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Transylvania Walking Holiday
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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.

Spend five nights in the charming town of Brasov and, over the course of five walking days, explore some of the breath-taking 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 and exploring the country's capitivating capital city, Bucharest.

During this holiday, the group will be divided into two parties; leisurely and moderate, depending on the participant’s fitness levels, on three of the five walking days. On two of the five walking days only a leisurely walk will be offered. 

The leisurely walks will be between 4 km - 13km with a maximum daily walking duration of up to 4 hours. The moderate walks will be between 6 km - 13km over more challenging terrain, with a maximum daily walking duration of up to 6 hours.

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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. 4.553 lei)

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • 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. 4.553 lei)

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • 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, a city in the Transylvania region of Romania. Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is well known for its medieval Saxon walls and bastions, the towering Gothic-style Black Church and its lively cafes.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Spend the afternoon at leisure in Brasov, getting to know your surroundings. Your local guide will be on hand to point you in the right direction. In the evening, a welcome dinner at a local restaurant is included so you can get to know your group.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Brasov (5 nights)

Day 2 - Viscri, Mesendorf and Brasov

Morning

Viscri to Mesendorf

After breakfast, transfer to Viscri for a morning hike over the hills of Transylvania towards Mesendorf. 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. There will be one walking route today for the full group. (Difficulty level: Leisurely / Length: 13km / Incline: 250 m / Decline: 240 m / Duration: 3.5 hours)

Afternoon

Brasov

In the late 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 – Piatra Craiului Mountains

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. Two walking routes will be offered today, leisurely and moderate. (Difficulty level: Leisurely / Length: 8.5km / Incline: 335 m / Decline: 385 m / Duration: 4 hours) (Difficulty level: Moderate / Length: 12km / Incline: 525 m / Decline: 625 m / Duration: 6 hours)

Day 4 – Bucegi Mountains

Full Day

Bucegi Mountains

Today you will enjoy a mountain walk across the Bucegi Mountains, the number one destination for mountain lovers in Romania. 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. Two walking routes will be offered today, leisurely and moderate. (Difficulty level: Leisurely / Length: 7.6 km / Incline: 160 m / Decline: 320 m / Duration: 2.5 hours) (Difficulty level: Moderate / Length: 13km / Incline: 100 m / Decline: 1100 m / Duration: 6 hours)

Day 5 - Fagaras Mountains

Full Day

Fagaras Mountains

Enjoy a full-day guided walking tour of Balea Lake in the Fagaras Mountains, the highest and one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Romania. Balea Lake is a glacier lake that is situated at 2,034m above sea level. You will reach the lake by coach 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. Two walking routes will be offered today around the lake, leisurely and moderate. (Difficulty level: Leisurely / Length: 4.6 km / Incline: 350 m / Decline: 350 m / Duration: 3 hours) (Difficulty level: Moderate / Length: 6km / Incline: 750 m / Decline: 750 m / Duration: 5.5 hours)

Day 6 - Piatra Mare Mountains

Morning

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, a well-known 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 Seven Ladders Canyon, which is sure to be the highlight of the day. Seven Ladders Canyon is 160m long and 55m high with 7 main stairs, which you will ascend. The hike will continue towards Piatra Mare Hut, before descending through the forest, back towards the starting point at Dimbu Morii. There will be one walking route today for the full group. (Difficulty level: Leisurely / Length: 8.5 km / Incline: 550 m / Decline: 550 m / Duration: 3.5 hours)

Afternoon

Transfer to Bucharest

After your walk in the Piatra Mare Mountains you will continue to Bucharest, which will be your base for the remainder of your time in Romania. Upon arrival, you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to settle in.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Bucharest (2 nights)

Day 7 - Bucharest City Tour

Morning

Bucharest City Tour

Today you will explore Bucharest during a half-day guided walking tour. 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

Enjoy some time at leisure in Bucharest for any last minute sightseeing or shopping before a transfer from your hotel, with guide assistance, to Bucharest airport 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

Casa Wagner is a townhouse-style property in the heart of Brasov, directly on the main square. Guests can enjoy the nearby cafes, bakeries and Brasov's main tourist attractions which include the Biserica Neagră Church. The hotel is housed in a classified historic building dating ... read more read more read more

Casa Wagner is a townhouse-style property in the heart of Brasov, directly on the main square. Guests can enjoy the nearby cafes, bakeries and Brasov's main tourist attractions which include the Biserica Neagră Church. The hotel is housed in a classified historic building dating back to 1477 and retains beamed ceilings and orginal woodwork. Due to its historic nature, there is no lift.

Hotel address
Hotel Casa Wagner
5 Piata Sfatului
500031, Brasov

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Hotel Capitol 4

Located right in the heart of Bucharest on the famous Calea Victoriei, Hotel Capitol is close to the city's most important attractions. This hotel was recently re-graded from 3* to 4* and is within a two minute walk is the pedestrianised Old Town district, home to a variety of ba... read more read more read more

Located right in the heart of Bucharest on the famous Calea Victoriei, Hotel Capitol is close to the city's most important attractions. This hotel was recently re-graded from 3* to 4* and is within a two minute walk is the pedestrianised Old Town district, home to a variety of bars and restaurants. Combining historic charm with attentive service, this tradtional hotel is an ideal base for discovering Bucharest.

Hotel address
Hotel Capitol
Calea Victoriei 29
Bucharest
010061
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