Romania : Transylvania

Transylvanian Castles Walk

Trip code: W07RM 5 (1 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

21.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Visit historic old towns with many intriguing castles, including Dracula's Castle itself
  • Walk along the impressive Zarnesti gorge, carved through the solid limestone
  • Rise through the Carpathian lower reaches, a green land full of mysterious woodlands

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • GPX files

TRIP DESCRIPTION

'Every known superstition in the world is gathered into the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool.' So says the narrator of Dracula, the late 19th century English novel of Victorian superstitions that used this area of Romania to represent something on the edge of civilisation.

A trip to this part of the world is to enter a maelstrom of natural sensation. There is everywhere a bewildering mass of flora and fauna. Profusions of trees and flowers and grasses are barely touched by agricultural exploitation. Be alert, however, for roe deer and chamois and hedgehogs and rodents, plus the sight and sound of the area's 190 bird species. Transylvania is a region full of beauty of every kind, sometimes little towns or castles on the top of steep hills.

This trek rises daily through Carpathian lower reaches, a green land full of forests and woods, with here steep hills crowned with clumps of trees, and there villages newly built in a riot of colour and style. Smile and say Boo Naa (Hello) and you'll meet open-faced strangers who say all the country people show 'hospitality, flexibility, honesty'. The message is that tourists are welcome.

Terrain

You mostly follows tracks and paths through forest and meadows. On most days the walks will start and finish on country roads as you depart and arrive in the villages, these are sometimes tarmacked but more often are gravel.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: ARRIVE IN BRASOV

After your flight to Bucharest or Sibiu you will be transferred to your first hotel in Brasov (2hr 20 min from either airport). This transfer is included if we book your flights, or an optional extra if you book your own. Spend the rest of the day exploring this rich city, with its own castle, famous Black Church, historic old town and viewpoints over the city.

You stay at Curtea Brasoveana.

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CURTEA BRASOVEANA, BRASOV

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Located in the oldest part of Brasov “Scheii Brasovului”, Curtea Brasoveana is classified by the Ministry of Tourism as a 4* boarding house. Curtea Brasoveana combines modernity with tradition. Rooms are comfortable and very well appointed with a TV, Telephone, WIFI and hairdryer. They also have a fitness centre, sauna and laundry facilities. Lunch is best to buy at the markets in town.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: BRASOV TO RASNOV (17km/10.6mi)

Leaving the streets of Brasov behind, you enter the forest and ascend up to a more open area of pastures. This provides a nice contrast to the first section of the walk. Easy walking takes you to the high point for the day where you re-enter the forest for a winding descent to Rasnov. The route is generally well way-marked. There is a chance to visit Rasnov castle when you arrive.

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You stay at PENSIUNEA CASA RASNOVEANA.

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PENSIUNEA CASA RASNOVEANA, RASNOV

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This small country inn is classified locally as a 3* resort, however it only has 6 rooms, and is a long way from the sea. You will however be assured of an excellent welcome from the owners who are very proud of their hotel. The rooms are simple but clean with showers rather than baths. Dinner is taken in the small restaurant just 300m from the guesthouse, and you will be assured of a hearty traditional Romanian dinner. There is a small garden to relax in with views of the Rasnov Citadel. The hotel will provide a picnic lunch if booked the night before. All rooms have private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.

Day 3: RASNOV TO BRAN (15km/9.3mi)

Today makes a nice contrast with yesterday’s route as there is no forest walking. The walk is in three distinct parts. The first is on completely flat land, thereafter you gradually climb up into hilly terrain getting increasingly close to the mighty Carpathian Mountains. Finally, you reach villages and more houses before descending to the small town of Bran, with its magnificent castle.

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You stay at PENSIUNEA CASA DIN BRAN INN CUISINE.

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PENSIUNEA CASA DIN BRAN INN CUISINE, BRAN

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Located just 5 mins from the World Famous ‘Draculas’ Castle, Pensuinea Casa Din Bran Inn Cuisine provides lovely bright rooms with wooden floors and private balconies where you can enjoy the mountain air.

