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Countryside Photo Tour, Traditional Workshops and Bears Watching, Romania

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Ecotourism   Crafts Tours  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 629 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 939 Euro (EUR)

Countryside photo tour and traditional and creative workshops and bears watching program in Piatra Craiului National Park and Piatra Mare massif. Join us "to feel the Romanian soul" into the countryside zone, to the bottom of the Piatra Craiului National Park and Bucegi mountains! We combine trekking with photo tour. You will watch bears from an observation point, see deer, boars and maybe chamois. Eco food and traditional and creative workshops!

The Carpathian mountains are the home of the "Big Five": grey wolf, brown bear, lynx, wild boar and red deer. It is estimated that the numbers of bears is over 5000, that there are about 3000 wolves and around 2000 lynx. Besides spectacular mountain views you walk through mountain villages, still unspoiled, to visit Dracula Castle.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer Bucharest airport to hotel in Bucharest. Accommodation. City tour by night. Dinner.

Day 2: Breakfast. Transfer Bucharest - Zarnesti (235 km), the main gate to the Piatra Craiului National Park. On our way to Zarnesti visit Bran Castle (the Castle was built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order between 1211 – 1225) and Rasnov Fortress (the Fortress was built in stone and brick around the year 1215 by the Teutonic Knights). Accommodation.

In the evening we have our bears watching program (about 4-5 hours). From June to August the probability to see bears are 70-90 per cent. In May, September and October the probability to see bears are 60-70 per cent. There is only one observation point near Brasov: in Piatra Craiului National Park - 13 km from Zarnesti town so please send us the reservation in time (2–3 months before).

Day 3: Breakfast. Starting the photo tour: we trek crossing the most authentic and beautifull mountain villages from the bottom of the National Park Piatra Craiului - Magura - Pestera - Sirnea - Ciocanu - Dimbovicioara (6-7 hours; easy, uphill/downhill walk: 200 m/200 m). Eco lunch in Pestera village. Dinner and accommodation at a boarding house in Dambovicioara village.

Day 4: Breakfast. Second day of our photo tour: in the morning we visit Dambovicioara cave: it is 250 m long and has the aspect of the very little branched gallery; the way is a little ascending; it can be easily crossed because the ceiling is higher than a man’s height; the temperature is around 10-12 degrees; here have been found fossils of the cave bear (Ursus Spelaeus).

We continue through Dambovicioara gorges, to the Podu Dambovitei village (about 4 km; very easy). We trek crossing some great gorges to the Fundatica and Fundata villages: one of the most beautiful villages from the bottom of the Bucegi mountains (6-7 hours; easy; uphill/downhill walk: 200 m/200 m). Lunch to go. Dinner and accommodation in Fundata.

Day 5: Breakfast. Transfer to the Palamari's Cultural Center near Fundata village, on our way to Brasov. Palamari’s Cultural Center has an open air exhibition of the Maramuresean architectural complex into a Transylvanian environment. We stay about 4 hours for traditional and creative workshops such as: relaxation - finger painting/photography/moulding/slow-food - the importance of traditional cuisine/Romanian traditional dances. Eco lunch to the center. We continue our way to Brasov. Accommodation. Dinner.

Day 6: Breakfast. Active trekking tour trips on the Piatra Mare Massif (15 km from Brasov), through "7 Ladders" canyon (5-6 hours; easy to medium; uphill/downhill walk: 900 m/900 m). Lunch to go. Accommodation. Traditional Romanian dinner.

Day 7: Transfer to Bucharest airport. On our way to Bucharest visit Sinaia mountain resort and Peles Castle a Neo-Renaissance castle placed in an idyllic setting in the Carpathian Mountains, on a medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1883.

Details about trekking tour:
- Optimal time: May - October
- Mountain tour requires a good physical shape, with resistance to low effort but for long duration
- Note that you should personally carry your baggage from day 3 to day 5
- Transportation will be chosen according to the number of participants: car or minibus
- Accommodation is done in mountain chalets and boarding houses
- Licensed mountain guide during the entire trekking tour
- The route could be change because of the weather conditions
- Dead line for booking with 45 days before the trip start.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transportation
- Full board
- Bears watching program
- Traditional and creative workshops
- Licensed mountain guide
- VAT and all local taxes
- Accommodation: in 3-star hotels (days 1, 5 and 6), guest-house (day 2,3 and 4) with private or shared facilities.

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