A perfect combination of activities and great sightseeing.
We made this tour from two magic ingredients that Romania abounds in – unparalleled natural beauty and superb historic or cultural sites.
You will mountain bike through remote wild areas in the morning and visit a UNESCO World Heritage castle in the afternoon. Or visit a cave with a 300 years old hermitage inside in the morning and then hike over the border between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires.
Ad on top of this some Romanian delicious home made food and you get the full Romanian experience
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bucharest Airport or hotel|
|Tour type||Hiking, Sight Seeing, Cycling, Mountain Biking|
We will collect you from Bucharest, airport or hotel.
Drive through Prahova Valley across the Carpathian Mountains to Transylvania.
Check in at our lodge in Bran – Bucegi National Park, and if time allows we will do a short hike in the afternoon.
We will spend 5 nights at this lodge so you don’t have to pack and unpack every day.
Hiking in Bucegi National Park
The trail starts from Bran at 1100 Meters altitude through the scenic Batrana saddle at 2300 meters altitude.
At the top the trail becomes gentle, following the former border line between Transylvania and Wallachia. This was the dividing line between 2 great empires only 150 years ago. The Turkish or Ottoman empire and the Austro-Hungarian empire disputed this border countless times over more than 600 years. The last battle that these jagged peaks witnessed was the World War 1. The German tranches are still perfectly visible on the side of the mountain.
A long, easy and scenic descent follows all the way to Pestera Hotel in the middle of the National Park.
Overnight in Pestera Hotel 3***
Distance 11 km Ascent 1000 Meters, Descent 700 Meters, duration 6 Hours
The Ialomita Cave and the Monastery inside the cave
We will leave our comfortable hotel behind and plunge into the Ialomitza Cave.
A tiny Monastery Church was built at the cave entrance. The first hermits lived in the cave somewhere in the mid 1700. The cave had some previous inhabitants a few millions of years ago. Cave Bear skeletons were found in the cave.
From the cave we continue on a old sheep trail up to the ridge until we reach the Strunga saddle. From this point the downhill takes about 2 hours until we get to the forestry road of Bran and back to our lodge
Distance 10 km, Ascent 400 Meters, descent 800 meters, duration 6 hours
Overnight back in Bran
Today we will mountain bike through the southern part of the Piatra Craiului park. We start wit a long descent from the highest village called Fundata through the Cheia Valley down to a “caldera” where 4 gorges meet.
From this point we will head up on the most spectacular of them – Dambovicioara gorges. We continue uphill on a steep road for about 3 km then rolling hills and superb scenery all the way back to the starting point.
Return to Bran for the night
Today is relaxing time exploring Transylvania’s medieval heritage First stop is Rasnov Fortress, This impressive fortification you just can’t miss was built in the 13 Th century by the Teutonic Knights. Later the fortress was enlarged by the villagers and it became a small walled city protecting the villagers from the invaders. The villagers had to build an amazing well in order to withstand prolonged sieges weeks or months long. The well is 146 Meters deep – you could put the Statue of Liberty 1.5 times in it – and it took 17 years to build it.
We will visit the medieval city of Brasov. This was the most important trade center of medieval Transylvania. Enjoy a guided walk through this 13th century Saxon city. The main highlight is the Council Square, the Gothic Black Church – blackened by a fire more than 300 year ago – and the “Rope Street” – one of the narrowest streets in Europe.
Drive to Sighisoara medieval town – UNESCO World Heritage Site – this is where the real prince Vlad Dracula was born in 1431. You will have the chance to have dinner in the house where Dracula was born
Overnight in Sighisoara at Casa Wagner Hotel – www.casa-wagner.com
Sighisoara city tour in the morning. Visit the Clock Tower, the symbolic tower of Sighisoara. Then the creepy prison and torture chamber. Climb the 176 covered stairs to get to the Hill Church erected in the 14th century using an older church and a defensive tower.
Transylvania is the area with greatest density of medieval forts, counting over 80 fortifications in a relatively small area. Most of them are fortified churches – built by the villagers around their churches to protect them from the invaders.
40 Minutes west from Sighisoara we get to one of the best of these fortified churches at Biertan – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Biertan was the Evangelical Episcopal See for 300 years (1572 – 1867). The church holds an impressive door of the vestry, built in 1515, and awarded for medieval engineering at the Paris World Exhibition.
Another interesting piece of medieval traditions from Transylvania is the “Matrimonial Prison“. The couples who wanted to divorce were imprisoned in a small room inside the fortress in an attempt to sort out their problems before being allowed to divorce. Apparently the “medieval marital counselling worked ” as just one couple divorced throughout over 250 years as long as this tradition was carried.
Drive back to Bran in the evening
Bicycle trip to Fagaras – one of the best preserved castles in Transylvania.
The ride starts with a short uphill of about 2 kilometres. Then 40 kilometres through the peaceful villages at the feet of The Fagaras Mountains (Transylvanian Alps) No major uphill today. Around lunch time we arrive in the town of Fagaras.
After lunch it’s time to explore the impenetrable Fagaras castle. The Turks attacked this castle for 9 months but were not able to take the castle. After 9 months they came up with a trick and announced that they want sign a peace treaty with the transylvanian prince Stefan Mailat . So Turk delegates were allowed to enter the castle, bringing with them a lot of booze, allegedly to congratulate the victorious Transylvanian Prince. The Turks managed to get the prince and his guards drunk and captured them. Prince Mailat died 10 years later in a Turkish prison.
If your schedule allows we can do a short hike before leaving for Bucharest
The drive back to Bucharest takes about 2.5 hours