(tour code Ro6.2RoHi)
Bran Castle – also known as Dracula’s Castle, a legendary Transylvanian fortress dating back to 1377
2 night sleep at highest Mountain Hut in Romania - located at the highest altitude in Romania, 2505 meters
Fagaras Mountains - part of the Southern Carpathians, the wildest, imposing, most spectacular mountains in Romania, home of the highest peak in Romania and incredible blue glacial lakes.
Highest Romanian Peak - Moldoveanu Peak, altitude 2544 meters
Omu Peak- the highest peak of Bucegi Mountains, altitude 2505 meters
Babele and Omu - famous mountain megaliths shaped by wind and rain in human forms.
The Cross on Caraiman Mountains - an initiative of Queen Mary of Romania
Sinaia – the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania home of the royal Peles Castle
The Medieval Saxon city of Brasov, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe
Level and Fitness
Strenuous walking, from 5 to 9 hours of march per day, the walking is mainly on mountain paths.
Day by day itinerary:
DAY 1 Saturday, Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Fagaras - Balea Lake
Welcome to Romania! Tranfer to Balea Lake, located at an altitude of 2034 meters. On the way stop in Sinaia, the pearl of mountain resorts in Romania to visit Pelesc Castle, one of the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. Next stop is the Medieval Saxon City of Brasov, a city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere which has played a vital role in Romania’s history, both old and new. The most famous landmark of Brasov is the Black Church, the largest gothic edifice built in Southern Europe. You’ll reach Balea Lake in the evening. Accommodate in a 3* hotel located on the lakeside.
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DAY 2 Tuesday, Balea Lac Hut - Capra Lake - Dragon Window - Podragu Hut
After breakfast explore the beautiful area of Balea Lake and prepare to start the hiking programme. You’ll make the acquaintance of Fagaras Mountains, part of the Southern Carpathians, the wildest, imposing, most spectacular mountains in Romania, home to the highest peaks in Romania and beautiful glacial lakes. From Balea Lake hike up to Capra Lake, a stunning blue glacial lake with a depth of 11 meters located at an altitude of 2241 meters. From the north side of Fagaras Mountains move to the south side, hiking near by the most difficult winter mountaineering route in Romania, the Albota - Arpasel ridge and then “Dragon Window”. In the evening you’ll reach Podaragu Peak, accommodate in a mountain hut near by.
DAY 3 Monday , Podragu Hut - Moldoveanu Peak - Fereastra Mare a Sambetei - Valea Sambetei Hut (1401 m)
Today you'll conquer the highest peak in Romania - Moldoveanu (2544 m) offering an incredible view of Fagaras Mountains. From Podragu hut hike up to Giurgiului Bridge up to the imposing Moldoveanu Peak. Continue walking on the main ridge up to Fereastra Mare a Sambetei and then descend on Sambetei valley for accommodation in a mountain hut. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on the hiking route.
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DAY 4 Tuesday, Sambata Hut – Bran
From the hut we walk to Sambata Resort from where you’ll continue the road by car to Bran village, home to the legendary castle, located on the Rucar – Bran corridor, famous worldwide for the home made traditional cheese assortments produced here ( the ones smoked in pine tree bark are really divine). Bran Castle, unrightfully called Dracula’s castle, owes its fame both to its unique charm and to the myth Bram Stoker created around Dracula. Documentary evidence of the castle dates back as far as 1377. In 1920, Queen Mary, the niece of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, turned the castle into a beautiful summer residence. Close to the castle there is a shrine set in the wall of a mountain which once sheltered the heart of Queen Marie.
