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Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains

from $2,555.00

This wonderful seven-night guided holiday explores the mountainous region of Transylvania, leaving the stories behind to uncover a beautiful country with a rich and fascinating history; full of medieval castles, high peaks, incredible wildlife, and -of course- warm hospitality.

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  • Group Size Small Group
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All about the Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains.

Surrounded, and partially divided, by the high peaks of the Carpathian Mountains, the fabled, mountainous region of Transylvania in central Romania has become synonymous with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but on this wonderful seven-night guided holiday we leave fiction behind to uncover a beautiful country with a rich and fascinating history.
The region presents a splendid mix of mediaeval castles, high peaks, incredible wildlife, and of course – welcoming and warm locals. Steeped in tradition, it’s easy to see where the inspiration for the tales came from. Starting in Sinaia, our walks begin at the foot of the Bucegi range just a couple of minutes from the fairytale castle of Peles. From here the walks take us across high mountain plateaus and through beautiful wildflower-covered pastures, where you can see rare birds and butterflies. Our paths lead on through ancient forests and rocky canyons – home to black chamois, lynx, brown bears and even wolves – to mediaeval villages such as UNESCO-listed Viscri.
We visit the famous Bran Castle, a Gothic fortress that was the setting for Roman Polanski’s ‘Dance of the Vampires’ as well as a place of refuge for Queen Mary of Romania. Then in towns like Brasov and Sighisoara, we explore mediaeval squares and winding alleyways, whilst marvelling at Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, including the famous clock tower and the house with the deer antlers, where the real Vlad Dracula was born.
Your accommodation for the week offers a blend of high quality hotels and spectacular views; from the ***** chalet-style Villa Oblique in Sinaia and the elegant **** Casa Din Bran Inn Center, to the **** Nobillis Carpathian Residence, the *** Safrano Palace located in the heart of Brasov and the more rustic Transylvanian Inn.To complete the package, we’ve also included all evening meals.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 Nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Entrance to listed sights and cable car rides
  • Luggage transfers
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Beautiful fairy tale castles and traditional churches – such as the royal summer retreat of Peles and atmospheric Bran – set among spectacular Carpathian mountain scenery
  • Opportunities to experience the region’s rich and varied flora and fauna – from wildflower-covered pastures to rare birds, butterflies and larger inhabitants, if you’re lucky
  • Walk the high Bucegi Plateau and the stunning Prapastiile Zarnestilor gorge, used as a location in the film Cold Mountain
  • Gothic, Baroque and Patrician buildings and the UNESCO-listed Viscri Saxon village.
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Sinaia

    We pick you up from Bucharest airport and transfer you (1.5hrs) to Sinaia in the Bucegi range of the Carpathian Mountains. (Staying at Villa Oblique, Half board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Peles and the Bucegi Plateau 15km/9.5mi/4.5hrs +350m/-200m

    In the morning we visit the fairytale castle of Peles, summer residence of King Carol. Then we take the cable car up onto the Bucegi plateau (2,100m) and walk first to the Piatra Arsa Chalet and further on to Babele Chalet. Close to it are two natural rock formations, the Bucegi Sphinx (named so because of its resemblance to the Great Sphinx of Giza) and Babele (meaning ’the old women’.) (Staying at Villa Oblique, Half board)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Glajariei Valley to Bran 10km/6mi/3.5hrs +350m/-250m

    Scenic drive to the start of today’s walk to Bran with stunning views of the Piatra Craiului Massif. In the afternoon we visit Dracula’s castle, the setting for Roman Polanski’s ’Dance of the Vampires’, and a refuge for Queen Mary. The night is spent in Bran with dinner included at the hotel. (Staying at Casa Din Bran – Inn Center, Half board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Bran to Pestera 13km/8mi/5hr +500m/-150m

    A short transfer to the start of today’s walk over meadows and pastures to the mountain village of Pestera. On the way look out for orchids, gentians, campanulas and endemic flowers like the ’Carpathian Iris’. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding maintains and picturesque landscapes. You will spend the next two nights in Pestera with dinner included at the hotel. (Staying at Nobillis Carpathian, Half board)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Piatra Craiului Mountains 14km/8.5mi/5.5hr +500m/-500m

