10 nights based on twin sharing

10 Breakfasts, 7 lunch packs, 10 Dinners

Includes all transfers & guides

Grade 7/8 – Challenging

Thur 23 Sep – Sun 3rd
Oct 2021

£1,599

  • Explore Bucharest & the medieval town of Brasov
  • Wildlife Tracking to see brown bears
  • Incredible hiking in Bucegi, Piatra Craiului & Fagaras Mountains
  • Summit Moldoveanu Peak (2544m) – Romania’s highest peak

Nowhere is the soul of gothic, medieval Europe better preserved amidst an atmospheric countryside than in Romania. Combine this with world-class hiking trails through untouched natural beauty and the myths and legends of the past, to create an unforgettable experience.

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Optional extras: Single Room accommodation (£175)

Not Included: Flights, visas, insurance (mandatory), airport taxes, tips, beverages & some meals (see itinerary for details), souvenirs

Summary Itinerary: Carpathian Mountain Adventure

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest

With group members arriving during the afternoon and evening (from home, or from their ‘Add On’ 3-day Adventure to the UNESCO Heritage Wooden Churches of Maramures in Northern Romania), today is a ‘free’ day for you to arrive, be transferred to the start hotel, and to shake off any travel fatigue, before meeting your local, English speaking guide, and enjoying a welcome dinner (included).

Day 2: Guided Walking Tour of Bucharest

Our adventure begins with a half day guided tour the highlights of this fascinating city striving forwards from its recent political history, and appreciated for its wide tree-lined boulevards and glorious Belle Epoque architecture.   Enjoy the Old Town Lipscani area, and views of the city’s major landscapes, some of the most striking of which are those which link to Romania’s Communist era such as Revolution Square.   In the afternoon you visit the beautiful Peles castle (1hr 45m drive); a masterpiece of German Neo-Renaissance style architecture and housing a fine museum of art and European furniture collected by the Romanian Royal family, over the centuries, before escaping to the Bucegi mountains for the first of a 2 night stay in Padina Cabin, Busteni.

Day 3: Bucegi Mountains Warm Up Hike (4-6hrs)

Waking up to the magnificence of the Carpathians, you are being beckoned to explore the mountains !  Weather conditions will influence the choice of route but all options are round trips and spectacular; Heroes cross with its striking Babele and Sphinx rock formations, or Omu Peak for breathtaking views over the Bucegi range.  A perfect first day on the little explored Romanian trails..

Day 4: Bucegi Plateau Hike (7-8hrs)

Hiking across the Bucegi Plateau, with its continual dramatic views, allows you to traverse this mountain range via the Saua Struna or Saua Bratrana mountain passes.  On the other side, at Mecca de Sis, you will be met with your private transfer to take you on to the picturesque village of Magura, nestled in the Piatra Craiului mountains at 1000m altitude.

Day 5: Hiking in the Piatra Craiului Mountains (7-8hrs)

Choices, choices, choices: from the sweet spot of Magura we are spoilt with options for hiking trails that take us into the Piatra Crauiului National Park: over 14,500hectares of protected nature and a host of habitats, thanks to the extensive limestone ridge and caves, the Alpine rivers with their herbaceous banks, grasslands, hay meadows and beech forests, to name but a few.  Your local guide will choose a walk to suit the groups preferences and weather conditions.

Day 6: Bran Castle & Brasov

Enjoy a change of pace and scene with a blast of culture and history today. The medieval city of Brasov is the gateway to Transylvania, sitting at the foot of Mount Tampa.  A guided walking tour will give you some insight into the history of the area and then you have some free time to wander at your own pace, enjoy a coffee and read your book, and walk or take the cable car up to the summit of Mount Tampa to enjoy far reaching views across the city. There are a few ‘compulsory’ visits in Romania, and Bran Castle is one of them! Surrounded in the myths and legend of Dracula, today’s visit will separate fact from fiction as well as giving an opportunity to wonder round the beautifully renovated building – now a museum of art and furniture collected by the Romanian Royal family.

