20 guided day trips from brașov

Corvin Castle under blue sky with fluffy scattered clouds.

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There are endless possibilities when it comes to day trips from Brașov! Since the region is so large, and much of it has limited access by public transportation, a guided tour is a great choice. These guided tours will allow you to see all the area has to offer, as well as gain cultural and historical insight.

Looking for more to do within the city? Check out these incredible things to do in Brașov.

guided day trips from brașov

bear sanctuary & bran castle

Brown bear sleeping at Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Romania.

The highlights of this tour from Brașov are Bran Castle and Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Bran Castle is definitely the most popular of the Transylvanian Castles, and for good reason!

Your guide will pick you up from your accommodations in Brașov and bring you on a tour of southern Transylvania’s rural landscape and noteworthy sites. Enjoy local legends, personal anecdotes, and phenomenal photo opps on this 7-hour tour before returning to your accommodation in the evening. This is one of the most iconic and popular day trips from Brașov.

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Price: From $118 per person

bran castle & râșnov fortress

Bran Castle seen through the trees

On this half-day tour, you’ll explore some of the most famous monuments in the Brașov area of Transylvania. You’ll visit Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) and Râșnov Fortress, with an option to also visit Peleș Castle (additional cost). Please note that entrance fees to the castles are not included in the tour price (a total of approximately $17 USD in entrance fees).

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Price: From $30 per person

carpathian peaks & chalets hike

Misty mountain crags in Transylvania.

During this 7 hour hiking tour, you’ll explore some of the majestic mountains that are found in Transylvania. Enjoy the scenery from Mount Piatra Mare, Mount Bucegi, and Mount Piatra Craiului and their chalets. You’ll also get the chance to visit Cabana Curmătura and Zarnesti Gorge as well!

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Price: From $66 per person

bear-watching in the land of volcanoes

Lacul Sfanta Ana, volcanic lake near Brasov.

This is a full-day tour in Transylvania that will take you from your lodging in Brașov to Sfânta Ana Lake (the only volcanic lake in Romania), Mohos Peat Bog (where you’ll see hallucinogenic and carnivorous plants), and Puturosu Cave (the largest natural gas bath in Europe). After the cave, you’ll stop at a local restaurant for lunch (not included in price) before heading to Tușnad. At Tușnad, you’ll head deep into the Transylvanian forest to a watch house. Here, you’ll see Carpathian Brown Bears in their natural habitat. A perfect fun-filled day for the entire family!

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Price: From $112 per person

canyoning tour of the dambovicioara gorge

Ideal for thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts, this 6-7 hour long canyoning tour will get your blood pumping. Enjoy the rural landscapes of Podul Dambovietei and make your way into the canyon from 2,900 ft. (880m). You’ll see the ancient citadel of Oratia, explore Dambovicioara Cave, and enjoy lunch at a sheep farm in Bran (not included in price). This is a small-group tour, limited to 6 participants.

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Price: From $75 per person

seven ladders canyon

During this five-hour trip from Brașov, you’ll visit the Carpathian Mountains, hike through Transylvanian forests, and reach Seven Ladders Canyon. You can climb the ladders that traverse waterfalls and unique geological formations, or opt to simply enjoy the nature and maybe take a zipline ride. Zipline and entry fees are not included in the price of the tour.

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Price: From $65 per person

traditional romanian cooking class in brașov

Hand painted Romanian plates

During this three hour cooking class, you’ll get to experience the wonders of traditional Romanian food. You’ll prepare and enjoy a three-course meal made entirely from scratch, leaving you ready to recreate the menu at home. Sip local spirits and traditional homemade wine with a local family from Brașov. The menu will consist of a type of ciorbă (soup), either a Transylvanian stew or bulz, and something sweet to finish. While you enjoy the fruits of your labor with your host family, you’ll get to learn first-hand accounts of Romanian culture, traditions, and stories.

