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From Brasov: Small-Group Brown Bear Watching Tour

1. 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.

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From Brasov: Romanian Mountain Villages Day Tour

2. 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.

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From Brasov: Piatra Craiului National Park Private Day Tour

3. 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.

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From Brașov: Half or Full Day Transylvania Jeep Tour

4. From Brașov: Half or Full Day Transylvania Jeep Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel and start your journey right away. Be prepared to go on a ride that feels like a step back in time. Besides the access roads, your guide and driver will bring you on stone and gravel roads, to take you to remote places with fewer tourist crowds but also have the proper Jeep experience. Travel through remote mountain villages, with plenty of stops to admire the views and take pictures, so you can get the most out of your trip. On the way or during the stops, you will encounter some of the locals, where you will learn their daily lives and work. The tour continues its route over high mountains, through forests and along water streams and deep gorges. In some parts, you will take a short walk to fully admire what nature has to offer and to see the beauty in special corners of the area. However, you will always return to the vehicle to continue your journey. You can choose between the half-day tour or full-day tour that can also be combined with a traditional lunch at one of the traditional, local restaurants along the way.

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From Brasov: Wildlife Tracking in Putna Vrancea Natural Park

5. From Brasov: Wildlife Tracking in Putna Vrancea Natural Park

Early in the morning, your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Brasov. You will then travel 100 kilometers to the Putna Vrancea Natural Park, a protected area which has the highest density of wild animals in Romania. The trails you walk on are uneven, often with rocks and fallen trees, so you must be very fit for this experience.  After meeting the ranger, you will begin hiking on one of the few routes in the area. The trails are unmarked and you'll pass through wild and remote places, looking for animal tracks and marks. Find out interesting information about the forest, the species of trees that can be found there and reach beautiful viewpoints overlooking the valley. You will stop from time to time and the ranger will explain the efforts behind conserving wild species of animals and sustainable tourism. After getting back to the village, you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Afterwards, your guide will take you back to Brasov and drop you off at your accommodation.

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From Brasov: Day Trip to Bison Reserve & Traditional Lunch

6. From Brasov: Day Trip to Bison Reserve & Traditional Lunch

Get picked up from your hotel in Brasov and head to the small village of Acriș, where you will visit a bison reserve. Spot these majestic animals feeding or just walking around the reserve, which is also home to roe deer and stags. After having a tour of the reserve, your next stop will be at Urlătoarea waterfall, situated in the forest near the village. Considered one of the most beautiful places in Romania, this curtain of water flows down a steep hill, creating a sound that gives its name: Urlătoarea means ”the raging one”. After heavy rainfalls, the sound effect is even more predominant. At the end of your tour, enjoy a well-deserved lunch at a local household. Your hosts will prepare a 3-course meal from local organic products. Taste palinka, the Romanian national drink, and enjoy some quality time in the courtyard. If you're looking for something sweet, the hosts will show you their cellar where they keep homemade jams and spreads made from hand-picked fruits and forest berries. After the feast, get dropped off back at your hotel in Brasov.

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Brasov: Guided Bear-Watching Day Trip in Tusnad Forest

7. Brasov: Guided Bear-Watching Day Trip in Tusnad Forest

You will begin your guided day trip in the afternoon when you are picked up from your hotel in Brasov and driven 43 miles (70km) to Tusnad. Then, together with your guide, you will meet an expert ranger who will take you deep into the forest to the bear hides. The hides have been built by professional wildlife photographers and are 100% safe. Because they contain a mirror-like window blocking the animals’ view of the inside, the bears sometimes come as close as one meter away from your enclosure.  Once inside the hide, you will wait quietly for the bears to arrive and learn interesting facts about their behavior while sipping on Palinka, a regional alcoholic drink. Once the bears arrive, be sure you have your camera ready with the flash turned off to take amazing photos of these majestic animals in their natural habitat. If you are lucky and nothing alarms the bears, you will have ample time to observe and take plenty of photos.  Finally, just before dusk, you will be returned safely back to your vehicle to be driven back to Brasov and dropped off at your hotel.

