Romania hiking tours

Tour type

Hiking / walking tour

Tour duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

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5 out of 5 stars (based on 3 reviews)

€790 / 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 

Romania hiking tours

Bucegi and Piatra Craiului National Parks  

 

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 stay at a base location, at the edge of Bucegi National Park, and do day hikes, with light backpacks and return to the same lodge every evening for a hot shower and comfortable bed. We don’t have to wake up at 4 AM to start on the trail, nor carry a heavy backpack 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 🙂  

Tour highlights

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

Itinerary

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.

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

Day 3 - 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 for this castle, 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.

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

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 ancient border of Transylvania into Wallachia. World War 1 trenches are still visible here as this was heavily disputed by the Romanian and German armies 

A long, 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 11 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 swimming suit – hotel has indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna

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

Day 7

Short hike in the morning if your schedule isn’t too tight. We will climb to the scenic village of Fundata, for a last epic view of the mountains 

If you fly out on this day, you should allow a 3 hours drive to the airport 

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 seaking guide will assist you
throughout the entire tour
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Not included

  • alcoholic drinks
  • airfares

Reviews

Highly recommended!

5.0 rating
September 15, 2015

This year our buddy hiking trip was to Romania, and we are happy we chose Adventure Transylvania. Dan was a great guide, taking us through trails in the Transylvanian national parks that we would never have found. Our guide and all the people were warm, helpful, and always friendly. Highly recommended!

Gary B. California US

Exhilarating, beautiful and challenging hikes.

5.0 rating
May 26, 2008

In May 2008, I and two friends from Los Angles arranged a 12 day guided hiking tour of Romania. Our guide, Emil, was superb. He was reserved and knowledgeable and easy, likable company for the many, many hours we all spent together in meals, car trips and hiking. We are all experienced hikers, but NOTHING prepared us for the exhilarating, beautiful and challenging hikes. Many days found us climbing many thousands of feet, trekking through snow and forests, and then coming down, down, down on daunting trails on wild flower and stone covered slopes to end our days in the comfort of a beautiful hotel with a good meal. This was easily one of the very best trips of my life. I recommend it to anyone. And I know that they can choose hikes to suite anyone’s capabilities, so there is no worry that hikes will be too easy….or too difficult’

Ann . California US

What a fun tour

5.0 rating
October 26, 2007

Our hiking tour in September was everything we hoped it would be. The scenery was varied and breathtaking and when the weather was not suitable for hiking, we toured the castles. Our guide Doru was awesome! He probably answered 100 questions a day and always with a smile. We felt well taken care of.
We visited several painted monasteries on our way to Botosani and they were worth the stop. This was a great experience and we have and would recommend Adventure Transylvania to our friends. We hope to be back in 2008. Doru Don’t forget to buckle up! Louise”

Louise Davis,

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