Romania hiking tours

Tour type

Hiking / walking tour

Tour duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

5.0
Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 9 reviews)

€990 / person

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for minimum 2 persons
Tour starts in Bucharest
Tour ends in Bucharest
Group size Min 2, Max 12
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Accommodation Hotel
Transportation Mini bus with A/C 

Tour highlights

  • Bucegi National Park
  • Piatra Craiului National Park
  • Ialomitza Cave
  • Zarnesti Cayon
  • Bran Castle
  • Brasov medieval city 

Hiking in Romania

Hike with us on some of the most spectacular trails in the Carpathian Mountains. We will lead you on local trails, only known by the locals to discover the unseen part of Romania.

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

So on this tour, we will base ourselves in a beautiful lodge, at the edge of Bucegi National Park. This will be the starting point for most of our day hikes, with light backpacks. We will return to the same lodge every evening for a hot shower and comfortable bed. You don’t have to wake up at 4 AM to start on the trail, nor carry heavy backpacks with all your belongings.

Still, this is not a walk in the park, the trails are quite demanding, but don’t require special skills, and no ropes are involved 🙂

Hiking tour description

Hiking in Brasov - mounta Tampa

Day 1 – Welcome to Romania

We will collect you from Bucharest, airport or hotel,

Drive across the Carpathian Mountains to Transylvania. (2.5 hours)

Short hike tour in the afternoon, to the picturesque Transylvania Amphitheater. This is a place where we can see most of the mountains we will hike to in the next couple of days.

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

We will spend 5 nights at this lodge so you don’t have to pack and unpack every day.

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Day 2 – Hiking in Piatra Craiului National Park

Drive to the head of the trail, in the Zarnesti Gorges. We start gently through a narrow lime stone canyon, a former cave who’s ceiling collapsed millions of years ago, forming this spectacular Zarnesti Gorges.

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. Drive back to the lodge

Overnight back in Bran

Distance 13 km, ascent 600 Meters, descent 600 meters – Duration about 5 hours
Bran Castle Romania

Day 3 – Hiking to Magura Village

Drive 10 minutes to the head of the trail.
The hike starts with a gentle ascent along with scattered households, with sheep, chickens, 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.

Two 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 the scenic Magura Village.

Visit Bran Castle in the afternoon. The castle was built in the 14th century on the border between Transylvania (Hungarian Empire) and Wallachia (controlled by the Turkish Ottoman Empire) It is hard to imagine the magnitude of the battles for this castle, 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 Bran.

Brasov - Romania tours

Day 4 – Brasov and Mount Tampa

Discover visit the medieval city of Brasov. As a young fugitive prince, Dracula spent several years in Brasov, an important community who’s support was crucial to his return on the throne of the neighboring country, Wallachia (at that time Wallachia and Transylvania were separate countries)  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. Outside of the city walls we get to the Black Tower for an amazing panorama over the old Brasov.

Hike the Mount Tampa – a 2.5 hours trail starting from the historic center of Brasov. At the top you will get an amazing view over the medieval town 200 meters bellow your feet.

Explore the 13th century, mountaintop fortress at 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.

Return for the night at Bran

Hiking in Bucegi National Park

Day 5 – Hiking in Bucegi National Park

The trail starts from Bran at 1100 meters altitude through the scenic Strunga saddle at 1900 meters altitude. At this point, we cross the former border between Transylvania and Wallachia. World War 1 trenches are still visible here as this spot was heavily disputed by the Romanian and German armies

A smooth, easy, and scenic descent follows all the way to Pestera Hotel in the middle of the National Park at 1600 Meters altitude

Overnight in Pestera Hotel 3***

Distance 14 km Ascent 800 Meters, Descent 300 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 the swimming suit – the hotel has an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna
Romania hiking

Day 6 – Ialomitza Cave and Monastery

After a filling buffet breakfast at the hotel, we plunge deep into the belly of the mountain – explore the Ialomita Cave. The cave was inhabited since ancient times, and in the 16th century, a Christian Orthodox monastery was built inside the cave.

From the cave, we ascend on a winding trail back to Transylvania, then following a smooth, clear ridge, we descend back to our lodge

Distance 10 km, Ascent 400 Meters, descent 800 meters, duration 6 hours
Hiking in Bucegi National Park

Day 7 – The last hike

If your return flight is in the afternoon, we can pack another short hike in the morning to the scenic village of Fundata, for a last epic view of the Carpathian mountains

Transfer back to Bucharest Airport or hotel in Bucharest. 

Please allow a 3-hour drive from Bran to Bucharest airport if you plan to fly out the same day

 

 

Inclusions

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Accommodation

All nights in double rooms with private bathroom 

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Meals

All Brakfasts | All Lunches | All Dinners
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Entrance fees

All entrance fees to all the castles and
museums from the itinerary
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Transport

All transportation with private air-conditioned minibus
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English Guidance

English speaking guide will assist you
throughout the entire tour

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Not included

  • alcoholic drinks
  • airfares

Reviews

October colors hiking tour

Rated 5 out of 5
November 12, 2022

Oh my goodness, the Romanian countryside is absolutely gorgeous! The hiking is a breeze, and the cultural context is out of this world – ancient fortified villages, charming old churches, magnificent castles, and fascinating stories about Vlad the Impaler. It’s the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and cultural exploration, all without the need for camping!

And let me tell you, our guide, Dan, was exceptional! He is fluent in English, and impressively, he is well-versed in idioms from various English-speaking countries. He also has an in-depth knowledge of the history of the places we visited, and an infectious enthusiasm for his work. It was a truly memorable experience

Chris B. - MN, US

Great Hiking and sightseeing.

Rated 5 out of 5
September 1, 2021

Our family had the most amazing time on our hiking and sightseeing tour! We were so lucky to have Emil as our guide – he was fantastic! We all loved getting to know him and his enthusiasm for the tour made it even more enjoyable. The hiking was four days long and the scenery was absolutely stunning! It was like stepping back in time as we crossed the mountains and met with shepherds and their sheep. Emil tailored the tour to our interests and even recommended some extra activities that we hadn’t even thought of, but ended up loving. Planning this trip was a breeze and it’s now one of our all-time favorite vacations

Diane P. California, USA

Thank you for an amazing vacation

Rated 5 out of 5
September 24, 2019

Wow, what an adventure! I had the most amazing time and I can’t wait for others to experience it too! The adventure staff was truly amazing – friendly, helpful and so skilled in handling any challenges that came up.

We did 5 days of hiking. Everything was challenging but totally doable. I loved every minute of this trip, the landscapes, the people, the food.. OMG the food was so delicious. Be prepared to gain weight even if you are burning a gazillion calories every day

If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure that will challenge you and give you an unforgettable experience, Adventure Transylvania is a must-try! I learned so much about history, nature, and myself on this trip. Thank you, Adventure Transylvania, for such an incredible adventure

Alexandra S - England

I had the time of my life

Rated 5 out of 5
August 26, 2018

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

Lisa – USA

This I really can recommend to everyone who love nature!

Rated 5 out of 5
August 14, 2018

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!’

Mirija – Finland

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