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Brasov: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake Tour

1. 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.

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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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Brasov: Small-Group 7 Ladders Canyon Day Trip

3. Brasov: Small-Group 7 Ladders Canyon Day Trip

The starting point of your walk is just a short drive away from Brasov. Once you are there, you will head directly to the Seven Ladders Canyon (Canionul Sapte Scari) in the Piatra Mare range, part of the Southern Carpathian Mountains. This stunning gorge is famous for its steep ladders that take you up the rock walls past a series of rushing waterfalls. Upon arrival, you will set off along meadow and forest paths, reaching the canyon after a 45-minute hike. Afterwards, you can opt to rest here or enter the rock chasm with your experienced guide. You can then head inside, where you will spend the next 15 minutes or so crossing the bridges and climbing each of the near-vertical metal ladders that make up the gorge. As you go, you will enjoy thrilling close-up views of the tumbling waters and the towering rock walls around you. Following your trek, you will rejoin your group and choose between a 1.5-hour return route or a harder 2 to 3 hour trail, walking back through forests and glades to your vehicle. After your hike, your tour ends back at your Brașov hotel.

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From Brasov: Piatra Craiului National Park Private Day Tour

4. 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 Brasov: 3 Canyons Day Trip

5. From Brasov: 3 Canyons Day Trip

Following pickup from your accommodation in Brasov head 15 minutes outside the city, to the starting point of the hike towards the Seven Ladders Canyon. Enjoy an easy 1.5 hour hike through the forest, at the foothills of Piatra Mare mountain. Pass through the idyllic forest and continue along the trail until you reach the entrance to the canyon. After a short briefing, climb on metal ladders and bridges to continue your journey through the first gorge. After getting back to the car you will be taken to Rasnoavei Gorge, where you will see the majestic limestone cliffs carved here by the forces of nature. Here, you will find the highest zip line in the country and also, the highest bungee jumping installation in Romania. Stop lastly at Zarnesti Gorge, near the city of Zarnesti. After parking the car at the entrance of the reservation, you will begin an easy hike through the canyon, taking in the dramatic natural landscape that surrounds you. If you're lucky, maybe you can spot some chamois above you.

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From Brasov: Half-Day Foraging Lesson

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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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Brasov: Private Fagaras Mountains Trekking Tour

9. Brasov: Private Fagaras Mountains Trekking Tour

Your tour starts from and ends in Brasov. It will take you along the Transfagarasan Road, which is open from July 1 through to October 31. The driving time from Brasov to Balea Lake is about 2 hours, and once there you will hike from Balea Lake up to Capra Lake. Once there, it will be decided if the tour will take a hike up to the Vanatoarea lui Buteanu peak of 2,507 meters, or if you will instead enjoy a walk around the lake (this is all depending of weather conditions on that given day) At the end of the trip, you will have the option to enjoy a lunch at the Balea Lake Hotel. The total hike takes around 4-5 hours. From November to June, the hike will be taken on a different route in Fagaras Mountains, in the Valea Sambetei area.

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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.

A must-see in Romania. Due to the altitude levels, both landscape and vegetation change rapidly. Special thanks to my driver guide Claudiu for all the information about Transsylvania and his support throughout the entire tour.

amazing sights, this trip is a must see for all nature lovers and people who just want to be amazed. Excellent tour guide with excellent english. highly recommended

Our guide Tiberiu was on point, great communication, told us a lot about Braşov, hiking, even took pictures! The best experience!

Our guide Tudor was excellent. He was polite, easy to work with and very knowledgeable. The weather was great, too, which helped.