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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.

Transfagarasan Road Trip with Curtea de Arges

2. Transfagarasan Road Trip with Curtea de Arges

Visit the Curtea de Arges Monastery on this 12-hour trip. Completed in 1517, it serves as the necropolis of the Romanian royal family. Continue the drive on a highway that crosses the Carpathian Mountains. Next on the itinerary is cliff-top Poenari Castle, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. Vlad the Impaler forced many of his enemies and political opponents to work on expanding the castle. Near the castle make another stop to see Vidraru Dam: at 525 feet, it is one of the tallest dams in Europe. A highlight of the tour is a drive on the Transfagarasan Highway. At the northernmost point of the tour, enjoy a short hike near Balea Lake.

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.

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.

From Brasov: Transfagarasan Road Winter Day-trip

6. 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

7. 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

Amazing Trip! Must do

My tour guide Alex was the best guide I've ever had. There were some unfortunate cancellations on our trip as we were unable to go to Balea Lake due to the snow (which usually should have melted at the time) and Poenari Castle due to many wild bears. Unfortunately this is out of the company's control. Initially I wasn't too happy because I am missing out on a lot but Alex really did everything to make sure I had a great experience. I really wanted to see the Transfagarasan Road and because I was missing out on so much already he offered to take more out of his time to drive all around the mountains so I can get a worthwhile experience of the Transfagarasan Road. I had even more bad luck as there was fog blocking an amazing view, but Alex was happy to wait patiently for the fog to pass. The view was spectacular! Alex was very knowledgeable and gave me a great insight to the Romanian history and culture. Alex went well above and beyond to ensure I had a pleasant experience. Thank you :)

Gelu was an excellent tour guide and this is a great travel company! The experience was personalized, with plenty of opportunities to take gorgeous pictures and learn in-depth history of the region. This is one of the best tours I’ve ever taken and I can’t recommend it enough!

Absolutely magnificent experience. The trip was fantastic and the views were breathtaking. Our tour guide Alex was just fantastic. He gave us all the useful information and didn’t chase us around. He gave us sufficient time for everything.

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.

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!