4×4 Adventure (2 days tour)
Wonders of Carpathian Mountains
|Price per person||1 person||2 persons||3 persons|
|€ 400||€ 350||€ 300|
Experience a day 4×4 wonderful adventure in the Carpathian Mountains, visit unique sites like The Peles Royal Castle in Sinaia, The Woodcraft Carpathian Museum Posada, Sinaia Monastery and Ialomicioara Moanstery, natural lakes in Bucegi Mountains – Bolboci and Scropoasa, the famous Ialomicioara Cave, The Bear Reservation in Zarnesti, The Bran Castle, Brasov city centre and The black Church.
08:00: departure from the hotel on the route Bucharest – Ploiesti – Posada – Sinaia – Bolboci – Ialomicioarei Cave
09:30-10:30 : Visist The Woodcraft Carpathian Museum Posada
11:00-12:00 : Visist Peles Royal Castle in Sinaia
12:30-13:00 : Visit Sinaia Monastery
13:00 : Departer to Bolboci Lake and Scropoasa Lake (stopping for taking pictures and optional a short stopping to Bolboci Cottage for a coffe/tea)
14:30-15:15 : Lunch at Pestera Hotel (opotional)
15:30-17:00 : Visit Ialomicioarei Cave and Monastery
19:00 : Check-in the hotel for one night in Predeal or Brasov
19:30 : Dinner at the hotel (optional)
2nd DAY: 09:00 : departure from the hotel to Zarnesti to visit The Bears Reservation
12:00 : departure to Bran
12:30-14:15 : Visist Bran Castle
14:15-15:00 : Lunch at Bran (optional)
15:00 : Departure to Brasov
15:30-17:30 : Visit the old city center of Brasov and The Black Curch
17:30 : Departer to Bucharest
20:30 : Arrival to Bucharest n Museum
* For groups of more than 3 persons you have to make 2 bookings. In one car there is comfortable space for maximum 3 persons.
Included Services: accommodation 1 night with breakfast in a 3 star hotel, fuel and transportation certified natonal guide, entrance fees to The Woodcraft Carpathian Museum Posada, Peles Royal Castle, Sinaia Monastery, Ialomicioara Cave and Monastery, Bear Reservation, Bran Castle and Black Church.
Please note that Peles Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, The Woodcraft Museum and The black Church are closed on Mondays..
Meals are not included ! Lunch/dinner reservations upon request at Pestera Hotel , Bran and Predeal/Brasov.
Highlights of Peles Royal Castle
Peles Castle was commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed ten years later; it was meant as the summer residence of the Royal Family. Until 1914, the Royal Family used it only during the summer periods, later on, the castle hosted different official events and military ceremonies.
Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German Neo-Renaissance architecture, considered by many, one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Its over 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European Art, such as Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls.
The furniture in the Music Room is carved out of teak, a rare and precious wood, which was a gift from Maharajah of Kapurtala in India. The walls and ceiling of the Turkish Parlor were covered in handmade silk embroideries. Austrian artists Gustav Klimt and Frantz Matsch designed the ceiling paintings and decorative frescoes in the Theatre Hall. In the castle’s armories over 4,000 European and Oriental pieces dating from the XV to the XIXth century are displayed.
Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electric current, electricity being produced by the castle’s own generator. Another premiere occurred in 1906, when the castle’s Theater Hall hosted the first movie projection in Romania.
King Ferdinand, the successor of King Carol I, commissioned the smaller Art-Nouveau replica Pelisor Castle nearby. Pelisor’s 70 rooms display a unique collection of turn-of-the-century Viennese furniture and Tiffany and Lalique glassware.
Since 2007, the castles returned to the Royal Family, namely to King Mihai I provided they are under the patronage of the Romanian Government and function as museums.
The Woodcraft Carpathian Museum Posada
Posada Woodcraft Carpathian Museum is situated on the left bank of the Prahova River, in the Posada side of Comarnic , next to DN 1 and approximately 4 km from Sinaia.
Posada Castle was build on the order of Lord Gheorghe Bibescu in the years before the 1848 revolution. It was conceived as a river stone mansion, in the manner of Romanian traditional mountain constructions. Fifty years later, George Valentin Bibescu, the nephew of lord Gheorghe Bibescu extended the old mansion into a castle.
The First World War left marks on the Posada Castle. On the night of 24 of September 1915, the main building was burned down by German troops, in order to destroy the British Legal Archive, stored here by Lord Thomson.
In December 1916, the Hungarian troops devastated the other buildings of the Castle and destroyed Bibescu’s painting collection.
After The First World War, the Posada Castle was renovated and furnished as a princely residence until after The Second World War.
In 1996, Posada Castle was given in use Woodcraft Carpathian Museum, taking the name of
“Woodcraft Carpathian Museum Posada” as part of another great Romanian historical museum: National Museum Peles. This position was inaugurated on November 20, 1996.
Highlights of Bran Castle
Surrounded by an aura of mystery and perched high on a 200-feet rock, Bran Castle became famous due to its imposing towers and turrets, as well as to the myth created by the English novelist Bram Stoker and his Count Dracula character.
The castle was first mentioned in an official document issued by King Louis I of Hungary in 1377, who gave the Saxons from Kronstadt (Brasov in German) the privilege to build the citadel on the site of a Teutonic Knights stronghold dating from 1212. During the first decades of the 20th century, the castle served as a royal residence for the Romanian Royal Dynasty, a gift of the people of Brasov to Queen Mary of Romania, wife of King Ferdinand I.
Narrow winding stairways lead through 60 timbered rooms, many connected by hidden passages, housing collections of furniture, weapons and armor from the 14th to the 19th century. The castle guards over the picturesque village of Bran, which can be described as an open-air ethnographic museum, consisting of old local-style village houses, complete with furniture, household objects and costumes. Nowadays, the castle is a museum, displaying arts and furniture objects collected by Queen Mary.
Although Bram Stoker never travelled to Transylvania, he relied on research and his vivid imagination to create the dark story of Count Dracula, leading to the persistent myth that Bran Castle was once the home of Vlad Tepes, the ruler of Wallachia. While the historic association with Vlad Tepes, as well as the fictional one with Count Dracula are sketchy at best, the castle continues to hold a strong attraction among all fans of the Count.
The Bear Reservation in Zarnesti
The sanctuary was created because of the need to rescue over 50 bears found suffering in small and rusted cages around the country where they had been used as pets or as attractions for restaurants and petrol stations. The bears were all caught from the wild as cubs and had lived all their lives in confined cages with a poor diet and little or no veterinary care. This practice of keeping captive bears was illegal in Romania but until the bear sanctuary was created the authorities were unable to confiscate these bears due to the lack of facilities available to care for such rescued animals.
The sanctuary construction started in 2005, and today there are over 70 rescued bears living in several large forested enclosures measuring around 66 acres (27 hectares) in total. These forested areas contain large fresh water pools, hibernation dens and hundreds of trees with lush natural vegetation.
A large central sanctuary building contains staff areas, storage and preparation areas for food for the bears, the veterinary clinic and a number of quarantine dens for new or sick bears. Although the bears feed on the vegetation, nuts and berries available in the forest they do need additional food and the sanctuary staff distribute over a tonne of fruit and vegetables a day around the sanctuary enclosures.
Here, the bears climb trees, swim in the pools and forage on the vegetation. For many of them, having been caught from the wild as cubs, this is a new and stimulating experience.
The Romanian bear sanctuary has helped to create better awareness of the issues affecting bears in Romania.