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Bear watching in the Land of Volcanoes
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Bear watching in the Land of Volcanoes

By Outdoor Holidays (neotour Brasov)
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Ages 18-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 4–5 hours
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  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Pick up and drop off at your location in Brasov
  • Access to the bear watching site
What's not included
  • Meals and snacks
  • Water & drinks


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pick up and drop off our travelers at their location in Brasov.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
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        • Most travellers can participate
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

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        • Outdoor Holidays (neotour Brasov)
          154
          Brasov, Romania
          Joined in June 2018
        • Gemma H
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wild bears!
          Good communication, organised tour at very short notice. Our lovely guide, Andra arrived on time and was really informative and friendly. We learned lots about bears from her. And we saw the bears in their natural environment. A great experience. Thank you
          Written 4 June 2024
        • EctoplasmFantasia
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highlight of Braşov
          This was my absolute highlight of a trip to Romania. Booked on the day via WhatsApp with the lovely Irina (Neotours). Excellent value. Was driven to the forest (45 mins) and opportunity to use the toilet before going into the forest. Our guide was Alex and he was incredibly interesting and engaging. He shared lots of interesting facts about the bears. The hide was comfortable, if basic, and we saw the first bear within 15 mins. Saw 7 in total and had over 2 hours enjoying their activity. Felt authentic and natural. Excellent value, highly recommended, well worth booking.
          Written 28 April 2024
        • iainjwatson
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Bear Essentials: Luck and Wonder in the Transylvanian Forest
          We booked our bear watching trip at short notice and Neotour/Outdoor Holidays made the arrangements efficiently and without fuss. We were very lucky as the usual bear hide was unavailable so we had to travel further to a back-up hide down an unpaved forest road but while it is virtually guaranteed to see bears at either hide, there is far less chance of seeing bear cubs at the regular hide. We were fortunate enough to see two mothers each with two cubs - they were very playful (though the ranger said an adult male had killed a third cub) We spent a bit more than two hours in the hide as we were also treated to the sight of adult males (the mothers and cubs moved off when they heard them arrive) who took to their hind legs at various points and to a male and female together, apparently ‘courting’ just ahead of mating season. Our guide Andra (also a mountain guide/climber) spoke flawless self-taught English, was very knowledgeable and intelligent, and very friendly. The 90 min journeys in her car to and from the forest flew by. It was a very memorable experience and I would highly recommend the tour and the guide.
          Written 19 April 2024
        • AnnemarieS316
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Awesome bear watching in Zabala!
          It was GREAT! We drove to Zăbala, since there already bears were out of hibernation. We had contact via WhatsApp and I payed the invoice also via WhatsApp. We had a real nice guide with a very difficult name. When we arrived we already saw three bears. We stayed for 2 hours or so and saw 7 (!) bears. Thanks ever so much for this one in a lifetime experience!
          Written 12 February 2024
        • S5750OTdavidr
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Buena observación pero un poco "artificial". Good observation but a bit "artificial"
          Me gustó la coordinación del transporte y las explicaciones del guía. No me gustó que los osos estuvieran esperando nuestra llegada. Se nota que están acostumbrados a los "biscuits" diarios que les ponen delante de la caseta de observación. I liked the coordination of transportation and the guide's explanations. I didn't like that the bears were waiting for our arrival. It shows that they are used to the daily "biscuits" that they put in front of the observation booth.
          Written 19 August 2023
        • 181sallyanneh
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic day
          I had a such a great time. The walk was really steep but the views were worth it. Radu was my guide, he was such a lovely guy with a lot of experience. Thoroughly recommend!!
          Written 13 June 2023
        • Adventure25154066683
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A once in a lifetime experience
          I had promised my 12 year old son before the pandemic that I would take him bear watching. We were not disappointed. This was an amazing experience. On arriving at the hide, which is located in such stunning surroundings, the first bear arrived in just 15 seconds, before the ranger had even put out any food. At one point there were 9 in total and they remained for the full 2 hours that we spent in the hide. I had bought some fancy zoom attachment for my phone so I could take some decent shots but they came so close, I didn’t need it. This was a once in a lifetime experience and one I would recommend to any nature lover.
          Written 3 June 2023
        • headworm
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Customised tour was perfect
