Full Day 4x4 Tour in the Eastern Carpathians

Discover the natural wonders and remote villages of Romania on an eight-hour 4x4 tour. The itinerary can be completely customized based on your interests. Your private vehicle allows you to traverse dense forests and mountain roads with ease. Enjoy a leisurely hike up to Ecem Peak (1707 m) with your private guide. Later, drive to quaint villages well off the beaten tourist path to get a glimpse at true Romanian culture. For lunch you can choose between picnic in nature or freshly baked trout in a remote mountainous village. Optionally, you can enjoy a guided WWI and WWII battlefield tour, a self drive experience assisted by our guide on some parts where the terrain is not too difficult or an adrenaline pumping via ferrata tour in the Bicaz Gorges.
- Customize the itinerary based on your interests
- Reach remote destinations by a private 4x4
- Immerse yourself in Romanian nature and culture
- Enjoy the exclusivity of a private guide

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6 to 10 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Bilingual local driver/guide during the whole itinerary
    • Private round-trip transport by a 4wd car from Miercurea Ciuc (100 km from Sighisoara, 103 km from Brasov)
    • Meals as specified in the description
    • The extension of via ferrata tour if selected at the time of booking
    • Sunrise departure option: you can enjoy the first rays of the sun from the top of the Naskalat Mt.
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off can be offered on request
    • Alcoholic and other refreshing drinks (available to purchase)
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Carpathian Escapes, Kossuth Lajos Street, no. 19, Ap. SP.COM.II,, 1st Floor, Office no. 3, Miercurea Ciuc 530160, Romania

    Your adventure tour starts in Miercurea Ciuc where your guide awaits you to set off with a 4x4 vehicle into the mountains and forests of the Eastern Carpathians. Before starting your off-road experience, you ride half an hour along the villages of the Ciuc Basin until the last village where the wilderness trails of the Ciuc Mountains begin.

    Please note: The guide's knowledge of the region and weather allows him to adapt the daily routes depending on local conditions. The following is an illustration of the likely itinerary but local conditions may dictate that the order of the itinerary needs to be changed, always with your best interests in mind.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Nașcalat, Sandominic, Romania

    First you ride up to the bare ridge of the Naskalat Mountains, then your guide will drive you to one of the best belvedere points of the mountain, close to the 1553 high mountain top. Those who opted for a sunrise departure, they can enjoy spectacular sunrise views from this spot in case of clear weather.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Muntele Ecem (Hășmașul Mic), Sândominic, Romania

    After 2-2.5 h ride following the forest roads going along the Naskalat ridge and through the dense forests surrounding Tarcau Glade, you get to the border of the Bicaz Gorges – Hasmas National Park.

    Here you can have picnic from local products and optionally go on a 2-3 hour easy trekking tour to the top of the 1707 m high Ecem Peak.

    From the craggy ridge of the Ecem Mountains you can enjoy the silence and a great panorama over the surrounding mountains. When you get back to the car, continue your trip riding on remote forest routes and through mountain traditional areas to the small dispersed village of Haromkut.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Imre Vendégház, Trei Fântâni 617152, Romania

    When you get back to the car, continue your trip riding on remote forest routes and through mountain traditional areas to the small dispersed village of Haromkut. Here you can witness the traditional way of living and taste locally raised fresh trouts served by a local family. In the surroundings of the village you may meet horses, sheep and oxen flocks grazing, guarded by shepherds.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Lacu Rosu (Red Lake), Lacu Rosu Romania

    From Haromkut head to the breathtaking Bicaz Gorges riding along the picturesque Bicajel Valley with wooden houses and haystacks, dense forests and small waterfalls. After admiring the massive gorges and a short walk along Red Lake, optionally you can also experience the thrill of rock climbing with a 1-1.5 h via ferrata adventure on the rocky walls of the Kiscohard Massif! Those who don't opt for this extension of the tour, they will ride back to Miercurea Ciuc along the Kovacspeter ridge.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Bicaz Canyon, Dn12c, Lacu Rosu 535502 Romania

    Those who choose the option of via ferrata at the time of the booking, they can experience this engineered vertical adventure powered by metal rungs, fixed iron ropes and an aerial bridge. It is totally secure and perfect for those of all experience levels. Strap on your harness and follow the instructions of your guide, conquer your fear of height and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Red Lake, the surrounding mountain peaks and the Bicaz Gorges from above. With a secured route and all necessary equipment provided, this fully guided tour is a family-friendly outing.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Capela Catolică Kovács Péter, Gheorgheni, Romania

    Depending on the location of your accommodation (nearby Gheorgheni or nearby Miercurea Ciuc)and if there is still time left, from Red Lake you will ride up to the 1375 m high Kovacspeter ridge where dispersed summer shelters and the source of the Olt river (one of the most important rivers of Romania) can be found.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Carpathian Escapes, Kossuth Lajos Street, no. 19, Ap. SP.COM.II,, 1st Floor, Office no. 3, Miercurea Ciuc 530160, Romania

    At the end of the tour, your guide will drop off you at your preferred location in Miercurea Ciuc or in the surroundings of the Ciuc Basin.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Carpathian Escapes, Kossuth Lajos Street, no. 19, Ap. SP.COM.II,, 1st Floor, Office no. 3, Miercurea Ciuc 530160, Romania
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick-up from any location (hotel, train station, etc.) in Miercurea Ciuc , Baile Tusnad, Gheorgheni or the Gyimes Valley is included in the price of the tour free of charge. Other locations are available at a surcharge.
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Dress warmly: sturdy, waterproof footwear and warm clothing recommended
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not recommended for pregnant women & participants with back problems
    • The programs can be modified depending on the weather conditions or adding other options.
    • Tours can be personalized on request
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Carpathian Escapes Ltd

Activity ID: V-44994P5

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