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Breathtaking wilderness and virgin forests

Often referred to as the last great wilderness in Europe, Transylvania is home to many wild, untouched and biodiverse natural wonders. From the great forests of the Carpathian Mountains with its dense woodlands where brown bears, wolves and rare lynxes roam freely, to rolling wildflower meadows, crystal clear glacier lakes and fascinating bird life. Explore on foot, horseback, bike or in the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage, led by our expert local guides.

Cycling Tours

Horseback Riding

Horse carriage rides

Sightseeing tours

Bird-watching

Snowshoe walking

Fishing

Massages

Helibiking

Oldtimer tours

Hiking

Heliskiing

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Activities

A host of explorations in the wild await: from guided hikes, cycle rides, bird-watching and bear spotting, to horseback rides, winery visits and historical tours of the many nearby UNESCO-protected sites.

E-Bike cycling tours

(4 - 5 hours)

Explore the beautiful forests and pastures in the valley through the comfort of electric bikes (for adults only). Guided by experienced guide Szabolcs Tyukodi, you can choose between beginners or advanced tours. 

€90/person
add lunch picnic for €50/person

Horseback Riding

(all day)

Enjoy the Transylvanian wilderness in the saddle of the gentle but sturdy horses from our partners at Villa Abbatis Equestrian Center. A mix of Lippizzaner breed and sport horses, that are trained and groomed at the highest level. The tour starts with a safety session at 10am. Picnic lunch will be served at around 1pm, before support vehicles will take you back us back to Bethlen Estates for arrival at 3pm. Please note that we require that all riders taking part in the tour are able to walk/trot and canter competently.

€150/person
(1 day riding with lunch and cultural program)

Horse carriage rides

(1,5 - 2 hours)

The tour starts either in the morning or in the afternoon taking you in a traditional horse carriage to explore the scenic valleys around Bethlen Estates. At lunch-time a picnic will be waiting for you in the middle of a wonderful meadow, with hot soup boiling in a shepherd’s kettle hung over an open fire. You will fry your own bacon to eat with home-made bread and try Transylvanian pastry for dessert. A selection of home-made brandies of Bethlen Estates will round up this unique experience.
€20/person

Sightseeing tours

(6-7 hours)

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites, medieval churches and picturesque towns and villages of the region. Peter and his team at “Wanderlust” will bring you closer to the unique culture of Transylvania. They offer daily trips as well as half-day excursions, including a lunch break in a traditional inn or a picnic among flowering meadows. The guides are fluent in English, German, Romanian, French and Hungarian.

€60/person
add lunch picnic for €50/person

Bird-watching

You will be taken on a tour to the local “Breite”, a centuries-old oak reserve a few kilometers from the estate. Ornithologist Cosmin Moga will give you the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular natural habitat and spotting owls, woodpeckers, buzzards and other birds of prey as well as rare plants and butterflies in the surrounding meadows. Lunch will be taken at a local inn or a picnic in the meadows.

€75/group

Snowshoe walking

(subject to snow)

Snowshoeing is the easiest way to move in winter and reach remote places even in deep snow. This tour will take you to some of the region’s most peaceful mountain tops through fragrant pine forests in the Harghita mountain (1h30 hour drive from the estate). The tours are fully guided and there is a variety of trails to suit all ages and abilities. You will be equipped with snowshoes, gaiters and ski poles, so you just put on some warm layers of clothing and some boots and you will be ready to go.

price upon request

Fishing on the Dam of Zeta

Fishing on the Dam of Zeta, you’ll be able to fish for a number of species, including bullhead, trout, grayling, pike, bass, carp, Prussian carp and bleak. The Dam of Zeta is not a fishing-pond in the strict sense of the word. Here the fish eat and multiply under natural circumstances. Primarily twirling and fly-fishing are the most effective techniques, but of course fisherman’s luck is also needed.

