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Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania

Head into the wild Carpathian Mountains to scout for Brown Bears and explore famous castles

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania

Head into the wild Carpathian Mountains to scout for Brown Bears and explore famous castles

DURATION
2 nights
LOCATION
Romania
ANNUAL LEAVE
1 day off work
SEASON
Jun—Oct
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Henri Coandă International Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel
DIFFICULTY
Easy

It might be out in the wild, but this trip is suitable for anyone in reasonably good condition.

Hike to an isolated hide in the Carpathian Mountains – home to 60% of Europe’s remaining Brown Bear population - and see these incredible creatures up close and in the wild

Spend a night in the bars and bohemian cafes of buzzing Bucharest and explore two famous Transylvanian castles

Perfect for adventurous travellers who want a little bit of everything – city life, history, culture and of course, wildlife

Included

Guides

Professional, experienced guides

Accommodation

2 nights in 4-star boutique hotels

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Permits

Entrance to Peles and Bran Castles

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Bucharest Airport or your accommodation in Bucharest

14:30 at the airport or 16:00 at your hotel

Ends

Bucharest Airport

18:00

Transfers

Bucharest Airport - 14:30 or Your accommodation in Bucharest - 16:00

Your adventure begins at Bucharest Airport with your airport transfer at 14:30. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. If you’re not able to join the transfer, you can book any flight and easily get to your accommodation via a 30 minute taxi from the airport. You will meet your guide and fellow adventurers after you have checked in for a guided tour of the city.

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Bucharest Airport at 18:00. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 19:45. Alternatively If you would like to be dropped off in Bucharest city centre, please let your host know when booking.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Bucharest from airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Romanian food is hearty, flavourful and heavily influenced by neighbouring countries. Most meals start with a soup, often made with meat, vegetables or fish and made sour with lemon or vinegar. Sausages are also popular, as well as meat and vegetable pies, goulash, stuffed cabbage rolls and cheeses.

Breakfasts are included at your hotels, while lunches and dinners will be eaten at restaurants along the way. Most restaurants can accommodate specific dietary requirements. Speak to your host for more details.

What is the accommodation like?

Bucharest

You’ll stay at either the Rembrandt, Z Hotel or similar. Located in historic buildings, these 4-star boutique hotels are classy yet unpretentious, with beautiful facilities. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a delicious buffet breakfast, onsite café and excellent location.

Brasov

In Brasov you’ll stay in a 4-star boutique hotel right on the main square, probably Bella Muzica or Casa Wagner. Both hotels are housed in historical buildings with modern amenities, excellent service, and lots of character.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price . Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability)

Day 1

Bucharest

Check into your boutique hotel in the heart of gorgeous Bucharest and join your guide for a walking tour around the city's old town. Spend the rest of the evening exploring this vibrant town. Your guide will lead you to some of its famous bohemian cafes, funky bars and top-notch restaurants.

Day 2

Wild bears

Hiking

1.5hrs

Drive through the scenic Transylvanian countryside into the rugged Carpathian Mountains. Visit the fairy tale Peles Castle and then continue on to the Medieval town of Brasov where you’ll stay tonight. From the remote trailhead in the mountains, hike through the forest to a bear hide ethically operated by the local wildlife authority. The hide is like an elevated treehouse, with great views of the bears as they wander in for dinner. If you’re lucky you might even see cubs!

Day 3

Bran Castle

Visit the highly acclaimed Libearty Sanctuary and learn more about these awesome creatures - a great way to add perspective to yesterday's experience. Head to Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle, with its blood-red turrets, eerie rooms and creepy reputation. Return to Bucharest through beautiful countryside and back to the airport in time for your flight home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • A small daypack

Clothing

  • Dark-coloured layers (thermals, jacket) for the bear hide
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)

Other

  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

This trip is suitable for anyone in reasonably good condition, with the bear hide accessed by an easy 40-minute hike.

Hunting Brown Bears was outlawed in Romania in 2005, so populations are on the rise. To help reduce human-bear conflicts, wildlife officials now leave bear-appropriate foods at designated spots far away from towns. They've also set up hides near these feeding stations that allow people to view bears in their wild habitat without alerting or scaring them.

These bears are completely wild and adults, sub-adults and cubs all visit the feeding stations regularly. They come and go as they please while you quietly observe and photograph them from above. There’s a 90% chance of seeing wild bears from the hide.

The site is accessed via an enjoyable 40-minute hike through woods and meadows in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains.

Along with hunting, trapping and keeping bears was also outlawed in 2005. The Libearty Bear Sanctuary was established to rescue captive bears that could not be returned to the wild as they were now too habituated to succesfully survive on their own.

The sanctuary provides a home for more than 70 rescued Brown Bears, often saved from inhumane captivity. They roam freely on 70 hectares of land with pools, trees and natural forage. They're safe and healthy and provide an incredible learning opportunity for visitors. Knowledgeable guides at the sanctuary will teach you all about bear behavior and their history in Romania.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip is offered from April to October (peak bear season). In Brasov the temperature ranges from 15 – 25 °C during the day and cools off to 3 – 12 °C at night. Most days are sunny with beautiful blues skies.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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