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Explore Romania - P3A Walking Group

30 Sep - 8 Oct 2021 - 9 days
Muntenia, Transylvania,
Group tours
Cultural & Sightseeing tours,

This tour is available for the members of P3A Walking Group only. Discover the beauty of the Romanian mountains, Transylvanian old towns, charming villages, rural life, traditions and customs. It is a great way to explore the amazing Carpathians mountains, spectacular sceneries, local wildlife, etc. Our licensed mountain tour guides will assist you along the hiking routes. They will share with you information about visited places, Romanian history, local traditions and customs. Staying in the old town of Brasov it is a great opportunity to discover the old architecture, medieval atmosphere and to taste local food. The tour include the rural life experience in the Sibiel village where the old traditions and way of life are still preserved. Tasty home-made food and drinks are part of your experience. The tour will end crossing the Transfagarasan road, considered one of the most scenic mountain roads of Europe and with the visit of Bucharest – the capital of Romania.

Highlights

Ciucas mountains, Piatra Craiului National Park, Bucegi mountains, Transfagarasan Road, Balea Lake, Pestera Village, Brasov - medieval town, Bran castle, Sibiel village, Pestera village, Prejmer fortified church, Poienari castle, Bucharest - the capital of Romania, horse driven wagon trip, cooking class, traditional dinner with home made meal and folk singers.

Prices

Details Price
per person - accommodation in dbl room 620
per person - accommodation in single room 790
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The price include

8 nights accommodation; Meals: daily breakfast; 1 lunch; 2 dinners; transport by tourist bus (coach); Private mountain and cultural guide – English language; Entrance tickets at Bran Castle; cable car tickets, Horse driven wagon ride;

The price not include

Airfare; Meals not mentioned; Photo or video tax at museums; Other services not specified in the tour itinerary

The price include

8 nights accommodation; Meals: daily breakfast; 1 lunch; 2 dinners; transport by tourist bus (coach); Private mountain and cultural guide – English language; Entrance tickets at Bran Castle; cable car tickets, Horse driven wagon ride;

The price not include

Airfare; Meals not mentioned; Photo or video tax at museums; Other services not specified in the tour itinerary

Day 1. Sep 30th. BUCHAREST – BRASOV

Arrival on Bucharest International Airport, aprox 12.15. Meet our tour guide.
Transfer to Brasov - Transylvania (aprox 3hrs driving).
Check-in the hotel. Welcome Dinner.
Overnight in Brasov at Hotel Bella Muzica***, located in the hearth of the Old Town.
Meals included: dinner

Brasov

Day 2. October 1st. HIKING DAY – CIUCAS MOUNTAINS

8,00 AM departure from the hotel. tart the hiking program together with our mountain guide. This will be a medium hike to Ciucas Mountains, one of the most scenic mountain views from Romania.
Starting point: Muntele Rosu chalet –  (1280m) - La Rascruce (1805)- Ciucas chalet (1595 m)
Duration 4h30 min: Distance aprox 9 km; Max ascent 520m; max altitude 1805 m
Optional: after the complete of the first part the ones which want can go on a extra hike: Ciucas chalet (1595) – Ciucas Peak (1954m); Duration 2h30min, Distance aprox 4 km; Mas ascent 359m; Max altitude (1954 m) 
Note: you’ll have two mountain guides for this day. So the ones which want to do both routes can go faster with one guide.
Note: The daily hiking routes are established together with our mountain specialist guide according with the weather, your hiking experience and health.
Return in the evening to Basov. Overnight in the same hotel.
Meals included: breakfast

Ciucas mountains
Ciucas mountains
Ciucas mountains

Day 3. October 2nd. HIKING DAY – PIATRA CRAIULUI NATIONAL PARK

Piatra Craiului Mountains

9,00 AM departure. Today is time to explore “Piatra Craiului” Mountains. The Piatra Craiului Mountains are a mountain range in the Southern Carpathians in Romania. In Romanian "Piatra Craiului" means "Rock of the King". The Piatra Craiului mountains form a narrow and saw-like ridge, which is about 25 km long. It is one of the nicest and most popular mountains for hiking trails in Romania. Due your experience you may choose between two routes. You'll receive the advise of our mountain tour guides and we'll have to take in consideration the weather conditions.
Difficulty medium: Duration 6-7 hrs. distance aprox 14km; Total ascent aprox: 700 m; max altitude 1500 m.
Difficulty easy: duration 4 hrs; distance 8 -9 km; Ascent aprox 300 m; maximum altitude 1100 m
Note: in this day you’ll have 2 tour guides and possibility to split the group.
Return in the evening to Basov. Overnight in the same hotel.
Meals included: breakfast

