Furry beasts at Bear Sanctuary, a road trip to visit a small cave in Damboviciara village, driving through the Carpathian beautiful scenery, and a guided tour at Bran Castle
from your hotel at 8:00 am
but we can smile in any language
this tour is for everyone
well it might be ± 1 hour
Highlights of this day tour:
- Libearty – Bear Sanctuary
- Bran Castle
- Dâmbovicioara Cave
- Carpathian breathtaking landscape
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Libearty – Bear Sanctuary
Near the Natural Reservation of Piatra Craiului Mountains, in Zărnești Town, Libearty Bear Sanctuary shelters around 100 brown bear specimens, on a 69 hectares piece of oak forest. This makes Libearty Bear Sanctuary the biggest brown bear reservation in the world. The bears are rescued from cruel and improper conditions from zoos, circuses, or are wild specimens that have endeavored to close to human settlements.
Bran Castle was built as a customs point on the most traveled merchant road linking Transylvania to Wallachia, Bran Castle stands on a 60 m high cliff overlooking a narrow mountain crossing. It was built between 1378 – 1382 in a Gothic architectural style. Due to its placement and similarities to the description in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, Bran Castle becomes the legendary Castle of count Dracula. The name of the famous vampire, Dracula, is associated with the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler the bloody despot of 15th century Wallachia, who is surrounded by many other legends and stories.
On the 1st of December 1920, Bran Castle was received by Queen Marie of Romania. Seven year later it became a royal residence, it was the favorite retreat of the Queen. The castle was inherited by her daughter Princess Ileana and it was later seized by the communist regime. Today Bran Castle is “the Rockstar” of Romanian tourism being the most visited sight from Transilvania.
To visit Dâmbovicioara Cave, we leave the main road for a small incursion into the narrow and winding mountain roads passing through the village of Sirnea. The oldest known description of the caves was made by Joanne Fridvaldszky, a Jesuit scholar who lived in Cluj, he writes a book in 1767 titled „Minero-Logia Magni Principatus Transilvaniae”.
Around 1955, a group of speleologists from Brasov cleared the entrance into the cave. During these excavation they found bones of Ursus spelaeus, an extinct species of cave bear that lived in Europe and Asia around 26.000 B.C.
Morning Pick-up from your hotel in Brasov
Today will be a pretty exciting day. We’ll visit a beautiful nature and animal-friendly environment at Zarnesti Libearty Bear Sanctuary, then we’ll drive across the Carpathians to the cave through Rucar – Bran pass which linked Transylvania to Wallachia, prepare for breathtaking landscapes.
Libearty – Bear Sanctuary
After a half an hour drive from Brasov we’ll arrive at the bear sanctuary. Here will going to see lots of bears and understand why this center exists.
After the visit to the bear sanctuary, I’ll take you to a winding road passing a canyon to Damboviciara village where we’ll visit a beautiful small cave in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. The cave is small around 200 yards so everyone can visit it, but the road, oh the road is so beautiful.
On the way back to Brasov we’ll stop at the most visited sight from this country, yes the one and only Bran Castle, or how people wrongly associated with Dracula’s Castle 🙂
Evening drop-off at your hotel in Brasov
At the end of the tour, I’ll take you back to your hotel.
By choosing this private day tour you will have not just my full attention but also a car at your disposal with me as a driver.
I’ll be your guide for all the sights that we will be going to visit. Promise to try to answer all of your questions.
I know from my experience how unpleasant might be to deal with foreign money, so you don’t have to bother with this, the cost of the tickets is included.
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