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Private Brown Bear Watching Tour at the Harghita Mountains Foothills

Private Brown Bear Watching Tour at the Harghita Mountains Foothills - Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania

Duration: 3 to 5 hrs
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania

From USD
$50.99

Experience the Carpathian wilderness, and see wild brown bears in their natural habitat from the security of one of the many wildlife hides operating in the area. Your guide, an experienced local ranger, will take you with his 4wd car deep into the forests of the Eastern Carpathians, which has one of the largest population concentrations of brown bears in the Carpathian Mountains ... More info ›

Experience the Carpathian wilderness, and see wild brown bears in their natural habitat from the security of one of the many wildlife hides operating in the area. Your guide, an experienced local ranger, will take you with his 4wd car deep into the forests of the Eastern Carpathians, which has one of the largest population concentrations of brown bears in the Carpathian Mountains. Follows an easy to moderate 500m walk from the car to a specially-designed observation hide where you will wait quietly for wildlife. The private experience will last about 4 hours.

Your Carpathian brown bear experience starts in the small Szekler village of Lupeni (12km from Odorheiu Secuiesc) where your guide awaits you to set off in his 4wd car into the forests at the foothills of the Harghita Mountains. In recent years, it has become a popular destination for wildlife watching as the population is most dense in Harghita, Covasna, Vrancea, and Brasov counties. After a 15- to 25-minute drive (depending on which spot has the greatest chances for watching on that day) you will be safely escorted down a roughly 500m long trail.

Occupy your place in the hide, stay quiet, listen to the forest wildlife sounds, and enjoy the excitement of waiting for the bears to come. There is usually success in seeing bears, but as there are wild animals involved, nothing is guaranteed. If you are lucky, you may observe bears feeding, playing together, courting, and mating. You may even see other species like wild boars, roe deer and red deer, foxes, badgers, and some game birds. In the past a few sightings of lynxes and wolves were had as well, but these animals, although in great numbers in the Carpathians, are very secretive and rarely seen.

After approximately 3 hours of watching, head back to the car accompanied by your guide and ride back to Lupeni village. The entire trip takes about 4 hours and watching from the hide can be complemented with following the animals footprints in the forest upon request. Be prepared by wearing hiking boots and weatherproof clothing, and bring binoculars, a camera, an extra battery, and a memory card to record this unique experience.

Wildlife watching tours in the Carpathians allow wildlife to be viewed in close proximity without being disruptive, and generates revenue for local rewilding efforts. 

Please note: 

  • Your forest ranger guide accompanying you may carry a handgun for your protection in extreme situations.
  • The tour usually ends around 9:30-10:00pm, so please plan your dinner time accordingly.
There are high chances (statistically more than 75%) to spot the Carpathian brown bear, sometimes a female with cubs, sometimes a larger male bear. As a bonus, your guide can share some of the stories about the Communist dictator Ceausescu's hunting in the area.

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Walking tour in the Varghis Canyon with optional rock climbing and caving possibilities

Walking tour in the Varghis Canyon with optional rock climbing and caving possibilities - Băile Tușnad, Romania

Duration: 4 to 8 hrs
Location: Băile Tușnad, Romania

From USD
$37.53

Discover a truly hidden and surprising place of Transylvania, the Varghis (Vargyas) canyon located in the Persani Mountains, part of the Eastern Carpathians mountain range. Walk through the 4 km long rock passage and visit one of the 100 caves registered in the protected area of the canyon together with your experienced local guide ... More info ›

Discover a truly hidden and surprising place of Transylvania, the Varghis (Vargyas) canyon located in the Persani Mountains, part of the Eastern Carpathians mountain range. Walk through the 4 km long rock passage and visit one of the 100 caves registered in the protected area of the canyon together with your experienced local guide. The trail goes along numerous wooden suspension bridges set above the Varghis stream which makes this trip even more exciting and fun, especially for children. At the end of the trip visit a local young family which turned a 100 year old authentic barn into an artisan cheese atelier and taste their locally produced cheese and diary products in Homorodalmas village. Those craving for more adrenaline, optionally can try out even rock climbing on the walls of the canyon. Numbers are limited for a more personalized, small-group experience.

