Highlights of Romania: Walking in the Carpathians and Cultural visits

Walking in the Carpathians and Cultural visits

Our walking tours in Romania include several distinct regions, each of them offering unspoilt nature, excellent hiking opportunities and welcoming people.

We will combine easy walking through nature and easy hiking with the most important attraction visits on the way.

  • Sinaia town with Peles Castle 
  • Bran village with Bran castle - well know as Dracula's Castle 
  • Walking in Bucegi Mountain and Faragaras Mountain 
  • Sighisoara - best-preserved medieval citadel together 
  • Sibiu and Brasov medieval towns 
  • Horezu, one of the most typical Romanian villages where the pottery tradition is still preserved. Unesco Heritage.
  • Bucharest - the capital of Romania, city tour. 

Bucegi Natural Park is Romania’s best-kept secret, rivaling Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains and the Alps when it comes to walking holidays. Its glacial valleys offer a wealth of natural beauty, history and adventure. The Bucegi Mountains are located in central Romania, south of the city of Brașov. To the east, the Bucegi Mountains have a very steep slope towards the popular tourist destination Prahova Valley. The Bucegi is believed to be the Dacian holy mountain Kogainon, on which the God Zalmoxis resided in a cave.

Fagaras Mountains. Popular as the Transylvanian Alps, the Fagaras Mountains are impressive with multiple peaks over 2.500 m. Your active trip starts near Balea Lake, a picturesque glacial lake at just over 2,000 m and you will discover Balea Waterfall and Transfagarasan Road.

Day 1: Bucharest - Sinaia to Royal Castle

Upon arrival at Otopeni International Airport, depart to Sinaia, where we will visit Romania’s most beautiful castle - Peles Castle. Overnight and dinner at a 3 star hotel, in Sinaia. 

Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, is nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia. Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many, one of the most stunning castles in Europe.  Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electrical current. The electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant.

Overnight in Sinaia. 

Day 2: Sinaia – Bucegi Mountains - Bran - Brasov. Walking and Cultural Visits

After breakfast at the hotel, we will start walking in Bucegi Mountains, characterized by a fantastic landscape, up to Ialomicioarei Cave and Monastery. 

Half-day walking tour in Bucegi Mountains and then continue to Bran village and visit Bran Castle. 

Bran Castle: with its medieval atmosphere, this castle came to be connected with Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler. The castle was built between 1377 and 1382, on a 60 m high rock with a strategic, military and commercial purpose. The building has four towers positioned at the four cardinal points. The walls are made of stone blocks, and  the rooms and narrow corridors constitute a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers. 
After the visit, continue to Brasov and overnight at 3* hotel centrally situated. 

Day 3: Brasov – Tampa Peak. Walking and Cultural visit.

Today will visit Brasov, one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. The main attraction is the medieval part of the city with: The Black Church that houses a priceless collection of Oriental rugs as well as a 4000-pipe organ. The Town Hall Square, the Franciscan Monastery, The Central Park, The Black Tower, The White Tower, Ecaterina’s Gate, Schei Gate and Rope Street – the narrowest street in Europe.

In the afternoon, we can walk up to Tampa Peak, from where we will have a panoramic view of the whole city.

Overnight at 3* hotel centrally situated.

Day 4: Brasov – Balea Waterfall - Sibiu. Walking in Fagaras Mountains and Cultural visit.

After breakfast, we will drive to Sibiu.
On the way we will enjoy a half-day walking tour to Balea Waterfall, situated in Fagaras Mountains, at an altitude of 1234 m, the largest waterfall “in steps” in Romania, with a fall of 60 m. We will discover really picturesque landscapes and the world-famous Transfagarasan Road - the most beautiful road in the world (http://carsroute.com/top-15-most-beautiful-roads-in-the-world/). 
In the evening, arrival in Sibiu. Overnight and dinner in a 3* hotel in Sibiu. 

Sibiu (Hermannstadt) was the European Capital of Culture in 2007 and 2019 European Region of Gastronomy.

We will admire some of its most beautiful sights: Piata Mare (The Big Square), Piata Mica (The Little Square), Piata Huet (Huet Square), Iron Bridge, Biserica Evangelica (The Evangelical Church) and Mitropolia (The Orthodox Church). 

Overnight in Sibiu. 

Day 5: Sibiu: day trip to Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval town in Europe

After breakfast drive to Sighisoara, Europe’s best preserved medieval citadel. 
Highlights: Guild Tower, Venetian House (built in the 13th Century), Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) House, Antler House, Wood Covered Staircase, Hill Church, Hermann Oberth Square.