DAY 5 Wednesday, Bran - Poarta Valley - Gaurei Gorges - Omu Peak - Omu Hut
To give you an idea on the incredible landscape you’ll enjoy today it’s enough to say that Bucegi Mountains are home to the largest, most sophisticated Romanian mountain resorts. Conquer today the highest peak of Bucegi Mountains - Omu Peak. It ranks number 9 in the top of the highest Romanians peaks with an altitude of 2505 meters. From Bran walk up to “Poarta Valley”, crossing the imposing “Gaurei” Gorges also called “Delvil's Mill” and arrive to “Hornurilor” Shed from where the view is breath taking. Accommodation in a mountain hut located at the highest altitude in Romania.
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DAY 6 Thursday, Omu Hut – The Cave – Piatra Arsa – The Cross on Caraiman Mountains – Omu Hut
The highlight of this day is “The Cross on Caraiman Mountains”, an initiative of Queen Mary of Romania who wished to commemorate in this way the heroes of the First World War. The construction began in 1926 and ended in 1929. The hiking route is spectacular as well, in the morning descend from Omu Hut to the beautiful area of “Cave” continue with Piatra Arsa (Burned Rock) then hike up to the Cross on Caraiman. Return to accommodation on a different hiking route.
DAY 7 Friday, Omu Hut - Babele Hut - Busteni – Bucharest
Your last day in the Carpathians. In the morning walk on the edge of the steep eastern wall of Bucegi Mountains full of mountaineering routes, arrive to “Babele” hut, and descend using the cable car on the spectacular Jepilor Valley in Busteni. Transfer to Bucharest Airport.
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Price and departure
Price per person
7 day tour. Departure from Bucharest (10.00 GMT +02:00)
July 5, 2008
July 19, 2008
August 2, 2008
August 9, 2008
August 16, 2008
August 23, 2008
£898 */ $1826*/
*price in £ and $ for guidance only, all payments will be taken in €.
Minimum group size – 2 persons
Price includes :
The services of an experienced English speaking guide with intricate knowledge in Romania’s hiking routes.
Accommodation: 1 night in a 3* hotel, 1 night in a 3* pension, 4 nights in mountain huts (hostel style dormitories) with a fine position which helps shorten the routes between accommodations. Some of them have no bathrooms and have outdoor toilets.
Transportation: 3 land transfers (transfer from Bucharest Airport to Balea Lake, from Valea Sambetei to Bran village, from Busteni to Bucharest Airport) and the cable car in Busteni
Meals: two breakfasts
Entry fees to: Bran Castle
Not included: plane ticket, airport fees, photo & video tax and other not mentioned
Special notes & info:
The itinerary is flexible and could be changed due to bad weather conditions, fitness and other local conditions.
What do you have to bring: Hiking boots, raincoat, sleeping bag, cloths for cold and worm days.
The weather forecast for July and August announces daytime highs of 25° up to 30° Celsius. Minimum temperatures will be in the range of 10° to 15° Celsius. However the weather in mountain sections is very changeable and temperatures under 10° could be expected.
The price may be subject to changes based on currency fluctuation, availability issues or changes in local costs at the time of booking. Group discounts could be applied depending on the size of the group.
Attention: on the hiking routes you'll have to carry personally your equipment, so please limit your self to one rucksack.
We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form, MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Diners Club and American Expres by fax and by phone. We also accept payments by Moneybookers, bank transfer and Western Union.
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I thought the service from your office at Transylvania Live was excellent. I could ask for nothing more. You replied to messages, sent information, organised guides, transport etc etc. Raul asked for feedback on Sunday and I said to him: he obviously knows the mountains very well indeed and had planned the trip very carefully, he was extremely helpful, always organising things at huts, or on the telephone. When things were tough and my knee was hurting quite badly by then, Raul offered to take heavy things from my pack and carry them himself. This was excellent. I was very satisfied, and very pleased that we booked the trek with you. Thanks and regards
David Wightman - Amsterdam, Nederland
Good understanding of human nature, Raul is a calm, responsible and very sociable guide, qualities that do come in handy when guiding strenuous walking in Romania’s mountains. Student of the Polytechnic University, Raul is also a leader of a mountain club.
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