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Price: From $79 per person

mountain bike tour & wine tasting

Person biking in the mountains surrounding Brasov, a great day trip.

Want to add a little physical activity to your trip to Transylvania? This 40km bike ride traverses the mountain landscape near Brașov and takes you through the Piatra Mare mountains. Sip water from natural springs, meander scenic forest roads, and ascend 1300+ meters in the forests of Transylvania. As a reward for your hard work, you’ll end the day with an epic wine and cheese tasting at the famed Azuga Wine Cellars.

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Price: From $75 per person

sighişoara, rupea fortress, & viscri

Winding cobbled street in Sighisoara flanked by colorful buildings.

On this guided day trip from Brașov, you’ll get the chance to experience some of Transylvania’s historic highlights. Explore the medieval village of Viscri and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed church, along with the fortified Saxon town of Sighișoara, and the imposing 14th century Rupea Fortress. While traveling between locations, your guide will lend insight into the history and legends of the Transylvanian countryside.

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Price: From $65 per person

transylvanian villages day trip from brașov

Flower-filled meadow next to mountains with an old village house standing alone.

One of the best ways to discover the hidden treasures of Transylvania is to explore its many villages. This Transylvanian village tour from Brașov will take you to three unique and charming villages to explore on foot. You’ll also get the chance to visit Bucegi Natural Park, Piatra Craiului National Park, and Postavaru Massif. The villages you will visit include Vulcan, Holbav, and Poiana Marului. In addition to exploring the villages and natural wonders of the area, you’ll also enjoy a picnic with local regional treats, such as cheese, cured meats, and local eggs.

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Price: From $66 per person

hike piatra craiului national park

Mountains, trees, a field and small house in nature park in Transylvania.

One of the many breathtaking hikes in Transylvania, this guided tour will bring you on one of two routes through meadows, forests, and villages that transport you back in time. You will see Zarnesti Gorge, learn about rural cheesemaking and shepherding, and enjoy some traditional Romanian food on a stop for lunch. This small-group tour is limited to eight participants.

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Price: From $75 per person

transfagarasan road and poienari fortress

Fagaras Mountains, long winding road in Transylvania

On this 10-hour tour from Brașov, you’ll take an hour and a half drive to your first stop, Balea Waterfall and Balea Lakeone of the most beautiful glacial lakes in the Carpathians. Enjoy a leisurely lunch before driving down the Transfagarasan Highway through Tara Romaneasca to Vidaru Dam, a man-made dam nestled in the mountains. After a one hour drive, you’ll reach Poienari Castle, the former fortress of Vlad the Impaler. There are 1,500 steps to make the ascent to the castle, where you will learn historical facts and folklore surrounding the iconic Romanian ruler. You’ll be plenty tired after a full day, so relax during your three hour trip back to Brașov.

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Price: From $83 per person

guided day trip to sibiu from brașov

Outdoor terraces line a tourist street in Sibiu, Romania in spring.

Experience ancient Romania on a full-day private day trip from Brașov.  After pickup from your accommodations, you’ll visit a number of sites en route to Sibiu. These include Carta Monastery, Şinca Veche Monastery, and the Fagaras Citadel. Some of these sites are difficult to visit with public transportation, so this tour provides a great value and less common experiences. You’ll see an underground Orthodox church and the oldest water mill in Fagaras before exploring the Old Town of Sibiu, Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2007. Your day trip will last from 7-11 hours from pick-up to drop-off.

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Price: From $91 per person

tandem paragliding

Paraglider over snow-covered mountains on a day trip from Brasov.

Enjoy this tandem paragliding experience that takes you to a viewpoint few have the opportunity to see. You will be equipped with a harness, insurance, and photo/video to commemorate your experience. Beginners are welcome!

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Price: From $97 per person

lake wakeboarding and paddle boarding

Still lake in Brasov, perfect for paddle boarding aside the mountains.

