With spectacular mountains, ancient legends and medieval landscapes, Romania is a breath-taking country where wolves, lynx and bears still wander! An undiscovered gem yet, including one of Europe's last virgin forests, our country is home to the spectacular Carpathian Mountains with authentic scenery and wonderful hospitality and offering a genuine walking holiday off the beaten track.
The wildlife of Romania hides in this priceless area covered with woods, meadows, rivers and villages. Virgin forests, meadows hiding unique plants and small insect not found in any other corner of Europe. In the lower area of Carpathians there are cultural and historical spots, including medieval citadels and fortress, fortified churches, as well as old traditional farms and orchards.
The pastoral landscapes are suitable for all level of hikers, from occasional travelers to enthusiasts and professionals. Families with kids, as well as passionate botanists would enjoy this rich variety of wildlife.
We have prepared for you pleasant hiking trails, mixed with Romanian culture and history stories, including local crafts, wine tasting, historical visits and traditional farms.
Join us in Dracula’s home as we unveil our Transylvania walking tour, where you will experience thrilling days on foot, including a delightful mix of culinary and cultural experiences. We’ll glide along pastoral landscapes inhabited by Szekler, Saxon and Romanian communities at the same time. You will pass historic architecture, preserved since the Middle Ages.
Although the Dracula legends of Transylvania are an obvious reason to visit this region, the walking opportunities and the friendly atmosphere guarantees this will be a unique and memorable adventure.
- 7 days to discover the Saxon legacy, the culture and the traditions of this Medieval Area
- Explore the untouched nature and biodiversity, unique and fascinating villages
- Local culinary experience, ancient crafts & wine tasting experience
- Guiding and assistance with professional guide
- Splendid mix of mediaeval castles, incredible wildlife, and welcoming locals
- Gothic, Baroque and Patrician buildings and the UNESCO-listed Viscri Saxon village
Day by day
In the first day you will be welcomed in the capital city of Romania. After check-in you will have a short walking or cycling tour through the city. We will help you discover the history of the country and enjoy the architecture of the “little Paris”. You will meet your guide and have a short introduction of the following days.
Overnight: central hotel in Bucharest Meals: D Activity: Bucharest City Tour (walking or cycling)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Bran-Moieciu area with a short stop for lunch and a visit to Peles, summer residence of King Carol and Pelisor Castle, former residence of Queen Mary (granddaughter of Queen Victoria). After visiting the castle, we will be transferred to the 1,400m altitude resort above Sinaia and have a 2 hours hiking trip. On the way we will stop at a monastery and we will have lunch at the old Royal Sheepfold – currently a restaurant. In the afternoon we will be transferred to Bran for check-in and for another hike nearby Bran Castle – in the Enchanted Forest.
The castle, which was built as a gift from Ludovic d'Anjou in the 14th century to the inhabitants of the region, had a defensive role against the migratory peoples and later it protected Transylvania from the Ottoman invasions. The castle was also associated with the prince Vlad Tepes of Walachia.
Overnight: Conacul Bratescu or similar Meals: B, L, D Activity: two hiking sessions, 3-4 hours in total
After a refreshing breakfast we will be transferred to Moieciu village, close to Bran. From Moieciu we will have a 4 hours hiking trail to the charming village of Magura, a typical mountain village in south Carpathians with a splendid view of Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains. In Magura we will have a picnic lunch and then we will follow another path to descend to Moieciu.We will pass some of the country’s richest pastoral areas, dotted with shepherds’ huts, hay meadows and summer lodges .The path is following two small rivers, but also pastoral meadows with a great variety of flowers and butterflies. Later on, we will visit Bran Castle. In the evening we will return to Bran for accommodation.
Overnight: Conacul Bratescu or similar Meals: B, L, D Activity: Moieciu – Magura - ~4 hours, ~300m ascent
A short transfer (30 mins) after breakfast into the Postavarul Mountains to walk along the Sticlariei Valley and descend into the medieval old town of Brasov. We continue through the old quarter to reach the town square, surrounded by Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, where we will take lunch before visiting the Gothic 'Black Church' with its world-famous Buchholz organ and a rare collection of oriental carpets brought back from trading missions to the Ottoman Empire.
