BUCOVINA Outdoor Tour
Our outdoor tour is organized in Dorna region, located at border of Bucovina and Transilvania. In this day we’ll mix the outdoor activity with trip by Mocanita steam train and visit of the painting eggs museum.
Optional upon request we can extend trip with activities like: horse-riding and easy river-rafting
PRICE: 50 Euro/person for private tour, group of 3 up to 7 persons.
*** Included services: transportation, English driver/ guide and the itinerary described at points A and B.
*** Price does not include: lunch, tickets for Mocanita steam train, entrance fees to museum, taxes for riding horse and rafting.
*** Meeting point - your hotel pick-up!
*** Tour duration: approx 8-10 hours.
*** For group less than 3 persons and customized trip, please contact us!
A. Mocanita steam train. This is a 2,5 hours trip (25km) by steam train on narrow gauge in bucolic area of Bucovina. Ticket price 5 euro/person.
B. Hiking in Rarau mountains to the Lady’s Stones, consisting of three towers, about 70 meters high, the highest being 1,634 meters altitude. The Lady’s Stones (Pietrele Doamnei) represent one of the most impressive natural tourist attractions. It is said that during a Tartar invasion, Petru Rares the ruler took his family and part of his fortune in the mountains, to protect them from the invaders. It is said that big rocks came off from the sky, falling over the place where the treasure was hidden. Lady Elena and her son got away alive, but from then forth the place got the name of the Lady’s Stones.
Optional: On the return way we can visit Vama painting eggs museum. Decorated eggs is an old Easter tradition that was developed on Romanian soil with great craftsmanship. In the museum there are over 7.000 eggs from all over the world displayed in 22 showcases; there you can admire eggs collected from international exhibitions and eggs from Bukovina with unique, old motifs and patterns inherited from our great-grandparents.
EXTRA TRIP - upon request
C. Riding horses on mountains. Price = 30 euro/person/2 hours or 20 euro/45 minutes. Our professional guide will give beginners a short riding lesson. Do not worry: all horses are well trained and well-behaved, so you will be as safe in the saddle as you are on your living-room sofa! The horseback riding will take two hours, during which we will admire the beauty of the mountains, forests and meadows filled with wild flowers and blueberries. However, it is recommended that you wear clothes suitable for the fast-changing climate in the mountains.
D. Easy rafting on Bistrita river. Price = 30 euro/person.We will go down to the banks of the Bistrita River, where we will have a training lesson and will gear up for a different kind of adventure, this time down the river. We will spend about 45 minutes admiring a magnificent gorge. The untamed beauty of the river will truly take your breath away. The rafting trip is not dangerous, is just an easy boat ride to admire the nature from river side!
All these extra activities will done in Vatra Dornei town – SPA and ski resort. Over 100 years ago, the novelist Bram Stoker referred to the region around Dorna as “one of the wildest and least-known portions of Europe”. This is still true today. As one of the most heavily forested region of Europe, Dorna is a nature lover’s paradise, and shelters one of the largest concentrations of large fauna on the continent. In this charming town we can enjoy for a traditional lunch and we can have a relaxing walking in park, where the squirrels will be happy to take nuts from your hand.
Upon request we can drive 30 min to Tihuta/Borgo pass to visit Hotel Castle Dracula - Chamber of Dracula, this is the real place mentioned by Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula, see more details.
If you are still undecided, maybe the following photos from the gallery will convince you that deserve to enjoy this trip. We’ll be waiting for you!