Piatra Craiului Mountains
Piatra Craiului Mountains
Piatra Craiului Mountains

Day 4. October 3rd. DAY AT YOUR LEISURE

Spend the day at your leisure to discover the city of Brasov, for shopping or to have short hikes/walks on Tampa mountain, Solomon’s Gorges, Poiana Brasov mountain resort, etc.
Or you can choose one of our optional packages. Please check below!
Meals included: breakfast

Brasov medieval town
Brasov medieval town
Brasov medieval town

Viscri
Viscri church
Rupea fortress
Sighisoara

Brasov guided walking tour. Duration aprox 3 hrs. Start at 9.30 AM
Walking tour of the old town which will include the best attractions. Highlights: Council Square, Black Church (interior visit), Ecaterina’s gate, Weavers Bastion (interior visit), Towers and fortifications, St Nicholas Cathedral and the Museum of the First Romanian School (interior visit), White Tower belvedere point.
Price: 25 euros/person. Included (Tour guide – English language, entrance tickets)

Day tour to Sighisoara – Viscri – Rupea. Duration aprox 9 hrs. Start at 8.30 AM
In the morning you’ll meet our tour guide at Bella Muzica Hotel. We’ll drive on the route to Viscri village, one of the most known and charming villages of Transylvania which preserve the authentic houses and way of living. Viscri fortified church (UNESCO) is the oldest and most important building. We’ll visit the church, fortifications and the museum. Enjoy a nice walk on the village streets, take a look to the local hand-made products and experience the rural life of the past times.
Next we’ll visit Rupea fortress, dating since 14th century is an excellent sample of a Transylvanian fortress. It has an impressive structure of 11000 sqm of towers, bulkwarks, 3 concentric fortified walls and 3 interior precincts. It had an important role in the territorial administration of Transylvania.
Arrive at Sighisoara (UNESCO), also called “the Pearl of Transylvania”. The city has its origins in 12-13th century and it is the best preserved medieval town in Transylvania. The Renaissance style architecture, the colourful houses, narrow streets, towers and medieval wall make the charm of this amazing place. Church on the Hill and the Clock Tower are the most important buildings. We’ll see all this on our walking tour of Sighisoara. 
Price: 75 euro/person. Include: tour guide – English language, transport by minibus, entrance fees to Viscri church, Rupea fortress, Church on the Hill, Clock Tower).

Brown Bear Watching Tour. Duration aprox 3 hrs. Start at 5.30 PM
Just before sunset we’ll go in the forest assisted by a ranger and we’ll wait in a special watch tower to see the brown bears in their natural habitat. The program is about 3 hours long, but depends a lot of the bears activity. These bears are truly wild and we have a 90 – 95% chance of seeing them at the hides.
However we cannot guarantee the success.
Price 50 euros/person. Include: transport by car to the forest (aprox 30 min one way), local ranger assistance, entrance in the natural park and use of the watch tower.
There is a maximum of 15 seats available for this activity!

Note: The third activity can be combined with one of the other two activities.

You can book these optional activities when you book the tour or anytime after. We’ll confirm each activity upon availability. 

Sighisoara
Brown Bears Watching Tours
Brown Bears Watching Tours

Day 5. October 4th. HIKING DAY. Bucegi mountains

Start early morning (8.00 AM). Depart on the way to Busteni. Go up at aprox 2200m altitude by cable car. Visit the rock formations called “Babele” and “Sfinx” and the “Heroes Cross”.
Continue hiking in Bucegi mountains to 2000 m gondola station. Descent to Sinaia.Total hiking time aprox 5-6 hrs; 13 km. Descent 300 m; Max altitude 2300 m.
Return to Brasov. Overnight in the same hotel.
Meals included: breakfast

