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The Four Mountains of Transylvania

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Country
Romania
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
May - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Bucharest – Brasov
Day 2: Piatra Mare
Day 3: Piatra Craiului, Bran Castle
Day 4: Magura, Curmatura chalet
Day 5: Bucegi Natural Park
Day 6: Brasov and Tampa Mountain
Day 7: Postavaru Mountain 
Day 8: Departure

Overview for The Four Mountains of Transylvania

Explore four mountains in Transylvania in 8 days: Piatra Mare (Big Stone) Mountain, Piatra Craiului National Park (King’s Stone), Bucegi Natural Park and Postavaru Mountain. Piatra Craiului Mountains – with their narrow and saw-like ridges are considered to be the most beautiful in the Carpathian mountains range. Bucegi Natural Park is Romania’s best-kept secret, rivalling Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains and the Alps when it comes to walking. Its glacial valleys offer a wealth of natural beauty, history and adventure. For a glimpse into medieval Transylvania and its towns with narrow, winding streets, you take a stroll around the stunning city of Brasov.

Highlights:


Itinerary for The Four Mountains of Transylvania

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Day 1: Bucharest – Brasov

Arrive in Bucharest, the capital of Romania and start your transfer to Brasov. Easy Jet, Wizz Air and Ryan Air all fly directly to Bucharest; Brasov is then accessible via a 2-hour train ride or a private transfer. Visit the medieval fortress, the Black Church and stroll the beautiful streets of the old town.

  • Accommodation: a hand-picked guesthouse close to the main square and the old town of Brasov (Casa Timar or similar). Optional upgrade to a 3-star hotel (Bella Muzica hotel, Gott Hotel or similar).

Day 2: Piatra Mare Mountain and The Seven Ladders Canyon

Breakfast. Transfer from Brasov to starting point of the first hiking day: Piatra Mare Mountain (10 km). You will walk almost to the top of the mountain  (2 – 3 hours to the Chalet Piatra Mare – 1,628 m) passing through the beautiful Seven Ladders Canyon. Optional: hike to the top of the mountain (1,843 m), from the Chalet, round trip about 2 hours more. Walk back down (2 hours). Transfer to Brasov.

  • Walking for the day: 7-8 hours, 16 km, 800 m elevation gain, 800 m elevation loss.
  • Accommodation: a hand-picked guesthouse close to the main square and the old town of Brasov (Casa Timar or similar). Optional upgrade to a 3-star hotel (Bella Muzica hotel, Gott Hotel or similar).

Day 3: Piatra Craiului National Park and Bran Castle

Transfer to Bran village (40 minutes). You can visit Bran Castle a.k.a. Dracula’s Castle (entrance fee not included, EUR 10 pp). Then a short transfer will bring you to Magura village for check-in. You will then do your first warm-up walk in Piatra Craiului National Park. It is a gentle and nice route, crossing the beautiful mountain villages of Magura and Pestera. The trail passes through forests and meadows, with great views to both the mountains and to the Bran area with his mountain villages. You can make an optional stop at the oldest guesthouse in the National Park for some cheese tasting or lunch.

  • Walking for the day: 3 hours, 8-9 km.
  • Accommodation in a hand-picked guesthouse in Magura or Pestera Village (Nea Marin, Pepino or similar). Note: our default guesthouses for this overnight offer double or twin rooms with en-suite facilities. However, depending on availability, on some bookings they may be replaced with another guesthouse which is nice and clean, but facilities are shared.

Day 4: Magura Village – Zarnesti Gorges – Curmatura chalet (1,470 m) – Magura village

Today you will walk thorough Piatra Craiului National Park. Start the trek from the guesthouse by crossing the impressive Zarnesti Gorges up to Curmatura hut (where you can have lunch) and than walk back on a different route to the guesthouse in Magura.

  • Walking for the day: 6-7 hours, 16 km, 500 m elevation gain, 500 m elevation loss.
  • Accommodation in a hand-picked guesthouse in Magura or Pestera Village (Nea Marin, Pepino or similar). Note: our default guesthouses for this overnight offer double or twin rooms with en-suite facilities. However, depending on availability, on some bookings they may be replaced with another guesthouse which is nice and clean, but facilities are shared.

Day 5: Bucegi Natural Park

Breakfast. Transfer from Magura village to the starting point of today’s walk in Bucegi Natural Park (about 45 minutes of driving). You follow the yellow triangle sign, on a wide forest road, for about 1 – 1 ½ hour. After that, you cross a small river and start to climb a steeper, forested part, and you reach in a nice meadow. Optional walk (1 hour) to the Evil Waterfall. Walk until you reach a forest road and then a sheep farm. You can make a stop and taste the cheese made here (from June until September). Walk to the collection point. Transfer to Brasov  (about 1 hour of driving).

  • Walking for the day: 5-7 hours, 14 km, 800 m elevation gain, 800 m elevation loss.
  • Accommodation: a hand-picked guesthouse close to the main square and the old town of Brasov (Casa Timar or similar). Optional upgrade to a 3-star hotel (Bella Muzica hotel, Gott Hotel or similar)

Day 6: Brasov Walking Tour and Tampa Mountain

Walk in the Tampa mountain (960 m) overlooking Brasov. The view from the summit is spectacular, offering a panoramic view of the city. The route is easy, you can take the cable car to the top and go down by foot (round trip about 2 hours). Optional guided Brasov walking tour in the evening.