Day 7: Wildlife Tracking in the Fagaras Mountains

Stepping well away from the usual visitor experience, today will be a highlight of your adventure: the opportunity to join a specialist mountain ranger from a private biodiversity and conservation reserve for some wild animal tracking on unmarked mountain trails.  As well as (fingers crossed!) live sightings, you will be able to spend time in an observation hide in the early morning or evening, where bears are often spotted.

Day 8: Hike from Balea Lake, Fagaras Mountains (6hrs)

Balea Lake at 2034m, is a stunning location from which to start your hike, deep into the Fagaras Mountains.  Your destination is the comfortable Podragu Cabin at 2136m, set in an impressive glacial valley with 360 degree views.  There are several routes that our guide can select, based on weather conditions and the groups preferences but you are guaranteed immense views, quiet trails, fresh mountain air and a true sense of escapism.

Day 9: Summit Moldoveanu Peak (2544m) – (7-8hrs)

Building on the experiences you have gained in the Bucegi, Piatra Craiului and Fagaras mountains so far during this adventure,  conditions permitting, you are today ready to take on Moldoveanu Peak, at 2544m altitude.  The round trip from Podragu cabin to the summit is a full day of hiking and the sense of achievement you will feel on reaching the top, will be worth every ounce of effort.  Breathe in the wide 360 degree views of neighbouring peaks and revel in the knowledge you have sumitted the highest peak in Romania.

Day 10: Hike to Victoria

A lighter day on foot today, as you reluctantly leave Podragu cabin in a new direction, back towards ‘civilisation’.  It is a beautiful walk taking 5-6 hours to reach Victoria on the edge of the Faragas mountains.  You are met by a driver to take you al back to Bucharest in time for a celebratory group meal at a recommended restaurant.

Day 10: Fly out of Bucharest

If you have to travel home today then it is definitely time to plan your next escape.  Or perhaps you are one of the fortunate ones, who decided to extend your adventure with a 3 day trip to the Danube Delta – see below for more details.

To help you delve further into Romania, we have put together 2  ‘mini-adventures (‘Add Ons’) that can be taken before and after this holiday. Please see the website for more details of how you can customise your travel experience;

  • Fly into Cluj Napoca to see the unique UNESCO Heritage wooden churches of Maramures in Northern Romania, before returning to Bucharest on Day 1 of your Cultural Adventure (3 day mini-adventure). Download Maramures Mini Adventure Pack
  • On Day 11, the last day of this trip, delay your return home by visiting the peaceful and beautiful Danube Delta with its thriving wildlife for a bird watching boat trip, and to visit the Romanian historic coastal city of Constanta (3 day mini-adventure). Download Danube Delta Mini Adventure pack.
Romania Bank HQ, Bucharest
Bran Castle, Near Brasov, Romania
Brasov, Romania
Sphynx Rock Formation, Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Omu Peak, Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Bear Watching, Piatra Craiului Nature Reserve
Magura village, Romania
Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Piatra Craiului Mountain Range, Romania
Balea Lake, Fargaras Mountains, Romania
Moldoveanu Peak, Romanias Highest Peak @ 2544m

Accessible from the thriving capital of Bucharest, where you start your adventure by uncovering the story of Romania’s history, the Carpathian mountain ranges of Bucegi, Piatra Craiului and Fagaras are renowned for their biodiversity and natural beauty. Our guided hiking adventure will see you tracking wild brown bears with a professional wildlife guide before bringing you to the summit of Romania’s highest mountain, Moldoveanu Peak (2544m).

Stay in comfortable and stunningly located mountain cabins for a total immersion and escape, striking the perfect balance of adventure and culture, as you visit the infamous Bran Castle and historic medieval town of Brasov.

Dates not fit? Contact us for a bespoke adventure:

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Pre Trip: Maramures Adventure Pack
Post Trip: Danube Delta Mini Adventure Pack

Flight Information:

International flights are not included in the adventure price. YellowWood Adventures donates £35/client using international air travel to the charity WeForest, to plant & maintain 15 trees in the fight against global deforestation.

No national flights are required unless you choose to Add On our Optional 3-day visit to the UNESCO Heritage Wooden Churches of Maramures, in Northern Romania.

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