Highlights

  • 10 km walking tour through the breathtaking Vargyas Canyon
  • Explore the winding maze of the Almas cave
  • Sample locally produced cheese at a local artisan atelier
  • Learn about the history of the area from an expert local guide
  • Family friendly
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Optionally, challenge yourself on the rocky walls of the gorge, we provide the necessary equipment

What You Can Expect

In Transylvania at the southern foot of mighty Harghita mountains you can find the legendary limestone canyon of Vargyas stream colored by steep rock walls, giant cliffs and numerous caves. Meet your guide in the small village of Vargyas (Varghis, 42 km from Odorheiu Secuiesc) and he will drive you on forest roads to the starting point of your fascinating journey. Stroll in the breezy canyon and discover its tiny secrets and legends as you walk along the shore of the stream, passing huge tree roots, hopping from rock to rock and going through numerous wooden suspension bridges set above the stream. As you walk, learn about the canyon’s history and geographical make-up and drink in the untouched scenery. The scene looks like a fairy tale stage. Let it be winter or summer, the creatures of the gorge live their undisturbed idyllic life. Dippers, river otters and European beavers rule the crystal clear waters, European wildcat goes for hunting in the forest and brown bears frequently visit the clearings and steep rock grass covered slopes. In caves you can meet the biggest bat colony of Eastern Carpathians, you can discover the tiniest creatures living on the bat-guano deposits on the cave floors, and also get familiar with the hunting methods of cave spiders. At the end of the tour you pay a delicious visit to the artisan cheese-making workshop from Merești, where you not only taste a rich variety of fragrant home-made cheese, but also learn a few production secrets during the tasting tour.

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Full-Day Carpathian Horseback Trail Ride near Gheogheni

Full-Day Carpathian Horseback Trail Ride near Gheogheni - Gheorgheni, Romania

Duration: 5 to 8 hrs
Location: Gheorgheni, Romania

From USD
$69.93

Discover and ramble through the rolling hills and wild flower meadows of the Gheorgheni Basin or climb up to the pastures in the mountains through old pine forests, pure creeks and nearby isolated sheepfolds. During this tour you can experience both the freedom of horseback riding in Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains wilderness. The ride is lead through unmarked terrain, but your experienced bilingual guide knows the trails inside and out ... More info ›

Discover and ramble through the rolling hills and wild flower meadows of the Gheorgheni Basin or climb up to the pastures in the mountains through old pine forests, pure creeks and nearby isolated sheepfolds. During this tour you can experience both the freedom of horseback riding in Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains wilderness. The ride is lead through unmarked terrain, but your experienced bilingual guide knows the trails inside and out. Ride atop a strong and secure Lippizaner horse renowned for their energetic temperament and impressive stamina, as you explore the fascinating local flora and fauna. It is an important aware that this tour is available only for intermediate riders and above.

Our horse riding ranch in Gheorgheni offers a great herd of energetic and reliable locally bred horses from which 6 Lipizzaners and 1 Saghya Arab with 155-172 cm heights and age between 5-15 years old, so there is always the right horse for you. Once you arrive at the ranch, your guide will put great effort in finding the right horse and in trying to adjust the trail to the riding experience of each person. First he explains the safety rules and how it all works out on the trail, then you will take a short test ride so the guide can asses your experience and skills. Based on the assessment and your preferences, you can choose from the following one-day tours:

  • The Sugo Cave tour (about 5 hours, visit to the cave included)
  • Visiting the nature reserve of the Fenek moor at Voslobeni (about 5-6 hours)
  • The Pricske tour (about 5-6 hours)
  • The Kovacspeter and the spring of the Olt tour (5-6 hours)
  • Borzont tour (7-8 hours)

Afterwards, it's time to get on the horse and ride! During this tour you will get a different perspective of the incredible scenery of the Eastern Carpathians and about the Székely villages surrounding Gheorgheni. Depending on the choice of the trail, you will get a first-hand taste of the wild landscape and the rural life of local villagers. During the tour at a great vista you can rest a while and your guide optionally will welcome you to a wholesome picnic in nature from local produce. After arriving back at the ranch, a cold drink (or when the weather gets bad a warm) will be provided. There will also be time to talk to the guide, ask questions and take pictures with the horses. Helmets are available for free at the ranch. We recommend you to have hiking boots and leggings. Riding boots are recommended only if walking is comfortable in them. The weather conditions of the region make it necessary to have warm clothes and raincoat at hand. If needed, we can provide you the latter ones.

Please note: This ride is suitable for intermediate riders and above who are happy and balanced in the saddle at walk, trot and canter. Technical expertise is not as important as good physical health and preferably some prior experience riding outdoors.

This tour is for travelers seeking an offbeat and authentic Carpathian experience!

