Hannah, from the UK, about this tour
,, How can I possibly tell you everything that happened. It’s packed with amazing sights and experiences, but the wonderful memories we’re left with boil down to our guide, Chip. What a kind, friendly and knowledgable human being, brimming with endless enthusiasm and generosity. An absolute saint for taking two bleary-eyed, self-conscious Londoners into his care for the day, and making sure the journey was unforgettable. This is so much more than a job for him, and we’re still endlessly grateful for everything he showed, told and did for us.
Expect to have your breath taken away at every turn. The countryside is simply stunning.
This is a trip for the active, outdoorsy type (some fairly serious hiking involved), but I get the impression it can be customised according to your needs/wants.
We totally fell in love with Romania, and this is very much in part because of this day trip. If (when!) we go back, we’ll be sure to contact Chip and Dan for a similar experience. ‘’
Spend a beautiful day enjoying Transylvania’s amazing countryside, find out about Dracula’s story, and discover the beautiful Piatra Craiului National Park.
Where: Bran County and Piatra Craiului National Park
Highlights: Bran Castle, national parks, hiking, rural experiences, nature, photography
Itinerary and map: Bucharest – Bran – Pestera – Magura – Zarnesti – Bucharest
Departure time: 7- 8 am. Arrival time: approx. 10 pm
Type of activity: hiking, visits at cultural objectives, photography
The hike is rated as: medium – difficult
Starting altitude for the hike: 1000 m. Highest point of the day: 1470 m
Early departure from Bucharest, to Bran County. It is a 3 hour drive that will take us on Prahova Valley, through Sinaia, Busteni, Azuga, Predeal, the beautiful mountain resorts.
Soon, we will make the first stop at Dracula’s Castle.
Built initially as a fortress, the castle gained a lot of fame especially after Bram Stoker wrote his most famous novel, Dracula. The main character in his story shares a good resemblance with one of Romania’s cruelest rullers, Vlad the Impaler….
Why do they call him the Impaler? Just wait and listen to the story!
The castle is also a beautiful piece of architecture and it was Queen Mary’s favourite residence. She was so in love with the place that her last wish was to have her heart buried somewhere in a secret chamber…in a coffer… in the castle…
Moving on, we will drive to a beautiful mountain village: Pestera. Benefiting from a stunning landscape, situated between Piatra Craiului and Bucegi Mountains, the village is the perfect destination for a relaxing and quiet day. We will serve lunch at Casa Folea and then drive through Magura, another splendid village, close to Pestera.
Soon, we will get to Zarnesti Gorge, in Piatra Craiului National Park. We will walk through the impressive rock walls, and soon enter the quiet forest. In approx. 2 hrs we will reach Curmatura hut (1470 m alt.), and have a rest at the foot of the North ridge..
In the afternoon we will go back to the gorge, on another route, enjoying nature’s beautiful landscapes.
In the evening we will return to Bucharest.
End of program.
Prices: for groups of 2 – 3 (125 EUR/person); for groups of 4 – 6 (105 EUR/person). For singles the price is 240 EUR.
Services included in the package: transport by private car or minibus (depending on the group size), guide services.
Services not included in the package: entrance fee at the castle, lunch, other meals and personal expenses.
*Special note: The program can be altered due to changes in the visiting hours at the castle and the weather conditions.
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