"We had an awesome time at Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress. Alex was such a great tour guide with bundles of information for us! Highly recommend visit these places if your ever in Brasov."
"Bran Castle has always been on my list of places to visit, so on our fist visit to Romania wee chose to base our stay in Brasov. We booked our trip to Rasnov & Bran with active travel online. We were met promptly at 8am by Charlie our guide for the day and as it turned out we were his only 2 customers for the trip. We boarded our transport for the day, a spacious well maintained VW transporter and set off for Rasnov. The hilltop fortress wasn’t something we had planned on visiting but I’m glad we did as the views you are rewarded with from the highest point of the citadel are breathtaking. Charlie is very knowledgeable about Romania and being a local he gave us a good in-depth history on the places we visited. After Rasnov we took the short journey onwards to Bran and the Castle, this did not disappoint and again Charlie was able to furnish us with all the history and legends associated with the place.
I would highly recommend this tour guide and the company. Charlie was a superb guide, knowledgeable with a fantastic command of English and above all super friendly, it felt like travelling with a friend. I’m so glad that we booked this tour and only wish we had more time to spend in Romania as I would definitely be booking some of the other tours that they have on offer.
Thanks for the fantastic day!!"
"Did a days with Balazs Karoly Andreas (known as Karoly - Active Travel. Collection point is from the museum in the main square Brasnov 9am (till 6). Karoly takes small groups out which makes the tour more personal. He is a fountain of knowledge and a real people person, putting the group at ease. All 3 places were absolutely astounding for different reasons.
Firstly Peles Castle (royal palace), Brans Castle (Dracula’s) (where all the action happened) and the Fortress (in times of siege for the town of Rasnov) beautiful views. Highly recommend."
"Charlie (tour guide) met us at 9am as promised, outside the History Museum in Brasov. It was just us and 2 other girls - they only book small groups which we really appreciated as it made it much more intimate and easy to interact etc. We started with Peles castle which was stunning - Charlie was an excellent tour guide who spoke fantastic English and gave brilliant history overviews as we walked around. He was also more than happy to take photos of us throughout the day. We then stopped for lunch before going in to Bran Castle. This was a local restaurant with lovely food - Charlie even organized a little surprise birthday cake for me as it was my birthday! We then went on to Bran Castle, and finished with Rasnov Fort. All in all a really wonderful day :)"
"Our guide Dan was very kind and friendly. Trip to Sinaia, Bran and Rasnov was enjoyable. Finally he came with me to the train station and help me to buy my train ticket. Thanks for all Dan :)"
"Fab trip out to Bran Castle and Rasnov. In addition to seeing the castles we had some great photo stops on route which were an added bonus.
Charlie, our guide, was amazing throughout the trip - he showed us all the things that we wouldn't have seen doing this on our own and made sure we had a really enjoyable day. He is an asset to the company :-)"
"We had a 4-hours tour with Alex Mitu which we enjoyed very much. Alex was very friendly and has a great knowledge about the area and history where we had exciting discussions and amazing tour."
"Bran Castle was beautiful and Raznov breath taking. We were 8 Canadians on the trip and each and everyone enjoyed the tour. Our guide did a fantastic job of explaining to us the history of the area, he also gave us extra by showing us a fortified church. We all loved it.
I definitly reccomend this tour to others. It is to be a memorable time for years to come.
From 8 Highly Satisfied Canadians, Thank you"
"Worth it is the least I can say! Dan, my private guide for the whole day was great. Got to know a LOT about Brasov and the country, the history, the myths. He treats a piece of himself as well and that is just beyond expectation. Felt like I was guided by a friend :)"
"We had an wonderful tour of Bran Castle and the fortress at Raznov. The castle was beautiful and the views from both were breath taking. Our guide Dan was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable on the history of both sites. He gave an interesting and fabulous tour that we enjoyed very much and highly recommend."
"Несколько дней назад мы: я, моя мама и подруга вернулись из Румынии. У «Аctivetravel» мы приобрели экскурсию — замки Румынии : Пелеш, Друкула и Рышнов. Нас сопровождал экскурсовод Чарли. Экскурсия проходила на английской языке. Обширные знания по теме , эмоциональный рассказ, прекрасное владение языком. Помимо всего, доброжелательность и отзывчивость, внимание к каждому члену нашей команды. Мы прекрасно провели время и получили позитивные впечатления. Спасибо большое Чарли и «Аctivetravel»."
"Our guide was Charlie, he picked us up on time in a mini-bus. There were two other couples in the bus, but this made the journey even more fun. We left Brasov around 9AM and arrived back around 6PM.We started with Peles Castle, then Bran and Rasnov. We stopped at a very nice restaurant and had lunch. The atmosphere through out the journey was great and we had a good laugh too. Charlie was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot from this trip. Glad that we did it, we took lots of photos and discovered new things about beautiful Romania. Highly recommended. Ps. Wear walking shoes or at least comfortable ones, no heels."
We booked two tours,on two different days - Brasov/Peles/Bran/Rasnov and Brasov/Rupea/Viscri/Sighisoara and we were lucky to get Karoly (or Charlie for english speaking tourists) as our guide.I was hoping we would get him because after reading the reviews we were sure that he is the best and indeed he did not disappoint.We found out a lot of interesting facts,he told us stories and he really knew the history of the places.We experienced a nice ride and wonderful places where we had lunch,in addition to the actual attractions.He is a very pleasant,friendly person and he made us feel really comfortable.I wholeheartedly recommend him.Thank you for a wonderful experience!"
"We had a blast. Thank you so much Tudor for this nice morning. Although the weather wasn't on our side, we had a very good time on the path of romanian history. Tudor was very well informed and he had an answer for every question. Thank you so much, we learned a lot and take a lot of new impressions back home."
"Vi hadde to fantastiske dager sammen med familien. Dette var pga en fantastisk guide, Charlie. Han var kunnskapsrik om de plassene vi besøkte, og veldig fleksibel. Anbefales."
''Il tour al Castello di Bran e alla fortezza di Rasnov è stato molto interessante e l'inglese della guida Dan è molto comprensibile.
Metto 4 stelle e non 5 perché sul sito (e sulla prenotazione) l'orario dell' APPUNTAMENTO era alle 9 ma la sera prima sono stata avvisata che la PARTENZA sarebbe stata alle 8:30! Non proprio comodo per me dato che la colazione presso la struttura dove stavo iniziava alle 8:10.''
"Did you know that bears eat chocolate? If not, then this tour is a MUST! We had an astonishing view at 4 bears, only a few meters from the observation hut. The tour was organized and guided by three very friendly and humorous guides (as well as professional:) ) We totally recommend the Bear Watching trip for everyone. We had a kid with us and it was one of her highlights during our stay in Romania. Thank you Alex and Marian for this unfogettable experience!"
''We decided to do this tour with Peles castle to give us all an overview of the historical context of Romania before going off on our own. The tour didn’t disappoint. The guide (young guy with beard) was really knowledgable, kind and approachable. My teenage son, a curious historian, really enjoyed intros on Communism as well as the castles and palace. Would really recommend."
"This was a great option to see all three of these places in one day! Our guide Dan was not only knowledgeable and gave us great tours of all three places showing and telling us things we wouldn’t have seen or learned about without him pointing them out, but he was overall a very nice, personable and interesting person. He also drove us to a couple of extra locations just to show us around and brought us to an amazing local restaurant for lunch, which we really appreciated. It was a 10/10 tour!"
"This tour was exceptional thanks to our guide Mihai. He is very knowledgeable about local mountains, flora/fauna, history and traditions. Not only we had a great hike in the heart of Piatra Craiului park but also got to know a lot about Romania. The hike itself is not so strenuous and you'll be rewarded by the amazing views of the alpine meadows and the snowy peaks."
''For those looking for an AMAZING adventure, using a travel company, book through Active Travel. From the start, working with Marian, the owner of Active Travel was easy. I told him what I was interested in seeing in Romania, as well as asking him for suggestions and Marian came up with a phenomenal itinerary!! It was nice to be picked up and dropped off at the airport. My guide was Mihai.. He was EXCEPTIONAL!! He showed me many beautiful castles and churches, as well as taking me on some breathtaking hikes. Mihai was very knowledgeable and organized. He was also very kind and friendly. One would be very fortunate to have him as a guide. I also enjoyed viewing the brown bears in their natural element. I would definitely suggest going to see the bears.''
"Fantastic trip with a great guide Charlie. Very well organised trip with a great knowledgeable guide. He went out of his way to make sure our group was happy the whole time and we really appreciated the little extra things he did like driving us up to a mountain village to see the view and buying two ladies on our trip a snack when they said they were hungry. Thanks for a really great day out!"
"Altought the canyon was closed, the guide took is on a detour. That was more difficult and more exciting. This was why I spent my money for! Excellent guide. René and Marc van der Heijden"
''La visite etait vraiment bien cetait interessant. Le guide Karol etait aussi super gentil et souriant."
"My partner and I went to visit Transylvania in April.
We booked 3 tours with Active Travel and couldn't have made a better choice!
Brasov walking tour - our guide Alex gave us a quick history lesson of the country which was really useful especially for us first timers in Romania. We then went inside the Black Church (entrance fee not included) and had a stroll around the city where he showed us the city and gave us suggestions on what we could do after the tour as well (such as going up the Tampa Mountain). Alex, was very friendly and made us feel welcome in the city!
Peles, Bran and Rasnov tour- our guide on this day was Charlie (or Karoly in Romanian), an amazing guide with many years guiding experience. Charlie was extremely knowledgeable not just about arts and traditions but also about food and nature. Admission fees to places were not included but Active Tours gave us free admission to Bran Castle!!! That was a great Easter gift! The day was a full on day, there were many tourist but we managed to skipped the line thanks to Charlie knowing everyone!
Rupea, Viscri and Sighisoara Tour - we had Charlie again. The tour was more relaxed than the castles one as we visited those places with less tourist and more locals. As it was a Monday, the Clock Tower in Sighisoara was closed. We had time to sit down for a lovely Romanian lunch.
The tours are all for small groups and if you are lucky enough you can also be the only client of the day and have the guide for yourself (which we did for two of the tours)!
Admissions to the different historical sites are not included, if you have a student card don't forget to bring it!!! I would definitely love to travel with them again in the future!
Date of experience: April 2019"
''Vous fuyez les lieux emplis de touristes, vous n'aimez ni les zoos ni les cirques. Vous adorez l'authenticité, la nature et savez être patients ? Alors vous saurez apprécier cette excursion exceptionnelle et unique avec l'expérience d'un guide passionné''
"My son and I were fortunate enough to book Active Travel for a private tour. Best decision ever because we truly did get to see the best of the Transylvania region, castles, palaces, fortresses, etc. Active Travel fulfilled all of their promises and provided lovely hotel accommodations in the center of Brasov. We can’t praise our tour guide, Tudor, enough. His knowledge, love of history, pride and enthusiasm for our cultural discovery made this trip unforgettable. We had so much fun with him and laughed so much that it felt like he was another family member. We really appreciated that each time we arrived at a very busy place, Tudor was able to do his magic and get us right in with no wait. It is very apparent that he loves what he does and does not consider it a job, very special in a young person.
Just when we thought our tour could not get any better, Tudor invited us to his family house. Here we were given the tour of his farm and his family fed us with their own livestock and homemade brandy. They were so gracious and hospitable to us and we could see that this fine young man came from such a beautiful loving family. We came away from this trip loving the people of Romania and already discussing our wish to return. Thanks Tudor and Active Travel for making this vacation so wonderful."
