Step off the usual tourist route with a walking trip through Romania, a playground for culture and adventure. Starting in the capital city of Bucharest, travel into the heart of the breath-taking Carpathian Mountains, home of Piatra Craiului National Park to explore castles, ancient fortifications, and churches. Hike its mystical meadows beneath snow-capped peaks and learn the lore of Viscri and Sibiu. Staying in charming guesthouses, with delicious traditional cuisine, experience Transylvanian country life from up close, with plenty of authentic encounters with locals. Adventure is only a step away.
Explore Romania great medieval cities and towns by foot, including Bucharest, Viscri and Sibiu
Walk beneath the mighty Carpathian Mountains at Piatra Craiului National Park
Enjoy charming guesthouse accommodations and local country fare, and experience Romania's slow-paced countryside
Welcome to Romania! Your MT Sobek guide will meet you at the Bucharest airport just outside the arrivals sliding door. Transfer to the Athenee Palace Hilton in downtown Bucharest, a short 30-minute drive away. After checking into the hotel, join your guide for a short walking tour to discover Old Town and central Bucharest. Enjoy a festive welcome dinner at a local restaurant, and get a taste of the week ahead.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the nearby Palace of Parliament for a walking tour through Old Town to discover Bucharest's stately government buildings, beautiful churches, and local parks. Next, you'll transfer to the Carpathian Mountains for lunch and a visit to the ornate 19th-century Peles Castle, located in the picturesque town of Sinaia. Then settle in and enjoy a traditional dinner at our charming mountain guesthouse in Samedru.
Today you'll transfer to the entrance of Piatra Craiului National Park for a challenging hike in some of the Carpathian Mountains' most impressive scenery. Enjoy amazing views as you ascend up to the Curmatura Lodge (4,823') - perched high in the mountains. After lunch on the trail, walk back down the mountains to the park entrance. In the late afternoon, board a short transfer back to the Samedru Guesthouse, with time to freshen up before dinner.
Rise for an early breakfast and continue deeper into Transylvania, with a visit to Viscri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Look out for Viscri's whitewashed fortified church and its beautiful roof tiles as you explore the village, and then visit a local blacksmith. After your tour, feast on a traditional Saxon lunch with fresh vegetables from the restaurant's gardens before a short, two-hour hike into the hills surrounding Viscri. The views are fantastic. Return to Viscri in the late afternoon and transfer to Copsa Mare, home for the next two nights.
After breakfast, depart directly from the guesthouse for a leisurely walk to Biertran, a nearby village and home to a 15th century fortified church. Explore Biertran and learn its fascinating medieval history, then walk back to Copsa Mare for a wonderful picnic on the grounds. Join your guides this afternoon for an optional 2-3-hour hike over the hills to reach Malancrav, home to another fortified church with beautiful frescoes. Return to Copsa Mare in time to enjoy a drink before sitting down for another delicious meal together.
Today, transfer to Richis for a beautiful walk through the forest. Follow the path through a pretty woodland landscape to eventually reach Alma Vii. Enjoy lunch in a local café before making out way to Sibiu this afternoon, home for the next two nights. Check into the guesthouse and relax before taking a guided walk through Sibiu. Stroll Sibiu's ancient streets and fortifications, and learn about its medieval Saxon history as you visit traditional Romanian houses, inns, and mills. Dine at a local restaurant tonight.
After breakfast, board the van for a 1-hour transfer to Paltinis, the starting point of your hike today. Follow the scenic path through the Gaujoara meadow, towards Saua Batrana, with views of the Cindrel Mountains' peaks. Return to Paltinis by foot and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in town. In the afternoon, return to Sibiu with some time to shop and further explore the town. Savor the last of Romania at a festive farewell dinner at local restaurant in Sibiu.
This morning, enjoy breakfast in Sibiu's main square, just a five-minute walk from the hotel, and a great place to take a final picture of the city. Then return to Maison Elysee to checkout and transfer to nearby Sibiu International Airport, or back to Bucharest International Airport.
This weeklong adventure perfectly blends active hiking in Romania's stunning mountain landscapes with cultural immersion in its medieval cities.
MT Sobek has been operating hiking in adventures in Europe for over 40 years and works with the best local guides in the business.
After exhilarating days exploring the Carpathian Mountains you can enjoy restful nights in elegant hotels and charming guesthouses.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Moderate hiking between 2 and 8 miles, city walking tours, and cultural touring of medieval cities and UNESCO-listed sites.
Charming guesthouses and classic hotels, plus one night in Bucharest's prestigious Athenee Palace Hotel.
May is usually dry with moderate sun. June is hot and rain is rare. September is warm but flash storms can occur.
You will be met by your guide(s) at the Bucharest airport (OTP) upon your arrival.
No. You will not need hiking poles for this trip.
Yes, on this trip running shoes / cross training shoes are acceptable.
We do not offer a hotel reservation service, but we will provide you with a list of recommended hotels in each city.
Yes. Romania has plenty of options for gluten free, delicious food.
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