Bears & More

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Discover Transylvania’s unique natural wonders, see Samuel Brukenthal’s idyllic summer residence, the impressive ruins of Cärta Cistercian monastery, century-old mountain villages, the bear reservation of Zarnesti and Balea Glacial lake.

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Day 01: Arrive in Sibiu
Upon arrival in Sibiu we start with briefly tour of Avrig and the surrounding villages to get a first taste of the Transylvanian- axon culture and its influences. Overnight in Avrig (Meals: No Meals)

Day 02: Sibiu – Bälea Lake
Early morning drive to Zarnesti where we visit the bear reservation and to mix with these beautiful creatures. On our return we stop at the cave church of Sinca Veche and continue to the village of Cârțișoara, where many old traditions are still preserved. Visit the house of the shepherd Badea Cärtan, who in 1894, walked from here to Rome, in order to see the representations of Dacians on the Trajan column. After a spectacular mountain drive, a short hike brings us to the Bälea waterfall where we enjoy a cable car ride to reach the 2034 metre-high Bälea glacier.  There is time at leisure to wonder around the beautiful landscapes of the Carpathian Mountains. Overnight in Bälea Lake Resort. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 03: Bälea Lake – Avrig
This morning we visit Sâmbăta de Sus one of Europe’s most important Orthodox monasteries, and ruins of Cärta Cistercian monastery while en-route we pay a visit to Romania’s largest Lipizzaner horse breed which was introduced by the Lords of Brukenthal. We also visit the wild animal compound before we set off for Samuel von Brukenthal’s summer residence in Avrig! There is time for a walk through „Transylvania’s Garden of Eden” before we enjoy a festive dinner served in the Orangerie. Overnight stay in Avrig (Meals: Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 04: Sibiu – Departure
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the park of Brukenthal’s summer palace before transferring to the airport for onward journey.

Tour Details
Range: Exploring Days, Comfortable Nights
Starts: Sibiu
Ends: Sibiu
Departs: Any day
Hotel Rating: 3/4 star hotels
Local Payment: None
Tour Guide: Yes – guided by local tour guide
Meals: Breakfast: 3, Dinner: 1
Visiting: Sibiu, Avrig, Zärnesti, Cärta, Cärtisoara, Bälea Lake

Services Included

  • 2nts Accommodation on twin sharing (2 persons sharing room) and Bed & Breakfast basis Samuel Brukenthal’s Summer Residence
  • 1nt Accommodation on twin sharing and Bed & Breakfast basis in Bälea Lake Resort
  • All transfers as mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fee at monuments and wild animal compound as mentioned in the program
  • Cable Car ride Balea Lake
  • Festive Dinner – Brukenthal’s Palace
  • Exhibition visit- Brukenthal’s Palace
  • Wine Tasting
  • English Speaking Guide

Not Included
Above mentioned costs do not include any international air fare, airport tax, visa fee, unspecified meals, drinks, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, tips, insurance and any other expenses of personal nature, Single room supplements and any optional additional tours or activities during free time and not mentioned above.


Price from £289 pp

  • Based on 3nts stay on BB
  • Tours as per program
  • English speaking local guide
  • Incl. All relevant transfers
  • Wine tasting
  • Festive Dinner

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