"Es war wirklich das Highlight unserer Reise. Der Ranger Tibirius war ein sehr guter Guide der uns alles über die Bären erklärt hat. Wir mussten im Unterstand ein bisschen Geduld haben aber dann kamen auch schon 2 Bären :) ein rundum gelungener Ausflug."
"This excursion is probably one of tje best things to do if you are in the area, you have to be patient if you want to see something and you are not sure to see a lot of bears (depending on their mood when you come, there is no bear specific agenda) but what you can see is amazing and the real thing! Our guide Tiberius was very friendly and professional (safety measures etc.) And provided us with very interesting comments about what we saw and romanian forests in general."
"We booked the Braşov & Rasnov tour with an extra to the bear sanctuary. Marian was really helpful in the office - lovely man! - and sorted it all by helping us make up our minds. Charlie was our guide for the day & absolutely made it for us. We learnt so much, he answered all our questions, was courteous and so much fun. We laughed a lot! He is definitely a great advertisement for the company, a real asset. The tour was comprehensive, not rushed at all - the pace was dictated by us - and we would highly recommend visiting all 3 sites. This travel company is the only one to use - nothing is too much trouble, they are helpful, polite and the prices are reasonable."
"We had a lovely tour with Karoly. He is very well informed and has a good sense of humor! Highly recommend doing a trip with active travel."
"Viscri is not to be missed! A wonderful place, rustic Romania, with fantastic scenery. Our guide Dan #thesingingminstel kept us entertained from start to finish. The pace was dictated by us and we never felt rushed. A delightful unscheduled stop to an Orthodox Church, illustrates how flexible the tour guides/company is to make sure you get the best of your day. We would highly recommend this company, you shouldn’t use anyone else in our opinion. And Dans rendition of Ave Maria in the church at Viscri will never be forgotten!!"
"We booked a hiking tour at Piatra Craiului mountain from Brasov. Mihai was the tour guide who liaise with me… he was very patience to explain my questions and pick us up from the accommodation. During the hike, he always ensure for our safety, teaching us the different things of the nature and even explained to us the history of Romania, Peles Castle, bran castle, etc.
It was definitely our best decision to go on tour… worry and hassle free!"
"I had my guide Charles (Andras Karoly) all for myself on this Rasnov fortress and Bran Castle tour. He was very knowledgeable of Romania's history all the way to a thousand years ago. He answered every question I had about the monuments we were visiting and also about Romania : language, politics, communist era, and so on. He made special stops to show me amazing views of the mountains and of the castle and the fortress. He really went out of his way to make this tour memorable. Chsrles even offered to take pictures of me in front of the monuments, as I am a solo traveller. He shared legends and spooky stories about Vlad the Impaler and other historical figures. I highly recommend Active Travel for their professionnalism, enthusiasm and knowledge of Romania."
"This is a great day trip from Brasov. The reason you book of course is to visit Dracula's (Bran) Castle which is great and in a perfect location but the best part of the trip is the tour around the incredible Peles Castle, the summer residence of the Romanian Royal family (when they were still about). We took this day trip with the excellent Tudor who enhanced the day with his knowledge of history and he added a quick drive through of a ski resort near Brasov and a great viewpoint over Brasov."
"What a wonderful afternoon exploring Brasov and it’s beautiful surrounds including Bran castle, the Carpathian Mountains and the fortress. Our guide Tudor was outstanding and we highly recommend him for his excellent knowledge, graciousness and willingness to make our day memorable. Don’t lose this guy. Overall a wonderful afternoon."Best day in Romania!
"What a fantastic day! We started with Peles and then traveled back in history to catch Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress. Charlie was fabulous! He remembered our names and actively engaged all of us to ensure our comfort, safety, and enjoyment. His knowledge of the places we visited and the routes to get there was immense and entertaining. He is a seasoned professional and all the location staff were delighted to see him. I purchased the version of this tour that included the entrance fees, but there were still some additional optional charges, so be sure to ask about that and bring enough cash. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous, and Charlie included stops at the best viewpoints for amazing pictures and was even happy to fill in as photographer! Lunch was at a lovely chalet in an idyllic spot with views of the mountains and Bran Castle with scrumptious traditional foods and an attentive, friendly staff. I had thought about trying to do this trip on my own, but the logistics of transportation alone would have been a nightmare. Charlie not only made the day efficient and stress-free, but he also made the trip an unforgettable experience."
"Took the Bran Castle and Ranskov Fortress tour with Tudor as our tour guide. What a great trip made even better with Tudor as our guide. He has the most pleasant nature, knowledgeable and passionate style. Top guide
"Could not have asked for a better guide. I was traveling Romania alone so it was nice to be with a small group on this tour. Our guide was fantastic. Not just informative about Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, and Peles Palace but about the history of his country. He was very personable and made the trip that much more interesting and fun. Excellent tour!"
"Amazing tour with Tudor! I chose the extended Bran/Rasnov/Pele option and am so glad I did. The sites are incredible to see but made better by tour guide. Tudor knows what's he's talking about and loves what he does. It's quite clear. He was incredibly accomdatiig and respectful. Excellent tour, would 10/10 recommend."
"Muy bien todo ,bien organizado y la gente muy agradable , como guía excelente ,merece vivir semejantes experiencias. Son unicas Gracias Marian y también Carmen"
"We booked direct online with Active Travel who were great from the outset. Acknowledged our booking right away and provided meeting instructions in advance.
Tiberius was our driver and guide for our tour we got picked up at 5.30pm by the main square. He was on time and we ended up having a private trip.
He was a safe driver and the vehicle was comfortable. He was very welcoming and has great knowledge of bears and there habits etc.. he's obviously also very passionate about what he does.
I spotted a bear footprint just as we got out the car. The walk to the hide is nice. Quite steep and a little muddy in places wear good shoes. It's a nice walk there and the hide is clean and comfortable.
Totally happy to answer any questions you might have and is very patient.
We felt safe and happy. Unfortunately we didn't see as much bear activity that we would've hoped for but we did see 1 bear, a female 8 years old. And when she first appeared out of the dark depths of the forest it was such an amazing sight. Something I won't forget.
She was beautiful and so very big. Unfortunately she seemed very spooked out and whilst she would usually stay around and eat, she simply grabbed the food and took it away... several minutes later she returned and did the same.
Tiberius let us wait for as long as it was safe, but sadly we didn't see another bear. It's a shame but at least we were lucky enough to see one bear twice.
I'd highly recommend this trip and feel privileged to have been able to see the beautiful brown bear in its natural habitat. Cost for 2 people EUR90.00."
"Daniel is a highly professional and competent mountain guide. He is a ski instructor during the winter months, and he shared stories of being assigned to trail maintenance during his days in the Communist army.
He has a great sense of humor, and made our day trip to the Seven Ladders very memorable.
"We loved our tour of these castles and the guidance and knowledge of Charlie, our guide. He went out of his way to show us these beautiful sites, including the fortress church. Seeing the backroads of Brasnov and the other towns were also lovely.
It was a rainy, cloudy day but it did capture the beauty of these castles and surrounds.
We were fortunate to have just the 2 of us which gave us a personal experience. Charlie was respectful, kind and extremely knowledgeable - gave us enough of the history without talking incessantly.
We would highly recommend this company -thanks so much!"
"Tudor was an amazing tour guide, with lots of knowledge on the history of Transylvania and the areas we visited. I learned a lot about the area, and had great conversation. Tudor was very attentive and had an awesome personality. Amazing experience!"
We toured Bran Castle, Rasnov Citadel, some of the mountainous areas near Brasov, and a local farmers’ market in Brasov with our guide Veris. Our experience was absolutely fantastic. Veris provided us with an overview of the history of the region around Brasov and the territories comprising Romania from ancient times to the present. His intellect and knowledge gave us a new insights into Romania and the character of its people. During a rainy day, Veris offered a helping and very supportive arm to one of us who had a recent knee operation.
We had our best day in Romania thanks to Veris. Highly recommended and we hope to have another tour with him when we return to Romania in the future!"
"Firstly, Tudor is a superb guide and a thoroughly nice guy, very easy to talk to, courteous and very knowledgable. Lots of laughs were had and we visited some beautiful castles and the breathtaking countryside of Transylvania. Everything went very smoothly, including Tudor collecting us from the train station on time and he is a very careful driver. Highly recommended!!"
"I had a perfect day! Did the 3 castle trip Peles, Bran and Rasnov. Excellent tour' great company' and an amazing guide. Ty Charlie"
"The experience from the time Tudor (tour guide) picked me up at Piata Sfatului (Brasov) was amazing. I didn't even feel like I was on a tour - it's like having a road trip with a friend visiting these stunning sites. Tudor was very informative - you can ask questions anytime you like and he's quite experienced on what he do. He helped me take photos as well - nice photos by the way. This tour is highly recommended - you can ask Todur as your tour guide (maybe) if he's not busy. It was a wonderful trip!"
"We had a wonderful tour experience from Mr Tudor Georoceanu. He was a fantastic company and very informative. We saw the Castle in a different light and had a great end to a perfect family holiday. Thank you!"Amazing!!
"This is a must do trip whilst in Brasov.
Tiberius picked us up at 5;30 in the main square. After a short drive we arrived at the reserve where we had a pleasant walk to the observation hut. our guide Tiberius was extremely knowledgable and made us feel safe at all times.
We sat patiently for around an hour, i was just giving up the will to live when a big brown bear made an appearance, it has to be one of the most amazing experiences i have ever had. We saw a total of 3 different bears 2 big males and a female, which kept coming and going . I would highly recommend this trip and am hoping to take my daughters for their 21st and 18th birthdays."
"Our guide for the day was Charles. He was amazing . I opted for Bran and Rasnov castles, he is very informative and had a fun journey . He also bought us some wild strawberries. Thank you, would recommend to others."
"Amazing trip, exceeded our expectations and would completely recommend this to anyone. Our guide Bogdan is what really made our experience great and rememberable."Peles Castle, Rasnov Fortress and Bran Castle with Dan Negoescu
"Dan Negoescu was my guide for Peles Castle, Rasnov Fortress and Bran Castle. His English was excellent. His car was modern, clean and comfortable. As a guide he was very friendly, attentive, passionate, knowledgeable, informative and professional. When visiting each of the locations with Dan I could see that he was well connected with and respected by the workers. Dan was a fantastic tour guide and I highly recommend him. Thank you very much Dan!"
"Small-group is exactly what we got with only the two of us met by cheerful and knowledgable guide Tudor Georoceanu. The walk is short drive from Brasov. Avoid weekends as this is a favourite spot for locals and it took us a while to find parking. Also, lots of people on the track which is rough underfoot and difficult to overtake in places. You pay just below the ladders and enter the canyon (have the right change...or small notes). The canyon can be a bit of a bottleneck especially if there are people ahead not so happy with heights and taking their time ascending. The ladders are well made but not enclosed so heed the warnings when it comes to kids etc. Highly recommended otherwise. Also, all credit to our guide Tudor who got us off the main trail to see the Bear Wall climbing spot. Spectacular forest walk and not a soul to be seen....until you re-join the main track."
"We got picked up promptly and was taken to the forest. After a safety talk we headed a short distance to the hide. We were shown massive paw prints on the way. Then the wait... We only saw 1 young bear a couple of times but it was worth it. She came up really close."
"After years of wanting to visit this castle I finally managed to do it. The castle is amazing, its architecture and all. Wish I could have stayed logner than two hours which was the ammount we were given on the tour we took. Down side was that the castle was crowded with tourists, and I was not even here during peak season, so I can't imagine how crowded it will be then.
