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The Brown Bear Experience

From $499.91 Per Person

WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?

Step into the wild and experience the thrill of seeing the mighty Brown Bear in the depths of Transylvania’s forests.

Romania
From May to Oct
4 nights

From $499.91 Per Person

BOOK TODAY $237.82 DEPOSIT

Based on two people sharing, not including flights learn more

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Spotting wild brown bears

Spotting wild brown bears

Travel into the forests of the Carpathians to a bear hide and patiently wait as the wildlife starts to appear, from wild boar to foxes and of course, the majestic brown bear and all in their natural habitat.

Libearty Bear Sanctuary

Libearty Bear Sanctuary

The bear sanctuary was set up in 1998 and is now home to over 70 rescued bears. Its beautiful, tranquil setting allows the bears to live out the rest of their lives in comfort and safety.

Postcard-perfect Brasov

Postcard-perfect Brasov

Nestled between the Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is a gem. From the old town to the hiking trails around, there's plenty to do here.Transylvanian countryside a veritable paradise of beauty and wildlife.

Must-see castles

Must-see castles

From the ornate, fairy-tale like Peles Castle to the imposing, legendary Bran Castle, more commonly know as Dracula's Castle you'll be sure to get your culture fix from your visit to Transylvania.

“We had the most amazing trip on the Brown Bear Experience in Romania, seeing bears in the wild. Romania is an absolute gem and I would highly recommend a visit.”

J. Guy - Guest

TRIP OVERVIEW

YOUR EXPERIENCE

Step into the wild and experience the thrill of tracking the mighty Brown Bear in the depths of Transylvania’s forests. You’ll begin your journey in Romania’s vibrant capital city, Bucharest, from where, the very next day you’ll be whisked away for an amazing journey through the Transylvanian countryside, to the postcard-pretty town of Brasov. Travel to the heart of bear country to get up close and personal with the animals and spend the next day in and around Brasov exploring the old town, or on a nature walk through the Carpathian Mountains. The next morning, visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary and travel back to Bucharest via Bran Castle, the would-be home of Dracula.

YOUR EXPERTS

Cristina

Cristina

The Wonder Woman - Meet Cristina

Marius G

Marius G

The Jack of all Trades - Meet Marius G

NEED TO KNOW

DESTINATIONRomania
SEASONJuly 13 - 17 2019
DURATION4 nights
GROUP SIZE12 people
ASSISTANCEHands on
AIRPORT(S)Bucharest
FLIGHTSFor more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.
VISAUK, EU & US not required
VACCINATIONSNo

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive in Bucharest

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.

INCLUDED

  • Airport Pick-up
  • Welcome Drink

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Bucharest Walking Tour
  • Red Panda Dog Shelter Visit
Day 2 Travel to Brasov via Peles Castle

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

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Visit and entry to Peles Castle
  • Bear Hide Excursion

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Brasov Walking Tour
Day 3 Free time in Brasov

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.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Carpathian Walk and BBQ
  • Rasnov Fortress Visit
  • Brasov Walking Tour
Day 4 Travel to Bran Castle via the Libearty Bear Sanctuary

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

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Visit and entry to Libearty Bear Sanctuary
  • Visit and entry to Bran Castle
Day 5 Final day and transfer back to the airport

Transfer to Bucharest airport for return flight.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Airport Drop-off

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Bucharest Walking Tour
  • Red Panda Dog Shelter Visit

TRIP ACCOMMODATION

A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.

Bucharest

Bucharest
Romania

With all our hotels located in or near the Old Town of Lipscani, you will be right by amongst the hustle and bustle of the heart to the city.
Typical Accommodation: The Rembrandt, Grand Boutique or similar

Brasov

Brasov
Romania

All our hotels are located a stone's throw from Brasov's Old Town Square so you'll easily be able to explore Brasov's quaint, cobbled streets.
Typical Accommodation: Bella Muzica, Casa Wagner or similar

TRIP LOCATION

WHERE YOU'RE GOING

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.

DID YOU KNOW
  • Romania comes from the Latin ‘Romanus’ meaning ‘citizen of the Roman Empire’
  • The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the second largest building in the world
  • The Carpathian Mountains are home to 60% of Europe’s Brown Bear population
  • Transylvania translates to ‘the land beyond the forest’

FAST FACTS

CAPITAL
POPULATION
CURRENCY
TIME DIFFERENCE

"We use different bear hides throughout the season dependent on sightings and some can involve up to a 30-minute walk so be sure to have the correct footwear. Oh and don't forget a jumper, it's cold when the sun goes down!"

