7 days
Duration
8/10
Physicality
On request
Dates

A hiking tour through some of the most spectacular trails in Romania. We will take you on small local trails to show you what most tourists never get to see.

Probably the best way to really know a country is to walk it’s trails, explore the most remote villages and meet authentic local people. So join us on this journey through the dramatic  landscape of Romania, to discover the authentic beauty of this country.

We know experienced hikers don’t care about beating the records on speed or distances, they care about the experience. So our Romania hiking tour is a decent paced tour without crazy early starts, plus a hot shower and comfy bed every evening. Don’t forget your swimming suite, one of the hotels has swimming pool sauna and jacuzzi. Like we always tell our travellers:

This is a vacation not a race. It is meant to be enjoyed

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION  Bucharest Airport or hotel
INCLUDED
6 night hotels All meals
Entrance fees Transportation in mini-coach
English speaking guide
NOT INCLUDED
Airfares
Alcoholic Drinks

Additional information

Groupsize6
Tour typeHiking, Sight Seeing,
1

Day 1

We will collect you from Bucharest, airport or hotel, then 2.5 hours across the Carpathian Mountains to Transylvania.

Check in at our lodge in Bran, a picturesque little town at the edge of – Bucegi National Park. 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.

2

Day 2

Hiking in Bucegi National Park

The trail starts from Bran at 1100 Meters altitude through the scenic Batrana saddle at 2300 metres altitude.

At the top the trail becomes gentle, following the former border patrol route between Transylvania and Wallachia.

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
Note: for this day only you will need a “1 day backpack” large enough to carry personal stuff for one overnight. Don’t forget swimming suit – hotel has indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna
3

Day 3

The Ialomita Cave and the Monastery inside the cave

After checking out from Pestera hotel we will visit the Ialomitza Cave and the tiny Monastery built at the cave entrance.

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

4

Day 4

Hiking to Magura Village

Drive 10 minutes to the head of the trail.

The hike starts with a gentle ascent along scattered households, with sheep, chicken and cows grazing undisturbed on the side of the trail. After about 45 minutes we reach the tiniest village ever ” Maguricea” . It is actually a group of houses on the top of the mountain without roads, some of them don’t even have electricity, but people still live up there for centuries.

2 hours later we reach the top, not too high but breathtakingly beautiful, with a 360 degree panorama and stunning views all around.

The return descent is a bit steep at the beginning, then gentle along sheep trails down to Magura Village. Magura is a remote village, wild flowers along dirt trails, and cows grazing around the small wood houses.

Visit Bran Castle in the afternoon. The castle was built in the 14th century on the border between Transylvania (Hungarian Empire) and Wallachia (controlled but the Turkish Ottoman Empire) It is hard to imagine the magnitude of the battles that this castle withstood during it’s 600 years of existence. Latter in 1889 Bram Stocker picked Bran Castle to be the gloomy castle of the terrifying Count Dracula. The castle is anyway, one of the best medieval structures in Romania

Distance 10 km, ascent 300 Meters, descent 300 meters – Duration about 5 hours

Transfer back to our lodge in Bran.

5

Day 5

Sightseeing – Medieval Transylvania

Visit the Rasnov Fortress – founded around 1225 by German Teutonic Knights. The superb location of this fortress allows us a great view over the surrounding mountains.

Onward we reach Brasov – the most important medieval city in the area and one of the most visited cities in Romania. Great sites to visit as The Black Church, the main square, the old defense walls that are still well preserved on the south and west side of the old city the watch towers and the narrowest street in Europe are just a few points on this day’s agenda.

Optionally there is a 2-hour hike to the Tampa peak located in the middle of the city and provides an amazing view over the surrounding area.

Overnight in Bran

6

Day 6

Hiking in Piatra Craiului National Park

Transfer by car to the head of the trail, in the Zarnesti Gorges. Continue along the tight lime stone valley  that used to be a cave who’s ceiling collapsed millions of years ago forming this spectacular canyon .

After about 3 hours we arrive to Curmatura chalet. Enjoy  hearty lunch on the chalet’s terrace, surrounded by jagged peaks, and fairy tale meadows.

The descent takes about 2.5 hours  facing the scenic Bucegi National Park. The car will be waiting to transfer you back to Bran

Overnight back in Bran

Distance 9 km, ascent 600 Meters, descent 600 meters – Duration about 5 hours

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Day 7

If your schedule allows we can do a short hike before leaving for Bucharest

The drive back to Bucharest takes about 2.5 hours

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Tour Reviews

5 based on 4 reviews
October 22, 2006

Visiting Romania is an incredibly interesting and rewarding experience. We had a fantastic time on our “Transylvanian Adventure” tour last September. This tour is a great way to get an inside look at Romanian country life. We would never have found the beautiful region around Bran if we had travelled on our own.
It was located in a stunning valley of steep green hills and quaint cottages where farmers practices have not changed in hundreds of years. Exploring the area is like stepping backwards in time, the region is still untouched by major tourism. Horia was our friendly and knowledgeable guide who was amazingly resourceful when inevitable travel snags arose. We especially enjoyed the gorgeous hiking, biking and horse-riding in the mountains and the medieval sightseeing. Horia’s skills proved indispensable as he navigated difficult roads utilized by all types of vehicles including horse-drawn carriages. After our tour he sent us on our way only after helping us to decipher the train network and recommending accommodations in other regions of Romania

June 3, 2008

In May 2008, I and two friends from Los Angles arranged a 12 day guided hiking tour of Romania. Our guide, Matei, was superb. He was reserved and knowledgeable and easy, likeable company for the many, many hours we all spent together in meals, car trips and hiking. We are all experienced hikers, but NOTHING prepared us for the exhilarating, beautiful and challenging hikes. Many days found us climbing many thousands of feet, trekking through snow and forests, and then coming down, down, down on daunting trails on wild flower and stone covered slopes to end our days in the comfort of a beautiful hotel with a good meal. This was easily one of the very best trips of my life. I recommend it to anyone. And I know that they can choose hikes to suite anyone’s capabilities, so there is no worry that hikes will be too easy….or too difficult’

November 3, 2011

Our hiking tour in September was everything we hoped it would be. The scenery was varied and breathtaking and when the weather was not suitable for hiking, we toured the castles. Our guide Horia was awesome! He probably answered 100 questions a day and always with a smile. We felt well taken care of.
We visited several painted monasteries on our way to Botosani and they were worth the stop. This was a great experience and we have and would recommend Adventure Transylvania to our friends. We hope to be back in 2008. Horia, Don”t forget to buckle up!Louise”

September 3, 2015

This year our buddy hiking trip was to Romania, and we are happy we chose Adventure Transylvania. Dan was a great guide, taking us through trails in the Transylvanian national parks that we would never have found. Our guide and all the people were warm, helpful, and always friendly. Highly recommended!

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