Still, this is a must see castle if visiting Romania."
"My wife & I were very keen to visit the beautiful Romanian villages during our stay in Brasov. We chose Active Travel to plan a private guided tour for us & were very glad we chose them. We visited the gorgeous villages 'Magura' & 'Pestera'& were lucky the weather stayed good. We loved the interaction with the local villagers & enjoyed a traditional lunch at their house. Overall a memorable experience. In fact we were very glad that Marion himself decided to take us for this tour. He is actually a very competent & highly trained mountain guide but his knowledge about the local villages & their culture was impeccable. I would highly recommend Active Travel Tour Company for various day (single or mutiple) tour options, especially if you are keen to trek & explore the glorious mountains that Romania is blessed with. Active Travel has a team of well trained & talented guides, who are locals & hence know the terrain etc. very well. My wife & i found Active Travel to be very professional & they took utmost care to ensure that our day trip was lot of fun & we were well taken care of. I wish Marian all the best for the future & i look foward to exploring the beautiful mountains with him,during my next trip to mesmerising Romania."
"Three Sisters 65+
Marian was very efficient from first contact. My emails were always promptly
Marian was very efficient from first contact. My emails with questions were always promptly answered. Advice on how best to cater for the destinations we wished to explore, resulted in a fabulous itinerary. Booking from the website and payment procedure was hassle free. The price was reasonable The pickup from our hotel went smoothly with Charlie our guide for ten days. Charlie is indeed a great ambassador for the company. He informed us well, was flexible with our needs, went above and beyond our expectations, always going the extra mile with kindness to make our holiday memorable. It was great having Charlie with us for meals as he explained the menu and local food. We were happy with our accomodation and chose to be close in the old town. We loved our home stay in the Maramureş with delicious home cooking and the friendly folk we encountered. Well done Active Travel with the high calibre of staff you employ. We loved Charlie and still miss him."
"Touring with Charlie is like having a friend guide you around! Charlie is very personable and knew a lot about Castle Bran, Peles Castle and the medieval ruins of Rasnov. Highly recommend this tour, and definitely ask for Charlie!"
"I took the extended tour with three friends. We enjoyed every minute of the tour with our guide Charlie. He was informative, pleasant, and engaging. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Brasov! Thanks!"
"Friendly, professional and safety conscious tour. Very informative guide. Good communication about the booking and pick up point made it easy to arrange - on top of all that we did actually see bears!"
"Our tour guide, Tudor, was very knowledgeable about the sites, their history, and the history of the country. He picked us up promptly, handled all the details, and took care of my husband who cannot move fast or climb well. This is important as both these sites involve stairs, steep slanted ramps, and cobblestones. Bring your cameras, water, and sturdy shoes and have a great time."
"A perfect excursion with a fantastic guide who made the visit of the castles very interesting with his background explanations and his good mood. Definitely to recommend!"
"We booked this and were picked up in Brasov Square by Tiberius, who would be our tour guide. He drove us South West of Brasov to the base of the mountain. He was friendly and informative, and gave us a safety talk before a short walk to the 'hide' (like a bunker with windows).
After awhile a six year old male bear appeared. We got a great view of him as he fed for awhile before moving into the woods. Later we saw another, much younger bear. It was a great experience, and Tiberius was a great host. He put in the extra effort to ensure we enjoyed the trip."
"This was such a great tour of 3 amazing spots near Brasov. Bran Castle (Dracula's castle), Pele's Castle, and Rasnov Fortress. Charlie was an amazing guide. I was staying a bit outside of the Old Town, but he picked me up in the morning right on time. There was a lot of great information on each site, and about Romania in general. His English is great, and he's very friendly and very flexible with what the group wanted to do. There were many tours offered for these castles, but I'm so happy I picked this one with Charlie and Active Travel!"
"I only had one day to sightsee in Brasov and, based on the reviews on TripAdvisor, booked this tour.
It was a terrific day-long tour, from 9am to 8pm. Bognan was our guide (cheerful, informative and chatty throughout) as we toured Peles Castle (my favourite), Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress. We also detoured, and got to experience the Caraiman Monastery and see one of the ski resorts close-up. Our guide provided lots of background explanations, including on the history of Romania. I learnt a huge amount about the country, and the region, and no questions seemed off limits.
I was travelling alone, and joined three others in the car, and we soon hit it off. At no time were we ever under any pressure to rush around the sites - we could take our time, thanks to Bogdan.
A day I'll remember, and would recommend it to others."
"My tour group booked the day hike from Brasov to the National Park. Our guide Mihai was very friendly, punctual and was an excellent guide for the day with a comprehensive knowledge of the local terrain, wildlife with many stories along the way. We also had very nice breaks and side tours along the way while enjoying the magnificent scenery of the unspoiled National park. Would highly recommend active travel for any tour in Transylvania."
"We just want to say a massive thank you to Charlie for such an amazing day. The trip to the castles was the highlight of our trip to Transylvania and one not to be missed by anyone thinking about booking!
He has an extensive knowledge about every location and was more than willing to answer any questions we had about anything during the trip.
I honestly, could not recommend this enough! Thank you for a fantastic day Charlie!"
"Amazing 4 days! Completed this hike with a friend and had Mihai as our guide; incredibly knowledgeable and very friendly. Every day of hiking was completely different and saw so many things.
Stayed at Pensiunea Pepino, super comfortable room, phone reception and fast wifi. The food was an absolute highlight, traditional Romanian food and lots of it!"
"This was a great trip. Marian was the guide throughout the self guided treks and he was excellent. He prepared everything went through all the details, arranged all the travel to and Back from the trials, and pick the best guest houses I've ever stayed in. The people running the guest houses were lovely, the rooms were spotless, breakfast was fantastic and I was very well looked after. Thanks for a great trip. I couldn't recommend this more."
"Also went to Peles castle which was our favourite. Mihai was a great guide and driver, knowledgable, interesting, would recommend!"
"In April we did the short trip visiting Bran and Rasnov. The whole trip took 6 hours, but the distance was shorter than expected and we never had a boring minute. It was easter day and it must have been more than 1000 people in line for Bran, but our guide made sure we were first in line. It was great to be able to take some good photos before the crowds came in. The guide had lots of information to share, and it wasn't difficult to see that he had a inner passion for the subjects. It was great that he always shared both sides of the stories. After telling us about the different myths and rumors, he always ended with explaining what most likely was the real insident or story that had come to create the different myths. We can warmly recommend the tour!"
"It was fantastic. We fell in love with your countryside and mountains. Bogdan was amazing. Very knowledgeable trustworthy and safe so we felt very comfortable. He worked out or limits very quickly and push us just enough for it to be a challenge but great fun and very rewarding.
Thank you very much. We will definitely be back!"
"Me and my friend did the 3 day trekking tour in Bucegi Natural Park and Piatra Craiului National Park and it was absolutely perfect. Mihai was a great and very experienced hiking guide on a private tour through the beautiful mountains. He answered all our questions and told interesting facts about the surroundings and all its animals, plants and trees. I would recommend this to everyone who likes to experience the wonderful nature of Romania and a good physical challenge as well."
"We were picked up by Tiberius who is a very good who knows everything about bears and wildlife in Romania. Nice location and a very good view for watching and taking pictures. We saw a really huge male brown bear, an unforgetable experience. I can only recommend it!"
"My husband and I completed this beautiful hike with Mihai as our guide. We were not quite sure what to expect but this turned out to be the highlight of our trip in Romania. Mihai was able to assess out fitness and preparedness level and took us on a challenging and exhilarating hike at a loop at Piatra Craiului National Park. Mihai was a wealth of knowledge about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the park. We loved this hike and hope to one day be back for the extended three day hike! Active Travel was very responsive to our inquiries from the moment of booking and throughout. We highly recommend them for your needs in Brasov."
"Every visit was fascinating. Peles Castle was the most beautiful, but Bran Castle held my interest even moreso than Peles. I was captivated by Rasnov Fortress, pondering on how life was like so many years ago. You get more of a memorable tour when you have a guide explaining so many facts about each site."
"I couldn’t write enough positive comments about this wonderful travel agency. They were so professional and accommodating with all my questions regarding the trip. I personally requested our guide Balazs Karoly Andras (Charlie) since there were so many positive reviews about him. I was not disappointed. He made our trip so entertaining while at the same time, we learned about the history and people of Transylvania. I highly recommend this agency should you plan a visit Romania. Marian, the owner will ensure your trip is a memorable one!"
"We went on this tour with Tudor from Active Travel. We wanted to maximize our time in Brasov and nearby places and Tudor was able to save time in each place while still providing lots of history and interesting commentary. He was able to take us on a panoramic route on the way back with a beautiful view of Brasov. He also stopped in another part of town that we had not time to see during our three day stay in Brasov. We did a lot in five hours and could not have done it without the guidance of Tudor from Active Travel. We did two tours with Active Travel and have no hesitation to recommend them for your travel needs in Brasov. They are awesome!"
"Our guide, Tudor Georoceanu, was brillant. He knew where to go to get the best views, easy access to attractions and his knowledge of history and the area was first class. A really nice guy whose English was also perfect. Highly recommended."
"We took this tour two days ago and loved every minute of it. You can book this tour through the company's website activetravel.ro but we felt more secure booking it through TripAdvisor even though it was $13 more. Our guide Bara Zsolt, who goes by George, called us the night before to confirm where to pick us up at as we were staying at an Airbnb 2 miles from the Old Town. He picked us up right on time at 810am, then we picked up 5 more people in the city center.
The van he used was new, clean, and very comfortable. George was also a great driver, making sure that everyone wore their seatbelts. We headed to Peles Castle first to avoid the crowds later. The castle is beautiful and George provided us with great information during the tour. He went slow making sure to answer everyone's questions.We then headed to Bran Castle. This castle is much smaller and different than Peles but it was very interesting to see and we also enjoyed this castle.
George then took us to an authentic Romanian restaurant in a beautiful setting where we got to eat outside and enjoy the sunny day. The food was affordable and was great. My husband had the cabbage rolls and I had the cheesy polenta with egg and sausage. Everyone in our group had the dumplings (donuts) for dessert which were very very good.
We then headed to Rasnov Fortress and as a group we decided to pay the extra $3 and take the funicular to the top instead of the 100+ stairs as it was getting late and we were running out of time. We only had enough time to walk to the top of the fortress before heading back to the funicular, but by this time the tour had lasted almost 12-hours and I think we were all ready to go home.
The day was fantastic and we highly recommend spending the money (the entrance fee to the three sights and the lunch are all extra so be sure to bring enough cash). I also recommend tipping your guide as George did a fantastic job. I never know how much to tip and I even asked everyone in our group how much to tip and no one seemed to know. So I will just post that we gave 50 Lei, I don't know if that was good or bad or correct."
"My wife and I spent a week in Brasov as part of our honeymoon and participated in 3 activities with Active Travel. We did the castle tour with Charlie, the bear watching with Tiberius, and the 7 Ladders Hike with Alex. All 3 activities were amazing and different and were great additions to our stay in a beautiful area. All 3 guides were very knowledgeable and professional. Each of them went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. Special shout out to Charlie since he was with us the longest as he was our guide for the all-day castle tour. Despite the fact that he had just led the same all day tour the previous day, he made our group feel like we were the most important clients that he had ever had and his humor, energy, and positivity never wavered from pick up to drop off. We highly recommend this company to anyone visiting Romania."
