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Transylvania Walking Holiday

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The Carpathian Mountains form a circle around the region of Transylvania in central Romania, and are home to one of the largest undisturbed forests in Europe, as well as hundreds of species of flora and fauna, including 60% of the population of European Brown Bears. With a range of terrains and walking trails, it’s the perfect spot to don your walking boots and discover some of the incredible scenery Romania has to offer.

 

Our Walking Holidays are now available to book from our sister brand TDactive Holidays – please click on this link to the TDactive Holidays website  to find out more about walking holidays and to book.

 

Spend five nights in the charming town of Brasov and, over the course of five walking days, explore some of the breathtaking mountain ranges that make up the Carpathians – the Fagaras Mountains, the Piatra Mare Mountains, the Piatra Craiului Mountains and the Bucegi Mountains.

Trek through alpine meadows, across craggy hilltops and alongside crystalline glacial lakes. Encounter unusual rock formations and rugged canyons, and marvel at magnificent views out across some of Romania’s most impressive landscapes. Of course, no stay in Transylvania would be complete without a visit to the imposing medieval fortress of Dracula’s Castle.

Top off your stay in Romania with two nights in the country’s fascinating capital, Bucharest, where you can explore the historic old town and admire the city’s many 17th & 18th century Orthodox churches, art nouveaux villas and neoclassical palaces.

During this holiday, the group will be divided into two parties; moderate or more challenging, depending on the participant’s fitness levels.

Click here to read our Walking Grade Guide

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Romanian New Leu (lei)   
Local Time
Irish time +2 hours.
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy. 
Airport
Henri Coandă International Airport is located 16.5 km north of Bucharest, approx. 30 minutes from your hotel.
Climate

Bucharest has a temperate-continental climate with moderate features which is characteristic for Central Europe. with hot summers, long, cold winters and very distinct seasons.

Food & Drink
The central characteristic of the Romanian cuisine is its great variety. It is a cuisine influenced by it's surronding cultures such as Greek, Turkish, German, Serbian and Hungarian.There are also numerous international restaurants throughout the city, whatever your food preference you won’t go hungry in Bucharest.  
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 7.58 lei

  • Beer: 6.00 lei

  • Glass of wine: 8.00 lei

  • Light meal: 25.00 lei

  • Soft Drink: 5.42 lei

  • Bottled Water: 5.42 lei

  • (€1 = approx. 4553 lei)

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental adaptor
  • A small backpacl
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes
Recommended Reading
  • Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon

  • The Third Secret by Steve Berry

  • The Dean's December by Saul Bellow

Holiday highlights

Brasov

Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains and overlooked by Mt Tâmpa, the picturesque city of Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Linked to the legend of the Pied Piper, the town certainly has a storybook quality, with its cobbled streets and pointed turrets. With a relaxed vibe and great café culture, it is the perfect spot from which to explore the surrounding countryside.

Dracula’s Castle

Bran Castle is a medieval fortress on the Transylvanian border, dating back to the 13th century. Situated on the edge of Bran Gorge, it was the inspiration behind Dracula’s Castle in Bram Stoker’s classic novel. Today the castle is open to the public and houses a display of art and furniture collected by Queen Marie during the fortress’s time as a royal residence between 1920 and 1948.

Bucharest Old Town 

The historic Centru Vechi or Old Town of Bucharest is the district of artisans and merchants that emerged around the Princely Court back in the 16th century. Since the Romanian Revolution in 1989, it has evolved into a lively entertainment district, full of bars, pubs & restaurants, making it the perfect area to explore, day or night.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Romanian New Leu (lei)   
Local Time
Irish time +2 hours.
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy. 
Airport
Henri Coandă International Airport is located 16.5 km north of Bucharest, approx. 30 minutes from your hotel.
Climate

Bucharest has a temperate-continental climate with moderate features which is characteristic for Central Europe. with hot summers, long, cold winters and very distinct seasons.

Food & Drink
The central characteristic of the Romanian cuisine is its great variety. It is a cuisine influenced by it's surronding cultures such as Greek, Turkish, German, Serbian and Hungarian.There are also numerous international restaurants throughout the city, whatever your food preference you won’t go hungry in Bucharest.  
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 7.58 lei

  • Beer: 6.00 lei

  • Glass of wine: 8.00 lei

  • Light meal: 25.00 lei

  • Soft Drink: 5.42 lei

  • Bottled Water: 5.42 lei

  • (€1 = approx. 4553 lei)

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental adaptor
  • A small backpacl
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes
Recommended Reading
  • Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon

  • The Third Secret by Steve Berry

  • The Dean's December by Saul Bellow

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Romania

Morning

Travel to Romania

Upon arrival in Bucharest, you will be met by your friendly local guide who will assist you in the transfer to your hotel in Brasov.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Spend the afternoon at leisure in Brasov, a medieval town with ornate Saxon churches and townhouses. In the evening, a welcome dinner in your hotel is included.

Day 2 - Walking Day - Viscri and Brasov

Morning

Viscri

After breakfast, transfer to Viscri for a morning hike over the hills of Transylvania. Viscri is famous for the few traditional houses that the Prince of Wales bought, restored and converted into guesthouses for tourists, contributing in this way to a better and sustainable future for the people of rural Transylvania. You will have free time for lunch in the village of Viscri. Approximate length and altitude of walks: • Moderate: distance 13km, incline 260 m

Afternoon

Brasov

In the afternoon, you will take a city tour with a local guide to discover the major and most beautiful sights of Brasov. Brasov’s main square, Piaţa Sfatului, is situated in the heart of the medieval quarter and it is one of the finest Baroque squares in Romania. Here you can visit the 15th century Town Hall, with its quaint Trumpeter’s Tower on top, and the Lutheran Black Church, the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul. Another interesting attraction is the Museum of First Romanian School which displays some of the first textbooks written in the Romanian language and printed in Brasov back in the 16th century.

