Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel

Overview

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

  • Arrive: Bucharest, Romania
  • Depart: Bucharest, Romania
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 6-12 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Bucharest

    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.

  • Day02

    Walk through Old Town Bucharest & Head to the Carpathian Mountains

    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.

    • Accommodation: Samedru Guesthouse
    • Activity: City walking tour
    • Transportation: 3.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Explore the Wild Carpathian Mountains at Piatra Craiului National Park

    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.

    • Accommodation: Samedru Guesthouse
    • Activity: 8 hours/8 miles hiking with 2500' elevation gain and loss
    • Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Explore Viscri, a Traditional Saxon Village

    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.

    • Accommodation: Copsamare Guesthouse
    • Activity: 1 hour/2 miles walking tour and 2 hours/4 miles hiking with 500' elevation gain & loss
    • Transportation: 3.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Discover the Villages of Transylvania

    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.

    • Accommodation: Copsamare Guesthouse
    • Activity: 3 hours/5 miles hiking with 650' elevation gain & loss or 4 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,640' elevation gain & loss
    • Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Forest Hike & Walking Tour of Sibiu

    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.

    • Accommodation: Maison Elysee
    • Activity: 3 hours/4 miles hiking with 820' elevation gain & loss and 2 hours/2 miles city walking tour
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Hike to Paltinis & Explore Sibiu

    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.

    • Accommodation: Maison Elysee
    • Activity: 4 hours/4 miles hiking with 2,000' elevation gain & loss
    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Transfer to Bucharest & Depart

    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.

    • Transportation: 5-hour private van transfer to Bucharest
    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This weeklong adventure perfectly blends active hiking in Romania's stunning mountain landscapes with cultural immersion in its medieval cities.

Reason #02

MT Sobek has been operating hiking in adventures in Europe for over 40 years and works with the best local guides in the business.

Reason #03

After exhilarating days exploring the Carpathian Mountains you can enjoy restful nights in elegant hotels and charming guesthouses.

Meet Our Guides

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.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Moderate hiking between 2 and 8 miles, city walking tours, and cultural touring of medieval cities and UNESCO-listed sites.

  • Lodging

    Charming guesthouses and classic hotels, plus one night in Bucharest's prestigious Athenee Palace Hotel.

  • Climate

    May is usually dry with moderate sun. June is hot and rain is rare. September is warm but flash storms can occur.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    You will be met by your guide(s) at the Bucharest airport (OTP) upon your arrival.

  • Do I need hiking poles for this trip?

    No. You will not need hiking poles for this trip.

  • Can I wear trail shoes / cross training shoes on this trip?

    Yes, on this trip running shoes / cross training shoes are acceptable.

  • If I want to extend my stay in Bucharest, can you help me make hotel reservations?

    We do not offer a hotel reservation service, but we will provide you with a list of recommended hotels in each city.

  • I am gluten intolerant. Will I be able to find enough meal choices and variety of foods on this trip?

    Yes. Romania has plenty of options for gluten free, delicious food.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    May 25 - Jun 01, 2020
  • Available
    Jun 26 - Jul 03, 2020
  • Available
    Sep 02 - 09, 2020

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2020
$4,995.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $600.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving or departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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