"Although this trip involves a lot of driving, it's definitely worth it! The Transfagarasan Road is a must if you go to Romania! It's stunning (if a little nerve wracking going around some of the corners where the road has fallen away!) If you're feeling fit there are a couple of routes that you can walk up to the top of the ridge for even better views. We did the blue triangle one (probably the steepest one there), which you do need proper walking boots and ideally trekking poles for.
Unfortunately Poienari Fortress was shut because of the bears, but our guide Tudor took as to a fascinating fortified church instead, which was a really interesting little gem.
Tudor himself was also a brilliant guide, he chatted the whole way and told us all sorts of stories and histories of the area and Romania as a whole, which made the long drives go much quicker. He clearly has a passion for what he does and is well informed on all sorts of subjects. He was also interested in us though, which added a nice personal touch.
Definitely recommend doing this trip with Active Travel."
"My husband and I had a wonderful time hiking with our guide Mihai in Piatra Craiului National Park and the Bucegi Mountains for two days. Mihai was very thoughtful and he had great recommendations for our hiking routes, especially because the weather was a bit tricky. We also really loved the guesthouse that Active Travel arranged for us- beautiful view of the valley and an extremely tasty dinner. Overall we would highly recommend!"
"We went on a half day tour of Bran Castle and Rasnov fortress. Our tour guide was Dan and before the proper tour had even started, he took us to a local church to have a quick look inside. We found him to be knowledgeable, fun and answered all our questions. Dan was on time, and made sure that we were at each location at the best times to avoid the crowds. We had a great time, enjoyed Dan's company and learned a lot! I fully recommend the tour!"
"Being a traveller that normally do not travel alone, I got the opportunity to come to Brasov with my company and tried to take advantage of my only day off in the city. I have been very lucky to choose this tour from many others, as the tour was really exciting and nice! I got to go to the Bran and Peles castles and the fortress of Rasnov. The nicest of this tour was the guide Charlie who was super funny, kind and ultra knowledgeable. I got so much fun in this tour and overall a great moment. I hope I could come back to Romania one day and if this is the case I wont hesitate for a second to get another tour with this agency and also with Charlie.
Thank you Charlie!!! :)
Fabiola (from Peru)"
"The agency were very very accomodating as we also wanted to visit the Libearty Bear sanctuary so this trip was customised to suit this. Alex was a fantastic guide and I can´t say enough positive things about him, he was very knowledgeable and right from the start he gave an interesting insight of the history of Romania and Transylvania as we were travelling to the first destination. He was fantastic with our two young children and very accomodating on the trip to make it comfortable for them, even pushing one of them of the swings in the park by Bran Castle. during the tours his guide was excellent and delivered with humour and it was the best way to see the attractions. Everything went smoothly and I recommend you ask for Alex when booking, my children asked if he can take us again next year!!"
"The Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress tour was a great way to spend some of your time in Brasov. Both locations were beautiful and interesting. Tudor was the guide on my tour and he was awesome. He was incredibly knowledgeable, it is easy to see how much he enjoys what he does. He speaks very intelligently on different subjects surrounding the points of interest, and other historical events that have taken place in Romania. I would highly recommend this tour, and if you can request Tudor, you won’t be disappointed."
"A very good tour with our guide Tudor Who gave a lot of information about The castle and Transylvania. Relaxed trip."
"We were very pleased with our tour to Bran Castle and Rasnov. Tudor was a perfect guide and it was so nice to travel in a small group."
"Preciosos paisajes. Impresionantes valles, senderos y montañas. Cuatro días inmersos en el color verde. Nada masificado."
"Our trip to piatra craiului national park with Active travel was wonderful and fantastic with being soaked by the beauty of nature.
Marian who guided us in this trip was very attentive and knowledgeable about Romania. He was patient enough to wait for my friend who had to take her steps slowly due to some health reason. I appreciate his efforts to let us see more and enjoy more the beauty of Romania."
"Our guide Alex Mitu was an excellent guide in terms of language, organization, friendliness and professionalism. We had so much fun and would highly recommend it."
"Actually, I didn’t have much information about this transfagarasan road trip, i just reserved this tour with being attracted by only one photo. But it was much more than I expected. All the way of driving from Brasov to Transfagarash was so beautiful with all pastoral views and the view at the top of transfagarasan was absolutely stunning with snow and glacier lake. I think this is must-visit place. Highly recommending!!!!
This was our second trip ( first one was castle tour) with Charlie, superb tour guide. All the time being for the tour, he was so attentive, friendly, and professional.
He was sharing a lot of stories about Romania and tried to give us more understanding about Romania, which made our trip more abundant and pleasant.
I liked his way of dealing guests, not just treating as customers, but being friends.
I will definitely recommend Active tour program to my friends whoever will visit Transylvania."
Excellent 6-day hike in the Fagaras mountains!
Reviewed July 27, 2019
"Activetravel managed to organize and execute a once in a lifetime experience for us. Marian has tailored a trek which included all our specific wishes. His professional and quick feedback convinced us from the beginning.
Mihai, our guide, was a perfect match for us. His guiding and mountaineering experience made us feel safe, especially when weather and trail conditions were tough. When the trail became critical, he used his rope to ensure our safety. Beside his professional guiding skills we enjoyed his great personality and his good sense of humour. He is a fantastic guide!
Activetravel has exceeded our expectations in every way. We can highly recommend them! Thank you so much for everything, Mihai and Marian! For our next tour we will definitely chose you again!"
"Charly was a great and super funny guide! The tour featured many historical facts and was really interesting! Since we visited the Bran castle in the morning and were able to skip the line, thanks to the entry for guided tours, there were not too many tourists."
"Our guide was passionate, knowledgeable, multilingual, and a good person. I was entirely happy with the tour."
"Wir hatten zu Viert mit unserem Personal Guide Alex eine sehr entspannte Tagestour im klimatisierten Van unternommen. Bei tollem Wetter viel gesehen. Alex kann auch gut Deutsch sprechen und weiß viele interessante Dinge über Siebenbürgen und die Siebenbürger Sachsen. Er fährt und hält unterwegs wo immer man gerne möchte. Top zu empfehlen!!!"
"We did a 1 day excursion in the mountains with active travel and love it! The place was really nice, beautiful sightseeing, not too hard to walk.. but what we would like to highlight it was how we liked our guide, Mihai, an interesting person to talk with, knowledgable of the area, mountains and climbing in general, but also it was a lovely opportunity to get to know more about the sociocultural insight of the country.. we really liked him, he was kind, attentive, it considered everybody’s needs in the group and, not less important, the best Romanian driver we found in 20 days travelling around the country with a car!
We really recommend him if you go near by Brasov!"
"Excellent day trip to Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress and Peles Castle. Our tourguide had too much knowledge about the sights and Romanian history, she was able to clarify all our doubts and to make a good route, we arrived in Bran Castle before most of tourists. Also, the time spent in each Castle and Fortress was enough. She had excellent english skills. Thank you Active Travel!"
"My boyfriend and I spent a fantastic day with our guide, Tudor, visiting Bran Castle, Peles Castle and the Rasnov Fortress. Our guide was friendly, very knowledgable, and went above and beyond to make sure that we had the best experience possible. I would highly recommend the small tour with Tudor as we had the flexibility to make our own schedule and were not crammed in a bus with 50 other people. One of the highlights of our trip so far!"
"Ask for Tudor. Knowledgeable, friendly, fun and professional. We had a great day out at Peles palace, bran castle and rasnov fort. Peles was the best."
"Wonderful experience . Saw three different bears the first night and two bears the second night . Very well organised . A special experience in the wild ."
"Tudor was right on time at our hotel at the time indicated in the confirmation email. An extremely cheerful person, he ensured that we get tit bits of information throught out the drive to the parking. He ensured that he walked at our pace, did not hurry. Yes there could be a bottle neck at the base of the ladders, however after that he gave us an option of a 15 min trek of a 1 hr trek, we took the 1 hr one. And boy, it was amazing. Imagine the only soul in the forest. He even had spare jackets. An excellent trip. When you book through active travel, put in a request that your guide has to be Tudor Georoceanu."
"I was traveling solo in Romania and booked a day tour of Bran Castle and Râşnov Fortress with Active Travel through Trip Advisor. We ended up being a small group of three plus our wonderful guide, Bara Zsolt (“George”). Our guide was very kind and knowledgeable, and I really enjoyed the day!
After the tour, I regretted my decision to not include Peles Palace, and spoke to the tour operator about getting me into just the Peles part of the next day’s tour. He was great in working with me on this and we were able to devise a plan where I would join a scheduled tour for Peles and then be dropped at the train station while they went on to the rest that I had already seen. I really appreciated him making this work for me. I was lucky enough to be with George again on the next day’s tour, which I was happy about since he had been so wonderful the day before.
I highly recommend visiting all three locations and with this company! The cost is of good value (note that entrance fees are not included, but are not very expensive, and you get to skip the queue). If you end up with George as your tour guide, ask him about DinoLand and a good Italian restaurant in Brasov ;)."
"We did seven days with Active Travel and the experience was amazing. We did a self guided hiking tour for which they arranged all accommodations and transfers - both of which are important in this area as well as mapped routes and local advice. They were flexible when we had to adjust to a weather day and put us in great places to stay. Reasonably priced and great service! Would definitely use them again.
One note - Bran Castle (which actually has no connection whatsoever to Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula) is not that great. Peles Castle is stunningly beautiful and much better. In hindsight we would have skipped Bran. Most certainly if you have to choose between the two, do Peles"
"We did the 2 day culture trek with the most amazing guide Mihal. He was very knowledgeable in Romanian history, a fantastic mountain guide and a great person to hang out with for 2 days. We loved everything and even though the weather wasn’t ideal for our hike he made the best of it for us. It’s a great company and the value is really good. We also loved the guesthouse we stayed in in Magura, was some of the best food we’ve had on our 7 week trip. Thanks to Marian and Mihai - we’ll be back :)"
"We had perfect trip with a wonderful guide. He is not only very profissional guide but he is friendly, patient, helper and a good storyteller. We learned and we had fun and laughed a lot. The company is very, very reliable. Thanks Charlies - Balazs Karoly Andras".
"We had a really fabulous day, we met Tudor in the square and we set off for Peles Palace. All the way there he told us stories about Romania, about the people and it’s history. Peles was stunning, so much to see and I loved the stories of the Royal Family. We took so many photos. We went to Rasnov Fortress next, we stopped for lunch at the lovely Romanian restaurant there and then got the tractor up the hill. This fort was really interesting and the views were spectacular, we were right in the Mountains, I really enjoyed it. Our final stop was Bran Castle and this was another gem, all 3 places were really different and Tudor made each one really special. After we left Bran, Tudor asked if we would like to take the road through the Mountains and it was so good, Tudor stopped at various view points so we could take photos. We were so pleased to have taken this trip and see these 3 fabulous places but it was made so much better having Tudor to speak to. He told us amazing stories of the history, communism and what it is like to live in Romania today. He was so passionate about his beautiful country so ask for Tudor if you book this tour."
"Me and my three teenagers had a great day with the group led by the very engaging guide Alex. He gave a vivid and complex tale of Romanian ancient history, recent past and present situation. It was no rehearsed manuscript, more costum made for the day and the group. My kids had no problem to understand. With Alex, we had a short break for Romanian fast food and then passed the queue to Bran without any delay. We were picked up and left at our Airbnb situated outside old city."
"We had a great road trip with Alex and Tudor. They are great drivers and a wealth of knowledge. I would do it again!"
"Well-worth the investment in time and money. A 45 minute drive from Brasov and then a 15 minute walk through the forest brings you to the shelter where you spend a couple of hours. We saw 5 different bears and 2 foxes during our visit. To be recommended!"
