Becegi Mountain Plateau By Andrew Colin / flickr

Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Romania
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
W07RO
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Ages: 13+

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • 6 days walking
  • Departs on selected Saturdays
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

Trip 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
  • View architectural gems with Gothic, Baroque and Patrician buildings

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.

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 Pestera, 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.

Adult min age:
13

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Sinaia
End City:
Brasov

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Sinaia

    We pick you up from Bucharest airport and transfer you (1hr45) 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
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9.5 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    350
    Total descent (m):
    200
    Activity (hours):
    4.5
  • 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
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    350
    Total descent (m):
    250
    Activity (hours):
    3.5
  • Day 4

    Bran to Magura

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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    600
    Total descent (m):
    350
    Activity (hours):
    5.5
  • Day 5

    Magura Rural Life

    Today's circular walk from Magura gives an insight into rural life along with beautiful mountain views. Pass farms with no car access, where farming is still done in traditional ways. Explore a cave in the limestone cliffs that is home to a few bat species.(Staying at Hotel Samedru)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 11 km / 7 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    450
    Total descent (m):
    450
    Activity (hours):
    3.5
  • Day 6

    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 Transylvanian Inn)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 15 km / 10 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    600
    Total descent (m):
    700
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • 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
    Distance covered: 8 km / 5 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    100
    Total descent (m):
    300
    Activity (hours):
    2.5
  • Day 8

    Leave Brasov

    The tour ends after breakfast in Brasov.

Accommodation

Hotels

Your accommodation for the week offers a blend of high quality hotels and spectacular views; from the 5 star chalet-style Villa Oblique in Sinaia and the ideally located Casa Din Bran - Inn Centre, to the 4 star 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.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £278.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners included

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Transfers included (for group flights) from Bucharest airport to the first hotel and back to Bucharest airport at the end of the trip.

Location start:
Sinaia
Location end:
Brasov

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Waterproofs
  • Warm jumper/fleece
  • Walking boots
  • Suncream
  • Water bottle (1 litre) you will be able to refill each day at the accommodation.

Practical Information

Passport

Romania

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Romania

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Romania

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Romania's Timezone:
Europe/Bucharest EEST (GMT +03:00)

Electricity

Romania's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Romania's Currency

The national currency of Romania is the Romanian Lei (RON), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (February 2019) of approximately 5.3 to the GBP,  4.1 to the USD, 3.1 to the CAD, 4.7 to the EUR, 2.9 to the AUD and 2.8 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available, but we recommend taking some Euros cash with you in case you can't get to a bank at the start of the trip. Cards are widely accepted.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.