Mountains: Ciucas Mountains, Piatra Craiului National Park, Bucegi Mountains, Transfagarasan and Balea Lake, Moeciu mountain village,
Cultural sights: Brasov, medieval town, Bran castle, Peles Castle, Poienari Castle, Bucharest - capital city of Romania
Period: Oct 1st - Oct 8th 2020
Day.1 BUCHAREST –BRASOV
Arrival on Bucharest International Airport, aprox 14.50. Meet our tour guide.
Transfer to Brasov - Transylvania (aprox 3hrs driving).
Check-in the hotel. Welcome Dinner.
Overnight in Brasov. Hotel Safrano Palace*** and Casa Wagner***
Day 2 HIKING DAY – CIUCAS MOUNTAINS
8.00 AM deparerture from the hotel. Start the hiking program together with our mountain guide. This will be a medium hike to Ciucas Mounains, 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 aprox 7.00 PM to Basov. Overnight in the same hotel.
Day.3 HIKING DAY – PIATRA CRAIULUI NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast. 9.00 AM departure from the hotel.
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.
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 (aprox 6.00 PM) to Basov. Overnight in the same hotel.
Day 4 DAY AT YOUR LEISURE.
Free time at your leisure.
Optional: Cultural trip to Sighisoara medieval town (UNESCO) and Viscri village.
Day 5 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.
Visit Peles Castle, former summer royal residence of the Romanian kings.
Return to Brasov. Overnight in the same hotel.
Day 6 BRASOV – BRAN / MOECIU - BRASOV
9.00 AM depart from the hotel.
Discover Bran / Moeciu area. Explore a easy/medium walk in the surroundings of the mountain villages from Bran area, a chance to learn more about local traditions and way of living. Great views over the rural area and surrounding mountains. Duration aprox 4 hrs ; 10 km
Lunch with traditional products will be served in a local guesthouse.
In the early afternoon we’ll visit Bran castle, built in 14th century and one of the most famous castles of Europe.
Return to Basov aprox 5.00 PM. Overnight in the same hotel.
Meals: B, L
Day 7 BRASOV – TRANSFAGARASAN ROAD – BALEA LAKE – POIENARI - BUCHAREST
Note: Today program it may change according with weather conditions. If snows Transfagarasan road may be closed.
Depart from the hotel at 9.00 AM. 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 late afternoon.
Farewell dinner in a restaurant from Bucharest Old Town as Hanul lui Manuc, Curtea Domneasca, Carul cu Bere.
Overnight in Bucharest. Hotel Hilton Garden Inn**** or similar, with a central location
Meals: B, D
Day 8 BUCHAREST - departure
In the morning we’ll have a panoramic tour of Bucharest. Time at your leisure (aprox 2 hrs) to explore the Old Town walking area. At 12.30 depart on the way to the airport. Drop-off 13.15-13.30.
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Can be made online by credit card. We'll send you the invoiceand 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 Aug 15th 2020.
Cancellation is free of charge is it is made with minimum 30 days prior the tour start. Any amounts paid will be fully refunded.
50% cancellation fee will apply for cancellations made with 10-29 days prior the tour start.
100% cancellation fee applies if the cancellation is made with less than 10 days prior the tour start.
590 EURO/person - accomodation in dbl room
770 EURO/ person - accomodation in single room
Included in price
7 nights accommodation; Meals: daily breakfast; 1 lunch; 2 dinners; transport by tourist bus (coach); Private mountain and cultural guide – English language; Entrance tickets at museums; cable car tickets,Local taxes.
Not included in price
Meals not mentioned; Photo or video tax at museums; Other services not specified in the tour program;
Why to choose Explore Romania - P3A Walking Group?
Join us for a hiking and cultural tour to Romania. It is a chance to discover our some of our beautiful Carpathians mountains which are offering great views, many choices of walks and hikes and wildlife.
You'll visit the best historic places located in the South-East of Transylvania, a region of history, legends and traditions.
Taste our good food and drinks, find more about the local traditions and way of living.