"We had so much fun on the hike with Marian who led us safely through the rainy forest into the alpine pasture and up to the saddle. A grand day out with a superb guide who soldiered on despite a head injury. I especially loved the food in the mountain cabin sitting in so much history with some cool people. I would definitely recommend this and also Marian as your guide."
"This is my first tripadvisor review and i felt compelled to write it cos Tudor was such a great guide. His english is very fluent, excellent knowledge whenever we pose questions, very warm-hearted and sincere service. Brasov is already an amazing place to visit and he was the icing on the cake!
I also would like to commend on his safe driving (yet not slow, in case you misinterpret it). My group is only 2 of us and joined by a lovely british couple, and i can tell they enjoyed Tudor's service as well, as they were so kind to bought him a customised mug while we had a stopover. And coincidentally, bumped into them again the next day and they sign up for another of Tudor's hiking tour (which i wished i had too!)
Lastly, i also admire Tudor's love for his country and for Brasov particularly, and it showed through.
I had a great time, one of the best country i have visited, and Tudor was truly a superb guide.
If he is reading this, i am one of the 2 girls from Singapore, who joined your tour on 10th Jul. Thank you very much and i wish you the best!!
Do sign up and request for Tudor! He's the guy!"
"We were party of a big guided tour of Romania and opted to separate and go on this. It was incredibly worth it. Our group did the same tour, but it cost 3 times as much and the others saw 1/3 of what we saw. This is the best way to see the country cities of Romania. Our guide was incredible and think his name was Charlie, but he was one of the best guides we had. Our guide went out of his way to make it a great and memorable trip. Cannot say enough!"
"it was to me very emotional to see three bears in the wild, something to never forget.. Well organised with focus on respect for orest and wild animals"
"Stipt/ enthousiaste en gedreven ranger, Leuke uitleg en gespreksmomenten, spannend maar veilige belevenis"
"This was a very enjoyable activity, and we were lucky enough to watch four bears and a fox from our hide. Our guide, Radu-Alexandru, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about bears, their customs, habitat, etc. and was able to explain and answer all our questions. He was very kind and helpful, and he was very concerned about the safeguard of the environment, and keeping the area safe for the bears, while maintaining prudent access to visitors. We enjoyed the activity very much. Thanks, Alex!"
"Had a great day with Tudor exploring the area around the 7 Ladders Canyon. It was a small group of only 2 other guests (3 tourists total) which was perfect for tailoring the tour to our liking. Tudor was very attentive to the needs of the group, fully explaining the trip and options for return routes from the canyon. He also provided a lot of commentary on Romanian history and present day. Though the day was hot, a nice walk through the woods was the perfect escape. Thanks Tudor and Active Travel for a wonderful day!"
"À faire! Marian, le guide sera vous vendre les mérites de ce jolie parc, de cette belle région et aussi de son pays!
Avec lui la balade se fait d’anecdotes en anecdotes en rends le circuit plus agréable même s’il l’est déjà naturellement.
Superbe panorama, un peu de monde par endroit mais d’autres assez isolés.
Vu trop peu de faune sauvage à mon goût, mais l’heure et la saison n’étaient sans doute les plus appropriés pour faire ces rencontres.
Vous prendrez votre repas en route dans un gîte, suffisant copieux pour faire le job, prévoyez malgré tout quelques en-cas car la balade peut prendre 6 ou 7h."
"Our tour guide Dan was absolutely fantastic. Provided us with an awesome day packed with information. He spoke English very well and was very kind. If you want to do this tour look no further than Dan with Active Travel"Fantastic!
"This was a great experience, we really enjoyed it!
We got an halfday of hiking in the beautiful mountains and Woods near Brasov. Climbing up the ladders in the Canyon was exciting and fun not to mention beautiful with the surroundings. But what really made this something extra and special was the fantastic tour-guide Tudor G! He looked after each one of us in the group and making sure that we were ok and enjoying ourselfes throughout the hike, especially when hiking in the steep hills and up crossing the wooden bridges. As an extra bonus we got to know some more of the Romanian history and culture as Tudor gladly shared his knowledge with us, special thanks for the local restaurant recommendation, thumbs up!
This was such a good hike, the weather and the company was great! Walking in the beautiful woods and Canyon in a small group led by a fantastic tour-guide made it a memory for life!"
"We visited from Paris and we were extremely happy with the tour and with our tour guide Dan. He was very knowledgeable and engaged. He really went above and beyond by sharing all his knowledge and making a few extra stops such as Siania monastery, a fortified church and he took us to have lunch to a really nice restaurant with a beautiful view on Bran Castle. He was exceptional ! We will remember with pleasure this day. Thank you Dan !
We highly recommend."
"We started our tour at Rasnov and Alex made the history of the place come alive, while making us feel involved by asking questions and holding conversations with us, rather than reciting off a script and then just moving on. Afterwards, we headed to Bran castle where we had a break for some fast food. Then we made our way through the ticket line at which point Alex told us about the history of the castle and its role in the Romanian culture. Finally, we made our way through the castle where Alex shared more fun facts about the design of the castle, its rooms and the whole Dracula mythology. Our tour finished with Alex dropping us off at our hotel. Overall, the tour was fun, enjoyable and easy to understand."
"El señor es más que amable, te lleva, te trae, te explica y además te tranquiliza sobre el posible peligro. (Porque haberlo, lo hay) experiencia válida para toda la familia que además ayuda a la conservación del lugar y de los animales que allí viven, dado que las visitas son la única fuente de ingresos para mantener este santuario. Totalmente recomendable".
"Alex was s superb guide. Very knowledge about the places we visited. Great personality and personable throughout the tour. Safe driver. I would highly recommend him to any of our friends who come to the Brasov area for a guide through Active Travel. If the highest rating is a 5 then he gets a 6. Mr. Almstedt."
"I rarely take tours because of what I feel is the sheep mentality required (meaning you just follow the crowd unquestioningly). However, I was pleasantly surprised both with the accommodating attitude of Dan the guide and his almost encyclopedic knowledge about the castles. He also supplemented this with photos of the relevant personages involved. He was particularly attentive when supporting an old lady up the fortress.
I would absolutely recommend him."
"Wir haben letzte Woche eine Tour zur Transfogaraschen Hochstraße gemacht. Unser Guide Tudor holte uns pünktlich am vereinbarten Treffpunkt in Brasov ab. Von dort aus ging es zum Balea See und zur
Transfagarasan. Wir konnten auf dem Weg dorthin tolle Bilder machen und bekamen viele Infos über die rumänische Geschichte, Land und Leute. Tolle Tour, toller Guide und tolles Ausflugsziel!"
"Had an amazing 3 days! Our guide, Mihai was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. He judged our level perfectly (including our 11 year-old son) and guided us expertly up some tricky rocks in Piatra Craiului, found us waterfalls to cool off in and gave great information about the nature and history of the area. Great trip, would thoroughly recommend!"
"The guide did a perfect job. The landscape and the hiking speed were good for all clients. The food on the hut was good too."
"We had the best guide, Zsolt! He really did make it the entire tour great. He was very knowledgeable even with things unrelated to the castles. The only thing that was a bit of a miss for myself and my partner was that we didnt want to spend any money on the tour and knew the one we booked didnt include entry fees, however weren't asked if we did or didnt want to enter and bought the group tickets in which we had to pay him for at the end. But other then that this is still a 5star tour especially if you get the same guide as we did."
"Quedamos con Tiberio a las 17:50 en nuestro alojamiento. Nos recogió puntual y luego fuimos en coche durante 40 minutos. Allí, en el bosque aparcamos y andamos durante 15 minutos hasta llegar a un escondite. El camino fue muy emocionante, esperando a que saliera un oso en cualquier momento. Como les dejan comida, los osos aparecen rápido y la verdad es que nos encantó verlos de cerca, escondidos. Vimos 3 osos y dos zorritos. A la vuelta, casi ya de noche, el caminos resultó aún más emocionante porque sabíamos que nos estaban vigilando. En ningún momento nos sentimos inseguros porque Tiberio nos explicó todo muy bien. La experiencia, aunque un poco cara, nos gustó."
"Un tour d'une journée en petit groupe (nous étions 8), avec le chateau de Peles pour commencer, puis le chateau de Bran, une pause déjeuner et enfin la forteresse de Rasnov. Karol ne fait pas que nous conduire mais sert également de guide á chaque endroit et connaît très bien les lieux. Il nous fait également profiter d'un accès coupe-file (très utie le samedi!), et il sait nous conseiller sur la gastronomie locale et les activités à faire. Merci pour ce tour!"
"This was the highlight of our trip to Brasov.We meet our guide and the group right at old town at 8:30 in the morning and finished the tour at 7:00 at night.I didn't want the tour to end!!! It was so much fun! All the Castles are amazing and the scenery is out of this world! I would like to give a special thanks to our tour guide CARLOS for making this day unforgettable!!HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!"
"Best tour in my life!!! The tour guide Carlos he is amazing polite nice and very informative. Small group HIGHLY recommend If come to brasov you need to do it !"
"The bear experience was very good. Everything went very well. The guide 'x' told us a lot about the life of the brown bear and we could ask anything we want. It was perhaps even better if we could watch a little longer."
"Alex was wonderful to work with and we enjoyed our tour immensely. He facilitated flawless visits to both of our destinations. He was kind and patient with our crew, and did not rush us and was flexible with our group (we had a baby and a toddler with us).
But the best part was being able to chat with Alex about history, culture, and politics. One day was not enough, we all learned a bit more about Romania and want to come back for another visit."
"Foram 7 dias de ótimos passeios:
1- Bucareste a Brasov, conhecendo Peles Castle e Sinaya Monstery;
2- Day tour nas montanhas;
3- Hiking day no Bucegi National Park;
4- Bran Castle, Rasnov e Poiana Brasov;
5- Corvin Castle e Sibiu;
6- Transfagarasan Road;
7 - Shighisoara e Cluj Napoca.
Nosso guia Karoly foi nota 10! Pontual, ótimo motorista, atencioso, simpático, educado.. excelente profissional.
Mr Marian Tirla sempre respondendo prontamente aos e-mails, tirando todas as dúvidas, e adequando os passeios aos teus interesses.
Tenho certeza que fiz um amigo na Romênia e ele se chama KAROLY.
Nossa viagem não seria tão boa se não tivéssemos feito os passeios com a Active Travel.
Um grande abraço ao Karoly e obrigado pela ótima experiência na Romênia.
Jorge, Gladis e Ricardo
Porto Alegre - Brasil"
"I went for the Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress tour with a Peles Castle excursion (note it's closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) which is optional. The trip was well planned to visit all of these as the crowds were dwindling. Alex Mitu was our guide and he took excellent care of us. Also, peppering our journey with interesting personal anecdotes. It's a small group tour and well worth the price. We left at 8:30 am and were back by 5 pm. A day well spent."
"We very much enjoyed the tour and saw several bears, including a quite large male. The walk to the blind is an easy one and the blind itself is a comfortable place to watch the bears from. Just stay quiet and be patient and you should see these magnificent creatures in the wild."
"Passeio muito bom com excelente explicações do guia Alex Mitu. O deslocamento foi bem agradável num grupo de sete pessoas. O guia além de nós explicar a história da Romênia tbem contou a vida nos dias de hj"
"Nous avons passé une journée extraordinaire en compagnie de Mihail, un guide de montagne professionnel, passionnant, humain et à l'écoute.