Sighisoara is one of the most beautiful towns in the heart of Transylvania. The whole medieval citadel is a part of UNESCO World Heritage. German architectural influences are visible throughout the entire city. Sighisoara was for several centuries a military and political stronghold. One of its most famous attractions is the Clock Tower (Council Tower), built in the 14th Century. The tower has seven foot thick walls and was used to store ammunition, food reserves, archives and the city's treasures. 

In the evening we will come back to Sibiu where will overnight to a 3* hotel.

 

Day 6: Sibiu - Calimanesti - Stanisoara Monastery up in the mountain. Walking / easy hiking full day.

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll continue Calimanesti from where will start another easy route up in the impressive mountains. We will follow the path up to Stanisoara Monastery, one of the most beautiful in the area, and back. This tour will take almost all day long. Overnight at your hotel in Calimanesti.

 

Day 7: Calimanesti - Horezu Pottery – Bucharest. Cultural Visits.

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Horezu, one of the most typical Romanian villages where the pottery tradition is still preserved. Here we will visit the famous Horezu Monastery, founded in 1690 by the Wallachian Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, which is also an official UNESCO World Heritage monument.
 
From Horezu, we will drive to Bucharest, the capital of Romania, where you can enjoy an afternoon city tour.
 
As an alternative, from Horezu, we can continue to Polovragi Monastery and from there we can take another amazing route in the Romanian Mountains, following Oltetului Gorges, some of the most spectacular gorges in our country, part of a Nature Reserve. 

Day 8: Bucharest – transfer to the Airport

Today will have a short Bucharest city tour and then transfer to the Airport for your flight. 

Highlights:  
Arch of Triumph (inspired by the one in Paris), Press Square (where a copy of the Moscow University can be seen), the former Royal Palace (nowadays the Art Museum), the Athenaeum (Romania’s most famous concert hall), the Revolution Square (where the 1989 anti-Communist revolt went nationwide), ride along Victoria Avenue, the University, the  National Theatre, the Opera House, Manuc’s Inn, the medieval core of the town, the Patriarchy, the Italian church, St. Joseph Cathedral. 

End of the tour. 

Description

Our walking tours in Romania include several distinct regions, each of them offering unspoilt nature, excellent hiking opportunities and welcoming people.

We will combine easy walking through nature and easy hiking with the most important attraction visits on the way.

  • Sinaia town with Peles Castle 
  • Bran village with Bran castle - well know as Dracula's Castle 
  • Walking in Bucegi Mountain and Faragaras Mountain 
  • Sighisoara - best-preserved medieval citadel together 
  • Sibiu and Brasov medieval towns 
  • Horezu, one of the most typical Romanian villages where the pottery tradition is still preserved. Unesco Heritage.
  • Bucharest - the capital of Romania, city tour. 

Bucegi Natural Park is Romania’s best-kept secret, rivaling Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains and the Alps when it comes to walking holidays. Its glacial valleys offer a wealth of natural beauty, history and adventure. The Bucegi Mountains are located in central Romania, south of the city of Brașov. To the east, the Bucegi Mountains have a very steep slope towards the popular tourist destination Prahova Valley. The Bucegi is believed to be the Dacian holy mountain Kogainon, on which the God Zalmoxis resided in a cave.

Fagaras Mountains. Popular as the Transylvanian Alps, the Fagaras Mountains are impressive with multiple peaks over 2.500 m. Your active trip starts near Balea Lake, a picturesque glacial lake at just over 2,000 m and you will discover Balea Waterfall and Transfagarasan Road.

Day 1: Bucharest - Sinaia to Royal Castle

Upon arrival at Otopeni International Airport, depart to Sinaia, where we will visit Romania’s most beautiful castle - Peles Castle. Overnight and dinner at a 3 star hotel, in Sinaia. 

Peles Castle, the former summer residence of the Romanian Royal Family, is nestled at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia. Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many, one of the most stunning castles in Europe.  Peles Castle was the first European castle entirely lit by electrical current. The electricity was produced by the castle’s own plant.

Overnight in Sinaia. 

Day 2: Sinaia – Bucegi Mountains - Bran - Brasov. Walking and Cultural Visits

After breakfast at the hotel, we will start walking in Bucegi Mountains, characterized by a fantastic landscape, up to Ialomicioarei Cave and Monastery. 

Half-day walking tour in Bucegi Mountains and then continue to Bran village and visit Bran Castle. 

