- Private minibus
- 3 and 4 Stars Hotels
- June - October
- All meals
- Moderate to hard
Join us on a Romania hiking tour across the stunning scenery of the Carpathian Mountains. We will lead you along less-known trails known only to locals, revealing Romania’s hidden marvels.
This is a celebration of the great outdoors, not a competition. We will stay at a beautiful lodge on the outskirts of Bucegi National Park, from which we will begin our daily walks with ease and comfort.
We’ll return to the lodge each evening, with light packs and unhurried mornings, to enjoy the warmth of a hot shower and the comfort of a nice bed. But make no mistake: this is not a walk in the park. The hikes are challenging, yet don’t require any specialized skills. Rest assured that there will be no ropes involved in our journey. Join us for an unforgettable experience.
- Bucegi National Park
- Piatra Craiului National Park
- Bran Castle
- Ialomitza Cave
- Zarnesti Cayon
Let's start the adventure as we pick you up from Bucharest, the airport, or the hotel, and set off on a 3 hours drive across the Carpathian Mountains to Transylvania!
We'll kickstart your Romania hiking tour with a short but picturesque hike to the "Transylvania Amphitheater" (a panoramic viewpoint) where you can witness stunning views of the majestic mountains we'll conquer in the next few days.
Then, it's off to our cozy lodge in Bran, a charming town at the edge of Bucegi National Park, where we'll spend 5 nights without worrying about packing and unpacking every day. Let's make this trip unforgettable!"
Let's hit the road to the trailhead at Zarnesti Gorges! Our journey begins with a gentle hike through a narrow limestone canyon, a former cave whose ceiling collapsed millions of years ago, creating the breathtaking Zarnesti Gorges.
After about 3 hours of hiking, we'll arrive at Curmatura chalet where we'll indulge in a hearty lunch on the terrace surrounded by stunning jagged peaks and fairy-tale meadows. On our way down we'll follow a different route facing the dramatic western ridge of Bucegi National Park
Head back to our cozy lodge in Bran for a well-deserved overnight stay
Distance 13 km, ascent 600 Meters, descent 600 meters – Duration about 5 hours
We drive just 10 minutes to the head of the trail, where our gentle ascent begins alongside charming households filled with grazing sheep, chickens, and cows. After only 45 minutes, we'll arrive at the tiniest and most remote village, Maguricea. Here, houses sit atop the mountains without roads, and some even without electricity, yet people have lived there for centuries.
Two more hours later, we'll reach today's highest point where we will enjoy our picnic lunch surrounded by fabulous views
As we make our way down, we'll explore the scenic Magura Village and later visit Bran Castle in the afternoon. This medieval masterpiece was built in the 14th century and witnessed countless battles during its 600-year existence. You'll also learn how Bram Stocker chose this castle to be the home of the terrifying Count Dracula! What an adventure! Finally, we'll transfer back to our cozy lodge in Bran to rest and recount the day's events
Distance 10 km, ascent 300 Meters, descent 300 meters – Duration about 5 hours
Today we'll take it a bit easier We will explore the medieval city of Brasov. As a young fugitive prince, Dracula spent several years in Brasov, an important community whose support was crucial to his return to 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 years 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 to the top of 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 below 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
The trail starts from Bran at 1100 meters altitude and 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
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
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 a hotel in Bucharest.
Please allow a 3-hour drive from Bran to Bucharest airport if you plan to fly out the same day
The Cost Includes
- Accommodation - in hotels (3*** and 4 ****)
- Meals - All Breakfasts | All Lunches | All Dinners
- Entrance fees - All entrance fees to all the castles and
- museums from the itinerary
- Transport - All transportation with private air-conditioned minibus
- English Guidance - English-speaking guide will assist you
- throughout the entire tour
- Alcoholic drinks
The tour involves walking for about 10.000 steps a day.
Old historical buildings like castles have lots of stairs and no elevators.
You must be able to stay active at least 5 hours a day
All hotel rooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers or bathtubs
You will be able to charge your batteries in the hotel rooms every night and in the minibus during the day
There are ATMs pretty much everywhere along the way
Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places.
The internet in Romania is typically fast and reliable
Important items you should have
– comfortable walking shoes
– light rain jacket or umbrella
– in the summer – sunscreen
– in the cold season a set of warmer clothes