ROMANIA • TRANSYLVANIA • BRAN AND THE SAXON VILLAGES Walking Holiday
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The saxon villages and pastures of Transylvania
A typical week on this walking holiday in Romania
Departing Bucharest, we arrive in the village of Bran, stopping en-route to visit the Rhein wine cellars where we have dinner in the cellars and a late arrival at our hotel.
Shepherds’ huts and meadows
A walk in the hilly area between Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains – two of the most beautiful National Parks in the country. We pass some of the country’s richest pastoral areas, dotted with shepherds’ huts, hay meadows and summer lodges and views.
Where the wild things are
An easy country track takes us through the Zarnesti gorges and into the Piatra Craiului – one of the most beautiful national parks in Romania. Leaving the gorges, we climb through the woods to reach the alpine meadows of Magura and Pestera villages. The region is home to almost one third of all European large carnivores –bears, wolves and lynx.
Up to the top
Taking the cable car high into the Bucegi Mountains, a world of strange rock formations, we follow a path to Omu peak, the highest point in the range with great views over the Southern Carpathians.
Starting from the isolated Saxon village of Nou Sasesc, we walk over the hills to Copsa Mare and on to Biertan via a mixture of hills and valleys –an expansive landscape covered in ash, oak and beech forests, large open meadows and medieval hamlets.
After a visit to the medieval centre of Brasov, we head for Sighisoara stopping en route in Viscri – a typical Saxon village nestled between the oak forests that cover these hills. A short while later we reach the magical medieval centre of Sighisoara.
Crisscrossing our way around Cris
A peaceful day walking the high meadows, woods, farms and pastures around the village of Cris.
We leave early for Targu Mures.
Note: This is a selection of the many options available on this walking holiday in Romania. Weather conditions, group interests and the tutor will influence the final itinerary.
Where we stay on this walking holiday in Romania
Hotel Cehov, BranA rural retreat just a short distance from Bran castle with great views over the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi Mountains. Great hotel owners with a deep love of the mountains. Hotel Cehov provides a lovely sense of peace at the end of the day on this walking holiday in Romania.
Hotel Sighisoara, SighisoaraBuilt in 1520, the hotel was once a bishop’s house, and formerly the City Hall. It has retained the period features its time, and the conference room of 1575 depicts hunting scenes. Situated in the heart of the ancient citadel, this three star hotel sits alongside beautiful towers and medieval structures and is near to cafes and shops. The location of Hotel Sighisoara gives our guests the chance to explore a medieval town on this walking holiday in Romania.
Airport transfer time
Longest transfer time 3 hrs.
Dates and prices
5 full days of walking with professional local guide
4 nights in en suite guest house
3 nights in en suite historic hotel
7 breakfasts and 6 lunches
7 dinners with wine
Personal welcome at Bucharest airport
Cable car in Bucegi mountains
Sparkling wine tasting
Visit to Viscri and a chance to discover the work of the EminescuTrust
Horse-drawn carriage ride
Visit two UNESCO world heritage sites
Where we stay
Mostly stony tracks and paths and grassland.