          My wife and I travelled across Europe by train to Romania to go bear watching to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We wanted to make this part of our trip special, and as I was unable to find a tour that matched our requirements I reached out to NeoTour. A custom private tour itinerary was proposed, and met our requirements perfectly - picking us up from Cluj, and giving us a chance to explore some incredible towns and villages, whilst learning about the history and culture of the places we were visiting on the way to our bear watching trip. Our guide Anne was exceptional, full of knowledge, which she skilfully imparted to us, without overwhelming us, but always with new information to share when we were ready. We also learned a lot about the more recent history of Romania, which we had observed from afar. We really wish we could have taken Anne with us for the rest of our trip, as she was a great companion and added so much to the things we saw. This part of holiday adventure was perfect, and will remain in our hearts and memories forever. Thank you!
          Written 18 May 2023
        • 440gabrielaa
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          What an experience!
          Alex was a great guide who not only gave us the amazing experience of seeing these majestic creatures in their habitat, but also gave us lots valuable info and cool stories. He was very respectful towards nature and a transmitted his passion for bears making the experience super exciting.. super! 100% recommend !
          Written 18 March 2023
        • Tour145693
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Perfect day trip for those who love the outdoors!
          Amazing trip, 100 % recommended! Irina is the best. She know everything about the area and is very passionate about it. I have enjoyed every bit of it.
          Written 2 October 2022
        • michaelbI5764OP
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Impressive day with various experiences
          We had a very impressive and long day trip with a knowledgeable tour guide. It was a very well prepared tour tailored to our interests. Time flew as we chatted to the Roma family about their culture, arts and crafts, and way of life. We also had the opportunity to visit the fortified church of Biertan as well as the fortress of Rupea. We definitely recommend the tour and would choose it again. Thank you!
          Written 8 September 2022
        • ecmarisac
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great experience!!
          Highly recommended!! Irina was a great guide, very kind and helpful. She is very knowledgeable about bears and she happily shared with us everything we needed to know about this fascinating animals. As scary as the idea of a trip like this might sound at first, the experience is completelly safe. We really enjoyed it
          Written 13 August 2022
        • Jeppe B
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          6 days private tour of Transsylvania
          Just returned from a 6 days private tour in Transsylvania including: Bear whatching, Peles and Brand castles, Sighisoara, Brasov, mountainbiking and various hikes. The tour was very well planned by Andrea from our requests and our exceptional wonderful guide Anne guided us not only through the days but also through Romanian history and culture then and now. Thank's to everyone involved in making this tour so memorable to us and especially thank's to Anne for being such good company.
          Written 30 July 2022
        • alison_in_the_city
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Bears in their natural habitat - a once in a lifetime experience
          This tour was the highlight of our visit to Romania! Well organised, we confirmed the pick up time with Irina via WhatsApp, which gave us peace of mind. Irina was really knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing her love of bears and the need to protect them, and she shared her insights on the drive over to the hide. For two and a half magical hours, we watched bears in their natural habitat from the safety of the hide, transfixed on watching about 12 of these gorgeous animals feed and play. This was a true once in a lifetime experience - with comfort and safety.
          Written 1 July 2022
        • J_Henderson93
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A Beautiful Summer Sunday
          Great day! I had a fantastic first experience around Piatra Craiului which is a beautiful national park based around 30 minutes from the city of Brasov. Radu the guide picked me up from my hotel and we hiked around the base of the mountain and walked around 700m upwards towards the cabin. The walk was beautiful with Radu showing his experience with the route and pace of the hike. We stopped off halfway at the cabin for lunch and plodded back down to the car park. We saw bears, foxes and plenty rock climbers! This day trip was from 9-4, but could have been longer if I hadn't have to catch a train. Would recommend!
          Written 27 June 2022
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        Julia C
        20 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2023 • Couples
        What an amazing experience we had! It had been raining for most of the day and we had been warned by our guide, Radu that the bears might not make an appearance because of this. We waited for nearly 2 hours and Radu had just shut up the hide and we were about to head back when a young bear came bounding down the hillside. Radu unlocked the hide and we enjoyed watching the bear grubbing for food and standing on his hind legs sniffing the air for another 20 minutes. Seeing the bear was wonderful but even if we hadn't seen one it would have been a positive experience as Radu was so kind and knowledgeable, even dropping us off at a restaurant that he recommended when we finally got back to Brasov tired, hungry but utterly elated.
        Written 28 April 2023
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        Hi Julia, thank you for your review. We are glad that you saw a bear and that you enjoyed it. Looking forward seeing you again in Romania for other experiences. Best Regards, Irina Cernea
        Written 9 May 2023
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        fischpet
        Braunschweig, Germany64 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        So first of all: I am amazed by the tour in total. The organisation, the people and what I got to see (photos below).