Bucegi mountains

Day 6. October 5th. HIKING – Cultural

Pestera village
Pestera village
Pestera village
Bran Castle

9,00 AM departure. Discover Bran / Pestera village area. Explore a easy/medium walk in the surroundings of the mountain villages from Bran area, offering amazing views over Piatra Craiului and Bucegi mountains. We’ll start from Pestera village a 4 hrs walk, aprox 8 km over Magura village and Magura Bran.
Aprox on lunch time we’ll arrive at Bran castle. Free time for lunch in one of the many restaurants in the area or to visit the castle souvenirs market.
Next we’ll visit Bran castle, also known as Dracula’s castle. It was built at the end of 14th century to control the access in Transylvania and to be a custom point along the most important commercial route. The castle lies in a great position surrounded by the mountains. Bran castle is the most popular tourist attraction of Romania and one of the most famous castles in Europe. After the visit you'll have time to spend in the local souvenirs market.
Return in the evening to Basov. Overnight in the same hotel.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 7. October 6th. BRASOV – SIBIEL village

Prejmer Fortified Church
Prejmer fortified church
Icons Painted Museum Sibiel
Sibiel

9,00 AM departure. In the morning we’ll drive to Prejmer fortified church (UNESCO), a unique sample of a religious and defensive building, specific for Transylvania. Next we’ll drive on the route to Sibiel, a charming old mountain village, characteristic for Transylvania. It is a chance to find more about villagers way of life, traditions, customs, agricultural activities. We’ll enjoy all afternoon staying in this village.
First we’ll start with a traditional lunch served in a local guesthouse. Next we’ll have a horse driven wagon tour in the village streets and surroundings (aprox 45 min). We’ll see the farming fields, fruit trees, etc. The rest of the day at your leisure. You can have a short walk in the forest, or optional, join a short cooking class (Romanian traditional cuisine) or join a family activity in the fields or in the household, or to visit the icons painted on glass museum.
The day will end with a Traditional home made dinner, with local food and drinks plus folk Romanian singers.
Overnight in local guesthouses. All rooms have ensuite bathroom, wifi.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Sibiel village
Sibiel village
Sibiel village

Day 8. October 7th. SIBIEL – TRANSFAGARASAN ROAD – BALEA LAKE – POIENARI - BUCHAREST

8,00 AM departure. 
Today we’ll drive on one of the most scenic roads from Europe – Transfagarasan. On the highest point at Balea Lake, we’ll stop and we’ll hike in the area. Duration 3-4 hrs. Ascent: 400m. Max altitude 2200 m. Continue on the Southern side of the Carpathians along the Transfagarasan road.
Short stop at Vidraru Dam. We’ll see from the route the ruins of Poienari castle, the rue castle built by Vlad Dracula.
Continue all the way to Bucharest where we’ll arrive in the evening. 
Overnight at Hilton Garden Inn, 4 stars, located in the Old Town.
Meals included: breakfast

Transfagarasan road
Balea Lake
Poenari Castle

Day 9. October 8th. BUCHAREST - departure

Bucharest
Bucharest
Bucharest

At 9,00 AM in the morning we’ll start a tour of Bucharest. We’ll start with a panoramic tour which will include the city’s best attractions as Parliament Palace, Royal Palace, Athenaeum, Revolution Square, University Square, Triumph Arch, Victoriei Square and Calea Victoriei Boulevard. Stop in front of the Parliament building for photo session.
Next we’ll have a walk into the Bucharest’s Old Town. Visit Kretzulescu Church, Stavropoleus monastery, Lipscani street, Princely Church.
Then you’ll have free time for leisure, shopping and lunch – aprox 3 hrs.
Transfer to the airport and drop-off aprox. 15.00 hrs.
Meals included: breakfast

On request you can book for extra nights at the end of your tour at Hilton Garden Inn Hotel – 4 stars
Prices are: 
85 euro/dbl room, breakfast included
75 euro/single room, breakfast included
The extra night will be confirmed upon availability at the time of request.

PAYMENTS

Can be made online by credit card or by banking transfer. We'll send you the invoice and payment procedure after the booking.
Deposit required: 150 euro/person. To be paid in 20 working days after the booking.
The remaining balance has to be paid by Sep 1st 2021

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Special conditions:
If an emergency situation occurs (pandemic, disasters, revolution, war, etc) and the Romanian authorities or the authorities from the traveler’s country impose restrictions to travel, to enter or leave the country, the cancellation can be made anytime without any penalty.

Standard conditions:
If none of the above mentioned situations occur the cancellation policy is:
No penalty apply if the cancellation is made with minimum 30 days prior the tour. Any deposit paid will be refunded in maximum 10 days.
20 % penalty fee apply if the cancellation is made with 5-30 days prior the our departure.
100% penalty fee apply if the cancellation is made with less than 5 days prior the tour start or in case of NO SHOW.

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