Price: 175 $
Duration: 5 days
Medieval castles, spires of Gothic cathedrals that rise among tiled roofs and towns with cobblestone streets are hidden in the mountains of mysterious and picturesque Romania. The Fagaras is most beautiful mountain range. Steep rocky ridges sometimes reminiscent you of the Alps: you just walk along a path but have a mind-blowing experience at the same time. Crystal clear mountain lakes with icy water, which like mirrors reflect the surrounding peaks, keep catching your eye. And the pristine nature of the Carpathian Mountains only highlights the unique beauty of the surrounding landscapes.
What to expect during the campaign:
– climbing a few peaks above 2500 m
– winning the top of the highest mountain in Romania – Moldoveanu, with the altitude of 2544 m
– hiking along the famous route “Creasta Făgăraş”
– spending a night on the bank of a beautiful mountain lake
– descending from the mountains along the most beautiful hairpin turn in Europe – Transfagarasan road, a winding track over two hundred kilometers long passes through the mountain range
– visiting the mystical castle of Count Dracula and the former summer royal residence – the Peles Castle
Not far from that place there is an interesting place which we will visit before going to sleep – a cave of hermit Arseniy. A scenic trail leads to the cliff cell. They say the hermit came to this place in 30s years of the XIX century, for four years he had been carving a cell in rock and had lived here for about 70 years. Walking to the cave takes about 30 minutes.
Before the dam we have to win the first peak of the ridge – Vârful Slaninei 2268 m, go through the dam and to the Lake Galasescu, from which there is a waymarked trail to the top of Moldoveanu. The ascent is difficult as the trail goes along steep rocky slope and is full of slippery stones. Along the trail there are a lot of large chains hanging which are very helpful as you can hold them or fix yourself with the safety hook while going through dangerous parts of the route.
But, the spectacular view from the highest mountain of the Romanian Carpathians will be a reward for the efforts. There you relax, take pictures and move to the place of the overnight stay. The descent is not simple after which we have to climb another mount – Corabia and break camp for the night there.
The legendary Bran Castle in Transylvania attracts tourists from around the world, as it is believed to be the residence of Vlad Tepes, more known as Count Dracula. However, it is just a legend as Count Tepes had never been the owner of the castle, just visited it once and maybe spent a few nights there. The admirers of Bram Stoker, who in the mid-twentieth century went to Transylvania added some mystery as they found the castle quite similar to the one described in a novel. In this way Count Dracula “obtained” his residence. For a long time the castle had been in quite a bad condition. However, Francis Ford Coppola had allocated some money for its restoration before shooting his version of “Dracula” there.
Bran is worth visiting even if you do not believe in vampires. The castle is an important monument of medieval architecture in Romania as it was built in the late XIV century and is one of the most picturesque Transylvanian castles. In addition, Bran village is well-known for its cheese. Quite unusual recipes are often kept in secret and are passed on from generation to generation. Some cheese is “packed” into the tree bark and can be an amazing souvenir from a trip.
Citadel in Rychnov is the next destination. It is very convenient to go to the small town of Rychnov from Bran. Built in the XIII century, the eponymous citadel served as a protection of the people against the attacks of the local lords. Interestingly, citadel was conquered only once in 1612, after a long siege a fortress was surrendered due to the lack of water. In 1623-1640 years in the center of a citadel a well about 143 meters deep was dug.
Finally we are visiting the former summer residence of the royal family of Romania –the Peles Castle in Sinaia town. Peles is considered to be the most beautiful castle and one of the most interesting museums in Romania for a good reason. Its architecture combines elements of English Renaissance, German Baroque and French Rococo. The castle has 160 rooms and 30 bathrooms. Throughout there is a luxurious interior – Ebony, porcelain, oriental rugs, tapestries, paintings and sculptures. Now Peles is not only a historical monument but also a museum with a very rich exposition. Only the collection of weapons in the castle has more than four thousand exemplars. The terraces and magnificent gardens surrounding the residence also deserve admiring.
This tour ends as well as begins in the city of Brasov. You can stay overnight in one of the many hotels or use public transport to get to Bucharest.
More information about the equipment preparation:
- How many things should I take for a tour?
Take only personal clothing and equipment. Be sure to have items from the list of necessary equipment. Instructors transport the general equipment and food to the start of the tour.
- What is the stuff except personal items?
In addition to personal items one needs to carry food, divided equally among all members of the group, and general equipment (camp instructor usually tries to share equipment among the men).
- How is accommodation, transport arranged during the tour?
According to the program tour, participants live in tents (usually 2 or 3-bed tents).
Program provides transportation by hired van.
- How is food arranged during the tour?
In field conditions (during trekking and rafting) a group has a camping version of the menu: boiled breakfast (porridge with canned meat or fish, sugary cereals with dried fruit), snack-lunch (sandwiches with cheese or sausage and sweets – halva, gozinaki, chocolate, raisins, dried apricots) and cooked dinner (soup). The cost of that menu is included in the price of the tour.
While in the cities one is able to eat at the cafe, to buy food in the shops and local fast foods (these costs are not included).
- Do I need to take a personal first aid kit?
A tour guide has a general first aid kit that includes the most commonly needed drugs: anesthetics, antiseptics, cold pills, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, anti-shock drugs and so on. If you take specific drugs they must be taken and the manager receiving orders must be informed about that during the tour booking. We also recommend for each participant to take a roll and bactericidal plaster and a blister pack of activated carbon.
- What currency should I have?
The Romanian leu. In order to exchange, have dollars or euros. Exchanging other currency could be quite difficult.
- How to reach the starting point of the tour?
Between Romanian capital Bucharest and Brasov there is a very good traffic: 19 trains run daily (the fastest and the most comfortable – InterCity or IC run three times a day, slower and less comfortable – Personal (P) run four times a day) also there many international trains from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and a good bus service.
You can come to Brasov a day before and spend the night in one of the hotels in the city, and meet the group next morning.
- Is it possible to change the program?
The tour program was prepared based on the practical experience of hiking, so the program is completed accurately. However, some adjustments are possible due to changes in air travel schedules, different hours of the arrival/returning, bad weather and so on.
In addition, the tour operator has the right to make changes to the program in case of unforeseen consequences.