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Private 4wd safari and hiking in the Hasmas Mountains

Private 4wd safari and hiking in the Hasmas Mountains - Gheorgheni, Romania

Duration: 6 to 10 hrs
Location: Gheorgheni, Romania

From USD
$115.38

Step off the beaten track and embark on a full day 4WD adventure in the Eastern Carpathians, one of the least known and fascinating regions of Europe. The rugged mountain chain is a dramatic mix of almost untouched forests, pure streams, beautiful gorges, rocky uplands and rolling farmland ... More info ›

Step off the beaten track and embark on a full day 4WD adventure in the Eastern Carpathians, one of the least known and fascinating regions of Europe. The rugged mountain chain is a dramatic mix of almost untouched forests, pure streams, beautiful gorges, rocky uplands and rolling farmland. Besides the stunning scenery, you’ll meet on the route local people and you’ll be witness of their traditional way of living, scenic lookout points and thrilling wilderness routes. We pass through small villages, hidden valleys and along mountain ridges giving you a unique experience with some fantastic photo opportunities. For lunch you can choose between picnic in nature or freshly baked trout in a remote mountainous village. Optionally, you can enjoy an easy 3-hour hiking in the rocky Hasmas Mountains or a self drive experience assisted by our guide on some parts where the terrain is not too difficult.

Highlights:

  • Get off the beaten track and explore the Hasmas Mountains and surroundings of the Bicaz Gorges in a 4x4 vehicle
  • Challenge yourself on remote forest roads
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Taste local products and cuisine
  • Hike in the Bicaz Gorges-Hasmas National Park
  • Have an insider look on the Bicaz Gorges
  • Visit an authentic Carpathian sheepfold
  • Family friendly
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

What You Can Expect

Traveling with a 4x4 car is the best way to visit and discover the highlands of the Hasmas Mountains, part of the Eastern Carpathian mountain range. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation with our Suzuki Jimny 4x4 vehicle and set off into the surrounding mountains and forests. Depending on the location of your accommodation (nearby Gheorgheni or nearby Red Lake and the Bicaz Gorges), you will ride up to the 1375 m high Kovacspeter ridge where dispersed summer shelters and the source of the Olt river (one of the most important rivers of Romania) can be found. From here ride on forest roads to Tarcau Glade, to the border of the Bicaz Gorges - Hasmas Mountains National Park begins. Here have picnic from local products and go on a 2.5-3 hour easy trekking tour to the top of the 1707 m high Ecem Peak. From the craggy ridge of the Ecem Mountains you can enjoy the silence and a great panorama over the surrounding mountains. When you get back to the car, continue your trip riding on remote forest routes and through mountain traditional areas to the small dispersed village of Haromkut. Here you can witness the traditional way of living and taste locally raised fresh trouts served by a local family. In the surroundings of the village you may meet horses, sheep and oxen flocks grazing, guarded by shepherds. From Haromkut head to the breathtaking Bicaz Gorges riding along the picturesque Bicajel Valley with wooden houses and haystacks, dense forests and small waterfalls. After admiring the massive gorges and a short walk along Red Lake, drop-off at your accommodation follows.

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Private 4wd safari and hiking in the Eastern Carpathians

Private 4wd safari and hiking in the Eastern Carpathians - Miercurea Ciuc, Romania

Duration: 8 hours
Location: Miercurea Ciuc, Romania

From USD
$92.07

Step off the beaten track and embark on a full day 4WD adventure in the Eastern Carpathians, one of the least known and fascinating regions of Europe. The rugged mountain chain is a dramatic mix of almost untouched forests, pure streams, beautiful gorges, rocky uplands and rolling farmland ... More info ›

Step off the beaten track and embark on a full day 4WD adventure in the Eastern Carpathians, one of the least known and fascinating regions of Europe. The rugged mountain chain is a dramatic mix of almost untouched forests, pure streams, beautiful gorges, rocky uplands and rolling farmland. Besides the stunning scenery, you’ll meet on the route local people and you’ll be witness of their traditional way of living, scenic lookout points and thrilling wilderness routes. We pass through small villages, hidden valleys and along mountain ridges giving you a unique experience with some fantastic photo opportunities. For lunch you can choose between picnic in nature or freshly baked trout in a remote mountainous village. Optionally, you can enjoy an easy 3-hour hiking in the rocky Hasmas Mountains or a self drive experience assisted by our guide on some parts where the terrain is not too difficult.

