Hiking in the Carpathians
- Arrival/Departure by plane
- Bus/Hiking tour
- 8 Days
- Perfect for small or middle groups
This hiking trip through the Carpathian Mountains has an easy – medium difficulty level. On our way, we get the chance to see natural monuments like the Sphinx, cultural sites like Dracula’s Castle and Bucharest, but also the simple way of life in the mountain villages of Măgura and Peștera.
Day 1: Arrival – Transfer (2h drive)
Arrival at the airport in Bucharest, meeting with the English-speaking guide and transfer to Sinaia or Bucegi. Our trip starts in the Prahova Valley. Dinner and program planning with the guide. Overnight stay in a very nice guest house in the Prahova Valley.
Day 2: Bucegi Plateau –Babele and Sphinx Rock Formations (walking time – 4h)
Today, we hike up to 2300 m. First, we climb with the cable car up to the Bucegi Plateau where we visit the famous Babele (the Old Ladies) and Sphinx rock formations, two natural wonders. Here, the powerful wind and rain have carved the profile of a male head with an enigmatic smile over millions of years. In order to enjoy the most beautiful views over the Prahova Valley, we go to the Ialomicioara peak. Afterwards, we visit the Peștera Monastery – this will take about 2 hours. Dinner and overnight stay at the monastery.
Day 3: Bucegi Mountains (walking time – 5h)
Breakfast at the monastery. Today, we get familiar with the Bucegi Mountains, the highest mountains in the Southern Carpathians group. Our destination is Bran, where we find the so-called Dracula’s Castle. Dinner and overnight stay in a guest house close to the castle.
Day 4: Dracula’s Castle and Brașov (2h drive)
Today, we take a one-day trip to Brașov. First, we visit Dracula’s Castle in Bran. The museum is located on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. This castle is known as the homestead of Vlad Țepeș (Vlad the Impaler) and is the most visited attraction in Romania. The writer Bram Stoker brought the fame of the Dracula myth in our country at the beginning of the 20th century. Afterwards, we drive to Brașov. We visit the most important cultural sightseeing points like the Black Church, the Weavers’ Bastion, the White Tower and the Black Tower, the First Romanian School, the Town Hall Square. Free afternoon in the beautiful city of the Carpathian Arch. Drive back to the guest house.
Day 5: The Villages in the Carpathian Arch (walking time – 4h)
Today, we get the chance to see the simple and natural life of the peasants who live in the villages in the Carpathian Arch. During our journey we visit the scattered villages Peștera and Măgura. In this area, time seems to have stopped 100 years ago. The people live in total harmony with the nature. We’re invited for lunch at one of the local families. On our way back we can explore some caves inhabited by bats. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 6 and Day 7: The Piatra Craiului Natural Reservation (walking time – 5h)
After breakfast, we head towards the Piatra Craiului Natural Reservation. On our way, we pass through the spectacular Zărnești Gorge. In the reservation, we can see kingfishers and rare plants – the living marks of the Ice Age. Another important feature of this reservation is the fact that it has the largest number of brown bears in Romania. ‘The Large Carnivores Project’ – a study about bears, wolves and lynxes in the Carpathians – still takes place here (this project was sponsored by the EU until a few of years ago). Next, we head towards the hidden Curmătura cabin (1470 m). On our way, we can also visit a sheep farm where the secrets of the cheese making process will be revealed. Cheese tasting on the farm. Overnight stay in a rustic guest house.
Optional: In the evening bear watching in the reservation from a tall stand.
Day 8: Transfer to Bucharest and Departure – 180 km (3h drive)
After breakfast, we drive to Bucharest. City tour in Bucharest where we see the main touristic objectives of the ‘Little Paris of the East’: the Palace of Parliament, the Romanian Athenaeum, the RoyalPalace, the former headquarters of the communist party, Lipscani Street, etc. Transfer to the airport.
– All 8 overnight stays with half board;
– All entry fees;
– Transport with bus according to the program;
– English speaking tour guide;
– 1x traditional lunch at a farm;
– 1x cheese tasting at a sheperd’s farm;