Departure Aug 07, 2018
A hiking tour on some of the most spectacular trails in Romania. We will take you on small local trails to explore remote villages and meet authentic local people show you what most tourists never get to see.
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 setting new records on speed or distances. All they care about is the experience. So our Romania hiking tour is a decently paced hike without crazy early morning starts. Furthermore you’ll enjoy coming back to 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 travelers:
This is a vacation not a race. It is meant to be enjoyed
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bucharest Airport or hotel|
|Tour type||Hiking, Sight Seeing|
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
If your schedule allows we can do a short hike before leaving for Bucharest
The drive back to Bucharest takes about 2.5 hours