Bird-watching and bear-watching in the Carpathian Mountains

Wild life experience!

The tour is specifically designed for those who want to focus on birding and bear watching holiday whilst enjoying the chance to see wild and beautiful mountains of Romania (Carpathians and Danube Delta). There are opportunities to cover botanical aspects of the crossed areas, to see mammals and other wildlife, or to visit cultural and sightseeing sites.

Day 1: Bucharest

Meet and assist at Otopeni Bucharest Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

DAY 2: BUCHAREST – SANPAUL (HARGHITA COUNTY)

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with the guide and bus at the hotel and departure to Transylvania. The tour is heading north, passing over the Carpathians Mountains into Transylvania. We stop in Sinaia resort (“the Pearl of Carpathians) in the heart of the mountains to get the chance seeing Peles Castle, once the summer residence of the Romanian kings and one of Romania's most important museums. Built starting to 1875 the castle has 160 rooms, opulently decorated with leather, ebony, walnut, and mother of pearl, with invaluable collections of art and furniture; very modern also, the castle was equipped with electricity (the first from Europe), central heating, elevator, vacuum cleaner, and theater (cinema from 1910) room, since its beginning.  

Afternoon in the country-side of Transylvania in Szeklerland (East Transylvania), a region inhabited by Szekely, a Transylvanian tribe related to Hungarians (the leaders of Transylvania during the Middle Ages). First bear-watching session in the wilderness. A forest guide accompanies us, walking together to a mountain hut where we spend the next couple of hours waiting…

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: SANPAUL

Breakfast at the B&B. The landscape presents a medieval land-use pattern –forested ridges and riverbed, pasture and hay meadows on gentler slopes and terraces, arable land with smaller meadows on the flat valley bottoms near villages. The most interesting place of the area is the bird sanctuary of Sânpaul fishpond (a resting place of the passing birds), a natural reserve where 256 bird species were observed; including the 113 nesting. Walk around the fishery and then drive to Varghis Gorge, another beautiful natural attraction, stretching over 4 km long. Walk around and then move to the mountains up for the second chance to see the bear.

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: SANPAUL - BUCHAREST

Breakfast at the B&B. We leave the country-side area of Transylvania, moving back to Bucharest, across the Carpathians. At first, we have a break at Prejmer village. Like many of the villages in the region, it has survived with its traditional layout and architecture intact, due to the Saxon’s formidable ethnic solidarity. Here we visit the fortified church (UNESCO), the largest in southeastern Europe, built by Teutonic knights in 1212-1213. Access to the building was through a 100-foot-long arched passage fortified with two rows of gates. Each village family had a designated room for shelter in case of an attack. The red-roofed wall accommodated 272 rooms, stacked over four stories and linked by wooden staircases. The place was endowed with bastions, drawbridges, and a secret, subterranean passage through which food supplies could be transported.

We move then to Bran. Here we shall see the most visited touristic site from Romania, the Bran Castle. Known improperly as “Dracula’s Castle”, the castle represents an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to its beauty and the surrounding landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. Built in 1377, the castle’s fame came first from Dracula’s legend, then from the affiliation with the Royal Family who received it in 1920, as a symbol of gratitude for Queen Marie of Great Romania contribution to the achievement of the Great Union from 1918.

Drive to Bucharest. Overnight.

DAY 5: BUCHAREST - city tour

Breakfast at the hotel.

Half-day tour of Bucharest. The primary entry point into Romania, Bucharest is a booming city with many large infrastructure projects changing the old face of the city. Known in the past as "The Little Paris," Bucharest has changed a lot lately, and today it has become a very interesting mix of old and new that has little to do with its initial reputation. Finding a 300-year-old church, a steel-and-glass office building and Communist-era apartment blocks next to one another is a common sight. Bucharest offers some excellent attractions, and has, in recent years, cultivated a sophisticated, trendy, and modern sensibility that many have come to expect from a European capital.

