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Transylvania revealed (family-friendly tour)

€635 per person

Join us on a family-friendly self-guided walking tour in the most iconic region of Romania – Transylvania. You will have a wonderful opportunity to explore three mountains – Piatra Mare, Piatra Craiului National Park, and Bucegi Natural Park while engaging in other activities as well. The tour is easily modified to suit your needs and preferences and foresees short hiking sections every day leaving time for various other endeavors. You can combine your everyday walks with sightseeing, tasting of local traditional dishes and dairy products or even engage in some brown bear watching. Do not miss to visit the renowned count Dracula’s Bran Castle and soak in the authentic atmosphere of rural Romania.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 1 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Family pensions (en-suite rooms) incl. breakfast; private transfers as per itinerary; Detailed route notes and maps in English; Emergency hotline;
  • What is not included
    Transfers different than mentioned in the "included in the price" section; other meals and drinks; entry fees; lift tickets; optional tours (the Village Explorer guided day tour on Day 5, and the Brown Bear viewing on Day 2).
  • Best period
    June, July, August, September
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Day 1. Arrival at Bucharest airport
Your driver will meet you at the Bucharest Airport or pick up from your hotel in Bucharest for a private transfer to Brasov where your first overnight will be. (2.30-3hrs drive).
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Day 2. Brasov - The Seven Ladders Canyon - Brasov (16km, 7-8hrs, +800m/-800m)
After a healthy breakfast, a short transfer will take you to the trailhead of the first hiking day of the independent walking tour in the Piatra Mare Mountain. You have 2 options for the day.
Option 1: You start walking at the top of the mountain and enter The Seven Ladders Canyon. As you ascend to the highest part of the narrow path you follow, you can opt to conquer the highest peak in the area (1843m). The Seven Ladders Canyon is the most attractive hiking area of the Piatra Mare (Big Rock) mountain. It is famous for its indisputable natural beauty and the Seven Ladders Waterfall - the second highest in Europe. A transfer will take you back to Brasov in the afternoon.
Option 2: A short 2-3 hour-long hike to the Seven Ladders Canyon. You can spend the afternoon in Brasov and climb Tampa Hill by cable car or visit the Aventura fun park with your family (https://www.parc-aventura.ro/en/). You can also organize Brown Bear watching from a hide (55 Euro/person. This option is guided and we can only confirm it if you notify us at the time of booking).
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Day 3. Brasov - Zarnesti - Magura and Pestera villages (4km, 2-3hrs, +400m/-100m)
Today’s independent walking day begins with a transfer to the town of Zarnesti (appr. 40km) after breakfast. This is the ideal entry point to the Piatra Craiului Mountains National Park. When in the park, you will have the opportunity to have a wonderful walk through two authentic mountain villages - Magura and Pestera. The scenery and the peaceful countryside are stunning. We have arranged an unforgettable stay for you - in the oldest guest house in the national park. Here you can engage in the daily rustic routine of your hosts and try milking the cows and cutting grass. Take the time to have a 2-hour walk to their sheep farm where you will try fresh cheese and learn about sheep milking.
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Day 4. Pestera - Sirnea - village Moeciu de Sus (11km, 3-4hrs, +200m/-100m)
Today’s self-guided hiking route will take you from the village of Pestera to the very first tourist village in Romania - Sirnea. The trail will take you across wonderful meadows and idyllic rustic houses. Take the time to relax and enjoy the wonderful landscape. A driver will be waiting for you in Sirnea to take you to the next mountain village in the itinerary - the village Moeciu de Sus, located in the neighboring Bucegi Mountains Natural Park.
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Day 5. Rest day in Moeciu de Sus
You can rest and enjoy the peaceful life in Moeciu de Sus today. The village is located in a most scenic setting and most famous for its traditional sheep wool and cheese products. A guided tour is optional today (60 Euro/person, requests upon booking are required), including a farm visit, a 3-hour hiking tour of the surrounding area, a traditional lunch and a tour of the village with a horse-driven carriage.
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Day 6. Bucegi Natural Park (10km, 3-4hrs, +300m/-300m)
After breakfast, your independent hiking tour continues with a walk through the mountain villages at the foot of the Bucegi Natural Park. Enjoy the company of lush green hills and secluded rural houses as you follow the trail revealing breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountain ranges.
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Day 7. Bran Castle - Brasov (6km, 2-3hrs, +300m/-300m)
We have foreseen an exciting visit of the legendary Bran castle for your last day on this sеfl-guided walking tour (Please have in mind that the castle opens at 12:00 on Mondays). You will be transferred to Brasov in the afternoon where you can join the free guided sightseeing tour, exploring the hidden gems of this medieval city.
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Day 8. Departure day
A private transfer will take you to Bucharest or Bucharest airport after breakfast.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
635 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room supplement
115 Euro
Group size
Min. 2 persons
Tips
Daily departures between June and the end of September. Well-marked trails, part of the Carpathian hiking network. Changing weather in summer, requiring good rain gear just in case. Note that walking in the national parks of Romania means you may come across wild animals, incl. Brown Bears. To avoid unexpected meetings, try to speak louder with your travel mates when hiking in some of the most dense forests.
Accommodation
Family-run guesthouses with en-suite rooms all days except for Day 3, when you stay in a guesthouse with shared shower/WC on the floor. Breakfast included all days (lunch packs and dinners can be ordered in the accommodations);

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