The Carpathian Mountains may not be as famous as the Alps or as old as Russia’s Urals, but are probably some of Europe’s most spectacular and wild mountain groups and are home to Europe’s largest large carnivore population. Join us for a day filled with exciting tracks, breathtaking views and small, isolated settlements, where it seems like time has stood still for the last couple of centuries.
We will depart in the morning from Bucharest and drive to the mountains, just outside of Zărneşti. Here we will visit one of the most interesting wildlife conservation projects: almost one hundred brown bears have been brought from old zoos and illegal animal parks, and have found a much better life here. On an almost 100 hectare premise, they live in similar conditions as they would do in the wild. We will get there just in time to see how these majestic animals eat their breakfast and take a tour of this unique reserve.
From here we will drive to the Piatra Craiului Mountains and prepare for a 5 hour hike to one of Romania’s most beautiful scenery: lively colored meadows, migrating sheep herds and isolated mountain villages will enchant us all day long. At noon we will enjoy a delicious picnic with traditional homemade sausages and cheese. In the evening we will return to Bucharest.