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From Brasov: Romanian Mountain Villages Day Tour

1. 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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Brașov: Bike Ride & Cave Tour

2. Brașov: Bike Ride & Cave Tour

In case you have your own bike, meet your guide in Brașov's city center where you can receive assistance with renting one. Cross-country mountain bikes or e-bikes are available, you just need to provide your height. Meet your guide in the city center, get familiarized with the bikes. Start the tour through the city streets until you reach the outskirts of Brașov. From here, continue riding towards Cristian and Râșnov, passing through scenic meadows, overlooking Piatra Craiului mountains and the nearby settlement of Cristian, with its dominating church tower. Once you reach Râșnov, together with your guide, you will decide what you will do. You can go and visit the nearby Valea Cetății cave, then head back to Râșnov and visit the citadel up the hill. Or, if you feel the need to relax, you can chill at a local restaurant. At the end of the tour, head back to Brașov on your bike or take the train, if you are too tired.

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Brasov: Wild Water Rafting Day Trip

3. Brasov: Wild Water Rafting Day Trip

Experience real adventure on the water with this day trip from Brasov. Wild Water Rafting takes place on a river after a dam release, taking the difficulty level up to a rating of 2-3 – so you can really get the adrenalin levels going. We will meet at our logistic center, where you will receive your safety equipment. Your dry clothes will be kept safe in the vehicle for end of the experience. The group will then be transferred to the starting point, where we will put the boats on the water. This location has shallow and almost still water, so we can practice the basics of rafting and all the safety procedures. All participants are active during the event and must follow the guide's commands to keep the boats on course and help other participants if needed. Some sections are easier, while some others have rapids which require some technical skill. This balance gives you the chance to relax and also experience some exciting and heart-stopping moments.

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From Brasov: Day Trip to Praid Salt Mine and Jesus Statue

4. From Brasov: Day Trip to Praid Salt Mine and Jesus Statue

Get picked up from your hotel in Brasov and drive to the village of Praid. Here, descend deep into the underground salt deposit before enjoying a walking tour of the impressive salt mine. Take some time to admire the huge salt galleries, play pool or table tennis, watch movies, visit an underground adventure park or just relax and breathe in the therapeutic salty air. After returning to the surface, head to the village of Bisericani, where you will climb inside the ”Heart of Jesus”, the biggest statue of Jesus in Eastern Europe. The 22-meter (72 ft) tall metal structure is situated on top of Gordon Hill and can be climbed thanks to an interior ladder that will take you to Jesus' head, where you can see a beautiful panorama of the surrounding area. If there is time, on your way back to Brasov, visit the Racoș Geological Complex: the Emerald Lake, the Basalt Columns and the fascinating volcanic canyon. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Brasov at the end of the day.

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From Brasov: Day Trip to Varghis Gorge

5. 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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Day Trip to Ohaba Water Mill and Cave Temple

6. Day Trip to Ohaba Water Mill and Cave Temple

Visit the village of Ohaba, where you can see an old water mill which is still used nowadays by the locals and for those who still prefer the old way of grinding wheat. Continue your trip to the nearby village of Sinca Veche, where you can visit the cave temple, famous for being a mystical place where people used to come and pray. Because it has become more and more popular, this place is usually full of tourists who enter the caverns and experience, some say, unknown and invisible powers that give them chills. Next, visit Sinca Noua where you will go on an easy 10-minutes hike to visit the Podul Ilii viaduct, which belongs to an abandoned railway track, and considered to be the biggest arched concrete viaduct in Romania. Enjoy a delicious lunch near the village of Poiana Marului and return to Brașov.

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Local Experience in Brasov and its Surroundings

7. Local Experience in Brasov and its Surroundings

The first destination on the list is Bran Castle, a location with a history of more than 6 centuries, more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Through the ages, the legends of the castle became stronger than its history, and hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Bran Castle each year, in search of Dracula. You will then visit a quaint village built more than 1,000 meters high. This land is a true piece of heaven, being surrounded by some of the most important Carpathian mountains, including:  Bucegi, Leaota, Piatra Craiului, and Postavarul.  Next, you will head to the Bats’ Cave, located in the north-west of the Bran platform, at an altitude of approximately 950 meters (3,117 feet). The cave was created by the erosion of the mountain by the Valea cu Cale Creek, and its name is given by the massive bat colonies inside, including some unusual species. You will take a visit to Fundatica, an area located at the highest altitude of Romania. Here, the fresh mountain air keeps the locals healthy, and the average lifespan of more than 80 years serves as a testimony to this claim.  After a delicious traditional lunch, you will start a trekking journey towards a traditional sheepfold, where you'll see how the sheep are milked and how the local cheese is produced, following methods and traditions passed down through generations.  Lastly, you will catch the sunset in Brasov, where you'll visit the city’s Old Town, a place which preserved the layout of its streets and the medieval fortifications surrounding the city.

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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.