|12 hours||4X4 vehicles||4 Natural Wonders||Pick up & drop-off||Licensed guide|
Fresh air, mountain scenery, relaxation…we all love a short break away from the city. Yet, this is more than a trip in the wilderness. This private Carpathian off-road tour means: alpine roads, natural wonders, legends of the ancient Geto-Dacians & a monastery hidden in a cave. Oh, and lots of horsepower. What’s it all about?
It’s about Bucegi Mountains – the heart of the Carpathians and gatekeepers of Transylvania. It’s about your very own off-road adventure in some of the most famous, mystical and beautiful mountains in Romania. The best part? It’s all packed in a single day trip from Bucharest: slow paced, relaxed and family friendly!
Main route: Off-road, myths, breathtaking views and a hidden monastery!
♦ Pick-up at 8AM, from your hotel in Bucharest. Private transport to Sinaia ski resort, at the foothills of Bucegi Mountains. There, we’ll jump in our 4×4 off-road vehicles and cross the mountains using the beautiful TransBucegi alpine road. Several short stops for panoramic views and for the “on top of the world” feeling.
♦ 1st major stop: Zanoaga Camping. We’ll leave the cars behind and, after a bit of hiking (approx. 15 min), we will reach the entrance of Zanoagei Gorge. Here, wilderness is at its best: a small stream crossing between 2 giant walls of stone, abundant vegetation and beautiful bridges from where you can take photos.
♦ 2nd major stop: Bolboci Lake – “The sea of Bucegi”. Standing on top of the nearby dam, you can admire the beautiful reflections of the lake. Next, we’ll take the cars on a 4km long, purely off-road trail up to the “Bridge of Flowers” plateau. On the way up, we’ll stop at an old, traditional sheepfold. The views from the top of the plateau? Well, this is a surprise. No spoilers! Google has not reached this place yet :-)
♦ 3rd major stop: Ialomitei Cave & Monastery, a place of legends & myths, some being related to our ancestors – the ancient Dacian civilization. Inside the cave’s many galleries, you can admire the Halls of Decebal (a great Dacian King) or the Shrine Room where you can drink a very pure mineral water.
♦ 4th major stop: Padina Plateau. After the visit at the monastery & cave, we’ll return to Padina and stop at a traditional log cabin for lunch. Afterwards, it’s back to Sinaia and then straight to Bucharest.
Depending on weather conditions and if you wish to do a bit of extra hiking, we can customize the main route (see above) and add one extra attraction. If the weather’s OK (no storms/strong winds), the alternate attractions are easy to reach and involve just a moderate amount of walking (around 1h for each). They don’t involve extra costs – it’s just a matter of preference and customization.
♦ The Sphinx of Bucegi – unique natural wonder and symbol of the ancient Geto-Dacians!
Stonehenge? Sphinx of Giza? No, this is not man made. Resembling a human face, the Sphinx of Bucegi is a natural rock formation used as a place of worship in ancient times. Simply put, it’s a unique natural wonder! Once we reach the Sphinx (cable car), we can also do an additional 30 min hike to Caraiman Chalet to admire the entire Prahova valley beneath us! A mind-blowing view and probably a once in a lifetime experience!
♦ The 7 Springs Waterfall & Orzei Gorge
Nicknamed “The spring of Zamolxis” (ancient god of the Geto-Dacians), the 7 Springs Waterfall contains extremely pure water (no nitrates or bacteria). After visiting the waterfall, we will do a 30 min soft hike to Orzei Gorge. This canyon-like rock formation is one of the most wild, narrow and beautiful gorge in Romania.
- Hotel pick-up & drop-off by private car
- Private 4×4 vehicle(s)
- Licensed tour guide & off road drivers
- All entrance fees included
- Lunch (approx. 10 EUR/pers)
- This private tour is available all year long. 4 seasons = 4 different sceneries
- The Carpathian off-road tour must be booked at least 3 days in advance
- A deposit of 50% of the total amount will be required to validate the reservation
Book now and let’s off-road!
Embark on an epic day trip: 4 seasons, 4 different sceneries, 1 mountain to rule them all – Bucegi!