  • Walking for the day: 2-3 hours, 4 km.
  • Accommodation: a hand-picked guesthouse close to the main square and the old town of Brasov (Casa Timar or similar). Optional upgrade to a 3-star hotel (Bella Muzica hotel, Gott Hotel or similar)

Day 7: Postavaru Mountain and Poiana Brasov

Breakfast. Transfer to Poiana Brasov resort – the main ski resort in Romania which is also a great place for hiking in the summer (12 km). Hike in the Postavaru Mountain, from Poiana Brasov (1,200 m) to the highest peak (1,799 m). You can also take the cable car and go down by foot (about 2 hours). Transfer Poiana Brasov – Brasov.

  • Walking for the day: 4-5 hours, 10 km, 700 m elevation gain, 700 m elevation loss.
  • Accommodation: a hand-picked guesthouse close to the main square and the old town of Brasov (Casa Timar or similar). Optional upgrade to a 3-star hotel (Bella Muzica hotel, Gott Hotel or similar)

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

(optional private transfer to Bucharest International Airport)

Hotels for The Four Mountains of Transylvania

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2 and 3-star hotels or family-run guesthouses, as indicated in the itinerary. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Optional hotel upgrade: if you prefer to stay on Days 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 at the 3-star Bella Muzica hotel (or similar) near the Old Town of Brasov rather than at Casa Timar B&B (or similar), you can add this option when completing the online booking form.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates it will be replaced with a hotel of equal value and quality level. Exact accommodation details will be provided to you upon booking confirmation.

Sample hotels: Brasov (standard), Brasov (upgraded), Nea Marin, Pepino

Meals

Breakfast is included. When no restaurant location is available on route lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your hotel or from restaurants and taverns in the village near your hotel.

Travel for The Four Mountains of Transylvania

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Recommended airport

Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Bucharest (www.bucharestairports.ro).

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Day 1- From Bucharest Airport To Brasov

  • Advised latest time arrival is 17.00
  • Alternative 1: Take a taxi from the airport to the train station (Gara de Nord), takes 20 minutes, 25-30 LEU (£5)
  • Alternative 2: Take bus 780 from the airport to the train station (Gara de Nord), takes about 60 minutes
  • Take the train to Brasov, you can travel with either Intercity or Eurocities. The journey takes about 2.5 hours and the price range is from 100 LEU to 500 LEU depending on the ticket range and time of the train (£18-70)
  • Take a taxi from Brasov Train Station to the hotel – 15 minutes

Day 8 – From Brasov Hotel to Bucharest Airport

  • Advised earliest flight departure is 14.00
  • Take a taxi from the hotel to Brasov Train Station – 15 minutes
  • Take the train to Bucharest (Gara de Nord), journey takes 2.5 hours and costs from 100 LEU to 500 LEU depending on the ticket range and time of the train (£18-70)
  • Alternative 1: Take bus 780 to the airport, journey is about 60 minutes 
  • Alternative 2: Take a taxi to the airport, 20 minutes, 25-30 LEU (£5)

Private Transfers

They offer a very economical alternative to public transport in Romania in some cases equivalent to cost of public transport in the UK. They can be arranged from/to airport to hotel for arrival and departure upon request (please indicate when completing the online booking form).

Baggage Transfers

Luggage transfer is included on all walking days and your bags will be transferred by your current hotel (or by private transfer) to your next hotel. Baggage limit 25 kg per bag.

Romania: Country Info

Language: Romanian. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are in Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 help line if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two pin round plugs.

Currency: Romanian New Leu (RON) is the official currency in Romania (1 Euro equals 4.45 RON). We strongly advise taking adequate cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and in big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Cost of living: in Romania is cheaper than in the UK or Western Europe. Some sample prices follow:
• a 3-course meal in a standard restaurant: RON 25-45 pp (£5-10)
• A flask of mineral water from a street shop: RON 3 (40 p)
• A cup of coffee: RON 5 –10 (£1 – 2)

Up-to-date travel advice on Romania is available here.

Detailed up-to-date travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for The Four Mountains of Transylvania

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

Appropriate for regular walkers. Requires a reasonable level of fitness. May include 4-6 hours of walking per day (up to 18 km of walking). Total elevation gain is 1,800 m, average daily elevation gain is 300 m  (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from May until October. Weather is best in July – September.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.

Weather

The climate in the Carpathian Mountains is continental with sub-polar aspects. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but generally, in the May-September period, the daily averages are 15 – 25C. Spring and autumn are cold with cool nights and occasional rain. Expect the weather to change rapidly during the day.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your daily essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact us or a reputable outdoor retailer.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for The Four Mountains of Transylvania

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  • Holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in hand-picked 3 to 4-star hotels or family-run guest-houses as listed in itinerary
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport to next hotel
  • All internal ground transfers and baggage transfers as listed in itinerary
  • 24/7 assistance by phone

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers to/from airport
  • Guided city tour of Brasov
  • Half board accommodation instead of B&B
  • Optional hotel upgrade: if you prefer to stay on Days 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 at the 3-star Bella Muzika hotel (or similar) near the Old Town of Brasov rather than at Casa Timar B&B (or similar), you can add this option when completing the online booking form.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Taxi from Bucharest Airport to Bucharest North Railway Station: EUR 7-12 pp (up to 4 persons)
  • Train from Bucharest to Brasov: EUR 10-15 pp
  • Entrance to Bran Castle: EUR 8 pp
  • Entrance fees for 7 Ladders Canyon (2.5 euro pp) and Piatra Craiului National Park (1 euro pp)

Excluded

  • Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation from/to airport
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extensions

  • 1 extra night in Brasov before or after the walking holiday
  • 1 extra night in Bucharest before or after the walking holiday

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