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From Brasov: Half-Day Foraging Lesson

8. From Brasov: Half-Day Foraging Lesson

Immerse yourself in nature for the day as you hunt for wild plants and mushrooms in the wilderness near Brasov and learn the basics of foraging from your passionate guide. Learn what to avoid, what you can pick and what you must not touch.  After getting picked up from your accommodation in Brasov, head to the forest with your guide and begin your search for wild mushrooms, plants, and forest fruits.  Depending on your schedule, the tour can take between three to six hours. You decide when you want to stop, together with your guide. At the end of your activity, get dropped off back at your hotel. 

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From Brasov: Piatra Craiului National Park 2-Day Guided Trek

9. From Brasov: Piatra Craiului National Park 2-Day Guided Trek

Set off on an authentic adventure in Transylvania with this 2-day guided trek in one of Romania's most beautiful areas, Piatra Craiului National Park. Enjoy a small-group tour for no more than 8 participants, and benefit from a licensed English-speaking mountain guide during the entire trek. Begin the tour in Brasov with pickup from selected hotels. Upon arrival in the national park, start your predominantly medium level trek for 5–8 hours. Stop at an authentic sheep farm for a special lunch (from June to September), and cross 2 authentic mountain villages: Magura and Pestera. Stay overnight in the latter at a local guesthouse and enjoy the local food. On the second day, if weather permits, climb to the highest peak in the national park, Vârful La Om. Admire panoramic views from the 2,238-meter (7,343-foot) summit, one of the most picturesque ridges in the Carpathians. Marvel at the Zarnesti Gorges before returning to Brasov at the end of your trek.

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From Brasov: Day Trip to Varghis Gorge

10. From Brasov: Day Trip to Varghis Gorge

Following pickup from your accommodation in Brasov, head to the entrance of the nature reserve, situated outside the quaint village of Varghis. Begin a relaxing trek through the forest and wilderness of the gorge. Walk along the river over wooden bridges, and climb over small rocks. Discover the numerous caves that have formed here over many centuries. In the biggest cave, named Orban Balazs Cave, see one of the biggest bat colonies in Romania. Go inside and explore this unique place with the company of your guide. After your adventure in the Gorge, return to the car and be taken back to Brasov. On your way back visit a local wood carver and enjoy a glimpse into the local way of life.

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What people are saying about Centru

Marian took us on an invigorating hike with gorgeous views that photos do not do justice! It was just us two, and we are avid hikers, so he was able to take us on a longer hike as per our request. It was physically demanding but not too difficult or dangerous, and every few minutes the views just got more breath-taking. After 3 hours in the mountains, we descended into a quaint village in the valley, passing grazing cattle & sheep and smelling bonfires in the distance. We felt so refreshed and alive. We ate lunch at a guest house, and he was able to arrange our family-style lunch to be all vegetarian, and it was very hearty and filling! To finish, we had a long but easy walk back along country roads, and Marian told us about how his tours are designed to be eco-friendly and give back to the local villages, which we definitely appreciate. Afterwards, we were pretty tired but so grateful we had booked this tour. It exceeded our expectations and was the best day of our trip by far.

I Absolutely loved the trip! Our Guide Anna was a delightful person, full of knowledge, and experience from the area and even beyond.Her Expertise, Professionalism,And insight was truly remarkable.And definitely made us feel welcome and cared for as guests.The food was top notch,And the hospitality that we were showed by our hosts was more than exceptional.All in all, I would reccomend this trip or any trip from this outfitter, to anyone Intrested

it's a wonderful magical moment. the organizers managed this moment well and they respect the environment completely. we were lucky because we were able to observe 2 bears at 2 different times. bluntly, I advise you to experience this unique moment of looking at these brown bears in their natural habitat. thank you