This journey consists of visits & some accessible hikes in different traditional Romanian regions. We will discover different landscapes, different ways of life, different architecture and different traditions.
We will cross four historical regions, where the past had provided a different and rich patrimony. In Walachia, we will visit the ancient medieval capital mainly influenced by the Ottoman period. In Transylvania, it is the Saxon and Hungarian heritage that will overwhelm us by the presence of the fortified churches and castles. In Bucovina, we will be immersed in a rural life turned towards nature that hides, between its hills, painted monasteries listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In Maramures, near the Ukrainian border, we will explore an area of wide forests, where woodworking has become an art which is handed down from one generation to the next one. This knowledge has given birth to the famous wooden churches with their characteristic tall, slim bell towers, which are also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. You will thus discover a surprising Romania!
Your day by day program
Welcome to Romania! The guide will greet you at the airport. Then you'll travel towards a secluded, yet picturesque mountain village, our gate to Transylvania. According to available time, we will visit Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the Royal Family, a true architectural wonder.
We'll have dinner at our guesthouse and prepare for the awaiting adventure.
After breakfast, we start our first walk: a warm-up descent followed by a nice steady climb through woodland trails that are mysterious and rich in birdsong. We will reach spots where we can take-in the views of the ridge of Piatra Craiului (“Rock of the King”). We will head to Curmatura traditional Romanian mountain-hut, where we will have a tasty lunch. On our descent we will cross the fascinating Zarnesti gorges - Jurassic canyon dig by waters - nowadays exhibiting spectacular 200m high vertical walls. Accommodation in the same place as the day the before
(around 6h, 18km, +900m, -900m)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you’ll visit Brasov: one of the seven cities founded by the Saxons in Transylvania in the 12th century when they were invited to Transylvania to guard the mountain passes. The city has a rich Saxon, Hungarian and Romanian heritage, manifested in a lot of sights worth visiting: The White and the Black Towers, the Black Church, the Council place with the Council House, St. Nicholas Church, the first Romanian school, narrow streets and colored houses, all very well-preserved within the old city walls and towers.
On our way to Brasov will stop to admire the exterior of Bran castle, also known as home of Dracula, according to Bram Stoker's novel.
Night in a 3* charming hotel in the center of Brasov.
We dive deeper intro Transylvania and move to Sibiu. You will go through the beautiful village of Lisa where you will discover a 100 years old functional machine used for tailoring thick woolen blankets. Later on, you will cross the Victoria town, and you will arrive in the traditional village of Carta, where you will be impressed by the ruins of its Cistercian monastery. Hopefully, you will be able to meet the local pastor who will delight your imagination with his interesting stories.
Once in Sibiu, you'll visit one of the most beautiful cities of Transylvania. Its architectural style and the unique atmosphere from this city that was the European Cultural capital in 2007 will definitely seduce you.
Today we leave Sibiu and proceed towards Sighisoara. Today's itinerary takes you straight through Transylvania towards the beautiful village of Biertan which is home to a wonderful fortified church filled with history. Being such a stunning monument, the church was included on the Unesco World Heritage list since 1993.
Free evening to wander around the cobbled streets of Sighisoara - one of the few last medieval citadels in Europe. This amazing city is fully inhabited and is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Discover its wonderful old town, home to a stunning clock tower (initially purposed as the main entrance to the citadel), interesting covered stairs, colorful medieval streets as well as the house where Vlad Dracul (Dracula's father) was born.
Night in a central 3* hotel.
Today we leave Transylvania to discover Maramures, a rural region well-known for its still alive ancestral traditions. Before we reach our host village, we'll stop in Lapus region, part of the newer territory of Maramures. Depending on the weather, we can do a short walk with a local guide to discover the defile.
Transfer to a small village in the historical part of the region, where we'll spend the 3 nights here.
