The Brown Bear Experience

Romania · May 9 - 13 2020

Step into the wild and experience the thrill of seeing the mighty Brown Bear in the depths of Transylvania’s forests.

Overview

Step into the wild and experience the thrill of tracking the mighty Brown Bear in the depths of Transylvania’s forests. You’ll begin your journey in Romania’s vibrant capital city, Bucharest, from where, the very next day you’ll be whisked away for an amazing journey through the Transylvanian countryside, to the postcard-pretty town of Brasov. Travel to the heart of bear country to get up close and personal with the animals and spend the next day in and around Brasov exploring the old town, or on a nature walk through the Carpathian Mountains. The next morning, visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary and travel back to Bucharest via Bran Castle, the would-be home of Dracula.

Included
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • ALL ACCOMMODATION
  • 2 nights in Bucharest
  • 2 nights in Brasov
  • MEALS
  • All breakfasts
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Visit and entry to Peles Castle
  • Bear sighting at the Bear Hide observatory
  • Visit and entry to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary
  • Visit and entry to Bran Castle
  • THE SERVICES OF A BI-LINGUAL GUIDE
  • UNTRAVELLED PATHS EXPERIENCE EBOOKLET

Hosts

Highlights

Spotting wild brown bears

Spotting wild brown bears

Travel into the forests of the Carpathians to a bear hide and patiently wait as the wildlife starts to appear, from wild boar to foxes and of course, the majestic brown bear and all in their natural habitat.

Libearty Bear Sanctuary

Libearty Bear Sanctuary

The bear sanctuary was set up in 1998 and is now home to over 70 rescued bears. Its beautiful, tranquil setting allows the bears to live out the rest of their lives in comfort and safety.

Postcard-perfect Brasov

Postcard-perfect Brasov

Nestled between the Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is a gem. From the old town to the hiking trails around, there's plenty to do here.Transylvanian countryside a veritable paradise of beauty and wildlife.

Must-see castles

Must-see castles

From the ornate, fairy-tale like Peles Castle to the imposing, legendary Bran Castle, more commonly know as Dracula's Castle you'll be sure to get your culture fix from your visit to Transylvania.

Location

Romania

Overview

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.

DID YOU KNOW

  • Romania comes from the Latin ‘Romanus’ meaning ‘citizen of the Roman Empire’

  • The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the second largest building in the world

  • The Carpathian Mountains are home to 60% of Europe’s Brown Bear population

  • Transylvania translates to ‘the land beyond the forest’

The Plan

Day 1: Arrive in Bucharest

Arrival in Bucharest followed by a transfer to your boutique accommodation in the Lipscani district where you will be greeted with a coffee or glass of wine before you head out into the old town to explore and discover the plethora of restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Travel to Brasov via Peles Castle

Morning transfer to Transylvania via Sinaia with a visit to the magnificent Peles Castle before heading on to the medieval town of Brasov. Evening transfer to the Carpathian Mountains for the Bear Hide experience where you’ll spot wild bears from a forest based hide

Day 3: Free time in Brasov

Free time in and around Brasov. Optional activities include a visit to historic Rasnov Fortress, a guided walking tour through Brasov exploring the old town and impressive gothic Black Church, and/or a nature walk through the beautiful Carpathian Mountains with a qualified wildlife guide culminating in a feast of a barbeque, Romanian style with plenty of local food and drink.

Day 4: Travel to Bran Castle via the Libearty Bear Sanctuary

Spend the morning at Transylvania’s wonderful Libearty Bear Sanctuary meeting their growing family of rescued bears. Travel to Bran and have a snoop around its famous castle, known to most as Dracula’s Castle. Then you’ll journey back through the Transylvanian countryside to Bucharest for your final night

Day 5: Final day and transfer back to the airport

Transfer to Bucharest airport for return flight.