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Adventure in Transylvania and Bear Watching - 7 days

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6 days together exploring 3 mountains around Transylvania: Piatra Mare, Bucegi and Piatra Craiului National Park and one day visit to Sighisoara town, also known as the pearl of Transylvania, the birth place of count Dracula.

Rate: 590 euro/person, for a group of minimum 6 people

The package includes:

  • 6 nights in family run guesthouses with halfboard (6 breakfast & 6 dinner)
  • licensed English speaking mountain guides through the program
  • all transfers
  • day trip To Sighisoara
  • entrance fee to '7 Ladders Canyon'
  • bear watching program

Not included:

  • airfare, tips, travel insurance, meals and drinks not listed in the program
  • entrance fees to Bran Castle (9 euro) and Sighisoara (Clock Tower – about 3 euro)

Day 1. Arrival at Bucharest airport and transfer to Pestera Village. We spend 2 nights to the oldest guesthouse in Piatra Craiului National Park. Accommodation in big dormitories with 2, 4 or 8 beds rooms with outstanding views of the mountains.

Day 2. Breakfast in the morning, then driving to the Piatra Craiului National Park (King’s Stone) – where we trek through authentic mountain villages – very nice countryside. On our way we may see orchids, gentians, campanulas and endemic flowers like the Carpathian Iris, scattered around over beautiful alpine pastures and meadows covered with windflowers. We will spend another night in these beautiful surroundings in the oldest guest house in the Piatra Craiului National Park (Duration of the walk: 5 – 6 hours, easy to medium effort, uphill/downhill walk: 500 m/500 m). In the evening there will be a BBQ dinner.

Day 3. Breakfast in the morning. Walk to the rustic Curmatura hut into the Piatra Craiului National Park where we may have a drink, visit to an authentic sheep farm and then walk through the spectacular Prapastiile Zarnestilor gorges to Zarnesti (Duration of the walk: 6 – 7 hours, medium effort, uphill/downhill walk: 700 m/700 m).

Zarnesti once was made famous through the “Large Carnivore Project” dealing with the bears, wolves and lynx in Romania. We spend 4 nights in a welcoming guesthouse in Zarnesti (twin or double rooms with privare facilities).

Day 4. Visit to the Bran Castle a.k.a Dracula’s Castle. Walk in the Bucegi Mountains with splendid views of the Craiului Mountains and then to Bran village. (Duration: 5 – 6 hours, medium effort).  The Dracula’s Castle in Bran is no doubt one of the milestones when travelling in Transylvania. Towers, narrow corridors, hidden premises – the castle offers many interesting facts and stories, mysterious enough to incite the legend lovers.

Day 5. Breakfast in the morning, then transfer to Brasov (50 km). Hike on the Piatra Mare Massif, through “7 Ladders” canyon. (Duration of the hike: 6-7 hours, medium effort, uphill/downhill walk: 800 m/800 m). After the trekking tour we go directly to our bears watching program (about 3 hours). From June to August the probability to see bears are 70-90%. In May, September and October the probability to see bears are 60 – 70%.

Day 6. Day trip to Sighisoara (Zarnesti – Sighisoara: 147 km). Sighisoara – the birth place of count Dracula. The town is UNESCO heritage listed and it is also known as the pearl of Transylvania. Located on the Tarnava Mare River, the town was built by Saxons between the 12th and 17th centuries. Eleven towers guard Sighisoara’s walls, among them Tailors’ Tower and Shoemakers’ Tower.

Day 7. Transfer to the airport for departure.

Details about trekking tour:
- optimal time: May - October.
- number of participants: maximum 12
- transportation will be chosen according to the number of participants
- all the main luggage are transferred from point to point
- mountain tour requires a good physical shape, with resistance to medium effort
- licensed mountain guide during the entire trekking tour
- the route could be changed because of the weather conditions
- we can not guarantee that we will see animals (bears, deers and wolves), but we can guarantee beautiful landscapes.
- Compulsory equipment: waterproof hiking boots and clothes; warm clothes.

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