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Prahova Valley (12 hours)
  • Prahova Valley (12 hours- car&walking tour-  more than 10 visits and one traditional meal included)

Sinaia

To winter sports fans, Sinaia offers a bobsledding run (1,500 m long with 13 turns, and a 132 m elevation difference), ski runs of various difficulty degrees, ropeways (cab, ski lift, baby lift, rope chair).

Sinaia’s ski slopes are situated at 2000m altitude. Here you can experience the best high altitude ski in Romania. The access to the slopes is possible from the city center, by taking the first cable car to Cota 1400 and then a second cable car to Cota 2000. To Cota 1400 one can also go by car. The ski slopes are divided on the two sides of the mountain. To the eastern side, towards the city, the skier can experience the most spectacular slopes, the black ones. The slopes follow the cable car line and there is a great variety of off-piste possibilities. All the slopes end in the same point, which is the cable car station at Cota 1400.

On the western side of the mountain there is the great Sun Valley. Here there is situated the Dorului Hut, at the end of the chairlift line. The Sun Valley has a milder aspect and here you can experience some intermediate and beginner slopes. It is a great place for snow borders too. When you are eager for a break, Dorului Hut is a great place to spend some time. The high altitude and the white surroundings makes the place perfect for a sun bath during winter.

Dorului Hut is a good starting point for cross country and ski touring. The experienced skiers can explore the Dorului Peak and its surroundings. Touring routes can be made towards Vanturis area (in the South), Bolboci area (in the West) and Blana-Laptici areas (in the North).

Sinaia also has a bobsledding run (1,500 m long with 13 turns, and a 132 m elevation difference).

Ski slopes:

Carp – difficult, 2500 m
Valea Dorului – medium, 600 m
Vanturis – medium, 2900 m
Turistica – medium, 2800 m
Drumul Vechi – easy, 5000 m
Poiana Stanii Regale – easy, 250 m

Sinaia Monastery- built in 1695 in a “Brancovenesc” style by Mihail Cantacuzino the Spatharus (after undertaking a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai, Egypt -the name was inspired by this journey to Egipt). houses religious objects, icons, rare books, pottery and porcelain ware from 16th-19th century. This is still a working monastery. Many of the monks living here are quite old, wear traditional garb, and are quite happy to show you around and answer any questions you might have.

Peles Castle built by King Carol I as a summer royal residence, on Peles Valley, in 1883. The castle is considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe. It is built in German Renaissance style, with rococo, baroque and Moorish-Hyspanic elements. From 1914, the castle became a museum. In the communist regime, President Ceausescu closed Peles Castle for visitors. It is again open to the public and it is definitely a must-see.

Bran ( Bran Castle- lunch break@Vila Bran)

The first documentary attestation of Bran Castle is the letter written in 1377 by the Hungarian Ludovic I D’Anjou, giving the inhabitants of Brasov some privileges.
At the end of the 14th century, king Sigismund gave up the leadership of Bran Fortress in favor of Mircea cel Batran. The royal domain had been given to the Hungarian aristocracy, while the Fortress passed under the rule of Mircea’s faithful boyards. Few years later, the Hungarian king got back the Fortress. Bran Fortress was subordinated to the authority of Szeklers Committee.
The Fortress had an essential part in protecting the Hungarian king from the Ottomans and Tartars’ invasion, coming from Tara Romaneasca through Rucar Pass. That’s the reason why the inhabitants of Brasov built the Castle on their own work and expenses.
Iancu de Hunedoara fortified Transylvania’s borders and also the towers of the Bran Castle. He made sure the rights of the paysans were respected by the boyards who ruled the Fortress. However, there were frequent fights between merchants and boyards.
In 1498 the Fortress passed under the merchant’s possession and it was used mainly for treading. You should also know that it was a time when in charge of the leadership was a judge called “Judele Brasovului”. Responsible for the defense of the Castle was the permanent garrison: 2 guards and 10 – 20 archers and ballisters.
The boyards had the right to collect fees from visitors and paysans. The Fortress had an extra income from: selling cheese, milk and muttons and manufacturing wood. The paysans fought against the aristocracy for several times. In 1514 they refused to take action against Gheorghe Doja.
Bran Castle is now the property of the Romanian State and belongs to Brasov. Hungary does no longer rule Transylvania. The history changed, but we should remember that in the 18th century the Fortress was the house of the Austrians frontier guards. In 1836 Bran became the official border and the defense role of the fortress was no longer a priority. In 1920, the Brasov Town council donated Bran Castle to Queen Maria of Great Romania, who lived there with the royal family till 1947. Since 1947 the Castle is opened as museum.
(Source: www.brasovtravelguide.ro)

Price per person:
1 person                      –  180 EUR

2-3 persons                –  150 EUR

>4 persons                  –  130 EUR