Romanian Adventure tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
|Tour starts in||Bucharest|
|Tour ends in||Bucharest|
|Group size||Min 2, Max 12|
|Transportation||A/C Mini bus|
€890 / person
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Hiking, biking and sightseeing tour
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 mountains in the morning and visit a UNESCO World Heritage castle in the afternoon.
If you ad on top of this, some Romanian delicious home made food, you will get the cpmlete Romanian experience.
- Bran Castle
- Bucegi National Park
- Piatra Craiului National Park
Day 1 - Welcome to Romania
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 Strunga saddle at 1900 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.
An easy and scenic descent follows all the way to Pestera Hotel in the middle of wilderness.
Overnight in Pestera Hotel 4****
Distance 11 km Ascent 800 Meters, Descent 300 Meters, duration 6 Hours
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 - Mountain Biking in Piatra Craiului National Park
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 - Sightseeing - medieval Transylvania
Visit the Corvin Hunyad Castle – Among the most accomplished Gothic castles in Europe. The impressive size and architectural beauty sets it among Romania’s most precious monuments of medieval art
Stop by Calnic – UNESCO World Heritage Site – is one of the most imposing defensive structures in Transylvania, and least known UNESCO site in Romania
The castle appears for the first time in a 1269 document, as a residence for Saxon nobility. In 1430, the noble family sold the castle to the peasant community of Calnic, who reinforced the noble residence to be refuge for the villagers against attackers .
Arrive to Sibiu – probably the most vibrant city in Transylvania – the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2007. Sibiu City tour – Walk around the historic center of Sibiu to discover the superb “Large Square” surrounded by quaint pedestrian cobbled streets and centuries old houses. The Liars Bridge – the place where traitors (liars) used to be hanged from. According to the legend, the bridge should collapse if you lie while you are on the bridge (it’s defective, we tried it and it didn’t work)
Spend the night in Sibiu 3*** Hotel
Day 6 - Sighisoara and Biertan (World Heritage Sites)
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 - Cycling trip to Fagaras
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 7 - Bucharest
Visit the Romanian Parliament Palace – the largest civil building in the world. The building is the masterpiece of a modern days Dracula – the communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu – executed in 1989 after a bloody anti-communist revolution
Discover the traditional Romanian architecture at the outdoor Village Museum in Bucharest. Complete, real households were bought here from all over Romania and reassembled into a magnificent village museum.
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museums from the itinerary
throughout the entire tour
- alcoholic drinks
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
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
This I really can recommend to everyone who love nature!
It was a real suprise to find so good arranged week in Romanian mountains which I had in beginning of June. Dan is really a quide who love his country and his work.
Of course I would like to hike little more but Dan 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!’
I can highly recommend Adventure Transylvania
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, Brasov, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and canoeing. All trips were well arranged and the guide Emmil was an excellent source of information and good company. The following two weeks we went off on a cycling tour (obviously we”re Dutch) on a route planned by Adventure Transylvania. The trip was lovely and we stayed in guesthouses. We left our car and baggage at the guesthouse while Emmil 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