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Carpathian Transylvania Holiday Tour
8 days / 11-18 Jun 2017
8 days / 22-29 Oct 2017
Price: 1680€ / guest
Price in USD: 1790$; Price in GBP: 1450£
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Transylvania… the land beyond the forest. The name sounds like it comes from a fairy tale, like Narnia or Neverland. And there are thousands other reasons to fall in love with this place. The Carpathian Mountains are unique in nature and landscapes, once seen you will always recognise a view on any picture. Medieval castles and towns keep the spirit of kings and knights taking you to a back in time travel. Remote mountain villages let you forget about 21st-century rush and plunge into real rural living tightly linked with nature in every detail of everyday life.
In this holiday tour, you will visit all must-see locations, but we will not allow you to get bored of long motorway drives between them. Every minute of the travel is filled with the significance of Romanian history, culture and just real life experience.
Otopeni International Airport – Bucharest
We meet at the Otopeni International Airport, drive to Bucharest, check-in at the hotel, have a rest. In the evening, we all get acquainted, have a briefing about the holiday trip ahead and spend quality time in one of the city’s restaurants.
Day 1: Sunday
We leave Bucharest and drive towards Ploiesti to arrive at the footsteps of the Carpathian Mountains. The winding road trough rocky valleys and a secular beech forest will bring as deep into the Siriu mountains. We leave the forest road and follow a narrow path to the alpine pastures. The broad grass valley will take us to a Transylvanian border village in Vama Buzaului. The final part of today’s route will go by an old logging road to Brasov. Here we stay overnight.
Day 2: Monday
In the morning we visit the Bran Castle (Dracula’s castle). Afterward, we drive up to villages at the footsteps of the Piatra Craiului Mountains, with beautiful views all around. We leave the Brasov area and move to the center of Romania, passing trough Saxon settlements, cross the Transylvanian Plateau to the village of Viscri to see one of the oldest fortified churches in Transylvania. We arrive in the evening at Sighisoara, the medieval town preserved for hundreds of years and now recognized as one of the most significant citadels in Eastern Europe.
Day 3: Tuesday
Today we drive to Biertan in the morning and visit the fortified church. Next destination is Sibiu, where we walk around the old town and have lunch in the city. From there we head towards the Cindrel Mountains trough a beautiful area with lots of sheep grazing in the alpine pastures. In the evening we arrive at our hotel deep into the Sureanu Mountains where we stay overnight.
Day 4: Wednesday
We leave the hotel in the morning to venture deep into the Sureanu Mountains nature park, passing trough a secular dense forest on small roads. In the past, the area used to be one of the strongholds of the Dacian people living in “the land beyond the forest” – Transylvania. We stop to visit the Corvin Castle in Hunedoara, the major landmark in the history of Eastern Europe. In the evening we arrive at Deva.
Day 5: Thursday
We start the day with driving trough small roads and forests to the Old Village deep in the mountains, where we stop to see the private collection of traditional costumes from the area and also eat the famous sweet cheese pie, made by local people. At an altitude over 1000m, the village sceneries are so beautiful that for sure you will not want to leave the place. We cross the mountains into the Timis Valley to drive further to Lindenfeld, the ghost village, abandoned by people because of hard living conditions. We drive further into the Semenic Mountains to Valiug, where we stay overnight.
Day 6: Friday
We leave Valiug in the morning, driving the forest road to the south towards the Bigar Waterfall. It is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, because of the very unusual shape. Driving trough the valley we arrive at Herculane, known from the Roman Empire as a Spa Town. We drive further up the valley, following the river bed, and arrive at a beautiful man-made lake, with mountains peaks mirroring in the water surface. The winding road on the lake shore will take us to the springs, where the road will take us to the mountains pass to cross to Petrosani.
Day 7: Saturday
We start the day driving trough Jiet Canyon towards the mountain pass to Obarsia Lotrulu. We start to climb the Transalpina highway, from where keep driving on the Kings road on Latorita Mountain ridge. Descending the mountain, we arrive at the Olt river valley and drive further trough Lovistea to reach the Vidraru Dam and our hotel in the evening.
Day 8: Sunday
We leave the Vidraru Lake heading towards Nucsoara village. Get ready to for beautiful views from the top of the hills on the way and a lovely lake in the center of the village. We descend to valleys and drive to Cimpulung Muscel and Targoviste. Arrival in Bucharest in the evening.
We arrive in Bucharest around 18.00 hours (we will line up the itinerary according to your flight time).