Today we will hike on the paths of the hidden and charming village of Breb. We walk to the nearby village of Desesti, to visit one of the most beautiful wooden churches of Maramures, part of the UNESCO heritage. We will attend, during our walking, the field works which animate in every season the villages of the region. (~2 hours, 8 km, +350m, -650)
Our main stop for the day will be in the town of Sighetu Marmatiei. Here we will visit the "Communism Victims Memorial" created in the prison where the main opponents of the regime were detained, without judging. You'll have some free time to discover the small town, once the capital of the region, before getting back to our host village in the evening.
Today we will discover Maramureş between fields and forests. In every season, the countryside is animated by the field’s works. But before our walk, we’ll pay a visit to the traditional wooden installations from Sarbi, a fulling mill, a thresher, whirlpools and a brandy distillery. Then, we’ll start our village to village walk, with destination in Botiza village. There we will have a weaving demonstration at one of the last ladies who masters this ancient craft.
(6 hours, 13 km, +/-400)
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
On our last day in Maramures we’ll hike to the nearby village of Ieud. We will start going up on a narrow path along a small stream, covered by surrounded by colorful flowers. At the end of the walk, we will visit the oldest wooden church of Maramureş, the one from Ieud dating back to 14th century, part of UNESCO heritage. (~2.5 hours, 8 km, +250, -300m).
We’ll end the day with a 4h transfer to the region of Bucovina, another must-see when in Romania.
We'll spend 2 nights in a small village at some very welcoming hosts.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
We start exploring Bucovina today with a first splendid walk. After a first short climb we arrive in the forest and from there, according to the moving of the flocks, we could reach a shepherd’s hut. We continue through the famous fir-tree forest of Bucovina until we go back to the valley to discover one of the major components of the unique Bucovina monasteries set, the Moldoviţa painted monastery. From there, depending on how we feel we go back to the guesthouse either on foot (5km) through the village, either with a local bus. Night at the same place. (~4 hours, 13 km, +/-300m)
After breakfast, be ready to discover the deep Bucovina: we’ll take the steam train. The steam train track leads along the River Moldovita. We will get off before the terminus of the track, at the best starting point of our hike. This immersion in a peasant world will enchant you; the beautiful landscape punctuated with sheep herds and horse-carts reveals a great harmony.(~5 hours, 14 km, +500m, -550).
We get back to our hosts and prepare for the return to Bucharest by night train.
Optionally, you can get a taxi and pay a short visit to Sucevita monastery, which will offer us a striking sight: the nature seems to protect the monastery like a jewel! The perfection of each detail on such a vast fresco is amazing, the main reason for the monastery to be part of the UNESCO heritage.
In the late evening, we'll have a private transfer to the town of C#mpulung from where wi'll take the night train to Bucharest. We'll travel in cabins with 2/4 beds, upon availability 30 months before departure.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Arrival in the early morning in Bucharest. Transfer to the hotel for a quick breakfast and to leave the luggage. Until the check-in, you'll have a guided tour of the capital. Known between the 2 world wars as "the Eastern Paris", today is a very eclectic city, where we can see the influences of The Medieval period with its Ottoman occupation, of the modern period with the influence of neoclassical French architecture and of the communist period.
You'll have the afternoon free to visit Bucharest on your own.
3* hotel in the center of Bucharest.
After breakfast, your trip comes to an end.
Private transfers to the airport & extra nights possible on request.
From April to the end of October.
Departures for groups formed on request
- Bucharest airport.
- Bucharest hotel.
- Accommodation in guesthouses in double occupancy, exceptionally triple with possible shared facilities (1 for 2 or three rooms).
3* hotels in cities
Depending on the size of the group, the accommodation can be done in several pensions. Meals will be taken together.
- Minimum of 6 people.
- Easy to medium level of walking with a maximum of 5 hours walking a day. Some walks could change depending on the group level or the weather conditions or be interrupted by small transfers.
- Luggage will be transferred by car or cart during the treks.
- Single supplement : 165€
- Private transfer to the airport (1-3 pers) : 30€
- English-speaking specialized guide
- Meals as indicated on each day
- Private bus from day 3 to day 9
- Night train ticket
- Steam train ticket
- Transfer to the meeting point and departure point
- Entry fees into monuments
- Personal expenses