Discover Carpathian Mountains and Danube Delta Small Group Tour - 8 days
Guaranteed Departures 2020: 13 and 27 August, 10 September.
Transylvanian Carpathian Mountains trek, Brown Bears watching and Discover Danube Delta boat tour!
"Just a quick note to thank you both for a really wonderful holiday, the trip was organised to perfection and gave us the opportunity of sampling REAL Romania in a very short period of time." Andy and Chris.
Spend four days immersed in the medieval legends and dramatic scenery of Transylvania on this guided tour from Brasov that combines the best of Romanian culture and nature. Hike among the most majestic peaks of the Carpathians in Piatra Craiului National Park, enjoy a round-trip hike to the epic Seven Ladders Canyon, tap into the region’s vampiric lore at Bran Castle, and imagine medieval sieges at imposing Rasnov Fortress. Get a taste of mountain village life with 2 nights stay at a local guesthouse and included meals.
And then we spend 3 perfect days in Danube Delta, a wildlife enthusiast’s (especially a bird watcher’s) paradise. The waters of the Danube, which flow into the Black Sea, form the largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas. The Danube delta hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes.
- 1155 euro/person
Minimum people in the group: 4.
Single supplement: 139 euro
The package includes:
- 7 nights accommodation with breakfast (2 nights in Brasov at a 3* pension with private facilities, 2 nights at a 3* local guesthouse in mountain villages in Bran area with private facilities, 3 nights at a 3* local guesthouse in Danube Delta with private facilities)
- full board - 7 dinners, 3 lunch packs, 3 lunches
- all transfers and transportation by car or minibus
- transfers on water, Tulcea - Mila 23 and back
- entrance fees to Bran Castle, “7 Ladders Canyon”, Piatra Craiului National Park
- 2 full days of boat trips + car to Letea Forest
- English speaking tour&mountain guide
- Brown bears watching program
- airfare, tips, travel insurance, drinks.
DESCRIPTION & FEATURES OF THE TOUR
Day 1: Transfer Bucharest airport – Brasov city (160 km, 2-3 hours driving). Accommodation at a 3* pension for 2 nights in Brasov. Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov is one of the most visited places in Romania. Founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels, Brasov exudes a distinct medieval ambiance and has been used as backdrop in many recent period films. Welcome dinner!
Day 2: Breakfast. Short transfer (10 km). Enjoy a round-trip hike to the epic Seven Ladders Canyon (Canionul Sapte Scari), famed for its ladders and waterfalls (Duration: 3-4 hours, medium effort, uphill/downhill walk: 500 m/500 m). After the hike we drive back to Brasov. In the evening (we leave between 4 and 6 pm – depending of the season May to September) we do the Brown Bears watching program . We offer you the opportunity to see and admire the brown bears in their own habitat from a specially designed observation hide in the Transylvanian forest. There are high chances (statistically more than 80%) to spot the Carpathian Brown Bear, sometimes a female with her cubs, sometimes a larger male bear, but you can also spot the wildboar, roe deer and red dear, wolves, linx and even some game birds. Accommodation. Late dinner.
Note: we cannot guarantee 100% that you will be able to see any of the wildlife listed above. Do not forget that wildlife have their own way of living and we, humans, try to approach them as much as possible in their natural habitat.
Day 3 & 4: 2 day hiking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park.
Breakfast. Transfer to Bran village (30 km). We visit about 1 hour the Bran a.k.a. Dracula's Castle built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order between 1211 – 1225. We drive about 20 minutes to the Piatra Craiului National Park.
The trek is a medium one, except the part when/if we climb the highest peak of National Park: we spend 2 days in one of the most beautiful mountains of Romania, Piatra Craiului National Park. We trek between 5 - 8 hours, we make a stop to an authentic sheep farm for a "special" lunch (from June to September), we cross 2 authentic mountain villages - Magura and Pestera - depending of the weather and you we climb the highest peak of the National Park (2238), we cross Zarnesti Gorges.....in two words an AUTHENTIC ADVENTURE IN TRANSYLVANIA!
Accommodation at a local guesthouse in mountain villages from Bran area with private facilities, having local food.
Highlights of the day:
Bran - 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
Piatra Craiului National Park
The Piatra Craiului Mountains are a mountain range in the Southern Carpathians in Romania. Piatra Craiului ("King's Stone") is a national park with wild animals and untouched nature where you can see rare flowers and unique flower in the world and amazing sites you won't regret it. The Piatra Craiului mountains form a narrow and saw-like ridge, which is about 25 km long. The highest elevation in the massif is the "Vârful La Om" with 2238 m. The ridge is regarded as one of the most beautiful sights in the Carpathians. The two-day north–south ridge trail is both challenging and rewarding. Starting at either Plaiul Foii in the north-west or Curmãtura in the north-east, walkers climb up to the ridge before following a somewhat precarious path along the narrow spine. The descent at the southern end leads into a karst landscape of deep gorges and pitted slopes where water penetrating the rock has carved a series of caves.
Day 5: Breakfast. We leave around 8:00 am and we drive to Tulcea town the main gate to the Danube Delta (500 km – about 7 hours driving). We make a stop for a quick lunch.
At 16:00 hour, we meet the local partner in Tulcea and embark you for the transfer to Mila 23 Village. We travel by boat, through one of the most beautiful parts on Danube Delta, on the route Canal 36, Sireasa Channel, Sontea Channel, Olguta Canal, Old Danube Canal, Mila 23 Village. Check in at a 3* local guesthouse with private facilities.
In the evening we have a traditional fish dinner. After the dinner we discuss about the next day program.
The mighty Danube River flows 1,788 miles from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea. Just before reaching the sea it forms the second largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas: 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands. The Danube Delta is a wildlife enthusiast’s (especially a bird watcher’s) paradise.
Danube Delta - the waters of the Danube, which flow into the Black Sea, form the largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas. The Danube delta hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes.
Day 6: After the breakfast (8:30), we go on a boat tour on the lakes (9:30). We leave Mila 23 for the surrounding lakes on 2 tours, each about 4 hours long, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Depending on Danube water level and on updated information on where large groups of birds are feeding, we choose the best route for each day.
At 13:30 hours, we return at the resort for lunch and for a short rest, then with 4 hours before sunset, we leave on a different route. When we get back (after sunset), we have a traditional dinner, based on fresh fish.
Day 7: After the breakfast (8:30), we depart again on water (9:30). We visit Letea Forest and Letea Village. We travel to Letea Village by boat. From there, we travel to Letea Forest by car. We visit some local attractions, walk in the fine sand then head back to the boat and to Mila 23 resort. We have a lunch in a very beautiful local home with local food.
In the evening we have a traditional fish dinner.
Day 8: Breakfast at 8:30 then at 9:30 we head back to Tulcea, following the same route as day 1. We reach Tulcea around 11:30 and depart to Bucharest.
If your flight is after 14:00 (airport arrival), we can drop you to the Airport, if is earlier (11:00 - 14:00), is possible to drop you to the Airport for this flight BUT we have to do the water transfer from Mila 23 earlier.
If your flight is earlier than 11:00 AM, please take into consideration to have a hotel in Bucharest for the last night. Of course we can do the booking for you (NOT included in the tour price).
Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris"), Bucharest, Romania's largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.
- optimal time: May - October
- number of participants: minimum 2, maximum 10.
- transportation will be chosen according to the number of participants.
- mountain tour requires a good physical shape, with resistance to low effort but for long duration.
- certified mountain guide during the entire trekking tour.
- Compulsory equipment: waterproof hiking boots and clothes; warm clothes.