Hiking around Romania
Sighseeing & hiking
15 Days / 14 Nights
Guided hiking tour Romania – small groups
Discover Romania, on foot and off the beaten path. This tour includes all the best places in Romania, plus dozens of secret spots most tourists don’t even know about.
You will walk through the heart of Romania, exploring stunningly beautiful countryside in Maramures, perfectly preserved medieval towns in Transylvania. Discover incredible traditions in Bucovina, and the tumultuous city life of Bucharest.
You will explore vibrant cities and quaint little villages, meet the locals and discover their stories, traditions and culture..
Ad on top of that the delicious Romanian cuisine, and you get the absolute best of Romania on this tour.
€2390 / Person
- April 04 2020
- April 25 2020
- May 09 2020
- July 20 2020
- July 30 2020
- August 12 2020
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Minimum 2 persons required
|Tour starts in||Bucharest|
|Tour ends in||Bucharest|
|Group size||Min 2, Max 12|
|Accommodation||Hotels 3 and 4 stars|
|Transportation||A/C Mini bus|
Bucovina painted monasteries
7 UNESCO sites
Day 1 – Arrive in Bucharest
Welcome to Romania! Your Adventure Transylvania guide will meet you at the Bucharest airport just outside the arrivals sliding door.
Transfer to Bucharest hotel Berthelot 4 **** in downtown Bucharest, a short 30-minute drive away.
After checking into the hotel, join your guide for a short walking tour to discover Old Town and central Bucharest. Enjoy a festive welcome dinner at a local restaurant, and get a taste of the week ahead.
Day 2 – Bucharest to Transylvania
- Visit the Romanian Parliament Palace – the second largest building in the world. A megalomaniac’s project, erected by the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in the ’80s
- Minutes after leaving of Bucharest we stop at the Snagov Monastery – in 1476 the real Prince Vlad Dracula was buried on this little island.
- Transfer to the Carpathian Mountains
- Overnight in a fairy tale location at Bran – in the Bucegi National Park.
Day 3 – Hiking to Magura village and visit Bran Castle
Today’s hike will take you through one of the most picturesque villages in Romania. Magura village is scattered over steep hills, between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului National Parks. Our trail follows the smooth edge of the mountain for amazing views.
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 its 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 Moeciu.
Day 4 – Brasov medieval town
Explore 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 watchtowers and the narrowest street in Europe are just a few points on this day’s agenda.
Short hike to the Tampa peak located in the middle of Brasov city. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view over the medieval walled city
Return for the night back to our lodge in Bran
Day 5 – Saxon heritage in Transylvania
First stop, the impenetrable Fagaras castle. The Turks besieged this castle for 9 months but were unable to capture the castle. After 9 months they came up with a trick and announced that they will 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.
Onward we take a detour to Cinsor – a fantastically well preserved Church-Fortress from 15th century
Drive the Transfagarasan Highway – the most spectacular road in Romania, the Transfagarasan highway. The breathtaking road was built in the ’80s by the communists. Several lives were lost and over 400 tons of dynamite were used to cut the road through the mountains.
Late afternoon we arrive in Sibiu – probably the most vibrant city in Transylvania – the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2007. Explore the impressive medieval city of Sibiu in the evening.
Spend the night in Sibiu 4*** Hotel
Day 6 – Sibiu and Corvin Castle
Sibiu City tour – Walk around the historic center of Sibiu to discover the superb “big square” surrounded by quaint pedestrian cobbled streets and centuries-old houses. The Liars Bridge – the place where traitors (liars) used to be hanged from. The legend tells the bridge would collapse if you lie while you are on the bridge (it’s defective, we tried it and it didn’t work)
Visit Corvin Castle in Hunedoara. The impressive size and architectural beauty set it among Romania’s most precious monuments of medieval art. Surrounded by legends and mystery, the castle awaits its visitors with amazing stories
Overnight in Hunedoara 4**** Hotel
Day 7 – Turda canyon and Turda salt mine
- Hike in the Turda Gorges – 4 hours round trip through a breathtaking scenery.
- Turda Salt Mine – one of the best underground places in the world – it’s a place you really have to see. This salt mine is not just a huge museum, but an epic tourist attraction, underground, built in salt. It was even ranked by Business Insider as the most beautiful underground place in the world.
- In the evening we will explore, on foot, Cluj Napoca, the second-largest city in Romania
- Overnight in Cluj Napoca- 3*** Hotel
Day 8 – Maramures – the old world, alive
- Drive to the northern province of Maramures. Comparable to an gargantuan open air museum Maramures area has it’s special life style, architecture, traditions and legends. Being the part of Romania that was not civilized bu the Romans 2000 years ago, Maramures, amazingly kept it’s separate culture for almost 2 millennia.
