Hiking in Romania - One week hike in Dracula's Land
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Outdoor life is something that you enjoy?
Cycling, walking ... or both?
Then this tour in Transilvania was desgined having your needs and wants in mind.
We are offering this extraordinary Transilvanian experience and the opportunity to find out about its people culture and customs.
The main activity in the region was agriculture and old farmers still uses horses and carts to work the land. You will discover an old world that is still alive in this area.
Cycling routes are 40 miles a day in average with plenty of time to rest and take photos as well as stops to visit a few of the old fortresses, citadels or fortified churches that were built to give shelter to a hole village in case of a siege. A stop will be as well to Bran Castle, well known as Dracula's Castle.
Hiking days will be in average 5 - 6 hours long, with plenty of time to take photos and study the different flower, the birds, treks of wildlife, etc.
Everyday you will complete your history information while visiting medieval castles, fortresses, churches or only a normal house of a local. All this ensures that any of our guided walking holidays will be one of your most remembered hiking vacations.

Optional: Watching bears from a hide in the forest.


  • 4**** hotel with indoor swimming pool located in a nice surrounding in the mountain resort
  • Bucegi Mnt - Sphinx & Biddies rock formations
  • medieval town of Brasov / Kronstadt with Black Church
  • glacial Balea valley in Fagaras Mountain
  • Dracula's Castle (Bran) and vampire stories vs. myth
  • horse and cart ride
  • traditional folk and dance show
  • time to meet and speak with the locals; get a real feeling of the local's life
  • outdoor bar-b-que - grill, spend the evening out by a camp fire
    ... and much more

1st day: Arriving Day (D)
Arrive at Bucharest Airport and take a ~3hours transfer by bus to the hotel in Poiana Brasov mountain resort. Single group transfer is included. For the ones that are arriving early, we can take them from the airport for a short panoramic tour of Bucharest or, if time permitting, also for some inside visits at major attractions. The hotel's indoor swimming pool helps you relax after a day hike.
Accommodation: 4**** Alpin Hotel in Poiana Brasov


2nd - 6th day: Hiking the Carpathians (B, L-box, D)
Note: The itinerary for any particular day is subject to minor changes upon weather conditions based on group decision.
Based in Poiana Brasov mountain resort we will use short bus transfers at the beginning or ending of the hikes. The hikes will be in Bucegi Mountains, Piatra Craiului National Park, Postavarul or after a longer transfer we can also go for a nice hike around the glacial Balea Lake at more than 2000meters altitude within the Fagaras Mountains which also holds the highest peak in Romania at 2544meters. The days on the trail will take us through nice beach or fir tree forests, with several observation points from where we can admire the landscape or through Prapastiile Zarnestilor (canyon) where cliffs are 2-300 meters high on both sides, enjoying the sounds of birds, and the fresh and ozonic tonic air. At the beginning or ending of the hiking days we will also visit the medieval Rasnov Fortress, Bran Castle - well known as Dracula's Castle, the medieval town of Brasov with inside visits at the famous Black Church, The Museum of the First Romanian School and/or The Weavers Tower where you are surrounded by very old houses & narrow street.
We will also see the Romanian mountain villages where people are still using the horse and cart as a main transportation vehicle. A stop at a small bats cave for the interested ones or enjoy the wonderful area that was the filming set for "Cold Mountain" film - Oscar awarded.


Leisure/optional cultural day - NON Hiking Excursion
Cultural visit to the medieval town of Sighisoara - UNESCO site. Stop on the way at the remote village of Viscri for a 100 years step back in time. You will visit the old fortified church and you will learn about the life of the German Saxons in Transylvania with their culture and traditions.
Distance by bus: ~2hours each way
Excursion durration: ~9 - 10 hours including transfers, all visits at museums, lunch - with plenty of time to explore places, take photos ...


7th day: Transfer to airport (B)
For later flights we include a Bucharest city tour, shopping and transfer to Bucharest's Otopeni airport. The city tour includes inside visit at the second largest administrative building in the world after Pentagon � The Palace of Parliament or to the Village or Peasant Museum.
Distance by car/minibus: ~3 hours from the hotel to the Bucharest airport

 

Transportation - Flights
We are able to offer you a package trip with return flights from/to New York. The air tickets will be issued by our partner travel agency - specialized in flight to Romania. Should you need any help please write to us on office@activeholidays.ro or contact them directly at:
Herra Massim
H M TRAVEL

email: hmt4u@aol.com
tel: (toll free) 1-800-468-4817 or 1-845-398-0925

Land transfers by motor coach;
all land only transfers included from/to Bucharest Airport. Transfer durration from airport to hotel is ~3 hours. Please make sure departure flight from Bucharest will be after 1pm (we consider the group departure on the last day will be 7:30 - 8:00am and arriving time at airport should be ~2hours prior to departure). should you need to be earlier at the airport for an early flight, we can arrange individual transfer at extra cost, or if all group will request early departure we can organize it to accommodate the majority's need.
For later flights, we will include a panormaic tour of Bucharest - with optional inside visits at major tourist sites like the Parliament Palace - second largest administrative building in the world after Pentagon or the Village Museum.

Starting from:
1,115.-USD/person
for minim 20 participants

- for only 2 participants is 2,080.-USD/pers

- single supplement: 230USD/person
Tour will include:
  • all transfers - land only, with comfortable car/mini-bus/bus
  • all accommodation with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
  • all bag-lunch meals and dinners throughout the whole trip
  • horse and cart ride on one day
  • visit to a Sheppard camp (subject to accessibility of location)
  • entrances at tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • tour escort from US;
  • service of two experienced / professional English speaking guides
Tour will NOT include:
  • flight tickets, insurance, visa cost if necessary
  • photo tax inside tourist sites (museums, etc)
  • drinks, personal expenses
EXTENSION TRIPS highly recommended:
Take advantage of your flight to Eastern Europe and experience more of the local traditions and culture. Spend a few more days hiking the Carpathians in Transylvania, Bucovina or Maramures regions, with stops at major UNESCO toursit sites or choose a leisure tour around the country.

Extensions

For more details about extension trips or tailored trips, please contact us directly on email at office@activeholidays.ro

Fairytale of Bucovina & Maramures - one week

from 1,115usd / person for minimum 6 participants
including
  • all land transfer + overnight sleeper train on the last night from Sighetu Marmatiei to Bucharest
  • 6 accommodation with all meals at selected family run guesthouses
  • visits and overnight at th medieval Sighisoara - the best preserved medieval town - UNESCO site
  • visits and hikes in Maramures and Bucovina region
  • visits at the unique UNESCO sites - the famous Painted Monasteries, with their wonderfull and unique inside and outside frescoes dating back to 16th century
  • visits at the magnificent wooden churches of Maramures - UNESCO sites, experiencing their traditions and customs
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Optional trips described in the itinerary will be added only at request for the final price.
For a detailed itinerary and tailored offer please contact us on email on office@activeholidays.ro
Note: itinerary subject to minor changes, especially on the first and last day depending on flights arriving/departing schedule.

Number of participants: minimum 20
the trip can be organized for less participants - please note that there will be a price difference

Travel dates: 19 - 25 July 2009
other travel dates are available on request

Duration: our standard programme is seven days long, but other durations are available on request

From
1,115.-USD /
person
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