Overnight: Vila Katharina or similar Meals: B, L, D Activity: walking tour, 3-4 hours, ~300m ascent
Today we leave the Carpathian Mountains and drive to the Transylvanian Hills, to Sighisoara, stopping along the way to explore the UNESCO-listed Saxon village of Viscri, with its impressive church castle. The beautiful old farmhouses here were bought and restored by the Mihai Eminescu Trust under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales. During the 3 hours we will have a tour of the village and visit the fortified church (16th century), the local blacksmith and the local bricklayer workshop. We will have a traditional lunch in one of the village houses then drive to Sighisoara, an old Saxon city, part of the “Siebenburgen” – the seven fortified cities network built in the 14th century by the Saxons colonists. We will explore the open squares and winding alleyways, admiring the medieval church, the Patrician houses and the guild towers (along with the famous clock tower).
Overnight: Fronius Residence or similar Meals: B,L,D Activity: walking tour, 3 hours
In the morning we will have a 30-min transfer to the village of Cris this morning, where we'll find the ruins of Bethlen Castle. We follow a well-marked path for a wonderful walk with views of the surrounding countryside, to Malancrav where we visit the church with its Gothic altar and original frescoes, followed by lunch at Apafi Manor (also restored under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales).
Another option is to start hiking from Sighisoara and l cross a century-old oak forest, which now is a protected reserve. The hiking route is 11 km (3 hours), with a 230m ascent. We will end our hiking route in another Saxon village – Stejareni.
After lunch we head to the remote village of Cund.
The old traditional Saxon houses have been renovated, bringing 3* and 4* luxury life to this hidden part of the world while maintaining the harmony of local traditions. After a short rest you are invited for a special meal with Chef and owner Jonas Schafer from Valea Verde Resort.
Overnight: Valea Verde Retreat Meals: B,L, D Activity: Two hiking sessions, 5 hours, ~350m ascent
Today we will experience the rural life around the small village of Cund. Your idyllic hike route will pass from Cund village to the next village, across the hills. Then, we will be transferred by car to Villa Vinea winery for a wine tasting session and for lunch. Later on, a transfer will take us to our final destination – Sibiu (1.5 hours drive). Sibiu is a former European Cultural Capital – in 2007. We will have a short walking tour through Sibiu (visit the Old Town, the Medieval Fortress, the Big Square and the city sites).
Overnight: old city center Meals: B, L, D Activity: Hiking 2 hours on hilly terrain, ~150m ascent
In the morning you can take a short sightseeing trip to the open-air village museum Astra. The museum is built around 3 lakes in the Dumbrava Forest and features houses, churches, and water/windmills from all over Romania.
What si included
- 7 nights of accommodation (differs if optional days included)
- In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best and original accommodations.
- FULL BOARD for all period
- On our trip, you will sample the finest local delicacies from the region from the innovative to traditional dishes
- Energisers and hot drinks
- Detailed trip description and programme, maps, GPX maps (on request)
- The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides (Romanian, English, French or German speaking possible)
- Tickets to several cultural and historical sights included in the itinerary
- Local Taxes
- Photos at the end on the ride
- Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
- Alcoholic and additional drinks or meals during the programme
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Tips for your guide (5-10% trip price)
- Individual travel Insurance for the trip (compulsory in order to be accepted for the tour)
- Additional local guides, if required
- Single room supplement
- All the other conditions are presented in the “Terms and conditions” document
Dates & Prices
Please note this tour can also run anytime almost of the year between April and November, just contact us for your desired date. We recommend you book at least 1-2 weeks in advance.
The trip can also be booked on a budget style accommodation, please ask us for a custom offer.
|from 24 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018 - 8 days/7 nights||Book now|
|Price EUR/person/net price||Bike rental not included||Bike rental included||Single room supplement|
|4-6||€ 1650||€ not applicable||€ 275|
|7-10||€ 1400||€ not applicable||€ 275|
|+10||€ 1200||€ not applicable||€ 275|