Les paysages étaient à couper le souffle, et Mihail a rendu cette expérience riche, amusante, vraiment merveilleuse ! Une vraie belle rencontre humaine qui nous a marquées, alors foncez sans hésiter, seul(e) ou en groupe !"
"Wow - what an experience! My normally very noisy 9yr old managed to keep quiet for 3 whole hours and we spotted 7 bears - even one in the forest on our way back to the car!!!! Definitely the highlight of our trip."
"Wir hatten eine rundum gelungene Tour, Karol hatte uns viel über die rumänische Geschichte vermittelt. Toll vielen dafür."
"When I did this tour we had a really small group, with Tudor as our guide. It was great! A nice group and Tudor knew so much about Romanian history, culture, whatnot... I learned so much! The balea lake and the Transfagarasan road are awesome. Only downside is that because the Fortress is closed, the dam is also not visited, I was looking forward to that, but it made sense and when I brought it up, we discussed going to the dam anyway but collectively decided to skip it because the other route back was nicer. Instead we went to faragas Fortress, which was nice! Definitely recommend."
"We spent a full day with Tudor and had a fantastic day visiting Balea Lake and Fagaras Fortress. This young lad was really interesting, fun, knowledgeable and passionate about his country and Transylvania in particular. Felt very safe and comfortable with his driving on some very tricky roads. I am a real history /geography /travel nerd and he was able to satisfy my needs!!! The day was made complete by a lovely lunch at a trout farm complex which only added to our enjoyment. Highly recommended. Hi to Tudor from Pete & Wendy, from Liverpool."
"Our guide and driver for the day Tudor, arrived ahead of our meeting time, greeting us both with a smile. We were also lucky as it was only us on the tour that day.
The car was comfortable and clean and his driving skills were great. Tudor explained where we were going on the trip and what to expect for the day. That he would explain about the places and history and should we have any questions not to hesitate to ask.
He clearly has excellent knowledge on the subject of the places we visited and the history of Romania. Some interesting stories and we learnt a lot from him. I didn't even appreciate that Romania had a British Queen in the past.
He was very accommodating and happy for us to go at our own pace whilst we took as many photos as we wanted. He also kindly offered to take photos of us both.
He explained things in detail and also very importantly he had a great sense of humor which made the day fun. His general manner and approach excellent. Perfect English speaking skills and very enthusiastic about his job, country and work. He gave an insight into Romanian life and cultures.
The tour was excellent and good value for money. Bran castle is so impressive upon approaching. The inside is interesting and amazingly humble.
Rasnov fortress is cool. There are nice views from there too. Only downside here is the tourist shops in the fortress area which take away the historic feel and ambience of the place. Better to have these outside of the walls.
We took a different route on the way back so we could see the skiing resort and stopped at a viewing point to see Brasov and the mountains in the distance. Tudor was even kind enough to give recommendations of where in the city we should go.
Take the tour and I certainly fully recommend this company and if you're lucky enough to get Tudor as your guide you're in for a great day.
Had to wait to put the review on as I also reviewed the bear trip and TA wouldn't let me post another review for the same company... I really recommend the
"Fantastic enjoyable tour to all 3 places with the loveliest tour guide 'Charlie' (Balazs Karoly Andras). He was so attentive, funny, easy to listen and he made the day really enjoyable. Highly recommend this tour! All 3 places were charming in their own way, with spectacular views of Transylvania."
"We are 3 friends who had the pleasure of partaking in the castle tour with Charlie. The scenary was breathtaking... vibrant green pine forests, stunning mountain ranges and charming (Bran, Rasnov) and stunning castles (Peles). Charlie was everything you could wish for in a guide... funny, knowledgeable and organised. He created a fun, relaxed atmosphere within the group and this was truly my favorite day of a 9 day stay in Romania! Highly recommend!!!"
"Muy recomendable. Emocionante ver los osos libres y no en cautividad. El guía Tiberio muy agradable. Lo único que echamos en falta es que la caseta estuviera un poquillo más cerca del lugar donde se aproximan los osos a comer."
"I have been travelling in Europe for 49 years, never once with a group. When I started to investigate getting to Bran, Peles, and Rasnov on my own as I have already done for 10 castles in Slovakia, I soon discovered how time consuming it would be. The train station is quite a distance from central Brasov, where I was staying, and because all of these sites are in the mountains, it soon became obvious that I would have to bite the bullet and find a tour.
Well that turned out to be the best decision of my 3 months of travel in 4 countries! To begin with it was so nice to be in a car instead of the back of a minibus, as I had imagined. Turned out that it was just the wonderful Tudor and myself for the day. His English is flawless, his command of the history of all the area, not just the sites, is terrific, and he is great young man to day trip with. He’s highly educated and actually comes from Brasov so there’s no question he can’t answer. So make sure to go see all 3 places because each is completely unique.
Tudor is an amazing asset to the company!"
"Bogdan, our guide, was a very funny and open hearted guy. He told us a lot of things about his exciting childhood and live, the forest and Braşov. Even for me (I’m Romanian) there were a lot of things I didn’t know. Bogdan picked us up in the City Centre and spoke fluently and well understandable English. Even though he was the guy he let us decide how we want to configure our hike (how challenging and long we want to be up on the mountain). He really likes to talk to others, his favorite topic is bears;) i don’t think he means it too seriously, I think he just wants so scare the tourists a little bit."
"We were a small group and we had such a great time! The castles are beautiful (and we were even luckier and found a medieval fair in Rasnov), but the trip was made nicer yet thanks to our guide Charlie, who not only told us interesting facts about both castles, but also was enjoying the trip with us, and made it a really good experience! Very smiley, funny and helpful, he even shared a chimney cake with the group!! Thanks for making this trip so enjoyable!
So, absolutely recommendable!"
"We had some perfect hours with a perfect guide, and a absolutely perfect experience with brown bear ( and a very noisy mouse), with perfect photo opportunities. Couldn't have been better."
"No doubt the Bran Castle is touristy but it is worth a walk if you visit this historic area - Brasov.
If you also love to visit historical ruins, don't miss out the Rasnov Fortress where you can immerge yourself back to the medieval times.
We were lucky to have Charlie as our tour guide that coloured the trip!"
"We took the Râşnov and Bran castle tour with Alex. He picked us up right from our Air B&B which was fantastic! He was so good to chat with while we picked up the others in our group. There were only 6 of us, so it made the tour easy. We could ask all the questions we needed to with Alex’s full attention, sometimes even about things that had nothing to do with the tour! He was very knowledgeable about both sites and made sure we all stayed together at Bran...which isn’t easy because it’s so busy there!
I would HIGHLY recommend Alex to anyone interested in this tour. His personal stories really made you appreciate the history Transylvania has to offer. It was like a really cool history lesson with a teacher I actually wanted to pay attention to!"
"En jätterolig erfarenhet, vi såg 7 olika björnar och hade en riktigt bra guide. Naturen är imponerande. Missa inte detta."
"Wonderful day spent visiting these places.
Imposing Bran Castle with a gorgeous location and great stories from the dark age era till today.
Unusual truck drive to the historical fortress and a great explanation by our tour guide Balazs Karoly Andras.
Gorgeous Peles Castle - one of the most beautiful I've seen in all of Europe!
However, our tour was greatly enhanced by our very nice and friendly tour guide Balazs Karoly Andras. He kept veryone in good spirits when road was long, avoided most of the traffic routes by short cuts and good timing. He made sure that everyone was comfortable at all times and was very flexible with tour-around times, coffee breaks and lunch stops and so on. I highly recommend him!!"
"Apart from a very good half-day tour itinerary to Bran and Rasnov, what was special was our tour guide Karol. A very good, knowledgeable guide and narrator, Karol even took his own time to help us with our train tickets to Bucharest after the tour. This was so helpful and we are most grateful. Highly recommended."
"We had a great small group trip to all three castles. There were 5 guests plus Karoly the guide/driver. The trip was personalized for what the group wanted to do. Karoly was extremely knowledgeable about Romania and could answer every question I came up with about the history, geology, people, politics of the places we visited. Highly recommend this tour."
"The guide was very knowledgable and careful to make sure we saw everything. It was a very full day with a one hour break in the middle. Excellent value!"
"Very nice experiencie. We have seen three bears and a fox in 45 mins. Tiberio, the guide, was very kind and friendly."
"Nous étions impatients de vivre cette expérience et nous n'avons pas été déçus !! Notre guide Tiberius est venu nous chercher avec une ponctualité rare pour être soulignée. Ses explications montrent un intérêt et un attachement profonds aux ours et à la nature. Après avoir crapahuté un peu dans la forêt, nous sommes arrivés dans la cabane d'observation. Un ours était déjà là. Nous avons au total vu trois ours et deux renards. C'était magnifique de pouvoir admirer ces animaux dans leur milieu naturel, loin de la foule, hors des cages. Ils évoluent sans se rendre compte qu'on les observe. L'excursion se fait en petits
groupes. Nous étions 5 plus le guide. Moment magique et inoubliable."
"Giornata stupenda e rigenerante,servizio impeccabile in ogni singolo particolare,la nostra guida Tudor Georoceanu,giovane ragazzo del luogo è stato una guida eccellente sotto ogni punto di vista! Posto meraviglioso da rifare più volte sicuramente!
Godo bye romania thank you!"
"Amazing experience with our special guide TUDOR, a very kind and prepared person. The walking is great and the canyon.... WOW. I raccomanded this tour to everyones who love nature and walk."
"From the moment we were picked up at our hotel we knew we were in good hands. Our guide Alex was great from the start, very knowledgeable and answered any and all questions. There were 7 people on the tour, so very small, which is nice. Peles Castle was beautiful inside and out, definitely worth the visit. A visit to Rasnov's Fortress was relaxed and not rushed. The mode of transportation to the top was interesting. The trolley was pulled by a tractor. Bran Castle "Dracula's Castle" was definitely worth the visit. You can't visit Romania and not go and see this historic site. Thanks Alex for the lovely day, with lunch at a great restaurant. Nothing was rushed."
"My and my travel buddy decided to have two tours with Active Travel, one to Transfagarasan Road, Balea Lake and Poienari Fortress, and second one to romanian mountain villages in Bran area. Both of them were absolutely amazing. Both travel guides, Zsolt and Karol deserve to be awarded for their professionalism, good preparation, knowledge about the visited places, knowledge about Romania's history, as well as for excellent English, contact, and sense of humour. Travelling with their company was a pleasure for us. We highly recommend Active Travel, Zsolt and Karol! Marita and Greg"
"Uma experiência fantástica,cercada de belezas naturais e paisagens surpreendentes. A pequena cidade de Brasov e arredores é encantadora. Nosso guia Andras foi fantástico, tornando a experiência ainda melhor. Eu só tenho elogios a empresa. Eles também têm os melhores valores. Mal posso esperar para retornar à Romênia e poder fazer a tour de observação dos ursos e explorar mais região. Muito obrigada, eu amei!!!!"
"A friend and I did the Bran Castle, Râşnov Fortress and Peles Castle tour last weekend and absolutely loved it. Tudor was an incredibly knowledgable and friendly guide who made us feel very welcome and comfortable throughout the day.
We were picked up from our hotel bang on time at 8.10am and found that there was only 1 other guest on the tour that day. For that reason, we were in a car rather than a minivan which was great. Tudor took us to each destination in an order that he thought would mean the least people being at the attractions, which was brilliant, and told us many facts and along the way. He entered Bran Castle and Râşnov Fortress with us and showed us around, telling us a huge amount of history (I have no idea how he remembers everything!!!) but was unable to accompany us into Peles Castle due to it having its own tour guides.