Cristina - Untravelled Paths

Host Tips

TRIP TIPS

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Clothing for the Bear Hide

For the bear hide excursion be sure to wear dark clothing, appropriate shoes for possible wet weather conditions. Don't forget to bring a jacket, water and your camera of course!

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Try Traditional Food

Be sure to sample Traditional local food during your visit to Romania and there are few better places to do so than Caru Cu Bere, Bucharest's oldest beer house.

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Nature walk & BBQ

A great opportunity to potentially see wildlife, along with the surrounding countryside of Brasov combined with a tasty BBQ prepared by your hosts which includes lots of local flavour.

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Buy the Book

The Libearity Bear Sanctuary has a book you can purchase v via Amazon online for £9.99. It makes for a fabulous souvenir or gift and naturally the proceeds go to the sanctuary.

TRIP DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • ALL ACCOMMODATION
  • 2 nights in Bucharest
  • 2 nights in Brasov
  • MEALS
  • All breakfasts
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Visit and entry to Peles Castle
  • Bear sighting at the Bear Hide observatory
  • Visit and entry to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary
  • Visit and entry to Bran Castle
  • THE SERVICES OF A BI-LINGUAL GUIDE
  • UNTRAVELLED PATHS EXPERIENCE EBOOKLET
GETTING THERE

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Bucharest with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

LONDON TO BUCHAREST
  • Easyjet (Gatwick)
  • British Airways (Heathrow)
  • Air Tarom (Heathrow)
  • Wizz Air (Luton)
  • Blue Air (Luton)
  • Ryan Air (Stanstead)
BIRMINGHAM TO BUCHAREST
  • Blue Air
  • Wizz Air
BRISTOL TO BUCHAREST
  • Ryanair
DONCASTER TO BUCHAREST
  • Wizz Air
GLASGOW TO BUCHAREST
  • Blue Air
LIVERPOOL TO BUCHAREST
  • Blue Air
DATES & PRICES

SOLO TRAVELLERS

Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.

EXTRA NIGHTS

If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you. For the extra nights organised through us, the airport transfer will still be included.

AVAILABILITY

May 2020
May 2 - 6 2020 $680 PP
May 9 - 13 2020 $680 PP
May 16 - 20 2020 $680 PP
May 23 - 27 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
May 30 - June 3 2020 $680 PP
June 2020
June 6 - 10 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
June 13 - 17 2020 $680 PP
June 20 - 24 2020 $680 PP
June 27 - July 1 2020 $680 PP
July 2020
July 4 - 8 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
July 11 - 15 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
July 18 - 22 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
July 25 - 29 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
August 2020
August 1 - 5 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
August 8 - 12 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
August 15 - 19 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
August 22 - 26 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
August 29 - September 2 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
September 2020
September 5 - 9 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
September 12 - 16 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
September 19 - 23 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
September 26 - 30 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
October 2020
October 3 - 7 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp
October 10 - 14 2020 Early release From $500 $680 pp

HOW IT WORKS

Book your trip in five easy steps.

1

ENQUIRE ONLINE

Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

2

BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS

We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.

3

BOOKING FORM

Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

4

PAY FOR YOUR TRIP

As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.

5

FINAL CONFIRMATION

Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalized itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!

6

NOTES

Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions

FAQ

What is the currency?

Although Romania is a member of the European Union, it does not use the euro (€) but has its own currency - the RON / Leu. The official currency is most commonly referred to as the plural ‘lei’ although some banks and exchange offices list it as the RON. One leu divides into 100 bani with banknotes coming in various denominations normally 1 leu, 5 lei, 10 lei, 50 lei and 100 lei and less commonly, 200 and 500 lei notes. Coins come in 50 bani and 10 bani pieces, which can be useful for small tips or donations.

Where can I get a hold of the currency?

The easiest option is to head to a cash machine once you’ve checked into your hotel in Bucharest to withdraw funds. There are plenty of ATMs around so it’s quick and convenient to get hold of your holiday cash.

If you want to come prepared beforehand, the Bureau de Change in M&S is, strangely one of the only places that dispenses the local currency. You can also purchase currency online and collect it from your local post office or even have it delivered straight to your door. Ordering currency online with the Post Office is commission-free and available for next day delivery. Obviously the more you buy the better rate you’ll receive.
However you choose to get hold of your spending money, just make sure you either spend or convert your RON before you leave.

