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Ialomicioara Monastery and Cave Tours and Activities

Ialomicioara Monastery and Cave
High up in the mountainous Bucegi Natural Park just south of Brasov, the tiny white Orthodox monastery of Ialomicioara sits underneath a sheer cliff face; it was built in the early 16th century by Wallachian ruler Mihnea cel Rau, who was the son of Vlad the Impaler. Made of wood and guarding an enormous cave complex, the monastery repeatedly burnt down over the centuries and its last refurbishment came in 1993 after another fire. Its exterior is gleaming white and adorned with simple biblical figures; the interior is awash with frescoes and icons.
 
The caves themselves extend deep under ground through limestone caverns and galleries and recent investment has seen them transformed with new lighting, staircases and bridges. More than 1,300 ft (396.25 m) of accessible paths lead through grottoes and chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites; the most ethereal are the St Mary Grotto, named after limestone formations that resemble the Virgin Mary, and the enormous Bear Hall, which was full of 10,000 year-old bones of cave bears when it was first discovered in 1870. Ialomicioara caves are accessed by guided tour; there’s a lot of walking involved and they quickly get cold, so wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes.

Bucegi Natural Park itself is a popular destination for hikers, climbers and — in winter — skiers. It’s also close to the mysterious castles and fortified towns of Transylvania.

Practical Info

Bucegi Natural Park, near Brasov. Admission to the cave RON 10. Cave open 8am–11am, 2pm–5pm. Accessed by track or via cable car from Busteni to Babele; from there it’s another cable car to Pestera plus a 10-minute walk.
Address: Bucegi Natural Park, Brasov, Transylvania 137316, Romania
Hours: Cave open 8am–11am, 2pm–5pm.
Admission: Cave: RON 10
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Romania Tour - Dracula's Path

Romania Tour - Dracula's Path

Throughout our Dracula's Path Tour we will be following in Vlad Tepes' footsteps, focusing the most important landmarks such as Bran Castle, made famous in Bran Stokers book "Dracula", Poenari Citadel, the place where he spend most of his live and also the place where his wife committed suicide and finishing with Snagov Monastery, considered his final resting place. During this trip we will also be visiting some of the most iconic landmarks Romania has to offer such as Peles Castle (the summer residence of the royal family), Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara (3 of the most important Saxon establishments that still exist in Romania),
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Peles Castle and Ialomicioara Cave Monastery

Peles Castle and Ialomicioara Cave Monastery

Peles Castle was declared a museum in 1953. The building is the most visited museum in Romania that annually more than 300,000 tourists come to admire this special place in the Carpathians Mountains. Peles Castle has a total of 170 rooms and 30 bathrooms, but only 35% of the castle can be visited. The rooms that a visitor should not miss if he gets to the Peles Castle are: the hall of honor, the reception hall, the hall of mirrors, the great hall of arms, the concert hall, the imperial apartment, the Moor room, the Turkish room or the theater. In addition, rare books with the covers engraved with golden letters in the royal library impress travelers, especially for the secret door that is located behind a shelf.
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  • 1 to 10 hours
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Price varies by group size
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Ialomicioara Monastery and Cave hours of operation: Cave open 8am–11am, 2pm–5pm.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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