8 Days

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
7 night hotels All meals
Entrance fees Transportation in mini-coach
English speaking guide
Alcoholic Drinks

Additional information

Tour typeHiking, Sight Seeing, Cycling, Mountain Biking

Day 1

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.


Day 2

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
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

Day 3

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


Day 4

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


Day 5

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


Day 6

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


Day 7

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.


Day 8

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

5.00 based on 4 reviews
September 2, 2006

It was a real suprise to find so good arranged week in Romanian mountains which I had in beginning of June.  Horia is really a quide who love his country and his work.

Of course I would like to hike little more but Horia made things one degree more difficult to lead us down from the mountains direct through bushes.  Good idea!! Clean air! Scenery views!  Lot of flowers. Silence!  This I really can recommend to everyone who love nature!’

December 3, 2006

If I had one piece of advice to give it would be to not pass up this experience. Often people venture into Eastern Europe but write off Romania because there is not a lot of information out there. In visiting this country you can see how life in Eastern Europe, and the whole of the world, once was. The shipyards still walk with their sheep and the cattle roam free.\r\n\r\nThroughout your adventure you will learn the history of Romania while exploring its castles, caves, and mountains . Horia is an amazing and knowledgeable guide. There were’t any questions he couldn’t answer. If you?re worried about food and such, I and one other girl with me on the trip were vegetarians and they even went out of their way to purchase tofu for us. Overall, this trip was one of my most memorable times in Europe and I was there for 6 months. Definitely put it on your to do list!,

August 3, 2007

To all those planning a visit to Romania I can high recommend Adventure Transylvania as your travel agent, guide & trip planner. Last summer 2007 my family and I (two kids aged 10 and 12) booked a week with Adventure Transylvania.
The guest house was in a beautiful location with spectacular views. The food was great and the kids were thrilled cause they could choose what was on the menu every day. The week was spent sight seeing at Bran castle, Brasnov, hiking, mountain biking, horseriding and canoeing. All trips were well arranged and the guide Horia was an excellent source of inteformation and good company. The following two weeks we went off on a cycling tour (obviously we”re Dutch) on a route planned by Horia. The trip was lovely and we stayed in guesthouses recommended by Horia. We left our car and baggage at the guesthouse while Horia brought us to the starting point of the cycling trip. What more can I say….Romania is a beautiful country and well worth a visit and you will be well looked after if you use Adventure Transylvania

August 22, 2008

‘I wanted to write an account of my trip, just because I had the time of my life and I would love to see other people experiencing this adventure!  The adventure staff is absolutely amazing.  Really friendly and accommodating and perfectly able to handle difficult situations that arise out in the wilderness.

We went kayaking, horseback riding, biking, sight seeing, and hiking.  Everything was very challenging, but definitely manageable.  I never thought I would be able to climb a gigantic mountain, but I did!  I felt very encouraged by Horia and the other people I met on the trip.

Folks who want to challenge themselves and have a great experience should definitely consider this trip.  I learned so much about history, nature, and myself.  Thank you Adventure Transylvania

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