Can I pay by debit/credit card?

Most major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted throughout Romania’s main towns and cities. While you should have no problem using your card to pay for drinks or dinner in major towns and cities using your card, some establishments accept cash only so it’s worth checking before you get settled in. It is also a good idea to carry some cash with you for smaller purchases and activities and while you're traveling in remote locations. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you’re travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.

What sort of budget would I need?

As a general rule, you’ll be able to have a good lunch for around £10 a head and will pay around £15 a head for a nice evening meal. Naturally, the type of establishment you choose to eat in and what you order will dictate the cost of your meals. Be aware that ordering imported wines can cause your bill to sky-rocket so drinking local wines is advisable. We reckon around £70 for lunch, dinner and drinks for two people is plenty per day. Please note that these are rough estimates and you can always choose to spend more or less depending on your budget and preferences.

How is tipping like?

Tipping is not obligatory in Romania although rounding up taxi fares and adding 10% in restaurants is polite and common practice. If the service has been poor please don’t feel obligated to leave a tip. 

How is the weather like?

Spring: The wonderful advantage of visiting Transylvania during the spring is the presence of wildflowers and butterflies that fill the Carpathian Mountains. The weather is very pleasant although there is also a slightly higher risk of rainfall during this time.
Summer: June, July and August affords long hot sunny days and blue skies with little chance of rain. 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.
Autumn: September and October bring with it slightly fresher temperatures but days are most sunny, warm and dry with increased chance of showers.

Who should I contact in case of an emergency?

You can always contact the UTP team on +44 207 101 4061 or info@untravelledpaths.com. Before you travel, you will also receive a personalised itinerary with the contact details of the local manager in Romania should there be any problems. Your guide will be on hand throughout the trip as well, so you're in safe hands.

How do I go about booking extra activities?

Our digital booklet, which you will receive before travel, contains all the information you need about optional activities. Simply drop us an email letting us know what you'd like to do during your trip, and we'll take care of the rest. Please note that the payment for the optional activities will be taken locally in cash.

What do I need to pack?

The aim of the game whilst observing wild animals is to remain as inconspicuous as possible, so dark-coloured clothing is key here. Think black, navy blue and dark green attire. Remember, you want to see the bears but you don’t want them to see you! You might also want to bring a few layers as the temperature drops in the evening and you’ll be sitting still for quite a while. Please also ensure you bring a waterproof with you just in case!

What about footwear?

Obviously not a good idea to head into the woods with a pair of high heels or flip-flops on. Wear shoes that will be comfortable for walking like a sturdy pair of trainers or some walking boots. Again, darker colours are preferable.

Anything in particular I should bring?

Yes, there are a few things. A small backpack can be useful to carry all your essentials while keeping your hands free. A bottle of water is always practical and don’t forget your sun cream for hot days walking in the mountains and insect repellent to keep mosquitos away at dusk in the hide. Binoculars can be useful too!

Will we definitely see bears?

When it comes to spotting bears in the wild, your best chance is at the bear hide. In ten years, there have only been a couple of very rare occasions that the bears didn’t show up at the hide so that ought to give you a good idea of how likely you are to catch a glimpse of them! You will, of course, see quite a few rescued bears at the Libearty Bear Sanctuary so you won’t go home without seeing at least one bear.

How safe are we?

Very. With an experienced local tracker that is professionally trained in tracking and dealing with wild animals, you’re in safe hands for all of the bear tracking excursions. Typically, your tracker will carry an electric rod and/or a can of mace spray in the unlikely event that you should run into any problems. During the mating season it is common for trackers to carry a gun with them so please do not be alarmed.

Can we take photos at the bear hide?

Yes, of course. Although there are certain rules you’ll need to follow if you’d like to capture the experience on film. The use of flash, automatic focusing functions, continuous modes or settings that detect red eye are not permitted as the bears will be alerted by your presence and may react or vacate the area. If you are unsure about which camera settings you should use, ask your tracker. If you're planning to use your phone to take pictures, please ensure the settings comply with the regulations and that you put it on silent.

How much walking is involved?

There is a moderate amount of walking involved. Depending on which location you will be visiting, it might take you between 15 minutes to 45 minutes to reach the hide. You will be following a forest trail with level terrain. There is some walking involved at the Sanctuary as well, with a small uphill portion, but all broken down with stops to hear the stories and watch the bears.