Step into the wild and experience the thrill of tracking the mighty Brown Bear in the depths of Transylvania’s extensive forests and across the Carpathian Mountains.
The experience begins with a bang in Romania’s buzzing capital city, Bucharest. After a night dazzled by the city’s vibrant mix of history, culture and entertainment, guests are whisked through the scenic Transylvanian countryside, in the heart of Transylvania where the picture-postcard-pretty town of Brasov awaits. Stoked up and ready for action, guests travel to the heart of bear country to get up close and personal with the animals in their natural habitat from the safety of secret tree houses in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains.
Spend the next day in and around Brasov visiting crumbling Rasnov Fortress, exploring the old town of Brasov on a guided walking tour, and/or getting out into the great outdoors on a nature walk through the Carpathian Mountains. The next morning, follow in the footsteps of celebrities like Alesha Dixon and Leonis Lewis with a visit to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti where you’ll be shown around, greeting the bears that have been rescued over the years and learning about the work of this fantastic charity.
To top it all off, guests will also get to witness the breathtaking Peles Castle, as well as the haunting Bran Castle, the would-be home of Dracula.
This exciting four-night adventure is an absolute must for wildlife lovers and adventure seekers.
Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest followed by a transfer to your boutique accommodation in the Lipscani district where you will be greeted with a coffee or glass of wine before you head out into the old town to explore and discover the plethora of restaurants and bars
Day 2: Morning transfer to Transylvania via Sinaia with a visit to the magnificent Peles Castle before heading on to the medieval town of Brasov. Evening transfer to the Carpathian Mountains for the Bear Hide experience where you’ll spot wild bears from a forest based hide
Day 3: Free time in and around Brasov. Optional activities include a visit to historic Rasnov Fortress, a guided walking tour through Brasov exploring the old town and impressive gothic Black Church, and/or a nature walk through the beautiful Carpathian Mountains with a qualified wildlife guide culminating in a feast of a barbeque, Romanian style with plenty of local food and drink. (optional activities not included).
Day 4: Spend the morning at Transylvania’s wonderful Libearty Bear Sanctuary meeting their growing family of rescued bears. Travel to Bran and have a snoop around its famous castle, known to most as Dracula’s Castle. Then you’ll journey back through the Transylvanian countryside to Bucharest for your final night
Day 5: Transfer back to the airport in time for the flight home
Prices for the Brown Bear Experience includes:
Transfers Airport pick-up and drop-off, all in-country transfers
Accommodation 2 nights boutique B&B accommodation in Bucharest, 2 nights boutique B&B accommodation in the Transylvanian town of Brasov
Activities Visit, entry and tour of Peles Castle, visit and entry to Bran (aka. Dracula’s) Castle, the bear hide experience, entry and tour of the Libearty Bear Sanctuary
Other The services of a bi-lingual guide and professional tracker, the Brown Bear Experience booklet, welcome drink
Please Note: Our prices are based on two people sharing. For solo travellers, there is often a single supplement, please check the booking page of the experience for confirmation of the rates. For up-to-date prices, bookings and enquiries, please click here.
Please note that the trip may not be suitable for very young children given the fast-paced nature of the experience, journey times of longer than an hour, possible disturbance to others travelling in the group, and the need for patience and quiet in the Bear Hide. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we can always tailor something specific to your needs.
The season for bear tracking in Transylvania spans from April all the way through to October, before and after which the bears go into hibernation and the chances of viewing the animals is slim to none. Although it is certainly possible to get a glimpse of the bears in April and October, we consider these to be cusp months and therefore do not tend to run our brown bear experiences during these months.
From May all the way through to September, the bear watching season is in full swing and you’re highly likely to see the bears in their natural habitat within the natural paradise of the Carpathian Mountains. In fact, in the ten years that our professional trackers have been running these excursions, there has only been one instance where bears were not sighted so the probability is around 90%.
The difference between specific months is mainly related to temperature, the finer details of which are outlined below.
May: The weather in May is pleasant throughout Transylvania as the intense heat of the summer is yet to arrive. However, the spring also brings a higher risk of rainfall, which may decrease your chances of seeing the bears, as they tend to seek shelter when it is raining. Don’t let this deter you though, we’ve not had any issues to date! The other plus side to travelling in the spring is the presence of stunning wildflowers and butterflies that fill the Carpathian Mountains and the Transylvanian countryside.
June, July & August: In the full swing of summer, visiting the Carpathian Mountains in June, July and August affords long hot sunny days and blue skies with little chance of rain and almost guaranteed sightings of the bears. While temperatures can soar to around 40 degrees in Bucharest, the Transylvanian countryside tends to be a little cooler so you can enjoy the great outdoors, the quaint town of Brasov and of course the bears.
September: September brings slightly fresher temperatures to Transylvania and as is the case with the weather in May, the chances of rain at the beginning of autumn may affect bear sightings. However you would be unlucky not to catch a glimpse of the animals during your visit to the Carpathian Mountains.
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