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Our most recommended Western Romania National Parks

From Bucharest: Full-Day Transfagarasan Road Tour

1. From Bucharest: Full-Day Transfagarasan Road Tour

In the morning you will start your journey towards the Fagaras Mountains, some of the most massive and beautiful mountains in Romania, also named the Transylvanian Alps. Your first stop will be in the town named Curtea de Arges, at the bottom of the Fagaras Mountains, where you will visit one of the most remarkable monasteries in Romania. Next you will make a stop at the foot of the Poenari Citadel, a stronghold that became famous thanks to Dracula's Legend. From here you will be taken to Romania's most beautiful road, named by Top Gear "the best road in the world", the Transfagarasan, the second-highest road in Romania. The road reaches its highest point of 2034m at the Balea Lake. Here you will have an hour and a half break to enjoy the beauty of this place. You have numerous possibilities: a cable car trip between Balea Lake and Balea Waterfall; lunch in one of the chalets; or picnic or hike around this beautiful area​. ​With your batteries fully charged, you will now drive back to Bucharest arriving at around 20:00.

Brown Bears and Dracula's Castle in Transylvania

2. 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 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.

From Brasov: 3 Canyons Day Trip

4. 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.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Seven Ladders Canyon and Bran Castle

5. Bucharest: Day Trip to Seven Ladders Canyon and Bran Castle

Feel the rush of breathtaking waterfalls in Seven Ladders Canyon and immerse yourself in the mystery of Count Dracula at Bran Castle, on a day trip in Bucharest. Drive from your accommodation in Bucharest to the car park in Timișu de Jos. Listen to the sound of crunching leaves underfoot as you walk 40 minutes through the forest to the Seven Ladders Canyon. Explore the awesome land form, climbing beside its waterfalls. Stop for lunch and grab a bite before visiting Bran Castle. Enter into the mysterious castle, made famous by the legend of Count Dracula, and learn about its history. Finish the day driving back to your accommodation through the mountains.

From Brasov: Wildlife Tracking in Putna Vrancea Natural Park

6. 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.

From Brasov: Transfagarasan Road Winter Day-trip

7. From Brasov: Transfagarasan Road Winter Day-trip

Your guide will pick you up early in the morning from your accommodation in Brasov. After about two hours of driving, you will arrive at an altitude of 1200 meters at the lower cable car station on the Transfagarasan Road. The road is closed during the winter, so the only way of getting up to Balea Lake is by taking the cable car. After parking the vehicle, get in the cable car together with your guide. The route goes from 1200 meters to 2040 meters over 3.7 kilometers. On your way up, make sure you capture some stunning shots of the valley beneath you. Once you get to the top, take a deep breath of fresh mountain air as you begin to explore the area. Check out the magnificent ice hotel or just take a walk through the snow. Once you begin to build up an appetite, get inside one of the huts for a tasty lunch. Afterwards, you'll head back down by cable car. From there, continue to the village of Carta to see an old Cistercian monastery, which was built around the 13th century in a Gothic style. On your way back to Brasov, you can visit the beautiful Fagaras Fortress if there is time. Built in the 14th century, it's one of the strongest fortifications in Transylvania. Once you get back to Brasov, your guide will drop you off at your accommodation in Brasov.

From Cluj: Winter Walking Trip on the Great Mountain

8. 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.

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What people are saying about Western Romania

Me and my husband didn’t feel very well on the day of the trip, but Andrei made sure he made our day brilliant. He has a lot of knowledge, and so happy to share with us his knowledge. Is worth for the money you pay to have a private car take you everywhere around. Highly recommended to choose this trip with Andrei. Thank you so much for the wonderful time we had in Romania!

A great day without stress. we had ample time everywhere and a super guide who had a huge knowledge of the country and the attractions. However, one should mention in the description, it is a good idea to have a snack with, as lunch is very late. And takes part of the time in Brasov.

A very good day out! Our tour guide, Mr Rasem, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about everything and he made this a fantastic experience for me and my partner.

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!

Mr Rasem is very patient and kindly, also very knowledgeable about the local history and culture. We had a very memorable day.