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Our most recommended Western Romania Theme Tours

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.

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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.

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Timisoara Sightseeing Tour

3. Timisoara Sightseeing Tour

Situated on the northern bank of the Bega River in the Banat region, Timisoara impresses everyone with its charming and vibrant cultural life, and its rich historical heritage. Take your time to discover the first European city that used the horse-drawn trams (1869) and electrical street lightning (1889).  Timisoara was also the first Romanian city that reacted at the Revolution in 1989 against the Communist regime. The walking tour begins in the downtown quarter of “Cetate” (the former “Inner City”), with many old buildings in the styles of Art Nouveau or Baroque, large pedestrianized squares, and a general multicultural character. You will begin with a visit to Victory Square, known also by the name of Opera Square, enjoying a visit to the impressive Orthodox Cathedral, and the Opera and Theater House. Next, the Liberty Square hosts the Old City Hall with its Turkish inscription, showing again the mixture of cultures and religions who have lived here. The Union Square is dominated by the Catholic dome-church, the Serbian-Orthodox Cathedral and by the President's Palace – the Arts Museum. Also, walk through the interesting ruins of the old fortress, constructed in the Vauban Style.

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Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary, Bran Castle, and Brasov Day Trip

4. Bucharest: Bear Sanctuary, Bran Castle, and Brasov Day Trip

Discover the best of Romania's nature and history on this full-day trip from Bucharest. Encounter brown bears at a bear sanctuary, visit Bern (Dracula's) Castle, and explore the city of Brasov. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to your first stop of the day, Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Here, get up close and personal with bears that have been rescued from captivity, have your photo taken with them, and watch them eat. Next, continue to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. See for yourself why the castle has become Romania's number one tourist attraction and why it is one of the most expensive venues in the world. Finish your tour in Brasov, where history, music, and good food meet. Enjoy some free time to explore the city at your own pace before getting dropped off at your hotel in Bucharest at the end of the day.

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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: Day Trip to the Seven Ladders Canyon

6. From Brasov: Day Trip to the Seven Ladders Canyon

Enjoy a round-trip hike to the Seven Ladders Canyon, famous for its ladders and waterfalls, on this day trip from Brasov. Get picked up from your hotel in the city and drive for around 15 minutes to reach the starting point of the hike. Next, 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 Seven Ladders Canyon. After a short briefing, you will begin climbing on the metal ladders and bridges. After an adrenaline-pumping 15 minute walk through the canyon, you will reach the exit. Return to the base on an alternative trail through the forest and get dropped off back at your hotel in the afternoon.

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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 :)

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!

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!

Great overview of the city

The city walking tour of Timisoara was great. We had a very enthused, passionate guide with an excellent understanding of the history of the city. It was a great way to get an overview of the city highlights and history. A real highlight of our trip. Highly recommended.

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.