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    Fly to Bucharest, transfer to Transylvania

    For land only clients, we strongly recommend they meet the group at Bucharest Airport when the group flight arrives due to the guesthouse being located 150km away. After all meeting the group transfer at the airport, we will then be transferred to our comfortable guesthouse, approximately 3.5hrs. Our guesthouse, the Villa Hermani, is run by a hospitable local family and is in the village of Magura at about 1040m, within the boundaries of the Piatra Craiului National Park.

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    Explore Kalibash villages and Dealul Magurice

    Magura is one of a number of villages known as the Kalibash villages. The Kalibash once fled Walachia to this remote area which, at the time, was under Austro-Hungarian rule. Here houses stretch along hilltops like pearls on a string. Starting right at our guesthouse we hike up to Dealul Magurice (1400m) where we may spot wolf, lynx and bear prints in the snow in the forest. Later, as we make our way back to Magura, we stop by a local farm to share a hot ‘tuica’ (home-made plum brandy) with the farmer. Distance 6km/ Altitude gain 350m / loss 350m/ Time 4hrs.

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    Pestera Village and bat cave

    Heading out on foot again, our first destination today is a local cave which is a hibernation roost for a number of bats including lesser and greater horseshoe bats. Remember to bring a torch with you for the cave visit. We then continue on our way to the nearby village of Pestera (which translates as ‘the cave’) witnessing the winter rural life of these mountain communities. After lunch at a local shepherd family we return to Magura. Distance 8km / Altitude gain 300m / loss 300m / Time 5hrs.

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    Bear sanctuary, the village of Vulcan and Brasov

    Driving down into the valley we make our way to Europe’s largest rescue facility for brown bears: Libearty. Founded in 2005, the rescue centre is home to over 80 bears, most of whom suffered over many years in captivity as dancing bears or in circuses. We drive on to the village of Vulcan, which derives its name from the Slavonic word ‘Valc’ meaning wolf. This region is closely related to the history of Transylvanian Saxons who immigrated here 800 years ago from the Rhine-Moselle valleys. They built fortified churches, some of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Upon arrival in Vulcan we are greeted by warm coffee and traditional cake in the yard of the fortified church. From Vulcan we drive to Brasov and do a tour around town. We get some free time to explore the town. We take our evening meal in a traditional Romanian restaurant and later we return to Magura by minibus. Distance 5km / Altitude gain 150m / loss 150m / Time 2hrs.

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    Prapastile Zamestilor Canyon

    This morning we walk through the spectacular Prapastiile Zarnestilor Canyon, a gorge formed during the Jurassic Period. From here we climb through forests onto a high plateau between the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi mountains. During this time of year everything is still and a quiet serenity permeates the air giving a sense of the grandness of nature. We descend back into the valley and hike back to Magura. Distance 20km / Altitude gain and loss: descend 200m, ascend 600m, then descend 400m / Time 6-7hrs.

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    Bran, Dracula's castle

    Today we hike from tranquil Magura towards busy Bran where we visit Bran Castle. It’s easy to see why Bram Stolker picked this castle to be the residence of the infamous vampire, Count Dracula. The character himself was based on Vlad Tepes, AKA Vlad the Impaler, Duke of Walachia and a brutal tyrant. Though Vlad himself never went to Bran, Bram Stolker saw an image of the castle and thought it the perfect setting for his dark tale. After visiting the castle we stop by Dracula’s market where we can pick up some vampire-inspired souvenirs. Later we will be picked up by the minibus and return to Magura. Distance 12km / Altitude gain 400m / loss 500m / Time 4-5hrs.

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    Curmatura cabin, Piatra Craiului Mountains

    From Magura we hike down into the valley once more before continuing up towards Curmatura Cabin, just beneath the rocks of Piatra Craiului Mountain. The cabin is open year-round and we can relax here before going back to our guesthouse. Distance 15km / Altitude gain and loss: descend 200m, ascend 800m, descend 800m then ascend 200m / Time 7hrs.

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    Transfer to Bucharest in time for the group flight to London.

    Transfer to Bucharest in time for the group flight to London.

Internationale groepsreis Transylvania Winter Walk & Snowshoe

Stillness in the air and in time as you wander through the mountains and forests of wintery Transylvania.

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