Day 3 - Walking Day - Fagaras Mountains

Full Day

Fagaras Mountains

Enjoy a full-day guided walking tour of Balea Glacier Lake in the Fagaras Mountains, the highest and one of the most beautiful mountains in Romania. You will reach the lake by coach (approx. 2hrs drive from Brasov) through the scenic Transfagarasan highway, a spectacular mountain road built in the 70’s by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu as a military road connecting the historic provinces of Wallachia and Transylvania. Approximate length and altitude of walks: • Moderate: distance - 4km, incline 480 m • Challenging: distance – 4,6km, incline 550 m

Day 4 - Walking Day - Piatra Mare Mountains

Full Day

Piatra Mare Mountains

Today’s walking tour takes you to Piatra Mare, a small mountain range located south east of Brasov and very close to the resort of Predeal, the 2nd most famous Romanian ski resort. The mountain range is a very popular recreation and hiking area with beautiful panoramic views. During the walk you will reach the 7 ladder Canyon, a breath-taking experience. Approximate length and altitude of walks: • Moderate: distance – 8,6km, incline 600 m • Challenging: distance - 14km, incline 1150 m

Day 5 - Walking Day - Piatra Craiului Mountain

Full Day

Piatra Craiului Mountains

Today you will explore Piatra Craiului, a 25 km long beautiful mountain range of southern Carpathians. The whole range is part of the Piatra Craiului National Park, an area protecting hundreds of species of flora and fauna / fungi, lichen and mosses, endemic flowers and herbs, spiders, butterflies, amphibians and reptiles as well as over 110 species of birds, 15 species of bat, big mammals such as chamois , wolves, brown bears and lynx. Today’s walk ends with a visit to the famous Dracula’s Castle in Bran. This castle was created by the Saxons in the late 14th century to defend Brasov from invasion by the Turks. Its interior displays rich medieval furniture, which Queen Marie purchased in the 1920's when the castle was used as a royal residence. Approximate length and altitude of walks: • Moderate: distance – 6,4km, incline 400 m • Challenging: distance - 12km, incline 600 m

Day 6 - Walking Day - Bucegi Mountains

Full Day

Bucegi Mountains and Transfer to Bucharest

After breakfast you will depart Brasov for Bucharest by coach enjoying a mountain walk across Bucegi Mountains, the number one destination for mountain lovers in Romania, en-route. The walk consists of a cable car transfer up Bucegi Plateau, where wind and rain have turned the rocks into spectacular figures such as the Sphinx and Babele. You will then descend to the town of Sinaia, known as the “Pearl of the Carpathians” due to its magnificent mountain scenery and Royal Castle. Afterwards you will continue your journey to Bucharest where you will be based for the following two nights. Approximate length and altitude of walks: • Moderate: distance – 7,6km, incline 160 m • Challenging: distance – 6,6km, incline 100 m

Day 7 - Bucharest City Tour

Morning

Bucharest City Tour

Today you will enjoy a half-day guided walking tour of Bucharest, Romania’s cosmopolitan capital. Bucharest’s old city centre is well known for its wide Parisian-style boulevards and fascinating Pre-World War I buildings that gave the city the nickname of “Little Paris” in the 1900’s.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Spend your afternoon at leisure strolling along Calea Victoriei, Bucharest’s most famous avenue where the beautiful Romanian Athenaeum, the Royal Palace and the Revolution Square are located. In the evening, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is included.

Day 8 - Return Home

Afternoon

Return Home

Transfer from your hotel, with guide assistance, for your return flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel Casa Wagner 3 Star

Casa Wagner is located in Brasov's old town, directly on the town's main square. Guests can enjoy the nearby cafes, bakeries and Brasov's main tourist attractions which include the Biserica Neagră Church. The hotel is located in a classified historic building dating back to ... read more read more read more

Casa Wagner is located in Brasov's old town, directly on the town's main square. Guests can enjoy the nearby cafes, bakeries and Brasov's main tourist attractions which include the Biserica Neagră Church. The hotel is located in a classified historic building dating back to 1477.

Hotel address
Hotel Casa Wagner
5 Piata Sfatului
500031, Brasov

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Hotel Opera 3 Star

The Hotel Opera is located in the center of the cultural area of Bucharest, close to bars and restaurants and key attractions including the Palace of the Parliament. The hotel boasts a bar, a game area and a TV lounge, as well as a courtyard for guests to enjoy in their... read more read more read more

The Hotel Opera is located in the center of the cultural area of Bucharest, close to bars and restaurants and key attractions including the Palace of the Parliament. The hotel boasts a bar, a game area and a TV lounge, as well as a courtyard for guests to enjoy in their free time.

Hotel address
Hotel Opera
Str. Brezoianu Nr. 37
Sector 1
Bucharest
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Hotel Capitol 3

Located right in the heart of Bucharest, on the famous Calea Victoriei, Hotel Capitol is conveniently located in proximity to the most important touristic attractions. Within a two minutes walk there is the pedestrian Old City Center, also called the heart of Bucharest’s entertai... read more read more read more

Located right in the heart of Bucharest, on the famous Calea Victoriei, Hotel Capitol is conveniently located in proximity to the most important touristic attractions. Within a two minutes walk there is the pedestrian Old City Center, also called the heart of Bucharest’s entertainment.

Hotel address
Hotel Capitol
Calea Victoriei 29
Bucharest
010061
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