Bran Castle: with its medieval atmosphere, this castle came to be connected with Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler. The castle was built between 1377 and 1382, on a 60 m high rock with a strategic, military and commercial purpose. The building has four towers positioned at the four cardinal points. The walls are made of stone blocks, and  the rooms and narrow corridors constitute a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers. 
After the visit, continue to Brasov and overnight at 3* hotel centrally situated. 

Day 3: Brasov – Tampa Peak. Walking and Cultural visit.

Today will visit Brasov, one of the most beautiful cities in Romania. The main attraction is the medieval part of the city with: The Black Church that houses a priceless collection of Oriental rugs as well as a 4000-pipe organ. The Town Hall Square, the Franciscan Monastery, The Central Park, The Black Tower, The White Tower, Ecaterina’s Gate, Schei Gate and Rope Street – the narrowest street in Europe.

In the afternoon, we can walk up to Tampa Peak, from where we will have a panoramic view of the whole city.

Overnight at 3* hotel centrally situated.

Day 4: Brasov – Balea Waterfall - Sibiu. Walking in Fagaras Mountains and Cultural visit.

After breakfast, we will drive to Sibiu.
On the way we will enjoy a half-day walking tour to Balea Waterfall, situated in Fagaras Mountains, at an altitude of 1234 m, the largest waterfall “in steps” in Romania, with a fall of 60 m. We will discover really picturesque landscapes and the world-famous Transfagarasan Road - the most beautiful road in the world (http://carsroute.com/top-15-most-beautiful-roads-in-the-world/). 
In the evening, arrival in Sibiu. Overnight and dinner in a 3* hotel in Sibiu. 

Sibiu (Hermannstadt) was the European Capital of Culture in 2007 and 2019 European Region of Gastronomy.

We will admire some of its most beautiful sights: Piata Mare (The Big Square), Piata Mica (The Little Square), Piata Huet (Huet Square), Iron Bridge, Biserica Evangelica (The Evangelical Church) and Mitropolia (The Orthodox Church). 

Overnight in Sibiu. 

Day 5: Sibiu: day trip to Sighisoara, the best preserved medieval town in Europe

After breakfast drive to Sighisoara, Europe’s best preserved medieval citadel. 
Highlights: Guild Tower, Venetian House (built in the 13th Century), Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) House, Antler House, Wood Covered Staircase, Hill Church, Hermann Oberth Square.

Sighisoara is one of the most beautiful towns in the heart of Transylvania. The whole medieval citadel is a part of UNESCO World Heritage. German architectural influences are visible throughout the entire city. Sighisoara was for several centuries a military and political stronghold. One of its most famous attractions is the Clock Tower (Council Tower), built in the 14th Century. The tower has seven foot thick walls and was used to store ammunition, food reserves, archives and the city's treasures. 

In the evening we will come back to Sibiu where will overnight to a 3* hotel.

 

Day 6: Sibiu - Calimanesti - Stanisoara Monastery up in the mountain. Walking / easy hiking full day.

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll continue Calimanesti from where will start another easy route up in the impressive mountains. We will follow the path up to Stanisoara Monastery, one of the most beautiful in the area, and back. This tour will take almost all day long. Overnight at your hotel in Calimanesti.

 

Day 7: Calimanesti - Horezu Pottery – Bucharest. Cultural Visits.

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Horezu, one of the most typical Romanian villages where the pottery tradition is still preserved. Here we will visit the famous Horezu Monastery, founded in 1690 by the Wallachian Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, which is also an official UNESCO World Heritage monument.
 
From Horezu, we will drive to Bucharest, the capital of Romania, where you can enjoy an afternoon city tour.
 
As an alternative, from Horezu, we can continue to Polovragi Monastery and from there we can take another amazing route in the Romanian Mountains, following Oltetului Gorges, some of the most spectacular gorges in our country, part of a Nature Reserve. 

Day 8: Bucharest – transfer to the Airport

Today will have a short Bucharest city tour and then transfer to the Airport for your flight. 

Highlights:  
Arch of Triumph (inspired by the one in Paris), Press Square (where a copy of the Moscow University can be seen), the former Royal Palace (nowadays the Art Museum), the Athenaeum (Romania’s most famous concert hall), the Revolution Square (where the 1989 anti-Communist revolt went nationwide), ride along Victoria Avenue, the University, the  National Theatre, the Opera House, Manuc’s Inn, the medieval core of the town, the Patriarchy, the Italian church, St. Joseph Cathedral. 

End of the tour.