All rooms have free Wi-Fi, television, and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

Day 4: BRAN TO MOIECIU DE SUS (18km/11.2mi)

Leaving Bran, you walk towards the mountains until well within the forest. From there, you have a climb through forest until you are rewarded with alpine views down to your destination and a magnificent panorama of mountains. Thereafter you descend steeply through pastures straight down to Moieciu de Sus.

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You stay at PENSIUNEA VLAHIA INN.

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PENSIUNEA VLAHIA INN, MOIECIU DE SUS

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Located in the heart of the mountains, this small, modern hotel was built by a local family. Each room is stylishly decorated and some have a balcony. Dinner is taken in the restaurant and will feature local specialities.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.

Day 5: MOIECIU DE SUS TO MAGURA (21km/13.0mi)

Another varied day - and the longest walk of the trek. Apart from fairly short sections in the forest, much of the time you will be walking past farms and through villages, but with the impressive Carpathians often in view.

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You stay at PENSIUNEA HODAITA.

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PENSIUNEA HODAITA, MAGURA

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With sustainability as its core value, Pensiunea Hodaita is in the village of Magura, idyllically located at the top of a hill, at the foot of the Pietrei Craiului mountains. The rooms are well equipped with simple but elegant furnishings, and outside they have a lovely picnic area and sun terrace where you can enjoy your beautiful mountain surroundings. They provide an excellent dinner and breakfast.

DAY 6: MAGURA CIRCULAR OPTION 1 (11km/6.8mi)

This route provides ample opportunity to see rural life and farming practices whilst enjoying magnificent views of the mountains. You pass caves in limestone cliffs which are home to several bat species. It is essential to take a torch if you wish to go in.

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MAGURA CIRCULAR OPTION 2 - 7.5KM/ 4.75MI/3HRS/+370M/-370M This option is relatively short but involves a very steep ascent and quite a steep descent, followed by an easy walk back to Magura. You go up and behind the rocky summits visible from your accommodation and it feels quite remote up there. The views are great – you will see your routes to the south and over to Zarnesti to the north and across to Rasnov, as well as the huge ranges of the Craiului and Bucegi mountains.

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You stay at PENSIUNEA HODAITA.

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PENSIUNEA HODAITA, MAGURA

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With sustainability as its core value, Pensiunea Hodaita is in the village of Magura, idyllically located at the top of a hill, at the foot of the Pietrei Craiului mountains. The rooms are well equipped with simple but elegant furnishings, and outside they have a lovely picnic area and sun terrace where you can enjoy your beautiful mountain surroundings. They provide an excellent dinner and breakfast.

Day 7: MAGURA TO ZARNESTI (14km/8.7mi)

This is a spectacular day to complete the trek, walking in the Piatra Craiului National Park. After a steep descent from Magura, you walk along the impressive Zarnesti gorge, carved through the limestone. A lengthy ascent then follows up to the trek's high point with superb views. A descent through forest and pasture land takes you down to the valley and an easy walk to your accommodation.

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You stay at PENSIUNEA HORA CU BRAZI.

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PENSIUNEA HORA CU BRAZI, ZARNESTI

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Located near the entrance of Piatra Craiului National Park, this is a traditional Pension where you will receive a friendly welcome. There is a garden and most rooms have a balcony. Traditional meals are freshly prepared from local produce and can be enjoyed on the terrace if the weather is good. Rooms are comfortable, airy and spacious, each with a seating area, flat screen TV, and en suite bathroom with toiletries and hairdryer provided.

Day 8: LEAVE ZARNESTI

You are transferred to Bucharest or Sibiu airport (2hrs 30 mins), in time for your flight home. This transfer is included if we book your flights, or an optional extra if you book your own.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $273.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $273.

TRAVEL DETAILS

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 0044 1606 720199 or email us at sales@headwater.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

REVIEWS

A wonderful trip in a wonderful country. I would suggest providing gpx files is a must have for this trip (and instructions for new users on how to use gpx files - ie download the free GAIA app)

John Baker, 10 Jun 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

21.0Kg CO2e

7 nights from $1475

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Call: +44 1606 720199

 

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