        You will be driven into the woods to a little hut run by a forest ranger. He will spread out a bag of corn just in front of the huts window. Soon enough a few bears appear (2 cubs and two grown females). Now you can sit back, relax and enjoy the bears feast and casually fight or rubbing their backs on a dead tree. I had a blast!

        Also we were offered self made palinka - non stop. Once my glass was empty it mystically filled up again 😂

        And last but not least about the amazing organisation and how you’re being taken care of. I got the contact to Robert, one of the agencies guys who took me to the trip. He will not only answer all question you might have beforehand, he also gave me heaps of tips about other activities or restaurants for my stay in Brasov.

        Thumbs up!
        Written 1 August 2020
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        Hi Peter, Thank you for your detailed review. I hope it wasn't too much palinka for you :) As for the bears, it's very important to see them in the wild, in their natural habitat, instead of taking pictures with them looking in the dumpsters. We have so many bears in Romania and seeing them with a minimum of intervention is the key. Looking forward to seeing you again in Brasov, why not, for a wildlife tracking tour! Regards, Robert Lazar Guide
        Written 3 August 2020
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        andnorge
        Skien, Norway3 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2021 • Solo
        I did a bear tour in July 2021 to the land of volcanoes. I experienced the company as very professional and a company that tried to help me to find the tour that was the best for me. They guide gave good information during the trip and I got the feeling that they wanted to do what they could to make me have the best experience. I am also into photography and the guide made sure I got a spot in the front closest to the windows in the bear hide so I could get as good photos as possible. The guide also gave me a lot of tips and help for hiking the next day. So very helpful and good guide.

        We saw two bears during the time one the hide.

