Transylvania revealed (family-friendly tour)

Transylvania revealed (family-friendly tour)

Romania » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Explore rural Romania and its mountains
  • Family-friendly tour stuck with rural adventures
  • Brown Bear viewing, sheep milking, cheese tasting
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  • aug
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  • dec

From 590 €

Duration (days): 8

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A family-friendly tour in Transylvania, exploring 3 mountains (Piatra Mare, Piatra Craiului National Park and Bucegi Natural Park) but also providing numerous options for other activities. Easy to moderate relatively short hikes every day are combined with sightseeing and tasting the local way of life (incl. cheese tasting, sheep/cow milking, visit the renowned count Drakula's Bran Castle, options for observation of wild Brown Bears from a hide, and of course getting to know rural Romania at its best). Private transfers are included everywhere, so you don't need to bother using public means of transportation.

Day 1: Meet up at Bucharest Airport (or in your hotel in Bucharest) for a private transfer to Brasov, where you will stay overnight. Tour briefing. (2,30-3,00hrs drive).
Day 2: Short transfer from Brasov to the starting point of first hiking day in the Piatra Mare (The Big Rock) Mountains. For this day you can choose among 2 different options:
Option 1: From here you start the trekking tour to the top of the mountains (Chalet Piatra Mare, 1628 m) along an easy trail. There you will have two options to choose from: either walk to the highest peak (1843m) or make a circular trek before going down along a different path through The Seven Ladders Canyon. The latter is one of the main hiking attractions in the area, as it includes also The Seven Ladders Waterfall, which is the second longest in Europe. Transfer back to Brasov. (7-8 hrs, uphill/downhill walk: 800 m/800 m.; appr. 16km)
Option 2: Short hike of 2-3hrs to The Seven Ladders Canyon. The afternoon can be spent in Brasov, going by cable car to Tampa Hill, or if you come with kids you can visit the Aventura fun park (http://www.parc-aventura.ro/en/). Another option (on extra payment of 55 Euros/person) is to try and see wild Brown Bears from a hide (please let us know if you wish to take this guided option at the time of booking as it won't be possible otherwise).
Day 3: After breakfast you will get transferred to the town of Zarnesti (appr. 40km), which is the unofficial gate to the national park of Piatra Craiului Mountains. Already in the national park, you will trek through two authentic mountain villages - Magura and Pestera, surrounded by a very scenic countryside. Accommodation is arranged in the oldest guesthouse in the national park. Here you can participate in the daily work along with the hosts: milking the cows, cut the grass.... or having a two-hours easy to medium walk (round trip) to their sheep farm to taste the fresh cheese, try milking the sheep etc. (uphill/downhill walk: 400 m/100 m, appr. 4 km).
Day 4: After breakfast you continue the trekking tour from Pestera village to the first touristic village of Romania - Sirnea, crossing very nice meadows with rustic houses and nice landscapes. From Sirnea we transfer you to the next mountain village Moeciu de Sus located at the bottom of Bucegi Mountains Natural Park. (3-4 hours, uphill/downhill walk: 200 m/100 m, appr. 11 km).
Day 5: Breakfast and free day in Moeciu de Sus. The village is appreciated for its amazing nature and its tradition in preparing delicious cheeses and sheep wool products.As an option for this day we can offer a guided day tour "Romanian mountain village explorer", where you can interact again with the local people (on extra payment of 60 Euros/person; please let us know if you wish to take this option at the time of booking as it won't be possible otherwise). This includes:- visit to a summer farm (an authentic farm, where sheep and cows stay throughout the summer months and where you can try local cheese, produced on spot by the shepherds)
- 3-hours trek on the hills, admiring the local flora and fauna
- traditional lunch with eco products
- tour of the village in horse driven carriage
- visit to a traditional loom
Day 6: After breakfast you continue the trekking tour amidst the mountain villages located at the bottom of the Bucegi Natural Park. Green hills and remote rural houses will be surrounding you as you enjoy the panorama towards both mountain ranges.  (3-4 hours, uphill/downhill walk: 300 m/300 m, appr. 10 km).
Day 7: A one last short hike is expecting you today, along with a visit to the famous Bran Castle (note that on Mondays the castle opens at 12:00). Transfer to Brasov and "Brasov by night" guided sightseeing tour. Overnight. (2-3 hours, uphill/downhill walk: 300 m/300 m, appr. 6 km).
Day 8: Breakfast. Private transfer to Bucharest or Bucharest airport.

Accommodation and luggage transportation: 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); Luggage transfers included on all days with change in the overnight places;

Group size: Min. 2 persons

Price: 590 Euro

Single supplement: 95 Euro

The price includes: accommodation and meals as mentioned above; private transfers as per itinerary; route notes and maps in English; guided tour of Brasov by night; 24/7 emergency hotline;

The price does not include: flight tickets; transfers different than mentioned in the "included in the price" section; meals and drinks; entry fees; lift tickets; personal expenses; insurance; tips; optional tours (the Village Explorer guided day tour on Day 5, and the Brown Bear viewing on Day 2).

Tips: Best travel time: June-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.