What better way to enjoy a summer day in Transylvania than to spend it on a lake? Enjoy a day filled with wakeboarding, paddle boarding, artisanal beer, and lunch (included). Instructions will be provided by your guide for those with no experience.

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Price: From $73 per person

praid salt mine & jesus statue

Interior of Praid salt mine with green and purple neon lights and large poles reaching the ceiling.

Romania has no shortage of unique and awe-inspiring salt mines to explore, and Praid is no exception. On this small-group tour (six people maximum), you will venture into the scenic Transylvanian countryside to tour the famous mine. You’ll have ample time to explore on your own. After touring Praid, you will head to Visericani, where you can see the largest Jesus statue in all of Europe.

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Price: From $94 per person

distilleries & prejmer citadel

Fortified church in Romania with red roofs and blue skies during spring.

Discover the wonders of the local spirit, pălincă, on two distillery tours of Transylvania. Your first stop will be a local distillery in Râșnov. Here, you’ll learn the basics of making pălincă and, of course, taste the product. Next, you will head to the city of Sfantu Gheorghe, to visit a larger-scale, more sophisticated distillery. Again, you will have the opportunity to sample plenty of pălincă! Finally, you will stop at the Prejmer citadel. Prejmer is known as one of the most beautifully-preserved medieval fortresses in Romania before finally heading back to your accommodation in Brașov.

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Price: From $57 per person

private food & crafts tour in szekler towns

Szelek village in Transylvania with mountain backdrop.

This is a private tour which will take you through Szeklerland on a culinary and crafts journey. Explore the towns of Miercurea Ciuc, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Sfântu Gheorghe, Târgu Secuiesc and Gheorgheni. You’ll have the chance to enjoy local dishes, artisanal beers and pălincă, cheesemaking, and more. You will also visit two local craftsmen of your choosing, such as a blacksmith, brick and tile maker, weaver, potter, furniture painter, and more. Visit these small workshops and learn about the skill and craftsmanship that goes into each trade.

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Price: From $86 per person

corvin castle

Corvin Castle under blue sky with fluffy scattered clouds.

Corvin Castle may not be as well-known as its cousin Bran Castle, but it is every bit as worth a visit and is an incredible day trip from Brașov. The castle is an imposing monument that symbolizes Hungarian rule, as one of its most famous tenants was Iancu de Hunedoara, the defender of Christianity from before the Ottoman invasion. Jules Verne included Corvin Castle in his Around the World in 80 days itinerary!

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Price: From $197 per person

fortified churches of transylvania

One of Tranylvania's many fortified churches, under cloudy sky with manicured hedges on the front lawn.

On this tour, you’ll get the chance to see three epic fortified churches of Transylvania. You’ll stop at the evangelical church of Sânpetru, the peasant fortified church of Prejmer, and the fortified church at Harman. This is one of the best day trips from Brașov, particularly if it’s not your first time and you’ve already seen the major castles in the area.

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Price: From $59 per person

independent day trips from brașov

The region of Transylvania is vast and somewhat lacking in infrastructure, so independent tours are more difficult to coordinate. That being said, it’s still possible! Stay tuned for a post on independent day trips from Brașov.

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6 thoughts on “20 guided day trips from brașov”

  1. I’ve had it on my bucket list to visit Transylvania for way too long. When this pandemic ends, I’m moving it to the top of the list. Bookmarking your site for future reference! I love these ideas. Corvin Castle and the fortified churches look amazing.

  2. I’d love to visit Transylvania, particularly Bran Castle. But I know Transylvania is more than Bran Castle and some of the places you mention look spectacular. Hopefully when the pandemic is over I can get there.

  3. I can’t wait to plan a trip all around Romania. The entire country has been on my list for ages, and now I have some new additions to add to the itinerary!

  4. Absolutely beautiful. WOW.
    I’ve recently added Transylvania to my bucket list and I’ll definitely save this article to reference later!

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