Piatra Craiului National Park Tours

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Piatra Craiului National Park
This vast national park is one of Romania’s most important protected land areas. Home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including the Garofita Pietrei Craiului—a purple flower found only in Piatra Craiului—the open spaces, majestic mountains and towering trees here beckon travelers seeking refuge from city streets and urban centers. 

A diverse network of well-kept trails means outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of places to wander. And landmarks like the Zarnesti Gorges, Dambovicioara Cave and the virgin forests offer spectacular access to some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders. An easy educational trail details the park’s most unique features, while the brown bear observatory and rock faces perfect for climbing offer opportunities for travelers going it with an expert guide.

Those in the know say the park’s northern and eastern valleys tend to get crowded on weekends. Those looking for a quiet retreat should stick to the areas between Podul Dambovitei and Static, near Lake Pecineagu, were fewer people gather on Saturday and Sunday. 

Practical Info

The easiest way to access the park is through Zarnesti via Brasov. Buses are available from Barsov to Cumpulung or Pitesti and minibuses are also easy to find. Hiking trails are well marked and use color-coding to designate level of difficulty.
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Small-Group Piatra Craiului National Park Hiking Tour from Brasov

Hike among the spectacular Carpathian Mountains on a guided, small-group tour of Piatra Craiului National Park from Brașov. Follow one of two routes on a 5- to 6-hour hike through alpine meadows, fragrant forests and country villages that seem untouched by time. See the cavernous Zarnesti Gorge, and learn about the traditional rural industries of cheese-making and shepherding. Refuel with hearty Romanian fare at either a mountain hut or a local village. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized hiking experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full Day Tour of Dracula's, LiBEARty Brown Bear Sanctuary, Brasov town and Rasnov Fortress

Escape the bustling capital and explore Transylvanian highlights on a full day tour from Bucharest. Visit Castle Bran, LiBEARty Sanctuary, Brasov, and the Rasnov Fortress on a comprehensive journey through the region, gaining insight into the region from your host’s commentary. Travel the Carpathian landscape with ease via air-conditioned minivan and benefit from the small-group size for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Day Trip Through Brasov in Transylvania and Bran, Peles, and Rasnov Castles

Journey to the heart of Romania’s medieval legends on a full-day tour of Transylvania’s most famous landmarks. Visit the former summer home of Romanian royalty at resplendent Peles Castle, and feel Bram Stoker’s vampiric story come alive at Gothic Bran Castle, also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle.’ Hear tales of Transylvania’s tumultuous history at the well-preserved Rasnov Fortress, and finish the day with a guided tour of picturesque Brasov. Tour size is limited for a more personalized small-group experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4x4 Tour and Visit of Bran Castle and The Bear Reservation

Transylvania is known for its cultural landmarks and striking landscapes, but these can be difficult to experience up close via coach excursion. Explore the region by 4x4 on a private, off-road tour and visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, Castle Bran, and traditional villages to gain insight into Transylvania’s culture (entry fees at your expense). Save time finding a meeting point with included hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
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Private Tour: Day Trip to Pestera and Magura Authentic Mountain Villages from Brasov

Escape the city and travel straight to the heart of rural Romanian life on this private 9-hour trip to Bran Castle and Piatra Craiului National Park from Brasov. Ideal for lovers of the outdoors, this excursion combines striking natural beauty with insights into ancient Transylvanian traditions: visit a bat cave replete with Jurassic limestone formations, enjoy a 2-hour hike through beautiful mountain villages, and sample handmade cheese in the national park’s oldest guest house. The moderate walking routes of this private tour can be customized according to your fitness level.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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4-Day Carpathian Trek: Bucegi Mountains and Piatra Craiului National Park

Hike one of Europe's most beautiful and mythical mountain ranges on this 4-night trekking tour in the Carpathains. Venture into the Bucegi Mountains and Piatra Craiului National Park with a licensed mountain guide, and scale the peaks with full days of moderate to strenuous hiking, earning fantastic views over the Romanian countryside. Stay overnight in traditional village guesthouses, and replenish your energy with all included meals, including a memorable lunch at a local sheep farm.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Day Trip to Peles Castle and Piatra Craiului National Park from Bucharest

Experience the natural beauty and royal splendor of Transylvania on this full-day tour from Bucharest. Tour the magnificent, Neo-Renaissance Peles Castle, where Romanian kings use to spend their summer holidays, and visit the traditional mountain villages of Pestera and Magura. Get a taste of old-world hospitality with lunch at a village guesthouse, and then spend the afternoon hiking through the Zarnesti Gorges of Piatra Craiului National Park. Choose from a small-group or private tour.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Hiking Transylvania from Brasov

Transylvania’s landscape offers prime hiking opportunities, but can be difficult to navigate alone. Enjoy a break from the city on a hiking tour of the region from Brașov, with a range of options available for all ability levels. Discover the region’s mountainous terrain as well as its flora and fauna, with insights provided by your guide, and relax after an active trek with round-trip transport from your Brașov accommodation.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Canyoning on Dambovicioara Gorges from Brasov

Tailored for travelers seeking adrenaline-fueled adventure, this full-day canyoning tour of the Dambovicioara Gorges is sure the get your heart pumping. Departing from Brasov, you’ll travel to the rural landscapes of Podul Dambovitei and descend into the canyon from a height of 2,900 feet (880 meters). Cross through the ancient citadel of Oratia, visit the atmospheric Dambovicioara Cave, and purchase lunch at a sheep farm in Bran. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Brasov are included on this small-group tour, limited to six people.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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2 day bike tour of the fortified churches near Brasov

Discover the beautiful fortified churches near Brasov in this two days bike tour.See the only building in Romania rated with 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide, discover the secrets behind Mount of Honey and capture beautiful panoramas from one of the many church towers that you will visit. Find out interesting things about the history of Brasov and its surroundings.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Small-Group One Day Tour to Bran Castle and Trekking in Piatra Craiului National Park from Bucharest

Discover the majestic beauty and haunting legends of Transylvania on this full-day tour from Bucharest. Wander the Gothic chambers of Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, and get a taste of medieval village life in picturesque Pestera and Magura. Trek through the peaks and forests of Piatra Craiului National Park, admiring the Zarnesti gorges and stopping to soak in the views from Curmatura alpine hut. The tour includes round-trip transport from your Bucharest hotel and a traditional Romanian lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Winter hiking tour Carpathian Mountains

This winter tour of Transylvania is available from January until March and combines the awesome landscapes of rural Transylvania with medieval cities and world heritage sites of one of the most visited region of Romania. A visit to the Ice Hotel along Transfagarasan Scenic Road can be considered the highlight of your tour in Romania.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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