(tour code Ro.4x4.Tr)
Bran Castle – also known as Dracula’s Castle, a legendary Transylvanian fortress dating back to 1377
St Anna’s Lake - an extinct volcano now filled with pure mountain water.
Spa resort of Balvanyos - surrounded by 1000 metre mountain peaks, rest between 770 and 940 metres above sea level.
Balvanyos Castle - built between the 11th and 12th century.
Day by day itinerary:
DAY 1 Bucharest - Transylvania
Today you depart on your Transylvania 4x4 Tours scheduled itinerary from Bucharest International Airport for your onward drive into Transylvania, where you will spend your first night. Your team leader can join you for dinner to discuss you itinerary. Alternatively, simply relax, look forward to your tour, and we’ll do the rest.
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DAY 2 Into the Vrancea
After breakfast we will head into the Vrancea mountains. Here you will have the opportunity to flavour the spectacular scenery, and take in the fresh air during a morning’s walk through the forest. After your walk you will enjoy a locally prepared hearty lunch in the village of Ojdula before meeting the local forest ranger. He will take you to see bears - in the wild. With an intimate knowledge of the mountains, he will take you to view the bears from the protection of a viewing platform. This will offer you a unique opportunity to view and photograph bears in their natural habitat. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet local villagers and experience their traditional hospitality; perhaps you might even feel brave enough to sample the local plum brandy! Your second night will be spent at a local comfortable guest house.
DAY 3 Bran Castle ( Dracula's Castle)
No visit to Transylvania is complete without a visit to the infamous Bran Castle. This was the once the supposed home of Vlad the Impaler, a well known medieval warlord. Your team leader will take you for a tour of the castle and its impressive grounds. In the evening you will return to our local guest house in Ojdula.
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DAY 4 Balvanyos and St Anna’s Lake
After breakfast you will be escorted to the beautiful spa resort of Balvanyos. Surrounded by 1000 metre mountain peaks, this mountain spa and resort rest between 770 and 940 metres above sea level. Deep under the mountains volcanic and sediment rock layers alternate, allowing mineral water springs to break through. The water here is rich sulphur-hydrogen and, although an acquired taste, is said to have revitalising properties. People travel from afar to take in the vapours, bath in the rich sulphur pools and to drink its waters. Don’t forget to pack your walking boots for a spectacular walk to the ruins of Balvanyos Castle. This is one of the early medieval castles found in the area. It is estimated to have been built between the 11th and 12th century. There is a wonderful view from its only square shaped tower to the resort. Lunch will be waiting in Balvanyos at a restaurant famous for its delicious local cuisine. After lunch you will be taken to St Anna’s Lake, an extinct volcano now filled with pure mountain water. This is a truly picturesque area, where you are bound to return home with magical memories and fantastic photos. Your fourth night will be spent at a hotel in Balvanyos.
DAY 5 Targu Secuiesc to Bucharest airport
After a hearty breakfast you will be taken to Targu Secuiesc. You will have a final opportunity for souvenir shopping, or to simply take in a town which time has left behind. Your private transfer for Bucharest Airport will be waiting.
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Price and departure
Price per person
5 day tour. Bucharest departure
* minimum group size - 2 persons
*price in £ and $ for guidance only, all payments will be taken in €.
Price includes :
· All drives as per itinerary, transportation by 4x4 vehicle, with experienced local guide.
· All dining and meals as per itinerary.
· Bottled water is included throughout the day.
· Any park daily entrance and conservation fees.
· Hotel and guest house accommodation as per itinerary.
· Travel Insurance.
· Items of personal nature.
· Hotel and guest house beverages.
· Passport and visa expenses.
Special notes & info:
The itinerary is flexible and could be changed due to bad weather conditions and other local conditions.
We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form, MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Diners Club and American Expres by fax and by phone. We also accept payments by Moneybookers, bank transfer and Western Union.
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The guid is an experienced tour leader and enthusiastic general naturalist, with a particular interest in Transylvanian culture.
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Once you realise the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country. Bucharest is well known city for the night life oportunity.
Plenty of English is spoken and you will find the people are friendly and open.
No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.
We're pleased to say that Transylvania Live - expert in Transylvania has recently garnered the attention of several publications and broadcasts
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