from 225 euro
Wonders of Carpathian Mountains
Experience a two-day wonderful adventure in the Carpathian Mountains, visit unique sites like the Peles Royal Castle in Sinaia, natural monuments in Bucegi Mountains – Babele (Old Women) the Sphinx, bizarre forms carved by wind action in conglomerate rock, and the famous Ialomicioara Cave.
1st DAY: Bucharest, Sinaia – visit Sinaia Monastery and Peles Royal Castle, Babele (photo stop), accomodation at Hotel Pestera in Bucegi Mountains. (8 hour trip).
2nd DAY: Pestera, visit Ialomicioara Cave, lunch stop in Sinaia, Bucharest. (8 hours).
Included Services: accommodation for 1 night in a 3 star hotel, transport, certified natonal guide, entrance fees to Peles Castle and Ialomicioara Cave,.
Please note that Peles Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Meals are not included ! Lunch/dinner reservations upon request in Sinaia and Pestera.
Photo tax and cable car to Babele (around €30) not included!
Highlights of Peles Royal Castle
Peles Castle was commissioned by King Carol I in 1873 and completed ten years later; it was meant as the summer residence of the Royal Family. Until 1914, the Royal Family used it only during the summer periods, later on, the castle hosted different official events and military ceremonies.
Nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German Neo-Renaissance architecture, considered by many, one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Its over 160 rooms are adorned with the finest examples of European Art, such as Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows and Cordoba leather-covered walls.
The furniture in the Music Room is carved out of teak, a rare and precious wood, which was a gift from Maharajah of Kapurtala in India. The walls and ceiling of the Turkish Parlor were covered in handmade silk embroideries. Austrian artists Gustav Klimt and Frantz Matsch designed the ceiling paintings and decorative frescoes in the Theatre Hall. In the castle’s armories over 4,000 European and Oriental pieces dating from the XV to the XIXth century are displayed.
Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electric current, electricity being produced by the castle’s own generator. Another premiere occurred in 1906, when the castle’s Theater Hall hosted the first movie projection in Romania.
King Ferdinand, the successor of King Carol I, commissioned the smaller Art-Nouveau replica Pelisor Castle nearby. Pelisor’s 70 rooms display a unique collection of turn-of-the-century Viennese furniture and Tiffany and Lalique glassware.
Since 2007, the castles returned to the Royal Family, namely to King Mihai I provided they are under the patronage of the Romanian Government and function as museums.