In Love with the old Times - cultural & hiking vacation
hike in the Carpathians combined with
sightseeing tour in Transilvania, Maramures & Bucovina
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This is the most complex itinerary. With stops at major tourist sites and visits at several UNESCO World heritage sites. There will be time everyday for short walks away the beaten paths and many stops at local workshops.

This is the most complex itinerary. The daily route will take you to see the highlights of all Romania. With stops at major tourist sites and visits at several UNESCO World heritage sites like: in Maramures - the wonderfull wooden churches, in Bucovina - the superb painted monasteries, with their inside and outside 500years old frescoes and in Transilvania - the strong medieval fortifications. There will be time everyday for a short walk away the beaten paths to explore the rural areas & the nature with plenty of time to take photos.The days will start with a cultural stop or you will arrive at an interesting local workshops sometime in the afternoon, after a nice hiking; At every site you find out all the historical backgrounds and stories from your professional guide.

Optional: Watching wild bears from a special observation hide in the forest. Prebooking is necessary.

Trip Highlights:

  • 3*** hotels or family run guesthouses
  • the wooden churches of Maramures - UNESCO sites
  • the painted monasteries of Bucovina - UNESCO sites
  • Bucegi Mnt - Sphinx & Biddies rock formations
  • medieval town of Brasov / Kronstadt with Black Church
  • 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

Note: The itinerary for any particular day is subject to minor changes upon weather conditions based on group decision.

Day 1: Arrive and train transfer north to Maramures Region(D)
Pick up from Bucharest Otopeni Airport and spend the afternoon in Bucharest. Take the night sleeper train transfer north to Sighetu Marmatiei, in the far up north part of the country in Maramures region. There is an option for 4 or 6 people in each couchette. Train arrives at Sighet at 7:06am the next day. 
Accommodation: sleeper train – couchette of 4 or 6 people

 

Day 2 & 3: Maramures region – land of wooden churches(B, L-box, D)
Morning pick up from train station and enjoy a nice breakfast at arestaurant in the area. For the next 2 days you will be immersing inthe old but nice atmosphere of still living traditions & customs of the locals. Time is measured here in terms of seasons (sowing, mowing, harvest season) and Christian Events (Lent, Easter, Christmas). Two easy / moderate day hikes over the rolling hills will take our steps to see the beautiful wooden churches – UNESCO sites – passing over meadows covered with wild flower or alpine pastures. The afternoon and evenings are kept for meeting the locals. You will have the chance to see corn flower coming out from a water powered mill, the village brandy distillery, a carpenter at work, a traditional hat maker, … while serving traditionalhome cooked meals at the family run guesthouses.
Accommodation: 2 nights in family run guesthouse

 

Day 4 & 5: Hikes in Bucovina area (B, L-box, D)
Morning transfer east to Bucovina region. The beautiful area of Bucovina will enchant our eyes admiring pure rural life, people wearing traditional costumes, working the fields with their animals. The hikes will be over hills, not very strenuous and not on to high mountains. Clearings in the unspoilt forest will give us the chance to admire the landscape all around. Bucovina is also well know for its beautiful painted monasteries – UNESCO World Heritage Sites – with inside and outside frescoes since 16th century. Our hikes will start or end at those monasteries, a truly inspiration point for the religious ones.
Lots of pilgrims come every day to the nuns and their churches. The Easter celebration is prepared way in advance by painting beautiful eggs with traditional motifs. 
Extras:

  • Hike over the Bucovina hills observing the people’s life and activities
  • visit the unique UNESCO world heritage sites – the famous Bucovina painted monasteries with 500 years old frescoes;


Optional: take part at an Easter eggs demonstration – you can try it yourself and see how much patience and precision you need to make them so beautiful; 
Accommodation: 2 nights in small hotel or family run guesthouse

 

Day 6: Full transfer day to Medieval Sighisoara (B, L-box, D)
Morning transfer south to the heart of the Carpathians, within Transilvania region. Optional visit to the largest nunnery in Romania at Agapia, where about 600 nuns are taking care of the establishment. See the carpet workshop. The driving route will go through Bicaz Gorge. The gorge is the most impressive gorge in the country accessible by car. Stop for lunch on the way. Optional visit at Praid Salt mine – a spa and therapy centre. Afternoon arrive in Sighisoara for dinner and overnight. Sighisoara is the best preserved medieval town continuously inhabited by people.
Accommodation:2 nights in 3*** hotel, full of character, in the very heart of medieval town of Sighisoara

 

Day 7: The remote fortified church - Viscri Village (B, L-box, D)
More time to explore the town of Sighisoara, the place where Vlad Dracula was born. Visits to the famous Clock Tower, the Weapons Museum and the Torture Room. Day trip to the remote Viscri village to experience the old church fortifications and how the Saxons were defending against the Muslim invasions. Short hike around the village.
Accommodation: old houses in the remote Viscri village

 

Day 8 - 12: Hiking the Medieval Transilvania (B, L-box, D)
Based in Zarnesti – at the foot of Piatra Craiului National Park we will use short bus transfers at the beginning or ending of the hikes. The hikes will be in Bucegi Mountains, and/or Piatra Craiului National Park. The days on the trail will take us through nice beach or fir tree forests, with several observation points where from 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 fortress of Rasnov, 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.
The hike in Bucegi Mountain will start with a cable car ride to take us up to ~2000meters (~6600 feet) high. From there we start with an easy walk to reach 2505 meters - the very peak of Bucegi mountain, about 5-6 hours easy walk, on the Bucegi Plateau. Return with the cable car. In the evening, transfer back to Zarnesti or stay in Sinaia for overnight.


Trip highlights - included:

  • use horses and carts to travel to the next hill;
  • spend one evening around a camp fire eating grill and singing Romanian and international songs;
  • visit a shepherd camp to see how cheese is made;
  • hike at 2500 meters reaching the Omu Peak on Bucegi Mnt.


Optional:

  • spend one evening at a bear observation hide to see wildlife;
  • Listen to an organ concert in the famous Black Church.


Accommodation: 3 nights in family run guesthouse in Zarnesti Village – pleasant atmosphere and very friendly people               1 night in Sinaia at 3 or 4**** stars hotel

 

Day 13: The Pearl of Carpathians (B, L-box, D)
Visit the Pearl of The Carpathians which is The Peles Palace - The Royal Summer Residence. Continue to Bucharest for a city tour. Optional visit to the Palace of Parliament building – the second largest administrative building in the world after Pentagon, built in communism time. Spend the evening watching a folklore show while eating Romanian traditional food.
Accommodation: 3*** or 4**** stars hotel in central Bucharest
Distance by bus: 2-3 hours, with stops on the way

 

Day 14: Time to say goodbye & transfer to airport (B, L-box, D)
Morning at leisure in Bucharest or 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 Museum or Peasant Museum.

Scheduled departure dates for 2016 are:

15 May – 28 May 2016

18 september – 1 october 2016

 

The trip can also  run on request.

please send us an enquiry with your requested period to check availability and we will get back to you.

 

6 participants or over: 1575 Euro/person

4 participants or over: 1799 Euro/person

for only 2 participants: 2399 Euro/person

 

single supplement:  170 Euro / person

 

Discounts will apply for larger groups.

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 a experienced / professional English speaking guide
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 Transilvania, 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

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