. This is the reason why death is seen as something normal, as the next step in life. From Sapanta we will return to Cluj and if there is still enough time, we will visit the wooden church in Bogdan Voda.

Bucharest: Transfagarasan and Transalpina Highway 4-Day Tour

6. Bucharest: Transfagarasan and Transalpina Highway 4-Day Tour

Day 1 Depart from Bucharest in the morning and we will stop for a rest at Hurezi Monastery. Since we are facing a challenging road, we will spend the night in the beautiful Ranca mountain resort, located on Transalpina Highway. Overnight at Ranca Resort Day 2 After breakfast we will venture on the fabulous Transalpina Highway. We will go across the road located at the highest altitude in the Carpathian Mountains. On our way from Transalpina to Sibiu we will pass through beautiful mountain villages: Jina, where we visit a genuine sheep station, and Sibiel Village with the Glass Icon Museum. In the evening, we will reach Sibiu, the most beautiful city in Romania. Overnight in Sibiu Day 3 Today, we will have a day trip out of Sibiu and visit Sighisoara Medieval Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will discover rural Transylvania as well by visiting Biertan Saxon Village with the Fortified Church, a 500 years old church. Time for a delicious home-cooked lunch and a great opportunity to meet the locals. In the afternoon, we get back to Sibiu. Overnight in Sibiu Day 4 Time for another adventure: driving back to Bucharest on the famous Transfagarasan Highway. You will see Poenari Fortress as well, which was one of the strongholds of Vlad The Impaler. Another stop will be at Curtea de Arges Orthodox Monastery, the burial place for our monarchs. In the afternoon, we arrive in Bucharest.

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What people are saying about Carpathian Mountains

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Amazing hike with Mihai. The guide has a lot of knowledge about nature. We were lucky and got to see a lot of animals, even bears! Mihai took care of us at all times and we felt no danger. Activity 100% recommended.

We had an amazing, 6h-hike. the guide was very knowledgeable and brought us to places which we for sure couldn't have seen on our own. We totally recommend!

A really nice hike with the best guide. Tudor was very friendly and helpful and knew a lot about the place.I would 100% recommend it.

Very interesting tour of the castle, ceramic shop and wine tasting. Unfortunately, the wine museum was closed on Monday