We had the option of stopping for a sit down meal or a grab and go snack for lunch, and decided on the grab and go. Had a lovely Romanian donut bread with cheese on (I can’t remember the name - eek) which Tudor ordered for us. He made things very easy throughout the whole day.
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Romania - a great way to see a number of sights in quick succession - and would love to say a big thanks to Tudor for a brilliant day!"
"We have nothing but positive things to say about this tour. This tour was individualized around our special interests of seeing local handcrafts and getting to experience painting eggs. Our itenerary was full but not rushed and there was flexibility in our day. Our guide Charlie was exceptional in every way. He went out of his way to make sure we were having the trip we wanted and having a good time. He was professional, knowledgeable, personable and fun. We would highly recommend Active Travel and our guide Charlie."
"We spent a beutiful day in these incontaminated places and we suggest to all visiting this country to do the same tour. Thanks to our unforgettable guide too, George, to made this experience unique!"
"We went for the (private) day hike into the national park and Marian was our guide. He knows his business! We learned about local flora, fauna and geography along the trip. The stop at the midway mountain lodge (Cabana Curmatura) for lunch was amazing. We also got a private tour of the Rasnov Citadel as a bonus. Top-tier service, a definite recommend. It is quite a walk, so make sure you have proper shoes."
"We took a private one day tour with Marian at Piatra Craiului National Park. We couldn't have asked for a better guide neither a better way to spend our Sunday. The hike is of easy to medium difficulty so a certain level of fitness is recommended, but Marian made sure to adjust the route and pace to our level. He was very knowledgeable, told us a lot of folklore stories about the mountain, a lot of historical facts about Romania and he was a delight to be with. The stop at the mountain lodge was very pleasurable. We also got a bonus visit too the Rasnov citadel as well.
Don't miss this tour when you're in Brasov!"
"Marian was a great guide from start to finish! We had a wonderful trek up to a mountain Lodge (Cabana Curmatura) and back, we also visited a Citadel on our way back to Brasov... Was it worth it? Yes! Would I recommend it? Yes! Would I do it again? Yes! Thanks again! Ciao!"
"The Râșnov fortress and Bran castle tour was a great way for us to introduce foreign relatives and friends to Transylvania and Romania - they quickly declared it their favourite part of our trip to Brașov. We had a lovely time as a group of six with ages ranging from mid 30s to early 70s and we were all very impressed with our tour guide, “Charlie” Balazs Karoly Andras who’s been beyond accommodating. Both Râșnov fortress and Bran castle are must-see attractions when visiting Transylvania and if you’re lucky enough to get Balazs Karoly Andras as your guide you’re in for a treat: the whole experience will feel like a trip with an extremely knowledgeable friend! Thank you again for a lovely time, “Charlie”, we hope to see you again!"
"The trip was nice especially Peles Castle. The craftsmanship and artwork are without a doubt some of the finest in Europe. The number of tourists is quite large even at the end of the season. Charlie our driver/guide was excellent and got us into Peles at the front of the line right at the open, which meant more room and less noise while describing the interior.
Brân Castle is more of a curiosity with some historical significance but the whole Vlad Dracula story is just that and the Romanian government has utilized it as a made up tourist attraction.
Rasnov Fortress is in a very poor state of repair and was a let down after the other two.
Over all a good trip and Charlie made it even better."
"Tiberius was absolutely amazing. Great conversation, very knowledgable and passionate about the bears. Could not recommend this tour enough. Luckily we saw 4 different bears at multiple times as well as a golden eagle. We had a spectacular time and when we come back we shall be booking another tour with him."
"We went on this tour with Dan, and I give my two thumbs up for this tour.
We first went to Bran castle, and Dan accompanied us inside the castle providing brief history of each room inside the castle.
After the castle visit, we stopped at a coffee shop which had a beautiful view of the castle and enjoyed some sheep cheese, a specialty of the region, as we sipped our tea.
Next stop was Râşnov fortress, where Dan narrated the history of the place providing us the right context for the visit, and guided us eager shutterbags to strategic viewpoints. On the way back, we munched some traditional sweets: biscuit cake and chocolate.
To summarise, I would highly recommend this tour, especially to those who don’t have their own car."
"We took the tour which had some minor changes. Poenari is closed due to bear activity so they altered the tour to show Fargaras fortress and a tour of a village. This was excellent. Mihai was our guide and he was so friendly and knowledgeable. The Transfagarasan was beyond words. So amazing. It was breathtaking."
"The perfect day trip to 3 most visited attractions in the area: Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress and Peles Castle. Very informative, but in a very casual and funny way, not at all like a heavy history lesson. We were a group of two and our guide Tudor Georoceanu was the perfect host, friendly, entertaining, warm personality, well prepared and a great driver too. Thank you for an excellent trip and helping us making new, wonderful memories in Brasov area. I definitely recommend your services to everyone who is visiting Transylvania."
"This was hands down the best tour I’ve ever booked! Our guide Tiberius was friendly, professional, funny and just an all round amazing person.
We saw 4 bears including 1 baby, 2 deer and a golden eagle. Tiberius was so knowledgable and it is clear how much he cares about the bears and the Romanian wildlife in general.
I felt 100% safe throughout even though we were walking through the open forest, we were given a full safety briefing and Tiberius checked on us at regular intervals.
Honestly I would have booked again the next night if I’d had the time.
Tiberius if you read these then Thank you so much for making this such an amazing experience (and for singing duet with me on the ride back )"
"A surreal experience that we will never forget! The guide, Tiberius, was very knowledgeable and informative. We saw 4 bears total and a fox :) Thank you so so much!"
"Charlie was a very friendly and extremely knowledgable guide. We booked as a couple and were with another group of four. We had a great time exploring both locations, taking many pictures, with Charlie taking the time to explain the history behind Bran Castle and Transylvania."
"Our guide was Alex Mitu. He also drove for the trip to Transfagarasan.
Alex is very personable, accomodating and knowledgeable about the long history of his wonderful country especially Transylvania. I highly recommend travel to and around Transylvania and to book through Activetravel with Alex as your guide."
"We didn't know what to expect. We just knew that we wanted to tour Peles Castle, Rasnov Fortress and Bran Castle. We had 2 tour guides with 2 vans as we had 10 in our group. Our tour guides were Alex MITU and Balazs Karoly ANDRAS and they were fantastic they took care of everything that we needed. They were not only professional tour guides who knew all the information about everything that we went to see they were also extremely pleasant and friendly and made us all feel relaxed around them like we were old friends. They were fantastic, we all had a great time and we would highly recommend this tour company and these two tour guides."
"This is an excellent tour which ties together information gathered in the three castles tour. Our guide Karol was informative, knowledgeable, helpful beyond the call, and a wonderful listener. We got excellent value for money."
"Thoroughly enjoyed my 6 day trip with Active Travel/ Natural Adventure Company. Great itinerary meant I got to explore a variety of areas without spending much time in transit. Notes were very easy to follow, accommodation comfortable, everything went according to plan. I didn’t need it, but it was good to know that there was someone I could call if I needed support. They were also very accommodating when I requested a slight change to plans. I highly recommend the company and this trip in October was spectacular with incredible autumn colours to enjoy. Fortunately I didn’t encounter any bears..."
"I booked this day hiking tour and I had the pleasure to be guided by Marian. He is an expert and professional guide who is very passionate about his job. We were a small group of three people all with different levels of fitness and experience, and Marian was able to adjust the hike to meet everyone's needs. I definitely recommend this company to visit the beautiful places that Transylvania has to offer.
Thank you Marian. Namaste :)"
"Great tour with Titus bear watching. Picked up from accommodation and drove to forest. Walked on track for about 20 minutes to hide. Saw 4 bears and a fox eating from feeding station. Titus was very informative and gave us a good insight on the preservation of the bears in Romania. Well worth the visit."
"Our very personable tour guide Bogdan made our visit to these magical destinations both informative and memorable. He was also a delight to be with, as it made it seem like a good friend or family member taking us around - sensitive to our desired interests, pace and so full of helpful informative, tips and shortcuts - not just in avoiding queues, also in by-passing heavy traffic on the road."
"I travel to Romania with a book called "In Europe's Shadow" in addition to beautiful scenery and delicious food, I hope to know more about this special country. I booked a private day trip for Transfagarasan road. It turns out that I made the best choice. My guide Tudor is professional and very friendly, he explained many historical, cultural and geographic knowledge, unlike some guides they only show you where is the beauty view, or how to take beautiful photos that you can post on instagram. Recommended for people who like an in depth tour.
Transfagarasan road 風景真的很棒，但是如果你沒有開車很難深入探索，這個行程適合像我一樣利用火車和巴士在羅馬尼亞旅行的人，除此之外還有很多Transylvania行程可以選擇。"
"We had a 4 day excursion with this company that included Bran castle, Peles Castle and the fortress at Rasnov as well as 2 hiking days. Mihai was our guide and he took excellent care of us the whole time. His english is amazing. His knowledge and love of Romania is fantastic and brings a richness to the trip that we really enjoyed.
The hiking was beautiful, while harder than we expected, Mihai made sure we all made it through in great order. I would use this company again in a heart beat if I am ever back in that part of the world."
"We had the luck to be guided by George in this discovery of the Bran castle & Rasnov. He is a very good story teller, who clearly transmits you his passion about the region and its history. Highly recommended!"
"Great tour, very interesting. Tons of culture, history and beautiful landscapes. Our guide Tudor was very kind, professional and did an outstanding job. Speaking perfect English he surprised us with his exceptional knowledge of local history, legends.. . Definitely, the best guide in Brasov. We will repeat."
"The guide tudor georoceanu from activetravel was Awesome... Tanks for the beautiful landscapes and tour."
"We had a wonderful & insightful trip thank to «Charlie» the best turguide ever. The kids loves u :-)"
"When a friend recommend the Brasov area, he told me that you'd want a guide to enjoy it well. I booked a tour 4 months out with another tour company who cancelled less than 24 hours before we were supposed to leave. I found Active Travel with availability for the next day and booked it.
Charlie was our guide and he was amazing. Picked me up from the hotel (right on time!) and took us all around to visit the different castles in the area. Full of great information, awesome suggestions and jokes that will have you smiling all day long, he saved my trip.
Thanks Charlie for your last minute addition and ensuring my time in Brasov would be enjoyed."
"This is a great trip. Our guide Charlie was fantastic, well-informed and pleasant, and a good driver. We stopped as often as we wanted for photos. The scenery was fantastic. We thought it was a great day."
"Our guide, Tudor Georoceanu, was very nice, and caring.. We were only 2, so it seemed like we were hiking with a friend. He picked us up really on time and we drove maybe 20 minutes from Brasov to the trail. Once arrived, we walked 1 hour to reach the 7 scari. We paid the entrance to the canyon, and it was not very crowed for a Sunday so we could take our time, take some pictures (thanks to our amazing guide who has photographer skills also !). The canyon trail is not that long (30 minutes), but the forest and landscape surrounding the canyon are a must seen. I really recommend this tour and especially during Fall, cause it's the time when trees turned to Orange, Red and Yellow, and that's really just amazing."
"I did 2 tours with Active Travel, both had excellent guides. The scenery on the Transfagarasan Road was fantastic. It's a full day's trip, but very informative with stops in all the interesting places. The other trip was to the Bran, Peles, & Rosnov. The guides were also very helpful in helping me organize more trips with Active Travel. Active Travel is definitely the way to see Transylvania if you are visiting in Brasov."