    Today’s circular walk takes in some of the best views of the region’s mountains and valleys with opportunities to spot rare birds and butterflies.(Staying at Nobillis Carpathian, Half board)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Pestera to Zarnesti 16km/10mi/6hr +600m/-850m

    This morning we walk through the beautiful Prapastiile Zarnestilor gorge which has been used as a filming location for the movie Cold Mountain and is home to creeper, alpine swift and also the elusive three-toed woodpecker. We then make the climb up to the rustic Curmatura mountain hut where we will enjoy lunch (included) and a well-earned rest before descending again into Zarnesti and a transfer to your hotel in Predelut. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening. (Staying at Transylvanian Inn, Half board)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Postavarul Mountains and Brasov 8km/3mi/2.5hr +100m/-300m

    Visit Rasnov Fortress before starting a walk along the Sticlariei Valley as it descends to the medieval town of Brasov, where we visit the town square, surrounded by Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque Patrician buildings as well as the Gothic ’Black Church’ with its world-famous Buchholz organ and a rare collection of oriental carpets brought back from trading missions to the Ottoman Empire. Stay in the centrally located Safrano Palace with dinner included at a local restaurant. (Staying at Safrano Palace, Half Board)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Brasov

    Group transfer to Bucharest airport.

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Where you stay
Villa Oblique
Just 500 yards from Peles Castle on the hill above the town of Sinaia is the ***** guesthouse Villa Oblique. Opened in 2014, the Oblique is a modern, chalet-style building that offers free access to the onsite spa, featuring a sauna, a steam bath and a hot tub. Rooms at Oblique are individually decorated to a high standard and come with superb mountain views; many also have a balcony.
Casa Din Bran – Inn Centre
Conveniently located within a 5 minute walk from the history, the myth and intrigue of Bran Castle, this elegant hotel has 15 elegantly styled and comfortable rooms. Enjoy traditional Romanian cuisine in the restaurant, which also has a large outdoor terrace for alfresco dining.
Nobillis Carpathian Residence
High on a hillside with unrestricted views of the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului Mountains is the Nobillis – Carpathian Residence. Recently built, this cosy **** hotel offers a garden, a terrace, a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath, and the hotel’s restaurant serves Swiss cuisine that can be enjoyed in the large dining room. All rooms feature a large balcony with spectacular views and are elegantly furnished with solid dark wood furniture.
Transylvanian Inn
Perched on a hillside with panoramic views over Bran Castle (just 2km away), Ra?nov citadel and the Bucegi Mountains, is the charming family-run Transylvanian Inn. The hotel offers comfort and tranquility along a quiet lane away from the popular town of Bran and the views from the terrace are second to none. Guests can dine on the terrace as the sun sets behind the mountains, enjoying traditional Romanian dishes made from fresh, local produce with superior local wines. Rooms are modern and comfortable, with earthy tones in line with the surrounding nature.
Safrano Palace
Located in the heart of medieval Brasov overlooking beautiful Council Square in the cobbled old town. Surrounded by colourful Baroque buildings and lively cafes, the hotel is central to Brasov’s main attractions. Beautifully decorated and comfortable rooms, all with amenities such as flat screen TV and minibar.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners included

Classification: Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)

The region presents a splendid mix of mediaeval castles, high peaks, incredible wildlife, and of course – welcoming and warm locals. Steeped in tradition, it’s easy to see where the inspiration for the tales came from. Starting in Sinaia, our walks begin at the foot of the Bucegi range just a couple of minutes from the fairytale castle of Peles. From here the walks take us across high mountain plateaus and through beautiful wildflower-covered pastures, where you can see rare birds and butterflies. Our paths lead on through ancient forests and rocky canyons – home to black chamois, lynx, brown bears and even wolves – to mediaeval villages such as UNESCO-listed Viscri.

We visit the famous Bran Castle, a Gothic fortress that was the setting for Roman Polanski’s ‘Dance of the Vampires’ as well as a place of refuge for Queen Mary of Romania. Then in towns like Brasov and Sighisoara, we explore mediaeval squares and winding alleyways, whilst marvelling at Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, including the famous clock tower and the house with the deer antlers, where the real Vlad Dracula was born.

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