Headwater - Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains

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Trip code: 
W07RO
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
13

Medieval castles, high peaks and incredible wildlife

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.

Highlights

  • Beautiful fairytale castles and traditional churches - such as the royal summer retreat of Peles and atmospheric Bran - set amongst 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

Key information

  • 7 Nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • 6 Days walking
  • Departs on selected Saturdays from 25 May to 28 September 2019
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

What's included

  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Entrance to listed sights and cable car rides
  • Luggage transfers

What's not included

  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 215.0km/9.5miles
Day 310.0km/6.0miles
Day 413.0km/8.0miles
Day 514.0km/8.5miles
Day 616.0km/10.0miles
Day 78.0km/5.0miles

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Itinerary

Sinaia
to
Brasov
  • 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)

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 2

    Peles and the Bucegi Plateau

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Glajariel Valley to Bran

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Bran to Pestera

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Piatra Craiului Mountains

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Pestera to Zarnesti

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Postavarul Mountains and Brasov

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Leave Brasov

    Leave Brasov

Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Romania

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners included

Weather

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Guided

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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

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 ideally located Casa Din Bran - Inn Centre, to the **** Nobillis Carpathian Residence, the more rustic Transylvanian Inn and lastly the Safrano Palace located in the heart of medieval Brasov. To complete the package, we've also included all evening meals.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936