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Activities

  • Walking & Trekking
  • Food

    • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included during our stay. Meals are a mixture of local produce and Romanian specialties. We will get to try a huge range of Transylvanian food during this trip. Each evening there is a choice of a meat dish or vegetarian option. If you are vegetarian please let us know at the time of booking. We also have the opportunity to have lunch at a local shepherd family in the village of Pestera. One night we will have dinner in a traditional Romanian restaurant in Brasov, this meal is not included and you should allow approx. 20 Euros (without drinks) for this.
    • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included during our stay. Meals are a mixture of local produce and Romanian specialties. You will get to try a huge range of Transylvanian food during this trip. Each evening there is a choice of a meat dish or vegetarian option. If you are vegetarian please let us know at the time of booking. We also have the opportunity to have lunch at a local shepherd family in the village of Pestera. One night we will have dinner in a traditional Romanian restaurant in Brasov, this meal is not included and you should allow approx. 20 Euros (without drinks) for this.
    • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included during our stay. Meals are a mixture of fresh local produce and Romanian specialties. On one evening we enjoy dinner in a restaurant with traditional music in Brasov, this meal is not included and you should allow approx. EUR25 (without drinks) for this. You will get to try a huge range of Transylvanian food during this trip. Each evening there is a choice of a meat dish or vegetarian option. If you are vegetarian please let us know at the time of booking.

    Activities

    • Guided Group
    • Culture & Discovery
    • Accom: hotel/lodge
    • New trip
    • Wilderness
    • Winter Adventures
    • History
    • Food

      • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included during our stay. Meals are a mixture of local produce and Romanian/Transylvanian specialties. Breakfasts usually consist of a small buffet including an egg dish, cold cuts, cheeses, boiled eggs, vegetables, spreads, bread, yoghurt, cereals, jam, juice, herbal teas and coffee. Lunches included on this trip will include the following -a picnic lunch provided by a local farmer on one day, traditional soups,  and self-made sandwiches that you can choose your own fillings from the buffet in the mornings. Each evening there is a choice of a meat dish or vegetarian option. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements please let us know at the time of booking. One night we will have dinner in a traditional Romanian restaurant in Brasov, this meal is not included and you should allow approx. €20 (without drinks) for this.

      Activities

      • Snowshoeing
      • Winter
      • Food

        • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners are included during our stay. Meals are a mixture of local produce and Romanian specialties. We will get to try a huge range of Transylvanian food during this trip. Each evening there is a choice of a meat dish or vegetarian option. If you are vegetarian please let us know at the time of booking. One night we will have dinner in a traditional Romanian restaurant in Brasov, this meal is not included and you should allow approx. 20 Euros (without drinks) for this.
  • 1

    Start Magura, Transylvania.

    For land only clients the trip starts this afternoon in the village of Magura at about 1040m, within the boundaries of the Piatra Craiului National Park in Tranyslvania. However, we strongly recommend that land only clients meet the group transfer at Bucharest Airport when the group flight arrives due to the guesthouse being located 165km away. Upon the group flight arrival in Bucharest, clients booked onto the group flight or group flight transfers will be transferred to our comfortable guesthouse, approximately 3.5hrs drive away. Our hosts at our guesthouse, the Villa Hermani, are very hospitable and enjoy stopping to chat over a glass of local plum brandy. *Villa Hermani*

  • 2

    Explore Kalibash villages.

    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 (1300m) 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. *Villa Hermani*

  • 3

    Walk to a local bat cave and the village of Pestera.

    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 pension we return to Magura. *Villa Hermani*

  • 4

    Visit Libearty 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 nearly 100 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 will then take our evening meal in a traditional Romanian restaurant and later we return to Magura by minibus. *Villa Hermani*

  • 5

    Snowshoe or walk through Prapastiile Zarnestilor 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 truly being in a remote and special area. We descend back into the valley and hike back to Magura. *Villa Hermani*

  • 6

    Walk to Bran Castle, also known as 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. *Villa Hermani*

  • 7

    Head out to Curmatura cabin (1,470m), in the 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. *Please note:* This hike can be replaced by an alternative hike in case the trail conditions are too difficult (e.g ice) *Villa Hermani*

  • 8

    End Magura, Transylvania.

    End Magura, Transylvania. Clients booked on the group flight or group flight transfers will be transferred (3.5 hours) back to Bucharest Airport in time for the group flight departure.

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