120€/person

Massages

Enjoy on-site massages with a professional masseur, and choose from the following treatments:

Relaxation massage: Get into a deep sense of relaxation, relieve muscle tension and escape your mundane worries through this soothing experience. Our professional therapist will work on your back, neck, arms and legs using gentle motions and long strokes, leaving you oozing with a sense of wellbeing.
Therapeutic massage: The therapeutic massage will target your body’s soft tissue and release tension from your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Our professional masseur can help relieve discomfort and pain (i.e. back pain, frozen shoulder, or neck).
Chiropractic massage: Chiropractic massage is a method to promote spine and nervous system health. Massage therapy seeks to bring healing into the body by focusing on realigning joints to alleviate tension, restore flexibility, and increase comfort.

€35 (50 min.)

Yoga

(session duration 1,5 - 2 hours)

Keep your focus on the present moment, create a sense of deep connection to the Earth and embark on a journey of self-discovery through a professional Yoga session. Your private Yoga teacher, Anca, will make sure to guide you through a relaxing session, no matter your previous experience with the practice. 

Guided by compassion and a love for nature, your teacher will enable you to reconnect to your inner self and create an intimate bond with the surrounding nature.

€50/person

Hiking tours

(6-7 hours)

Guided by Peter Suciu or a member of his team at „Wanderlust“ you will be offered an unforgettable tour through villages and breath-taking nature. All tours include the visit of medieval towns and villages around Cris (Kreisch / Keresd), such as Malancrav (Malmkrog / Almakerek) or Floresti (Felsendorf / Földszin), as well as glimpses into local cuisine, crafts, history and authentic traditions.

€60/person
add lunch picnic for €50/person

Oldtimer tours

(April to October)

Have you ever wanted to roam the roads or forests of Transylvania in a classic car? Rent our powerful cruiser, the classic BMW 3.0 CS or the legendary series II Land Rover to explore the are in style and fashion.

BMW 3.0 CS (E9)
– 4 hours: €180
– 8 hours: €300

Land Rover Series II
– 4 hours: €130
– 8 hours: €200

Helibiking

Curious to explore the remoteness of the Transylvanian wilderness by bike? How about a remarkable downhill mountain biking experience? Our HeliBiking tours will land you on the top of the Carpathian mountains and let you ride on secluded trails that will take your breath away. 

The scenic helicopter flight over the mesmerizing Transylvanian Carpathians is followed by an exciting ride down, in the ultimate mountain biking trip. A professional guide will accompany you to ensure safety at all times. From family-friendly routes to technical and tight gnarly switchbacks reserved for professional downhill riders only, we are sure to have the right experience for you.

price upon request

Heli-skiing in the Carpathian Mountains

Looking to have a once in a lifetime adventure in the heart of the Carpathian mountains? Now is your chance: let us introduce you to the pure adrenaline and freedom of Heli-Skiing.
After your arrival at Bethlen Estates, catch a helicopter ride to the highest peaks of the Transylvanian mountains, and gain exclusive access to remote slopes with hundreds of meters of virgin, powder snow. Leave the world behind and immerse yourself in the magic of the wild, pristine nature.
An array of off-piste adventures await, each varying in length and difficulty, but moderate off-piste experience is required. Suitable for experienced backcountry and freeride skiers and snowboarders.

Private VIP helicopter transfers available upon request.

price upon request

Bear watching

Observe the majestic brown bear in its natural habitat. More than 40 bears live in the forest surrounding the estate, so observing them is just a matter of good timing. Guests will be guided by a professional ranger through the forests at some distance off the estates and might have a faraway view of these beautiful animals, as well as other wildlife such as deer, wild boar and game birds.

100€/group (max. 4 people)
add a bear-inspired picnic for €50/person

Explore Transylvania

Whether you’re interested in combining nature and wildlife with culture, gastronomy, riding or cycling, our team can help create a bespoke itinerary to ensure you make the most of your stay.
Contact us to discuss your itinerary.

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