        The negative aspect to the tour was that there were too many people in the bear hide, in my opinion. I counted at least 35 people in the bear hide at the same time. This is way too crowded, especially in a Corona pandemic, but I would say also in normal circumstances. We were sitting very close to each other and there were no possibility to have 1 meter distance. It also got very hot in the bear hide because of all peole. This was not the fault of the company, but the rangers that had admitted far too many people from different companies this day. But especially in these time, that is not good for the experience.
        Written 27 July 2021
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        Hi Andreas, thank you for booking the tour „Bear Watching in the Land of Volcanoes” with us. I am glad I was able to give you some information about the bears and the hiking tours. Hope you didn't regret choosing to hike the “Piatra Mica” Peak. Regarding the bear hide, you're right. It was unexpected to see so many people also for us. I can assure you that we transmitted your complaint to the ranger and we are trying our best working with him to avoid this kind of situation in the future. Looking forward to seeing you again in Romania! Best Regards, Irina
        Written 6 August 2021
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        Joe Thompson
        18 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2021
        I always wanted to see brown bears in the wild and found this tour after a quick google search.
        It was very easy to book and Andreea was always very helpful and answered my questions including the best place to park in the centre of Brasov.
        Sandu who drove me to and from the bear hide was just legendary. Really enjoyed chatting to him on the car journey and he also tod me about the history of some of the places we drove through on the way.
        Robert was also a credit to NeoTour and hopefully we'll properly meet when I try to visit Romania again sometime.
        As for the bear hide it was situated in the perfect position for photographs (on the same level as the bear). On arrival to the hide there was already a big male bear waiting for us!
        I would definitely recommend doing this and am saving to hopefully visit again!
        Written 22 October 2021
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        Hi Joe, Thanks a lot for you review and we are glad you had a great time in Romania. Indeed, bears are majestic animals and we really think that seeing them in the wild, not in ZOOs, must be a highlight of anyone's trip in Romania. Kind regards, NeoTour Brasov / Outdoor Holidays Romania team :)
        Written 1 November 2021
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        rossfit2016
        Genoa, Italy15 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2022 • Solo
        Amazing experience with Irina and her team!
        She explain everything about brown bears, their behaviour and give us tips in case of a situation "face to face" with them. The hide was perfect and bears come close enough to have a really amazing and emotional experience. The spot is even suitable to take some professional photos with long focal and tripod. I really recommend this activity with this team!!!
        Written 18 April 2022
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        Hi Irene, thank you for booking this tour with us. I'm glad you took some nice photos and hope to see you again soon in Romania for other tours. Best Regards, Irina
        Written 29 April 2022
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        Edward P
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2019 • Couples
        We met Robert at his office in Brasov and booked bear watching about 1.5 hrs from Brasov. The experience was fantastic, really nice ranger called Janosh (not sure of spelling). We saw 5 bears, a wild boar as uwell as foxes and deer. The hide was well designed with plenty of space, the ranger helped to pass the time waiting for the animals with a few palinca.
        Written 7 June 2019
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        Hi Edward! Thanks for your kind review. Indeed, Janos is very friendly and he really loves his job. I hope you also liked the other recommendations in the area :) Looking forward to meeting you again! Best regards, Robert Lazar
        Written 9 June 2019
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        Jon Jon
        17 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2019 • Couples
        What a great experience and our guide Robert was so above and beyond! We loved the experience. The blind was comfortable and the company was great! I got amazing pictures from the experience!
        Written 4 June 2019
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        Hi Jon-Anna, Thank you for your kind review. I really had a lot of fun with you. Looking forward to seeing you soon, back in Romania. Best regards, Robert Lazar
        Written 5 June 2019
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        Nomad
        5 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2019 • Couples
        I cant say enough good things about Robert and this amazing oppertunity. The blind is comfortable and afforded an amazing experience. Bears came as close as 3 feet away. My pictures are amazing and the memories will last forever. Robert went above and beyond and we had a lovely experience.
        Written 4 June 2019
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        Hi, Excellent photos and thanks for the review. Looking forward to meeting you again! All the best, Robert Lazar
        Written 5 June 2019
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        dancingdrummer1
        Dulles, VA1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2019 • Couples
        Our lovely adventure starts with being picked up our hotel by our great guide Robert who is quite infomative about the area , a lovely scenic drive to the the Park where we meet the ranger ,and take a fun 4 wheel drive to the bear blind . A short hop from the truck to the shelter . and then yes Bears ,and birds but Whats best is the good company of people who love what they do , and care about the nature and the life in the area . I could not recommend this enough if your in Romania make sure you bring extra batteries for your camera maybe an extra sd card for all the lovely shots you will get .

        Thanks so much for the experience
        Written 4 June 2019
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        Thank you for your kinds words and detailed review. We really appreciate it. Best regards, Robert Lazar
        Written 5 June 2019
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        Celesta C
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Me and a friend actually booked a trip to go bear watching near Braşov but due to weather circumstances it wasn’t possible at the time (heavy snow). Robert advised us to choose for another bear watching experience instead and we didn’t regret it at all! Robert is a very friendly and welcoming person who will definitely make sure you will have a great time. We went to two bear hides and at the second hide we saw a bear coming out of the forest for his evening meal. We had a fantastic afternoon and it was truly amazing to see a bear living in the wild. Thank you Robert for this wonderful experience!
        Written 2 April 2019
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        Hi Celesta, Thank you a lot for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you as my guests and I hope you will return someday to Romania to discover other fascinating things that this country has to offer. Best regards, Robert Lazar
        Written 3 April 2019
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