"This day trip was the highlight of our travels in Romania. It included just the right amount of walking and stopping to enjoy the views, a bat cave and the local animals. We stopped for a cheese tasting which included lunch. The lunch was a cheese and polenta casserole, more cheeses, homemade butter and condiments, it was absolutely delicious! Would highly recommend this trip. Thanks, Charlie (Carol)"
"Really nice to see the bears. We had a great guide! We saw three bears together! I really loved this trip!!"
"Nuestro guía Charlie fue extraordinario, amable, pendiente de cada uno de los integrantes del tour. Nos explicaba todos los detalles y respondía todas nuestras consultas y además manejaba muy bien!!!
En Rumania hicimos 4 tours guiados y el mejor sin duda fue este y la diferencia la hizo Charlie.
Visitar Rupea, Viscri y Sighişoara es como trasladarse en el tiempo, realmente de lo más lindo de Transilvania.
Súper recomendado y si tienen la suerte de que Charlie sea su guía, lo disfrutarán aún más!!!"
"The guides - Bogdan and Marian - were simply amazing.
In the morning we were taken swiftly to Bran Castle as Bogdan had told us that it was likely to get very busy later in the morning. He was not wrong! For the majority of the tour, it felt like we had the castle to ourselves.
The car trip from Brasov (we were collected directly outside our hotel!) was lengthy but luckily Bogdan filled the time recounting tales of Romanian, Transylvanian and Dacian history whilst all the time pointing out local and interesting sights.
Onward to Rasnov and their fortress, affording amazing views of the surrounding areas and more history than you could shake a stick at.
Meeting up with Marian, who took us onto Peles Castle. He had a wonderful surprise in store for us. We had known previously that Peles would be closed on the day we were going but Marian had agreed to take us there so that we could at least take some pictures and walk in the grounds. But luck was on our side and a last minute change to the Peles calendar allowed us to tour inside.
We had been told in advance that this tour did not include ticketed entry to the Castles or the fortress but, to be honest, these entrance are not expensive. They are all worth a few Lei and Peles did charge an additional 35 lei for taking photos within the Castle.
After the Castle, Marian took us for a coffee and a cake to celebrate my partner's birthday, which was lovely and really cemented our view that this Tour company are fantastic - they wanted our day to be really special and made it extra special with their genuine friendliness.
We were then dropped back outside our hotel and we couldn't wait to leave these guys a five star review. If you are considering staying in or near Brasov and want to experience Bran, Rasnov, or Peles please please treat yourselves to a tour with Active Travel - you will not be disappointed."
"We had a great tour with Charlie! He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and offered to take us on a couple different scenic routes so we could get the best views and pictures. We usually don’t use tour guides, but I’m very glad we did because Charlie also knew the best places to go in each location and some of things you wouldn’t know or do on your own. Great value, very efficient, and I would highly recommend."
"Dan took me on an unforgettable tour through Transylvania, providing me with history, insightful commentary, entertainment, and humour. Viscri in October was a real highlight for me—beautiful fall foliage in a seemingly untouched land. Sighiasoara was incredible as well, traversing through the town and cemetery in the rain. It's a lengthy tour but really worth it and a great way to feel like you are seeing the real Romania."
"Ho prenotato questo tour insieme ad un'amica e non avremmo potuto fare una scelta migliore! Dan (la nostra guida) è una persona incredibilmente gentile, preparata e disponibile. Abbiamo iniziato il tour con un piccolo fuori programma (molto apprezzato) alla chiesa fortificata di Feldioara e poi abbiamo proseguito per la fortezza di Rupea, poi per Viscri e infine per Sighisoara. Queste ultime due mete sono state sicuramente le più belle e significative del nostro tour in Transilvania.
Un grazie speciale a Dan e ai nostri compagni di avventura dagli USA!"
"This was an amazing tour and Charlie was a brilliant guide. He combined fascinating knowledge of Romanian history with insider knowledge of all 3 castles and also kept our young kids entertained. We had a really fun and interesting day and he went the extra mile to make sure it was memorable. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. PS Bea says hi!"
"We had a wonderful tour of Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress with a first class tour guide, Tudor. He is so knowledgeable and informative, plus just fun to be with. We learned about much more than just our destinations, including centuries of Romanian and Transylvanian history. He has such a good command of all these topics, and more. We would highly recommend this tour, and Tudor in particular."
"My daughter and I had a wonderful excursion. The road, scenery, and glacier were amazing. Charlie was out driver and guide. He personalized the tour for us and was extremely knowledgeable. He answered every question I came up with including, Romanian history, politics, geology, botany, and so on. I would totally recommend this trip and the company."
"It was just my girlfriend and myself on the tour and the guide was amazing, his knowledge and passion for the incredible history of Romania was amazing to hear. We started with Peles Castle which was incredible, the history is amazing especially as it is authentic from over 100 years ago. Then we moved to Bran which is another intriguing castle, full of history. And lastly we went to Rasnov Citadel which has some amazing views. A truly wonderful way of seeing Transylvania from Brasov."
קצת ארוך אבל שווה קריאה. רובנו או לפחות חלקנו, חווינו את החוויה של טיול מאורגן עמוס במשפחות המרגיש ברובו כ"טירונות" מתרוצצים ממקום למקום בזמן שנקבע" מראש, ממתינים לאנשים שמבחינתם זמן שנקבע הוא לא באמת זמן. רוצה להמליץ בחום מניסיון על חברה המציעה טיולים קבוצתיים פרטיים בהתאמה אישית. מתאימים את הטיול בהתאם להרכב הקבוצה ולדרישות המטיילים. (טיול בקצב שלך) המדריכים בחברה מדריכי טיולים מורשים בעלי נסיון וידע רב. באתר החברה ניתן למצוא טיולים בתחומים רבים כמו: טיולי תרבות, אטרקציות, נופים, טבע, טיולי הרים עם לינה בגסטהאוסים מדהימים (מנסיון של מס' טיולים, קיץ וחורף, מושלם !!!) ועוד המון.... הסעה צמודה ברכבים מותאמים להרכב הקבוצה כולל איסוף משדה התעופה וחזרה. הם מתכננים וסוגרים הכל מקומות לינה, הסעות, דמי כניסה לאתרים, הדרכה באנגלית או בעברית (בהתאם לזמינות) מלבד הטיסות. נכון, העלות גבוהה יותר מאשר לתכנן ולטייל לבד. אך הזמן שחסכנו בדרכים, בתורים, בתשלומי חניות או חלילה אם הרכב ששכרנו נשרט ולא ביטחנו בביטוח מקיף מלא, החוויה המדהימה שחווינו כולנו ברכב אחד גדול, רק האנשים איתם בחרנו לבלות את חופשתנו, ההדרכה המקצועית והמהנה שקיבלנו היו שווים כל שקל.
ממליצה בחום !!!
תודה לכם active travel"
"This was our first time in Romania, we were travelling as a group of 4 adults. We wanted to see the “real” Romania. Our guide Gabriel certainly gave us the experience we were looking for. Gabriel spoke excellent English, was very friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating, he let us set the pace of the tour and took us to get some Mici when we were hungry. We had considered doing this tour on our own but were so glad we did it with a guide, we would never have learnt about and understood the Saxon village of Viscri and the old town of Sighisora.
Highly recommended tour, thank you Gabriel for a great day and our treasured memories and photographs and thank you Marian for arranging this trip at late notice."
"I took the tour with Tudor, which was an excellent tour guide, Not only did he provide me with info about the history of both Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress, but also he taught me a lot about Rumanian history and culture. It was a pleasure to do this tour, he is a young intelligent guy, he knows a lot about history and is so passionate about his culture and his job. I hope many people get the chance to take this tour with him as he is a good value in Brasov. Thank you for the services and I hope Brasov continues developing as a touristic destination in the future!"
"I did the Peles, Bran and Rasnov tour yesterday with my partner. Our tour guide (Dan) was amazing, great sense of humour, incredible knowledge, and just made the whole thing really fun and unforgettable. Dan knows most of the staff at these castles, and you'll be greeted warmly at each location.
The sites are a great glimpse into local history. Doing the tour with a knowledgeable guide makes the whole thing easy and convenient, and you can ask whatever questions you want. Peles castle especially is really special.
All in all, I'd say this is a must do for anyone visiting Brasov, it's been the highlight of our time here."
"Me and my friend Cheryl had a nice time with our tour guide Charlie. We felt safe which was my first concern in all my travel thing. We consider him as our friend because he gave us much information about the Fortress, Bran Castle and he took great photos of us. I will surely recommend Charlie and his travel agency to my friends back in Dubai and Philippines. Job well done guys."
"My wife and I designed our own private tour visiting the fortified churches of Prejmer and Harman, Rasnov Castle and Peles Castle. Although the weather was terrible, we still had a lot fun and learned a lot. Our guide Charlie (Chuck) was a big part of the reason. Communication, booking and payment was easy and stress free. We would use them again."
"Fantastic day out to Bran Castle and Rasnov Fortress made all the better by our guide Charlie! He gave us lots of information and clearly loves his home town and surrounding area. He stopped at points on the way to Bran for us to take photos over and above what we expected! The trip was just brilliant- Bran Castle is a must."
"We had an amazing tour guide, Dan. He took us to the Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress, and then to lunch at a wonderful local restaurant. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time in our trip for Peles Castle but we still loved our half day adventure. Would highly recommend (even given the cold weather)!"
"I absolutely loved this tour. First time in Romania and learned so much during this experience alone. The tour guide was phenomenal and took the time to make sure that all guests had a fantastic time. The van pick up and drop off was very easy and the ride was very comfortable! I really could not say enough good things about this experience and would most definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see beautiful castles with knowledgeable guides that put remarkable effort into making sure everyone has a good time."
"First of all, Charlie (our tour guide) was in time and very pleasant. We had the best time. He was very well-informed and very helpful. We would definitely recommend it. He was also very patient and willing to take photos of us. Thank you very much.
Maria, Maria, Antonia, Chrisi"
"Great trip, beautiful scenery! Our guide Tudor was very nice and informative. Had a lovely day. Marie"
"Carol (aka Charlie) was an amazing tour guide; knowledgeable, caring, not rushing and fun. The sights were wonderful, we had a great lunch (not included). What can I say but the day was perfect. Highly recommend these guys."
"We discovered Rupea, Viscri and Sighisoara by a snowy December day and it was very beautiful. Charlie, our guide, was very knowledgeable and also very friendly. He was happy to share memories and knowledge about his region as well as travel experiences with everyone in the group. He is also an excellent and cautious driver.
Overall, this was a great immersion in medieval transylvania with a great guide. Multumim frumos!"
"We really enjoyed this tour to three beautiful and historic sites. Karoly, the tour guide, provided valuable information and ensured that we did not miss important details. I strongly recommend this tour."
"We had the best time ever. Our guide was really fun and very informative. In about 8 hours we manage to see to Volcanic lake and ride Slides down and up again. Go to Sulphate cave and challenge our lives inside. We also looked at bird cemetery. After we try meniral waters which treats many chronic diseases.
All day of fresh air and breathtaking sceneries. Some bear prints.
I suggest this trip to every one as it's one of the best think we did in Transylvania."
"Danke Marian für diese schöne Winterwanterung hinaus in den Nationalpark Piatra Craiului.
Abholung war pünktlich, die Tour sehr angemessen, spannende Fakten rund um den Nationalpark. Nach unserer Tour stand und Marian noch mit Rat und Tat bezüglich unserer Folgeaktvitäten in Rumänien zur Seite. Das war klasse.
Sollten wir zurück kommen, werden wir auf jeden Fall wieder bei Marina und Team anfragen."