- Stop at the Surdesti wooden Church (UNESCO) – a superb example of traditional architecture from the 18th century. The Church, over 200 feet tall, used to be the tallest wood structure in the world until 2003, when the local wood workers decided to push the limits of their forefathers and built taller churches in Maramures
- Visit the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, a living example of the Dacian pre Roman culture. This cemetery is unique in the world. Renowned for it’s colorful story telling funeral plates, where death is mocked in the face, and life is all but a big joke,
- Overnight at Sigetu Marmatiei – 3*** Hotel
Day 9 – Maramures – the old world, alive
- Stop at Barsana Monastery – a stunning monument of traditional Maramures architecture. The monastery was rebuilt in 1990, after more that 200 years from it’s destruction under the Austro-Hungarian empire. You will be charmed by the beauty of Barsana
- Onward we will visit the oldest wooden church in Maramures, at Ieud – UNESCO World Heritage. The Ieud church dates back from the 17th century, and still displays a vivid mural painting, depicting various biblical scenes
- Hiking to the beautiful spring of Iza river. This is an easy hike of about 3.5 hours along the upper valley of Iza.
- Overnight in Viseu de Sus 4*** Hotel
Day 7 – Maramures to Bucovina
- Short visit to the Communist Memorial in Sighet. The former Communist prison is now a fantastic museum dedicated to the memory of the horrors of the Communism.
- Cross the Carpathian Mountains to Bucovina, over the superb Prislop pass.
- Overnight at Bucovina Lodge 4**** Hotel
Day 8 – Painted Monasteries of Bucovina
Scattered over the most idyllic landscape in Romania, we will discover 2 of the best painted monasteries of Bucovina (the northern part of Romanian Moldova)
- Moldovita Monastery. The one can we see today dates back to 1532 and is due to ruling prince Petru Rares– one of the most important monasteries of it’s time.
- Voronet Monastery – probably the most accomplished sample of artistic achievement in Moldavian architecture and painting. The church was completed in just 3 months and 3 weeks in 1488, and amazing feat of engineering for that period. Voronet monastery also features the largest painted story among all the painted monasteries. The splendid “judgement day” covers in minute details the second come of Messiah, at the end of the world
- The painted eggs museum – you’ll have to trust us here. This is amazing. Art can take incredible forms, even on eggs. This is a local artist’s museum, where the local tradition of painted Easter eggs is taken to art level.
- Accommodation in Piatra Neamt 3*** Hotel
Day 9 – Bicazului Gorges and the Red lake
- Drive through the stunning Bicazului Gorges, back to Transylvania.
- We stop at the Red Lake. (local hungarians call it “The Killer Lake”). A massive cliff collapsed in 1888, forming a natural dam which flooded the upstream valley. The old forest is still visible under the water. We will walk around the lake to learn its amazing legends.
- In the afternoon, we arrive in Sighisoara a magnificent living medieval fortress, 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 the cruel prince was born
- We spend the night in the old citadel of Sighisoara, at the medieval hotel Wagner House 3**
Day 10 – Sighisoara and Biertan
- Sighisoara city tour. Sighisoara (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, and most amazingly still inhabited up to this day. Check out the Clock Tower, the symbol landmark of Sighisoara, with its sophisticated clock mechanism . The top platform of the tower offers an bird’s eye view over the magnificent citadel
On the highest part of the fortress we get to the Hill Church. This Lutheran church was stripped by it’s original catholic paintings during the reformation, but now thanks to the recent restoration, some of the old paintings have come back to life.
- Biertan (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – the most spectacular of the (160) “Church-Castles” in Transylvania. Between the 14th and 16th centuries all villages in Transylvania built defensive walls around their churches for protection against invaders, Biertan is the strongest of all. You will learn the legends and traditions of this amazing place.
- Overnight back to Bran
Day 11 – Departure
- Visit the Rasnov Fortress. One of the most spectacular strongholds of Transylvania, built in the 13 Th century by the Teutonic Knights, Rasnov Fortress is one of the top 10 snow castles in the world according to Conde Nast Traveler
- The fortress was enlarged by the villagers of Rasnov and it became a small walled city protecting the villagers from the invaders. The villagers had to build an impressive 480 feet deep well, to get the vital water needed during prolonged sieges, weeks or months long. The construction took 17 years of hard labor, under precarious conditions.
- Drive to Bucharest (2 hours)
- Drop-off at Bucharest Airport or Hotel
10 nights in hotels (3*** and 4 *****)
museums from the itinerary
throughout the entire tour
- alcoholic drinks
What an Adventure!
The tour was beyond anything that I could have imagined. Even getting pushed down to the ground by Dracula after standing on his grave during a full moon Nov 1st 2017 was so exciting. I will challenge Dracula again, this time I will be ready for him.
Do not pass up this experience
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. Throughout your adventure you will learn the history of Romania while exploring its castles, caves, and mountains . We had 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!,
We had a fantastic time on our “Transylvanian Adventure”
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 traveled 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. Emill 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. Emill’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
What a fantastic vacation!
What a fantastic vacation! The housing, food, schedule, and the atmosphere of quaint Romanian villages made this a vacation to remember. The hikes were varied, fun, and filled with lots of interesting and historical sights. Dan and Nicole are some of the best guides/hosts anywhere, as well as being wonderful people! I will be back again and advise my friends of this truly unique vacation opportunity!
I had the time of my life
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 our guide 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