Transfer to the airport. End of service

Description

The tour is specifically designed for those who want to focus on birding and bear watching holiday whilst enjoying the chance to see wild and beautiful mountains of Romania (Carpathians and Danube Delta). There are opportunities to cover botanical aspects of the crossed areas, to see mammals and other wildlife, or to visit cultural and sightseeing sites.

Day 1: Bucharest

Meet and assist at Otopeni Bucharest Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

DAY 2: BUCHAREST – SANPAUL (HARGHITA COUNTY)

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with the guide and bus at the hotel and departure to Transylvania. The tour is heading north, passing over the Carpathians Mountains into Transylvania. We stop in Sinaia resort (“the Pearl of Carpathians) in the heart of the mountains to get the chance seeing Peles Castle, once the summer residence of the Romanian kings and one of Romania's most important museums. Built starting to 1875 the castle has 160 rooms, opulently decorated with leather, ebony, walnut, and mother of pearl, with invaluable collections of art and furniture; very modern also, the castle was equipped with electricity (the first from Europe), central heating, elevator, vacuum cleaner, and theater (cinema from 1910) room, since its beginning.  

Afternoon in the country-side of Transylvania in Szeklerland (East Transylvania), a region inhabited by Szekely, a Transylvanian tribe related to Hungarians (the leaders of Transylvania during the Middle Ages). First bear-watching session in the wilderness. A forest guide accompanies us, walking together to a mountain hut where we spend the next couple of hours waiting…

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: SANPAUL

Breakfast at the B&B. The landscape presents a medieval land-use pattern –forested ridges and riverbed, pasture and hay meadows on gentler slopes and terraces, arable land with smaller meadows on the flat valley bottoms near villages. The most interesting place of the area is the bird sanctuary of Sânpaul fishpond (a resting place of the passing birds), a natural reserve where 256 bird species were observed; including the 113 nesting. Walk around the fishery and then drive to Varghis Gorge, another beautiful natural attraction, stretching over 4 km long. Walk around and then move to the mountains up for the second chance to see the bear.

Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: SANPAUL - BUCHAREST

Breakfast at the B&B. We leave the country-side area of Transylvania, moving back to Bucharest, across the Carpathians. At first, we have a break at Prejmer village. Like many of the villages in the region, it has survived with its traditional layout and architecture intact, due to the Saxon’s formidable ethnic solidarity. Here we visit the fortified church (UNESCO), the largest in southeastern Europe, built by Teutonic knights in 1212-1213. Access to the building was through a 100-foot-long arched passage fortified with two rows of gates. Each village family had a designated room for shelter in case of an attack. The red-roofed wall accommodated 272 rooms, stacked over four stories and linked by wooden staircases. The place was endowed with bastions, drawbridges, and a secret, subterranean passage through which food supplies could be transported.

We move then to Bran. Here we shall see the most visited touristic site from Romania, the Bran Castle. Known improperly as “Dracula’s Castle”, the castle represents an important national monument and landmark of the Romanian tourism, due not only to its beauty and the surrounding landscape but also to the legend of Count Dracula. Built in 1377, the castle’s fame came first from Dracula’s legend, then from the affiliation with the Royal Family who received it in 1920, as a symbol of gratitude for Queen Marie of Great Romania contribution to the achievement of the Great Union from 1918.

Drive to Bucharest. Overnight.

DAY 5: BUCHAREST - city tour

Breakfast at the hotel.

Half-day tour of Bucharest. The primary entry point into Romania, Bucharest is a booming city with many large infrastructure projects changing the old face of the city. Known in the past as "The Little Paris," Bucharest has changed a lot lately, and today it has become a very interesting mix of old and new that has little to do with its initial reputation. Finding a 300-year-old church, a steel-and-glass office building and Communist-era apartment blocks next to one another is a common sight. Bucharest offers some excellent attractions, and has, in recent years, cultivated a sophisticated, trendy, and modern sensibility that many have come to expect from a European capital.

Transfer to the airport. End of service