Highlights:

  • Get off the beaten track and explore the Eastern Carpathians in a 4x4 vehicle
  • Challenge yourself on remote forrest roads
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Taste local products and cuisine
  • Hike in the Bicaz Gorges-Hasmas National Park
  • Admire the breathtaking Bicaz Gorges
  • Walk along the beautiful Red Lake
  • Family friendly
  • Choice of morning or dawn departure
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

What You Can Expect

Traveling with a 4x4 car is the best way to visit and discover the highlands of the Eastern Carpathians. Your adventure tour starts in Miercurea Ciuc where your guide awaits you to set off with a Suzuki Jimny 4x4 vehicle into the mountains and forests of the Eastern Carpathians. Before starting your off-road experience, you ride half an hour along the villages of the Ciuc Basin until the small village of Csikszentmihaly (Nicolesti) where the wilderness trails of the Ciuc Mountains begin. First you ride up to the bare ridge of the Naskalat Mountains and follow the forest roads going along the ridge. In 2-2,5 hours you get to the border of the Bicaz Gorges – Hasmas National Park where you have picnic from local products and go on a 2-3 hour easy trekking tour to the top of the 1707 m high Ecem Peak. From the craggy ridge of the Ecem Mountains you can enjoy the silence and a great panorama over the surrounding mountains. When you get back to the car, continue your trip riding on remote forest routes and through mountain traditional areas to the small dispersed village of Haromkut. Here you can witness the traditional way of living and taste locally raised fresh trouts served by a local family. In the surroundings of the village you may meet horses, sheep and oxen flocks grazing, guarded by shepherds. From Haromkut head to the breathtaking Bicaz Gorges riding along the picturesque Bicajel Valley with wooden houses and haystacks, dense forests and small waterfalls. After admiring the massive gorges and a short walk along Red Lake, a 1,5-hour ride follows back to Miercurea Ciuc.

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Full day exploration of countryside life combined with a bear watching tour

Full day exploration of countryside life combined with a bear watching tour - Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania

Duration: Flexible
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania

From USD
$104.89

Challenge your inner explorer with a day trip in the Transylvanian countryside where you can meet talented craftsmen, learn about the local lifestyle, then join a bear watching tour at dusk. Life in the dispersed mountainous village of Varsag is fascinating and harsh in the same time ... More info ›

Challenge your inner explorer with a day trip in the Transylvanian countryside where you can meet talented craftsmen, learn about the local lifestyle, then join a bear watching tour at dusk. Life in the dispersed mountainous village of Varsag is fascinating and harsh in the same time. People still live like 50 years ago, earning a living from subsistence agriculture and forestry. Many houses are scattered in the heart of nature kilometers away from any facility. Neighboring houses can be separated from each other by a forest or by a field or meadow. The landscape is breathtaking with numerous mineral spings, crystal clear streams rich in trouts, pastures covered by wild flowers, glimmering waterfalls and dense forests rich in game. Step back in time and experience the greatness and simplicity of the locals living in Varsag, then see wild brown bears in their natural habitat from the security of one of the many wildlife hides operating in the area.

Highlights

  • Explore the dispersed mountainous village of Varsag and its traditional crafts
  • Ride on a horse-drawn cart to absorb the local atmosphere
  • 3-hour close encounter with native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Enjoy the Carpathian forests silence and the excitement of waiting for bears to come
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Family friendly
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

What You Can Expect

Meet your guide in Odorheiu Secuiesc (47 km from Sighisoara) and ride almost an hour to one of the most dispersed villages of the Eastern Carpathians, to Varsag, where 60% of the area is woody and the inhabitants live kilometers away from each other. Along the way you will ride through colorful Szekler villages by the Tarnava Mare River, pass by the picturesque Zetea dam lake, then wind through a narrow road leading among dense forests until you arrive to Varsag. Here a horse drawn cart will await you to start your discovery tour. Visit a local pub and spend some time interacting with the locals. This isolated community with its friendly and welcoming locals will fascinate you. Enjoy some snacks and local brandy while they tell you about their daily lives and amuse you with some funny stories. According to local legends, the village covers an area comparable in size to the territory of the Romanian capital with only 1500 inhabitants living there. Ride the cart and visit traditional craftsmen like the blacksmith, the shingle-roof maker and a wood carver, watch them at work and listen to their stories. Taste delicious local produce, visit a 100 year old still-functioning watermill, capture the 7 m high Csurgoko waterfall and climb up on a 3 m high look-out tower which offers panoramic views of the dispersed houses and farms and of the surrounding Carpathian Mountains in the distance.

One-hour before dusk an experienced local ranger, will take you with his 4wd car deep into the forests of the Eastern Carpathians which have one of the largest population concentration of brown bears in Romania. Occupy your place in the hide, stay quiet, listen to the forest wildlife sounds and enjoy the excitement of waiting for bears to come. Usually we are successful in seeing bears, but as there are wild animals involved, nothing is guaranteed. If you are lucky, you may observe bears feeding themselves, playing together, courting and mating, and even other species like wild boars, roe deer and red deer, fox, badger and some game birds. After approximately 3 hours watching, head back to the car accompanied by your guide and ride back to Odorheiu Secuiesc. The entire trip takes 9 to 10 hours. Be prepared and wear hiking boots, weatherproof clothing and bring binoculars, camera, extra battery and memory card to record this unique experience.

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