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Romania Carpathians and Culture

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Experience the traditions of Southern Romania by foot, raft and bike

Trip Dates

  • 08.Jul. - 17.Jul.2017
  • 19.Aug. - 28.Aug.2017
  • 23.Sep. - 02.Oct.2017

Trip Dates

08.Jul. - 17.Jul.2017 closed
19.Aug. - 28.Aug.2017 closed
23.Sep. - 02.Oct.2017 available Book now

Trip Highlights

  • Travel back in time exploring Romania's wild and bucolic countryside
  • Hike the spectacular Piatra Craiului and Bucegi Mountains
  • Discover the natural parks and their spectacular landscapes, flora, and fauna
  • Visit Bran Castle, home of the legend of Count Dracula
  • Climb 'the Abysses' of the Zarnesti Gorges
  • Raft the waters of Buzau or the Dambovita River
  • Experience Bucharest, known as the 'Eastern Paris'

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Bucharest, to Zarnesti village

Day 2 - Zarnesti

Day 3 - Zarnesti and Magura

Day 4 - Magura

Day 5 - Bran and Moieciu de Sus

Day 6 - Moieciu de Sus

Day 7 - Brasov

Day 8 - Brasov

Day 9 - Bucharest

Day 10 - Trip ends Bucharest

The Sweat Level

EASY TO MODERATE

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. This trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of ‘Easy to Moderate’. Trips with this grading involve activities such as hiking, cycling and kayaking for several hours in duration. Depending on the activity, you may have to carry a small daypack. In preparation of the trip, we recommend you engage in aerobic exercises two or three times a week for three months prior to departure.

When To Go

Romania's climate is a combination of temperate and continental with significant variations between the mountains and the south (Bucharest and the Black Sea coast). In summer, temperatures average between 13-16°C in the mountains but can reach 30°C in Bucharest. Rainfall is more common in the mountains and can be expected year round with most falling in the spring and summer.

Trip Inclusions

  • 6 nights guesthouse, 3 nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis
  • 8 x breakfast, 7 x picnic lunch, 6 x dinner
  • Local English speaking Yomads guide
  • Transfers throughout the trip including an airport transfer on day 1
  • Guided activities with climbing, rafting, and cycling equipment
  • Luggage transfer between guesthouses

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bucharest, to Piatra Craiului

Welcome to Romania! Departing Bucharest we transfer to our home for the next two days; a charming mountain hut near the Piatra Craiului mountains.

Meals: D

Day 2: Cycle to Ohaba and the Fagaras Mountains, ride approx. 34km

Today we ride north towards Romania’s highest mountains; the Fagaras range. Cycling into the traditional village of Ohaba at the foot of the mountains, we visit an old flour mill and take a trip through history to learn about the mill during the communism era. Later, continue the ride to Zarnesti.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Rock climbing in the Zarnesti Gorges

The morning is reserved for rock climbing in the Zarnesti Gorges, called ‘The Abysses’ by the locals. The gorges present vertical walls of 200m and, especially during autumn, offer colours of extraordinary variety. The afternoon is free for a self guided hike along the mountain streams or forestry roads to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Trek in the Piatra Craiului Mountains, walk approx. 22km

Beginning at the edge of the Piatra Craiului Mountains, amid some of the wildest mountains in Europe, we explore the landscape and its pastures, sheepfolds, and woods on foot. Our path takes us through scattered villages that seem to remain the same despite passing time. We break for lunch at a sheepfold to experience a typical shepherd lunch and enjoy cheese tasting.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Bran and Moieciu de Sus, walk approx. 14km

A walk on a small ridge takes us down to Bran castle. Built in the 14th century as a defense against migratory peoples, it later protected Transylvania from the Ottoman invasions. The castle is famously associated with the fictional character of Dracula, who was based on the prince Vlad Tepes of Wallachia. You’ll have free time to explore the area, including the village museum and the castle shop, before transferring to our guesthouse in Moieciu de Sus.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Bucegi mountain trek and Gutanu, walk approx. 18km

Today we climb into Bucegi’s mountains with maps and road books for a self guided hike. For those interested in a longer walk, a trail through the meadow of Gutanu and vertical walls of Bucegi’s ridge offers beautiful landscapes and views over the nearby mountainside. The day is yours to explore the area and “Saua Strunga”, or a meadow full of flowers, at your own pace.

Meals B, L, D

Day 7: Libearty Sanctuary and Rasnov fortress, walk approx. 6km

A visit to the Libearty Bears Sanctuary, the biggest brown bear sanctuary in Europe and home to bears saved from a life of captivity, gives us the experience of observing the happy bears in their natural environment of lush forest, streams, and ponds at the foot of the Carpathians. From the sanctuary, we embark on a hike to visit the fortified church of the Saxon heritage which colonized Transylvania in the 13th century. In the church yard we’ll have the opportunity to hear about its history and taste some specialties made by the local people living there. You’ll have time to explore the Rasnov fortress before spending the evening at leisure.

Meals: B, L

Day 8: Rafting the Brasov region

Searching for adventure and adrenaline, we set out to white water raft or kayak (dependent on weather conditions) on the waters of Buzau or the Dambovita River. Later, we return to Brasov to spend the evening exploring the city at your own pace.

Meals: B, L

Day 9: Bucharest, the Romanian capital

After breakfast, we depart for the capital city of Bucharest, known as the “Eastern Paris” at the beginning of the 20th century. The day is free for you to explore the old city’s history, relaxing atmosphere, shops, and dynamic night life.

Meals: B

Day 10: Trip ends Bucharest

Our trip ends this morning, leaving you free to head home or to continue the journey on your own.

Meals: Nil

Accommodation

Zarnesti 2N Guesthouse
Magura 2N Guesthouse
Moieciu de Sus 2N Guesthouse
Brasov 2N Hotel
Bucharest 1N Hotel

Disclaimer

The itinerary should be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control. Prices valid up to 31/10/2017. For trips departing after this date, the price will likely increase subject to local inflationary pressures on operational costs.

The Sweat Level

  • Easy to Moderate
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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